s10e02 Cellular Automata – The Good Robot Andys

A tech takeover this week with special guest Fran Buontempo talking about Cellular Automata – a cool techie toy for exploring the links between computation, complexity and life, or at the very least a sort-of interesting way of generating some moving patterns.

Those promised links:

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s10e01 Sorry to Bother You – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Sorry to Bother You. Andy B thinks it’s a 50’s comedy with Buster Keaton, but Andy C explains it’s a surreal, political, funny sci-fi that goes straight onto Andy B’s must-watch list.

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s09e17 Last Night in Soho – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Last Night in Soho. Andy B thinks it’s an arty film with glass and candles or something, but Andy C explains it’s a surprisingly grown-up psychological horror from Edgar Wright.

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s09e16 Paul Thomas Anderson – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion of the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. If you’re new to them, Andy C recommends starting with Boogie Nights, and recommends that Andy B should watch Punch-Drunk Love.

Those promised links:

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s09e15 Licorice Pizza – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Licorice Pizza. Andy B pretty much nails his prediction that it’s a cooky period coming-of-age comedy, but then what else does Andy C watch these days anyway?

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s09e14 The Walking Dead season 11 ep9-16 – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of The Walking Dead Season 11 “tranche 2” (episodes 9-16). Andy B mostly rants about things he didn’t like but Andy C convinces him it was still pretty pretty good, and better than tranche 1.

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s09e13 Malignant – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Malignant. Andy B resisted the temptation to suggest it was a rollicking Disney movie, and went for a creepy horror with insects. Actually, Andy C explains, it is a relatively big film for us, which is an increasingly unhinged horror film about someone who has visions of scary things happening, which then turn out to have happened in real life.

Content warning: discussion of a film featuring domestic abuse, miscarriage and mental illness. Please make sure you are with people who can look after you if those topics are going to cause you trouble, or feel free to just skip this episode. Look after yourself; you are worth looking after.

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s09e12 Promising Young Woman – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Promising Young Woman. Andy B was convinced it was a costume drama but Andy C explains it’s a really (really) dark comedy revenge thriller.

Content warning: discussion of rape and suicide. Please make sure you are with people who can look after you if those themes are going to cause you trouble, or feel free to just skip this episode. Look after yourself; you are worth looking after.

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s09e11 First Cow – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of First Cow. Andy B yet again guesses it’s a rollicking Disney adventure, but Andy C explains it’s a pleasurable Slow Cinema ride through an authentic-feeling historical Oregon.

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s09e10 Censor – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Censor. Andy B thinks it’s an adult animation about two losers who go viral, but Andy C explains it’s a British psychological horror that starts off in the real world of the BBFC offices, and ends up in a weird fantasy/exploitation movie scenario.

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s09e09 In the Earth – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of In the Earth. Andy B thinks it’s a mockumentary about worms that turns supernatural, but Andy C explains it’s an excellent folk horror/psychedelic horror with foot grue and amazing sound design. And maybe it says something about our fearful and combative relationship with nature.

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s09e08 The Matrix Resurrections – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of The Matrix Resurrections. It’s hard to over-state how important The Matrix was to AndyB at an influential age – how will this episode hold up? Were there enough exploding helicopters to keep AndyC happy?

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s09e07 Midnight Mass – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Midnight Mass. Andy B thinks it’s a sequel to Calvary but Andy C explains it’s the Stephen King book Stephen King never wrote, about a supernatural evil done to parishioners by abuse of religious power.

That Christmas-present-perfect art by Danni Cockerill is at CockerillArt on Society 6.

A pair of socks with a Red Panda design

Those podcasts Andy B mentioned are:

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s09e06 The Walking Dead season 11 – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of The Walking Dead season 11. They still love it, but it does seem a little tired. Nice to see the tension between Maggie and Negan though.

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s09e05 Dune – The Good Robot Andys

Non-spoilery discussion of Dune. For the first time in ages, Andy B and Andy C are in the same place, making their discussion more natural, and their sound quality lower. They have a wandering, non-spoilery discussion just a couple of hours after watching Dune, meaning they are flushed with emotion and have mainly unsophisticated opinions.

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s09e04 The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 – The Good Robot Andys

Joined by our very special guest Hannah Dunleavy off that Standard Issue podcast, we discuss, with many spoilers, season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale. We cover all the important topics such as:

  • Can you actually have too much of looking deeply into Elisabeth Moss’s face while she bears suffering?
  • What on earth are the programme-makers trying to say, and is it a good thing to be saying?
  • Could it be something about anger being OK? But surely if so, they would … etc.
  • Do you identify more with Janine or Commander Lawrence?

Don’t worry – conclusions are drawn.

A massive thank you to Hannah Dunleavy – it was a huge pleasure to record with you once, and the fact that technical difficulties meant we had to record again made us doubly grateful. Check out Hannah’s podcasts:

  • Standard Issue – By women. For women. About everything.
  • The Drink – Journalist Hannah Dunleavy wants to talk about alcohol – what we drink, when we drink and why we drink it.
  • What Are You Making Me Watch? – Long-time friends and even longer-time telly reviewers, Paul Kirkley and Hannah Dunleavy, finally force each other to watch the stuff the other has been studiously avoiding.

The art that Andy C mentioned by Danni Cockerill is at society6.com/cockerillart.

More on Andy B’s new job working on Matrix later.

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s09e03 Possessor – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Possessor, a gruey, scary, creepy horror film about taking over other people’s bodies for evil purposes. Or is it really about how difficult it is to live a double life? Andy B starts off thinking it is somehow related to house repossessions, but Andy C sets him a little closer to the right path.

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s09e02 The Walking Dead s10 – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of The Walking Dead season 10. Both Andys are huge fans of TWD: was season 10 more goodness, or a disappointment? How about the extra episodes filmed during lockdown? Listen for a detailed walkthrough of how the Andys felt about each episode.

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s09e01 Army of the Dead – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Army of the Dead. Andy B suggests it might be a Manga zombie war movie, but Andy C explains it’s an amazing-looking zombie/heist combination movie that is funny, with some excellent characters.

That game Andy B wrote is Rightwaves.

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s08e12 Nomadland – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Nomadland. Andy B thinks it’s an Idris Elba chipmunk train adventure, but Andy C explains it’s a window into the world of a woman living life and grief her way, with no beginning, middle or end, which he found uplifting despite how bleak it sounds.

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