Rambo: First Blood (1982) / Rambo (2008)

In the latest episode of The Soylent GreenScreen Podcast Wayne, Michelle and The Justins take on Rambo to discuss whether these are silly action films or if there is something else going within this character. 

We cover the usage of post vietman america and whether First Blood is am anti-war film, the Frankenstein themes, whether the sheriff was right to want Rambo to leave, and the importance of Colonel Trautman. We also compare First Blood to The Incredible Hulk TV series.

In the second half we examine the most recent 2008 Rambo film, simply titled, Rambo. This was the first Rambo film to be directed by Sylvester Stallone. In this part of the episode we discuss the excessive violence, the usage of the Burmese genocide and how this film shed some light on a clonflict that had been largely ignored in the west. We also discuss how Stallone was able to cast genuine Freedom Fighters in this film, why this film was banned in certain countries.

We also discuss the series in general and how Rambo was trapped within the franchise machinery of the 1980s. 

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30th Anniversary: Ghostbusters

Continuing our retrospective episodes on classic horror and supernatural films for Halloween season we rewatched and studied up on Ghostbusters to provide our listeners with some deeper insights into this transgenerational cult classic. Throughout this episode we examine the development of Ghostbusters and the journey Dan Aykroyd went through in bringing this to the screen. We also discuss the future of ghostbusters as a franchise, the animated series, some trivia such as the ironic twist of the voice of Venkman in the cartoon being the same guy who voiced Garfield. We also touch upon the loss of Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd’s obsessions, Bill Murray’s refusal to return to the series and what went wrong with Ghostbusters 2. 

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Halloween Special: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A Nighmare on Elm Street, which introduced the world to Freddy Krueger is now 30 years old and has remained a benchmark film of the genre ever since. The Soylent GreenScreen crew have returned to Wes Craven’s groundbreaking film phenomemon in time for halloween to discuss the behind the scenes history of the film, the gener role reveral, the cultural impact on franchise horror films and the evolution of Freddy Krueger.

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The Asylum: Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark / Sharknado (the first one)

 

With Wayne in Tasmania fighting The Bass Strait Sharknado it’s up to Darkest-timeline Justin, to accept Anne and Nick’s request to venture inside The Asylum and take on their obsession with Sharks in this Sharktacular episode. In this episode we discuss the B-film inspired Asylum films; Mega-Shark vs Mecha-Shark followed by a discussion on The Asylum’s most successful movie, Sharknado. Joining Darkest-Timeline Justin are regular co-hosts Michelle and Regular Justin. You can subcribe and review our show on iTunes or Stitcher.  

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Melbourne Cinema History Part 3: The Sound of Music

The final part of our podcast on the history of Melbourne Cinemas our discussion with Michelle’s dad, Bryan turns to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music Ran for a staggering 140 weeks in Melbourne’s Paris Theatre, perhaps better known to history buffs as The Lyceum. The Paris/Lyceum was pulled down in the 70s and replaced by The Tivoli Arcade. 

Tivoli Arcade Bourke Street

The Tivoli Arcade

 The Sound of Music was directed by Robert Wise (The Day The Earth Stood Still) and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. 

 

Rivoli NY

 

The Rivoli is in NY. No pictures were available for The Paris. 

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Melbourne Cinema History Part2: Around The World in 80 Days

In the scond part of our epic podcasting night with Michelle’s dad we discuss the 1956 version of Jules Verne’s Around The World in 80 Days, starring David Niven, Shirley McClaine, Cantinflas and a swag of celebrity cameos ranging from Caesar Romero to Buster Keaton. 

Through this discussion Bryan (Michelle’s dad) explains the importance of this film and why it ran for three and a half years. He also introduces us to the Todd AO processor and how they used the hot airballoon as a way of marketing Todd AO. Todd AO was the foundation of high fidelity surround and the widescreen 70mm format as we know it today. Before this time they had to use three cameras and three projectors to present cinerama. With Todd AO they were able to record a widescreen image on a single strip of film with six channel surround sound. So this was a ground breaking cinematic achievement. Bryan also points out the number of celebrity cameos in this film and brings us a deeper and more complex understanding of the era that Around The World in 80 Days was made. 

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Melbourne Cinema History Part 1: South Pacific

 

In this episode the Soylent GreenScreen is joined by Michelle’s dad, Bryan. Bryan was generous enough to be our special guest and share his memories of being raised by the manager of the Esquire theatre, Gil (1924 – 2014). Gil managed some of Melbourne’s finest cinemas from the 1950s through to the 70s. Gil was there for a time that History seems to forgotten now that cinema has been subsumed by the multiplex. 

This conversation with Bryan stretched out to over 2 hours so we broke it into three parts. The first part is focused on South Pacific (1958), whilst we all agreed that this wasn’t the best of the films in cinema history, it ran for three years at The Esquire on Bourke Street. Thus cementing its place in cinema history.

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