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Watchmen Podcast: Breaking Down “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”

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Sordid Cinema’s Watchmen Podcast Has Arrived

The highly anticipated TV “adaptation” of DC’s iconic Watchmen has finally arrived and the critical response has been hugely positive. In the annals of great TV pilots, Watchmen‘s premiere can stand alongside Damon Lindelof ‘s Lost and The Leftovers thanks to the overwhelming amount of world-building, snappy dialogue, sharp cinematography, great performances, and masterful direction. And, as with all of Lindelof’s best work, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” is crammed with so much information we decided to produce a podcast in order to discuss each and every episode in great detail.

Our Watchmen podcast will see Simon Howell and an assortment of guests tackle the entire series (or at least the first season). On the inaugural edition, Simon and Goomba Stomp’s Ricky D and Randy Dankievitch, take a deep dive into the pilot and note some of the more astonishing facts of the series’ production, release, and reception thus far.

And for those of you wondering, in order to keep things simple, we’ve decided to upload each episode to the same feed as our other podcast, Before the Internet.

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You can also catch our show on Pocketcast and on Spotify, or simply listen via the player embedded below.

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Some people take my heart, others take my shoes, and some take me home. I write, I blog, I podcast, I edit, and I design websites. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goomba Stomp and the NXpress Nintendo Podcast. Former Editor-In-Chief of Sound On Sight, and host of several podcasts including the Game of Thrones and Walking Dead podcasts, as well as the Sound On Sight and Sordid Cinema shows. There is nothing I like more than basketball, travelling, and animals. You can find me online writing about anime, TV, movies, games and so much more.

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Before the Internet Podcast: Looking Back at 23 Years of The Fantasia Film Fest

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On this episode of Before the Internet, Edgar Chaput and Thomas O’Connor join Ricky D to discuss the Fantasia Film Festival— the largest genre film festival in North America, Fantasia is packed with hundreds of Canadian, North American and worldwide feature-length premieres as well as shorts. Horror, fantasy, Hong Kong action, animation, groundbreaking documentaries, strange science-fiction, Japanese new wave, and martial arts are just among the many genres the Fantasia Film Festival has covered over the past 23 years. With an emphasis on obscure films from around the world, Fantasia’s offerings range from unique and powerful personal visions to international commercial crowd-pleasers rarely seen on the big screen. We go over a brief history of the fest; how it has evolved; our most memorable moments and what we would change. All this and more!

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Before the Internet Podcast: The Evolution of the NBA Finals and why 2019 was so Special

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2019 NBA Finals Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors made history last night, dethroning the Golden State Warriors and winning the franchise’s first-ever NBA championship. To say their 2019 playoff journey was unique and/or special, would be an understatement – never have we seen a team in any of the major sports have an entire nation rooting for them. The NBA Finals have changed in many ways over the years, but for NBA fans across Canada, everything changed on June 13, 2019.

This week Ricky D, Randy Dankievitch and Sean Colletti (three of Goomba Stomp’s biggest basketball fans) discuss the evolution of the NBA Playoffs and how it has changed and not changed over the years. Ricky shares his playoff experience in Toronto and what it was like to attend the Finals as well as participate in the Jurassic Park festivities while Randy and Sean share their frustration with the so-called “player empowerment” era. Other topics discussed include the Toronto Raptors organization; the rabid fanbase spreading across all of Canada; the US media; annoying sportscasters and how the internet and social media has impacted the game. All this and more!

Outro: Remember This courtesy of TSN

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Before the Internet Podcast: The Legacy of Game of Thrones and the End of Fandom

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Game of Thrones Podcast

When novelist-turned-screenwriter George R.R. Martin published A Song of Ice and Fire way back in 1996, I don’t think anyone could have imagined his epic fantasy series adapted to the big screen, never mind television. Things changed, however, and at the turn of the century networks like AMC and HBO took huge risks on enormous budgets and pushed boundaries with shows like Breaking BadThe Walking DeadRomeDeadwood and The Sopranos. Television was giving Hollywood a run for its money and in the eyes of many pop-culture enthusiasts, television was doing just about everything better – and in some cases – bigger. When Game of Thrones premiered on April 17, 2001, the season premiere received largely positive reviews and was seen initially by 2.2 million viewers. Fast forward to 2018, the series finale, drew in over 42 million viewers to HBO, with millions (and millions) more watching online. It’s impossible to say just how many viewers Game of Thrones has but ever since Ned Stark lost his head, we lost our minds theorizing on what would happen next; who would soon die; and how it would all end. That beheading was a monumental moment in what is now referred to as Peak TV and with Lord Stark’s death, Game of Thrones became a cultural phenomenon.

Ever since we’ve witnessed some truly jaw-dropping moments. From the Red Wedding to Hodor’s gut-wrenching death and everything in between, Game of Thrones has always found ways to surprise its viewers. Above all, Game of Thrones is both –the closest thing television has ever had to a blockbuster – and an old-fashioned ‘monoculture’ show consumed week-by-week, with its millions of devoted fans debating and theorizing what would happen next. And given how the television landscape is changing, it may be the last of its kind.

On this episode of the Before the Internet Podcast, we sit down and discuss the legacy of Game of Thrones and whether or not we will ever see another television show match both its popularity and greatness.

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