Archive for February, 2013

Cult Film Club Episode 4: The Beastmaster (1982)

Posted in 80s, movies, podcast, pop culture with tags , , , , on February 14, 2013 by Paxton

Cult Film Club

The Clubhouse is now open.  For this installment of Cult Film Club we are discussing the awesomely phantasmagorical 1982 fantasy movie, The Beastmaster.

The Beastmaster

We all discuss our personal recollections of watching the movie, we talk about the things we love. We talk about the things that makes us cringe. We discuss the awesome glory that is Marc Singer all muscle-y and oiled up.  We even attempt to simulate the “hawk cry” with varying degrees of success.

If you also loved this movie, download this episode from iTunes or listen to it online here.

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Review of Oz Book 13: The Magic of Oz (1919)

Posted in books, Classic literature, pop culture, Wizard of Oz with tags , , , , , on February 13, 2013 by Paxton

Following the Yellow Brick Road

The thirteenth book in Baum’s Oz series was called The Magic of Oz.  It was published in 1919, one month after L Frank Baum had died due to complications after having a stroke.

Tin Woodman of Oz

This story begins with a magician who discovers a simple magical word for transforming anything and anyone into anything and anyone he wishes. The word is complex and must be pronounced exactly, but once learned is very easy to execute. After Ozma declares that only Glinda and the Wizard are able to perform magic in Oz, the magician retires but writes down his discovery in a secret compartment in his magical laboratory. Years later the magician’s son happens upon the secret word, figures out how to use it and escapes his village to do wicked things across the land of Oz. The son, Kiki Aru, joins up with the original Nome King, Ruggedo, who was exiled in Book 3 – Tik-Tok of Oz, to exact revenge on the denizens of The Emerald City, most notably Ozma and Dorothy.  The plan involves tricking the animals of Oz to revolt against the Emerald  City by convincing them that the people of Oz are going to attack and enslave the animals first.

Meanwhile, everyone in Oz is preparing for Ozma’s birthday and Dorothy and like 8 other people travel out into the Oz country side to find Ozma the perfect birthday present.  Yeah, I’m not too thrilled with that part of the story.  Trot and Capt Bill spend most of their time trying to obtain this magical flower that is floating in this island in the middle of a river in the northernmost part of Oz.  Just not very compelling.

However, the scenes with Ruggedo and Kiki Aru convincing the animals to attack the Emerald City are pretty good.  However, while out looking for presents, the Wizard and Dorothy stumble upon the plan and do their best to stop it.  All while Capt Bill and Trot are magically stuck on the island with the magical flower.

Oh, and, spoiler alert, Dorothy and the Wizard train a monkey to jump out of Ozma’s cake and dance.  That is their gift to her.  On  her birthday.

This is an oddly disjointed book.  I liked about half of it.  The rest is sort of silly, but in a bad way.  Normally Baum is able to make the silly parts endearing, but this time, not so much.  I’m not really going to recommend this book, even though we see the return of the original Nome King, one of my favorite Oz characters.  It just seems a little pointless and dull.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of imagination and cool stuff to see, but by the end of the book I was a little disappointed.

Only one more L Frank Baum Oz book would be published after this.

Below is my checklist of Oz books.  I’ve crossed off the ones I’ve currently read.  Next up is the fourteenth and final L Frank Baum Oz book, Glinda of Oz. Oz books checklist

Nerd Lunch Episode 72: Live Action Children’s TV Shows

Posted in podcast, pop culture, TV shows with tags , , , , on February 12, 2013 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Welcome to another fun-ducational episode of the Nerd Lunch podcast. This week we are again Jeeg-less, but we are joined in the 4th chair by Tim Lybarger. Tim is the proprietor of The Neighborhood Archive, your one-stop shop for all things Mr Rogers. Check it out, the site is pretty awesome.

Electric Company
(Via Museum of Funcut Funk)

Tim joins us this week for our topic about live action children’s programming. We talk about PBS and Nickelodeon. We discuss shows like Sesame Street, Electric Company, Double Dare, Kids Incorporated and, of course, Mr Rogers.  Come check it out, I guarantee you we talk about one of your favorites.

Download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner.

Or listen to it online right here.

Nerd Lunch Episode 71: Re-do of Star Trek Voyager

Posted in podcast, pop culture, Star Trek, TV shows with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2013 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

For this episode of Nerd Lunch CT and I are still missing our comrade-in-arms Jeeg as he moves all of his junk North for a new job. To replace Jeeg, we brought back Rob Graham and we take this opportunity to talk about one of the more maligned Star Trek franchises, Voyager.

ST Voyager

We start with a ground level reconstruction of the concept of the show and we talk about the things in the show that worked, and the many plethora of things that did not work. We recast many of the roles and play around with the concept of Star Trek: Lost in Space. I honestly think we made it better.

Download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner.

Or listen to it online right here.