Monday, August 19, 2013

Episode 8 - 19 - 13

After a witty repartee involving the merits of shitty TV shows, we fired away at the crop of unusual films coming out soon, namely Wong-kar Wai's The Grandmaster (a boring wuxia film? daring!), World's End, the final pace to the Wright/Frost/Pegg triptych, and Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, another literary tie-in with far to many additions to possibly make it tenable.

And what's the verdict on Redbox? This pushed us into an old discussion of dying business models with live rental-browsing.

Then we gabbed about the Rifftrax screening of Starship Troopers we attended (and enjoyed!) before the Boom reviewed Neil Jordan's Byzantium, which he found to be middling. But at least it gave him occasion to pronounce Saoirse Ronan again, which we can all agree is hilarious.

We heard music from:

The Adventures of Tintin, 2011 - John Williams
Hero, 2002 - Tan Dun
Starship Troopers, 1997 - Basil Poledouris
Interview with a Vampire, 1994 - Elliot Goldenthal


Monday, August 12, 2013

Episode 8 - 12 - 13

On tonight's show we gabbed about the state of the drive-in, the bizarre beast that is the modern blockbuster, the Poltergeist remake, Steve Jobs' horrible biopic

We both caught Neill Blomkamp's Elysium this week, a violently-unsubtle violent social parable delivered via science fiction which should come as no surprise after the likes of District 9. It's strange, personally, that I'm not a bigger fan of both the director and his films, since I wholeheartedly approve of socially-conscious SF, but I feel like Blomkamp's message is getting lost in the medium instead of vice versa. It's hard to properly balance the two, and Elysium definitely devolves due to its lack of internal logic, ultimately just becoming a Schwarzenegger action film of yesteryear, though an admittedly fun one. But don't piss an adenoidal action movie in my mashed potatoes and call it socially-significant gravy.

We heard music from:

Desperado, 1995 - Tito & the Tarantulas
Elysium, 2013 - Ryan Amon


Monday, August 5, 2013

Episode 8 - 5 - 13

So we got bored and watched Smurfs 2. I'm not proud of it. The Boom Operator's not proud.

We also somehow got to talking about Meteor Man, soft-core porn franchises

We heard music from:

Death Becomes Her, 1994 - Alan Silvestri
Emmanuelle - Nico Fidenco
Oblivion, 2013 - M83