The Film Pigs Podcast #11: Science Fiction

FilmPigs_AlbumArtV4_Podcast_1400So we got these fancy new microphones that look like little silver thermoses and spent about 3 hours huddled in front of Falk’s Mac trying to get them to work in GarageBand, because we’re professionals. We think the result speaks for itself: our self-centered ramblings sound so much better! This episode, the Pigs use their new equipment to discuss Science Fiction in movies. Plus, news, Movie Jail, the return of the cold reading, and more!

[powerpress]This time, on a very special episode of The Film Pigs Podcast:

  • 0:00:00 – Intro
  • 0:01:01 – Movie News
  • 0:04:58 – Host Stephen Skelton presents this episode’s theme: Science Fiction
  • 0:29:37 – Stephen Falk presents a case to send someone to Movie Jail
  • 0:39:21 – The Nic Cage Memorial Bizarre Line Reading
  • 0:41:51 – A cold reading from 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 0:45:52 – This Meets That!
  • 0:52:53 – The Bottom Five Worst Science In Science Fiction
  • 0:57:31 – A Moment Of Positivity
  • 0:59:09 – Outro

15 thoughts on “The Film Pigs Podcast #11: Science Fiction”

  1. I found this podcast interesting. I have my Bachelor of Science and I took a lot of Physics courses, so I tend to try to make sense of so-called “scientific” explanations they have in movies to make themselves sound smarter. Most often, it doesn’t make sense. I’m all for broadening my imagination for the sake of the genre, and sometimes they are really clever and obviously take the time to do a lot of research. But most of the time, you’re right, they make shit up.

    I had a feeling it would be George Lucas going on trial this podcast. And boy, am I glad it was. He needs to be in solitary confinement.

    I got chills when Stee started reading his dialogue as Hal. Great scene of the movie.

    You guys are so creative with these games. They’re fun to play along with.

    Thanks for the fun podcast. I always enjoy them.

    1. And I totally forgot to mention the most aggravating part of bad science in movies: half the time there’s no good reason the actual science wasn’t used. Most of the time science is warped to make telling the story easier, but if a little more time is taken you can make the story work with good science. TV gets a break on this because of time constraints, but movies have no excuse.

  2. No talk of INCEPTION? A sci-fi movie that completely ignores the science, and is far better for it.

    And Stee’s reading of HAL was just superb. Tonn was great, too.

    1. I think we glossed over Inception because we all felt kind of “meh” about that movie. Now, why we didn’t mention Dreamscape I have no idea…

  3. Great podcast as usual guys, with some truly awesome movies being brought up. I just wanted to say on this topic that you guys should try and seek out if you can a little seen British SciFi movie called “Monsters” that was released last year, would like to hear what you all have to say about it.

    1. MONSTERS is on Netflix streaming. It’s a pretty good low-budget sci-fi flick, although I did find it a bit slow. But that’s a complaint I usually have with any kind of low-budget production. Often, no budget is replaced with lots more talking.

    1. I didn’t mention CONTACT because I’m not a big fan of that movie. But that’s mostly due to not being a fan of Zemeckis. And I find it impossible to find Jake Busey threatening.

  4. I know you’ve already sentenced George Lucas, but surely the talk of a 3-D re-release of all the Star Wars movies warrants extra punishment for combining one thing that’s really annoying (constant tinkering with Star Wars) with another things that really annoying (retrofitted 3-D). Does the Robert De Niro penitentiary have a Turkish prison wing?

  5. Just started listening to this, and it sounds FANTASTIC! However, 38 awesome and hilarious commentaries, and it’s the burgeoning movie podcast that prompts new equipment? I, for one (and possibly only), feel slighted.

    1. Well, we’re more confident that the podcast is really going to make us lots of money and turn us into powerful media giants. I don’t see how we can fail.

      The sound quality of the commentaries can be improved, but it will result in larger file sizes. I’ve been trying to find a good compromise so we don’t end up with 100MB+ files. And since the commentaries run twice as long as a typical podcast, that drives the audio quality down a bit.

      I’d be interested to hear from people if you’d prefer smaller file sizes (<30MB) or larger file sizes if the quality is better (maybe try around 50MB).

      1. Apart from one or two commentaries having low volume, I had no problems with previous filmpigs commentaries.

        50Mbps is about right. Definitely keep it below 100. We’re not all made out of disc space!

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