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How do films make you feel? We get personal about cinema and TV with actors, directors, cinematographers and other people from the continually evolving world of "content". A podcast from film critic Christopher Hooton See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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#21: James and Dave Franco on The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist, a Warner Bros film about a relatively obscure indie drama gone wrong had no right to work. And yet director James Franco has created not only a hilarious movie about how The Room was made and the auteur behind it, Tommy Wiseau, but a human one. Chris talks to James and his brother Dave (also the stars of the movie) about his own experience with Tommy, the "secret tapes" James got hold of to inform his performance, Seth Rogen struggling to keep his shit together on set, how one of the screenwriters turned in a script draft before he'd even seen The Room, and the complexity of shooting a film within a film. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

22 Nov 2017

Rank #1

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#24: Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal is a quiet but powerful actor who's explored some different types of characters in reason years. Jacob winds up talking to him about oddity 'Nightcrawler', how he chooses films, his sister Maggie's move into television and his latest film, 'Stronger'. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

3 Jan 2018

Rank #2

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#20: Mindhunter director Asif Kapadia on Ed Kemper and learning David Fincher's style

Netflix's new original series Mindhunter has enrapt a legion of viewers with its smart, reserved style. Chris Hooton sits down with episodes 3 and 4 director Asif Kapadia to look at how it came together, how Brad Pitt's DVD of Senna led to his signing, directing an actor as serial killer Ed Kemper, learning from David Fincher on set, and how a season of TV's episodes are carved up for different directors. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

6 Nov 2017

Rank #3

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#27: Chris finishes his first film + why do acting Oscars keep going to biopic roles?

In something of a meta pod, the Kernels team review and discuss host Christopher Hooton's just-completed first feature film, Meniscus. Jacob Stolworthy and Jack Shepherd give their thoughts on the experimental format drama and find out how Chris and his co-director, David Rapson (also on the pod), turned it around on next to no budget.Later, the guys talk The Lost Boys podcast and, ahead of the Oscars, question whether dishing out awards to actors playing historical figures is justified and if we're confusing impressions with good acting. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

28 Feb 2018

Rank #4

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#28: Lena Waithe on Master of None's future, Ready Player One and Spielberg's soul

After breaking through as Denise in Netflix's 'Master of None', Lena Waithe has found herself doing motion capture in Steven Spielberg's new action-adventure epic, 'Ready Player One'. She talks to Christopher Hooton about working with 'kind soul' Steven Spielberg, growing up in the South Side of Chicago, and the future of 'Master of None' following the whole Aziz Ansari situation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

23 Mar 2018

Rank #5

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#25: 'American films would rather have someone explode than say cunt' - Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths director Martin McDonagh talks working with the same actors, not having written enough gay characters, worrying about the body of work he'll leave behind, how Seven Psychopaths could have been better, and why he doesn't want to move into TV. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

15 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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#23: The Last Jedi backlash - what the hell's happening?

You know the drill. Critics publish scathing or just lukewarm reviews of blockbuster franchise films, fans go in droves to see them at cinemas anyway and end up fighting their corner. Not so with 'The Last Jedi', with reviewers loving the latest Star Wars movie but many fans loathing it, some even going so far as to sign a petition trying to get it struck it from the Star Wars canon.FIlm reporters Jack Shepherd and Jacob Stolworthy join Culture Editor Christopher Hooton to try and work out what happened, whether the criticisms are fair, and what this polarised feeling means for the future of the franchise. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31mins

22 Dec 2017

Rank #7

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#22: Charlie Brooker

The Black Mirror creator discusses his sudden rise from columnist to award-winning screenwriter, how he owes everything he knows to Ross Kemp series Ultimate Force, and how nice it is not to have to tweet so much anymore. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

23mins

4 Dec 2017

Rank #8

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#17: Ethan Hawke

An actor you'll never see in a cape, Ethan Hawke is more interested in humanist roles. He chats to Kernels' Jacob Stolworthy about the movies of his that people want to talk to him about, his special relationship with director Richard Linklater, how he earned his screenwriting credit in the Before trilogy and the future for protagonists Jesse and Céline. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

25 Sep 2017

Rank #9

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#19: Willem Dafoe

"I'm not supposed to be in this movie." A character actor with an extraordinary filmography, Willem Dafoe sits down to discuss why he's taken such a left turn so late in his career with new indie The Florida Project, which mostly stars non-actors. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

23 Oct 2017

Rank #10

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#26: Right nominees, wrong winners? Who'll win the 2018 Oscars and who should

The Oscar nominations are out and for once there's barely a ripple of outrage - the list is good and we can broadly say that the right films, actors, directors and crew members have been picked. The same might not be true with the winners however, with several obvious picks the favourites to win, overlooking some sensational cinema that came out in 2017. Taking up a bunch of categories, Christopher Hooton looks at who will win and who should with colleagues Jack Shepherd and Jacob Stolworthy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55mins

30 Jan 2018

Rank #11

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#18: The mad brilliance of Blade Runner 2049 and the rise of Denis Villeneuve

Blade Runner 2049 is an audacious proposition: a $185 million film that doesn't patronise the audience or feel made by consortium. The Independent's Christopher Hooton, Jacob Stolworthy and Jack Shepherd discuss the film's controlled insanity and submit that director Denis Villeneuve is going to be a household name in the same way Christopher Nolan is. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

9 Oct 2017

Rank #12

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#16: Steven Soderbergh

The incredibly versatile and efficient director (Ocean's trilogy, Logan Lucky and more) talks to host Christopher Hooton about coming out of retirement, fucking with the studio system and the value of pseudonyms, before getting grilled on what he's been watching in 2017. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

11 Sep 2017

Rank #13

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#15: Adam Driver

In spite of Star Wars swallowing up most of his time, Adam Driver has still managed to fire out some great indies the past couple of years. He talks to Christopher Hooton about Paterson, While We're Young, his next Steven Soderbergh movie, Logan Lucky, his process and the importance of making a good meatloaf. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26mins

28 Aug 2017

Rank #14

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#14: David Lowery

After completing Disney animation 'Pete's Dragon', director David Lowery took a real left turn, heading to Texas with friends Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck and making weird, avant garde, self-funded indie film 'A Ghost Story' in secret. Chris Hooton talks to him about this bold move, Casey acting under a bed sheet for most of the movie, finding motivation in the face of the futility of existence, and how great pie is. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

14 Aug 2017

Rank #15