Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Podcast Book Review: Neanderthal by John Darnton


In this episode of Off The Wagon Reviews, Cian and Andrew return to what they remember as a bad book from their college days: Neanderthal by John Darnton, only to find, to their horror, that they actually quite liked it! No question about it, this is assuredly the best book about psychic neanderthals you will probably ever read. And I doubt either expected to be drawn into a (somewhat) philosophical discussion about evolution, socialism and society, but that's what happened! So tune in for a more sober than silly take on a book that probably only got released due to the success of Jurassic Park. Oh, and special thanks to my dad, Kevin Gill, for the harmonica snippet at the beginning.

Listen to the podcast here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Off The Wagon Reviews Jurassic Park Part 2













Cian and Chris return to finish off their T-Rex-sized rant about Jurassic Park, and they once again spare no expense in bringing you the analysis that was so big it needed two podcasts! Revel in the trivia; discover exactly what Dennis Nedry keeps on his desk, why Chris wanted to run like a Gallimimus, and choose your side in the infamous 'Tyrannosaur paddock moat debate.'

Listen to the podcast here.

As promised, we've now added some show notes. Below is a pretty good map showing someone's idea of how the Rex got out of her enclosure. Click here for a pretty good discussion about the confusion people have experienced watching this scene.
And here is Chris' map of the same scene. This is how we both imagined it went down when we were kids. Don't say we aren't good to you!



Friday, July 1, 2016

Off The Wagon Reviews: Jurassic Park (1993)


Well, it sure is nice to review a good movie for a change! I'm joined by long-time JP devotee and all-round good guy Chris Joyce to look into this seminal movie from our childhood. We take Spielberg's dinosaur opus apart to see what makes it tick in intense, scene-by-scene detail. Discover where I now keep my battery-operated screaming raptors, why Hollywood doesn't know what an eagle sounds like, how much Jurassic Park scientists earn, what the name of the amber-digging guy is, why you should never hire a single disgruntled employee to run your entire security system, and a whole lot of other things you've never wondered about!

Listen to the podcast here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Off The Wagon Reviews Podcast: Ghoul School (1990)



This week, Ali gets misty-eyed reminiscing about kindly New York broadcaster Joe Franklin, Cian gets confused by plotlines that make no sense (underage janitors? mysterious zombie gas?) and the listening audience learns why the Blood Sucking Ghouls never hit the big-time of 80s hair metal bands.

Listen to the podcast here.

And if you're brave, watch the movie here!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Off The Wagon Reviews: Night Train To Terror


Here's a new podcast in which I'm joined from across the Atlantic by bad movie expert Ali Keane to discuss our personal history with bad movie-watching before we tackle the 1985 mess of a movie Night Train To Terror. Podcasting via Scype is presenting some difficulties with keeping background noise down, but the quality is not bad! A hand injury is still keeping my artwork at the level of a preschool child, but I'm doing my exercises and I promise that you can look forward to some quality illustrations as soon as I can produce them. Take a listen here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Off The Wagon Reviews: The Martian


It's my first-ever podcast! I'm still learning how to do it, to be honest. Lots of room noise and such in this. But check it out anyway here.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A World Lit Only By Fire by William Manchester

In college, my brother hosted Bad Movie nights in conjunction with the college film society. They were reasonably well-attended, considering bad movie-watching was and still is a niche hobby (and rightly so), but they were fun events and all our friends came. Though we had independently stumbled across some cult classics such as the infamous Troll 2, we had no idea that across the world bad-movie watching was becoming something of a thing.