The Thing
Jul08

The Thing

John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing from Another World, based on the novel Who Goes There was woefully unappreciated on initial release, for reasons we will go into on this show. It has, over the next three decades become a sci-fi pop-culture classic, unblemished by greedy meddling studios desperate to wring every penny from nostalgia. Even the remake/prequel, while slavishly loyal to the aesthetic and tone of this one and not endeavouring to actually be *about* anything isn’t all that bad. Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Neil Taylor of GameBurst consider it one of their all-time favourites and in this show you’ll find out why it’s still so effective. This episode exists thanks to Nick Grugin, one of our patreon sponsors buying us a new mic when ours broke. For that show of generosity and faith in our work we are doing one of our first request shows and if you would like something similar done for something you love then this episode has all the details on how you can sponsor us to do an episode. Our weekly movie podcast will continue to be free for everyone and you can back us on patreon like the other awesome people who support this show, but we’re also freelance podcast reviewers now. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/7w4w3h/160_The_Thing.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Independence Day / Resurgence
Jul01

Independence Day / Resurgence

In this episode we talk about the first film from 1996, the sequel from 2016 and the state of Britain post-Brexit. It’s thematically resonant with current events since the angle of the first movie is “We can succeed together” and the angle of the second seems to be “Look at these pretty, young people as they save the day for America.” Be sure to check out Bob Chipman’s YouTube episode of Really That Good on the first Independence Day, it is superb. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/artsnk/159_Independence_Day_-_Resurgence.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Audiobook Sample: Arlington
Jun09

Audiobook Sample: Arlington

This is chapter 19 from New Century Book 4: Arlington If you want to hear more it is available on Bandcamp in full audiobook form.  NEW CENTURY: BOOK 4 This story takes place in 1883, the year Vice President Rutherford B. Hayes was eaten by a manticore. It is a chronicle of the Arlington family who had a profound effect on this alternate history America. Thomas and Sarah are the director and deputy director of the National Intelligence Agency, an organization desperately attempting to pull together the remnants of the American people. The country and indeed the world has been ravaged by an infection that leaves its victims feral and vicious. The Arlingtons need to use their brains, their diplomacy and their Washington connections and make impossibly hard decisions every single day. Their twin daughters Harriet and Truth are employed respectively as an inventor for the military and the White House communications director. All of them are up against a dark and unavoidable streak of prejudice in the American psyche, and their every decision is met with opposition of some kind. They must grapple with their own anger, fear naivety and obsession with control, With President Grant’s health failing the race is on to find a replacement before the damaged country is left without a leader and to uncover the perpetrators of this assassination. The first five stories in New Century Phase 1 can be listened to in any order… The Cartographer’s Handbook Secret Rooms Tiger’s Eye Arlington The Princess Thieves SteamHeart Credits released May 12, 2016 Vocal performances by Maureen Foley, Spencer Leeb, Alexander Shaw, Laureta Sela, Matt Wardle, Sharon Shaw, Theo Leigh, Daniel Floyd, Parris Lilly, Bob Chipman, Chris Brown, Lou Fernandez, Megan Hopwood, Iain Hopwood, Derrick Ritchie, Dan Mayer, Jesse Ferguson, Anthony Miller and Matt Ramsey. The Star Spangled Banner and My Country ’tis of Thee performed by Chase Holfelder Flare and Interstellar composed and performed by Ross Bugden Tribal March composed and performed by Evony Emotional, Powerful Music by Mattia Cupelli One Wild West composed and performed by Edward Blakely of Shockwave Sound All other music including the title, Prospector Theme composed and performed by Kevin MacLeod. Many soundscapes by Tabletop Audio. Album artwork by Antonio Torresan. Written, directed, edited and produced by Alexander Shaw. http://newcenturyshow.podbean.com/mf/web/nyayvg/New_Century_Sample_04_-_Arlington.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Audiobook Sample: Secret Rooms
Jun09

Audiobook Sample: Secret Rooms

This is chapter 11 from New Century Book 2: Secret Rooms If you want to hear more it is available on Bandcamp in full audiobook form.  NEW CENTURY: BOOK 2 America has survived a war of independence, a civil war and a plague that has transformed its people into feral predators. Now humanity needs to pull together or face extinction. Sharp-eyed doctor James Penrose and foul-mouthed boxer Abigail Grey are new recruits to the Cartographer Scouts, agents of the reunified US government. They set off across West Virginia, a dangerous wilderness now home to the savage victims of the wendigo outbreak. Fortunately for James and Abigail their accompanying Captain is none other than sharpshooting legend Annie Oakley. What they find on their journey, however, is like nothing this world has seen before. The late 19th century alternate America laid down in The Cartographer’s Handbook is explored up close and personal, through the eyes of these new heroes. This is the second book in Phase 1 of the ongoing New Century series. The first five books can be read in any order and the sixth; SteamHeart brings many of the surviving heroes together. The first five stories in New Century Phase 1 can be listened to in any order… The Cartographer’s Handbook Secret Rooms Tiger’s Eye Arlington The Princess Thieves SteamHeart Credits released April 28, 2015 Vocal performances by Alexander Shaw, Sharon Shaw, Laureta Sela, Spencer Leeb, Matt Wardle, Maureen Foley and Lorin Grieve, Music by Kevin MacLeod. One Wild West by Edward Blakely. Perilous Road by Marian Call. Album artwork by Antonio Torresan, http://newcenturyshow.podbean.com/mf/web/uketp6/New_Century_Sample_02_-_Secret_Rooms.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Audiobook Sample: The Cartographer’s Handbook
Jun09

Audiobook Sample: The Cartographer’s Handbook

This is the first 21 minutes from New Century Book 1: The Cartographer’s Handbook. If you want to hear more it is available on Bandcamp in full audiobook form. Alternately you can find it as a documentary in four parts on YouTube.   NEW CENTURY: BOOK 1 Ostensibly written by Thomas W. Arlington, director of the newly formed National Intelligence Agency, this book is given to scouts of the Reunified States Military, setting out to travel and chart an America beset since 1872 by a lethal new plague. The infected devolve to an aggressive, feral state and it is up to what remains of a shattered government, operating out of the reclaimed Washington DC, to re-establish contact and form a total army of the people if they are to stand a chance of retaking their land. But these wendigos are not the only strange phenomena this damaged world will encounter. This is the first book in Phase 1 of the ongoing New Century series. The first five books can be read in any order and the sixth; SteamHeart brings many of the surviving heroes together. The first five stories in New Century Phase 1 can be listened to in any order… The Cartographer’s Handbook Secret Rooms Tiger’s Eye Arlington The Princess Thieves SteamHeart Credits released November 23, 2013 Vocal performances by Alexander Shaw, Sharon Shaw, Laureta Sela, Spencer Leeb, Matt Wardle, Maureen Foley, Daniel Floyd, Jacob Newburn, Mark Ord and Matt Ramsey Music by Mark Tschanz and Kevin MacLeod. Album artwork by Antonio Torresan, http://newcenturyshow.podbean.com/mf/web/gihjfv/New_Century_Sample_01_-_The_Cartographer_s_Handbook.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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