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/

    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!

    Discussing adapted Sci-Fi at its best—and worst

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