Arlington: Episode 09
Jan28

Arlington: Episode 09

The Thanksgiving Special. Dinner at the Arlington House on a very important day. Major Frank Butler performed by Spencer Leeb Thomas W. Arlington performed by Alex Shaw Sarah Arlington performed by Maureen Foley Harriet Arlington performed by Laureta Sela Truth Arlington performed by Christina Anderson Li Ying Long performed by Sharon Shaw Prospector Theme, Relaxing Piano Music and Clash Defiant composed and performed by Kevin McCleod of incompetech.com Many soundscapes provided by Tabletop audio. The Ursa Major Awards are now open for nominations. This is an annual celebration of work which includes anthropomorphised animals Tiger’s Eye has a slender chance if everybody pitches in of getting in for one of the final five nominations in three categories. Best Dramatic Short Work or Series, Best Novel and Best Published Illustration. Here is the five minute process of how you can help it achieve this accolade. 1.   Go to www.ursamajorawards.org 2.   Click on NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 in the side bar on the left 3.   Click on ENROLL FOR ONLINE NOMINATIONS 4.   Enter a relevant email address in the second box down (unless you’re already a member) and click GET ENROLLMENT KEY. 5.   Go to your email and click on the link they send you. 6.   Enter your name and address. (Please only vote for Tiger’s Eye in the three categories I’m about to name or I won’t even have a tiny chance of getting nominated. The others are fine so vote for your favorite movie with an anthropomorphic animal by all means.) 7.   For best dramatic short work or series enter TIGER’S EYE (AUDIO DRAMA PODCAST) – ALEXANDER SHAW 8.   For best novel enter TIGER’S EYE – ALEXANDER SHAW 9.   For best published illustration enter TIGER’S EYE FRONT COVER – ANTONIO TORRESAN 10.   Click SUBMIT NOMINATION. Remember you only ever need to vote once and that’s it. Done. Please can everybody who has a spare five minutes and has enjoyed the shows that I put out, take the time and help everyone else see the hard work that has gone into this. http://newcenturyshow.podbean.com/mf/play/2aug64/Arlington-Episode09.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Star Wars: Rebels [Part 2]
Jan22

Star Wars: Rebels [Part 2]

The second part of our Rebels show. Now we go into deep spoiler territory talking about the characters and events of Season 1. If you haven’t seen the show but want to know what happens anyway there’s plenty to be surprised by. Otherwise it might do to track down that first season and watch it before coming back. Hey we’ve got to do *something* to fill the hours until Rogue One. Neil Taylor of GameBurst and Alex Eding of Plaid Hat Gaming join Sharon and I once again to discuss the crew of the Ghost and the many cameos from beloved Star Wars alumni. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/play/4j5ve6/RebelsPart2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Arlington: Episode 08
Jan21

Arlington: Episode 08

There’s refugees from Kansas inbound, Washington is filling up with new soldiers from Georgia who follow a powerfully charismatic new leader and the Arlingtons are at the center of it desperately juggling their many responsibilities. Thomas W. Arlington performed by Alex Shaw Sarah Arlington performed by Maureen Foley Major Frank Butler performed by Spencer Leeb Housing Chief McAvoy performed by Sharon Shaw Corporal Higgins performed by Megan Hopwood Agent Chester performed by Dan Mayer Colonel Joseph Tremaine performed by Matt Wardle Prospector Theme composed and performed by Kevin McCleod of incompetech.com Written, edited and produced by Alex Shaw. The Ursa Major Awards are now open for nominations. This is an annual celebration of work which includes anthropomorphised animals Tiger’s Eye has a slender chance if everybody pitches in of getting in for one of the final five nominations in three categories. Best Dramatic Short Work or Series, Best Novel and Best Published Illustration. Here is the five minute process of how you can help it achieve this accolade.1.   Go to www.ursamajorawards.org 2.   Click on NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 in the side bar on the left 3.   Click on ENROLL FOR ONLINE NOMINATIONS 4.   Enter a relevant email address in the second box down (unless you’re already a member) and click GET ENROLLMENT KEY. 5.   Go to your email and click on the link they send you. 6.   Enter your name and address. (Please only vote for Tiger’s Eye in the three categories I’m about to name or I won’t even have a tiny chance of getting nominated. The others are fine so vote for your favorite movie with an anthropomorphic animal by all means.) 7.   For best dramatic short work or series enter TIGER’S EYE (AUDIO DRAMA PODCAST) – ALEXANDER SHAW 8.   For best novel enter TIGER’S EYE – ALEXANDER SHAW 9.   For best published illustration enter TIGER’S EYE FRONT COVER – ANTONIO TORRESAN 10.   Click SUBMIT NOMINATION. Remember you only ever need to vote once and that’s it. Done. Please can everybody who has a spare five minutes and has enjoyed the shows that I put out, take the time and help everyone else see the hard work that has gone into this. http://newcenturyshow.podbean.com/mf/play/a5ps76/Arlington-Episode08.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Help Alex’s Work Win an Award!
Jan18

Help Alex’s Work Win an Award!

OK, the Ursa Major Awards are now open for nominations. This is an annual celebration of work which includes anthropomorphised animals Tiger’s Eye has a slender chance if everybody pitches in of getting in for one of the final five nominations in three categories. Best Dramatic Short Work or Series, Best Novel and Best Published Illustration. Here is the five minute process of how you can help it achieve this accolade. 1. Go to www.ursamajorawards.org 2. Click on NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 in the side bar on the left 3. Click on ENROLL FOR ONLINE NOMINATIONS 4. Enter a relevant email address in the second box down (unless you’re already a member) and click GET ENROLLMENT KEY. 5. Go to your email and click on the link they send you. 6. Enter your name and address. (Please only vote for Tiger’s Eye in the three categories I’m about to name or I won’t even have a tiny chance of getting nominated. The others are fine so vote for your favorite movie with an anthropomorphic animal by all means.) 7. For best dramatic short work or series enter TIGER’S EYE (AUDIO DRAMA PODCAST) – ALEXANDER SHAW 8. For best novel enter TIGER’S EYE – ALEXANDER SHAW 9. For best published illustration enter TIGER’S EYE FRONT COVER – ANTONIO TORRESAN 10. Click SUBMIT NOMINATION. Remember you only ever need to vote once and that’s it. Done. Please can everybody who has a spare five minutes and has enjoyed the shows that I put out, take the time and help everyone else see the hard work that has gone into...

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Star Wars: Rebels [Part 1]
Jan15

Star Wars: Rebels [Part 1]

This is the first installment of our Rebels show. It’s spoiler-free so if you need any more convincing to go track this down on DVD or Blu Ray, let this be it. Recorded many months before seeing The Force Awakens this was the perfect show to draw us back into the world of Star Wars. It may seem very kid-friendly but it’s got a lot of darkness and a lot of heart to back that up and some great colourful characters you will want to follow the adventures of. Neil Taylor of GameBurst and Alex Eding of Plaid Hat Gaming once again join Sharon and myself to return to a galaxy far, far away. If you love these shows support them on Patreon. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/play/n9gpdh/RebelsPart1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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On Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber
Jan12

On Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber

By Alexander Shaw This is in response to people still having a problem with that crossguard.   I’ll keep this short, because I could talk about Kylo all day. Firstly it’s symbolic of a character who has forced himself down one rigid path, one of brutality and zero compromise. Secondly every fighter in Star Wars had one style and stuck with it. I won’t look up the form names but Luke used his like a baseball bat, Vader thrashed his opponents like he was holding a riding crop, Obi Wan did that spinny business, Maul used the moves of a trained athlete showing off with a Bo staff, Anakin chopped firewood, Mace flung his arms about and pulled faces, Dooku adopted the body of a man forty years his junior and Yoda and Palpatine became formless CGI blobs that ignored gravity and helicoptered through the air, screaming. Quite aside from the fact that he used them to cruelly pierce Finn’s shoulder during a deadlock and win that fight, would it really, genuinely have benefited the character of Kylo Ren within this film if he didn’t have those vents, blasting off the excess energy? Would you not say in fact that it makes his character distinctive? More memorable? That the vicious, holy Templar aesthetic plays into everything he’s trying to be? Look at his ragged cloak, the hood, the blackness behind the visor. Think about what that says in our collective minds about what he has had to sacrifice to obtain this terrible, stalking power.   Alexander Shaw writes...

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Back to Basics (And Why This is One of the Best Things About New Star Wars)
Jan09

Back to Basics (And Why This is One of the Best Things About New Star Wars)

By Alexander Shaw MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE FORCE AWAKENS   Here are the three biggest issues that seem to keep turning up in the criticism of The Force Awakens… It’s just a remake of Star Wars Kylo Ren is a Weak Villain Rey is a Mary Sue Let’s take these three as major positives. For the first you need to jump outside your age and go back in time. If you’re 45 years old and were there for the original in 1977 then you will simply have to peel away everything that came after and focus on that initial feeling. If you are any younger you’re going to have to somehow go zen and forget the prequels, Return of the Jedi and even The Empire Strikes Back. Think about that big, blank canvas. Part of it beautifully covered in the epic first outing, with courageous heroes and dastardly villains rendered almost unilaterally in black and white, though not, notably coding either extreme solely in the positive or negative. Evil white Stormtroopers were fascinating, as was swaggering black-vested Han Solo. Take a look at this Kenner 12 figure card back from early 1978, less than a year after the movie launched, when the first action figures hit shelves. Obviously today they would have had them ready months before the movie launched but Star Wars was the line that changed everything about the way movies and merchandise were sold together as Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs (1987) so acerbically made note of. Compare it to the last cards of the Return of the Jedi line six years later when eighty more figures had been added, and that was in the years before Hasbro rendered every single background character in plastic. Do you see what’s around those first figures? Space, blackness… potential. Highlighting their special, singular quality. Abrams and company could have presented us with a deep and complex, moody, gritty, real-feeling story designed entirely to please people who wanted to see Star Wars finally do something new (as though TFA didn’t) and render The Force into shades of grey rather than simply dark and light. But like it or not, that’s what the prequels were ham-fistedly attempting. Remember the legions of robots controlled by space traders who didn’t ever really feel evil? The allegedly pure and true-hearted Jedi who turned out to be a bunch of confused cultists kidnapping children. The troubled hero who wound up murdering them all. Shades of grey all round, poorly defined with blurry, greenscreen edges and a distinctly less than triumphant result. By all means it was complex, so complex in fact that a movie about badass knights with laser swords,...

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Bad Reviews Against Humanity: Vol. 6
Jan08

Bad Reviews Against Humanity: Vol. 6

[SOEE #87] To see in the new year and take a brief respite from Star Wars we’re doing another round of reading out some of the most irrational, sarcastic and hilarious movie reviews from the @AmznMovieRevws twitter feed. Along with this is a series of dramatic readings from many sources, most notably the fourth Fifty Shades of Grey book from the ongoing billionaire pervert saga; Grey. Joining us from The Mana Pool (a Magic: The Gathering podcast that we guested on) Jason Chewie Slate, and Bill Bloodworth, and their buddy from Card Advantage; Aaron LaCluyze. Once again, don’t drive or operate heavy machinery while listening to this one. We don’t want to be responsible for any mishaps incurred while laughing hysterically. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/play/szmnjw/BadReviewsAgainstHumanity-Vol6.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Arlington: Episode 07
Jan07

Arlington: Episode 07

In which Commander Calvin Wilson pays Thomas a visit and gives him the ideal epilogue for the Cartographer’s Handbook. Director Thomas W. Arlington performed by Alex Shaw  Agent Donald McTavish performed by Derrick Ritchie Agent Jeremy Pines performed by Matt Wardle Commander Calvin Wilson performed by Matt Ramsay  Fanfare for Space, Shores of Avalon and Prospector Theme composed and performed by Kevin McCleod of http://incompetech.com Written, edited and produced by Alex Shaw. If you love these shows support their production on patreon. And the Ursa Major awards that I mentioned previously can be found here.  http://newcenturyshow.podbean.com/mf/play/ta9zc6/Arlington-Episode07.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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The Force Awakens [Part 2]
Jan01

The Force Awakens [Part 2]

The second installment in our epic Force Awakens show brings in three new voices and a Star Destroyer-full of speculation. Parris Lilly of Uncle Gamer, Film Tangent and Remember When (who has also done his own episode on this movie), James Batchelor of the Bond and Beyond and Rare Replayed podcasts and Alex Eding of Plaid Hat Games. Before we begin another huge dose of enthusiastic raving about the seventh movie there’s a montage of many of the issues fans have had with the movie. None of them bothered me, but clearly many people were driven to enjoying the film less or worse, downright hating it. Then we move onto the characters we have not yet covered, as well as talking details and theorizing wildly about later movies in this series as well as talking about how the landscape of Star Wars in cinema has now changed forever. If you love these shows you can support us on Patreon.  http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/play/6jnf5h/TheForceAwakensPart2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

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