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The Hopscotch Friday Podcast

Hopscotch Friday is an informed and impassioned pop culture binge. What does that mean? Well, it means we’ll review stuff and give you a good idea of what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s probably worth a cheeky watch anyway. Importantly, we also give you the *why*. Online we mostly focus on movies and DVDs. But we also like music, games, telly, comics…you name it. If you like what you hear, give us a shout at hopfriday@gmail(.com). Join Stevie and Emmet O'Cuana each week for a bit of pop culture pillow talk.
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Hopscotch Friday is an informed and impassioned pop culture binge. What does that mean? Well, it means we’ll review stuff and give you a good idea of what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s probably worth a cheeky watch anyway. Importantly, we also give you the *why*. Online we mostly focus on movies and DVDs. But we also like music, games, telly, comics…you name it.

If you like what you hear, give us a shout at hopfriday@gmail(.com).

Join Stevie and Emmet O'Cuana each week for a bit of pop culture pillow talk.

Dec 10, 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the perfect Xmas present - a superhero film that is unashamedly comic book-y. 

A coming of age story that nails each and every emotional beat. 

Oh and it has Nicholas Cage!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Dec 2, 2018

Look you've already read the reviews of Robin Hood (2018) - in fact Folding Ideas anticipated almost Emmet's entire review!

He's not bitter but. 

Robin Hood 2018

Antifa hoodies, Gulf War film tropes in the time of the Crusades and *that* Batman riff - there's lots to talk about here. 

Also we visited Real Groovy in Auckland and give the store a shout-out (then rip-off the excellent 'What's in my bag' show from Amoeba). 

Oct 31, 2018

Stevie raves about a whole bunch of films, instead of sticking to the 5*5 rule! Grrr. Arrg. 

Halloween Betty Grable

Oct 30, 2018

While the reputation of this film has been coloured slightly by the loss of director Michael Reeves at a young age, it remains a cult classic. 

Witchfinder General starring Vincent Price

Oct 29, 2018

First off - happy birthday Stevie!

And here's her review of Shaun of the Dead. 

Shaun of the Dead Simon Pegg Nick Frost

Oct 28, 2018

A flop on its release - and apparently used as roadfill! - The Wicker Man is a pagan folk horror curiousity that has endured over the years.

It is easy to understand why the film remained one of Christopher Lee's personal career favourites.  

The Wicker Man Sergeant Howie

Oct 27, 2018

It's the Exorcist - what more do you want!

Stevie revisits Friedkin's classic for her latest Halloween Horror Bite. 

The Exorcist

Oct 26, 2018

Jordan Peele's Get Out feels like a horror chamber piece Shirley Jackson and Ralph Ellison maybe put together during the writing of The Invisible Man. It is timely, brilliantly unnerving and heralds the arrival of a new horror director with a vision. 

It's also Emmet's third Halloween horror pick. 

Get Out Daniel Kaluuya

Oct 25, 2018

Before bringing about the downfall of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi gave us - Wellington. Or Vellington, as this Kiwi horror comedy depicts the town as being overflowing with supernatural creatures. Stevie explains her love of What We Do In The Shadows. 

What We Do In The Shadows cast

 

Oct 24, 2018

For his second horror flick recommendation, Emmet makes the case for George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Not just a classic of the zombie genre, but a game-changer for independent cinema as well. 

Night of the Living Dead poster

Oct 23, 2018

For the second Hallowee Horror Bite Stevie chooses Tremors - and gives a sneaky shout-out to Irish horror flick Grabbers. 

Tremors

Oct 22, 2018

Hereditary is our first pick for this Halloween season. Not just a good scary flick, but a genuine horror classic. 

Hereditary

Oct 21, 2018

This year we're trying something different. From now until Halloween, Hopscotch Friday will be posting short reviews of our personal favourite horror films - in case you're looking for something to watch over the season. 

Betty Grable classic Hollywood Halloween

Oct 8, 2018

This episode we review - Damien Chazelle's biopic of Neil Armstrong First Man, Tom Hardy's cannibal alien flick Venom, and the latest adaptation of Nick Hornby 'Juliet, Naked'. 

And we also shout-out Fearscape from Vault Comics, by Ryan O'Sullivan and Ram V. 

Venom poster

Sep 11, 2018

Last season the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling were trying to get a show together. 

This year they are fighting to not get cancelled. 

It's a show about gender politics, the vagaries of the entertainment industry, discrimination - and lots of wrestling. 

Also this episode - 

ACMI's Alice exhibition, Wonderland, which is wrapping up in Melbourne this October. 

And Emmet retracts a book recommendation. 

 

Sep 5, 2018

Does Insatiable, a vehicle for star Debby Ryan that caused a wee stir with its headline grabbing trailer, challenge fat-shaming in society?

Or is this a show that wallows in discrimination while claiming to be satire?

Debby Ryan star of Insatiable

We talk all things Insatiable this week, as well as give shout-outs to - 

Somebody Feed Phil

Glow season 2 from Netflix

Giant Days volume 8 from John Allison and Max Sarin

Oh and Stevie's side project

Aug 13, 2018

Mission Impossible: Fallout follows on from the events of Rogue Nation, and continues to mark the franchise's upswing in quality. 

Partly this is due to the rewarding collaboration between star Tom Cruise and director/writer Christopher McQuarrie. 

But this is also a franchise that has found its feet after the initial post-Cold War confusion as to who the enemy is. 

Turns out, it's us. Anyway we dive in to what we liked about the most recent entry and trace the series' growth over the years. 

Aug 2, 2018

This episode we talk A Quiet Place - is it a Christian right parable for family values....or just a silly monster movie?

A Quiet Place

Then we talk season 3 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which begins at the lowest point of Rebecca Bunch's life (brilliantly played by show co-creator Rachel Bloom) and then ends on a cliffhanger that has us eager to see where the show will finish in season 4.

And while you're there....

 

Jul 14, 2018

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Neve Campbell star in this Hong Kong-set riff on Die Hard. There's a building - but a bigger one. There's terrorists - but they're beefier. And there's an unstoppable family man on the loose to stop them - but instead of Bruce Willis, it's the Rock. 

What did Emmet and Stevie make of it all? Listen to find out.

Skyscraper with Dwayne Jones

Also discussed - 

PCAF
Ant-Man and The Wasp/Incredibles 2
Top five 'good' comics from the past ten years

Eleanor Davis - How to be Happy
Roger Langridge - Snarked.
The Long Weekend in Alice Springs - Joshua Santospirito.
Gary Spencer Millidge's Strangehaven serialised in the Meanwhile... anthology from Soaring Penguin Press.
Emily Carroll - Through the Woods.

Jun 17, 2018

Cinemascore be damned - Hereditary is great!

Gee people whaddya want?

Hereditary - Toni Collette

Beyond the conversation about the difficult measures horror cinema is held to by both critics and fans, we also review Ari Aster feature film debut. 

J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is discussed, as well as the declining appeal of Chris Pratt. 

In addition:

The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein 

Bloomsday in Melbourne, as well as the Bloomsday theatrical production Holy Cow! 

PCAF - Perth Comics Arts Festival, featuring both a symposium and a market day 

Halloween (2018) and Here Alone (2016)

May 29, 2018

*SPOILERS FOR DEADPOOL 2*

Firstly - Stevie is back! And then we open our review episode of Deadpool 2 by discussing Ireland's Repeal the 8th Amendment referendum. Other points raised include

  • Marvel UK's Knights of Pendragon and Schitt's Creek
  • Deadpool 2
  • Was Shatterstar ever cool?
  • Deadpool as a blend of badass and camp.
  • Did the screenwriters employ the hoary comic book trope of 'fridging?'
  • 'Would that this hoodie were a time hoodie'.
  • Black Tom Cassidy!

Deadpool and friends

May 12, 2018

Neevon is back - and he comes with reviews of Amy Schumer's I Feel Pretty and the Martin Freeman zombie flick Cargo

This episode we:

  • Talk about Avengers Infinity War quickly, without any spoilers
  • What comics you should read to catch up on the events of that film, including Jim Starlin's Warlock
  • I Feel Pretty's theme of body confidence
  • Emmet's simmering resentment that Cargo didn't win Tropfest
  • The use of Indigenous peoples as fantasy figures in genre stories
  • The potential advantage of Cargo landing on streaming for horror in Australian cinema

Till next time, cheers folks. 

Apr 24, 2018

Peadar Ó Guilín stops by to talk about The Invasion, his sequel to the Irish mythological horror series that started with The Call.

The cover of The Invasion by PEADAR Ó GUILÍN

Peadar talks his sources of inspiration for the series, the changing face of genre writing - and a tease of what's in store with his upcoming stories for George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards series. 

(Also we get into a quick study of what the séimhiú is and how to pronounce Saoirse Ronan - so Irish students, take note). 

Apr 10, 2018

Ugly Delicious host David Chang eating a taco

David Chang's series on Netflix sparks an unlikely conversation encompassing politics, culture and identity. 

It also has Chang, food critic Peter Meehan, and other chefs in beautiful locations around the world eating fantastic looking meals. So far, so Bourdain. 

But this show organically develops into a far more wide-ranging discussion - and Stevie and Emmet are fully on board. 

(so on board they took a break on their wedding anniversary to discuss). 

Ugly Delicious

Also in this episode:

Judas Priest

Quitting Facebook

Penny Dreadful

And the charming film Pork Pie (which we reviewed in episode 13)

Mar 27, 2018

Blockers cast Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon

Kay Cannon's Blockers really surprised me. While I went in expecting a grossout comedy after catching the trailer (which caused Stevie to bow out), what I discovered instead was a sincere and sharply witty film about our attitudes to sex. 

Concerned more with the hang-ups of parents played by Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz than their onscreen children (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon), Blockers does indulge in scenes with bodily fluids flying hither and thither - but it's also an interesting investigation of the pressures we put on young women when it comes to sex. 

Next we discuss Alex Garland's long-awaited Annihilation, adapting the first novel of Jeff VanderMeer's The Southern Reach trilogy to the...well our smallscreen as it turns out. 

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