RRR 8 Live from Terminal 5

By Roy Mathur, on 2023-01-30, at 01:55:00 to 02:45:23 GMT, for Roy's Rocket Radio, Listen

The Travelling Gong Show Is Back

The travelling gong-show that is RRR is back.

No More Seasons

No seasons just episode numbers.

Premier Inn T5

This podcast coming from the Premier Inn T5, crowded with stranded passengers because of the weather.

Berberian Sound Studio

Homage to the particular sub-genre of schlocky horror from Italy called “giallo” (yellow), based on the poor quality, yellowish, paper-pulp used to produce the cheap photo novels and comics of this entertaining, exploitation genre from the 1960s-70s, characteristic for grotesque violence, terrifying sound effects, weird prog-rock music and epilepsy inducing visuals.

Toby Jones is a mild, nature-loving English soundman from Surrey; Box Hill, no less. Somehow he gets a job with a horror sound studio in Italy. The sound studio creates the sound effects, voice and foley post-production work for these, to his mind, ghastly movies. He finds himself starting to unravel at both the onslaught of imagery and sound generated in a horror movie environment and his extreme culture-shock.

Much of the foley work is achieved by the violent murder of many innocent vegetables and, in places, this makes the movie extremely funny. There is also a particular dialogue between the Englishman and the studio boss about horses near the beginning that had me gasping for air.

Flight (2012)

Pilot saves aircraft from crashing and then has to hide his other high flying activities from aboard of enquiry.

Good and well shot, until it becomes unpalatably moralistic and preachy. What is it about Denzel Washington? The Book of Eli? When I see a film I don't want to be preached at.

The Girl (2012)

HBO TV movie. Toby Jones' Hitchcock is disturbing, manipulative, and abusive to Sienna Miller's Tippi Hedren.

Reminded of Kubrick and Shelly on the set of The Shining.

Tippi Hedren approves.

Hitchcock (2012)

Anthony Hopkins plays Hitchcock during Pyscho. Best bit is Hitchcock in deserted foyer orchestrating shower scene as it happens witnessed by a single bemused cleaner.

More favourable portrayal of Hitchcock than The Girl, though Hitchcock still odd, especially that he based the film on the life of Ed Gein, an imaginary version of home appears to Hitchcock through the movie.

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Dracula runs a hotel for monsters safe from humans, but his daughter wants to see the world now that it's her 118 birthday.

Far too many knowing, "smart" jokes aimed at grownups. Too long. It sucked!

The Impossible (2012)

Ewan Macgregor and Naomi Watts as parents of three children during Boxing Day tsunami in 2004.

Heart rending; even for me.

Kon-Tiki (2012)

Norwegian movie about Thor Heyerdahl's epic expedition on a balsa raft to prove the seafaring ability of ancient sailors. His seamanship and that of the crew seem barely competent and the trip is traumatic.

Actor Pal Sverre Valheim Hagen as Thor Heyerdahl looks a bit like a young Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia.

Premium Rush (2012)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a bike courier with a package wanted by a murderous dirty cop.

Mundane, but "courier time" sequences fun.

Star Wars

Unaltered trilogy.

Stars Wars first movie is a brilliant, gritty, realistic futuristic environment.

Empire unaltered seems difficult to obtain, but I have the original video tapes and a video recorder. Old Skool.

The Ward (2011)

Amber Heard in standard, by the numbers, horror fare from John Carpenter.

Django Unchained (2012)

Tarantino shows his love of spaghetti westerns and exploitation. But this really is a superior western far beyond exploitation with a serious message abour slavery, much in the same way that Inglourius Basterds used the milieu of exploitation to make a serious point about the fight against the Nazis.

Cameo by Franco Nero, who played the original Django in 1966. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson.


Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Kathryn Bigelow's propaganda movie.

I just couldn't stomach even the idea of this and as I'm not a professional reviewer, I decided not to watch it.


Rewatching Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Cumberbatch's career taken off; Star Trek: ITD.

Jekyll (2007)

Stephen Moffat's six part show.

James Nesbitt and other familiar actors from Peep Show and Doctor Who.

Loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's gothic horror novel.

Not bad, but episode five awful, series too long, and just not that scary.

Utopia (2013)

Channel 4 drama.

Graphic novel forum fans on the run from assassins after part two of the comic. Watchmen symbology, Grant Morrisonesque story (one of the characters is called Grant).

Okay, but as a comic book reader I've see it all before and it's hard to make something like this work outside of the panel format. Already having trouble with camera constantly closing in.

Cast good, especially paranoid nerd Wilson Wilson.

Shock value, fanboy pleasing story. I do wonder if the writer is at all a comic book reader though.

D.R. and Quinch

Titan Books, 2000 AD. Written Alan Moore and illustrated by Alan Davis. This is a series that appeared in 2000AD in the early 80s.

Funny tales about two teenage alien juvenile delinquents from a highly advanced and powerful civilisation, who like to play evil pranks like killing off the dinosaurs.


Worst title ever.

Mildly engrossing and I love the richness of Stephen King's writing, e.g. describing an old fashioned Coke or root beer.


Some of Edward Gorey's best collected work published post mortem.

Great coffee table book, just don't spill coffee on it!

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Here There Be Dragons by John Peel

No, not that one.

The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Intriguing after the first book.

I like Martin Silenus, who's abject cowardice seems like the most logical response to confronting the Shrike.

I'm 1/10 through the audio book.

Expect Podcasts Rather than Blog Posts

Podcasts more than blogs, because I'm too busy to do anything else.