Wanna Watch

Wanna Watch

We've watched a lot of movies, but not all the movies. Time to fix that by sharing our most memorable movies with a guest (and you true believer). They get to watch a movie for the first time, we get to rewatch our favourites and have a chat about the things we love. And by we, we mean Luke and Hamza (@instahamz). Join us for chats about how movies have shaped us, what we want from movies and other random tangents that take our fancy. You've got just the right excuse to watch that classic you've always meant to see or dust off and rewatch an old fave .Music by E.M.M.A. (@oiiiemma).

Episodes

April 8, 2021 56 min

Actor, improviser, tuba-player, the legend Mark Beltzman (https://markbeltzman.com/) chats about Citizen Kane with Luke and Hamza (@instahamz).

Influential and still frighteningly relevant today, Orson Wells 1941 drama about a media magnate who runs for office and builds his own Xanadu, brings up talks about connection in acting, online performance and visiting the real Hearst castle.


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Matt Smith joins Luke and Hamza (@instahamz) to share his insights into city finance and Wall Street. The film stars Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, with Daryl Hannah, Sean Young and Martin Sheen.

We talk about real life Gordon Geckos (Michael Douglas) and why Oliver Stone's critique of Wall Street was taken as inspiration by City Bois.


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Clown Hanna Winter went on an adventure, and that adventure was the debut of Buckaroo Banzai. rock-star, brain surgeon, test-pilot.

We gush over the epic cast of Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow, and Clancy Brown. And try to work out exactly what was going on.



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March 11, 2021 60 min

Director Chryssanthi Kouri is here to talk about The Apartment.  Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray in Billy Wilder's comedy romance.

We talk about loneliness in the big city, truth and romance and Hamza blows his top. 

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March 3, 2021 71 min

Akie Kotabe  (@akiekotabe) joins Luke and Hamza (@instahamz) for a true classic, Seven Samurai.

We delve into the genius of Akira Kurosawa's directing,  Toshiro Mifune's physical performance and the film's lasting influence on cinema.




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February 25, 2021 72 min

Improviser Chris Mead (@MrChrisMead), joins Luke and Hamza (@instahamz) to talk about Under the Skin. Jonathan Glazer directs Scarlett Johansson in a largely improvised performance as an alien stalking men in Glasgow.

Potent imagery, and hair-raising music inspire a discussion about improvising, if an alien could fit into earth society and what we've all had enough of in movies.


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February 18, 2021 81 min

Josh Burdett (@joshburdett1), legendary actor, joins Luke and Hamza (@instahamz) to talk about The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) directed by Paolo Sorrentino. A magic trick of a film, that follows journalist Jep Gambardella as he tries to find meaning amongst the glamorati of Rome.


We talk about finding great beauty amongst the cynicism of the world, how to achieve true confidence (according to a lawyer), and what drove ...

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February 4, 2021 80 min

Publicist and entertainment writer Katy Davies talks Orlando, the 1992 tale of a sex-shifting immortal. Based on a novel by Virginia Woolf, its stars Tilda Swinton, with appearances by Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Toby Jones and more.

We talk gender roles, finding your true voice and self-acceptance. Can we ever be as cool as Tilda riding a motorbike?

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December 23, 2020 122 min

Three idiots talk about the classic Frank Capra picture, It's a Wonderful Life. Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed are a loving couple, Henry Travers is Clarence the Angel.

Luke, Hamza (@instahamz) and Bill Barberis (@billbarberis) are the three idiots, discussing life, philosophy and bacteria, in a bonus-length episode.

We delve into modern politics, individuality vs collectivism and how language affects our view of the world.


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December 16, 2020 65 min

Hamza(@instahamz) gets a Christmas wish when singer and loon Anja Bibby (@anjabibby) comes to talk about Holiday Inn.

The crooning of Bing Crosby meets Fred Astaire's dancing,  supported by Marjorie Reynolds who can do both. Irving Berlin's song and dance numbers remain timeless classics. But does the madcap romance live up to today's high standards of art? 

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December 9, 2020 70 min

Stand-up and Improviser Pernilla Haaland (@pdogcomedy) just watched Carol,  Todd Haynes romantic drama starring  Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in 1950s America.

Human drama, Ibsen, lesbians in love and fur, Luke and Hamza (@instahamz) cover it all.  We talk about why we all love this film and what it says about society and our own identities.


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December 1, 2020 94 min

Clown and street performer Zoe Hughes (@ZoeRHughes),  watched Die Hard, the ultimate Christmas movie. John McTiernan directs Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman in the action thriller that launched a franchise.

Luke and Hamza (@instahamz) are locked in the same podcast. Together they navigate the air ducts of American 80s politics, the joy of action heroes and a change to the Luke and Hamza family.

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November 25, 2020 75 min

Ip Man is a 2008 Kung Fu biopic about the eponymous grandmaster of Wing Chung, played by Donnie Yen.  Fight choreography by Sammo Hung makes this film set during the Sino-Japanese war a balletic blast of duty and honour.

Sean Niu is the host of The Electric Image Express, a podcast exploring Asian-American identify through film and TV. 

The two collide in this episode to create a far-ranging discussion. Luke and Hamza (@instahamz...

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November 19, 2020 56 min

Somebody didn't like Salvador.  How can you not love James Woods and Jim Belushi amidst the Salvadorian civil war?  Oliver Stone does what he does best, dissecting the American Dream in this 1986 flick.

Returning guest film-maker Jacob Migicovsky (@jaymidge) was enthralled by the story-telling.  We talk divorcing yourself from the dream,  and how story-telling can work with its medium.

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November 11, 2020 76 min

Comedy actor and improviser Charles Pettitt joins Luke and Hamza (@instahamz) to delve into the mystery of Mulholland Drive. David Lynch's breath-taking Hollywood mystery has Naomi Watts and Laura Harring trying to survive film industry machinations.

We experience the pains of Hollywood, dream interpretations, SNL auditions, turning failure into success and even, perhaps, a little friendship along the way.

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November 4, 2020 73 min

Improviser and sketch wizard Paul Creasy (https://anchor.fm/next-level-sketch) talks Scarface with Luke and Hamza (@instahamz).

80s excess, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, script by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian De Palma, this movie has it all. Including Octavio,  the blessed Octavio.


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October 28, 2020 76 min

Actor Angela Peters  (http://ukactorstweetup.com/), joins Luke and Hamza (@instahamz) to chat about The Shining. Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's novel is our final spooky  film for Halloween. Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall's iconic performances chill the very bones.

We chat about this pop culture monster that has been referenced everywhere from The Simpsons to Premier Inn adverts. Our chat covers th...

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October 25, 2020 74 min

Trainee clinical psychologist Alex Fradera joins Luke and Hamza (@instahamz) to peer deep into the psyche of Trump's America, humanity and the comedy of the clown, in the second Borat film.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Maria Bakalova's quest across America to gift the US President turns up a discussion about cringe comedy, post-truth satire and finding the line.

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October 22, 2020 68 min

The cult classic British horror movie, Dog Soldiers is the feast for us today. Tristan Tetteroo, improviser and writer, is one of the lads for this chat about squaddies vs Werewolves.

Directed by Neil Marshall and starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd and Liam Cunningham,  the movie provokes a chat about using your budget properly, male bonding and our scant knowledge of army life.

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October 15, 2020 70 min


We talk blood, religion and sex with E.M.M.A. the music producer that made our very own intro music.

Our October horror film this time is Carrie (1976), Brian De Palma's adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Standout performances from Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie make this a true classic of the genre. Heart-breaking tragedy and John Travolta's first big screen role await.

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