In Episode #7, the Pounders return to their classic format, discussing the 1975 cult classic Death Race 2000, based on Ib Melchior’s 1956 story “The Racer,” and also the 2008 remake/prequel Death Race with Jason Statham.
Pounder Rankings have been cancelled for this episode, because we couldn’t figure out how to recommend the story or either film. But here are some general thoughts:
“The Racer”: Not the worst story you’ll ever read, and it’ll only take you a half hour to read. Find it in an anthology linked below.
Death Race 2000: Sylvester Stallone is pretty awesome. David Carradine is very David Carradine. There are also bare chests of various descriptions.
Death Race: Loud and stupid, just the way you probably expected.
In Episode #6, the Pavement Pounders take up a listener suggestion and read Michael Crichton’s Timeline and check out the 2003 film based on it.
Along the way, we find out that Seth has read a lot of Crichton books and has gripes about swords making a zing sound when drawn. And James takes offense to comparisons to Paul Walker’s California Surfer Dude shtick.
Pounder Rankings! (it’s a landslide again):
Thanks once again to Leo for suggesting the topic!
For our next viewing session (and subsequent recording session), we’ll be checking out Ib Melchior’s The Racer, the basis for both Death Race 2000 and the Jason Statham remake from 2008.
This marks the first time, for me, that I hadn’t read the story or seen any of the films prior to embarking on the podcast. Totally stoked!
As always, we’d be grateful to receive any thoughts on the story or films that you want to pass along. Comment here or on the Facebook page, or use the Contact Us! page. If your comments are awesome enough, they may get read out on the show.
For Episode #6 (#5 is recorded and in editing, and by in editing I mean I haven’t looked at it since we recorded it), we’re going with a listener request and doing Michael Crichton’s Timeline and the sub-stellar film adaptation it spawned. Maybe we’ll find something good to say about it.
The problem is that we asked for feedback on it in that not-yet-posted Episode #5 and we’ll be recording again probably before it goes up.
Which brings us to you. Have you seen the film? Read the book?
I’m particularly interested in comments from any non-readers out there, because neither James, nor Colin, nor I can look at the movie with unstained eyes, as we’ve all read the book. So I’m curious if anyone honestly likes the film on its own merits.
Drop us a line here or on Facebook, or shoot us a note on our Contact Us page. Or fill out the poll below:
In Episode #4, the Pounders discuss the 1988 John Carpenter film They Live, along with the short story on which it’s based, Eight O’Clock in the Morning, by Ray Nelson. Full spoilers for basically everything.
Also, Colin expresses dismay at people dying at the wrong time. He’s a stickler, that guy!
You can listen to our next podcast or start eating this trash can!
You’ll totally get that joke if you read Eight O’Clock in the Morning and watch They Live!. Well, okay, the story won’t get you anywhere, but it takes like five minutes to read and is entirely awesome, and the movie is one of the cheesy classics of the 80s, or so I’m told. And it has the trash can reference, not to mention a killer line about bubblegum.
Read it. Watch it. Send us some feedback (maybe using that Contact Us! link? No? How about a nice email link? Fine! Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter! Or just leave us a comment here. Seriously, we’re lonely.)