Peter Pan

September 25, 2015

[SOM #135]

This is a look at three major cinematic outings for the boy who never grew up.

00.02.00: Peter Pan (1953)

00.39.00: Hook (1991)

01.08.00: Peter Pan (2003)

The first includes Mr Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits and focuses on the animated Disney movie. The second part we take a look at the Spielberg live action sequel and the third is the 2003 adaptation directed by P.J. Hogan.

Were's honestly not all that keen on the first two, although both have their strengths (the Spielberg offering, more so; Hoffman, Smith, Hoskins, Basco, Williams, that poster), but we LOVE the third, so if you can stick around through what we find troubling you can come with us and get to the heart of Pan, interpreting all kinds of deeper elements in the telling of the story.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

June 13, 2015

[Drift #69]

We had planned to release The Lost World this week but Mad Max: Fury Road appeared out of nowhere and turned out to be rather special. So we broke suddenly, veered off the road, picked up a couple of passengers and thundered into an epic analysis review. 

We begin with a 45 minute discussion of the original Mad Max trilogy, all of which contain elements that found their way into this new incarnation. You can listen to that without spoiling the new movie, but then go see it and come back for the next act.

I lay down my thoughts on the meta-story that developed upon its release, specifically it's detractors and the symbolism that layers on as a result. After that we talk long and hard about every aspect of this astonishing and deeply surprising new blockbuster. Surprising both in how the story develops and its sheer quality and fulfilled ambition. This is a film we want absolutely everyone to see. 

Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rise and James Perkins of GameBurst and AltViewMovies on guesting duty provide brilliant insight and enthusiasm to the mix. Check out their shows. And we'll be back with the dinosaurs next week with The Lost World. 

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Daredevil [Movie]

April 17, 2015

[Drift #60]

Returning to the welcoming bosom of Marvel, Sharon and I take a good hard look at the 2003 attempt at bringing The Man Without Fear to our screens.

Fox rather unwisely competed with Spider-Man at the time, leading to a rather troubled production, hence the hastily cobbled-together millennial rubber bouncy jumping action and the vast disparity between the somewhat nonsensical theatrical edition and the little-seen but more naratively-sound director's cut.

And then of course there's Ben Affleck as Matt Murdoch, slaloming between gravely-grim and smirking sex-pest. The costumes which range from the outlandish to party-wear, Michael Clarke Duncan's show-stealing turn as the Kingpin and yes, that playground fight. We always rather liked this movie.

It was made with comic book geeks in mind and filled with references, winks and nods. The soundtrack is very much of its time and punctuates this podcast and the film has become very dated when held up against modern superhero fare. BUT we don't think it deserves the scorn heaped upon it. Certainly not enough of a reason to dismiss Affleck as Batman, when this is actually pretty accurate to Frank Miller's Daredevil.

Next week... Furious 7.


Breaking Dawn [Parts 1 & 2]

February 22, 2015

[Drift #53]

Here's the second part of our analysis of the Twilight saga. There's some really silly and occasionally genuinely troubling material in here, but also some surprisingly heartfelt moments that caught us offguard.

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Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse

February 15, 2015

[Drift #52]

To coincide with the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, Sharon and I went back to the source material with a pair of shows we've been sitting on for a year! We had to put Pinocchio on hod for this one but he'll be back in two weeks. 

In this initial volume we review the first three installments of the Twilight Saga. 

It's my theory that these books and films are the Nickelback of the literary and cinematic worlds, hated on general principle. Partly because in the eyes of many they pervert the mythos of the vampire, daring to make the suckers sparkle in the sun rather than exploding. Partly because of their immense popularity, which always creates a counter-culture. 

So Sharon and I dived in attempting to review the films themselves in a vacuum. Those who hate the films may hate this podcast because we're rather kind and enthusiastic. Those that love them will hate this podcast because we call them on the rubbish, the weaker elements and the more troubling aspects (especially in the two-part finale of Breaking Dawn). So welcome to a show nobody is going to love.

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Troll / Troll 2

October 30, 2014

[Drift #39]

To kick off a discussion about "nanar"; that is movies that are so spectacularly bad that they wrap right the way round into great we bring you the podcast reviews of Troll and Troll 2. This also constitutes our Halloween Spooktacular and gives you all something fun to listen to while taking shelter from the GamerGate debate.

Troll was a daft fantasy horror movie made in 1986. It's hard to say who it's aimed at because it's too scary for small children and too silly for anyone over the age of nine. It has inflections of Gremlins and Poltergeist but none of the style or craftsmanship. There are plenty of surprising and appealing nuggets of fun to be had amongst the weird "troll-menaces-apartment-block" plot and some disarmingly canny performances to boot, but ultimately this was one of those films made to be forgotten.

Until Troll 2 came along in 1990 that is. This isn't a sequel of any sort. It was originally going to be called "Goblins" and the name was changed so as to purposefully be confused with the mildly successful Troll. Now that's the sort of creative pedigree that makes us sit up and take notice. Dig even further into this green gloop and you'll find it is one of the most incompetently constructed movies ever, with every single scene botched in some way and some world class overacting and delivery by the hysterical cast. The short of it is; Family goes on a house exchange to a town in Utah named "Nilbog" turns out it's full of goblins. They like to eat people after turning them partly into vegetable matter. Also the boy has the Shining or something. Clickety clack.  

It has in recent times been rediscovered and cherished by a select group of fans celebrating its sheer badness. A documentary by its now grown up child star; "Best Worst Movie" was made in 2010 and is available on Netflix UK. In it we re-acquaint ourselves with the oddball cast reflecting back on when they took part in this extraordinary project. The brilliant review podcast "We Hate Movies" won't cover Troll 2, because in their words, what are they going to say that's funnier than anything within this film? We had to at least try since in the UK this is not infamous and is barely even known. That's an injustice we'd like to redress.

Don't worry about seeing these first. Listen to the show to get a feel and then track down the R1 double DVD set if it sounds like your thing. 

It also leads to a discussion about nanar film and whether or not it is possible to make one on purpose, with a wonderful little inspirational piece on that subject from The Idea Channel, which you should be watching every week. 

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The Iron Giant

September 2, 2014

[Drift #30]

This is it. Alex's 400th podcast. And what better way to celebrate a broadcasting career like this than with something lovingly crafted, and beloved by its small but enthusiastic fanbase?

This summer everyone fell in love with Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel. Journey back fifteen years to a very similar performance in a lost film to be found and absolutely treasured. The Iron Giant was one of the final hurrah's for 2D cell animation at the end of a decade that marked a major renaissance for Disney, on the cusp of a new age of 3D animation.

The mid 1950s and the sleepy town of Rockwell, Maine is visited by an alien behemoth. A titan of iron, innocent and inquisitive, found and befriended by a young boy and the cause of alarm and violent aggression from an America living under the shadow of the mushroom cloud. It's funny, clever, sweet, beautiful, tragic and ultimately as life-affirming as it gets, so naturally hardly anyone saw it. Warner Bros were in the process of dismantling their animation division and pratfall comedy Inspector Gadget was playing next door with the marketing clout of Disney behind it so there was no contest really. Ironically Warner not being too invested in the sale of this thing to America granted the creative team all manner of freedom to make the film they really wanted to. 

Our team of intrepid explorers fight the red menace of apathy and delve into the Giant's metal frame to root out every riveting detail, Dan Floyd of Extra Credits, Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse and The Animation Archives, Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst and Nama Chibitty of the Digital Drift Community.

Next week, we continue the giant, metal alien visitors theme and begin our Transformers shows. 

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The Lego Movie

August 26, 2014

[Drift #29]

The second in our trilogy celebration of Alex's 400th podcast. 

This time we're talking about another of the best films of 2014; The Lego Movie. Arguably the most potent cocktail of inventiveness and pure joy in an animated movie since the original Toy Story. Deceptively child-friendly, especially after a slew of sporadically funny Lego games, and prone to assumptions of being nothing more than an enormous toy commercial this is in fact a far richer experience than your usual blockbuster cinema trip as well as a surprising and tacit celebration of contemporary remix culture.  With our team of intrepid yellow, plastic master-builders Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits, Glen Watts and Iain Hopwood of the Digital Drift community and Lyra Shaw we go deep into the detail of this fascinating deconstruction of the hero's journey and examine the many vibrant themes and characters found within. 

This one is child-safe in terms of language but does of course feature massive spoilers so if for some reason you've not yet seen it, do so first. If you didn't think the movie was all that special we can offer many reasons why it might warrant a second viewing and if you love it you will adore every second of this episode. 

Next week we encounter The Iron Giant. If you have not yet seen this absolutely wonderful animated cult classic from 1999 you owe it to yourself to remedy that in the next few days. 

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March 20, 2014

[SOM #80]

To coincide with the release of the 2014 remake, we bring you this journey into the flesh & metal heart of the 1987 original. 

We were planning to cover the trilogy but the sequel bored us more than expected and the third movie (aside from a lunatic robot ninja chap) didn't even have the decency to be amusingly terrible. Also if there's no through-story or the sequels don't even really observe the developments in the original is it not actually a trilogy at all, but a successful story and its licensed and incompetent copycats? A discussion for another time perhaps.

Joining Sharon and I to discuss Paul Verhoven's riotously watchable and riven with subtext, cyborg Frankenstein retelling is Neil Taylor of GameBurst.

Again we're going to push social networking this time round so be sure to find us, follow us, like us and email us. And of course be sure to jump onto one of the smartest, friendliest forums around and declare your membership in the Digital Drift community.
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Kill Bill

March 19, 2014

[SOM #79]

Welcome to the introductory episode of Digital Drift. With the first two volumes of my podcast, Digital Cowboys and Digital Gonzo now complete that makes this the 370th podcast episode I've put out. For the third volume I have recruited a new co-host to share the creative load; my wife, Sharon Shaw. She'll be offering the show a second voice and a ton of perspective.

And we've decided to go right back to the beginning on this one with a prototype for the Gonzo movie reviews, released on the Digital Cowboys feed in May 2010 many months before I began the Star Wars Gonzo reviews. This was originally two hour-long episodes covering both volumes of Kill Bill. We've taken them, trimmed away the bits that didn't work, added more clips and music and some additional segments with our views on the films four years on. You can hear how we were back then, what's changed and what's stayed the same.

We'll be releasing regular episodes throughout 2014, interspersed with Digital Cowboys to give me room to write the book. Focus will be on more conceptual topics (much like the Fan Response show of Digital Gonzo) and while movie reviews will still remain, we'll be doing a lot more interviews and shorter, discussion podcasts, bringing on the experts so that we don't have to devote all our time studying absolutely everything.

Kill Bill is in both of our top three movies lists and by the time you get to the end of this one you'll know why.

Next Episode: RoboCop

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