Sunday, November 12, 2017

Episode 24: The Wolfman a novel by Nicholas Pekearo

Some folk say when you've read one werewolf story, you've read them all. So, we decided to check around and we found a list of five werewolf books that contain an unusual twist, and after reading the The Wolfman by Nicholas Pekearo we found that we were not disappointed.  Publishers Weekly said  "Spare, evocative prose lifts this impressive debut from Pekearo, who was killed in the line of duty as an auxiliary police officer in New York City in 2007. Marlowe Higgins, who’s both a werewolf and a detective, lives in the small town of Evelyn..."   We agree that the writing is solid with few flaws, and you will find some twists in this horror tale full of angst and aggression.  With Pekearo's background and interest in police work he does a nice job of combining elements of a detective novel with those of a horror story.  

Special thanks to Erdenstern for the music, and Aaron Kleinschmidt for his readings. 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Episode 23: An American Werewolf in London

Welcome back! This is the first of our werewolf shows. We take a look at the cult classic film that along with The Howling raised the bar for werewolf transformations. This one's quite painful. While Roger Ebert gave An American Werewolf in London a poor review, saying it " ...seems curiously unfinished, as if director John Landis spent all his energy on spectacular set pieces and then didn't want to bother with things like transitions, character development, or an ending."
took the werewolf transformations to the next level, with mechanical make-up effects that pre-date the wonderful computer graphics that we enjoy today. So does the film

We however found it highly entertaining in spite of it's flaws.  Although we do have some questions about the ending. 

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Episode 22: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Book and Film)

In this episode we investigate The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre, and by director Martin Ritt.   That is because we are trying something a little different in this episode.  We are combining the reviews of both the book and it's film in ONE episode.  The novel received critical acclaim at the time of its publication and became an international best-seller.  It was printed in 1963 and is full of Cold War fun.   The film was released in 1965 and won several awards and had 2 Academy nominations for Best Actor (Richard Burton) and Best Art Direction (in spite of the overuse of the Jackalope antlers).

The music used in the reading was provided by Erdenstern, while Rick Hollander was our reader. The original piano music for the audio logo for Spine and Sprocket was written and performed by Megan Kleinschmidt.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Episode 21: We Were Soldiers (the film)

The war in Vietnam was unique in many ways.  Films that attempt to illustrate the conflict have some tricky ground to cover.  One of the classic Vietnam War films was, of course, We Were Soldiers Once. If you'd like to watch the film before we cover it here, go ahead and do so now.  Or, listen to our views first, as pathetic as they are, then watch the film for yourself and see what you think.  Both ways work for us. 

We do have 10 minutes of digression at the beginning of the show and we hope, as always, you will find it entertaining enough.  

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Episode 20: We Were Soldiers Once and Young (book)
One of the classic books about the Vietnam War, is of course, We Were Soldiers Once ...and Young by marine Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and journalist Joseph Galloway.  It is the account of the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in November of 1965. According to Google Books "Each year, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps selects one book that he believes is both relevant and timeless for reading by all Marines. The Commandant's choice for 1993 was We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young." It was also a N.Y. Times bestseller, who knew there were so many military history fans.

Music provided by Erdenstern

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Episode 19: The Omega Man and I am Legend

Charlton Heston, empty city streets, strange albino-like people created by germ warfare; what more could a person want from a film?  Except perhaps, the removal of the hip jazz soundtrack and it being replaced with anything better. All of those theatrical elements can be found n the film The Omega Man.   If you don't like 1970's sci-fi cult classics then maybe you would rather try the most recent film adaptation of Matheson's novel.  It is a film called, surprisingly, I Am Legend, starring Will Smith.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Episode 18: I Am Legend

When Dave and Jeff got together to reveal their opinions of this classic (in the cult sense) horror novel, I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, some unexpected interactions occurred. As the conversation developed, there was a surprising divergence of opinion.

Matheson's novel is the vampire story that isn't quite a vampire story.  If you don't believe us, just watch the many film versions of this influential tale.

Background music for readings courtesy of Laszlo Harsanyi.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Episode 17: The War of the Worlds in Film

When we were young, George Pal created a film called The War of the Worlds, and it captured the
imaginations of a generation. In 2005 Steven Spielberg created another version of the H.G. Wells story to capture the imaginations of a new generation of Science Fiction fans.  

We ask the following questions, Does Spielberg's version surpass or meet the power of the 1953 film and do either of them match the creative genius of the novel? Come join Dave, Jeff, and our guests Mike and Dennis as we have a lot of fun reviewing these two Sci-Fi classics.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Episode 16: War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Prepare yourselves for a Martian invasion.  It is the novel that started it all.  The classic science fiction novel The War of the Worlds by famed writer H. G. Wells.  Join Dave, Jeff, Mike and Dennis as we review and pontificate on all things alien. In the next episode we will cover both film versions of War of the Worlds.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Episode 15: A Bridge Too Far (1977 Film)

T'was becauze of de fog....'cause of da tea break...because of etc.

We give a warm welcome to our returning guests Jim McDermott and Mike Lembke as we review the classic war film A Bridge Too Far.  Sure, it  feels like a film that should have been made a decade earlier than it was,  due to it's  lack of a modern sensibility. Let's face it, the film was made in 1977, after the Vietnam War.  Even so, we always enjoy an epic WWII film and our thoughts reveal that fact, even as we offer up several constructive criticisms.  We hope we do not digress too often, and that you will enjoy our look at this WWII film.  Hey, at least it has a crudload of tanks and stuff.

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