Deadpool 2

May 25, 2018

[School of Movies 2018]

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this is going to be the best thing you ever hear about Deadpool 2. I don't want to over-hype it, judge for yourself. 

There's a lot of mixed feelings as we weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of this sequel. 

If you've not heard them yet, we have done shows on all the previous X-Men movies, which can be found on the School of Movies Archive, an entirely separate feed on which we curate our back catalogue. 

http://schoolofmoviesarchive.podbean.com/category/x-men/

Guests:

Jason "Chewie" Slate of The Mana Pool

Brenden Agnew of Cinapse 

Ciaran Dachtler 

Jesse Ferguson

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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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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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