Joe Ruppel

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Terminator 2: advanced puppetry, Skynet, and liquid nitrogen handling w/ Joe Ruppel

People

Love and appreciation for the humans involved. James Cameron is amazing. Arnold, always our favorite. Linda Hamilton playing one of the most iconic characters in film. Robert Patrick doing the robot. James Cameron doing everything himself.

VFX

VFX and CG and the high shot counts for the time. The expense of CG and the appropriate use thereof. Budgets. Incredible animatronix! The value of high-quality practical FX from the 90s and how they hold up.

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Motorcycle jumping. Harley’s Fat Boy. Jumping into helicopters.

Technology

The Terminator series as a window into our concerns over technology in different decades. Computing miniaturization. Quantum stuff. Read-only Terminator modes, IRQ switching, and ro cassettes.

Terminators

Terminator models and designs. Possible Billy Idol T-1000, or Kyle Reese-bots. T-1000 shiny grey goo nanite flow robot.

Liquid Nitrogen

Pork chop sandwiches! Inert gas asphyxiation. Steam barriers, sugar work, and dipping your hand into hot lead.

Links:

T2 Stunt Trailer by Peter Kent: YouTube
The Forgotten Art of Blockbuster Cinema by Mike Hill: YouTube

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Them!: nuclear optimism, amateur myrmecology, and Wilhelm-screaming w/ Joe Ruppel

Featuring guest co-host
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Joe Ruppel, history nerd

Rise of the nuclear monsters

The era of nuclear nervousness and the nuclear monsters in cinema. “Take an object, and biggify it.” Nuclear power in the 1950s. The possibility of “unmetered” energy. White Sands, gypsum, and the Trinity test.

Nuclear optimism

The nuclear success hit list and the optimism of the early 50s. Recognizing downsides. Converting hydrogen into helium, but like really violently. Eclipses, occlusion, and we didn’t realize it at the time but Joe was right to use “occultation.” Las Vegas atomic bomb parties.

Nuclear fallout

The fallout from southern Nevada testing traveling directly as far as northeast Utah. The bitter, metallic taste of nuclear fallout. When Kodak accidentally discovered a-bomb testing.

A sense of scale

The scale of nuclear weapons since the first atom bombs. Considering the time when “duck and cover” made sense. Using NUKEMAP for a sense of scale.

Ants

Issues with upscaling. Myrmecology. Antennae and wayfinding. Evolutoniary history and their waspy ancestors. Ants as superorganism. Formic acid attack spray.

Links:

Them!: iTunes | Amazon Prime Video | YouTube
NUKEMAP: NuclearSecrecy.com
Decipher SciFi nuclear hot takes: WarGames | Superman IV

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Volcano (feat. Joe Ruppel) : Episode 115

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Volcano

What: A Volcano opens up in LA. Everyone is surprised (rightly!).
Directed by: Mick Jackson
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, don Cheadle, Keith David

Featuring guest co-host
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The Time Machine (feat Joe Ruppel) : Episode 107

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The Time Machine [1895, 1960, 2002]

What: We talk about H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” and its two film adaptations. Time travel!
Written/Directed by: H.G. Wells | George Pal | Simon Wells
Starring: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux | Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias, Mark Addy

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Hidden Figures (feat. Joe Ruppel, History Nerd) : Episode 82

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Hidden Figures

What: The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians and their contributions to the early American space program.
Directed by:  Theodore Melfi
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst,Kevin Costner, Aldis Hodge

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WarGames (feat. Joe Ruppel, History Nerd) : Episode 76

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WarGames

What: Young Matthew Broderick accidentally almost hacks the planet.
Directed by: John Badham
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood

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Conan the Barbarian ’82 (feat. Joe Ruppel, History Nerd) : Episode 70

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Conan the Barbarian ’82

What: Arnold is awesome and cuts through a bunch of bad guys on his quest for revenge.
Directed by: John Milius
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max Von Sydow

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The Island of Dr. Moreau (feat. Joe Ruppel, History Nerd) : Episode 62

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The Island of Dr Moreau

What: Marlon Brando goes to island, does creepy things to animals
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk, Mark Dacascos, Ron Perlman

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Dracula (feat. Joe Ruppel, History Nerd) : Episode 58

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula

What: Vlad rages against all kinda of things as revenge for losing his wife.
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins

Featuring guest co-host
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War of the Worlds (feat. Joe Ruppel, History Nerd) : Episode 31

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War of the Worlds

What: Tom Cruise and his kids try to survive a somewhat badly-planned alien attack.
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins

Featuring guest co-host
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