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14: The Roger Moore of Indiana Jones

Raiders of the Lost Ark.

As George Lucas vacationed in Hawaii after finishing the original Star Wars, he is joined by Steven Spielberg. Spielberg mentioned that he wants to direct a Bond movie and George tells him he has something better; Indiana Smith. Steven would go on to direct and fortuitously convince George to change the name to Indiana Jones. The rest, as they say, is cinema history.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Champion and Norman Lao to talk about the original Indy adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark. We discuss if Indy had been played by Tom Selleck, our memories associated with seeing the film for the first time and what kept us coming back for more, the basis for the series, what we love and what still bugs us about the film, the soundtrack, Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, plus the question, "Does it hold up for today's audience?". 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Champion 

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Back In Time (00:01:49)

What If Indy Had A Stache (00:02:37)

Memories (00:18:40)

New Adventure Serials (00:27:39)

The Adventure (00:42:48)

Johnny Williams (00:59:10)

Karen Allen As Marion (01:11:58)

Does It Hold Up? (01:20:20)

Final Thoughts (01:33:05)

Closing (01:38:55)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:50pm MDT

13: Princess Bride Status

Galaxy Quest.

1999 saw the release of three films aimed at sci-fi fandom and more specifically, Star Trek - Free Enterprise, Trekkies and Galaxy Quest. Galaxy Quest seemed to hit that sweet spot for many fans and at Star Trek Las Vegas it's ranked as a Star Trek Movie.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Norman Lao and Andi VanderKolk to talk about Galaxy Quest. We ask the question of whether it should be considered a Star Trek film, our reactions to the movie then and now, themes, crew dynamics, what works, as well as what doesn't, if the movie would have been better if it had been rated R and if there should be a sequel.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Party Like It's 1999 (00:01:57)

Is it a Star Trek Movie? (00:02:57)

First Impressions, Again (00:05:46)

Crew Dynamics (00:18:04)

Digging in Deeper (00:29:49)

Rated R? (00:48:02)

Where's the Sequel? (00:55:15)

Final Thoughts (00:59:12)

Closing (01:03:28)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm MDT

12: It's a Wonderful Life Doctor

It's a Wonderful Life Doctor.

Every year geeks gather around their television sets to see what will happen to The Doctor and his companion at the holidays. The Christmas special usually combines elements of well know stories of the season with a sic-fi twist and this year was no different

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andi VanderKolk to talk about Last Christmas, the 2014 holiday special. We discuss the things we liked about the episode, things we didn't as well as the themes, then reach back to look at season 8 as a whole and what we hope to see in the upcoming season 9 which will again star Peter Capaldi and Jenna Louise Coleman.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest 

Andi VanderKolk

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Doctor Who Christmas Specials (00:01:42)

Last Christmas First Impressions (00:05:54)

Lying to Each Other (00:10:47)

Genres Collide (00:13:19)

Nick Frost as Santa (00:15:59)

A Dream to Save Us (00:19:25)

Other Things (00:23:29)

Clara's Growth (00:28:26)

Season 8 as a Whole (00:31:27)

Final Thoughts and The Mistress (00:41:18)

Closing (00:46:20)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm MDT

11: A Badass Battle Ram

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Peter Jackson has been thinking about and working in Middle Earth since 1995 and finally, at the close of 2014 the defining chapter is here. From it's beginnings as  two films and a companion piece, all the way to a trilogy of Hobbit films, the process has been anything but smooth. Finally the two trilogies are now complete and so ends the adventures in Jackson's Middle Earth.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined once again by Alice Baker and Megan Calcote from Educating Geeks as well as Norman Lao to talk though this final Hobbit film. We discuss everything from the 48fps, to the different battles to the themes, even getting a little personal in the analysis. Will you follow us, one last time?

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Alice Baker

Megan Calcote

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

One Last Time (00:02:48)  

48fps (00:06:43)  

Last Time... In Middle Earth (00:12:21)  

Dol Guldor Battle (00:22:23)  

Between the Battles (00:36:43)  

The Madness of Thorin (00:37:49)  

Badmouthing Gandalf (00:47:55)  

Bilbo Saves the Day (00:50:23)  

The Battle of the Five Armies (00:51:29)  

Dwarves in War (00:54:01)  

Thorin, Come to Your Senses (00:59:36)  

The Ravenhill Battles (01:11:53)  

Fili and Kili (01:13:29)  

Thorin and Azog (01:22:11)  

Further Thoughts (01:26:10)  

Thorin and Bilbo Say Goodbye (01:30:11)  

Other Themes (01:33:02)  

There and Back Again (01:44:04)  

Closing (01:50:54)  

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

10: They Didn't Think This Through

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. 

The middle movie of a trilogy has always been the hardest to do. It relies on the first film, has to set up the last film and try stand up on it's own. Some movies have done this really well, such as The Empire Strikes Back and The Two Towers. The Desolation of Smaug also had the distinction of being the film that had the most added to it when the duology became a trilogy. Peter Jackson clearly had his work cut out for him.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined once again by Megan Calcote of Educating Geeks to discuss the second Hobbit film. We dive into the difference in filming time Jackson had and it's effect on the look of this new trilogy, the new locations we see, Bree, Beorn's House, Mirkwood, the Woodland Realm, Laketown and Erebor. All this while talking about the new characters and themes from the film.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

Megan Calcote 

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

An Interesting Thought (00:01:40)  

All New Places (00:05:15)  

Bree (00:06:44)  

Beorn and Beorn's House (00:08:50)  

Mirkwood (00:18:38)  

The Woodland Elves (00:23:02)  

Barrel Ride (00:32:31)  

The Bard and Laketown (00:38:27)  

Erebor and Smaug (00:46:07)  

Dol Guldor and Gandalf (00:57:49)  

Themes (01:03:47)  

Final Thoughts (01:07:58)  

Closing (01:12:17)  

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

9: The Original George Lucas

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

After the monster success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy thoughts turned to making The Hobbit. After dealing with rights issues and a directorial change, Peter Jackson once again found himself in Middle Earth. 

In this episode of The 602 Club, host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker and Megan Calcote from Educating Geeks to talk about the first film in this new Middle Earth trilogy. Together we discuss Peter Jackson being back as director, making three films out of two, additions from Tolkien's other works, things we liked and didn't from both versions of the film and the riddles in the dark.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests 

Alice Baker

Megan Calcote 

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

First Things First (00:02:28)  

Three Out of Two (00:09:05)  

Additions to The Hobbit (00:17:24)  

First Impressions of the First Movie (00:26:27)  

Likes and Dislikes (00:34:48)  

Extended Edition (00:43:02)  

A Whole Lotta Dwarves (00:45:33)  

Final Thoughts (00:50:11)  

And One More Thing (00:57:05)  

Closing (01:01:28)  

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

8: Here's Your Next Dossier

James Bond

 

The British secret service agent has been thrilling audiences with his adventures and conquests for over 50 years. Ranked number three in total franchise dollars, Bond continues to be one of Hollywoods longest running series.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Champion and Norman Lao discuss their love these films. From favorite Bonds, to movies and girls, we dive in to what makes Bond special to us, as well as speculate about the latest film, Bond 24. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The One, the Only, James Bond (00:02:14)  

Favorite Bond (00:09:40)  

Villain's Impact  (00:30:21)  

Favorite Bond Movies (00:37:39)  

Deleting A Movie? (00:55:22)  

Favorite Bond Girls (01:00:17)  

Bond 24 (01:10:38)  

Closing (01:25:48)  

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:58am MDT

7: At Least They Put A Bird On It

Mockingjay Part 1. 

Susanne Collins' Hunger Games series took the world by storm in 2008 and has continued to do so through the film adaptations. 

Host Matthew Rushing is join by Andi VanderKolk in The 602 Club to discuss the first part of the finale Mockingjay Part 1. Together they dive into the first two films, the decision to split the final book into two movies, while dissecting the themes and topical nature of the series and rounding out the discussion with the validity of female lead films. 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

Hunger Games History (00:01:39)

The First Movie (00:06:07)

The Second Movie (00:13:28)

The Bombshell (00:18:09)

The Movie Itself - Mockingjay Part 1 (00:22:20)

Better Than The Book? (00:28:26)

The New Characters (00:35:05)

The Themes (00:40:08)

The Topical Nature Of The Series (00:46:15)

Female Action Heroes (00:53:30)

Closing (01:02:46)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

S1: Is It Up?

Fans around the world were beside themselves when they learned that George Lucas had sold Lucasfilm to Disney, who immediately announced that they were going to be continuing the Star Wars saga on the big screen. 

Now the first look at the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens is here and with it the speculation wars have begun. In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills, Will Nguyen and Daniel Proulx to dissect 88 seconds of Star Wars. Together they discuss the things they like, things they don't, speculate on the story and how they feel about the film now. 

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills, Will Nguyen and Daniel Proulx

Editor and Producer
Matthew Rushing
 
Associate Producers
Norman C. Lao

Chapters
Star Wars Histories (00:03:03)
A Brand New Trailer (00:08:00)
Likes (00:19:20)
Dislikes (00:29:42)
Searching Our Feelings (00:40:32)
Closing (00:53:06)

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm MDT

6: Ken Burns' Film From the Future

Interstellar.

Visionary director Christopher Nolan burst on to the screen with Memento and since then has continued to intrigue and provoke though in audiences with films like Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy.

In this episode of The 602 Club, host Matthew Rushing is joined by Darren Moser and Norman C. Lao to discuss the release of Interstellar. From their first impressions, to characters, robots, and ship designs, they try not to get lost in the fifth dimension all while trying to keep the show under the running time of the movie.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Darren Moser and Norman C. Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

Interstellar: First Impressions (00:01:30)

Plot and Themes (00:10:09)

It Get's Timey Whimey (00:20:10)

Characters (00:41:47)

Best Robots Ever? (00:56:57)

Ship Designs (01:04:35)

The Score (01:14:45)

Final Thoughts (01:27:37)

Closing (01:33:20)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm MDT