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The Pavement Pounders discuss adapted science fiction, generally well-known films derived from written works. They read the book, watch the movie, watch remakes, reboots, re-adaptations, and give it all a good mulling over.

The Pavement Pounders discuss adapted science fiction, generally well-known films derived from written works. They read the book, watch the movie, watch remakes, reboots, re-adaptations, and give it all a good mulling over.
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The Pavement Pounders discuss adapted science fiction, generally well-known films derived from written works. They read the book, watch the movie, watch remakes, reboots, re-adaptations, and give it all a good mulling over.

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TMTYR Episode #70: This Movie is Woke! (The Halloween Tree)

10/28/2018
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Once, again, the Pavement Pounders are joined by Dr. Phil Nichols to discuss some Ray Bradbury. This time, it’s The Halloween Tree, the book, the television film, and the Colonial Radio Theater production. Rankings!: Phil: Radio Theater Movie/Book tie Colin: Radio Theater Book Movie James: Book Radio Theater Movie Seth: Radio Theater Book Movie

Duration:01:28:37

TMTYR Episode #69: Silver-Clad Lady Fantasy Dream (Buck Rogers)

9/29/2018
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For a very groovy episode 69 (not deliberate, but appropriate), the Pavement Pounders discuss Armageddon 2419 AD by Philip Francis Nowlan, basis for several adaptations, including Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979 movie/series) and Planet Outlaws (1953 edit of the original 30s movie serial). Rankings!: Colin/James/Seth: 1979 movie/series novella Planet Outlaws Over the next … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #69: Silver-Clad Lady Fantasy Dream (Buck Rogers) →

Duration:00:52:18

TMTYR Episode #68: Ricky, Billy, Johnny (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet)

8/25/2018
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The Summer of the Twilight Zone continues with the classic episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” written by Richard Matheson and based on his story of the same name. And he wasn’t done there! He also penned the screenplay for the Twilight Zone: The Movie segments adapting the same story. Colin came up with a new … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #68: Ricky, Billy, Johnny (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet) →

Duration:00:33:25

TMTYR Episode #67: Responsibility Expects No Reward (Twilight Zone “Paladin of the Lost Hour”)

7/28/2018
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The Summer of the Twilight Zone has begun, with the Pavement Pounders picking another Harlan Ellison story to discuss. This time it’s “Paladin” or “Paladin of the Lost Hour,” adapted into Season 1, Episode 7b of the revived Twilight Zone from the 80s, an episode starring Seth’s favorite entertainer, Danny Kaye. Rankings!: Colin: Twilight Zone … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #67: Responsibility Expects No Reward (Twilight Zone “Paladin of the Lost Hour”) →

Duration:00:28:54

TMTYR Episode #66: Soldier From the Futuristic Tomorrow (Soldier/The Terminator)

6/30/2018
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This time, the Pavement Pounders dig into the Outer Limits episode “Soldier,” adapted by Harlan Ellison from his story “Soldier from Tomorrow.” Why? Well, because of that little legal case that resulted in “Acknowledgement to the works of Harlan Ellison” in the end credits of The Terminator. We rule definitively on whether there was a … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #66: Soldier From the Futuristic Tomorrow (Soldier/The Terminator) →

Duration:00:51:24

TMTYR Episode #65: Great Stuff With the Pigeon! (HBO Films’ Fahrenheit 451, feat Dr. Phil Nichols)

5/26/2018
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This time, the Pavement Pounders are once again joined by Phil Nichols (*Dr.* Phil Nichols, if you please!) to discuss the new HBO Films adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. No one will be seated for Seth’s explanation (definitely canon) of what “The Nine” is. Hold onto your butts! Rankings!: Phil: book Truffaut film HBO movie Seth: … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #65: Great Stuff With the Pigeon! (HBO Films’ Fahrenheit 451, feat Dr. Phil Nichols) →

Duration:01:39:56

TMTYR Episode #64: I’ve Had That Feeling (Ready Player One)

4/29/2018
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The Pavement Pounders return to cover something currently playing in theaters, Ready Player One, based on the 2011 Ernest Cline novel. (None of us hated the book. Or the movie. Feel free to listen to the podcast linked below if you did. Or you could listen to us not go overboard either praising or denouncing the … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #64: I’ve Had That Feeling (Ready Player One) →

Duration:01:06:44

TMTYR Episode #63: Pavement Pounders’ Blishing (“Arena” novelization, by James Blish)

3/31/2018
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April Fools! Once again we’re back with a reverse adaptation. This time as a tie-in with our previous Trek-centric episode, we discuss James Blish’s novelization of the TOS episode “Arena.” Enjoy!

Duration:00:17:15

TMTYR Episode #62: I Gave Him That Answer! (“Arena” TOS episode)

3/30/2018
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This time, the Pavement Pounders discuss the 1944 Fredric Brown short story “Arena”, which was adapted into a Star Trek TOS episode (S1E18), may have inspired the TNG episode “The Last Outpost” (S1E5), and there’s also an Outer Limits episode, “Fun and Games (S1E27).” Big thanks to Rich O’Donnell for sending us the suggestion! For … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #62: I Gave Him That Answer! (“Arena” TOS episode) →

Duration:00:58:21

TMTYR Episode #61: Ready to Movie On (Never Let Me Go)

2/28/2018
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Following up on a suggestion from John Hagmann, the Pavement Pounders discuss Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel Never Let Me Go and its 2008 film adaptation, as well as Michael Bay’s The Island, which plays in a similar sandbox, only with more explosions and massive vehicular destruction. Thanks to John for reaching out and suggesting a … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #61: Ready to Movie On (Never Let Me Go) →

Duration:00:52:01

TMTYR Episode #60: Tangentially Inspired (Eagle Eye)

1/27/2018
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The Pavement Pounders ring in 2018 with Isaac Asimov’s short story “All The Troubles of the World,” which was exactly how much adapted into the 2008 film Eagle Eye? You’ll have to listen to find out. You have been activated! Rankings:! Unfortunately we had a 51% probability of rankings, but an abort recommendation. Notes: Full text of … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #60: Tangentially Inspired (Eagle Eye) →

Duration:00:46:59

TMTYR Episode #59: Grizzly Bears and Bullies (A Christmas Story)

12/23/2017
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Merry Christmas! For their fourth Holiday Special, the Pavement Pounders discuss A Christmas Story, the classic movie adapted from Jean Shepherd’s collected stories from In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and other volumes, and also discuss the live TV musical that recently aired on FOX. Rankings!: Colin: Live TV special Movie Book James: Movie Book … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #59: Grizzly Bears and Bullies (A Christmas Story) →

Duration:01:02:41

TMTYR Episode #58: A Very Important “And” (Children of Men)

12/3/2017
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This time, for a very late November episode, the Pavement Pounders discuss PD James’s The Children of Men and its 2006 adaptation, Children of Men. The movie and book were not universally loved by all of us, but it spurred a great conversation. Thanks so much to Dominic Coddington for suggesting the topic! Rankings: Colin/James/Seth/Dominic: … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #58: A Very Important “And” (Children of Men) →

Duration:01:06:10

TMTYR Episode #57: You’re 50 Percent Right (Blade Runner 2049)

10/14/2017
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We wanted to get a quick podcast out here, so we convened in Seth’s dining room to record our reactions right after seeing the movie. Apologies for the poor audio quality and frequent dog interruptions, but there you go. (And then Seth forgot to post the darn episode.) The long and the short of it … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #57: You’re 50 Percent Right (Blade Runner 2049) →

Duration:00:27:12

TMTYR Episode #56: Heeere’s Batty! (Blade Runner)

9/30/2017
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Wrapping up the Summer of PKD, the Pavement Pounders endured Blade Runner and whine about it for a bit. And two of three Pavement Pounders enjoyed the novel on which it’s based, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? And Seth can’t seem to pronounce “Voight-Kampff”. Rankings!: Colin/James/Seth: book movie Bonus Rankings! (PKD films we’ve done): James: Total … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #56: Heeere’s Batty! (Blade Runner) →

Duration:00:48:42

TMTYR Episode #55: Teddypocalypse (Screamers)

8/26/2017
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As the Summer of PKD winds down, the Pavement Pounders discuss yet another bad adaptation of one of his stories, this time 1995’s Screamers, based on the 1953 short story “Second Variety.” Tune in and watch Peter Weller mail in his performance, and watch as the 1995 PC video game cutscene level graphics make you think, … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #55: Teddypocalypse (Screamers) →

Duration:00:45:52

TMTYR Episode #54: Fedoraportation! (The Adjustment Bureau)

7/29/2017
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The Summer of PKD continues, this time with The Adjustment Bureau, the 2011 adaptation of “Adjustment Team.” Have the Pavement Pounders finally found a good one? (Yes. Yes they have.) Rankings!: Colin/James/Seth: Movie Story Notes: Read the story for free here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Adjustment_Team Next month’s homework, “Second Variety”: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32032

Duration:00:47:02

TMTYR Episode #53: No, I Mentioned the End Credits (Next)

6/25/2017
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Continuing the Summer of PKD, the Pavement Pounders discuss the short story “The Golden Man,” loosely adapted into the 2007 Nicolas Cage vehicle Next. Somewhere, somebody enjoys this film. Just not us. Will the story fare better? Bonus points for anyone who counts how many times Colin says “nucular.” Pounder Rankings!: Colin: Story Movie James: … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #53: No, I Mentioned the End Credits (Next) →

Duration:00:50:13

TMTYR Episode #52: De-Woo it! (Paycheck)

5/30/2017
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As the first entry in the Summer of PKD, the Pavement Pounders discuss the 1953 short story “Paycheck” and the 2003 film of the same name, starring Ben Affleck. (This is an effort to economize on precious time, as the three of us will have a difficult time getting together over the summer.) Rankings!: Colin/James/Seth: … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #52: De-Woo it! (Paycheck) →

Duration:00:51:37

TMTYR Episode #51: We Had a Beta Unit (The Last Starfighter)

4/29/2017
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Fittingly, for Episode #51, the Pavement Pounders discuss an alien abduction movie, as Centauri kidnaps Alex Rogan in his intergalactic Predator Van to make him fight Xur and his Ko-Dan Armada. Yes, it’s another April Fool’s “Reverse Adaptation,” as we discuss the 1984 film The Last Starfighter and its Alan Dean Foster novelization. It’s a … Continue reading TMTYR Episode #51: We Had a Beta Unit (The Last Starfighter) →

Duration:00:42:36