It's only a few days till the 100th episode and we'd like to ask you a couple of questions. There's only one we'd require you to answer, and that's "Do you listen to us?" because we have no idea how many people listen to the show at all, because we're too cheap to pay for stats, and stats are misleading anyway.
So could we please ask you to take a second to go to the form, tick the box and submit to let us know that you are a listener. There are some other questions that we are asking purely out of idle curiosity.
Your data will not be purloined, sold or otherwise misused we just would like to know a bit about who's listening. As you shall see the data we're gathering isn't really the kind of thing you could use to identify anyone anyway. Thanks!
31 March 2015
24 March 2015
Episode 87 - Horribly Cheap
The focus of Leo and Ian's withering dissatisfaction with week is the anemic generation of so called Horror movies currently thriving down the local cinema. Back in the glory days of the 80s Horror meant disturbing Monsters and gruesome dismemberment prosthetic effects ... or at least something that was shocking and physiologically scaring to watch. These days it's tedious found footage and cheap jump scares.
Frankly we've had enough and we have an hour's worth of moaning about it. It's not just cheap and lazy, the latest wave of horror is the death of innovation. But with Horror being a relativity successful side industry of cinema this humble podcast is as likely to be taken seriously as that guy from the ending of "The Body Snatchers". Incidental Music by incompetech.com
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/087HorriblyCheap/087%20-%20Horribly%20Cheap.mp3
Episode 88 - Films 2003 - Terminating Sean Connery
Return of the King wrapped up the acclaimed Tolkien epic to the sound of many relieved awards and of course Marvel were very much out in force this year, although it's clear now the mass popularity of their present day incarnation was brought with the sweat, tears and failure of earlier films such as Hulk and Daredevil, and according to Leo X2 is looking ropy for it's age now too.
The glut of Films we had to see this is is noticeably up, and other franchise are more than happy to join in the Partly. But if 2003 is remembered for anyone's departure it's likely that old rusty cyborg Mr Schwarzenegger hanging up his mini gun and also making his film making exit with forest mushroom clouds wiping out humanity. Really after that a career in high office politics was a shoe in. Incidental Music by incompetech.com
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/088Films2003/088%20-%20Films%202003.mp3
Episode 89 - The Usual Bad Movies
And yet even in the cesspool of cinema we find different hews and flavors of wretchedness. Sometimes it's just the singular creative vision of one man who's ability is in fact far below his own estimation; sometimes it's because a film is made so fast and for so little money that all choices made were in the lap of whatever they could think to do when the camera turned on; sometimes it's a frustrating mix of actual talent being smothered by fundamentally poor core ideas; sometimes it's because the script just kept changing depending on what day of the week it was; or maybe sometimes it was doomed from the outset because it's based on a book that is in any objective sense awful.
So please come join us as we look over some of the most infamously terrible movies and have nice chat about it all and watch us hope against hope that a bad film can gets so awful it loops right around and becomes hilariously good again. Incidental Music by Incompetech.com
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/Rot80K089/089-Terrible.mp3
Episode 90 - The 80's Kids ABC of Movies - DEF
Leo's D is definitely something of a collection of films within his collection of films. Justin's D is quite honestly dreddful and deals with worthy social issues such as effective policing in built up innercity areas. Ian's D is the most horrific and depressing children's film ever made. Seriously Ann Frank is a mad cap comedy musical about hide and seek by comparison.
Leo's E is a riveting exploration of the politics of urban development after the ruling Monarch makes an ass of himself. Justin's E is a traditional English fairy tale ... so murder, rape incest with almost everyone dying at the end is what we should expect! Ian's E is a charming story of friendship that forms between three boys after they decide to follow their dreams and aim for the skies.
Leo's F will have your eyes out on stalks! Well, one of your eyes out on a stalk anyway and not the either ones you expect! Justin's F features an FBI agent who's literally quite besides himself after a police hunt for a dangerous terrorist actually goes very well. And finally Ian's F will feature the post apocalyptic survivors of a polygon world trying to come to terms with the sudden arrival of a pretty CGI dragon! Incidental music by incompetech.com
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/090The80SKidsABCOfMoviesDEF/090%20-%20The%2080_s%20Kids%20ABC%20of%20Movies%20-%20DEF.mp3
6 March 2015
25 February 2015
Episode 83 - 2002: Resident Spider
The 80s Kids had a great time in 2002 and aren't afraid to let their emotions show on the topic. Good thing for them that they don't live in the world of Equilibrium, both for plot-relevant reasons and because Leo still believes it is the worst film he has ever seen in a cinema to date.
On the subject of the underwhelm aside from the aforementioned clones we also had the Potter film most universally agreed to be "a bit meh" Chamber of Secrets and the forgettable sequel to Men in Black so snoozeworthy it's not even discussed in passing. To protect us from the parade of mediocrity are a number of exciting new developments and spectacular labours of love to go along with Bourne. This is, after all, the year of Raimi's Spider Man and Spielberg's Minority Report.
Can anyone declare the year which brought us Death To Smoochy, Cypher and The Transporter a failure? Can the 80s Kids? Turn on, download and find out. Incidental Music by Incompetech
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/083Films2002/083%20-%20Films%202002.mp3
Episode 84 - The 80s Kids ABC of Movies 1: ABC
It's all pretty simple really. As we have wound our way through the myriad films of three decades certain films have, inevitably, ended up by the wayside. Some years were so bursting with potential conversation starters that the odd gem got left behind along the way.
The ABC is a way to redress the balance as our three intrepid adventurers select three films per episode whose titles start with a group of hand-picked carefully chosen letters.
In the first in the series the letters are ABC as all letters have been chosen alphabetically. There will be a special no-prize not issued to the listener who can guess what the next three carefully selected letters will be. Shall we? Lets.
Incidental music: "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/0084ABC01/0084-ABC01.mp3
Episode 85 - A Very 80s Kids Christmas
What follows next is a perilous journey for survival and freedom through a world crafted by their arch nemesis Michael Bay. Menaced at their every turn Leo and Ian must face Big Bay's unsettling agents with their gratuitous special effects and nonsensical plot logic out to ensnare them.
And no matter who wins one thing is for sure ... The 80s Kids will never be the same again ... Wow ... this is just like EastEnders isn't it? Incidental Music by incompetch.com
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/085AVery80sChristmasShow/085%20-%20A%20Very%2080s%20Christmas%20Show%20.mp3
Episode 86 - Back To Back To The Future
Nevertheless, with the much loved trilogy quickly heading to a time where , ironically, all of Back to the Future will be set in the past it seems an appropriate time to give the series an 80s Kids reevaluation. From the much loved first film, which seems to barely put a foot wrong with it's tight script, memorable characters and brilliant casting, to the eclectic sequel with it's mind bending time twisting plot, to the 'Wraps it all up in a bow' final western themed film that left us all happy and satisfied.
If there is such a thing as a perfect trilogy Back to the Future is a likely candidate. So please come join us as we set our time machines for 1985 and learn again all about believing in yourself, the power of love and the hatred for manure. Incidental Music by incompetech.com
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/086BackToBackToTheFuture/086%20-%20Back%20to%20Back%20to%20the%20Future.mp3
6 February 2015
The bad news is that trying to find some content to engage with in Hangouts On Air is a big challenge. The good news is that we are all living in a time pregnant with opportunity.
On the theory that forewarned is forearmed I took the opportunity to whizz down a typical list of available Hangouts and show you some broad categories of people who are online now.
If you are non-English you are used to make-dos in media, I suppose. In which case you are not easily going to be put off harnessing an incredibly powerful media tool by the necessity to include a few make-dos along the way.
I am neither endorsing nor deriding this content but it seems that evangelisers and proselitysers of all stripes are alive to the potential of this platform. New media is well known as a hotbed of zealotry and extremism so this kind of programming is to be expected.
Traditional Western media has to be seen to be straight down the middle, even its extremity is watered down until it fits within a broadcasting standard. This kind of niche market sermonising is finding it's home on Hangouts.
Anywhere there is new media are video gamers streaming their gaming sessions these days. Hangouts and Twitch TV are slowly merging together. This is important because of the last point here:
See this kid? In two decades time he will own and control all this media stuff that the current generation finds so difficult. A thirty six year old going into business today will be hopelessly outclassed in the market place in two decades. Why? Because these kids are playing around with this tech today and by the time these people step into business they will already feel at ease with this type of broadcasting.
That last point I can testify to. It happened to me. When I was six I got comfortable with a Sinclair ZX81 and now I am a computer master, not mastered by my computer. Staying up to date with technology isn't easy, but it is essential.
The Good News
All this means that if you have thoroughly prepared content, the will to deliver it effectively and the patience to grow your media marketing plan you have the opportunity to dominate with relative ease. One day Hangouts will be rammed to the rafters with content as engaging as what currently spills through our television sets. Everyone will be more competent. Businesses will do this as a matter of course.
That is a daunting world to contemplate. But we don't live in that world, we live in this one. The challenges are different but the potential rewards are much greater than the local broadcasters of the future will dare to dream of.
5 February 2015
If you have a business enterprise then you will have to get involved with new media tech, it's inevitable. People that don't embrace engagement through YouTube, Hangouts and podcasting are going to get left struggling. These technologies really are the best way to engage with new customers in a new way. Not least because passing trade is at home surfing the net, not walking down the high street. That's what this article, which I sent out as a mailshot to some potential new clients, is all about:
We live in a world that has been transformed by computers, the internet, and social networking. The problem for many of us is that the change is subtle and if you don't see it you can easily miss something important.
When I started Spinning Monkey I thought of myself as being in the business of small scale media production. I have all the kit to take a studio around with me, like a school photographer, and I have the expertise to cut together video productions.
That makes me a videographer, right?
What I quickly discovered is that the types of things you need to do with a small scale media set up are very different to the requirements of even the smallest video production house. What I do is to help people plug into a vast sea of potential customer engagements quickly and to maximum effect.
At Spinning Monkey we have a variety of projects happening that can help you take vital steps to consolidating your position in business in the exciting times to come. Take a look at the current newsletter. It tells you what is going on at the moment, it's not just a bunch of sales pitches, some projects ask for participation at no cost and give a great window into the possibilities of new media technology.
You can't afford to think of new technologies in media as things that are for someone else, or that what they offer isn't for you. If you don't get involved one of your competitors will sometime soon. It's an exciting time for pioneers and trailblazers. For the early adopters the rewards will be greatest.
You don't have to go it alone. We can explore this new world together. If anything the Spinning Monkey is doing is of interest please don't hesitate to get in touch.
26 January 2015
Episode 79 - Doing It For The Fans
Secondly, we recorded it together several weeks ago now and my recollection of what actually transpired may be a bit hazy. See, I can't even commit to how well I remember the incident. Shameful. I remember we were, unsurprisingly, talking about fans and how much of an influence they should be allowed to have on a creative project. Should one embrace them, or is that a disastrous move.
Should one, then, ignore them, or is that imprudent? There seem to be no easy answers, which probably explains why we chose it as an episode subject. So down the rabbit hole we go once more as we discover that the whole episode is, in fact, an extended discussion of why it is Leo has recently been working for payment in individual desk-based rotor air-cooling devices... Oh, the embarrassment.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/079DoingItForTheFans/079%20-%20Doing%20it%20for%20the%20Fans.mp3
Episode 80 - Films 2001 - The one with a monkey faced Lincoln memorial statue
Meanwhile the 90s goes through it's dying spasms with a heap of forgettable movies that should never have been made. Oh that was easy. I should be lazy more often! Incidental Music by Incompetech
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/080Films2001/080%20-%20Films%202001.mp3
Episode 81 - So Bad We Smelt it Coming!
Yet somehow at every single stage, from the initial pitch, to the casting, the choice of director and marketing there has been a dramatic failure in quality control. While it might be impossible to say for sure a film will be a hit until the movie going audience judges it the reverse is not true.
Indeed we here a the 80s Kids humbly submit that sometimes the stink of a movie can be so bad we can smell it coming a mile away. Most topically on our minds right now is the up coming 'Fantastic 4' reboot, of which we have heard very little that inspires any kind of 'Wait and see' sense of doubt about the radical re-imagining of Marvel classic comic series.
Every comment and leak seems to add another layer of dread and Leo and to a lesser extent Ian are all to happy to have a good moan about it all. This leads on to a wider discussion of bombs we saw coming in hopes of gleaning some kind of vital formula that we might disclose for the betterment of all mankind. Incidental Music by Incompetech.com
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/081SoBadWeSmeltItComing/081%20-%20So%20Bad%20We%20Smelt%20it%20Coming.mp3
Episode 82 - Short Lived Noughty TV shows
Well, I expect most of you are thinking: "No Shit" but as Leo points out there are very few shows that got exactly three, normally if you get that far the fourth season is in the bag. So this week we tuck into the poor children who only had one or two years worth of shows before the deadly axe fell.
What we have is a collection of small briefly shining gems, unresolved arcs, curio eggs, the mundane, the muddled and directionless and the justifiably axed for reasons of public good taste. These shows for whatever reason occupy only a small space on the DVD shelf but today they're getting more time than their due as the 80s kids munch their way through these bite sized series.
Also Firefly. Incidental Music by Incompetech.
Direct Link: https://archive.org/download/082NoughtyTv1/082%20-%20noughty%20tv%201.mp3