Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ep. 8 - RED RIDING TRILOGY - January 2011

Featuring the “Armchair Film Critic” Richard Gale — the CTS Podcast’s new chat room moderator

Considering the Sequels is a monthly film podcast that examines the merits and weaknesses of specific movie franchises. Right-click the title of this post to download this episode free.

In Episode 8 we consider the “Red Riding” trilogy. This episode also includes a Concept Discussion in which we’ll discuss the idea of the “life-changing movie,” if such a thing exists. And, as always, we each give Mini Reviews of recent film releases and whatever else we’ve been watching lately.

Your hosts are Andy Howell, Karl Huddleston and Jason Pyles. Download this episode to hear Andy learn what a “working girl” is, and also find out how Andy feels about “Star Wars” versus how a probation officer feels about it.


I. Introduction

II. Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon (02:53)

III. Considering the Sequels: Red Riding

- Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (05:14)

- Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 (25:55)

- Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983 (40:18)

- Franchise Overview (1:02:22)

— A Brief Message About Our Sponsor, Heftel Studios (1:05:10)

- Tune in to our next LIVE broadcast on Ustream (1:06:23)

IV. Mini Reviews

(1:07:44) - Richard Gale: Fanboys (2008)

(1:11:04) - Andy: True Grit (1969 and 2010)

(1:16:24) - Jason: The Descent: Part 2, Frozen, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, Diamonds Are Forever

(1:25:13) - Karl: True Grit (2010), How Do You Know, The Tourist, Tron: Legacy

V. Concept Discussion: Life-Changing Movies (1:30:01)

Wrap-Up / Credits (1:54:44)

End Time (1:58:54)

Richard Gale, Andy, Karl and Jason give their collective verdict on this franchise, from 0 to 100:

Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 = 75

Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 = 81

Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983 = 64

Overall Franchise = 74

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Thanks to our official sponsor, Heftel Studios, and thanks to the Dave Eaton Element for the use of Dave’s music. Thanks to our guest, Richard Gale, for appearing on our show. Thanks to Kara Brewer for her graphic designs and Bill Barnes for his artistic vision.

Episode 8 was recorded on January 9, 2011.


  1. Ewoks are better than Darth Maul.

  2. Yes, Cody, you're right. The Ewoks are better than Darth Maul ... if you're 6 years old.


  3. Eh, Ewoks are better than Darth Maul whether you're 6 or 60. Darth Maul was hot concept art and a cool character name that turned into something only slightly less sucktastic than Jar-Jar Binks. (Talk about being execution dependent ... )

    The Ewoks were a toy merchandising brainstorm and a cheap replacement for Wookiees. And they tried to barbecue Han Solo. (For C-3PO's dinner, no less.) On the other hand, they kicked a lot of stormtrooper butt (serving a narrative purpose) and they actually manifested flashes of personality (serving a dramatic purpose).

    Darth Maul was in "The Phantom Menace" for about five minutes and had as much screen presence as a plank of wood.