Movie Reviews In 20 Q’S Interview
New Zealand (or Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud), truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. A small island nation of just over 4.5 million people, New Zealand is made up of two major land masses (North Islandand South Island) and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The two main islands are divided by a 22km stretch of water called the Cook Strait.
New Zealand is located approximately 1,500km east of Australia and about 1,000km from the Pacific Islands. Due to its relative remoteness and being water locked, New Zealand was one of the last countries to be found and settled.
The country is made up of some of the worlds most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes.
Nestled amongst the 4.5 million people are married couple Sam and Stacey Hurley the brains and brawn behind “Movie Reviews in 20 Q’s podcast”.
I made a series of telephone calls to their current Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern asking for money so that I could fly over in first class and personally interview Sam. But she didn’t return my calls. Sadly this mean I had to rely on Google email.
What happens when you take a popular film, and ask 20 funny, poignant, or just plain weird questions about it?
Recently I interviewed the man behind this podcast one Sam Hurley to find out more about how he came up with the idea and concept behind this brilliantly funny podcast
1. How did you come up with the concept for Movie Review in 20 q’s?
I listened to a lot of movie podcasts and always wanted to do one. I had plans to do one with my good mates, who have been on the show, Spanky and Emma. But teeing up times when we were all available and in the same place would a been impossible to do on a regular basis.
When Stacey became keen we had the idea that we would do it from the different perspective of doing it as a film nerd, myself, versus her being a film newbie. Our early eps even still have this concept associated with it.
But I often don’t like things that don’t have a structure. Talking for a movie for two hours, like many other shows, without any real direction wasn’t my thing.
So I suggested we make our show different by asking 20 questions about a film.
We then made the decision that we weren’t going to ask the obvious questions, like what is this characters motivation? Or what themes resonated with you?
Instead we apporach this in a roundabout way. We ask the questions like
What character needs to get laid?
Or what aspect of the film reminds you of your everyday life?
We test recorded two episodes before we launched, Star Trek Beyond and The Fundamentals of Caring. We listened back and thought, wait… this is actually something special. So we ran with it and me, Stacey and Spanky did Ghostbusters, our first full ep.
2. How did you rope your wife Stacey into podcasting with you?
She got sick of me talking about doing one. I didn’t think she would be interested, and to be honey I think she was just doing the first couple to get off the ground, but here we are and she’s lasted this long.
3. Listening to you guys on the podcast it sounds like you have a lot of fun reviewing movies is it as much fun as it sounds?
We spend roughly an hour before the show working on our answers and making sure the gear is set up correctly. There’s been a lot of fights and tears in that time, mostly from me, when things don’t work like they should. And honestly it looks like everything is going to suck a fat one.
But once we hit record a switch flips and we remember why we are there. I’ve fell out of my seat laughing at answers before, and in one episode, Ant-Man and the Wasp, actually went hysterical. Only about a quarter of it is in the final recording, I was literally on the ground laughing and crying for ten minutes.
4. Who has been your favourite co-host on your 75 episodes of MRI2Q?
I love all my co-hosts equally but some are more equal than others. Like Stacey, she’s the real star of the show.
The podcast would otherwise be three dudes making the same points and same dick jokes, she brings a surreal yet normal perspective to the podcast and she often has the best answers.
5. Sam you swear a lot when you record your podcast do you swear that much in real life?
Whatthebloodyfuck? Do I? Na yeah I do, I often edit out a lot of my swearing if you can believe it. Some drunk episodes every second and third word are swear words.
6. How do you choose the movies that you review? Is there a process?
I send out a text messages about which films aare currently screening at the local cineam to see who’s interested usually. But we mainly just try to do popular films that a lot of people have seen, as it helps to have seen it. That said, we try to make our podcast as accessible as possible, and people have told us that even if they haven’t seen the film they can still listen along and get the gist of it and still have a good time, which is our intention. Often we let guests choose, but if it’s a Marvel film or whatever we will definitely do it.
7. Is there a movie that you refuse to review? If so which one?
I give a lot of grief to A Star is Born. I equally would give a lot of grief to any musical really. I’m not a fan, not sure why, they’re just not for me.
I have to say well played to one of our former guest Emily Higgins, who managed to sneak A Nightmare Before Christmas past us.
8. If your podcast was a porn movie what would it be called?
Move her Wahoo in 20 Screws
9. Are you a big Toni Collette fan?
Yep. Her and Cate Blanchette I see them as honorary kiwis in my opinion, they’re delightful.
10. If you didn’t podcast with Stacey who would you pick? Would it be Toni Collette?!
Toni would expose me for the amateur I am!
I’d love to record an ep with a couple of people. Kevin Smith would be one for reasons previously mentioned.
Also would love to get Jason, Paul or June from How Did This Get Made on, and one day I’d like to get Taika Waikiki, Lexi Alexander or Edgar Wright to chat about their films.
11. What is your favourite genre to watch?
Tough. I love Marvel films, and every Friday I watch a horror movie. I also have a thing for post apocalyptic films, sci-fi in general and thrillers.
But the one I most admire is Lexi Alexander
I was a massive fan of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro’s early work
Would love to see her and Brie Larson square off against each other
My thanks to Sam for taking time out to answer my questions.
In his email to me Sam has told me the following;
As a special one off I’ll also be recording an episode just for you where Stacey asks these questions and I’ll read out my answers to them.
This has completley blown my mind and I am beyond happy and honoured.
When the podcast comes out I’ll let you all know.
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