Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Jul24

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

[SOEE #110] We bring our Terminator shows to a close with a discussion about the brief but brightly burning TV series. This managed two seasons, which is more than most Fox shows and the ending is abrupt but satisfying, hinting at greater depths in further episodes. However, in it’s lifespan it managed some of the most cerebral, emotional and fascinating moments in Terminator mythology leaving the three most recent movies in the dust. The central trio of performances grow exceptional over time and are backed up by a network of strong support characters, expanding beyond the typical small group of the movies and  outlining a saga across time that is epic in scale. Yet at its core this is a deeply personal story about a mother and her son, John’s maturing into the man he has heard so much about from others and the enormous burden Sarah feels, but cannot set down. It’s worth your time and money. The episode is divided into two with a spoiler section clearly flagged, in which we discuss the endgame. Listen to Tiger’s Eye! Search for New Century on iTunes today and get into some superb audio drama. If you love these shows support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/6gbtx3/75Terminator-TheSarahConnorChronicles.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Terminator Genisys
Jul19

Terminator Genisys

[SOM #128] I did go to see it in the end. I stand by my initial warning. It’s not worth you seeing. But listen to this podcast and you can get the full plot, as described by myself, James Carter of Cane and Rinse and Derrick Ritchie of Console Ninjas as we describe it to Sharon who hasn’t seen it. Having said all that… it’s not quite as bad as T3 and Salvation, in fact there were one or two bits I rather liked. It’s more reverent than the third movie and less boring than the fourth. The writers clearly seem to be able to understand time travel more than the other guys. Listen to Tiger’s Eye! If you love these shows support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/4iz9cd/74TerminatorGenisys.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Terminator Salvation
Jul12

Terminator Salvation

  [SOM #127] The Terminator series reboots again (kind of), delivering a dark, desaturated, dusty, miserable, angry, shouty future war of dirty humans vs Decepticons! Christian Bale stars as John Connor, bringing with him all the furious, savage, grumpy intensity he is capable of. Not satisfied with one gravely, shaven-headed Johnny Template this movie brings us two with Sam Worthington playing Marcus Wright, the mysterious wanderer with a secret identity… unless you’ve seen the trailer, in which case it’s a pre-established identity we spend an ice age waiting for everyone in the movie to catch up with. That should sound familiar by now if you’re a Terminator fan. If you love this film you should avoid this podcast like bubonic plague because we are unmerciful. Neil Taylor of GameBurst joins us part-way through and we get down to some deeper themes (which of course this story shied away from) We’ll be back next week to talk about Terminator Genisys, which I did end up seeing, followed, the week after with a richly exploratory discussion on The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Listen to Tiger’s Eye! If you love these shows support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/n3jxzr/73_Terminator_Salvation.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Jul04

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

[SOM #126] For various reasons, including a high likelihood of We Hate Movies releasing their own show about this movie this week (which means it warrants this double-critical kicking) as well as the edit of Terminator 2 being not quite done yet (because the film is incredible and deserves even more work than we’ve put in already) here is our scathing review of Terminator 3. I rarely get to hear Joshua Garrity get angry and he went in quite placid and apathetic. Fortunately we managed to rile him up until an exceptionally entertaining stream of vitriol escaped to join our twin surges of disgust for this horrendous affront to cinema? Think we’re being too harsh? That’s just because the neat ending made you forget the horrible journey. Let us remind you so that we can all see this for the stinker that it has always been. If I’m right and WHM are indeed covering this as well then next Tuesday cannot come fast enough for me to see which points we all concur on. Next week: Terminator 2 (For reals this time) Listen to Tiger’s Eye! If you love these shows support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/p86inh/72_Terminator_3_-_Rise_of_the_Machines.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Jul03

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

[SOM #125] One of our favourite movies of all time gets its long overdue deep discussion. I noticed something in editing this. We skip over talking about the film itself. This was what troubled me into holding it back an additional week to record additional material and deliver you this extended edition. We treat matters as though you, like us have watched this movie a hundred times. You know what happens, why and how impressive Cameron is at conveying the action and we delve into the subtleties and lore, starting off with taking it to task over the time travel, but proceeding into this story as a parable for unilateral disarmament. Joshua Garrity joins us once again to explore this cybernetic opera, in which Los Angeles of the 1990s is as much a character as any of the vibrant figures onscreen. Many thanks to the crew at Extra Credits for allowing us to use a segment of theirs on the arcade game Missile Command. Next week: Terminator Salvation (If you like this movie, steer clear of this episode) Listen to Tiger’s Eye! If you love these shows support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/5jahq6/71_Terminator_2_-_Judgment_Day.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Terminator
Jun14

The Terminator

Here it is folks. The first Terminator podcast in the run-up to Terminator Genisys. Jump forward 15 minutes if you’ve already seen the YouTube video “Everything Right With The Terminator”. If you haven’t, go see that first. [SOM #124] Josh Garrity of Cane and Rinse joins us to discuss this cyberpunk masterpiece. We turn over every aspect as we establish just how central to the web of sci-fi influence throughout the 80s and beyond this movie is. Over the next few episodes we will cover Terminator 2, Terminator 3, Terminator Salvation and The Sarah Connor Chronicles, before finally tackling the newest reboot of the franchise. Next week though; Jurassic World Listen to Tiger’s Eye! If you love these shows support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/2ds3zw/70_The_Terminator.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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