This week at the Water Cooler, we wrap up Volume 1 of the Our Favorite Movies series with Megan McLachlan’s selection. Mike Leigh’s 2008 film Happy-Go-Lucky stars Sally Hawkins in a Golden Globe-winning performance. Hawkins plays Poppy, a cheerful and optimistic school teacher. This critically acclaimed independent film received multiple critics awards and an Academy Award nomination for Mike Leigh’s screenplay. We dive into what makes this one of Megan’s favorite films and how it holds up for Joey. Plus, what does Clarence think of the film after seeing it for the first time?
Returning to our TV Tidbits segment, Clarence talks about the television and film-influenced aspects of Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights. In related news, Clarence and Joey talk about American Horror Story: Cult with over a third of the series under our belts. Finally, we’ve all caught up to Darren Aronofsky’s mother!. What did we make of this much-discussed (and derided) film?
We close our podcast, as always, with the Flash Forward to the television we’re most anticipating in the upcoming week.
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6:54 – TV Tidbits
44:58 – Happy-Go-Lucky
1:17:28 – Flash Forward