Spectre
Nov20

Spectre

[SOM #141] Bond is back! And this has been one divisive movie. On the one hand some folks hail it as a fantastic installment of the long-running series, proof that 007 is still flying high. On the other, it has been decried as proof of the exact opposite, seemingly underlining and exemplifying everything that was broken about the series back in the past when we had little else in the way of action movies to choose from. Gary Blower of GameBurst joins us to pick over what might be Daniel Craig’s swansong as the most famous secret agent in history. Next week, a full commentary for Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. It will cue up with your Blu Ray copies in the USA or America. Oh and if you’ve been waiting for Fox and Disney to release the original, unedited trilogy on Blu Ray… don’t you think they would have done it by the last few weeks before the biggest Star Wars nostalgia event in history? In other words, go ahead and buy the trilogy on blu ray. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/tquy8e/141Spectre.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Skyfall
Nov13

Skyfall

[SOM #140] Our long-running Bond series of podcasts returns with a truly epic Skyfall show. Gary Blower of GamerBurst returns, as does James Batchelor, who brings along Alex Boucher, his co-host of their new Bond podcast Bond and Beyond. The Craig era, previously discussed back in 2011 gets the royal treatment and we talk Sam Mendez, Roger Deakins, Thomas Newman, Javier Bardem, Ben Wishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Her Majesty, Queen Dench. We’ll be back with Spectre next week. After that it’s Star Wars all the way through until Christmas! All three of my New Century books (The Cartographer’s Handbook, Secret Rooms and Tiger’s Eye) are available on the Kindle store this weekend for the reduced price of 99c each. Now is the time to pick them up and get yourself immersed in the world I’m crafting. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/ykspw2/140Skyfall.mp3 Podcast: 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.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Scream 2, 3 & 4
Oct30

Scream 2, 3 & 4

[SOM #138 Part 2] The fourth and final week of our SPOOKtacular covers the final three Scream movies; Scream 2 (1997) Scream 3 (2000) and the tediously titled Scre4m (2011). Each is an example of stretching a premise further until by the fourth it is beyond breaking point. Make sure you listen to the excellent School of Movies live episode on Scream 3 which we riff on repeatedly in this episode. Neil Taylor of GameBurst joins us once again. Oh and just FYI; after recording this show we watched the first episode of the Netflix series and hated it. New week; Skyfall. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/dgstzb/1382_Scream_2_3__4.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Scream
Oct28

Scream

[SOM #138] For the third week of our SPOOKtacular we kick off the first of the Scream shows. In this one we talk about the hugely influential 1996 original, arguably Wes Craven’s best film. It’s a compelling whodunnit, it features a young, fresh cast you’re actually supposed to like and features not only some good teen dialogue but a metatexual dissection of the slasher genre threaded through its core. That said, it has a mean streak and some occasional steps over the line of sadism, its impact as a movie in 2015 is entirely different to its initial release, and its influence was arguably more of a negative flooding of the market with cheap teen horror subverting nothing at all, or else entirely missing the point in their attempts to seem clever. Next week to round off October we tackle its three increasingly inferior sequels. Once again we have Neil Taylor of GameBurst with us. After Halloween we crack on, resuming the James Bond 007 shows we started back in 2011 with full-length discussions on Skyfall and then Spectre. Sharon and I just guested on the Mana Pool. This is a podcast all about Magic: The Gathering which is obviously going to appeal greatly to some of you but not much to the rest. However they brought us on to talk about the potential Magic movie currently in development. They wanted to know our thoughts on how to make it good. We did our best. It was a great fun show and you guys should check it out, even if it’s just to hear us yammering about movies as usual. Big thanks to Chewie, and Bill, for having us on and Aaron and Mike for co-guesting so enthusiastically with us. It’s their Episode #393 Dated October 22nd 2015: School of Movies Epic Crossover http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/5jt2ec/1381Scream.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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A Nightmare on Elm Street
Oct28

A Nightmare on Elm Street

[SOM #137] We’re kicking off a month of creepy shows in the run-up to Halloween. More than a little inspired by one of our favourite podcasts; We Hate Movies, but also celebrating two key creations of the recently departed Wes Craven.  The first two shows will cover every single Freddy movie, the third and fourth will be all the Screams. This first episode covers A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) and  A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989). This series has its definite peaks and troughs and we’re in for more next week when we conclude with the remaining four. Horrormeister Neil Taylor of GameBurst joins us to discuss the man of your dreams. [This show will be combined together shortly with Part 2] http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/c4ek2q/137NightmareonElmStreet12345.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Lady and the Tramp/Sleeping Beauty
Oct01

Lady and the Tramp/Sleeping Beauty

[SOM #136] The Disney shows continue with Lady and the Tramp and Sleeping Beauty, guest starring Daniel Floyd once again. These were the last gasps for ink and paint animation. If you look at the lustrous colours and brush strokes you will see a distinct difference from the more penciled xerox process that ran from 101 Dalmatians all the way up to The Little Mermaid. So it’s a charming little story about a dog that gets ignored over a new baby and falls in with a vagrant, and a beautiful girl who sings to owls, says 18 lines and then falls asleep causing the social and economic upheaval of an entire kingdom. But delve deeper and the America portrayed in Lady is a very personal idealized one to Walt himself, and Sleeping Beauty was an immense risk tied up in the making of the parks that was one of the most successful movies of the year, yet still failed to meet its expectations. Next week; A Nightmare on Elm Street kicks off our Halloween Spooktacular! 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/itb9rq/136LadyandtheTramp-SleepingBeauty.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Peter Pan
Sep25

Peter Pan

[SOM #135] (Star rating is for the 2003 Peter Pan) This is a look at three major cinematic outings for the boy who never grew up. 00.02.00: Peter Pan (1953) 00.39.00: Hook (1991) 01.08.00: Peter Pan (2003) The first includes Mr Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits and focuses on the animated Disney movie. The second part we take a look at the Spielberg live action sequel and the third is the 2003 adaptation directed by P.J. Hogan. Were’s honestly not all that keen on the first two, although both have their strengths (the Spielberg offering, more so; Hoffman, Smith, Hoskins, Basco, Williams, that poster), but we LOVE the third, so if you can stick around through what we find troubling you can come with us and get to the heart of Pan, interpreting all kinds of deeper elements in the telling of the story. http://schoolofmovies.podbean.com/mf/web/ydva5w/135PeterPan.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Cinderella/Alice in Wonderland
Sep04

Cinderella/Alice in Wonderland

[SOM #134] The Disney shows continue with parts 12 & 13. Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits joins us once again to discuss the much-needed success of Cinderella for cementing Disney as more than just a one-hit wonder. Following this we delve into the absurd ramblings of Lewis Carol to talk about Alice in Wonderland. According to the Disney of the early 1950s royals will chase you down on black horses in the middle of the night, base the future of their family upon footwear, play croquet with live animals, hold complex legal disputes over jam tarts and cut your head off for the slightest offense. Either way don’t go anywhere near Buckingham palace. 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/pr5hfg/134Cinderella-AliceinWonderland.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Disney’s Wartime Movies
Aug28

Disney’s Wartime Movies

[SOM #133] The Disney specials continue with parts 6-11 covering the period between 1942 and 1949 when, due to World War II the studio held off on major animated features and instead focused on cheaply produced package films designed to foster relations with South America and keep their struggling animation house afloat. It’s an odd bunch, comprising Saludos Amigos, The Three Cabelleros, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time and The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr Toad. Virtually none of these are remembered or cherished and on listening to this episode you’ll understand why. Daniel Floyd shoulders the majority of the appraisal this time. Next episode, Disney goes all-in as they put all of their money and resources into seeing if the world wants another story of a fairy-tale princess. 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/7yah3w/133SaludosAmigos-ThreeCabaleros-MakeMineMusic-FunandFancyFree-MelodyTime-IchabodandMrToad.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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