Dude and a Monkey Episode 110 – Fury Academy

Dude-and-a-Monkey-FilmRantIts time for the boys to get furious with the long awaited Mad Max: Fury Road. We have a bumper What We’ve Been Watching where Marc chats a lot of Keanu Reeves and Ian lauds Chris Rock, no really. And we finally come to the end of the ardious task of completing the Police Academy mararthon with Mission to Moscow. Mix in the usual trailer chat, questions and some big tangents and you’ve your standard Dude and a Monkey gold!

As always feedback is much welcome, as are itunes reviews!

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Why I want to buy my films from Google Play but can’t

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Those who listen to Marc Foster and I’s podcast Dude & A Monkey will know that for the last few months I’ve been a flip-flopping little bitch about the advantages of ‘going digital’ and abandoning Blu-ray.

Despite the appreciable quality difference between blu and digital HD, a few factors have had me changing my mind on whether or not to take the plunge. That many studios seem to be fast giving up on Blu-ray is one thing, with many ‘big’ films these days being released digitally at least a week earlier. But then there’s also the fact that things like extra features are for the most part starting to drift away.

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Dude and a Monkey Episode 109 – Maggie’s Clueless Academy

Dude-and-a-Monkey-FilmRantBack again with a slightly more regular show. This week we chat low-fi Arnie film Maggie, we get deep into Beyond Clueless in our One Old One New…..which has actually kind of organically morphed into What We’ve Been Watching, and we get our teeth into the penultimate film in our Police Academy marathon Police Academy 6: A City Under Siege. Add to that the usual trailer chat, questions and some big tangents and you’ve your standard Dude and a Monkey gold!

As always feedback is much welcome, as are itunes reviews!

dudeandamonkey@gmail.com

@ianloring   @dudefozz   @dudeandamonkey   @FilmRant

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Adventures in VHS presents… vote for the film you’d like to see!

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Adventures in VHS Presents…
About: A short introduction followed by a VHS movie screening
Location: The Salutation pub, 12 Higher Chatham Street, Manchester M15 6ED
Time: 6pm onwards (movie starts around 7:30pm)
Entry: Free (just bring beer money)
Find the Facebook event here

Next week, on Wednesday May 13th from 6pm, I hope you’ll join me at The Salutation for my very first VHS screening night. I’m hoping it might be the first of many, but for this first foray into the world of analogue cinema, I’m handing my rental store membership card over to you to choose the feature presentation you’d like to see.

Check out my brief sales pitch, followed by the trailer, then make your selection using the poll at the bottom of the page. (more…)

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Review: Age of Ultron and my ‘one week on’ sense of disappointment

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is a great film and I had fun watching it. Let’s get that out there right away. It’s packed with all the thrills, spills and mass-scale destruction you’d expect from a Marvel comic book property, rounded out with a healthy portion of internal conflict and a side order of quirky, quick-fire humour. But one week on from the second most eagerly-anticipated on-screen team up of my entire life, all that is starting to feel less like something worth celebrating. (more…)

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Adventures in VHS episodes 5 and 6 now live!

Adventures in VHS episodes 5 and 6

Adventures in VHS is back online and the next couple of episodes are now available to listen to once again…

In Episode 5, I take a look at 1985’s The Coca-Cola Kid, a brand-saturated oddity starring Eric Roberts as a fish-out-of-water corporate troubleshooter at the centre of very bizarre fizzy drinks industry power struggle. It’s pretty weird. I also have a selection of listeners’ VHS memories and select one of them to win a very special FrightFest 2012 goodie bag with additional DVDs and a mystery VHS tape.

Episode 6 sees me take on 1987’s Kindred (1987) and exclusively to the man behind its iconic cover and poster art, Graham Humphreys. Of course, Graham isn’t just responsible for this particular piece, having supplied the marketing for films like A Nightmare on Elm St 1 – 5, Basket Case and Creepers (AKA Phenomena) and many more. Not only that, but his celebrated work on the Evil Dead I and II are as brilliant an example of film art as you are likely to find.

You can still check out Episode 1 (Creepozoids with David DeCoteau), Episode 2 Class of Nuke ‘Em High with Lloyd Kaufman) and Episode 3 (Devouring Waves and Monster), as well as the feature length documentary edition on the life and work of Cliff Twemlow (The Mancunian Man). Episodes 12 and 13 (Evilspeak and The 13th Floor) are also live… and there are plenty more to come very soon!

Once again, if you enjoy the show please support it by donating to the Adventures in VHS book here. We could really use your help at the moment and in return for just £10 you can expect a copy of the eBook and audiobook, plus you’ll get a special thanks in the back (hardback copy also available for £20).

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Adventures In VHS Episode 5 – The Coca-Cola Kid (1985)

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The Adventures in VHS podcast has been offline for a short while, so below is a repost of Episode 5 with a link to the new feed and iTunes channel. Enjoy!

Adventures In VHS is the podcast that supports the upcoming book of the same name, where I look at a particular film from the 1980s and analyze the UK VHS version of it, with a full review and in-depth look at the movie itself

In Episode 5, I get up close and personal with The Coca-Cola Kid, a brand-saturated oddity from 1985. I also have a selection of listeners’ VHS memories and select one of them to win a very special FrightFest 2012 goodie bag with additional DVDs and a mystery VHS tape thrown in too!

The show is a bumper one, running at over 90 minutes, so there is plenty to chew on and, while this month it is without an interview, I have a great selection of guest contributions to enjoy.

Please, please, please though… if you enjoy the show please support it by donating to the Adventures in VHS book here. We could really use your help at the moment and in return for just £10 you can expect a copy of the eBook and audiobook, plus you’ll get a special thanks in the back (hardback copy also available for £20).

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Adventures in VHS episodes 12 and 13 now live!

Adventures in VHS Episode 12 and 13

As you may or may not know, I had to temporarily take down the Adventures in VHS podcast for a while and have been uploading them again recently. Unfortunately, as I can only do so many at a time due to storage limitations, this has been a ‘bit by bit’ process.

Anyway, the first four episodes of the show are already up, with exclusive interviews with the likes of David DeCoteau (Director – Creepozoids), Lloyd Kaufman (Producer/Director – Class of Nuke ‘Em High), Graham Humphreys (Artist – Kindred) and Josh Johnson (Director – Rewind This – Ghoulies episode).

Today, I’ve also added two more shows, so you’ll find episodes 12 and 13, which cover the fantastic bonafide video nasty Evilspeak (1981) and the not-so-fantastic boner-killing nasty video The 13th Floor (1988). You can stream them all at the Libsyn link below, or subscribe via the iTunes link and whack em all on your device of choice.

Please, please, please though… if you enjoy the show please support it by donating to the Adventures in VHS book here. We could really use your help at the moment and in return for just £10 you can expect a copy of the eBook and audiobook, plus you’ll get a special thanks in the back (hardback copy also available for £20).

Stream Adventures in VHS via Libsyn

Subscribe to Adventures in VHS via iTunes

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