Sunday, 31 May 2015

Show #99: Knight Rider, But Robocop Instead



Fast, furious and and full of fun, Motorcity burns bright and briefly.

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Sounding all too similar to a previous show we've covered, Motorcity delivers a fast paced action cartoon about rebelling against an autocratic regime that was unceremoniously cut down in it's prime by backroom decisions. What we have though is a comforting stew of familiar influences that coalesce into an entertaining whole, if a little rote, that touches on a few interesting themes during it's brief brilliant lifespan.

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Awesome automobiles

Corporate makeovers

Hail to the Duke!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Let’s Go JoJo! Episode 44 – The Miasma of the Void, Vanilla Ice (Part 3)


It's an emotional rollercoaster as the dust settles on the battle with Vanilla Ice, Suzy Q heads to Japan to visit her daughter and the stage is set for the final showdown with Dio! Featuring various vampires, taciturn turtles and heroic hounds. Listen up!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Show #98: BAWKSTRAALS


After many months we've finally established a link with another world! Those strange folk Anthony Askew from Dynamite In The Brain along with Martin Schneider and Joseph Wade from Front Row Central arrive in our dimension with the good news about Coraline.

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Based on the Neil Gaiman book of the same name and wonderfully animated by the stop-motion faithful at Studio Laika comes Coraline, a be-careful-what-you-wish-for-tale that is at once charming and unnerving. While it's dark fairytale aesthetic and the involvement of Henry Selick may draw comparisons Coraline adheres to no such template and proves a cut above the rest. All this plus silly accents and Martin's fantastic journey through Studio Laika!

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Christmas Creeps - a podcast about Christmas movies all year round!

Movies Silently's review of The Cameraman's Revenge, a stop-motion pioneer

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Spooky dolls

Spooky parents

CAT David

Monday, 18 May 2015

Let’s Go JoJo! Episode 43 – The Miasma of the Void, Vanilla Ice (Part 2)


Avdol has succumbed to the black hole at the centre of Vanilla Ice, and Polnareff and Iggy won't be far behind unless they can concoct a plan to vanquish this vapourous villain. Featuring sword swallowing, sand strategies and the final, brutal appearance of ANIMAL CRUELTY. Listen up!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Let’s Go JoJo! Episode 42 – The Miasma of the Void, Vanilla Ice (Part 1)


It's a henchman double-header this week as Jotaro dispatches D'arby before the chilly reception of Vanilla Ice. Does this cool customer's unyielding loyalty spell doom for the Stardust Crusaders? Featuring console cons, dedicated decapitations and good-for-nothing goons. Listen up!

Show #97: Shoot The Gun Or I'll Shoot You!


Getting weary of those lame-os at Marvel and DC? Experience the exciting alternative that is Gen 13: The Movie!

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Landing in our midst via the mystical power of Youtube suggested videos comes Gen 13, based on the Wildstorm comic of the same name about superpowered teens fighting the government. The film makes the most of its somewhat generic source material with the directorial talents of Kevin Altieri of Batman: TAS and a few standout performances from the voice cast, making for a pretty decent TV movie with a surprising amount of character.

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Mature content

Bad dudes

A heart of gold!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Let’s Go JoJo! Episode 41 – D’arby The Player (Part 2)


Play ball! Jotaro steps up to the plate as Kakyoin's soul falls into the clutches of Terrence T. D'arby. Will he knock it out of the park? Or will his opponent's frightful skill send him off for an early shower? Featuring advanced artistry, macabre masks and sibling rivalry. Listen up!

Show #96: The President Wants To See You, WITH HIS ONE GOOD EYE



Woah woah woah, you can't just jump into that new Avengers movie right away! To avoid confusion you better catch up on all the exciting backstory of the woeful Avengers: United They Stand!

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Not everything can be a popular summer blockbuster. Heck, not everything can be a wonderfully bizarre, barely animated radio play. Such was the case with the Avengers once upon a time, long before their current worldwide popularity, when they served as disposal fodder for a toyline cartoon nobody wanted. Over-designed characters, terrible gimmicks, mediocre animation and sub-soap opera level drama converge into a perfect disaster that would best any superhero. On the plus side: SILLY VOICES.

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Snazzy armour

Maverick renegades

Emotional robots

Friday, 1 May 2015

Let’s Go JoJo! Episode 40 – D’arby The Player (Part 1)


The Stardust Crusaders have finally infiltrated Dio's mansion, but they're barely in the door before they're bamboozled into yet another bout of soul gambling by Terrence T. D'arby, brother of Daniel J! Will our heroes be able to get the hang of these new-fangled "television games" before it's too late? Featuring precognitive punches, disturbing dolls and some gorgeous graphics. Listen up!

Let’s Go JoJo! Episode 39 – The Guardian of Hell, Pet Shop (Part 2)


Battered, beaten and minus a front paw, Iggy sweats it out in his duel to the death with Stand using falcon Pet Shop. Is his goose cooked or will he emerge top dog? Featuring canine confessions, bewildering butlers and a familiar face. Listen up!