Special thanks to Tyler Shumway for commissioning a podcast for three of his favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the 1997 television adaptation of the movie of the same name, spearheaded by Joss Whedon. Tyler wanted our thoughts on episode 410, “Hush”, 516, “The Body”, and finally the musical episode, 607 “Once More With Feeling”. Are reactions are a bit mixed, but lively and spirited debate ensue, and A.Ron gets choked up thinking about robots having babies.
Dr. Brandon Devito has commissioned us to watch the 1997 comedy/thriller mashup, “Grosse Pointe Blank”, starring John Cusack and Minnie Driver. It tells the tale of a hitman with a troubled conscience, or maybe just a feeling of ennui that has him returning to his home town for his tenth high school reunion and coincidentally reuniting with his old sweetheart. The action is surprisingly great, the sound track is fantastic, the fashion is decidedly 90’s, and the tone is quirky and all over the place, but it only hit one of us in just the right place.
Special thanks once again to Aaron Spaulding, who for his double commission feature selected the wonderful, weird, and fully preposterous Luc Besson joint “The Fifth Element”, of which Jim and I are very familiar with. We delve into the depths of Jim’s annoyance with Ruby, while A.Ron explains how he quit worrying and learned to love the Rodd, Besson’s partly crazy, partly insightful look into life in the 24th century, and spend quite a bit of time analyzing the lead actors Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, and Gary Oldman.
Did we, in fact, deliver a commissioned podcast on the 1997 Robert Zemeckis science fiction film Contact? Well, all I can say for sure is that we recorded a conversation and released it as a podcast. Your own personal experience with the podcast will have to inform your answer to that question.