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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

Hollow Man – A look at The Invisible Tour Guide

Posted in Features with tags , , , , , on April 6, 2009 by cultfriction

Leading you by the hand, where angels fear to tread

The Invisable Tour Guide is one of those little ideas you wish you thought of before! Capitalising on the ever growing podcast market, ITG is a wonderfully written unique comedy experience for the cultured city dweller. 

Our tour guide is none other than the great and respected Professor Byron Frump, a  dottering old dinosaur of a man with a vast knowledge of the hidden side of art. What makes this concept unique lies in its infinite application. Although the early episodes are confined to Irish exhibitions and locations there is nothing stopping this idea being expanded to cover the great art galleries and tourist hot spots the world over. Even if you never get to experience the on-site pod-cast/walk around each tour guide is a little gem of giggles and enjoyment. 

Be the first one of your friends to discover this fantastic podcast comedy here at this rather informative site. http://theinvisibletourguide.com,

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Gareth Stack, writer of ITG, is the mastermind beind other pioneering internet ventures including Ireland’s first comedy podcast ‘Technolotics’ (http://technolotics.com), and is currently co-writing Ireland first online novel ‘Jackdaw Fool’ (http://hipnovel.com)

A little chat with Pappys Fun Club!

Posted in Features with tags , , , , on April 5, 2009 by cultfriction

Cult Friction popped down to the Happy Mondays Comedy Club to chat to Pappys Fun Club. Click on the YouTube link to hear the interview with one of the funniest up and coming sketch groups in the UK!

 

From their website – 

“Pappy’s Fun Club is a comedy team made up of Ben, Brendan, Matthew and Tom. Through a string of live appearances across London, they began to build a small cult following and so, in 2006, the team took an hour of Fun to Edinburgh.

The following year they performed in comedy venues across the UK, were heard on Radio 4’s 28 Acts in 28 Minutes, were nominated as Chortle’s Best Newcomer, and received a string of fantastic reviews and a nomination for the If.Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier) at the Edinburgh Festival for their second full-length show.

Since then Pappy’s have recorded their own TV show for Channel 4, their own radio show for Radio 4, and appeared as part of Comedy Shuffle on BBC3 and Comedy Cuts on ITV2. Their third Edinburgh show, Funergy, gardenered further critical praise. During early 2009 they toured the Britain and Ireland with Funergy.”

For more information on Pappys Fun Club and their upcoming tour dates check out their official website http://www.pappysfunclub.co.uk/.

For upcoming comedy nights at the Amersham Arms pub check out http://www.showandtellcomedy.com/happymondayscomedy.html and http://www.amersham-arms.co.uk/

Our Maher Who Art in Heaven…. Religulous (dir Larry Charles)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by cultfriction

Award-winning Maher reflects on his own religious upbringing and travels to Jerusalem, Egypt, London, Amsterdam, The Vatican and across the United States exploring the role of religion in today’s society. Along the way he talks to believers, non-believers, religious leaders, self professed messiahs, atheists, extremists, politicians, agnostics, academics and the average man on the street looking to lift the lid on their beliefs.

This is ultimately a film about doubt! Yes my friends Bill Maher has taken it to the mountain top and shouted it loud.When released in America in the fall of 2008 it was amid the Presidential election and the appointment of one Sarah Palin as Republican VP Candidate. With the benefit of hindsight we can relax (we hope) with the election of Barack Obama but a mere few months ago there existed a very real possibility that someone such as Palin was about to be a mere heartbeat away from the highest office in the land. “What scares me is that people who run this country believe in talking snakes!,” Maher exclaims at US Senator Mark Pryor. ” You don’t have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate.”

Religulous takes apart the Jesus franchise (amongst others) and holds it up to the light for what it really is. Although the film takes shots at Judaism and Islam it leaves out others such as Hinduism, Buddhism. Maher explains why he thought Religion was a subject he had tackle. “Since starting on Politically Incorrect in 1993, it has been my pleasure over the last decade and a half to make organised religion one of my favourite targets.  I often explained to people, “I don’t need to make fun of religion, it makes fun of itself.”  And, then I go ahead and make fun of it too, just for laughs. “

With religious fanatics like George Bush and Osama bin Laden now taking over the world, it seemed to me in recent years that this issue — this cause of debunking the man behind the curtain — needed to have a larger, more insistent and focused forum than late night television.  I wanted to make a documentary, and I wanted it to be funny.  In fact, since there is nothing more ridiculous than the ancient mythological stories that live on as today’s religions, this movie would try to be a real knee slapper.  Unless, of course, you’re religious, then you might not like it.” 

Who could I get to direct me on such an epic quest?  In reality, there was only one man, and his name is Larry Charles.  I hope that together we fulfilled that quest.  Which really isn’t that hard, considering that comedically speaking, the topic of religion is pretty much hitting the side of a barn.”   

Towards the end Mahers message gets a little preachy as he turns from doubter to die hard atheist however it highlights for him the evils of religion. There are moments where Maher sees the good in faih yet these are few and far between. The film is cleverly edited for real laugh out loud moments that highlight the absurdities of religion. 

Overall this is a very funny film with very little flaws. So to wrap up here are my top five moments in the movie (Warning Spoilers Ahead)

5) Upon realising who he is, staff members of the Holy Land Exprerience (a Jesus Theme Park in Orlando Florida) get very angry! 

4) The Iman who has Led Zeppelins Kashmir as his ringtone which interrupts the interview.

3) Maher’s innuendo laden exchanges with Pastor John Westcott, a formerly gay minister who can exorcise homosexuality.

2) Ferre van Beveren, head of the Cannabis Ministry, (a religion devoted to getting high) is so wasted he doesn’t realise his hair is on fire.

1) A disguised Maher in speakers corner preaching the beliefs of Scientology.

 Religulous opens nationwide April 3rd 2009.