Episode 643 - Cultcast

Jul 10, 2023

With the release of the new Indiana Jones film comes some questions… We haven't seen it yet but we hear a lot of people don't like it and it's already being called a flop. But is that because it's actually bad, because people want it to be bad, or because it doesn't match people's expectations? What's the real story? It's hard to know at this point.

Topics and Show Notes

That got me thinking about cult classics, which are usually things that don't find an audience right away and instead pick them up over time. And then there are things that only YOU like but everyone else seems to hate for whatever reason. And lastly things that everyone loves but you dislike.

Some of the films we chatted about were Solo, Tank girl, Kinky Boots, The Rocky Horror picture show, Sucker Punch, TRON 1 and TRON and more. Tank Girl was my pick. When it came out it wasn't a big success mainly because audiences didn't know what to makes of it, it wasn't well marketed, it twisted its source material too much so that the relationship with it was thin, and it wasn't mainstream enough to work well as a major release. But along the way it found its own audience on video and DVD because even though it wasn't a good representative of the comic it was based on, it was something special and unique in its own right. Tank Girl is a beautiful representative of mid 90s alt culture and the Riot Grrrl movement. And in the end it was responsible for bringing many new readers to the comic it was based on.

Another film I picked was Sucker Punch. This film was pretty much universally disliked when it came out and is still broadly disliked. I think the main reason was that people were lead to believe it would be a comic book action fantasy film instead of a heavy and heavy-handed physiological allegory about severe mental issues, depression, sexual abuse, trauma, and self sacrifice contrasted with cartoonishly sexy outfits and insane fantasy sequences. Though I really loved it and it's still one of my favourite movies. Over time I believe it has started to find its own particular audience.

What are your fave cult classics? What do you think should be a cult classic. and what do you think does not deserve to be a classic?

This week Gunwallace has given us a theme inspired by Blessed Days - Pale chartreuse blurs in the foreground. Bright light glimmers and sparkles through crystal clear water droplets. Yellow sun rises majestically.Energy infuses the day as the world vibrates ponderously into action once more. Gunwallace has given us an evocative, throbbing piece of highly reflective electronica.

Topics and shownotes

Next week's topic: Psychopaths.
Future cast: TRON and TRON 2


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Featured music:
Blessed Days - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Blessed_Days/ - by InkyMoondrop, rated M.

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sleeping_gorilla at 9:07PM, July 13, 2023

@InkyMoonDrop I agree the music was the one standout for me.

InkyMoondrop at 12:15AM, July 12, 2023

You can say whatever you want about the BSG reboot, it still remains my favorite piece of sci-fi and specifically because of the writing, because of the questions it tackles, because of the many characters it makes me invested in. It was finally not as episodic as everyone's favorite Star Trek or not as fairy tale-like as the other fan-favorite: Star Wars. And even you can't say the music was bad. Oh, the soundtrack stayed with me throughout the years. You can call the writing soapy, I still love it, I'm even willing to forgive fat Lee Adama, which was inarguably a WTF moment.

Ozoneocean at 5:16PM, July 11, 2023

I agree. Its transparent in its writing and cheap and nasty in production. It had soap style filming, ultra cheap and crap CGI even for the time, bad and unimaginative costumes, props and weapons. The whole thing was done like you'd do a high-school production. That gets praise while much better, higher quality stuff that experts sweated over like Farscape and LEXX are forgotten. In The BSG reeboot's case its popularity is 100% down to publicity and luck.

sleeping_gorilla at 3:40PM, July 11, 2023

The Battlestar Galactica reboot. People rave about how brilliant and intelligent it is. I thought it was dull and boring. The characters were all idiots, adults that believed a fairy tail because one old man made a speech. Remember that story about David and Goliath? You thought it was an analogy of a smaller nation prevailing over a larger one because they had faith. Nope, that's not true Goliath was ACTUALLY a huge guy that David killed. I have slept through the same 6 episodes a few times. All I remember is a water tank exploding, and these highly decorated morons whispering to each other for an hour before they come to the conclusion that maybe there was sabotage. This isn't smart television. The Emperor has no clothes.

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