BFG Podcast With Neal Pollack #023: ‘Cloud Cuckoo Land,’ ‘Venom,’ ‘Foundation,’ and Midnight Mass

Our editor and writers break down the culture

In this week’s exciting edition of the Book and Film Globe Week In Review Podcast, editor Neal Pollack welcomes contributor and fellow novelist Chris Farnsworth to discuss ‘Cloud Cuckoo Land,’ the new book from bestselling novelist Anthony Doerr. Chris loves this big fat book. While Neal says he’s sick of books that imply we’re all connected along gossamer strands of time, Chris disagrees and says, you’ll like this one, I swear. It’s a masterpiece.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is no masterpiece, says our chief film critic Stephen Garrett. But it’s good light family fun, at least for families with older kids. It definitely corrects some of the grim tonal mistakes of the first movie in the Venom series. Any movie where Woody Harrelson plays a psychopath is a good movie!

Neal Pollack does not like the Apple+ adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books. He finds the show slow, grim, pretentious, and flat. Hard pass for everyone.

But Pablo Gallaga does like Midnight Mass, on Netflix, this season’s Halloween offering from the creator of The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor. It’s a creepy island-set thriller that encourages everyone to go to church. But the Book and Film Globe Week in Review Podcast with Neal Pollack is your church. Thanks for listening

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