Hamilton
Feb17

Hamilton

This is yet another very special episode. We get swept up in the Broadway musical phenomenon about one of America’s relatively unsung founding fathers, presented to modern audiences as a hip-hopera. It was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the songwriter for Moana. It is amazing. It is available to hear all over YouTube and the soundtrack (which will almost certainly end up on repeat in your house) will be one of the most valued things you buy all year. If you’ve never heard of it, or you’ve only heard some talk and a few songs, you should listen to the first two hours of this show as we set the scene for you and explore the characters. Then go listen or even go see it and come back for the last hour which is all spoilerific endgame material. Joining Sharon and I are Harrison Brockwell, Kaoru Negisa, Jesse Ferguson and Andy Rodriguez. While there are clips and snippets of the 46 songs throughout the show, the following 12 are played in their entirety in this order. 1.   Yorktown 2.   Alexander Hamilton 3.   Aaron Burr, Sir 4.   My Shot 5.   You’ll Be Back 6.   The Schuyler Sisters 7.   Satisfied 8.   Cabinet Battle #1 9.   History Has Its Eyes On You 10.   Say No to This 11.   Burn 12.   One Last Time Arlington on Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LZVX4S6/ref=pd_sim_351_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=WJEMN41ACEYCS843MBTM Arlington on Bandcamp: https://newcentury.bandcamp.com/album/new-century-arlington https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/87dce5/Hamilton.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Lion King
Feb10

The Lion King

This episode will be the deepest single Disney show we will ever do. It weighs in at just under four hours long, so I’d recommend absorbing it in two sessions, unless you have a long drive or a flight. But if you love the film you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to never-ending Lion Heaven! Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits joins us again to examine this magnificent beast of a film. Disney had taken a year off after Aladdin to develop their next two theatrical, animated projects, a sweeping Broadway musical melodrama, sure to go down in history as one of their greatest achievements (Pocahontas… it didn’t) and a fun little movie about lions (which became known as one of their greatest achievements). More than anything else, this movie made Bambi redundant for me. I never much gelled with the little dear, and while the death of his mother did have a shocking impact its repercussions were felt for all of 90 seconds. Lion King spends the rest of the movie either overtly avoiding confronting grief or stepping up to face it. The courageous subject matter, the beautiful animation, the majestic James Earl Jones, the amazing music and brilliant songs put this one at the highest peak for me. This super special episode also includes the debut of the SteamHeart trailer. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/fjfigj/184_The_Lion_King.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Aladdin
Feb03

Aladdin

This one was recorded immediately after the Beauty and the Beast show, so we are absolutely exhausted by the end. What you can’t hear because I trimmed it out is all the times we lose our thread and forget the point we were making. The magic of audio editing. As it is, with musical breaks and comedy clips, this is another superbly detailed show where we praise the animation and efforts that went into making this a truly unique Disney experience. It was recorded one month before Robin Williams died, and 23 years after master songwriter Howard Ashman died, and it is a celebration of their amazing work. Once again we are joined by Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits and Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse. Extra Credits: https://www.youtube.com/user/ExtraCreditz Cane and Rinse: http://caneandrinse.com/ Support our shows on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw Come listen to my audio drama series, New Century: http://newcenturyshow.podbean.com/ https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/vqr9yf/184_Aladdin.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Beauty and the Beast
Jan27

Beauty and the Beast

Get ready for a show of epic proportions, and a roller-coaster journey through the making of an absolute classic. Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits and Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse join us for a deep study into what made this work so well, and why it manages what so many of the previous films in the canon couldn’t quite reach. Every aspect is discussed, from animation to music, to rejected ideas, to what makes Beast and Belle so endlessly appealing and what function the supporting cast serve. This is either one to absorb in two sittings or a long evening spent watching the movie with the sound off at the same time… twice. Extra Credits: https://www.youtube.com/user/ExtraCreditz Cane and Rinse: http://caneandrinse.com/ Support our shows on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw Come listen to my audio drama series, New Century: http://newcenturyshow.podbean.com/ https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/889uda/183_Beauty_and_the_Beast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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