30th Anniversary: Ghostbusters

Continuing our retrospective episodes on classic horror and supernatural films for Halloween season we rewatched and studied up on Ghostbusters to provide our listeners with some deeper insights into this transgenerational cult classic. Throughout this episode we examine the development of Ghostbusters and the journey Dan Aykroyd went through in bringing this to the screen. We also discuss the future of ghostbusters as a franchise, the animated series, some trivia such as the ironic twist of the voice of Venkman in the cartoon being the same guy who voiced Garfield. We also touch upon the loss of Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd’s obsessions, Bill Murray’s refusal to return to the series and what went wrong with Ghostbusters 2. 

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Halloween Special: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A Nighmare on Elm Street, which introduced the world to Freddy Krueger is now 30 years old and has remained a benchmark film of the genre ever since. The Soylent GreenScreen crew have returned to Wes Craven’s groundbreaking film phenomemon in time for halloween to discuss the behind the scenes history of the film, the gener role reveral, the cultural impact on franchise horror films and the evolution of Freddy Krueger.

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The Asylum: Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark / Sharknado (the first one)

 

 

With Wayne in Tasmania fighting The Bass Strait Sharknado it’s up to Darkest-timeline Justin, to accept Anne and Nick’s request to venture inside The Asylum and take on their obsession with Sharks in this Sharktacular episode. In this episode we discuss the B-film inspired Asylum films; Mega-Shark vs Mecha-Shark followed by a discussion on The Asylum’s most successful movie, Sharknado. Joining Darkest-Timeline Justin are regular co-hosts Michelle and Regular Justin. You can subcribe and review our show on iTunes or Stitcher.  

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Melbourne Cinema History Part 3: The Sound of Music

The final part of our podcast on the history of Melbourne Cinemas our discussion with Michelle’s dad, Bryan turns to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music Ran for a staggering 140 weeks in Melbourne’s Paris Theatre, perhaps better known to history buffs as The Lyceum. The Paris/Lyceum was pulled down in the 70s and replaced by The Tivoli Arcade. 

Tivoli Arcade Bourke Street

The Tivoli Arcade

 The Sound of Music was directed by Robert Wise (The Day The Earth Stood Still) and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. 

 

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Melbourne Cinema History Part2: Around The World in 80 Days

In the scond part of our epic podcasting night with Michelle’s dad we discuss the 1956 version of Jules Verne’s Around The World in 80 Days, starring David Niven, Shirley McClaine, Cantinflas and a swag of celebrity cameos ranging from Caesar Romero to Buster Keaton. 

Through this discussion Bryan (Michelle’s dad) explains the importance of this film and why it ran for three and a half years. He also introduces us to the Todd AO processor and how they used the hot airballoon as a way of marketing Todd AO. Todd AO was the foundation of high fidelity surround and the widescreen 70mm format as we know it today. Before this time they had to use three cameras and three projectors to present cinerama. With Todd AO they were able to record a widescreen image on a single strip of film with six channel surround sound. So this was a ground breaking cinematic achievement. Bryan also points out the number of celebrity cameos in this film and brings us a deeper and more complex understanding of the era that Around The World in 80 Days was made. 

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Melbourne Cinema History Part 1: South Pacific

 

In this episode the Soylent GreenScreen is joined by Michelle’s dad, Bryan. Bryan was generous enough to be our special guest and share his memories of being raised by the manager of the Esquire theatre, Gil (1924 – 2014). Gil managed some of Melbourne’s finest cinemas from the 1950s through to the 70s. Gil was there for a time that History seems to forgotten now that cinema has been subsumed by the multiplex. 

This conversation with Bryan stretched out to over 2 hours so we broke it into three parts. The first part is focused on South Pacific (1958), whilst we all agreed that this wasn’t the best of the films in cinema history, it ran for three years at The Esquire on Bourke Street. Thus cementing its place in cinema history.

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Veronica Mars / Captain America: Winter Soldier

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In this episode Wayne and Darkest-timeline Justin discuss Veronica Mars and Captain America: Winter Soldier and the ways in which these films reinvented their respective genres. 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 discuss the ways that Captain America: Winter Soldier reinvented 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, with a few references to Ozploitation films. 

 

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Fantasy Women of Ruby Sparks, Her and Lars & The Real Girl

In our 17th episide from The Soylent Greenscreen Podcast, Darkest-Timeline Justin, Michelle, Regular Justin and Wayne discuss three films about fantasy women and unfulfilled men trying to establish their identities. While these films tell the same story of the inanimate object developing a life beyond the control of the owner/creator they all present unique worlds, differing genres and three men at different stages of the ir emotional development. 

The first film is the 2007 contemporary comedy-drama Lars and The Real Girl starring Ryan Gosling as Lars and Emily Mortimer as Karin. This was one of the few films that we all gave a similar rating. 

Lars &TRG

Our second film was the 2013 Spike Jonz science-fiction-romantic-drama Her starring Joaquin Pheonix as Theodore and Scarlett Johanssenn as the voice of Samantha. 

Her

Our last film and perhaps the most controversial was the 2012 fantasy drama with darker undertones, Ruby Sparks. This film written by and starring Zoe Kazan as Ruby, with Paul Dano as Calvin.

Ruby Sparks

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Steve Jobs: The Man, The Myth, The Pirate

In this episode Michelle introduces Wayne, Darkest-Timeline Justin and High-Fibre Justin to the life and times of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, John Scully, Bill Gates and the rest of the guys that defined our marketing and technology inspired culture with IBM, Macintosh and The Pepsi Challenge through a discussion of three movies about Steve Jobs. These three films are the recent Ashton Kutcher starring theatrical feature, Jobs (2013), the first feature length Funny or Die movie iSteve (2013) starring Justin Long as Steve Jobs and Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak and lastly, the surprisingly good tv movie Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) starring Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. 

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Anime: Akira & Ghost in the Shell

 

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In this episode of The Soylent GreenScreen Podcast Darkest-Timeline Justin introduces Wayne, Michelle and Justin to two anime films of cultural significance that helped define a genre. The first half is dedicated to Akira (1988) with Darkest-Timeline Justin helping Wayne and Michelle begin to uncover how complex and culturally significant Akira really is. In the second half Justin joins the gang to discuss Ghost in the Shell (1995) where we go even further into the rabbit hole through the philosophical conundrum that the film presents. This includes AI, the search for the soul and Ulysses.  

 

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