Triple Play

In this (currently a bit sporadic) podcast, Kiyan and Dylan bring their “expertise” in film and television into the world of movie trilogies. Each episode centers around a trilogy that the duo watched in one sitting, and features behind the scenes information, a brief summary of key plot points, and a discussion on how the movies worked as a trilogy.

Mad Max

Don’t you get it? He’s MAD!

We start off season 4 of Triple Play off with a quite extensive discussion about the merits of Australian Cinema. We also completely change the format. That’s right, we’ve regenerated. Everything is different, and nothing is the same. Can you believe it? I can believe it. For this new era of Triple Play we’re starting off strong, with Mad Max, Mad Max: Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.


Show-notes:
6:00: Check out all our other podcasts: Inevitable, Trust Your Doctor, and Zenith.
7:19: Tina Turner’s We Don’t Need Another Hero from Beyond Thunderdome.
11:36: Here is the link to that massive dissertation on the birth and rise of Australian Cinema.
16:43: I don’t live with this guy anymore. The passage of time between recording and release is weird.
20:05: Raising Kane has been the subject of controversy for years but it’s commonly accepted to be debunked.
23:49: If this episode was going to have a title it would be “Group of Amateurs Gets Together, Produces Garbage”.
25:25: Mel Gibson is an absolute lunatic.
27:45: Just go watch Allen v. Farrow and get the whole story and decide for yourself.
45:35: Here’s some information on Dog, dog.
46:12: I looked for 10 seconds and couldn’t find anything on the stunt show so “not well documented” seems to be accurate.
53:58: Read more about the legacy and influence of Mad Max in popular culture.
1:00:00: You can find out more about this wild stunt and others over here in this article and video.
1:03:00: Here’s where I got that quote from, for those who wanna read even more insanity. And read about the bar brawl they got into over here at BBC America.
1:05:28: Here’s Screenrant’s really questionable Mad Max article.
1:06:45: You thought I was lying when I said this behind-the-scenes documentary was fourty minutes long.

Sources and other stuff:
Indiewire Article about Beyond Thunderdome
George Miller Interview


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Qatsi

If we could have made this episode a tone poem we would have.

The audio quality in this episode is a little worse than normal because it was recorded quite early in quarantine (nearly a year before release) before we had figured out how to properly record these things via skype. Because of that Kiyan’s audio sounds a bit scratchy. Sorry about that. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t make it a visual poem, since maybe the visuals could distract you from the audio. Alas. What a kind of shit way to end the season of Triple Play. It’s Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi.


Show-notes:


12:23: Archdaily says Kowloon Walled City was 33,000 people on 2 hectares (215,278 square feet) of land.
17:53: Our Matrix episode from (oh god) 2016.
23:57: Our Godfather episode from (oh god) 2020. Just as we did here, we pronounce Coppola wrong for this entire episodes. Hell yeah. And by hell yeah, I mean damn.
29:26: The BBC explains why Prince changed his name to a symbol.
37:16: The Four Corners are where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona meet.
53:00: Yeah so apparently Reggio directed this music video.

Sources and other stuff:
Koyaanisqatsi dot org
LA times
Powaqqatsi’s soundtrack (vice)
Naqoyqatsi review (Variety)
Naqoyqatsi article from Spirit of Baraka
Philip Glass’ hands-on role with the soundtracks (New Yorker)
Making of documentary on youtube</a


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Robocop

Dead or alive you’re coming with us.

So this time we decided to watch an action movie that turns out to have actually quite complex societal implications. We also watched two other pieces of crap, so it wasn’t really just the one movie. But we did watch that movie. Did you know Paul Verhoeven responded to me on twitter? It was just Paul F. Verhoeven and not the Paul Verhoeven who directed this movie. But same thing. It’s Robocop 1, 2, and 3.


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xXx

No not that kind of xXx.

I used to be an extreme sportsman. Did you know that? Yeah it’s true, I used to do extreme podcast editing. One time we were releasing an episode of Trust Your Doctor but I Was busy skydiving, so while skydiving I took my laptop and edited while skydiving. Set a new record for highest podcast episode edited. I also set a record for fastest speed attained by someone actively editing a podcast. Yeah that was me. It’s xXx, xXx: State of the union, and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage


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Cars

Remember how All-Star became a meme? So did Life is a Highway.

When I saw the first movie in theatres I was in 4th grade. I know that I’m sort of in way giving away how old I ma, but hey. And then I actually saw the second one in theatres too. The third Cars movie was one of the only Pixar movies that I’ve not seen in theatres since The Incredibles (I know). Not that it really looks like I’ll be seeing any more in theatres any time soon. Alas, such is life right? It’s Cars 1, 2 and 3.


Show-notes:


1:20: Check out Inevitable: A Classic Sci-Fi Podcast, our classic sci-fi podcast.
6:28: John Lasseter directed both A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2.
31:46: Allmusic has a short but detailed biography on Larry the Cable Guy. Apprently he was never actually a cable guy. Go figure.
36:29: Our episode on Once Upon a Time in the West/America and Duck, You Sucker.
36:53: Our episode on Toy Story.
37:37: Our episode on Despicable Me.

Sources and other junk:
Behind the scenes article from HuffPost
Behind the scenes of Cars 3 documentary
Cars production notes
Official Pixar page on the design of Cars 2
Cars 3 visuals


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Taken

Taken’s first moment of relevance since 2008.

Ok so here’s where the schedule for this season gets really crazy because for some reason we had to find the least logical way to record these episodes. Yeah. But you know, given the current status of the world, I would actually really like someone to just… take me away. Like taken style, honestly would probably be better than the world we’re living in right now. I’ll be waiting for Liam Neeson to come and save me. It’s Taken, Taken 2 and Taken 3.


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The Godfather

It’s Ca-POLE-ah and not COP-a-la.

We recorded this in January of 2020 which means basically all of the cultural references are outdated. Also just listen to how optimistic we sound! This was also, fun fact, one of the very last episode we recorded both in person and in the old office we used to record in as we no longer have access to it. So this is quite a monumental episode. It’s The Godfather saga, Francis Ford Coppola’s magnum opus.


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Once Upon A Time…

Both Kiyan and I are upstanding citizens, I swear.

Sergio Leone returns to Triple Play with a vengeance!  With this, both Kiyan and I can officially say we’ve seen every Leone movie except for that one that no one really knows. So really we’re basically Leone experts now. I’d suggest we just shut the podcast down now but what’s the fun in that? I think the podcast will continue, anyhow… It’s Once Upon a Time in the West, Duck You Sucker! and Once Upon a Time in America.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/upon-time-west-behind-scenes-greatest-western-ever-made/

The Long Article https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2016/08/04/the-making-of-once-upon-a-time-in-the-west/

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/elizabeth-mcgovern-de-niro-and-me-109588.html

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/70066/13-epic-facts-about-once-upon-time-america


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Fred

Take a trip down YouTube memory lane.

This week we decided to give Lucas Cruikshank some money. I’m sure he’s really hurting in this time, probably nearly broke, probably has no idea what to do with his life. And now he’s stuck at home, not much to do. Oh god is Fred gonna come back? No please don’t. Lucas, your time has come and has gone and there is no more requirement for it in the world. Please just. Let us review your movies and lets forget this all happened. It’s Fred…


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Despicable Me

Surrealism is making a come back.

I know we joke a lot in this episode as well as this description about this franchise being surrealist and also a masterpiece, but go back and watch it. Seriously, go back and watch it through the lens of them being a compilation of surrealist movie experiments and suddenly it all becomes weird as heck. I know this is more than likely not what they were going for at all, but it cannot be ignored. It just can’t! It’s Despicable Me.


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