Pong Fiction

Pong Fiction

A podcast co-hosted by Gus and Nick, who like to talk about all things movies and tv, and play all things pong! As in ping pong. Every month we take a deep dive into the latest movie of the month, a throwback classic, some awards season buzz and predictions, a chat with a spicy special guest, surprise special segments, the heated match of pong, and, generally, just pondering the meaning of life. Why are we here? Only Keanu knows. Pong fiction is a podcast that appreciates and explores the nature of filmmaking, life, creativity, philosophy, and Sean Chandler's youtube channel. "So with that in mind", if you love film, tv, the Oscars, the Emmys, gaining insight into the minds of some spicy individuals, the answers to all the big questions in life, and Timothee Chalamet... This relaxing hour going to sleep, working out, doing chores or just having a bit of quiet time might brighten in consequence. And if you've read this whole description and still won't press "play", thanks for the support champion. All podcasts are made beautiful by the exquisite Editor Luca, a friend of the show and regular guest. - Your hosts Nick and Gus. Podcast upload will be on the last day of every month at 8:30pm. AEST

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April 24, 2021 42 min
Host Nick just takes a quick sitdown to take you, shmucks, through all 23 categories of the Oscars coming up in a couple of days. It includes what he'd pick if he were a betting man as well as if he were himself; which he is. Many burning questions are answered: will the brits help Hopkins dethrone Boseman? Has Mulligan lost steam after losing SAG? And does it even matter that she "would've won BAFTA"? Is Nomadland ...
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The Easter edition of Pong Fiction has arrived, and it's a little empty to be quite honest. Host Luca joins Nick as they debate the realm of anime, and his obsession with it (he dubs it folks!). Full Metal Alchemist, Naruto, Deathnote and Haikyu!! are all topics of conversation plus the return of the B'Odenc*ck in John Wick's working-class, edgy cousin Nobody. We review that film as well as have our famous game of pong,...
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We're finally back for the first episode of Pong Fiction's 2021 season. This episode covers our adventures over the months of February and March, in which we watched a shit tonne of films including Minarrrrrr (Minari), Nomadland, Promising Young Woman and even Host Nick's very own directorial debut 'In This Climate'. We have a chat about them and how ok they are, and how fantastic Host Nick's is (not really ...
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January 28, 2021 113 min
Host Luca returns, and we sweep through some stuff we've been watching, including how 'The Queen's Gambit' trumps all other chess films, how 'Wonder Woman 1984' is rivalling 'KB2' for worst film of 2020 and how Kung Fu Panda 2 could be one of the greatest animated sequels of all time. But the real main event of Pong Fiction's December edition is our full breakdown as well as ranking of the entire...
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Host Gus is back, and we give our thoughts on Christopher Nolan's 'cinema saviour' 'Tenet', as well as Sofia Coppola's dramedy 'On the Rocks'. Is Tenet ahead of its time? Is 'On the Rocks' deeper than you thought? All that and more in this November edition of Pong Fiction.
And if you've read this far and still haven't pressed 'play', thanks for the support champ!
Sincerely,
- You...
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November 16, 2020 67 min
The October edition of Pong Fiction is here... and late again as usual! (soz :)
Co-host Luca and I finally took a trip to the cinema this month and saw Aaron Sorkin's oscar-hopeful 'The Trial of the Chicago 7'. We give it a good old review, analyse its oscar chances and reminisce about the beauty of Eddie Redmayne's Razzie-winning performance in 'Jupiter Ascending'. We also have a quick chat about 'Borat...
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September 30, 2020 100 min
Welcome to the September edition of Pong Fiction. Although we may not have initially anticipated it, there was a lot to talk about this month! This episode we have a chat about the newly redistributed Cobra Kai, and its guilty pleasure-level trashiness. We also review the winners and losers at the Emmys, and the sole reason behind Luca's hatred for the television academy. Hint: his name is Saul. We do a SPOILER review of the ne...
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Just a quick 25-minute final predictions episode for the 23 categories of the Emmy Awards. I give my picks, as well as a couple of joker cards to watch out for.
Have fun, and I made sure to keep it as short and succinct as possible.
- Your host Nick
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New month, new episode, new format, new co-host. Pong Fiction is back with our August edition. Due to some changes, we welcome our new co-host Luca, former editor. And this episode is a bit more chilled. Instead of complete segments, just an uncut 70-minute conversation about what we watched recently, a total DC Fandome breakdown, how shocking the Kissing Booth franchise is, our regular ping pong battle, how Gervais balances comedy...
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Pong Fiction: The July Edition is finally here (!), and despite the slight 2-week delay (sorry bout that...), this episode is our biggest and most GLORIOUS one yet, with a multiplicity of content -- both old and new -- coming in red-hot! This month we review the critically divided Richard Linklater's "Where d'you go, Bernadette?" (The one with Brunette Cate Blanchett that landed a surprise golden globe nomination). ...
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This June edition of Pong Fiction is our biggest yet! Clocking up at over 100 minutes, this month we are finally back at the pong table, reviewing harder and deeper than ever. Although cinemas still are closed due to the current global pandemic, that didn't stop us from scouring streaming service giant Netflix for our throwback special, Hiyao Miyazaki's 2001 spectacle Spirited Away, and our revised Oscar Buzz pick, Spike Le...
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The Pong Fiction May edition is here and it's a more mellow one this time around. We are unable to bring you the swift sound of pong due to social distancing from COVID-19. However, this does not deter us as we switch our attention to streaming services. This week we look at Master of None. co-creator Alan Yang's new Netflix original drama Tigertail, as well reminisce in the glory of throwback film Stephen Frears' Philo...
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The premiere episode of Pong Fiction is here, and there's a lot going on. This April special features a whole lot of things movies, while we play a whole lot of things pong, as in ping pong. Non-spoiler reviews for the Netflix original All The Bright Places and critic darling Queen and Slim headline the first segment as we roast the former and praise the latter. Later, we have our special guest Brother Sam for our post-show ana...
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