Uncut Gems Podcast

Jakub Flasz

A weekly show about bringing attention to forgotten and orphaned movies where a bunch of like-minded individuals dive head first into the septic tank of cinema in search for disregarded masterpieces.

A CLAPPER production.

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In this episode of the show, we are discussing the 1995 cult classic Johnny Mnemonic. Over the course of our conversation we dig deep into William Gibson's source material and how it relates to what's on the screen, the film's eerie prescience which may or may not include references to the ongoing pandemic, we share a few laughs at the expense of Ice-T, Dolph Lundgren and Udo Kier and - naturally - call into question Keanu Reeves' acting range. That's all in addition to simultaneously admiring and critiquing the film's strange aesthetic and its ambition to become a cerebral blockbuster that would cement Reeves as a bona fide action star of the 90s. Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolò Grasso & Randy Burrows Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production Follow us on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and IG (@UncutGemsPod) Buy us a coffee over at Ko-Fi.com Subscribe to CLAPPER Patreon for more podcasts!

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Nov 26

2 hr 9 min

In this episode of the show, we are doing our level best to hack the planet together with the scruffy (or maybe somewhat futuristically over-dressed) protagonists of the 1995 cult classic Hackers. Over the course of our wild and sprawling discussion we comment on the film's production design, its overall aesthetic and the aforementioned spandex-heavy fashion, talk about the idea of visualizing the concept of hacking using completely unrealistic means, the swaths of comedy embedded within the movie, its cultural footprint and much more. We even postulate that maybe it was a bit ahead of its time in many ways and the audiences were simply not ready for it at the time... just as they were not ready to handle Matthew Lillard's insanely contagious on-screen energy! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolò Grasso & Hillary White Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production Follow us on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and IG (@UncutGemsPod) Buy us a coffee over at Ko-Fi.com Subscribe to CLAPPER Patreon for more podcasts!

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Nov 19

1 hr 57 min

In this episode of the show, we are diving deep into our new "Circling The Matrix" series by discussing one of the more recent outings directed by the Wachowskis, namely Jupiter Ascending. Over the course of our conversation, we attempt to figure out why this movie was received negatively upon its initial release, argue over whether its world-building and exposition-heavy writing is an acquired taste or if it is a fundamental detriment to the enjoyment of the movie, comment upon the film's attempt to mesh classical fairy tales with the language of space opera and - among many other things - we spare no expense critiquing Eddie Redmayne's god-awful performance as the story's foremost villain with a hoarse throat.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolò Grasso & Jak-Luke Sharp Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production Follow us on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and IG (@UncutGemsPod) Buy us a coffee over at Ko-Fi.com Subscribe to CLAPPER Patreon for more podcasts!

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Nov 12

3 hr 26 min

In this episode of the show, we are moving on from the spooky season vibes and slowly begin are new episode series casually titled "Circling The Matrix" where - in anticipation of Matrix Resurrections hitting the cinemas this Christmas - we will devote a handful of episodes to movies one way or another connected to The Matrix. Thus, we gently dipping our toes in the world of hackers by discussing Michael Mann's Blackhat, a 2015 thriller that aimed to ensnare the audiences with Mann's signature tactile realism used to bring the threat of cyber-terrorism to the big screens. Over the course of our lengthy discussion among other things we are trying to understand why this movie failed at the box office, identify its many conceptual flaws, discuss whether Mann's subsequent director's cut addressed any of those shortcomings, argue over casting choices and suggest that maybe hacking is just too difficult to faithfully depict on the screen without sacrificing something in return.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Jak-Luke Sharp, Carson Timar & Randy Burrows Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production Follow us on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and IG (@UncutGemsPod) Buy us a coffee over at Ko-Fi.com Subscribe to CLAPPER Patreon for more podcasts!

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Nov 5

3 hr 22 min

In this episode of the show, to somehow mark the 31st of October, we take aim at Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween 2, most likely two of the most controversial entries in the long-running Halloween film franchise. As we sank our teeth into these movies, which in and of themselves are unsettling to watch, we came to a realization that the conversation surrounding these movies ain't easy either. Therefore, we ended up talking not only about whether it is appropriate to humanize Michael Myers and focus the movie around him as though he was the protagonist, but we also came to question Rob Zombie's directorial style as a whole, the place of exploitation cinema in the current zeitgeist, Zombie's gratuitous use of onscreen violence and more. We also spent quite a while taking apart Zombie's 2009 sequel, its relationship to the series at large, the potent social commentary found beneath the narrative and a whole manner of other things as well. Be warned, the conversation in this episode contains commentary about violence and sexual violence found in the discussed films, which some listeners may find upsetting. Listener discretion is advised.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolò Grasso, Jak-Luke Sharp, Carson Timar & Maxance Vincent Intro: Infraction - Cassette  Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production Follow us on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and IG (@UncutGemsPod) Buy us a coffee over at Ko-Fi.com Subscribe to CLAPPER Patreon for more podcasts!

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Oct 29

3 hr 46 min

In this episode of the show we are revisiting one of the most overlooked movies written and directed by John Carpenter, namely Prince of Darkness. Over the course of our discussion we gush over the craftsmanship of the film, its inventiveness, the overall mood and tone that sets it apart from not only movies of its time but even cinema as a whole and - naturally - delve deep into the thematics underpinning the movie, which is the grinding interface between science and religion. We might also, with our tongues pressed into our cheeks, postulate that Prince of Darkness and Christopher Nolan's Tenet might have more in common than meets the eye.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Kevin Whyte & Randy Burrows Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production Follow us on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and IG (@UncutGemsPod) Buy us a coffee over at Ko-Fi.com Subscribe to CLAPPER Patreon for more podcasts!

Oct 22

2 hr 3 min

In this episode of the show we are travelling to the edges of the solar system together with Brad Pitt as we are discussing the James Gray-directed science-fiction epic Ad Astra. Over the course of our discussion we are commenting on the film's troubled production, wonder if it was marketed to the right audience upon its release, argue over the gravity and meaning of its central themes and locked horns over a question if it is a flawed masterpiece or a pile of pretentious junk. So, join us and take sides in this truly heated debate. Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Jak-Luke Sharp & Kyle Krieghbaum Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Oct 15

3 hr 5 min

In this episode of the show we are taking a look at Francis Ford Coppola's conclusion to The Godfather trilogy. Over the course of our discussion we examine the historical context of how this movie came about, we wonder what the recently re-edited Coda adds to the legacy of the series, we comment on the criticisms levelled at the film at the time of its release and - most of all - do our absolute best to examine the film on its own terms as a tale of a man who finally must come to terms with the sins of his past. And as you may imagine, we have a great time while talking about this movie! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolò Grasso, Jak-Luke Sharp & Alina Faulds Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Oct 8

2 hr 35 min

In this episode of the show we are looking at Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, a 2016 comedy that failed to launch theatrically but has since grew a potent cult following. Over the course of our discussion, which mostly consisted of us recounting the funniest moments from the film (and there were plenty), we try to understand why this movie didn't succeed theatrically, deconstruct the legacy it is built upon, tip our hats to various generations of SNL comedians and have a metric tonne of fun while doing so. Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolò Grasso, Kyle Krieghbaum & Hillary White Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Oct 1

1 hr 46 min

In this episode of the show we are taking a long hard look at two films by Nicolas Winding Refn, Only God Forgives and The Neon Demon. Over the course of our long-winded and sprawling discussion we peek behind the curtain of style to find out what drives (lol) this filmmaker and what his movies are actually about. We slobber over their aesthetics and take apart their thematic aspirations one by one to find out what hides beneath the slick veneer of the pop arthouse cinema where Nicolas Winding Refn has built his resplendent abode.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolò Grasso, Jak-Luke Sharp, Kyle Krieghbaum & Kevin Whyte Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production bIB3OqOzvpsNgiaOYVbo

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Sep 24

3 hr 45 min

In this episode of the show we are discussing a duo of stylized takes on the vampire archetype, Tony Scott's debut The Hunger and Abel Ferrara's The Addiction. Over the course of our chat we touch on Tony Scott's developing directorial style and inspiration taken from his brother Ridley, the music video aesthetic and the unusual take on the vampire lore. In addition, we also praise Abel Ferrara's monochromatic cinematography, his idea to use the vampiric tropes to talk about drug addiction, the documentary approach and the sheer amount of thematic content he managed to squeeze into a tight running time of his movie.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz & Nicolò Grasso Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Sep 17

1 hr 56 min

In this episode of the show we are taking a look at Free Fire, a Ben Wheatley-directed foray into action cinema starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer. Over the course of our discussion we attempt to deconstruct where the movie succeeds and where it fails with its implementation of the central gimmick of a single-location shootout, have a few jabs at the expense of the period setting and maybe suggest what could have made the movie a bit more cohesive and entertaining in our eyes.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Ewan Gleadow & Kyle Krieghbaum Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

Sep 10

1 hr 47 min

In this episode of the show we are discussing Ridley Scott's A Good Year, arguably a standout feature in the illustrious catalogue of this iconic filmmaker... but not necessarily in the conventional way. Over the course of our conversation we argue profusely whether this film is successful in what it is attempting to do. In fact, we also try to figure out what it is that it's attempting to do in the first place. We try to figure out if Ridley Scott's kinetic style lends itself to the type of storytelling this movie called for, marvel over the film's organic charm, its cultural self-awareness, and even attempt to identify who would be cast in the lead role if this movie was made today. And as usual, we are having quite a bit of fun as we are busy exchanging barbs and having a bit of a giggle at the expense of good ol'd Sir Ridley himself Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolò Grasso & Jak-Luke Sharp Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Sep 3

2 hr 6 min

In this episode of the show we are talking about Mission: Impossible 2, perhaps the most maligned and underappreciated entry in this multibillion dollar franchise. Even though it became the biggest financial hit of its year, the John Woo-directed opus is looked down upon by fans the world over and in our discussion we are attempting to find out of there is any credence to this phenomenon. We talk at length about the film's intricate and trouble production, Woo's directorial style and whether Hollywood was simpatico with his way of doing things, the film's convoluted plotting, over-the-top set pieces and much more. We also try to assess if this film was directly responsible for the franchise shifting more towards stunt-driven high octane action and away from Hitchcockian intrigue underpinning De Palma's predecessor. Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolò Grasso & Jak-Luke Sharp Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Aug 27

2 hr 29 min

In this episode of the show we are observing the ninth anniversary of Tony Scott's untimely passing by talking about perhaps one of his most mature, layered and complete films, Man on Fire. Over the course of our discussion, we delve deep into the fabric of the story, examine Scott's new-found stylized aesthetic, marvel over the amazing chemistry between Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning, and most importantly attempt to elevate the film well above its label of a revenge thriller. Join us and find out what makes this movie so special and what made Tony Scott's filmmaking so unique, singular and unabashedly compelling. Tune in and enjoy Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolò Grasso & Jak-Luke Sharp Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Aug 20

2 hr 51 min

In this episode of the show we are discussing Peter Jackson's first official Hollywood movie, The Frighteners. Over the course of this long-winded and meandering conversation we touched on Jackson's roots in splatter horror, where his career went later and what we think he could do in the future. In addition, we identified the multitude of references found in The Frighteners, opined on the film's peculiar special effects, its jarring tonal inconsistencies, how it is much darker than the label 'horror comedy' could possibly indicate and much more. Tune in and enjoy Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Jak-Luke Sharp, Kyle Krieghbaum & Hillary White Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Aug 13

3 hr 13 min

In this episode of the show we are going on a mission to save The Sun from dying together with the crew of Icarus II in Sunshine. Over the course of this discussion we talk at length about the film's divisive third act, the idea of using a star as a villain or a god, the multiple pop-cultural connections tethering Sunshine to the canon of the genre, the wonderful chemistry between the cast and much, much more.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolo Grasso & Kyle Krieghbaum Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

Aug 6

2 hr

In this episode of the show we are paying a visit to the misty and gothic haunted house of The Others, written and directed by Alejandro Amenabar. Over the course of the discussion we pinpoint how this film is connected to the wave of supernatural horror that swept through cinemas at the turn of the century, analyze its twists and turns, dig deep to find and interrogate whatever the filmmakers hid underneath the plot and maybe even suggest how the movie could be overall improved. And we may or may not suggest that James Wan should remake it as soon as possible.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar & Nicolo Grasso Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Jul 30

1 hr 58 min

In this episode of the show we are venturing into the mystical woods of New England and talking about M. Night Shyamalan's The Village. Over the course of this yet another gargantuan conversation we dig into the film's problematic reception upon its release, comment on the differences between what ended up in the film and what leaked out online during production, find multiple meanings and readings within this story, identify the filmmaker's inspirations, try to figure out whether this film would work better today and who would star in it, if it was about to hit cinemas tomorrow and - as usual - exchange multiple barbs over the most insignificant minutiae while having an absolute ball! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, , Nicolo Grasso & Jak-Luke Sharp Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Jul 23

4 hr 11 min

In this episode of the show we are tying our conversation, albeit loosely, to the previous episode about Duel and discussing two films arguably inspired by Steven Spielberg's breakout hit, Joy Ride and Unhinged. Over the course of our long-winded and multi-faceted conversation you will hear us talk about the dichotomy between what Joy Ride wants to be and what it actually is, the idea of Paul Walker as a leading man, generation of Hitchcockian suspense in the opening of Unhinged, Russell Crowe's imposing character, the social commentary embedded within the film and much more. This nearly five-hour behemoth episode surely led to some truly illuminating observations and striking - perhaps even outrageous - personal confessions! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, Nicolo Grasso & Jak-Luke Sharp Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream

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Jul 16

4 hr 56 min

In this episode of the show we are taking a close look at Steven Spielberg's auspicious debut Duel, a film that put him on the map and set him on the trajectory to become one of the most successful Hollywood filmmakers. Over the course of the discussion we talk about the film's iconic villain, its multiple connections to Jaws as well as to the works of Alfred Hitchcock and even John Carpenter. We admire both the narrative simplicity of this movie and its thematic complexity hiding beneath the story. And as usual, we are having tonnes of fun! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar & Nicolo Grasso Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream

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Jul 9

1 hr 31 min

In this episode of the show we are discussing Quentin Tarantino's most maligned movie, Death Proof. Over the course of this wildly heated discussion we interrogate Tarantino's style, critique his indulgences, look for social commentary embedded within the character of Stuntman Mike, and naturally tip our hats to the great legacy of stuntmen and stuntwomen of Hollywood. Join for the movie talk, stay for the fisticuffs because in our expanded lineup of hosts we harboured an entire spectrum of opinion on both the film and its controversial creator.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, Nicolo Grasso, Jak-Luke Sharp, Hillary White & Kevin Whyte Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream

Jul 2

3 hr 5 min

In this episode of the show we are travelling all the way back to the 70s to discuss Richard C. Sarafian's Vanishing Point, a counterculture cult classic about a man barrelling down the road at breakneck speeds in an iconic white Dodge Challenger. Over the course of our conversation we touch on the unique qualities of the film's main character played by Barry Newman, obsess over the film's vibes and its music and cut into the social commentary running beneath its narrative. And of course, we do end up sliding into a tangent where we try to list the most iconic movie cars in history. Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, Nicolo Grasso & Ewan Gleadow Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod)! Support the show with a one-off donation! Also, be sure to subscribe to our Patreon over for more podcast content! The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Jun 25

1 hr 55 min

In this episode of the show we get into our fancy sports cars and race across America together with Burt Reynolds and his friends as we are discussing Hal Needham's 1981 romp The Cannonball Run. Over the course of our discussion we try to figure out whether the movie is about a race or not, we interrogate the quality of its comedy and identify its problems, all in addition to hatching a plan to take part in the modern equivalent of The Cannonball Run - Gumball 3000! Never mind the $100k entry fee, we are determined to do it. We only need a car, a rope, a parachute, some glue, roller skates and of course an alibi. Also, you will be able to hear another one of Ewan's personal confessions and find out what happened to him when his uncle allowed him to steer a lifeboat.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar & Ewan Gleadow Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod)! Support the show with a one-off donation! Also, be sure to subscribe to our Patreon over for more podcast content! The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Jun 18

1 hr 58 min

In this episode of the show we are taking the train to Actionville as we are talking about not one but two train-centered action thrillers, Andrey Konchalovsky's Runaway Train and Tony Scott's Unstoppable. Over the course of this conversation we try to identify the layers of social commentary embedded under the edifice of genre schlock in Runaway Train, actively seek out the vestiges of Akira Kurosawa's involvement and scratch our heads as to why Eric Roberts and Jon Voight have such strange chemistry together. We also pit it against the chemistry shared by Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, deconstruct Tony Scott's characteristic visual aesthetic and discuss Unstoppable as an out-of-time blockbuster that survived well into the era of comic book movies. And of course, we slobber profusely over the magnificent stunts and physical set pieces both films are filled to the brim with. And we are having the time of our life while doing so! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, , Nicolo Grasso & Ewan Gleadow Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod)! Support the show with a one-off donation! Also, be sure to subscribe to our Patreon over for more podcast content! The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Jun 11

2 hr 30 min

In this episode of the show we are looking back at 1941, Steven Spielberg's WWII spoof that followed off the heels of Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind and became one of the biggest disappointments in the director's filmmaking career. Over the course of the discussion we attempt to interrogate the reasons why this film was so poorly received, figure out if it is a satire, a parody, a spoof, or something completely different, take a few jabs at Spielberg's expense and maybe even pontificate over a possibility that 1941 could have worked if it was made by someone more suited to the material.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, , Nicolo Grasso, Jak-Luke Sharp & Ewan Gleadow Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod)! Support the show with a one-off donation! Also, be sure to subscribe to our Patreon over for more podcast content! The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Jun 4

2 hr 15 min

In this episode of the show we continue revisiting Darren Aronofsky's cinema as we dig into his latest opus mother! Supremely controversial upon its release and eventually tragically unsuccessful, this film was powerful enough a catalyst for the gang to argue over its merits for nearly five hours! Over the course of this gargantuan discussion we left no stone unturned as we examined the film's intended meaning, a multitude of meanings Aronofsky did not knew were there in the first place, the film's troubled life span, its controversial imagery, whether it would have fared better if it was released today and much, much more! So, set aside a bit more time this week and join our odyssey of biblical allegories, unsettling symbols and chaotic nightmares! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, , Nicolo Grasso, Jak-Luke Sharp, Hillary White & Kyle Krieghbaum Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod)! Support the show with a one-off donation! Also, be sure to subscribe to our Patreon over for more podcast content! The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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May 28

4 hr 51 min

In this episode of the show we discuss The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to his immensely successful breakthrough hit Requiem For a Dream, which for some reason (and we get into the possible reasons why) ended up swept under the rug of history. We dig into the film's rich thematic headspace, appreciate its filmmaking craft, identify potential strands connecting the film to its creator and his larger body of work and even argue over whether it is a bona fide masterpiece or an over-confident ego trip.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, , Nicolo Grasso & Jak-Luke Sharp Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod)! Support the show with a one-off donation! Also, be sure to subscribe to our Patreon over for more podcast content! The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

May 21

3 hr 6 min

In this episode of the show we venture back to 2006 and re-appraise Michael Mann's Miami Vice. Over the course of this long-winded and nuance-rich discussion we break down Michael Mann's directorial style, opine over his influence on cinema, share our own memories connected to the filmmaker and - most importantly - take a critical look at the film itself. We ponder over its multiple production issues, on-set animosities and other adversities that undoubtedly influenced the shape of the film, we discuss Mann's shift towards digital filmmaking and wonder if it amplifies or detracts from his characteristically immediate filmmaking flavour. For all that and more, tune in to the episode and join our conversation! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, Nicolo Grasso, Jak-Luke Sharp, & Kevin Whyte Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod)! Support the show with a one-off donation! Also, be sure to subscribe to our Patreon over for more podcast content! The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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May 14

3 hr 24 min

In this episode of the show we talk about the most maligned and unfortunate entry in the Star Wars franchise, Solo - A Star Wars Story. Over the course of this epic discussion we talk at length about the troubled history of this film and its multiple flaws, though at least some of us try to make a positive case for it anyway. In addition, you will be able to hear us sound off about the trajectory Disney has been on over the last few years and its moral ramifications. So strap yourself in because this episode of The Uncut Gems Podcast is one for the books! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, Jak-Luke Sharp, Alina Faulds & Kevin Whyte Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at www.ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod. Also, be sure to subscribe to our Patreon over at www.patreon.com/clapperltd for more podcast content! The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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May 7

2 hr 56 min

In this episode of the show we embark on an epic adventure leading us all the way back to the 1980s when the genre of fantasy was making a rapid resurgence and discuss Krull. We talk about how this film came to be, what possibly inspired it and - most importantly - try to understand why it became a spectacular box office bomb. We obsess over its lush production design, ridicule its ludicrous plotting and messy storytelling, and sing praises for James Horner's epic score adorning the film. And you may also find out what other films this score is secretly tethering Krull to. The answer may surprise you!!! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar & Nicolo Grasso Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at www.ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Apr 30

59 min 21 sec

In this episode of the show we are (prematurely) celebrating Alien Day by talking about David Fincher’s directorial debut, Alien 3. We leave no stone unturned as we delve into the intricacies of the film’s production, controversies surrounding the evolution of Ellen Ripley’s character, as well as the way the 2003 Assembly Cut attempted to rectify some of its flaws. As an added bonus, we also talk about David Twohy’s Pitch Black, a low budget science-fiction movie that perhaps owes more to the Alien series than one could care to admit; however, some of us may see this claim as slightly provocative! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, Nicolo Grasso & Jak-Luke Sharp Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at www.ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Apr 23

2 hr 46 min

In this episode of the show we are taking a deep dive into the world of swashbuckling adventure, corny romance, ancient curses, revived corpses and sand (lots of sand) as we are discussing The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, with a side order of adding our few cents about The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and even a few words on The Scorpion King. We marvel over the chemistry Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz shared on the screen, identify the multitude of Spielbergian references peppered throughout the series, take a few swipes at the way the franchise developed and maybe offer a handful of comments about the way these films aged over time, while stating firmly that at least some of us are capable of seeing through any and all of their flaws thanks to the wonders of childhood nostalgia.  Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, Nicolo Grasso & Alina Faulds Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Apr 16

2 hr 22 min

In this episode of the show we are indulging in a truly deep dive into Bringing Out The Dead, an underseen and underrated effort from Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader and starring Nicolas Cage. Over the course of this rather long and twisty conversation we attempt to unpack the thematic richness hidden within this film which includes (among others) seeing it as a spiritual successor to Taxi Driver and a precursor to First Reformed, a deeply personal statement from Scorsese himself, a love letter to NY paramedics, a heap of biblical metaphors and much, much more. So join in for the cutting film talk and stay for the ancillary confessions and completely unsolicited tangential conversations that give this podcast its uniquely insane energy! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, Jak-Luke Sharp & Hillary White Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Apr 9

3 hr 16 min

In this episode of the show we having an absolute ball discussing Frank Marshall's 1995 adventure romp, Congo. Over the course of the discussion, which got heated and eventually went completely off the rails, we tried to get to the bottom of whether this film is great, abysmal or so-bad-it's-awesome. We also pontificated over just how much high calibre talent was found behind the scenes, shared a few laughs at the expense of the film's exquisitely campy writing and (at least some of us) wondered if Amy was a real gorilla after all. So, as you may imagine, the conversation may have turned out just as bizarre and unhinged as the film itself! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, Nicolo Grasso & Ewan Gleadow Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Apr 2

1 hr 56 min

In this episode of the show we are taking a look at Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go, an adaptation of a Kazuo Ishiguro novel penned by none other than Alex Garland. Over the course of our discussion we ponder how easy it is for this film to hide its science-fiction high concept backbone, ruminate over the film's multitude of interpretations, hail its great performances and even attempt to view it as a cinematic expression of veganism. Most of all, we scratch our heads as to why Never Let Me Go did not persist in the cultural consciousness for more than a minute despite the fact it would likely be a Film Twitter darling if it was released today. Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolo Grasso & Alina Faulds Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Mar 26

1 hr 16 min

In this episode of the show we are discussing a mostly orphaned western from 1962, Lonely Are the Brave directed by David Miller and starring Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, and Walter Matthau. We are trying to figure out if this film can still be classified as a western despite its modern setting, discuss the impact it had on movies that came after it and see if it can be read as an early tell-tale sign of the Golden Age of Hollywood coming to an end. In addition, we do manage to weave the theme of the currently ongoing pandemic into the conversation, which may or may not add an interesting wrinkle to Carson's difficult relationship with westerns. Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar & Nicolo Grasso Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) and Instagram (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

Mar 19

1 hr 16 min

In this episode of the show we are taking a close look at the 2005 directorial debut of none other than Tommy Lee Jones, The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, a fragmented neo-Western that harbours much more under its bonnet than meets the eye. We try to unpack its multiple thematic strands embedded in the narrative conjured by Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, Babel), wonder if it is a love story or rather a celebration of male friendship, discuss its political messaging and even wonder if the film functions as a biblical allegory. Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar & Hillary White Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

Mar 12

1 hr 37 min

In this episode of the show we are setting our sights on M. Night Shyamalan's conclusion to 'The Eastrail 177 Trilogy' (aka 'The Unbreakable Trilogy'), Glass. We leave no stones unturned as we grapple with the film's status as a potentially misunderstood masterpiece, get to the nitty-gritty of Shyamalan's filmmaking style, screenwriting quirks, indulgences and inspirations, and try to figure out whether the film truly deserves to be remembered as an epic conclusion to a long-gestating passion project, or whether it is an example of style-over-substance filmmaking. Come for the film talk, stay for the fisticuffs (because this particular discussion got heated very quickly)! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Carson Timar, Nicoló Grasso & Jak-Luke Sharp Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Mar 5

3 hr 44 min

In this episode of the show we are taking a look at the 1988 sci-fi buddy cop movie starring James Caan and Mandy Patinkin, Alien Nation, and pitting it against a film that could be seen as its spiritual descendant, the David Ayer-directed Bright. We are trying our best to understand why one of these films feels organic, lived-in and fun, while the other comes across as offensive to the senses (you figure out which one is which) in a no-holds-barred discussion about filmmakers' responsibilities, recipes for culturally-impactful genre storytelling, narrative tactfulness and more! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz & Carson Timar Featuring: Nicoló Grasso & Ewan Gleadow Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Feb 26

2 hr 20 min

In this episode we stay in the 1970s and take a very close look at John Frankenheimer's forgotten blockbuster, Black Sunday. We dig deep into Frankenheimer's place as an iconic filmmaker of the decade, wax poetic about the film's unique aesthetic, attempt to identify just how much of it has crept into the subconsciousness of popular culture and even try to tease out the connective tissue present in John Williams's epic score! Tune in and enjoy! Hosts: Jakub Flasz & Carson Timar Featuring: Nicoló Grasso & Ewan Gleadow Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

Feb 19

1 hr 19 min

In this episode of the show, we are travelling back in time to the seventies and talk about Sam Peckinpah's penultimate directorial effort, Convoy. Together with our guests we try to decide if Kris Kristofferson is hot or not, figure out how the film stacks up to Smokey and the Bandit, try to tease out its convoluted legacy as well as its own identity as a post-western, and dive deep into the nuance of its production, all of which make the film a rather interesting conversation. Tune in and enjoy!  Hosts: Jakub Flasz & Carson Timar Featuring: Alina Faulds & Nicoló Grasso  Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream  Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod). Support the show at ko-fi.com/uncutgemspod  The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

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Feb 12

1 hr 21 min

In this episode of the show, we are taking a look at Sam Levinson's Assassination Nation and scratching our heads as to why this jazzy and colourful social satire has all but completely disappeared from cultural consciousness a mere few years after its initial release. We delve into the film's place in a long lineage of culturally significant movies that (perhaps sometimes unwittingly) managed to capture the spirit of their respective eras, take stock of the film's thematic depth and breadth of scope of its social commentary, attempt to parse its inspirations and much, much more! Tune in and enjoy! Host: Jakub Flasz Featuring: Jak-Luke Sharp & Carson Timar Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

Feb 5

1 hr 44 min

In the inaugural episode of the show, we take a closer look at the mostly forgotten and disregarded science-fiction epic directed by Brian De Palma, Mission to Mars, try to get to the bottom of whether it is a true De Palma feature, to whom it tips its hat and why it bombed mercilessly at the box office when it was released theatrically over two decades ago. As an added bonus, we also expand the scope of the conversation to cover the film’s immediate competitor, Red Planet, which was released in the same year and similarly ended up completely orphaned. Host: Jakub Flasz Featuring: Jak-Luke Sharp & Carson Timar Intro: Infraction - Cassette Outro: Infraction - Daydream Follow The Uncut Gems Podcast on Twitter (@UncutGemsPod) The Uncut Gems Podcast is a CLAPPER production

Jan 22

1 hr 29 min