Wednesday, June 22, 2016

093: Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) - TESTIFY!

Wait...wasn't there a scene like this in Little Shop?


In this episode:
  • The second installment of our Summer Musical Series!
  • We discuss the 2008 adaptation of Repo! The Genetic Opera, including the cast, the plot, the music, and how it all churns into something that's both a mess and yet undeniably something we enjoy the hell out of.
  • This is a flawed film, but there’s a lot to love in here.
  • Comparing the needs of musical theater to the needs of film in terms of pacing and shit.
  • The third act is really where the seams begin to show in this flick.
  • This film is unabashedly for itself, which is definitely something to be respected.
  • Next time: Evil Dead: The Musical!
  • The Devil’s Carnival is unfortunately not on Netflix.
  • From Fio: Referring to something like Linkin Park imbuing in you a “deep vein of metal” might get some people calling us out on our metal credentials, haha. ...That's fair. Direct any complaints directly to me. - Ian
  • Luigi's line is actually "I will shoot you in the FACE!" My mistake.
  • More from Fio:
    • Would you say that they needed to explain the use of Zydrate in a way that’s quick, and clean, and pure? Booooo. - Ian
    • Going back to talking about Infected, some of the lines in that are pretty awesome. Especially “Do you hear me, mother? Thanks for the disease.” I just really fucking love that line, hahaha.
    • “Daddy’s girl’s a fucking monster” is also an amazing line, by the by.
  • "This is My Design" - Ian Doherty | SoundCloud | Bandcamp |
  • "Zydrate Anatomy" - Repo! The Genetic Opera Soundtrack | YouTube | Amazon |
  • "Legal Assassin" - Repo! The Genetic Opera Soundtrack | YouTube | Amazon |
  • "Infected" - Repo! The Genetic Opera Soundtrack | YouTube | Amazon |
  • "At the Opera Tonight" - Repo! The Genetic Opera Soundtrack | YouTube | Amazon

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    092: Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - A Surprisingly Low Frequency of Plant Puns

    Sometimes, when people set out to make nightmare fuel...they absolutely succeed.


    In this episode:
    • The first episode in our Summer Musical Series!
    • We discuss the classic Alan Menken/Howard Ashman musical Little Shop of Horrors and its movie adaptation, including the original black-and-white movie, the stage musical, and the many strong points and flaws of the 1986 Frank Oz movie.
    • We get a bit into the broad tonal inconsistency that shows up in the film.
    • We talk a bit about the prevalence of improvisation, specifically in the comedy genre, and the sort of slapdash energy that the movie has.
    • Little Shop of Horrors as an oddly indelible part of the cultural landscape
    • The dutch angles and other interesting film choices in the case of Little Shop
      • Also the unique monster design of Audrey II, something you don’t see a lot of in horror films, though that could just be due to a lack of really cool plant monsters.
    • The danger of breaking the dream is much greater in the world of musicals than it is in other narratives.
    • The interesting stylistic choice of putting the general tone of the lyrics at odds with more traditional 50s musical styles.
    • Our actually interesting and worthwhile discussion of story vs presentation
      • That wasn’t sarcasm, by the way, I actually really dig this conversation. - Fio
    • Here's our official schedule for the Summer Musical Series:
      • Little Shop of Horrors: June 9th
      • Repo! The Genetic Opera: June 23rd
      • Evil Dead: The Musical: July 7th
      • Sweeney Todd: July 21st
      • Rocky Horror Picture Show: August 4th
    • We initially had some issues getting the episode uploaded, so keep an eye on our social media (Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook) for podcast updates in case there's a delay or rescheduling.
    • Also, Ian's going to try to livetweet his rewatches of each musical movie, so keep an eye on those same places and his personal twitter (@idoherty451) to find out when that will be!
    • I'm just realizing that maybe the reason I (Ian) like "Suppertime" so much is because it sounds particularly Pink Floyd-y.
    • Notes from Fio:
      • The use of the doo-wop singers as a greek chorus is an interesting choice
      • Man, weird last-minute Hunger Games aside out of nowhere
    • "This is My Design" - Ian Doherty | SoundCloud | Bandcamp |
    • "Prologue (Little Shop of Horrors)" - Little Shop Of Horrors (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | YouTube | Amazon
    • "Suppertime" - Little Shop Of Horrors (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | YouTube | Amazon |

      Friday, April 29, 2016

      091: Penny Dreadful Seasons 1 & 2 - Sexy Werewolves

      SPOILERS FOR PENNY DREADFUL SEASONS 1 & 2 (and minor spoilers for Season 3).

      In this episode:
      • In anticipation of the new season, we discuss the first two seasons of Showtime's Gothic horror series Penny Dreadful, including the overall style of the show, the characters, the cast, and yes, werewolves, potentially of the sexy variety.
      • We (read: Ian) can't escape talking about this show without comparing it to a variety of other media, including NBC's Dracula, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Walking Dead, and yes, Hannibal, among others.
      • How unrelenting bleakness can become wearying
        • I think we should also clarify that this isn’t a blanket critique of all bleak narratives. I think we’re just inundated with them at the moment. There’s also a very troubling association in pop culture at the moment of bleakness with maturity, as though any story without a bleak philosophy is somehow childish, which I think is more what we’re criticizing here.
      • The snails return. The Snailening
      • Novel class returns. The Novelening. The Robertsoning.
      • We start digging into the way narratives that are attempting to tell different types of stories can show us two wildly different facets of a character with each interpretation being an equally valid expression of the character.
      • Just as an aside: We're approaching our 100th episode! We have ideas planned out for the next few episodes, but is there anything in particular you'd want to see/hear us do for the 100th episode? Let us know in the comments below or through one of our various forms of contact on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook
      • Holy crap, we didn't even talk about how much I (Ian) love the music on this show. In particular: Dido's Lament ("When I am laid in earth") from Dido and Aeneas is my favorite aria I learned about in college, and THEY USED IT.
      • Highlights from Fio's notes:
        • I’m honestly curious how many times we reference Hannibal in episodes that are, like, explicitly not about Hannibal.
        • In the Era of Dystopian Future Literature and Apocalyptic Stuff should be a book of essays.
        • “I wouldn’t advise them,” so fucking magnanimous, Fio, of course the Penny Dreadful writing staff listens to this podcast.
        • At this point in the podcast I go silent because I’m looking up 40 Days and 40 Nights because I can’t remember if Shannyn Sossamon is in it or not. She is, by the way.
        • “I’m positive, actually” *proceeds to be wrong* “Fuck. Fuck me.”

      Thursday, March 31, 2016

      090: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) - My Sociopathic Exterior


      In this episode:
      • We discuss Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, including excellent performances from the entire cast, the pacing, the cinematography, the music, and you guuuiiiisssse we kind of gush about this movie, it's pretty great.
      • Debut horror looking rill good this year
      • Pacing and the place of the long take in modern film
      • How the fourth act makes things fall apart a little, but we can’t help but enjoy it
      • What exactly was Michelle’s plan once she got to Houston?
      • Bear McCreary’s soundtrack and how Ian expected it to be weirder
      • Links:
      • Sorry this isn't about The Witch! Blame car troubles.
      • There were some really weird volume issues in this episode, and I did my best to correct them, but please let me know if there are any parts where it's really difficult to hear what I'm saying or the background noise is really distracting.

      Wednesday, February 24, 2016

      089: The X-Files Season 10 - Why, Chris Carter, Why

      Ooooo, i c wut u did thar, show.

      SPOILERS FOR THE X-FILES SEASON 10 & 4x02 "HOME." Mild spoilers for the Gravity Falls finale.

      In this episode:
      • We discuss all six episodes of The X-Files Season 10, including the good, the bad, and the "Babylon."
      • We talk about the tricky narrative territory that X-Files occupies somewhere at the intersection of Sci-Fi, Horror, and occasionally Fantasy.
      • How Clueless Is Chris Carter? We’re taking bets on that one.
      • The breathtakingly bewildering decision to try and cover everything they had to say this season in six episodes.
      • If anyone can get us into the writers’ room for the X-Files, please give us a call.
      • Next time: Fio and Ian give their thoughts on The Witch (2015)!
      • Links:

        Sunday, January 24, 2016

        088: IT'S COMING! 2016! *hides*

        Mild spoilers for Insidious (2010) and The Conjuring (2013).

        In this episode:
        • We discuss horror movies, TV, and video games coming up in 2016.
        VIDEO GAMES:
        • We recorded this on the 12th, so there are plenty of things that have been announced since then that we didn't cover on this episode. Apologies for the delay.
        • Rose Byrne played the mother in Insidious, not Vera Farmiga. Again--these movies.
        • Although--let us apologize for dropping some serious shade on Insidious and The Conjuring during this cast.
          • From Fio: It’s not that I can’t tell Insidious and The Conjuring apart when watching them, it’s that when I think about them, I can’t remember which scenes are part of which movie.
          • Corroborative evidence: This is the Insidious scene I (Ian) was talking about, but boy, did I recall it wrong.
        • Skype did actually record the beginning of the podcast, despite my belief that it hadn't, so that's what you're hearing in the outtakes at the end. 
        • More from Fio:
          • How did I not mention 1989 classic Warlock when we were talking about witch movies?
          • I’m going to apologize to our listeners for my lack of Phantasm expertise, but to be fair you kinda put me on the spot there, Ian. Hahaha.
          • Can we get back to releasing cool horror flicks around all hallows? That would be nice.
          • Natalie Dormer also plays her sister in that flick (The Forest), and from that sounds of it that’s the reason she took the job. Interviews make it sound like she was just checking something off a list where she plays against herself.
          • Sam Neill totally plays Damien in the 3rd Omen movie.

        Thursday, December 10, 2015

        087: Hyper-Intelligent Shrews

         In this episode:
        • We discuss writing horror, including our past experiences with it and what we've learned while writing it.
        • A lot of it ends up being more about writing in general.
        • We reminisce about previous stories and our early years of writing.
        • And we inevitably tangent.
        • A lot.
        • The Eban Schletter podcast I mentioned: Fantastical Musicorium
        • It's Cold in this House on AMoT Podcast
        • In case this is our last podcast this year, happy holidays, and look for a new episode in the New Year!
        • Apologies for the lateness on this episode. We had trouble getting our schedule to work out with a guest, and then they ended up not being able to do it, but by the time we figured that out, it was Thanksgiving, and...yeah, you get the idea. 
        • "This is My Design" - Ian Doherty | SoundCloud | Bandcamp |
        • "A Change of Heart (Sloppy WIP Version)" - Ian Doherty