Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice [Ultimate Edition]
Apr08

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice [Ultimate Edition]

This is our Batman V Superman Ultimate Edition review podcast We start off with my initial thoughts on coming back from the cinema. The first 16 minutes is relatively spoiler-free and Sharon asks me the following questions. Then we get to the rotten meat of the whole bloody affair. Then there’s a considerably more positive ten minute piece from Eric Jones Then we hit the main event and Bob Chipman joins myself, Sharon Shaw and Jerome McIntosh to discuss the film in a more meta context, including what DC Warner’s options are, moving forward. 00.00.30: First Impressions 00.40.00: A More Positive Response 00.56.00: The Main Event http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/jkndxc/152_Batman_V_Superman_-_Dawn_of_Justice_Ultimate_Edition_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Batman V Superman (First Impressions)
Mar29

Batman V Superman (First Impressions)

I saw this movie tonight, came home and was immediately grilled by Sharon on the experience. We’re doing an extended podcast on this soon so i’ll most likely fold this into the final version. The first 16 minutes is relatively spoiler-free and Sharon asks me the following questions. 1) Has there been much in the way of character growth for Amy Adams as Lois? 2) Has Snyder gone with consistency of character for Clark from Man of Steel (e.g. is he still conflicted about his hero role?) 3) Is Kevin Smith likely to regret his recommendation of Affleck for Batman – bearing in mind he’d probably think comedically bad was still worthwhile? 4) How successful is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor – and is he more antagonist or villain? 5) We know she’s not in it overmuch, but how well is Wonder Woman seeded for her own movie? After that there’s a full discussion on the endgame material. More coming soon. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/play/iikefu/BvS_DoJ.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Supergirl
Nov06

Supergirl

[SOM #139] For a couple of reasons the Bond shows have been delayed a week and tomorrow’s show will be THIS very silly film. Supergirl, released in 1984, after Superman III but before Superman IV may have been one of the key reasons that Wonder Woman never got a movie, that is of course up until Catwoman in 2004. Produced by Peter Burrell on a budget of $35 million that you’ll wonder about the apparent absence of onscreen and bringing in an embarrassing $14 million. We’re probably being a bit harsh on it in this one but we’re just so stoked for the new TV show that we’re in full-on “Here’s what they did wrong in the olden days” mode. However, it’s a pretty hilarious listen, even if you’ve not seen the film, in fact it might be even funnier trying to imagine what we’re describing. Next week; Skyfall, we promise. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/yce2ki/139Supergirl.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Man of Steel
Jun28

Man of Steel

This was an interesting one to cover. I went into a round-table debate with 18 pages worth of written material (only a small portion of it actually penned by me) and the intention to integrate broadly contributed prepared content with on-the-hoof discussion. Everybody seemed to have an opinion on this movie and many of the same points were covered over and over and over again. The end result was two and a half hours of raw material. Rather than just releasing that monstrosity to the world I have carefully trimmed it down for pacing and avoided duplication. The end result is a trim 87 minutes of engaging opinion, carefully blended. Not bad for a movie I originally didn’t have much to say about. HUGE thanks to my round-table guests Neil Taylor of GameBurst, Jerome McIntosh of Gonzo Planet and Sharon Shaw of Do Try This at Home. Approximate Running Order  1. Intro and Production History 2. Did I Love it? [By David Hartrick] 3. Round-table 4. Story and Character [By Daniel Floyd] 5. Thoughts from The Gonzo Community 6. Why I Love Man of Steel [By Jake Del Toro] 7. Regarding Clark [By Max Landis] 8. Downs and Ups [By Alex Shaw] 9. BONUS: The Death and Return of Superman [By Max Landis] —- #2 Read by Sharon Shaw #4 & #6 Read by Alex Shaw   http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/7ruqfb/137_Man_of_Steel.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Digital Gonzo 136: Hancock
Jun20

Digital Gonzo 136: Hancock

This is going to be a challenge for me. We’re looking at a film that is not loved, not even regularly liked. It’s been derided, dismissed and largely forgotten. It holds a meager 41% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and I’m in the unique position of thinking it’s great. REALLY great. Not only that, but it’s my favourite Superman film to date and that includes Man of Steel.So if you’re not a fan of the 2008 movie, Hancock, allow me to paint you a picture of what I’m seeing. I know it’s going to be hard for a lot of you. All you will remember is a mess and the feeling of two mismatched halves shoved together. We’re going to uncover why they match perfectly, why it’s not messy at all and why it’s one of the greatest superhero films ever made.I am Jason Bateman, you are the good people of Los Angeles. Let me tell you why Hancock is important to all of us. Joining me for this dynamic analysis are Sharon Shaw of the Do Try This at Home podcast and Jerome McIntosh of Gonzo Planet. * Intro * Kermode on Hancock * Tonight He Comes * The Rejected Hero * The Details * Conflict * Round-table * The Reluctant Hero    http://traffic.libsyn.com/gonzogaming/136._Hancock.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Watchmen
Jun13

Watchmen

Continuing our in-depth investigations into the most important big screen depictions of The Superman, this time we’re looking at the 2009 adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal graphic novel, Watchmen. It contains a being of supreme power and a frightened world on the verge of self-destruction. It is also a satirical sideways glance at the otherwise ordinary people who put on masks and take to the streets to fight crime.  I finally have a name for this new style. I’ve never been happy with the word “Review” to describe what we do here at Gonzo. A good critic can get a film reviewed in ten minutes. What these shows are, what they have been for years and now with the more delineated sections for focused audio articles by myself and other contributors I will, from now on be describing as… “Dynamic Analyses”  I had to think up something punchy that was shorthand for ridiculously detailed and nerdy examination of every facet of a piece of media, from the viewpoint of multiple sources, and I think it fits rather well. Anyway, what better work to flex the new format to than the single most sacred cow in comic history. Who’s for steak? I kid, I kid… but seriously, we go into this one fearlessly and hold both book and film to account, whilst celebrating their strong points. Table of contents. 1. Intro 2. The Long and Winding Road to Watching Watchmen 3. Tales of the Black Freighter (Lorin Grieve) 4. A Digital Cowboy on Watchmen (Tony Atkins) 5. Round-table 1:  Alternate History / Adaptation / Music 6. Four Points on Watchmen (David Hartrick) 7. Round-table 2: Cold war 8. Not Quite Watchmen (Joshua Garrity) 9. Never Read It (Matt Ramsey) 10. Time Observation 11. Round-table 3: Comedian / Rorschach 12. Silk Specter II: An Exercise in Ambivalence (Sharon Shaw) 13. Round-table 4: Dan Dreiberg / Doctor Manhattan / Ozymandias / The End 14. Walking With Giants 15. Epilogue — ——- 3. Read by Sharon Shaw 6. Read by Matt Ramsey All round-table sessions include Joshua Garrity and Sharon Shaw All other material written and read by Alex Shaw http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/wz4yf8/135_Watchmen.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Digital Gonzo 134: Superman Returns
Jun05

Digital Gonzo 134: Superman Returns

I’m trying out a new format this week. Rather than the usual round-table discussion this is a series of audio articles on Superman and in particular the 2006 film Superman Returns. This is the perfect film to do this for because it’s hated by so many, liked by several, it opens up the archetypal hero for analysis in a way none of the earlier films did and it had an incredibly protracted development cycle of nigh-on twenty years. 1. Intro 2. Superman Returns: Good, Bad or Both? 3. Kryptonite 101 4. Kevin Smith on Superman Lives 5. The Non-Making of Superman 6. This is why Superman Doesn’t Work Alone 7. A Couple of Things You May Not Have Noticed 8. A Comic Fan on Superman 9. Superboy 10. The Joy of Lex 11. Lois’ Pain 12. Superman’s Return  I hope you guys will find it entertaining, deep and funny. One of the benefits of this format is that it allows community members to get their views aired so that it facilitates a mix of viewpoints. I think this could potentially work a lot better than the cyclical bickering contest that contentious film reviews on podcasts sometimes become. Let us know on the forums what you think of it. Next week’s Watchmen will be in the same style. This won’t replace the standard Gonzo format, but it’s not every film lends itself to the same uniform manner of review and this is simply another approach. Chapter 2. Written by Lucas Windsor. Read by Matt Ramsey Chapter 6. Written and read by Sharon Shaw Chapter 8. Written by David Hartrick. Read by Matt Ramsey Chapter 11. Written by Alex Shaw. Read by Sharon Shaw http://traffic.libsyn.com/gonzogaming/134._Superman_Returns.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Digital Gonzo 133: Superman
May29

Digital Gonzo 133: Superman

[Star rating is for the first Superman movie] This is the first of five podcasts covering the Superman movies. Rather than being slavish to format and giving a show each to every single one including the many animated choices out there I have devoted my attention to the most interesting and significant portrayals of The Superman in the past three and a half decades. This episode covers all four of the Christopher Reeve films. 1978. Superman 1980. Superman II 1983. Superman III 1987. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Next week will be Bryan Singer’s fan project, Superman Returns (2006) then Watchmen (2009), which centres around Alan Moore’s Superman analog, Doctor Manhattan. That film also got Zack Snyder directing duties on the next podcast subject, this year’s Man of Steel. We finish off with my current favourite take on the mythology, from 2008, the tale of a lonely, outcast, drunken, surly superbeing, Hancock, played with heart and humour by Will Smith. Fans of the Reeve films be aware, There are a few things I really like about these pictures and a whole heap of stuff that I don’t. There is ranting aplenty this week, and I am joined by Neil Taylor of GameBurst and Paul Gibson of Gonzo Planet. http://traffic.libsyn.com/gonzogaming/133._Superman.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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