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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.
In this mini episode Wayne and Michelle discuss the new film Chef, written, directed and starring John Favreau. This is one of those films that may slip below the radar during the Blockbuster film season. However, we felt that this was one of the more honest and rereshing American films in some time. Through this twenty minute episode we discuss John Favreau’s career, food porn and how bizarre a conversation with Robert Downey Jnr. may be.
In this episode Wayne, Justin and Darkest-Timeline Justin review the new X-men film. Throughout the discussion we look at the X-men film franchise and how this film surprisingly feels like a real film with actual characters. We also look at the time travel dynamics in comparison to other time travel stories, an explanation of why the Star Trek films needed a reboot and X-men didn’t, why Professor X still can’t walk after coming back from the dead and how Bryan Singer may have pulled off the greatest retcon in film history.
In our latest episode of The Soylent Greenscreen Podcast Justin, Michelle, Darkest-Timeline Justin and Wayne discuss the 2011, Grindhouse inspired Canadian film Hobo With A Shotgun starring Rutger Hauer. Throughout this discussion we look at extreme violence and revenge stories. We discuss the themes of the film as well as the peculiar absence of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino having no association to a film that was sold based on the mock preview the filmmakers produced from a Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse competition. This is followed up with a comparative look at the Danny Trejo 2012 film, Bad-Ass. This film was inspired by a real altercation that became a YouTube hit.
In this episode Wayne discusses the 1927 Fritz Lang classic, Metropolis with guest podcaster Cam. Through this episode we discuss the transitions from silent to talking films, how it was acceptable to speak during silent films, how Metropolis impacted film as we know it today and the changes in acting styles from early to latter silent films.
In this episode Wayne discussed the subtextual themes of the two most recent Superman films with guest podcaster Mark Heyfron. The original intention was to do a mini episode where we would compare and contrast the two films but once we got chatting an hour and a half flew by. So we hope you enjoy this special episode. As always you can find us on iTunes or Stitcher and you can follow us @SGSPod.
Throughout this podcast we tap into the mature themes present in Superman returns and the despair and isolation in Brandon Routh’s performance that Wayne believes is a work of subtle brilliance while Mark maintains a feeling of indifference to Routh and plays Devils Advocate for the Superman fans.
We follow this up with a deep focus on Man of Steel to assess the three main issues with the film and whether or not it truly is superior to Superman Returns. The discussion comes full circle by analysing each film side by side to figure out what these films got right and if given the choice, which film would we choose.
In this episode Michelle and Regular Justin discuss the recent cult classic Big Ass Spider. Directed by Mike Mendez, this film doesn’t fail to deliver! A giant spider causes chaos in the city of Los Angeles and one clever exterminator, played by Greg Grunberg, attempts to put an end to the spider’s rampage. This horror parody delivers a lot of laughs and is a must see for Heroes fans and spider enthusiasts.Our latest review, Big Ass Spider is now available on iTunes and Stitcher.
In this episode, Justin from the Darkest Timeline, our resident Godzilla afficionado takes us on a sixty year cinematic journey through the highs and lows of Godzilla.
The first film was the clasic Godzilla (1954). This was followed by Godzilla 1985 (1984) that is arguably a remake/reboot/sequel depending which of The Soylent GreenScreen Crew you ask. The Godzilla marathon concluded with the 2004 film Godzilla: Final Wars, which felt like a much longer film than it really was.
Throughout this discussion, The Soylent GreenScreen Crew touch on classic monster and disaster films, how good or bad they can be and whether the passion of those involved translates to what is on screen. The crew also discuss science run amok, Godzilla as a Hiroshima allegory, the the futility of man trying to control what cannot be controlled, what causes franchises to collapse, and why Godzilla is still relevant.
Theme music from Godzilla (1954), composed by Akira Ifukube.
In this episode Michelle takes the gang on a journey through the sex industry as depicted in contemporary romantic comedies where gender roles have been switched in For A Good Time, Call (2012) and Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2009) challenges our conceptions of sex and love.
Throughout this episode we discuss Justin Long recycling gay characters that he has a reputation for, how Sweetly profane Kevin Smith can be, the highs and lows of Seth Rogan’s career and the need for genuine afection as depicted in these films. This is followed by a movie round up that morphs into an in depth discussion of Cloud Atlas which we may return to in the future.
Seth Rogan, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long