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Mofos Ice Skating Uphill Film Podcast | Film Reviews
69 minutes | May 15, 2016
In this episode, we review The Revenant. A historical arthouse epic, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter. We discuss Babel, the use of nature, Old Testament thinking, long takes, Emmanuel Lubezki's gorgeous cinematography and intermissions in movies. We are joined again by Mr. Paul Fox from East Screen West Screen podcast.
77 minutes | Mar 15, 2016
Ip Man 3
In this episode, we have an in-depth discussion of Ip Man 3. A martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip, starring Donnie Yen, Zhang Jin, Lynn Hung, Patrick Tam and Mike Tyson. We discuss all the Ip Man films, facts vs. fiction, martial arts school rivalries, the fight choreography, kung fu instructors smoking, Mike Tyson, making humility look cool, the use of the term "Gweilo", Oscars Too White and the Bruce Lee cameo. We are joined by our friend Paul Fox from the East Screen West Screen podcast.
72 minutes | Feb 10, 2016
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
In this episode, we discuss Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We assume it's okay to talk about now! A sci-fi adventure film directed by J.J. Abrams, starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. We talk about the new cast, British accents, the complexion of the Imperial officers, the Rey "Mary Sue" issue, what good piloting is, diversity and the Starkiller base.
59 minutes | Dec 10, 2015
In this episode, we discuss Knock Knock. A horror psychological thriller directed by Eli Roth, starring Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas. We talk about the gender politics of having a man having an affair, horror stories as morality tales, Jezebel.com and Keanu Reeves' line deliveries ("Chocolate with sprinkles!"). We debate how to guard against the home invasion depicted in the movie.
49 minutes | Dec 1, 2015
In this episode, we discuss Mr. Holmes. A crime drama mystery film directed by Bill Condon, starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada and Milo Parker. We talk about our favourite onscreen Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett's manic laugh, how old people can be dicks, our fears of getting old and having enough Vitamin D.
62 minutes | Nov 18, 2015
In this episode, we discuss Spectre. A James Bond movie directed by Sam Mendes, starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris. We talk about the previous Craig Bond films, the James Bond franchise, the womanizing, the gadgets, Inspector Gadget and Sam Smith's Writing's On the Wall sounding like the butler singing "She's Your Queen" from Coming to America.
50 minutes | Nov 10, 2015
In this episode, we review Black Mass. A crime film directed by Scott Cooper, starring Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Corey Stoll, Dakota Johnson and Julianne Nicholson. We talk about Johnny Depp's performance, Joel Edgerton's resemblance to Conan O'Brien, the guy who makes excuses at your workplace, Goodfellas, "Netflix and chill", the Whitey Bulger documentary and the film's scariest sequences.
64 minutes | Nov 3, 2015
In this episode, we review Goosebumps. A family horror comedy directed by Rob Letterman, starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan and Jillian Bell. We discuss our memories of the Goosebumps books, Jack Black, homeschooled children, the Lux Theater in Hong Kong, Amanda's Gogovan story, the jokes written for the adults and horror comedy as a genre.
61 minutes | Oct 28, 2015
In this episode, we review The Martian. A science fiction thriller directed by Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor. We talk about Ridley Scott's previous three films, Matt Damon's star quality, being a likeable jerk, Penelope Cruz, Doll Noodles, cleft chins on women, humor, biracial guilt and NASA.
85 minutes | Oct 20, 2015
We Have No Purpose #2
Welcome to "We Have No Purpose", a podcast segment where we talk about whatever we want. We are joined by two guests, Travis Jones from the What's Up HK podcast and Hong Kong comedian Kenneth Kwan. The four of us each take time to report what they've been geeking out about. We discuss Magic the Gathering card game, the Octopus card, hacking in films, Jackie Chan's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, kung fu, Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster US Cut vs. Original Cut, Hong Kong's Bruce Lee exhibit and the Mortal Kombat arcade game.
53 minutes | Oct 13, 2015
The Mofos Ice Skating Uphill film podcast consists of free form discussions about the latest Hong Kong releases. The name of our podcast comes from a hilarious crazy line of dialogue from the movie Blade, and it essentially highlights how we want the audience to feel. We analyze the films, joke around, and sometimes go off tangent to talk about random subjects. After five minutes, the listener is scratching their heads going, "What the heck was that?"
70 minutes | Oct 6, 2015
We Have No Purpose #1
Welcome to "You Have No Purpose", a new podcast segment where we have free form discussions where we talk about whatever we want. We talk about the "white ppl" Indian restaurant incident from the Guardian, racism and stereotypes, whitewashed casting in Hollywood (Exodus, Gandhi), the practicality of kimchi as a food source in a zombie apocalypse, the cancellation of Hannibal, Mr. Robot, Fight Club and The Dark Knight fandom and Karteek's love of the Matrix sequels.
62 minutes | Sep 28, 2015
In this episode, we review PK. An Indian science fiction satire comedy directed by Rajkumar Hirani, starring Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput and Boman Irani. We discuss the film's misleading Mad Max-like poster, the many meanings of "PK", god men in India, the social satire on religion, Three Idiots and realism in Indian cinema.
51 minutes | Sep 22, 2015
In this episode, we review Jupiter Ascending. A sci-fi epic adventure, directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski, starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne and Sean Bean. We attempt to summarize the plot. Then we discuss Lana Wachowski as a transsexual and her red dreads, the upcoming Jem movie, Maid in Manhattan, ancient aliens, the world building and Eddie Redmayne's lips.
51 minutes | Sep 14, 2015
The Man From U.N.C.L.E
In this episode, we review The Man From U.N.C.L.E, directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki and Hugh Grant. We talk about Guy Ritchie's past films, down time in action movies, cleft chins, the soundtrack and how the film measures against other spy franchises.
62 minutes | Sep 6, 2015
The Assassin 刺客聶隱娘
In this episode, we review The Assassin 刺客聶隱娘. A martial arts fantasy arthouse drama directed Hou Hsiao Hsien, starring Shu Qi, Chang Chen and Zhou Yun. We talk about the film's Cannes Festival Best Director win, background music, the fights, the visuals, battery-powered fans, our radio debut on RTHK Radio 3 and trying to eat a sandwich during the movie.
43 minutes | Sep 1, 2015
In this episode, we review Fantastic Four. A comic book film directed by Josh Trank, starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell. We discuss Josh Trank's Chronicle, making the Human Torch black, a black Spider-man, the serious tone and stories about the production.
59 minutes | Aug 17, 2015
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
In this episode, we review Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. An action film directed by Christopher McQuarrie, starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin. We talk about the previous Mission Impossible movies, Jack Ma of Alibaba, Rebecca Ferguson's legs, the Jackie Chan-like stunts, the creepy villain, the lack of romance and our theory on how Tom Cruise stays youthful.
67 minutes | Aug 10, 2015
Magic Mike XXL
In this episode, we review Magic Mike XXL. A comedy directed by Gregory Jacobs, starring Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodríguez, Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett Smith. We talk about Steven's awkward experience of seeing the movie by himself, creepy men in the theater, the first Magic Mike, which stripper we want to be, lower middle-class America, Amber Heard looking gross, male objectification and why men should see this movie.
55 minutes | Aug 3, 2015
In this episode, we review Ant-man. A Marvel Comic action comedy directed by Peyton Reed, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas and Michael Peña. We talk about Edgar Wright, the advertising campaign, Disney, Paul Rudd in Gen-Y Cops, Falcon's questionable competency, the 2 end credit scenes, the DC Comics vs Marvel and Chris Pine's casting in Wonder Woman.
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