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Episode 57 - Derrick Sims (Cloud Atlas)( 0:50:59)       
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"Cloud Atlas" is probably the Wachowski sisters' most divisive movie - critics at the time (and audiences today) seem to either love it or hate it. Today's guest (filmmaker and cinematographer Derrick Sims) and I are obviously in the former camp. This episode we look at this intensely ambitious movie and dig into what makes it so hard for some people to get their heads around.
Published: 12/05/2023 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 56 - Scott Hamilton (ANZAC History)( 1:0:44)       
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One of the things that makes me very uncomfortable about NZ society is the way that ANZAC Day is recognised. It seems to me that most discussion around the day tends to recycle what is essentially contemporary propaganda about the causes and aims of WWI in particular. On this episode I'm joined by Scott Hamilton (@SikotiHamiltonR) author, essayist, and researcher, to discuss some forgotten parts of ANZAC history that complicate the heroic myth. CW for discussion of violence.
Published: 21/04/2023 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 55 - Arka and Caleb (Cinema Paradiso)( 1:1:5)       
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In one of our less-reserved recommendation episodes, I'm joined by Arka and Caleb of the Life, Love & Lenses project ( to talk about Giuseppe Tornatore's beautiful 1988 film "Cinema Paradiso". We chat about the movie's difficult relationship with nostalgia, and it's many themes around love and creativity.
Published: 24/03/2023 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 54 - Angus Dingwall (The Punk)( 1:16:23)       
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The Punk (1993) is a movie that has fascinated me since I saw it. It hit my friend group in the mid-90's with a force that permanently altered our mimetic speech patterns. It was ubiquitous enough to be in pretty much all video stores with a "festival" or "art" section and show up as a late night TV movie several times throughout the decade, and then vanished pretty much without a trace. My brother Angus joins the pod to discuss the impact and dubious merits of this strange, ephemeral film.
Published: 24/02/2023 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 53 - Ross Palethorpe (Dark Star)( 1:4:45)       
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Dark Star (1974) is a cult classic sci-fi movie mostly notable as the first project of both Dan O'Bannon (wrote Alien, did some SFX for an obscure late 70's movie called "Star Wars") and John Carpenter (no introduction needed!) It follows the misadventures of the titular ship's crew, and did an enormous amount to set the tone of sci fi that looks at space as a shitty blue collar job. Returning champ Ross Palethorpe joins the pod to discuss the movie, its influence, and his affection for it.
Published: 17/02/2023 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode Ep 52 - The Good the Bad and the Whoreable (Sexual shame)( 1:15:18)       
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In another "big issue" episode, this time I talk to Vixen, Scarlett, and Willow from The Good, The Bad, and the Whoreable podcast ( about sexual shame. We compare and contrast NZ and US attitudes around sexuality, and talk about the influence of history, politics, and religion on the way things are right now.
Published: 10/02/2023 9:00:00 p.m.
End of Season 3( 0:5:39)       
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An announcement from Hugh for the end of Season 3, and best wishes to listeners for the holidays.
Published: 16/12/2022 9:00:00 p.m.

Everyone has something they love, but wouldn't feel comfortable recommending to the general public. This is a weekly series of fascinating chats about problematic faves, great trash, and our complicated relationships with art and culture.

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