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The Geek Show - S12E16 – Hardly Working

S12E16 – Hardly Working

This week we decided to take a break by the watercooler and chat about the 9-5 working day. While thoroughly slacking off we discuss – well Rob does – whether fishing is a job, RPGs and the sort of simulations that made the 1990s one

The Geek Show - Meandering Mic - Andrew Bannister (Creation Machine)

Meandering Mic – Andrew Bannister (Creation Machine)

Science fiction is a strange genre that’s part logic, part wild imagination and thoroughly engrossing when done well. Many have tried to become true sci-fi storytellers but tend to fail when it comes to worldbuilding. So how about galaxy building instead? On this edition of

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The Book of Sand

Today, everything in art is about size: binge-watched TV, enormous novels, three-hour superhero movies, massive public sculptures. For the antidote to all this, you can’t do better than turn to Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian author whose stories are incredibly short, yet each of his

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Joshua Oppenheimer: Early Work

For most filmgoers, Joshua Oppenheimer emerged fully-formed out of nowhere with his landmark 2012 documentary The Act of Killing. A horrifyingly intimate portrait of elderly death squad leaders in Indonesia, it fused fearless journalism with surreal, fantastical black comedy – a mix which earned the

The Geek Show - S12E15 - Googlewhacking

S12E15 – Googlewhacking

After opening with the most innuendo-ridden news section in all podcast-dom (thanks China), we decided to look at the past, present and future of technology – with tongue firmly in cheek of course. We also look at the technology we’ve seen in pop culture that

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Ivan’s Childhood

Film history tends to invite less counterfactual speculation than military or political history, but here’s one for you: what if Ivan’s Childhood, now reissued by Curzon Artificial Eye, had never been made? Because that really did come close to happening. During production, source author Vladimir

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A Month in the Country

The term ‘lost film’ is often aimed towards the early days of cinema. As movie lovers, the best we can do is just imagine what these silent classics would look like in our minds. However, film neglect isn’t the sole preserve of early cinema, it

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Cinema Eclectica 69 – Musical Special

We’ve talked about it for it a long time and now it’s here – our musical special – but true to classic Eclectica form this isn’t like other musical specials. After a brief discussion of “A Hologram for the King” we dedicate the whole show