Ep. 05-01: Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar (2014) – In the Earth’s future, global crop blight and a second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. First, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets is more suitable for colonization.

05-01 INTERSTELLER

We’re back for Season 5, returning to the capable hands of director Christopher Nolan (The Prestige) and this ambitious, yet flawed, outing. Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of Interstellar (2014), including the story, effects, music, and stellar (ha-ha) cast. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys blasts off through a wormhole and into another galaxy where humanity’s fate rests in the hands of a few brave astronauts.

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Ep. 04-40: A Clockwork Orange (1971)

In future England, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on “a little of the old ultraviolence.” After he’s jailed for bludgeoning a woman to death, Alex submits to a behavior modification technique to earn his freedom. He’s conditioned to abhor violence, returned to the world defenseless, and becomes the victim of a prior victim.

04-40 A Clockwork Orange

Stanley Kubrick’s films are lush, meticulously executed, brimming with beautiful color, and incredibly cold. A Clockwork Orange (1971), based on the popular novel by Anthony Burgess, is no exception. Join us for our season finale, as we discuss this controversial movie—its origins, the magnificent Malcolm McDowell, and the public response. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys journeys to dystopian London, where violent thugs terrorize the streets and science provides a unique twist on conversion therapy.

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Ep. 04-39: Avatar (2009)

On Pandora, the fifth moon of Polyphemus, live the Na’vi—a species that appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the moon’s environment is poisonous, human/Na’vi hybrids, called Avatars, must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, becomes mobile again through one such Avatar and falls in love with a Na’vi woman (Zoe Saldana). As a bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world.

AVATAR

Welcome to our coverage of yet another film by director James Cameron. Avatar (2006), one of the most popular movies in the world, is an immersive and indulgent passion project from the acclaimed and controversial director. Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of the successful franchise, spawning the popular attraction Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as the upcoming four sequels. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys journeys to another solar system, to once again witness a timeless lesson of the importance of ecological and environmental balance.

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Ep. 04-38: Scream (1996)

Woodsboro, California, turns into a bloodbath when a masked killer arrives. High schooler, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), whose mother was killed a year prior, becomes the target of the masked killer. Her boyfriend Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) is the main suspect, along with Sidney’s father. Local Tabloid News Reporter, Gail Weathers (Courteney Cox), and Deputy Dwight “Dewey” Riley (David Arquette) investigate and try to discover who the killer is and if it’s the same person who killed Sid’s mom the year before.

SCREAM

Wes Craven re-invented and revitalized the slasher movie genre with this modern horror classic. The movie is vastly entertaining, managing to be funny, clever, and scary, as a ghost-face masked killer stalks high-school students in middle-class suburbia. Join us, and our special guest, Tyler McDaniel (30 & Nerdy podcast), as we discuss the terrific team of Wes Craven (director) and Kevin Williamson (screenplay), the memorable ensemble cast, and the film’s iconic villain. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys flees from yet another knife-wielding, multiple-murdering, masked maniac!

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