Nine Tenths of the Law

A bit of a mixed bag this week! Pete saw the Helen Mirren starrer Woman in Gold and caught up with the action vehicle that was meant to launch Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the successor to Schwarzenegger, The Rundown (aka Welcome to the Jungle). It was our homework from like two years ago or something. Shoot The Glass: we get there in the end!

The big one, though, is the Alex Garland-written-and-directed sci-fi meditation Ex Machina. We spoil it after the music plays so, without wanting to give away our feelings about the film, I heartily entreat you to see it before you listen!

For homework we have two of Garland’s previous writing efforts in Dredd and Sunshine and from the director of The Rundown we have the best dumbest and dumbest best film you’ll see in a while in Battleship. In honour of the recent passing of King Arthur himself Nigel Terry we have the classic Excalibur, directed by John Boorman.

On the Boorman front our final homework suggestion is the spectacular Zardoz starring Sean Connery in his undies and a giant floating stone head that spews guns onto a bunch of weird troglodytes also in their undies. It truly must be seen to be believed… keeping in mind that “spectacular” is not necessarily a positive adjective. “The penis is evil!” is an actual quote from this film. I’ll just leave you with that.

So come and look yourself in the mirror in an intense and meaningful way with Pete and Justin as we ask ourselves: what is a soul?

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