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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

Cult Friction – Be Kind Rewind 14.5.09

Posted in Cult Friction THE SHOW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2009 by cultfriction

TUNE IN @ http://wiredradio.co.uk at 3pm THURSDAY 14th MAY 2009

Who you gonna call?*

CF is back for yet another week of fun and mayhem and this week we have a special treat in store!

Yes Cult Friction attended VIDEOPIA on Tuesday night at the Notting Hill Arts Club. What’s Videopia I hear you ask? Well ever see that film Be Kind Rewind? No? Well did you ever see the trailer? Aye, well its like that but they do it LIVE! This month the 1984 classic GHOSTBUSTERS was ‘sweded’ live before our very eyes and we even took part in it. 

Also on Cult Friction this week ….

We PREVIEW the NEW TERMINATOR FILM. This is the one where Chritian Bale went mad on set so if he cares about it so much then it must be good. Right? We hope so too!

And in keeping with the theme of dodgy special effects Cult Friction counts down the TOP 10 BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA EVER. We stir up debate as we define those things that made you spill your popcorn so as always you can send us any suggestions to our handy board here.

And as always NERD NEWS, all the news that means so little to so many.

Cross your fingers for us on Thursday night as we head to the Goldsmiths Student Awards event and hopefully pick up the prize for best show of the year. Thanks a million for all who voted for us to get on the shortlist. Very cool indeed.

And if thats not all you can catch Cult Friction spinning the decks at the NEW CROSS INN afterwards till 2am with some choice tunes. Phew thats going to be a busy night.

So as always you can check out all the latest features on the all mighty Blog here athttps://cultfriction.wordpress.com.

And get all up to date with proceedings with us on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/cultfriction.

Send all complaints and comments to cultfriction@googlemail.com.

Look forward to seeing you! 

Hasta La Vista Baby!

Cult Friction Team

*Answer to this question is Ghostbusters. Duh!

Cult Friction – Boldly Going

Posted in Cult Friction THE SHOW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by cultfriction

Dear wonderful and loyal Cult Friction listeners, After a much deserved break from broadcasting it is my delight to tell you that we have been nominated for Best Wired Show of 2008/09. Much love and thanks for all who voted for us. Rest assured we at Cult Friction have endeavoured to make the next few weeks of broadcasting even better with more nerdy features and reviews than you can shake a lightsaber at. So here’s a teaser of whats ahead on Cult Friction,

EXCLUSIVE REVIEW of STAR TREK – The long awaited JJ Abrams reboot of the seminal Sci Fi Franchise.

COVERAGE of the LONDON SCI FI FILM FESTIVAL – A look at the UK’s only film festival dedicated to the genre.

From one George to another; CF’s George Baker spent her break backstage at STAR WARS: THE MUSICAL JOURNEY and how she met the man behind the myth, the one the only GEORGE LUCAS!!!

BE KIND, REWIND – We chat to VIDEOPIA, a group of London Students who perform their favourite blockbusters in front of big crowds with little budgets. CF will also be attempting to swede The Omen.

BEHIND THE SCENES of the LONDON BURLESQUE FESTIVAL – Cult Friction gets all hot under the collar as we take a peek at one of the sexiest nights in town.

Belly laughs a plenty as we head down to the 3rd BRIGHTON FRINGE FESTIVAL.

Tech Talk as we talk to some of the UK’s top web experts at the INTERNET WORLD EXPO.

We chat to MODEL RAILWAY enthusiasts about what makes their hobby so special.

And lots more NERD NEWS PREVIEWS and REVIEWS of the best upcoming movies and TV shows and lots of fun loving antics from the CF Team! Cult Friction is returning at the new time of 3pm on Thursdays only on http://www.wiredradio.co.uk.

Keep up to date with all whats happening on the interweb at our spiffing blog https://cultfriction.wordpress.com

And keep abreast with the likes of Stephen Fry and Barack Obama by getting on the Twitter bandwagon here at http://twitter.com/cultfriction.

In addition to that Cult Friction will be expanding beyond the realms of the audio/cyber space and shall be performing a weekly DJ set at the NEW CROSS INN every THURSDAY from around 10ish so do pop along for that!

Thanks again for tuning in week in week out. Well be back next Thursday so untill then keep watching the skys!

By the power of Greyskull, Cult Friction 28.04.09

The Cult Friction Jingle!

Posted in General Posts with tags , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by cultfriction

For the past few months Cult Friction has brought you the best from the world of Sci Fi, Computer Games and all sorts of cult entertainment. Now you can listen to our exciting signature jingle again and again by clicking here on this nifty you tube link.

Some of the Clips I used …24, The Twilight Zone, Stingray, Intergalactic, Beastie Boys, Frontier Psychiatrist, The Avalanches, Waynes World, Spinal Tap and finally sound bytes from Charlie Brooker and Dara O Briain.

Cult Friction is on a break at the moment but it will return in the next few weeks. Keep checking in here at the blog for broadcast times as well as  more reviews and news from our weird and wonderful world.

Join us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/cultfriction).

(Still to come…… Exclusive Review of Let the Right One In and Features on The London Model Railway Festival and the London Burlesque Festival.)

Rutger Hauer and Ridley Scott at Blade Runner Day. BFI 21.3.09

Posted in Features with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by cultfriction

Cult Friction headed down to the BFI for Blade Runner Day (21.3.09) for Q&A’s with actor Rutger Hauer and director Sir Ridley Scott.

Today we are closer to the year 2019, the time and setting of the seminal science fiction film Blade Runner, than we are to the time when it was made. Twenty seven years on and the film that was embroiled in production hell, constant rewrites and poor box office returns has endured and emerged as one of the high bench marks of modern sci fi cinema. So much so that members of the British Film Institute (BFI) chose the Philp K Dick adaptation as the number one film of the past seventy five years. Therefore it was felt appropriate to celebrate the movie at the BFI Southbank with a screening of “The Final Cut” of the film as well as a chance for die hard cinemaphiles to meet and hear actor Rutger Hauer (Roy Batty Nexus 6) and director Sir Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, American Gangster) recall the key moments in the making of what some claim to be the last word in artistic science fiction.

The Final Cut (honestly!)
For nearly three decades Blade Runner has been somewhat schizophrenic. Starting with the films work print, theatrical release right through to first directors cut in 1992 and finally the final cut to mark the 25th anniversary there have been so many versions that fans are struggling to keep up. Even die hard movie buffs have taken the print into their own hands and compiled their own known as the White Bishops cut which consists of all the films deleted scenes.

This Final Cut which has been on DVD since 2007 has digitally cleaned up the picture, corrected the colouring and extended some of the films neon city scape with added footage as well as replacing an obviously dodgy stunt double with the original actress. Overall this constant tinkering and adding to the film over the years have added to the films mystery and intrigue (most importantly the often asked “is Dekard a replicant? Answer: for god sake YES!)

This final version feels more of a complete film that any of the previous cuts (and believe me I have the 5 disc box set in a tin). Watching this film on the silver screen is essential for die hard fans. Even after repeated viewings the extra details jump out at you highlighting every minute detail that makes this film so special.

Hairy Vibrators, a conversation with Rutger Hauer
Tall, distingusihed and very very relaxed, Rutger Hauer took to the stage to reminisce about his (arguably) most famous role ever. This is his 40th year in film and he now has a auto biography from which all the earnings will go to his supported AIDS charity the Starfish Foundation.

On Developing the Character of Roy and working with Ridley Scott

“We just fucked around. To me he was like a big hairy vibrator. My self and Ridley Scott worked very hard on the character and we threw around ideas here and there. He was very open to me experimenting with the character and allowing me to do what I wanted. I was literally bouncing off  the walls. It was physically demanding shoot for me though. Lots of running, especially towards the end. At one point because of the writers strike they didn’t have a proper ending written so I was told that I was going to have to do a Bruce Lee Sile ending and I was like “What?”. I didn’t really think that it was appropriate so we worked on a cat and mouse, hunter now hunted style chase instead.”

On working with Harrison Ford.

“We hardly saw each other. As you know I spend most of the movie being chased by him and its is only at the end that we meet. even at that I spent most of the time ducking away from him or in a different room so all in all a ten day shoot, i probably spent only half of that time actually with him. I had heard that he had been unhappy with some aspects of the shoot and we hardly ever spoke. I turned up at the set and said hello and we would carry on with the scene.

On the films initial reception in 1982.

I remember being there in the test audience in Los Angeles and I could tell that this film was going to divide the audience. I can sense the audience’s skin crawling at certain moments and it was electric. I loved it though, it looked and sounded amazing with those visual effects and that sublime score by Vangelis.It blew me away.  But it made $6 million on its opening weekend due to bad publiciy and did’nt fare too well nationwide. But I loved it.

On the continuing popularity of Blade Runner today.

“Did it change my life? No! (laughs) But I’m surprised how popular its has been over the years. Its such a cult now. I believe it was the last ever science fiction art film. Each line is like Turkish delight, you can dissect and analyse every meaning from the film. It’s like a visul tsunami.

Ridley Scott; In Conversation

Sir Ridley Scott, one of the worlds top film directors, honoured with three Academy Award Nominations and the mind behind two of the greatest science fiction films of all time Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982),sprawling epics such as Gladiator (2000) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and many many more. Receiving the BFI Fellowship from his contemporary Steven Frears (dir The Queen, High Fidelity) he spoke with Francine Stock about his carrer past, present and Future.

A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Scotts background was primarily in design. Starting at the BBC and working on some of the networks most popular shows he went into commercial production setting up RSA which became one of the leading commercial production companies in Europe. In 1977, Scott made his feature film debut with The Duellisits, for which he won Best First Film Award at Cannes Film Festival. Then in 1979 he achieved world wide success with Sci Fi horror blockbuster Alien.

On Alien

“I was showing the cuts to the studio and they were amazed that nothing happens for the first 45 minutes. Then obviously there’s the alien attack scene when it shoots out of the egg. One of the execs shouted “Don’t look in the egg!” (laughs). Then the chest burster scene, it worked like a son of a bitch. The cast were taken out and in came the designer of the chest burster, who wasnt HR Geiger by the way who worked on the main alien. This penis like thing came in a plastic bag and we set about having it installed into a fake torso with John Hurts head at the top. He was’nt very comfortable as you can imagine. Then we brought in the cast and they reacted perfectly. We did it in one take, that was it. That was all we needed to get the right reaction and as you can see it stands up. My biggest fear is that they would burst out laughing.”

On Science Fiction.

“I loved Star Wars and 2001. When Star Wars came out I just went “WOW.” And so the first script that landed in my lap that was sci fi I jumped at it. Most of the set that I was involved with in Alien, the design I wanted to make ultra realistic so that we could believe in this environment that our characters were in just like 2001, so I took that leaf from Kubrick. Then when I got the script for Blade Runner I wasn’t too keen on being seen as a Sci Fi director, I didn’t want to do two back to back. But I met with Philip K Dick and we came up with something fantastic. The reason why I haven’t done a Sci Fi picture in so long is because I like to try everything. At the moment I am currently working on the adaption of the novel Forever War by Joe Haldeman which I’ve just obtained the rights to so yes I will be returning to that genre.

On 3D cinema and new technology

“You need a good plot and narrative no matter what. I have seen some of the things that Cameron is doing with his new project Avatar and it is stunning so I do believe it is the future of the big screen entertainment however it is never a substitute for a good script.”

On the best directors/actors

“I watch everything. I watch a movie a night before I go to bed so I am influenced by everything I see. Big Lebowski was a big favourite of mine. They (the Coen Brothers) are doing a great job.But on the whole I respect the masters in particular Bergman, Kurosawa and Kubrick. In regards to actors I think Russel Crow is a massive talent. I enjoy working with him and I think he is one of the greatest actors at the moment. Denzel Washington’s great too. I think actors are a nuisance though! (Laughs)”

On his upcoming work

“Well we are working on the new Robin Hood film with Russel Crowe in the title roll and Cate Blanchett supporting as  Maid Marrion. I am also looking at a script that deals with the Gucci empire. That was a fantastic story of revenge and money and a great setting.”

Cult Friction

March 2009

Ruari and Mark go to the (toy) fair!

Posted in Features with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2009 by rauroc

Hail all you nerds, geeks, dweebs, poindexters, and all other assorted types of this great underground culture we have going right here. As far as greetings go I think that was fairly comprehensive and long winded, for those who don’t know who I am i thought I’d hijack the first bit of this post for a brief introduction. My name is Ruari (Rory) and I’m Marks pundit/co-host/sexpig on the Cult Friction show, and now apparently co-blogger for it and all (if you are a regular listener, I’m the funny one).

*an aside I was going to make some sort of “yeah, funny looking” joke there, but this is radio so I don’t think it works.

THE TOY FAIR!

This weekend saw the 59th London Toy Fair, strictly for toy industry types and authenticated press types, so naturally your two cocky sonsofbitches radio reporters were there to lie steal and cheat our way in.

Which we did.

Well OK they were kinda lax, and we sorta just looked like poor, sodden newsroom interns (I even had a hat) but we got our flashy press badges and sauntered on in, here’s some of my favourite bits…

Lego Stand

HOLY CRAP I LOVE LEGO!!! This stuff was quite literally the building blocks of most of my life (predictable joke) and to be honest i never really stopped playing with having merged all my friends collections together about 2 years ago in order to build a GIANT tower. Now obviously the highlight of the Lego stand was the giant Lego dudes.

Definition of futility, trying to interview plastic bricks, Mark, you have failed me for the last time!

As suspected the star wars franchise was there in force (predictable joke), and most of the attention was to the prequels (barf) however there was a showing from some more classical types…

Can you tell which Dr Jones is made of Lego? 

 

Ahh Indy my good chum, how nice, you realise we are hat buddies right? Unlike the star wars aspects most of the Indiana Jones was from the pre shark-jumping, fridge-nuking, Jar-Jar era and I was sorely tempter to nick the little short-round figure who as well as being ever so slightly racist was also VERY small, wish they had a melting Nazi face figure…

I suppose Lego is just made of plastic…

Wow, theres like a hundred of these.
I really really hope rule 34 doesn’t apply here

Nerdy Collectors Stuff

No toy fair would be complete (like I’ve been to loads) without a keep-it-in-the-box collector item stall and this one was no disappointment

It might look cute, but Mark actually has an STD,
that’s a really hairy growth.

Tribbles, wow, I never, ever thought I’d see these as a toy. Mainly because they can be faithfully recreated by a furry pillow or practically any small dead animal. Though these ones did have the distinction of making two sets of noises the normal purr and a high pitched scream that indicated an nearby Klingon (who have apparently used specially trained warrior squads to eradicate the great cuddly menace!). But to be honest even the Tribbles couldn’t hold a candle to the…

Side Note: it never gets old calling Mark “Marky McFly

Wow a flux capacitor, that’s sweet. Admittedly it didn’t do much bar light up and occasionally enable us to transverse time and space, but still. I’d love to have one of them in my cupboard to confuse the meter-readers.

They also had a life sized star trek captains chair advertised, but I didn’t get a picture of that so I’m not telling you about it. Myeh.

The Shootpad

Ok this thing was totally really good (I’m sick of typing sweet, seriously must have used that word like 30 times and this was the best my thesaurus had except for sugary or candy, now i feel hungry).

Basically its a dance mat for football games depending where and how hard (it has Wii-style sensors to track how far back and fast your foot is) you kick the ball, you pass, shoot, tackle, hack, dive, argue with referee, swear at crowd, snort coke and start a riot.

Ok I might of added my own there but still I had a brief go on this thing and despite not being able to move (ironically the actual D-pad was borked) I loved it. the feeling of being able to control your power with actually kicks is immensely satisfying and pretty much eliminates hilariously short long passes. It also has some of the pseudo-fitness aspect that allows Nintendo’s little white box to appeal to that all important non-gamer demographic. Having just sounded like a PR rep I’ll just let you have a gander for yourself.

Ok so it has a few niggles, the two swaggeringly annoying jockesque personifications of dickweedery in the advert aside. The previously mentioned lack of being able to move, sort of turned the game into a weirdly stereotyped idea of the American perception of “soccer” and when we got there it looked as if someone had given on of the pads one too many match-winning strikes and broke the ball. But overall the sheer “I’m a total football legend” feeling it gives you added with its ability to work with any footie game out there makes it a great addition to your console.

So there we are, my top three rides at there fair, we’ll be discussing all of these and many more on Thursday at 6, tune into to our sultry tones at www.wiredradio.co.uk