The Neverending Story

May 18, 2018

[School of Movies 2018]

We journey back to the small-scale fantasy boom of the 80s with this German-filmed adaptation of the book Die Unendliche Geschichte by Michael Ende. This is a commissioned show by Joel Robinson.

It's the simple tale of a newly motherless boy named Bastion who steals a magic book from a shop and reads it in his school attic. As the adventure he's engrossing himself in plays out it becomes apparent that something decidedly meta is going on.

It's an endlessly charming and sweet-natured film with memorable moments, crafted sets, earnest performances, haunting music and an unsettling darkness lurking beneath the twee exterior. 

If you experience some kind of existential crisis while listening to this one we are available to talk to about it. We certainly went to unexpected places on our own journey.

Next week: Deadpool 2

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Fright Night

May 11, 2018

[School of Movies 2018]

We were commissioned to cover the original 1985 version but decided to incorporate the 2011 remake as well. 

A teenage boy named Charley Brewster is perturbed to find that the gentleman who just moved in next door is a vampire... named Jerry. But of course nobody will believe him. Charley's mother, his awkward friend Ed and his girlfriend Amy are all placed in danger, and he seeks out guidance in how to dispatch this denizen of darkness from local celebrity Peter Vincent.  

How both films go about this varies quite a lot, with one being an affectionate, gory homage to the vampire flicks of yesteryear, fading from popularity, and the other being a nerve-shredding take on the evolving concept of protecting one's territory. 

Our hypothesis is that because both films take different approaches to the same story they end up complimenting rather than repeating one another, and thus form a rare instance of balanced old and new.

Guests:

Kaoru Negisa and

Debbie Morse of Sequentially Yours   

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Godzilla

April 20, 2018

[School of Movies 2018]

This is a trilogy of tellings of the same enormous tale. 

First the 1954 black and white Japanese original, Gojira, which was a deliberate allegory for something deadly serious. Then (skipping over about 21 very silly Toho films which pitted the big lizard against an array of iconic kaiju) we have the 1998 Roland Emmerich attempt to bring Godzilla to America. 

And finally on the 60th anniversary of that first film, Gareth Edwards (Rogue One, Monsters) delivered the beginnings of a monster-based cinematic universe with Godzilla playing a metaphor for both natural and nuclear disaster.

We were only commissioned to do the first one, but decided that the best show would be a comparative of these three, and we recruited a Godzilla expert to help us delve deeper.

Guest:

Neil Taylor of TheKiddDogg  

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The Babadook

April 13, 2018

[School of Movies 2018]

In recent weeks CinemaSins turned their brand of completely misunderstanding the very nature of the medium upon this wonderful, dark little psychological horror from Australia.

Here, for everyone in the world, by way of antidote, is a deep dive into what's really going on in this story of ghosts and violence. It gets super heavy, but will hopefully open it up for everyone who has seen the film (which we suggest you do first).

Guest:

Hollywoo Actress  Maya Santandrea

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Birdemic: Shock and Terror

April 6, 2018

[School of Movies 2018]

This one achieved notoriety as a so-bad-it's-great cult classic. However, while it's certainly applicable as nanar, this confused mess of a survival horror actually stands more as a reverse yardstick of how NOT to make a film.

Join us as we hurtle through bird-infested motels, beaches, woodlands and gas stations on one of the worst journeys a person could be forced to take. Coat-hangers at the ready, along with a small, and inexhaustible arsenal. 

Say goodbye to coherence, human performances or any possible hope of the ambient sound matching between shots. And by god, get used to the music because it is going to get stuck, horribly inside your head. 

Guests:

Kaoru Negisa and

Debbie Morse of Sequentially Yours  

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Miami Connection

March 23, 2018

[School of Movies 2018]

We are firmly back in nanar country with this film that is so spectacularly, incompetently made, so tonally baffling, so confusingly arranged, yet so sweet-natured and weird that it flips right the way around to being a fantastic experience to watch.

We begin with a tale of ninjas busting drug deals in Miami (or mostly Orlando as it turns out), an intriguing plot that gets abandoned until the end to instead pursue the earnest misadventures of a Taekwondo-skilled synth rock band named Dragon Sound.

Many punks are kicked, tears flow horribly among these beach bum friends forever, and this missing gang from The Warriors find themselves in a deadly street war against the ninja. The whole show is scored with the soundtrack to Far Cry: Blood Dragon, which should tell you everything you need to know.

Guests:

Kaoru Negisa and

Debbie Morse of Sequentially Yours  

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

November 10, 2017

This is a discussion about the books, movie and Netflix series. We kept clear of any spoilers beyond Book 4: The Miserable Mill.

Sharon and I are big fans of all three versions, though the movie has suffered a barrage of disapproval from both readers and general audiences over the years and singularly failed to achieve continuation. 

The show, however, has garnered pretty much universal praise. We talk about the differences in approach across all mediums. 

Guests

Kaoru Negisa and Debbie Morse of Sequentially Yours

Tyler Pollock

Devin York

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The Fifth Element

November 3, 2017

One of my favourite movies of 1997, this crazed sci-fi space opera is something of a cult favourite. Never popular enough to be considered a classic, and clearly disliked by many people it is nonetheless beloved by its ardent fans, as well as being a consistently reference-quality example for home cinema enthusiasts.

This was a commissioned show from Marc Lucksch

Guest

Neil Taylor of TheKiddogg

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Night, Dawn, Day & Land of the Dead

October 27, 2017

This show was recorded in the autumn of 2016 less than a year before George A. Romero passed away. A listener named Innes Clatworthy made a generous donation and I asked him if he'd like us to do a show as a thank you. He asked for one of the Romero zombie films. Never one to do things by halves we covered the first and best four.

I've already fielded questions as to why Survival and Diary aren't on this list but it boils down to three reasons; 1, the show is already 2h 45m long, 2, they don't really fit with the first four and 3, we don't like either of them one little bit, so we have nothing to say about them. 

In fact quite a lot of this episode is about unseating the original Dawn of the Dead, from its throne of "Best Zombie Movie" and highlighting the qualities of Land and Day in particular. 

That being said, what we know as a zombie in pop culture would be very different today were it not for at least the first two, astonishingly influential films (as well as some legal rights mumbo jumbo).

So get your machete's ready (chainsaws are heavy, noisy, fuel-dependent, and more likely to kill the wielder than a zombie) and let's start exploring the bleak, shuffling landscapes inhabited largely by the Living Dead. 

Guests:

Kaoru Negisa & Debbie Morse of Sequentially Yours

Brendan Agnew of Cinapse

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Coraline

October 20, 2017

[School of Movies 2017]

A commissioned show from Joel Robinson, this is the first of the LAIKA studio movies. 

Written by Neil Gaiman of Sandman fame, Coraline is the story of a girl dissatisfied with her boring parents and finding her way into a strange pocket universe, and a mirror of her new house, itself containing a woman who claims to be her "Other Mother".

This film has, what I like to call a "Twisted sumptuousness", and Sharon and I delve into the many details hidden throughout.

Next Week: George A. Romero's Night, Dawn, Day *and* Land of the Living Dead. 

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