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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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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