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Welcome to the Close-Up Culture Podcast Network. Discover fun film and TV reviews, as well as entertaining and informative shows like Sexy Sunday.

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Sexy Sunday - Porn vs Sex Scenes

May 15th, 2022


Are sex scenes hotter than porn? And if so, why? These are the questions we discuss in detail on this episode of Sexy Sunday!

Sexy Sunday - Weeds

May 8th, 2022


This week we dive into Anouchka's favourite show Weeds, and the surprisingly raunchy number of sex scenes. We discuss our favourite scenes, as well as how much we can understand about the characters from just their sex …

Sexy Sunday - Bridgerton

May 1st, 2022


Anouchka and Jess discuss the multitude of sex scenes in the hit period drama, Bridgerton. This includes a chat about the strange sex appeal of …

Sexy Sunday - Will They Won't They

April 24th, 2022


Anouchka and Jessica talk about 'will they or won't they?' on-screen couples, starting with the disappointing climax to How I Met Your Mother.


Sexy Sunday - American Psycho

April 17th, 2022


This week we look at American Psycho, a cult classic and Anouchka's favourite movie! Be prepared to know all the American Psycho trivia, as well as a …

Sexy Sunday - 50 Shades Of Grey & After

April 10th, 2022


Why do all these fanfiction movies romanticise abusive relationships? And why is there always the "bad boy who's actually sensitive" and "plain girl that everyone fancies" trope in these films? These are the questions …

Sexy Sunday - You

April 3rd, 2022


Join us as we look at Joe's creepy sexual conquests, discussing in detail which love interest we preferred (spoiler alert: it wasn't Beck) and where we have lots of fun dissecting all the hot sex scenes.

Sexy Sunday - Industry

March 27th, 2022


This week we join the new graduates at Pierpoint as they navigate their new high-stress jobs and their sexual relationships. And there are many sexual conquests to explore, especially lots of exciting build-up and …

The Tinder Swindler

March 26th, 2022


Anna and James say goodbye (for now) as they review the Netflix documentary, The Tinder Swindler.

Sexy Sunday - Fleabag

March 20th, 2022


Join us as we dissect Fleabag's sexual escapades in all their awkward glory! And, of course, where we show our love to the Hot Priest and all the juicy sexual tension.

Sexy Sunday - New Gossip Girl

March 13th, 2022


This week we go ALL IN on the new Gossip Girl, a reboot that (in our opinion) is simultaneously boring and gives you whiplash! But how do we feel …

Sexy Sunday - Sexify

March 6th, 2022


Join us this week as we discuss the Polish show "Sexify", where we lust after Polish Timmy, revel in the antics of the Easter episode, and dissect …

Sexy Sunday - Entourage

February 27th, 2022


This week we journey back to the early 2000s and dive into the sex scenes of Entourage, looking at how the show has aged and whether the characters are purely misogynistic or a critique of misogyny. Or perhaps a bit of …

Sexy Sunday - Sex Education

February 20th, 2022


Join us as we dissect the awkward sex lives of Moordale's own, discussing in detail what impact the sex scenes have on the storylines and whether this show is as subversive as it thinks it is. 

Close-Up Culture Turns 5!

February 12th, 2022


Close-Up Culture is five years old! James and Anna celebrate this special birthday by talking about the quirks and perks of running a website. 

Tasty Debrief - Dexter: New Blood Review

January 11th, 2022


James gives his take on Dexter: New Blood and the controversial finale.

Diana & Shrek - The Worst Musicals Ever?

January 8th, 2022


Anna and James give their candid thoughts on the Shrek and Princess Diana musicals. 

Tasty Debrief: Licorice Pizza

January 3rd, 2022


Anna reviews the Paul Thomas Anderson film, Licorice Pizza.

Love Hard & Father Christmas Is Back

December 20th, 2021


Anna and James get jolly with two Christmas movies.


November 21st, 2021


Anna and James give their thoughts on Spencer, Princess Diana, the Royals, Kristen Stewart's performance, and much more.

Raindance 2021

November 20th, 2021


Anna and James review films from this year's Raindance Film Festival.



Tasty Debrief: Dune

November 6th, 2021


Anna reviews Dune, the feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel. 


Tasty Debrief: Last Night In Solo

November 6th, 2021


James gives his thoughts on the Edgar Wright film, Last Night In Soho.

Tasty Debrief: The French Dispatch

November 4th, 2021


Anna reviews the new Wes Anderson film, The French Dispatch.

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. 

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