Once a month, The Screamcast's Sean Duregger discusses a Science Fiction film with a special guest host.
The Mortal Engines Of The Congress
On the first Xenopod of 2019, Sean is joined by Aaron Neuwirth (@AaronPS4) to discuss MORTAL ENGINES (2018) and the criminally under-seen live action/animation hybrid THE CONGRESS (2013).
Watching Skies (Star Wars, Spielberg And Us)
Author Mark O’Connell joins me to discuss his new book Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg and Us. We cover our journey through Science Fiction via the lens of kids growing up in the ’80s obsessed with Star Wars, Indiana Jones and action figures. We also discuss the impact filmmakers like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg had on modern cinema.
About Watching Skies
Mark O’Connell didn’t want to be Luke Skywalker. He wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. And he would have done it had his parents had better pine furniture and a condo in California.
Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman didn’t just change cinema – they made lasting highways into our childhoods, toy boxes and video stores like never before.
In Watching Skies, O’Connell pilots a gilded X-Wing flight through that shared universe of bedroom remakes of Return of the Jedi, close encounters with Christopher Reeve, sticker album swaps, the trauma of losing an entire Star Wars figure collection and honeymooning on Amity Island.
From the author of Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Watching Skies is a timely hologram from all our memory systems. It is about how George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, a shark, two motherships, some gremlins, ghostbusters and a man of steel jumped a whole generation to hyperspace*.
*Action figures sold separately.
Buy on Amazon!
About Mark O’Connell
Mark O’Connell is a writer, author and cultural pundit peddler. As a comedy writer he has written for a range of actors, directors and performers, sketch shows, sitcom projects, stand-up acts, promos, online shorts and the legendary Ronnie Corbett. His writing has featured on the BBC, Channel Four, Five, various Edinburgh Fringe productions and film festivals. He has worked with comedy legends Jon Plowman, John Sullivan, Paul Mendelson, and Jonathan Harvey (who Mark featured alongside in a BBC3 documentary, THE LAST LAUGH).
Fire In The Sky
After far too long of a hiatus, scheduling mishaps and sick kids, Xenopod is back! The brilliant, the lovely and the badass Anya Stanley (@BookishPlinko ) joins me to discuss FIRE IN THE SKY (1993).
Fire In The Sky is available on DVD on Amazon and Streaming in HD via Vudu.
Truckers In Spaaaaace!
Zach Long (@LightIsFading), founder of Scriptophobic (@Scriptophobics ) drops by to discuss Stuart Gordon’s PG-13 Sci-fi opus SPACE TRUCKERS!
SPACE TRUCKERS is out now on a Region B locked Blu-ray available from Second Sight Films.
Through The Maze With Wes Ball
The Maze Runner Trilogy is well worth your time. This week I sit down with director Wes Ball as we discuss all three films and how ingenuity, determination and one short film launched his career as a respected Science Fiction director.
Check out Wes Ball’s short films:
A Work In Progress
On the third episode of XENOPOD, Tom Nix of the upcoming podcast Wrestling Is Everything joins Sean to discuss Sci-fi Kid flicks! 1990’s SPACED INVADERS and Joe Dante’s underrated EXPLORERS (1985).
The song “Quark” by Khovatic was used in the show intro. Please check out Khovatic at khovatic.bandcamp.com.
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Your Monthly Dose of Sci-Fi
Sean C. Duregger is one of my favorite podcasters out there. His passion for genre cinema is infectious and has led to many discoveries that are now amongst my favorite films.
When I heard he was embarking on an unparalleled science fiction podcast adventure, I knew the results would be extraordinary. If you’re looking for interesting conversation, insightful trivia and just to spread the love of sci-fi cinema in general, then look no further!
I can’t wait to see what new gems Sean and his guests uncover and for XENOPOD to go where no podcast has ever gone before!!
The guest was amazing.