This episode was recorded back in the middle of the summer so some references may seem slightly dated. One of the movies referenced that Drew was particularly excited for, he has since seen and I believe his enthusiasm is now somewhat diminished.
The film analysis portion of the 24 hours or less topic includes After Hours (1985) directed by Martin Scorsese and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) directed by Joseph Sargent.
After Hours analysis starts at 05:44
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three analysis starts at 43:39
Drew’s recommendation this week is Amazon Studios Pilot Jean Claude Van Johnsonwhich is currently free to Amazon Prime members.
Scott recommendation is the short film Uncle Jack, a nocturnal odyssey of a desperate fugitive that includes a mad clown, magic pills and a bedtime story.
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This week Scott and Drew discuss stories that take place during a 24 hour (or less) time frame. The intro to this episode is a little more lengthy than usual but hang in there the story discussion does start around the 10:51 mark.
Not Superman, not Batman, not a single Ghostbuster, not even an entire Suicide Squad can stand against the power a rotten tomato… apparently. Behold the power of the aggregator site… or at least that’s how some people see it. In this week’s bonus episode Drew and Scott discuss the current scuttlebutt surrounding the popular film review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
We love talking about storytelling in all its forms here at Story Punk but not much love has been shown toward the medium of video games, not intentionally of course. Writing in the video game field has expanded exponentially as technology has advanced enough to accommodate a more cinematic feel to our gameplay experience. Telltale Games has virtually (no pun intended) created a whole business model around games that are primarily story driven. We’ve come a long way from the days of Dodge’em and Pitfall.
In May of this year Blizzard Entertainment released the highly anticipated multiplayer first person shooter Overwatch. Unfortunately Overwatch did not have a single player campaign mode so there was not much story contained in game. However this does not mean that there is no story behind the characters of the Overwatch universe. Blizzard has released a series of animated shorts via their dedicated Overwatch YouTube channel detailing backstory for some of the characters with the expectation of more to be released in the future. Make no mistake this is not just some throw away supplemental content. These are solid short stories that give a peek into a much larger world that lay beyond the game. These shorts have a Pixar like quality (if Pixar had guns) and are well worth your time, regardless if you actually play the game.
Remember when Clinton was running for President and Pokemon was super popular… wait… bad example…
If you can’t resist finishing the phrase “In West Philadelphia born and raised…” while wearing your slap bracelets and scrunch socks, then you are definitely ready to listen to this week’s episode of Story Punk.
This week Scott gets overly impressed with himself for being a Tarantino hipster and Drew shares two past movie theater experiences, one of which may or may not include a deformed baby mutant.
NOTE: The Robert Rodriguez book Rebel Without A CrewScott referenced is currently available in paperback from Amazon.