A Christmas Carol / Muppet Christmas Carol
Dec14

A Christmas Carol / Muppet Christmas Carol

[SOM #23] This is an extensive Gonzo review of two versions of the same classic tale by Charles Dickens: 1. A Christmas Carol [Disney, 2009] 2. The Muppets Christmas Carol [Disney, 1993] Myself, Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0 and Matt Ramsey of DorkTunes take you back to the winter-swept streets of London in 1843 as we take a close look at the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his transformation from mean-spirited miser to warm-hearted philanthropist literally overnight. And all it took was a life-changing series of ghostly visitations upon one very long Christmas Eve. Fantastic music from composers Miles Goodman, Paul Williams and Alan Silvestri punctuate this review, along with some choice snippets of dialogue and of course those singing Muppets. Digital Gonzo is going off the air for a few weeks as I am moving house and waiting for the phone lines to be set back up. Next week the Digital Cowboys Community Cast will be making a welcome comeback with its fourth instalment. May every one of you have a Merry Christmas. I’ll be back in the new year. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/play/94avwq/52AChristmasCarol.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Oct09

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

[SOM #11] The 1990 sequel to Die Hard. You know the drill; airport in trouble, terrorists, gunfights, blah blah. Experience firsthand what happens when the Gonzo format encounters a movie that’s actually just pretty mediocre. Tangents galore! Other movies, what made them good, anything to save us from traipsing through the minutia of this by-the-numbers late 80’s action movie. As it turned out, the conversation we had was pretty funny. Ask us now if you want to hear more pointless sequels discussed. If not, then we’ll only focus on the good or terrible ones. There’s also some hilarious dubbing work from the TV edits. Next week, we’re back with the third Die Hard, which we love so, that should be more open to deconstruction. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/fa7r9w/25DieHard2.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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