Tom Cruise

Episode 78: Tom Cruise

In our latest episode dedicated to a particular geek hero, we’ve gone for Mr Cinema himself, Tom Cruise!

Tom attempts to prove to Morgan why Tom Cruise has range, is a brilliant actor, and is a downright great guy. Yes, even with all that.

The boys go through Cruise’s impressive filmography from Top Gun to Collateral and beyond. Even Knight & Day!

We also discuss why Morgan thinks he’s the perfect ‘cocky shit’ actor, how awesome he is with his fans and his impressive stunts.

Tom Cruise first made his name as an international movie star in 1980s classics like Top Gun and Risky Business. By the 1990s he had become a Hollywood icon, and took on a range of different roles from Minority Report to Jerry Maguire.

By 2020 he’s still going strong, doing his own stunts in the Mission Impossible franchise and is tipped to be going into actual space…

Need more Tom Cruise action? Make sure to check out our previous episodes about his early film Legend, and the Mission Impossible franchise.

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Bill and Ted

Episode 76: Bill and Ted (with Ed Solomon)

We’re sure a lot of you are like us in being most excited about the non-heinous third Bill & Ted movie, Face the Music, out now at cinemas everywhere!

We were very lucky to have an in-depth chat with none other than Ed Solomon, co-writer of all three Bill & Ted films, plus other classics such as Men in Black, Charlie’s Angels, and Now You See Me.

Ed was a joy to speak to, and as massive Bill & Ted geeks, it was fascinating to hear his tales behind the rollercoaster journey to get all three films made, how they managed to pay tribute to George Carlin, and just what the films mean to so many people.

Enjoy the (relatively) spoiler-free episode, and remember… be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!

Also – make sure to check out our previous Keanu Reeves special, which includes plenty of Bill & Ted goodies.

Bill & Ted was created by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, telling the adventures of high school dudes Bill S Preston Esq and Ted Theodore Logan.

Starting with the time-travelling Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in 1989, it was followed by the bonkers but brilliant Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991.

Starring Alex Winter as Bill and Keanu Reeves as Ted, the series finally came back to great applause with 2020’s Bill & Ted Face the Music.

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Time Bandits

Episode 75: Time Bandits

Tom does a terrible job in explaining to Morgan just how great Terry Gilliam’s 1981 sci-fi fantasy romp Time Bandits is.

Morgan professes his love for actor David Warner, we discover how a Beatle paid for the film, and Tom clearly didn’t study Ancient Greece.

A childhood favourite film of Tom’s, Terry Gilliam’s fantasy comedy is one of the most underrated films of its generation.

Reuniting Gilliam with several of his Monty Python mates, the film was part-financed by George Harrison and formed the first part of Gilliam’s ‘Trilogy of Imagination’, which was followed by Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

All the films are about the “craziness of our awkwardly ordered society and the desire to escape it through whatever means possible”, and focus on these struggles and attempts to escape them through imagination: Time Bandits through the eyes of a child, Brazil through the eyes of a man in his thirties, and Munchausen through the eyes of an elderly man.

Time Bandits starred child actor Craig Warnock as Kevin, and the brilliant David Rappaport as Randall. There’s also excellent cameo appearances from Sean Connery, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Ian Holm and many others.

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Space Jam

Episode 73: Space Jam

It was an idea that really shouldn’t have worked, and many may say that, well, it didn’t. But that doesn’t stop 1996’s Space Jam starring Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes being a cult favourite!

This time, Tom takes Morgan through a history of the Warner Bros classic from start to finish and its upcoming sequel.

The boys discuss their past basketball ‘glory’, Morgan has his mind blown that it’s not actually called the Looney Toons, discover that Tweety Pie is surprisingly pervy, and ponder whether Foghorn Legorn was actually killed off in this movie.

Space Jam came out in 1996 as a star vehicle for basketball superstar Michael Jordan. It saw him being recruited by the Looney Tunes to take part in a basketball game against a group of aliens who are threatening to take Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and co to be slaves at a theme park. Yep, really.

Somehow, it was an enjoyable load of 90s fun, complete with a Bill Murray cameo and a kickass soundtrack. It also spawned a lot of merchandise which made billions of dollars.

It’s now also coming back as a long-awaited sequel starring Lebron James called Space Jam: Legacy. Weirder things have happened lately.

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James Bond Licence to Kill

Episode 72: Licence to Kill

Yes, it’s another James Bond episode! Morgan is strapping on his Walther PPK and heading back into the field to correct a terrible wrong. Not that Tom has been fed to a shark by a vicious drug lord, but to rehabilitate the reputation of the 16th James Bond film, 1989’s Licence to Kill.

The boys discuss Timothy Dalton’s beautiful face, Benicio del Toro’s unique line deliveries, the film’s cracking theme tune and how Felix Leiter got over losing two limbs and his wife rather too quickly.

Licence to Kill was Timothy Dalton’s second (and sadly last) James Bond film.

The first 007 film not to use the title of an Ian Fleming story, the film saw Bond being suspended from MI6 as he pursued drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), who has ordered an attack against Bond’s CIA friend Felix Leiter and the murder of Felix’s wife after their wedding.

Surprisingly dark at times, it was a fantastic revenge thriller, with Dalton proving that he deserved far more plaudits for his portrayal as Bond.

Plus, you’ve got to love a very young Benicio del Toro as a minor Bond villain.

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Clue

Episode 69: Clue

It really shouldn’t work, and many at the time said it didn’t, but a movie based on the Cluedo board game was a childhood favourite of Tom’s back in the day.

As Morgan has never seen 1985’s Clue, or even played Cluedo, for the latest episode Tom gives a mini history lesson on the crime caper starring Tim Curry.

The boys discuss the film’s groundbreaking different endings, a potential remake, and why Monopoly is the worst.

Directed by Jonathan Lynn with a script by Lynn and John Landis, the black comedy mystery film starred a fantastic ensemble including Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry, Madeleine Khan and Michael McKean.

Ahead of its time in many ways, Clue had three possible endings, and while it wasn’t a huge success at the time, it has gone on to become a cult favourite (in true Two Geeks fashion).

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Episode 65: Fast & Furious – Tokyo Drift

In our first regular episode recorded during lockdown, Tom takes Morgan back to 2006 (or so we thought) to the underrated entry in the Fast & Furious saga: Tokyo Drift.

We try and work out the film’s timeline, discover hilarious character names in the credits, and hear Tom’s god awful Channing Tatum impression.

Also, hear the grumpy hilarity that ensues when almost half the episode has to be re-recorded due to Zoom malfunctioning!

Enjoy our drunken ramblings, and stay safe!

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Episode 63: Armageddon

Now, we didn’t plan this, but our next episode is all about a movie that delves into the end of the world. Whoops.

Yep, it’s time for Tom to teach Morgan all about 1998 Michael Bay/Bruce Willis disaster movie explosion fest Armageddon! AKA the highest grossing movie of 1998.

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In the episode, we discuss the film’s frankly amazing cast, Ben Affleck’s hilarious disparaging DVD commentary, and we hear Morgan’s Donald Trump impression. What more could you want?

We recorded this episode before the whole coronavirus pandemic became a thing, but we reckon it’s strangely apt to be discussing something so… end of the world-y. So, at least whatever’s happening in your life right now, at least the fate of the world isn’t in the hands of Bruce Willis and his oil drilling pals.

Podcasts can be a great comfort or distraction in times like these, so while we’re sure everyone has bigger concerns, we hope we can provide some small feeling of comfort and a bit of a giggle.

All the best from both of us, stay safe.

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Episode 62: James Bond Video Games

To mark the upcoming release of No Time To Die, we’re returning to the world of 007, with Morgan taking Tom through a history of James Bond video games!

We travel from Bond’s early text-based games, through the height of GoldenEye 64 and to Morgan’s three favourite original Bond games, peaking with 2003’s Everything or Nothing.

Tom has several rants, Morgan explains how he spoke to Pierce Brosnan in his pants, and we look at the current state of Bond games.

Note: We apologise for a few sound issues caused by a rogue mic during this episode.

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Episode 60: Is It a Christmas Movie?

For the 2019 Two Geeks Christmas special, Tom and Morgan have chosen six classic movies that are often the subject of furious debate at this time of year.

‘Is ________ actually a Christmas movie?’

The movies we debate are:

  • Die Hard
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Groundhog Day
  • Gremlins
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • It’s a Wonderful Life

In the episode, Tom loses an argument with himself and Morgan unleashes his best James Stewart impression yet. You’re in for a serious Christmas treat.

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Episode 58: Highlander

This time, Morgan teaches noob Tom about the entire history of the Highlander franchise, from its classic Queen-soundtracked first movie, to its dreadful sequel, and its many spinoffs and follow-ups.

Hear Tom get more exasperated with each new iteration, how he forgot Morgan’s birthday and why Colin isn’t an action hero name. Sorry, Colin.

There’s also an interview clip from when Morgan met Christopher Lambert, and a special competition where YOU could win an awesome prize!

Beer choice: Fyne Ales Highlander

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Episode 57: David Bowie

For this episode, Tom takes Morgan through six TV and film projects starring the one and only David Bowie:

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • The Snowman
  • The Hunger
  • Into the Night
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • The Prestige

If you’re wondering where Labyrinth is, don’t worry we haven’t gone mad. We’ve already done a Labyrinth special, which you can catch right here.

Discover the brilliance of Bowie on film, why Raymond Briggs wasn’t a fan, and hear Morgan’s unique impression on tap.

Beer choice: Tiny Rebel’s Clwb Tropicana, Stay Puft, Frambuzi and Pump Up the Jam.

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Episode 55: Legend

Following on from our Labyrinth/Dark Crystal episode, Tom completes his trio of childhood ’80s fantasy movies by taking Morgan through the history of Ridley Scott’s 1985 epic Legend starring Tom Cruise and Tim Curry.

We explore the insane techniques used to make the movie, Tim Curry’s iconic performance, TWO cracking soundtracks and why it didn’t exactly stand the test of time.

Note: This episode was recorded before the sad passing of Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer.

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Episode 51: Choose Your Own Adventure Books

Take two! We first recorded this episode ages ago, but Tom managed to not record it properly, whoops. So here we finally are!

With some tequila and more beer than usual, this may be the drunkest we’ve ever been, which will make for some adventurous storytelling…

Tom takes Morgan through a history of gamebooks, COYA, Find Your Fate and more, and we also test out three books based on past episodes.

Expect plenty of pageturning, regretful alcohol consumption and awful Snarf impressions…

Patreon thank-yous go out to: Sam McCathie, Rob Horrocks and Oli Jeffery.

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Episode 50: Tom vs Morgan (Donnie Darko vs Temple of Doom)

For our 50th episode, we’re doing something a little different.

We picked a classic cult icon each that one of us loves but the one hates, in the hopes of convincing them they’re wrong. Considering we usually agree on all things geek, it was a hard task just finding two things in the first place.

In the end, we plumped for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (which Tom hates) and Donnie Darko (which Morgan hates). But… WHO. WILL. WIN?

What’s worse? Willie Scott screaming for two hours or pretentious timey-wimey nonsense?

Hear our pitches as to why the other one is wrong, and find out who came out victorious.

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Episode 49: Ranking the Santas

Ho, ho, ho!

For this year’s Christmas special, we’re ranking the greatest screen Saint Nicks of all time.

Our five are: Mel Smith (Father Christmas), Edmund Gwynne (Miracle on 34th Street), Richard Attenborough (Miracle on 34th Street), Tim Allen (The Santa Clause), and David Huddleston (Santa Claus: The Movie). But which order will we pick them?

Plus, plenty of other honourable mentions, and a brief history of Santa as we know him. See, it’s an educational show too!

Merry Christmas!

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Episode 47: Freaky Film Franchises 2

Just like episode 5 way back when, we’ve taken two film franchises each and dissected just how bonkers they have got (and are still going to this day!).

Morgan teaches Tom all about The Marine and Universal Soldier franchises, while Tom takes Morgan through Air Bud and Puppet Master.

Try and keep up, things are about to get thoroughly confusing (and merry).

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Episode 46: Mission Impossible

Finger on the pulse yet again, a mere month and a bit since Fallout is released, we’re back with a brand new episode.

Morgan takes Tom through a history of the M:I franchise, from its TV series, to the movies and beyond.

We discuss at length how underrated Tom Cruise is, why we love a Limp Bizkit soundtrack and what Bond could learn from Ethan Hunt.

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Episode 45: Jurassic Park

OK, it may have been a month or so since Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom came out, but here’s our Jurassic Park episode!

Here, Tom welcomes Morgan to the world of the Jurassic Park series, from the original book by Michael Crichton, to all five movies, video games, toys and more.

We also discover the dodgy Carnosaur franchise, the cancelled TV series that Spielberg couldn’t be bothered to look at, and what Tim and Lex Murphy did next.

Hold onto your butts, this is one epic ride..

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Episode 43: Ranking the Sherlocks

Elementary, dear listener…

For this episode, Tom and Morgan pick three actors who have played Sherlock Holmes, before agreeing on an overall ranking of the very best on-screen Sherlocks of all time.

We also discuss a few honourable mentions, the difference between a ‘bumbling’ or ‘capable’ Watson and the politics of the deerstalker hat.

The actors we focus on are:

  • Basil Rathbone
  • Peter Cushing
  • Robert Downey Jr
  • Robert Stephens
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Jeremy Brett
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Episode 42: Mortal Kombat

Morgan takes Tom through a history of the Mortal Kombat franchise, from the video games to the (mostly) dodgy movies to the forgotten cartoons.

We discuss the origins of ‘Toastie!’, its weird Dad’s Army connection, and the worst line of dialogue in cinema history.

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Episode 41: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Tom takes Morgan through the ENTIRE history of the TMNT universe – the comics, the TV series, the movies, the merch and more. (In hindsight, maybe we should have just done the 1987 series!).

We discuss which Turtle is best, why Elias Koteas is so cool, whether Tom’s Winter Olympic Turtle was real or not, and just how weird the latest Splinter looks.

So grab a slice of pizza and settle down, it’s going to be an epic ride…

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Episode 40: Bruce Lee

“Be water, my friend”

Time for a history lesson on another movie icon, and this time it’s martial arts legend Bruce Lee, who died 45 years ago this July.

Morgan takes noob Tom for a travel back through Bruce’s life, movie career, and even death…

We tackle everything from mistitled US versions of his films, the dodgy Bruceploitation movies, and bizarre video games based around his image.

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Episode 39: Back to the Future

Great Scott and all that. In this episode, Tom explains to Morgan just why BTTF is his favourite movie series of all time. They discuss and dissect all three movies, the cartoon series, games and more.

We find out why you can’t just copy someone’s face, how the plot of the second movie is so complicated that Tom can’t speak, and just how many Ted Danson puns we can fit into a minute.

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Episode 38: Predator

Morgan explains to Tom just why 1987’s Predator is his favourite movie of all time. We chat about all things Arnie, why Alan is a badass name and why AVP was just… no.

Featuring an exclusive interview snippet with the legend that is Carl Weathers.

Beer choice: Hunter’s Cider

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Episode 37: 2017 – A Year in Geek

Happy New Year! For this blockbuster episode, Tom and Morgan look back at the past 12 months and discuss the biggest geeky stories of 2017.

From the big movies and TV shows of the year, dearly departed geek heroes and drunkenly inventing new words, this is an epic dissection of a big year for all things geek.

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Thanks to all of you who have ever listened to a second of Two Geeks this year, it means a hell of a lot to us, and please do get in touch! Here’s to a brilliantly geeky 2018!

Episode 36: Ranking the Scrooges (Christmas Special)

Merry Christmas! For this year’s festive special, we’re looking back at some of the most memorable adaptations of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Tom and Morgan pick three Scrooges each, to decide which one is the very best (not including Scrooge McDuck or efforts by Henry Winkler or Kelsey Grammer, sorry boys).

The episode also features an exclusive interview with Muppet Christmas Carol star Meredith Braun, where Tom chatted with her about the film’s fan favourite song ‘When Love is Gone’ and how great Michael Caine was as Scrooge.

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Episode 35: Flash Gordon

OK, we may have had an issue with our latest episode (ie, Tom forgot to record it properly), so that lost episode will be re-recorded in a few months time…

BUT, instead, here’s a brand new episode entirely, all about the history of one of America’s most beloved comic book characters, and its 1980 movie, Flash Gordon!

Tom and Morgan chat about the underrated hero that is Buster Crabbe, the best bits of Queen’s Flash soundtrack and why Ming the Merciless’ name is so perfect.

Beer choice: Smog Rocket (Flash has a rocket, innit)

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Episode 31: The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth

Tom takes Morgan back to the 1980s – when fantasy movies were everywhere and full of animatronics and puppets instead of CGI and green screens.

This episode delves into the brilliant mind of the late, great Jim Henson, and two of his non-Muppet movies: The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Movies that were not huge successes at the time, but have grown to become cult favourites.

We discuss everything from David Bowie’s bulge, scary bird things and whether pretending you were the baby in Labyrinth wins you any friends at uni.

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Beer choice: Little Creatures

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Episode 30: The Mandela Effect

For this podcast episode, Morgan takes Tom through the bizarre phenomenon of The Mandela Effect, where many people have shared memories of something that never happened.

We cover various mindmelts from C3PO’s leg to ‘Stop the Pigeon’ to ‘Kazaam’ to ‘The Berenstain Bears’, all of which confused the hell out of us.

Includes a tribute to the late Sir Roger Moore.

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Beer choice: Stella Artois (cockney rhyming slang for Mandela!)

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Episode 26: Keanu Reeves Special

No way. No way! Something a little bit different this time as Tom and Morgan look back at the career of an underrated geek hero of cinema: Mr Keanu Reeves.

We delve into the man himself, his history, his music, his not-so well received performances and in particular, these six iconic movies in Keanu’s filmography:

  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure / Bogus Journey
  • Point Break
  • Speed
  • The Matrix
  • Constantine
  • John Wick
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Note: Tom wanted to discuss The Lake House (aka one of his top five favourite movies, honestly) at length, but Morgan wouldn’t let him.

Beer choice: Hogstar (Hogs Back Brewery)

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Episode 25: Festive Fright Fest (Christmas Horror Movies)

Ho ho HORROR. As we missed the deadline for our own Halloween special, we’ve combined it with Christmas for a collection of the best and worst of a very particular kind of horror film: the Christmas horror.

Morgan and Tom teach each other about: Silent Night Deadly Night, Jack Frost, Black Christmas and Treevenge – and discover that the Christmas horror genre is anything but festive. Garbage Day!

Beer choice: Life and Death (Vocation Brewery)

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Episode 5: Freaky Film Franchises

In Episode 5 we look at a variety of random and odd movie franchises, with some that are still going to this day.

We both get utterly baffled and fascinated by the cinematic universes of The Scorpion King, The Land Before Time, Anaconda/Lake Placid, God of Gamblers and Zombi. Strap yourselves in, it’s going to get confusing…

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Morgan takes us through the history of the Scorpion King franchise, which began in 2002’s The Mummy Returns starring Dwayne Johnson as the titular warrior. Since then, it has spawned three further films with totally different casts each time.

Then there’s the Lake Placid and Anaconda series, which came to a head when they went up against each other, despite the former being a body of water, but there you go.

The Zombi film series is just downright complicated, as it technically involves two completely different series from different filmmakers taking place at the same time.

The Land Before Time series started off a cute animated film, but has since spawned almost countless spinoffs and sequels that are still going strong.

Then there’s the God of Gamblers series, where Tom simply got lost while trying to explain (we’ll blame the beer).

Developments since episode:

  • There’s been another Land Before Time film – Journey of the Brave – released in 2016.
  • God of Gamblers has seen two further films: From Vegas to Macau II in 2015 and From Vegas to Macau III in 2016.
  • In 2020, it was announced that a reboot of the Anaconda film series was in the works.
  • In 2018, a new film came out called Lake Placid: Legacy.
  • 2018 also saw the release of the film The Scorpion King: Book of Souls, while a further reboot was announced in 2020, with Dwayne Johnson producing.

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