Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Bridges’

PODCAST:

S4E9M – The Last Unicorn (movie)*

SHOW NOTES:

Wherein we visit and revisit this cult classic animated film directed by an iconic duo of americana animation (cultivated mainly in Japan), featuring a star-studded cast of voice talent, and spots of dated folksy music with vocals by members of the band “America.” Kaelin O’Reilly, a book reviewer (Kaelin Reads YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3r-oumDi_CsMoFH4-vTqSA) joins me again as we cover this important 80’s esque cartoon fairytale, that as of yet, doesn’t have anything to do with the Disney company.

We both enjoyed delving into the history of these directors and recounting their many and varied forays into animation which peppered our respective childhoods. The attention to detail that was paid to creating unique characters impressed us and contributed to making their efforts memorable along with the voice talent which was well cast. 

Neither of us were over the moon about the music and felt that the songs were done well enough to carry the movie, but lacked something that might have launched this film into the big leagues of all time classics (Kaelin, in particular, felt that sometimes these were done off-key). The book was preferred by both, but Kaelin expressed favorite parts in each while Ryan noted that the author, who served as the screenwriter, took out some noted bits of the book that had felt unnecessary without losing anything of the narrative. 

While Kaelin felt the movie was slow at times, overall she enjoyed the nostalgic revisit to this cartoon style. For Ryan this brought him back to the directors’ soulful versions of the Tolkien cannon which was equally nostalgic for him.

Enjoy this sometimes overlooked fantasy fairy tale of old school animation!

-Ryan

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

“The Last Unicorn (1982)” by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass (Mia Farrow) (animated film) 

Ryan: 3 Stars “…A folksy take on an american fantasy classic, which manages to capture the tone of the original work. Bonus: includes an all-star cast of voice talent who all seem to get it…

Kaelin: 3 1/2 Stars “…Fun and whimsical film that sticks closely to the novel, features many recognizable voices and good humor and adventure. The songs are cheesy and the singers off-key, but the animation is great…

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

During the episode we talked about Rick Goldschmidt who is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass. Here is an audio interview with the historian on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PsdwZk2uNRo. He has also established and collaborates on websites that sell collectibles from the beloved films which these two directors made their mark. There is http://miserbros.com/ which is “Home of merchandise related to the Animagic of RANKIN/BASS,” and also http://www.rankinbass.com/ which is “The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass: Preserving the history of Rankin/Bass Productions.”

Ryan also mentioned a video interview of Arthur Rankin, Jr. at the Museum of Television & Radio in 2003 hosted on the Miser Bros Press YouTube Channel which can be see here: 

 

We also briefly talked about the actor and comedian, Brother Theodore, who did the voice of Ruhk (Mommy Fortuna’s assistant and carnival barker) in the movie. Ryan recognized the voice and noted the he also played the infamous character Gollum in Rankin/Bass Productions foray into J.R.R Tolkien‘s world of Middle-earth for both “The Hobbit” and “The Return of the King.

Kaelin mentioned that he was a character in the 1989 comedy horror film “The ‘Burbs” which was directed by previously covered director Joe Dante and starred Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, and Carrie Fisher (among others). Here is an article by M.V. Moorhead for Topless Robot recounting some of Brother Theodore’s more memorable moments with video clips: https://www.toplessrobot.com/2013/10/top_ten_coolest_manifestations_of_brother_theodore.php. Below is the clip from “The ‘Burbs”:

 

* 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:

S4E9P – Preview Episode (The Last Unicorn)

SUBJECT MATTER:

“The Last Unicorn (1968)” by Peter S. Beagle (book)

“The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. So she ventured out from the safety of the enchanted forest on a quest for others of her kind. Joined along the way by the bumbling magician Schmendrick and the indomitable Molly Grue, the unicorn learns all about the joys and sorrows of life and love before meeting her destiny in the castle of a despondent monarch—and confronting the creature that would drive her kind to extinction… (from Amazon.com)

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“The Last Unicorn (1982)” by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass (Mia Farrow) (animated film)

“A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world’s unicorns.” (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:

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S2E10 – The Martian*

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Ryan: 4 Stars “…140 million leagues under the blackness of space, Jules Verne is reborn…this time with a sense of humor and irreverent references to pop culture…

Wilk: 4 Stars “Excellent book, excellent movie. Solving unsolvable problems with a blend of humor and a lot of profanity

Rick: 4 Stars “…This is the Mars epic of our time. Does not shy away from geeky nuts and bolts – actually strident in the manner it describes a smorgasbord of science and engineering...

Daniel Gonzalez (Guest): 4 Stars “…An inspiring tale by Andy Weir of man’s ability to look inward to our own intellect and reason in our quest to reach beyond the confines of this pale blue dot…

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

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

Book: “The Martian” by Andy Weir

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?” (from Amazon.com)

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Film: “The Martian” by Ridley Scott (Matt Damon)

“During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.” (from foxmovies.com)

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

On the show, Ryan, mentioned that there were differences in the final scenes between the book and the movie. This was shouted down as incorrect by other members of the podcast. However, Ryan (me), was right! Proof can be found in the article  “The Biggest Differences Between The Martian Movie and Novel” by Kyle Hill which can be found (but be warned as it contains SPOILERS) at: http://nerdist.com/all-the-big-changes-between-the-martian-movie-and-novel/.

Also in the episode guest contributor and musician/artist, Daniel Gonzalez, mentioned his band “Beautiful and the Just” which you can listen to on soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/beautifulandthejust.

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

On the Show we mentioned the b-movie classic “Ice Pirates” which featured a memorable cast including Ron Perlman (who many years later became Hellboy). This 1984 scifi release featured the gruesome creature known as a “Space Herpe” which can be seen in all its glory below:

 

Wilk mentioned on the show that the actor Sean Bean dies in practically every movie he is in. In fact, there is a death reel on YouTube that details this (Yes, of course the internet celebrates death). Check it out – but it is rife with spoilers:

 

 

 

* 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:

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

S2E2 – The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch – Seventh Son*

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Ryan: 3 Stars “…A heroic fantasy blending in just the right amount of horror for young readers to delight in…

Wilk: 3 Stars “I liked this book. But I would of liked it better if I was a twelve year old boy

Rick: 4 Stars “…The book adopts an environment and characters perfect for indoctrinating your preteen with haunted tales...

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

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

“The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney

 

 

Book: “The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney

Alternate Title in UK:”Wardstone Chronicles: The Spook’s Apprentice”

“For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried—some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.

Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope, the last apprentice.” (from Amazon.com)

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“Seventh Son” by Sergei Bodrov (Jeff Bridges)

 

Movie: “Seventh Son” by Sergei Bodrov (Jeff Bridges)

“In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance.” (from Amazon.com)

 

 

RICK’S SHOW NOTES:

Ever wonder why you find people at the burger restaurant with their BFFs, scarfing down $10 burgers and wearing $245 sunglasses? Shhh… It’s a secret… The sunglasses transform the proletariat into high profile executive hustlas. Reality emulates fantasy and fantasy sometimes throws a bone to the playa, sometimes the bone has a fillet hanging off it. Taking it a step further… the props of a teenage music entertainer’s are a bit more hard to come by, but still completely hollow and meaningless. These are usually fashionable looks, sweaty abs, thrusting moves and legendary grooming. The real talent is only assumed and the actual product is drown in white noise, fervently consumed with delusion and imagery. The art or product is akin to ground ribs and cartilage of a swine poured into a form, boiled, and slathered in a tangy sweet sauce. This product is to be consumed by the hipsters at the burger boutique wearing $245 over their eyes to filter out the savory detail of what they eat. Alrighty, one more step even further than this would be the perceived intelligence of “Dr.” Phil, whose homespun common sense and full mustache has the Bible Belt in agreement that they are psychologically enlightened with matters of crystal meth addiction and familial debauchery.

So, without further ado and akin to designer sunglasses in a Burger King, a zit-free baby face and a hick psychologist, the tail which wagged this month’s dog was … Drum roll please! … Han Solo’s cameo appearance in the book, the Mongol seed of Mother Russia, having intercourse with the family ambrosia, encyclopedic knowledge on what women desire, Wilk’s gasconade of plowing through a children’s book in five hours and not knowing the names of any characters, Ryan’s caution with the word ‘spook’, my admission that I am mystified by my wife, who, with my mom and my Aunt are the only women I know anything about.

Of course, if the prospective listener is looking for actual content, this show delivers. The hosts aptly point out that English children understand and enjoy the same books as American adults. We also talk about the “journey.” In retrospect, it was a completely embarrassing analysis. Rather than accepting that any journey is what makes a story, Tom Ward’s journey was dismissed as a mere fantasy trope. This must have completely disgraced the master storytellers in the heavens. For this, I apologize. We all did thoroughly enjoy the book and the movie—a sort of rare thing.

Last attempt in pealing back the two gram onion, this month’s show included more excuse making of why the show kind of sucks. It’s ironic but all too common that the excuses usually come from the most talented individual on the set in show business. This time the show sucked because it was recorded too early in the morning. Another interesting tidbit about the show is that it was yet another whose subject book (The Last Apprentice: The Spook, The Witch and The Wardrobe) received a positively vanilla reception from our fearless leader. He can understand the trials and tribulations of professional writing. After all, he is a professional writer. Maybe one day his efforts will be noticed. At 37 and being a graduate of Valparaiso U; he is most likely up Shit Creek with a turd for a paddle. My advice to him is to get a sex change, gain admittance to the Texas bar and defend the prevalent sale and use of crystal meth. After he does that, he might have some good stuff, especially if he gets on “Dr.” Phil’s show.

Despite what the idiot box says, we all need to be reminded that we are good enough, smart enough, and that people like us. So, please listen to the show, and when you realize there is little actual content in each show and that there is No Deodorant in Outer Space, give us a holler in the form of a scathing review or terse, off-putting comment. Thank you.
-Rick

FUN FACTOIDS:

Here is a map of Lancaster County in England that was basis for the setting in the book that I found at a blog hosted by, Larissabookgirl, –check it out: http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/larissabookgirl/20730929/66850/66850_original.jpg.

 

 

* 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.

PREVIEW PODCAST:

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

S2P2 – Preview Episode (Pratchett Tribute – The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch – Seventh Son)*

SUBJECT MATTER:

“The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney

Book: “The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney

Alternate Title in UK:”Wardstone Chronicles: The Spook’s Apprentice”

“For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried—some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.

Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope, the last apprentice.” (from Amazon.com)

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“Seventh Son” by Sergei Bodrov (Jeff Bridges)

Movie: “Seventh Son” by Sergei Bodrov (Jeff Bridges)

“In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance.” (from Amazon.com)

 

TRIBUTE TO SIR TERRY PRATCHETT (1948 to 2015):

Greetings,  this is Rick co-host on the acclaimed sci-fi/fanasty podcast, No Deodorant in Outer Space. 

On behalf of my partners, Ryan Sean O’Reilly and David Wilkinson and friends of the podcast, we wish to extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Pratchett Family and fans all over the world. We have been blessed with the everlasting force of Sir Pratchett’s life and work. The sparkling gems which he so finely wrought for the last 40 years shall continue to shine indefinite among the constellations of legend and lore. Star gazers through the ages shall be touched by these diamonds and with hope, add to a rich legacy for as long as they can think for themselves and act with love as Sir Pratchett has demonstrated.

-Rick

For more information on Sir Terry Pratchett’s passing you can visit his publisher’s website here: http://www.transworldbooks.co.uk/authors/terry-pratchett?dcp=635618386181805170.

Also, we previously covered Pratchett’s Discworld novel “Going Postal” in Season One – Episode Eight (we all enjoyed it–five stars across the board!). So, if you missed that episode and want to know more about this excellent author, and this work you can listen here: https://nodeodorantinouterspace.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/review-going-postal-discworld-terry-pratchett-and-going-postal-jon-jones/. We will be covering his very first Discworld book, “The Colour of Magic” later in this season (and are looking forward to it).

-Ryan

 

* 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.