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. 01-21: 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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Ep. 01-14: Alien (1979)

Episode 14 ALIEN

ALIEN – In 1979, Ridley Scott directed what would be a game-changer as far as modern science fiction films. Alien may have not been the first horror/sci-fi hybrid, but it was definitely the paradigm for future films attempting to juggle the genres. What happens when you take a small, blue-collar crew into the depths of the unknown? Movie magic, pure and simple. The Nostromo, a US cargo ship is transformed into a haunted house in outer space, it’s amiable crew picked off one-by-one by a creature like nothing we have ever encountered, armed with mutating defense mechanisms, making it seemingly impossible to destroy. They’re alone, and not all of the crew are what they appear to be. And as their numbers dwindle, the famous tagline resonates…

In space, no one can hear you scream.

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