In the latest episode of Shoot The Glass we eulogise the late great Ray Harryhausen, the special effects master who passed away only last month. Watching the guy from LA Law battle a stop-motion Medusa in a Sunday matinee was the highlight of my week back in the early 80’s, and it bears mentioning that Ray’s thirty-year-old work makes for a lot more fun than the CG-heavy, 3D emptiness of the more recent Clash of the Titans remake.
We also talk about Dan Harmon’s unexpected return to Community, and the long-anticipated fourth season of Arrested Development, the show that made single-camera sitcoms cool and paved the way for innovative shows like Community while also making Modern Family inevitable.
Then we discuss two films I haven’t actually seen, The Hangover Part III and Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. One of these films was surprisingly good according to Pete; I’ll leave it a mystery as to which one. You’ll just have to listen!
Spoiler: It’s Gatsby. But listen anyway!
Speaking of spoilers, we spoil the hell out of JJ Abrams’ new chunk of interstellar lunacy, Star Trek Into Darkness. We spend a lot of time alternating between gushing over this film and providing something resembling thoughtful critique. I’ll level with you, there’s more gushing than thoughtful anything. We didn’t get even a quarter of the way towards really exploring everything that this film might mean; alas, our enthusiasms just got the better of us.
We’re not used to actually liking movies, okay? At least, not ones made after, say, 1988.
So come join Pete and Justin on the Shoot The Glass Podcast! And hit us up on twitter at @shoottheglass if you want to talk to us.