160 episodes

Super in-depth analysis of movies (and occasionally TV, and video games). Hosted by veteran podcasters Alex & Sharon Shaw with different guests for round-table chats every week.

To get into our hundreds of previous episodes look for the School of Movies Archive and the School of Everything Else Archive. If you can't find a show it will be on one of those.

School of Movies Alex & Sharon Shaw

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Super in-depth analysis of movies (and occasionally TV, and video games). Hosted by veteran podcasters Alex & Sharon Shaw with different guests for round-table chats every week.

To get into our hundreds of previous episodes look for the School of Movies Archive and the School of Everything Else Archive. If you can't find a show it will be on one of those.

    Chrono Trigger

    Chrono Trigger

    [School of Everything Else 2020]
    A game I have a 25-year history with, just starting and stopping over and over like Groundhog Day (as I will detail in the opening of the show) and have now finally concluded my staggered, protracted journey with.
    In the UK during the 90s things were not as richly abundant in terms of readily available JRPGs (again, I'll detail this), so Chrono Trigger was yearned for, but never released in 1995 over here. In fact the first official physical copies on sale on British store shelves were the DS version, 14 years later in 2009.
    But it's one of the most beloved of its type, and on this show (which I had to recruit a couple of experts for, to fill in all those details and secrets) hopefully should go some way to determining why it became such an abiding favourite. 
    And before you ask me to delve into a dozen more fifty-hour JRPGs, take into account that this commission was a VERY special case!
    Guests
    Kevin Veighey
    Alexander Peregrine 
    And many thanks to the commissioners: Kevin Veighey, Alexander Peregrine, Nicholas Kosky, Matthew A Seibert and Brian Legg.

    • 2 hrs 3 min
    Gen:Lock (Season 1)

    Gen:Lock (Season 1)

    [School of Movies 2020]
    It's going to feel like we're teasing you with our cast-in-stone No Anime rule. However, there are various factors at work here. 1. This has an American writing team, so it's closer to Avatar and The Dragon prince. 2. It had a great first episode which we watched to decide whether we could talk about the rest. 3. It has an amazing cast. 4. At 8 quick episodes it's about the length of a long movie, rather than RWBY from the same team, which currently weighs in at 92 episodes and what we watched did not appeal. And 5. it was a commission, and we occasionally bend the rule with those.
    All that said, you are in for a treat here, as the spiritual successor to both Pacific Rim and in a way RoboCop delivers dazzling visual treats with a progressive, inclusive and fun cast of colourful characters. It is absolutely worth checking out. You can either listen to our show first or afterwards. We do detail plot movements but I hope our discussion enriches rather than spoils the process of witnessing them for yourself, because you get some bonus perspective. 
    Well done, Rooster Teeth.
     And many thanks to the commissioner: David Schuttenhelm 

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Vampire's Kiss

    Vampire's Kiss

    [School of Movies 2020]
    After the sexy teen rebels of The Lost Boys we delve into the cutthroat underworld of New York big business and the predatory nature of its ambitious executives, hollow inside and devoid of a soul, trying to fill that emptiness with delusions that their success excuses them from the people they hurt to achieve their power.
    Listen, when you bring in Nicholas Cage and tell him to just go nuts with a role you're paying for spectacle not subtlety. This began as a Quick Review but quickly became one of the funniest shows we've recorded, centring around one of the weirdest performances we've witnessed. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Lost Boys

    The Lost Boys

    [School of Movies 2020]
    I am continuously baffled with the dearth of teenage vampire films. It sounds like a trope, but can you really name that many where the focus was on teenagers becoming vampires as a metaphor for being a teenage outcast, and disconnected with both the world of adults and that of the childhood just left behind?
    Twilight, a bit. Near Dark, kinda? On TV we had The Vampire Diaries. Seriously there's a goldmine here if somebody can get the alchemy right in a way that hits whatever the current teen generation is. 
    Anyway The Lost Boys (1987) wasn't originally intended to be that at all. It was supposed to be about vampire kids, Director Joel Schumacher simply engineered the ages upwards so it could be sexier, and mission accomplished. Our commission season continues with the bloodsucking Brady Bunch. 
    Guests
    Brenden Agnew of Cinapse  @BLCAgnew 
    From Sequentially Yours  Kaoru Negisa  @Moonpanther22 
    and Debbie Morse  @bastet8300 
    And many thanks to the commissioners: Andy Rodriguez, Maya Santandrea and Bradford Yurkiw.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Willow

    Willow

    [School of Movies 2020]
    Our Winter commissions season begins with this cult classic fantasy from 1988. Largely dismissed at the box office, Willow found a home market of kids who grew up wearing out their VHS copies, and will still talk of it today with misty-eyed affection. This was one of those movies that kept me going between the hibernation of Star Wars and the emergence of Lord of the Rings.
    While this is easily passed off as a Hobbit lite or an attempt to siphon Star Wars’ space fantasy into conventional fantasy, what we talk about here are some arresting hidden depths, and how charmingly it manages to pull off its magic trick. Enough to capture the hearts of some fans for life. If you’ve not yet had the pleasure, we recommend the Blu Ray for a Sunday afternoon of feeling like you’re nine again. 
    Guests
    Brenden Agnew of Cinapse  @BLCAgnew 
    Hollywoo Actress  Maya Santandrea @Mayasantandrea 
    From Sequentially Yours  Kaoru Negisa  @Moonpanther22 
    and Debbie Morse  @bastet8300 
    And many thanks to the commissioner, Joel Robinson

    • 2 hrs 53 min
    Jaws

    Jaws

    [School of Movies 2020]
    Throughout this year we will be covering the films of Steven Spielberg in Main Event shows as well as Quick Reviews. And we figured we would start with a bang with a transformative work from 1975 that may not have been the first summer blockbuster, but definitely started the trend of the event movie that everyone goes to see and talks about, one that that grew with Star Wars into what big budget cinema is today.
    However, this creature feature is really, REALLY strong in so many other ways beyond spectacle, and it was an absolute nightmare to film. We brought in a special guest for his first time on our show, and the enthusiasm just bounced off the walls within our recording session. He will definitely be back.
    Guest
    Chris Chipman of The Chipman Bros Tangent @The Chippa

    • 2 hrs 32 min

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Excellent!

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Great geek life

A Great bunch of geek podcasts,no don't share all the opinions, but worth it to disagree with. Start with World War Z, so cool.

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