Star Trek Into Darkness

July 29, 2016

This second foray into New Star Trek is hard to get a balanced view on. Those who liked the 2009 reboot found a movie of similar energy and vibrancy but with more flaws, those who hated the new continuity had more of the same to rage about, especially as it turned out to be a not-so-secret remake of Wrath of Khan. Into Darkness reviewed well with an 86% freshness rating but when people talk about it, usually it's in a negative context. 

Alex starts off with a monologue that compares the strengths of both new and old films. This is followed by some lengthy discussion on where they went wrong from everybody else. 

Once again we are joined by Brendan Agnew, Kaoru Negisa, Joe Simpson and Aaron Lacluyze. 

Next week we're going Star Trek Beyond!


New Ghostbusters

July 22, 2016

To get a really good meta conversation going wherein we still managed to focus on the movie for what it was rather than what we wanted it to be we recruited Bob "Moviebob" Chipman.

Maybe the most anticipated follow-up since Star Wars and maybe the least wanted reboot, New Ghostbusters had some enormous boots to fill and an immense amount of people to prove itself to.

Considering one of the possibilities mooted since 1989 and the deflating balloon that was Ghostbusters 2 was Adam Sandler and his wretched cronies squeezing into the overalls to bust ghosts with all the enthusiasm and respect for the source material that they brought to Pixels this movie could have been far, FAR worse!


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

July 15, 2016

[SOM #162]

This show originally started out as a round-table covering both Wrath of Khan and Into Darkness, but it spun out into three hours of really enthusiastic and information-packed material, none of which I really wanted to trim away so I've divided it into two shows.
This first one covers the 1982 classic and probably most widely loved of the original six Star Trek movies (maybe the first ten... maybe the first thirteen!) 

With Leonard Nimoy no longer with us, composer James Horner no longer with us, not to mention DeForest Kelley, James Doohan and who knows who else will follow as 2016 continues its scything away of our heroes, this is a bittersweet experience to watch now.

Luckily Sharon and I along with...

Brendan Agnew of the Day One podcast
Kaoru Negisa of Sequentially Yours on YouTube
Joe Spencer of the Anfield Index Movie Night podcast
and Aaron LaCluyze of the Random Discard podcast

Are here to guide you through the maelstrom. 

Next week Ghostbusters (2016) then Into Darkness, then Beyond.

The Thing

July 8, 2016

John Carpenter's remake of The Thing from Another World, based on the novel Who Goes There was woefully unappreciated on initial release, for reasons we will go into on this show. It has, over the next three decades become a sci-fi pop-culture classic, unblemished by greedy meddling studios desperate to wring every penny from nostalgia. Even the remake/prequel, while slavishly loyal to the aesthetic and tone of this one and not endeavouring to actually be *about* anything isn't all that bad. 

Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Neil Taylor of GameBurst consider it one of their all-time favourites and in this show you'll find out why it's still so effective. 

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Star Trek

July 4, 2016

[SOM #64]

This is principally a review of the 2009 film directed by J.J. Abrams. Now every podcast I have listened to covering this movie is largely negative, so if you want to hear something along those lines you have an ocean of choice available to you. My crew and I however, love the film for a multitude of reasons of which we will go into in great detail, not forgetting of course to point out the bits that don’t make sense. So if that’s something you’d like to hear then you came to the right place.

There is a brief history of Star Trek at the beginning and an extended essay running throughout. i'm actually surprised at the depths we ended up reaching, having never been a fan before this film.

With me are Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse, Sharon Shaw of Do try This at Home, Jerome McIntosh of  Gonzo Planet and for the first time in well over a year Mr Michael Fox of The Little Metal Do Show, Joypod and Sprocket Games. 

Independence Day / Resurgence

July 1, 2016

In this episode we talk about the first film from 1996, the sequel from 2016 and the state of Britain post-Brexit. 

It's thematically resonant with current events since the angle of the first movie is "We can succeed together" and the angle of the second seems to be "Look at these pretty, young people as they save the day for America." 

Be sure to check out Bob Chipman's YouTube episode of Really That Good on the first Independence Day, it is superb.