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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Outlaws: Natural Born KIllers/Bonnie & Clyde

In our latest episode of the Soylent GreenScreen Podcast, now available for download or streaming from iTunes and Stitcher, Michelle, the Justins and Wayne discuss Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jnr., Tommy Lee Jones and Tome Sizemore as well as Arthur Penn’s 1967 version of Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman and Gene Wilder.

We discuss the media, the highs and lows of Robert Downey Jnr. and his career, the brilliance of Woody Harrelson, why Quentin Tarantino only gets a “Story By” credit and not a screenplay credit and the ways that Natural Born Killers ruined Michelle’s love of Rodney Dangerfield. We also discuss Oliver Stone and how his films are male centric and question whether Natural Born Killers was made for an adult audience and whether or not they were serial killers or mass murderers, or even if it matters.

In the second half we discuss the 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde. Through this discussion we examine the influence of Bonnie and Clyde on American cinema and the ways in which the media portrays these characters. We also look at the hysteria of Bonnie and Clyde and attempt to figure out if they were deluding themselves into thinking they were heroes.


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Slither and Super

In this podcast our crack team of podcasters, AKA guardians of the podcasting Galaxy, examine two James Gunn films, Slither and Super, in preparation for his new film, Guardians Of The Galaxy.  Darkest-Timeline Justin, Michelle, Irregular Justin and Wayne take you deep into the heart of creepy, slimy, slithering aliens, with Slither.  They also delve into the dark, creepy world of Super. They discuss the nuances in these James Gunn films. Yes, Slusho Thoery is alive and well in these films. Super, staring Rainn Wilson, notably from The Office, is a well-made, masterfully dark comedy. With stellar performances from Wilson and Ellen Page, this movie is well worth a watch. Super is bout an everyday guy that transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills. He tries to win back his wife from drug dealing Scum Lords and takes Bolte/Libby along for the ride. Slither is about that goes for a night walk and comes back with more than he bargained for. A blend of the B movie classic The Blob (1958), and some Romero’s zombies film, a meteorite collides in a small town and unleashes slithering creepy crawlies. Starring Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks this horror comedy will keep you squirming! One of the movies in this podcast scores a rare 10! You’ll have to listen to find out which one, and who gave it a 10!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Minisode

 

In this mini episode it’s up to Wayne and Darkest timeline Justin to discuss the latest Marvel film Guardians of the galaxy. We do our best to avoid spoilers but one or two slip through the cracks. We also discuss the twist at the end of Iron Man 3 get a brief visit by a Thundergod and we look at the possibilities of a Groot or Throg spin off movie. All this and much much less.

 

 

 

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Fantasy Women of Ruby Sparks, Her and Lars & The Real Girl

In our 17th episide from The Soylent Greenscreen Podcast, Darkest-Timeline Justin, Michelle, Regular Justin and Wayne discuss three films about fantasy women and unfulfilled men trying to establish their identities. While these films tell the same story of the inanimate object developing a life beyond the control of the owner/creator they all present unique worlds, differing genres and three men at different stages of the ir emotional development. 

The first film is the 2007 contemporary comedy-drama Lars and The Real Girl starring Ryan Gosling as Lars and Emily Mortimer as Karin. This was one of the few films that we all gave a similar rating. 

Lars &TRG

Our second film was the 2013 Spike Jonz science-fiction-romantic-drama Her starring Joaquin Pheonix as Theodore and Scarlett Johanssenn as the voice of Samantha. 

Her

Our last film and perhaps the most controversial was the 2012 fantasy drama with darker undertones, Ruby Sparks. This film written by and starring Zoe Kazan as Ruby, with Paul Dano as Calvin.

Ruby Sparks

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Steve Jobs: The Man, The Myth, The Pirate

In this episode Michelle introduces Wayne, Darkest-Timeline Justin and High-Fibre Justin to the life and times of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, John Scully, Bill Gates and the rest of the guys that defined our marketing and technology inspired culture with IBM, Macintosh and The Pepsi Challenge through a discussion of three movies about Steve Jobs. These three films are the recent Ashton Kutcher starring theatrical feature, Jobs (2013), the first feature length Funny or Die movie iSteve (2013) starring Justin Long as Steve Jobs and Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak and lastly, the surprisingly good tv movie Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) starring Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. 

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Justin Long and Jorge Garcia

Justin Long iSteve

 

 

 

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Noah Wyle and Anthony Michael Hall in Pirates of Silicon Valley

Jobs & Gates

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Vigilantes: Hobo with a Shotgun / Bad-Ass

In our latest episode of The Soylent Greenscreen Podcast Justin, Michelle, Darkest-Timeline Justin and Wayne discuss the 2011, Grindhouse inspired Canadian film Hobo With A Shotgun starring Rutger Hauer. Throughout this discussion we look at extreme violence and revenge stories. We discuss the themes of the film as well as the peculiar absence of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino having no association to a film that was sold based on the mock preview the filmmakers produced from a Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse competition. This is followed up with a comparative look at the Danny Trejo 2012 film, Bad-Ass. This film was inspired by a real altercation that became a YouTube hit.

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