Danny Boyle’s bravura and celebratory adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s seminal novel blew the socks off the British film industry back in 1996. A zeitgeist phenomenon, the stand-out film of that year’s Cannes film festival became an international box office success and since then, it’s routinely featured in best British film lists, while the public voted it the best Scottish film of all time. The thing about Trainspotting is that we simply haven’t seen a film quite like it since. It’s exciting, energetic, thought-provoking, and never lets up. But what about Trainspotting 2? It’s impossible to catch lightning in a bottle twice, yet that’s what director Danny Boyle is trying to do with his belated sequel to Trainspotting. This week it’s our Trainspotting special!
This week hosts Simon and Patrick are joined by Sordid Cinema writer and King Kong expert Thomas O’Connor to discuss Kong: Skull Island, the latest effort to revitalize the giant ape who first appeared onscreen in 1933. Can a monster movie set in the very-post Vietnem era with no monkey suit, no lady Kong, and some possible communist sympathies (bear with us here) still be entertaining? Did someone fall asleep during their screening? And what the hell is going on with John C. Reilly’s performance? All these questions and more will be answered, so have a listen!
On another contentious episode, Ricky, Simon, and Patrick are joined by comics aficionado Logan Dalton to talk about James Mangold’s Logan, which looks to reinvent the long-running Wolverine character as Hugh Jackman takes him out for one last spin. The makeover doesn’t work for all of us, though. Discussed in this episode: the usefulness of an R rating, the scourge of children (both in movies and at the movies), and whether or not Logan‘s blend of genres – western, superhero movie, road movie, family drama, and dystopian thriller – comes together.