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 |