Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Quatermass and the Pit - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on Quatermass and the Pit, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...



Episode 89: Quatermass and the Pit / Five Million Years to Earth


We welcome Noel Thingvall to the show as we excavate our first Hammer film, Quatermass and the Pit (a.k.a. Five Million Years to Earth),  featuring that most British of sci-fi heroes, Bernard Quatermass. Listen as we discuss the brilliant career of Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale, examine the social, religious, and political themes buried beneath the film's surface, and speculate on who might play the good professor in a reboot. Warning: Contains spoilers (for this film and all the various Quatermass productions), explicit language, and unusual product placement opportunities for liquor brands.



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Who's your preferred Quatermass actor? Do you have any subway horror stories to relate? What alcohol do you prefer when fighting Martian psychic influences? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Last Starfighter - Supplement

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Episode 88: The Last Starfighter


Bust out the quarters because we're aiming to break some high scores with our discussion of The Last Starfighter from the summer of 1984. Listen as we reminisce about our video game-infused childhoods, point out the unmistakable influence of Star Wars on this arcade-era space opera, and comment on the film's groundbreaking computer effects. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and heteronormative space aliens.



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Want to brag about your video game prowess? Have inside knowledge on the etymology of the word "crapola"? Do you know of a more practical use for a battle sceptre? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - Supplement

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Episode 87: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)


Break out the coffee and grab those energy drinks because we've got to stay awake to watch Philip Kaufman's unnerving 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. We discuss how the pod people serve as an adaptable metaphor for different social fears, soak in the atmosphere of paranoia created by Kaufman and his collaborators, and freak out over some inappropriate banjo music. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and one fancy cutting board countertop.



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Have any advice for getting a good night's sleep? Care to speculate on the reproductive capability of pod people? Do you want to report any strange, unexplained sightings of Robert Duvall?  Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Friday, June 14, 2019

First Run - 6/14/2019


In the latest installment of Cinemaspection: First Run, we attend the coronation of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, party like crazy with Ma, and witness the second coming of the most famous X-Men story with Dark Phoenix. Warning: Contains explicit language and mild spoilers.



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Friday, May 31, 2019

Gojira / Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Supplement

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Episode 86: Gojira (1954) / Godzilla: King of the Monsters


Dynamic violence! Savage action! Spectacular thrills! This episode has it all as Kyle joins us again to pay homage to the mighty monarch of movie monsters, the original Gojira (a.k.a. Godzilla) from 1954. We'll examine the film's themes of nuclear devastation and scientific responsibility, point out the changes made for the American version, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and speculate on the upcoming battle between Godzilla and King Kong. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and much complaining about the Roland Emmerich remake.



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Have any childhood memories of Godzilla fandom you want to share? Want to talk about your favorite Godzilla flick? Do you think Gojira qualifies as a horror movie? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Avengers: Endgame - Supplement

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Episode 85: Avengers: Endgame


The Infinity Saga comes to a spectacular end and the Marvel Cinematic Universe reaches a turning point as we assemble to discuss Avengers: Endgame. Listen as we ruminate on the fates of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, and the rest of Earth's mightiest heroes, check the accuracy of our post-Infinity War predictions, and further speculate on the future of the MCU. Warning: Contains HUGE spoilers, explicit language, but no post-credit scenes.



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Where do you think the MCU goes from here? What would you give up to get the Soul Stone? Have any other merchandising concepts for Stormbreaker? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

First Run - 4/13/2019


For our latest installment of Cinemaspection: First Run, we say the magic word and fly with Shazam!, witness the resurrection of one Stephen King's creepiest stories, Pet Sematary, and tilt at windmills with Terry Gilliam's long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.



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Saturday, March 30, 2019

First Run - 3/30/2019



We're introducing a new segment, Cinemaspection: First Run, in which we take a look at films currently playing in a theater near you!!

For our first installment, we meet the enemy and it is Us, the newest horror movie from Oscar-winner Jordan Peele. Then we struggle to maintain our grip on reality as we dance through Gaspar Noe's descent into drug-fueled madness, Climax. Finally, we take one giant leap with the riveting NASA documentary Apollo 11.



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Friday, March 15, 2019

Boston Science Fiction Marathon SF44 - Supplement

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Episode 84: Boston Science Fiction Marathon SF44


Every February, sci-fi fans from across New England converge on Somerville, Massacusetts for the annual Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, culminating in the Sci-Fi Marathon, a 24-hour endurance test for film fans featuring a wide variety of movies displaying, the best, worst, and weirdest of the genre. While we couldn't attend in person for this, the 44th year of the event, we decided to play along at home and record our thoughts on the films presented for your amusement. Over the course of the line-up, we'll deal with dramatic size changes, take multiple trips to the moon, fight off bizarre alien infections, and struggle to remain coherent despite our growing fatigue. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and brain-addling exhaustion.



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What movies would you program for your perfect sci-fi movie marathon? How long can you stay up for? What's your record for cups of coffee consumed in a 24-hour period? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Best of 2018 - Supplement


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Episode 83: The Best of 2018


It's that time again as we take a look back at our favorite cinema experiences of 2018. Which films from last year will take the top spots on our lists? What filmmakers should you keep an eye on in the future? Who’s going to end up sleeping on the couch because they left out a particular movie? Find out here. Warning: Contains explicit language, mild spoilers, and a shortage of quality Cheddar Goblin merchandise.



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Did we miss out on a film you think should have made our top ten? What filmmakers impressed you this year? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Unbreakable - Supplement

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Episode 82: Unbreakable


Are you ready for the truth? If so, listen as Kyle joins us to break down M. Night Shyamalan's superpowered thriller Unbreakable. We discuss the twists and turns of Shyamalan's filmography, examine the movie's place in the superhero subgenre, and try to predict what strange surprises may await us in Shyamalan's upcoming follow-up film Glass. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers (for this film and others in Shyamalan's filmography, particularly Split), and breakfast drink fashion coordination.



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Have you had a miraculous escape from injury? What would your preferred superpower be? Did you see that twist coming? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.