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With the huge amount of content out there in the world at the moment, it can sometimes be daunting to choose a movie or TV show to enjoy from your giant Netflix queues and DVR boxes full to the brim with stuff you don't know if you can trust not to be a heap of muck.

Maybe you only have one chance at a 2 hour chunk of time to watch a film this week. Or you want to get into spending a good few hours with a new TV show or computer game, but you aren't sure if you are making the right choice and you dont want to waste your time!

Why Press Play dig up the gems from the world of moving pictures and discuss them and their merits, or lack thereof! We will watch that 5th Season of that show you thought about watching that one time. We will watch that rare movie that your friend insisted you have to watch ironically. We will play that game and give you the heads up on what to expect should you decide to invest all that time in it!

So join us and the people who brought you Those Conspiracy Guys, for a journey into obscure pop culture, retro TV shows, the good and bad of the big screen and the small, and all the button bashing you can take.

Why Press Play Gordon Rochford

    • TV & Film

With the huge amount of content out there in the world at the moment, it can sometimes be daunting to choose a movie or TV show to enjoy from your giant Netflix queues and DVR boxes full to the brim with stuff you don't know if you can trust not to be a heap of muck.

Maybe you only have one chance at a 2 hour chunk of time to watch a film this week. Or you want to get into spending a good few hours with a new TV show or computer game, but you aren't sure if you are making the right choice and you dont want to waste your time!

Why Press Play dig up the gems from the world of moving pictures and discuss them and their merits, or lack thereof! We will watch that 5th Season of that show you thought about watching that one time. We will watch that rare movie that your friend insisted you have to watch ironically. We will play that game and give you the heads up on what to expect should you decide to invest all that time in it!

So join us and the people who brought you Those Conspiracy Guys, for a journey into obscure pop culture, retro TV shows, the good and bad of the big screen and the small, and all the button bashing you can take.

    Metropolitan (1990)

    Metropolitan (1990)

    On this episode of Why Press Play we dust off the martini glasses and put on our patent leather shoes for a night on the town with the finest New York beaus and debutantes in a weird movie from director Whit Stilman and graciously shown to me by Gareth Stack called Metropolitan from 1990.

    In a nebulous time somewhere between 1950 and 1990 a loosely affiliated group of new rich haute bourgeoise calling themselves a 'Rat Pack' of sorts, are flitting from after-party to after-party in the New York Debutante Ball scene at Christmas time. Its a weird film that showcases the strange and unapproachable personalities of these seemingly disconnected rich kids in their late teens and early twenties.

    It does have its charms however and as the movie opens up from an impenetrable web of political and high art references into a story about what teens want to really talk about, sex and love. The relationships bloom over the Christmas season and when drugs and alcohol are involved it becomes all the more dramatic.

    Yes this is a weird film, but by the end I really liked it and Im sure you will too! Dont chalk it down to be a Christmas movie (technically its the first of the very loose Christmas movie season on WPP) but it does have wonderfully shot scenes in oppulent apartments in the Upper West Side of New York, decor very few of us will see in real life! This was a pick of Gareths and after suspecting a trick was being played on me I was pleasantly surprised.

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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Robocop (1987)

    Robocop (1987)

    On this episode of Why Press Play you must come quietly or there will be... trouble as we get on the bullet train to Detroit and heavily pad the street with our old pal Murphy, looking for crime in all the wrong places and revelling in the realistic special effects and bitingly witty dialog inthe company of filmmaker and raconteur Anthony Downes.

    OCP, a multi national conglomerate has created two new types of law enforcement to quell the rising tide of violent crime sweeping the city in order to make it pallatable for the development of a new futuristic city scape. ED209 an animalistic creation and Robocop a hybrid human brained robot police officer are the offerings.

    After being 'killed' in a gang attack officer Alex Murphy and his beauitful brain are adopted into this program and he becomes Robocop, only to shake his programming and go after the men who killed him in the first place!

    Its a whopper film that, believe it or not, some people havnt seen! I chat about its merits and give alternative choices for some of the more wooden performances with Antony who we talk about Memento with some months ago. A must watch for science fiction fans and you can have something to watch over Thanksgiving, or not, its your move... creep!

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Highlander (1986)

    Highlander (1986)

    On this episode of Why Press Play there can be only one, but you get two; Neil and Gordon Rochford talking about the sword wielding grimy New York action drama Highlander from 1986. Christopher Lambert plays Conor McLeod a Scottish mountain man from over 400 years ago who was blessed (or cursed) with the gift of immortality.

    After being stabbed by The Kurgen on the field of battle he realises he is special and after extensive training from Juan Vilalobos Ramirez (Sean Connery) he is confident enough to survive without losing his head! The movie jumps from past to present with beautiful transitions and tells the long life story of the Highlander in his quest for the prize!

    Gritty city scenes interspersed with flashbacks from Conor's life make for some wonderful eye candy; which may be one of the movies only redeeming feature next to the soundtrack. Queen provided an album worth of a soundtrack and it is amazing to swing a sword to! Neil and I take a jolly jaunt down memory lane for this one and we ask you to join us!

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Coach Carter (2005)

    Coach Carter (2005)

    On this episode of Why Press Play I chat with Claire Fox about one of the most watched movies on her roster (and not on purpose). The 'against all odds' 'balls in the hood' basketball story that sees Samuel L Jackson whip a sass mouthed band of raggle taggle ghetto gobshites into a respectable and well trained high school team that respect hard work and discipline.

    Based on a true story Ken Carter (Jackson) somes back to his old award winning high school basketball team to see if he can impart some of his knowledge on these show boating youths. Using unusual methods and strict punishment he changes the attitudes of at least some of these young lads and helps them prepare for a life of meritocracy and not mediocrity.

    A young cast of b-ballers including a youthful Channing Tatum are excellent here and although the different story lines are a little lacking, the atmosphere of the movie is jubilant and hopeful and will leave a warm tingle in your tummy, so go watch it!

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Super8 (2011)

    Super8 (2011)

    On this episode we talk about the modern classic science-fi mystery action movie Super8. This movie gives us all the good early teen movie feels and drags us back to the simpler cinema era of Spielberg, Donner and Reiner films where a gang of kids can get into some crazy adventure and not be apathetic or disaffected about it!

    This heart warming and bearably schmaltzy film comes from the mind of the man who has all our childhood dreams in his hands these days, JJ Abrams. Arguably his first 'solo' film, he wrote and directed Super8 and made no secret of it being a love letter to the movies of his childhood like E.T., The Goonies and Stand By Me.

    Joining me is Cormac Moore from the Project 10 podcast and we skip down memory lane with Super8. With 80s media leading the streaming media and cinema charge at the moment with IT and Stranger Things, we compare the sentiment of Super8 against some more modern 80s throwback and show you why this is a must watch pre-kitsch 80s theme movie you should definitely watch!

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Idiocracy (2006)

    Idiocracy (2006)

    On this episode we talk about a potential prediction of the future and a movie with a spooky foreshadowing of a crazy US President with time travel, energy drinks and stunted vocabulary its the 2006 cult movie Idiocracy. Directed by Mike Judge, this movie didnt do well in the box office for various reasons, but smashed DVD sales just 6 short months later.

    Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson) is put into cryostasis as part of a US military experiment with hooker Rita (Maya Rudolph) and they both wake up 500 years in the future. The world is a very different place with intelligence being a rare commodity. Joe is tested as is declared the smartest person in the world and is tasked by President Camacho (Terry Crewes) to save the planet from starvation, drought and other potential disaster.

    Tom 'The Bear' OMahony from Buckshot Podcast joins me to chat about this cult classic and we find it has ups and downs but is a thoroughly enjoyable, if juvenile film. The fart and dick jokes are interspersed with some clever commentary on modern convienience living even if the special effect left something to be desired.

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    • 1 hr 25 min

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