Transmetropolitan
May13

Transmetropolitan

This is a Vertigo comics series which ran for 60 issues from 1997 to 2002, written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Darick Robertson. It is set in a non-specified future where cities stretch out across the planet, filled with bored tech-fetishists all looking for the next distraction. Spider Jerusalem is an infamous gonzo journalist who returns to the otherwise unnamed “The City” to write some books and newspaper columns after years of hiding in a log cabin up a mountain. This is a book that was hugely influential on me, and while the retro-future it predicted was off the mark in many cases, some of it is so sharp that it’s going to hurt to listen. There’s blasphemous and depraved content within so you have been warned. Alasdair Stuart of The Escape Artists joins us to talk about all things Spider in this commissioned show courtesy of Ciaran Dachtler. NEXT WEEK: Pick up and watch The Grand Budapest Hotel before listening to our show. It’s a rich, visually detailed film and you will enjoy it so much more not knowing what’s going to happen, and enjoy our show so much more having seen the film.  https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/dbsu8i/Transmetropolitan.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Ms. Marvel
Mar24

Ms. Marvel

In 2013 a brand new Marvel character was introduced to the world, one who is very reminiscent of classic Peter Parker, a goofy, hapless, sweet-natured teenager who just wants to help people. She’s also the world’s premier, headlining Muslim superhero, and very much due a movie or TV series to bring her to mass popularity like those who came before her. In tonight’s episode we are joined by Alasdair Stuart, owner of Escape Artists and longtime comic-book expert, to enthusiastically discuss why the younger generations are already loving Kamala Khan, and why she’s so important in the grand scheme. You don’t have to have read any of her comics, but by the end of this you will want to. This was a commissioned show, and we kick off with some important (and good news) about future commissions. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/zchwiy/Ms_Marvel_Intro_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Legends of Zelda III
Mar17

Legends of Zelda III

This is the third show I have put together about the Legend of Zelda series. The first was back in 2010 for Digital Cowboys when we covered most of the games in the series. The second was in early 2012 on Digital Gonzo when we covered the contentious Skyward Sword on the Wii (This episode is now available exclusively through Patreon). This time we’re looking at a bunch that we missed first time round, and one or two that have emerged more recently. 2001. Oracle of Seasons/Ages 2004. The Minish Cap 2006. Twilight Princess 2007. Link’s Crossbow Training 2007. The Phantom Hourglass 2009. Spirit Tracks 2011. Ocarina of Time 3D 2013. A Link Between Worlds 2013. Wind Waker HD 2014. Hyrule Warriors 2015. Majora’s Mask 3D My guests this time are Laura Kate Dale, Gary Blower, Glen Watts, Iain Hopwood, Lloyd Huhn, David Garcia Abril and Richard Lago. This show was recorded back in 2015 while the Switch was still called the NX, Breath of the Wild didn’t have a name and Twilight Princess HD had yet to be announced. When we do a fourth Zelda show it will be a lot sooner and will be all about Breath of the Wild, which after thirty or so hours of play may be my favourite of them all. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/3dhywf/Legends_of_Zelda_III.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Nintendo Special
Mar03

Nintendo Special

Welcome to a show which explores why, after decades of producing consoles and video games, Nintendo feels special in a way that the others do not. More than two dozen people have recorded their memories and insight and sent them to me to arrange. A picture begins to emerge of a troubled relationship with someone capable of amazing creative endeavours and baffling business decisions. Someone who many of us can never fully let go because of the power of these happy memories of childhood, family and the hundreds of gaming worlds which we charted together (some of us literally, you had to draw your maps in pencil back then). As the Switch is launched we look back on what the emergence of a new console meant to us, and why we always come back to a place of hope. Infinite thank yous to my guests, without which this show would not have been possible. 1.   Intro* 2.   Brendan Agnew 3.   Sam Chapter 4.   James Batchelor 5.   Collin 6.   Daniel Floyd 7.   Daniel Den Heijer 8.   Toby Jungius 9.   James Carter 10.   Joshua Garrity 11.   My Old Friend Nintendo (Alex) 12.   Paschal Dooley 13.   Chris O Regan 14.   Leon Cox 15.   Blast Processing (Lyra) 16.   Bob Chipman 17.   Neil Taylor 18.   Nama Chibitty 19.   Derrick Ritchie 20.   James Perkins 21.   Gary and Imogen Blower 22.   Dan Mayer 23.   Darren Gargette 24.   Holly Dotson 25.   Cartridge Bros 26.   Jason Slate 27.   Matt Wardle 28.   Laureta Sela 29.   Alex Shaw 30.   Lyra Shaw *Voices in the opening montage also include Alexander Jahans, Gustav Dahl and Johan Kristian Milde https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/heezep/Nintendo_Special.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Sound of Gonzo Vol. 11: MARVEL
Jan06

The Sound of Gonzo Vol. 11: MARVEL

Recently the excellent YouTube series Every Frame a Painting asked members of the public if they could hum any of the music from the Marvel films. Unsurprisingly they couldn’t come up with anything. There are a few reasons for this, that I go into on the show, but this presentation right here is crafted to allow everyone to explore the music that has come so far. We laser-focus on the core melodies, the hero themes that were left by the wayside as the series evolved and we showcase the wide range of actually rather brilliant musical moments that have punctuated the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Join me for an epic, three hour musical journey, run through the filter of my brain. By the end, if I’ve done my job, you’ll be able to hum at least one piece of Marvel music. 1.   Marvel Logo (Thor: The Dark World) 2.   Back in Black – AC/DC (Iron Man) 3.   Mark II/Driving With the Top Down/Gulmira – Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man) 4.   Iron Man – Black Sabbath (Iron Man) 5.   Main Titles – Craig Armstrong (The Incredible Hulk) 6.   Thunderstruck – AC/DC (Iron Man 2) 7.   Black Widow Kicks Ass/ I Am Iron Man – John Debney (Iron Man 2) 8.   Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC (Iron Man 2) 9.   Prologue/The Compound/Forgive Me/Thor Kills the Destroyer – Patrick Doyle (Thor) 10.   Walk – Foo Fighters (Thor) 11.   Main Titles/Farewell to Bucky/The Star Spangled Man/Triumphant Return/Captain America March – Alan Silvestri (Captain America: The First Avenger) 12.   Main Titles/Helicarrier/Avengers Assemble/A Promise/End Titles – Alan Silvestri (Avengers Assemble) 13.   Live to Rise – Chris Cornel (Avengers Assemble) 14.   Main Titles/Can You Dig It? – Brian Tyler (Iron Man 3) 15.   End Titles/Into Eternity – Brian Tyler (Thor: The Dark World) 16.   Lemurian Star/Project Insight/The Causeway/To the End of the Line/Taking a Stand – Henry Jackman (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) 17.   Soundtrack Medley (Guardians of the Galaxy) 18.   The Kyln Escape/Groot Spores/Groot Cocoon (Guardians of the Galaxy) 19.   Age of Ultron Theme – Danny Elfman (Avengers: Age of Ultron) 20.   Escape – Roger Ayer (Ant-Man) 21.   Ant Man Theme – Christophe Beck (Ant-Man) 22.   Plainsong – The Cure (Ant-Man) 23.   Siberian Overture/Ancestral Call/New Recruit/Closure/Cap’s Promise – Henry Jackman (Captain America: Civil War) 24.   Sharks Don’t Sleep – Dean Valentine (Civil War Trailer) 25.   New Marvel Fanfare 26.   Strange Days Ahead/The Master of the Mystic End Credits – Michael Giacchino (Doctor Strange) https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/k5g6k9/The_Sound_of_Gonzo_Vol_11_-_Marvel.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Bad Reviews Against Humanity: Vol. 8
Dec30

Bad Reviews Against Humanity: Vol. 8

We’re back for another dose of reading you the fevered rantings of the deeply, comically irrational. Jason “Chewie” Slate and Bill Bloodworth from the Magic: The Gathering podcast; The Mana Pool rejoin us, along with James Carter of Cane and Rinse, GameBurst’s Jerome McIntosh and friend of the show Derrick Ritchie. As well as more awful Amazon reviews for great movies we also look at films whose titles got turned into something extraordinary during the translation, and a really alarmingly specific Japanese breakdown of the characters in FRIENDS. We ended up recording three hours of this stuff so expect a Vol. 9 at some point in the next few months when we need some serious laughs again. Remember you can read these Bad Reviews daily on the @AmznMovieRevws Twitter feed. Next Week: The Sound of Gonzo: Vol 10 – The Marvel Cinematic Universe https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/i986nr/Bad_Reviews_Against_Humanity_-_Vol_8.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Sound of Gonzo Vol. 10: Disney
Dec23

The Sound of Gonzo Vol. 10: Disney

We’re bringing this classic show format back after three years away (somehow it skipped over the entirety of Digital Drift). This is the prologue to our 90s Disney Renaissance series of podcasts. Since the songs get so much love and attention and are going to be showcased on our podcasts anyway I brought in James Batchelor to pick with me, pieces of music from the scores of ten years of the very best movies from the house of Mouse. 1. The Little Mermaid – Fathoms Below (Alan Menken 2. Rescuers Down Under – Cody’s Flight (Bruce Broughton) 3. Beauty and the Beast – Transformation (Alan Menken) 4. Aladdin – Cave of Wonders (Alan Menken) 5. The Lion King – King of Pride Rock (Hans Zimmer) 6. Pocahontas – Farewell (Alan Menken) 7. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – The Bell Tower (Alan Menken) 8. Hercules – A True Hero (Alan Menken) 9. Mulan – Burned Out Village (Jerry Goldsmith) 10. Tarzan – A Wondrous Place (Mark Mancina) https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/jfmckg/The_Sound_of_Gonzo_-_Disney_Special.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Big Data Interview [Part 2]
Nov05

Big Data Interview [Part 2]

This is the second part of our Big Data Interview.  It has spoilers for all nine episodes. These two shows will wind up being combined into one full-length interview. You can listen to Big Data here http://bigdata.show/ http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/yangy6/Big_Data_Interview_Part_2_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Resident Evil
Oct07

Resident Evil

Kicking off our Halloween SPOOKtacular in style.  This is a deep dive into the very first Resident Evil game, as well as the GameCube remake and the HD remake of the remake. By no means the first survival horror, but a definite landmark in the genre and a stone cold classic that is somehow better today than it was in 1996.  Far from the clodhopping buffoonery of the movie series the first game is a deceptively simple premise. Two special forces units investigating a bizarre series of murders which leads them to a darkened and horrifying mansion, itself the greatest character in this series. Before too long you’re solving elaborate puzzles, avoiding traps, combing through rooms to find useful items, stockpiling ammunition (which if you’re playing on the right difficulty setting for you there will always be scant available) and fending off attacks from the shadows from all sorts of bloodcurdling monsters.    It’s nothing short of a masterpiece, endlessly replayable and now with the HD remaster the obtuse control scheme is fixed. With me is Neil Taylor of TheKidDogg on YouTube (and you should check out his Resident Evil video retrospective here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH9jfP2Sask Laura Kate Dale AKA Laura K Buzz of projects too numerous to name (here’s her Patreon) https://www.patreon.com/LauraKBuzz/posts And we’re also joined by my good friend Derrick Ritchie. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/iqv99m/Resident_Evil.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Big Data Interview [Part 1]
Oct06

Big Data Interview [Part 1]

This is an interview Sharon and I hosted with Ryan Estrada, writer, artist, producer of many many different projects, the latest being Big Data. *There are seven keys to the internet, what if each in turn was stolen? Could our repository of information and primary means of communication really be shut down?* This nine part comedy anthology audio drama, funded by Kickstarter is currently on episode four. It’s also got a cast that will set many geeks a-quivering with Paul F. Thompkins (Bojack Horseman) Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Felicia Day (The Guild), plus 69 other voices. Here we discuss with Ryan the inception of the story, the complex casting and direction process, and (in a fairly spoiler-free way) some of his favourite moments. Go here to listen to the first few (though you could also listen to this interview first). As we say in the interview, episode 1 is a little chaotic so make sure you stick with it for the next few and you will see (or hear) the grander epic taking form. Huge thanks to Ryan for being so generous with his time, and it was fantastic to be able to discuss the finer points with him. The second part of this interview will be released in six weeks once Big Data is finished and we can talk endgame material. See you then for the conclusion. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/hb47f3/Big_Data_Interview_Part_1_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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