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64 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
2019 Oscar Actor Episode - Part 2 - BA063B
It is truth universally acknowledged that sequels are always better than the original so please enjoy Part 2 of our 2019 Oscar conversation. You’ll hear Brian school Seán on his childhood days in Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood, whilst Seán suggests that JOKER is far from Kingly in its Comedy. It’s all here: the Pain and the Glory of “Being Alive”. It’s been so good to be back. How long til our next episode...? We don’t dare say how long xoxo
71 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
2019 Oscar Actor Episode - Part 1 - BA063A
Back by popular demand, Seán and Brian go to the Oscars! In our usual take no prisoners style, we get down and dirty with the acting nominees… but not the ones you think. Listen as Seán mansplains THE IRISHMAN to a clueless imaginary twink, Brian dreams of Brad’s rad dad bod and both hosts genuflect to kiss two Papal rings. Sorry, ladies, it’s Men Only tonight. (Part 1 of 2) Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
98 minutes | Feb 20, 2019
2018 Oscar Actress Edition - Part 2 - BA062B
1950. 1987. There are certain years when the Best Actress lineup at the Oscars is so stacked with talent that it is nay on impossible to make a choice. With a legendary veteran, a pop megastar, a British genius up for her first award, a comedic superstar transitioning into drama and a total unknown all in competition, 2018 is the kind of year that makes fans like Seán and Brian go Gaga. In one of our longest discussions EVER, we anatomise every aspect of these five women and their performances - from the good to the great to the unjustly rewarded (Seán has opinions on THE WIFE. Get ready.) It is a Close call and the performances are even richer than they Aparicio! Multiple Stars have been Born (or Re-Born) this year and yet we must somehow pick a Favourite. CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE US????! Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
92 minutes | Feb 19, 2019
2018 Oscar Actress Edition - Part 1 - BA062A
The telecast is a mess, The Academy keeps making boneheaded decisions, and Bohemian Rhapsody may win multiple awards, but…. THANK GOD FOR ACTRESSES! (Now more than ever.) We are back, binches, with our annual Special Edition waxing rhapsodic about the Academy Award and a truly vintage year for female acting nominees, starting off with the five ladies in the supporting category. And since we’ve been away for nearly two months, we’ve got A LOT to talk about. Enjoy this first act, with another one to follow! Xoxo Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
77 minutes | Dec 19, 2018
SPECIAL EDITION - Broad Appeal LIVE at Fringe! - BA061
We finally left the house!! Last month, Broad Appeal went out into the wild for our first-ever LIVE event as part of Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest in East London. Now you too can pretend you were there. Name an actress who is indisputably iconic… does she have what it takes to enter the Broad Appeal Hall of Fame? Your candidates are: a) a neurotic New Yorker; b) a delicious Dame; c) a moving Mum; d) a Force of Nature; e) a prissy Princess ripe for rehabilitation. Seán and Brian convened an All-Star panel - Nat Luurtsema, Kemah Bob and Shon Faye - to nominate and advocate for the candidates, before the live audience determined the winner. This is, without question, the most satisfying election result of 2018!!! (With special shout-out to technical wizards Will Swinburne & Helen MacKenzie who engineered the show.) Happy New Year and we’ll be with you again during Oscar season. Xxxx Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
70 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
SPECIAL EDITION - The Films of Ross Hunter - BA060
Welcome to Broad Appeal...after dark. Ahead of tonight's screening of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at the Cinema Museum, Seán and Brian engage in a diverse, insightful, and (let's face it) meandering conversation about gay Hollywood producer extraordinaire, Ross Hunter. While forgotten by history, this dippy queen's fingerprints are all over some of classic Hollywood’s biggest pictures, including ones that feature in both Brian’s and Seán’s feature personal canons. From melodramas to musicals, Sirk to sex farce, Hunter sold audiences on his magnificent obsessions: artifice and not reality. Join us on this journey as we consume a full bottle of wine and wax poetic about a forgotten queer icon who possessed true Broad Appeal!! Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
69 minutes | Nov 22, 2018
1987 - Cher in Moonstruck - BA059
The time has come... to snap out of it! The last in our 1987 Best Actress series is the timeless, charming and Oscar-winning MOONSTRUCK, starring Cher in her iconic role of lovelorn Brooklynite Loretta Castorini, who falls for the sweaty, agro charms of her fiancé's brother, played by a never-more-gorgeous Nicolas Cage. Cher was the ultimate winner that year and it's easy to see why: a genuinely multi-faceted role in a popular, much loved movie, with great dialogue by John Patrick Shanley and a stellar supporting cast featuring Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardienia, John Mahoney and (quite possibly the movie's MVP) Olympia Dukakis. It's a film that Seán has seen so many times he can recite it and we know Brian can't resist all that Italian stuff. But will the Broad Appeal boys cast their decisive votes for Cher? Listen and find out who our Oscar goes to...
71 minutes | Nov 8, 2018
1987 - Sally Kirkland in Anna - BA058
In Oscar history, there have been some inexplicable moments: the Streaker, Christolph Wattz’s second Oscar, CRASH?? But none was more surprising, unprecedented and downright mind-boggling than the lone Best Actress nomination for Sally Kirkland in ANNA, a film that is practically mythical (especially since it is so hard to find). Kirkland herself is the stuff of legend. From bit parts in forgettable films where only her back faces the camera (A STAR IS BORN), she somehow strong-armed her way into one of the strongest Best Actress fields ever. Yes, Sally sent personal letters to every member of the Academy. Yes, she won the Golden Globe. Yes, based on her facial expression at the ceremony, it even seems that she thought she had a chance to win. ANNA is a rarity and an oddity. The story of a Czech dissident movie star living in New York, it depicts spiritual vampirism in which one woman’s waning life force is sucked dry by a newer, prettier model. Sally speaks in Czech, bears her breasts, stuffs her face with cake and even screams the verses to Humpty Dumpty while hopping on one foot. THIS WOMAN REALLY WANTED AN OSCAR. It takes effort to find a copy of ANNA and we have done the work for you. Enjoy the fruits of our labour - and of Sally’s never-ending determination. Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
4 minutes | Nov 7, 2018
BREAKING NEWS - Broad Appeal Live Guest Lineup (Sat 17 Nov)
Have we got news for you! And we promise it’s 100% guaranteed to please. Here, announced for the first time, is our lineup of all-star guests for Broad Appeal….. LIVE, coming to you on Sat 17th November at Hackney House in Shoreditch as part of Fringe! Queer Film & Art Fest. Tickets are FREE but there aren’t many of them so do be sure to book in advance at: www.fringefilmfest.com - SEE YOU THERE!
73 minutes | Oct 25, 2018
1987 - Holly Hunter in Broadcast News - BA057
Period dramas don't always feature big dresses and country mansions - in the case of BROADCAST NEWS ‘period’ means VHS tapes, chunky telephone receivers and something called the "nightly news." In the third installment of our 1987 Best Actress series, we look at Holly Hunter's first big leading role in James L. Brooks' weird and wordy romantic dramedy. The trifecta of almost likable characters are: Holly's scrappy news producer Jane; Albert Brooks' petulant, nebbishy reporter Aaron; and William Hurt (beloved of Irish Mammies everywhere) as the hunky but lunky Lead Anchor, Tom. Crushes are formed, journalistic ethics are violated and everyone, at some point, is kind of a jerk. BROADCAST NEWS is an 80s time capsule of bad suits and weird hair (especially on Joan Cusack) depicting a media landscape that teeters on the edge of obsolescence, with a terrible beauty about to be born. We read the news today, oh boy!
49 minutes | Oct 11, 2018
1987 - Meryl Streep in Ironweed - BA056
You may be tempted to skip this episode… but don’t follow Brian’s bad example. That’s right, for the first time in the history of this podcast (and, in fact, his life) Brian Mullin hasn’t done his homework. And, believe us, Depression-era misery-fest IRONWEED does feel like homework. In the second of our 1987 Best Actress contenders, Meryl and Jack Nicholson are two alcoholic hoboes who are haunted by guilt, ghosts and grime. Pretty it isn’t, but Meryl gets to deliver both a song and a hand job so it’s not entirely without interest. To be fair, Brian did see it 20 years ago. In fact, he was such a diligent student, HE EVEN READ THE NOVEL!! But in this instance he’s totally got amnesia, meaning that Seán must come to his rescue by jogging memories that are hazier than a drunk’s in the gutter. Is Meryl doing extraordinary acting in mostly solo set-pieces or is this just an egregious example of Prestige Category Fraud? Be our pals and listen along to this free-wheeling, unconventional episode. We promise it’s more fun that watching the movie!! Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
61 minutes | Sep 27, 2018
1987 - Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction - BA055
Glenn, Meryl, Holly, Sally, Cher. Name a more iconic quintet... We begin a mini-series charting the five nominated actresses of the 1987 Oscars, starting with a film that epitomised Reagan-era Fear of Sex, but so indelibly that phrases like “bunny-boiling” still permeate our speech. Glenn Close plays Alex Forrest, the hyper-sexualised and independent woman whose fling with married man Michael Douglas got hot, then very, very heavy. And more than 30 years later the Broad Appeal boys are split: For Brian, Glenn struggles spectacularly in an exploitative and sexist role. As for Seán, well he agrees with Brian...but in this finely crafted blockbuster thriller, he can't help but be manipulated by the conventions of monster-horror. What follows is a deadly discussion, and one of our most heated episodes to date! This episode is not going to be IGNORED, dear listener. Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
59 minutes | Sep 14, 2018
Meryl Streep Baddest - She-Devil (w/ Michael Schulman) - BA054C
I would like to talk about.... Mary. Fisher. In SHE-DEVIL, Streep gets her first attempt to do comedy. And like all first attempts, we have to accept that failing is sometimes inevitable. As a proto-Madeline Ashton, Streep gets to indulge her worst WASPy tendencies: pretty, privileged, tall and blonde. A formidable contrast to Roseanne Barr's dumpy, put-upon wife, right? Well... SHE-DEVIL is not so much a comedy as it is the idea of a comedy. Who knew a story of MS stealing Roseanne’s husband could be so flat? Meryl is bad, but it's not her fault. Seán is grinding his teeth from the moment it begins. Surely expert Merylologist Michael Schulman can't like this movie, can he? Can he??!??!!! This truly is Meryl at her BADDEST. Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
47 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
Meryl Streep Badder - Doubt (w/ Michael Schulman) - BA054B
21st Century Meryl: lauded, applauded… and impossible to rein in. Gone is the bloom of youth, replaced by overglazed ham. In a wimple. With a Bronx accent. John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama DOUBT set off sparks onstage, as a study in faith and ambiguity. Who should you trust: the progressive priest or the doctrinaire nun who accuses him of child abuse? In this stagey adaptation (filmed by the playwright himself, with plenty of wind and weather thrown in) the only uncertainty is whether the church will have a single pew left once Meryl is done chewing the scenery. Brian and Seán are both good Catholic boys and special guest Michael Schulman studied at Sacred Streep Academy. It’s not hard to find a few cardinal virtues in the film’s dialogue or dramaturgy, as well as in the other actors’ performances. But when it comes to Holy Mother Meryl…. they have SUCH DOUBTS!!!! Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
61 minutes | Sep 12, 2018
Meryl Streep Bad - Sophie's Choice (w/ Michael Schulman) - BA054
While there may be no such thing as the Greatest Living Actress, there is such thing as the Greatest Living Meryl Streep Aficionado, and that is Michael Schulman. Michael is not only the author of HER AGAIN: BECOMING MERYL STREEP and a writer at the New Yorker, he's also a big Broad Appeal Fan. He likes us, he really likes us. But does he like SOPHIE'S CHOICE? The revered Holocaust drama which won Streep her first Best Actress Oscar is mythologised and revered, but how many people do you know who’ve seen it... or enjoyed it? Brian's first viewing was influenced by the Pauline “Streep-Hater” Kael, and Seán is going in cold. Well, except for the "choice" part. Everyone knows about that. Join us for our most controversial series yet, Meryl Streep: The Bad, the Badder, and the Baddest!! Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
3 minutes | Sep 10, 2018
NOW, a warning?! - End of Summer Teaser
Can we just say, there’s no such thing as the ‘best podcast’? There’s no such thing as the ‘greatest LIVING podcast’….? Oh, we can be such a tease! Summer is dwindling, and we’re back from vacation… almost. This is Seán & Brian saying hello again for the first time in months - with a couple of tiny hints about the next set of NEW episodes coming your way. xoxo
71 minutes | Aug 31, 2018
RE-ISSUE: The Bridges of Madison County - BA040
[Again, it's time to say goodbye to the summer holidays. But, unlike Robert Kincaid, we won't leave you with just some old issues of National Geographic... Instead we'll be back with NEW CONTENT very very soon. In the meantime, our last vintage episode in which a sensual summer romance brings out the very best in marvelous Meryl Streep.] The time has come: 12 books. 12 films. All of them read (by Brian). We conclude our magnum opus with THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, the insufferable little book by Robert James Waller that became the sensitive work of bleeding-heart conservative Clint Eastwood. Meryl Streep is Francesca Johnson: The Italian war-bride who traded Bari for Iowa, and fiery Italian passion for steadfast, cornfed, mundanity. Then enter photographer Robert Kincaid (Eastwood) and four days that change her life forever. Like all true fans, here at Broad Appeal we have equal parts ire and admiration for the most overrated actress in the world. But there is just something about Meryl in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY that even Pauline Kael would have praised her for. Could this be the film where Brian learned what love was, all those years ago in Quincy, Mass? Is it as he remembers? And will Seán be sucker-punched by the inescapability of melodramatic love? In a word, yes. To all our listeners: thanks for coming on this journey with us! We'll be back in the autumn for a new series with absolutely no required reading. Peace + Love, Brian & Seán. Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
61 minutes | Aug 16, 2018
RE-ISSUE: Jackie Brown - BA039
[All too soon we'll be debating the merits of Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, so why don't we return to our discussion of a movie that we can all agree is actually his best?] An air hostess, a gun runner, a bail bondsman, a sun kissed dope-bunny and his boyfriend Brian... but enough about our holiday! Elmore Leonard's RUM PUNCH was adapted by Quentin Tarantino into JACKIE BROWN: a grown-up, low down, sly and slick piece of filmmaking. Tarantino, auteur and fanboy supreme, made the canny alteration of turning a sultry, middle-aged, blonde white lady into Pam Grier, icon of blaxploitation and commanding leading lady. Tarantino's film is an exemplar of adaptation, both pulpy and slow-burning, tense and quotable. You might have guessed we both enjoyed it. How did Seán feel about the new concept of reading on the beach? What is Brian's dramaturgical analysis? Needless to say it all breaks down into the most Broad Appeal conversation ever: A debate over Jodie Foster's Oscar dress. Please return your tray tables to their upright positions: here comes Jackie Brown. Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
65 minutes | Aug 2, 2018
RE-ISSUE: The Portrait of a Lady - BA028
[On our summer break we happened to be in Lucca, Italy - and we also happened to stumble across one of the actual palazzos that Nicole Kidman walks through in Jane Campion's film!! That seredipitous event indicated it was time to share this vintage episode from our literary adpatation series....] n which Brian & Seán read extended passages from Henry James and marvel at Barbara Hershey's collagen-injected lips. For the first in our series of female-driven literary adaptations, we tag along with Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) as she fends off the advances of several suitors, only to get caught in a web of European marital treachery. We spent a year reveling in the excruciatingly exquisite prose (and campy dialogue) of THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY. Now we see what happens when visionary director Jane Campion puts this literary classic through her feminist Cuisinart. Masturbatory fantasies, talking vaginal beans and bucketloads of bibelots await! Clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks).
52 minutes | Jul 19, 2018
[There's one only exciting thing about MAMMA MIA 2.... MORE CHER! So, during our hiatus here's a classic look back at one of her previous summer releases.] A film about sexual sublimation, religious fervour, sisterhood and starring Winona Ryder... how has Brian never seen MERMAIDS (1990)?! Seán has, of course, because Cher. Winona is Charlotte Flax, the Jewish girl with a flare for romantic Catholicism who desperately tries to be the responsible one, sandwiched between her aquatic kid sister Christina Ricci and her nomadic, flirtatious mother, Cher. MERMAIDS may have the cheese factor of a ripe Taleggio, but this coming-of-age story is bolstered by the gorgeous and warm performances of these three gifted women. Seán had forgotten how much this film impacted his adolescence, and is ready to dive back in. But is Brian willing to put down his Proust and Shoop, Shoop? Warning: Contains sexualised Bob Hoskins references. Listener discretion is advised. All clips from the film presented according to fair use policy. Podcast Theme: "Pipeline" by CyberSDF (https://soundcloud.com/cybersdf/tracks)
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