Science Fiction Film Podcast

#228: The Departed

Dean, Josh, and Matthew tackle The Departed, but they mixed it up a little this week. First, they don’t go scene-by-scene, but rather they get into the characters, the performances, and the plot. There are comparisons to Goodfellas, discussions on the cinematography, and lots of questions asked by Dean as it relates to: the plausibility of Costello’s men murdering Queenan, the level of suspicion for both Sullivan and Costigan in their respective “undercover” roles, and of course Costigan’s decision to flee the police station once he spots the “citizens” envelope. The latter sparks a heated debate between Josh and Dean. Another blast of an episode that you DON’T want to miss!

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#227: The Thing From Another World

This week the lads go back to 1951 complete with static camera shots, Trans-Atlantic accents, lots of cigarette smoking, and good ole’ fashioned horror. This is the movie that inspired John Carpenter, but does it stand the test of time? Is this a flick that someone will like if they watch it for the first time in 2017? You’re in luck – Dean hasn’t seen this movie before covering it for the podcast. Matthew grew up with the flick, but has his opinion changed over time? Step in out of the cold and join us in the Officer’s Club, and you will have all of the answers you’re looking for!

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#226: The Goonies

Matthew and Dean take another swing at an 80s classic. Are you 80s’d out yet? We may be approaching our limit on nostalgia. This episode is replete with outrageous nonsense, read: The Italian man who is so overwhelmed with a woman’s hotness that he can’t have sex with her — he has to call his mother. The lads also talk about fat kids, Asian accents, pantie-shots, the apparent gullibility of Spanish-speaking people, and an imagined world in which Donner and Spielberg are terrible people. The lad’s also find the affluent Myers “money issues” to be hilarious. Warning, Dean’s lack of fondness for this movie (in retrospect) may alarm you, but fear not — Matthew (the big ‘ole sweetie-pie he is) attempts to bring a balanced opinion — even if he gets played off during his final thoughts.

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#225: Bone Tomahawk

Matthew and Dean get into tribalism, savagery, and the primal reality of living in the American frontier. Where is the line between nature and civilization? “You are always a breath away from being out there.” Matthew proclaims, and Dean agrees. The lads also ponder why Bone Tomahawk wasn’t talked about more, and they ask the question, “Is the brutality over the top or does it work in the setting?” All this and more with this week’s discussion of Bone Tomahawk.

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#224: 1-2: Doctor Who “The End of the World”

Jessica and Dean dive into Doctor Who at the request of Ane De Assis who bountied this episode and “The Girl in the Fireplace” (coming soon!). Dean and Jessica were both impressed with the acting, British camp, and overall feeling of their viewing experience. Dean imagined exploits in Great Britain that involved meat pies and the “girl next door”, and Jessica managed to link Doctor Who to her love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Thanks again to Ane for bringing us this charming British favorite.

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#223: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Dean shocks Matthew by revealing to him that he has never seen Dawn of the Dead, and doesn’t revere George Romero like most people seem to do. Dean does start to understand the appeal towards the end of the episode. Apparently, Matthew’s unabashed enjoyment of this flick got Dean’s attention, like a well-timed zombie bite (yuck yuck). The lads get into the zombie sub-genre quite a bit, but don’t worry, they talk about ghosts, werewolves, and vampires too. Push play, sit back, and put your hands in your pants — we won’t judge.

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#222: Scream

The LSG Media team: Dean, Jessica, Matthew, Josh, Jon, Damaris, and Maria all picked suitable Halloween movies to cover, placed them in a poll, and our members voted in Scream — Jessica’s pick. Jessica also demanded that this podcast be a 4-way so she could properly gloat about her victory over the rest of the team, but in her defense it wouldn’t be proper Scream coverage without all of the hosts. The gang talks about the good parts of the movie, and then… Dewey. Sorry ladies, but Matthew, Dean, and Josh just can’t get behind the Dewey love, and you know it isn’t because of homophobia. These guys routinely shower man-love on their favorite hunks, but the boys just couldn’t handle Dewey and his Inspector-Gadget like incompetence. Tune in for tales of door socks, greasy hair, and ride with us through the drive-thru at McLillard’s.

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#221: The Raid: Redemption

Coming in hot with coverage of “The Raid: Redemption”! Dean “Rama” Martin is in a mood and firing from the hip this week while Matthew “Mad-Dog” Anderson proves to be the anchor and the only one displaying any level of professionalism. This should concern you. If the rails are anyway in sight, please let Matthew and Dean know where they are, so they can get back on track in their coverage of this fan-favorite. In their floundering the lads manage to talk marital arts flicks, fight choreography, and the best and worst of this Gareth Evans punch-em-shoot-em-up.

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#220: Firefly “Serenity” and “Train Job”

Dean, Matthew, and Jessica cover the first two episodes of the cult-favorite, Firefly. They dive into the ‘Verse and go beyond the black. They talk first impressions (or at least recall first impressions), they look at the characters, performances, and dialogue. The gang also compares Fox’s impressions of the “Serenity” pilot as well as the character of Mal. Was he [Mal] too dour at the start?

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#219: Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049: a science-fiction noir flick, and a disaster to try and market. Will the opening weekend box office numbers recover over time? Is Blade Runner 2049 a good movie? Does the sequel retread old ground or does it offer something unique against the original? Does it suffer from sequelitis, a rare and dangerous disease that bloats original concepts into bigger, badder, and often much more shallow and thoughtless characters and plot points? Was Ryan Gosling the right choice? Was bringing Ford back the right choice? Did Denis Villeneuve demonstrate an affinity for the source material’s theme and atmosphere? Was Hans Zimmer successful in offering up a soundscape relevant to the tone of the movie? There are plenty of questions and discussion points for this episode. Join Dean, Matthew, and Josh as they wade into the deep waters of the Blade Runner universe. Interlink.

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#218: Willow

Matthew and Dean talk Willow and you will likely not be surprised to learn that they talk about the following: Diakini supremacy, Ron Howard’s cruel treatment of the pecks, Dean’s secret desires for Val Kilmer, Willow the do-nothing hero, and lots of low-blows on Willow and the rest of the 80s fantasy genre. If you are looking for reverence… look elsewhere, the lads take the piss out of this one at every turn. Sorry, not sorry.

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