FilmWonk Podcast – Episode #69 – “Chappie” (dir. Neill Blomkamp)

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This week, Glenn and Daniel learn that Chappie‘s got stories, that the members of Die Antwoord aren’t half-bad actors, and that Neill Blomkamp isn’t done impressing us, despite his sophomore misstep (50:51).

May contain NSFW language.

FilmWonk rating: 7.5 out of 10

Show notes:

  • Music for tonight’s episode is “I Fink U Freeky” by Die Antwoord. The video is well worth a look – I was first exposed to it at the OneReel Film Festival in 2013, at which point I commented, “Meth is a hell of a drug.” That opinion is unchanged – but I’ve since developed a pretty high opinion of Yolandi and Ninja‘s skill with theatricality.
  • R20,000,000 ZAR (South African rand) = $1.6 million USD (US dollars). Not a small sum in any case.
  • CORRECTION: Meredith Woerner from io9 referred to this as “a bad movie“, not “a dumb movie”. Our bad.

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

Chappie, Neill Blomkamp, Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser, Die Antwoord, Sigourney Weaver

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FilmWonk Podcast – Episode #68 – “The Lazarus Effect” (dir. David Gelb) (spoiler-edition)

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This week, Glenn wishes The Lazarus Effect would’ve just let him rest in peace, while Daniel offers a tepid, contrarian defense, and spoils The Ring for some reason (19:33).

May contain NSFW language.

FilmWonk rating: 5.5/10 (Daniel); 2.5/10 (Glenn)

Show notes:

  • Music for tonight’s episode is “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!, which is better than the movie deserves. I also just noticed George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley are wearing a “CHOOSE LIFE” t-shirt in the video, which is apropos.
  • The horror flick from 2013 that I plugged was indeed Sinister, not Insidious – although they do share a producer. Another fine horror flick I didn’t think of was last year’s Oculus.
  • We mention one our early podcast review of Frozen (the Adam Green horror film, not the Disney film) – check that out here.
  • We were actually drinking Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky bourbon. Solid. They didn’t pay us for the plug; we just like bourbon.

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