[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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:45 AM

[Drift #28]

This is the tenth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe podcasts.

We talk at length about the transition from obscure Marvel comic to breakout success, how the characters differ across the mediums taking many detours into the depiction of female and black characters in comic book movies, the inspired soundtrack, the hilarious, often touching performances, the detail-filled worlds and of course the vibrant, fun-filled rollicking space adventure now finally earning recognition. 

This is also the first of a trilogy of unrelated movie reviews all celebrating some of the best aspects of the human spirit. Next week it's The Lego Movie, followed by The Iron Giant, which also makes this a Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel appreciation trio. This is because episode 30 is my 400th podcast (give or take a few dozen, Digital Cowboys ran for 209 episodes and Digital Gonzo for 161). 

Joining Sharon and I are Jerome McIntosh of the GameBurst podcast, Mike Hearn from the webcomic Walter the Wicked, from the Digital Drift community Rose Lynn and longtime Guardians comic fan Doctor Lorin Grieve. James Batchelor also makes a special guest appearance as The Henchman Agent, returning from his stint on the James Bond and Batman podcasts. 

Each has an epic running time. The discussion for all three went super-in depth for what might be perceived as kids movies by anyone who doesn't listen to this show, and while we kept things clean for the other two it does get dark for Guardians at times so be aware of that going in. We brought in multiple voices across the board for a broader range of perspectives and experience and I've gone all out on the music and clips. 

Listen out for my suggestions for Awesome Mix Vol. 2. A Marvel No-Prize to anyone who can give us the complete track listing for these hypothetical, thematically consistent tracks on the forum. 

There are various readings from 'We Are Groot: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Celebrates Heroes With Authentic Psychological Deficits' written for Comics Alliance by by Dr. Andrea Letamendi

http://comicsalliance.com/guardians-galaxy-psychology-analyisis-trauma/

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:26 PM

[Drift #27]

We conclude the Planet of the Apes series for now with the 2014 follow up to Rise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Continuing the story of Caesar and his new tribe of intelligent, simian compatriots we rejoin earth ten years after the close of the last picture, a quiet, overgrown world of dilapidated buildings being reclaimed by nature, separated pockets of humanity scrabbling to survive and one group of apes living in peaceful seclusion in the woods close to San Francisco.

We accompany you on a journey through discovery and loss, betrayal and loyalty, and actions led by hope and fear. In doing so we take in some truly stunning performances in what constitutes a triumphant thematic remake of the worst of the previous films; Battle for the Planet of the Apes. This is how that should have been done and we're both so very glad people have taken to this series. 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:33 PM

[Drift #26]

Ten years after the Burton version surfaced, spluttered and sank this one came out of absolutely nowhere, surprising everyone. Set up as an alternate prequel to the premise of the original 1968 Planet of the Apes, this movie answered the question of "How could this actually happen?". In marketing terms it serves as a reboot, beginning its own new series which has now branched off from the original five movies into its own circular arc. 

One thing I found while editing this show together was that I didn't have many clips I could use. This is, as I came to realise, because this movie is a masterpiece of visual storytelling. Everything you need to know is conveyed far better in terms of what you're looking at, both in terms of its ape and human stars.

Director Rupert Wyatt is at the top of his game here, James Franco and John Lithgow pull off rarely valued, powerful performances and of course Andy Serkis takes center stage embodying one of the finest collaborations between performer and digital artists the world has ever seen. Caesar, the chimpanzee, capable of a subtlety and gravity of presence that most actors never achieve. 

Next week, we continue Caesar's story in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. After that it's Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Move and The Iron Giant. Then we begin the Transformers series.

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Direct download: 26._Rise_of_the_Planet_of_the_Apes.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:55 AM

[Drift #25]

2001: Planet of the Apes

Some 28 years after the original quintet closed out, and after over a decade in development limbo being passed from writer to director like a hot potato, crossing the paths of some of the most significant of Hollywood players the reboot/remake/reimagining of the original 1968 Planet of the Apes was ultimately rushed to the screen with Tim Burton at the helm and the kind of slapdash, thrown-together approach that stifles overall vision and creative freedom. 

And so begins a podcast-long rant about the constant meddling backstage during development, the nonsensical story, the erratic pacing, the occasionally rather excellent casting and  prosthetic makeup and most of all the appallingly tepid play-acting nonentity that is Mark Wahlberg. This bozo has darkened our screens long enough and I'm hoping this podcast sways public opinion enough that his inexplicable popularity falters and he has to eke out his remaining years doing breakdancing movies and straight to video frat comedies that I was going to ignore anyway. He can be the angry sports coach who wants to crack down on the slackers.

Next week the one that surprised everybody and began the new ongoing series, taking the premise seriously and giving the world some of its finest performance capture creations; Rise of the Planet of the Apes. 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:15 PM

[Drift #24]

1971: Escape from the Planet of the Apes
1972: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
1973: Battle for the Planet of the Apes

The remaining three movies from the original series of five get the Drift treatment. Again we went in having never seen any of them and reviewed them immediately following our first watch. So our emotions are raw and reactions pretty strong. 

Escape turned out to be a 70s flavoured political thriller, not unlike a small scale Winter Soldier which we watched around the same time. It also had the most heart of the five. Conquest is a film that Rise ended up being patterned after, with a harsh undercurrent of slavery and revolution at its core and a hastily rewritten ending. Then the series went from a place of strength to wobbly, embarrassing, confused, and laughably mismanaged as it farted out of existence with Battle for the Planet of the Apes, which bears the unmistakable signs of the crazy mutants of the rushed second movie; Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall remain the standout stars of these three and what they manage with the basic ape masks is genuinely impressive. Hopefully our disgust at Battle won't dissuade some of you from digging into Ape history with the others.  

Next week we return to the movie that ruined Alex's 21st birthday to see if it's still as awful as we remember. Tim Burton's re-imagining of the original Planet of the Apes.

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Direct download: 24._Escape_Conquest__Battle_for_the_Planet_of_the_Apes.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:49 AM

[Drift #23]

1968: Planet of the Apes

1970: Beneath the Planet of the Apes

For newcomers to the series, all eight movies of which will be reviewed over the coming weeks here is a brief breakdown of events. 

1. Universe A: The first five Planet of the Apes movies spanning the period between 1968 and 1973. Planet of the Apes / Beneath the Planet of the Apes / Escape from the Planet of the Apes / Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes. You can also include the short-lived live action TV show, comics and animated series in this period (although we won't be reviewing these that doesn't mean you guys can't talk about them at length on the forum).

2. Universe B: The 2001 Tim Burton directed re-imagining of the original movie.

3. Universe C: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This originally started out as both a reboot and an alternate prequel to the original movie (as well as loose remakes of Conquest and Battle for the Planet of the Apes) but has now clearly branched into its own universe where events played out differently to the history laid down in the initial quintet of movies. 

This first podcast covers the first two movies, Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes. We recommend that all listeners at the very least see this first one for its historical significance and most of all, track down Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the 2011 movie that came out of nowhere and surprised everyone by not being terrible and in fact being truly excellent. 

But for these first ones send your mind back in time to the late sixties to a time when men were men, teenagers were hippies, war was a very immediate topic, women were saying scary things about equality and civil rights were being challenged left, right and center. We were experimental in our approach, having only ever seen the first of the original five before and reviewing each movie in turn after viewing for the first time. That way you get our immediate reactions. We pull no punches and judge the film as far as it holds up today, before moving onto its grotty, rushed and unintentionally hilarious sequel.

Next week, things take an unexpected upturn as films 3 and 4 turn out to be really rather good... however there's the matter of film 5. After that it's Tim Burton's contribution followed by Rise and then Dawn for a total of five shows.

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Direct download: 23._Planet_of_the_Apes_-_Beneath_the_Planet_of_the_Apes.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:46 AM

[Action Figure Resource]

Amazing Heroes is a new line of action figures produced via Kickstarter by FreshMonkeyFiction. They represent a combination of Golden Age comic book heroes from the 1940s as well as short-lived but much-loved '60s hero Captain Action, all rendered in an early '80s Kenner and Mattel vintage superhero action figure style. By and large these guys have never been rendered in plastic before so this is a unique opportunity to see some superheroes who rarely get spoken about see their crime-fighting days relived.

In this interview Alex talks with FreshMonkeyFiction's Bill Murphy about what combination of elements inspired this project, his love of this era of comic books, we take a look at these colourful characters and since this Kickstarter is still underway what's on the agenda in the interim days of reaching that $30 grand target. 

The funding drive ends 26th of August 2014 so since this is the first interview we've conducted where there is something that can be actively and immediately supported we recommend you head on over and check out the Kickstarter rewards being offered to generous backers.

You can find out more by going to: www.kickstarter.com/projects/549582372/amazing-heroes-retro-style-super-hero-action-figur
The Main Website for FreshMonkeyFiction: www.freshmonkeyfiction.com
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Direct download: Amazing_Heroes_Interview.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00 PM

[Action Figure Resource]

Legends of Cthulhu is a new line of action figures produced via Kickstarter by Warpo. Their remit is based on "Method Manufacture" whereby they choose a point in history that these figures would have been released in (in this case 1979-81) and impose the limitations on themselves concurrent with manufacturers of the time in order to make the figures look, feel and hopefully smell as authentic as possible.

This series is based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft and are an uncanny representation with how a company like LJN, Mattel or Kenner would have interpreted the baleful majesty of his writing to create four iconic figures: The Professor, The Cultist, The Deep One and Cthulhu Spawn.

In this interview Alex talks with Warpo's Bryan Katzel about what inspired this project, about Method Manufacture, actually getting to work with some of the creators that crafted our toys way back in the day, the hugely successful Kickstarter ($131,814 from a $60,000 goal) and where they will be heading in the future once these figures hit shelves in December 2014. 

You can find out more by going to www.warpo.com
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Direct download: Legends_of_Cthulhu_Interview.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00 PM

[Action Figure Resource]

IAmElemental is a new line of action figures produced via Kickstarter by New York-based Dawn Nadeau and Julie Kerwin. Most female action figures seem to be vastly outnumbered by their male counterparts as well as aimed at adult males with precious few really available for girls or boys. 

This first series focuses on an empowering depiction of female heroes with a more physically accurate body shape and focus on a balance of different personality aspects that embody courage. They are Bravery, Energy, Honesty, Industry, Enthusiasm, Persistence and Fear. Kids are encouraged to craft their own stories around them rather than being fed the standard goodies versus baddies shtick. 

In this interview Alex talks with Dawn about what inspired this project, the thinking behind it, the hugely successful Kickstarter ($162,906 from a $35,000 goal) and where they will be heading in the future once these figures hit shelves in December 2014. 

You can find out more by going to www.iamelemental.com
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Direct download: IAmElemental_Interview.mp3
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