Tag Archives: Science Fiction

#37. Ex Machina (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

27 Jul Ex Machina -- 2015

The Turing test, eccentric billionaires, and the singularity, oh my!  In this special edition of Shoot the WISB, Rachael takes Shaun and Paul on a journey through Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina.  We explore the film’s treatment of AI, its themes, its women, and much more!

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276. Live at CONvergence! Space and Its Discontents (On Contact and Gravity)

8 Jul Contact -- Poster

Alien messages, space debris, and space women, oh my!  The Robogoblins descend upon CONvergence to discuss Gravity and Contact.  We tackle how each film addresses religion, science, trauma, and female characters, and we explore the optimism of Contact versus the pessimism of Gravity.

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#36. The Middleman (Eps. 5-8) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

22 Jun The Middleman

Zombie fish, alien boy bands, and titanic tubas, oh my!  Mike, Julia, and Shaun join forces again to discuss the next four episodes of the short-lived geektastic squeefest that is The Middleman.  And joining us for this festival?  Paul!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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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. Continue reading

273. Waterworld (1995) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ Geoffrey Pelton & Kevin Lux

8 Jun Waterworld

Jet skis, trimarans, and Dennis Hopper, oh my!  The crew joins forces to destroy Jen’s childhood movie love, Waterworld.  From gross urine water to Kevin Costner Fish Bait to explosions galore, we had much to say!  Also joining us:  Geoffrey Pelton and audio recordings from the infamous Kevin Lux!

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Book Review: “Ivan, you Idiot”: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance

4 Jun Captain-Vorpatrils-Alliance-by-Lois-McMaster-Bujold

Everyone knows and loves Miles Vorkosigan. The “little admiral”, who thanks to a chemical attack on his mother while she was pregnant suffers from a shortness of build, brittle bones, and an drive to prove himself against all comers. He is the heart and center of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan universe.

But what about Ivan? “Ivan, you Idiot”? The breezing through life cousin of Miles, who seems mostly engaged in trying to avoid the wrath of his mother, and any responsibility whatsoever? Wine, women, and having a good time as much as he can, without a care in the world or a thought in his brain. Is he really as stupid and shallow as Miles makes him out to be? Aral Vorkosigan, father of Miles,  once mused that Ivan couldn’t possibly be faking his stupidity — or is Ivan better at this than even Aral realized?  Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance gives us an entire novel to explore a story about Ivan and of Ivan, and a reconsideration of who and what he is, what he thinks he is, and what he wants to be. Continue reading

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