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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 - White Lotus

December 18th, 2022


This week Jess and Anouchka head to Sicily to analyse the second season of the White Lotus and its twisted sexual dynamics.

Sexy Sunday - Newness & Hook-Up Culture

December 4th, 2022


This week Jess and Anouchka look at the film Newness, dating apps and open relationships!

Sexy Sunday - Friends From College

November 27th, 2022


This week Jess and Anouchka discuss Friends From College, flawed characters and avoiding tropes. 

Me Party - Bones And All

November 25th, 2022


In this episode of Me Party, Anna chats about the new film 'Bones and All’ and hopes she doesn’t get eaten by a cannibal soon.

Sexy Sunday - Teen Movies

November 13th, 2022


Jess and Anouchka chat about the sex scenes in 'trashy' teen movies, including American Pie and Booksmart.

Me Party - Pretty Red Dress

November 6th, 2022


In this episode of Me Party, Anna talks about the film Pretty Red Dress. Alexandra Burke can sing at my party anytime! 

Sexy Sunday - Industry Season 2

October 30th, 2022


This week Jess and Anouchka dive into the second season of Industry and discuss whether this new year at Pierpoint is as hot as the first one. 

Sexy Sunday - Horror Films

October 16th, 2022


This week, in honour of Halloween and all its spookiness, we're looking at sex scenes from horror movies! Through five films carefully selected by …

Sexy Sunday - Don't Worry Darling

October 2nd, 2022


This week we look at Don't Worry Darling, where we discuss Alice and Jack's supposed steamy relationship, as well as the many questions we had when the film ended. Warning: many spoilers ahead!

Sexy Sunday - Easy

September 18th, 2022


This week Jess and Anouchka take a look at the anthology series Easy and take a closer look at threesomes, open relationships, and grey jogging …

Sexy Sunday - Friends With Benefits & No Strings Attached

September 4th, 2022


This week we look at two films with an identical premise: Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached. But are the sex scenes equally as good?

Me Party - Nope

August 22nd, 2022


In this episode of Me Party, Anna talks about the film ‘Nope’.

Sexy Sunday - Girls

August 21st, 2022


This week, we look at the entitled millennial lives of Girls. Join us as we go deep into the awkward sex scenes of Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shosh, and all the escapades they get up to along the way.

Me Party - Elvis

August 9th, 2022


In the first episode of Me Party, Anna talks about the film 'Elvis'. 

Sexy Sunday - Elvis

August 7th, 2022


This week, Anouchka and special guest Ted review Elvis by Baz Luhrmann, and analyse how sex can be portrayed on screen in more ways than one might think. 

Me Party - Trailer

August 6th, 2022


Named after one of the hits in the 2011 film 'The Muppets', Me Party is the reviewing party podcast of one, where Anna talks about what she's seen on her own.   

Sexy Sunday - Zara Woolf Interview

July 23rd, 2022


This week Anouchka interviews filmmaker Zara Woolf about filmmaking, sex scenes, intimacy coordination and first crushes.

Sexy Sunday - Good Luck To You Leo Grande

July 10th, 2022


This week we took ourselves out to watch Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack in Good Luck To You Leo Grande, sparking conversations about sex work and coming of age (at any age). 

Wild Angel Interview With Zara Woolf

June 28th, 2022


Anna interviews Zara Woolf about her latest short film ‘Wild Angel’. Wild Angel follows the coming of age journey of bisexual teen Angel as she …

Tasty Debrief - The Nest

June 27th, 2022


Anna is back! She reviews the Sean Durkin film, The Nest, which stars Jude Law and Carrie Coon.

Sexy Sunday - Normal People : Conversations With Friends

June 25th, 2022


Why does Sally Rooney only write female characters you're meant to hate? What's with Conversations with Friends being so boring? And is Marianne and Connell's sex life actually quite boring? These are questions we seek …

Sexy Sunday - Euphoria

June 12th, 2022


This week we look at the sexed-up lives of the teens at Euphoria high, where we explore their highs of season 1 and the unfortunate lows of season 2. 

Sexy Sunday - Chewing Gum

May 29th, 2022


This week we look at the awkward and horny life of Tracey from Chewing Gum, and discuss her hilarious journey towards losing her virginity. 

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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