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/

TMTYR Episode #45: Pale Luddites (I Am Legend)

i-am-legend-coverFor Halloween 2016, the Pavement Pounders discuss Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend and the three major films adapted from it: 1964’s The Last Man on Earth, 1971’s The Omega Man, and the 2007 film I Am Legend.

Slow, zombie-like vampires! Pale vampire Sith Lord beaniks! CGI uncanny valley superhuman darkseekers! And an Asylum film? What? (not really)

Big thanks to Adam Underwood for suggesting the topic and for being patient with us taking more than a year to get to it!

Pounder Rankings!

Colin:

  • Novel
  • The Last Man on Earth/I Am Legend
  • Empty slot
  • Empty slot
  • The Omega man

James:

  • Novel
  • I Am Legend
  • The Omega man
  • The Last Man on Earth

Seth:

  • Novel
  • I Am Legend
  • The Omega man
  • The Last Man on Earth

Notes:

The Last Man on Earth full movie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuPgXDWMB-Q

15 things about Last Man on Earth:
http://www.spookyisles.com/2015/06/15-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-last-man-on-earth-1964/

Review of all three films:
http://www.starburstmagazine.com/component/content/article/3-future-imperfect/988-qcome-out-nevilleq-i-am-legend

Comparison of all three films:
http://www.moviesmackdown.com/2007/12/legend-omega-lastman.html

About the I Am Legend alternate cut:
http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/must-watch-i-am-legends-original-ending-this-is-amazing/

SciFi Onscreen “Original vs. Remakes: I Am Legend”
http://www.scifionscreen.com/?p=452

TMTYR Episode #44 – A Little More Data Than Number Five (The Nostalgist)

nostalgist_posterThis time out, the Pavement Pounders quickly discuss Daniel H. Wilson’s short story “The Nostalgist” and its short film adaptation. This is a low homework episode, folks, so don’t get spoiled unnecessarily!

This is a first, as the Pounders read, watched, recorded, edited, and posted the episode all in one day. Don’t get used to it.

No rankings this time because both are awesome.

Notes:
Story:
http://www.tor.com/2009/07/28/nostalgist/

Film:
https://thenostalgistfilm.com/

Daniel’s official page:
http://www.danielhwilson.com/

Robot Uprisings (referenced by Seth):
http://www.johnjosephadams.com/robot-uprisings/table-of-contents/

Twilight Zone “The Mighty Casey”:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0734661/

Urban Clash Games:
http://urbanclashgames.com/

TMTYR Episode #43: Montag Shot First (Fahrenheit 451, feat. Phil Nichols)

For Episode #43, the Pavement Pounders are lucky enough to be joined once again by friend of the show Phil Nichols, senior advisor to the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies. Fahrenheit 451 is the topic this time, both the Francois Truffaut adaptation and, of course, the classic dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury.

Pounder Rankings!:

Phil/James/Colin/Seth:

  • Book
  • Movie

Notes:
Phil’s site:
http://bradburymedia.co.uk/

The New Ray Bradbury Review:
http://www.kentstateuniversitypress.com/2015/the-new-ray-bradbury-review-5/

Get the F451 stage script here:
https://www.dramaticpublishing.com/article_search.php?search_radio=CREDITS&akeywords=bradbury&x=0&y=0

John Green on the book:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjCk8J6L_SI

Fahrenheit 451, Top Ten Notes (WatchMojo):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5t9WrW_ioU

The New Republic review of F451
https://newrepublic.com/article/85714/tnr-film-classics-fahrenheit-451-december-24-1966

New Yorker review of the film:
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/movie-week-fahrenheit-451

Thug Notes on Fahrenheit 451:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-IcPx9uD0U

Negative review of the book:
http://www.wetasphalt.com/content/why-i-hate-fahrenheit-451

Remake?
http://www.thewrap.com/fahrenheit-451-movie-in-the-works-at-hbo-from-99-homes-director/

Seth's appropriate podcast uniform.
Seth’s appropriate podcast uniform.

TMTYR Episode #42: The Prevalence of Tea Towels (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – feat. Michael Simshauser)

This time out, the Pavement Pounders tackle a whopper, covering The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, including the original radio play (Primary Phase), book, TV series, and movie.

Michael Simshauser was nice enough to give us some audio to drop in, to add his insights about the four media under consideration, as well as the comic book and interactive game. Thanks, Michael, and just for being a great listener and friend of the podcast.

Pounder Rankings:

Michael:

  • Radio Play

    James's topical shirt
    James’s topical shirt
  • Book
  • Movie
  • TV Series

James:

  • Radio Play
  • Book
  • Movie
  • TV Series

Colin:

  • Radio Play
  • TV Series
  • Book
  • Movie

Seth:

  • Radio Play
  • Movie
  • Book
  • TV Series

Notes:

16 Fun Facts about THHGTTG:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/63473/16-fun-facts-about-hitchhikers-guide-galaxy

Life, the Universe, and Douglas Adams:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHJLNrDzYm0

New Radio Series?
https://www.comedy.co.uk/radio/news/2129/hitchhikers_guide_series_6/

TV show youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTNuldPhP20

Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster Recipes:
https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Bartending/Cocktails/Pan_Galactic_Gargle_Blaster

Need mid-credits youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX6uAy3U81E

Online Game:
http://play.bbc.co.uk/play/pen/g38lb8zppy

Seth's shirt of what we're doing next time!
Seth’s shirt of what we’re doing next time!

TMTYR Episode #41: Everybody’s a Victim (The Prestige)

This time out, the Pavement Pounders discuss one of Seth’s favorite films, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige and the Christopher Priest novel of the same name on which it’s based.

Not everybody agrees about how awesome the movie is, but Seth is clearly right in this case, and also typing these show notes.

Pounder Rankings!:

Colin:

  • Movie
  • Book

James:

  • Book
  • Movie

Seth:

  • Movie
  • Book

Notes:
Link to Christopher Priest’s work:
http://www.christopher-priest.co.uk/grimgrin-studio/

Interview with Christopher Priest:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ZUVdrQZGs

Nerdwriter: The Prestige: Hiding in Plain Sight:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d46Azg3Pm4c

Behind the Scenes of The Prestige:
http://movies.about.com/od/theprestige/a/prestigcn101606.htm

Facts You Didn’t Know about The Prestige:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnSuGjluVtQ

Ricky Jay cups and balls:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwF1ec4Ji7Y

Fan theories that don’t work:
http://taylorholmes.com/2009/08/26/the-prestige-explained/
https://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/1tp49e/what_was_going_on_in_the_prestige_really_going_on/

The Prestige Analysis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjXWD3wMNZw

TMTYR Episode #40: Guilty Underpants (Supercut: Year Two!)

We’re well into our second year here, and if Seth has to listen to each episode multiple times, he should at least be allowed to pull out some of our best bits and chuck them into a supercut. This is a good sampling of our discussions on adaptational considerations, James’s proclivity for dropping in “That’s what she said,” and Colin’s hatred of the new Trek movies and his love of redemption stories.

Discussing adapted Sci-Fi at its best—and worst

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