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S1E12 – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (book/movie)*

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Ryan: 3 Stars “…Captain Nemo’s slow but compelling rise to the surface gives this adventure enough buoyancy to savor the flavor of a Victorian travelogue (and early science fiction progenitor)…

Wilk: 4 Stars “…If you are interested in reading a classic this would be an excellent place to start. Especially if you have a short attention span, like the author of this review…

Rick: 5 Stars “…This book is like The Doors breakthrough self titled album in 1965 – edgy and extremely unique, especially within the context of other art in the era it was published…

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

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne

Book: “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne

“The “man who invented the future,” French novelist Jules Verne fanned mankind’s desire to explore earth’s hidden territories. His prophetic 1870 adventure novel, featuring a fabulous underwater craft commanded by the brilliant and mysterious Captain Nemo, predated the deep-water submarine.

Weaving amazing scientific achievements with simple, everyday occurrences, this memorable tale brims with detailed descriptions of a futuristic vessel and bizarre scenes of life on the ocean’s bottom. On-board travelers view Red Sea coral, wrecks of a historic naval battle, Antarctic ice shelves, and the fictional Atlantis. In addition, they confront a giant squid and belligerent cannibals, among other rousing adventures.

The crowning achievement of Verne’s literary career, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea not only influenced H. G. Wells and future generations of writers, but also inspired numerous films.” (from Amazon.com)

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“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Richard Fleischer (Kirk Douglas)

 

Movie: “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Richard Fleischer (Kirk Douglas)

“For the first time ever, you can enjoy this timeless classic in a Special Edition DVD. Fully restored to look and sound as it was originally intended, it also includes hours of exclusive bonus materials your family will enjoy again and again. Climb aboard the Nautilus…and into a strange undersea world of spellbinding adventure! Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas, and Peter Lorre star as shipwrecked survivors taken captive by the mysterious Captain Nemo, brilliantly portrayed by James Mason. Wavering between genius and madness, Nemo has launched a deadly crusade across the seven seas. But can the captive crew expose his evil plan before he destroys the world? Featuring Norman Gimbel and Al Hoffman’s memorable song “A Whale of a Tale,” Disney’s Academy Award(R)-winning (Special Effects and Color Art Direction, 1954) adaptation of Jules Verne’s gripping tale makes 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA a truly mesmerizing masterpiece!” (from Amazon.com)

 

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“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” by Rod Hardy (Michael Caine)

 

 

TV Movie: “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” by Rod Hardy (Michael Caine)

“The year is 1886 and New England’s fishing harbor is the scene for a “creature of unknown origin” destroying all ships at sea. It is the job of a curious marine expert, Professor Pierre Aronnax (Patrick Dempsey from the hit TV show “Grey’s Anatomy”) and the iron-willed sailor, Ned Land (Bryan Brown) to learn the truth of the “monster” roaming the depths of the ocean. Their discovery begins when they encounter the reclusive Captain Nemo (Academy Award Winner Michael Caine) and learn of his surprising relationship with the terrorizing “creature” and all the other secrets lurking in the waters. ” (from Amazon.com)

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WILK’S SHOW NOTES:

When we started this show, Rick and Ryan had no idea. Nothing. Not a clue. Those fools. I wanted to reach out and put my giant palms over one of their ears, and lean in, give, whoever, a big kiss. I wanted to watch them squirm on the hook I had pushed through their wormy centers. The fools.

It must have been their week, their month, their year. “A year for Fools!!!” I screamed at the moon and all the invalids that lay underneath it. I moved some dirt on the ground with my foot, making concentric circles in the dust and rock.

Perhaps not this time, dear listeners. Perhaps not next time. But that time will come for them and it will come for me. But, it will come for them first.

We did all agree that this book was a work of both genius and art. The author, Jules Verne, put forth a story that correctly estimated nautical advances. It featured characters that were tolerant and admirable. It also took place on the sea, which makes my previous choice of words, notably “admirable,” seem like a pun. Well, if it is a pun than I’m just a guy covered in someone else’s skin who loves puns. And the smell of tears.

Since we all more or less liked it, and were getting along, the only thing left to do was to spectacularly get facts and time periods wrong. Which I did, stating that Jules Verne had lived through the French Revolution (later edited from the show). While this is not technically true, Jules Verne once had very bad gas from eating rich French food. Who hasn’t?!

The Disney movie was “meh.” It was clearly a top shelf production, featuring special effects that still hold up today. However, in my opinion, it didn’t make Captain Nemo look quite as heroic or interesting as it should have.

We did have some robust debate over Captain Nemo and whether he was villainous. Rick and I were right, Ryan was wrong (listen to the episode for proof).

And remember, next time you head for the stars, spray yourself with a painful stream of pressurized water, because there is No Deodorant in Outer Space!!!!! *

– Wilk

FUN FACTOIDS:

On the podcast we talked about the fact that Jules Verne’s works needlessly suffered from poor translation into the English language. If you want to know more about this you can see what the North American Jules Verne Society says on their website, including reviews of specific translations. Here is a link to their page on “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”: http://www.najvs.org/works/V006_VL.shtml.

Another fun fact, is that the first underwater film ever made was a 1916 silent film of “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” The later 1954 Disney Version was filmed in the same location as this very early version. Although we did not review it for the show, the film is available online: http://www.amazon.com/20-000-Leagues-Under-Sea/dp/B00142774U/ref=sr_1_3?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1421541412&sr=1-3&keywords=20%2C000+thousand+leagues+under+the+sea.

 

 

* 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.

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S1E11 – The Children of Men (book/movie)*

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Ryan: 4 Stars “…Mass infertility leaves a dwindling society listless and jaded, but hope and faith lies in the hands of the meek. This story has a reflective deepness…

Wilk: 4 Stars “…This book is well written, with both broad themes and nuance…

Rick: 4 Stars “…P.D. James illuminates the entanglements of Machiavellian and Christian ideologies when both vie to procure ultimate salvation to humanity in the year 2021- the first baby to be born in 27 years…

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

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

Amazon Link

“The Children of Men” by P.D. James


Book: “The Children of Men” by P.D. James

Told with P. D. James’s trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storytelling, The Children of Men is a story of a world with no children and no future.

The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.” (from Amazon.com)

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Amazon Link

“Children of Men” by Alfonso Cuaron (Clive Owen)

 

Movie: “Children of Men” by Alfonso Cuaron (Clive Owen)

“In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, disillusioned Theo (Clive Owen) becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover (Julianne Moore) to escort a young pregnant woman out of the country as quickly as possible. ” (from Amazon.com)

 

 

WILK’S SHOW NOTES:

A dystopian future without hope, joy, or an escape. An accurate description of this month’s podcast and the mood of the hosts. We also read Children of Men, which seemed to provide a more upbeat narrative and tone than the actual episode. This broadcast represented a turning point in our program. The infighting became outfighting that lasted several weeks. We can only hope that this mood was not lost on our listeners.

Overall, everyone hated each other, and the book was an afterthought. I think we all agreed, once we put our guns down, that the writing was superior. P.D. James is gifted and writes elegantly, without wasting words. However, each of us came away with something different from the book.

Ryan saw redemption in the character, Wilk (me) saw him as selfish douche bag, and Rick saw both the character and Wilk as a selfish douche bag.

While no consensus was reached on whether or not the main character was heroic or just in the right place to assume power, it was generally agreed that I was an ass.

All three panelists enjoyed the movie. I was crying on the inside when we discussed it—but it was agreed that although the movie took liberties with the story, I was still a jerk. Also, the movie worked very well, making a few major and minor changes.

One of the most thought-provoking discussions during the episode concerned the origin of the “happening” that rendered the world infertile. I saw it as something deliberate, a “benevolent holocaust,” whereas Ryan saw it as a natural-occurring event. Rick was more or less in the middle, but he did agree that he wished I was dead.

So, overall, it was an emotional journey that almost destroyed us all. In other words, our best show yet. So, stay tuned in for next month. And remember to blast yourself in the face and armpits with a power washer before you come, because there is no deodorant in outer space!!!! *

– Wilk

FUN FACTOIDS:

On the podcast we talked about director Alfonso Cuaron’s trademark “long shots.” Although the long takes in this film were not actually one continuous single take (they were pieced together later), they are put together in such a seamless way that they have the feel of being a singular shot. These scenes are iconic and well known, the film crew took great pains to make them happen. Check out this YouTube clip that goes behind the scenes of the filmaking process and shows what care and effort was put into making this amazing film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJprbCuWdHo.

Unfortunately P.D. James passed away after the recording of this podcast, but before its release. Certainly there is nothing “fun” about this factoid (and we offer our condolences to her family and loved ones), but we thought we would provide a link to an  obituary if you want to know more about this talented author: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11258055/PD-James-obituary.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.