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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s08e11 Sound of Metal – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Sound of Metal, as well as quite a lot of cobblers about the Oscars.

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s08e10 News of the World – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of News of the World. Andy B thinks it’s a fall-off-the-cliff-of-despair genre moves that starts out like a rom-com about a young journalist navigating newsrooms, but Andy C explains it’s a Western about a former confederate soldier who rescues a lost girl.

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s08e09 Blinded by the Light – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Blinded by the Light. Andy B thinks it’s a far-right religious revelation film ending in the destruction of everyone in the world except the pious few, but Andy C explains it’s a joyous tear-inducing coming-of-age film about an Asian British teenager coping with racism and turbulent family relations through his love of the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Those programming videos by Andy B are: Interesting Characters – about Unicode and character sets, and how surprisingly fun and interesting they are, and What Does the Linker Actually Do for Us? – about the C and C++ linker, and what it really does.

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s08e08 Saint Maud – The Good Robot Andys

Content warning for discussion of a film featuring severe mental health problems and suicide.

Discussion (with spoilers) of Saint Maud. Andy B thinks it’s an Emma Thompson movie about a boarding school but Andy C puts him straight: it’s a heightened drama horror about a woman who believes she is acting on God’s orders and descends into terrible destruction.

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s08e07 Relic – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Relic. Andy B thinks it’s a rollicking Disney adventure about some mice who can breathe under water, which is an interesting commentary on religion, but Andy C explains it’s a subtle horror that explores generational trauma and the pain of caring for someone with dementia.

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s08e06 Encryption – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion of what that little padlock symbol next to a web address means, and some vague suggestions as to how it works. Andy C questions Andy B, who fails to understand and effectively communicates that failure.

For further reading, check out these Wikipedia links:

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s08e05 Host – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Host. Andy B basically thinks it’s The Haunting, but it’s not at all: Andy C explains it’s a lockdown-created Lockdown Zoom Horror, British-made and independent.

[Content warning: a couple of brief mentions of suicide.]

That games site Andy B is working on is smolpxl.artificialworlds.net.

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s08e04 Best Scenes – The Good Robot Andys

Andy and Andy share some of their favourite scenes from some of their favourite movies.

That podcast by our friends that we think you’ll like is The Disc Dump Podcast. Give it a try!

That games site Andy B is working on is smolpxl.artificialworlds.net.

Those software recommendations were:

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s08e03 The Visit – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of The Visit. Andy B thinks it’s a sophisticated thriller starring Michelle Pfeifer, but Andy C explains it’s a fun, short creepy horror from good old M. Night Shyamalan.

That podcast by our friends that we think you’ll like is The Disc Dump Podcast. Give it a try!

That games site Andy B is working on is smolpxl.artificialworlds.net.

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s08 Everybody Now (special)

Everybody Now – Climate Emergency and Sacred Duty

The Good Robot Andys are proud to share with you:

We’ve caused a turning point in the Earth’s natural history. Everybody Now is a podcast about what it means to be human on the threshold of a global climate emergency, in a time of systemic injustice and runaway pandemics. Scientists, activists, farmers, poets, and theologians talk bravely and frankly about how our biosphere is changing, about grief and hope in an age of social collapse and mass extinction, and about taking action against all the odds.

On 19th October 2020, Everybody Now is being released by podcasters all over the world as a collective call for awareness, grief and loving action.

With contributions from:

Dr. Gail Bradbrook – scientist and co-founder of Extinction Rebellion
Prof. Kevin Anderson – Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester
Dámaris Albuquerque – works with agricultural communities in Nicaragua
Dr. Rowan Williams – theologian and poet, and a former Archbishop of Canterbury
Pádraig Ó Tuama – poet, theologian and conflict mediator
Rachel Mander – environmental activist with Hope for the Future
John Swales – priest and activist, and part of a community for marginalised people
Zena Kazeme – Persian-Iraqi poet who draws on her experiences as a former refugee to create poetry that explores themes of exile, home, war and heritage
Flo Brady – singer and theatre maker
Hannah Malcolm – Anglican ordinand, climate writer and organiser
Alastair McIntosh is a writer, academic and land rights activist
David Benjamin Blower – musician, poet and podcaster

Funding and Production:

This podcast was crowdfunded by a handful of good souls, and produced by Tim Nash and David Benjamin Blower

Permissions:

The song Happily by Flo Brady is used with permission.
The song The Soil, from We Really Existed and We Really Did This by David Benjamin Blower, used with permission.
The Poem The Tree of Knowledge by Pádraig Ó Tuama used with permission.
The Poem Atlas by Zena Kazeme used with permission.
The Poem What is Man? by Rowan Williams from the book The Other Mountain, used with permission from Carcanet Press.

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s08e02 Snowpiercer – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Snowpiercer. Andy B thinks it might be a live-action ear-piercing-as-a-metaphor-for-emotional-growth movie set in the Frozen universe, but Andy C patiently explains that it’s a Sci Fi where the last remnants of humanity live on a socially-divided train.

The book of lockdown poems Andy B mentioned is Breathing Space.

That games site Andy B is working on is smolpxl.artificialworlds.net.

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s08e01 Proxima – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Proxima, which is a story about an astronaut overcoming personal circumstances to train for a mission to Mars. Andy B speculates that it features a robot who eats human flesh, but Andy C puts him right: it’s highly recommended because the story is engaging and the performances are excellent.

That games site Andy B is working on is smolpxl.artificialworlds.net.

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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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