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Started by DrGreggles, January 24, 2020, 01:59:08 PM
Quote from: Gregory Torso on October 19, 2021, 10:05:32 PMJust watched this and loved it. I think everyone in this thread has already made good points but I was surprised by how genuinely scary some of it was. Spoiler alertBarry's freakout in the vaults[close]was really upsetting to watch and Spoiler alertwhen Ian had locked him in the house with the power out felt like a proper horror film and I was tense primed for a jump scare[close]. I'm a relatively new listener to the Parapod (currently working my way through the third series about conspiracies) so it was good to see Barry. Absolutely loved the psychic lady Spoiler alertwith 'Alan'[close]properly having a go at Ian. Really pleased for them, it looks great, and I hope it does well.
Quote from: Noodle Lizard on November 10, 2021, 01:43:48 AM There's a real air of Gervais/Pilkington to it as well, to the point where I'm honestly a bit surprised it's so popular here, and while I'm broadly on the skeptical side and I'm sure Barry's "in on it" to some degree, I just found nothing to admire about that dynamic between them..
Quote from: Noodle Lizard on November 10, 2021, 01:43:48 AMThere's plenty you could do with that concept, but this film doesn't even get close to trying it. They threw in some banal talking head snippets early on, seemingly as an afterthought, but it leaves you with absolutely nothing to discuss. All of these "haunted" places in the UK are fascinating whether or not you believe the first thing about them, if only for their history and lore and the impact that can have on communities, but it served Boldsworth's sneering "nah it's all bollocks" approach to basically just ignore all of that and make himself the infallible hero of the project, regardless of whether he actually has anything interesting to say.
Quote from: Replies From View on November 10, 2021, 05:42:18 PMAnd it might look like Boldsworth's fault because he's ripping the piss out of everything and undermining it, but I can appreciate that he's only falling back on his own methods to bring some kind of entertainment to proceedings, when Dodds is turning up with a password generator and just wandering around a room reading out words. Or a Teddy Ruxpin that he doesn't bother to do anything with. Or breaking his own rules when he finds the haunted house too scary to sleep in as he originally planned. That side of things fully depended on Dodds getting to grips with the subject he wanted to share, while Boldsworth's function was to express scepticism.
Quote from: Replies From View on November 10, 2021, 05:42:18 PMI feel that this is largely due to Dodds never really going into anything in any meaningful depth. He's supposed to be obsessed with the paranormal but he doesn't show it, beyond very surface-level repetitions. I found it quite frustrating in the podcast itself that he'd frequently bring in a story to impress Boldsworth, and fall at the first hurdle because he hadn't thought at all about the ways that a sceptic would immediately be able to debunk it. Even on an entertainment level, the back-and-forth has always been quite insufficient.The 'Pilkington' energy you describe comes not only from the perceived "bullying" dynamic but also from his "I don't know about the details" approach to every single idea he brings.
Quote from: Noodle Lizard on November 10, 2021, 06:02:06 PMI think, also similar to Pilkington, Dodds is sort of playing up to a role there. I haven't heard more than one episode of the podcast,
Quote from: jofo on November 10, 2021, 09:21:28 AMIm not really a Fan of Ian's smug coolest man child in forbidden planet vibe.
Quote from: BritishHobo on November 12, 2021, 09:14:52 PMEverything behind the scenes shows that him and Barry are genuinely good friends though.
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