As we begin a round of personal picks, Matt has chosen a genre the likes of which we haven't glimpsed in many a year, we take you back to 2003 with Mona Lisa Smile.
Featuring an incredibly stacked cast including Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles, Kristen Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Marcia Gay Harden, Mona Lisa Smile follows the story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women’s private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, United States.IN A WORLD THAT TOLD THEM HOW TO THINK, SHE SHOWED THEM HOW TO LIVE
Will Cass, James and Matt find inspiration in this art history teacher? Will be standing on our desks saying O Katherine, my Katherine? Or is this a case of Mona Lisa Frown?
🎃 Happy Halloween! 🎃
That's right, it's the spooky season again and we've invited the foe of the podcast Mike Bryant back to talk about 90s nostalgia 'Casper' (1995) starring Bull Pullman and Christina Ricci!
Afterlife therapist Dr. James Harvey and his daughter Kat move into an old mansion, and soon Kat meets Casper, the ghost of a young boy who’s “the friendliest ghost you know.” But not so friendly are Casper’s uncles–Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie–who are determined to drive all “fleshies” away. (Sourced from Letterboxd)
Go back to the 90s and relive the questionable cameos from Mel Gibson and Clint Eastwood(??), the soundstage sets and debate whether Casper's behaviour is sweet or creepy. All this and a Lazarus machine in our latest spooooky episode!
Saknas det avsnitt?
No need for a spit-take! You read that correctly, it's our Don't Worry Darling episode.
We're getting into the (miss) Flo of the 2022 blockbusters with this special episode, covering the controversy-ridden psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and directed by Olivia Wilde.
A 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.
Is this movie all Styles and no substance? How truly Wilde does it get? Are we Pine-ing for more? Find out whether Cass, Matt and James are worrying or in wonder right now.
It's our final episode of You Must Remember Mixed and we've got some zany brothers to send us off!
That's right, It's the Marx Bros' A Day at the Races (1937) (we incorrectly attribute it to '35 in the ep, our bad!)
Doctor Hugo Hackenbush, Tony, and Stuffy try and save Judy’s farm by winning a big race with her horse. There are a few problems. Hackenbush runs a high priced clinic for the wealthy who don’t know he has his degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Does Cassandra's childhood favourite hold up on inspection? What the hell is the plot? Is James going to be chill with so many rogue horses? All this and more in our final look in the series.
Whatever we land on for A Day at the Races, check out some old movies and Don't Worry Darlings, we'll be back with something new very soon!
With Matt away, Cass and James will play!
The Quick Mix returns for a significantly shorter episode where we discuss See How They Run, The Amazing Race, The Devil and the Dark Water, The Terror and I'm Glad My Mom Died.
We'll all be back next week for a full episode on our final entry of You Must Remember Mixed.
You Must Remember Mixed continues with the 1947's Best Picture winner Gentleman's Agreement!
A magazine writer poses as a Jew to expose anti-Semitism. This super yikes premise stars Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and John Garfield. Will the well-meaning 40s film hold up or be horribly dated? Directed by Elia Kazan (On The Waterfront, Streetcar Named Desire), join Matt, Cass and James as they continue to travel back through time and see the mixed entries from the 20th century.
It's the first episode of 'You Must Remember Mixed' our season of looking back into the 20th century and picking some mixed bags from Old Hollywood!
Kicking off our series is the 1948 film Rope, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart.
Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.
Can Hitchcock make a play adaptation engaging? And what's with the filmmaking style? Is this all in one take?? Join us as we dive into the story inspired by the murderers/lovers Leopold and Loeb.
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.