Cult Friction – We Came, We Saw, We kicked its ass! 23.11.09 3pm

Posted in Cult Friction THE SHOW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2009 by cultfriction

This Week on Cult Friction

We take a look back at out Award Nominated interview with Frank the Bunny from Donnie Darko (James Duval) in the run up to the Student Radio Awards

Nerd News in Klingon!!! (Well we’ll try it out. Grab your phrase books and try and catch up)

Preview/Review – We take a look at the top new films coming your way in 2010!

Top 10 Worst Squeals of all time – Anything with 2 or The Return of..and the likes. We dig up the worst from the bargain bin and judge the badest of the bad!!

Remember 3pm on http://www.wiredradio.co.uk !!!

Kaplaaa!!!

Mark, Tom, George, Hayleigh and Paul

The Cult Friction Team

Oh We love this song by Ricardo Autobahn so much we might make it the new jingle!!!

2012 (2009)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2009 by cultfriction

2012 (2009) Dir: Roland Emmerich Starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofar, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson. Released nationwide in cinemas November 13th 2009

Maybe we should cancel the 2012 Olympics!?!

That’s if director Roland Emmerich’s diabolical predictions come to fruition in his latest end of days blockbuster 2012 are to be believed! However unlike most Hollywood disaster epics this film has a long way to go insofar as convincing the world that this will actually happen. If you are a stickler for scientific accuracy in your films 2012 will not make for very comfortable viewing. Take past disaster films from the past say Armageddon or Deep Impact for instance. Giant asteroid/comet is heading for planet and threatens to wipe out life as we know it. Simple! Or Titanic. Large ocean liner hits iceberg and sinks. Easy! In 2012 it’s neutrino emissions from the sun heating up the inside of the earth like an egg in a microwave causing gaping fissures in the planet’s crust swallowing everything and causing massive tidal waves, earthquakes and a shift in the polar magnetic fields. Confused? Don’t panic. There is a simple flash animation during the movie that fills you in on all the jargon.

Rest assured, once you get over rubbing your head in your hands over the sheer ridiculousness of the plot  you are in for a visual smorgasbord of special effects that will blow you away. Given Roland Emmerich’s track record with films such as Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow, this is a director who really knows how to destroy the world. One can compare him to a child with a lego set building vast cities and monuments only to destroy them with his fists. What sets the SFX apart from previous endeavours is the sheer scale and detail (which in part was helped by the pushing back of the films release date from the summer to the winter). One scene in particular has our protagonists flying through the toppling skyscrapers of Los Angeles only for them to look in slow mo horror at the masses of office workers clinging on to their desks as they fall from the building. And the wow factor does not stop there. With volcanic eruptions, showering fireballs, floods and earthquakes 2012 takes on each mode of destruction to another level. This movies effects team will certainly be looking at an Academy Award Nomination for their stunning efforts but it seems likely that Jim Cameron’s upcoming Avatar will be the bookies favourite given the hype behind the new 3D and camera technology behind the scenes.

So where do all these apocalyptic visions come from? Should we be making plans to build underground bunkers and life rafts in order to survive? According to some doomsday prophets the answer is yes and that the end has been written in the stone tablets of history since the dawn of time. According to the ancient Mayan calendar, which was renowned for its astrological accuracy, 2012 is when time will literally run out This rather chilling prospect has been taken apart by numerologists, astrologists and physicists over the years. One such scholar, John Major Jenkins, has been described by the New York Times as “applying academic rigour” to such theories and has proved that the calendar has indeed predicted astrological alignments that “metaphorically” symbolise a great change for the earth. The internet is also awash with conspiracy theories and predictions on the specific date the world is apparently going to end (21/12/2012 to be precise) so do be prepared to wade through a load of claptrap amid your Armageddon preparations.  Please bear in mind the Y2K events of 2000 and how that turned out least you want to lose any sleep at night.

Oh yes! This film has a plot as well!  Central to the human element of the story that experiences the end of the world is Jackson Curtis (John Cusack), a writer whose devotion to his failed but possibly brilliant novel broke up his marriage and left his family in flux. But Jackson remains a loyal dad and he will prove anything to save his family. As LA has as new backside torn into it Jackson and his family will begin a desperate journey over land, sea and air in order to survive.

Meanwhile the world’s leaders (all reduced to Hollywood clichés) argue and debate over the fate of the planet. President Wilson (Danny Glover) knows that he will not be able to save everyone and along with his science advisors come up with a plan to save a few. The plan is to build a dozen ‘arks,’ giant super ships, built by the Chinese and financed by the G8 countries that will be mankind’s only way to survive the world wide floods. The only person outside the government who realises what is going on is crackpot Charlie Frost (Woody Harrelson) who brings comic relief to the film by making his zany predictions via a radio transmitter in his motor home.

Hollywood has done pretty much all it can to destroy life as we know it and frankly it’s running out of ideas. 2012 is a pretty standard fare when it comes to disaster movies with it’s ridiculous over the top god bless America approach to everything. But silly as it may seem on the surface you will have fun watching this movie on the big screen. The science behind it may not hold much water but who really cares when it come to watching entire cities fall into the sea. It’s a fantastic salute to what special effects can achieve in this day in age as well as being a welcome original screenplay amidst the plethora of sequels, remakes and adaptations. Buy the ticket and take the ride. Oh and don’t forget to take swimming lessons in the next three years if you need them. You’ll thank me when the time comes!

Cult Friction Damage Control 09.11.09

Posted in Cult Friction THE SHOW with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2009 by cultfriction

THIS WEEK ON CULT FRICTION!!!

Join us online at http://wiredradio.co.uk at 3pm GMT for ….

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW of 2012, latest epic disaster movie from the mad man behind Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow starring John Cussack and Danny Glover.

TV Round Up! Whats ticking on the Box. We bring you the low down on the best the plasma screen has to offer from both sides of the Atlantic.

Part 2 of the Ukulele Feature featuring the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and Phil Jupitus.

Top 10 Disaster Movies of all time! From the Towering Inferno to Titanic, from Armageddon to Deep Impact we just can’t get enough of disaster flicks!

And of course your weekly round of all things geek related in Nerd News.

Send us in your suggestions, comments and internet tidbits to cultfriction@googlemail.com, follow us on twitter @ cultfiction and of course follow our rather splendid blog @ https://cultfriction.wordpress.com.

You were warned!!!

Mark, Tom, George, Paul and Hayleigh
The Cult Friction Gang

Cult Friction LIVES 26.10.09

Posted in Cult Friction THE SHOW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2009 by cultfriction

Just as you thought it was safe to turn on your radio…..

After a three month absence from the airwaves the award winning Cult Friction is BACK and bigger than ever! As always Cult Friction will be bringing you the very best of Sci Fi, Horror and all things weird and wonderful on the internet.

*All the latest movie updates in Preview/Review as we take a look at the World War 2 thriller “Glorious 39.”

*Part One of My Ukulele Story, the number one cult instrument that’s taking the UK by storm!

*Our distinguished panellists, George, Paul and Hayliegh take a look at the big events over the summer including the EMPIRE MOVIE CON as well as our TOP 10 SUMMER MOVIES Of ’09.

And if that’s not enough we here at the CF team are proud to announce that we have been NOMINATED for BEST INTERVIEW at the STUDENT RADIO AWARDS 2009 for our chat with James Duval AKA Frank the Bunny from Donnie Darko.

So kick off your shoes and relax your socks at our new time of 3pm on Mondays ONLY on http://www.wiredradio.co.uk as well as our podcast on our groovy blog at http://www.cultfriction.wordpress.com. Plus live updates on Twitter @ cultfriction! Remember if its not Cult, we’re not interested!!!

May the Force be with you,

The CF Team October 2009

Cult Friction – Mad, Mad World – 28.5.09

Posted in Cult Friction THE SHOW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by cultfriction

Dear Loyal Cult Friction-ites,

What a show we have in store for you guys! For this week and this week only Cult Friction will be beaming onto your computers for a two hour long special limited edition box set programme the likes ye have never seen. Last weekend saw the 2009 London MCM Expo, one of the largest Movie, Comics and Manga conventions in Europe and Cult Friction had backstage acess to all the events. http://www.londonexpo.com/

Cult Friction, as always, brings you the exclusive interviews and this week we are proud to bring you….

LINDA HAMILTON – aka Sarah Connor from the legendary Terminator series!

JAMES DUVAL – aka Frank the Bunny from Donnie Darko.

 Also on the show, we talk with some of the UK’s top COMIC BOOK writers, animators and inkers about their work and state of the industry today. More details to follow!

And we hang out with the wicked and the weird as we explore the COSPLAY phenomenon and how this mad Japanese craze is just getting bigger and bigger.

PREVIEW/REVIEW – George Baker tells us all about STAR WARS The Musical Journey at the O2 and how she met the master of the force himself, Mr George Lucas!

And we bring you the latest in developments in science, technobabble and groovy entertainment as always with NERD NEWS!

CULT FRICTION is at the one and only time of 2pm and runs for an epic 2 hour show. Click on the Listen Now link on http://wiredradio.co.uk to tune in. As always you can follow our wonderful blog here at https://cultfriction.wordpress.com and on twitter http://twitter.com/cultfriction.

See you this Thursday then,

Lots of hugs!

The Award Winning Cult Friction Team.

Cult Friction versus The Army of Darkness 21.5.09

Posted in Cult Friction THE SHOW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2009 by cultfriction

Groovy!

Thanks to all of you guys we are now officially the Wired Programme of the Year 2008/09! Haven’t had the chance to find out why yet? Then tune in this Thursday for more reviews, previews and nerd talk brought to you by George, Mark, Paul, Ruari and Tom!*

THIS WEEK We take an exclusive first look at DRAG ME TO HELL, the new horror extravaganza directed by Dawn of the Dead and Spiderman master Sam Raimi. Starring Alison Lohman and Justin Long this is Raimi’s first horror film in a super long time so fingers crossed!

EUROVISION!!! Nobody really cares about it due to its camp, kitch and OTT tackyness but in reality we all kinda want our nation to get the douze points so we take a look at the best and the worst (mostly the worst ‘cus its more fun) that the Eurovision has ever had to offer!

And speaking of Eurovision, did you enjoy Dita Von Tease? If tassles and lingure tickle your fancy then our look back at the LONDON BURLESQUE FESTIVAL should get you all hot under the collar in this weeks feature.

PLUS; I WANT ONE OF THOSE!!! From hoverboards to cars with ejector seats, we discuss the Top 10 Movie Gadgets of all time!

And as always NERD NEWS – Stuff that matters for the discerning geek on the move!

Remember as always you can listen again to all the features on our beautiful blog by clicking here – https://cultfriction.wordpress.com

Also you can follow us on Twitter where we will inundate you with stuff in 140 characters – http://twitter.com/cultfriction

And if you can’t get enough of us you can catch the Cult Friction DJ SET at the NEW CROSS INN this THURSDAY NIGHT from 9 till 2am. This comes complete with some bands that play in between my tunes. Fancy that!

So remember tune in at http://wiredradio.co.uk at 3PM GMT this THURSDAY the 21ST for CULT FRICTION!! TELL YOUR FRIENDS!! Wooo Hoo!!

Gimme some sugar baby!

The Cult Friction Team

Videopia – It’s “Sweding” Jim, but not as we know it.

Posted in Features with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2009 by cultfriction

Have you ever seen Be Kind Rewind? If the answer is yes then you must have thought it was pretty cool making all those low budget versions of big blockbuster movies. Videopia is the only club that lets you do just that and all in one night out.

Started by Harry Knowles at the Notting Hill Arts Club, Videopia allows you to star in your favourite film, complete with costume, props and special effects, albiet very limited ones. So far the team have successfully “sweded” such cult classics as Back to the Future, E.T. and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This month is was Ghostbusters and Cult Friction even took part in a few scenes. The nights popularity lies in its interacticity. Anyone can have a go if they want and the crowd love to see some of the more elaborate special effects scenes recreated in front of them. Whats more, if you and your friends have attempted a remake of a film then Videopia will be happy to screen it in front of a loving crowd.

Videopia is a sure fire hit and plans to continue over the summer with plans to film The Wizard of Oz and Jaws in the next few months. For more information on Videopia and to see some of their previous projects click here http://www.youtube.com/videopiauk