2016 Awards Season (Hugos, etc.): All the Eligible Things from a Year of Skiffy and Fanty!

8 Jan Hugo Award

It’s that time of year again.  The time when we all show up in a big arena and fight each other with sticks and used socks and the leftover contents of Darth Vader’s fridge for the supreme honor of winning an award.

OK.  So that’s not true.  But it is awards season, which means we do have to release a practically mandatory big post of all the stuff we discussed or created that happens to be eligible for something in 2016.  So, here it is: Continue reading

Book Review: The Empress Game by Rhonda Mason

31 Dec empress-game

Space Opera machinations, a Princess and Prince on the run, and vicious combat both in and out of the ring mark the plot of Rhonda Mason’s The Empress Game.

I’m a sucker for Traveller-style Space Opera, with multiple star-spanning empires and kingdoms and republics, politics between different worlds, intrigue and adventure on far-flung worlds. The Empress Game provides us with an Empire that seems to dominate a swath of the galaxy, but is not alone in its suzerainty. It is the intersection of those polities, or on the boundaries of them, that rich and interesting characters and story can occur. Continue reading

289. The Santa Clause (1994) — A Torture Cinema Holiday Special “Adventure”

24 Dec The Santa Clause

Elf special ops, killer hot cocoa, and reindeer, oh my!  The holidays are here, and no holiday would be complete without a holiday-themed Torture Cinema episode.  In our final episode of the season, we tackle 1994’s Tim Allen venture, The Santa Clause.  From kickass elves to creepy child kidnappings to the wonderful joy of the Christmas spirit, we’ve got plenty to say about this supposedly awful movie!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below): Continue reading

#41. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Jay Garmon

22 Dec Star Wars -- The Force Awakens Title

Wookies, resistance fighters, and General Leia, oh my!  It’s the first Star Wars movie in a long time, and that means we can’t ignore it!  We join ranks with Jay Garmon to tackle Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015).  We discuss the film’s diversity, the burden of Star Wars’ legacy on any new Star Wars movie, wookies, and much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below): Continue reading

288. Barbarella (1968) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

21 Dec Barbarella

Hairy children herders, orgasm machines, and sexy hands, oh my! In this sadly late edition of Torture Cinema, the Skiffy and Fanty crew tackles the infamous 1968 sexploitation film, Barbarella.  We cover the film’s legacy, the strange imagery and sexploitation elements, hairy guys, orgasm machines, and so much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below): Continue reading

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