Swiss Army Man
Jun16

Swiss Army Man

This one was an unexpected commission and pushed us well out of our comfort zone. It’s an obscure little indie film about being isolated from civilisation, and it has a couple of particularly… provocative ways of illustrating that point. Many thanks to Dan Mayer for getting this episode made, because I can ASSURE you that without his backing it absolutely would never have happened. So for better or worse, here’s what Sharon and I think of Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe in the movie Swiss Army Man. Next week, make sure you get hold of a copy of L.A. Confidential in the highest resolution possible. It’s an amazing film and you don’t want it spoiled before watching. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/in3hr4/194_Swiss_Army_Man.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Wonder Woman
Jun09

Wonder Woman

This is a big one, a DC movie that we not only don’t hate, but actively love. Wonder Woman is breaking all sorts of new ground and Gal Gadot looks set to be the next universally beloved big screen superhero, joining a fairly small group that includes Reeves as Superman, Maguire as Spider-Man, Downey Jnr. as Iron Man and Evans as Captain America. To mark this occasion we assembled a dream team of Bob Chipman of Geek.com and Laura Kate Dale of letsplayvideogames.com We spend two and a half hours discussing Diana’s debut in solo form, highlighting the best aspects and touching on a few of the flaws. Largely though this is a celebration of a magnificent, empowering, inspiring experience. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/waxduz/Wonder_Woman.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
May26

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2

Back with Marvel for one of their best movies yet. We kick off with why this hit me like a freight train, right in the soul, and then move on to an extensive and tasty discussion about these wonderful characters, old and new. With us are Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse, Brendan Agnew of Cinapse.co and Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst. This episode, like the movie, is very special. We also kick off with a big announcement for not one but TWO brand new podcast feeds, which I’ve set up to make our back catalogue as accessible as possible to absolutely everyone. So search your podcatcher app for The School of Movies Archive: http://schoolofmoviesarchive.podbean.com/ and The School of Everyone Else Archive: http://schoolofeverythingelsearchive.podbean.com/ https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/ize25w/194_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_Vol_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Grand Budapest Hotel
May19

The Grand Budapest Hotel

This is our first Wes Anderson film and we explore what makes his worlds and characters distinctive. It was commissioned by Tylor Long and Harrison Brockwell. You should definitely see the film first. Funny, quirky, rude, unpredictable, sweet, sad, clever and uplifting. It’s magnificent. Do not miss this one. It’s one of our most personal shows. Next week: Guardians of the Galaxy 2. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/ee48gz/193_The_Grand_Budapest_Hotel.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Apr28

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

This is another commissioned show, and you have Jason Ronson to thank, because we wouldn’t have done this movie for a long time, and when we did we would have spent half the time we did, delving beneath the surface. We felt, since we always like to give you guys value for money, that we would go all-out. And it’s not a movie we love, in fact there are elements of it that drive one or both of us up the wall, and we make no bones about its issues. But we also look for what they were attempting, and the reasons why this failed to wrangle a suitable audience upon theatrical release. Book fans, we have you covered, and Alex Maskill joins us to fact-check the details of the six volumes. This is also the podcast where I finally explain the “No Anime” rule. If anyone asks for anime in future, this will be the show I point them to. The Cornetto trilogy will eventually happen. One of them is a little bit patchy for us, but gets better with repeat viewings, kind of like Scott Pilgrim, the other two are among the most perfectly crafted comedies ever made. And the books to track down and read for the episode we’re doing in two weeks are called Transmetropoiltan, Vol 1 Back on the Street, and Vol. 2: Lust for Life, by Warren Ellis. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/qdkkm8/Scott_Pilgrim_vs_The_World.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Hero
Apr21

Hero

In another commissioned show this week we cover the 2002 Chinese blockbuster from the director of The Great Wall. Loosely (and as we find out that means REALLY loosely) based on a real life assassination attempt on the first emperor of China, this is one of Jet Li’s most prestigious appearances. Featuring a trio of assassins played by Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, and the amazing Donnie Yen, this blends serious, historical drama with stunningly photographed, excellently choreographed martial arts. It’s immense in scale, breathtaking in beauty and thought-provoking in story. It’s also one of the Zhang Ziyi trilogy of period-set martial arts spectaculars, the other two being House of Flying Daggers by the same director as Hero, Zhang Yimou, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Li. All three are absolutely worth your viewing time, especially on blu ray. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/8qiq7h/190_Hero.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Thief and the Cobbler
Apr14

The Thief and the Cobbler

This one is pretty special. You will laugh, you will facepalm, your jaw will hit the floor. The Thief and the Cobbler, or Arabian Knight, or The Princess and the Cobbler, or Once, OR The Amazing Nasrudin is, to date, the animated movie with the longest production run in history. It was begun in 1964 and released (after a fashion) in 1993… and then again in 1995. A cautionary tale for studios and a treasure trove of interest to animation experts, the story within the film itself pales in comparison, in terms of fascination, to its dreadfully staggered road of creation. This is the story of one unusual man who dreamed of making the finest animated film the world has ever seen, and what happened when that dream came up against reality. If you would like to see more about this film (once you’ve seen the film, because I’m betting you hadn’t even heard of it until today) you might want to catch this in-depth documentary *Persistence of Vision*, which features an array of animators and others involved with the making, and in which they are far more complimentary of the film than we are. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/pkuzib/The_Thief_and_the_Cobbler.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Brazil
Apr07

Brazil

This episode would never have happened without a commission from Jamas Enright who effectively made me go back to a movie I had previously dismissed as an impenetrable mess. Terry Gilliam’s 1985 dystopia, intended as a satirical black mirror held up against the bureaucracy that had driven him crazy was a box office flop, and if you’ve seen it you’ll understand why. If you haven’t you will get a lot more out of it from listening to our show first. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/bpif3c/Brazil.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Doctor Who: The Movie
Mar31

Doctor Who: The Movie

We’ve had several requests over the course of our show to cover THE ENTIRETY of Doctor Who, or even just “Everything since 2005”. Eventually one commissioning Whovian named Andy Nattan came around with a suggestion that would neatly incorporate our knowledge of the Doctor into a discussion about one fairly hilariously bad TV movie made in 1996. It also constitutes (almost) the entire onscreen appearance of the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, who was rather good (when he stopped SCREAMING). So whether you love Who, like it or think it’s a load of old toss you’ll almost certainly enjoy listening to us talk with long-time Seventh Doctor fan Neil Taylor about this failed pilot, starring Eric Roberts as The Terminator, featuring a really REALLY accurate clock, a wibbly window and a jizz-snake. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/6et2n9/Doctor_Who_-_The_Movie.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Lego Batman Movie
Feb24

The Lego Batman Movie

Bob Moviebob Chipman and Brendan Agnew join us to delve into this deconstruction of the Batman mythos. While we do talk a lot about the movie, there’s a great deal of pop culture analysis, examining the disparity between the colourful crime-fighter and the ‘roided-up, armoured monster. I think that approach ended up kind of appropriate, since the film itself devotes much of its running time to the same concept, making the incidental events a lot less important than what they’re actually saying. Expect a hell of a lot of fun, some moments that are more than likely to become podcast memes and the messy business of taking to task overly obnoxious DC fans. Reference Videos: Cracked: So You Want to be Batman / Modern American History (As Taught by Batman Movies) Folding Ideas: Everyone Batman Kills in BVS (And Why It Matters) We Hate Movies: Mailbag (One Ticked Off BvS Superfan) Moviebob: Does Batman Need a New Origin School of Movies/Gonzo Planet: How to Fix The DC Movies With Just One Superman Film Last Week Tonight: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization Bob Chipman Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/moviebob1/posts Alex Shaw Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/bxf2rm/186_Lego_Batman.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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