Alexander Shaw is the General Editor at ESPN, Hayters, published author, appears on tS2 Press Pass, loves port radio, and co-hosts the School of Movies Podcast.
[School of Movies 2020] A tough and hard episode for a tough and hard year. We don't usually cover courtroom dramas, but this was both a commissioned episode and one of Sharon's favourites as a teen. A young Aaron Sorkin penned this play about what happens when a certain unauthorised military disciplinary practice goes horribly wrong. It was based on a real life account, and was used to juxtapose the untouchability of the top brass with the scapegoating of young marines who pledged their life to their unit.  We do talk about parallels with the police, and this episode, while swift is fairly merciless. There's also a few uses of the other F-bomb in the movie clips. It's also the third Rob Reiner film we've covered without planning to in the space of just a few months. At this rate we'll have his body of work done by year-end (which should happen in around 280 years time). This episode was commissioned by Martin Hooie
[School of Everything Else 2020] A completely spoilerific discussion on all five seasons of the modern, second version of She-Ra. I honestly don't know how much someone who has never seen the show will get out of this one, but if you've finished it you'll be in hog heaven. We have eight minds and voices gathered, and they are all going to talk about 25+ characters over a tightly focused two and a half hour runtime.  It may sound too strictly controlled, but I marvelled at how incisive everyone managed to be under these restrictions. This is quite a feat of podcasting. This episode was commissioned by Zac Malm, Carsten Immel and James Glass .  Guests: Maya Santandrea Lyra Shaw Lauren Yeomans Mel Curtis Holly Dotson Collin of The Cinema Cephalopod 
[School of Movies 2020] The year of Spielberg continues (though I have a feeling 2020 isn't going to be remembered for this, no matter how good we make the shows) with the second Indiana Jones movie, which is in fact a prequel. There's... reasons for that. Ditching the writer of The Empire Strikes Back, producer George Lucas brought in the duo who would pen Howard the Duck, and decided to really lean on the colonial atmosphere of movies that were racist as hell fifty years before this film emerged into cinemas.  I think the best way I put it is you can easily *watch* Raiders of the Lost Ark followed by Temple of Doom, and have a good time with both, but it's quite another thing to start an explorative and enthusiastic film analysis with the first and then graduate to the second. It feels like a booby trap and the floor falls away. And you tumble into a pit of spikes, lava and dodgy representation for Asian people, women, frankly even white dudes! Guest Chris Chipman of The Chipman Bros Tangent @The Chippa
[School of Movies 2020] Hot on the heels of The Princess Bride our unexpected Rob Reiner mini-season continues with one of the loudest mockumentaries of all time.  Fictional band Spinal Tap gear up for their big American comeback tour carrying them from New York to Japan. Along the way they experience inconsistent catering presentation, an album cover with zero visual information and a bust-up between their two passionate creative forces that may spell the end of their musical career.  And all of it is captured on film in improvised, painfully human fashion. Join us as we void our musical guts with the band that has had more drummers than albums.  This episode was commissioned by  Kevin Veighy, Dan Mayer and Nick Ord. Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Gimme Some Money Hell Hole Sex farm Nigel Tufnel Solo America Rock and Roll Creation Stonehenge Break Like the Wind Jazz Odyssey Big Bottom Cups and Cakes Listen to the Flower People Heavy-Duty Rock & Roll The Majesty of Rock Guests Brenden Agnew of Cinapse  @BLCAgnew  Nick Ord of the Midnight Movies blog   
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