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Episode 15: Jar Jar’s the Key to All of This

If he’s the key I don’t want to see what the lock looks like.

This month we tortured ourselves with the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. Unless you’re Kiyan, then you discovered a newfound appreciation for actual trash. This is George Lucas’ magnum opus. Or as close to it as he’s ever going to get. The prequel trilogy was released in 1999, 2002, and 2005, respectively.


Show-notes:


2:41 Background stuff about Star Wars. This also covers the lead-up to Episode III, the best of the prequel trilogy.
4:31 The making of Episode I full documentary. Now might be a good time to drop this other Episode I behind the scenes stuff. And while we’re at it here’s more. Heck, here’s seven archived pages of stuff from 1999.
6:56 Spottraining.
10:16 UNSOLICITED. Her name was Robin Gurland I guess.
15:00 FUTURE.
24:13 Still good.
25:55 Check out our other podcast, Dust your Doctor.
28:56 Episode II documentary.
35:48 yeah that’s right, the kid who played kid Anakin now has schizophrenia.

Other stuff:
Yoda vs. Dooku
Darth Vader costume
Kashyyk, however you spell it


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Episode 14.5: Completely Blank Stone Corridors

Stone, the womb from which man was born. I think.

Time to round out the original Alien quadrilogy with everybody’s favorite Alien movie, Alien Arrival. The 2016 one. Just kidding, I don’t think we’d survive that ordeal. It’s Alien: Resurrection written by Joss Whedon, directed by JeanPierre Jeunet and released on November 26, 1997.


Show-notes:


3:07 Hahahaha
15:04 Jayne is a girls’ name.
19:55 Hellboy from the Hellboy franchise.
23:39 Room?
49:35 Check out our other flopcast.

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Episode 14: I Didn’t Notice the Movies

Don’t know how I did that, considering we set aside like 9 hours to watch these.

This month we delve into a science fiction classic. No not Star Wars. No not Back to the Future. No not… ok you get the point. It’s Alien, Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi horror classic. We also watched Aliens and Alien 3, because this is a trilogy podcast and we needed three movies. Yes we know there’s a fourth one, get over it.


Show-notes:


2:22 Here’s that concept art for Neil Blomkamp’s Alien 5.
0:48 Yeah. This rogue Geiger counter did all the work designing the Alien for them.
5:55 Oh boy, just what everybody wanted.
9:43 The Statement of Randolph Carter
12:28 The Alien and Sedition Acts were passed in 1798, so Dylan got two digits correct. Close enough.
13:08 Check out the Nostromo’s blueprints and some other “neat” stuff here.
14:24 These were the guys who made the chain mail for Lord of the Rings.
15:10 Don’t worry Yaphet, I believe you.
21:25 The chestbuster scene is pretty iconic.
24:08 A brief overview of the making and release of Aliens.
35:25 Neuromancer
39:06 Unfortunately the communist vs capitalism theme also fell apart when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
44:40 The world’s most popular man, David Fincher.

Further reading:
“36 Things we Learned from the Aliens Commentary”
Making of Alien 3
Behind the scenes of Aliens
Aliens’ power loader


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Episode 13.5: Some Guy on an Internet Forum

You know, just those damn trolls living under internet bridges.

Amazingly there’s barely anything expanded universe for Aladdin. In fact we had to go and dive into completely other properties just to find something to squeak out a 20 ish minute episode. It’s Hercules and the Arabian Night, written by Bill Motz and Bob Roth and aired February 10, 1999.


Show-notes:


0:48 See for yourself.
2:04 Firefely is a tv show created by Joss Whedon.
12:29 Here’s more about the non-Disney Icarus.
13:54 Limitless is a 2011 movie and 2015 tv show about a dude who unlocks his brain’s full capacity with a pill or some shit.
22:01 Basically no possible way that Thor: Ragnarok will be good.

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Episode 13: Zero People Were Entertained

Aladdin made zero dollars because zero people saw it.

This month Kiyan and Dylan made the decision on what trilogy to watch solely based on how long it was. In hindsight, probably not the best idea. On the other hand, we almost ended up with Lord of the Rings one time, and that’s the complete opposite end of the spectrum. So we watched Aladdin, Aladdin II: The Return of Jafar, and Aladdin 3: King of Thieves. Surprisingly we didn’t watch 4l4ddin: Four Dudes Animate a Movie for $4.


Show-notes:


3:37 Making of Aladdin.
12:40 Apparently Disney decided to take Aladdin a different direction than its previous movies. Sadly I wouldn’t know.
13:52 Humiliate the Boy. Notice the younger Aladdin.
14:00 Also notice how it’s the last song Ashman ever wrote.
20:52 The Genie was one of the first animated movie characters to be voiced by a well-known celebrity.
21:11 Scott Weinger’s audition tapes featured his mom.
28:57 More about Return of Jafar and direct-to-dvd sequels.
38:07 God that ticking is annoying.
42:43 People really overplayed the supposed sexual content in these movies.

Other stuff we referenced in this:
http://www.mtv.com/news/2241910/aladdin-mind-blowing-facts/
https://web.archive.org/web/20110806042954/http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0%2C%2C312562%2C00.html
Wish Fulfillment
http://www.aladdincentral.org/articles/spins.html
 


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Audio Ep. 13: Jedicopter

Only “Senator” Palpatine knows how to do the secret jedicopter move.

This week Kiyan and Dylan have created a new world order. Turns out that was our plan all along for this podcast, we were going to use it to start this new world order thing. Not sure what we’re going to do with it now, stay tuned. It’s The Sentinels of the New Dawn, written by Paul Finch and released April 2011. The Sentinels of the New Dawn can be purchased for $8 (or your local equivalent) on Big Finish’s website.


Show-notes:


1:19 2012 is a 2012 animated comedy/drama based on the events of 2012 (the entire year). It was so successful, they made two sequels: 2013 and 2014.
18:47 Actually Hogwarts is Alnwick Castle in England. In the books/movies/HP universe it’s in Scotland.
20:20 The Art of War was written by Sun Tzu in 2006 after he lost a game of Risk and decided to take revenge in real life. Full book here.
25:39 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
25:51 Bioshock Infinite is a video game.
26:40 God Medicine is a video game.
27:11 Former US president Grover Cleveland is a video game.
27:18 Here’s a picture of this blue guy. Not really sure who he is.
36:50 Gattaca is a former US president.

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Any other references belong to their respective owners, no copyright infringement is intended by this podcast.
The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Delia Derbyshire.

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Episode 12.5: No Gods or Man, Only Theme Parks

Gott ist tot. Gott bleibt tot. Und wir haben ihn mit einem Themenpark ersetzt.

This month we actually did the impossible. We actually made a half an hour episode talking about a ~12 ish minute long amusement park ride. Have you ever seen another podcast attempt such a thing?  Yessir, it’s the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, at California Disneyland.


Show-notes:


1:52 The last ride he himself had a hand in, not the last one his cry-self had a hand in.
10:41 This song in case anyone wanted to hear it for some reason. Most people don’t know this, but Walt is actually the one doing all the vocals in this. That’s why the audio sucks, cause it was recorded through ice.
11:21 Little do most people know, this early Pirates poster was actually designed by cryo-Walt. No wonder it sucks.
13:02 It’s Walt Disney’s cryo-chamber.
13:56 Wish I could’ve been there on the day Johnny Depp was there. Seeing a famous pirate like Jack Sparrow play an actor like Johnny Depp would’ve been awesome.
15:28 This dog comes to terms with Walt Disney’s still-alive cryo-preserved body as his world goes up in flames. “This is fine,” he says, finally putting his past doubts behind him and accepting it all in his last moments. What a true hero.
21:42 If you don’t already know, Club 33 is Disneyland’s exclusive club. $50,000 down payment to get in plus $15,000 per year, so it’s actually not that expensive. Benefits of joining include access to an exclusive restaurant, alcohol in Disneyland, getting a cameo in a Disney movie, and free viewing of Walt Disney’s cryo-body.


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Episode 12: The World According to Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp’s word is law. It is the only law.

This month Kiyan and Dylan have returned to watch yet another movie trilogy. As they do every other month. But this month they’ve got a bit of a supernatural bent, because it’s Pirates of the Caribbean. Featuring an extensive discussion about the Pirates ride, which is something that we have personal experience with. That’s a first for this podcast I think.


Show-notes:


2:15 Eisner and Verbinski clashed over what to include on the original poster for Pirates 1.
3:07 Apparently it’s Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D.
17:14 1500s.
19:55 Good old Johnny wanted to make a movie his kids could watch so he made Pirated-R Rats of the Cari-PG-13-en.
20:25 Pirates.
24:21 The world according to Orlando Bloom.
24:43 Press Kit of the Caribbean.
33:25 Elliot and Rossio predict this podcast…
57:20 Multiple sources on the internet said this was true, so it has to be true.
57:57 3 seconds of google didn’t immediately give me the answer, so I gave up.

Too lazy to timestamp all this VFX crap, so here it is. Also too lazy to make link text:
http://www.ign.com/articles/2006/07/14/pirates-2-exclusive-davys-sinister-ship
http://www.postmagazine.com/Publications/Post-Magazine/2006/July-1-2006/COVER-STORY-PIRATES-OF-THE-CARIBBEAN-DEAD-MANS-C.aspx
http://www.awn.com/vfxworld/ilm-and-disney-make-pirate-perfection
http://www.motionefx.com/Projects/P4/pirates3

http://www.ign.com/articles/2006/07/11/pirates-2-welcome-aboard-the-black-pearl

And here’s just another random article that has some cool info about the first one: http://www.ign.com/articles/2003/06/25/depp-bruckheimer-talk-pirates

 


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Episode 11.5: Pyrotechnic Energy Plasmoids

Do you even know what pyrotechnics are?

This month you can tell we were kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel. The problem is not that there’s no X-Men stuff to cover, it’s that theres too much. And too much of it is too complex for us to put together an episode in a month. So we decided to cover Night of the Sentinels, the first two episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series. It was written by Mark Edwards Eden and aired in October and November of 1992.


Show-notes:


3:26 Dazzler. Weird how her Wikipedia page has more info than her X-Men Wiki page. Anyway, she was in Pryde of the X-Men, but I don’t remember her being a big part of the story. Don’t think she was in the movies.
4:59 For more info about The Road, read this article about The Road, conveniently titled The Road. You can also read it on the road. Or you could just read The Road.
5:04 No, that’s The Long Walk, the first book Stephen King ever wrote. But not the first he published. And sure as hell not the last. Dang Stephen King.
8:29 Look at this. I mean look at this. This is just a random cartoon and it looks so much better than most stuff out there. Of course they did blow a ton of the animation budget on the intro and the actual series looks nowhere near as good 99% of the time, but still.

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Episode 11: A-popcorn-lypse

We don’t eat while recording. Surprise.

This month we return to watch another trilogy that we actually watched in December (I think. I can’t even remember anymore.) It’s X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse. Logan is currently sitting at what 95% on Rotten Tomatoes? Which is a pretty far cry from Apocalypse, but we sat through that movie for you anyway.


Show-notes:


4:51Mag-neato. Pretty neat how this never actually got made. Instead they made First Class, which is a first class movie in my book.
6:01 The heck is this crap?
6:39 Speaking of Inception, apparently some ideas behind Inception and First Class were similar.
9:17 More about Lawrence, Mystique, and possible Mystique spinoff.
15:54 Oh god. Oh god. Vaughn. No.
17:50 Some stuff about special effects and some of the tight schedules they faced.
18:56 Read those article here and here.
19:27Here’s more about the most famous scene from Days of Future Past.
19:45 And here’s more about the shameless rehash of that scene in the next movie.
22:49 Yup. Well, this is probably just a joke. But yup. Almost as bad as those La La Land “If you’ve already seen it, see it again” ads.
33:39 Bryan Singer is dead in the X-men universe.
34:04Those cheekbones.
45:42 If you don’t know what it looks like, this is what it looks like. Also I guess it wasn’t where I thought it was, unless they also put one up on that huge billboard across the street from LAX.

Other stuff:
Interview with cast & crew of Days of Future Past.
Special effects in Apocalypse
Days of Future Past interview with Bryan Singer
Interview with Michael Fassbender
90 things to know about Days of Future Past
Costume designer Louise Mingenbach on Days of Future Past

 


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