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Torture Cinema Poll for @LonCon3 / Worldcon: You Decide; We Record in a Hotel Room

22 Jul

And it came to pass that four of the Skiffy and Fanty crew would be in attendance at the 2014 Worldcon in London.  And the sf/f gods said, “Record Torture Cinema live in a hotel room…”

And we said…YES!

To celebrate being in London (and the World SF Tour), all of the films in the following poll are of British extraction.  Vote wisely!

209. South African SF Roundtable w/ Alex Latimer, Lauren Beukes, and Sarah Lotz

23 Jun

Terrifying malls, time traveling serial killers, and renegade spaceships, oh my!  Authors Alex Latimer, Lauren Beukes, and Sarah Lotz join Julia and Shaun for an in-depth discussion about South African SF, from the influences of Apartheid on contemporary SA literature to the film industry to fandom and publishing.  You won’t want to miss this one!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

Episode 209 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes:

  • Our Guests
    • Alex Latimer (Author of numerous picture books and The Space Race, which involves apartheid, nuclear weapons, and a race to the moon)
    • Sarah Lotz (Author of The Three, which is about plane crashes and creepy kids. Also writes under other names)
    • Lauren Beukes (Author of several books including The Shining Girls, which is about time traveling serial killers, and the forthcoming Broken Monsters)
  • Additional Notes:
  • Where to buy SA books:
  • Author recommendations:
    • Diane Awerbuck — Home Remedies (recommended by Alex)
    • Louis Greenberg — Dark Windows set in future South Africa
    • Something Wicked magazine
    • Bloody Parchment anthology and Bloody Harvest anthology
    • Jungle Gym magazine
    • Andrew Solomon — Tokolosh Song
    • Edyth Bulbring
    • Henrietta Rose-Innes
    • Alex Smith
    • SA Partridge
    • Nerine Dorman
    • Liam Kruger
    • Miranda Sherry Black Dog Summer (like The Lovely Bones, but set in South Africa)
    • Sam Wilson

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Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

#23. Edge of Tomorrow (2014) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Rachael Acks

13 Jun

Exoskeletons, Tom Cruise dying-in-movie fantasies, and alien time loopers, oh my!  Shaun, David, Paul, and Mike are joined by Rachael Acks (AGAIN) to take on the brand new Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt vehicle, Edge of Tomorrow (adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s All You Need is Kill).  A little death never hurt anybody!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Spoiler Alert:  the following podcast contains spoilers for the film being reviewed; if you wish to see the film without having it ruined for you, download this podcast and save it for later.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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Film Review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010) — A (World) SFF Film Odyssey

12 Jun The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

Readers may be familiar with director Luc Besson’s previous work, which includes the excellent films like The Fifth Element (1997), Leon the Professional (1994; featuring a quite young Natalie Portman), or the lesser-known, but personal favorite, Unleashed (2005; featuring Jet Li, Morgan Freeman, and the late Bob Hoskins).  These are wildly different films, but they are a testament to Besson’s versatility as a writer and director.  The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec; 2010), seems, then, to be a departure from what has come before, in no small part because this is a film which is coded for a younger audience by its humor and delivery.  In that respect, it is a fun, if not somewhat uneven adventure comedy. Continue reading

The Disquieting Guest — Tentacles and Patriarchy

9 Jun It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

As something of an appendix to our Shoot the WISB discussion of the new Godzilla (where we were joined by Rachael Acks), I thought I’d talk a bit about something that I’ve always found very striking about It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955):  the portrayal of Faith Domergue’s character, Professor Lesley Joyce. She is, on the one hand, part of a mini-trend in 50s monster movies where women are scientists (Them!Creature from the Black Lagoon), roles that were virtually non-existent in the films of the preceding decades.* What makes It stand out, though, is that the narrative is at least as concerned with Joyce’s struggles to be taken seriously in a male-dominated world as it is about Ray Harryhausen’s magnificent octopus.

Joyce is, unsurprisingly, the only female character of any importance in the film. What is unusual, however, is that we are meant to notice her position, repeatedly pointed out in her interactions with submarine commander Peter Mathews. The latter is played by Kenneth Tobey, doing very much the same self-confident officer as in The Thing (1951). He keeps refusing to take her seriously, and the body language in the (colourized) still below is pretty telling: Continue reading


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