#34: Unbreakable — Style Over Substance

We show how M Night Shyamalan’s films display incredible stylistic skill, but ultimately, lack any substance of merit, as shown in UNBREAKABLE. 1-00 – ‘Listener Question‘ – Introducing the topic suggested by a listener. 4-15 – ‘Synopsis‘ – Breaking down the major story beats of UNBREAKABLE. 12-30 – ‘Style‘ – Outlining the many qualities of…

#33 Inglourious Basterds — Style Inform Choices

Looking over the work of Quentin Tarantino, we show how the unique style of the director influences the writing choices. Royalty free music by Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 1-40 – ‘Tarantino’ – Outlining Tarantino’s impressive collection of works. 4-45 – ‘Premise’ – Breaking down the major story beats of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS. 10-20 –…

#32: The Girl on the Train — Blending Genres

We talk about the film adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ novel and how it blends two genres together: Crime and the Social Drama. 1-00 – ‘Premise’ – Outlining the major story beats of GIRL ON THE TRAIN. 11-45 – ‘Empathy’ – Addressing how Paula Hawkins keeps you in empathy with the protagonist. 14-35 – ‘Genre’ –…

#31: Firefly: Out of Gas — Polarising the Cast

Fellow Browncoats, we finally get to talking about FIREFLY, and our favourite episode of the series; OUT OF GAS! 1-35 – ‘Premise’ – Outlining FIREFLY’s terrifically realised terrific and its great cast. 12-10 – ‘Out of Gas’ – Breaks down the episode Out of Gas’ key story beats. 17-30 – ‘Polarisation’ – Discussing how a…

#30: 2016 Sketches

A series of quick discussions on any number of stories that came out this year that won’t otherwise get their own podcast… unless you want us to, so contact us and let us know. 2-40 – ‘Top 5 Podcasts’ – A run down of the 5 best podcasts for new listeners. 4-20 – ‘MUPPET CHRISTMAS…

#29: Rogue One – The Irony of Prequels

STAR WARS is back with an amazing prequel with ROGUE ONE and we examine how a prequel uses dramatic irony to enrich the original. 2-35 – ‘Premise’ – Recapping the major story beats of Rogue One. 5-00 – ‘Mercy Scene’ – Breaking down why the mercy scene was the only weak point of Action in…

#28: Gone Girl — Not Using the Core Event

Director David Finch’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel possesses a unique structural form; GONE GIRL manages to satisfy without a core event. We examine how it manages this. 3-00 – ‘Premise’- Breaks down GONE GIRL’s major story beats. 14-20 – ‘Crime Story’ – Details the genre conventions; value, roles, dramatic question. 16-10 – ‘Core Event’…