Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Lee’

PODCAST:

S3E11M – The Devil Rides Out (movie)*

*** This episode was also filmed live in High Definition with the help of our special guest, Dole. So if you wish to see the fireplace crackling in the background and watch us slog down make-shift snifters of dark craft brewery while Wilk rants on a tiny monitor via Skype–click the video below or visit our YouTube channel (Please note that the battery cut out for the last segment of the show, but the audio feed continues on unabated).***

 

SHOW NOTES:

An NDIOS breakfast gathering!

Wilk, Ryan and Rick

Wilk, Rick and Ryan

Wilk, Rick and Ryan

A hampered production that almost didn’t happen. A twisted tale of darkness, Satanism, and violence. All of these things were present in the recording of the movie episode this month. An impossible to find movie, one that forced Wilk to fall back into the darknet, in an effort to bring this satanic celluloid to the service… We watched “The Devil Rides out,” so you don’t have to. The crew thought it was great…and it was. Clearly a movie that highlighted the golden era of horror, made by Hammer Studios and dumped unwittingly on the American Public, we allowed it to be dumped by us. It was faithful to the book, as much as it could be. Richard Matheson, author of show favorite “I Am Legend” was the screenwriter and adapter. It was over the top, screaming, hellbound horror. I believe the reviews ranged from 3.5 to 4.5 stars. And we all felt that if you can find it, you should watch it. So, until next time, bring the Talisman of Set and set it to shimmer and shine, because there is no deodorant in outer space!

– Wilk

WRITTEN FILM REVIEWS:

Book: “The Devil Rides Out (1968)” by Terence Fisher (Christopher Lee)

Ryan: 4 Stars “…it was a fun, rompy, B-movie ride…”

Wilk: 4 Stars “…It’s a four star culty movie from the sixties…it’s fun to watch if you can find it…”

Rick: 3 Stars “…only because it’s like an older movie, I don’t have any resonance with older movies…I tend to fall asleep with all older movies…”

Dole (special guest): 5 Stars “…This is a great film…the color, the ambiance, Christopher Lee just rock’n it man–he’s got so much attitude you just can’t stop listening to him…”

 

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

misfits_-_static_age_coverSpecial guest, John Doyle (a/k/a Dole), is also in a metal band called, “I Decline.” Find their music on iTunes and their website: http://www.i-decline.com/. During the recording the group made reference to the legendary hardcore punk album album “Static Age” by the Misfits. John’s band used to cover one of the songs that was originally from this album. Here’s a link that song “Bullet” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUZHxYFbCl4.

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Lastly, Wilk and his wife Laura Valle started a true crime podcast called, “How to Avoid Murder …and other awkward situations.” Wilk mentioned visiting some historical murder sites during a recent trip to Illinois as part of research for his show. You can catch episodes by them on iTunes and their website.

The website for their podcast is: http://www.avoidmurder.com/. You can also find it on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-avoid-murder-other/id1187366565?mt=2

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E11P – Preview Episode (The Devil Rides Out)*

SUBJECT MATTER:

Book: “The Devil Rides Out (Black Magic #1) (1934)” by Dennis Wheatley

“The aristocratic Duke de Richleau faces new, sinister challenges in this macabre tale of the dark arts. When his good friend Simon Aron’s naïve curiosity is tested, the Duke, along with his everpatient friends Rex Van Ryn, and Richard Eaton, must intricately plot a means of both physical and spiritual rescue. But with Van Ryn’s affections for a beautiful woman caught in the web of Satanists, and Eaton’s ongoing scepticism, they all risk being brought to the verge of madness through dabbling with the powers of evil.

From London to the West Country, the slums of Paris to a Christian monastery, the action of this powerful occult thriller moves with fantastic, compelling force.” (from Amazon.com)

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Film: “The Devil Rides Out (1968)” by Terence Fisher (Christopher Lee)

“The debonair Duc de Richleau has been trusted with the care of his deceased friend’s son, Simon Aron. The Duc discovers that the young man has been seduced into joining a Satanic cult headed by the diabolical Mocata, who is intent on making Simon one of the Devil’s disciples. Having rescued Simon from a bloody ritual, de Richleau is pursued by Mocata, who will stop at nothing to destroy the Duc and his friends, even summoning the Angel of Death himself. Starring Christopher Lee in one of his personal favourite roles and based on the celebrated novel by Dennis Wheatley, The Devil Rides Out is one of Hammer’s most accomplished and thrilling mystery horrors.” (from Amazon.com)

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E10M – The Golden Compass (movie)*

SHOW NOTES:

And we watched it, we watched it, oh God almighty, we watched it.

It was a low point. The movie was a big f-around. Not something we wanted to watch, but something we had to watch. The consensus was that it certainly was a movie, but not one that anyone needed to watch, or make, or be in. Although it had some star power.

We discussed the movie and how it compared to the book. We also discussed the director, and why he was a terrible person. It was a sort of low, for me, Dave Wilkinson, who has so many things I would like to read or watch, and this movie was not one of them.

However, it was a pretty good episode, lots of good banter, and all in all one of our better shows. The movie may appeal to young teens, and fans of the book. Maybe. If that is a thing.

Anyways, next time you go to space, don’t bring this movie. Because it stinks and there is no deodorant in outer space.

– Wilk

WRITTEN FILM REVIEWS:

Book: “The Golden Compass (2007)” by Chris Weitz (Nicole Kidman)

Ryan: 3 Stars “…It’s a well done movie…it lacks something…”

Wilk: 2 Stars “…It’s got a good production value and that’s about it…”

Rick: 1 Star “…I was completely turned off by it, literally…” (Caveat: please note the disclosure in Rick’s Show Notes for the book episode.)

 

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

rogueone_onesheeta_1000_309ed8f6Director Chris Weitz also worked on the script for the new Star Wars movie “Rogue One,” which came out earlier this month (December 2016).

On the episode Ryan mentioned podcast interviews of the author, Philip Pullman. If you want to hear from the author directly check out these two interviews:

Also here are some articles on the religious controversy surrounding this fantastical tale and it’s author:

And Roger Ebert’s review of this movie which was discussed on the show: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-golden-compass-2007.

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Wilk and his wife Laura Valle started a true crime podcast called, “How to Avoid Murder …and other awkward situations,” which he plugged on the show. You may remember that Laura Valle joined us (with our former co-host Beam) for discussion on The Hellbound Heart and Hellraiser during our special torchlight recordings.

The website for their podcast is: http://www.avoidmurder.com/. You can also find it on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-avoid-murder-other/id1187366565?mt=2

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S2E8 – Color of Magic (book/movie)*

Listen to the podcast here (click to play/right click and select “save target as” to download):

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Ryan: 4 Stars “…A right good romp on the Disc, full of madcap adventure and plenty of wonderment (plus a dash of introspection for good measure)!…

Wilk: 4 Star “…Four stars was a leap but there’s no going back now. It will be the last terry Pratchett book I read, as it was so similar to the other one I’ve read…

Rick: 4 Stars “…Terry Pratchett’s inaugural Disc World book should be compulsory reading for all fans of fantasy and science fiction. The book masters the line between hilariously mocking and triumphantly advancing the relevance of the fantasy genre...

(Click the links to read full written reviews on Goodreads.com)

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

“The Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett

Book: “The Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett

“The beginning of the hilarious and irreverent series that has more than 80 million copies worldwide, The Color of Magic is where we meet tourist Twoflower and wizard guide Ricewind, and follow them on their always-bizarre journeys.

A writer who has been compared to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams, Sir Terry Pratchett has created a complex, yet zany world filled with a host of unforgettable characters who navigate around a profound fantasy universe, complete with its own set of cultures and rules.” (from Amazon.com)

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“Terry Pratchett’s The “Colour of Magic” by Vadim Jean (Sean Astin)

“Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic” by Vadim Jean (Sean Astin)

“Failed wizard Rincewind (Bafta Winner David Jason, Hogfather) is so bad at magic he only knows one spell. And he doesn’t even know what it does. This goes some way to explaining why he is expelled from the Unseen University for Wizards.

Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage tackle angry Druids, Barbarians, fire breathing dragons and mountain trolls on their travels. Twoflower thinks everything is a wonderful adventure. Rincewind just wishes he was back home in Ankh-Morpork. ” (from Amazon.com)

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

He felt her hot breath against his face, never forgetting that she was as sexless as a spinning top. Her presence was perfunctory. Her words meant nothing. Still, she spewed them, holding an unconscious llama over her head. His eyes darted with the twitch of the llama’s tale. Where did she get such strength; where did she find such small llamas? The animal was not a newborn, but it was well below average size. Did she save llama runts? Was she raiding llama liveries, just to save the runts so she could hold them over her head while taunting men? He signed heavily, resolved internally that he was indeed not going to be able to bowl that night.

But she didn’t have to know that. She could hold that llama and just sweat about it.

The above passage is taken from an upcoming book about the life of Terry Pratchett as told through a man who enjoys bowling. He is being pursued through time by an infinite army of people who have slipped backward in time a nanosecond. They are able to see him because he exists simultaneously in both the past and the future, functioning as a filter for time and space. He can assist people who have slipped in time. He alone can help them communicate with their loved ones (and in some cases their project supervisors.)

As it turns out, most llamas are filters for time and space as well. And as it would also turn out, in a vast universe, one planet sent an entire species of shape-shifting pranksters well back in time in an effort to dispose of them humanely. This species, the Spelucites, have traveled through earth due to the large amount of filters and the large amount of discarded food. While all living things can only exist in one moment (with the exception of filters), a discarded French Fry is forever. This species is determined to move forward in time, leap-frogging the human race, and simultaneously tripping every human being on the planet. While it is not the most evil scheme, it is still a scheme that would result in no good whatsoever and quite possibly end humanity. And, this is the tale that we will explore when David Wilkinson’s “The Filter” hits bookstores next year.

On the podcast we limited our discussion to a book that has already been written. It was called “The Colour of Magic”. We all liked it. Other things we all like include: Ham, Beer, not having Leprosy,  and..,thats it. And, the “not having Leprosy” thing is barely agreed on by the three of us. So, while we all liked the book I do not recall anyone loving it. One host, me, thought that it was very “British”. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But that in order to love it we would need to be more entrenched in the references and cultures from whence it came. Also, we don’t use words like “whence” a lot. But, overall, it was a strong book from a favorite author. And it was, British. Very British.

The movie, like the book, was British. It was done with BBC production values, which helps to explain why Britain is no longer an empire but merely a nation. But, that being said, it was well done and well adapted. Worth watching if you don’t want to watch Jaws again.

So, all things considered, cover yourself in blood pudding and hope for the best, because there is no deodorant in outer space!!!!! -Wilk

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

For a fairly comprehensive biography on Sir Terry Pratchett, check out this article written by Colin Smythe, “The L-Shaped Web: Just Who is Terry Pratchett?” found here: http://www.lspace.org/about-terry/biography.html.

 

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S2P8 – Color of Magic (book/movie)*

Listen to the podcast here (click to play/right click and select “save target as” to download):

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

“The Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett

Book: “The Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett

“The beginning of the hilarious and irreverent series that has more than 80 million copies worldwide, The Color of Magic is where we meet tourist Twoflower and wizard guide Ricewind, and follow them on their always-bizarre journeys.

A writer who has been compared to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams, Sir Terry Pratchett has created a complex, yet zany world filled with a host of unforgettable characters who navigate around a profound fantasy universe, complete with its own set of cultures and rules.” (from Amazon.com)

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“Terry Pratchett’s The “Colour of Magic” by Vadim Jean (Sean Astin)

“Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic” by Vadim Jean (Sean Astin)

“Failed wizard Rincewind (Bafta Winner David Jason, Hogfather) is so bad at magic he only knows one spell. And he doesn’t even know what it does. This goes some way to explaining why he is expelled from the Unseen University for Wizards.

Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage tackle angry Druids, Barbarians, fire breathing dragons and mountain trolls on their travels. Twoflower thinks everything is a wonderful adventure. Rincewind just wishes he was back home in Ankh-Morpork. ” (from Amazon.com)

 

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.