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Close-Up Culture Podcast

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It's time for a tasty debrief! Join James Prestridge and Anna Mayers as they dive into the films they have seen this week.

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BFI London Film Festival 2021

October 19th, 2021


Anna and James review short films from the 2021 BFI London Film Festival. 

Anna Talks To Steph McNeil About Mental Health

September 3rd, 2021


In this Tasty Debrief, Anna talks to Steph McNeil, an actor and creator, about mental health and how it can be affected by acting, social media, the entertainment industry and everyday life.

He's All That & Free Guy

September 2nd, 2021


Anna and James review He's All That & Free Guy.

Tasty Debrief: Spencer - Trailer Review

September 2nd, 2021


James gives his quick thoughts on the trailer for Pablo Larraín's film, Spencer.

Tasty Debrief: Zola

August 31st, 2021


Anna reviews Janicza Bravo's film, Zola.

Tasty Debrief: The Courier

August 16th, 2021


Anna reviews the true-life spy thriller, The Courier. 

Black Widow & Old

August 1st, 2021


Anna and James give their thoughts on Black Widow and Old.

Tasty Debrief: People Places Things

July 26th, 2021


Anna gives her thoughts on the 2015 film, People Places Things.

A Quiet Place Part II

June 28th, 2021


Anna and James talk about A Quiet Place Part II, How I Live Now and much more.

Tasty Debrief: Cruella

June 21st, 2021


Anna gives her thoughts on the new Disney film, Cruella.

Tasty Debrief: The Woman In The Window

June 19th, 2021


James gives some quick thoughts on The Woman In The Window.

Promising Young Woman & Nomadland

June 3rd, 2021


Anna and James review Promising Young Woman and Nomadland.

Tasty Debrief: Ready Or Not

June 3rd, 2021


Anna reviews the 2019 film, Ready Or Not.

Tasty Debrief: Happiest Season

June 1st, 2021


Anna talks about the 2020 Christmas movie, Happiest Season.

Tasty Debrief: Olivia Rodrigo, Sour

May 26th, 2021


Anna reviews Olivia Rodrigo's debut album, Sour.

Tasty Debrief: The Mitchells Vs. The Machines

May 26th, 2021


Anna gives her thoughts on The Mitchells Vs. The Machines.

Tasty Debrief: Godzilla V Kong

May 25th, 2021


James returns to the cinema and gives his thoughts on Godzilla V Kong.

Tasty Debrief: About A Boy

May 14th, 2021


Anna gives her thoughts on the Nick Hornby book, About A Boy.

Sound Of Metal & Palm Springs

May 6th, 2021


Anna and James discuss Sound Of Metal and Palm Springs.

Tasty Debrief: Fearless (Taylor's Version)

April 9th, 2021


Anna gives her thoughts on Taylor Swift's re-recorded version of her 2008 album, Fearless.

I Care A Lot

April 4th, 2021


Topics include:

- I Care A Lot

- Jennifer's Body

- Misery

- Suicide Squad 2 Trailer

- The Flight Attendant

- Temptation Island

- Apostle

- The Hunt

Tasty Debrief: The Second Sleep

March 27th, 2021


Anna gives her thoughts on Robert Harris' book, The Second Sleep.

Tasty Debrief: Dark Places

March 26th, 2021


Anna reviews Gillian Flynn's book Dark Places.

Tasty Debrief: Your Honor

March 24th, 2021


It's the first episode of the Tasty Debrief! James gives his mini review of the TV show, Your Honor.


March 23rd, 2021


Anna and James discuss the Amy Poehler film, Moxie.

100th Episode Special

March 16th, 2021


It's the 100th episode special! Join Anna and James as they reminisce about the podcast and name some of their favourite moments.

The Dig

March 11th, 2021


Anna and James give their thoughts on The Dig.

Malcolm & Marie

March 7th, 2021


Anna and James give their thoughts on Malcolm & Marie.

Books We Want To Be Turned Into Films

February 25th, 2021


Anna and James discuss books and other ideas they'd like to see turned into films.

Disaster Movie

February 20th, 2021


Anna and James review Disaster Movie (2008).


February 10th, 2021


Anna and James review the Amazon Prime film, Songbird.

One Night In Miami

February 7th, 2021


Anna and James review One Night In Miami.

Euphoria: F**k Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob

January 31st, 2021


Anna and James review Euphoria: F**k Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob.

Saint Frances

January 23rd, 2021


Anna and James review the Netflix film Saint Frances.

Pieces Of A Woman

January 17th, 2021


Anna and James review the Netflix film Pieces Of A Woman.

Hillbilly Elegy

January 10th, 2021


Anna and James review Hillbilly Elegy.

The Best Films, TV Shows & Music Of 2020

December 30th, 2020


Anna and James discuss their favourite - and least favourite - things to come out of 2020.

Favourite Christmas Movies

December 25th, 2020


Anna and James share their favourite Christmas movies. 

From The Hat: Christmas Special

December 20th, 2020


Anna and James answer some Christmassy questions.

Euphoria: Trouble Don't Last Always - Review

December 11th, 2020


Anna and James review Euphoria: Trouble Don't Last Always.

Fantasy Christmas Movies & TV Special

December 6th, 2020


Anna and James pitch their fantasy Christmas movies and a TV special.

Badly Explained Movies Plots

November 27th, 2020


Anna and James try to decode a selection of badly explained movie plots.

I'm Thinking Of Ending Things - Film Review

November 22nd, 2020


Anna and James review Charlie Kaufman's film I'm Thinking Of Ending Things.

Raindance 2020 Short Films

November 15th, 2020


Anna goes solo to review some short films from the 2020 Raindance Film Festival.

Stardust - Film Review

November 7th, 2020


Anna and James review the new David Bowie biopic, Stardust.

Rebecca - Film Review

November 7th, 2020


Anna and James watch the new Netflix film, 'Rebecca'.

Saint Maud

October 31st, 2020


Anna and James head to Cineworld for the last time in a while to review Saint Maud.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm / Borat 2

October 24th, 2020


Anna and James review 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan'.

BFI London Film Festival 2020 - Short Films

October 20th, 2020


Anna and James review a selection of short films from the BFI London Film Festival.

The Devil All The Time

October 12th, 2020


Anna and James review The Devil All The Time.

Enola Holmes

October 4th, 2020


Anna and James fire up Netflix to review Enola Holmes.

Bill & Ted Face The Music Review

September 20th, 2020


Anna and James attempt to review Bill & Ted Face The Music.

Shia LaBeouf Special: Holes & Honey Boy

September 14th, 2020


Anna and James talk about two Shia LaBeouf films, Holes and Honey Boy.

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August 31st, 2020


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Tenet Review

August 31st, 2020


Anna and James head back to the cinema to review Christopher Nolan's new film, Tenet.

I May Destroy You - Part 2

August 23rd, 2020


Anna and James review the final six episodes of May I Destroy You.

I May Destroy You - Part 1

August 15th, 2020


Anna and James chat about the first six episodes of the BBC series, May I Destroy You.

My Neighbour Totoro & Spirited Away

August 10th, 2020


Anna and James review two more Studio Ghibli films, My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away.

The Muppets & The Big Lebowski

August 3rd, 2020


Anna and James discuss their favourite films of all time, The Muppets and The Big Lebowski.

Kiki's Delivery Service & Howl's Moving Castle

July 12th, 2020


Anna and James review two more Studio Ghibli films, Kiki's Delivery Service & Howl's Moving Castle.

Kristen Stewart Special: Clouds Of Sils Maria & Personal Shopper

July 5th, 2020


Anna and James chat about their mutual love of Kristen Stewart. They talk about her upcoming role as Princess Diana, 'Crickets', 'Clouds Of Sils …

The Little Mermaid & Waterworld

June 28th, 2020


Anna and James review two recommended bad films.

The Poet And The Plant Interview

June 19th, 2020


Anna interviews directors Tom Basis and Robert Summerlin about their short film, 'The Poet And The Plant'. 

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Twilight Is Better Than Harry Potter

June 14th, 2020


James and Anna share their thoughts on Twilight, lip twitches, vampire baseball, and much more.

Serenity & October Kiss

June 8th, 2020


James and Anna review October Kiss (2015) and Serenity (2019).

Fantasy Movies: Jack Nicholson & Barney The Dinosaur In A Horror

May 30th, 2020


Anna and James build fantasy movies with a budget of £15 million. What will they dream up?

Anna pitches a horror starring Jack Nicholson and Barney …

The Worst Movies Of All Time? Little Man & Tall Girl

May 23rd, 2020


Anna and James try to understand two critically panned films, Tall Girl and Little Man.

Film & TV Debate

May 18th, 2020


Anna and James debate and discuss a series of topics:

- Who is the best female character from an action movie?

- Which superhero would win the Hunger …

The Big Film Quiz 3

May 10th, 2020


It is a battle of the brothers as Mark defends his Close-Up Culture Film Quiz crown against James.

Porco Rosso & The Wind Rises

May 2nd, 2020


Anna and James review two Studio Ghibli films that are currently streaming on Netflix, Porco Rosso and The Wind Rises. 

Mid90s & Colette

April 27th, 2020


Anna and James review two films on Netflix - Mid90s and Colette.

The Big Film Quiz 2

April 18th, 2020


Anna takes on Mark in the second Close-Up Culture Podcast film quiz. Will Anna keep hold of the Pawny trophy?

Audrey Hepburn Special: Roman Holiday & Breakfast At Tiffany's

April 12th, 2020


Anna and James discuss two classic films starring the great Audrey Hepburn. 

All The Bright Places & Midsommar

April 4th, 2020


Anna and James keep a 6ft distance as they review 'All The Bright Places' and 'Midsommar'. 

50th Episode Special: The Big Film Quiz

March 28th, 2020


To celebrate the 50th episode of the podcast, Anna and James face off in a big film quiz. Who will emerge as the first Close-Up Culture Quiz Master. 

Downhill & The Invisible Man

March 21st, 2020


Anna and James review the last films they show before cinemas shut down for the foreseeable future. 

Staying Home Suggestions

March 21st, 2020


In this bonus episode, Anna and James offer their film, TV and book suggestions for those stuck at home. 

Nostalgia Films

March 16th, 2020


Anna and James take a trip down memory lane as they discuss films from their childhood. Warning: contains painfully embarrassing stories. 

Greed & Uncut Gems

March 9th, 2020


This week's episode of the podcast sees Anna and James take on 'Greed' and 'Uncut Gems'.

Topics include:

- The billionaire who inspired 'Greed'

- The …

Sonic The Hedgehog & Emma

March 3rd, 2020


James and Anna are back! This week they sit down to talk about 'Emma' and 'Sonic The Hedgehog'. 

Topics include:

- Mini review of 'The Lighthouse'

- Sonic The Hedgehog video games

- Was the 'Sonic The Hedgehog' …

Birds Of Prey & A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood

February 23rd, 2020


Mister Rogers and Harley Quinn are the talk of this week's podcast!Anna and James deep dive into 'A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood' and 'Birds Of …


February 17th, 2020


Anna and James dedicate an entire episode of the podcast to talking about Bong Joon-Ho's Oscar-winning film, 'Parasite'. 

Topics include:

- Anna vs the weather

- James' birthday

- Military Wives & Sharon Hogan

- The …

Bombshell & Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

February 9th, 2020


On this week's episode of the Close-Up Culture Podcast, Anna and James give their thoughts on 'Bombshell' and 'Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker'.

Oscars 2020 Special

February 4th, 2020


On this week's special edition of the Close-Up Culture Podcast, Anna and James give their picks and predictions for every category at the 92nd …

Just Mercy & The Personal History Of David Copperfield

January 27th, 2020


Anna takes a break from her hectic schedule to chat with James about 'Just Mercy' and 'The Personal History Of David Copperfield'. 

The Gentlemen & 1917

January 20th, 2020


Anna and James jump straight into the action with reviews of 'The Gentlemen' and '1917'. 

Jojo Rabbit & Cats

January 13th, 2020


Let's get weird... On this week's podcast, Anna and James dive into two of the most talked about films from recent weeks - Jojo Rabbit and Cats. 

Little Women

January 5th, 2020


It's time for a post-Christmas catch up! Anna and James are back to talk about their holidays and review Greta Gerwig's Little Women. 

The 2010s In Film - Part Two

December 30th, 2019


In this epic two-part podcast, Anna and James take us through their decade in film. 

The 2010s In Film - Part One

December 30th, 2019


In this epic two-part podcast, Anna and James take us through their decade in film. 

The Best Of 2019 - Close-Up Culture Podcast #34

December 23rd, 2019


As we prepare to say goodbye to 2019, Anna and James list off their favourite things (books, music, theatre and film) of the year. 

Christmas Special - Frozen 2 & Last Christmas - Close-Up Culture Podcast #33

December 16th, 2019


Let's get festive! On this special episode of the podcast, Anna and James chat about Last Christmas and Frozen 2. They also share their favourite Christmas movies. 

Charlie's Angels & Knives Out - Close-Up Culture Podcast #32

December 10th, 2019


Crushes on Kristen Stewart, Daniel Craig's accent, and Ana de Armas' eyes are all topics of discussion on this week's episode of the podcast. Anna also gives her thoughts on 'A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg', while James …

The Mystery Hat - Close-Up Culture Podcast #31

December 1st, 2019


Are you ready for something different? Anna and James draw questions from the mystery hat in this rather random episode of the podcast. Be prepared for AMSR, embarrassing stories, hypothetical questions, and much more. 

The Aeronauts & Le Mans '66 - Close-Up Culture Podcast #30

November 24th, 2019


In this travel themed episode, Anna and James sit down for a chat about 'The Aeronauts' and 'Le Mans '66' (known in some countries as 'Ford vs Ferrari'). They also talk about their recent trips to The Tate Modern.  

The Good Liar & Luce - Close-Up Culture Podcast #29

November 18th, 2019


In this week's episode, Anna and James try to wrap their heads around 'The Good Liar' and 'Luce'. Anna also catches us up on her recent trips to the theatre. 

After The Wedding & Sorry We Missed You - Close-Up Culture Podcast #28

November 10th, 2019


In this week's podcast, Anna and James jump straight into their reviews of Bart Freundlich's 'After The Wedding' and Ken Loach's 'Sorry We Missed You'.

The Addams Family & Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil - Close-Up Culture Podcast #27

November 4th, 2019


Scaredy-cats Anna and James review two children's films - The Addams Family and Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil - to celebrate Halloween. 

Official Secrets & The Peanut Butter Falcon - Close-Up Culture Podcast #26

October 28th, 2019


Shia LaBeouf, whistleblowers and professional wrestling are all topics of conversation as Anna and James give their thoughts on the films 'Official Secrets' and 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'.

BFI London Film Festival Round-Up - Close-Up Culture Podcast #25

October 20th, 2019


Anna and James give their thoughts on a number of films from the 2019 BFI London Film Festival. The podcast includes reactions to "Judy & Punch", "Rocks", "The Other Lamb", "Western Stars" and "Ordinary Love".

Joker & Judy - Close-Up Culture Podcast #24

October 14th, 2019


Fresh from the BFI London Film Festival, Anna and James sit down to discuss a huge week for movies with the releases of 'Judy' and 'Joker'. Warning: This podcast includes in-depth spoilers!

Music Videos - Close-Up Culture Podcast #23

October 7th, 2019


Anna and James discuss a few of their favourite music videos, including ones by Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Katy Perry, Courtney Barnett, Lily Allen and Tame Impala. 

Raindance Round-Up - Close-Up Culture #22

October 1st, 2019


Join Anna and James as they record their thoughts on the go at this year's Raindance Film Festival. 

Eli, Bodega & The Woman In The Trickett Arms Hotel - Close-Up Culture Podcast #21

September 22nd, 2019


Short films are back on the podcast menu! Anna and James chat about three shorts that are centred on relationships.

Film Festivals - Close-Up Culture Podcast #20

September 16th, 2019


On the 20th episode of the Close-Up Culture Podcast, Anna and James talk about their experiences at film festivals. They also preview the upcoming …

The Informer & Pain And Glory - Close-Up Culture Podcast #19

September 9th, 2019


On this week's episode of the podcast, our hosts try to make sense of The Informer and chat about Pain And Glory.

Euphoria - Close-Up Culture #18

September 2nd, 2019


On this week's podcast, Anna and James tackle one of the biggest and most controversial TV shows of the year. 

Good Boys & Dora And The Lost City Of Gold - Close-Up Culture #17

August 27th, 2019


In the 17th episode of the podcast, Anna and James discuss an outrageous comedy and a family adventure movie. 

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - Close-Up Culture Podcast #16

August 20th, 2019


Anna and James discuss 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' and rank their favourite Quentin Tarantino films. 

Blinded By The Light & Animals - Close-Up Culture Podcast #15

August 12th, 2019


Anna and James sit down to chat about 'Blinded By The Light' and 'Animals'.

Sharp Objects - Close-Up Culture Podcast #14

August 6th, 2019


Anna and James discuss all things Sharp Objects - the book and the TV series.

The Lion King & The Current War - Close-Up Culture Podcast #13

July 30th, 2019


Did Anna enjoy her first time watching The Lion King? What annoyed James about The Current War? Find out on the latest episode of the Close-Up …

What Is The Best Film Of 2019 So Far? - Close-Up Culture Podcast #12

July 23rd, 2019


End Game? Booksmart? Midsommar? Anna and James chat about their favourite films of 2019 so far.

Lucy's Tale, Lowland Kids & Favoriten - Close-Up Culture #11

July 14th, 2019


Anna and James follow up the 10th episode special by chatting about three shorts films. 

Spider-Man: Far From Home - Close-Up Culture Podcast #10

July 8th, 2019


It's the 10th episode special! Anna and James celebrate by chatting about 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' and 'Anna'. 

Toy Story 4 & Yesterday - Close-Up Culture Podcast #9

July 1st, 2019


Anna and James give their thoughts on two of the most eagerly anticipated films of the summer. 

Men In Black: International - Close-Up Culture Podcast #8

June 24th, 2019


Anna and James have plenty to chat about as they catch up for the first time in a fortnight. The two also give their thoughts on the new Men In Black movie, Tessa Thompson, and Pawny. 

Black Mirror Season Five - Close-Up Culture Podcast #7

June 18th, 2019


Black Mirror newbies Anna and James dig their teeth into season five of the acclaimed series.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters & The Secret Life Of Pets 2 - Close-Up Culture Podcast #6

June 11th, 2019


Laser tag, Millie Bobby Brown and Screen X are all topics of conversation as Anna and James share their thoughts on 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters' and 'The Secret Life Of Pets 2'. 

Aladdin & Rocketman - Close-Up Culture Podcast #5

June 3rd, 2019


Anna is back from holiday to talk about Aladdin, Rocketman and music biopics. 

Westfalia, Reality Baby & Hunting Season - Close-Up Culture Podcast #4

May 27th, 2019


Anna and James mix things up by chatting about three short films currently on the festival circuit. 

Detective Pikachu & The Hustle - Close-Up Culture Podcast #3

May 21st, 2019


Anna and James sit down to chat about the finale of 'Game of Thrones', 'Detective Pikachu' (what scared Anna?), and 'The Hustle' (what annoyed James?). 

Enjoy! - And beware of spoilers!

Beats & Booksmart - Close-Up Culture Podcast #2

May 13th, 2019


Anna and James are back for the second episode of the Close-Up Culture Podcast! This week they chat about 'Beats', 'Booksmart', 'A Dog's Journey' (if …

Long Shot & Extremely Wicked - Close-Up Culture Podcast #1

May 12th, 2019


Anna and James review 'Long Shot', 'Tolkien', Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile', and 'You Go To My Head'.

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