s03e18 “Silence” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion, with lots of spoilers of the film Silence. Andy Balaam thinks it’s a night sky-inspired contemplative film with a strong lead from Kate Winslet, but Andy Cockerill explains as slowly as he can that it’s a study of faith and opposing viewpoints, where the ancient Japanese authorities try to torture a Jesuit priest into renouncing his faith.

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s03e17 “Meltdown & Spectre” – The Good Robot Andys

The Andys take a break from movie discussion to talk tech, about the Meltdown and Spectre exploits that allow malicious people to grab secret information from loads of different types of computer. Andy Balaam insists that the way it works is fascinatingly clever, and there is only one audible yawn from Andy Cockerill.

Also mentioned are Noah, and an insightful bit of feedback from Danni about Colossal.

There’s a lot more detail on Meltdown and Spectre on the Project Zero Blog.

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s03e16 “Colossal” – The Good Robot Andys

Andy and Andy discuss (with lots of spoilers) the film Colossal. Andy Balaam, who hasn’t seen it, decides it’s a Bill Murray vehicle with realistically-rendered giant robots, but Andy Cockerill, who has seen it, explains that it’s “one of the most utterly bizarre, yet really rewarding films” he’s seen, with giant robots and a giant monster.

Along the way the Andys mention Godzilla, Godzilla and Godzilla, Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane, as well as the game Shadow of the Colossus, and the RHLSTP podcast featuring Johann Hari.

As an extra bonus, Andy C says “dude” exactly on the beat of the closing music.

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s03e15 “Kathy Bacon on Blade Runner 2049” – The Good Robot Andys

Special guest Kathy Bacon discusses Blade Runner 2049 with Andy Balaam, including some discussion of its portrayal of women, as initially discussed by the Andys in the episode 13 bonus. Andy Cockerill is given a right to reply to the harsh criticism he receives, at the end.

Contains spoilers for Blade Runner 2049, Rogue One, and Kill Bill!

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s03e14 “Get Out” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion, and lots of spoilers, of Get Out. Andy Balaam thinks it’s an Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary that reveals his plans to be president, but Andy Cockerill explains it’s a cracking horror film with a brutal social message. The discussion quickly dissolves into two middle-aged white men moaning about the state of the world.

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s03e13a “Blade Runner 2049” – The Good Robot Andys

Andy C and Andy B give their (enthusiastic) options about Blade Runner 2049, with almost no spoilers(!)

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s03e13 “The Red Turtle” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion, and lots of spoilers, of The Red Turtle. Andy Balaam thinks it might be a rollicking Disney adventure, but Andy Cockerill sets him straight that it’s a beautiful story of love and family with not a single word spoken. They speculate about what it all means, and Andy B somewhat inexplicably goes on about the video game Brothers.

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s03e12 “Prevenge” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion, and lots of spoilers, of Prevenge. Andy Balaam suggests it’s a computer game spin-off based on Worms, but after a brief discussion concluding that would probably not make for a brilliant game, Andy Cockerill explains it’s a comedy slasher about a pregnant woman taking revenge on behalf of her unborn child by a series of grisly killings. The discussion of what the film means is discussion in an unsatisfactory manner.

The conversation also wanders hinter and yon.

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s03e11 “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion, and lots of spoilers, of The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Andy Balaam thinks it’s a rough cop drama, but Andy Cockerill explains that it’s just a really well-done horror. They briefly discuss the fact that the only significant female character doesn’t move or speak, and is pure evil, but fail to address adequately the question of whether this is a metaphor for modern film-making’s overall approach.

There is brief discussion of loads of other films, including Blade Runner 2049 (which they haven’t seen) and Pitch Perfect (which they have, and surprisingly liked).

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s03e10 “Love vs. fear” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion about Love, hate and fear, including the film Overview (below), Jadav Payeng who planted a forest one tree a day for 37 years, the one-ness of all life and humanity, the sternness or cuddliness of God, The Liturgists and Arnie encouraging us to Terminate Hate (further below). Oh, and a tiny bit of Twin Peaks.

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

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s03e09b George Romero Tribute (bonus) – The Good Robot Andys

A tribute to George Romero, who changed our lives for the better.

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s03e09a Jodie Whittaker is Doctor Who (bonus) – The Good Robot Andys

After-show discussion of the new Doctor.

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s03e09 “Baby Driver” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about the film Baby Driver.

Another podcast from Glastonbury Street, just down by the wells. Andy Balaam once again thinks it’s a rollicking Disney adventure about a baby with a moustache, but Andy Cockerill raves about an amazing music-set action film that seems note perfect.

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s03e08 “Hacksaw Ridge” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about the film Hacksaw Ridge.

At the end of a long evening, Andy Balaam speculates that the film is about the redemptive journey of an unsympathetic ridge-hacker, but Andy Cockerill struggles through the heckling to explain it’s an inspiring and violent story of a man who refused to fight, but insisted on going to war.

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s03e07 “Swiss Army Man” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about the film Swiss Army Man.

Andy Balaam thinks it is a bleak, snowy film about a man who is lost, but Andy Cockerill explains that it is a light-hearted comedy about a man who is about to commit suicide when he meets a corpse who becomes a better friend than any he has had in his life.

(Includes bonus discussion of Wonder Woman.)

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s03e06a “Alien Covenant” – The Good Robot Andys

Bonus discussion of Alien Covenant. Andy Cockerill has seen it, and recommends it to Andy Balaam, who raves a bit about Aliens.

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s03e06 “Train to Busan” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about the film Train to Busan.

Andy Balaam has seen it this week, but Andy Cockerill soldiers on and tells him about an incredibly fresh, gripping and heart-rending zombie fear-cry-fest from South Korea.

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s03e05 “WannaCry Ransomware Attack” – The Good Robot Andys

Andy Cockerill questions Andy Balaam about what happened to all those NHS computers and whether we should be scared. Andy Balaam answers that it was something called WannaCry and we should only be moderately worried, and we should all Update and Backup. Light discussion of the ethics of state-sponsored vulnerability exploitation ensues.

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s03e04 “Kubo and the Two Strings” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (and lots of spoilers) about the film Kubo and the Two Strings.

Andy Balaam (who hasn’t seen it) thinks it’s a Studio Ghibli film about a boy who meets a talking guitar, and isn’t as far off as he usually is. Andy Cockerill explains that it’s a beautifully-crafted stop-motion film about a boy defeating evil with the help of the spirit of his mother who has inhabited a stone monkey.

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