Posts Tagged ‘MonsterVerse’

Schlock ex Machina - Is Godzilla: King of the Monsters the Dumbest Movie Ever?

Schlock ex Machina – Is Godzilla: King of the Monsters the Dumbest Movie Ever?

I was looking forward to Godzilla: King of the Monsters, having been a fan of giant creature features since I was a young boy.  The blend of massive-scale action and affirming our need to respect nature is a winning combination for me.  Then I watched it, and it was one ...
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ClandesTime 180 - The Politics of Monster Movies

ClandesTime 180 – The Politics of Monster Movies

Monster movies are one of the most beloved and distinctive genres in cinema, featuring a winning combination of exotic spectacle, ground-breaking visual effects and reflections on humanity’s relationship with nature. This week I examine the politics and ideas behind some of the most recognisable movie franchises of all time – ...
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ClandesTime 167 – Phil Strub’s Greatest Hits

ClandesTime 167 – Phil Strub’s Greatest Hits

I recently found out that Strub retired from his job as the DOD’s Hollywood liaison last July, though this wasn’t covered by any news outlets and the DOD didn’t bother to tell anyone. In this episode I go through some of Strub’s greatest hits – the good, the bad and ...
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ClandesTime 124 - Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas? (and what the govt. is doing to help)

ClandesTime 124 – Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas? (and what the govt. is doing to help)

The book of Ecclesiastes tells us, ‘The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.’ Even the idea that there is nothing new is thousands of years old ...
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Kong: Skull Island - Tom on Uncle the Podcast

Kong: Skull Island – Tom on Uncle the Podcast

In our latest film review Aaron, Uncle and I dissect the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island (in typically anarchic fashion). We talk about different kinds of monster movies, the film's anti-war message and what to expect from the MonsterVerse going forward. We also touch on the Vietnamese government support for Kong, ...
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ClandesTime 094 - How Many Films has the Pentagon Supported?

ClandesTime 094 – How Many Films has the Pentagon Supported?

The Department of Defense is the government agency with the largest and most influential operations in Hollywood. But to how many films have they provided production assistance? How many movies have they supported? In this episode we explore the answer to this question, why it is so difficult to answer ...
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ClandesTime 093 - The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe

ClandesTime 093 – The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe

In less than 10 years Marvel has created the biggest money-making film franchise of all time with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this probably wouldn't have been possible without the help of the Pentagon. In this episode we examine the rise of the MCU, the Pentagon's involvement, and the fallout ...
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DOD Production Agreement for Godzilla (2014)

DOD Production Agreement for Godzilla (2014)

The first US attempt at Godzilla in 1998 included assistance from the US Marine Corps, but they declined to be involved in the reboot. Fortunately for the makers of 'Nautilus' (the working name for Godzilla at the time this document was drawn up) three other branches of the DOD were ...
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