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RJ Bayley and Niall ‘before Zod’ Heseltine are joined once more by their regular-but-not-regular-enough-to-be-in-the-intro cohort Jon Seymour to discuss Iron Man 2.

Is Stark’s second outing unfairly maligned as an inferior superhero flick. What do people in the know call the Marvel Cinematic Universe these day? What is RJB willing to do to show his admiration for RDJ? Where do the real roots of Whiplash lie?

Find out all this and more in the latest Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up.

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It’s one year today that we get to see the next James Bond film, the 24th in the series. To aid in the search for the next Bond song artist, Richard Lawrence, who co-hosts the fantastic All of Whine and Space podcasts, offers his suggestions for who it should be.

Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney and Duran Duran, to name just a few, have all had the privilege of singing for Bond, James Bond. But who will get the honour this time next year for the as yet-untitled Bond 24? There is almost a required style for a Bond song, but in the past this has been challenged. I present below a selection of artists who I’ve heard and think could do a great job.

 

Let gets things started….

Adele

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Skyfall was an interesting attempt from the Londoner; you could argue that it’s just what we should have expected from Adele and the Bond theme for the 50th anniversary. The classic John Barry theme can be heard within the tune and the lyrics, which after the release of the film work to perfection. However for me and a few others I have spoken to believe Adele’s true talents lay in her up-tempo numbers like Rolling in the Deep and Set Fire to the RainSkyfall has some elements of speedier tempo, partly the choral singing about sky falling and being at Skyfall, but I feel the shackles of the 50th anniversary held Adele back from delivering a truly classic theme. Because of that I’d love to hear Adele have another crack, but maybe just in a film or two’s times.

Emeli Sande

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I don’t want Adele to do Bond 24, so a way everyone could be happy is to allow Emeli to have that film’s theme. This would not be a huge departure from Adele as from what I’ve heard Emeli has a very similar range. There are the up-tempo songs like Heaven and then her version of Read All About It which is much slower, both demonstrating her range of vocal abilities with which she could tackle a Bond song. For me this is a safe pair of hands to continue the style that was chosen for Skyfall and with the majority of the same production staff returning this could add an air of freshness while staying familiar.

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This is the big one. It’s been a while coming but here we are. The Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up arrives at arguably the most iconic Batman movie of them all, Chris Nolan’s epic The Dark Knight. Batfan Jon Seymour once again joins ever present hosts Niall ‘before Zod’ Heseltine and myself, RJ Bayley, for a very long, very nerdy, very passionate chat about the second installment of the Dark Knight Trilogy. We cover the what was, what is, what may be and what might have been of this truly seminal superhero saga. This is fully indulgent Bat fandom, so tuck in.

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You know the drill ladies and gentleman, you wait impossibly long for another Master Bates Motel podcast and eventually one turns up where we talk a load of nonsense around the subject. We’ll try to be quicker with the next we promise. We’ve just had an awful lot on. SOZZA.

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Niall “before Zod” Heseltine and RJ Bayley take an unsteady step into the second Marvel Screen Universe outing, The Incredible Hulk. We discuss Marvel’s early unease at distancing themselves from the Ang Lee film Hulk, who is the most handsome of men, and I drink so many fizzy drinks I set a podcast record for belching and feel very sick by the end. So if you’re playing the now omnipresent Goats In The Machine Gaseous Expulsion Drinking Game then boy are you going to be wasted by the end of this show!

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A mere 10 films in and we finally made it. We’ve finally arrived at the first film in what known back then as a Marvel Cinematic Universe (now better described as the Marvel Screen Universe). In this episode we remind ourselves of just how good the original really was, and I come up with a super-theory of just why Tony Stark is so bleeding intelligent.

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As if one collaboration with a pod-powerhouse at All of Whine and Space wasn’t enough, here comes the follow-up! This time we’re joined by the other half of the Podfathers and we’re looking at a film altogether more subdued than the last one. Indeed Devil’s Knot may slip into and out of cinemas without you even realising it. It may, however, be right up your ally. Is Devil’s Knot worth seeking out? Louise Boyd and I discuss this and the wider implications of the death penalty and our feelings towards it (inevitable really) with the man simply known as Bill.  Only his warmth, wit and political knowledge could lead to a podcast with the cinematic and moral quality as this.

Sit back, relax, and take a trip down south with us to Devil’s Knot.

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The second part of Niall ‘Before Zod’ Heletine’s and my pubcast review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, this time full of spoilers, ineffectual bar presence and controversial, obnoxious and insulting opinions on Apple electronic products.

Find the first part of the X-Men: Days of Future Past Pubcast here.

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WHAT?! WHOOOOAH, WHERE DID THAT COME FROM??

This wasn’t on the list? Was it? Was it?? No. It wasn’t. But when the list was made we didn’t know that Daredevil, the man without fear, would be joining his other superhero chums in the Marvel Screen Universe (I’m going to start using this term now due to all the TV projects).  However, now it’s been formally announced that Matt Murdock will return in a Netflix series, so we thought it only appropriate to spin back to 2003 to look at Hornhead when the idea of a shared screen universe was only the fevered dreams of fanboys everywhere.

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In The Diary of Anne Frank, who’s author, you’ll be intrigued to learn, was also called Anne Frank (I’d like to think she’d have been a Belieber), wrote “No one has ever become poor by giving, especially in the case of indie, grassroots horror movies, because those are more absolutely banging than Miley Cyrus’ seminal album Bangerz“.

It’s a great point beautifully made and there’s no finer example of this than the important and necessary Popcorn Horror. To get this out of the way, yes, I am the film reviewer of Popcorn Horror.But that isn’t the cause for this piece. No, in fact I am the film reviewer for Popcorn Horror because I think it is important and necessary.

My relationship with Popcorn Horror started when it was first mentioned as one of the new, unique ways people were distributing movies during a lecture on my masters course at Screen Academy Scotland. From the moment I downloaded the app (when Popcorn Horror was an app) I was hooked. When I wrote for Culture Bomb our first magazine had free advertising space, and Popcorn Horror  was the first I offered it to. And not just by the style and quality of the content. I was incredibly impressed with the fact they did what 99.99% of other content providers don’t do. They valued the content makers enough to reward them.

Just to reiterate how important that is, they value and reward the people who make the horror content.

In a time when so, so many content providers think that content makers should be grateful to even be considered to grace their webpages, Popcorn Horror recognizes that if content makers cannot get rewarded, then not much content can get made. They rile against the greedy modern notion that “exposure” is payment enough for hours of work 0n something different to entertain us.

In a way, Popcorn Horror really inspires the same kind of spirit that made the legendary Night of the Living Dead possible. The spirit that says you don’t have to go to a big studio and production company and have your artistic vision compromised so it’s no longer recognizable just to get it near-made.

And now look at Popcorn Horror. My how, and I hope no one from  Popcorn Horror towers will mind me saying this but, we’ve grown. Since I climbed aboard the good ship PH  the fine vessel has gone from an app to a full blown site, offering some of the most unusual, innovative and varied horror content you could ever possibly imagine. There is honestly nothing the discerning horror fan could ask for that isn’t covered by Popcorn Horror.

So, if you value fantastic content that you’ve never seen before, a thriving community that’s truly passionate about the most underrated yet meaningful genre in cinema (yes, horror, dumbass), and most importantly an ethos that inspires, nurtures and provides for independent horror content, be it my reviews, Cara’s cool news and views, or the myriad pieces of art available on the site, you owe it to horror and yourself to donate just a small amount to the Popcorn Horror Kickstarter campaign.

Support real horror through this link.

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