Posts Tagged ‘cinema’

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Gobble, Gobble melon farmers! Here we are (again) to rock you like a hurricane (again).

This month Twelve Months of Terror/#HASHTAGTMOT sets the table for something bright and breezy, cheap and cheerful.

Since we’re British and we don’t get the chance to have two cracks at the turkey in a year, we’ve taken this opportunity to experience a little bit of the great American Thanksgiving, following up our Pumpkinhead pie by letting the Turkie have a crack at us. (more…)

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Well here it is, Goats In The Machine’s long-in-the-coming look at the Leprechaun sequels, namely Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun 3, Leprechaun 4: In SpaceLeprechaun 5: In the Hood and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood.

In the name of continuity, and frankly to make the whole experience less painful, Louise Boyd and I are compelled to follow the format of our original Leprechaun episode; namely drinking profusely throughout the the show. Before long we’re hurtling down a whisky greased and  beer lubricated chute towards oblivion, taking pot-shots at all installments of arguably the worst long-running horror franchise.

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For this episode the Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up slips down the same drain Superman III went down and attempts to find some good bits lodged in the superheroic shambles.

On this episode our discussion of Superman III leads us to talk about wolf-poo coffee, the completely aimless, shambolic nature of the plot, the achievements of Richard Pryor in the field of drug taking and the Salkinds punitive measures against Margot Kidder.

Not enough? OK, how about discussion that takes in obvious early 80s boobjobs, Evil Superman‘s paucity of ambition, an adult revelation of what the junkyard sequence is, Lester’s comedy at the expense of the blind and the awkward interrogation of Niall over which Superman love interest he’d rather “knob”?

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This frankly very well thought out Guest post is by comediac Phil MasonYou can read his ace blog The Housebroken Geek and follow him on Twitter.  And by can I mean should.

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Pumkinhead. Over 10 feet of unstoppable demonic fury & vengeance. Summoned by infernal dark magics, his only purpose is reaping terrible bloody vengeance on the living. With tooth & claw he stalks the land, unrelenting, unstoppable. If you look into his cold reptilian eyes there is no mercy, no pity, only your slow agonising death.

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Coming once more into our mortal world, Twelve Months of Terror returns with its Halloween special on Pumpkinhead. My, it feels like a long time since we covered Carrie, doesn’t it? Perhaps that’s why I was hit by a wave of sadness over the fact this whole experience is drawing to a close. This would explain the bouts of hysteria I suffer throughout this episode anyway…

This month Louise Boyd and myself, RJ Bayley delve into a Halloween film other than Halloween (for once) and find something very interesting as a result.

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Christopher_Reeve_SupermanYou’d be hard pushed say that anything other than Superman or Superman II is the ultimate superhero film, or that anyone else epitomizes the cinematic superhero more than Christopher Reeve.

So its with no reverence whatsoever that RJ Bayley and Niall Heseltine tackle these simultaneously filmed films simultaneously in this month’s episode of the Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up.

Why eschew the theatrical release of Superman II in favour of the Donner Kebab? Well Richard Donner, the most criminally under-appreciated man in Hollywood this side of Tom Savini, was booted off the production by alleged absolute arseholes the Salkinds, and replaced with the hack Richard Lester. Lester re-shot huge amounts of Donner’s footage, while making sure to inject some awful sight gags and slapstick into the proceedings. So really, Superman II is Donner’s film, but one that was bastardised before release.

Luckily The Internet had the sense to bully Warner Brothers into allowing Donner to come and cobble together a version of the movie as close to his vision as possible. So we have Superman II: The Donner Kebab, which, despite its now bizarre ending, is to be be considered the ‘proper’ Superman II.

In this show we tackle questions and ideas about these two cinematic landmarks such as:

Is Gene Hackman doing his job as an actor if he refuses to shave his head for a role?

  • A startling realization by RJ Bayley about what Lois Lane‘s underwear must be constructed of.
  • Do the special effects hold up after all this time?
  • What key changes did Lester make to Donner’s film?
  • And a shocking and revolutionary about the very nature of Superman by RJ Bayley which will probably come back to regularly haunt Niall.

Hear our answers, ruminations and more in our latest episode, Superman & Superman II: The Donner Kebab.

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Goats In The Machine returns to the Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up project with our second installment on Batman. Regular hosts Niall Heseltine and RJ Bayley are joined by #TMOT regular Louise Boyd to pick apart this most non-Nolan of Bat-pictures.

We discuss just who the best villain is and whether or not Cesar Romero really deserves his reputation as a great screen villain. We question if the tone is woefully inadequate given the film’s source material or whether it perfectly fits the bizarre circumstances and just what the hell the plot is supposed to be for the first half of the movie.

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Its not a lot, but at least we get to see it’s head. Looks like it’ll thankfully be a classic comic look, and suggests he’s made out of Iron Man technology.

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September; it hails that most dreaded thing of children across the land. Yes, its back to school time.

School can be something of a real trauma for some kids, especially if you’re Carrie White, who not only has to contend with her psycho Christian mother, but also fellow students so unpleasant they are actually willing to kill a pig just to pull a prank on her.

In these month’s Twelve Months Of Terror we look at the 1976 classic Carrie and give it a thorough examining. Louise Boyd and myself, RJ Bayley, examine the religious imagery of the film (and whether there is some element of witchcraft to Carrie), on the nose audio cues, the pun logic of conspiracy theories, whether horror has to necessarily be scary, and just what is are the hair dynamics of the film.

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The biggest and best comedy festival in the world is underway right here in Edinburgh. So for this installment of Twelve Months Of Terror we’re looking at a horror comedy, featuring a killer clown played by surrealist stand-up comedian Ross Noble; see how much funny is packed into that? All the funny!

Or is it?

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