Saturday, 16 April 2011

Episode #178 Shownotes

Regarding the breakup of Halfway Around The World, Dawnforge would say that there was no expectation to accept sponsorship or competitions. In my opinion the fact that those options were being actively sought after and promoted put a certain sense of obligation on me. Much as I didn't want to do either of them I felt I didn't have a choice.

Sorry about the long discussion regarding the cycling season. It cannot be stressed enough how surprising these results are. After the Tour de France and the World Championships these Monuments are the most prestigious races to win, and all three of these winners were major shocks. In each case they are riders you might expect to be in the top 10 of a major race, but winning did not seem to be in their future.

Since I bothered to update the WMVP Vimeo page you now have the option to watch the show streaming rather than download if that's your preference.

Only one video this week. An epilepsy-inducing animated effort from Tahiti 80.

Ourobouros Podcast #178 - A Globetrotting Podcast

1. Dark Souls Day - Dark Love
2. Benjamin Hyatt - Without You
3. AromaHue - Bloody Surprise
4. Tahiti 80 - Solitary Bizness
5. Unfactory - Sex & Fight
6. mind.area - Being Suffering

The Intro Music is an excerpt from 'Somebody Noble' by Transit Studio

All songs used with permission or are available under Creative Commons licenses.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Episode #177 Shownotes

Sucker Punch is not a good film. While I don't hate it as much as most people, it was still a big disappointment to me. I read a couple of really good articles on /Film that have slightly differing opinions on the film. One is written by Angie Han and the other by Adam Quigley. It's worth mentioning that both of these articles do spoil the film and Adam Quigley has an interpretation of the end of the film that I completely disagree with. I think the key thing to note is that while Quigley is 'defending' the film, he still doesn't think it's good.

I had a really good discussion about Source Code with Jen on this weeks Halfway Around The World, which will be released tomorrow. There's also an opportunity to enter the April contest that all shows on the Dawnforge network are participating in. If you feel like entering all the details are here. As well as listening to the show you can also enter through the shows Twitter and Facebook pages.

A nice selection of videos this week.

Ourobouros Podcast #177 - Glorious Failure

1. How To Destroy Angels - The Space In Between
2. Sona - When Skies Are Grey
3. Voodoo Bunny - Zed Is For Zombie
4. The Retro Trade - It's Alright
5. The Answering Machine - Animals
6. Tricil - The Emancipation

The Intro Music is an excerpt from 'Somebody Noble' by Transit Studio

All songs used with permission or are available under Creative Commons licenses.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Episode #176 Shownotes

Because this weeks show ended up taking so long to record and edit, I delayed releasing it a week. and these shownotes are delayed because I just bought the first Dragon Age computer game. I suspect things are going to start sliding from now on...

To sum up my three week epic review of Dr Who Series 5 here are my full ratings, with a brief explanation as to how I came to those ratings:

1. The Eleventh Hour Grade:B+
Everything you'd want for the first episode of a new Doctor and showrunner. The giant eyeballs in the sky and the solution with every computer resetting to zero are slightly silly though.

2. The Beast Below Grade:C-
The whole concept of Britain torturing a space whale is awful and the Smilers add absolutely nothing to the plot, but I didn't hate this episode as much as I did the first time.

3. Victory Of The Daleks Grade:C
The Dalek redesign isn't good, but I didn't hate it and I really dislike the android not exploding because he feels love. However how can you complain about Spitfire's in space! I find this episode a fun romp.

4. The Time Of Angels Grade:B-
River Song and the Weeping Angels are both re-introduced well and Amy facing the Angel on the video is terrifying. The Angels do start to get retconned though.

5. Flesh And Stone Grade:F
The Weeping Angels get fully retconned in this episode. They're now killing machines instead of time vampires and in several scenes they look at each other. For me this breaks all the rules set up in 'Blink'.

I hate what they did with the Weeping Angels, but there are enough good moments in both episodes to save it from a complete fail.

6. Vampires Of Venice Grade:E
They came up with the title of this episode before the plot. The vampires being space lobsters with perception filters is ludicrous and this episode is only saved from a failing grade by the one liners from Toby Whitehouse.

7. Amy's Choice Grade:A
A brilliant episode that works on all levels. It works as a character study, as a monster-of-the-week and as an alternate reality story. The Doctor hating himself that much is a chilling thought.

8. The Hungry Earth Grade:B-
A good examination of the psychology of war and martyrdom. It also works really well as a siege story.

9. Cold Blood Grade:C-
A good conclusion that continues the theme of showing the worst of humanity. The big reset button at the end of the episode does annoy me though.

A good story that shows that not only are The Silurians not evil, but the humans are just as bad.

10. Vincent And The Doctor Grade:A
A beautiful, melancholic story that is one of the best examinations of depression I've ever seen on television. The first time I saw this episode I didn't think much of the monster, but on a re-watch it fits perfectly.

11. The Lodger Grade:E
I don't like James Corden and his performance doesn't convince. The unrequited love plot is not subtle enough. The idea of an entire storey of a house being a spaceship is cool, but don't use a location on a terrace.

12. The Pandorica Opens Grade:B
Having so many monsters showing up at one time could have been awful, but the plot has a perfect reason for them all to be there. The scenes above Stone Henge are brilliant as well.

13. The Big Bang Grade:F
A bitterly disappointing finale. Amy magicking the Doctor back to life by remembering him is just as bad as the end of 'Last Of The Timelords' and the way the Doctor gets out of the Pandorica is an impossible time paradox.

There are some really brilliant moments in the finale, but I simply can't forgive the time paradox that gets the Doctor out of the Pandorica. It is a loop that has no possible start.

A couple of really nice videos this week.

Ready ChiefAnahata Sound
"First Nation" (mp3)
from "Ready Chief"
(GypsyPop Records)

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Saturday, 2 April 2011

Ourobouros Podcast #176 - A Magic Box, Innit

1. FeelAbout - Break Even
2. 1995 - Polar Rapid
3. FUR - Pretty Thoughts
4. Disaster March - Slo Motion (The Kristian Riley Remix)
5. Everything Is Made In China (ft. AERO_fALL) - Automatic
6. Anahata Sound - First Nation

The Intro Music is an excerpt from 'Somebody Noble' by Transit Studio

All songs used with permission or are available under Creative Commons licenses.