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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Morgan takes Tom through the entire sprawling Planet of the Apes movie series, with Tom being utterly confused over how many films were made in such a short space of time – covering all the movies and TV series.
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!
Morgan and Tom explain just why Die Hard is the best action movie of all time, while also falling out at ranking the films, why Jai Courtney almost single-handedly ruined the series, and the many clones from Cliffhanger to Executive Decision.
Beer choice this time: German ale Franziskaner Weissbier in tribute of Hans and Simon Gruber.
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…
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 MacauII 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.