“The Girl with All the Gifts” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 3, Episode 2

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about the film The Girl with All the Gifts.

Andy Balaam, having heard nothing about the film except its title, suggests this is a short, earnest high-school drama ghost story with a strange final third, but Andy Cockerill clarifies that it is nothing of the sort – in fact being a medium-length zombie drama featuring a very worn-out looking post-apocalyptic-event London and some children who are also intelligent fox-like zombies.

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“High Rise” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 3, Episode 1

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about the film High Rise.

Andy Balaam heard a review so Andy Cockerill steams straight in explaining that it’s a surprisingly entertaining film that shows us how little has changed since the book on which it was based was published (in the ’70s), and provides biting sci-fi satire on the state of war between classes.

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“What is Coding?” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 10

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about what Coding is.

In a shocking reversal, Andy Balaam plays the expert as he tries to explain a bit about what programming is, where it came from, and how you can get into it. Andy Cockerill looks up on the Internet what a bug is.

Here are some of the things we mentioned:

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“Rogue One” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 9 (bonus)

Our tiny, slightly excitable, no-spoilers chat between recordings about Rogue One.

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“Arrival” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 9

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about the 2016 film Arrival.

Andy Balaam (not having seen it) thinks it’s basically Species, but Andy Cockerill explains it’s a beautifully-made, exciting film that gives you hope in the human spirit.

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“What is Linux?” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 8

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about what Linux is.

In a shocking reversal, Andy Balaam plays the expert as he tries to explain what Linux is made of to Andy Cockerill, who pretends not to know.

Andy Balaam rants on for hours about how all software should be Free while Andy Cockerill tries desperately to keep his eyes open. It turns out the entire Internet is made out of Linux, and Linux is the best thing ever.

They both neglect to mention that Linux is what you will see if you get yourself a Raspberry Pi, which you definitely should.

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“Green Room” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 7

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about the film Green Room.

Andy Balaam fake-guesses that Green Room is a quirky hospital comedy set during the Iraq War, and secretly really guesses that it is an actorly drama set in the green room of the Shakespeare theatre, but is pleased to be educated that Andy Cockerill that it is actually a very pure, exciting survival horror about a punk band trying to escape from some evil skinheads.

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“What is the Internet made of?” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 6

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about what The Internets is made of.

In a shocking reversal, Andy Balaam plays the expert as he tries to explain what the Internet is made of to Andy Cockerill, who pretends not to know.

Without doing any research at all, the pair waffle on about IP, DNS, SMTP, HTTPS and other increasingly-long acronyms without ever losing the plot at all. Andy Balaam explains over and over that the Internet is just some computers connected together by wires, and Andy Cockerill attempts with an increasing sense of futility to get him to explain what he actually means by that.

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“Midnight Special” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 5

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) of the film Midnight Special.

Without watching or finding anything out about the film, Andy Balaam decided it was a horror film about a train, with someone from 80’s TV in it. Andy Cockerill patiently puts him right – it’s a classic Sci-Fi story about a father and son that reminds him of Steven Spielberg’s best films.

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“Hateful Eight (bonus)” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 4 bonus

The good robot Andys dispatch Hateful Eight in 4 minutes of after-show chat.

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“Bone Tomahawk” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 4

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) of the film Bone Tomahawk.

Without watching or finding anything out about the film, Andy Balaam speculates (again) that it’s a Disney film, this one with a hilarious “native” character wearing bones. Andy Cockerill patiently explains that it’s an American Western Horror film that is very scary, looks great, and has a memorable scene, but has some weak comedy at the beginning.

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“Grandma” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 3

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) of the film Grandma.

Without watching or finding anything out about the film, Andy Balaam decided that it was a hypre-real remake of a rollicking Disney kids’ adventure. Andy Cockerill patiently puts him right, explaining that it is only slightly rollicking, and is mostly a blackly funny story following a sharp-tongued woman who finds some resolution (as well as some continuing unresolution) with characters from her past.

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“The Lobster” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 2

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) of the film The Lobster.

Andy Balaam guesses from the title that The Lobster is a Disney animation following the fortunes of the fauna awaiting execution in a restaurant kitchen. Andy Cockerill explains that it is a cutting, funny satire on the stupid, cruel way our society treats singleness and paired-up-ness, that is lighter than that sounds.

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“The Witch” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 2, Episode 1

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) of the film The Witch.

Andy Balaam uses the title to guess that this is a spin-off of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves set in a US high school, but Andy Cockerill soon makes it clear why he was keen to discuss a film that is horror, but not in a jump-scare way. It takes time to build an atmosphere, and is creepy and ambiguous.

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“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 1, Episode 12

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) of the film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Andy Balaam speculates from the title that it is a bit like American Pie, but Andy Cockerill patiently explains that it is a genuinely funny film about someone learning the joy of allowing others to get close, despite the inevitable pain that is part of that experience. It’s a film that is genuinely truthful, which satisfies the other Andy that it is something that deserves to exist. The discussion digresses into areas such as Star Wars, Interstellar and death.

The podcast that Andy Balaam mentioned on the show is Episode 8 of The Liturgists podcast in which Science Mike and Josh discuss all the scientific flaws in Interstellar, while simultaneously claiming it is scientifically reasonable.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens (bonus)” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 1, Episode 11 bonus

The good robot Andys have a quick after-show chat about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Did it disappoint?.

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“Song of the Sea” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 1, Episode 11

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) of the film Song of the Sea.

Andy Balaam suggests it is a serious take on a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, but Andy Cockerill explains it’s beautifully-crafted hand-animated story of the loss of magic and family separation, but less depressing than that sounds.

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“Far from the Madding Crowds” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 1, Episode 10

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) of the films Far from the Madding Crowd and Far from the Madding Crowd.

Andy Balaam is somehow talking about Dickens, but Andy Cockerill explains the similarities and differences between the 1967 and 2015 adaptations of the classic Hardy book.

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“Slow West” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 1, Episode 9

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) of the film Slow West.

Andy Balaam can only think about the song “Go West”, and, of course Westworld but Andy Cockerill educates him that this is a western-style adventure shot in a surreal and other-worldly style.

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“John Wick” – The Good Robot Andys, Season 1, Episode 8

Discussion of the film John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves.

Andy Balaam has seen the trailer and thinks it looks like Keanu turned up to 11. Andy Cockerill explains that this film does what it does really well, and blows action movies on similar themes out of the water.

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