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111 minutes | Dec 30, 2022
SFP-NOW & GenreTainment Special Best Movie, TV and Book Picks of 2022
Welcome to a celebration as SFP-NOW and GenreTainment Cross their Streams to discuss their top picks for Television, Movies, Comics, Books, and Video Games of 2022. With another year coming to an end. SFP-NOW's Ian Cullen and Genretainment's Marx Pyle invite guests, Jeff Burns of SuperGeekeduo and Fantasy writer Katharine Dow, to share their top three Television, Movie, Book, Comic Book and Video Game picks of 2022. Indeed 2022 has been a great year for genre television and film and started off with a bang as DC unleashed Peacemaker on an unsuspecting audience when it hit HBO in the USA and Sky Atlantic here in the UK. After this, the year continued with a steady stream of TV shows and movies, which included such hits as Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Stranger Things, Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Game of Thrones: House of The Dragon and much more. Insofar as movie releases went. We were totally spoiled with a mixed bag of genre movies ranging from the out-and-out stylized madness of Bullet Train to the surprise hit Prey, which instead of enjoying a big cinema release got released via streaming thanks to Hulu and Disney Plus here in the UK. The year also saw its fair share of sequels as well with the much-anticipated release of Enola Holmes 2 and of Course Black Panther II: Wakanda Forever. When it comes to comic books. It was a great year for Star Wars as we saw the story of Crimson Dawn get fully fleshed out as it crossed over the entirety of the Star Wars comicsverse. Whereas more individual titles such as Something is Killing The Children and The British Paranormal Society also got a look in. So tune in to listen to the shows, movies, and books that we discuss and if you have a few picks you'd like to add or have us look at. Please feel free to leave in the comments and we'll try and circle back and discuss those too. In the meantime, we wish all our listeners a happy and prosperous 2023 in the hopes that things will get better for all.
48 minutes | Nov 20, 2022
Tales of Monstrosity: Monsters, Myths and Miscreants Writer's Interviews Part Two
Welcome to another creepy episode of SFP-NOW. Being served up for this episode is the second part of our interview shows for the new Anthology Book Tales of Monstrosity: Monsters, Myths, and Miscreants. Joining us Marx Pyle and me for this installment will be the following writers: Marisa Wolf, Colten Fisher, Victoria L. Scott, and Sophia DeSensi. All four of these writers have stories featured in the new Anthology, which has managed to raise its target on Kickstarter with change to spare for some to cover next year's Halloween Decor. Victoria L. Scott has the ultimate can-do attitude and is a Jedi when it comes to Latin. Victoria shares in our love of the Harry Dresden novels while teasing her story, which is about a headless horseman who is a descendant of the original Headless Horseman. Marisa Wolf talks about her story, which is titled 'An Old Favor' which is a detective story that has a few clever twists. Colten Fisher talks about his contribution to the book, which is titled 'Hexpad Blog: A First-Timer’s Guide to the Big City'. This story focuses on a young person who encounters the big city for the first time and decides to write a Blog about it. After all. One can never tell what one can find in the big city. And last, but by no means least we have Sophia DeSensi who talks about her new story 'Ghouly Girl' which explores what happens when a quirky young Ghouly Girl moves in with two human roommates. Head over to the book's Kickstarter to Learn more.
63 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Tales of Monstrosity: Monsters, Myths and Miscreants Writer's Interviews Part One
Welcome to a new episode of SFP-NOW. For this monstrous edition of the show. We bring news of a new Kickstarter campaign for a new anthology book called Monstrosity: Monsters, Myths, and Miscreants. In order to help get this campaign up and running. We speak to the series creator and sometimes contributor to scifipulse.net Marx Pyle about the book and also learn about some of the stories contained within its monstrous pages. In this first set of writer chats, we speak with Scott A. Johnson about his story El Cucuy, which is about a Mexican boogie-man that uses shadows like hallways and eats naughty children. Then we chat to Michael La Ronn about The Brazen Skull, which focuses on a necromancer living in the ghetto is hired by a warlock to seek the brazen skull, a magical artifact imbued with the spirit of a dead warlock... Then we hunt down and catch up with Marx Pyle about his story Rebel With A Cause, which tells the tale of a Shapeshifter who is hired to gun down a Fae gang... After which we interrogate Jeff Burns about The Adventures of Elena and Ned, Gargoyle P.I. The clue to the story is in the title as it focuses on a Gargoyle private detective. And rounding off this first round of interviews. We chat with J.C. Mastro about MagicLand Mischief which looks at what happens after hours in the world-famous Magic Land amusement park... You can learn more about Monstrosity: Monsters, Myths, and Miscreants here at their Kickstarter.
72 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Our First Thoughts on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds & The New Doctor Who
Welcome to another episode of SFP-NOW and our first episode to be hosted by Ancor FM. In this episode, Ian and Raissa give their first impressions of the new Doctor Who actor Ncuti Gatwa and discuss their hopes for the series now that Russell T. Davies is back as the executive producer and head writer. We also give our first impressions of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which Raissa describes as the Star Trek show that she was hoping for when Next Generation came out. Also discussed briefly are the shows that have been canceled this year. So why not tune in and be a part of our discussion whether you agree with us or not.
68 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
John Walsh Chats about His New Escape From New York Book
Welcome to another great episode of SFP-NOW. For this episode, we catch up with award-winning filmmaker and writer John Walsh, who has been keeping himself very busy. We last spoke with John back in August of 2021 when he talked with us about his Ray Harryhausen and Flash Gordon books, which have both done incredibly well for him. This time out we chat about his latest book 'Escape From New York: The Official Story of The Film', which has been selling so well that Titan can't print them fast enough. Over the course of our conversation, John explains how the book came about and teases a few details about the book. Additionally, we even discuss our favorite elements from the film while discussing the casting, special effects, and everything else, which are all discussed in full in the book. Also, we discuss our mutual appreciation for the late Donald Pleasence who to many horror fans is best known for his role of Dr. Loomis. However, we talk about his role as the corrupt President and how he was initially reluctant to play the part. Added to this. We also discuss a few of John's films. Specially Toryboy, which has a few interesting parallels to the corruption that is depicted in Escape From New York. And to end with. We chat about some of the movies and TV Shows that John would love to work on if given the opportunity. To listen to all of what was discussed hit play on the audio player and enjoy as John and I totally geek out about what is regarded as John Carpenters best movie. You can learn more about John Walsh and his film and writing work at the following social media links. Website: www.johnwalshfilmmaker.com Twitter @walshbros Instagram @johnwalsh_filmmaker Facebook: Escape From New York: The Official Story of The Film Youtube Playlist: Escape From New York See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
111 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
SFP-NOW & GenreTainment Take a Look at the Best TV and Films of 2021
2021 was a great year for television and movies and gave us much to discuss. So much so that SFP-NOW and Genretainment once again decided to cross the streams and discuss some of our favorite TV and Movies of 2021. Hosts Ian Cullen, Marx & Julie Seaton Pyle are joined by Jeff Burns of Supergeeked Up and celebrated fantasy writer Katharine Dow to discuss many of the best Television shows and movies that we were all watching. The year that brought us Free Guy and Shang Chi also brought us a remake of Dune, which seemed to do fairly well with critics, but we also got Daniel Craig's final outing as 007. In regards to television. 2021 brought us a ton of content from Marvel, which kicked off at the start of the year with WandaVision and dramatically closed out the year with Hawkeye. Outside of Marvel, we also got the brilliant new Star Wars animated series 'Star Wars: The Bad Batch', which may or may not have a few plot threads that tie into The Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett. All of these movies and TV shows get discussed. So tune in and feel free to drop us a comment with what your best picks of the year were. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | Dec 4, 2021
SFP-NOW Talks to the writers of 'Dragons of a Different Tail'
For this episode, we literally chase after Dragons and learn about the brand new anthology book 'Dragons of a Different Tail', which was released earlier this week on most digital platforms and will soon be released as a physical book. Joining me to discuss this brand new book are its creators and writers Marx Pyle, Julie Seaton Pyle, J.C. Mastro, Katharine Dow, Jeff Burns, and Sean Gibson. Over the course of an hour, we discuss all things Dragons and unpack some of the inspirations behind the stories contained within the book. For example, Katherine Dow reveals that her Dragon story was inspired by the sport of Pigeon Racing, which is pretty big in the part of New York that she moved to. Whereas Sean Gibson talks about how his love of Victorian Literature informed his story. Added to that. The episode also includes a fair bit of Gallows Humor as the new Covid variant known as the Omicron Dragon was let loose during the recording of the show. If you are interested in checking out this new book you can get a hold of it at the following two links on Amazon. UK Readers can get the book here US Readers can get the book here See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
154 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
SFP-NOW Celebrates The James Bond Movies
"The names Bond... James Bond." Lines first uttered in 1962 in a small movie called "Dr No". Actor Sean Connery kicked off a movie franchise that would practically invent the action genre. So much so that it would take movie producers until the 1980s to figure out a formula that would force the producers behind Bond to re-invent the character for the modern age. Over nearly a 60 year period. The character of James Bond has been known for its action set pieces, boyish humor, fast cars, beautiful women, and brash attitude. Over the course of this special feature-length episode. Movie fans Ian Cullen and his good friend Ben Cassidy discuss the highs and lows of the Bond movies and even go into gaming territory with a discussion about how the game Goldeneye made the British Super Spy a success with gamers as well as with movie fans. So settle down. Have yourself a Vodka Martini and enjoy the ride as we go through every single Bond movie. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
SFP-Now Chats to Ada Hoffman about her latest book The Fallen
After a month away. We're back and we get the ball rolling with an epic interview with Science Fiction novelist Ada Hoffman. During this chat. The writer gives us the lowdown on how she got into writing and her personal journey to becoming a published Science Fiction writer. Her debut novel 'The Outside' wowed readers when it was released back in 2018 and it looks very much like that book's sequel The Fallen is going to do very much the same. Ada talks us through some of the characters and storylines of the book to give those that haven't checked the books out yet a small taste of what they can expect. She also talks about how her decision to make her main character an Autistic scientist surprised her in a few ways and chats a little bit about her creative process as a writer saying that she usually has the beginning, middle, and end of her books figured out in advance of writing the story. Being that a few of us here at SciFiPulse Radio is on the Autism Spectrum we also asked Ada her thoughts on representation in the publishing industry as well as representation in film and television. And Ada also talked about some of the ways in which she tries to encourage writers with autism by reviewing their stories on her website. So to hear all of what was said. Tune in for this epic new episode of SciFiPulse Radio. You can check out Ada Hoffmans Website at: www.ada-hoffman.com You can follow Ada on Twitter At: @xasymptote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
66 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
SFP-NOW: Ben and Ian Chat with David Hartley
For this episode, we do something a little different and host a discussion with up-and-coming UK-based writer Dave Hartley. Based in Manchester, England. Dave Hartley is a writer of science fiction and fantasy stories and fairly recently published his latest story called 'Pigskin', which is somewhat of a modern take on George Orwell's 'Animal Farm'. Dave's Works and Interests As well as discussing his Phd, Dave Hartley also discussed some of his works of fiction. Some of the focus was on one of his most recent releases, "Pigskin", a dark, twisted fable about the horrors of industrial farming. It's available from the wonderful Fly on the Wall Press, which has published many other science fiction works, and other speculative fiction. Dave's very much a writer who draws on what he believes in. For example, he's an enthusiastic and dedicated animal rights activist. But we chose to stick with what we know most about, and further explore depictions of autism within the world of science fiction, within books and also in film and TV, too. Autism Within Science Fiction Dave's favourite film is the fantastic Blade Runner (1982), from the wonderful Ridley Scott. His theses focuses on how it may well be a narrative concerning autism. Consequently, we considered other characters that might also be codified representations of autism. The obvious ones included Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Data (Brent Spiner), from the Star Trek franchise. But there were other interesting characters too, that emerged during the conversation. But we don't want to tell you everything we discussed, you can listen for yourself. If you've some of your own favourite representations, then by all means leave us a comment and let us know what you think. You can keep up with up and coming releases by Dave Hartley on his website and blog. His latest collection, "Incorcisms" is out now. If you're interested in autistic representation, Dave runs Autism Through Cinema, his ongoing podcast series freely accessible on his site. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
65 minutes | May 14, 2021
SFP-NOW Chats Harryhausen, Flash Gordon & Escape From New York with Writer John Walsh
Welcome to a very special edition of SFP-NOW on SciFi-Pulse Radio. In this episode, we are joined by special guest John Walsh who is a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy. An acclaimed filmmaker and writer as well as a Trustee of the Ray Harryhausen Foundation, which preserves and displays the work of the legendary special effects artist and filmmaker. In the episode. John takes us through his early career and how he found friendship with the late filmmaker who created memorable monsters such as Medusa and the Kraken from the original 'Clash of The Titans' and many more. He also talks in-depth about many of the things that can be found in his book 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies', which I highly recommend to fans of genre film and television. As it gives insight into the many things that Ray Harryhausen would have liked to do. But never got to due to budgetary reasons. John also discusses the incredible journey that he went on. When putting together his Flash Gordon book 'Flash Gordon: The Official Story of the Film'. Which is an incredible story to listen to and well worth the time in the telling. In short. When John wrote the book and it came time to look for images from the film. He learned at the last minute that the studio didn't save anything. So he had to source images and production stills from the fan community and some of the people that worked behind the scenes on the film. Added to all of this great stuff. John also previews his new book, which is due out in September, which is called 'Escape From New York: The Official Story of the Film'. So if you enjoy retro movies and appreciate classic genre entertainment. Tune into this episode because we cover a hell of a lot of stuff. You learn more about John Walsh and his work at johnwalshfilmmaker.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
86 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
SFP-NOW Chat Marvel Shows, Pennyworth and Much More
We're back and this month Ian and Ben have a proper chat about the Marvel shows as well as DC and Pennyworth. We start the show by discussing our excitement about 'Falcon and Winter Soldier and how it explores the post 'Avengers Endgame' world by introducing a new villain who put us in mind of a psycho orphan Annie. But is she really all that bad? We also discuss the release of a new Graphic Novel called Adler. Which is the League of Extraordinary Women and kind of explores what happens in turn of the century England when someone from one of the English Colonies begins to fight back for her people. And finally for fun. We discuss the new Disney + Mighty Ducks series and try to figure out a way to justify talking about it on a podcast, which is supposed to be about sci-fi and comics. So please tune in. Chill out and laugh along with us as we shoot from the hip. Also you can now follow us on Spotify. Look for SciFiPulseRadio See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
71 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
SFP-NOW talks to James Hereth & Kev Hopgood about Superheroes, Pirates & their new book 'Blowback'
Welcome to another exciting episode of SFP-NOW here on SciFiPulseRadio. For this episode and our first interview of 2021. We welcome James Hereth and Kev Hopgood to the show and party down as we discuss our favorite comic book heroes. The WandaVision Finale and many other things as we build toward chatting about their new book 'Blowback'. For those who have been living on another planet. 'Blowback' is a new science fiction and fantasy story about a team of US Marines that find themselves transported to the past. Where they find themselves thrown into events that build-up to the American War of Independence. Over the course of this chat. Benjamin Cassidy and Ian Cullen find out about the origins of 'Blowback' and learn about how much research and effort went into producing the book. So why not get your ears on and tune in. As we explore the bold new world of 'Blowback' with insights from two of the creators behind it. You can order your own copy of 'Blowback' here on Amazon. Or get a digital copy through Comixology here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
72 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
SFP-NOW Talks Superman & WandaVision
Welcome to this March edition of SFP-NOW. In this episode Ian, Ben and Raissa further explore the worlds of comic books as they discuss the penultimate episode of WandaVision and chat about the new Superman series, which has begun on CW. Ian also gives a small plug for Disney + which has finally brought the series 'Helstrom' over to the UK. Which is a show that will likely get discussed in future episodes. So while not sit back. Have yourself a beer or wine and chill as we scrape through the endless frontiers of science fiction and fantasy in this latest episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
72 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
SFP-NOW Reviews Star Trek: Discovery, Doctor Who and our first impressions of WandaVision
Welcome to another episode of SFP-NOW. Recorded toward the end of January of 2021. This episode sees the gang discuss Star Trek: Discovery, The Mandalorian, Doctor Who and we also give our first impressions of WandaVision. We also give our thoughts on Wonder Woman 1984. So why not check this episode out and agree or disagree with us in the comments. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
103 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
SFP-NOW & GenreTainment: The Best & Worst TV & Movies of 2020
With 2020 in its dying days. It is time once more for SFP-NOW and GenreTainment to come together and wade through the best and worst television and movies of the past year. Join Ian Cullen, Marx Pyle, and Benjamin Cassidy as they boldly go where most TV and Movie types have been and discuss the high and low lights of 2020. Among our picks are obvious choices such as The Mandalorian as well as not so obvious ones such as Pennyworth. So why not listen in and share in some fun as we look at what a Covid 19 year gave us in terms of science fiction and fantasy entertainment. Feel free to comment or even add something to our list, which didn't get discussed. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
SFP-NOW Christmas Special 2020
Tis the season and we here at SciFiPulse Radio and SFP-NOW wish you a merry one. In this special episode, which we recorded in early December. Ian, Ben, and Raissa discuss episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, The Mandalorian, and more. Ian was very excited about the inclusion of Bo-Katan in Mandalorian and was thrilled with Katee Sackhoff's interpretation of a role that she has only done as animated. We also discussed Ahsoka Tano and speculate a little about how she may be used in future Star Wars projects. Additionally. Given the time of year. We also discuss a few of our favorite Christmas Movies and TV shows. So ho ho ho and all of that. Apologies for Ben's sound in this episode. We were having a few problems with his microphone and have done our best to clean it up. But unfortunately, we just were not able to fix all of it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
SFP-NOW Looks At Star Trek, The Mandalorian and The Boundary
Welcome to another episode of SFP-NOW on SciFiPulse Radio. For this episode Ian and Raissa are joined by newcomer Ben Cassidy, who has been writing for scifipulse.net for a little over a year. The shows covered include the new Spanish made series The Boundary (Netflix), Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access), and of Course The Mandalorian (Disney +). As we only record one show a month. The episodes that we talk about maybe a bit dated, but often much of what we do is speculate about what we hope to see. In regards to The Mandalorian. It's fair to say that we are all looking forward to seeing Ahsoka Tano make her live action debut, which is something we touch on in our discussion. Either way. Tune in and hear what we discussed and comment if you agree or disagree. We'd love to hear your feedback. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
SFP-NOW Chats With Writer/Director Jon Silverberg about Woodland
In this latest episode of SFP-Now and our first episode since March. We speak to filmmaker, writer and director Jon Silverberg about his movie Woodland, which is part psychological horror movie and part character study. Over the course of our Chat Jon talks about the great team he managed to put together for the movie, which included Richard Harmon who is best known for his role in 'The 100' and acclaimed actor Philip Granger who plays the role of Sparky in the film and formed a very strong friendship with his co-star while making the film. Jon also talks a little about how his career thus far has allowed him the opportunity to get to work with the likes of Stargate SG1 and Sanctuary star Amanda Tapping, who has moved more towards producing and directing herself. We even learn that Amanda plays a small, but somewhat important role in Woodland as the radio operator who is Sparky's only contact out in the civilised world. We also learn a little about some of the technical challenges that Jon and his team faced while making the film as well as a little promo for the great location where the film is shot. So if you have an interest in independent cinema then tune in to hear what Jon has to share as well as some updates on what he is working on right now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
SFP-NOW Reviews Star Trek: Picard & Project Blue Book
Welcome to another episode of SFP-NOW. Where we delve into some scifi goodness and give our thoughts on some of the most current shows happening. This episode sees Raissa and Ian give their thoughts on 'Star Trek: Picard', which finished its run late last month on CBS All Access and Amazon Prime. We discuss how Una McCormacks book 'Picard: The Last Best Hope' enhanced our enjoyment of the series by filling in many of the backstory elements that were mentioned in the series. We also discuss History Channel's 'Project Blue Book', which ended its second season on a fantastic cliffhanger, but also introduced some intriguing new characters and themes to the show. And we wrap things up with Ian's thoughts on the UK version of Disney +, which launched in the UK on March 23 and has been a godsend while everyone has been in lockdown due to Covid 19. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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