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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Brace 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.
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.
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).
For 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!
This 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.
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.
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.