The Amazing Spider-man Sequel (A.K.A. ASS)

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In this mini episode Darkest Timeline Justin and Wayne review The Amazing Spider-man 2: Rise of Electro and discuss what could very well be the worst hollywood tentpole film in a very long time. 

Darkest Timeline Justin says, Amazing Spider-man Sequel (ASS) Is a real stamina test. At 2 and a half hours it felt like my eyes were going to drop out. On the upside Spiderman in costume is much improved and the scenes of him flying through the streets are the best they’ve ever been. That said, the movie itself is a disjointed mess mostly interested in setting up future installments and spin offs rather than telling an actual story. Peter Parker as a hero is still a character I can’t connect with. The love story between him and Gwen is tiresome and after a while you just sort of try to tune it out or use it to relax your eyes. Character behaviour is driven by what the story needs rather than by their own personality and needs. The fight scenes are stunning but it does suffer from it being CGI smackdown between two characters. So what is the story about? Well nothing really there isnt one, it’s just a garbled mess. 3/10

Wayne on the other hand thought ASS was so bad that he gave it a deficit score of -2/10. Because 0 wasn’t low enough. If you want to hear why listen to the episode. If you don’t agree you can twittify us @SGSpod or comment on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/soylentgreenscreenpodcast 

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Coming Soon.

Thank you to those who have downloaded and listened to our first two episodes.

We appreciate the feedback and how responsive you guys have been. We are about to record our next batch of episodes over the easter break.

The next episode will definitely be on Mike Judge, focusing on Idiocracy, Extract and Office Space.

 

In future episodes and in the lead up to the new Godzilla film we will discuss the development of Godzilla as a cultural icon of the 1950s and as a franchise stalwart that keeps coming back.

To tie in with May 4th (which has somehow morphed into an official Star Wars Day) we will discuss the culture of Star Wars as presented in the cult film Fanboys.

If you have any feedback or film suggestions tweet us @SGSpod 

Thanks for listening and have a fantastic Easter break from the Soylent GreenScreen team. 

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Episode 2: Veronica Mars, Captain America and a dash of Ozploitation

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In our second episode, two of our podcasters were missing in action so we sat down to discuss Veronica Mars and the ways in which Veronica Mars reinvented Film Noir. Yes, there are character spoilers but we promise that the mystery Veronica Mars solves is not discussed or given away. In the second half we discussed the new Captain America film and the ways that Captain America has reinvented the the espionage and paranoia films of the 60s and 70s on a grand scale. This is followed by further discussion on The Raid 2 reinventing the fight/action film and a few references to Ozploitation films. 

 

Veronica Mars Movie Trailer

 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Trailer

Dead End Drive Inn Trailer

 

Turkey Shoot Trailer

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Episode 1: Schlock A.K.A. Banana Monster

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In the first episode of The Soylent GreenScreen Podcast Wayne, Justin, Justin and Michelle take on John Landis’ first film, Schlock A.K.A Banana Monster (1973) to determine if John Landis has a plan or if his films are simpple crazy hijinks. This is followed up in the second with further investigation into the running gags about fried chicken in John Landis films plus a discussion on more contemporary films that winds up questioning the acting skills of Nick Frost. 

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Fritz Lang’s Film Noirs and Changing Concepts of Masculinity

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The 1940s represented a time when masculine control of the world was coming undone. Men returning from war, the social paranoia of the emerging cold war and the perceived communist threat to America were all signifiers of a world where man is not as dominant as he once believed. Therefore, the masculine role was changing. When this changes the feminine roles change too. It was these social changes that led to the shaping of what we now know as Film Noir. The man losing control or giving up control is not an invention of film noir but it is a staple of the Film Noir protagonist. Fritz Lang’s Woman in the Window (1944) and his follow-up film Scarlet Street (1945) are excellent representations of the changes in masculinity in the 1940s. These two films starring Edward G. Robinson will be explored through this essay.

Masculine Control:

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The Raid 2

The Raid 2 2014, 150 Minutes Directed by Gareth Evans   431800_477321242348239_303792333_n If you saw The Raid then you will most likely expect The Raid 2 to be a retread of the first film in a new location. In the opening act it appears that they are setting the film up this way, yet the film shifts gears after the first act and morphs from an action film to a brilliant crime thriller with amazing fight sequences that is perhaps closer to film noir than a traditional fight film. Where the first film was an assault on the senses and kept you on the edge of your seat The Raid 2, is a more complex character film that is unlike any sequel in recent memory where the film series requires more intelligence to follow the plot threads. The plotting is so intense that the film will require a second viewing. A less patient viewer may see the narrative structure of the film to be problematic as there are characters who enter the film and a fight scene ensues whilst the audience may be feeling bewildered by these scenes they pay off in other ways. This film feels like it is attempting to redefine a genre and is perhaps closer to OldBoy in that film is about the morality of its characters and it does push the audience to keep up while never distancing itself from its target audience.

I would recommend seeing this in the cinema as it does feel like there is something new and that we are in the middle of a new film genre that is emerging in which The Raid 2 could very well become a classic film in the martial arts/film noir genre.

Theatrical Trailer

Other films of the martial arts-noir genre also include

SPL with Donnie Yen

and Chan Wook Park’s Vengeance Trilogy.

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Episode 2: Coming Soon

In our next episode we will be looking at Mike Judge movies with a focus on “Idiocracy” and “Extract”.  We will also look at some of the films we’ve watched over the last two weeks.  Feedback as always is welcome at the soylentgreenscreenpodcast@gmail.com

Idiocracy Movie Trailer

Extract Movie Trailer

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