Archive for July 2019

Are 1980s shopping malls the best breeding grounds for capitalist monsters and zombies? With divorce rates peaking, were the sickly sweet boy-gets-girl-in-the-end movies of that time even believable for the kids living through it? Is there any ideology there or should we just crack open a (new!) Coke and enjoy the ride? Gil and Rutger have a love fest over Stranger Things 3. Alert: spoilers. And another alert: there is some singing. Proceed with caution and at your own risk.

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In our Inaugural The Expanse podcast we take a look at the reality presented to us in The Expanse's year 2350 solar system. The evolution of human societies, cultures, languages, political establishments, media and religion. Rutger joins Gil yet again, to dip our toes in everything The Expanse has to offer, with more yet to come. 

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Welcome Francesca Lewis to the podcast to talk to Gil. Francesca has studied creative writing, psychology and existentialism, and she applies the latter to the conclusion of Game of Thrones, being that the only reason Bran Stark becomes king is that the meaning we ascribe to his story are the most meaningful, at least according to Tyrion. Through existentialism, or absurdism, as Albert Camus' outlook on life is referred to, in his books The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus, we try to find if there is any meaning to Game of Thrones from our perspective, and from that of the characters.

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Welcome to another conversation with Theo and Gil. In this podcast, we review Spider-Man Far From Home, the new spider-man instalment, which has Peter Parker and friends travel to Europe and then fight Mysterio. Gil and Theo disagree, as Gil gives his non-American perspective of the depiction of Europe, with Rutger, a Dutchman, coming in as a guest to lament the way The Netherlands was portrayed.

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Welcome Teodor Zhelyazkov to the podcast to talk to Gil! Teodor has been a diehard fan of JRR Tolkien's work, way beyond Lord of the Rings, and stayed away from Game of Thrones. Until he didn't. Then he binged five seasons in ONE WEEKEND (please consult your physicians before doing that) and never looked back, his appreciation for both stories only growing. We also dive into the immigrant experience of a young Bulgarian lad studying and working in Portsmouth, UK, in the age of Brexit, and similarities between South-Eastern European psyche and the Mediterranean one.

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In this Science in Movies podcast Gil again welcomes Rutger - this time to talk about natural disasters on an unprecedented scale: asteroids, sudden climate change, and the eruption of a supervolcano. We break down the science, fact check it and review the way movies portrayed these disasters at the time they were made. The movies are Armageddon (1998), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Supervolcano (2005).

 

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Welcome Mathematician Nets Katz to the Podcast to talk to Gil! Nets is a veteran of several fantasy and sci-fi fandoms, since he was a kid in the 70s, and he has strong opinions on George R R Martin's role in those fandoms, and the basic flaw in the very concept of fandoms.

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