Sam Mendes, Empire of Light, Enys Men, Tár & M3gan

Kermode & Mayo’s Take

Jan 13 2023 • 1 hr 21 mins

Would Empire of Light have happened if Olivia Colman hadn’t said yes to playing Hilary? Director and writer, Sam Mendes CBE, chats to Simon in this week’s episode as the pair unpack his latest release. Mark reviews psychological horror ‘Enys Men’, set in 1973 on an uninhabited island off the Cornish coast; Cate Blanchett’s new film ‘Tár’ - about the life of composer and conductor, Lydia Tár; ‘M3gan’ - about a robotics engineer at a toy company, who builds a life-like doll that begins to take on a life of its own, as well as Olivia Colman and Sam Mendes’ latest ‘Empire of Light’. Time Codes (relevant only when you are part of the Vanguard): 10:24 Enys Men Review 20:45 Box Office Top 10 31:29 Sam Mendes Interview 46:40 Empire of Light Review 54:05 Laughter Lift 59:42 M3GAN Review 01:04:49 What’s On 01:06:05 Tár Review EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! You can contact the show by emailing or you can find us on social media, @KermodeandMayo A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production.    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at and follow us @sonypodcasts   To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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