The Force Fed Sci-Fi Movie Podcast discusses and reviews a variety of science fiction movies and films! We talk about sci-fi films that are old, new, and iconic. Some of the topics for each movie we discuss are film themes, characters, music score, and more! Join us weekly as we take you on adventures that include an in-depth look and discussion of some of your favorite sci-fi films!
Godzilla vs Kong
This time, we’re taking a bite sized look at the Monster Verse’s latest offering in Godzilla vs Kong and along the way we ask what was the point of Mecha Godzilla, why is Hollow Earth now so important to the plot and where does the Monster Verse go from here? Let’s dive in….
Cast & Crew
• Directed by Adam Wingard: He had previously horror films such as You’re Next, Blair Witch and the Netflix adaptation of Death Note. He was announced as the director of this film in 2017 prior to the release of Godzila: King of the Monsters. While the director of that film, Michael Dougherty, did not direct this film, he did help to develop the story and even receives a credit for his work.
• Starring Alexander Skarsgard as Dr. Nathan Lind: The eldest son of legendary actor Stellan Skarsgard, Alexander has managed to find himself in compelling yet entertaining films for the past decade beginning with Battleship and The Legend of Tarzan as well as shows like True Blood and The Stand
o Rebecca Hall as Dr. Ilene Andrews: She rose to prominence following appearances in films like The Prestige, The Town and Iron Man 3 and really helps to round out the cast
o Brian Tyree Henry as Bernie Hayes: Henry is approaching superstar status as he has appeared in films like Child’s Play, Widows, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Joker. He is set to star in the MCU’s latest ensemble film The Eternals as he’s slated to portray the first gay superhero in that film series
• Also Starring:
o Shun Oguri as Ren Serizawa
o Eiza Gonzalez as Maia Simmons
o Julian Dennison as Josh Valentine
o Lance Reddick as Guillerman (Most of his scenes ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor)
o Demian Bichir as Walter Simmons
• Reprising their roles from King of the Monsters
o Kyle Chandler as Dr. Mark Russell
o Millie Bobby Brown as Madison Russell
o Zhang Ziyi was also set to reprise her role but her role was cut out of the film during editing
The Creation of the Monster Verse
It seems that creating film universes is the newest trend and while it’s not advised to come at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Monster Verse has done a good job of holding their own in terms of the critical reception and box office returns. The Monster Verse wasn’t originally envisioned to become the franchise it eventually became, the reboot of Godzilla directed by Gareth Edwards in 2014 was released to major box office numbers as well as some of the most positive reception for a film that year.
During that same year, Legendary Pictures had announced they had acquired the rights to the Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah characters as well as the film rights to King Kong. Following the success of Godzilla and the acquisitions of its adversaries, it seemed inevitable that we would eventually see the two Titans clash on screen. Kong did receive a sort of reboot for that franchise in 2017 as Kong: Skull Island was released to similar fanfare that accompanied Godzilla.
Godzilla vs Kong was originally announced in October 2015 for a 2020 release which gave Legendary Pictures plenty of time to build their universe with the only other release being Godzilla: King of the Monsters during that time. Legendary also released Pacific Rim: Uprising but this film is not considered to be part of the Monster Vers...
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Zack Snyder's Justice League Film Review
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
This time, we’re taking a special look at Zach Snyder’s Justice League and along the way we ask, could Ben Affleck have been the best onscreen Batman, exactly how much of the film is in slow motion and is there a future for the DC Extended Universe? Let’s dive in…
Cast & Crew
Directed by Zack Snyder: After previously directed Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Snyder took on the humongous task of putting his touch on the DC Extended Universe by directing Justice League. However, during production, Snyder’s daughter, Autumn, committed suicide and Snyder along with his wife and producer, Deborah, left the film and Joss Whedon was hired to take over the director duties. Whedon would ultimately wind up rewriting the majority of the film and reshooting close to 80% of the material Snyder had previously shot for the film.
The cast from the Whedon Cut of Justice League remained unchanged but here’s a quick rundown:
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman
Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash
Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg
Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman
Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf
Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth
J.K. Simmons as Commission Jim Gordon
Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone
There are also some newer additions in keeping with the continuity of the previous films:
Willem Dafoe as Vulko
Jared Leto as The Joker
Harry Lennix as Calvin Swanwick/The Martian Manhunter
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor
Joe Mangianello as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke
These two actors had previously appeared in the original Justice League but their scene was completely reworked for the new edition
Aftermath of the Justice League
Following the release of Justice League in 2017; the film became a massive critical and commercial flop due to Whedon’s rewrites, reshoots and bloated budget of nearly 300 million. Estimates vary on the budget but Warner Brothers had projected that the film had to make over $675 million for the film to become profitable. However, due in part to the critical reception and the lack of major marketing (40% on Rotten Tomatoes and 45% on Metacritic), Justice League only managed to gross $658 million and ultimately cost Warner Brothers $60 million.
Due to Justice League flopping, it put the future of the DC Extended Universe in jeopardy even with the success of films like Wonder Woman, Shazam, Aquaman and Joker bolstering the concept of the shared universe of DC heroes. Even actors in the film expressed disappointment such as Ciaran Hinds who publicly decried his character’s depiction in the film noting it was drastically different from what was originally imagined. Other actors like Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa also expressed their disappointment in Whedon’s decisions in his new cut.
Almost immediately following the bomb of Justice League, a fan movement was born on social media and could summed up with a simple hashtag, #ReleasetheSnyderCut and took off from there.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Film Review
Avengers: Age of Ultron
This time, we take a look at the techno God complex blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron and along the way we ask, was this the last true standalone film in the MCU, how could ten seconds on the Internet make you want to destroy the world and how does Tony Stark make artificial intelligence look so easy? Let’s dive in….
CAST & CREW
* Written and directed by Joss Whedon: Following the success of The Avengers in 2012, Disney and MCU architect Kevin Feige, immediately hired Whedon to write and direct the sequel for the series. Whedon drew inspiration from The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part II when constructing the screenplay and character arcs
* The majority of the cast from the first film return to reprise their roles from the previous film including:
* Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man
* Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
* Chris Hemsworth as Thor
* Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
* Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
* Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
* Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
* Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
* Paul Bettany as JARVIS/Vision
* Several familiar faces return to the MCU to reprise their roles from previous films as well as many newcomers:
* Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine
* Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
* Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver
* Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
* James Spader as Ultron
* Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue
Creating Age of Ultron and the Unused Ideas
As Whedon was essentially given carte blanche to do with the plot as he saw fit, several ideas were concocted for the film but would wind up being unused. These ideas included:
* Introducing Captain Marvel but this was shot down by Kevin Feige after concluding that it would be too early to introduce the character. She was later given her introduction in 2019’s Captain Marvel
* Introducing the Maximoff twins caused speculation as to whether or not mutants would be introduced in the MCU but at the time of production, the X-Men and the rights to the characters in that series belonged to 20th Century Fox which had not yet been acquired by Disney. Given the studio’s acquisition of the now named 20th Century Films, it’s likely we will be seeing the mutants and their respective characters arrive in the MCU in the next several years.
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Forcefedscifi News Update!!
It's one of your co-host Sean Michael checking in to let you guys know that we are adding 2 new "bite-sized" episodes (as Chris likes to say). So, in the next few weeks look forward to us reviewing 2021's Justice League and Godzilla Vs Kong.
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This time, we take a look at the body horror isolationist classic The Thing and along the way we ask what’s the deal with Kurt Russell’s hat, what kind of research happened at Outpost 31 and was this movie spoiled right from the beginning? Let’s dive in….
Cast & Crew
* Directed by John Carpenter: Prior to directing The Thing, he had directed Halloween, The Fog and Escape from New York and had previously passed on the chance to direct this film but the opportunity came back around after directors Tobe Hooper and John Landis passed on the project.
* Starring Kurt Russell as MacReady: Russell and Carpenter previously collaborated on a television film Elvis as well as Carpenter’s action cult classic Escape from New York. Russell was about 10 years into restarting his film career after an injury derailed his burgeoning baseball career
* Keith David as Childs: This was one of David’s first major film roles after having become a prominent stage actor. He’s since gone to have starred in other films like They Live, Platoon and and Mrs. Smith as well as several voiceover roles in video games like Halo and the Mass Effect series
* Wilford Brimley as Blair
* K. Carter as Nauls
* David Clennon as Palmer
* Also Starring
* Richard Dysart as Dr. Copper
* Charles Hallahan as Norris
* Peter Maloney as Bennings
* Richard Masur as Clark
* Donald Moffat as Garry
* Joel Polis as Fuchs
* Thomas Waites as Windows
* Before these actors were cast, many other actors were considered for these roles including Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte, Sam Shepard, Brian Dennehy, Kris Kristofferson, Ed Harris, Tom Berenger, Scott Glen, Fred Ward, Peter Coyote, Powers Boothe, Lee Van Cleef, Jerry Orbach, Isaac Hayes and Ernie Hudson
Rob Bottin’s Legendary Creature Effects
Universal had originally set the budget for The Thing at $10 million but this was increased following Carpenter’s suggestion as well as storyboards for the visual and creature effects that were to be created by artist Rob Bottin. Carpenter took to Bottin’s designs so well that he was able to influence the story as well as the actor’s rehearsals.
His suggestion that the Thing would retain a little piece of what it had previously assimilated and would be seen in future creatures. He also contributed the idea that whoever was taken over would not be aware that they are the Thing until it would start to reveal itself in a large group setting.
Bottin worked so much on the film that he ended having to be hospitalized at different points in production for exhaustion, double pneumonia and bleeding ulcers. He also never took a day off for over a year and lived on the Universal backlot.
Bottin was only 21 years old at the time and had previously worked on a horror film titled The Howling and due to his hospitalizations,
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