Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


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 7 · 8 months ago

Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs Cycle, Part 1


Our discussions are in two sets - one based on the basic plot and early development of the story - and then a dissection of the ending and the films as a whole. There will be a clear spoiler warning at the halfway point.

If you have not seen the films in question you can then skip to the next film, the starting times are:

Introduction to the Cycle: 00:00

The Aviator's Wife: 10:00

A Good Marriage: 35: 25

Pauline at the Beach: 55:00

Episode 6 · 8 months ago

They Spoil Pictures, Don't They: Do Spoilers Actually Hurt Films?

How do you feel about spoilers?

Can they actually hurt your viewing experience?

Does even knowing a film has something "spoilable" about them have the potential to affect you?

What lengths (if any) do you go to in order to avoid spoilers?

Should you even avoid reading up on films before watching them, or can films also be hurt by going into them them "blind"?

In this episode we will cover these topics, and much, much more.

Spoiler Warning:

In this episode we will spoil: The Sixth Sense, Psycho, Scream and Titanic. Many other films will be mentioned in passing, but the spoiler(s) will not be revealed.

We will also end the episode on an indepth, spoiler-ridden discussion of The Crying Game, which 3 of the co-hosts just watched, two for the first time.

Episode 5 · 8 months ago

Unwatched Gems or Carefully Avoided Trash

What is the main reason you would not watch a film?

Are there any films you actively avoid?

Are there any films you are embarrassed to not have seen?

In this episode we will answer the above questions and more, and dive deeper into the psychology that goes into not actually seeing a film.

Episode 4 · 9 months ago

The All-Time Favourite Film

In this episode we cover two great existential questions:

  1. What is your all-time favourite film?
  2. Why?

The format is simple, Gary, Sol, Tom and Chris each take their turn describing their favourite film, before the floor is opened with comments from the others.

The films discussed:

Gary: Seven Samurai

Sol: Fanny och Alexander and Videodrome

Tom: A Clockwork Orange

Chris: Stalker and Last Year at Marienbad