It’s a special episode this time around because we have our first guest host here on the podcast, long time listener Charlie! Our amazing threesome of epicness reviews the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Scott pilgrim is based on the comic book series by Bryan Lee O’Malley directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera. The story follows twenty something hipster Scott and his quest to get with the girl of his dreams named Ramona. Along the way, he will have to defeat her seven evil exes, win a battle of the bands, and grow up. The film is a weird mish-mash of reality and video games. Bad guys turn to coins after they die, amazon.com uses the inter dimensional highway located within people’s dreams to deliver packages, and Macaulay Culkin’s brother Kieran Kyle Culkin is the best actor in the film. Yeah, the film is THAT weird.
Thanks again Charlie for recording this episode with us!
Tinman is a 2007 Syfy Miniseries directed by Nick Willing. It is loosley based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz book series. Very loosely.
The miniseries has great production values, intriguing writing, and most of the cast are talented. Zooey Deschanel gives an odd almost autistic portrayal of the main character D.J. I’m not sure if she was directed that way or if it’s just Zooey Deschanel being Zooey Deschanel. The rest of the cast is fantastic, particularly Neal McDonough and Kathleen Robertson.
The world building rivals a Hollywood film. Everything in the world, from the steampunk technology to the rare glimpse of magic fits well into the world. The technology, politics, history, etc of the O.Z. is well thought out and has its own internal logic. The world feels like it could really work.
The miniseries updates the world of the O.Z (pronounced ‘Oh Zee’) without disrespecting the original. There are a lot of homages to the original books and films some obvious, some not. You can tell there’s a real reverence to the source material.
The miniseries is easy to obtain. It’s often on Netflix Instant Watch in the U.S. and readily available on blu ray and DVD in most countries. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
This was meant to come out in October, but since it took me so long to make the website you’re getting it now. The Addams Family is about family though and Thanksgiving is about family (well in the U.S. at least) so that sort of fits right? Maybe?
The Addams Family is a 1991 film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld that’s loosely based on the 1960s television series and on Charles Addams Original comics. The Addams Family is a group of macabre, gothic, and possibly nigh invulnerable family who enjoy such wholesome pastimes as sword fighting, knife throwing, torturing their siblings, keeping lions as pets, and reveling in the forces of darkness. In this adaption, Uncle Fester shows up on their doorstep with amnesia after having disappeared for decades. Only, he thinks he’s not Uncle Fester but a guy named Gordon whose going to con them out of their fortune. It’s kind of like the plot of Anastasia only you know, evil.
The Addams Family holds up really well to this day and the whole franchise in general is still awesome as far as we’re concerned. You can watch several episodes legally on youtube here. The original series is also all available on Netflix as of this recording. The movies themselves (The Addams Family and its sequel The Addams Family Values) can be easily obtained usually in a fairly cheap combo pack.
On a random note, during this episode Melanie was wondering if the boy who played the human version of Casper (which also starred Christina Ricci) grew up to be a hot man.
Devon Sawa. Hot dude.
During the podcast she was unable to find a picture, but I was able to find one now. And the answer is yes, he DID grow to be a hot man. lol.
Next Episode: Sleepy Hollow. A request by Monica G and also it makes this an unintentional month of Christina Ricci on the Fantasy Movie Podcast.
So we tried to record and upload our Groundhog Day episode on actual Groundhog Day, but well… epic fail on our part. At least, we made it to the same month.
Movie Synopsis: Bill Murray plays a cynical weatherman named Phil who is tasked with covering the Groundhog Day festival in Punxatawney PA. Everything seems normal at first. He covers the festival and has to stay in the town for an extra day due to a freak snow storm. However, he wakes up the next day and its… Groundhog Day again. He goes to sleep the next night and its… groundhog day again. The day is repeating itself over and over and over and only Phil can tell.
This is Bill Murray’s best role, in my opinion. He gives some depth and character to a role that much have been quite challenging due to the flow of time in the movie (movies are usually filmed out of order). This is a classic that everyone should see more than once. It ironically stands up to multiple viewings quite well. If you haven’t seen this, shame on you! Seriously, where have you been? Not knowing about this movie means you have a hole in your soul and you never even realized it!
Today’s episode was requested by Monica G who wanted ‘something by Tim Burton’. So not only are we giving you today’s episode Beetlejuice, we’re giving you The Corpse Bride as the next episode! A whole month of Tim Burton!
Beetlejuice is a 1988 comedy/horror film by the infamous Tim Burton. It tells the story of a young married couple who die and are stuck haunting their former home. Yuppies buy their house, the ghost couple want them out, and wackyness ensues! There’s also a creepy and disgusting pedophile Micheal Keaton who wants to marry a super emo teenaged Winoa Ryder.
This is one of our shorter episodes, but eh, sometimes you don’t know if a movie will make a great podcast until you try.
We’re kicking it old school today by discussing the 90s anime Ranma 1/2.
Ranma 1/2 is a martial arts comedy about marital artists who fell into magical springs that turn them into different things when cold water hits them. For instance, the main character Ranma fell into the spring of drowned girl and now turns into a girl when hit with cold water. So we get things like high flying martial arts fights between a red haired girl, a blind duck, and one badass little piggy… all in the name of love.
I’m not sure why we used to like Ranma 1/2 so much. It’s a fun enough series, but it’s really repetitive and the animation quality has not aged well at all. Heck, we even used to wrote fanfics for some unknown reason.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and The Sighs of Haruhi Suzumiya are two seasons of anime about a japanese highschool girl named Haruhi Suzumiya. Haruhi yearns to be special and stand out amongst the crowd. On the first day of school, she declares that she’s not interested in normal humans and asks that any time travelers, espers, and aliens come see her so that they can hang out.
If you haven’t figured it out already, Haruhi is a weirdo.
Unbeknowst to her, Haruhi’s highschool already has time travelers, espers, and aliens. And not only that, but she may be more special then all of them combined.
In fact, Haruhi may be God.
I hope everyone hasn’t left us after the long hiatus. I made this episode nice and long to make up for it. It’s full of enthusiasm, maybe too much. I got rather excited talking about this topic and often times drowned out Melanie. My bad. There shouldn’t be any more long delays. I have several episodes already recorded including a request for Howl’s Moving Castle, and a Ranma 1/2 episode.
To make up for the missed week last month, I’m releasing this episode a week early. The next episode will come two weeks from this one.
Prepare yourself for a ninja explosion of epic proportions as we review the 1990 live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie!
Actually, I feel like we short changed this movie. Prior to recording, I felt like we could wring a lot more discussion out of it. Oddly enough, for a movie with guys in rubber turtle costumes doing martial arts, it’s surprisingly straight forward. The plot more or less boils down to – bad ninjas show up and bring down Americas youth, good turtle ninjas come and stop them, and pizza is awesome.
It’s still a really enjoyable movie though, and has held up quite well over the years. Many of the jokes are still funny, the practical special effects have aged well, and the choreography is top notch.
In this episode, we also learn a new and interesting way to use a blow-dryer.
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By special request from Emmy Kay, this week we’re reviewing the 1984 fantasy film The Neverending Story.
The Neverending Story is about a young boy named Sabastian who steals finds a fantasy book called the Neverending Story. The book majorily breaks the fourth wall and starts to talk to him as if its real. Which means that you are listening to a podcast about a movie about a kid who doesn’t know he’s in a movie who reads a book about another kid who doesn’t know he’s in a book.
But whose listening to YOU dear listener?
DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN.
There’s no little intro skit this week, because Melanie is gone and not answering my emails. I think it’s safe to assume she’s joined a technophobic cult that believes in becoming one with the land and venerating the radish. I had heard her say many times “To eat radishes is to be close to god”. Little did I know how far reaching her beliefs were. She shall be missed.
Skulduggery Pleasant is a Young Adult Fantasy series by Derek Landy that so far consists of the books, The Scepter of the Ancients, Playing with Fire, and The Faceless Ones. The premise is that a twelve year old girl named Stephanie Edgely is saved one day by a talking skeleton detective. That day she discovers that magic is in fact real. However, unlike most people upon having their world view turned upside down her response isn’t ‘Waaaah I want my life to be normal again!’
No, her response is, ‘CAN YOU TEACH ME TO THROW FIREBALLS WITH MY MIND?!’
Well, that’s her response after she passes out. No one’s perfect.
Skulduggery Pleasant is one of the best book series I have ever read. I sincerely hope that it’s able to one day rise to Harry Potter level of fame. It more than deserves it, and is a beacon of light to anyone who yearns to read about a heroine who kicks butt and doesn’t appear to have an emo bone in her body.
This episode is meant for those who already know and love the series. We discuss and analyze the plot of the first three books and theorize on the plot of future books. So please, come back to this episode after you have read the books. Otherwise, you’ll be cheating yourself out of one amazing ride.
If you haven’t read the books already, you must check them out.