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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s06e06 Glass – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers) of Glass. Andy B thinks it appears to be a light-hearted rom-com that descends into mother!-like chaos and distress as the main character falls apart catastrophically, but Andy C explains that it’s an unusual superhero movie with great performances from all three leading actors.

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s06e05 You Were Never Really Here – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with spoilers, but not too bad ones) of You Were Never Really Here, which is a beautifully-made gripping thriller about a man tortured by trauma, followed by a great deal of rambling waffling about various TV series and films.

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s06e04 Overlord – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with lots of spoilers) of Overlord. Andy B suggests it’s Game of Thrones-styled hack-n-slash with comedy, but Andy C explains it’s a gruey WWII horror with injections of Nazi-serum-fuelled super-soldiers.

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s06e03 The Babadook – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with lots of spoilers) of The Babadook. Andy B thinks it’s an Australian daytime kids’ TV programme featuring a brown spherical hand-puppet from your nightmares, but Andy C explains that it’s a terrifying ghost horror that explores finding a way to survive grief and survivor’s guilt.

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s06e02 Russian Doll – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion (with lots of spoilers) of the TV series Russian Doll. Andy B thinks it doesn’t sound like a funny show from the title, and Andy C explains it starts off like Groundhog Day and takes a different path from there.

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s06e01 Behaviour manipulation (or: Why Ditch Facebook?) – The Good Robot Andys

Facebook and other social media companies have been shown to be irresponsible with politics, with private information and with their social responsibilities. If we’re not the customer, maybe we’re the product. Andy B explains how powerful these companies have become, and what influence they can have on our behaviour, our politics and our society. Concludes with suggestions of ways we can give them less power, and switch to other platforms designed to prevent the kind of behaviour manipulation we might not prefer.

Links:

Alternatives not controlled by a single advertising company:

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s05e13 Discussion of the best horror of the 20th century – The Good Robot Andys

Discussion of the best horror of the 20th century: what should not have been included, and what was difficult to miss out.

Andy B’s personal top ten:

  1. Alien
  2. Dawn of the Dead
  3. The Wicker Man
  4. The Exorcist
  5. The Evil Dead 2
  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  7. The Omen
  8. The Blair Witch Project
  9. An American Werewolf in London
  10. Psycho

Alternative list: Timeout’s best horror films list.

Also mentioned: Simon Brand’s top 30 horror films of the 20th century.

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Top 30: The Best Horror Films of the 20th Century

Here is the full list of the best horror films of the 20th century. Tune in next time for in-depth discussion of what went in, what was left out, and where deep divisions exist between the Andys.

30. Gremlins
29. Near Dark
28. Altered States.
27. Hellraiser
26. The Blair Witch Project
25. Jacob’s Ladder.
24. Nosferatu
23. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
22. The Wicker Man.
21. Carrie
20. The Silence of the Lambs
19. Audition
18. Ringu (“Ring”)
17. Psycho
16. The Fly.
15. Event Horizon
14. An American Werewolf in London
13. The Sixth Sense.
12. The Omen
11. Don’t Look Now
10. The Haunting.
9. Rosemary’s Baby
8. Evil Dead II
7. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
6. Night of the Living Dead
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street.
4. The Thing
3. The Shining
2. Alien
1. The Exorcist

s05e12 Best Horror of the 20th Century (1) – The Good Robot Andys

Number 1 of the 30 best horror films of the 20th century! The film is … The Exorcist.

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s05e11 (extra) Live Stream 2019-01-28 20:00 UTC – The Good Robot Andys

A quick announcement to say we are live streaming on Monday 28th January 2019 at 8pm UK time, 20:00 UTC.

To join in, just go to this page: artificialworlds.net/goodrobotandys/live – there will be a live chat room and a button to click to hear us speaking live. See you there?

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s05e11 Best Horror of the 20th Century (2) – The Good Robot Andys

Number 2 of the 30 best horror films of the 20th century. The film is Alien.

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