Batman [1989]
Jun25

Batman [1989]

[SOM #46] This is the second of the Batman shows. This time we’re covering one of the most successful blockbusters of its day, a movie that redefined how Hollywood handled it’s big, fantastical character pieces. It followed on from Richard Donner’s Superman (1978) as the next significant step in comic-book movies, jump-starting a series that would dominate the 90’s in the way The Man of Steel dominated the 80’s. My guests this week are Leah Haydu of GamerDork Version 4.0, Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse, Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0 and Jerome McIntosh and Paul Gibson of Gonzo Planet. With a soundtrack by Prince, a starring turn from Jack Nicholson’s Joker and spectacularly 80’s sensibilities, this review gave us so much meat to chew on and remains eminently quotable. Whatever your thoughts on Tim Burton are, he handled this film very well for the age of big business, shoulder-pads and rubber suits… and of course those wonderful toys. Next; Batman Returns [1992] http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/play/bmh9d6/76_Batman.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Aliens
May31

Aliens

[SOM #39] James Cameron took the helm and made this sequel into something that complimented and expanded upon the masterful original. With more of a Sci-Fi action feel, the director of Avatar, the only great Terminator films and Piranha II: The Spawning chose to focus on humorous machismo, strong female characters, and a socio-political, anti-military, anti-corporate agenda… it would not be the last time. I am joined at the helm of the Sulaco by Leah Haydu of GamerDork Versio 4.0, Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse, Sharon Shaw of Gonzo Planet, Matt Ramsey of DorkTunes and James Perkins of Geek Wad. Once again we tried to be as serious as possible, once again we failed, hence the multitude of outtakes at the end which include at least one of us in the grip of hysterics. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/vpj6wu/79ALIENS.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Digital Gonzo 47: Predator
Nov10

Digital Gonzo 47: Predator

This is the first of a two part series focusing on the dedicated Predator movies. We’ve held back on the Alien vs. Predator series for now, to achieve some semblance of narrative consistency but we will cover them later as a postscript to the Alien saga. This first episode is all about the 1987 original (and some would say best). What seems at first an exercise in machismo actually becomes a fascinating study in hunter and warrior culture as well as a bloody tale of hardened men taken to the heart of darkness. Starring the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger himself alongside Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura and Bill Duke, stalked by the forgotten but exceptionally talented physical performer Kevin-Peter Hall as the alien hunter himself. Music by Alan Silvestri. Many thanks to Neil ‘Kid Dogg’ Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0 for joining me, along with Matt ‘Mattharrier’ Ramsey of Dorktunes and the GP community for yet another deep Gonzo delve into a classic movie. We return in a week for the concluding show which will cover both 1992’s Predator 2 and 2010’s Predators. On a side note, to play the Predator drinking game, every time one of us quotes the movie take a shot. You will be unconscious within half an hour. http://traffic.libsyn.com/gonzogaming/47._Predator_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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James Bond 007: Part 2 – Moore/Dalton
Oct12

James Bond 007: Part 2 – Moore/Dalton

[SOM #18] Part 2: Back for Moore. This second installment of the Gonzo Bond investigations covers the 007 career of the quintessential English gent; Mr Roger Moore. All seven of his films are covered along with the unofficial return of Connery in Never Say never Again. How did the raised eyebrow and suggestive quips affect perception of Bond and when was he at his best and worst? After that we discuss Timothy Dalton’s short run as the most famous secret agent in the world. Was he underrated for a reason? What went wrong? Next week for the final part: Brosnan and Craig, as well as the best and worst Bond video games. 1. Live and Let Die 2. The Man With the Golden Gun 3. The Spy Who Loved Me 4. Moonraker 5. For Your Eyes Only 6. Never Say Never Again 7. Octopussy 8. View to a Kill 9. The Living Daylights 10. License to Kill http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/ag3k5x/43Bond2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Never Mind the BuzzGeeks: Vol. 1 – 80s Cartoons
Oct09

Never Mind the BuzzGeeks: Vol. 1 – 80s Cartoons

[SOEE #13] If you like Transformers, Thundercats and the Ninja Turtles you will love this show. If, however you remember the obscure ones like Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors and Captain N: The Game Master then this will evoke so many memories you may go completely 2D! Never Mind the BuzzGeeks is a new series of quiz episodes based on the winning format of long-running and superb British music quiz; Never mind the Buzzcocks. Under the heading of Gonzo histories the intention with these is to keep you entertained whilst rifling through the dusty attics of your minds. If you’re too young to have been there first time, be prepared for confusion. This was one of the most fun podcasts I’ve ever had the pleasure to record. I was joined by Michael Fox of Joypod, Neil Taylor of GameBurst and DC forumites Matt Ramsey and Duncan O Sullivan. We laughed so hard it hurt. Stick around for the end for a buffet of Easter Eggs. Our aim is to have you intermittently laughing, groaning in recognition, going all misty-eyed and shouting at your iPod, so if that happens; job done. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/9xf5yn/33BuzzGeeks1-80sCartoons.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Die Hard
Oct09

Die Hard

[SOM #10] Back from Back to the Future we bring you a quartet of reviews on the Die Hard quad, the first two of which are appropriately placed for the time of recording as Christmas movies. With me once again is Neil Taylor of GameBurst. Also returning after his appearance in our Empire Strikes Back episode Mike Philips from The Fanboys Lunchcast, and sitting in to represent our community is Matthew Ramsey, better known on the DC forums as Mattharrier. In this first show, we discuss the Nakatomi incident, John and Holly’s relationship and Hans’ status as one of the greatest movie villains of all time. We also look at how immensely influential Die Hard has been both for action-thrillers and the portrayal of cinematic heroes. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/hqb7f5/23DieHard1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Back to the Future Part II
Oct09

Back to the Future Part II

[SOM #8] The second portion of the Back to the Future review podcasts, this time tackling Part II. Neil Taylor and James Batchelor of GameBurst join me once again. After last week’s brain-melting discussion on theoretical time travel we take more of a look at the movie’s production, the hurdles that Bob’s Zemekis and Gale had to leap to get this sequel made, the nightmarish tangent universe and the fascinating occurance, unique to this film alone, of going back to the events of the original and expanding upon them. This is possibly the least beloved of the BTTF trilogy and we’re here to talk about why it might be the most clever and inventive of the bunch. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/dvibgz/20BacktotheFuturePartII.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Back to the Future
Oct09

Back to the Future

[SOM #7] After the resounding success of the Star Wars review podcasts I decided to carry on talking about my favourite movies for the foreseeable future. This week we kick off a new trilogy maybe more dear to my heart than even Star Wars: Back to the Future. Neil Taylor of GameBurst returns once again and we’re also joined by Giles Thomas of the DC Community. The focus for this first one is actually the brain-bending complexity of the multiple timelines featured in the Back to the Future Trilogy, the theories laid down and the fantastical science behind it. There’s also a range of movie facts and easter eggs to watch out for the next time you watch it. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/jiu8sn/19BacktotheFuture.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Return of the Jedi
Oct09

Return of the Jedi

[SOM #6] This is the final of six review podcasts each tackling a single film from the Star Wars Saga. In the interests of different viewpoints and healthy debate I am again joined by co-hosts. Neil Taylor of Gameburst my regular co-host is joined once again by his partner in crime James Batchelor, host of that very show. And for the first time; Chris “Lefty” Brown of The Married Gamers Podcast. We turn our attentions to Return of the Jedi at last; (to me at least) the most underrated of the saga, but doubtless flawed and mishandled in many ways. We go into the reasons why this was occasionally a shadowy premotition of the tomfoolery that would come sixteen years later with the Prequel Trilogy, but also the depths and richness of this, possibly the most personal and psychologically arresting Skywalker story. We also round off the series with a look at further reading for you folks who want to dig deeper and a few possible futures for this franchise that, let’s face it, isn’t finishing forever any time soon. In fact if there’s a series that I could confidently predict will still be seeing new movie installments in a century’s time; this is it. If you enjoy this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a review. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/57um3c/17StarWars-Episode6.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Empire Strikes Back
Oct09

The Empire Strikes Back

[SOM #5] This is the fifth of six review podcasts each tackling a single film from the Star Wars Saga. In the interests of different viewpoints and healthy debate I am again joined by co-hosts. Neil Taylor of Gameburst my regular co-host is joined once again by his partner in crime James Batchelor, host of that very show. And for the first time; Mike Phillips of The Fanboys Lunchcast. This episode is all about The Empire Strikes Back. Pretty much the running favourite among the majority of Star Wars fans. We look at how and why this 1980 science-fantasy classic is still as dark, bright and fresh today as it was three decades ago, and how Star Wars would not still be the phenomenon it was, without it. If you enjoy this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a review. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/a2fmue/16StarWars-Episode5.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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