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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Episode 501
Sep23

Episode 501

The second collection of clips from my shows, this time covering the period between 2013 and 2016 when Sharon became my co-host, Digital Drift and School of Movies. They are pulled from fewer overall episodes but they are more meaty and substantial with some of the funniest, sustained moments and memories. You’ll also hear from my guest spots from That Awful Sound and The Mana Pool along with a host of new voices. And of course the now-infamous introduction of Dramatic Readings and Bad Reviews Against Humanity. Volume 3: Digital Drift Avatar Responses [DD49 2014 – 0.01.00] The formation of Digital Drift [0.02.05] 50 Shades Trilogy Rant [DD06 – 0.06.25] We Hate Movies [DD05 – 0.09.30] Rhianna Pratchett [DD08 – 0.25.38] Spider-Man 3 – Harry’s Problem [DD12 – 0.32.18] Transformers – Non-Dairy Dessert [DD32 – 0.36.01] I’ve Been a Bad, Bad Angel [That Awful Sound #18 – 2015 – 0.37.36] Volume 4: School of Movies Robin Hood – Hysterical Inaccuracy [SOM143 2016 – 0.57.53] Flight of Dragons – Racist Wizards [SOM145 – 1.05.21] Terminator 3 – Joshua Rants [DD72 Mid-2015 – 1.11.02] Deadpool – Colossus on Music [SOM146 – 1.24.06] Making Fantasy Fun [Mana Pool #393 – 2015 – 1.27.11] The New Century Multiverse 101 [1.35.58] Jurassic Wrestling [DD68 – Mid 2015 – 1.47.54] The Daddle [DD44 – Late 2014 – 1.56.32] Crap Chinese Toys [DD48 – 1.59.50] RobertCop 2 [School of Everything Else #88 – 2.09.35] Grey [SOEE87 – Late 2015 – 2.14.17] Credits [2.22.50] http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/pmej2k/Episode_501.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Episode 500
Sep16

Episode 500

Alex’s 500th Podcast. I’ve been at this game for almost a decade and produced and hosted  four media discussion shows, Digital Cowboys, Digital Gonzo, Digital Drift andSchool of Movies.  What we have here is a collection of highlights from the first few years. This celebratory episode ended up as two, simply because there was so much to choose from. So Episode 501 will be released next week. Consider them like Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2. This is significant interviews, first meetings, moments of particular insight and of course the absolute funniest bits, many of which were suggested by you guys while I was putting this together. Volume 1. Digital Cowboys Another Day at the Office [Joinee Radio, Early 2007 – 0.01.22] Curse of the Golden Flower [Digital Cowboys Episode 01 – 0.06.36] An Important Announcement [DC48, 2008 – 0.08.58] First Meeting With Daniel Floyd [DC10, 2009 – 0.12.13] Red vs Blue Interview [DC126 – 0.15.24] Giant Bomb Snackbox [DC104 – 0.19.40] Jonathan Coulton Interview [DC121 – 0.22.23] Dominik Diamond Interview [DC133 – 0.27.07] The Wii – First Meeting With James Batchelor [DC130 – 0.32.51] First Meeting With Neil Taylor [DC167, 2010 – 0.34.37] Duke Nukem Kicked Out [DC180 – 0.35.18] Legends of Zelda – Opening Montage [DC164 – 0.38.41] Paul & Storm Interview [DC163 – 0.42.53] Digital Cowboys – The Last One [DC109, 2011 – 0.49.10] Volume 2: Digital Gonzo New Solo Show [Digital Gonzo Episode 42, 2011 – 0.55.23] Thor – Alex Doing Mr Plinkett Doing Thor [DG70, 2012 – 0059.44] Never Mind the BuzzGeeks: Cosmocats [DG33 – 1.02.20] Back to the Future – Time Travel [DG19 – 1.05.00] Fire [The Internet News – 1.09.42] Never Mind the BuzzGeeks: Coffee Commercials [DG39 – 1.13.06] Movie Clichés – The Wilhelm Scream [DG34 – 1.15.43] Schools [The Internet News – 1.17.44] Blue Sun Audio Drama [DG35 – 1.22.25] James Bond – The Henchman Agent #1 [DG43 – 1.29.30] James Bond – Henchman Agent #2/Herr Stamper [DG45 – 1.33.51] Firefly – The Henchman Agent #4 [DG106 – 1.33.52] Batman Returns – The Henchman Agent #3/The Finale [DG77 – 1.36.51] Alien – Shotgun Penis [DG74 – 1.41.36] Alien Resurrection – Alien DNA/Executives [DG82 – 1.45.29] Superman IV – Physics! [DG133, 2013 – 1.51.56] Sound of Gonzo – Snowboarding Spy [DG102 – 1.57.00] The Last Airbender – Exposition Scrolls [DG95 – 1.59.26] Sound of Gonzo – Vice City/Dance Hall Deadlock [DG142 – 2.00.47] Iron Man 3 Avengers in Advertising [DG154 – 2.02.51] Return of the King – Lyra on LOTR [DG112 – 2.06.40] The Two Towers – Gollum [DG111 – 2.07.36] An Unexpected Journey – Gollum-Off [DG113 – 2.11.29] Fan Response –...

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He-Man & She-Ra
Jun17

He-Man & She-Ra

This week’s episode is all about one of the first wildly popular toy and animated show tie-ins. Emerging in 1982 the Masters of the Universe toy line was hot on the heels of Star Wars and (thanks to the repeal of certain laws about ethics in programming) was able to advertise its products to the child during the commercial breaks as they were watching the show. And of course, seeing as most of the characters featured were already toys, every episode was a commercial in its own right. He-Man is, by today’s standards a dreadfully polite pacifist who seeks only to hold Eternia’s morals in check, whist Skeletor is a charmingly gentle nitwit who seeks power via boneheaded schemes. Both of them have colourful henchmen and at the end of the day nobody is getting hurt. She-Ra is a scenario much the same, only she and her buddies in the Great Rebellion are always on the back foot and Hordak is an oppressive warmonger that they are trying to depose, giving that show more of a struggle and stakes, and a rather empowering female hero for many girls (and boys) to be inspired by. Stay to the end to see how Mattel sold this strong woman in doll form. We also cover the ill-fated New Adventures and the badass 200X show. Next week we’re looking at the 1987 Dolph Lundgren movie. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/9re8fh/He-Man_She-Ra.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Thundercats
Apr29

Thundercats

This one has been a long time coming. Maybe the most significant animated series of my childhood, Thundercats (1985) was, for me, age 6, the promise of adventure. Seven cat-people escape the doomed planet of Thundera and find a new home in the lush, expansive new world of Third Earth. But then never bargained on their old enemies, the mutants pursuing them and forming an unholy alliance with this new planet’s ancient demon priest, Mumm-Ra. When you go back and investigate aged 36 however, it’s a creaky, ponderous, derivative, bloodless, tension-free grab-bag of embarrassing dialogue, ridiculous over the top performances and tropes that were worn into the ground a decade or two ago. I’ve got so much better TV to watch, animated series’ have reached unforeseen heights of excellence… so why do I still love Thundercats? And in 2011 when a new series was attempted and sank without trace after an unsatisfying ending that suggested a much larger story-line, why did I love that too? It’s not just nostalgia, there’s more to both of these shows. Allow me and Sharon and Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst to elucidate for you. We framed this so that fans of the show, people who hated the show and those who have never had the dubious pleasure of watching it could all enjoy our podcast. In the second section we discuss Mumm-Ra’s motivation, some unanswerable questions and our favourite episodes. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/2ctyc8/Thundercats.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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