Posts Tagged ‘Scifi’

PODCAST:

S4E4M – Solaris (movie)*

SHOW NOTES:

Wherein musicians John Doyle a/k/a Dole (I Decline) and John Bombher a/k/a Jaxon (Bury the Machines, I Klatus) return to join me to discuss the film adaptions of “Solaris.” Dole felt that each of the films had its own strengths and weaknesses, but neither really did it for him. Jaxon mentioned that he found himself multitasking while watching the 2002 film because he was bored, while he felt much more interested in the 1972 version despite its own slow pace and long length. Ryan couldn’t recommend a viewing of the Soderbergh movie, but found himself wholly taken over by the Tarkovsy one. 

Despite our appreciation for the acting efforts in the 2002 Soderbergh adaptation, the three of us ultimately felt that the author’s blind assessment as “love in outer space” was a fair take on this film. We all had a greater appreciation the 1972 Tarkovsky version. That said, Dole expressed his frustration with the pacing of the 1972 film and he didn’t feel like it had enough going on to justify this. Ryan acknowledged that the older movie was indisputably slow, but felt it was worth it if you could be in the right frame of mind for a viewing. Jaxon appreciated the production elements in Tarkovsky’s film and he particularly enjoyed the supernatural portrayals of the alien-ocean, which were lacking in the newer movie. 

This episode was recorded in Berwyn, Illinois at Horse-Drawn Productions (where Jaxon sometimes records musicians and where Dole, Jaxon and their two other bandmates (Tony Hopper and Mike Fabiano) in “Theurgy” (Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Theurgy-233634134183768/) recorded new tracks for their forthcoming debut album. They gave me permission to include another teaser from one of their new songs called “Crack of the Egg,” which is about cracking open your mind to new ideas. Listen in for this fun tune of post-punk dark wave at the end of the episode!

-Ryan

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

“Solaris (2002)” by Steven Soderbergh (George Clooney) (movie)

Ryan: 2 Stars “…Soderbergh focused too much on classic themes of love and somehow didn’t go far enough with advances in technology, reducing the script to a romantic play on a space station–though the actors did well with the material they were given…

Dole: 2 Stars “…It really annoyed me that now we are changing the whole story line of what is the whole point of this story into, ‘oh no, it’s us against the alien race’…

Jaxon: 1 1/2 Stars “…the acting was fine, but the story wasn’t true to the original book at all and if it was gonna stray that far from it–it at least should have been good…

 

“Solaris (1972)” by Andrei Tarkovsky (Donatas Banionis) (movie)

Ryan: 5 Stars “…Tarkovsky’s effort is patient, thought provoking and literary with excellent production in complete complement to the deep questions explored within the source material…

Dole: 3 Stars “…It’s hard not to compare this film to 2001…but there is not a lot happening…

Jaxon: 4 Stars “…there are some real slow spots…but I love the art direction, and I love the way that it looked, and I loved that overall theme of…trying to search for something human in something that is not human…”  

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

This episode was recorded at Horse-Drawn Productions a great recording studio located in Berwyn, Illinois near Chicago: “Horse-Drawn Productions is a multi-faceted music company that has existed for over a decade, and includes two commercial state of the art recording studios, an international production company, a complete studio design & construction team, and employs instructors for music, DAW and computer lessons for individuals and groups.” (from www.horse-drawnproductions.com)

Dole and Jaxon are members band “Theurgy.” You can check out rough cuts of their dark wave style music on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/theurgyband/sets/exit-strategies-rough-mixes?fbclid=IwAR13ja8J6euwpSHXAS05aIFnFuKcbd4z18TGWrMu0JK3c_-4vVW8VDBJlxw.

 

Below is a photo from Theurgy’s first official live show on April 14, 2019 at the Underground Lounge in Chi-town:

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Beneath last night’s snowfall in #chitown @theurgy_transmissions played their first official gig. It was a high energy performance! Looking forward to the release of their debut album and many more live shows! Two members of the group (@elyodsean and @burythemachines) joint me on the latest episode of my podcast #NoDeodorantInOuterSpace for an in depth discussion of the 1961 speculative fiction novel #Solaris by #StanislawLem and a preview of one of their new songs – Available now on all major podcatchers including YouTube and our website: www.nodeodorant.com – #chicagolocalmusic #chicagomusicscene #undergroundlounge #Theurgy #newwave #darkwave #darkwavemusic #postpunk #electonicmusic #industrialmusic

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During the episode we mentioned the library scene and paintings hanging in the space station that characters live in above Solaris. For a further discussion on this and the film in general take a look at the article “Out of this World” by Jonathon Jones for the Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2005/feb/12/featuresreviews.guardianreview11.

Lastly, here is a trailer for the very first cinematic adaption of “Solaris (1968)” by Boris Nirenburg (Vasily Lanovoy) (TV movie), which was released in Russia:

 

* 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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PODCAST:

S4E4B – Solaris (book)*

SHOW NOTES:

Wherein I am joined by returning special guest and musician extrodinaire John Doyle a/k/a Dole (I Decline) along with his equally talented bandmate John Bombher a/k/a Jaxon (Bury the Machines, I Klatus). The three of us delved into this month’s translated work of philosophical speculative fiction from Poland’s Stanislaw Lem. I personally felt that “Solaris” was a trippy tale with a completely unique take on encountering aliens. Jaxon found various comparisons with mental illness in the way the alien-ocean of Solaris manifested itself to the main character and their interactions. Dole really enjoyed how this book made him think about his own life and take new perspectives. All around everyone thought this story was a short, easily digested masterwork that left us with infinite realms of thought and reflection. We highly recommend it for anyone at all interested in science fiction.

We recorded this episode at Horse-Drawn Productions — a great studio in Berwyn, Illinois where Jaxon sometimes records musicians or works on his own music, when he’s not out doing live sound. Horse-Drawn is also the place where Dole, Jaxon and their two other bandmates (Tony Hopper and Mike Fabiano) recorded music for the debut album of their new project “Theurgy” (Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Theurgy-233634134183768/). They were gracious enough to allow me to include a teaser from one of their songs called “Hiding Your Face in the Wall,” which is based on a true supernatural tale regarding the fairy mounds of Scotland (Dole recommends checking out Season 1, Episode 1 of the Podcast “Unexplained” for more about this strange incident). Listen in for this awesome tuneage of dark wave (like “new wave” music, but DARKER!) at the conclusion of the episode!

-Ryan

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

“Solaris (1961)” by Stanislaw Lem (book)

Ryan: 5 Stars “…An interplanetary philosophical oceanic alien acid trip—to funk your mind with…

Dole: 5 Stars “…Psychological isolationist trauma melted with the environment of space…

Jaxon: 5 Stars “…I felt like the relationship between humanity and the planet was metaphor for like a relationship between two people where one of them has an awful personality disorder…

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

FUN FACTOIDS:

This episode was recorded at Horse-Drawn Productions a great recording studio located in Berwyn, Illinois near Chicago: “Horse-Drawn Productions is a multi-faceted music company that has existed for over a decade, and includes two commercial state of the art recording studios, an international production company, a complete studio design & construction team, and employs instructors for music, DAW and computer lessons for individuals and groups.” (from www.horse-drawnproductions.com)

During the show Ryan stated that the author was unhappy with the current written translation of his book, but that there was a new translation in audiobook format. You can find this definitive edition as authorized by the author’s estate here: https://www.amazon.com/Solaris-The-Definitive-Edition/dp/B0054N6KH0.

It was also mentioned that the creator of 1989’s famous city-building video game “SimCity” was inspired by Stanislaw Lem. The short story which helped give inspiration to this pioneering game was called “The Seventh Sally.” Read more about that in “Making City Planning a Game” a New York Times article by Julie Lew here: https://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/15/garden/making-city-planning-a-game.html.

Stanislaw Lem temporarily held an honorary membership in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) organization (responsible for issuing the prestigious  “Nebula” genre awards every year).  He was ousted just three years later after talking a lot of smack about American science fiction. Despite his noted general disapproval, Lem however was a fan of the American science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick. Conversely, PKD considered Lem a composite communist committee which threatened the “whole field of science fiction and its free exchange of views and ideas.” Read more about this wacky history in “Philip K. Dick: Stanislaw Lem is a Communist Committee” an article by Matt Davies for Culture.PL: https://culture.pl/en/article/philip-k-dick-stanislaw-lem-is-a-communist-committee.

Lastly, Dole and Jaxon discussed the formation of their new music project “Theurgy,” which is a post-punk dark wave band. You can check out rough cuts of their sounds on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/theurgyband/sets/exit-strategies-rough-mixes?fbclid=IwAR13ja8J6euwpSHXAS05aIFnFuKcbd4z18TGWrMu0JK3c_-4vVW8VDBJlxw. Dole was in early talks with the members of the group about creating this project while he and Ryan attended an intimate concert at Chicago’s “Empty Bottle” for american avant-garde metal group: Neurosis. Here’s a short video from that outing below:

 

* 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:

S4E3M – Twlight Zone: select episodes (tv series)*

SHOW NOTES:

Wherein we discuss our mutual love and admiration for this iconic television anthology series and it’s notable host. I’m joined again by indie filmmaker Mike O’Reilly (YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMoreilly318), oil painter Andres Sercovich (Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ahserco/, and book reviewer Kaelin O’Reilly (Kaelin Reads Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3r-oumDi_CsMoFH4-vTqSA) in Appleton, Wisconsin during our attendance of the annual Wildwood Film Festival (https://www.wildwoodfilmfestival.com/) where Mike was screening his short drama “Volatile” later that night.

As we got into some of the changes that marked the differences between these television episodes and their originating printed tales, Mike was quick to point out when he felt the main theme of was maintained. Kaelin expressed her general preference for the written word, but also felt these episodes were good representations of the short stories.

Andres liked seeing more visual details developed in the television versions, which added texture and flavor that was lacking in the descriptions of the written stories . In particular, Andrés enjoyed the episode “Passage on the Lady Anne” with its all-star cast of british actors and it’s exhibition of the eponymous ship which was so integral to the story. However, Andres mentioned a few of the more “dated” looking elements in the visual medium like the older practical effects and early special effects in “Perchance to Dream” or “The Howling Man.” Mike disagreed and noted these were things he liked about the show. Ryan and others felt deliberate directorial decisions in the visual medium (like in “In His Image”) made certain aspects of the stories clearer and for good or bad removed their ambiguous feel.

Overall the group enjoyed the thrill of watching or re-visiting these episodes and the genuine emotions they could still evoke for a modern audience.

-Ryan

 

Ryan, Kaelin, Andres, and Mike recording between panels and screenings at Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton, Wisconsin

 

WRITTEN MOVIE REVIEWS:

“Twilight Zone” by Rod Serling (TV show)

  • “Perchance to Dream” (S1E9 – November 27, 1959)
  • “The Howling Man” (S2E5 – November 4, 1960)
  • “The Jungle” (S3E12 – December 1, 1961)
  • “In His Image” (S4E1 – January 3, 1963)
  • “Passage on the Lady Anne” (S4E17 – May 9, 1963)
  • “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” (S5E16 – January 24, 1964)

Ryan: 4 Stars “…are these better than the stories–I’m not sure that they are better than the stories…but I don’t know they are all successful in my book so I’ll rate it the same…”

Mike: 4  Stars “…None of them really ranked in my like top five Twilight Zone episodes, but they’re still Twilight Zone episodes so I still like them…”

Kaelin: 3 3/4 Stars “…reading the [stories] and then seeing the episodes, and I had seen the episodes before, most of them except for this season four…I thought they were pretty good like comparisons to the book–I enjoyed them again…”

Andres: 3 Stars “….If I were to unglue the cultural icon part of it versus the straight story, say if I didn’t know anything about the Twilight Zone, I think I enjoy seeing…this icon…but as far as the stories they were interesting…”

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

This episode was also recorded while in attendance at Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton, Wisconsin. This is an excellent regional film festival that’s been going on for 18 years with a great mission: “The Wildwood Film Festival’s purpose is to promote Wisconsin film talent (actors, directors, writers, composers, editors, etc.). We also strive to educate high school students and adults in film basics-script writing, story boarding, filming, lighting, sound, editing and marketing.” (from https://www.wildwoodfilmfestival.com/)

On this episode Ryan mentioned listening to an American mathcore band out of New Jersey that took its name from one of the more famous episodes we discussed: The Number Twelve Looks Like You (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Number_Twelve_Looks_Like_You)

In our research for this episode we came across a documentary on the television series host. Check it out if you want to know more about him: American Masters Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4ALNnImsmU.

It’s also worthwhile to note that comedian and horror director, Jordan Peele, will host, narrate and produce a rebooted version of The Twilight Zone, which is set to be released in April of 2019: https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/02/the-twilight-zone-first-trailer-watch/

 

* 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:

S4E3B – Perchance to Dream (book)*

SHOW NOTES:

Wherein we discuss classic Twilight Zone writer Charles Beaumont and six stories of his turned into memorable episodes. I’m joined by returning guest, indie filmmaker, Mike O’Reilly (YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMoreilly318); oil painter, Andres Sercovich (Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ahserco/); and book reviewer, Kaelin O’Reilly (Kaelin Reads YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3r-oumDi_CsMoFH4-vTqSA). We recorded this podcast in-between attending lectures and film viewings at the annual Wildwood Film Festival (https://www.wildwoodfilmfestival.com/) that takes place in Appleton, Wisconsin where Mike was screening his short film drama “Volatile” later that night.

During our recording Andres talked about his interests in artificial intelligence themes and the consciousness of mankind which come up in “In His Image,” or the touching reflections of a life-lived found in “Song for a Lady.” Kaelin felt the social commentary on society in “The Beautiful People” both intriguing and disturbing and exemplary of typical Twilight Zone themes. She also noted how these tales aged well and felt relevant even today. Mike discussed how he appreciated that these stories were generally just good yarns, whatever deeper aspects might have been present within such tales as “Perchance to Dream,” “The Jungle,” or cult favorite: “The Howling Man.”

We also observed the wide variety of elements and genres explored in these stories as well as others in this collection. Highlights of our show include Andres quoting “The Big Lebowski” and Mike’s grin-worthy impressions of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Listen in!

-Ryan

 

Ryan, Kaelin, Andres, and Mike recording before attending film screenings at Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton, Wisconsin

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

“Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories (1952-1960)” by Charles Beaumont a/k/a Charles Leroy Nutt (select short stories)

Ryan: 4 Stars “…I know there’s going to be a twist, and I wonder how he’s going to flip this at the end…

Mike: 4 Stars “…don’t get me wrong, when I say escapism and yarn I mean that as complimentary toward the writer because I loved it…”

Kaelin 4 1/2 Stars “...something that you could go back to and re-read and [it] really make[s] me take something more out of it and wanna keep reading other works by him

Andres 3 1/2 Stars “…there was a lot of like thrill…not knowing until you know, then once you know there was not a lot more there–at least what I could see…more perhaps entertainment…”

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

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

As mentioned above, our episodes were recorded while in attendance at Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton, Wisconsin. We had an excellent time at this regional film festival whose mission is “The Wildwood Film Festival’s purpose is to promote Wisconsin film talent (actors, directors, writers, composers, editors, etc.). We also strive to educate high school students and adults in film basics-script writing, story boarding, filming, lighting, sound, editing and marketing.” (from https://www.wildwoodfilmfestival.com/)

 

In preparing for the episode and to research the author some of us watched an indie documentary about his rather short, but amazing career as well as his untimely and strange demise. That film was directed by Jason V. Brock and is called: Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man (the documentary can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-Beaumont-Short-Twilight-Zones/dp/B004HKIVCS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517340570&sr=8-1&keywords=Charles+Beaumont+documentary). For more insight into this author, check out an reprinted interview with his son: https://www.rodserling.com/wsimmons/Chris_Beaumont.htm.

We mentioned briefly how one of the short stories mentioned a show from the golden age of radio known as “The Hermit’s Cave.” Mike and Ryan in particular are fans of Old Time Radio and many of those classic programs can be found archived free on the internet. Here’s a select collection from that radio horror series housed at Archive.org: https://archive.org/details/The_Hermits_Cave.

All of the Beaumont stories we officially covered in this episode were originally published in magazines before being adapted as Twilight Zone episodes. Check out the original covers for these magazines below:

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* 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.