EPISODE 53 – CENSORSHIP

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It has been a year since the Smith men first graced the internet airwaves with their brand of nonsense and misinformed opinion. And so to celebrate…they talk the same old shite as usual.

And there is plenty of news to be looked at, what with Suicide Squad 2 news, Batman V Superman R-rated cuts, a distinct lack of Green Lantern, and that new Ghostbusters trailer.

Then it’s on to the main topic: Censorship.

From overdubbed (mostly badly) movies, to comics, censorship is more a part of our lives than we tend to realise, and so the Smith men investigate, and along the way look at the new distribution models the internet offers for film.

EPISODE 52 – ALFRED PENNYWORTH – SUPER BUTLER

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Every good hero needs a confident, be it a sidekick or like-minded police official. But what about those poor suckers at home that do all the grunt work, make the dinner, fix the ton costumes, but share none of the glory.

So this week we doff our mutual cap to Alfred (and his ilk), so expect a history lesson on this iconic character, a look at his untimely death, and his purpose.

Also, no episode of the podcast would be complete without us going off on pointless tangents, so this week Matt visits a strip club and goes on a date. Things don’t go well.

EPISODE 51 – THE RISE AND RISE OF TV

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On this week’s podcast Matt is trapped in the office with Hugo, the office dog, but that doesn’t stop the Smith men revisiting an old favourite topic: Is TV starting to render film obsolete? With the quality of TV going up and up, really why bother trekking to the cinema?

But can the small screen (even as they get bigger and bigger) deliver the spectacle of Star Wars or Batman V Superman?

WARNER BROS. ARE WORRIED ABOUT BATMAN V SUPERMAN?WELL THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE HAVE TO BE…

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So you may have heard the word on the street by now: Warner Brothers are a little concerned about Batman V Superman; that test screenings have not yielded the desired effects and the whole thing might not be as great as we all want it to be.

But I say don’t sweat it. Everyone just chill and wait, and don’t let this nay-saying damped your excitement.

For starters, all of these reports actually stem from one single report – a video segment on HitFix to be precise. There, Drew McWeeny states that he has heard the scuttlebutt from good sources. I don’t know McWeeny’s work, and I have no opinion either way regarding his reliability, but really…who cares?

Test audiences are just a scattering of people. And you may remember a similar rumour that did the rounds not too long ago about execs giving the film a standing ovation. Now yes, I know the execs, having their jobs on the line, were likely to clap a turd if they had spent $400m producing it, but it illustrates the point that all this rumbling doesn’t amount to much.

There is also something to be said for the way the media works (and the way we click on the links that feeds it) – a BVS IS SHITE headline is more likely to grab your eyes than a BVS RULES headline.

So I’m telling you that I had a vision last night, and in that vision a wise wolf told me that he had seen BVS and it was awesome. There, an equally unsubstantiated news article. Believe mine or believe theirs. Or just enjoy the ride and go into the film with an open mind.

Bottom line, McWeeny’s report may be totally on the money. It might not. If it’s not…nothing to worry about. If it is, YOU won’t know if it’s any good or not until you see it for yourself.

EPISODE 49 – SPIDER-MAN GOT BUCKS

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In this week’s podcast The Smith Men turn to the dark side and learn how to commit Jedi crime, before talk turns to the main topic: Movie budgets.

Why do movies cost so much? Where does all the cash come from and where does it go? With the help of the real budget from Spiderman 2, the Smith men get to the bottom of it.

Plus, Matt makes a Boba Fett movie and Andy rips off Elmer the Elephant.

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