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Ep 27: The Net

Released Friday, 31st July 2020
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It's time for another long-overdue dive into technology in 90s movies, as we go deep into the "not as bad as you heard it was" Sandra Bullock thriller, The Net.
We investigate whether Jack Devlin has the skills required to be an international spy, whether the film merited the little-known sequel and TV series which it received, and whether Angela should be briefer in her emails when she's being pursued.
As usual, there are tangents upon tangents, as we uncover the secret behind Neil's unwritten novel, Dan's time spent working at the bleeding edge of the early days of the internet, and the time that Neil was framed as a pervert by a badly-trained keylogger.
Films and TV shows mentioned:
  • Hackers
  • Speed
  • Demolition Man
  • Speed 2
  • Patriot Games
  • Clear and Present Danger
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Independence Day
  • Goldeneye
  • North by Northwest
  • Notorious
  • The Net 2.0
  • From Russia with Love
  • The World Is Not Enough
  • NYPD Blue
  • The Bourne Identity
  • Casino Royale
  • Mr Robot
  • Lost
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Jurassic Park
  • Gravity
  • Bird Box
  • Ocean's 8
  • Our Brand Is Crisis
  • Crash
  • The Blind Side
  • All About Steve
  • They Live
  • The Silence of The Lambs
  • Bill and Ted Face the Music
  • Star Trek: Short Treks
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
  • Die Hard 2
  • Doctor Who: Earthshock
  • Hannibal
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Diagnosis Murder
  • The Punisher
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Proxima
  • Hanna
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • The Mandalorian
  • Firefly
  • Bad Education
  • Palm Springs
Other references:
We'll be back at the end of August, hopefully with guests, to talk about THE SOCIAL NETWORK.
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Intro music: Mark Isham - The Net - Act I 
Outro music: Annie Lennox - A Whiter Shade of Pale 
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