Movie Stream Cast 64: Locke (2014)

MSC Locke BannerOn episode 064 of Movie Stream Cast, Aaron Thompson returns to discuss Tom Hardy in Steven Knight’s Locke, which is streaming for a subscription on Amazon Prime, and for a $2.99 digital rental on iTunes, YouTube and GooglePlay. We also briefly discuss Detectorists and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Later, our “Previously on Survivor” segment falls apart. Seriously. You might just want to skip that altogether.

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66 thoughts on “Movie Stream Cast 64: Locke (2014)

  1. “Later, our “Previously on Survivor” segment falls apart. Seriously. You might just want to skip that altogether.”

    Well, now I’m going to have to skip right ahead to this mess of a segment! 😉

    • It’s actually quite hilarious. Little Buddy killed it with is ME! ME-E-E-E-E MEEEEEEEE! Best line (and delivery) ever.

      • That might actually be my favourite moment of any podcast ever. And Josh’s brief silence and seemingly perplexed reaction. That Little Buddy is seriously a genius.

      • It would’ve been more informative for sure, but as far as entertainment and cuteness levels, I don’t think Cody or Rachel can compete with Little Buddy :)

        • Wait, wait, stick the knife in a little deeper, Juan. I can still feel my fingers and toes.

          Bro, I’m totally cute and entertaining. :-)

          • Cody, you and I have a very special bond that can never be broken. As someone that can appreciate animation like I do, you’re already ahead of the pack, bro. By the way, there was a conversation about animation in the Sci-fi podcast and I’m curious to hear what your thoughts are on Liz and Josh’s comparison of great animated Pixar features to the likes of Dora the Explorer. I had a very emotional reaction to that comment and have tried to cool my jets in order to post something that will not sound hateful that will get me banned and deleted from social media.

          • I can’t comment (yet); I’m way behind on The Sci-Fi Podcast and haven’t been to the message board there in a while. I have to get serious about training for a 50K that I foolishly signed up for, though, so I’m about to blast through the backlog on my early morning/late night runs.

          • I see. Man, a 50K? You’re crazy, Cody Clark. I assume you’ve ran a marathon if you’re tackling that. A full marathon is still in my bucket list. A friend and I want to do it next year, but man, that’s a lot of commitment and time to pour into something I’m not even that excited about to begin with haha. Plus, I just found out there’s a lottery draw to be in it since the demand is so large.

          • It’s the Capitol Reef 50K. Which is a misnomer, since almost then entire race is on Boulder Mountain. Capitol Reef is the nearest Utah national park, and you can probably see the reef itself from points on the trail, but the race route is nowhere near the actual park boundaries.

            Juan, I’ve done the nearby Escalante Canyons Marathon twice now. That race starts just down from Boulder Mountain in Boulder, Utah. The overall time commitment depends on what you’re starting from. There are some marathon prep schedules that can train you up in 10-12 weeks, but you have to be a pretty committed runner already. If you’re starting from Level Zero (reference joke!), then you probably want to talk to an expert and plan on a much longer training period. At this point, I just run year-round, and then try to amp it up for a few months before a race. Also, don’t bother with the big races that have lotteries or entrance prerequisites; 26.2 miles is the same distance no matter who the sponsor is, or where the race is run.

          • Thanks for the tips, Cody. I’m right in the middle of dragon boat season, so that’s already a pretty big compromise. I’ll see how serious my friend is about the marathon and I guess I’ll go from there. I would much rather do it with someone than alone, that’s for sure.

  2. Little Buddy is awesome and it’s so entertaining how enthusiastic he is on the podcast. I don’t imagine you have to twist his arm to get him to agree to be a guest on the show. Ha

    Good luck with your try-out with Daniel Erenberg. I just listened to a few of the most recent episodes of Surviving Survivor and he seems very passionate about the show and seemed heartbroken that Nathan was no longer in the mood to keep the show going. Once I finish up Survivor: Panama Exile Island, I plan on listening to those episodes that the duo covered not too long ago.

    For anyone who has any desire to check out Locke, try to go into it knowing as little as possible. Before I watched it, all I knew about the movie was a very brief one sentence plot summery and it gave me a very different idea of what the movie was going to be about. There’s always so much going on with the camera work despite the obvious limitations. I do disagree with Josh and Aaron that some people would have to feel disappointed about the ending, even if the movie is about the the journey, not the destination. Then again, I imagine those who dislike the ending aren’t even happy with how the plot actually goes with it’s limitations. Perhaps I’m just thinking about the common complaints that you read from people on IMDb though. While I didn’t like it quite as much as I did Nightcrawler, it was another awesome MSC based watch.

    I believe I gave Locke a 8.5 rating.

  3. It was fantastic to hear a shout-out for the first season of “Detectorists” – an incredible gem and one of my favorite shows of the last year and a half.

    Aaron – You’ll be pleased to hear that the second season (another 6 episodes plus a Christmas Special) finished airing over here in Europe last December (although I can’t say when Netflix will get it) – and it’s even better than the first.

    Some additional background info about this jewel: every episode is written and directed by Mackenzie Crook (the taller of the two detectorist friends). Some of you may already know him from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise – or if you’ve seen Ricky Gervais’ original UK version of “The Office”, you’ll know him as Gareth (i.e. Dwight).

    The show has received rave reviews in the UK and although the BBC has been asking him to do another season, he doesn’t want to commit unless he has a good idea where to go further with it. In any case, the Christmas Special has a perfect and fitting conclusion which functions well as a series finale (which would be 13 episodes in total).

    Anyone that enjoys superb, subtle, and expertly-dry comedy mixed with pathos should check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

    • I still can’t stand Aubrey, but Debbie has been very impressive lately. She’s one of my favorites now. I’ve also come around Peter, even if he’s still a little arrogant.

      Did I hear you right when you said you were interested in Nick, Josh? The robot? I don’t follow these people outside of the show like you do, but he’s the most uninteresting character in the show. At least, that’s how they’ve been portraying him so far. I’m curious, what interests you about him?

      This last episode was great, I thought. If you post thoughts on it, careful with spoilers because Dino still hasn’t seen last night’s episode.

      • [3/16 Episode SPOILERS]

        Aubrey won me over in, like, the first two episodes by being a total challenge boss. (Which made it all the funnier that Scot treated her like she was invisible in their stretch of the most recent immunity challenge.) I think she’s had game smarts all along. Like her a lot at this point.

        Debbie is like the female version of Boston Rod from Worlds Apart. It’s uncanny. I don’t even think her grasp of strategy is that much stronger than Boston Rod’s was. (Feel like he didn’t entirely get his due as being pretty game savvy.)

        Nick hasn’t really had to do much yet, because Beauty had such a win streak going. Still, even when your tribe is sitting pretty (both literally and figuratively), there’s no cause to just lounge on your butt and watch the clouds go by. Big ups to Neal, for example, for going out and getting an idol at the last possible second before the tribe scramble.

        • ##### SPOILERS FOR S32 E06 #####

          I have to admit that I’m coming around on Aubry. I really did not like her through the first few episodes, probably because of her heat-induced dehydration/panic attack in the first episode. But she’s proving to be a solid all-around player, particularly with strategy – it would have been easy for her to follow Joe’s lead and vote Peter out this episode, but that wouldn’t have been the smart play. Still, it seemed odd to me that they chose her to partner with Scot to retrieve the net instead of a bigger, stronger person.

          I still don’t like Debbie, even if she seems to be a competent player. I wonder if she’s getting a crazy woman edit, or if she’s really that obnoxious.

          p.s. Peter, please keep your mouth shut. Every time it opens, you make my overall pick in The Tribe look worse and worse.

          • I just don’t see what you guys see in Aubry, but I guess I’ve kind of done what Scott did and she’s been invisible to me all of this time.

            • I’m not Team Aubry by any stretch. I don’t really like her, I just don’t hate her like I did a few episodes ago.

          • If Nick said it, then it must be true. Just like how Heidi Strobel from Survivor: Amazon famously described herself as being the “mastermind behind half the plans in camp.”

    • I’ve never disliked Aubrey. She had a rough showing in that first episode, but redeemed herself in the challenge.

      Debbie is my least favorite player of the season though. I’ll admit she’s showing that she does have some strategy, but I’m expecting her to fall on her face at some point due to her overconfidence. Currently she reminds me of Coach from Heroes vs Villains. Not quite as annoying as Coach from Tocantins, but still someone I’m more than willing to see voted out at any time.

  4. Josh – I know Mattroid is your buddy, and I love Buffy as much as the next guy, but you might want to consider putting the vampire slayer on hold to get started on your Game of Thrones indoctrination. Season 6 premieres on April 24, and once you (inevitably) get hooked you’ll likely want to binge through the existing 50 episodes so you can follow along. You have 38 days until the new season begins, which is a reasonable amount of time to burn through seasons 1-5.

    • I’m way too emotionally attached to Buffy to respond in an objective manner. But watch it, bro. I’ll fight to the death for my Buffy.

      Speaking of that show, I think it’s a mistake to skip episodes. The only way to get attached to the characters is to go along with them on their journey. I just think it’s a great show. I rewatched it just a couple years ago and it still worked for me. Is it dated? Sure, as far as pop culture goes, but I think the core of the show is still as great as ever. Then again, I grew up watching it, so it’s nearly impossible for me to separate myself from it on an emotional and nostalgic level.

      • I’m not saying not to watch Buffy ever. I’m just saying that it probably makes more sense to watch Game of Thrones first (now) before season 6 begins next month.

        • I agree with, Dino. Especially considering Matt and Liz apparently didn’t fulfil their end of the bargain whereas us GOT enthusiasts have done our homework like good students.

          • I was just being petulant for the sake of it, Josh. In truth you’re such a busy guy yet work so hard putting out these great podcasts that you have every right to decide how you prioritise your “homework”.

            I am really excited to hear your take on Game of Thrones whenever you might get to it though. I hope you go in with an open mind. Like Dino I might begin a simultaneous re-watch when you get started.

            • Ishani and I actually started our re-watch last night with S01 E01-02. We wanted to give ourselves enough time to get through all five seasons before season six begins next month.

              In any event, the episodes will be fresh enough in my mind to discuss if/when you all want.

  5. I’m not sure why my first post here got the “awaiting moderation” tag (which generally means “this will never appear”), but I’m going to try again and hope for the best:

    It was fantastic to hear a shout-out for the first season of Detectorists – an incredible gem and one of my favorite shows of the last year and a half.

    Aaron – You’ll be pleased to hear that the second season (another 6 episodes plus a Christmas Special) finished airing over here in Europe last December (although I can’t say when Netflix will get it) – and it’s even better than the first.

    Some additional background info about this jewel: every episode is written and directed by Mackenzie Crook (the taller of the two main detectorists). Some of you may already know him from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise – or if you’ve seen Ricky Gervais’ original UK version of The Office, you’ll know him as Gareth (i.e. Dwight).

    The show has received rave reviews in the UK and although the BBC has been asking him to do another season, he doesn’t want to commit unless he has a good idea where to go further with it. In any case, the Christmas Special has a perfect and fitting conclusion which functions well as a series finale (which would be 13 episodes in total).

    Anyone that enjoys superb, subtle, and expertly-dry comedy mixed with pathos should check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

        • Thanks for the explanation – and for putting my original comment through. My second comment is almost an exact copy of the first (I tried eliminating quote marks in a random attempt to placate ‘moderation’), so feel free to delete that one if you’d like – although 2x singing-the-praises for the little-known Detectorists isn’t necessarily a bad thing :)

      • Not sure if you’re unclear of the meaning of the term itself, or the use of the phrase in this context. So, I’ll explain both; apologies in advance if you’re already familiar with the term itself…

        I believe the term originated in poker; it’s when a player is so confident they’ll win the hand (either with their cards or a successful bluff) that they put all their chips in the pot. The term has made its way into pop culture to essentially signify when someone is highly confident in a decision.

        In the context of our Survivor fantasy leagues, I meant I assigned all 20 elimination points to Anna on The Tribe and picked her as my vote out on JSFL. That paid off.

        I actually went all in on another player this week, and it almost paid off. Almost.

        • Thanks, Dino! Yeah, I’m familiar with that as a poker term (thanks for not assuming I’m a dummy!) And I was pretty sure I knew what you meant in the context of the game itself. However – your explanation still helped me as far as playing the Survivor leagues. I’m waaaay too chicken to go all in! Such a ballsy move to put all 20 on Anna – that would have never occurred to me. And that’s gonna make you hard to beat. Thanks for answering my somewhat ambiguous question!!

          I just looked up our scores;
          JSFL
          Cody – 25
          Icarus – 25
          Dino – 24
          Sal Roma – 23
          Jenifer P – 22

          The Tribe
          Icarus – 39
          Dino – 35
          Jenifer P – 29
          Sal Roma – 25
          Cody – 24

          Purple Rock
          Icarus – 47
          Dino – 43
          Jenifer – 38
          Cody – 37

          • Just in case anyone cares about how Juan’s doing:

            The Tribe
            juan_the_one – 25

            JSFL
            juan_the_one – 19

            I feel like I’m just doing awful at The Tribe. I pick an UMB and the person gets eliminated quickly afterward. I spread out my points in order to increase my chances of getting something and I still get zero. I take a bigger risk and evenly put 10 and 10 on two castways and I fail again.

            I did have my best week yet with JSFL though by correctly guessing who was going to be eliminated this week.

            • I don’t think anyone cares about sensitive me, Sal, but thanks for going through the trouble. You’re a gentleman and a scholar. I’m not doing so hot either. I do think I’d be killing it in JSFL had I started it on time. Because I was late to the party, I can’t pick an overall pick until the merge and I can’t answer any questions. I have no excuse for The Tribe though. I’m sucking hard on that one. I’m going to have to pull a Dino if I want to catch up.

  6. It was me on Twitter that suggested locke I do still listen as I work in a pub kitchen on my own so the podcast helps me pass the time
    I watched locke after a thirteen hour shift and never felt like nodding off once kept me interested till the end.
    I was also with you on your point about Tom hardy as I had been aware of him in stuff for ages but mainly in films with a lot going on so for me this really woke me up to some of his other performances.
    I really enjoyed his range playing off himself in legend even if overall the film didn’t quite live up to the hype.
    Looking foward to his next few roles (rumoured) he’s playing outlaw biker, mad max again, Elton John and Al capone so he has some range
    Anyway thanks for the podcast was a good listen
    Ps if you want any more recommendations from me last three films I loved on Netflix (uk) were troll hunter, funeral in Berlin and my movie of the year last year winter on fire

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