TMTYR Episode #55: Teddypocalypse (Screamers)

As the Summer of PKD winds down, the Pavement Pounders discuss yet another bad adaptation of one of his stories, this time 1995’s Screamers, based on the 1953 short story “Second Variety.”

Tune in and watch Peter Weller mail in his performance, and watch as the 1995 PC video game cutscene level graphics make you think, “Where did that $20 million budget go?”

Rankings!:

Colin/James/Seth:

  • Story
  • Movie

Notes:

No notes this time.  It wasn’t worth the effort.

TMTYR Episode #54: Fedoraportation! (The Adjustment Bureau)

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The Summer of PKD continues, this time with The Adjustment Bureau, the 2011 adaptation of “Adjustment Team.” Have the Pavement Pounders finally found a good one?

(Yes. Yes they have.)

Rankings!:

Colin/James/Seth:

  • Movie
  • Story

Notes:
Read the story for free here:
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Adjustment_Team

Next month’s homework, “Second Variety”:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32032

TMTYR Episode #53: No, I Mentioned the End Credits (Next)

Continuing the Summer of PKD, the Pavement Pounders discuss the short story “The Golden Man,” loosely adapted into the 2007 Nicolas Cage vehicle Next. Somewhere, somebody enjoys this film. Just not us. Will the story fare better?

Bonus points for anyone who counts how many times Colin says “nucular.”

Pounder Rankings!:
Colin:

  • Story
  • Movie

James:

  • End Credits
  • Story
  • Movie

Seth:

  • Story
  • Movie

Notes:
Why Seth was not “begging the question”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvm6goJQbFI

PDF version of the story:
https://www.jerkersearcher.com/sffaudio_pdfs/TheGoldenManByPhilipK.Dick.pdf

Review of the story:
https://philipkdickreview.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/the-golden-man/

Wikipedia article for the movie (interesting history of the screenplay):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Next_(2007_film)

Somebody likes the movie!:
http://screencrush.com/nicolas-cage-gifs-next/

But not everyone:
http://www.avclub.com/review/next-3492

PKD in adaptation:
http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/17114/looking-back-at-the-9-movie-adaptations-of-philip-k-dick

Seth’s New Podcast, “Hugos There”:
https://hugospodcast.com

TMTYR Episode #52: De-Woo it! (Paycheck)

As the first entry in the Summer of PKD, the Pavement Pounders discuss the 1953 short story “Paycheck” and the 2003 film of the same name, starring Ben Affleck.

(This is an effort to economize on precious time, as the three of us will have a difficult time getting together over the summer.)

Rankings!:

Colin/James/Seth:

  • story
  • movie

Notes:
Fan Trailer only for Star Wars Rogue One: The Battle of Scarif:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqmAIqP_m8I

PKD Biography – Prophets of Science Fiction:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophets_of_Science_Fiction

Review of the adaptation and all the Woo:
http://bitterempire.com/paycheck-philip-k-dick-john-woo/

Reviews of multiple PKD adaptations:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/troublesome-adaptations-philip-k-dick-800408

TMTYR Episode #51: We Had a Beta Unit (The Last Starfighter)

Fittingly, for Episode #51, the Pavement Pounders discuss an alien abduction movie, as Centauri kidnaps Alex Rogan in his intergalactic Predator Van to make him fight Xur and his Ko-Dan Armada.

Yes, it’s another April Fool’s “Reverse Adaptation,” as we discuss the 1984 film The Last Starfighter and its Alan Dean Foster novelization. It’s a bit late for April Fool’s Day, but wasn’t that part of the joke?

Will we ever get out of 1984? Tune in next time and see!

Rankings!:

James:

  • Novelization (what?)
  • Movie
  • Colin:

  • Movie
  • Novelization
  • Seth:

  • Movie
  • Novelization
  • Also of note is that between the Heasley and Kuskie offspring, we were 0-3 on kids liking the movie. We have failed as parents.

    Notes:

    GoodBad Flicks Exploring The Last Starfighter:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8sIx4KBYqk

    The Last Starfighter Retrospective/Review:
    https://youtu.be/aFwclYnJoeY

    Crossing the Frontier: Making the Last Starfighter:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLCcokmr5lg

    AMC Movie News: Last Starfighter Reboot:
    https://youtu.be/h0VC2JX7gOg

    Modern Trailer for the movie:
    https://youtu.be/l55LwfcPfWM

    TMTYR Episode #50: Whiskey, the Water of Life (Dune)

    To celebrate their 50th episode, the Pavement Pounders got James drunk and made him read Dune. (And also watch the 1984 film and the 2000 miniseries.)

    Unfortunately, Seth’s recording failed (silently) at about the 40 minute mark, so his audio is pulled from what bled into the other guys’ mics. It’s not fantastic, but the conversation is still good, and James and Colin’s recordings kept on working.

    Rankings:

    James:

    • Book (and nothing else ranked)

    Colin/Seth:

    • Book
    • TV miniseries
    • 1984 film

    Notes:

    Seth’s new podcast, Hugos There (featuring Colin in the first episode):
    http://hugospodcast.com

    The Guardian retrospective on 50 years of Dune:
    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/03/dune-50-years-on-science-fiction-novel-world

    Tor.com Dune Re-Read:
    http://www.tor.com/series/rereading-frank-herberts-dune/

    New Yorker article about Dune:
    http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/dune-endures

    Nerdist News: 7 Things We Need from the New Dune!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DqyqcYi4kA

    Impressions of Dune Documentary
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSA79XHMBFo

    Deleted Scenes from Dune (1984):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2vZEP5jiaU

    Roger Ebert’s review of Dune (1984)
    http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/dune-1984

    About Jodorowsky’s Dune:
    http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/27/5554126/jodorowskys-dune-interview-greatest-sci-fi-film-never-made

    A Beginner’s Guide to Dune (NSFW language)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E47WzoluOH0

    James in his pajamas

     

     

     

     

     

     

    TMTYR Episode #49: Watch This on VHS (Firestarter)

    This time out, the Pavement Pounders discuss their very first Stephen King, going with Firestarter, the 1980 novel and its 1984 theatrical adaptation.

    Alas, no exploding chickens in the movie. But lots of feathered hair, teke-ing really hard, and good old Hollywood whitewashing! Hooray!

    Rankings!:

    Colin/James/Seth:

    • Book
    • Movie

    Notes:

    Seth was lazy this time and came up with precisely nothing. Not to worry, though, because Dune is up next and that should produce plenty. Besides, after the Show Notes explosion from Real Steel, Seth’s been pretty tipped over.

    TMTYR Episode #48: Robot Rocky (Real Steel)

    Real Steel posterBrace yourself for a hard-hitting gut punch of a knockout movie, and also for Seth’s best attempts to destroy the universe with the worst possible puns and Dad jokes, because this time out, the Pavement Pounders discuss Real Steel, loosely based on the Richard Matheson short story “Steel,” as well as the Twilight Zone adaptation of the story.

    Pounder Rankings!:

    Colin/James/Seth:

    • Movie
    • Story
    • Twilight Zone

    Notes:
    Robot or Not? Pronunciation:
    https://www.theincomparable.com/robot/92/

    Sci-Fi Nerd: Guilty Pleasures (Real Steel):
    http://www.scifimoviepage.com/sci-fi-nerd-guilty-pleasures-real-steel-2011-sometimes-corny-is-good/

    Cinema Siren review:
    http://cinemasiren.com/cinema-siren/real-steel-jackman-throws-down-this-years-guilty-pleasure/

    Deleted Scene details:
    http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/11/something-kind-of-cool-and-creepy-was-cut-from-real-steel
    Interview with Shawn Levy about the mix of practical and CG effects (NSFW language):
    http://collider.com/shawn-levy-real-steel-sequel-interview//

    Deleted Scene details and Sequel?
    http://collider.com/real-steel-2-details-shawn-levy/#atom-origin

    Review:
    https://literaryanalysis.net/2011/10/15/movie-review-real-steel/

    Breakdown of Real Steel visual effects:
    https://www.fxguide.com/featured/real-steel-case-study-in-cgi-live-action-integration/
    https://www.cnet.com/news/puppeteers-cg-meet-to-create-real-steel-robots/

    More on the visuals:
    http://ew.com/article/2012/02/23/oscars-real-steel-visual-effects/

    Behind the Scenes:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tkACOzHTfE

    TMTYR Episode #47: Punching People and Getting Promoted (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

    For Christmas 2016, the Pavement Pounders discuss a film that came out on Christmas Day 2013 that also happens to be adapted from a short story which was also adapted into a 1947 Danny Kaye film that Seth just happened to grow up watching over and over.1947 and 2013 film posters

    It’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” by James Thurber, that is the subject of this episode, and you’re right in thinking it’s not Science Fiction. But it has Boris Karloff in it! And the 2013 film won a Saturn Award!

    In any case, we have here some very entertaining entries without a dud in the mix. For evidence, check out the rankings (which were close in all cases).

    Pounder Rankings:

    James:

    • Short Story
    • 2013 Film
    • 1947 Film

    Colin:

    • 2013 Film
    • 1947 Film
    • Short Story

    Seth:

    • 1947 Film
    • 2013 Film
    • Short Story

    Notes:
    Short Story:
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1939/03/18/the-secret-life-of-walter-james-thurber

    Seth on Original/Remake:
    http://originalremake.podbean.com/e/ep-36-star-trek-ii-the-wrath-of-khan-and-star-trek-into-darkness/

    Seth’s column on Liberty Street Geek:
    https://www.libertystreetgeek.net/category/remake-room/

    TMTYR Episode #46: There Are No The’s (Arrival)

    arrivalposterThis time out, the Pounders discuss the new film Arrival and “Story of Your Life,” the Nebula-winning Ted Chiang novella on which it’s based.

    Go see this movie! It’s awesome!

    Pounder Rankings!:

    Colin:

    • Story
    • Movie

    James:

    • Story
    • Movie

    Seth:

    • Movie
    • Story

    (But it’s pretty close on all counts)

    Notes:

    Zencastr!
    https://zencastr.com

    Ted Chiang interviews:
    http://www.indiebound.org/author-interviews/chiangted
    https://electricliterature.com/the-legendary-ted-chiang-on-seeing-his-stories-adapted-for-the-screen-and-the-ever-expanding-916a9530e598#.x3a6212z0

    Creating the Heptapod language:
    https://www.wired.com/2016/11/arrivals-designers-crafted-mesmerizing-alien-alphabet/
    https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/14/dissecting-the-alien-language-in-arrival/

    Stephen Wolfram on the science of Arrival:
    http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2016/11/quick-how-might-the-alien-spacecraft-work/

    Discussing adapted Sci-Fi at its best—and worst

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