Guardians of the Galaxy
After some housekeeping about changes coming down the pipe for us here at the Anywhere But Here Podcast, Ant and Tom have a couple of topics that came up recently they wanted to dissect and discuss.
Firstly Katie (Cunty) Hopkins has resurfaced after a few years to spout some bullshit about the case of Tommy Robinson where she claims some outrageous things about exactly why she thinks he’s been locked up. She’s wrong. Also she makes the claim that ‘Muslim overlords’ running the UK jail system… what exactly does that mean? Ant and Tom delve in.
Secondly they discuss the knee-jerk firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after some right-wing trolls dug up some old tweets of his and posted them without any context. What we learn from this is that people should be allowed to own their mistakes and learn from them, not be fired. Alternatively, you can’t paint over the bits of history you don’t like to sanitise it, bad things happened like British colonialism and the Second World War. Though these eras are morally reprehensible, there’s no questioning that good things came from them, including the ability to never repeat those mistakes.
Oh, and a man kills one of his work colleagues with a compressed air gun while playing a childhood game.
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This week’s podcast features a lot of talk about comics and films. But, before this, Ant and Tom tackle the Scottish referendum and why the vote eventually turned against Scotland leaving the UK and how awkward it must be in UK politics now.
Doctor Who makes a ‘fuckety-bye’ style line that half interests Tom into wanting to watch it… almost.
Ant finally got round to seeing Guardians of the Galaxy and the boys have a (hopefully) spoiler free chat about the film and what they really think about it and the Marvel films in general. Also in comic book film news: Deadpool has been given a release date, which Tom is very excited about, but is also scared about it being toned down to a 12A rather than an 18, as it should be. They also discuss the career enhancing opportunities it could have on Ryan Reynolds’ career if he reprises the role.
Fan art was released after rumours of who will play Doctor Steven Strange in the – also rumoured – upcoming film. The best of these (and the strongest rumour) was one depicting Joaquin Phoenix with the trademark hairstyle and goatee, find the picture here. A less convincing one was of Benedict Cumberbatch that just looked like an old Christopher Lee Hammer Horror poster.
Ant brings a story from a listener about Katie Hopkins, a recurring figure of hate, who has put on 4 stone to prove to fat people they can get thin if they stop eating and start exercising. She gets her fat shaming words thrown back at her from a comedian on the panel show, Celebrity Juice, check the video out here. And Tom brings a story about a local council who plan to spend £12,000 on a Hollywood style sign to put on a hill next to a motorway so people will know exactly where Medway is.
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A lot of things are covered in this week’s podcast. Ranging all the way from the new Batmobile design that Zack Snyder released this week, what you guys thought about it and why it NEEDS guns! Also discussed are Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and where the producers are going with the second series, thanks to an article by @monstersyfyshow.
Ant talks about the new Doctor Who episodes and brings a story about a grave-digger who exhumed a corpse for its relatives to pose in a photo with! Tom tells the story about a homeless woman who claims to be pregnant with Prince Harry’s baby, the same week that the Kate and William have announced their own pregnancy.
The guys talk about the inexplicable success of Kanye West and Justin Beiber when they do awful things like stop their concerts until they know the guys not dancing are definitely disabled. Lumped into this is the success of Mrs Brown’s Boys, a shit sit-com about an Irish man dressed up as a woman swearing. It doesn’t hold up in the shadow of good comedy like The Fast Show, Spaced and Black Books, but somehow there’s an audience for it? Do you know anyone who watches it and is a fan? Add your views to this discussion on Twitter and Facebook.
Ant & Tom also put forward some new ideas for a segment about watching and reviewing films or TV shows on Netflix as well as some ideas for merchandise, let us know onTwitter, Facebook or e-mail if you have ideas for the segment or if you would like to have as a t-shirt, mug, etc.
Big love goes out to all our listeners this week, but especially Robbie Polanco, David Williams, Monster SciFi Show and Weekly Geek Speak (we hope Andrew didn’t get into trouble!).
On this week’s podcast, Ant and Tom talk about comic books, novels and movies. This because both of the boys have been to see Captain America: Winter Solider this (last) week. So, trying not to spoil anything, they go into what they thought of the film and what they liked and didn’t. Tom has a whinge about 3D while Ant defends the technology.
This leads in to a discussion about the TV show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which both Ant and Tom defend while also admitting it isn’t the best programme on the box. They have a good look at all the films lined up by both Marvel and DC have lined up over the next decade and come to the decision that people really shouldn’t compare companies that are over 10 years apart and aren’t even aiming at the same audience.
To close out you get to hear what they’ve been reading too! Tom has been reading through Batman Odyssey by acclaimed Batman writer, Neal Adams, which receives a muted review. Ant takes us through the library of comics he’s been reading through Comixology including The Winter Soldier, Amazing X-Men, Batman Death in the Family, New Avengers, Wolverine and Saga.
Also, against popular opinion, Ant is reading Dan Brown’s Inferno. While, against no opinion at all, Tom is reading David (not Dan) Wellington’s 3rd book in his vampire series, called Vampire Zero.
This first episode after the last two celebration shows struggles to get back to a semblance of a structure, so Ant and Tom take it back to their go to subjects: music and films.
Topics covered include Led Zeppelin stealing song structures from other artists and their own experiences with plagiarism in their own band, High Frequency. Tom finally gets round to watching the music documentary, Sound City, so the pair discuss that a year on from when it was originally brought up by Ant.
Tom brings up the fact that Back to the Future is being made into a musical, the news of which is met with trepidation, much the same as the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel. DC vs. Marvel is discussed and the guys come to the realisation that it’s futile to compare the two, however it is interesting that Man of Steel took roughly the same as Superman Returns back in 2006. Ant finally got round to seeing The Muppets and isn’t as enthralled by it as Tom which leads to a stunned silence.
Finally they talk about rap battles on the net, the fact that Barack Obama is going to have to address the Justin Bieber problem because an online petition got nearly three times the amount of signatures it needed to be raised as a subject for debate by government.
The big revelation of the show is that Busta Rhymes has started making up words in his latest song, ‘Thank You’. But, they let him get away with it because he is a legend. Piggety Poof!