We’re back after a noticeable, but never explained, absence to talk about the nominees for the Best Picture Oscar year 2015! That means we’re talking about Birdman, we’re talking about American Sniper, Boyhood, and Grand Budapest Hotel; We’re talking about Selma, The Imitation Game, and Whiplash. Oh, The Theory of Everything makes a cameo, too! Listen, and enjoy.
We’re back! Here to talk about some summer sci-fi movies. Loads of explosions and movements and sounds. Will any of these surface level flashy effect commercials please either of your hyper-critical hosts? One way to find out.
Next up on the Summer blockbuster list is…Godzilla! Spoilers are sort of everywhere, but nothing that will ruin your enjoyment of the movie. We discuss the monster, the people, hairpieces, and more! Tune in for a very special guest ambush by– Ellen McLain Lowrie, voice of Glados and Gypsy Danger! She joins us to talk about how this giant monster compares to Pacific Rim’s giant monsters. And also to give Sagramore a heart attack.
We’re back, and this time we’re talkin’ bout blockbusters. Not video store chains that closed down, but the Hollywood movie kind. First up are the early birds: Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There is one big spoiler, but you’ll be warned in podcast, so don’t worry. Enjoy, but if you have any problems with the podcast, please email any questions/complaints to someone who cares.
Time for episode 2! Author and voice actor John Patrick Lowrie is a space buff, so it’s only natural the next stop for our podcast is a critique of Gravity, the new Sandra Bullock in space movie. No spoilers, just a fun discussion/review of the movie. Well, maybe a few spoilers…
Actor, author, musician, composer, director, and voice actor John Patrick Lowrie joins Sagramore for the first podcast in the But What We Really Want To Do… podcast series, where they will discuss basically whatever they feel like discussing. So it’s really not so different from the site’s usual podcasts…except…well, BRANDING!
This episode reviews and explores Woody Allen’s new film Blue Jasmine. Listen, and enjoy!
My uncle wrote Dancing with Eternity. There, I said it. My review may be biased; I don’t know. I tried to keep it balls-to-the-wall unflinching and critical.
The novel is science fiction; don’t let the cover fool you into thinking you’ve wandered into a Scientology bookstore and are browsing the Dianetics selection. It is also incidentally very good science fiction. Author John Patrick Lowrie exquisitely blends the space-faring, exotic-chick-banging escapism of old school pulp with the introverted technophilism of 80’s cyberpunk into a really unique crossbreed. With the advent of “new weird” authors like China Mieville, sci-fi has steadily been slipping into fantasy, but Dancing with Eternity shoves that genre back where it belongs, in a cage of steel and computers and vaguely plausible science. No offense to Mr. Mieville; I love the one book he keeps writing over and over.
Back to Dancing with Eternity: in the future, no one dies. Well, some people do because the plot requires it, but most people live forever due to a vast living network that constantly updates one’s thoughts, memories, and everything else into the techno-aether. Bodies are cloned shells, easily replaceable, augmentable, and alterable. Unfortunately, the price for immortality is steep, and resurrection often carries along with it the yoke of indentured servitude and/or unpayable debt. Mohandas, our good protagonist, who has been many things, but is a stage actor when we first meet him, finds himself penniless and stranded on a backwoods planet somewhere in the location-doesn’t-matter-it’s-only-exposition star cluster. Through a series of events masking sheer luck, he eventually becomes an emergency crew replacement aboard the Lightdancer, a super sleek spaceship out hunting white space whales.
I should probably begin this by apologizing for the lack of Ondine updates in the past two weeks. There really is no excuse but for artistic block and general laziness, my dreaded second nemesis. (My first nemesis, of course, is beavers. All of them. I hate them so much.) But the schedule is repaired and should be back on track, and Ondine is nearly complete.
Anyway, the reason there was no comic last Monday (nor a podcast this week) was because I spent the prior weekend attending Volume 3 of the Geek Media Expo, also known as GMX, here in Nashville.
Conventions are interesting things. I have attended one or two, though neither were very big. One took place in the local mall, and despite the seeming ad hoc nature of it the organizers managed to get Kenny Baker, the actor who played R2-D2 in Star Wars, to appear. GMX was far and away the biggest convention I’ve attended, and the first one I’ve been to in several years.
There are no show notes for this episode, since it is a special all interview episode with perennial guest, John Patrick Lowrie. Now that his new book, Dancing With Eternity (available on Amazon) is released, we sit down with him to really dig into it, exploring the writing process, the book’s themes, and its potentially controversial stances.
Music for the Episode Opening: Masterpiece Theater Theme Ending: “Bach – ‘Little’ Fugue in G Minor” – Catherine OST