Avengers: Infinity War

May 4, 2018

[School of Movies 2018]

"We come to it at last, the great battle of our time."

This show recording ran surprisingly long as we went off on wild tangents discussing where Marvel might go from here. Those are contained in a separate 80 minute podcast called Beyond Infinity which will be on the Patreon.

What you have here is a super-focused 70 minute discussion about the film, with heavy reflections on what it means and elements that stood out. You see, I divided it into two and oh my god, I'm Thanos!

Guests

Brenden Agnew of Cinapse

Lorin Grieve

Theo Leigh

The New Century Multiverse podcast can be found here: http://newcenturyshow.podbean.com/

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Saga

April 27, 2018

[School of Everything Else 2018]

A currently ongoing comic series written by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and Fiona Staples (North 40/Mystery Society).

The remit of this commission was not to just talk about the first book and hold off of spoilers for the later instalments (since that's what a lot of people do) so we have to delve into the first eight volumes.

This makes it kind of tricky to know how much to listen to for newcomers to the series. My suggestion would be to stick with us for a while, and then if it sounds appealing buy and read the first book, then get the others if that sticks with you.

If it doesn't immediately grab you, listen until it does. 

I'm rather proud of the custom soundtrack to this one. It's the music I would put in a potential movie series. 

Next week: Avengers - Infinity War!

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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Game of Thrones [Seasons 2-7]

April 1, 2018

[School of Everything Else 2018]

The long-awaited episode where we finally tackle the remaining sesons, released to date.

Back in 2012 when we put out our episode on the first season we were hugely complimentary and urged people to see it. As it turned out it didn't need our help and became one of the most popular TV shows of all time. But things began to change with Season 2 (A Clash of Kings) and by Season 3 (The first half of A Storm of Swords, a new approach had cemented itself, that intensified over following seasons and although it has somewhat abated within this show, it has had a lasting effect on a great deal of media, from TV to films, to video games and books. In this show we discuss this effect.

 

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

March 30, 2018

[School of Everything Else 2018]

We're back on video games with a very intriguing commission. This one takes the form of a third-person action adventure with some protracted puzzling elements, but underneath the format there is a dark and upsetting, remarkably sensitive story about the nightmarish challenges that sometimes have to be faced when a person is suffering from psychosis. 

Made by Ninja Theory, the dev team behind Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, DMC and Disney Infinity 3.0 this game does things with its soundscape that very few others do. If you've not played it this show might still be a good place to start because you might either find it frustrating or alarming to play or else miss quite a bit as you barge through the many horned enemies. 

WARNING: This one gets heavy and maybe even frightening. 

Guest:

Doctor Lorin Grieve from Year of Steam

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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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Raising a Geek Child: Vol. 2

March 16, 2018

[School of Everything Else 2018]

We're back for the second part of this series (we may do another in the future, it really depends which parents want to contribute their experiences). 

We have an even broader range of guests and questions, with geeky children ranging from toddlers to tweens. 

 

Guests

Jesse Ferguson father of Connor aged 10 & Erin aged 15 

James Batchelor father of Freddy aged 20 months (Bond & Beyond)

Matt Wardle father of Scott aged 12 (New Century)

Brittanie Boe mother of Hailey Boe aged 8 (BeBoldGames)

And Mike Hearn father of Lily aged 8 & Violet aged 3 (Walter the Wicked)

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Raising a Geek Child: Vol. 1

March 9, 2018

[School of Everything Else 2018]

The first of our two recorded shows on this subject so far. This was commissioned back in 2017 and Sharon and I began preparing copious notes on how we'd raised Lyra. Those notes became the beginnings of a sprawling self-help book which we planned to turn into audio. Then eventually we accepted that the subject was too big and far too important to just rely on our take. 

So we pulled together two round table sessions with parents of geeky children. I go into detail on how that definition works at the beginning, but as it stands these interviews are packed with honest accounts and experiences that might help any number of parents out there. Whether you already have children or are thinking about having them or never want to have them at all but are interested in how the geekier parent might handle it, this show is essential listening.

Guests

Brendan Agenew, father of Marian, aged 1 (Cinapse)

Neil Taylor, father of Mikey, aged 3 (TheKidDogg)

Gary Blower, father of Imogen, aged 8 (GameBurst)

Sharon Shaw, mother of Lyra, aged 9 (New Century)

I'd also like to promote another geek Dad; Andy Robertson, who is running a project designed to help parents concerned about video games and technology: https://www.patreon.com/geekdadgamer

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