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Newark Book Festival 2019 Launch event

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Great Yorkshire Show 2019

In which Alex Lewczuk and Emily Hartley connect with photographer Anthony Mosely, Stephanie from Lancashire, Show Director Charles Mills, Peachy Belts founder Zoe, Milliner George, Bernadette Gledhill . Andy Fielding from Kuomi. Lily Tree Bakers, Brown and Blonde Brownies. Cornish Cheees, Kilted Fudge, Ladies in Pigs, Passion du Fromage, Ben from Fairfax and Favor, Captain […]

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Diego Maradona, Care-Home Friday, Faye White, Fifa World Cup, The Healthy Mummy and Love

Alex Lewczuk, Josephine Westlake, Fergus Jeffs, Gabriella Peralta, Richard Fitzwilliams, Professor Martin Green, Dr Mark Neath, Stephanie Kane, Rhian Allen, Karen Penny, Former England Captain Faye White and Rachael Lloyd provide an epic series of audio topics for the last MDME for June 2019.

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SPOILER Episode 31: Birdman

Written by on 31st July 2017

SPOILER Episode 31: Birdman

 
 
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“A man becomes a critic when he cannot be an artist”

It’s the end of series 5 and the Spoiler team celebrate this momentous landmark by returning to our very first episode in which Paul, in a fit of pique over Alejandro Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ beating ‘Whiplash’ to the Best Picture Oscar, hinted at his dislike for the film, Rachael defended it and Andy declared himself undecided. Nearly two years down the line, how have the team’s opinions changed?

Despite still feeling that it’s “too actory”, Paul surprises everyone by absolutely loving ‘Birdman’ second time round, while Andy (for whom this is the fourth time round) has decided the film is “tonally weird”. Rachael highlights the importance of the excellent performances and the team all agree that Michael Keaton is an underrated talent, even if this may be the first role he could really get his teeth into since ‘Beetlejuice’. Paul reminisces about recording TV theme tunes on his ZX Spectrum tape recorder, Rachael tries to keep her heartbeat in check as it attempts to mimic ‘Birdman’s rhythmic drum score and Andy attempts to think of a better alternative ending for the film than Birdman on the toilet. The series ends with the team in tears of laughter as Paul unleashes his unexpected rating scale.

Elsewhere, Andy takes a look at the ‘it was all a dream’ trope in movies and TV shows and examines the theory of the ‘Tommy Westphall Universe’ which suggests that 90% of the audiovisual entertainment we love is taking place inside the head of one young boy.

This week’s scale: Birdman or Bird-bob man

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