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Em McGowan

Host, Editor & Producer of Verbal Diorama
Em is the host, creator, researcher, editor, social media manager & chief coffee maker of Verbal Diorama.
Recent episodes featuring Em McGowan
Logan
Verbal Diorama
Hugh Jackman's swansong as Wolverine is nothing like any superhero comic book movie ever. It's a brutal, gory, painful look at the life of an ageing hero, a man whose life consists of numbing his pain with booze whilst caring for a frail, elderly, dementia suffering Charles Xavier. You feel every inch of their suffering and vulnerability in a world where mutants are no longer born and where Charles is so unpredictable they've declared his brain a weapon of mass destruction.....And so we meet Laura - a young mutant very much like Logan, a young mutant who brings Charles joy and gives Logan a reason to not walk away from this fight.Fox Studios could have made a standard CGI-filled world-ending standard superhero movie. The fact they chose to make something so personal, so character-driven and so emotionally-weighted with real world stakes was such a massive risk.It paid off. Critically, commercially and, most importantly, for characters we've known and loved since 2000.We need to see more studios make more movies like this.I would love to hear your thoughts on Logan! You can get in touch onTwitter @verbaldioramaInstagram @verbaldioramaFacebook @verbaldioramaYouTube @verbaldioramaLetterboxd @verbaldioramaor you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:verbaldiorama [at] gmail [dot] comYou can rate or review the show in iTunes or at Apple Podcasts and I'd very much appreciate that!My website is at https://verbaldiorama.com (I always forget to say it in the episode!)Thanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:Twitter peepsAndy from @geeksaladradio@capunderstands@trivia_chic@derekjones198@MoviesWork@robinhoodpod@cinema_recall@kevin_thecritic@GenuineChitChat@SSOUITSpodcast@gtthpodInstagram folk@thosemovieguyspodcast@moviesatthemattTheme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme SongMusic by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe FacebookLyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.
Episode 24: Bram Stoker's Dracula (with special guest Verbal Diorama)
Movies After Work
With Alex stuck at work, Tom enlists the help of special guest Em from Verbal Diorama to sink their teeth into the 90s horndog Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Verbal Diorama
Have you seen that movie by Edgar Wright?Shaun of the Dead? I love that movie.No, the other one.Hot Fuzz - I always quote it!No, neither of those, the one with the young lad as the leadBaby Driver! Oh my god, such a cool movie, great soundtrackNone of those! The other other other other Edgar Wright movie!The World's End?Get out!If this conversation has happened to you, you're not alone. Scott Pilgrim vs The World is actually brilliant, but so are all of Edgar Wright's other movies, and so poor Scott Pilgrim tends to be forgotten.I want to change that. Scott Pilgrim has a phenomenal cast, great music, brilliant fight choreography and more video game references than all video games combined (probably). It about heart, strength, character and defeating your new loves' evil exes. What's more relateable than that?Most importantly, I've found a new ringtone and a way to swear on the podcast without actually swearing - all thanks to this movie!I would love to hear your thoughts on Scott Pilgrim vs The World! You can get in touch onTwitter @verbaldioramaInstagram @verbaldioramaFacebook @verbaldioramaYouTube @verbaldioramaLetterboxd @verbaldioramaor you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:verbaldiorama [at] gmail [dot] comYou can rate or review the show in iTunes or at Apple Podcasts and I'd very much appreciate that!My website is at https://verbaldiorama.com (I always forget to say it in the episode!)Thanks to the following for their contributions to this episode:Twitter peeps@capunderstands@Le_Meanderthals@Wyattrocks@PulpCereal@trivia_chic@foodhistorypod@thedcabrera@TroytlePowerInstagram folk@contrarianprime@thethirstpod@thereal_johngTheme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme SongMusic by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe FacebookLyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.
The Iron Giant
Verbal Diorama
If you've downloaded this because you've seen The Iron Giant - big pat on the back and well done for doing so! Take a listen as I go on an almighty rant about why people under-appreciate animation and why The Iron Giant contradicts the myth that animation is just for children, whilst also being a master-class in animation, theme, characters and voice talent.If you've downloaded this because you haven't seen The Iron Giant, but trust what comes out of my mouth, I'm going to say..... PLEASE WATCH THE IRON GIANT! And then come back and listen for all the reasons above. It saddens me you haven't seen it, but I understand why. 1999 was incredibly saturated for excellence in cinema. But this..... this is worth the watch. If you only trust me once, trust me on this.This is not just animation. Animation is never just animation. The Iron Giant proves more so than any animated feature that to class animation as "just" animation is plain and simply idiotic.Animation is not a genre.Animation is everything.The Iron Giant is a masterpiece.Bravo Brad Bird. You clever amazing man. I might just love you more than Keanu..... (maybe not, but it's close!)Pete Townshend's A Friend of a Friend animated video for 1989's The Iron Man is at https://youtu.be/LpiYXRt5MyM I would love to hear your thoughts on The Iron Giant! You can get in touch onTwitter @verbaldioramaInstagram @verbaldioramaFacebook @verbaldioramaYouTube @verbaldioramaLetterboxd @verbaldioramaor you can email me general hellos, feedback or suggestions:verbaldiorama [at] gmail [dot] comYou can rate or review the show in iTunes or at Apple Podcasts and I'd very much appreciate that!Buy yourself a copy of The Iron Giant for my birthday. Genuinely all I could ever want.My website is at https://verbaldiorama.comThanks to the following for their co ntributions to this episode:Twitter peeps@MoviesAtTheMatt@HeresSandy@LaunchingTPilot@FeministHotdog@20thCenturyGeek@agirlherhorror@RobertC46302033Instagram folk@itsnotjoe@thethirstpodNext up? Well you'll have to listen to find out, so go do the Wright thing..... ;-)Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme SongMusic by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe FacebookLyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.
Bridget Jones - That Perpetua burning sensation (with Verbal Diorama)
For Your Reference
Put on your finest granny panties and most adorable reindeer sweater as we talk all things Bridget Jones. With the most fitting guest, Em from Verbal Diorama podcast!
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