Stranger Than Fan Fiction

August 12, 2016

The lunatics have taken over the asylum

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There was a time fanfic was a much derided form of writing. It was separated from professional writing by an abundance of mary-sue characters, pretzel-shaped soap-opera plots and continuity so shoddy that sharks were jumped on cyborg dragons even before the shark made an appearance. Some would argue that we’re still living in that time. I’d agree except it seems like over the last ten years, Hollywood has been completely taken over by fanfic writers and almost every recent genre flick is an elaborate fan film. Except by virtue of household names in the cast and high production values, it’s difficult to distinguish a mainstream cinema release from a fan-made homage based on quality alone.

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Episode 220: PokéBusters

August 4, 2016

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Two pretty darn good things that haters are hating on. Resident haters Jakob and Mandi give Pokémon Go and the Ghostbusters 2016 reboot some love. Both well-made, charming additions to their franchises, what’s not to like?

Well, not mentioned in the episode but I (Jakob) find the whole premise of the Pokémon universe a little horrifying. It makes the capture and enslavement of small creatures seem like a light-hearted game. Especially when these cute little companions are not kept in humane habitats but in some kind of tiny stasis orbs. I mean, these cutely-named “pocket monsters” are kidnapped, imprisoned and then forced to fight in gladiatorial combat. Taken from their perspective, it’s essentially The Maze Runner or Battle Royale. There’s something seriously effed-up about the whole thing. Anyway… we don’t talk about that. Mostly about how people who hate on Pokémon Go are kinda dicks.

Actually, in this episode we mostly talk about neither Ghostbusters nor Pokémom Go.


Episode 219: Familiar Things

July 27, 2016

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We liked Stranger Things so much we immediately did an episode on it highlighting some of its weaker points. That’s the normal thing to do, right?

Mostly we try to navigate the myriad of references to classic 80s sci-fi and horror movies (not tropes but actual scenes lifted from movies) in the show and decide if too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing. Watching an episode (or 4 in row) can be like falling into a sugar coma of nostalgia. Stranger Things is such a pastiche, it causes one to wonder if there’s substance beneath the style. Perhaps not. But, ultimately, that might not matter in the same way Eggo waffles are a pale imitation of actual food yet are delicious and satisfying.

Regardless, it can be agreed there needs to be a social media campaign to bring back fan-favourite character Barb Holland. #BringBackBarb #BARBLIVES

 


In typical “nuanced” Nerd Hurdles fashion Jakob comes off somewhat negative about the Stranger Things theme music (by S  U R V I V E) which is very similar, if not pretty much identical, to an album he recently released called Mind Thief. a snippet of which is heard at the end of the episode or can be streamed in full below. Jakob claims his poo-pooing of the John Carpenter-esque synth music in Stranger Things had nothing to do with grapes, sour, or otherwise.

 


Episode 218: Scandalous Scandals of Scandal

June 23, 2016

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Having run out of quality shows to watch on (Canadian) Netflix, we get Scandalous with Shonda Rhimes frustratingly good/bad brand of addicting spray-cheese television.

 


Episode 217: Mimico Insane Asylum (Doors Open Toronto)

June 9, 2016

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Jakob and Mandi take a trip to the tunnels underneath the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital (http://www.asylumbythelake.com)—aka Mimico Insane Asylum, aka Mimico Hospital for the Insane, aka The Police Academy, aka Humber College—during Doors Open Toronto.  They also talk about Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express, Midsomer Murders, London Spy and M:I Rogue Nation.

Mandi’s pictures from the tunnel tour:

 


Episode 216: Netflix Grab Bag

May 9, 2016

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Jakob and Mandi talk about a totally random assortment of things they’ve been watching on Netflix. Mainly Daredevil Season 2, Downton Abbey Season 5, House of Cards Season 4 (well, the first 3 episodes), most of Poirot, and the Ender’s Game movie.


Episode 215: Love and Marriage

February 11, 2016

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A Valentines Day special! Our good friends James and Nicole pop by to talk our fabulous wedding, their rad wedding, weddings we’ve been to that were maybe not so awesome and married life. Thanks to Joe Strutt for the very special easter egg (valentine’s heart?) so stick around after the credits.

And be sure to check out James’ book, Our Inland Sea.

http://wolsakandwynn.ca/books/154-our-inland-sea

http://www.amazon.com/Our-Inland-Sea-James-Lindsay/dp/1928088066

 


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