Matt is off on an adventure, and so Andy is joined by special guest Patrick, from Make Dad Read Comics. In a genre-spanning chat, the two delve into the tropes and cliches that make the medium great, average, and bleh.
In the Smith Tower this week Andy is still suffering from a cold, while Matt fell asleep on a train and ended up in Malaysia. So there is plenty to talk about, including that X-Men Apocalypse trailer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Fraggle Rock. But all eyes are on what’s peaking over the horizon: Star Wars – The Force Awakens. So it’s the perfect week to finally finish the prequels rundown. Put another way: Let’s slag off Revenge Of The Sith!
This week there’s been lots of exciting happenings in and around the Smith Tower, what with a new Wonder Woman picture, and news that Justice League Dark might actually be coming to the silver screen. The Smith Men discuss castings for Constantine, Swamp Thing and friends, along with thoughts on the cancelled Constantine TV series. Then it’s time for a look at favourite teams of movies past, along with the usual bullshit they insist on dribbling out of their pie holes each week. You have...
This week Andy tries to make Matt watch Flash Gordon, Matt hates Nicole Kidman for no good reason, tears are (nearly) shed to Man of Steel, the beautiful John Lewis Christmas ad is discussed, everyone hates fireworks, plus a long chat over football (Matt loves it, Andy hates it); and death metal (Andy loves it, Matt hates it).
This week the Smith Men are all a flutter over the new Star Wars trailer. Is it any good? Where the hell is Luke? Where the hell is Jar Jar? So much to talk about, including Andy’s Boba Fett theory…stay tuned. They also spend a minute or ten to theorise that Batman V Superman will feature some massive members, Mark Hamill and Rick Moranis are really nice guys, and recount times they were both thrown out of nightclubs, before Matt gives birth to his first child. Then things turn spooky as...
Bowled over from having met a man who has never seen Star Wars, the Smith men got to thinking about which benchmark of the genre they themselves have never seen. Enter Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Do the Smith men like it? Listen and find out. Also this week, favourite colours, weather, more supermarket chatter, Star Wars, and we decide whether or not Harrison Ford is a terrible actor.
Who watches the Watchmen? The Smith men do. They read the book, too. Then they talk about it. So join them in the Smith Tower as they discuss what makes Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal classic so…classic. Along the way they touch upon Moore’s antipathy towards screen adaptions of his work, the parallel raised in the book between superheroes and the KKK, and much more. Plus: Mary Berry has exceptional teeth, Nadiya Hussain wins The Great British Bake Off, BENassaince, Rugby, and Matt...
This week the Smith men go bat-shit crazy and spend an entire episode geeking out to everyone’s favourite detective, from retro video games to current live-action portrayals. But first an old wrong must be put right, as we discuss the recent news that Bill Finger will claim his rightful place beside Bob Kane as Batman’s co-creator. Also discussed are the next Batman V Superman trailer, Doctor Who, and the recent sacking of Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers.
How can one franchise have so much fan love, whilst also counting one of the most disdained movies of all time in its roster? This week the Smith men take a long hard look at 1999’s Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. And it IS a hard look, but they make a good stab at finding some good points. They mostly fail, but you can’t say they didn’t try. Also, under discussion: where the line is between murder and assassination, more Ghostbusters, and spiders.
1984 was a hell of a year for movies. It gave us The Terminator, Gremlins, Karate Kid, Beverley Hills Cop, Temple of Doom, and… Ghostbusters. This week the Smith men prove they ain’t afraid of no ghosts by revisiting the movie, discuss favourite parts, and then discuss the paranormal world at large. Plus Andy is pretty much Japanese and Age of Ultron gets a belated review.
In part 2 of our look at pyschopaths the Smith men engage in a kind of time travel few have dared experiment with, Matt goes on holiday, we break down the key characteristics of psychopathy, and Morgan Freeman disappoints us all.
In the world of celluloid villainy, psychopathy is a well-used trope, and so this week the Smith Men take a long, hard look at themselves. Or rather, Andy pokes Matt with a stick. Psychiatrist Bob Hare’s benchmark PCL-R test has been used for years to identify psychopaths, and the Smith men give it (simplified) whirl. Andy is definitely not a danger to those around him. Matt…borderline. Also, battle lines are drawn over chocolate bars, and monkeys are pricks.
If fiction has taught the Smith men anything over the years it’s that there are good guys and bad guys. But reality is seldom so simple, so this week we take a look at the those characters who exist in the boundary – the antiheroes. So listen as Judge Dredd, Serenity, V for Vendetta, Batman, Han Solo and many others are discussed. Before all that, though, Matt has an unfortunate toilet incident, and Andy finds a real life Cowtipede.
This week the Smith Men turn their eye to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s iconic The Killing Joke. Listen as it drives a rift between Andy and Matt that they may never recover from (until next week). Is it any good? Is the Joker’s origin authentic or a delusion? What really happens at the end? The Smith men have the answers. Matt also regales us with his poor choice of sporting venues and Andy visits an award-winning toilet. Plenty of toilet humour this week! Also, we let y’all know about where...
In a special cross-over episode with our friends at 30 Minutes of Diabolical, the Smith Men ponder what it means to be British in such an America-centric superheroic world. Could Batman exist in London? How do we believe the States view us Brits, and vice-versa? How goes the prohibition on street firearms impact the way our British heroes work? All are tackled. As are the Bromley Batman, marathons, and Ant-Man, Minions and The Lion King musical get flash reviews! Join us! And a shout out to...
These are turbulent times in the Smith Tower, what with the Tube Strike forcing matt to run thirteen miles and Andy misunderstanding basic questions. So to unwind the Smith men kick back to talk about reboots. Conventional wisdom seems to suggest that they reboot because they are out of ideas, but is that too easy an assumption, and if given a fresh take, can a reboot be just as valid as the source material? Heady stuff. We also learn that Jar Jar Binks came from mouthwash.
Violence. It’s as much a part of the world, real and imaginary, as love is, but how much is too much? And with the advances in technology bringing more realistic gore into our homes, have we reached the saturation point? The Smith men discuss. They also discuss Batman Vs Superman, Kill Bill, Robocop, The Human Centipede, JFK, Predator, a very wishful Man of Steel Easter egg, and gravy. Lots and lots of gravy.
This week both Smith men talk about rude awakenings they have endured in their turbulent pasts, before talk turns to the main topic: Wish lists. Matt has an interesting take on a post-Batman Gotham TV show, a Star Wars mini-series with Boba Fett as antagonist is cooked up, and Swamp Thing and Saga get their own movies. It could happen!