Captain America: Civil War
May13

Captain America: Civil War

Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst rejoin Sharon and I to talk in detail about this amazing Marvel movie crossover event. It’s quickly jumped to the top of many a Marvel fans’ favourites list. Combining the tone of Winter Soldier with the character lineup of Age of Ultron, this has been what people consider a worthy follow-up to the original 2012 Avengers Assemble.  It was an almost impossible task: To more than adequately adapt a Marvel comics crossover of dozens of books, built on forty years of continuity, featuring dozens of characters into two and a half hours, featuring just one dozen characters and built on only eight years. Not only have they succeeded, they managed to focus and update the sprawling text version, striking all the major points, kept the tone balanced between serious social commentary, nail-biting tension and riotous fun, delivered arguably the best superhero battle of all time, two AMAZING new heroes that left us slavering for their solo films, and somehow neither Iron Man nor Captain America were left overshadowed, but in fact came to new peaks of their long arcs in entirely natural fashion. Frankly, it’s a masterpiece. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/s5s3as/155_Captain_America_-_Civil_War.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Daredevil: Season 2
Apr01

Daredevil: Season 2

Because you asked for it, here’s what we think of the second season of the Netflix Daredevil series. Matt Murdoch’s dual life as a lawyer and a vigilante becomes more complicated when The Punisher walks into Hell’s Kitchen and starts butchering criminals. Matt is forced to confront the possibility that there is not much difference between his ideology and the application of his form of justice and the lethal force of Frank Castle. To make things even worse for Matt, Elektra, an awful old girlfriend shows up and starts acting like a total psychopath, behaviour he finds incredibly alluring, especially when held in comparison to Karen Page, his shoulder-angel whose Sandra Dee persona is held in sharp contrast with the sadistic, lunatic Elektra. Many lengthy and identical fights with hoods and ninjas are had in almost pitch blackness. The locations range from warehouses to storage facilities to dockyards and industrial waste ground. The Punisher talks about his dead family with palpable agony and is definitely the most well-rounded manifestation from the rich and textured screen history of this wonderful character. Did I mention ninjas, because there are a lot of ninjas, and we all know that a lot of ninjas is way better than one ninja. It never ever results in a dilution of impact. You may like to listen to our Zootopia podcast which we’re also releasing this week. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/play/u8754c/Daredevil_Season_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Ant-Man
Aug07

Ant-Man

  [SOM #129] Our Marvel shows continue with this tiny treasure of a movie. For the best experience combine this with our School of Movies YouTube episode on Ant-Man and the virtue of the small. Also when this goes out in podcast form it will be on the new feed so be sure to find and subscribe on iTunes. You’ll know immediately which one the new Digital Drift is. Also come to our new podcast blog on Podbean and click FOLLOW. We’d like to see how the social networking works on there. James Carter of Cane and Rinse, Lorin Grieve of A Year of Steam and Mike Hearn of Walter the Wicked join us to discuss the pint-sized pugilist of the Marvel universe and why we loved this story so much. If you love these shows support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw Or contribute to the upkeep of the website using the donate button at our new address http://schoolofmovies.com/ http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/t3dngp/76Ant-Man.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Avengers: Age of Ultron
May10

Avengers: Age of Ultron

[SOM #118] The Marvel Cinematic Universe reunites the whole team and then adds some more heroes and super-antagonists for good measure. Can such an immense collection of colourful personalities possibly be threaded cohesively into an even more elaborate juggling act that matches the original? Once again we go deep on the characters, outlining what this means for the history and how it functions as a film. Joining Sharon and I once again are Joshua Garrity of Cane and rinse, Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst and Lorin Grieve of A Year of Steam. He and our good buddy Iain Hopwood play through their pile of shame with our other good buddy Laura Kate Dale www.yearofsteam.podbean.com ) The next story in the New Century universes begins this week, so look for the rather special first episode of Tiger’s Eye on iTunes and please do give us a review for Secret Rooms if you enjoyed it. That will help this ongoing audio drama series of ours gain visibility, traction and word of mouth. If you love these shows support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw   http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/y4jp8x/64_Avengers_-_Age_of_Ultron.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Daredevil [Netflix]
Apr19

Daredevil [Netflix]

[SOEE #67] This is our spoiler-filled podcast review of the first season of the Netflix show. I’ll say up front this is not our favourite Marvel production. Not only do we bring up what we feel are its weaker aspects but just FYI it gets very vitriolic about the feature-creep of torture and mutilation into adult TV. This rant has been a long time coming folks. But there are of course aspects that we like and indeed love, and we definitely want to see more. If you love these shows support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/nqk837/61_Daredevil_Netflix.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug19

Guardians of the Galaxy

[SOM #99] This is the tenth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe podcasts. We talk at length about the transition from obscure Marvel comic to breakout success, how the characters differ across the mediums taking many detours into the depiction of female and black characters in comic book movies, the inspired soundtrack, the hilarious, often touching performances, the detail-filled worlds and of course the vibrant, fun-filled rollicking space adventure now finally earning recognition. This is also the first of a trilogy of unrelated movie reviews all celebrating some of the best aspects of the human spirit. Next week it’s The Lego Movie, followed by The Iron Giant, which also makes this a Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel appreciation trio. This is because episode 30 is my 400th podcast (give or take a few dozen, Digital Cowboys ran for 209 episodes and Digital Gonzo for 161). Joining Sharon and I are Jerome McIntosh of the GameBurst podcast, Mike Hearn from the webcomic Walter the Wicked, from the Digital Drift community Rose Lynn and longtime Guardians comic fan Doctor Lorin Grieve. James Batchelor also makes a special guest appearance as The Henchman Agent, returning from his stint on the James Bond and Batman podcasts. Each has an epic running time. The discussion for all three went super-in depth for what might be perceived as kids movies by anyone who doesn’t listen to this show, and while we kept things clean for the other two it does get dark for Guardians at times so be aware of that going in. We brought in multiple voices across the board for a broader range of perspectives and experience and I’ve gone all out on the music and clips. Listen out for my suggestions for Awesome Mix Vol. 2. A Marvel No-Prize to anyone who can give us the complete track listing for these hypothetical, thematically consistent tracks on the forum. There are various readings from ‘We Are Groot: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Celebrates Heroes With Authentic Psychological Deficits’ written for Comics Alliance by by Dr. Andrea Letamendi http://comicsalliance.com/guardians-galaxy-psychology-analyisis-trauma/ Additional artwork supplied here by guest Mike Hearn. Check his webcomic out here: www.walterthewicked.com Be sure to find us, follow us, like us and email us. Facebook: www.facebook.com/digitaldriftuk Twitter: @DigitalDriftUK Email: digitaldriftuk@gmail.com Website: www.digitaldrift.co.uk Forum: www.digitaldrift.co.uk/forum http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/j7vcy6/28_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Apr08

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

[SOM #81] This is the ninth of the Avengers podcasts, originally begun in the second volume of this show, Digital Gonzo. The second solo outing for Captain America has already proved immensely popular and we focus on what a strong, lean, politically charged action thriller it is. Far now from the Nazi-punching Indiana Jones style adventure of The First Avenger and separated from the volatile super team of which he had to make his mark as a significant member, this time Steve Rogers is left all alone in a world he’s seven decades out of step with. As well as welcome newcomers Falcon and Winter Soldier we talk Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Maria Hill and how this advances and changes the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up to Avengers: Age of Ultron. Our returning Avengers reviewers include Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Neil Taylor and Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst. This episode features spoilerific discussions on all the previous Marvel movies, including Thor: The Dark World. Be sure to find us, follow us, like us and email us. Facebook: www.facebook.com/digitaldriftuk Twitter: @DigitalDriftUK Email: digitaldriftuk@gmail.com Website: www.digitaldrift.co.uk Forum: www.digitaldrift.co.uk/forum http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/ujgqw6/09_Captin_America_-_The_Winter_Soldier.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Thor: The Dark World
Nov21

Thor: The Dark World

[SOM #77] Back with Avengers Phase 2, we have the second film in the series. This time, freed of his origin and following the events of the Avengers crossover, Thor is off on a world-spanning adventure to prevent some dark elf or other from bringing the universe to darkness and blah blah blah. The plot was surprisingly unimportant to the grander scheme of things. It’s just a series of visually stunning events conveyed with flair and humour, which just so happens to allow Thor to clash again with his father, relate to his mother, meet Jane again, look very pretty and intense and form an uneasy alliance with a newly freed Loki. All credit to Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. They make for a fantastic pair of charismatic, warring onscreen presences and most of our podcast is spent discussing these two. As well as this there is a points of view section with community feedback on the film, a brilliant article written by Hiddleston himself prior to The Avengers and some extended chat on the continuation and expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Joining me are Sharon Shaw of Do try This at Home, Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst and David Merrett of Gonzo Planet’s Words of Merrett column. Next week, a preview of my first proper book, The Cartographer’s Handbook, which will be available on Kindle and audio in mid-December. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/9eh268/156Thor-TheDarkWorld.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Iron Man 3
Nov06

Iron Man 3

[SOM #76] After the deeply satisfying climax of Phase One, we are back to kick off Phase Two, starting here with this year’s Iron Man 3, followed next week by Thor: The Dark World, out in theaters now. Next year we’ll be back with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, then Guardians of the Galaxy and finally in 2015; Avengers: Age of Ultron. Back from the Phase One I am joined tonight by members of my original team; Neil Taylor and Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst and Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse. Now we have had a deluge of opinion on this movie, which itself has been rather divisive. Like Superman Returns, Man of Steel and Watchmen, Iron Man 3 provoked strong feeling from many people who were able to express them creatively in this ensemble piece. So this is another rather fascinating Dynamic Analysis, alternating essay material with round-table chat segments. See you in seven day for more Thor. Trailer  Intro Chat and First Impressions Travis De Santis on Iron Man 2 Glen Watts on Tony Stark Honest Trailers: Iron Man 3  Alex Spencer on The Mandarin Nama Chibitty also on The Mandarin Mandarin Chat & Abandoned Concepts Jamas Enright on Pepper Potts Lorin Grieve on PTSD Music and Trevor chat Ryoma on the Iron Man Suit Andy Rodriguez on Avengers Phase 2 How Iron Man 3 Should Have Ended Alex Shaw on the Path Interrupted The Future of the Avengers series chat The Avengers Sell Out Some Questions & Final Summation Extremis Motion Comic! http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/ez6hj3/154IronMan3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Avengers
May03

The Avengers

[SOM #37] This is the sixth and final of the official MARVEL superhero movie reviews for now. In the future we will be returning to Marvel with reviews of the Spider-Man and X-Men film series’, and maybe a few of the others like Daredevil, 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Ang Lee’s Hulk. We will also be covering any subsequent movies from the Marvel cinematic universe including Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2 and the inevitable follow-up to The Avengers. But right now we’re focusing on this culmination of years of setup and expectation as The Avengers Assemble. This is actually the first ever Gonzo show I’ve recorded where myself, my guests and the rest of the world have only just seen the film in question for the first time. in fact it launches in the USA tonight. This makes for a slightly different discussion, not least because this is also the culmination of four years of waiting, longer if you’re a Marvel fan. It is also a new beginning for comic book movies and my theory is that in twenty years this will be seen as one of the first truly successful crossovers. Joining me once again are Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0, Josh Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Jerome McIntosh and Paul Gibson of Gonzo Planet. Some of the things we didn’t mention on the show that need mentioning… 1. The Helicarrier was awe-inspiring. 2. Black Widow did her fighting without high-heeled shoes again and in fact pointedly picked them up afterwards. 3. It would appear that the Americans get a brief post-credits Easter-Egg so stick around until the very end. That goes for this spoiler-packed podcast as well. In the next few days, the second Gonzo Planet Audio Magazine show, along with a very important announcement about the Gonzo Planetary Expo 2012. Then next week a whole new long-running film series gets reviewed. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/gxus2m/72MARVEL-TheAvengers.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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