Hugo Weaving: Mortal Engines (2018)

Unfortunately we’ve got a bit of a downgrade this week as we talk about Mortal Engines for our month of Hugo Weaving. There are things to like here, the setting being the chief among them. It’s an interesting world with some equally interesting lore, and it all looks absolutely gorgeous. Where the film loses us is with everything else. The plot is bland and at times nonsensical, and no one is giving much in the way of their performance. Hugo Weaving has almost nothing to work with here with his first draft villain Valentine, and line reads that should play with gravitas just fall flat. The leads have no chemistry, which makes the eventual “falling in love” that’s required of all YA feel like it comes out of left field. We discuss plenty more about it, but you’ll have to listen to find out what we say.


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Hugo Weaving: V for Vendetta (2005)

Remember, remember! The Fifth of November…for it is the beginning of Hugo Weaving Month here at Behind the Hype. To kick things off we’re starting with the flawed V For Vendetta, which boasts great performances from Weaving and others (see: Creedy), while not necessarily aging all that well. It’s tough to root for a a character who gaslights and tortures the female protagonist (Evey, played by Natalie Portman) in a movie with already so few women in it. Doesn’t help either that the character of Evey is so passive. That said, the Wachowskis wrote the script and you can feel their hand in a lot of what transpires onscreen.


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Chapter 68 – Dine With The Devil

An unexpected dining experience puts Fetter’s social skills to the test and the party strategizes their next plan of action while seeking out the pieces of an important construct.

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WTYAD Presents: V The Original Miniseries

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Welcome To You Are Doom to discuss V The original Miniseries. If you haven’t heard about the show or have been meaning to check it out, now is the time. We’ve even got an article from Matt up on our site about the show. Enjoy as we wait for our esteemed Graham to return. Here’s the article in question.

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Jamie Lee Curtis: Prom Night (1980)

We decided to wrap up our Jamie Lee Curtis retrospective by reviewing the classic horror film Prom Night, the film that has inspired many horror movies since it was released and continues to inspire today. What did we think about it? Well, perhaps we should have watched Terror Train instead? There’s some interesting stuff in Prom Night to be sure, but so much of it is either boring or just doesn’t work or is just plain confusing. We even brought in our pal Matt Dykes to help us work through this thing and he had similar problems.

But hey, if there’s anything we learned from this it is that Jamie Lee Curtis is a cinematic treasure. If nothing else, watch the movie for her…and then watch Terror Train.


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Chapter 67 – Enter the Fall

After a good night’s rest and a less-than-good look into the crystal ball, our heroes make their way into the Usurper’s Fall to deal with whatever dangers lie ahead.

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Episode 63: Bethesda & Microsoft with Sam from the Funnie Papers

Today I am joined by one of my favorite people, Sam from the Funnie Papers! We discuss what Microsoft buying Bethesda means for our favorite games.

Special thanks to capitalism for making everything owned by two companies.

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Jamie Lee Curtis: Halloween h20 (1998)

We continue our Jamie Lee Curtis retrospective with Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, her celebrated return to both the horror genre and this franchise in particular. We have a lot to say about the film as it’s quite flawed and makes some odd choices throughout. The body count is low, and the mask changes partway through the film into something you might find at a pop up Halloween store. The film introduces Josh Hartnett and his messy hair baggy clothes combo to the world, and we see a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt get a skate to the face. Everything with Jamie Lee Curtis is quite good and she makes a traumatized Laurie Strode believable. Worth watching? Listen to find out.


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One Ping Only: The 30th Anniversary of The Hunt For Red October

The name Tom Clancy is now synonymous with the techno spy thriller and realistic military-based stories. For most younger people it is also synonymous with several video game series including Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell, among many others. Clancy’s early career was in insurance however he used to write novels in his spare time. In 1984 he sold his first novel for $5,000 to a small publishing house in Maryland. That novel was The Hunt For Red October. The book was a huge hit and became a national best seller. The main character, Jack Ryan, went on to appear in 10 novels written by Clancy, and a further 11 novels that were written by other authors. By the end of the 1980s Tom Clancy had become a household name, Alec Baldwin remarked that Clancy’s novels were so popular that he would often look around in business class on a plane to see that 8 out of 10 people were reading a Clancy novel.

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Episode 62: Grab Bag with Grant and Ryan from Treesicle

We talk about the most random video game-related topics in this grab bag. Is dolphin love bad for humans? You will have to listen to find out!

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