Himalaya: Listen. Learn. Grow.
****This episode was recording in April 2015 and released late because of reasons****
The guys get to dig into some science fiction for this episode as they head into the deepest and darkest recesses of space this time. Joining Stevil and Matty is Michael Lothian, the host of The League's podcast Mainly Mobile and fellow podcaster Bryce Logan, the host of Let's Watch That and The 4 Eyed Forecast with his co-host Andy Shirlaw. Together, the guys talk some news first as Stevil wonders if trailers are giving away too much plot details, case in point, the new Terminator trailer gives an absolute doozy of a spoiler. What's too much?
These are our Staff Picks of the week!
Most likely in his lengthy preparation for Mad Max: Fury Road, Matty got to watch a great post apocalyptic gem from director Neil Marshall, 2008's Doomsday. What more can you ask for in a violent action flick? Cannibals, crazy fight sequences and great character actors like Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell chewing the scenery for a little bit. Fantastic.
He waited on pins and needles for it and now the embargo is lifted as Stevil can finally talk about his favorite movie of 2015 so far, Ex Machina. The directorial debut of writer Alex Garland, this film is absolutely stunning, beautifully shot with great performances from the entire cast, hopefully this movie will be remembered this coming awards season.
Not wanting to accidentally steal Matty's Staff Pick (and almost doing it anyways), Mike finally watched Seven, an iconic classic thriller he'd never seen before, but was ruined because of, well, the internet. Of course the "WHAT'S IN THE BOX!" scene has been made into memes quite a lot, but even so Mike enjoyed the movie spoiler be damn. Just another testament of how great his David Fincher film is.
Bryce brought two picks for this episode, firstly the movie Stevil has been dying to see, the indie horror phenomenon It Follows. This film gives off that fantastic Elm Street era horror vibe just demands a cult status. This is definitely the most talked about little film of 2015 so far.
For his second pick, Bryce brought a film that very familiar to our hosts, Escape From New York, which he watched for the first time and loved. The John Carpenter classic, led by a completely badass Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, featured on our John Carpenter episode "Obey Roddy Piper's Mullet!".
For the main subject of criminal films, our panel explains why they made their choices:
"I don't know why I picked Aliens. Alien would've made more sense seeing how it takes place entirely on a spaceship and our topic was deep space travel. Well, fuck off, I wanted to watch a bunch of badass space marines get their asses kicked by an inferior but aggressively superior enemy. Brilliantly directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver as the baddest female this side of Mars, Aliens is one the greatest sequels, if not one of the best movies ever." - @mattydub604
"As I may have stated on this show before, my favorite sci-fi film is Sunshine. Danny Boyle and Alex Garland weave an intelligent story about a crew manning humanity's last attempt to avoid extinction and a fantastic international character piece as well. Even with the ending, which people try to counter argue with me on, I still love this film every time I watch it. Shit, I have that John Murphy score on my phone." - @thestevildead
"The teaser for Titan A.E. was brilliant and simple, seen on the big screen at Famous Players SilverCity where I worked in 1999. I quit before it came out in 2000 and never saw it in theatres, but shortly after on VHS. It had a great story no one told me about yet. The universe was huge and filled with life as the characters travelled through space to find the last hope for humankind." - @micheallothian
"I chose Europa Report for two reasons. One being its reviews hailing how realistically it portrays space exploration and travel. Two, because I didn't know it was a found footage film. Boy, was I surprised with both reasons when I watched it. A fantastic use of the found footage gimmick that has been plaguing cinema lately and a fantastic use of realism in such an unknown genre. You will be surprised with this film." - @brucelagoon
What is your favourite deep space sci-fi film? Do you consider Moon deep enough to be considered? That's what she said. Do you or did you enjoy our picks? Listen to the episode and let us know what you think in the comments below and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!