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Anywhere But Here, Episode 87 – Governments, Guardians & Gross Fat Shaming

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2014 by Tom Austin-Morgan


This week’s podcast features a lot of talk about comics and films. But, before this, Ant and Tom tackle the Scottish referendum and why the vote eventually turned against Scotland leaving the UK and how awkward it must be in UK politics now.

Doctor Who makes a ‘fuckety-bye’ style line that half interests Tom into wanting to watch it… almost.

Ant finally got round to seeing Guardians of the Galaxy and the boys have a (hopefully) spoiler free chat about the film and what they really think about it and the Marvel films in general. Also in comic book film news: Deadpool has been given a release date, which Tom is very excited about, but is also scared about it being toned down to a 12A rather than an 18, as it should be. They also discuss the career enhancing opportunities it could have on Ryan Reynolds’ career if he reprises the role.

Fan art was released after rumours of who will play Doctor Steven Strange in the – also rumoured – upcoming film. The best of these (and the strongest rumour) was one depicting Joaquin Phoenix with the trademark hairstyle and goatee, find the picture here. A less convincing one was of Benedict Cumberbatch that just looked like an old Christopher Lee Hammer Horror poster.

Ant brings a story from a listener about Katie Hopkins, a recurring figure of hate, who has put on 4 stone to prove to fat people they can get thin if they stop eating and start exercising. She gets her fat shaming words thrown back at her from a comedian on the panel show, Celebrity Juice, check the video out here. And Tom brings a story about a local council who plan to spend £12,000 on a Hollywood style sign to put on a hill next to a motorway so people will know exactly where Medway is.

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Anywhere But Here, Episode 86 – Don’t Poke It!

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2014 by Tom Austin-Morgan


A lot of things are covered in this week’s podcast. Ranging all the way from the new Batmobile design that Zack Snyder released this week, what you guys thought about it and why it NEEDS guns! Also discussed are Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and where the producers are going with the second series, thanks to an article by @monstersyfyshow.

Ant talks about the new Doctor Who episodes and brings a story about a grave-digger who exhumed a corpse for its relatives to pose in a photo with! Tom tells the story about a homeless woman who claims to be pregnant with Prince Harry’s baby, the same week that the Kate and William have announced their own pregnancy.

The guys talk about the inexplicable success of Kanye West and Justin Beiber when they do awful things like stop their concerts until they know the guys not dancing are definitely disabled. Lumped into this is the success of Mrs Brown’s Boys, a shit sit-com about an Irish man dressed up as a woman swearing. It doesn’t hold up in the shadow of good comedy like The Fast Show, Spaced and Black Books, but somehow there’s an audience for it? Do you know anyone who watches it and is a fan? Add your views to this discussion on Twitter and Facebook.

Ant & Tom also put forward some new ideas for a segment about watching and reviewing films or TV shows on Netflix as well as some ideas for merchandise, let us know on Twitter, Facebook or e-mail if you have ideas for the segment or if you would like to have as a t-shirt, mug, etc.

Big love goes out to all our listeners this week, but especially Robbie Polanco, David Williams, Monster SciFi Show and Weekly Geek Speak (we hope Andrew didn’t get into trouble!).


Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2014 by Tom Austin-Morgan


Review is not quite the word for this article. Advertisement might be a better description of what will follow. Because, simply, you have to see Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel Studios’ latest offering is as far removed from anything put out from their universe so far. Even though Avengers Assemble had alien invasion and Thor is from another part of the universe that watches over the rest, Guardians of the Galaxy is the first film set in Deep Space, far away from Earth.

Instead of being a superhero team movie the beings that make up GOTG are aliens from all across the universe who, through circumstance, are forced to work together against an almighty enemy. Each of the characters have their own personal problems and distinctive traits, let alone looks; they band together for the good of the universe.

Chris Pratt plays the human among them, Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana plays Zamora, the ‘daughter’ of Thanos (the big evil guy who is bent of galactic domination – Josh Brolin), Dave Bautista is Drax the Destroyer, and the voice talents of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel bring to like Rocket, a cybernetically modified racoon with a penchant for explosives and Groot, a living tree who only knows the words “I am Groot”.

The premise and character descriptions sound ridiculous enough, so I’m not even going to get into the plot, which would take too long to describe to make it sound good. Suffice to say the film is visually stunning with jaw-dropping special effects and action set-pieces.

Marvel took a real punt on making a film about a group of characters virtually no one in the mainstream cinema audience had heard of and putting it out there among the more established comic book movies. But they are so happy with what the director, James Gunn, has served up that they have already green lit a second film… before the release of this one!

The unknown element of this property is what really makes the film, with the bonding process and the excellently written and acted characters who are grounded and truly likeable enough to make you give a damn about such a ridiculous story. It also doesn’t take itself too seriously; in fact, it’s one of the funniest films I’ve seen in a very long time.

Gunn (or Marvel) haven’t tied it at all closely to the going on of The Avengers films on Earth which is another plus point, because it works completely on its own and that’s another reason it works so well – it stands out in a sea of sequels and re-boots being churned out by Hollywood at the moment and audience make-up and box office figures point towards this film bringing in a massive and, most importantly, mixed audience across all age ranges and sexes. Marvel have bucked a trend. Let’s see what other minor properties get their own feature film now. I’m secretly hoping for a spin-off from the last post-credits scene!

Anywhere But Here, Episode 64 – Comics, TV Shows, Films & Novels

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2014 by Tom Austin-Morgan


On this week’s podcast, Ant and Tom talk about comic books, novels and movies. This is because both of the boys have been to see Captain America: Winter Solider this (last) week. So, trying not to spoil anything, they go into what they thought of the film and what they liked and didn’t. Tom has a whinge about 3D while Ant defends the technology.

This leads in to a discussion about the TV show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which both Ant and Tom defend while also admitting it isn’t the best programme on the box. They have a good look at all the films Marvel and DC both have lined up over the next decade and come to the decision that people really shouldn’t compare companies that are over 10 years apart and aren’t even aiming at the same audience.

To close out you get to hear what they’ve been reading too! Tom has been reading through Batman Odyssey by acclaimed Batman writer, Neal Adams, which receives a muted review. Ant takes us through the library of comics he’s been reading through Comixology including Amazing X-Men, Batman Death of the Family, New Avengers, Wolverine and the X-Men and Saga.

Also, against popular opinion, Ant is reading Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol. While, against no opinion at all, Tom is reading David (not Dan) Wellington’s 3rd book in his vampire series, called Vampire Zero.

Anywhere But Here, Episode 54 – Piggety Poof

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2014 by Tom Austin-Morgan


This first episode after the last two celebration shows struggles to get back to a semblance of a structure, so Ant and Tom take it back to their go to subjects: music and films.

Topics covered include Led Zeppelin stealing song structures from other artists and their own experiences with plagiarism in their own band, High Frequency. Tom finally gets round to watching the music documentary, Sound City, so the pair discuss that a year on from when it was originally brought up by Ant.

Tom brings up the fact that Back to the Future is being made into a musical, the news of which is met with trepidation, much the same as the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel. DC vs. Marvel is discussed and the guys come to the realisation that it’s futile to compare the two, however it is interesting that Man of Steel took roughly the same as Superman Returns back in 2006. Ant finally got round to seeing The Muppets and isn’t as enthralled by it as Tom which leads to a stunned silence.

Finally they talk about rap battles on the net, the fact that Barack Obama is going to have to address the Justin Bieber problem because an online petition got nearly three times the amount of signatures it needed to be raised as a subject for debate by government.

The big revelation of the show is that Busta Rhymes has started making up words in his latest song, ‘Thank You’. But, they let him get away with it because he is a legend. Piggety Poof!

Here’s the video for ‘Thank You’ so you can witness the genius of Bus-a-Bus at work.

And here, as ever, is the visual version of the podcast for the pleasure of your eyes!

Anywhere But Here, Episode 42 – C U Next Tuesday

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2013 by Tom Austin-Morgan


As it’s Remembrance Sunday Ant and Tom decide that, instead of a minute’s silence, they would play a poem by an American war poet called John McRae called ‘In Flanders Fields’. Ant then counterpoints this by highlighting a story of some soldiers who haven’t lived up to the reputation set down by their predecessors.

Things take a geekier turn for the majority of the podcast as Ant and Tom discuss Thor: The Dark World and varying opinions from themselves and some listeners. This also spirals out into how Marvel is branching out into TV with its upcoming deal with Netflix to air four separate shows based around Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones & Iron Fist which will all converge to an Avengers style TV show called The Defenders.

Ant then talks about all the cunts he’s had to endure this week including people parking in parent and child parking spaces and oversees scammers being abusive and harassing… oh, just to warn you; this episode contains a lot of instances of the word cunt, so if you’re offended by this word this episode probably isn’t for you. So don’t listen and be all cunty about it!

The boys finish off with the final ABC ever (perhaps); Ant talks about Zelda and Tom talks about zombies. Enjoy!

Here’s the poem by John McRae – In Fladers Fields:

And here is the wonderful HD quality version of us talking, enjoy!

Review: Thor: The Dark World

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2013 by Tom Austin-Morgan


The latest in the never-ending march of the Marvel Studios films was released in the UK last Wednesday after what seemed like an age since the first trailers and leaked posters. And it’s landed with a clap of thunder.

A lot of familiar faces are back from the first Thor film as well as Avengers Assemble including Chris Hemsworth & Tom Hiddleston as the titular God and his tricksy half-Brother Loki, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings & Stellan Skarsgård return as the group of scientists who are always on the lookout for the return of the extra-terrestrial Norse deities. The other Asgaardians are also back in the shape of Anthony Hopkins and Rene Russo as Odin and Frigga, Thor and Loki’s parents; Idris Elba as the gatekeeper, Heimdall and the Warriors Four; Sif, Fandral, Volstagg & Hogun played by Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson & Tadanobu Asano respectively.

In fact, the only notable new face is one you probably wouldn’t recognise at first glance as he is hidden under quite a lot of make up and speaks the majority of his lines in Elvish & with quite a deep voice modulation: Christopher Eccleston plays the Dark Elf leader, Malekith, whose race ruled the universe under a dark veil before the Asgaardians defeated them and brought light back the Nine Realms. All sound a bit sword-and-sandals and less super hero-y? That’s because Kenneth Branagh has been replaced by Alan Taylor as director. Taylor has most recently directed the ultimate fantasy TV series, Game of Thrones, which may explain the change in setting and tone.

In fact, the opening 30 minutes or so of Thor: The Dark World are a bit bleak and low on energy, even though Thor and his band of warriors are off battling evil across the Nine Realms while Jane Foster (Portman) and Darcy Lewis (Dennings) are trying to find both Thor and their professor, Erik Selvig, who has gone AWOL.

It’s only when things have gone really bad and Thor releases Loki from his cell in the dungeons (for his crimes against the universe in Avengers Assemble) that the film really picks up speed. Tom Hiddleston really does steal the entire film from everyone; the interplay between his character and Thor, who is limited by the character’s emotional range, is really funny but also highlights the fact that it’s easier to write for a slimy villain than for a benevolent character.

However, there are some comedy Thor moments, such as him having to ask for directions while in the Tube in London (where all the plot set on Earth is based). Though the directions he is given by the commuter are probably more laughable, if you know London! The majority of the laughs come from Loki though; as the God of Mischief he is the one able to let go and have real fun with his character, especially in the scene where he shape-shifts both himself and Thor a number of times. Darcy is there for comedic effect as well, but I found her injections somewhat forced and her character grated on me very quickly.

It was good to see both Natalie Portman and Idris Elba having more to do in their roles this time round as both their stars have risen since the first film. Elba has even become so famous outside the UK that they let Heimdall take his helmet off! He also has one of the more bad-ass action sequences as he single-handedly takes down a cloaked Elvish ship with nothing but his bare hands and a couple of daggers.

The action sequences are what make this film as the plot can be a little hard to keep up with if you aren’t ‘au fait’ with the Nordic character and place names, not to mention the plot about dimensions aligning and Malekith’s plan to bring darkness to the universe again using ‘The Aether’, a strange, almost sentient, fluid that infects a host body and wields untold power. The final fight sequence leaves you breathless but, thanks to the fact Taylor has kept the film under two hours, doesn’t drag on and on like quite a few of the big super hero films of late – even if it does span dimensions.

All in all the plot is a bit all-over-the-place (but this is a sci-fi/fantasy film after all); the costume, set and world designs are spell-binding and the action sequences are thrilling and tense. This is a worthy sequel, not better than the original, but different enough that it doesn’t matter. Who knows how far the character can be taken, but judging by the two post-credit sequences he will be back in at least the next Avengers film.

P.S. The first of the two post-credit scenes stars Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, who is tasked with looking after The Aether. He will be a main villain in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film due for release next year.  This film will be a mix of live action and animation with characters like Rocket Racoon (whose name speaks for itself) and Groot, a living tree. This has worried me since I heard about it as the whole universe started off based in semi-realism and seems to be heading in a very cartoonish direction. I will try to reserve judgement until a trailer is posted – but things are starting to look and sound a bit weird.

Roll on Captain America: Winter Soldier.