Ep-96 Children of Men (2006 film)

Alfonso Cuarón’s apocalyptic masterpiece CHILDREN OF MEN is a modern classic starring Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, and Michael Caine. His adaptation of P. D. James’ novel of the same name differs significantly but stands on its own as breathtaking art and perhaps even rises above. 

Topics: The horrors of U.S. detention centers, the effect of the long take “oners”, the special rig necessary to get an iconic scene, the use of classic works of art hidden in the film, a story of a mishap that is the stuff of filmmaking legend, how Harry Potter paved the way for this movie to be made, and the completion of Theo Faron’s character arc.

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Ep-95 The Children of Men (1992 novel) part two

Theo joins the dissident group called the "Five Fishes" and is on the run from the law with the fate of the world in the balance in the second half of THE CHILDREN OF MEN by P. D. James (a. k. a. Phyllis Dorothy James).

Topics: Their reaction to all of the Christian symbols and references, an appearance by the famous dramatic principle of Chekov’s Gun, an absurd dance, “eugenics are bad”, the juxtaposition of the human with the divine, a reading from scripture and a stab at the meaning of the title, some flimsiness in the ending, and whether or not this story’s conclusion is actually a hopeful one.

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Ep-94 The Children of Men (1992 novel) part one

P. D. James (a. k. a. Phyllis Dorothy James) wrote her classic dystopian tale of a world dying a slow death in the 90s that led to an iconic film adaptation more than a decade later. In THE CHILDREN OF MEN, the reader follows Dr. Theodore “Theo” Faron as he navigates the new political and theological questions of a world without a future. Luke & James explore the questions raised by the first half of the novel.

Spoilers begin: 34:15

Topics: the book’s style and prose, authoritarianism as a response to fear, Theo’s privilege, exploring the speculative element at the heart of the story, the proposed effect on sexual relationships as suggested by the author, a potential lack of humanism, the politics of the Five Fishes, and finally, would Luke & James recommend movie-fans read this book?

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Ep-93 Good Omens (2019 TV series) episodes 4-6

The four horsemen ride to start the Apocalypse and to meet the Antichrist (Adam Young) in the last 3 episodes of Neil Gaiman’s feel-good TV series about the end of the world. Join Luke & James as they discuss the second half of the show, before putting a bow on their coverage.

Topics include: overall takeaways from the project, Michael Sheen & David Tennant's potential to pull off each other’s roles, the CGI used, Luke shares a “duh moment,” Anathema & Newt’s hook-up, the are they/aren’t they relationship of Aziraphale & Crowley, a demon’s taste in whisky, and finally a discussion on the potential for a season 2 possibly based off of Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s unfinished manuscript.

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Ep-92 Good Omens (2019 TV series) episodes 1-3

Neil Gaiman serves as writer & showrunner for the adaptation of his own work in Amazon Prime’s GOOD OMENS TV miniseries! Luke & James have seen half the show and discuss what it’s like watching a show so lovingly made to honor the late Terry Pratchett.

Topics include: the Terry Gilliam movie we almost got instead, Michael Sheen & David Tennant's charisma, the story behind Jon Hamm as the angel Gabriel, ideas from the unmade Good Omens sequel, the nature of Crowley & Aziraphale’s relationship, the influence of Doctor Who & Sherlock on this show, Easter eggs hidden in these episodes, and the symbolic nature of the demon/angel in this story.

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Ep-91 Good Omens (1990 novel) part two

The End is now! Join Luke & James as they finish out the 2nd half of Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s GOOD OMENS in preparation for the brand-new Amazon Prime Video series premiering soon. If you would like a refresher on the classic novel before the series begins, this episode has got you covered!

Topics include: Alternate names for the Other Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Crowley’s secret weapon, Aziraphale’s trip to America, a particular line that Luke swears was written by Gaiman, the potential humanist themes of the novel as expressed by Adam Young, the message of the novel’s final lines, and finally some predictions about the upcoming series!

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Ep-90 Good Omens (1990 novel) part one

Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, much like Crowley & Aziraphale, joined forces once upon a time to write an absolute landmark fantasy novel. That book has finally found a home on Amazon Prime Video for its upcoming adaptation with show-runner Neil Gaiman himself at the head. This week, Luke & James team up to cover the first half of the novel and speculate on what it must’ve been like for these legendary authors to write something like this together.

Spoilers Begin: 21:52

Topics include: The process of co-writing this book according to Neil & Terry, Free Will vs. Determinism as a theme, modern interest in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, what other Gaiman novels they want to read, and Luke has to take a moment to step back and analyze a specific line that has him questioning everything.

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Ep-89 Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1961 short story & TV episodes)

THE TWILIGHT ZONE is an iconic piece of television history, and this Richard Matheson short story provided the basis for one of its most legendary moments. Several versions of this tale have been put to screen, but we focus our discussion on the 1963 episode from the original run starring William Shatner and the 2019 Jordan-Peele-helmed reboot episode starring Adam Scott.

Spoilers for 2019 episode begin: 33:42

Topics include: Good Omens Giveaway announcement, Stephen King’s respect for Matheson, the paranoia and isolation of not being believed, the gremlin’s infamous look, shared human fears, the legacy of the original Twilight Zone, the casting of Adam Scott, the big new twist on the old monster, Dan Carlin as the true crime podcast host, the questionable second ending, the influence of Black Mirror, and our interest in the reboot going forward.

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Ep-88 The Two Towers (2002 film)

The Battle of Helm’s Deep set the standard for medieval warfare put to screen, but there’s a lot else in The Two Towers that’s worth revisiting. Peter Jackson’s masterwork continues with part two of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, the difficult-to-do middle movie in the epic trilogy. Luke & James discuss all the ways it succeeds and its occasional missteps along the way.

Topics: Andy Serkis’ legendary portrayal of Gollum, the saggy middle, the absence of the battle with Shelob from the film, Elijah Wood as Frodo and beyond, a soapbox moment about the accusations of “Mary Sue” in today’s culture, Eowyn & Arwen’s role in this male-dominated movie, Faramir’s changes from book to movie, a spoiler-free comparison with Game of Thrones season 8x03, the carryover from this movie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a quick BOOK GIVEAWAY announcement for GOOD OMENS, and a final decision is made about which film we like better! 

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Ep-87 The Two Towers (1954 novel) part three

Sam, Frodo, and Gollum head into Mordor to traverse the high path and battle the fearsome spider Shelob this week as Luke & James finish out The Two Towers, part two of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. 

Topics: The unique relationship between Frodo & Sam, the trustworthiness of Faramir, Oliphaunts vs elephants, a potential influence for Patrick Rothfuss, the “Shadow of Mordor” video game, the purpose of chapter titles, the heart of Sméagol, fantasy races as allegories for real racial relations, Shelob’s legacy, ending on a cliffhanger, and which they book they preferred, Two Towers or Fellowship of the Ring.

Chapters Covered

Book IV

CH 3: The Black Gate is Closed

CH 4: Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit 

CH 5: The Window on the West 

CH 6: The Forbidden Pool

CH 7: Journey to the Cross-Roads

CH 8: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol

CH 9: Shelob’s Lair

CH 10: The Choices of Master Samwise

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Ep-86 The Two Towers (1954 novel) part two

The battle of Isengard and Helm’s Deep both rage this week while Frodo and Sam pickup an unexpected companion on their trip to Mordor. This episode covers the second 3rdof The Two Towers, part two of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Topics: Trees vs caves, not weed but also not not-weed, consulting scripture for our allegories, the power of a wizard’s voice, Gollum the Great, the Dark Souls marshes, and the one-man play of Sméagol vs Gollum.

Chapters Covered

Book III

CH 7: Helm’s Deep

CH 8: The Road to Isenguard

CH 9: Flotsam and Jetsam

CH 10: The Voice of Saruman

CH 11: The Palantir

Book IV

CH 1: The Taming of Sméagol


CH 2: The Passage of the Marshes


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Ep-85 The Two Towers (1954 novel) part one

Middle Earth prepares for war as Luke & James return to a beloved series to continue where they left off all the way back in episode 39. So, grab some Lembas bread, put on your running shoes, and head into the forest to commune with some immortal trees! This episode covers the first 1/3rd of The Two Towers, part two of The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. 

Topics: The choice to begin the novel with the death of Boromir, telling one half of the story absent Frodo and Sam, the mystery of the creep in white hanging out in Fanghorn Forest, the ponderous joy of Treebeard the Ent, Merry and Pippin’s clever escape, orc politics, Gimli is sad he didn’t get a message from his crush, Aragorn gets the hots for Eowyn, Gandalf the White Liar, and the slapping down of Wyrmtongue.

Chapters Covered

CH 1: The Departure of Boromir

CH 2: The Riders of Rohan

CH 3: The Uruk-Hai

CH 4: Treebeard

CH 5: The White Rider

CH 6: The King of the Golden Hall

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Ep-84 Pet Sematary (2019 film) ft. Sara Tantlinger

Stoker-Award-nominated horror writer Sara Tantlinger joins Luke & James to discuss the new Pet Sematary adaptation! Filmmakers Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer take some liberties with Stephen King’s source material, and the hosts weigh in on which ones worked and which fell short. How does the Creed family come across in the new adaptation? Does John Lithgow do Jud Crandall justice? They start with a spoiler-free conversation to kick things off!

Spoilers begin: 23:43

Topics Include: Their theater-going experience, the problem with horror-clichés, Stephen King Easter eggs, issues with the way the film uses Victor Pascal, the BIG change, the new interpretation of the Wendigo, the differences with Rachel’s sister Zelda, Church’s performance & red carpet attire, and how they felt about the film's final scene.

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Ep-83 Pet Sematary (1983 novel) part two

Climb over the deadfall this week with Luke & James as they return to Pet Sematary for the second half of the novel by Stephen King (which includes “Part Two: The Micmac Burying Ground” & “Part Three: Oz the Gweat and Tewwible”). In this half, tragedy comes for Louis Creed and his entire family in the most horrific ways possible. Also, Ink to Film is partnering with Scribner Books to giveaway 3 copies of Stephen King’s classic novel alongside our coverage, so the guys describe how you can win (Hint: Social Media). Revisit the novel now before the new movie directed by Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer comes out!

Topics Include: King’s managing of the Gage tragedy, the aphorisms people recite about death, the ultimate nature and symbolism of the Wendigo, the most realistic grave-digging scene of all time, how the Wendigo might connect with King’s other monsters, and predictions for the new adaptation.

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Ep-82 Pet Sematary (1983 novel) part one

Often touted as Stephen King’s most frightening novel, Pet Sematary is the next title in the King Renaissance up for a modern adaptation. Join Luke & James as they read the iconic novel leading up to the new movie directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. This episode covers “Part One: The Pet Sematary” of the 3-part novel. In this section, readers are introduced to the Creed family: Louis, Rachel, Ellie, and Gage, as well as their family cat Church. Jud and Norma Crandall are their new neighbors in Ludlow, ME, and their meeting kicks off one of King’s darkest tales.

Topics Include: Connections to the rest of King’s work, the nature of frightening stories, the real-life inspiration for the novel, the purpose of the foreshadowing, the first time the hosts were confronted with death, the things that connect us with past generations, and Luke opens up some about his mother’s death.

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Ep-81 Game of Thrones (1996 novel & 2011 TV series) chapters 47-72 & episodes 7-10

The first season of Game of Thrones delivers iconic scene after iconic scene in its final act, and the HBO series for the most part delivers the same magic and surprise of the book. Luke & James have combined their coverage to discuss both novel and adaptation simultaneously leading up to a memorable ending of blood and fire.

WARNING: This episode contains spoilers for the first 7 seasons of the Game of Thrones HBO television series & the five currently released novels of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.

Questions posed: Do you believe Syrio Forel could be Jaqen H'ghar? Will Gendry and Arya end up together in the show’s final season? Should Ned Stark have listened to Renly Baratheon? Is Tywin Lannister a hypocrite for scolding Jaime about caring too much what other people think of him? Would Daenerys Targaryen actually make a good queen for Westeros? Could we see a return of Khal Drogo in season 8?

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Ep-80 Game of Thrones (1996 novel & 2011 TV series) chapters 17-46 & episodes 3-6

Relive the season of Game of Thrones that started it all with Luke & James as they discuss all the political intrigue, backstabbing, sexposition, and changes both good & bad between the book and the HBO series. They combine their book + TV show coverage into a single episode that arrives at the gruesome crowning of Viserys Targaryen at the hands of Khal Drogo.

WARNING: This episode contains spoilers for the first 7 seasons of the Game of Thrones HBO television series & the five currently released novels of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.

Questions posed: Did Jaime act on behalf of the smallfolk when he killed the Mad King or was he more of an opportunist interested in saving himself and his family? How does Robert Baratheon in his prime stack up against the great warriors of Westeros? What do the guys think of the “Bran the Timewalker” theory? Does Ned Stark make any morally wrong decisions? And, finally, is GRRM the King Robert of fantasy fiction?

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Ep-79 Game of Thrones (2011 TV series) episodes 1-2

People all over the world are revisiting the early seasons of Game of Thrones before season 8 arrives, so why not join Luke & James as they go all the way back to the first two episodes of season 1? Last week they read the associated chapters, and this week they react to all the differences big and small from book to screen. They begin by exploring David Benioff & D. B. Weiss’s careers before Thrones, before tackling each episode on its own.

WARNING: This episode contains spoilers for the first 7 seasons of the Game of Thrones HBO television series & the five currently released novels of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.

Topics include: Sexposition in action, the infamous unaired pilot, the consequences of male gaze, Ned vs. Jaime in a sword fight—who would win?, the possible reason for Ned not to tell Catelyn about R=L=J, Robert Baratheon’s cowardice, Dany’s fireproofing, and the HBO series’ effect on our larger culture.

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Ep-78 A Game of Thrones (1996 Novel) chapters 0-16

With the worldwide sensation of a TV series returning soon for its final season, there’s no better time to go back to the source and discuss George R. R. Martin’s A GAME OF THRONES. Often called the “American Tolkien” Martin is one of the most influential fantasy writers of modern time, and his work has greatly affected both Luke & James’ lives. They begin by diving into GRRM’s biography before reliving the early chapters of the novel that started the phenomenon. 

WARNING: This episode contains spoilers for the first 7 seasons of the Game of Thrones HBO television series as well as the five currently released novels of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.

GRRM Bio Discussion Ends: 30:53

Topics include: Ink to Film’s special connection to Game of Thrones, Martin’s feelings about Stan Lee, the first Hugo Loser’s Party, the story seed for the series, the subversion of reader expectations, the Stark family motto’s meaning, the expert use of prophecy, the conflation of the book & TV series especially concerning Daenerys & Khal Drogo, Tyrion Lannister & Jon Snow’s relationship, Ned’s secret about R+L=J & what it has done to his marriage, Jaime & Cersei’s dastardly deeds, Joffrey being a sh*t, Sandor Glegane the nihilist, the new Robert Baratheon, and Luke & James get emotional talking about the dire wolf Lady’s fate at Ned Stark’s hand. 

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Ep-77 Jesus' Son (1999 film)

Named one of the year’s best films by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Roger Ebert, Jesus’ Son by Alison Maclean tackles the surreal, disjointed narrative first created by author Denis Johnson. F**khead, played admirably by Billy Crudup, meets a woman named Michelle (play by Samantha Morton) and their romance is as kinetic and exciting as it is destructive. An impressive cast provides memorable performances, include standout moments by Jack Black, Denis Leary, Will Patton, Michael Shannon, Holly Hunter, and Dennis Hopper. 

Topics: The look & tone of the film, the overt symbolism, the pros & cons of using verbatim dialogue from the source material, Denis Johnson’s cameo, the meaning of a cartoon octopus, the over-the-top drug sequence, and the potential message about the author that movie may be trying to convey.

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