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Spocklight At the Movies 14: Death Wish 3 (w/ Daryl & Jeanette from Sudden Double Deep)

Spocklight At the Movies 14: Death Wish 3 (w/ Daryl & Jeanette from Sudden Double Deep)

January 15, 2020

New York... a city pushed to the edge. People pushed to the limit. And no one's got the guts to stop them… apart from Spocklight at the Movies! This episode, we’re covering ‘Death Wish 3’ (Star Trek connection: Marina Sirtis) with Daryl and Jeanette from smashing film podcast, Sudden Double Deep.

 

Liam decries the gleefully sadistic Death Wish 2, gets nostalgic for the videostore era, wonders how 64-year-old Charles Bronson's punches somehow rivals Superman's and chats up our recent trip to actually SEE Marina Sirtis in the brilliant play, Dark Sublime.

 

Matt is delighted with sightings of a young Alex Winter and a ridiculous plunger wielding punk, can't help but compare the main villain to Gob Bluth and discusses some of the many problematic details surrounding Sirtis' role as 'Maria'

 

And guests Daryl and Jeanette provide their expert knowledge on the history of Canon Films, wince at the iffy white saviour tropes, ill-conceived rape scene and depictions of extreme class warfare... and mostly try to work out where all the money was spent.

 

Join us as we collectively lose our shit and get ever more hysterical at this borderline parody of a movie, complete with cartoonish kills, western-style shootouts, deadly Home Alone traps and the funniest explosion in film history then head straight over to the Sudden Double Deep feed to hear Liam and Matt guesting on their ‘Kingdom of the Spiders’ episode starring William Shatner himself.

 

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Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

Spocklight At the Movies 13: Star Wars The Force Awakens (w/ Derek Arnold)

Spocklight At the Movies 13: Star Wars The Force Awakens (w/ Derek Arnold)

January 6, 2020

Star Wars Puppeteer, Derek Arnold, beams up to discuss his work on The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, Solo and The Rise of Skywalker, as well as joining the Spocklight crew for an in-depth analysis of Episode VII itself.

 

Hear Derek’s very personal take on the film and the Star Wars franchise itself as he regales us with behind the scenes stories of bringing the Luggabeast, the Thala Siren, Vober Dand, the Nightwatcher Worm and many more to life.

 

 

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Spocklight At the Movies 12: Christmas Eve

Spocklight At the Movies 12: Christmas Eve

December 23, 2019

In the second ever Spocklight Christmas Special, we go to desperate measures to bring you Trek-based festive content, by covering ‘Christmas Eve’ starring Sir Patrick Stewart.

 

Liam dives into the formidable trend of faith based cinema, tries his best to stick up for the magnetic screen presence of Sir Patrick and gushes about he and Matt’s shared love for The Killers Christmas singles

 

Paul admits his admiration for two of the worst/best characters in the movie, is stunned by the hugely pervy, creepo photographer character and is forced to drop a never before seen (if not-so-surprising) final star rating

 

While Matt talks the sudden rise of recent cheesy Christmas movies given free reign by streaming services and is left confused by the wildest post-credits scene ever.

 

Put your feet baby (and listen to our latest episode), it’s Christmas Time!

 

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Episode 31: The Motion Picture 40th Anniversary Special

Episode 31: The Motion Picture 40th Anniversary Special

December 7, 2019

Liam, Matt and Paul return to the beginning of the Spocklight adventure for the 40th anniversary of ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ as we dive into the 2001 Director’s edition of the film to find out, once and for all, if there truly is no comparison.

 

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Episode 30: The Next Generation Revisited (w/ Alex Petrovic & Joe Foster from This Thing On?)

Episode 30: The Next Generation Revisited (w/ Alex Petrovic & Joe Foster from This Thing On?)

November 30, 2019

We’re joined by Trek newbies, Alex Petrovic and Joe Foster from awesome comedy podcast, ‘This Thing On?’, as we revisit Star Trek: The Next Generation with Liam, Matt and Paul picking an episode each to showcase the appeal of TNG.

 

We’ll be discussing the episodes (episode numbers as per Netflix):

 

Sins of the Father (Season 3, Episode 17)

The Drumhead (Season 4, Episode 21)

The Inner Light (Season 5, Episode 25)

 

Hear us talk VCR board games, a fat-shaming Nursemaid, the continuing political relevance of The Drumhead, whether Worf should have picked someone a bit harder than Picard for his cha’DIch and the history between those two characters, while Alex relates being a Romulan spy to playing for Nottingham Forest football club and tells us of his fateful meeting with Sir Patrick Stewart himself.

 

The cha’DIch will be silent and listen to this podcast by downloading now!

 

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You can find Alex @am_petrovic on Twitter and @apetrovic88 on Instagram, while Joe is available on Instagram @joe.foster.comedian and you can find more information about their awesome podcast, This Thing On? at https://audioboom.com/channel/this-thing-on

 

Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

 

 

Spocklight At the Movies 11: Robin Hood: Men in Tights (w/ Rich Wilson)

Spocklight At the Movies 11: Robin Hood: Men in Tights (w/ Rich Wilson)

November 12, 2019

We’re joined by comedian & host of the ‘Insane in the Men Brain’ Podcast, Rich Wilson, for our most sprawling and epic episode yet, talking everything from class representation in media, the importance of diversity, incel culture, classic comedy and... oh yeah, 1993's ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’

 

Liam examines how the gentle tone of early Mel Brooks' movies often make up for some of their more dated humour, thanks Sir Patrick Stewart's cameo appearance in Men in Tights for saving the movie and uncovers forgotten Frankie Howard flick, ‘Up the Chastity Belt’ complete with camp Robin Hood on his research deep dive.

 

Matt attempts to break down the various eras of the spoof genre, feels vindicated when 1998's 'Mafia' turns out to be a real movie after all and tells the story of his childhood stage acting debut and his own experience as a 'man in tights'.

 

While guest star, Rich Wilson tells us how his podcast encourages men to talk more openly about mental health & toxic masculinity, recalls the unique experience of seeing Star Trek: The Motion Picture at the tender age of 7 and pays loving tribute to frequent Mel Brooks collaborator, Madeline Kahn.

 

"BUT BACK TO MEN IN TIGHTS!" became the catchphrase of this episode. How does a chat about such a silly spoof lead to a full blown dissection of modern media taking in The Sopranos, Joker, Tony Hancock, Michael Jackson, Breaking Bad, Curb your Enthusiasm, the films of Guy Ritchie and much, much more? Hmm, let me see the script! For the rest of you, download now to find out.

 

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You can find Rich at @IamRichWilson on Twitter and Instagram where you can find more information on his wonderful podcast, ‘Insane in the Men Brain’.

Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

Spocklight At the Movies 10: The Andromeda Strain

Spocklight At the Movies 10: The Andromeda Strain

October 30, 2019

Prepare to lock down and undergo the longest decontamination process of your life as we return to examining ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ Director, Robert Wise's filmography with 1971 Sci-fi Horror Thriller, The Andromeda Strain, on another Spocklight at the Movies!

 

Liam admires the chilling effectiveness of the opening ghost town sequence but feels like they sacrificed entertainment value for rigorous authenticity and wishes the characters had more charisma than 'week one rejects in a reality show'

 

Paul gives us the skinny on original Author, Michael Crichton, finds the film to be an early precursor to the real-time stylings of 24 and the sci-fi nature of The X Files, praises Wise's technical prowess and dunks on the underground lab's undeniably shitty laser defence system

 

While Matt wishes the occasional sense of urgency was felt throughout the whole story, can't help but latch on to the potential for more paranoia-fuelled drama and is shocked by a certain monkey sequence that would surely cause PETA some outrage if done today.

 

Join us as we go deep - five levels beneath the ground deep to be exact – by downloading now!

 

 

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Spocklight At the Movies 9: Volunteers

Spocklight At the Movies 9: Volunteers

October 14, 2019

Spocklight at the Movies is on the run from our gambling debts and joining Tom Hanks, John Candy and Rita Wilson on a Peace Corps flight to Thailand, it’s Nicholas Meyer's 1985 comedy 'Volunteers'!

 

Liam reveals his somewhat recent appreciation for the late, great John Candy, discusses the history of THAT Coca Cola product placement and breaks down the problematic, white saviour tropes of the movie.

 

Paul talks up the shared comic sensibilities between the film and our own shorts from the mid 2000s (the 'Groovedoctor' oeuvre), chats the difficulties of nailing the landing in high concept comedies and ponders the potential of a contemporary remake.

 

While Matt talks Hank's character's inherent unlikeability and it's connections to the initial iteration of Woody in Toy Story, suffers from tonal whiplash as the film jumps for 4th wall breaking gags to sudden heads on pikes, and comes to the realisation that it’s close to being a slapstick version of Rambo.

 

Volunteer to mine the depths of this forgotten oddity with us by downloading now!

 

 

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Supplemental 17: Robert Sallin returns

Supplemental 17: Robert Sallin returns

September 30, 2019

In a very special episode, Robert Sallin, the Producer of ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ returns to the podcast to share more of the untold inside story of producing the most celebrated and iconic Star Trek film ever made.

 

Bob also tells us about the difficulties directing his first feature film, 1969’s ‘The Picasso Summer’ starring Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux and achieving the incredible feat of helming over 2,000 commercials featuring such stars as Tom Selleck, Jack Lemmon, Joan Rivers, James Mason and Larry Hagman. We’re also lucky enough to be joined by his Wife, Sandra Sallin, who chimes in with the amazing story of attending the after party to a private screening of ‘E.T.’ with Steven Speilberg and George Lucas.

 

If you haven’t heard it, we strongly recommended listening to our first episode with Bob, Supplemental 4: Interview with Robert Sallin, published on September 21st 2017 still available on our feed as well for even more great in-depth anecdotes from the man himself.

 

 

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Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com

Spocklight At the Movies 8: The Dark Tower

Spocklight At the Movies 8: The Dark Tower

September 2, 2019

The Man in Black fled across the desert, and The Gunslinger followed... and behind him came Liam and Matt to debate the 2017 cinematic interpretation of Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower, adapted for the screen by ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Writer, Director and Executive Producer, Akiva Goldsman.

 

Liam compares the film to ‘Last Action Hero’, hates on Jake's deadbeat parents and realises that we still haven't cracked the art of CGI flame hands, while Matt tells the tale of his not-so-epic quest to track down all the books in the series, breaks down the three cardinal sins of shitty exposition and struggles to synopsise this complex, genre-hybrid on a brain-meltingly hot day.

 

We also discuss the new TV reboot of the franchise and other King Properties and lament the lost Dark Tower adaptation from the team behind... LOST!

 

All hail the Crimson King, don't forget the face of your father and join us for our 3-year anniversary as we journey into Mid-World and beyond.

 

 

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Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com