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The Literary License Podcast Explores the Book to Screen and Everything Inbetween
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A Christmas Horror Story is a 2015 Canadian anthology horror film directed by Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, and Brett Sullivan.  It premiered on July 20, 2015, at the Fantasia International Film Festival and had a limited theatrical release on October 2, 2015, along with a VOD release.  The film is a series of interwoven stories tied together by a framework story featuring William Shatner as a radio DJ.     Tales from the Crypt is a 1972 British horror film directed by Freddie Francis. It is an anthology film consisting of five separate segments, based on stories from EC Comics. It was produced by Amicus Productions and filmed at Shepperton Studios.   In the film, five strangers (Joan Collins, Ian Hendry, Robin Phillips, Richard Greene and Nigel Patrick) in a crypt encounter the mysterious Crypt Keeper (Ralph Richardson), who makes each person in turn foresee the possible manner of their death. It is one of several Amicus horror anthologies produced during the 1970s.     Opening Credits; Introduction (2.41); Background History (54.21); A Christmas Horror Story (2015) Trailer (55.24); Take One (57.13); Let's Rate (1:38.51); Introducing a Film (1:43.14); Tales From the Crypt (1972)  Film Trailer (1:45.07); Lights, Camera, Action (1:47.00); How Many Stars (3:04.06); End Credits (3:08.34); Closing Credits (3:09.45)     Opening Credits– Alex Kashadian – Copyright 2015. All rights reserved   Closing Credits:  Elf’s Lament by Barenaked Ladies (featuring Michael Buble).  Taken from the album Barenaked For The Holidays.  Copyright 2004 Desperation Records ​ Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast.    All rights reserved.  Used by Kind Permission.   All songs available through Amazon Music.
Dive into a riveting episode of the Literary License podcast, as the hosts nostalgically traverse the wonderful worlds of Batman: The Animated Series, Stephen King's literary universe, and fascinating pre-Code Hollywood cinema. Welcome a plethora of topics, ranging from Batman anecdotes, the storytelling prowess of Blumhouse films, voice-over artists' eccentric challenges, harsh realities of service-oriented occupations, to the intriguing journey of mail-bag job for 'The Last Drive-In'.   That's not all; our hosts also delve deep into crucial historical events, like the JFK assassination, and navigate the energetic gaming landscape with a focus on the iconic Metal Gear Solid saga. The discussion then sways into the realm of successful TV shows and films influenced by video games, the evolution of popular TV series like 'Westworld', transitioning storylines in 'The Walking Dead', and even reviews of Batman's animated episodes.   The dialogue deepens as themes of justice, misunderstood villains, law-breaking, and societal adaptiveness come to the fore. This episode serves not only as a nostalgic journey but also an exploration of broader societal themes, encapsulating everything from Gotham City's most bizarre criminals to personal anecdotes about transitioning watching experiences.   Enjoy an in-depth analysis of actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, and indulge in thought-provoking conversations surrounding film controversies, personal politics, and ethical dilemmas in the world of entertainment. Essentially, this Literary License Podcast episode is perfect for anyone who loves Batman, 90's cartoons, movies, and engaging pop culture conversations.
Welcome to a captivating episode of the Literary License Podcast's Book to Screen series, where we delve into the enchanting world of Roald Dahl's children's classic, "The Witches". Join us as we embark on a thrilling journey through the book's spine-chilling realm where child-hating witches and humans coexist. This episode offers a comprehensive exploration of the book's plot, critical reception, and notable adaptations, unveiling the unique blend of humour, fright, and moral lessons that mark Dahl's storytelling.   Joined by passionate reader Leandro Ghezzi, we discuss Dahl's distinctive portrayal of witches and draw parallels between the characters and real-world figures. We also tackle the controversy around the modifications in Dahl's books by Puffin Books aimed at appealing to modern audiences and delve into the changes made in "The Witches". The conversation extends to a comparison with the original Grimm fairy tales, and the impact of their dark and ambiguous endings.   Engage in our riveting discussion around Dahl's creativity, the debate over censoring his books, and the enduring charm of his dark tales that have influenced generations. We explore the enduring appeal of classics from authors like Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl, debate the perspective of viewing old works through a modern lens, and express concern over attempts to modify books in the name of political correctness.   We also provide an in-depth review of the 1990 film adaptation of "The Witches" starring Anjelica Huston and discuss on how Dahl's narratives have been translated on screen. The debate explores the age-old question – do children’s literature and film adaptations really need happy endings? Ride along on this literary exploration as we delve deeper into the magical world created by the prodigious author, Roald Dahl.
Description: Welcome to the exciting world of "Unraveling the Shadows". In this captivating podcast episode, we embark on a thorough exploration of anthology films from the past. Join our delightful hosts, Vicki Rae, Joe Randazzo and Keith Chawgo, as they dig into classic horror narratives like "The House That Dripped Blood" (1971) and "Asylum" (1972). Swim through the deep seas of our hosts' knowledge as they assess film elements, character complexities, and peculiar plot developments. Continuing the journey, they offer a rich discourse on hypothetical character transformations, analyze the enigma of pre-existing evil, and articulate their perspectives on fascinating stories within the mansion. Together we question, does villainy come from nature or nurture? What would happen if we showed compassion toward villains? Our hosts will navigate these intriguing discussions and much more! We also go a step further, remarking on the mesmerizing performances, remarkable filmmaking techniques, and the evolution of the horror genre. We, as a team, go beyond the surface level and delve into the complex details of storytelling that make British anthology horror unique and delightfully gripping. Shifting gears towards retail practices, we compare brick-and-mortar stores with the Amazon era, and appreciate the progression brought by new establishments. On the film front, we indulge in nostalgia as we discuss Peter Cushing's amazing film career, Charlotte Rampling's acting prowess, and the creepily creative elements of "Mannequins of Horror". Last but not least, we offer an intriguing analysis of the unforgettable horror film 'Asylum'. Tune in as we unravel every eyebrow-raising ending, spine-chilling theme, and arresting performance. Despite its questionable logic, 'Asylum' leaves an indelible mark on the canvas of horror cinema, thanks largely to its ingenious storytelling! Don't miss out on this fascinating journey filled with villains, terrifying tales, deep insights, and a touch of dark humor. Join us today at "Unraveling the Shadows" and delve into the mysterious realm of anthology horror!
Join us on the Literary License Podcast as we delve deeper into the intriguing world of dark family films. In this episode, we discuss the engrossing narratives of two cinematic masterpieces, "Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth". These films, defined by their potent fusion of the gruesome with the stunning, encourage children to explore narratives that are often deeply symbolic and spiritual.   Listen in as we shed light on the intricate puppetry and artistry in "Dark Crystal", a dark fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Despite initially receiving mixed reviews, the richly textured plot, distinctive aesthetic, and well-rounded characters have cultivated a passionate following over time. Journey with us as we uncover this captivating blend of artistry and story-telling.   As the conversation progresses, we get lost in the fantastical world of "Labyrinth", another ingenious collaboration between Henson and renowned fantasy illustrator Brian Froud. From Froud’s unique faerie and dwarf designs to Henson’s visionary puppetry, we discuss how these creative forces created inviting worlds for children to delve into the symbolic and profound aspects of the narratives.   Dive into rich, thought-provoking discussions on these two films with us. From Vicky Ray's first reactions to "The Dark Crystal" to insights from Joe Randazzo on the depths of puppetry as an art form, our team promises to bring fresh perspectives and interesting trivia. Hit play, sit back, and let us take you on an unexpected journey into the weird and wonderful world of dark fantasy films.
Introducing the Literary License Podcast, an insightful foray into the film industry with a special lens on Batman: The Animated Series. Join our host Keith Shogun and his esteemed guests Sean Steffen, Joe Randazzo, and Vicky Ray as they dissect iconic episodes from Batman's animated adventures. The episode begins with Sean's holiday recount and his cinematic journey with the AMC A-List, exploring an array of movies from Ghostbusters to Kong Godzilla.   Shifting gears towards horror film franchises, our hosts unpick Rob Zombie's Halloween, examining the impact of origin stories on characters' aura. The conversation eventually turns to the films "Late Night With The Devil" and "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare," and how they present a perfect blend of thematic elements and action-packed sequences. The episode concludes with a lively chatter on Batman's loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth, and his intriguing, secret-service past.   The hosts also engage in spirited discussions about the complexities of Wayne Industries and the potentially dangerous links it might share with global entities. The narrative delves into Batman's identity crisis during its transition from a children's series to a more adult-centric one, and how it resulted in a slight dip in the animation quality. However, the subjects diversify as the conversation moves towards Scooby-Doo, the philosophy of any publicity being good publicity, and the controversial movie, Human Centipede.   Enriched with movie reviews, trivia, plot analysis, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, this episode promises to delight Batman aficionados and casual listeners alike. Join this enriching round-table discussion - a tribute to the iconic Batman series and its complex, multi-dimensional universe. .
Join Leandro Ghezzi and Keith Chawgo in The Literary License Podcast as they delve into the captivating world of Maurice Sendak's timeless classic, 'Where the Wild Things Are'. The hosts offer an enlightening exploration of the seemingly simple 1963 children's book, uncovering its deeper meanings and themes, an invaluable reflection of children's emotions and their journey of taming these feelings.   Focusing on the journey of Max, the main protagonist of the story, they examine his dynamics with the various characters he encounters during his fantastical adventure. Drawing parallels with the struggles faced by young adolescents such as feelings of neglect, loneliness, and frustration, the podcast episode provides intriguing insights into the personal growth of Max and the complexities of his evolving relationships.   Aside from the original children's book, the podcast also ventures into the richness of the 2009 film adaptation. Despite its unconventional narrative and slow-paced arthouse approach, the hosts appreciate how the film offers a rich tapestry of emotions and ideas, enhancing the book's emotional heft and visual appeal. Concluding the conversation, they rate both the book and the film, acknowledging their profound impact and timeless appeal.   Embark on this thought-provoking journey into the realms of childhood, fantasy, and emotion as Ghezzi and Chawgo invite you to re-enter the world of 'Where the Wild Things Are'. Come, discover the multi-layered meanings and enduring power of this beloved story in a unique listening experience that promises to incite new thoughts and perspectives.
Join the captivating journey with the Literary License Podcast as we explore vintage and modern films, and delve into meaty discussions about social media's impacting modern society. This season 7 retrospective takes us through family film classics, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" and "Enchanted," with our humorous hosts, Vicki Rae, Keith Chawgo and John Wilson.   From gleaning insights on popular games to discussing independent films and popular TV series, this episode traverses a variety of topics. Central to the discussion is the critique of social media obsessions and the undeniable charms of classics like "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" and "Enchanted." Take part in this dialogue that balances the exciting and the thought-provoking.   Our discourse on "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" unravels its unique blend of magic, war, and self-discovery, set apart from other Disney productions. We follow the enchanting journey of novice witch Miss Eglantine Price and the lovable con man, Professor Emilius Brown, highlighting significant moments of this live-action and animation production that won the Academy Awards for Best Special Visual Effects.   Journey further into Disney's magical realms as we explore "Enchanted" and its sequel "Disenchanted." Enjoy anecdotes and insights into this brilliant mix of real-world practicality and fairy-tale sweetness. The brilliant star-studded performance, toe-dipping bits into the world of fairy-tales, and shared laughter make this episode an enjoyable ride for every movie lover.   The analysis doesn't stop there. Dive into the magic of "Princess Diaries" and "Enchanted," discussing their musical scores, animation style, and lasting impact. Unwrap these influential tales of princesses and the fantasized version of New York while acknowledging Disney's self-awareness balancing charm and humour.   Tune in as we light-heartedly ponder film critiques, explore the paradox of commercial breaks, and appreciate cinema's enchanting magic. An episode designed for those who appreciate being carried away into whimsical tales and hearty discussions about the digital age's challenges and opportunities.   Opening Credits– Once Upon Theme by Dan Hughes Music Poduction.  Copyright 2024 LLPodcast   Closing Credits: Age of Not Believing by Angela Lansbury.  Taken from the album Bedknobs and Broomsticks Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  Copyright 1971 Walt Disney Records   Section Breaks:  Music from Enchanted Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  Music by Alan Menken.  Copyright 2007 Walt Disney Records ​ Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast.    All rights reserved.  Used by Kind Permission.   All songs available through Amazon Music.
For Batman enthusiasts and pop culture aficionados, join us in our retrospective journey into Batman- the animated series, other popular TV shows, and some cinematic favourites. Get to know our animated panel of experts – Sean Steffen, Joe Randazzo, Vicky Rae, and our host, Keith Chawgo, as they reveal their personal and professional experiences and their taste in movies. Delve into our extensive discussions on films, acting performances, and influential career positioning films. With lively debates, fascinating movie recommendations, and healthy doses of humour and sarcasm, this promising episode promises not just an interesting listen but a joyful ride through your favourite films and TV shows.   As we shift gears, our conversation lightens as we discuss the timeless beauty of black women and then dives into a shared appreciation for the film, "Bullet." From films recently screened in the local theatre to others including "Ring of Fire 2," "Psycho Cop," and the intriguing series "Twin Peaks," we discuss everything that enkindles our interest with enthusiasm and thorough analysis. Join us as we examine everything from thrilling chase scenes to emotional dialogues, painting a vivid cinematic world.   Analysing Popular TV Series: Twin Peaks, Dark Shadows, and Shogun.     Engage with us in a free-flowing discussion on reactions and thoughts on some of the trending TV series. The conversation evolves as we delve into performances, visual aesthetics, storyline intricacies, and the creative decisions driving narratives in series such as Twin Peaks, Dark Shadows, and the recently released series of Shogun. Navigate through this enlightening episode as we analyse characters, critique story strengths and weaknesses across different seasons, and conjecture how real-world events such as the Gulf War influenced certain shows.   Exploring Vintage Cinema Classics & Batman's Animated Series   In this episode, we pay homage to vintage cinema classics and Batman's animated series. Our discussion enlightens the contributions of William Castle, the American film director, and his timeless productions, including "Macabre," "House on Haunted Hill," and "The Tingler." We meticulously discuss the cinematic world of Batman's animated series, shedding light on key characters, intriguing plots involving The Clock King and Catwoman, and brilliant presentation techniques.   Universe of Superheroes: Batman, Catwoman, Nightwing, and Spider-Man   Dive into the thrilling universe of superheroes, exploring their influence on cinema and broader popular culture. Listen to our engaging debate on characters such as Batman, Catwoman, the Gotham-resident Nightwing, and Marvel's Spider-Man, dissecting their different portrayals and analysing their appeals. The episode offers an immersive experience into the captivating world of iconic superheroes and would appeal especially to DC and Marvel universe enthusiasts.   Dissecting DC and Marvel: Comic Books, Films, TV Shows, and Influence   In this captivating episode, get engrossed in our deliberation on DC and Marvel's comic books, films, television shows, and how they influence each other. Join the discussions about two of the largest comic book empires, their adaptations, their distinctive fan bases, and the future of comic-based cinematic experiences.   Filmmaking & the Obsession with Trends: Industry Concerns and Critiques   In this gripping and honest discussion, we delve into grave concerns within the film industry today. Discussing issues like the rise of trend-driven filmmaking, the overdose of sequels, the evolution of Marvel and Star Wars' universes along with critiques of popular TV series such as The Mandalorian and Andor, this episode discusses how an overdose of trends can harm the film and TV industry's creativity and quality.   Exploring Batman's Animated Series: From Iconic Episodes to Recent Releases   In this episode, we embark on a journey through Batman's animated series, reviewing memorable moments, assessing nostalgic classics like Clerks 3, and discussing less favorable moments from recent releases. Join us as we delve into the layers of these iconic episodes, sharing insightful reviews, critiques and unravel the intriguing stories within stories in the Batman universe.   A Critique of 'Baby Doll' from Batman: The Problem of Fading Stardom   In this episode, we discuss the surprisingly poignant episode 'Baby Doll' from Batman's classic series. Join our conversation as we explore the struggles of child stars when their limelight dims prematurely. A deep dive into 'Baby Doll' offers a remarkable blend of absurdity, poignancy, and the dark realities of child stardom.    Opening Credits– Adventures of Batman and Robin The  - Animated Series by Shirley Walker.  Copyright 2008 Warner Records. All rights reserved   Closing Credits: Baby Doll by Ari Abdul.  Taken from the album Fallen Angel.  Copyright 2022 Ari Abdul   Section Breaks:  Music from the Batman: The Animated Series.  Music by Shirley Walker.  Copyright 2008 Warner Records ​ Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast.    All rights reserved.  Used by Kind Permission.   All songs available through Amazon Music.
Welcome to an all-new episode of the Literary License Podcast, where we bridge the gap between literature and its screen adaptations. Join us and our special guest, Leandro Gazi, as we unwrap our life experiences, delve into the intriguing world of 'Who Censored Roger Rabbit?' novel by Gary Wolf and its iconic movie adaptation 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'.   We ecstatically dig deeper into the book’s thought-provoking narrative and how it subtly interlaces political innuendos. We uncover the creative vision of Leandro and how the distinctive charm of the movie adaptation adds to the Roger Rabbit legacy. Discover the plot twists and suspenseful allegory, leading us through a maze of mysteries and unanticipated denouements in the narrative.   We then traverse the exquisite realm of 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit', directed by the genius Robert Zemeckis. Released in 1988, it was a spectacular blend of live-action and animation, earning global recognition for its visual effects, performances, and humor. We feature a detailed comparison between the original book and the film adaptation, leading to an insightful view of the whole creation process.   Our discussion takes you back to the unforgettable scenes, such as the magnetic performance of Jessica Rabbit and Eddie Valiant's thrilling adventures in Toontown. We reveal the magic behind how this film jump-started the Disney Renaissance, setting a benchmark for animation.   Lastly, ride with us on a captivating journey into the world of animation film-making. We present a critique on the process of integrating classical characters into unrelated plots, the resulting repetitiveness, and how these techniques trick the viewer's eye to create visual masterpieces. Join us as we navigate the interesting narrative loops and special effects that mesmerize audiences through decades.   Opening Credits– Epidemic Sound – Copyright . All rights reserved   Closing Credits: Why Don’t You Do Right by Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee.  Copyright 1942 Columbia Records   Section Breaks:  Soundtrack Selections from the Original Motion Soundtrack Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  Music by Alan Silverstri.  Copyright 1988 Disney Records. ​ Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast.    All rights reserved.  Used by Kind Permission.
Dive deep into the world of one of the most iconic characters in television history with 'Behind The Scenes of Doctor Who: The Tom Baker Years - An Interview with Ian Brittan-Hull.' This episode from the Literary License Podcast takes listeners on a fascinating journey into the past, providing intriguing insights into the classic BBC science fiction series Doctor Who.   Our host, Ramona Schnitger, engages in a captivating discussion with special guest, Ian Brittan-Hull, known for his role as Tom Baker's double on the show. Brittan-Hull shares his unforgettable experiences from his early fan days to the behind-the-scenes life as an integral part of the series. He brings to life his meetings with Tom Baker's publicity agent, his time in newspapers alongside Baker and his eventual transition into embodying the character at various public events.   Throughout the episode, Brittan-Hull's accounts of working closely with Baker shed light on the human aspects of the legendary actor. He also answers listener queries about his performances, comparisons with other stuntmen, and his perspective on the role of stuntmen in the series. Within this nostalgic and intriguing listen, he candidly shares his journey of faithfully bringing Doctor Who out from the screens and into public spaces.   The episode does not end there. Brittan-Hull then talks about his present ventures and upcoming projects, from his theater company AMA Theatre to his latest passion project, Pirates. His fascinating narratives of his creative journey make this podcast episode compelling for Doctor Who fans and general audiences alike.
Welcome to another riveting episode of the Literary License Podcast, where we delve into the fascinating world of dark family films. In this Season 7 retrospective, our panel of film aficionados embark on a thrilling journey to dissect and discuss captivating movie narratives like "Return to Oz" and "Oz the Great and Powerful". Listen to our in-depth discussions as we delve into topics ranging from film analysis to the scrutiny and dissection of film elements to provide valuable insights. Explore the behind-the-scenes of serious film criticism and learn about the challenges of watching films, 15 seconds at a time. Immerse yourself in a comprehensive discussion about the iconic director, David Lynch. Discover his distinctive work and join us in exploring the haunting world of Dorothy Gale in "Return to Oz". Join us as we analyze and speculate about unasked questions about popular characters' actions and intentions, compelling you to return to this beloved childhood tale with fresh eyes. It's a fascinating journey through a timeless classic story that continues to captivate audiences. Get ready to dive into the captivating and haunting world of children's films with 'Return to Oz'. We discuss how this timeless classic closely resembles the book's illustrations and touch upon societal concerns in the mid-80s and how they impacted the reception of darker children's movies. Wrapping up this profound exploration of cinematic artistry and storytelling, we invite you to tune in for an episode that truly delves into the complex and ever-evolving cosmos of films that continue to captivate audiences through mesmerizing tales of fantasy and reality.
Join us for a riveting episode of the "Lit Your License Podcast" as we diverge from Batman retrospectives and delve deep into the chaotic world of Pro Wrestling. Journey with our hosts Keith Chawgo, Sean Steffan, and Vicky Rae as we examine significant events, from the controversies surrounding Vince McMahon's resignation to the reactions towards Dwayne 'The Rock'" Johnson's return. Marvel at the dynamics behind the rise of wrestling stars like Cody Rhodes and the political power plays pervading the industry. Picture the thrilling future of wrestling through our intriguing conjectures and hear our comparisons to the world of TV soaps. Engage in thought-provoking discussions on the dichotomy between good and evil, and anticipations for the upcoming Vince McMahon biopic.   Dive into our extensive explorations of video games, unique movie recommendations, and in-depth analysis of the iconic Batman series. Feel our hosts' gaming frustrations and triumphs, understand the hypnotic charm of Yakuza movies, and partake in our anticipation for classic series like Twilight Zone and Friday the 13th. Unravel Batman's complicated relationships and contemplate his future as we navigate the exciting world of streaming. Participate in reflective discussions on power dynamics, personal responsibilities, and mutual attraction as we tackle a range of entertainment topics.   Join us as we analyze fascinating characters like Harley Quinn and the Terrible Trio, uncovering motivations and examining complex dynamics. Further, delve into the intricacies of film making and profitability, shedding light on the importance of fanbases and the enduring appeal of a variety of movies and actors. Discover thrilling genres of horror and action films, understanding the subtlety of messaging, the impacts of company ownership, and financial struggles of major cinema industry players. Round out the conversation with reflections on the presentation and performances in iconic movies like "Barbie" and ponder over the possible future of the "Transformers" franchise in this engaging episode.   Take part in our exploration of the world of movies, toys, celebrities, and nostalgia as we discuss the evolution of the Transformers franchise, the illustrious career of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and the careers of renowned actors like John Travolta and Robin Williams. Relish in our nostalgic reminiscences of forgotten sequels and real-life dynamics mirrored in movies and conclude with an insight into the multifaceted psyche of comedians like Richard Pryor. Traverse through classic TV series' episodes as we wrap up this dynamic episode that is too intriguing to miss!
Journey back to the captivating universe of timeless Doctor Who episodes from 1965 to 1967. Enjoy a nostalgic rollercoaster ride of extra-terrestrial adventures starting with the Daleks Master Plan, characterized by thrilling narratives, unforgettable characters, and an intriguing insight into the series. Relive the memorable performance of our venerated Doctor and delve into the fascinating world of the enigmatic "Master". Discuss the unforgettable episodes, intriguing characters, and compelling facts about the show. Embark on a conversational journey to explore the enigmatic Mavic Chen, the Galactic Federation's fascinating concept, and the relevance of air purity in the series. Could this be a foreshadowing of climate change issues? Find your seat in this engaging conversation that explores the swinging sixties charm and magic of Doctor Who. Discover the incredible popularity and lasting legacy of Doctor Who, where our speakers delve into viewer ratings and share nostalgic moments. Uncover how the series made its way into schools and captivated millions globally. Learn about the innovative filming techniques of the 60s that brought Doctor Who's universe to life, presenting a detailed narrative of the profound plot lines hidden in the Doctor's adventures. End your journey by exploring the controversial use of historic footage in the series and the narratives surrounding our favorite characters. Engage with our panelists as they review the episodes and discuss the debuts of series greats like Michael Sheard and Roy Skelton. Stay tuned for final thoughts on standout moments, detailed ratings, and exciting social media updates. Dive into this vivid feast of Doctor Who memories today!
Join us on this thrilling episode of 'Literary License Podcast' as we delve deep into the mystique and intriguing world of anthologies. Our delightful chat navigates through the classic and contemporary representations of anthologies, focusing on the acclaimed 2005 neo-noir crime anthology film, Sin City and the 2015 horror anthology, Southbound. Packed with humor, insightful discussions, and profound observations, we dissect the narrative of 'Sin City' with its raw emotion, dramatization, and unique color processing, applauding performances by Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and Bruce Willis. We also dissect its comic book origins and reflect upon the professional journeys of these Hollywood veterans. The conversation takes a chilling turn as we transition to Southbound, an otherworldly anthology film that leaves a haunting impression. We unfold the impeccable blend of horror tropes and creative narrative twists, and take a deep dive into its intriguing concept of karmic retribution. From discussing monstrous creations to memorable moments that induce a purgatory-like ambience, Southbound is enthusiastically appreciated on this podcast episode. Whether you're a film enthusiast or a casual listener, join us as we travel down this captivating path of anthologies, deconstructing one alluring story at a time. Tune in to our deep discussions on 'Sin City' and 'Southbound', and stay glued for the upcoming episodes exploring the timeless classics and contemporary thrills in the world of horror and drama.
Join a riveting journey with the hosts of the Literary License Podcast, as Season 7 takes a thrilling dive into the darker aspects of family films in the 'Dark Families Week' episode. In this episode, hosts Keith Chawgo, Joe Randazzo, and Vicky Ray analyze popular family favorites such as "Iron Giant" and "Monster House", while weaving in personal anecdotes and experiences. Journey through Joe Randazzo's rollercoaster winter travel experience to celebrate his nephew's birthday, reminding us of the value of family ties. Vicky Ray shares her home renovation plans and discusses Nefarious, a captivating thriller. Keith pays tribute to David J. Skal, a significant figure in horror genre research, praising his contributions to the genre. The episode then transitions to dissecting the film "The Iron Giant", providing fascinating insights into its development, storyline, themes, animation style and even the impact of the film on its audience. Then, it switches gears to the eerie tale of "Monster House", discussing the charming storyline, animation style, and the relatable characters of the movie. In this engaging conversation, our hosts not only review these classic animations, but also discuss different elements from the film industry and touch upon their relevance in today's cinema history. From contemplating the future of animation to in-depth film rating sessions, this episode offers unique perspectives that every animation and horror film enthusiast will appreciate.
The Worry Men   Wealthy socialite Veronica Vreeland returns from Central America bringing tiny handmade dolls for all her friends.  According to native legend, once placed under a pillow the dolls do the sleeper’s worrying for them.  Unknown to Veronica or her guests, each of the dolls contains a tiny microchip which plants hypnotic suggestions inside the sleeper’s brains, even Bruce’s.    Sideshow   Enroute to an upstate prison, Killer Croc escapes and leads Batman on a dangerous chase through the wilderness.  After throwing Batman temporarily off his trail, the reptile-man takes refuge with a group0 of retired circus freaks and convinces them to help him.  When Batman arrives, Croc and the freaks band together to capture him.    A Bullet For Bullock   Someone has put a hit out on Gotham’s toughest cop, Harvey Bullock.  After surviving several near misses, Bullock realises he has no choice but to reluctantly ask Batman to help him discover who is behind the murder attempts.  During their investigation Bullock learns that his gruff and mean-spirited manner has created enemies in the unlikeliest of people.    Trial   Gotham’s deadliest criminals, The Joker, Two-Faced, Mad Hatter, The Ventriloquist, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy among many others, kidnap Batman and put him on trial in Arkham Asylum.  The Dark Knight’s only hope rests with District Attorney Janet Van Dorn who, despite her anti-Batman stance, is forced to defend the Caped Crusader’s life as well as her own.    Opening Credits; Introduction (.56); Episode One:  The Worry Men (49.50); Episode Two:  Sideshow (59.22); Episode Three:  A Bullet For Bollocks (1:08.26); Episode Four:  The Trial (1:15.15); Favourite Episode (1:20.40); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Credits (1:34.03)   Opening Credits– Epidemic Sound – Copyright . All rights reserved   Closing Credits:  Let It Go by Luba.  From the album 9 ½ Weeks Motion Picture Soundtrack.  Copyright 1986 Capitol Records ​ Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast.    All rights reserved.  Used by Kind Permission.   All songs available through Amazon Music.
Watership Down is an adventure novel by English author Richard Adams, published by Rex Collings Ltd of London in 1972. Set in Hampshire in southern England, the story features a small group of rabbits. Although they live in their natural wild environment, with burrows, they are anthropomorphised, possessing their own culture, language, proverbs, poetry, and mythology. Evoking epic themes, the novel follows the rabbits as they escape the destruction of their warren and seek a place to establish a new home (the hill of Watership Down), encountering perils and temptations along the way.   Watership Down was Richard Adams' debut novel. It was rejected by several publishers before Collings accepted the manuscript; the published book then won the annual Carnegie Medal (UK), annual Guardian Prize (UK), and other book awards. The novel was adapted into an animated feature film in 1978 and, from 1999 to 2001, an animated children's television series. In 2018, a drama of the story was made, which both aired in the UK and was made available on Netflix.   Adams completed a sequel almost 25 years later, in 1996, Tales from Watership Down, constructed as a collection of 19 short stories about El-ahrairah and the rabbits of the Watership Down warren.     Watership Down is a 1978 British animated adventure-drama film, written, produced and directed by Martin Rosen and based on the 1972 novel by Richard Adams.  It was financed by a consortium of British financial institutions and was distributed by Cinema International Corporation in the United Kingdom. Released on 19 October 1978, the film was an immediate success and it became the sixth-most popular film of 1979 at the UK box office.   It features the voices of John Hurt, Richard Briers, Harry Andrews, Simon Cadell, Nigel Hawthorne and Roy Kinnear, among others, and was the last film work of Zero Mostel, as the voice of Kehaar the gull. The musical score was by Angela Morley and Malcolm Williamson. Art Garfunkel's hit song "Bright Eyes" was written by songwriter Mike Batt. It has garnered a cult following.     Opening Credits; Introduction (1.21); Background History (20.15); Watership Down Plot Synopsis (21.57); Book Thoughts (29.16); Let's Rate (50.29); Introducing a Film (52.51); Watership Down Film Trailer (1978) (56.13); Lights, Camera, Action (59.36); How Many Stars (1:40.44); End Credits (1:44.27); Closing Credits (1:45.25)   Opening Credits– Epidemic Sound – Copyright . All rights reserved   Closing Credits:  Bright Eyes from Watership Down by Art Garfunkel.  Taken from the album Fate for Breakfast.  Copyright 1978 Columbia Records.    Incidental Music:  Music from Watership Down by Angela Morley.  Available on the Watership Down 1978 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  Copyright 1978 Vocation Records. ​ Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast.    All rights reserved.  Used by Kind Permission.   All songs available through Amazon Music.
The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 32nd Disney animated feature film and the fifth produced during the Disney Renaissance, it is inspired by William Shakespeare's Hamlet with elements from the Biblical stories of Joseph and Moses and Disney's 1942 film Bambi. The film was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff (in their feature directorial debuts) and produced by Don Hahn, from a screenplay written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton. The film features an ensemble voice cast that includes Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Rowan Atkinson, and Robert Guillaume. Its original songs were written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, with a score by Hans Zimmer.   The film has led to many derived works, such as a Broadway adaptation in 1997; two direct-to-video follow-ups—the sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998), and the prequel/parallel, The Lion King 1½ (2004); two television series, Timon and Pumbaa and The Lion Guard; and a photorealistic remake in 2019, which also became the highest-grossing animated film at the time of its release. In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".  The Lion King is the first Disney film to have been dubbed in Zulu, the only African language aside from Arabic to have been used for a feature-length Disney dub.     The Lion King is a 2019 American musical drama film directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Fairview Entertainment. It is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney's traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name. The film stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones reprising his role from the original film.   Plans for a remake of 1994's The Lion King were confirmed in September 2016 with Favreau attached to directed following box office successes for Disney remakes such as The Jungle Book (2016), which was also directed by Favreau. Disney hired Nathanson to write the screenplay in October 2016. Favreau was inspired by certain roles of characters in the Broadway adaptation and developed upon elements of the original film's story. Much of the main cast signed in early 2017, and principal photography began in mid-2017 on a blue screen stage in Los Angeles. The "virtual-reality tools" utilized in The Jungle Book's cinematography were used to a greater degree during filming of The Lion King. Composers Hans Zimmer, Elton John, and lyricist Tim Rice, all of whom worked on the original's soundtrack, returned to compose the score alongside Knowles-Carter, who assisted John in the reworking of the soundtrack and wrote a new song for the film, titled "Spirit", which she also performed. The film serves as the final credit for editor Mark Livolsi, and it is dedicated to his memory. With an estimated budget of around $260 million, The Lion King is one of the most expensive films ever made.   Opening Credits; Introduction (.37); Background History (1:02.08); The Lion King (19940 Trailer (1;05.30); The Original (1:06.41); Let's Rate (1:51.58); INTERMISSON:  (1:56.58) Introducing a Film (2:07.01); The Lion King (2019) Film Trailer (2:04.06); Lights, Camera, Action (2:05.51); How Many Stars (2:43.21); End Credits (2:58.34); Closing Credits (2:59.34)   Opening Credits– Epidemic Sound – Copyright . All rights reserved.   Intermission Music:  He Lives In You (Reprise) – Ensemble – The Lion King, Jason Raize and Tsidii Le Loka.  Taken from the album The Lion King, The Original Broadway Cast Album.  Copyright 1997 Walt Disney Records.  .   Closing Credits:  Shadowlands by Shadowland · Heather Headley · Tsidii Le Loka · Ensemble - The Lion King.  Taken from The Lion King, The Original Broadway Cast Album.  Copyright 1997 Walt Disney Records.  ​ Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast.    Interval Music:  The Lion King Original Broadway Cast.  Copyright 1997 Walt Disney Records.   All rights reserved.  Used by Kind Permission.   All songs available through Amazon Music.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a British children's television drama first broadcast by the BBC in 1988.   It was the first series of The Chronicles of Narnia that ran from 1988 to 1990.​   Narnia is the home of the great lion Aslan. During his long absence, his arch-enemy, the evil White Witch places Narnia in an eternal winter. However, with the return of Aslan and the arrival of the four Pevensie children, the Narnians are given a hope to end the tyranny of the Witch.   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.22); The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe 1988 BBC Trailer (2.24); Lights, Camera, Action (3.02); How Many Stars (16.18); End Credits (18.09); Closing Credits (19.02)   Opening Credits– Epidemic Sound – Copyright . All rights reserved   Closing Credits:  A Merry Christmas at Grandmother’s by Danny Kaye and The Andrew Sisters.  Taken from the Album Christmas Cheer.  Copyright 1950 Decca Records. Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast.    All rights reserved.  Used by Kind Permission.   All songs available through Amazon Music.  
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