Ep 126 Iron Man 3 : Do You Expect Us To Talk?

Do You Expect Us to Talk? enters phase 2 of the Marvel cinematic universe with the third Iron Man film. Tony is experiencing PTS and is affecting his personal life. All the while a mysterious terrorist called the Mandarin stakes the world with a series of bombings, Tony’s past comes back to haunt him once again.

Join Becca, Chris and Dave as we discuss what is it with Shane Black and Christmas, was the Mandarin twist a good call, the 90’s, why this film undermines Tony as a character and how good an actor Chase from 24 is?

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Ep 124 The Avengers: Do You Expect Us To Talk?

So as we reach the end of phase one of the Marvel cinematic universe, Do You Expect Us To Talk? hit the big team-up The Avengers. When Loki shows up and steals the tesseract to summon an alien invasion. SHIELD must summon Tony Stark and Bruce Banner to join with Captian America and Black Widow and later Hawkeye after he’s recovered from his concussion, to join forces and fight an epic battle in the centre of Manhattan.

Join Becca, Chris and Dave as we don’t discuss the 1960’s TV show, Sean Connery in a teddy bear outfit, the length of time Thor looks at his hammer, blue beams of light in the sky and why Chris Hemsworth should be Bond.

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Ep 121 Iron Man 2 : Do You Expect Us To Talk?

Do You Expect Us To Talk? is back with Tony as plot devices that don’t quite gel together as it makes it running bid towards Avengers. Tony now a celebrity superhero has successfully privities world peace. Unforcatntly he’s on borrowed time as his power source is slowly poisoning him. In a race to complete his father’s work that may actually save his life. However, Tony’s fathers past comes back to haunt him while the government and a rival competitor are attempting to obtain what is his.

Join Becce, Chris and Dave as we discuss why Tony Stark is such a dick in this? The wasted potential of Sam Rockwell? Is this film really ruined by setting up The Avengers? Blood toxicity levels and  did Tony really piss in his suit?

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Ep 119 Iron Man : Do You Expect Us To Talk?

 

Do You Expect Us To Talk? is back to move on to the longest series since Bond. We finally begin to take on the might of Marvel that started its expanded universe ten years ago and still going strong. We start with the film that started it all and brought Robert Downey Jr a new crack of stardom. Iron Man sees eccentric playboy arms maker Tony Stark, get captured by terrorists using his own weapons. Waking up with a magnet on his chest drawing fragments away from his heart, he’s ordered to make more weapons while being held hostage in a cave, Stark decides to fight back building his own suit to escape. With a new found aspect of his life and the weight of responsibility, Stark takes his company in a new direction to rout of the evil within his company while working on a new suit.

Join Becca, Chris and Dave as we discuss the rise of Downey Jr career, where Gwyneth Paltrow had been prior to this film, Jon Favreau’s directing style, Jeff Bridges, cheeseburgers, is this film better than its remembered and disappointing last acts.

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Tuff Turf – Review by Jade Lindley

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When it’s late at night and I can’t sleep, I often wonder about the important things in life; the things that really matter. I wonder about whether ‘Kickboxer’ will ever be uncut again and available on DVD or if Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone will answer my prayers and team up for ‘Tango and Cash 2: Bigger, Badder and Bloodier’. But there is one thought that has haunted me for a long time…What would happen if the movies ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘Savage Streets’ decided they wanted to make love and have a baby? What 80’s awesomeness would a fiend like me hope these two films create? Well there is only one possible answer to this…’Tuff Turf.

 

The storyline is something that has been used a lot in films, but that doesn’t mean to say it’s a boring take on the matter. Here we have Morgan(James Spader) who is a smart kid, plays by his own rules, and doesn’t have too many friends. He moves to a new town and encounters the school bullies, and just so happens to fall head over heels in love for the long haired barbie, Frankie(Kim Richards), who happens to be dating king of the bullies and ultimate douche-bag Nick(Paul Mones). While Morgan is not busy hiding his boner, I mean feelings for Frankie, he is also making friends with the greasy, and possibly drugged up drummer Jimmy(Robert Downey Jr).  Jimmy is a reliable pal, who tells Morgan how it is on Nick’s turf and how he needs to stop overstepping his boundaries with Frankie. Throughout the film we see Morgan constantly try to woo Frankie, and while she may seem like an ice maiden on the outside, it is revealed that this shallow person actually does have a soft heart…And the only way that Morgan could get into her heart is by doing what any normal person would do; Crash a posh country club, get on the piano and sing a song called ‘I Walk the Night’…and with lyrics such as ‘I feel your face, I hear your eyes. I know the nights that you’ve cried, but we still survive’, who wouldn’t fall for his charms

 

Now you are probably thinking, ‘This sounds so lame and cheesy’; and you may be right about the cheesy part, but hear me out. While it has some cringeworthy parts, you cannot help but love what director, Fritz Kiersh was trying to do. He managed to balance drama, comedy, and violence extremely well considering some of the cheesy scenes in the film. This is a lot of fun, and it doesn’t try to preach to you the importance of it’s themes, it just makes them aware in your psyche and you can do what you like with them. While a lot of people out there do love 80’s teen flicks like ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, they tend to pick and choose which of these film has credibility and which has just plain cheese. The 80’s was a wonderfully cheesy era of film, regardless of the genre and I’d say in just about every 80’s movie there may be at LEAST one slightly cringeworthy moment. The 70’s films, regardless of genre had more of an intense feel to them and a grimy appeal which didn’t seem to care if it offended you; those kind of films wanted to wake their audiences up. Whereas the 80’s had a lot more to do with putting a strong sense of emotion out there and conveying it to the audience. Films like ‘Tuff Turf’ were just as relevant to the 1980’s as ‘Sixteen Candles’ was.

 

‘Tuff Turf’ is a great example of a teen flick which just has all the elements that has made the genre cliche. Firstly you have the unattainable popular girl which the new ‘loser’ kid at school could never date because she is dating or she dated the possessive ‘king of the douches’ and he won’t let her out of his sight. The first act of the film usually has the protagonist chasing or pining over said person and doing just about anything to get noticed, and while they think nothing could ever come of them, BANG they do something which touches their heart, a letter, a song or a cute and embarrassing gesture usually does the trick. And while all this is going on, they manage to fit in a scene where teens are dancing at an ‘underground’ club and everything is perfectly choregraphed. But you have to make sure ‘King of the Douches’ believes he is in control because he beat up the new kid for panting in the sun over his lady friend. And in the end it usually boils down to a fight over the girl, or there is some kind of emotional speech which 100% wins over the girl, and then the credits roll to a really awesome B grade song by some band that had one famous song. These are simple elements, but they work well and have been used many times over and were rehashed in the late 90’s and early 2000 flicks such as ‘She’s All That’ and ’10 Things I Hate About You’. While not every single teen flick has all the elements, they do have enough to tie them all together to put them in that genre and make them similar one way or another.

 

‘Tuff Turf’ is one of those underrated 80’s gems like ‘Thrashin’  and ‘The Last American Virgin’ which was forgotten in the midst of the John Hughes fog. It can definitely appeal to both chicks AND dudes, because it has romance, it has fighting, normal themes that teenagers can relate to but exaggerated a tad to come across as more ‘alive’ on screen. And it works, because you will get a great time with this film, and if you are an 80’s movie fiend like myself, you will be charged up, you will probably go on a search for more movies like this which may end up leading you to 1980’s revenge teen flicks, and more importantly you will want to watch James Spader’s performance of ‘I Walk the Night’ over and over again. This film knows exactly what it is, and it takes you on one of the most entertaining and unintentionally hilarious 80’s rides you have been on. It hasn’t aged the best in terms of production value, but it has a strong and easy to follow structure. Take ‘Tuff Turf’ for what it is and just enjoy it for that very reason; if you apply that kind of mentality to all movies, your movie viewing will be a hell of a lot more enjoyable.

Spoiler Iron Man 3 (Bonus) Podcast

This is a spoiler episode  where we SPOIL the shit out of Iron Man 3, so if you’ve not seen it, go away and watch it, be entertained and come back this and enjoy. Joining me on this bonus episode are two of my regular team mates Ian and Scott, two past guests Christopher and Amon and soon to guest Emma. Please listen and enjoy and check out Amon awesome summer movie trailer montage.

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