Episode #08 - "Hit Record"

“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something, than educate people and hope they were entertained”

— Walt Disney, film producer

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1hr 47min

This episode is all about ‘Entertainment’ in all of its forms, movies, media, music sports and T.V. Starts off with a long winded review of the Amazon Prime show ‘The Man in the High Castle’ a Philip K. Dick novel adaptation, and other British crime dramas like Line of Duty ‘briefly’ reviewed. The discussion flips to an analysis of 2020 and how all of these forms of entertainment have taken a massive hit this year with cancellations and restrictions.

Chats around Spotify and Tik Tok stealing the show in 2020 and how Tik Tok is being used in recent years by the music industry to gauge music listenership and current music trends. With the cancellation of festivals and gigs, Spotify appears to be one of the only channels by which musicians can release their material this year.

Movie and Cinema releases in the same way are struggling this year with studios facing huge losses on the box office. Mr. Beard and Mr. C chat about movies like The Matrix, Inception and T.V shows like Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, The Inbetweeners and Outnumbered. Check them out!!

The episode touches on personal anecdotes and favourite shows, coloured with discussion around the importance of soundtracks on screen and Mr. C enlightens the listeners about time spent on set of Game of Thrones up in Belfast, stemming from a chat around the camera and cinematography styles in various movies and shows. The episode continues in this vein recounting trips overseas and reminiscing on the books read poolside in the sweltering heat, Harry Potter and Darren Browns’ Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.

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It’s Tom Cruise 2. No, wait… Top Gun 2! Get your Bomber jacket and Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses because the classic movie is back. And strap in good because Maverick is gonna take you on a wild ride.

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What is left to say about The Matrix that hasn’t been said a hundred times already? The late 90s sci-fi  movie that introduced us to Bullet Time, made us question the existence of spoons and inspired countless movies since its release, The Matrix is a force to be reckoned with.

With the forth installment of the series in the works, it’s a series that will certainly stand the test of time. Well, the first one at least! In case you need any more convincing, check out its page on IMDB.

Following the theme of The Matrix and an alternate reality, The Man in the High Castle is a sci-fi-book-turned TV show where the Axis (Germany and Japan) won World War 2 and now occupy America.

The book was written by Philip K. Dick in 1962 and the TV show was created by Frank Spotnitz and credits Ridley Scott (along with other heavyweights) as an executive producer. You know you are on to something special when you see these credited together.

Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931. Largely set in a futuristic World State, whose citizens are environmentally engineered into an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story’s protagonist.

Right up there with 1984, Brave New World is a book that deserves to be on everyone’s bookshelf.

Born in Quebec, Canada, Jean-Marc Vallée is a film director and producer. Best known for Dallas Buyers Club, Big Little Lies, Sharp Objects and Wild, one common theme in the TV shows and movies he directs is an awesome soundtrack.

Check out his IMDB page for more great movies and TV shows he is responsible for.

One of the most popular TV shows of the generation, Game of Thrones has swept the globe with its awesome sets, top quality fantasy storylines and great character developments. Mr C. recounts his time spent on set as he performed as a featured extra in two seasons of the show.

In case you have been living under a rock for the past few years, check out its IMDB page for more information.

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