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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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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The Rescuers Down Under
Jan20

The Rescuers Down Under

This will be the shortest of our Disney 90s Renaissance episodes, principally because there’s so little information available on the making of this movie and also not too much actually happens. It’s more mice wearing shirts, but there are some wonderful elements in there that we will illuminate in between me being scathing about Disney underachieving and some amusing side roads into Australia. Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits joins us once again. Next week; one of the greatest animated films ever made. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/yc7mqe/182_The_Rescuers_Down_Under.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Little Mermaid
Jan13

The Little Mermaid

We finally his the 90s third renaissance for Disney, and this kicks off a series of two hours plus, shows of super detail and perspective on this era. Disney was under new management and after a string of mediocre successes and big failures now aimed to pull themselves out of the doldrums they had settled into following Walt’s death. This entailed a storm of creativity with artists being ridden ruthlessly by cold-hearted businessmen. By all rights it shouldn’t have produced such wonderful results… but it did. The Little Mermaid is a story of a human girl born as a mermaid, who just never feels right down under the sea, looking up longingly at our world. The emotional arc of the movie is the barely-seen King Triton getting over his overprotective desire to see his child stay down aith her family, culminating in him letting her go for her own happiness. Plus it has a Jamaican crab. Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits and Extra Histories joins us again and you will hear the music of Alan Menken and the late, but indescribably great Howard Ashman. School of Movies is funded not by advertising, but by Patreon. It’s you guys who keep this show going, help us pay our bills and buy more stuff to watch and talk about. So if you get a major kick out of these shows consider throwing a few dollars per month our way: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/vemne9/181_The_Little_Mermaid.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Great Mouse Detective/Oliver & Company
Dec17

The Great Mouse Detective/Oliver & Company

We’re back on the Disney shows with Daniel Floyd, this time on the cusp of the 90s renaissance. This episode delves lightly into two of the last examples of their Dog/Cat/Mouse fetishism that defined the post-Walt wilderness years. The Great Mouse Detective, originally named Basil of Baker Street (from the novel) is Sherlock Holmes with rodents. Oliver is the Twisty Dickens tale with a cat and a bunch of dogs in a painfully late 80s New York, presided over by prostitute-hating mayor Rudy Giuliani. We never see him in the film, but he’s there all the same, along with his derision for people of colour and the impoverished, which fits rather well into the Victorian principles of the source novel. This show was actually recorded several years ago and I apologise for my frequent interruptions of Dan and Sharon. I knew better than that back then and I have no excuse. I’ll simply try my level best to let them speak without butting in as we record the final Disney shows. This episode is well-timed in its release as Moana has just launched in theatres and it is absolutely wonderful! Go see. Next week; The Sound of Gonzo returns with a showcase of the music of 90s Disney. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/4fecnh/180_Basil_The_Great_Mouse_Detective_-_Oliver_and_Company.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Stephen King’s IT
Dec09

Stephen King’s IT

The bestselling novel of 1986, this is a story set across two time frames 28 years apart. In the small town of Derry, Maine the locals enjoy relative success, their harmony only broken every three decades when children go missing. Something is lurking down in the sewers, and it is hungry. Seven childhood friends, calling themselves The Losers pledge to find out what this being is and if they can, stop it for good. They are not entirely successful. 28 years later, they regroup in their forties to journey back to Derry and finish the job. The novel is huge, but I read through the whole thing, partly because this was a commissioned show, but mainly because it is one of Sharon’s lifelong favourites and I hoped this would give me a little more insight into her inner workings. It did. When I had finished I felt like I’d been on a really significant journey. We cover the two-part TV miniseries and speculate on ways that this might be adapted into the feature film duet beginning late 2017. Next week, we lighten the mood with our return to the Disney specials with The Great Mouse Detective and Oliver & Company. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/drh5gp/179_Stephen_King_s_IT.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Sneakers
Dec02

Sneakers

Another commissioned show, this one is a heist movie with a stellar cast that we had literally never seen before. It’s also rare as unicorn horn in that it’s a movie about hacking and tech that DOESN’T make you say “That’s not how computers work!” Requiring some veteran perspective we recruited Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner of EscapePod, Pseudopod and Cast of Wonders. The two of them took us through the myriad details of this now-forgotten treasure. Next week with the horrors of the election ever so slightly behind us (though the world is still a hate-filled place, we brave the darkened sewers and take on take on Stephen King’s IT. (I’m having some trouble with linking to this episode for our website’s media player. Just click the following link to take you straight to the podcast feed: http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/e/sneakers-1480677355/...

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Jumanji/Zathura
Nov25

Jumanji/Zathura

With all those fantastic beasts rampaging around New York city right now we went back to a movie that turned that concept into big business. Naturally we read way, WAY too much into the story and turn both this film and its little-seen sequel Zathura into deep, psychological learning experiences for the protagonists. This is another commissioned show, featuring Brenden Agnew. https://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/download/e299x2/177_Jumanji_-_Zathura.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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