Go Speed Racer, go!
We're racing into this week with the action packed Speed Racer (2008) by The Wachowskis, selected by our new guest Fynn Bodley-Davis!
A historic flop of its release, Speed Racer took the shine off the Wachowskis when it first appeared but going back and opening the hood, there's a lot going on in this machine of metal. Is it incoherent and spluttering oil, a sleek automobile or something in between?
Join us and be pulled back into the world of 2008!
If you're an Oscar completionist and need to see all the Academy-Award nominated performances of that year, you technically have to see Bombshell (2019)!
Featuring a star-studded cast of Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and introducing Make Up, join Matt, Cass and James as they see if this examination of the FOX news scandal is a gripping biopic or a cash grab capitalising on an important movement.
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For your patience! Apologies that this was uploaded later than normal, we recorded ahead of schedule and then Cass and James just went off and decided to have a lovely holiday before editing and scheduling it in.
But now, without further ado, we return to the wonderful world of Baz this week with Elvis, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, returning to his true-true origins and giving us a truly mixed bag performance.
Will we be sparkled with Bazzle Dazzle once again or is this nothing like a Baz flick, and will we be left crying all the time?
It's Pride Month in America and we thought we'd invite along an incredible guest, Aimee Smith, wave our colourful flags and watch the lesbian cult film But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, RuPaul and New Zealand's own Melanie Lynskey!
"Megan is an all-American girl. A cheerleader. She has a boyfriend. But Megan doesn’t like kissing her boyfriend very much. And she’s pretty touchy with her cheerleader friends. Her conservative parents worry that she must be a lesbian and send her off to “sexual redirection” school, where she must, with other lesbians and gays learn how to be straight."
Join Matt, James, Cass and Aimee as they take a look at one of the very few lesbian rom-coms and determine whether our squad should be cheering or cringing. Whatever we land on, 🏳️🌈 Happy Pride! Keep being fabulous 💋
I feel the need... the need for speed!
With TOP GUN: MAVERICK being a colossal hit in the Box Office, the Mixed Bag team decided to visit the original, a film none of them had seen.
They were not familiar with such iconic names as Iceman, Jocker and Goose. We truly were in for a treat. Did James, Cass and Matt enjoy the homoeroticism of this Tony Scott classic? What about the propaganda for the military? And while this film can easily be awarded a Top Gun, does it deserve a bag or a biff?
*a gentle whisper* Gatsby...
It's the final episode of 'All That Baz!' (for now...) it's 2013's The Great Gatsby!
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio in one of his final boyish charm roles, Tobey Maguire as pining Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as her hubby Tom and THE TALLEST WOMAN ALIVE Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.
Chuck on that green light and get borne back ceaselessly into the past with another Mixed Bag...
There was a Baz, a very strange enchanted Baz…
It’s our 75th episode and we’re celebrating with another one of our original picks when we first created this podcast, a film that truly represents the term All That Baz, Moulin Rouge!
Made in 2001 with Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge’s impact on culture was indelible. But is it any good?
Twenty-one years later, Cass, Matt and James turn their eye towards the frenetic, cringe and zany world of the Moulin Rouge and try to determine if we’ll love this until our dying day, come what may, or is it more than we can stand? (ugh such a roxanne). There’s only one way to find out listeners…
1:40 - Popcorner
26:01 - Feature Presentation & All That Baz Intro
42:16 - Most Visually Pleasing (Hot Butter)
1:40:25 - Bag or Biff
*Extremely stereotypical larrikin voice*
We've got dingos, we've got shrimp on barbies and we called over Hugh and Nicole to do a bit of the ol' pretend!
It's the first episode of All That Baz with his 2008 epic Australia. Available now on Disney+
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces firsthand. (Sourced from Letterboxd)
00:00 - Start04:23 - Pop Corner34:37 - Feature Presentation45:32 - MVP (Hot Butter)1:27:14 - Pinocchio tangent1:32:34 - Bag or Biff
What's that?! A film before the early 00s?!
Here at Mixed Bag we realised we had some recent movie bias so we're going back in time to the swinging 60s, where the fashion was chic, the love was free (debatably) and Breakfast was at Tiffany's.
It's also where white men felt a lot more comfortable donning makeup and performing yellowface.
Can this smash hit starring Audrey Hepburn, adapted from a short story by Truman Capote overcome its elephant in the room? And will they ever find a name for Cat?
Note: This was recorded in advance on the day of the Oscars, obviously many takes and actions have occurred since then, so treat this as our immediate reactions to the event that people can't and will not stop talking about.
And congratulations to James and Cass who, when this airs, will now be married! 🎉
🎉 Happy Oscars Day! 🎉
In keeping with the theme of those little gold men, we're going back to 2018's Green Book and dissecting whether this Best Picture winner was deserving of the top spot and if not, how bad or mixed is it really?
Just like this podcast, this movie was "inspired by a true friendship". Don't know the movie, he's the rundown (thanks to Letterboxd)
Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African Americans, forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line, relied on a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.
Catch the team's reactions to the movie and their Oscar chat ahead of tonight's awards. So grab some KFC (perhaps for the first time?) and dive into the book.
*French accent* Ahh the podcast. Where dedicated listeners form a parasocial relationship to disembodied voices who chat in week in, week out.
But this is no ordinary week, this episode we're joined by Catherine Gavigan-Binnie to chat about the movie adaptation of The Spongebob Squarepants Movie!
Made in 2004 and marking the end of series creator Stephen Hillenburg's run with Spongebob, the Spongebob series holds a soft spot for many, but does the sponge's first foray into films represent a series high or a bikini bottom? Don't miss Catherine's wonderful chat with Cass, Matt and James as they unpack beloved childhood TV and whether the rubber hits the road in this unconventional road movie.
"There are whole movements I wrote, imagining us meeting again and again, in different lives, different ages..."
The time has come, we're finally covering the Wachowskis.
Directed by Lana & Lilly Wachowski and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume) Cloud Atlas is... well... what is it? Over to you Letterboxd description!
"A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future."
Exactly, that was on the tip of my tongue. Featuring Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Doona Bae, Jim Broadbent, James D'Arcy, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Keith David and a ton of yellow face, the epic sag sees each actor apply significant amount of prosthetics and their best stab at accents to reappear as different characters in timelines, race and gender be damned.
Landing on both Best and Worst lists on its release, Cloud Atlas has always been polarising. The question is, where do the Mixed Bag crew land?
(OK so technically we're only on 65 episodes because of some reuploads and a promo ep for Apocalypse Songs but Podbean told us it was 69 and we recorded a whole episode about 69, so you're getting episode 69)
It's time for some late 90s Cruel Intentions, babyyyy.
Its birthday season for two of our hosts (Cassandra and Matt) so what better way to reflect back over the years than a film that does that very thing in its storytelling.
It's time for the 1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion starring Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino Janeane Garofalo and Alan Cumming.
Two not-too-bright party girls reinvent themselves for their high school reunion. Armed with a borrowed Jaguar, new clothes and the story of their success as the inventors of Post-It notes, Romy and Michele descend on their alma mater, but their façade crumbles quickly.
A flop on its release, Romy and Michele has been reappraised over the years. But will the host find this film like meeting an old friend or will it be a high school reunion; awkward, weird and smelling of desperation.
Photoshop by Cassandra.
Links referred to in video:
Trailer for Romy and Michele
Gift of the Gab video, pre glow-up:
🗑️ IT'S TIME TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH 🗑️
It's finally here, the episode that'll make you go Gaga, House of Gucci (Ridley Scott, 2021).
We wanted to start 2022 with a bang and what better way than a tale of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately...murder.
We don't consider ourselves a particularly ethical podcast so we didn't hold back. Can anyone wake up Jeremy Irons? What is Jared Leto doing? Is Gaga getting an Oscar nomination?
Find out if this is a Belle or a Biff in our first 2022 Mixed Bag.
Photoshop by Cassandra Tse.
It's (just after) the most wonderful time of the year!
That's right, we're just finishing up the tail end of the silly season and so it's time for our yearly tradition of reviewing a Christmas film with friend of the pod, Lucas Neal.
This year, he's chosen something a little controversial: Home Alone 3 which follows a new kid, eight-year-old Alex (played by Alex D. Linz). Our guest has thrown down the controversial gauntlet that this is the best Home Alone (!) Can this sacrilege be backed up? Who is this new kid? Is this film even set during Christmas?!
Have a listen and you'll find out what this is the perfect pick for this release schedule. Be sure to listen to get a pretty thorough unpacking of Home Sweet Home Alone too which recently dropped on Disney+. Thanks to Lucas for another great ep and Happy Holidays Baguette, we'll be back for some HOUSE OF GUCCI in the new year!
Born from a real life tragedy, this 1997 faux-Disney musical is a wild ride of strong liberties to Russian history, complete with a magical Rasputin with a deranged Christopher Lloyd.
Does the charm of Meg Ryan and John Cusack shine through the stilted rotoscoping or should we say do svidanya to Anastasia and her conmen buddies?
The last of our personal picks, before we get to our Christmas tradition, some random guest we've never met...?
A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.
It's the lurid, erotic neo-noir Basic Instinct.
Dropped in 1922, this box office smash made Sharon Stone into a star and perpetuated some pretty tired and problematic gay and bisexual narratives. Likes are you've heard about THE scene but is the film itself any good?
Join Matt, Cass and James for the second of their personal picks and see if this is sizzling or simply snooze.
Here's there... the Phantom of the Opera! (2004)
When camp bat-nipple director Joel Schumacher joined forces with the exceedingly OTT Andrew Lloyd Webber, it should've been a match made in heaven. And yet, The 2004 version of Phantom of the Opera is in some camps despised and most definitely mixed. What about Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum didn't do it for audiences? And can the combined forces of Simon Callow, Ciaran Hinds and Minnie Driver lift this charisma vaccuum?
Join us as we resume our personal picks and find out why this movie resonated with James as a young 'un and if it still weaved its magic in 2021 on him, Matt and Cass...
Whether you're wrapping up your Halloween and emerging from your candy slumber or set to celebrate it tonight, Halloween reaches far and wide and the spooky season has got to Mixed Bag.
That's why we've popped on the 1993 children's classic Hocus Pocus, directed by Kenny Ortega, who joined the third-timers for directors on Mixed Bag. Not a great accomplishment but we love having you here, Kenny!
After 300 years of slumber, three sister witches are accidentally resurrected in Salem on Halloween night, and it is up to three kids and their newfound feline friend to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.
Join hosts Cassandra, Matthew and James as they meet the Sanderson sisters (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) and discover whether this film is a trick or treat and, more importantly, why is this children's film so goddamn horny?!