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Groundhog Day – The Electronic Labyrinth Podcast
Ramis and Murray complete their magnum opus...and them promptly fall out for the rest of their lives. We consider what makes Groundhog Day so special, for better and worse.
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What IS The Best Streaming Service?; and, Film in the Time of Corona - The Evening Glass
In Issue 30 of The Evening Glass, Fletcher Walton is joined by comedy’s Aidan McCaffery to discuss Fletcher's recent extensive analysis of the streaming landscape – which you’ll find here - and Hollywood’s rejigged release slate for 2020 – our original preview of which you’ll find here. Plus, as ever, there’s digressions galore - into the cult of Red Dwarf, the Arnold Schwarzenegger School of Acting, and, surprisingly, Thom Yorke swearing in a fishbowl.
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BASEketball - The Evening Glass
In Issue 29 of the The Evening Glass, Luke and Fletcher return to Luke's DVD A to Z for the first time in a year (a year!) to rewatch effervescent cult comedy BASEketball. Produced, directed and ostensibly written by spoof supremo David Zucker, it's equally a vehicle for its stars ascendant Trey Parker and Matt Stone in, amazingly, their third and, amazingly, last live action outing. Twenty-two years old next month, here in the UK its theatrical release was canceled - I remember reading Empire magazine's preemptive review that summer before the trail went dead for more than a year until it crawled out on video following a dismal performance in US cinemas ($7 million, barely scraping the box office top 150). Its reputation was thus born from Sky Moviemax, late night Channel 4, and rental tapes playing in the background of a hundred Sixth Form house parties.
Canonically consistent with the rise of the Farrelly Brothers, whose There's Something About Mary exploded in cinemas that same summer, and the Weitz Brothers' American Pie, which arrived one year later, BASEketball's bad taste antics unfortunately presaged the decline of its genre, as parody was quickly overwhelmed with gross-out - although, in terms of comedic escalation, perhaps what started with farting cowboys in was always going to end with murder-by-cock-through-the-ear. But we reckon it remains the last good work to emerge from the ZAZ stable and a great vehicle for the sillier side of Parker & Stone.
One Sensational Strike - The Evening Glass
The Evening Glass has long functioned as a clearinghouse of relative topicality for whatever Luke and I happened to like at the flicks or on TV that month. But it's always been our intention to expand into other areas of interest, as soon as we could come up with some witty names. There'll be One Sensational Sound, a repository for discussions of our musical tastes. The literary wing of the burgeoning criticism empire will, naturally, be labelled One Sensational Sentence. And we were all set to launch One Sensational Sprite this spring, but then I beat Luke best-three-out-of-five at Mario Kart and he announced his retirement from Nintendo effective immediately, so that was that.
One moniker we did nail down is One Sensational Strike, a catch-all term granting us the latitude to discuss in the same single stream our loves of football, militant trade unionism, and "Big" Ern McCracken from Kingpin. For our pilot issue - perhaps that should be pre-season friendly? - I'm joined by my old pal Tim Anderson, for a chat about lockdown viewing habits, Disney favourites, top flight football's return to BBC broadcast after three decades away, and Kenny Effing Powers. Enjoy!
90s Comedian - "Parody, but not": The Films of Ben Stiller - The Electronic Labyrinth Podcast
A reluctantly single yuppie accidentally befriends the oddball who installed his cable. An over-the-hill male model is brainwashed into a political assassination. A band of pampered actors marooned in jungle begin to live their roles for real. Through these diverse premises, director Ben Stiller has sculpted accessibly silly Hollywood comedies that at the same time function as densely detailed, slyly subversive satires of a self-involved American culture at media overload. In the second edition of our 90s Comedian series, Luke and Fletcher step into The Electronic Labyrinth to reflect on the first two decades of Stiller's filmmaking, from his early shorts and sketch shows, through the relative success of Reality Bites and relative failure of The Cable Guy, past his now revered cult classic Zoolander, to his magnificent, go-for-broke masterwork, Tropic Thunder.
The Disney Era: A Discussion – Local Trouble Star Wars Podcast
2012 was one hell of a time. Not only did we think the world wouldn't get much worse after the global economic crisis and the rise of international terrorism - but we also allowed ourselves to get excited about a beloved franchise being purchased by a huge corporation.
But, here we are - five movies in, a few TV shows (including a live action one) and a whole lot of fan chatter.
We wanted to allow the dust to settle after the release of 'The Rise of Skywalker' - so this isn't a review of that picture - but more of a discussion over a cold coffee about how we feel about creative filmmaking in the streaming age.
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