Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Songs And Christmas Movies (Fa La La La La, La-La La-La.)

Well, here we are at the end of the year once again, and the thoughts of a young 2GC fan turn to festive media.  That, plus visions of chocolate and beer for breakfast dancing in their heads. 

So let's kill three partridges in three pear trees with one stone and reveal the holiday season-themed questions for the next four weeks.  Not a typo, the answers you submit to questions two and three will form the fourth music-based show which will be broadcast exclusively on Radio Six International.  Naturally, because that particular show will be so heavy on copyrighted music, we can't podcast it in its full form, so listening to Radio Six on Christmas Eve will be your only chance to catch it in all its glory.  But here's what we need:

1: OVER/UNDER CHRISTMAS MOVIES
One xmas movie that you feel is over-rated for whatever reason, and one you feel is an under-rated xmas movie. Furrazample, you might pick "Die Hard"; not technically a xmas movie, but a movie set at xmas and one in which the holiday is somewhat important to the plot.

2: FIVE FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONGS
This is part one of the three-week "Ho Ho No Show". Nice and simple, we'd like to know what your five favourite christmas songs are. You can add in why, if you want.

3. THREE CHRISTMAS SONGS YOU HATE
Another easy one for the second part of "The Ho Ho No Show"; three xmas songs you hate, and why. You can be specific about artists if you want, or maybe it's a song in any form. I mean, I pretty much can't stand "The Little Drummer Boy", regardless of who sings it.

Here's how "The Ho Ho No Show" works; Week one, we talk about the songs we all like in the usual show stylee, with a This Week In Stuff. Second week, we'll discuss the songs we hate, in the usual show stylee. What we'll do for the xmas eve show is compile a list of winners, based on number of votes cast. If two people vote to veto a specific song (or if one person vetos it and Paul and I agree unanimously with our two half votes), it's off the list. Two positive votes on a song need three negatives to veto it, and so on. Majority rules.

Feel free to pass this on to your non-subscribing/non-show-listening friends, so we can get their input, too.  Surely passing on the magic of Too Grumpy Critics is the gift that keeps on giving allll year long.  Clark.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

#318 Jedi Addendum

The always fascinating Jedi Jawa joined us for the show this week, to talk about his love for "Twelve Monkeys".  But that wasn't always the plan... as soon as we announced the movie, ol 'Double Jay' sent us a lengthy email about the movie.  We thought it would do his appearance even more justice to show you what he wrote to us, and his unique take on the movie:

"12 Monkeys" was a brilliant movie and Terry Gilliam is a brilliant director in how he set it up. It's very easy to look at "12 Monkeys" as a time travel movie ... but have you ever tried looking at it from Cole's eyes (something that is emphasized quite a bit in the film)? I mean, the film that inspired "12 Monkeys" ("La Jetee") is a time travel film ... but what if "12 Monkeys" wasn't?

Look at Cole. When he first "jumps" in time he is believed to be a paranoid schizophrenic by the past doctors. And who says that he's not? Look at the way that Gilliam set up the scenes and think about them from the eyes of a hallucinating paranoid schizophrenic. I find this easier to do now that I work with so many clients with that affliction and it is striking. Cole goes through the whole movie thinking people are after him and seeing impossible things when he walks through New York ... but what's to say that the things he is seeing are real. He also has a disembodied voice who talks to him through the film and tells him to do things like to pull his teeth out ... we call those "command hallucinations" and schizophrenics hear so many voices that you can just watch them having an internal conversation sometimes while they feel protective about telling you anything about it ... just like Cole. Think too about how fixated that Cole is on certain ideas and principles ... that is another example of a paranoid schizophrenic. The fractured nature of the mind when it is set upon with that condition is evident in the way that the film jumps around and seemingly has continuity errors. They make no sense from the perspective of a 3rd person ... but if you are in Cole's perspective they are just part of his world and people do disappear and you can see yourself in an old photograph. The Cassandra Complex is a huge theme in the film and the scene that really tied that together for me was when Cole sees the street preacher ranting and raving about the future apocalypse ... much like Cole ... except maybe Cole has seen the future and is Cassandra.

Ok, I have to admit I once read an interview where Gilliam said that he intentionally filmed "12 Monkeys" to be taken from both a schizophrenic and a time travelers perspective ... but every time I watch the film I see those aspects now.

The time travel aspect of the film is brilliant. Presumably the thing that keeps Cole so grounded and allows him to remember what happens between the times is the fact that he witnessed his own death as a child ... Cole says he can remember things when other subjects can't and I have to believe that is why ... that it grounds him somehow. I love too the message that you can't really change the past but you can shape it. The scientists aren't trying to prevent the release of the virus (I think that Jose ... like Cole ... is acting on his own when he hands him that old gun that he probably picked up in the past). Rather the scientists are trying to get a sample before it mutates and are using their subjects to zero in on that time (I love how time travel is so inexact ... just as it would be if we trusted AT&T to do it ... fewest dropped time jumps of any network). Thus, while Cole thinks that he can prevent the release of the virus that isn't the goal of his handlers ... perhaps because of a paradox issue that is never discussed in the film but always exists in the back of the mind for any time traveler movie. Hence Cole's actions lead to his own death ... the very thing that makes him such a good time traveler? And we seemingly see confirmation of Cole's success by seeing one of the future scientists make it through time to the point they have been trying to target so that the virus can be studied ... meaning that the scientist is also sacrificing herself much like they sacrificed Cole.

This is certainly a film that needs repeated viewings and I think that I've managed to nail down most of the odd stuff that happens to tie it to a time line. One scene that I still find odd is when Cole disappears and we hear the radio saying that they found the body of his past doctor (Kathryn) strangled and mutilated in a trunk. Was this a red herring or an alternate time line? I'm sure that someone can come up with an explanation but I haven't. As for Brad Pitt's character ... as much as I admire Bruce Willis and his ability to play Cole as a half crazed time traveler ... Brad Pitt just steals the show ... and I think that he's mostly a "MacGuffin" or a plot element that keeps the focus of the attention of the audience to distract them from other things or to keep their interest ... in the end his plot line is also a red herring. This was a common element of Hitchcock films which feature prominently in "12 Monkeys".

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Friday, November 26, 2010

#318 - Too Grumpy Movie Club: "Twelve Monkeys"

 

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0:00:00 - Paul's on the posh drinks, but Spike donates his update to his niece, who has just turned legal. To drink, you filthy buggers.

0:05:33 - John Carpenter's first film "Dark Star" kicks off Paul's Week In Stuff, followed by a shockingly mostly positive perspective on "Disney's A Christmas Carol, TM", and a warm and fuzzy family movie in the shape of "That Evening Sun".

0:20:55 - Spike's varied Week In Stuff goes from wizards ("Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows") to blizards ("Avatar: The Last Airbender") to hazards ("Bloody Sunday")

29:19 - Terry Gilliam's "Twelve Monkeys" is the most recent inductee to the Too Grumpy Movie Club, and P&S are joined by lawblogger and former president of the eUnited States Jedi Jawa, for a scholarly response to the film.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

This Week: Too Grumpy Movie Club - "12 Monkeys"

This week's Too Grumpy Movie Club choice brings us past 1985 for the first time, with Terry Gilliam's "Twelve Monkeys".  Here's what the Eyeam Dibee says about it:

An unknown and lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035, and is forced to live underground. A convict (James Cole) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic (who he's told was spread by a mysterious "Army of the Twelve Monkeys") and locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years earlier than expected, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly, a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines, the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert.

So, grab a copy where you can and let us know what you thought.  If you're any sort of real movie fan, you'll have it already.  But sometimes discrepancies happen, and we're willing to overlook that for the moment.  So, track it down with Netflix (drink!) or LoveFilm if you're in the UK, pop down to your local 'Ye Olde Videotape Rental Shoppe' or find it through perfectly legal means, and let us know what you thought of it.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

#317 - The Very Model Of A Modern Film Director Guy

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0:00:00 - Yes! It's the Too Grumpy Crew Morning Crew! HONK! HONK! A quick drinks update, a beginners' lesson on British peerages and an introduction to this week's guest - Spike's sister Jij, also known as Pumpkin Spider.

0:03:54 - A "slow and boring" Week In Stuff for Paul, featuring the second half of "Die Hard" and - wait for it - the "Dungeons And Dragons" cartoon. Really. Meeehhhh. And Godzoooooo-keeeee.

0:08:40 - On Jij's travels, she took in some "Salt", which she gives "meh" pew-pew-pews out of ten. High marks for "Dispicable Me", though, in spite of its stars. Jij sets Paul some homework, at least three episodes of the Disney Channel's excellent "Phineas and Ferb". This leads on to a discussion about why (Dr. William H.) Bill Cosby (junior) is in the credits to "Little Bill", why "Sesame Street" sped up instead of slowing down, and a clown reading erotic literature to kids. Oh, and that word they can't use? "Twadger".

0:22:53 - It took a quarter century for Spike to track down the banned-in-Britain, so-called video nasty "Driller Killer". But, did he fall in love with it...?

0:28:49 - Thanks to show guest AllClick who suggested this week's topic: a favourite director AND the best example of their work. Not necessarily their best movie, or most loved movie or most successful movie, but the movie that really sums up their style and technique.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

This Week's Question: A Favourite Director And The Best Example Of Their Work.

Thanks to show guest AllClick who suggested this week's topic: a favourite director AND the best example of their work.  Not necessarily their best movie, or most loved movie or most successful movie, but the movie that really sums up their style and technique.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

#316 - Time Travel Movies

 

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0:00:00 - Oh dear. Is IT expert Paul a traitorous bastard when it comes to returning to the dark side? Spike hasn't, but Hotmail's in-show shenanigans when it comes to the simple task of LOADING A FREAKING EMAIL might be the final nail in the coffin...

 

 

0:07:50 - Not a busy Week In Stuff for Paul, but he's been super impressed with huge bitrate DVDs of Genesis albums "Duke" and "Selling England By The Pound", remastered into 5.1 DTS. Wooo! Fancy!! Segmental entertainment for the Paulster, taking in two and a half movies; "Die Hard", "Time After Time", and "Twelve Monkeys", which just so happens to be the next pick for the Too Grumpy Movie Club in two weeks' time - details below.

Incidentally; Ade Gregg, the ludicrously talented 78 restorer Spike was talking about, can be found here.  You should send him job offers, copious amounts of appreciative cash and/or stacks of 78s that need some love. NOW.

0:29:10 - Spike's been getting his horror on with the comedy show "Psychoville", from the makers of 'The League Of Gentlemen'.

0:40:26 - And so, to the question. Inspired by Paul's recent enjoyage of "Back To The Future" on Bluray, we wanted to know what your favourite time travel movies were - or, at least, movies where the plot relied on time travel in some aspect.

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

This Week's Question: Your Favourite Time Travel Movies?

Inspired by Paul's recent enjoyage of the "Back To The Future" trilogy on Bluray, and in recognition of it being the time of year to turn the clocks back, this week we want to know what your favourite time travel movies are, or movies where time travel features in some way. And no, we won't mock you if you can put together a rational defence of "Time After Time".  Although.... good luck with that.

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Friday, November 05, 2010

#315 - Political Movies

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0:00:00 - Stupid names aside, there's a not-a-drinks-update regarding Paul's margarita mix. Spike is missing the essential ingredient, "plinketty plonk". Paul is sheepishly holding up Kentucky's alcoholic output, although that may change after the results of the election.

0:03:25 - By the description in Paul's Week In Stuff, it sounds like the "Back To The Future" Bluray boxset might be a good reason to upgrade from the DVDs. Shame about ZZ Top, though. Paul's yearly tradition of watching the original "Halloween" rounds out his week in Bluray, and finds out what film-making technique links John Carpenter to former Too Grumpy Movie Club pick "After Hours". Also, the long-awaited answer to that historical conundrum is finally made public via a viewing of "Agora", which is, of course; "did Greek mathematical scholar Hypatia have a nice backside?"

0:23:43 - In addition to Spike's Week In Stuff, we get a history lesson on The Titanic and the DeLorean, which were both built in Northern Ireland. Garry Shandling got much kudos for his deconstructionist sit-com... but did George Burns and Gracie Allen do it first, thirty years previously? On top of that, Rod Serling got much kudos for "The Twilight Zone"... but did "Tales Of Tomorrow" do it first, ten years previously?

0:36:29 - There's almost no time to get through the vast slew of correspondence regarding this week's question: what is your favourite movie about politics, or about a politician? Some great - and surprising - responses from the fantastically diverse audience.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

This Week's Question: What Are Your Favourite Political Movies?

With politics in the air, we thought we'd let that flavour our discussion this week.  So, what we want to know is, what is your favourite movie about politics (or politicians)?  Is it JFK?  Bullworth?  That one with Tim Robbins?  Let us know via these open ports:

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