Bad Reviews Against Humanity: Vol. 5

March 26, 2013

[SOEE #86]

This episode comprises previously unheard segments from our Vol. 3 recording, which was entirely based on sarcastic reviews for frequently absurd products. There’s a lot more backstage chat and bungled attempts at organizing the readings into a game. It will make more sense if you listen in conjunction with Vol. 3. 

Check out the original Twitter account that inspired these shows: @AmznMovieRevws edited by Joseph Grabinski who features in this episode.

Joseph is joined by Joshua Garrity and James Carter from Cane and Rinse, Jerome McIntosh of Gameburst and Player 1 from the Cartridge Bros. podcast.

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Bad Reviews Against Humanity: Vol. 4

March 25, 2013

[SOEE #85]

Taking a break from Disney for a while Bad Reviews returns in style. If, for some reason you haven’t heard the first three, go back through the podcast feed and find them. They are some of the funniest podcasting experiences ever.

For the uninitiated this is a mix of funny, sarcastic, baffling and occasionally facepalm-inducing Amazon reviews.

This episode combines both the Bad Reviews Live session recorded at Drift-Con 2015 and the previously unheard parts of our Vol. 2 recording.


A huge thank you to the various guests over these shows: Neil Taylor of GameBurst, James Carter and Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse, Lorin Grieve of A Year of Steam, James Batchelor of Bond & Beyond and Rare Replayed, Will Parkes from our community and of course my wife and co-host Sharon Shaw.

And check out the original Twitter account that inspired these shows: @AmznMovieRevws

If you love these shows support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw Or contribute to the upkeep of the website using the donate button at our new address http://schoolofmovies.com/
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Bad Reviews Against Humanity: Vol. 3

March 24, 2013

[SOEE #84]

This week, we tracked down some of the funniest reviews all over the internet for all kinds of products, not just movies and not just Amazon. 

The main reason was variety but we also had the pleasure of Joseph Grabinski the editor of the @AmznMovieRevws Twitter feed as a guest so we wanted to present him and his followers with something they might not have read yet. 

It was a packed show; as you might imagine this format has been insanely popular and everyone wanted a piece of the action. Our other guests included (returning from previous Volumes) Joshua Garrity and James Carter from Cane and Rinse, Jerome McIntosh of Gameburst (pitching up for his first go at B.R.A.H.) and for the first time on our show, from the Cartridge Bros. podcast it's the mysterious fellow known only as "Player 1"

WARNING!: Do not attempt to drive, lift weights or engage in sexual intercourse while listening to this episode. You may have a fatal mishap from laughing too hard. In fact this is the first podcast I'm putting a general health warning on: It may be the funniest thing you will ever hear and thus break funny bones everywhere, leaving life by comparison dull and grey. Jerome had to resort to his inhaler in the end, though he assures me this was worth it.

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Bad Reviews Against Humanity: Vol. 2

March 23, 2013

[SOEE #83]

We're back for more incisive, scathing and occasionally insane critique from some strange people. 

The first installment was met with adulation from everyone. In fact this is an official warning not to listen while driving, your uncontrollable fits of hysterical laughter could result in catastrophic car pile-ups. 

Once again these mini-review snippets were gleaned from the Twitter feed @AmznMovieRevws who very kindly retweeted our show for us. 

For this episode Sharon and I recruited Neil Taylor of GameBurst, James Carter of Cane and Rinse and Lorin Grieve of the Digital Drift Community.Once again our reading is a cocktail of the shocking, competitive play of Cards Against Humanity with the theatrical performance of the much missed GameSpot YouTube show Feedbackula. 

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Bad Reviews Against Humanity: Vol. 1

March 22, 2013

[SOEE #82]

Amazon has a long tradition of unreasonable, miserable and occasionally downright cretinous user reviews. The Twitter feed @AmznMovieRevws is a treasure trove of some of the silliest of these.

For this episode Sharon and I got together with former Digital Cowboy Paul Shotton and Cane and Rinse alumni Josh Garrity and we had a bit of a game. I passed out fifteen reviews each and we competed for fifteen rounds to see who could read the most facepalm-inducing nugget of critical appraisal. 

Prepare thy sides, for they shall split. Some of these reviewers come up with the most splutteringly random of reasons why they don't like movies that are largely agreed upon to be rather great. I shall definitely be revisiting this format. 

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Dramatic Readings

March 21, 2013

[SOEE #81]

After the uproarious reception that the Bad Reviews Against Humanity shows brought, we decided on a series of dramatic readings. This is based on a sci-fi convention game wherein one of the worst pieces of fantasy literature in history; The Eye of Argon' gets read aloud. If the current narrator laughs he or she must pass it on. We went beyond Argon by embracing a now infamous children's book, a movie script written by a longtime friend of mine, the intro to a public information film about the evils of marijuana and an article from Cracked.com on shoddy toys with worrying claims on their packaging.

1. The Eye of Argon by Jim Theis
2. Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Programmer [With Stickers] by Susan Marenco
3. Another Day at the Office by Thomas Underhill
4. Reefer Madness by Arthur Hoerl
5. The Ten Most Unintentionally Hilarious Toys Exported by China by Seanbaby

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-10-most-unintentionally-hilarious-toys-exported-by-china/

Our guest speakers this week are...

* Laura Kate Dale of (among others) 'Podcastquisition'
* Lou Fernandez of 'Lou Reads the Internet For You'.
* Derrick Ritchie of 'The Console Ninjas Podcast'.
* Lorin Grieve of the Digital Drift community.

And by popular demand we begin with Lou reading out ten bad reviews from @AmznMovieRevws 

Next week: We begin a month of Korra. Four podcasts covering the last two seasons. After that we proceed with the Disney animated classics review series with Daniel Floyd, starting of course with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

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The Legend of Korra: Balance

March 20, 2013

[SOEE #80]

With the world unbalanced, Korra and her companions struggle to manage the repercussions from the pendulum-swing back from chaos to order.

This time we're talking about Prince Wu, Kuvira, some old swamp lady, and the rather contentious coupling at the end of the series. In a pinch of nostalgia I went back to the intro from that first Korra show we did all those years back... well two and a half, but it feels like a lot longer. And to close out, the world premier of the trailer for Season 2 of New Century. 

Joining me once again are my co-host; Sharon Shaw, Daniel Floyd, the voice of Extra Credits, Joshua Garrity of the Cane and Rinse podcast and The Animation Archives, and Jerome McIntosh, now of GameBurst. 

Next week; the second part of Book 4. 

New Century Season 2 starts this week so go to iTunes and subscribe there.

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The Legend of Korra: Change

March 19, 2013

[SOEE #79]

The long awaited, much-demanded continuation of the Avatar podcasts is here. We're releasing four podcasts throughout this month, two each for Books 3 & 4 of The Legend of Korra. It's the last we'll see of the series, maybe forever, but certainly for a while, so let's take our time and enjoy ourselves.

Joining me once again after another year I have my now co-host; Sharon Shaw, Daniel Floyd, the voice of Extra Credits, Joshua Garrity of the Cane and Rinse podcast and The Animation Archives, and Jerome McIntosh, now of GameBurst. Duane Griffiths from the previous six episodes couldn't make it, but sends his regards.

In this first part we cover the following themes; Behind the scenes and going digital-only, renewal and rebirth, duty and responsibility, family and frustration, anarchy, freedom and control. 

Next week; the second part of Book 3. 

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The Legend of Korra: Spirits

March 18, 2013

[SOEE #78]

This is the sixth Gonzo Avatar podcast.

Previous episodes include....

1. The Last Airbender (Movie)
2. The Legend of Aang: Water
3. The Legend of Aang: Earth
4. The Legend of Aang: Fire
5. The Legend of Korra: Air

We cover the divisive second season of one of the most talked about and exceptional animated shows ever created. This time round the Miyazaki influence is even more prominent, the animation veers from a little bit sloppy to more breathtakingly beautiful than it's ever been, there are character and narrative issues, longtime fans still calling foul and love and hate being bent back and forth like so much water and fire.   

Joining me once again after a year I have Daniel Floyd, the voice of Extra Credits, Joshua Garrity of the Cane and Rinse podcast and The Animation Archives, Sharon Shaw of Do Try This at Home, Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst and from Gonzo Planet, Duane Griffiths. As well as this epic round-table session I have included essay materials from Andy Rodriguez and Nama Chibitty, offering some quite differing perspectives on the overarching saga. 

Next week: With the release of the audio drama based on my first novel: The Cartographer's Handbook, the next show will be a spoiler-filled interview with some of the performers and a detailed discussion on how the book and audio were constructed.

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The Legend of Korra: Air

March 17, 2013

[SOEE #77]

This covers the first season of the follow up to The Legend of Aang.

Major spoilers throughout so we heartily suggest that you not only see the entirety of Korra first but seek out the original series in case you weren't aware how highly we regard it.

Joining me once again to talk about Airbending, extremist solutions, and the challenge of matching the quality and storytelling of the finest animated show ever created, I have Daniel Floyd, Pixar animator and the voice of Extra Credits, Joshua Garrity of the Cane and Rinse podcast and The Animation Archives, and from Gonzo Planet, Sharon Shaw, Jerome McIntosh and Duane Griffiths.

Thank you to all our new listeners for your support and questions. You can contact me through the Gonzo Planet website and you should all definitely check out the forums and leave iTunes reviews, Facebook likes and jubulant tweets. Stay tuned to the very end to hear a trailer for Batman: Breakdown an original audio drama I released for episode #90 and maybe the best thing I've helped create aside from my daughter.

Next week, Gonzo Gaming returns with The 10 Most Important Games of this Generation in Digital Gonzo #100.

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