Monday, 7 February 2011

Movie Moxie Podcast 24: Genie Noms, Sanctum, The Roommate plus Adventure Films

This week Shannon chats up the Genie nominations, reviews theatrical releases of Sanctum and The Roommate as well as taking a look at the genre of adventure films. Also start the discussion of the difference between 'good' and 'enjoyed'.

Technical note and apology that there is a bit of static at the beginning of the podcast this week, but it does taper off around the Sanctum review. Good reminder to get a new mic & thank you for your patience.

0:00 – 1:00 - Introduction
1:00 – 7:00 – News: Genie Nominations
7:00 – 17:30 – Sanctum Review
17:30 – 22:45 – The Roommate Review
22:45 – 43:45 – Adventure as a Genre
43:45 – 45:15 – DVD releases
45:15 – 47:15 – Upcoming up Next Week
47:15 – 48:59 – Outro

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Show Notes
Adventure Films As a Film Genre Show Notes
  • Earlier definition of Adventure Film on Wikipedia (source): Adventure films are a genre of film. They typically involve characters who must traverse rugged terrain, solve puzzles, and evade traps while journeying to a treasure-like destination. Generally, adventure films take place outside, in the wilderness.
  • Current Wikipedia definition: Adventure films are a genre of film. Adventure Films are exciting stories, with new experiences or exotic locales. Adventure films are very similar to the action film genre, in that they are designed to provide an action-filled, energetic experience for the film viewer. Rather than the predominant emphasis on violence and fighting that is found in action films, however, the viewer of adventure films can live vicariously through the travels, conquests, explorations, creation of empires, struggles and situations that confront the main characters, actual historical figures or protagonists.
  • Pirate and/or ‘at sea’ films: Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Pirate Movie, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Mutiny on the Bounty, Master and Commander, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Pirate-like films: The Prince Bride, Count of Monte Cristo
  • Explorers: The Mummy series, Indiana Jones series, Goonies, King Kong
  • More Action-centric: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • Kid-Centric: The Never Ending Story, Cloak & Dagger, Bridge to Terebithia
  • Fantasy-Adventure: Alice in Wonderland, Labyrinth, The Secret of Moonacre, Timetrip: The Curse of the Viking Witch / Vølvens Forbandelse, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
  • Adventure-Westerns: The Good, The Bad and The Weird
  • Sword & Sandals Adventure Films: Clash of the Titans (1981), Clash of the Titans (2010), Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
  • Kind of close but feel a bit off: Robin Hood films
  • Unseen but I suspect would be a good fit: Sinbad films, Zathura, National Treasure,
  • Upcoming: Three Muskeeters (2011) and The Hobbit (2012)
  • Shannon's Favourite or Current-ish releases: Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • List of all Adventure Films reviewed
  • Recommendations from others: Goonies, AT WORLDS END starring Nicolaj Lie Kaas and Steven Berkoff, Romancing the Stone, Time Bandits, The African Queen, Gorillas in the Mist, Princess Mononoke, Lord of the Rings, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure/Bogus Journey, Treasure Planet, Where Eagles Dare, Kelly's Heroes, Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds, Jurassic Park, and Encounters at the End of the World, Beneath the 12 mile reef, Journey to the Centre of the World, Snows of Kilomanjaro, Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Four Feathers (pick your favourite version), Adventures of Robin Hood (pick your favourite version), 300.
Thank you to Kurt, Leslie, Krakan & Sept for the recommends!

IMDB Top 50 Adventure Films (as of Feb 7, 2011) - not a lot of by-definition adventure films
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
2. Seven Samurai (1954)
3. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
5. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
7. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
8. Toy Story 3 (2010)
9. The Matrix (1999)
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
11. North by Northwest (1959)
12. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
13. Spirited Away (2001)
14. Alien (1979)
15. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
16. WALL·E (2008)
17. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
18. Back to the Future (1985)
19. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
20. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
21. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
22. Up (2009)
23. The Great Escape (1963)
24. Mononoke-hime (1997)
25. Gladiator (2000)
26. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
27. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
28. The Gold Rush (1925)
29. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
30. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
31. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
32. The Lion King (1994)
33. Into the Wild (2007)
34. Ben-Hur (1959)
35. Toy Story (1995)
36. Dersu Uzala (1975)
37. Avatar (2009)
38. Tonari no Totoro (1988)
39. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
40. True Grit (2010)
41. Finding Nemo (2003)
42. Stand by Me (1986)
43. 127 Hours (2010)
44. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
45. Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)
46. Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986)
47. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
48. Star Trek (2009)
49. The Princess Bride (1987)
50. Stalker (1979)

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