[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
And follow them on Twitter: @warpotoys

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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
And follow them on Twitter: @IAmElementalToy

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Direct download: IAmElemental_Interview.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00 PM

[Drift #22]

We round off our X-Men series with a discussion about Days of Future Past. Further proof that you can have a complex, sci-fi blockbuster which the audience doesn't need to fully understand in order to become one of the highest grossing movies of the year. 

If you haven't yet seen my explanation of the multiple timelines in the X-Men movie chronology check it out on YouTube. "Days of Future Past Explained [X-Men Movie Timeline]"

I've included it at the end at the 01.13.30 mark if you need a refresher going in, though without diagrams it gets even more complicated. I've also followed that up with further questions from Sharon at 01.22.50 to close out the show.

00.03.06: Days of Future Past Review
01.13.30: X-Men Timeline Explained
01.22.50: Some Questions

This is effectively the second installment of a new trilogy starring the young Charles and Erik, also designed to clear the decks for future films without getting bogged down by what has to happen in the future (although it's still in our past and oh I've gone cross-eyed). 

With another brilliant set of performances at its core and the spurious accolade of being the second X-Men movie that doesn't stumble at the ending this is a worthy new step in what appears to be a very much ongoing franchise. 

We'll be back next week with the first of five Planet of the Apes podcasts covering all eight movies. If you haven't yet seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) we recommend you do so first.  In part because you will understand our perspective on all of these films but mainly because it's brilliant and totally worth your time.

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Direct download: 22._X-Men_Days_of__Future_Past.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:54 AM

[Drift #21]

This one kind of came out of nowhere. Since Wolverine hasn't been an enjoyable and compelling lead since 2003 with X-Men 2 it was a surprise for him to suddenly reclaim his onscreen presence a decade later after we'd had a new Spider-Man, two new Hulks and two new Supermen, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America the rise and fall of The Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider and the entire Dark Knight Trilogy.

Wisely avoiding tying this in too heavily with the established X-Men continuity this takes the form of a stand-alone action thriller closer to something like Man on Fire than the average mutant adventure. Logan is grieving his actions in X-Men 3 and mourning the loss of Jean, exiling himself to the Canadian wilderness. He is tracked down and summoned to Japan and the lion's share of the film is a reflective, taut r┼Źnin story, steeped in this distinctive eastern culture, caught part way between the past and the future. Virtually no mutant powers beyond Wolverine himself, a plot filled with intrigue and hidden motivations with multiple serious, more-than-competent characters, several of them female. 

It's arguably the second-best X-Men film, but as is tradition they completely fudge the ending. And I mean REALLY fudge it. Like *tap measured, skillful director James Mangold on the shoulder and replace him with a fornicating baboon* fudged. That's the level of bonkers tone-shift that follows a natural climax point. You know in some parallel realities the Fox executives didn't step in as the greatest enemies of the X-Men series', forever preventing them from achieving true greatness.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:42 AM

[Drift #20]

This time we dive deep into the best X-Men movie and actually one of the very best superhero and comic book movies of all time. 

What started as a Magneto spin-off got combined with a reboot and turned into a flashback/prequel/period piece/James Bond homage/romantic drama/reboot for the series. With all those goals to accomplish it's a wonder it turned out as well as it did. 

It's not without its flaws, but the strengths on display are myriad and powerful. We discuss the shaping of Charles, Erik, Raven and Hank in these vibrant, formative years. 

Next time, the surprisingly not-terrible return of... The Wolverine. 

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Direct download: 20._X-Men_First_Class.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:17 PM

[Drift #19]

I never thought I'd find myself defending this film.

In actuality we're not, we're just saying it's not the worst X-Men movie and stating the few reasons why it's not entirely awful. Don't get us wrong, it's a stinker nonetheless. Tedious action, lame mutants, barely characterized beyond their powers (again), CGI claws that never fail to distract, stupid script riven with plot holes, ruined fan favourites Deadpool and Gambit, balsa wood performances and most of the cast seem like they're having a thoroughly terrible time.

Worst of all this mishandled not one but two key Wolverine stories. Weapon X and Origin, in a way that means there's no point attempting them again, so sour will the taste of this remain. It very nearly killed the already flat-lining X-Men series.

But we're the best we are at what we do and what we do ain't pretty, so we also highlight the few stronger points that make it not quite as complete a failure as everyone remembers. The pinpricks of light in the darkness. Enjoy... Bub. 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:00 AM

[Drift #18]

This is the worst. 

The very worst onscreen incarnation of the X-Men, and not simply because it screwed up the Dark Phoenix saga in a way that will take many years to remedy. 

It is in point of fact abundantly clear on investigation that meddling Fox executives combined with a creative team who seemingly didn't care what occurred onscreen or what state they left the series in once the enforced release date was reached created the perfect Storm to send a potentially accomplished franchise hurtling into the doldrums. It's one of the few movies that actively required erasing from existence to correct the horrendousness that it entailed.

But allow us to elaborate on these points. We promise that even if you disagree with our impassioned rantings that you'll be entertained. 

Next week, the one that's actually a tiny bit better, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:34 AM

[Drift #17]

This is one of the all-time fan-favourite X-Men films, following up on the promise of the slight original with far more detail, exciting action, grander scale and emotional wallop. We give it a ton of credit for its strong points which expand the world and further legitimizes the mutant conflict.

However this movie also contains two of the most series-breaking scenarios at its climax. Everybody was having too much fun at the cinema to notice at the time and nobody ever mentions this, but we're going to... X2 pretty much destroys the characters of both Charles and Erik in a way that is only remedied in First Class eight years later. 

Overall it's still a very strong entry in the series and far above the dregs of The Last Stand and Origins, but there are character and narrative inconsistencies that need to be taken into account.

Next week, it all goes horribly wrong!

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Direct download: 17._X2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:10 AM



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