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The Book's Better

From Harry Potter to American Psycho, join hosts Orlando and Dan as they set out to answer the age old question: Is the book better?

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Where the Wild Things Are

This week we're discussing Maurice Sendak's timeless children's book Where the Wild Things Are, and the 2009 film adaption directed by Spike Jonez. We did have a deep and insightful conversation about childhood, growing up, and what it means to become an adult, but then Orlando's computer melted from the heat and we lost the original recording. In this version, we mostly talk about the Jackass movies and the art of slapstick comedy. Stick around till the end to hear a scene reading from a lost manuscript that Dan managed to dig up from the dark corners of the internet.


21 Jan 2022

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The Last Duel

This week we're discussing Ridley Scott's new historical drama The Last Duel, based on Eric Jager's 2004 novel that accounts the very real story of the last judicial duel fought in medieval France. What's that, you didn't see this movie? Don't worry, no one did! Just have a quick read of that Wikipedia plot summary, sit back, and listen to us slowly talk ourselves into hating the whole thing.


14 Jan 2022

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2021 - Year in Review

We're back! After a bit of a hiatus we've decided to look back at the year 2021 and reminisce about the highlights, the lowlights, and everything in between. At least that was the plan, but this is mostly just us talking about how much we hate Tim Burton and love Timothée Chalamet, you know, the usual. Enjoy and expect more episodes soon!


7 Jan 2022

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The Wizard of Oz

This week Dan and Orlando are off to see the wizard, but not before puzzling over the word 'humbug' and its exact connotations in terms of bad-man level. Eventually we do get talking about the 1900 novel and the very extremely famous 1939 film adaption that remains a staple for children's movies even today and gave baby Dan nightmares 40 years after it came out. (We still have the finale of MONTH OF CHALAMET to come, but we're waiting until Dune gets a wider theatrical release before we put that episode out. Stay tuned!)


5 Nov 2021

Rank #4

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It's week three of Month of Chalamet and it's finally time for Orlando and Dan to pay their respects to THE BARD. The 2019 Netflix movie The King is based on a series of Shakespeare plays known as Henriad, namely Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2 and Henry V. After a very short lived attempt to actually read the plays, the boys instead opted to watch some choice performances of them online which was more their speed (barely). So what's the verdict? Does THE BARD live up to the hype? The answer will SHOCK and AWE you.


22 Oct 2021

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It's week two of Month of Chalamet and we're taking a dive into the American classics, it's Little Women! This coming of age story has been adapted so many times that modern versions are forced to get weird and meta, although Greta Gerwig's 2019 film adaption also tries to stay true to the heart of the story. What works? What doesn't work? Listen in to our musings and find out! Also we do a quiz at the end of course.


14 Oct 2021

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MONTH OF CHALAMET - Call Me by Your Name

Note: We had an issue with the audio for this episode but we really liked the recording otherwise so we've tried to salvage it as much as possible, apologies for the lower quality. WELCOME TO MONTH OF CHALAMET. This month we're celebrating the ICONIC roles of Timothée Chalamet in preparation for the upcoming release of the sci-fi epic Dune. This week we're starting off with Call Me by Your Name, the much lauded 2017 adaption of André Aciman's 2007 novel. Fair warning, this is by far the horniest book we've covered on the show thus far and it's likely to hold that title for some time to come. Listen as we attempt to have a measured conversation about the important subjects and themes in this coming of age tale, keeping the jokes about masturbating with a peach to a bare minimum of one every five minutes.


6 Oct 2021

Rank #7

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The Kissing Booth

We've got a very special episode this week! After much anticipation we've finally managed to tackle the Netlfix sensation The Kissing Booth, however after struggling through the somehow massive book we realised we needed some help with the movie. So we stupidly decided to watch it together and drink whenever, among other things, the titular kissing booth is mentioned. Needless to say we both suffered immensely, and whatever usable audio we managed to salvage is now presented to you, enjoy!


22 Sep 2021

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The Colour Out of Space

This week we have another fantastic title from our 'things you've never heard of' series, with H.P. Lovecraft's The Colour out of Space and its 2019 film adaption Color out of Space starring the one and only Nic Cage. And yes, Nic Cage does indeed go full Nic Cage in this movie, summoning his own sort of Lovecraftian-horror acting ability, and that's more terrifying than any eldritch beast I can think of!


15 Sep 2021

Rank #9

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War of the Worlds

This week the boys are talking Alien invasions, comparing H.G. Wells' timeless novel War of the Worlds with Steven Spielberg's completely forgettable 2005 film adaption starring Tom Cruise. As per usual the slightest mention of Tom Cruise on the podcast sends us meandering off out of control, trying to figure out whether he is in fact a Martian himself sent to Earth to slowly brainwash us with endless Mission Impossible movies. Don't worry, there's plenty of relevant discussion too!


10 Sep 2021

Rank #10