Episode 286: Batgirl cancelled. Bullet Train review

Martyn and Gerrod talk about the recent Batgirl cancellation and pay tributes to David Warner, Bernard Cribbins, Nichelle Nichols and, Pat Caroll. They also review Sony’s new film, Bullet Train.

Bullet Train is a 2022 American action-comedy film starring Brad Pitt, as an assassin who has to deal with enemies while riding a Japanese bullet train. The film is directed by David Leitch and based on a screenplay by Zak Olkewicz that adapts the Japanese novel Maria Beetle (published in English as Bullet Train) by Kōtarō Isaka. In addition to Pitt, the film also stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A. Martínez Ocasio, and Sandra Bullock.

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Episode 285: Tom Lenk interview

Martyn is joined by actor, writer and celebrity impressionist Tom Lenk.

They discuss Tom’s upcoming Edinburgh fringe show, his time as Andrew on Buffy the vampire slayer and Anson Mount’s hair. 

Details about Tom’s Fringe show can be found here.

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Episode 284: Rona Munro interview

Martyn is joined by legendary Doctor Who writer, Rona Munro. The duo discusses her new Target novelisation for The Eaters of Light.

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Episode 283: James Moran interview

Martyn chats with the writer, James Moran about his upcoming Doctor Who Target novelisation, The Fires of Pompeii.

The Fires of Pompeii is due for release on July 14th, 2022.

If you prefer video, this interview is also on YouTube.

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Episode 282: The unbearable weight of massive talent

Martyn and Gerrod bring you the latest in entertainment news, as well as a review of the new Nicolas Cage film, The unbearable weight of massive talent.

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Running Down Corridors-Episode 1

Introducing the first of our new spin-off podcasts. Running Down Corridors is a weekly based Doctor Who podcast, where Martyn, Sam and Chris navigate the Whoniverse.

In episode one, your dynamic trio discuss Jodie Whittaker’s penultimate story, Legend of the Sea Devils. They also talk about the special being beaten in ratings, by a repeat of The Antiques Road Show and what that means for the future of Doctor Who.

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Episode 281: The Batman

Martyn and Gerrord are joined by Antoni Pearce. The dynamic trio talk about The Batman. Spoilers are contained within, obviously. 

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Review-Torchwood Sonny

In just a few short years, Lizzie Hopley has cemented herself as one of the most consistent writers on the Big Finish roster. Returning to the Torchwood range for the first time since 2017, she gives us an interesting morality tale about care homes, loneliness, the treatment of elderly people and, the existential crisis of an AI.

Torchwood: Sonny follows fan-favourite Rhys (Kai Owen) as he enlists his mum, Brenda (Nerys Hughes) into helping Torchwood investigate a new fleet of robots, in a care home. At first, Brenda isn’t too pleased about this. But as time goes on, she becomes more and more dependent on her robot, named Sonny.

I had almost expected this to be a tale of robots taking over and attempting to enslave humanity. But Lizzie Hopley is so much smarter than that. She knows we’ve seen that trope a thousand times before. Instead of making us fear what robots could do to us, she makes us fear what robots could reveal about us.

Kai Owen, Nerys Hughes, and Steven Kynman are all terrific, and their relationships are convincing from the start. We all know Hughes is a particularly talented actress, but she absolutely shines in this audio. She portrays Brenda with such a raw vulnerability, that feels like an emotional gut-punch at times. There’s a wonderful complexity to Brenda, that I hope we get more of in the future. The supporting cast is also exceptionally strong, with Amerjit Deu, in particular, doing a fantastic job as Prudeep.

Sonny is not only a brilliantly comedic script, it’s also a deep exploration of what it means to feel isolated. Hopley manages to convey the monotony of being in a care home, without the story being boring. Lisa Bowerman’s direction is flawless and keeps the story going at exactly the right pace, this is all beautifully accompanied by Steve Wright’s soundtrack.

I’ve said it before, but I think it bears repeating. Torchwood on Big Finish is Torchwood at its absolute best.

Torchwood: Sonny is available to buy from the Big Finish website.

Book review-Before The Batman

Synopsis:

We all know that billionaire Bruce Wayne is secretly Gotham City’s vigilante detective and protector, The Batman—but what road led him there? Find out in Before The Batman: An Original Movie Novel, which includes an exciting original story of Bruce Wayne’s early adventures on his way to becoming The Batman!

Written by David Lewman, Before The Batman, is a young adult novel, which essentially acts as a prequel to The Batman. It follows a 17-year-old Bruce Wayne, about a decade and a half before he dons the cape and cowl.

Given the target audience, this isn’t a complex read. I blitzed through it in about 90 minutes. However, I had a lot more fun with this than I anticipated. It’s an intriguing look at Batman’s early years, laying the groundwork for the universe of the film, without rehashing what we’ve previously seen. We learn a bit more about Alfred and his military days, as well as The Riddler and the parallels between him and Bruce Wayne.

The book isn’t a required read before seeing the film, but it does a great job of expanding the mythology that’s established in the film.

The book includes a few behind the scenes images from the film, as well as a small poster.

Review-Studio 666

The Foo Fighters are having issues writing their 10th studio album, trying to think outside the box and spark their creative juices. Leader singer, Dave Grohl suggests they record in an ominous mansion. Once inside supernatural forces threaten to endanger the album and their lives.

Strange occurrences (and celebrity cameos) arise as the band squabbles over how to best utilise its improvised studio’s “creepy death atmosphere” and eerie acoustics.

Studio 666 is a mixed bag, based on a short story by Grohl. It’s part-comedy, part-horror, part-90s slasher throwback. The plot is very formulaic and the acting isn’t Oscar-worthy, some of the band members are better than others, but that all adds to the charm. This is a proper B-movie, the type we haven’t seen for decades. Watching the tight-knit band play off one other as fictional versions of themselves is a lot of fun.

Studio 666

Starring Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Rami Jaffee, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Whitney Cummings, Will Forte, Jeff Garlin, Leslie Grossman and Jenna Ortega. Story by Dave Grohl, written by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes. Directed by BJ McDonnell. Is out now, in selected cinemas in the UK and Ireland.