Episode 30: Ready Player One

Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Lena Waithe, Win Morisaki, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, and Philip Zhao in Ready Player One (2018)

This week, the big boys and girl decided to tackle one of the biggest films of 2018 and that is… Ready Player One! And we are joined again by our favorite guest, Paul Bestolarides!

Ready Player One is known for it’s elaborate and well made CGI but does the film itself have any other redeeming elements? The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and we all love him at SPMN, so we were excited to see this film by him! Based on the novel of the same name written by Ernest Cline and the screenplay was also co-written by him too! Did he do it justice?

On this episode, we discussed the spectacle, countless movie references (we even have a long list of references that Michael did, we sped it up for you though, don’t you worry), we even have an argument or two, but what less do you expect?

Did Michael enjoy watching this film on his fourth viewing? Listen in this week to find out!

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Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg.

“When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.”

Episode 28: Street Fighter

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It is November and that means a new theme! This month’s theme is dedicated “Video Game Movies” and what an absolute delight it is to start off with the infamous, cult classic: Street Fighter (1994).

The film that is revered for it’s over the top cheesiness, terrible fight scenes and brilliant acting from it’s stellar cast, led by Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia. This film is the epitome of why video game films have a certain reputation.

Jean-Claude Van Damme’s believable performance as the all American, Colonel Guile. Raul Julia’s emotional performance as the misunderstood villain, M Bison. An assortment of characters that are too many to name. If these aren’t enough to convince you to watch the film, we don’t know what it is.

Listen along to hear our hosts talk about the film with our guest, Paul Bestolarides (that you may remember from our episode of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl, another great film, might we add). As they talk about traditional Chinese garments, fight choreography, Asian temples and listen to Randy moan about the lack of research and authenticity to the real Street Fighter game.

Directed by Steven E. De Souza. Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming-Na Wen, Kylie Minogue, Byron Mann, Damian Chapa and Wes Studi.

“Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.”

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