The First Word Podcast - 'Vivarium' & 'The Platform' Sci-Fi, feat. John Bleasdale

April 7, 2020

The First Word Podcast - The Platform

"There are three kinds of people: the ones above, the ones below, and the ones who fall." On this episode of The First Word podcast we reconnect for a discussion about two small scale, contained sci-fi films now available to watch: Vivarium, directed by Lorcan Finnegan, starring Jesse Eisenberg & Imogen Poots; and also The Platform (aka El Hoyo in Spanish), directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, starring Ivan Massagué & Zorion Eguileor. Both worth watching. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this chat, we're joined by film writer John Bleasdale as our guest (he also joined us for our episode on James Gray's Ad Astra last year). Listen to our discussion.

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Our guest: John Bleasdale (@drjonty) - visit his official website

Our topic: Vivarium (dir. Lorcan Finnegan)
The Platform (dir. Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia)

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I can't speak to THE PLATFORM (yet), but I saw VIVARIUM, and thought is was pretty bad. I read the plot the moment they entered the realty office. I thought maybe the performances between Jessie and Imogen were going to be something special but it just turned out to be a couple angry people being angry. Kind of reminded of the relationship between Don and his wife, Betty, from MAD MEN. Def not worth the sit down time.

DAVIDPD on Apr 7, 2020

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