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    Movie Moan 2015: Episode 9 - Avengers On Ice

    I can't believe Jamie brought up the bloody 'Grandpa Joe is a lazy sob' debate again.

    That's just one of the treats in store on this week's epic show where Phil Gee, Jamie Williams, Spencer Perry and Matt Thompson assemble to discuss if we're just going to roll over and become slaves to Disney's pummelling onslaught of similarly packaged films.........or decide we've grown up.

    But first, a warm and fuzzy conversation on laserdisc collecting, respect for original cinema poster artwork and the awesomeness of Shout Factory (4:09).

    Classic Movie Moan
    Phil, Jamie and Matt discuss Disney's recently announced slate of event films from 2015 all the way to Summer 2017; we cover the Star Wars films, the Pixar films, the live action remakes of their classic animated pictures, the new and hoping to be classic animated films, and, yes, more bloody Pirates Of The Caribbean.

    Are we looking at the biggest films of the next few years?  Will all these films get made?  Will they be any good?  Let's find out (15:22).

    Marveling At The Future
    We review 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'.  Phil enjoyed it less than Jamie.  You may now gasp (1:51:41).

    Don't just watch the video version above.  Play the podcast via Soundcloud or download the MP3 version right here:    


    Movie Moan 2015: Episode 8 - The Podcast Without Fear

    Welcome one and welcome all to our epic three hour breakdown of the greatest gift anyone has ever given a Marvel fan - a 13 episode Daredevil TV show; a show which has the luxury of exploring all the diverse themes of its comic counterpart and creating a definite, self contained story to do it with, but is also laced with the most creative, bonerific, and sometimes unbelievably obscure Easter eggs to blow the mind of even the most hard-core fan.

    Phil Gee discusses the themes, Spencer Perry spots the Easter eggs.  Let's get to work.

    If you want to skip to our discussion on a specific episode, we have time coded it for your convenience:

    1.  Into The Ring - 27:09
    2.  Cut-Man - 46:32
    3.  Rabbit In A Snowstorm - 1:02:32
    4.  In The Blood - 1:15:48
    5.  World On Fire - 1:23:10
    6.  Condemned - 1:29:05
    7.  Stick - 1:35:45
    8.  Shadow In The Glass - 1:47:56
    9.  Speak Of The Devil - 1:58:49
    10.  Nelson V Murdock - 2:05:42
    11.  Path Of The Righteous - 2:13:25
    12.  What We Leave Behind - 2:21:38
    13.  Daredevil - 2:29:53

    Don't just watch the video version above.  Play the podcast via Soundcloud or download the MP3 version right here:    


    Movie Moan's Summer 2015 Box Office Predictions Spectacular

    Join Phil Gee, Jamie Williams, Shawn Robbins, and Ed Douglas as they reunite to do battle once again and predict the box office on the most interesting, packed and competitive summer movie season we've seen since.......well, since the last time they made an Avengers movie.

    Over the next, near three hours, we'll be predicting the US domestic gross on 16 of the summer's biggest films (yes, we had to let 'The Man From UNCLE' go, I'm sure you'll forgive us).

    But don't just watch the show, TAKE PART!  We want your predictions.  Just cast your eyes on the list below, go to the comments section of this episode on Think McFly Think, paste in the list, and put your numbers next to it.  The prize is my eternal respect.  C'mon, that's priceless:-

    1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (May 1st) - 8:18
    2. Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15th) - 23:24
    3. Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15th) - 33:46
    4. Tomorrowland (May 22nd) - 41:29
    5. Poltergeist (May 22nd) - 55:10
    6. San Andreas (May 29th) - 1:04:05
    7. Jurassic World (June 12th) - 1:08:48
    8. Inside Out (June 19th) - 1:21:51
    9. Ted 2 (June 26th) - 1:33:41
    10. Terminator: Genysis (July 1st) - 1:42:46
    11. Minions (July 10th) - 1:53:54
    12. Ant-Man (July 17th) -2:01:53
    13. Pan (July 24th) - 2:11:34
    14. Pixels (July 24th) - 2:18:54
    15. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (July 31st) - 2:26:33
    16. Fant4stic (August 7th) - 2:36:38

    Best of luck everyone.  We'll see you in September for the results.

    Don't just watch the video version above.  Play the podcast via Soundcloud or download the MP3 version right here:    


    Movie Moan 2015: Episode 6 - Porkins Lives

    He does, and he's gonna get his own Star Wars spin off movie directed by Nick Meyer.  So join myself and Jamie as we discuss....

    Classic Movie Moan
    The ever reliable Matt Thompson joins us to talk about the potential and realities of science fiction cinema's two biggest franchises.  Since Disney is now firmly committed to giving us a Star Wars movie every year, we ask ourselves what kind of stories do we want, what don't we want, and, most importantly, will Star Wars ever feel as special as it used to? (9:35)

    Then, Jamie and Matt indulge Phil while he casts his mind into the far future of 2017 to discuss the potential of 'Avatar 2' (assuming it actually comes out that year).  Is a sequel going to work for a film with such a self contained story?  Are three sequels?  Will the public care?  And can Star Wars and Avatar go head to head for box office in the same month, let alone the same year? (35:33)

    Marveling At The Future
    We stop talking about Daredevil for just one show and turn our minds towards the fantastical.  Spencer Perry and myself ask a question long overdue - why don't they just reboot X-Men? (1:00:14)

    And then Phil finally gets off his chest why, despite Aquaman coming to the silver screen first, Namor The Sub Mariner must be made into a film, and that film could be one of the most visually stunning ever made. (1:24:25)

    Cinematic Happy Comfort Food
    Phil is joined by special guest Hannah Southwell to talk about one of her top 3 favourite films, and Phil's second favourite - James Cameron's 'Aliens'.  We talk about what the film means to us, why it's still a tour de force of adrenaline and atmosphere which remains unmatched to this day, and we quote dialogue from it exactly the way it's said in the movie, because that's the way you have to do it. (1:38:20)

    See you in two weeks for the Box Office show.

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    House Cleaning: The Gabe Toro Situation

    For a period of about a year, one of the most significant contributors to our podcast was film critic Gabe Toro.  From 2012-2013, he must have appeared on every other show.  I always brought him back because I felt he made a significant and entertaining contribution to those shows.  He was popular, not just with us, but with our audience.

    Then he pretty much vanished off the face of the internet.  I was often asked if we would get him back on the show at some point, or at least just find out what happened to him.

    A few months ago, I was contacted by a party close to Gabe who informed me that he was in jail for some sort of "misunderstanding" and no charges had yet been filed.  I didn't press the matter, nor did I communicate it to anyone.  It was just hearsay at that point.

    On Friday I was pointed to an article out of a local Philadelphia news site confirming that Gabe Toro had pled guilty to online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct and was facing ten years in prison. 

    At that time, I could find no other sites that had picked this up.  Nobody was talking about it on Twitter.  I had to make a decision on how I would address this.  I was not going to broadcast it from the high mountain of twitter.  I had planned to open our next episode of the podcast with a personal message to you, our loyal listeners, explaining the situation.  I felt that, since our viewership is fairly small and contained, that it would spread only to those who knew of Gabe.

    Of course, that is now impossible since it has been picked up on other news outlets and is spreading as these things tend to do.  So now, I will simply post my thoughts here and allow you a platform to do the same.

    Firstly, whatever we are feeling right now (and I haven't come up with a word for it yet) should pale in insignificance compared to the feelings of those directly involved with the case.

    As I said, we have a large backlog of shows which Gabe guest starred on.  They now feel tainted in some way.  I don't know if I will ever be able to enjoy them again.  If you feel the same way, that is perfectly understandable.

    What I am not going to do is erase them and try to pretend like they never happened.  That is not how I do things.  You may feel that is the wrong decision.  That is fair comment.

    I only have one other thing to say.  It is tempting at a time like this to give up on people, to think you cannot trust people, to feel that you never truly know people.  I understand that, but that's not the way I operate.  I still trust my friends, I believe in my friends, I still love my friends.

    I just lost one of them this week.