Chris and Dylan made it back from Jakku to talk about the newest Star Wars film, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. But first, Chris has some beef with Palm Bay. But then they go into full spoilers on Star Wars, so do not listen to this if you HAVE NOT seen the film yet. That is your final warning. There is a lot of discussion of JJ Abrams as a director, the franchise as a whole, and the strengths/weaknesses of The Force Awakens. Not to belittle the rest of the podcast, but the guys also discuss some news and new releases (there might as well not be any). Chris saw Brooklyn, and then both Dylan and Chris discuss 2015 in television.
(2:45) Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review (WITH SPOILERS!)
(64:54) Star Wars broke domestic box office records and no one is surprised. Yet it’s still kind of insane.
(67:46) New releases happened again.
(71:16) Quentin Tarantino hates Disney because of Star Wars being a bigger deal than The Hateful Eight.
(75:25) Chris saw Brooklyn.
(81:00) What’s the best stuff that has happened on TV this year? Well, Chris and Dylan discuss what has stood out.
(101:35) Closing comments as Chris and Dylan prepare for The Hateful Eight in 70mm.
Title: The Host Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Romance Director(s): Andrew Niccol Release Year: 2013
Moving slightly away from the romantic main plots for which we’ve come to know Stephenie Meyer, The Host delivers a politically-charged science fiction film, that still manages to get muddled up by complicated relationships. Meandering from scene to scene, pushing the runtime to an excruciating 125 minutes, Andrew Niccol manages to craft a world that one could get lost in. The unfortunate reality is that the script is so stilted and shallow that it is really hard to get into a world that is blocked off by inane dialogue and sub-par acting from most of its cast. Whatever political message the film might be trying to send about communism and rebellions, is lost in the romantic ramblings that plagued the Twilight series, and will seemingly plague all of Stephenie Meyer’s work for the foreseeable future.
There’s an interesting premise to be found in The Host: alien parasites come to Earth and take control of human bodies, erasing their memories, and hoping to improve the planet, but not change it. From their point of view, they are the heroes, saving the planet from those who are destroying it. The way they go about doing it though (killing a human’s soul and memories, replacing it with their own) is unorthodox, despite their noble intentions. Thus a resistance of humans is born and fights to save their planet from the aliens that seem to have world domination on their minds. Among this rebellion of humans is Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) who is nearly dead when the parasitic alien enters her body, known only as Wanderer. Melanie resists Wanderer’s attempts to take full control of her body. Retaining her memories, Melanie is able to convince Wanderer not to give up the location of the rest of the surviving humans to The Seeker (Diane Kruger), and eventually Melanie guides Wanderer to them.