The convalescing James Delingpole and the always chipper Toby Young reunite for another edition of London Calling, their audio romp through all things politics and culture from a decidedly British perspective. This week, James recounts his injury and recovery, a long discussion of the proposed Brexit, a view of our race from across the pond, and of course, The Oscars (Watch Toby, Rob Long and others live blog the ceremony tomorrow night here). Also, see the documentary Toby mentioned in the show When Boris Met Dave here. 

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  1. DialMforMurder Inactive

    So in addition to being divided over whether they’d rather Trump or Hillary, it seems the Ricochetti can’t even agree on the movies:
    Tony Young loved Fury Road (genre-film at its best) and hated the Revenant (Elitist arthouse rubbish). Andrew Klavan loved the Revenant (Christian-inspired storytelling)and hated Fury Road (feminist claptrap). The reasons cited for liking one and not the other are that the one they like transcends mere politics and is something we can all enjoy. They don’t like the other movie because it’s some form of leftist propaganda.

    For the record, I totally agree with Toby Young on both movies, Fury Road was the most fun I had at the movies in a long time, and I was going in expecting the worst. No disrespect to AK.

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    • February 27, 2016, at 4:28 PM PST
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  2. Dick from Brooklyn Thatcher
    Dick from Brooklyn Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Can’t wait to listen!

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    • February 27, 2016, at 6:00 PM PST
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  3. sean stoutmeyer Inactive

    James D. for President!

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    • February 27, 2016, at 6:31 PM PST
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  4. Dustoff Inactive

    James and Toby,

    As I listen to you discuss Britain’s future vis a vis the EU, my Yankee sensibilities prompt me to encourage you guys to Screw the EU. Independence is bracing, refreshing and can be a highly productive undertaking. We managed some of that over here. It tends to focus the national mind on what is essential in order to succeed. What would Winston advise? Best of luck.

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    • February 27, 2016, at 11:09 PM PST
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  5. Severely Ltd. Inactive

    DialMforMurder:So in addition to being divided over whether they’d rather Trump or Hillary, it seems the Ricochetti can’t even agree on the movies:
    Tony Young loved Fury Road (genre-film at its best) and hated the Revenant (Elitist arthouse rubbish). Andrew Klavan loved the Revenant (Christian-inspired storytelling)and hated Fury Road (feminist claptrap). The reasons cited for liking one and not the other are that the one they like transcends mere politics and is something we can all enjoy. They don’t like the other movie because it’s some form of leftist propaganda.

    For the record, I totally agree with Toby Young on both movies, Fury Road was the most fun I had at the movies in a long time, and I was going in expecting the worst. No disrespect to AK.

    This struck me as funny too. I might mention it in comments to AK’s podcast tomorrow. I haven’t seen any of the movies and this makes me almost wish I had. Almost.

    What did you think of AK’s charge that Fury Road was hurt by centering the plot around a minor (?) character rather than Max? Didn’t hurt the film in your opinion?

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    • February 28, 2016, at 1:29 PM PST
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  6. Leslie Watkins Inactive
    Leslie Watkins Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Here’s hoping Brexit wins by a large margin and that the pundits and pols are yet again dismayed by how poorly representative the polls were.

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    • February 28, 2016, at 1:39 PM PST
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  7. jonsouth Inactive

    Severely Ltd.:

    What did you think of AK’s charge that Fury Road was hurt by centering the plot around a minor (?) character rather than Max? Didn’t hurt the film in your opinion?

    Apart from the first movie where he’s still cop in uniform, the Mad Max movies have never really been about Max. He’s just there, not speaking much and occasionally saving someone’s ass. The series is more about the various levels of dystopia Max finds himself in, and the demented characters that inhabit them.

    I do agree with some of the criticisms levelled at Fury Road, but managed to enjoy it all the same.

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    • March 1, 2016, at 12:11 AM PST
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