Twenty years ago
gave us two similar but very different alien invasion movies. One was serious
and the other comedic; one was a huge hit and the other barely made back it's
budget; one was basely manipulative and the other cruelly sarcastic. And, in
fact, one was completely terrible and the other brilliantly funny. It doesn't
take much thought to know in which direction this podcast will go but with a
little luck we can make it entertaining. We're going to try!
I am joined once again by artist extraordinaire Mark Maddox to discuss the two dystopian alien invasion stories MARS ATTACKS and
INDEPENDENCE DAY. Both of
us saw these films on initial release and, in a shocking turn of events, we had
identical reactions. This means that we spend the majority of this show in
agreement instead of at each other's throats! I hope this doesn't disappoint
fans of our previous James Bond episode but I promise that Mark and I will be
back to insulting and harassing each other soon enough. (All it will take is
picking another topic and we'll be screaming abuse back and forth like children
denied their favorite toy.)
Of course, the discussion does meander a fair amount as each co-host follows several connecting threads to bizarre and unexpected places. With such large and eclectic casts packed with so many amazing actors there is almost no way we could have stopped ourselves from talking about some of the more interesting performances. So, expect to hear a few dozen movies get mentioned that have nothing to do with the subjects at hand. Sorry.
If you have any comments or questions please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be glad to hear from you. Mark Maddox's work can be seen at his website and I recommend going over there to check it out. Thanks for downloading and listening!