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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.


Show-notes
3:20: Cyborg Anthropology wiki
5:52: Here’s Robocop Archive.
6:55: We have a blog now? Here’s its best post, a guest post.
25:48: The Jurassic Park book came out in 1990 and the movie came out in ’93.

Sources and other stuff:
Robocop 3 video game (Film Stories)
Robocop 3 (Robocop wiki)
10 Remarkable things about Robocop 3 (Den of Geek)
Basil Poledouris (Movie Music UK)
Behind the Scenes of Robocop 2
The Strange Case of Robocop 2 (Birth Movies Death)
Fred Dekker vs. Robocop (Robocop Archive)
Making of Robocop 2 (Robocop Archive)
Failed Prototypes (Robocop Archive)
Creating ED-209 (Robocop Archive)
Making of Robocop
Behind the Scenes of Robocop (Dangerous Minds)
Harryhausen’s Dynamation (The Museum of Unnatural Mystery)
Cain CG in Robocop 2 (Before & Afters)
Suicidal Robots (Syfy Wire)
I don’t even know how to describe this
Robocop 3 review from 1993 (Variety)


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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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Men in Black

You won’t even remember this episode when it’s done.

I tried to dress up like the men in black once. Unfortunately I didn’t have a tailored suit so it looked pretty shitty, you know, but at least I tried. I’m not actually sure if this story is even true anymore because I’m pretty sure I had my mind erased after. So it’s just kind of fragments that I have floating around in my mind that I’m trying to assemble into a coherent story. It’s Men in Black.


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