TMTYR Episode #60: Tangentially Inspired (Eagle Eye)

The Pavement Pounders ring in 2018 with Isaac Asimov’s short story “All The Troubles of the World,” which was exactly how much adapted into the 2008 film Eagle Eye? You’ll have to listen to find out.

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Rankings:!

Unfortunately we had a 51% probability of rankings, but an abort recommendation.

Notes:
Full text of the story:
http://www.mcguiremarks.com/uploads/3/9/7/9/39793909/isaac_asimov-all_the_troubles_of_the_world_(1).pdf

Roger Ebert’s Review:
https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/eagle-eye-2008

Seth’s appearance on Random Trek “The Thaw”:
https://www.theincomparable.com/randomtrek/168/

TMTYR Episode #59: Grizzly Bears and Bullies (A Christmas Story)

Merry Christmas! For their fourth Holiday Special, the Pavement Pounders discuss A Christmas Story, the classic movie adapted from Jean Shepherd’s collected stories from In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and other volumes, and also discuss the live TV musical that recently aired on FOX.

Rankings!:

Colin:

  • Live TV special
  • Movie
  • Book

James:

  • Movie
  • Book
  • Live TV special

Seth:

  • Movie
  • Book
  • Live TV special

Seth’s ridiculous Major Award, shipment #1:

Major Award! Major Award!
Major Award! Major Award!

Notes:

Review of the live special:
http://ew.com/tv/2017/12/18/christmas-story-live-ew-review/

How they handled the Chinese restaurant scene:
http://www.vulture.com/2017/12/christmas-story-live-chinese-restaurant-scene.html

Ralphie’s expressions in the TV special:
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/christmas-story-live-recap-terrifying-descent-madness-160025885.html

TMTYR Episode #58: A Very Important “And” (Children of Men)

children-of-menThis time, for a very late November episode, the Pavement Pounders discuss PD James’s The Children of Men and its 2006 adaptation, Children of Men.

The movie and book were not universally loved by all of us, but it spurred a great conversation.

Thanks so much to Dominic Coddington for suggesting the topic!

Rankings:

Colin/James/Seth/Dominic:

  • Film
  • Book

Notes:
Nerdwriter1: “Children of Men: Don’t Ignore the Background”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-woNlmVcdjc

Iconic Long-shot scene was an accident:
https://io9.gizmodo.com/this-iconic-scene-from-children-of-men-was-actually-an-840211730

Francis Fukuyama on why Children of Men is great:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03SrMeLmOUc

Long Takes (feat. Alfred Hitchcock commentary – some NSFW language):
https://nofilmschool.com/2016/03/long-takes-awesome-have-their-limitations

Review of the film from The Atlantic:
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2007/04/the-movie-review-children-of-men/69243/

The relevance of this movie today:
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161215-why-children-of-men-has-never-been-as-shocking-as-it-is-now

Sincast Best of 2006 (language…lots of it):
https://soundcloud.com/cinemasins/sincast-episode-45-were-f-cked

TMTYR Episode #57: You’re 50 Percent Right (Blade Runner 2049)

br2049posterWe wanted to get a quick podcast out here, so we convened in Seth’s dining room to record our reactions right after seeing the movie. Apologies for the poor audio quality and frequent dog interruptions, but there you go.

(And then Seth forgot to post the darn episode.)

The long and the short of it is that if you enjoyed the original Blade Runner, you’ll enjoy this one.

Spoilers start at 7:21

Notes:

How to Pronounce Denis Villeneuve
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U14yAM0lLKM

Shorts:
2036: Nexus Dawn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgsS3nhRRzQ
2048: Nowhere to Run
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ9Os8cP_gg
Blackout 2022
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrZk9sSgRyQ

TMTYR Episode #56: Heeere’s Batty! (Blade Runner)

Wrapping up the Summer of PKD, the Pavement Pounders endured Blade Runner and whine about it for a bit. And two of three Pavement Pounders enjoyed the novel on which it’s based, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

And Seth can’t seem to pronounce “Voight-Kampff”.

Rankings!:

Colin/James/Seth:

  • book
  • movie
  • Bonus Rankings! (PKD films we’ve done):

    James:

  • Total Recall
  • Minority Report and The Adjustment Bureau
  • Blade Runner
  • Paycheck
  • Screamers and Total Recall remake
  • Next
  • Colin:

  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Minority Report
  • Total Recall
  • Paycheck
  • Next
  • Total Recall remake
  • Blade Runner
  • Screamers
  • Seth:

  • Minority Report
  • Total Recall
  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Total Recall remake
  • Blade Runner
  • Paycheck
  • Next
  • Screamers
  • Notes:
    One of those Top 10 lists with Blade Runner on it:
    https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2013/oct/16/top-10-sci-fi-movies

    Which cut should be watched?:
    http://nerdist.com/blade-runner-35th-anniversary-which-cut-should-you-watch/

    Great (and positive) analysis of the film’s visual style:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tbvMzqk3F4

    Which is canon to Denis Villenueve?
    http://screenrant.com/blade-runner-2049-original-movie-canon/

    Nerdwriter video on Blade Runner:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXRlGULqHxg

    Lessons from the Screenplay video on Blade Runner:

    https://youtu.be/_tbvMzqk3F4

    Jason and Myke revisit Blade Runner with John Siracusa:
    https://www.theincomparable.com/myke/28/

    Sci-Fi Onscreen episode on Minority Report:
    http://www.scifionscreen.com/episode-101-minority-report-2002/

    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)

    adjustment-bureau-poster
    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

    Discussing adapted Sci-Fi at its best—and worst

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