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Interview Highlights Vol. #1 | The Cyber Den

Since 2014, The Cyber Den has been interviewing countless iconic figures from the world of gaming. This is a collection of the funniest moments from previous radio interviews, feat. Jon St. John (Duke Nukem), Joe Kucan (Kane – Command & Conquer), David Bateson (47 – Hitman) and Paul Eiding (Colonel Campbell – Metal Gear Solid). […]

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Paul Arnold & Andrew Barnabas Interview (MediEvil Series Composers) | The Cyber Den

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Aubrey Hodges Interview (Console DOOM & Quake Composer) | The Cyber Den

Aubrey Hodges has composed for well over 250 games in this three decades in the industry, ranging from the Nascar series to the days of Sierra Online games. He’s most famously known for his ambient music and sound design for the console versions of the DOOM & Quake series. Aubrey has a lot of fascinating […]

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David Doak Interview (TimeSplitters, Goldeneye 64 & Perfect Dark) – The Cyber Den

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SPOILER Episode 31: Birdman

Written by on 31st July 2017

SPOILER Episode 31: Birdman

 
 
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“A man becomes a critic when he cannot be an artist”

It’s the end of series 5 and the Spoiler team celebrate this momentous landmark by returning to our very first episode in which Paul, in a fit of pique over Alejandro Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ beating ‘Whiplash’ to the Best Picture Oscar, hinted at his dislike for the film, Rachael defended it and Andy declared himself undecided. Nearly two years down the line, how have the team’s opinions changed?

Despite still feeling that it’s “too actory”, Paul surprises everyone by absolutely loving ‘Birdman’ second time round, while Andy (for whom this is the fourth time round) has decided the film is “tonally weird”. Rachael highlights the importance of the excellent performances and the team all agree that Michael Keaton is an underrated talent, even if this may be the first role he could really get his teeth into since ‘Beetlejuice’. Paul reminisces about recording TV theme tunes on his ZX Spectrum tape recorder, Rachael tries to keep her heartbeat in check as it attempts to mimic ‘Birdman’s rhythmic drum score and Andy attempts to think of a better alternative ending for the film than Birdman on the toilet. The series ends with the team in tears of laughter as Paul unleashes his unexpected rating scale.

Elsewhere, Andy takes a look at the ‘it was all a dream’ trope in movies and TV shows and examines the theory of the ‘Tommy Westphall Universe’ which suggests that 90% of the audiovisual entertainment we love is taking place inside the head of one young boy.

This week’s scale: Birdman or Bird-bob man

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