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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.

School of Movie‪s‬ Alex & Sharon Shaw

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 120 Ratings

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.

    Kung Fu Hustle

    Kung Fu Hustle

    [School of Movies 2021]
    This is a commissioned show by Alex Vargas and Joe G. Stephen Chow's cartoonishly absurd, occasionally brutal, breathtakingly elegant and frequently side-splitting opera of kung fu. 
    Back in the 1940s Shanghai The Axe Gang rule the streets, massacring those who stand in their way (with axes). One day a pair of inept conmen come calling at Pigsty Alley and try to grift slim pickings from the locals, only to find, (along with the Axe Gang) that they are guarded by martial arts masters.
    What follows is a war between plucky heroes and rotten villains, and some of the most stunning and hilarious fights you will ever see.
    Guest:
    Victoria Luna B. Grieve: @VixenVVitch 

    • 2 hrs 9 min
    Grease

    Grease

    [School of Movies 2021]
    The Commissions Season continues with this classic, sponsored by Matthew A Seibert. It's a film made in 1978, set in 1958 meant for adults who were teens in that time period, now being watched more than 40 years later in 2021 by the children of those adults who grew up watching it and are now themselves adults. So this is going to be a kaleidoscope of shifting perspectives. 
    The premise is simple, a sweet-natured Australian girl meets a sweet guy at the beach in Chicago. Then when she later turns up in his high school he acts like a different person in front of his male buddies. The girl throws her lot in with an indimidating gaggle of punky ladies, and the two groups sniff around one another, preparing for the horrors of real life after they graduate. 
    It's a world where adults barely feature and teenagers clash, excitably, make fun of one another, and are sexually interested. This was made at a time when that sort of alchemy was new and thrilling, rather than a dead cert. Amid the peer pressure and societal expectations heaped upon these panicking hormonal kids (all played convincingly by adults) there's also a bunch of incredibly memorable and abiding songs.
    Guests:
    From Sequentially Yours  Kaoru Negisa  @Moonpanther22
    and Debbie Morse  @bastet8300

    • 2 hrs 11 min
    -Ali-

    -Ali-

    [School of Movies 2021]
    This is our 700th Podcast. I began in April of 2007, and through four generations of my show, myself and then Sharon have covered a hell of a lot of media. Fittingly, this episode is one of the very greatest. 
    On the twentieth anniversary of the 2001 Michael-Mann-directed biopic of maybe the greatest sportsman who ever lived, we finally go up against Ali in the ring. It's not just a fantastic film, this account of the real life events that took place between his fight with Sonny Liston in 1964 spanning all the way to the Rumble in the Jungle with Foreman in Zaire, '74 changed the way I saw the world.
    It did so, decades ago, drawing my attention sharply to the African-American experience, and the injustices it exposes in the heart of America. This informed upon the way I think, the way I speak, and it has definitely informed on how I write. It's also the performance of Will Smith's life (in case you needed any more excuses to track it down). Sharon and I move through the events, people and decisions that effected this flawed, infuriating, dazzling, inspiring man, and how he reacted to them, in a manner that transcended the limitations heaped upon him. 
    The two accompanying films we also suggest as further viewing afterwards are 'The Greatest' (1977) and 'When We Were Kings' (1996).

    • 1 hr 26 min
    The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

    The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

    [School of Movies 2021]
    This is a commissioned show by Kevin Veighy, who specifically wanted to make a kind gesture towards his friends and all of our listeners in the LGBTQ community. And what began as a desire to extend a sympathetic hand turned into something rather special, and a landmark episode.
    I haven't been entirely sure about this movie for several years. I know I loved it when I saw it in the 90s (make sure you listen to the end for my story on that), but I also know that there are troublesome elements that are less cool by the standards of the 2020s.
    Fortunately, we had the extremely enthusiastic Victoria Grieve, who always makes our show better, and provided a hell of a lot of perspective on the trans narrative.
    I am not the least bit sorry for all of my attempts at the Australian accent! I regret nothing!
    Stonespring Maidens is now available to buy from Amazon in paperback.
    Guest:
    Victoria Luna B. Grieve: @VixenVVitch 

    • 2 hrs 21 min
    Bill & Ted Face the Music

    Bill & Ted Face the Music

    [School of Movies 2021]
    The trilogy of Time, Space and The Afterlife culminates in the best one yet. And while we've had loads of folks express delight with the first two episodes as they grew in complexity, this one is really special.
    There's a sizzling energy to our discussions as things get very meta and concerned with generational responsibility, and the music that flows throughout is some of my favourite editing in a long career of talking about movies, games, books and TV.
    I would say you must see this film to avoid us spoiling it, but it can't be spoiled. I would then say you must see this movie, because you should.   
    Tweet us @SchoolofMovies
    Guests:
    Rachel Schenk @IAMRachelQuirky from Screen Snark and
    Scott Thomas @OGScottieT from And the Winner Is
    BOTH also from The Infinity Podcast
    Jesse Ferguson @TheDapperDM
    from the Recorded Tomorrow Podcast

    • 2 hrs 6 min
    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    [School of Movies 2021]
    We got some real love for our Excellent Adventure show. It seems like you folks were responding to the pure joy threaded throughout, so let's see what we can do for the black sheep of the B&T Trilogy. This sequel turned up just two years after the first, having been hastily greenlit when executives got dollar signs in their eyes and saw franchise potential.
    The writers began with a re-tread of the original, where the duo went through great works of literature and dragged out the characters for yet another school report. Then when they got to Moses and company from religious texts, it was decided this should get more metaphysical. So it became "Bill & Ted Go to Hell" and the rest of the film was written around how that could have happened. Who killed them? Why a pair of evil, robot doubles from the future! 
    It did not delight audiences. But as we delve deeper than even Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson could have predicted we would like to present to you, some of the reasons why this movie is actually not Bogus at all.
    Tweet us @SchoolofMovies with what you think about Station. 
    Guests:
    Rachel Schenk @IAMRachelQuirky 
    from Screen Snark and
    Scott Thomas @OGScottieT 
    from And the Winner Is
    BOTH also from The Infinity Podcast 
    Jesse Ferguson @TheDapperDM 
    from the Recorded Tomorrow Podcast

    • 2 hrs 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

Archipelago man ,

Great

Literally just discovered this and after few episodes I’m hooked. Insightful and entertaining.
Thank you.
🍒🍒🍒

Brucey 87 ,

Grating

My mother always told me ‘if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing’ so all I say us I total agree with the host on ‘We Hate Movies’ it is an awesome and far superior podcast.

jam1138 ,

Good reviews but a little joyless

Having listened to Alex Shaw since the Digital Cowboys days his analysis are always well researched but for me the shows have become stale over time. The guests are usually fantastic and offer a lot of great insight and the shows are always a great length. The shows are good but there are never any differing opinions, everyone seems to have to agree about everything which leaves the shows feeling a little bland for me. Throw in the obligatory impressions, LOTR music in the background and multiple book mentions in every show and every show is much the same. They really do seem like a good bunch and no doubt il dabble every few months to see if the format gets any fresher but it’s definitely not worth a weekly listen for me.

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