The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 32 (A Good Year)

In this episode of the show we took a little break after a long string of talking about genre movies and talked about Ridley Scott’s A Good Year, which is incidentally symmetrical to what Ridley Scott did. After all, he also – following such movies as Kingdom of Heaven, Hannibal and Black Hawk Down – figured out he wanted to do something else and maybe start directing comedies.

Well, this romance of his turned out to be nothing more than a one-night stand, which is something we do address over the course of our conversation. Come to think of it, I can’t believe we managed to have such a wide-ranging discussion about what I always thought was a rather forgettable rom-com, but we did. In fact, we touched on quite a lot of stuff in there, from casting to the idea of the setting doing a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of generating charm, to the many pop-cultural references sprinkled throughout, to the fact the story has a few too many sub-plots that go nowhere and the big elephant in the room – Ridley Scott’s direction itself.

So, if you want to hear how I tried to convince some people that Ridley Scott might have been out of his element here and he wasn’t exactly sure how to shoot a movie where people just talk, you’d have to listen to the show. So have a listen!

Tune in and enjoy!

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