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Verbal Diorama

A show and tell show about movies

Hi. I'm Em. I love movies and tv. I also talk a lot. A podcast was therefore inevitable...Join me on my journey through the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Latest Episode3/30/2020

Clueless

Season 2, Ep. 37
Verbal Diorama returns from partying with the Haitians..... I mean from the hiatus.... for one of the greatest comedies ever made - Clueless.On the surface, just like any of the umpteen other 90s teen movies, but dig a little deeper and Clueless is a sharp, satirical and heartfelt look at teenagers; the way they speak, dress and think, in a thinly veiled adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel Emma. Witty, sweet and way existential, Amy Heckerling directed, wrote and and enlisted a perfect ensemble cast of relative unknowns who have mostly all gone on to bigger and better things; including the likes of Paul Rudd and the late Brittany Murphy.The star of the show is undoubtedly Alicia Silverstone, plucked from an Aerosmith video, into the role of shallow, but sweet Cher. Misguided in love and life (other than trips to the mall) but don't underestimate her. Cher contains surprise depth and character growth and knows her Shakespeare as well as her Alaia (it's like, a totally important designer!). Alicia Silverstone deserved to be a big star, but despite a few choice roles in the late 90s and early 00s her star never really materialised, but whatever.... she's a total Betty in this movie.This movie taught me the words 'sporadic' and 'tardy', and that there was such a thing as a Pauly Shore movie. There's not many movies that you can say teach you vernacular and that hold up this well 25 years later.And in conclusion may I please remind you that it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty.I would love to hear your thoughts onClueless! You can get in touch onTwitter@verbaldioramaInstagram@verbaldioramaFacebook@verbaldioramaYouTube@verbaldioramaLetterboxd@verbaldioramaor you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:verbaldiorama [at] gmail[dot] comThank you to patrons Simon E, Sade, Jardiel, Claudia, Simon B, Laurel and Derek for supporting Verbal Diorama!You can rate or review the show in iTunes or atApple Podcasts and Podchaserand I'd very much appreciate that!My website is athttps://verbaldiorama.comThanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:Sade from @offscreenbabble, for suggesting the episode and providing her thoughts in audio form.Twitter peepsAndy @geeksaladradio@kolbymac@TimeShiftersPod@TheSavageSlavInstagram pals@moviesatthematt@ec12172001@kerry_wadhwaFacebook chumsErik CarlsonTheme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme SongMusic by Chloe Enticott -Compositions by Chloe FacebookLyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.
3/1/2020

Treasure Planet

Season 2, Ep. 36
Welcome to the first episode of year two and the final episode of my ten-episode animation season.Gosh, Treasure Planet is stunning. Every detail of its aesthetic is glorious to behold, and the fact that its directors Ron Clements and John Musker were so determined to get it made is truly an outstanding achievement.From its illustrious pedigree, to the 70/30 rule, to the use of Deep Canvas, this is a technical marvel of an animated movie that just seems to have been largely forgotten, but it doesn't deserve to be.While there are issues, it really does stand up as one of the most beautiful Disney movies I've ever seen. And it's quite like Titan A.E. In more ways than one.I would love to hear your thoughts on Treasure Planet! You can get in touch onTwitter@verbaldioramaInstagram@verbaldioramaFacebook@verbaldioramaYouTube@verbaldioramaLetterboxd@verbaldioramaor you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:verbaldiorama [at] gmail[dot] comThank you to patrons Simon E, Sade, Jardiel, Claudia, Simon B, Laurel and Derek for supporting Verbal Diorama! To support the show on Patreon from just $2 a month, have a look over athttps://www.patreon.com/verbaldioramaand choose your Keanu - you can now get the majority of episodes early too!You can rate or review the show in iTunes or atApple Podcastsand I'd very much appreciate that!My website is athttps://verbaldiorama.comThanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:Twitter peeps@TheMidnightMyth@hanszargowInstagram pals@mobisze@whythisfilmpodcast@tmi_podcast2018Facebook chumsErik CarlsonAndy DeSistoTheme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme SongMusic by Chloe Enticott -Compositions by Chloe FacebookLyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.
2/6/2020

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Season 1, Ep. 32
"Alright, let's do this one last time. My name is Peter Parker. I was bitten by a radioactive spider, and for 10 years, I've been the one and only– Spider-Man. I'm pretty sure you know the rest.""Alright, people, let’s do this one last time. My name is PeterB.Parker. I was bitten by a radioactive spider. And for the last 22 years– I thought I was the one and only Spider-Man. What a day.I'm pretty sure you know the rest."""Alright, people. Let’s start at the beginning one last time. My name is Gwen Stacy. I was bitten by a radioactive spider, And for the last 2 years, I've been the one and only Spider-Woman. You guys know the rest.""My name is Peter Parker. I was bitten by a radioactive spider. In my universe, it's 1933 and I’m a private eye. I like to drink egg creams and I like to fight Nazis. A lot. Sometimes, I let matches burn down to my fingertips just to feel something, anything.""Hi, guys! Konichiwa! Hajimemashite yoroshiku! My name is Peni Parker. I was bitten by a radioactive spider. I'm from New York in the year 3145. I have a psychic link with a spider who lives inside my father's robot, and we're best friends forever.""My name is Peter Porker. I was bitten by a radioactive pig. I'm a photographer for the Daily Beagle. When I'm not pooching around, I'm working like a dog trying to sniff out the latest story. I frolic, and I dance, and I do this with my pants....""Okay, let's do this one last time, yeah? For real this time. This is it. My name is Miles Morales. I was bitten by a radioactive spider, And for like 2 days, I've been the one and only Spider-Man. I think you know the rest. I finished my essay, saved a bunch of people, got hit by a drone, I did this with my dad, met my roommate finally, slapped a sticker where my dad's never gonna find it, and when I feel alone, like no one understands what I'm going through, I remember my friends who get it. I never thought I'd be able to do any of this stuff, but I can. Anyone can wear the mask. You could wear the mask. If you didn't know that before, I hope you do now. 'Cause I'm Spider-Man, and I'm not the only one. Not by a long shot."I would love to hear your thoughts onSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! You can get in touch onTwitter@verbaldioramaInstagram@verbaldioramaFacebook@verbaldioramaYouTube@verbaldioramaLetterboxd@verbaldioramaor you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:verbaldiorama [at] gmail[dot] comThank you to patrons Simon E, Sade, Jardiel, Claudia, Simon B, Laurel and Derek for supporting Verbal Diorama! To support the show on Patreon from just $2 a month, have a look over athttps://www.patreon.com/verbaldioramaand choose your Keanu - you can now get the majority of episodes early too!You can rate or review the show in iTunes or atApple Podcastsand I'd very much appreciate that!My website is athttps://verbaldiorama.comThanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:Twitter peepsAndy @geeksaladradio@capunderstands@derekjones198@FilmBustersPaul@trivia_chic@TimeShiftersPod@bingeablespod@FWESpodcast@moviesandteapod@TCbyTC@Stuntgoat75@TroytlePowerInstagram pals@kolbytoldme@eatcrime@friends_and_flayers@contrarianprimeFacebook chumsLaurel Hostak JonesTheme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme SongMusic by Chloe Enticott -Compositions by Chloe FacebookLyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.
1/30/2020

The Lego Movie

Season 1, Ep. 31
One day, a talented lass or fellow,a special one with face of yellow,will make the Piece of Resistance foundfrom it's hiding refuge underground,and with a noble army at the helm,this Master Builder will thwart the Kragle and save the realm,and be the greatest, most interesting, most important person of all times.All this is true because it rhymes.Lego, the most popular toy in the entire world, does not need a movie based on it. In fact, Lego executives originally didn't want it to be made. They didn't want it to potentially tarnish their legacy; a brand that had been successful for almost 70 years and sold 600 billion bricks.The fact that The Lego Movie exists is amazing in itself. That it's not just a shameless feature-length advertisement for toys is even more so. It's witty, smart, fun and appeals to all ages, a lot like the toy bricks it's representing but unlike those bricks, there are no rules other than the rule of enjoyment.It parodies everything, pays homage to everything, details everything and exaggerates everything. This movie really does have everything.EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!I would love to hear your thoughts onThe Lego Movie! You can get in touch onTwitter@verbaldioramaInstagram@verbaldioramaFacebook@verbaldioramaYouTube@verbaldioramaLetterboxd@verbaldioramaor you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:verbaldiorama [at] gmail[dot] comThank you to our Patreon Producer Sade, patrons Simon E, Jardiel, Claudia and Simon B for supporting Verbal Diorama! To support the show on Patreon from just $2 a month, have a look over athttps://www.patreon.com/verbaldioramaand choose your Keanu - you can now get the majority of episodes early too!You can rate or review the show in iTunes or atApple Podcastsand I'd very much appreciate that!My website is athttps://verbaldiorama.comThanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:Twitter peepsAndy @geeksaladradio@derekjones198@Pulp Cereal@TheIridescentA1Instagram pals@heamcast@snuggles2005Facebook chumsAndy DeSistoErik CarlsonTheme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme SongMusic by Chloe Enticott -Compositions by Chloe FacebookLyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.SPACESHIP!SPACESHIP!SPACESHIP!