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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Strap yourself in for a Christmas and end-of-the-year episode that will be something out of the ordinary!

Yes, we will talk about our favourite Christmas films: including Sol telling us all how Home Alone traumatised him for life!

And yes - we will also be a bunch of non-Americans thoroughly confused about the appeal of a Christmas Story (sorry).

But above all we are interested in just how different Christmas traditions are born - and how people around the world celebrate Christmas (Jul) and New Year!

Get ready to learn all about nisser, goats, people who hate Germany ... as we also try to investigate:

The crime against new years.

 Where is the New Year Movie Industrial Complex? Where?!!

(Oh, and get ready for a lot of self-promotion about Scotland as well)

So, from all of us here at Talking Images, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Episode 15 · 5 months ago

Film Addiction

Have you ever been in a situation where you realized that you were losing control? That you were watching too many films and that is was negatively affecting your life? Worse yet, have you ever experienced literal withdrawal symptoms?

In this episode Tom, Sol, Lauren and Adam take on the somewhat gruelling topic of film addiction, and explores the difference between cinephilia and genuine addiction, and talk about how they manage their film obsessions.

Episode 14 · 6 months ago

Film Purism: How Extreme Are You

Are you a film purist?

And if so, are you an extremist?

In this episode Sol jumps into the host's chair to see just how many of film purist Tom's buttons he can push before he breaks. Co-hosts Adam and Lauren join in for this gut-wrenching human drama of perfect cinema conditions and absolute respect for the artists vs. workouts, cleaning, internet browsing, eating and watching films on 1.5x speed - on your smartphone.

The way that we consume movies has a changed a lot over the past 125 years. It is now possible to pause a film while watching it, watch a film the kitchen while doing the dishes and even eat an entire meal while watching a movie. While this would have seen but a dream back in the silent era, watching a film without being totally focused on it is a growing reality in the world of today. But is that the best and most enjoyable way to watch a film?

Some of the pivotal blasphemies may include:

  • Eating
  • Pausing
  • Exercising
  • Doing chores
  • Browsing
  • Watching a film in parts over several days
  • Watching films while on public transport
  • Watching films on your phone
  • Watching films with a different frame rate, like 1.5x speed
  • Anything that does not replicate exact cinema conditions

Please head over to ICMForum.com to let us know!

Episode 13 · 6 months ago

The Bizarre Origins of ICMForum.com

Can anything really go wrong if you just want to chat about films? Well ... yes it can!

In this episode ICMForum.com co-founders Adam & Lauren are back to talk about the bizarre origins of ICMForum.com.

Episode 12 · 6 months ago

The Decline of Film Forums: What Caused It?

In this episode we talk about a topic near and dear to our hearts: The Decline of Film Forums.

Once upon a time there was an endless horde of IMDb forums, each with their own subculture. We had Mubi (the auteurs), RottenTomatoes and many, many more.

Then, they slowly started to disappear, to the point that only ICMForum.com, and a few others, mostly the IMDb clones, which have copied the archives and kept some of the same users, are active and popular.

What happened?

Fittingly, both the co-founders of the ICMForum is with us, one of them (Lauren) for the very first time.

Join in as we put on our detective hats, and talk openly of our own loss and traumas.