s07e13 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which is a story without any nasty surprises about the nice man being horrible, but instead a chance to watch an angry man helped by being shown some kindness and empathy. Apparently it’s not as bad as it sounds.

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s07e12 The Invisible Man – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of The Invisible Man. We love Elisabeth Moss (and, it turns out later, Elisabeth Banks) and this stars her (Banks, that is) as a woman terrorised and gaslighted by a controlling husband who just happens to have invented an invisibility suit. Andy C says it’s good and Andy B seems satisified that it handles the inherent creepiness in a reasonable way.

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s07e11 The Lighthouse – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of The Lighthouse. From the title, Andy B thinks it’s a Finnish water-painted animation, with splashes of colour in the mist, but Andy C explains it’s a tense horror film with a couple of mermaids, but mainly two men stuck in a scary place, losing it.

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s07e10 Denis Villeneuve – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of the films of Denis Villeneuve, notably Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049. He seems to make dreamy and thoughtful films that are also visually interesting and action-filled enough to be popular.

Check out Andy B’s “other podcast”: Justice Worriers, slogan “Continually worrying about Justice, sometimes from a Christian perspective”.

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s07e09 Jacob’s Ladder and Angel Heart – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Jacob’s Ladder and Angel Heart, two films that nearly made it into our series: best horror movies of the 20th century, but Andy C explains the flaws that kept them out.

If you were at all interested in Andy B’s new TODO list program, you can sign up at listsync.artificialworlds.net/ui/signup, or you can help code it at gitlab.com/listsync.

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s07e08 Leave No Trace – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Leave No Trace. Andy B correctly guesses it involves woods, but is otherwise wrong. Andy C explains it’s a story of a father and daughter trying to operate as what they need in their lives begins to diverge. In the woods.

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s07e07 Bait – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Bait. Andy B thinks it’s a mockumentary with a romantic comedy storyline running through it, an idea that Andy C find inexplicably difficult to understand. Finally, Andy C explains it’s a story of gentrification in Cornwall, created using venerable cinema techniques.

You can watch Bait on Amazon Video, Apple, Curzon or the BFI Player.

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s07e06 Wes Anderson – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion of the highly-stylised films of Wes Anderson:

Here is a summary of the places you can watch these movies (green=available, red=unavailable):

All of them are also available on DVD from online retailers.

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s07e05 Doctor Sleep – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Doctor Sleep. Andy B fails to summon the energy to even say something silly at the beginning, but things warm up after Andy C explains this is a classic Stephen King horror that is a clever sequel to The Shining.

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s07e04 Jojo Rabbit – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Jojo Rabbit. Andy B declares it features the worst performance by Emma Thompson in her career, but Andy C suggests that if he had seen the film he might understand that she is not in it, and that it is an audacious comedy about a member of the Hitler Youth and his Jewish friend.

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s07e03 “Hope vs. Hate” – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion, tapping again into the wisdom of Frances Buontempo and inspired by Johan Norberg‘s book Progress about whether we can be hopeful about the future, or whether we are doomed. Also, if we are doomed will it be hatred, disease or climate blindness that kills us? But really, it’s about how much good stuff so many of us have, and how it’s worth fighting for a good life for everyone. Or something.

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s07e02 Booksmart – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Booksmart. Andy B hilariously thinks it’s a CGI animation about some books with personalities that ends in hopeless tragedy, but Andy C reveals he is getting nostalgic for teenagerhood because it’s another coming-of-age movie. This one is full of fun, as well as (obviously) being poignant, and it has a uniting message that people in other “tribes” are not as different from us as we might think.

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s07e01 Lady Bird – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Lady Bird. Andy B finally takes a punt on it being a rollicking Disney adventure, but it turns out it’s an authentic-feeling story of a really troubled mother-daughter relationship with amazing performances by several cast members.

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s06e13 Midsommar – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Midsommar. Andy B is quite close to the mark about what type of film it is, but wildly predicts it stars Zammo, which it does not. In fact, it is folk horror with a great deal of uncanny, and a gripping story of a relationship falling apart.

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s06e12 Mid90s – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Mid90s. Andy B suggests it’s a romantic comedy, but Andy C talks us through a comedy drama which has lightness, depth and texture, as well as nostalgia.

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s06e11 Ad Astra – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Ad Astra. Andy B suggests it’s a Studio Ghibli animation about a lost Roman boy, but Andy C painstakingly explains the plot of this Sci-Fi road movie with Brad Pitt being as good as ever.

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s06e10 What is Artificial Intelligence? – The Good Robot Andys

Special guest Fran Buontempo, expert in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, talks to us about everything from body/soul duality to how to train artificial birds to fly out of a paper bag. Andy B asks stupid questions and Andy C looks things up on the Internet, and a wonderful time is had by all.

Some links for Fran’s work:

What an amazing honour to have such a highly respected academic, author, speaker and journal editor on our little podcast. Thank you Fran!

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s06e09 Upgrade – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Upgrade. Andy B suggests it’s a sequel to Source Code, but Andy C explains it’s a fun sci-fi body horror somewhat in the tradition of Robocop.

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s06e08 Us – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Us. Andy B suggests it’s a rollicking Disney adventure, but Andy C clarifies that it’s a proper scary horror movie from Jordan Peele, who also directed the amazing Get Out.

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s06e07 Mandy – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Mandy. Andy B it’s the latest Richard Curtis, but Andy C explains it’s Nicolas Cage at full throttle in a psychedelic revenge horror.

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