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For Your Consideration Episode 17: Troll 2 (1990)

It was never our intention to include Troll 2 as part of the show but we decided for this, our 17th episode, we would revisit a joke we made in our very first episode. It ended up being a really good show and surprised me with how serious we actually took our commentary of the movie. Not that we got all elitist film critic or anything, but we also did just lampoon everything about it. Also, it spawned an audio commentary which I will be reblogging here a bit later, which is cool.

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Troll2FYC is very pleased to bring you a brand-new episode featuring the film you were probably least expecting to see, 1990’s cult-classic horror, Troll 2. That’s right. We were just as surprised as you to find ourselves sitting down and putting Claudio Fragasso’s visionary tale of druids, ghosts, and vegetarian goblins under the ol’ FYC hotlamps but we really wanted to pay off a throwaway joke we made in our very first episode and this is the result. Oh, and don’t judge a podcast by its self-deprecating description because you just might be surprised by what Dustin and Mike actually have to say about the best worst movie ever!

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For Your Consideration Episode 16: Brazil (1985)

Another episode I thought turned out quite well. The film is one I’ve been waiting a while to get to and we’ve more or less settled on a format that we like for the show. The discussions are looser, more interesting, and I’m less precious about content. At this point I’ve started editing more liberally to keep things tighter and more on point. I think for the better.

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This week on FYC, your intrepid hosts get their 27b/6 forms in order and pay a visit to the wonderful dystopian bureaucracy of Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film, Brazil. Currently positioned at #54 on the BFI Greatest British Films of All-Time list, Mike and Dustin are keen to do a little interrogation of the movie and retrieve what information they can for their commentary to determine if Brazil is indeed a masterpiece or a museum piece.

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For Your Information: James Cameron’s ALIENS Was Released 30 Years Ago Today

A personal remembrance of my first viewing experience of James Cameron’s Aliens on its 30th anniversary.

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30 years ago today James Cameron unleashed his action/thriller masterpiece, Aliens, upon the world and, unbeknownst to him, on an unsuspecting 13 year-old kid from the sticks. This is his story.

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Plot Details For S.C.O.O.B. Have Been Released

Upon the release of Warner Bros. production details for the new movie, S.C.O.O.B., I wrote down some of my thoughts.

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Last week, and to everyone’s surprise, Warner Bros. released the plot summary for their 2018 film, S.C.O.O.B. The film, which is being written by Matt Lieberman and directed by Tony Cervone, is to be the first of several films Warner wants to make based off of the Hanna-Barbera stable of characters. Through this, they also hope to create a shared H-B film universe, much like Marvel Studios has cultivated and like Universal Studios is planning with their Universal Monsters characters.

The summary is as follows:

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For Your Consideration Episode 15: Platoon (1986)

I like the breezy, conversational style that we capture with this episode. Admittedly, the earlier episodes of the show do have a more rigid, structured feel to them, but with last week’s show (The 39 Steps) and this one, I think we’re definitely into the second stage of the shows evolution. Also, it’s just a generally decent conversation about the film, Platoon.


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For Your Consideration Episode 14: The 39 Steps (1935)

Another episode of the podcast that I’m really happy with. I feel like my co-host, Dustin, and I have really started to find out rhythm and things are tightening up. I also like how our discussion about the Hitchcock thriller, The 39 Steps, went. It was the first time seeing the film for me and it was a fun episode to put together overall. Continue reading “For Your Consideration Episode 14: The 39 Steps (1935)”

Consider This: Valkyrie (2008)

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I recently watched Valkyrie for the first time and I was surprised to hear that, upon its release in 2008, it was not at all received well by critics or theatre-goers. Most of them complained about Cruise and the accents or just said that they found it a bland thriller  that suffered from a lack of tension since we all knew Hitler survives the assassination attempt only to kill himself a year later. Having no knowledge/recollection of this attitude towards the movie I went into it thinking only of how the friends I have who had seen it had all spoken well of it. I went into the experience looking forward to seeing a powerful ensemble cast and just hoping I would get a solid World War II thriller out of it.

I believe this is exactly what I got, and maybe a bit more.

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For Your Consideration Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Audio Commentary)

This weekend I had two events sort of dovetail into each other: I saw Captain America: Civil War and circumstances outside of my control left me without a new episode of my podcast, FYC, to release. Rather than simply ignore the latter, I decided to combine it with the former and set about recording an audio commentary for its predecessor, and my favourite Marvel film, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Continue reading “For Your Consideration Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Audio Commentary)”

A Conversation with Paul Chadwick

In May of 2003 I launched a series of conversations with creators involved in the Star Wars line of books being published by Dark Horse Comics. Star Wars Saturdays at Silver Bullet Comicbooks featured such talents as Haden Blackman, John Ostrander & Jan Duursema, and the subject of this interview, Paul Chadwick. Continue reading “A Conversation with Paul Chadwick”

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