FilmWonk Podcast – Episode #51 – “Snowpiercer” (dir. Bong Joon-ho)

Poster for "Snowpiercer"

This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel go off the rails from the rest of the critical community when it comes to Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer. Will this post-apocalyptic train to nowhere make any tracks with us? Tune in below and find out (36:01).

May contain NSFW language.

FilmWonk rating (Glenn): 6 out of 10
FilmWonk rating (Daniel): 2 out of 10

Show notes:

  • Music for tonight’s episode is the track “Blackout” from the film’s score by Marco Beltrami.
  • We likened the film to sci-fi author Hugh Howey‘s Silo Saga – check out the first Omnibus volume, Wool.
  • CORRECTION: We referred to a real-life [proposed] geoengineering project, which would involve seeding the sky with a substance to alleviate the effects of global warming. We had the substance wrong – the proposal in question uses stratospheric sulfate aerosols, not silver, as we vaguely recalled. We also referred to Kurt Vonnegut‘s fictitious substance, Ice-nine (from Cat’s Cradle), which appears on an episode of Alias as “Ice-5”.

Listen above, or download: Snowpiercer (right-click, save as, or click/tap to play on a non-flash browser)

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FilmWonk Podcast – Episode #50 – “22 Jump Street”, “Edge of Tomorrow”

Poster for "22 Jump Street"

This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel take in a criminally underseen sci-fi romp from director Doug Liman, Edge of Tomorrow. Listen and find out why we thought this film was an instant sci-fi action classic, right alongside the likes of Starship Troopers. But first, listen to us talk about a sequel that also felt like it was stuck in a temporal loop, 22 Jump Street. How precisely can this film toe the line between trolling its audience with its genre-savvy and deliberate stupidity, and merely being funny? Listen as we struggle to answer that very question. (57:11).

May contain NSFW language.

Still from "Edge of Tomorrow"

FilmWonk rating (22 Jump Street): 4.5 out of 10
FilmWonk rating (Edge of Tomorrow): 8 out of 10

Show notes:

  • (02:02): 22 Jump Street
  • (16:00): Spoilers for 22 Jump Street
  • (24:07): Edge of Tomorrow
  • (41:26): Spoilers for Edge of Tomorrow
  • Music for tonight’s episode includes the…truly abysmally-named track, “#STUPiDFACEDD (White Boy Wasted)” by Wallpaper, from the trailer for 22 Jump Street. It also includes the track “D-Day“, from the original score to Edge of Tomorrow, which was indeed composed by Christophe Beck.
  • We actually referred to our Divergent podcast in both reviews, so listen here if you’re curious what we’re talking about (specifically with regard to female action hero casting). We promise we like Shailene Woodley, you guys! She just needs the right roles.
  • Update: Just learned we’ve been mispronouncing Peter Stormare‘s name for years (the last part is closer to rhyming with “Sorry” than “Stare”). Rest assured that the irony of us mispronouncing his name in the process of criticizing his accent work is completely lost on us. We’re pretty sure we could pronounce his given name (Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm) correctly.

Listen above, or download: 22 Jump Street, Edge of Tomorrow (right-click, save as, or click/tap to play on a non-flash browser)