She's got a point. She's an icon, she is a legend, and she is the moment.
It's M3GAN, bot.
That's right it's the smash hit by kiwi director Gerard Johnstone. Available in cinemas now, the Mixed Bag crew head to the cinema once against to see if this robot is a TikTok flash in the pan or the real deal.
A brilliant toy company roboticist uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN, a life-like doll programmed to emotionally bond with her newly orphaned niece. But when the doll’s programming works too well, she becomes overprotective of her new friend with terrifying results.
Starring Allison Williams and a bevy of New Zealand talent, join us as we determine if, like friendship, filmmaking has evolved. 🤖
Pop Corner discussions: The Traitors, The Circle, The Appeal, The Hobbit, Where Lies the Water, The Fablemans and Oscar predictions.
We said we were starting 2023 strong so we're recalling our 12th episode Avatar, a whole THREE years ago (we said 2 on the pod whoops) with the long-awaited sequel Avatar: The Way of Water.
Did James Cameron prove everybody wrong? Well, financially yes. But how does the story hold up? Are we really that jazzed to be back in Pandora?
Shout out to the wonderful folks at Weta Digital for their incredible work, we don't have anything bad to say about their work but does Jake Sully and his family hold our attention for another three hours? Listen in to hear what we thought and let us know your thoughts on our socials.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Happy holidays Baguettes! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day yesterday if you celebrate and are having a well-earned break.
Now that it's Boxing Day, it's the perfect time to kick up your feet and hear our annual tradition of inviting Lucas Neal on to discuss a Christmas movie! This year we're diving back to 2004 for The Polar Express by Robert Zemeckis. Along with our extraordinary baking guest, listen out for an additional surprise appearance somewhere in the podcast!
When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
You know it, you've had nightmares about it but when a movie stars beloved dad of Hollywood Tom Hanks and an extraordinary train who don't need no tracks, surely we've got a ticket to ride to the North Pole?
How many episodes must a podcast release before they cover Bob Dylan?
89 it appears because today we're covering I'm Not There (2007) by Todd Haynes!
Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon and revealing how Dylan constantly reinvented himself.
Is this new approach to a musical biopic a rolling stone or just blowin in the wind? Will the combined talent of Cate Blanchett in drag, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and Ben Whishaw overpower us? And how come we compare this to Cloud Atlas so often?
All this and more in our latest episode cover the man, the legend, Bobby D. Are you Bobhead?
We're heading back to 2001, the year when Shrek was king and when you could just gather some comedians and get them to do some antics and insane stunts!
That's right it's Rat Race! Starring John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Green, John Lovitz, Kathy Najimy and more.
A Las Vegas casino tycoon entertains his wealthiest high rollers by pitting six ordinary people against each other in a wild dash for $2 million jammed into a locker hundreds of miles away. The only rule in this race is that there are no rules.
A childhood favourite of James and never seen by Matt, what will the Mixed Bag crew think? Experience the Squirrel Lady played by Kathy Bates, an iconic concert performance by the hit band of the year (they're an All Star) and some very questionable jokes, check out Rat Race!
As we begin a round of personal picks, Matt has chosen a genre the likes of which we haven't glimpsed in many a year, we take you back to 2003 with Mona Lisa Smile.
Featuring an incredibly stacked cast including Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles, Kristen Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Marcia Gay Harden, Mona Lisa Smile follows the story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women’s private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, United States.IN A WORLD THAT TOLD THEM HOW TO THINK, SHE SHOWED THEM HOW TO LIVE
Will Cass, James and Matt find inspiration in this art history teacher? Will be standing on our desks saying O Katherine, my Katherine? Or is this a case of Mona Lisa Frown?
🎃 Happy Halloween! 🎃
That's right, it's the spooky season again and we've invited the foe of the podcast Mike Bryant back to talk about 90s nostalgia 'Casper' (1995) starring Bull Pullman and Christina Ricci!
Afterlife therapist Dr. James Harvey and his daughter Kat move into an old mansion, and soon Kat meets Casper, the ghost of a young boy who’s “the friendliest ghost you know.” But not so friendly are Casper’s uncles–Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie–who are determined to drive all “fleshies” away. (Sourced from Letterboxd)
Go back to the 90s and relive the questionable cameos from Mel Gibson and Clint Eastwood(??), the soundstage sets and debate whether Casper's behaviour is sweet or creepy. All this and a Lazarus machine in our latest spooooky episode!
No need for a spit-take! You read that correctly, it's our Don't Worry Darling episode.
We're getting into the (miss) Flo of the 2022 blockbusters with this special episode, covering the controversy-ridden psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and directed by Olivia Wilde.
A 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.
Is this movie all Styles and no substance? How truly Wilde does it get? Are we Pine-ing for more? Find out whether Cass, Matt and James are worrying or in wonder right now.
It's our final episode of You Must Remember Mixed and we've got some zany brothers to send us off!
That's right, It's the Marx Bros' A Day at the Races (1937) (we incorrectly attribute it to '35 in the ep, our bad!)
Doctor Hugo Hackenbush, Tony, and Stuffy try and save Judy’s farm by winning a big race with her horse. There are a few problems. Hackenbush runs a high priced clinic for the wealthy who don’t know he has his degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Does Cassandra's childhood favourite hold up on inspection? What the hell is the plot? Is James going to be chill with so many rogue horses? All this and more in our final look in the series.
Whatever we land on for A Day at the Races, check out some old movies and Don't Worry Darlings, we'll be back with something new very soon!
With Matt away, Cass and James will play!
The Quick Mix returns for a significantly shorter episode where we discuss See How They Run, The Amazing Race, The Devil and the Dark Water, The Terror and I'm Glad My Mom Died.
We'll all be back next week for a full episode on our final entry of You Must Remember Mixed.
You Must Remember Mixed continues with the 1947's Best Picture winner Gentleman's Agreement!
A magazine writer poses as a Jew to expose anti-Semitism. This super yikes premise stars Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and John Garfield. Will the well-meaning 40s film hold up or be horribly dated? Directed by Elia Kazan (On The Waterfront, Streetcar Named Desire), join Matt, Cass and James as they continue to travel back through time and see the mixed entries from the 20th century.
It's the first episode of 'You Must Remember Mixed' our season of looking back into the 20th century and picking some mixed bags from Old Hollywood!
Kicking off our series is the 1948 film Rope, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart.
Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.
Can Hitchcock make a play adaptation engaging? And what's with the filmmaking style? Is this all in one take?? Join us as we dive into the story inspired by the murderers/lovers Leopold and Loeb.
Go Speed Racer, go!
We're racing into this week with the action packed Speed Racer (2008) by The Wachowskis, selected by our new guest Fynn Bodley-Davis!
A historic flop of its release, Speed Racer took the shine off the Wachowskis when it first appeared but going back and opening the hood, there's a lot going on in this machine of metal. Is it incoherent and spluttering oil, a sleek automobile or something in between?
Join us and be pulled back into the world of 2008!
If you're an Oscar completionist and need to see all the Academy-Award nominated performances of that year, you technically have to see Bombshell (2019)!
Featuring a star-studded cast of Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and introducing Make Up, join Matt, Cass and James as they see if this examination of the FOX news scandal is a gripping biopic or a cash grab capitalising on an important movement.
Mmm thank you veryyy muuuuch
For your patience! Apologies that this was uploaded later than normal, we recorded ahead of schedule and then Cass and James just went off and decided to have a lovely holiday before editing and scheduling it in.
But now, without further ado, we return to the wonderful world of Baz this week with Elvis, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, returning to his true-true origins and giving us a truly mixed bag performance.
Will we be sparkled with Bazzle Dazzle once again or is this nothing like a Baz flick, and will we be left crying all the time?
It's Pride Month in America and we thought we'd invite along an incredible guest, Aimee Smith, wave our colourful flags and watch the lesbian cult film But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, RuPaul and New Zealand's own Melanie Lynskey!
"Megan is an all-American girl. A cheerleader. She has a boyfriend. But Megan doesn’t like kissing her boyfriend very much. And she’s pretty touchy with her cheerleader friends. Her conservative parents worry that she must be a lesbian and send her off to “sexual redirection” school, where she must, with other lesbians and gays learn how to be straight."
Join Matt, James, Cass and Aimee as they take a look at one of the very few lesbian rom-coms and determine whether our squad should be cheering or cringing. Whatever we land on, 🏳️🌈 Happy Pride! Keep being fabulous 💋
I feel the need... the need for speed!
With TOP GUN: MAVERICK being a colossal hit in the Box Office, the Mixed Bag team decided to visit the original, a film none of them had seen.
They were not familiar with such iconic names as Iceman, Jocker and Goose. We truly were in for a treat. Did James, Cass and Matt enjoy the homoeroticism of this Tony Scott classic? What about the propaganda for the military? And while this film can easily be awarded a Top Gun, does it deserve a bag or a biff?
*a gentle whisper* Gatsby...
It's the final episode of 'All That Baz!' (for now...) it's 2013's The Great Gatsby!
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio in one of his final boyish charm roles, Tobey Maguire as pining Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as her hubby Tom and THE TALLEST WOMAN ALIVE Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.
Chuck on that green light and get borne back ceaselessly into the past with another Mixed Bag...
There was a Baz, a very strange enchanted Baz…
It’s our 75th episode and we’re celebrating with another one of our original picks when we first created this podcast, a film that truly represents the term All That Baz, Moulin Rouge!
Made in 2001 with Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge’s impact on culture was indelible. But is it any good?
Twenty-one years later, Cass, Matt and James turn their eye towards the frenetic, cringe and zany world of the Moulin Rouge and try to determine if we’ll love this until our dying day, come what may, or is it more than we can stand? (ugh such a roxanne). There’s only one way to find out listeners…
1:40 - Popcorner
26:01 - Feature Presentation & All That Baz Intro
42:16 - Most Visually Pleasing (Hot Butter)
1:40:25 - Bag or Biff
*Extremely stereotypical larrikin voice*
We've got dingos, we've got shrimp on barbies and we called over Hugh and Nicole to do a bit of the ol' pretend!
It's the first episode of All That Baz with his 2008 epic Australia. Available now on Disney+
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces firsthand. (Sourced from Letterboxd)
00:00 - Start04:23 - Pop Corner34:37 - Feature Presentation45:32 - MVP (Hot Butter)1:27:14 - Pinocchio tangent1:32:34 - Bag or Biff