It seems only right that we discuss the manifold accomplishments of James Franco in this long-belated tenth episode of the Ultra Culture Podcast, as our special guest is something of a Renaissance Man himself. Dan Schreiber is a comedy writer, stand-up comedian, radio producer and erstwhile QI elf — amongst other titles — as well as a self-professed lover of trivia. Over the course of 36 fact-laden minutes, Dan regales me with tales of Brian Blessed’s omnipotence over nature, we review the Oscar hopes of Academy-bashers Joaquin Phoenix and Anthony Hopkins, and I press Dan on his role as executive producer on Ken Russell’s penultimate film, the much-maligned Christmas tale A Kitten For Hitler:
I’m a big fan of The Incredible Suit, the razor sharp film blog run by this week’s podcast guest Neil Alcock, and not just because it’s the only movie site in the world with a crappier name than ‘Ultra Culture’. So it was an honour to welcome Neil on board the podcast train for this impromptu ‘puns special’, in which I challenge him to meet the wordplay standards set by his sometime employers Empire Magazine. Plus: a probing investigation into Neil’s journalistic ethics, a discussion of the unsavoury associations clinging to the word ‘clan’ and a particularly meandering tangent about the relative merits of Britain’s various pizza outlets. All this and more in the ninth episode of the Ultra Culture podcast.
Dizzee Rascal sold separately.
I know, I know, it’s been ages. But fear not: the Ultra Culture podcast is back with its long-awaited eighth episode featuring world-class poster designer and editor of Little Joe Magazine, Sam Ashby. ‘This week’, we withdraw our collective life savings and invest in copies of the UK’s ‘big four’ movie magazines: Empire, Total Film, Sight & Sound and Little White Lies. Inside, we find plenty to discuss, not least the fact that Total Film have found 63 (!) upcoming comic book movies worthy of mention this month. There’s also talk of The Dark Knight Rises and The Wedding Video and an
embarrassing charming moment where I mistakenly call Hitchock’s The Lodger ‘Hitchcock’s The Ledger‘. Zoinks!
Oh, and this is the Anna Karenina poster I find myself baffled by:
PR extraordinaire Georgie Hobbs climbs aboard the podcast raft to discuss the turbulent relationship between the twin industries of journalism and publicity, in this extra-long, poorly-recorded, yet undeniably fascinating edition of the Ultra Culture podcast. Both armed with lists of our biggest professional gripes, we go head-to-head in a fierce competition to decide which is the marginally more irritating group: journalists or PRs.
There’s also a look at two exciting forthcoming film releases and the promotional challenges they present, as well as an acknowledgement of Georgie’s resemblance to the popular late-90s toon idol Pepper Ann (pictured right).
In a display of superlative narcissism, Charlie Lyne welcomes his almost namesake Charlie Lyons onto the podcast to discuss how great they both are. If you’re not familiar with Charlie (Lyons), he’s the ‘Cambridge cult hero and suave man-about-town’ who first rose to localised fame as the host of viral posho-baiting TV show Cindies Stories. He’s also done some lovely stuff for this very website.
Inside this slightly-longer-than-usual podcast, there’s much discussion of the ‘hype’ that may or may not exist around Charlie’s online work, a look at the increasing prevalence of the ‘quirky rom-com’ subgenre, and a thorough investigation into the word ‘unf’. Plus: Charlie’s ‘most hateful movie moment of all time’ and some blokey chat about Emma Watson. What more do you want?