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Raya and the Last Dragon

Raya and the Last Dragon

April 30, 2021

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Disney tries its hand at a South-Asian fantasy, and what do you know, we really like it.

Daniel Floyd returns as we talk about the first of the animated classics series which was not launched exclusively to theatres, but also Disney+ for a preview for of $30 / £20

Quite apart from everything else that makes this a difficult sell for people living on their own, or in households where only one person likes Disney. However, so much of this being created at home by various Disney artists while on lockdown breaks all kinds of new precedents and makes this one rather special. 

Stonespring Maidens can be had in paperback form

The New Century Multiverse Podcast 

Guest

Daniel Floyd of New Frame Plus  @DanFloydPlus

Ralph Breaks The Internet + Frozen II

Ralph Breaks The Internet + Frozen II

April 23, 2021

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The Disney series continues with two sequels. 

In the first of these Ralph and Venelope travel to a version of the internet as reimagined by Disney. The little race driver then finds a newfound calling in the apocalyptic street combat of Slaughter Race, which sends Ralph into a spiral of separation anxiety. 

And in the second, six years in the making, the follow-up to maybe their most beloved film of the modern era, the treasured characters are taken on a new adventure up North to discover things about themselves. 

Next week we're back on track with their excellent latest instalment, Raya and the Last Dragon. Dan sat this episode out but will be back for Raya. 

Stonespring Maidens can be had in paperback form, and the first episode of the audiodrama will air May 6th.  

Guests:

Hollywoo Actress  Maya Santandrea @Mayasantandrea

Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla vs. Kong

April 16, 2021

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The fourth, and potentially final outing in the Warner Bros. Monsterverse series. Following Godzilla II: King of the Monsters (2019) which is magnificent and to many the pinnacle of this quartet, Kong: Skull Island (2017) which is most definitely worth seeing to acquaint yourself with *this* version of the giant gorilla, and finally Godzilla (2014) which was the most popular at the box office yet seems to be the least enthusiastically recalled. 

In this show I come up with yet another food metaphor for each of these four, and we discuss what might have been left on the cutting room floor in the attempts to streamline this thing into a lean, fun, colourful, fast-paced series of spectacular wrestling matches. 

Guests:

Dan Hoeppner  @MightyMegatron0  of Leftover Army Monsters

Brendan Agnew of Cinapse  @BLCAgnew

The Others

The Others

April 9, 2021

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An elegant, haunting Spanish-style ghost story of obsession and loss. This Gothic chiller materialised in 2001, from director Alejandro Amenabar (who also composed the score, which flits from comforting flute and harp to clangourous and menacing cacophony).

This was a commissioned show from Nicole-Kidman-appreciator Colin L. Dysart, and he picked one of our favourite performances of hers. This was the one that made us think she would be an ideal Marisa Coulter in His Dark Materials. She plays the whole thing with a brittle, fierce tenacity, clinging to what she believes is true, as her world unravels in this shadowy Jersey stately home.

It's also got some terrific child-actor performances, as the two endangered kids start to cotton onto the possibility that there may be more going on with the intruders to their home. It is a ghost story where light is so much more threatening than darkness.

Super Friends (2021)

Super Friends (2021)

April 2, 2021

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A long time ago, a visionary director named Jack Spider was gifted the keys to the kingdom of Super Friends. And he made two and a half movies which brought much joy to the people, expressed mainly in angry shouting.

Returning to his kingdom after many years away, Jack Spider has finally delivered his thesis on gods among men, in the completed third film he is now able to gift to the world. 

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