Flux Observer is a podcast about how works of art stay the same, and everything else changes. How do evolving context, the passage of years, and changes in our selves, affect our relationships with the films, music, and books that we once thought we knew? Each episode, Adam Wood revisits a piece of culture that has been in his life for 20 or more years, and discusses how his feelings about it have changed over time.
#014 — Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Climbing atop his soapbox, Adam attempts to persuade you — the listener — that Joe Dante’s comedy-horror(?) follow-up to his classic horror-comedy original is… one of the best sequels ever made!?
Editor Adam’s note: somewhat ironically, there was a technical issue during the recording of this episode, which has resulted in poor audio quality throughout. A gremlin is almost certainly to blame. But it is I, dear listener, who apologise.
#013 — The Fugees: The Score (1996)
Adam goes back to the album that served as his introduction to hip-hop, to celebrate the way in which it has deepened for him over time. He also offers an apology to anyone who has sneezed in his presence within the last 25 years.
#012 — Top Gun (1986)
Adam revisits another movie he once owned on VHS, and finds it doesn’t exactly match its reputation. He also probably owes an apology to Tom Selleck, but that’s a different matter.
#011 — Screaming Trees: Dust (1996)
A return to the classic format, as Adam tells the story of how he came to buy his first (and only!?) Screaming Trees album.
#010 / Lacuna #1 — Goodfellas (1990)
Humbled by the burden of his ignorance, Adam goes back to one of the most celebrated films of Martin Scorsese’s career, to watch Goodfellas (1990) for the first time ever!
Will he find an indisputable classic? Why is he so worried about wigs?
#009 — The Lost Boys (1987)
Adam starts this episode off with a lamentable pun, and then later misses the opportunity to make others when talking about the movie’s stakes. He also mixes his Coreys up at one point — see if you can spot it.
At the end, a special annoucement about the plan for episode #010!
A fun podcast about media and art from days gone by - a chance to reconnect with stuff you loved (or loathed, forgot or ignored) from when you were young.