Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Off The Wagon: Fatal Deviation

For the first time in a long time, Cian is joined in person for a podcast by messrs Ali and Tom to take down Ireland's first (and only?) homegrown martial arts movie, 1998's Fatal Deviation. There's no shortage of kicks, punches, Londis tarts, elderly gangsters or kung fu druids in this epic. A film made with considerable heart and effort. I think it's fair to say that not every punch landed, so to speak, but clearly everyone involved gave it their all. If you've ever wondered why winning a local fighting tournament would automatically give you control over a small Meath town ... well, you won't really find out exactly why this is. But when Jimmy Bennett goes head-to-head with unscrupulous drug runners in the fabled Bealtaine Tournament, he soon finds that there's everything to fight for!

Listen to the podcast here.

And, for the brave, find the movie here.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Off The Wagon Halloween Special

At last, it's time to gather round the campfire with Cian and Chris and get into the Halloween spirit! In this episode, our hosts share some of the finest true creepy stories they were able to gather from Cork and abroad. Many thanks to all of our friends who contributed their own personal tales of terror. Find out the truth about Clonakilty's terrifying 'creaky tree', discover what really scares our intrepid hosts, and travel with them on their own ghost-hunting escapades.

Listen to the podcast here.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Another Michael Crichton Podcast: Congo (1995)

Join Cian and Chris for (they finally have a title) 'We Need To Talk About Michael,' a podcast in which they watch the movie versions of Michael Crichton novels and compare them to the original books, if they can remember anything about them, at least.

This time around it's 1995's Congo, a tale of diamonds, killer apes, and sesame cake. Listen in to discover why you never want Jimmy Buffett to fly your plane, why Tim Curry should never play a Romanian, and whether a pound of sugar is more expensive than a primatologist.

Like the movie itself, this 'cast had something of a troubled birth. Recording issues plagued the episode, so Chris, being a tech wizard, used some supercomputer thinking machines to piece the audio back together. Though there are still some audial oddities throughout, the banter is worth listening to, so click below, journey in search of the lost city of Zinj with us, and STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE.

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Click here to watch the trailer.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Off The Wagon Reviews: Name Of The Rose (1986)

If you've ever asked yourself, 'I wonder what Sherlock Holmes would have been like if he was a medieval monk played by Sean Connery,' then you've come to the right place! Cian and Eoghan don their robes to get medieval on 1986's The Name Of The Rose. Along the way, Cian gets schooled on historical matters and Eoghan learns the shocking truth that Hollywood likes to change the endings of your favourite books. Stay tuned for medieval murder mystery madness.

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Watch the trailer here.

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.