Ep. 03-25: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

An imposing black obelisk connects the past and the future in this beautifully filmed adaptation of a short story by science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are on a mysterious mission when their ship’s computer system, HAL, exhibits increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.

Cue the music. You know you hear it. We’re back in space with this monumental landmark film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Join us for story origins, production details, our first impressions, and our speculations of the famous final twenty minutes. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys takes you on a mission to Jupiter and beyond, an enigmatic odyssey that questions the very existence of man.

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Ep. 01-27: Sunshine (2007)

Earth’s sun is dying and the end for humanity is near. In a last-chance effort to save the planet, a crew of eight men and women venture into space with a device that could reignite the star. However, a distress beacon from a long-lost spaceship triggers a chain of events that throws the crew and its desperate mission into a tailspin.

Danny Boyle’s Sunshine is a visual stunner. It’s not a perfect film but features a fantastic cast, many of which have gone on to higher levels of stardom since. Join us as we discuss the film, its peaks, its flaws, and the many “key” elements from past Sci-fi cinema from which it was clearly influenced. Listen… as Johnny Has the Keys journeys on the ill-fated Icarus II and its noble but dangerous mission, into the depths of space to save the sun and thus humanity.

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Ep. 01-24: The Matrix (1999)

Episode 24 “The Matrix”

In 1999, a computer hacker (Neo) discovers that life on Earth may be nothing more than an illusion created to placate us while our life essence is used to fuel domination of the real world. He joins forces with like-minded rebels Morpheus and Trinity in their struggle to overthrow The Matrix.

A modern giant in Sci-Fi cinema, The Matrix (1999)… the visuals, the writing, the world-building, harken back to other milestones like 2001, Star Wars, and Blade Runner. Join us as we discuss the key elements that came together to make such a memorable milestone. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys plugs in and takes you deep into the inner-workings of The Matrix.

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Ep. 01-21: Arrival (2016)

Episode 21 – “The Arrival”

In Arrival (2016), a linguistics professor, Louise Banks (Amy Adams), leads a team of investigators when gigantic spacecraft touch-down in locations around the world. As nations near conflict, Banks and her crew race against time, attempting to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Though her choice, in the end, may threaten her life, ultimately it could save all of mankind.

The mistake most people make is that science fiction is not really about cool gadgets, aliens, and space travel… it’s about us (hint, hint–all genres are). Join David and Tim as they discuss this concept as well as an abundance of key elements that this marvelous film was inspired by. Make no mistake, there are spaceships and extraterrestrials… but this film goes a little deeper exploring what makes us human. Listen… as Johnny Has the Keys journies into their first foray of cerebral science fiction.

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