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PODCAST:

S3E12M – Dune (movie and SyFy)*

SHOW NOTES:

This was easily one of our most decisive episodes. Rick walked off, I did not want to discuss the TV adaptation, and Ryan had to fix our broken home. In the end, Ryan lost the most for caring the most. The heart and soul of our podcast held true and pushed through both movies, with indifference from Wilk and absence from Rick.

If a consensus could be reached it was only that Dune, the movie, was something apart from the mainstream. It was delightfully weird and inaccessible. To a casual viewer, I think it would be unwatchable. Unless you are into that sort of thing.

But out listeners and Ryan deserved better than what they got. For the first time in the history of the show I would like to apologize for my conduct. And most importantly Ricks. Or as I call him, Captain “I walked off the episode I insisted we do” Fantastic.

So, until next time, wash your space balls thoroughly, as there is no deodorant in outer space.

– Wilk

WRITTEN FILM REVIEWS:

Film: “Dune (1984)” by David Lynch (Kyle MacLachlan)

Ryan: 4 Stars “…this captures the soul of the book…a lot more stylized…David Lynch gets a little edge because of the risks that they took …”

Wilk: 3 1/2 Stars “…at some point, odd things happen to you in life that aren’t what you expect, but in the end you get what you want…that’s what Dune is…”

Rick: 4 Stars “…even though David Lynch’s movie doesn’t really follow, technically, everything in the book, it really captures the imagery…”

 

 

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SyFy: Frank “Herbert’s Dune (2000)” by John Harrison (William Hurt)

Ryan: 3 1/2 Stars “…they did put a lot of effort into it and its enjoyable if you really want to see something that’s closer to the book…”

Wilk: 3 Stars “…it was more literal than the David Lynch version, but less ambitious…”

Rick: 0 Stars “…it was a waste of time…the acting made it horrible…I saw part of it before I gave up on it…”

 

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

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On the show, Ryan mentioned watching a fascinating documentary about a movie version of Dune that never happened, but which likely influenced the science fiction film genre for years due to the various creative teams being assembled by this off-the-wall director (Alejandro Jodorowsky). Though the film never happened, a great deal of work was done in pre-production and the resulting documentary about this director’s journey is a compelling watch of what-might-have-been for Dune fans. If you are a Dune fan you’ll want to check out “Jodorowsky’s Dune.”

Ryan also talked about another science fiction/fantasy book review podcast that relayed a fairly recent announcement by production company “Legendary Entertainment” to acquire film rights for Dune, so there may be another visual version coming out in the future. That podcast is known as “Sword and Laser” and the relevant episode with a link to a news article can be found here: http://swordandlaser.com/home/2016/11/22/sl-podcast-273-han-solos-big-sister. After recording, Dole, found this article announcing a new director for the possible remake: http://www.cinemablend.com/news/1619960/the-dune-remake-has-its-director-and-we-couldnt-be-more-thrilled.

David Lynch’s depiction of the vile Baron Vladimir Harkonnen reminded Ryan of the infamous Countess Elizabeth Bathory from Hungary whom was rumored to have bathed in the blood of virgins to retain her youth. Here’s the Wikipedia article on her: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory.

krullIn discussing the various members of the cast for the Lynch version of the book, we gave a shout out to a childhood favorite which featured Dune actress Francesca Annis: Krull!

Lastly, the epic production behind David Lynch’s film version of Dune is legendary. At one point crews down in Mexico were combing the desert to remove trash and debris so that the sands would be pure enough for the rich landscape of planet Arrakis. This is all to reminiscent of a classic scene in Mel Brook’s famed Star Wars parody: Space Balls. Please enjoy this clip:

 

 

* 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:

S3E12B – Dune (book)*

SHOW NOTES:

Please join us in a disjointed conversation about the greatest story ever told. 

– Rick

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Book: “Dune (Dune Chronicles #1) (1965)” by Frank Herbert

Ryan: 5 Stars “…f**king Dune, nuff said…”

Wilk: 5 Stars “…I recognize why people love this and like it and its overall concept, but you kind of gotta stick with it to get that out of it…”

Rick: 5 Stars “…quintessential intergalactic space opera…laden with a lot of political intrigue and a lot of great ideas…”

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

iron-maiden-piece-of-mindDuring the show, Ryan talked about Frank Herbert using omniscient point of view. A technique not commonly used in modern literature. He cited an article about this that can be found here: http://www.shmoop.com/dune/narrator-point-of-view.html. An interview conducted years about by Dalton Books with Frank Herbert and director David Lynch, was also cited by Ryan, which can be found on YouTube in multiple parts here:

Rick mentioned that hard rock group “Clutch” has a song called “Prison Planet,” from their eponymous album “Clutch.” While the lyrical contest doesn’t seem to be directly inspired by the book “Dune” it is about aliens and other good science fiction type content. Plus it’s just a great rock tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53qeiAVjHQU. Another well-known thrash metal act did take direct inspiration from the book for a song. The English band “Iron Maiden” released a song called “To Tame a Land” which can be found on their album “Piece of Mind.” Check out this tune on Youtube with lyrics at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y3o4okKXMU. Ironically, the author refused to let the band use the title “Dune” for this song because he wasn’t a fan of their type of music — check it out: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2348.

 

* 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:

S3E12P – Preview Episode (Dune)*

SUBJECT MATTER:

Book: “Dune (Dune Chronicles #1) (1965)” by Frank Herbert

“Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family–and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.” (from Amazon.com)

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Film: “Dune (1984)” by David Lynch (Kyle MacLachlan)

“Set in a distant future the year 10191 where life in the universe and space travel is dependent upon a spice Melange found only on the desert planet Arrakis or Dune; where the natives of the planet await the arrival of their Messiah who will lead them into a holy war against the evil Harkonnen empire.” (from Amazon.com)

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SyFy: “Frank Herbert’s Dune (2000)” by John Harrison (William Hurt)

“A three-part miniseries on politics, betrayal, lust, greed and the coming of a Messiah. Based on Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel.” (from IMDB.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:

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:

S3E11B – The Devil Rides Out (book)* 

*** 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. ***

 

SHOW NOTES:

Ready to podcast!

Dole, Rick and Ryan

Craft Brewery!

Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, 3 Floyd’s Russian-Style Imperial Stout Dark Lord (vanilla bean), Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

This month I had Ryan and Dole over to record. They are great guests. I estimate they brought in $150 worth of craft beer. First time I ever tried the “Dark Lord,” from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.. It was aged a few years and bottle 175 of 800, or something like that. Very special, so much so, I was compelled to ceremoniously place my goat statue on the mantelpiece for the evening’s events. If only my Wiccan cloaks were back from the dry cleaners, I believe we might have conjured the Dark Lord himself. The recording almost didn’t happen as Wilk threatened to prematurely go to bed or watch a movie with Laura (his wife) or something. The technical difficulties Ryan and Dole had were colossal and postponed our start time by about an hour, but they persevered. Despite the late start time and a black hole vortex on the other end of the Skype call in Michigan, we managed to have a quality recording. Come back any time fellas. We need to practice the occult more often!

– Rick

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

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

Ryan: 4 Stars “…Why I’m not giving it five stars is because that…I thought the ending–it wraps up things a little bit too conveniently…

Wilk: 3 Stars “…I liked the audiobooks…it was kinda entertaining it felt like I was watching a Tarzan movie…with Satan in it…

Rick:  3 1/2 Stars “…I do appreciate the fact that it was grounded in a lot of research and facts…

Dole (special guest): 4 Stars “…I felt creeped out by it just because there was so much real stuff in the book I felt like dirty reading it…

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

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

aleister_crowleyDuring the episode we talked about the author doing extensive research to add an element of realism to this work. As part of his studies Wheatley interviewed none other than the infamous occultist, Aleister Crowley who had previously gained notoriety with his interest in black magic and residence at the “Boleskin House” (later owned for a time by guitarist Jimmy Page  of Led Zepplin). Rockstar and metal icon Ozzy Osbourne would later have hit a song about this man called Mr. Crowley (here’s a link to a live version on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3LvhdFEOqs).

One of the interesting bits of research in the book that was mentioned by Wheatley, was the act of hypnotizing chickens by simply drawing a line in the ground. You can watch demonstrations of this strange phenomena on YouTube videos such as this one: https://youtu.be/sqZZ95L2n7o

Dennis Wheatley was a part of the war effort during World War II when he was engaged to use his creativity to write various war papers including a treatise on how Britain could be invaded. He was a member of the London Controlling Section which worked on secret coordinated strategic military deception and cover plans (see Wikipedia article on Dennis Wheatley). One such famous plan that came out of this department was “Operation Mincemeat,” which involved planting fake invasion plans in a corpse and letting it be discovered to divert Germany’s attention from the real battle plans.  The BBC produced a special (A Letter To Posterity) on Wheatley’s life that discusses a letter written by the author that was sealed in a time capsule and left for the world to discover at a later date. You can check this out on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeXEj2_v6i4&app=desktop

Returning special guest, John Doyle (a/k/a Dole), came on the show and talked about some recent studio time with his metal band, “I Decline.” They continue to work on their epic, space trilogy project known as “The Galaxies,” which is being produced by Sandford Parker. Find their music on iTunes and their website: http://www.i-decline.com.

John wrote and composed the theme music for the podcast, helped on our video special (Video Special: Culver Indiana and Vonnegut: a documentary), and has joined us on other past episodes including: “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell (book) and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury (book).

 

* 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.