THE SHINING

StorySmack Episode #58

At Halloween, on the 40th anniversary of this legendary horror film, Scott, ARealGirl, and Rob Otto break down THE SHINING.

Iconic, enduring, and still influencing pop culture to this day, Stanley Kubrick’s interpretation of the Stephen King bestseller features the amazing cast of Shelly Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Jack Nicholson.

Four decades on, how does this flick hold up? Join this erstwhile trio of vacationers as we visit the Overlook and find out.

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION

Scott & ARealGirl break down this tour de force from legend Gene Hackman, who won an Oscar for Best Actor in this 1972 classic. The movie won five Oscars in total and reinvented the cinematic car chase.

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THE GAMERS: DORKNESS RISING

StorySmack Episode #52

Scott and A dive into this wonderful indie comedy. It’s about nerds and roleplaying games — it us! The feature-length flick alternates between roleplayers and their characters within the game’s setting. If you ever D’ed the D, you might dig it.

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42

StorySmack Episode #55

Scott and A discuss the Chadwick Boseman / Harrison Ford movie “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the modern era of the Major Leagues. Robinson’s accomplishments were a huge influence on Scott’s scifi series, the Galactic Football League.

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SPACEBALLS

StorySmack Episode #54

SPACEBALLS review on StorySmackScott and A discuss this 1987 parody/comedy/classic. Join us and get your Schwarz on!

SPACEBALLS synopsis:
In a distant galaxy, planet Spaceball has depleted its air supply, leaving its citizens reliant on a product called “Perri-Air.” In desperation, Spaceball’s leader President Skroob (Mel Brooks) orders the evil Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) of oxygen-rich Druidia and hold her hostage in exchange for air. But help arrives for the Princess in the form of renegade space pilot Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man, half-dog partner, Barf (John Candy).

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THE VAST OF NIGHT

StorySmack Episode #53

THE VAST OF NIGHT review on StorySmack

Scott and A chat about this killer indie flick directed by Andrew Patterson. It’s available on Amazon Prime.

THE VAST OF NIGHT synopsis:
Two high school kids, Everett (Jake Horowitz) and Fay (Sierra McCormick), leave the game and walk across the deserted town to their nighttime jobs. He hosts a nightly radio show, and she mans the town switchboard. Once ensconced at their jobs, they realize something strange is going on.

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THE PLATFORM

StorySmack Episode #51

THE PLATFORM review sponsored by GoDaddy Coupon page http://www.scottsigler.com/godaddy-promo-codes

Scott and A break down this wild Spanish scifi/horror flick directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia. It’s a brutal flick, with a concept that makes the small budget look much bigger. It’s on Netflix, so watch it before you listen!

THE PLATFORM synopsis:
In the future, prisoners housed in vertical cells watch as inmates in the upper cells are fed while those below starve.

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ALIEN Director’s Cut

StorySmack Episode #50


Clearly, we took too long getting this episode out, but enjoy! In space, no one can hear you scream — but good thing we’ve got this nice pressurized starship, so we can hear you scream all dang day long! Scott & A discuss the documentary “Memory: The Origins of ALIEN” as well as the bizzaro ALIEN Director’s Cut.

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2012 – A Disaster(ous) Movie

StorySmack Episode #49

StorySmack Episode 49

Solar flares! Super neutrinos! Mega volcanoes! Fault lines chasing John Cusack! The core of the planet getting all hot and bothered! We take a deep-dive into the disaster(ous) movie “2012.” Joining Scott and ARealGirl is none other than Dr. Phil Plait, a.k.a. “The Bad Astronomer.”

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Empty Set Entertainment Decade in Review

It’s been a helluva decade

Scott and ARealGirl cover the highlights of a decade of making fiction for y’all. SiglerFest2k20 news, GFL VI update, and more. As deadlines loom and the business of writing changes, we have some good news and some bad news.

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Pulp Fiction 25th Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #48

It’s (almost) the 25th anniversary of Quentin Tarantino’s classic movie. We break the film down and talk about its many iconic elements. Joining us this episode is long-time Sigler fan Aaron Singerman, the CEO of RedCon1, and fitness blogger Arielle Singerman. Aaron talks about his own struggles with addiction, and how Scott’s podcast was one element of his recovery.

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GFL VI pre-order info!

StorySmack Episode #47

Okay Junkies, here … we … goooOOOO!

We are ten days out from launching the pre-order for GFL Book VI, named the GANGSTER. This ‘cast has all kinds of info for you so you can prepare.

Book launch is April 1, 2019 at 9:00am Pacific Time.

This podcast will answer most of your question. Yes, you! These are the most common questions we get with regard to the GFL pre-order.

And what if we don’t cover your specific question? That’s easy, just email us here, and we’ll sort you out! Whatever question you might have related to the GFL Book VI pre-order, just email us! We’re very nice (sometimes) and we’ll totally help you figure things out!

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My Bloody Valentine

StorySmack Episode #46

Happy Valentine’s Day Junkies! We’re doing our best to stay on-brand and still celebrate love. You know, like the love of a great 80s slasher flick!

Scott & A sat down this week to watch this 1981 horror … classic. It comes out pretty early on in the 80s slasher heyday, and it’s full of all that goodness: goofy plot devices, loads of teenagers sinnin’, plenty of gore and lots and lots of violence. All with great set design, some solid bloody prop work, and the world’s best dog actor.

 

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The Storytelling Drama of Combat Sports

StorySmack Episode #44

“But fights aren’t stories,” you say? WRONG-O, FISH-BREATH! Companies like the UFC are exceptional storytellers, creating tales with live performers and unwritten endings. A discusses her initial dismissal and disdain for combat sports, and how she’s come to change her mind. Scott talks about how getting punch in the mouth can lead one to discovering proper, civilized behavior. They both use UFC Fight Night 143 to discuss how these real-life storylines play out, with all the drama, violence, sacrifice and the built-in “Hero’s Journey” path.

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Groundhog Day

StorySmack Episode #45

Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day? Are we in a time loop? Scott and A become gods (but not the god) as they discuss this 1993 classic, and the hordes of rodent-like movies “inspired” by it.

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SpiderMan: Into the Spiderverse

StorySmack Episode #43

Scott and A take a look at the Golden Globe-winning film that could have long-term ramifications on superhero storytelling. When a film so successfully brings a comic to life as a comic, what does that mean for big-budget live-action superhero films? Are the days of live flicks doomed?

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