Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

June 16, 2015

[SOM #126]

For various reasons, including a high likelihood of We Hate Movies releasing their own show about this movie this week (which means it warrants this double-critical kicking) as well as the edit of Terminator 2 being not quite done yet (because the film is incredible and deserves even more work than we've put in already) here is our scathing review of Terminator 3.

I rarely get to hear Joshua Garrity get angry and he went in quite placid and apathetic. Fortunately we managed to rile him up until an exceptionally entertaining stream of vitriol escaped to join our twin surges of disgust for this horrendous affront to cinema?

Think we're being too harsh? That's just because the neat ending made you forget the horrible journey. Let us remind you so that we can all see this for the stinker that it has always been.

If I'm right and WHM are indeed covering this as well then next Tuesday cannot come fast enough for me to see which points we all concur on.

Next week: Terminator 2 (For reals this time)

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

June 15, 2015

[SOM #125]

One of our favourite movies of all time gets its long overdue deep discussion. I noticed something in editing this. We skip over talking about the film itself. This was what troubled me into holding it back an additional week to record additional material and deliver you this extended edition. We treat matters as though you, like us have watched this movie a hundred times. You know what happens, why and how impressive Cameron is at conveying the action and we delve into the subtleties and lore, starting off with taking it to task over the time travel, but proceeding into this story as a parable for unilateral disarmament. 

Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse joins us once again to explore this cybernetic opera, in which Los Angeles of the 1990s is as much a character as any of the vibrant figures onscreen. Many thanks to the crew at Extra Credits for allowing us to use a segment of theirs on the arcade game Missile Command. 

Next week: Terminator Salvation (If you like this movie, steer clear of this episode)

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The Terminator

June 14, 2015

[SOM #124]

Here it is folks. The first Terminator podcast in the run-up to Terminator Genisys. Jump forward 15 minutes if you've already seen the YouTube video "Everything Right With The Terminator". If you haven't, go see that first.

Josh Garrity of Cane and Rinse joins us to discuss this cyberpunk masterpiece. We turn over every aspect as we establish just how central to the web of sci-fi influence throughout the 80s and beyond this movie is.

Over the next few episodes we will cover Terminator 2, Terminator 3, Terminator Salvation and The Sarah Connor Chronicles, before finally tackling the newest reboot of the franchise.

Next week though; Jurassic World

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Mad Max: Fury Road

June 13, 2015

[SOM #123]

We had planned to release The Lost World this week but Mad Max: Fury Road appeared out of nowhere and turned out to be rather special. So we broke suddenly, veered off the road, picked up a couple of passengers and thundered into an epic analysis review. 

We begin with a 45 minute discussion of the original Mad Max trilogy, all of which contain elements that found their way into this new incarnation. You can listen to that without spoiling the new movie, but then go see it and come back for the next act.

I lay down my thoughts on the meta-story that developed upon its release, specifically it's detractors and the symbolism that layers on as a result. After that we talk long and hard about every aspect of this astonishing and deeply surprising new blockbuster. Surprising both in how the story develops and its sheer quality and fulfilled ambition. This is a film we want absolutely everyone to see. 

Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rise and James Perkins of GameBurst and AltViewMovies on guesting duty provide brilliant insight and enthusiasm to the mix. Check out their shows. And we'll be back with the dinosaurs next week with The Lost World. 

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