Episode 24 – Niko and the Sword of Light

We got new equipment to play with! The title says Niko, but be prepared for some serious goofing about.

Scott and animated movie enthusiast Lee do what started as a mini podcast about Episode 1 of Niko and the Sword of Light to test out a new mixer and audio equipment, and turns into quite the mix of nonsense.

Featuring: A Lee Martinez fan fiction that I apparently promised to write, horrible robot deaths, Justice League, Lee’s Batman fan fiction, Nazi branding, the secret enmity that fuels this very podcast, Niko and the Sword of Light for about 5 minutes, Lee finally getting fed up with my limited movie knowledge, breaking the shackles of societies preconceptions, and objectivism.

Also a list of animated movies that Lee thinks I and everyone else should watch: Batman Beyond: return of the Joker, The Batman vs Dracula, and The Batman Superman Movie: World’s Finest.

Episode 23 – Sing

in which Lee goes off on lazy millennials for not offending him more

Scott and kangaroo with no discernible accent Lee watch Sing. An animated movie from Illumination, the same studio of Minions infamy, about animals having an American Idol style show. Not sold yet? Give us an hour and we’ll see if we can sell this thing.

Featuring: A movie made after 1990, the muse of practicality, how to shoot an action scene, classic Jackie Chan, the physics of CG, the end of culture, monocle reactions, Babylon 5 jokes, Minions!, Matthew McConaughey modes, anthropomorphic accents, and old man rants (thanks Lee)

Episode 22 – Flash Gordon

Scott and scantily clad hawk man Lee review Flash (Aaaah) Gordon.  Based on one of the few comics Lee somehow doesn’t have encyclopedic knowledge of, Flash Gordon follows the exploits of the eponymous all American quarterback who can never fail.

Featuring: Queen (Aaaah), our listener, hawkman short shorts, pudding space, super suits on layaway, Hot Hail!, expedited romance, pleasure galaxies, bizzaro Johnny Rico, Mongo – galaxy of assholes, death stumps, emoting, and delicious puns.

Episode 21 – Xanadu

Scott and the original manic pixie dream girl Lee watch Xanadu. Not sure if it’s okay to like a goofy fun movie? Is it ironic to like Xanadu in 2017? Does anybody even know what irony is anymore? Forget about what everybody else thinks, watch Xanadu and be happy.

Featuring: Guilelessness, Gene Kelly being suave AF, corporate tools, Kazaam, good rap, dancing with your fingers, proto hipsterism, biking outfits, skinny jeans, musical journeys through time, asteroid worship, the power of break dancing, and musical human sacrifice

Episode 20 – Freddy vs Jason

Scott and doomed narcoleptic Lee watch Freddy vs Jason, just in time for Halloween (give or take a month). A surprisingly well constructed crossover that is a better Batman vs Superman than Zach Snyder could ever dream up.

Featuring: the girl from Destiny’s Child, unnecessary monologues, how to make Godzilla boring, mundane serial killers, Jason gets his Groove Back, Stubbs gets snubbed, Goosebumps, ignorance as a writing crutch, running and crapping your pants at the same time, aliens vs slasher villains, desperate stupid plans, flying elbows, artisanal murder, and respect for source material.

Episode 19 – Sunshine

Scott and Lee watch Sunshine, a movie with so much potential…

Scott and asshole with a point Lee watch Sunshine, a sci-fi movie from Danny Boyle (yes that Danny Boyle). We dive into why Sunshine is good sci-fi, and wonder why the ending is so awful. Boyle flirts with sun worship, and we all get burned.

Featuring: Lee’s beef with Danny Boyle, Lee’s beef with grimdark, Lee’s beef with The Core, really just Lee complaining a lot. Also good sci-fi vs bad sci-fi, how to pronounce Cillian, The Core in reverse, the most important spaceship crew member the astrologer, space dust, void alerts, Jurassic Park fan fiction, benign space dementia, The IT Crowd, and Slim Pickens

Episode 18 – Cast a Deadly Spell

Scott and world weary private dick Lee watch Cast a Deadly Spell, an HBO joint from the early 90s. Magical chocolate meets noir peanut butter in this surprisingly good urban fantasy. Also tons Lovecraft lore before it was in literally (figuratively) everything.

Featuring: H.P. Lovecraft, people at cons who believe in magic, kung fu masters, industrial thaumaturgy, taunting the elder gods, The Maltese Falcon film and book, passive aggressive Batman, spoilers for The Automatic Detective, gargoyle nards, elder god outsourcing, and our tv show idea ‘Just Kidding, Cthulhu!’

Episode 17 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Scott and anthropomorphic chicken Lee (and Sally!) watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Phil Lord’s first animated movie, but not his last. He also wrote the excellent Lego Movie, the tv show Clone High, and a bunch of other stuff that’s probably also amazing.

Featuring: Sally peeking through windows, jokes on jokes, olive helmet texture, food furries, watching TV at work, wonderful A. Lee Martinez books, Mr T., Ayn Rand again (we might be secret Objectivists), and gasp takes.

Check out Sally Hamilton’s freelance graphic artist services. She’s quite good!

Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets

If there’s one thing we love talking about here at Save the Movies, it’s movies that we feel are underappreciated and unloved. Our selection varies wildly in that regard, and it usually comes down to some film either Scott and / or I feel gets a bit of a raw deal in terms of common wisdom. Maybe it’s because of the always awesome LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea). Maybe it’s because it’s a flawed masterpiece (Speed Racer). Maybe it’s because one of us really, really loves classic pulp (Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow). And maybe it’s because it’s a decent giant snake movie with a few interesting elements (Anacondas: Hunt for the Blood Orchid).

The reasons are always subjective. The films we choose spoke to us in some way, and we’re all-too-happy to discuss them with a more appreciative angle than usually expected.

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Episode 16 – MCU Part 2 – MCU gets weird

Scott and Marvel aficionado Lee (and Adrienne) talk MCU movies post-Winter Soldier through pre-Guardians 2

Part 2 of our review of the MCU is here. Scott and Lee and Adrienne skim from Guardians 1 all the way to Guardians 2 (almost). We get into the deep end of comic book movies, and Lee’s boundless knowledge of all things comic book.

Featuring: Lee talking a lot about comic books.

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