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.

The Addams Family Trilogy

Badadadum *snap snap*

Yeah, I bet you’re wondering how I got that text to sound exactly like the Addams family song. It’s because I’m a professional sound writer. I bet you didn’t even know that was a thing. Well, it is. I needed a job after the podcast died, and that’s what I ended up doing. This week Kiyan and Dylan talk about the Addams Family trilogy, if you can call it that.

3:08: I won’t link to the third one on YouTube for copyright purposes but I will confirm that it is still there.
4:57: Here, I’ll link directly to the first episode of LEXX on Inevitable.
8:46: Fall Out Boy sampled the Munsters theme on their song, Uma Thurman.
9:29: Surprisingly prescient predictions about teenagers loving the Wednesday aesthetic with the new Wednesday show that’s since come out.
11:42: Much of this information and Angelica Huston’s quotes comes from an interview Angelica Huston gave with The Guardian.
26:43: Here’s a TVTropes link about being billed above the title.
30:22: Here’s the aforementioned Entertainment Weekly article, and the Hollywood Reporter article as well as the Buzzfeed article mentioned in the next sentence.
33:10: Here’s an article from the Washington Post outlining what Dan Quayle said in his speech about the “poverty of values” in America.
46:45: The leaked Michael Jackson song for Addams Family Values was called Family Thing. It’s on YouTube.
56:15: There’s a really fascinating article with information on how Thing was realized on screen, feel free to check it out.
1:09:37: In the two years between when we recorded and released this the Back to the Future Musical made a successful West End (and in June 2023, Broadway) debut.
1:11:07: Here’s an article on the underpayment of the Sausage Party animators.

Some other links:
Christina Ricci gives a behind the scenes tour
Behind the Scenes interviews
Behind the scenes DVD special
Addams Family Reunion: The Sequel That Time Forgot
Yahoo article about Addams Family Reunion


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Naked Gun

Aren’t all guns naked?

I don’t really know what to write for this description in all honesty. I dunno. These movies were pretty funny, I guess, well the first one was anyway. After that I don’t think they were that great, and I don’t really know how to be funny about them here because it’s been so long since I’ve seen them I can’t even remember anything about the third one. Whatever. It’s the Naked Gun trilogy.

9:22: Everybody should watch Ridley Scott’s movie Thelma and Louise.
15:58: Here’s the wikipedia page on Ruthless People
18:17: Pretty sure the quote that I’m reading is from this LA Times article.
18:48: Guess what, that reboot we’re talking about (more details here) was never brought to fruition.
25:36: Here’s the usual wikipedia source, this time for Snakes on a Plane.
28:41: Eat it apparently won a Grammy and everything, wow!
33:53: Here’s a link to the documentary on the making of naked gun 2 that I’m talking about.
39:22: In a somewhat humorous twist of fate, I still haven’t watched Ghost, even though it’s been two years since we recorded this episode.

Other links:
ScreeRant article about Frank Drebin
Roger Ebert’s review of Naked Gun 2
More details on the baseball scene in Naked Gun 1
David Zucker Interview on Naked Gun

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The Animated Netflix Godzilla Trilogy

Something something Blue Oyster Cult.

This week we watched those random animated Godzilla movies that were released on Netflix. I feel like they flew under the radar, a bit, but here we are, Triple Play, the biggest podcast in the world, shining a light on it. That’s right, if it blows up tomorrow you know why. It’s Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle and Godzilla: The Planet Eater

2:45: Mothra was released in 1961. Mothra is my favourite kaiju.
6:53: Pretty sure, yes, this is the most recent thing we’ve watched for Triple Play.
21:26: Good thing for you I have the link to this exact interview in japanese.
21:58: Here’s the little booklet you got with the theatrical release of this movie.
23:50: Godzilla: Singular Point has been out for two years now, but had only released two days before we recorded this episode.
34:24: I couldn’t find the Washington post article, but I have the link to the article that quotes the Washington Post article.
44:43: Check out Trust Your Doctor: A Doctory Who Podcast
49:06: Since watching this movie I’ve learned that most animated movies have multiple “angles” where the different angle is just different language signs.
50:49: Apparently they do really like to use English as a decoration in Japan. There’s more details at this CNN article.
1:04:12: If you’re ok with shelling out for the Japanese collector’s edition, these movies have since been released on Blu-Ray. Here’s The Planet Eater (the best one duh) on Amazon.
1:06:25: Speaking of the Planet Eater, here’s the poster.
1:07:28: Compare that to this masterpiece for Inferno, the best Robert Langdon movie.
1:09:40: Or this distractingly bad composite poster for Spider Man: Homecoming.
1:14:50: I guess Legendary and Toho figured out their rights kerfuffle,  since a sequel to Godzilla vs Kong is coming out called Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. Can’t wait for it to bomb.

Netflix Announcement for Singular Point
Some further details on Godzilla Singular Point

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Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy

I like ice cream actually.

Triple Play returns from the dead (ironically) to shamble (unironically) towards a middling and mediocre conclusion followed by a spectacle no one will soon forget. Man it was so weird getting back into editing this. Felt like having to relearn a skill I had long since forgotten. Anyway, this was recorded in June 2021, hopefully nothing aged poorly. It’s The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End.

0:37: “We’re back again with Triple Play” This aged amazingly.
1:08: Try negative 2% chance.
1:33: Idk check out Trust Your Doctor and Inevitable I guess.
5:57: This reminds me that I never put any of these movies into my letterboxd.
7:17: Here’s a link to Nestle drumsticks, since British people probably don’t get them, and since listening to this made my mouth water.
12:23: Apparently, yes, George Romero missed references to his own movies in Shaun of the Dead.
17:33: Here’s a link to You’ve Got Red on You on amazon.
30:30: I guess Callan counts as a cop show.
33:30: A lot of what’s being said about Hot Fuzz comes from this summary of the commentary.
40:51: This Cornetto anecdote is relayed in Slash Film.
43:11: This information about the creation of The World’s End is in this article from Empire Online. There’s also this additional article from from The Star.
1:12:30: I’m reading off details from the Filming section of the Transformers: The Last Knight wikipedia page.
1:24:53: Definitely do not think we will be recording email inserts but you can try.

Some other random links:

NPR on The World’s End
The Guardian about Shaun of the Dead
Mental Floss about Shaun of the Dead
Editing of Hot Fuzz

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The Robert Langdon Trilogy

Here it is, our crowning achievement, obviously.

I honestly didn’t think these movies could be that bad. Hoo boy was I surprised then when we actually watched these bad boys. And when I say bad boys I mean bad. Tom Hanks, the absolute opposite of whatever the hell Dan The Man Brown had in mind when he was writing Robert Langdon, is here to save the day. Yes, that Tom Hanks. It’s DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons and Inferno.

2:13 Troll and Triple X are both trilogies we’ve unfortunately watched for this podcast.
5:39: Here’s the exact excerpt I’m reading from at this point.
12:30: Might as well link to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo because it’s a good movie you should all watch.
13:35: The American Society of Cinematographers has an article about The DaVinci Code filming in Paris as well as the lighting details of the whole movie.
22:02: Screenrant (groan) has an article about what’s real and what’s fake in The DaVinci Code. Here’s a much better article about what’s real and what’s fake from NBC.
26:20: National Treasure came out in 2004, we should note, not DaVinci Code.
29:13: Apparently this is completely wrong. The Writers Guild of America has apparently gone on strike 5 times in the last like 80 years.
34:43: Here’s the CERN page on what they do, thanks to Angels and Demons.
48:56:  Forbes tried to figure out why Inferno was a domestic box office disaster. The answer is not good.
55:42: There is going to be a play version of DaVinci Code though.
56:40: This joke aged well. Season 5 of Triple Play will be our last.
57:28: We did not do this.
59:49: We didn’t do this either.

Some other miscellaneous sources:
An article detailing the differences between the versions of DaVinci Code
Some BTS videos on Angels and Demons: Writing the Script & In Search of the True Story
An article from the Guardian on all the fake tourists they used to pad the Vatican in Angels and Demons
Town and Country Magazine talked about the historicity of Inferno
An interview with Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones about Inferno

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How to Train Your Dragon

I love it when we do animated trilogies, don’t you?

I hope you like us referring to the director by his first name and first name only for the entirety of this 1 hour 15 minute podcast episode. No, he’s not a personal friend of ours, we just don’t want to keep having to pronounce his last name. It’s a really annoying last name and it’s french and we didn’t want to continuously get it wrong. Hope you like the name Dean. It’s How to Train Your Dragon 1, 2, and 3.

6:42: Our Kung Fu Panda episode.
11:50: Here’s a USA Today article where Stephen King talks about the change to the ending of The Mist and why he likes it better than his original ending.
23:18: Roger Deakins is a well noted cinematographer who actually also has his own podcast.
24:30: We also talked about this on our Beverly Hills Chihuahua episode, believe it or not.
29:00: Hollywood Reporter has an article talked about Dean DeBlois and his personal touches in the film.
32:00: Read more about both the change in villain but also the controversy around the resultant villain.
35:50: The technology used to make How to Train Your Dragon 2 is pretty well documented.
42:35: This interview is linked in the previous show note for 32:00.
45:38: Never forget George Lucas lying about Jar Jar being based on minstrel shows.
49:42: Here’s an article from with extensive sourcing that outlines the misunderstanding upon which the alpha/beta/omega structure is based on.
1:07:55: Don’t worry, of course I’m going to include some pictures of the How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular for you.
1:09:40: Check out our episode of the Qatsi trilogy.
1:10:22: Listening to this back 6 months later, in a sort of meta sense, I didn’t remember anything about How to Train Your Dragon.
1:11:16: Nope.

Some other miscellaneous sources:
Video on animal influences for both the Nightfury and the Lightfury
Review of HTTYD 3 from The Wrap with some bts information
New York Times behind the scenes article
Dean DeBlois interview with Deadline
Digital Media World talks a lot about the animation process behind the first How to Train Your Dragon movie.



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Fifty Shades of Grey

For some reason I never started this draft beforehand.

Normally I start a draft for each of these episodes to store all my sources in. And for some reason I just… didn’t for this trilogy. I’m not really sure why. I know I had a bunch of links. I know I put them somewhere. Maybe that got lost somewhere along the way idk. Well whatever. It’s Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels.

Masters of the Universe is a He-Man series. Not to be confused with the fanfiction 50 shades is based on, Master of the Universe (singular).
Narrator: He did not end up reading them.
Here’s a short little video where Sam Taylor-Johnson talks about EL James and why she doesn’t return for the future movies.
Persona is a movie from 1966, directed by Swiss American director Ingmar Bergman.
Here you go, The Guardian reported on Niall Leonard writing the screenplay for the 50 shades sequels.
The average age of Hollywood directors is 45, apparently. ~10% of them are over the age of 60.
I actually tried to find this exact statistic and got way more articles about how to get out of an abusive relationship rather than statistics on them, so that was neat.

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The Dark Knight

Yes, we did watch these great masterpieces of cinema history.

So this episode is late because guess what? I went into my little folder, with all of this season recorded, and edited “Episode 4.3”. Seems correct, right? Turns out I had misnumbered the episodes, and so I actually edited episode 4 of this season, that is, the next episode after this (50 Shades of Grey). Anyway, this episode is a week late and it’s obviously worth the wait. It’s Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

10:30: Check out this in-depth look into the the design of Gotham and its Chicagoesque roots and real filming locations.
12:06: Christopher Nolan was interviewed by the Director’s Guild of America, and in that interview, he talks about his preference for practical effects as well as other aspects of the filmmaking process.
15:22: I had a really good source for this but the link is dead now. So you’ll have to make do with this How Stuff Works article.
16:30: Yes, this is a real thing. The first speeding ticket was given for someone going 8 MPH in a 2 MPH zone.
21:09: The pronunciation of Ra’s Al Ghul comes down to whether you prefer the Arabic (Rahz) or Hebrew (Raysh) pronunciations.
22:32: Listen to our Taken episode to hear this snafu in real time.
32:42: Check out our episode on The Predator, or even the original Predator trilogy.
36:06: We actually don’t know any more than when we recorded this because the Flash movie got delayed all to hell. All we know is that Michael Keaton confirmed he was in it.< And we have some set photos.
37:59: Here’s some details on the Batpod and the insane driving skills it required.
43:21: For some reason I decided to joker laugh in the background, dunno why I did this.
57:02: UCSC, a pretty legitimate source, says that Dickens was not paid by the word, and was actaully paid by chapter/installment. Case closed I guess.
58:53: Here, read these Madame Defarge influences for yourself, completely unsourced.
1:05:40: Tom Hardy did an interview with The Vulture where he talked about his inspiration for the voice.
1:09:52: Look I even have an official source to back me up, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
1:12:08: Johnathon Nolan learned physics to write Interstellar. Here, he talks about it with famous physicist that I’ve met Kip Thorne.

Other sources:

Movie Chronicles
The Independent

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua

“Kill me now” – Me, apparently 6 months ago.

Honestly, in hindsight, I have absolutely no reasonable clue as to why we covered this trilogy. Literally none at all. But at some point we decided, hey, let’s sit down and watch Beverly Hills Chihuahua and that’s gonna be a good time. So we did, we say down and we watched the movies, and reader, it was not a good time. It was an acid trip through a land of sheer discrimination and horrifying cgi.

4:30: Here’s some information on 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Prisoner, because it’s interesting. Yeah I just linked Wikipedia. What are you gonna do about it? Also, check out Inevitable: A Classic Sci-Fi Podcast, on which we watched and discussed The Prisoner (1967 and 2009).
8:14: Air Buddies was extremely successful. Here, American Kennel Club talks about it a bit.
10:01: Tippet Studios actually still exists, and has taken on much better projects than Beverly Hills Chihuahua, namely things like The Mandalorian and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
10:16: Here’s an article with some pictures of Heitor Pereira recording the score to Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
11:46: Dalmatians are a notoriously difficult breed to take care of, so it was quite concerning that 101 Dalmatians sparked “dalmatian fever”.
17:11: I couldn’t find this video because every search term I could think of to find it gave me articles and videos about kid celebrities. Great.
31:28: I didn’t actually record the link of the review that I’m pulling this quote from sadly, and I’m probably not going to be able to find it now.
43:00: Here’s that mom blogger who attended a “behind the scenes” even of BHC 3 and asked questions to the dogs.
44:45: If you’ve never heard the story of the “no brown M&M’s”, allow me to enlighten you.
57:03: Amazingly, somebody actually downloaded the pilot to the animated tv show, so here, go watch it for yourself.

Sources and other stuff:
Daily Mail
Movie Insider

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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.

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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