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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Dumbo/Bambi
Aug21

Dumbo/Bambi

[SOM #132] The Disney specials continue with parts 4 & 5 in a double bill. Dumbo and Bambi were two differing attempts from the studio to gain a success after the disappointing receptions to Pinocchio and Fantasia. Dumbo cost a lot less to make and Bambi was all about the artistry and portrayal of real animals. Find out in this episode if the elephant picture flew and how well the realism of the animals sat with jugs of syrupy cuteness. Of course there’s also the matter of the mother’s of these two creatures. One gets locked up and deemed insane, the other gets shot dead by the most terrifying monster of all. Both of these moments have a profound effect on what we take away from the viewing experience. Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits joins Alex & Sharon again to delve into these two. 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/yrq4ie/132Dumbo-Bambi.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Fantasia
Aug19

Fantasia

  [SOM #131] The first show under the new name is the third of the Disney animated classics. Over the next year we’re going to cover every single one of these. Some in fairly short order, others in extensive detail, and Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits is with us every step of the way. This one was a big risk for Disney. Snow White did insanely well, Pinocchio cost $2.2 million but only made one million back in 1940, their third had to cement the studio as more than just a flash in the pan success. Walt saw it as a transcending of the cinematic experience, and a project that could be added to and built upon for years. Instead it bored, bemused and bewildered audiences and took decades to become the revered classic it now stands at. We pull no punches in delivering our personal takes on the many sections of this movie. Once again Retro Asylum are in the three finalists in the video games category of the podcast awards. We suggest you vote for them. http://newmediaeurope.com/2015/uk-podcasters-awards-the-nominations-are-in/?utm_content=buffer53224&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer 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/kjrfm9/131Fantasia.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Fantastic Four/4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Aug07

Fantastic Four/4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

[SOM #130] With the new Fant4stic movie emerging onto the big screen we take a look back on the 2005 version and its 2007 sequel. Were they really all that bad? More to the point, taking the unreleased 1994 Roger Corman version into account, are ALL Fantastic Four movies simply an exercise in keeping the license going rather than in making a superhero family movie that people will love? If you haven’t done this yet you should be listening to us on the new podcast feed. If yours isn’t updating it’s because you still have the old feed so go to iTunes, find the new one and click subscribe. Or come to our new podcast blog at http://digitaldrift.podbean.com/ You’ll find the RSS feed there, and you can also become one of our dedicated followers. Also a special announcement: Our buddies over at Retro Asylum are in the three finalists in the video games category. We suggest you vote for them. http://newmediaeurope.com/2015/uk-podcasters-awards-the-nominations-are-in/?utm_content=buffer53224&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer 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/pxe2fy/77FantasticFourRiseoftheSilverSurfer.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Ant-Man
Aug07

Ant-Man

  [SOM #129] Our Marvel shows continue with this tiny treasure of a movie. For the best experience combine this with our School of Movies YouTube episode on Ant-Man and the virtue of the small. Also when this goes out in podcast form it will be on the new feed so be sure to find and subscribe on iTunes. You’ll know immediately which one the new Digital Drift is. Also come to our new podcast blog on Podbean and click FOLLOW. We’d like to see how the social networking works on there. James Carter of Cane and Rinse, Lorin Grieve of A Year of Steam and Mike Hearn of Walter the Wicked join us to discuss the pint-sized pugilist of the Marvel universe and why we loved this story so much. 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/t3dngp/76Ant-Man.mp3 Podcast: 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.mp3 Podcast: 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.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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