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Last Looks: Merlin: The Return

Last Looks: Merlin: The Return

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The episode begins with Paul Sheer welcoming listeners to "Last Looks," a segment where listeners can voice their issues with the previous episode. Listeners point out several inaccuracies in the Merlin the Return episode, including the presence of wheeled vehicles in medieval times, Merlin's lack of aging despite being on Earth for 1500 years, and the movie's budget being confused with its box office gross. Paul then plays a Wiz Quiz game with Jason Mantzoukas, testing their knowledge of wizards in film. The episode concludes with Paul announcing next week's movie, The Happening, a 2008 M Night Shyamalan sci-fi drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Zoe Deschanel, and John Leguizamo.

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00:00:00
Introduction and Corrections and Omissions

This Chapter begins with Paul Sheer welcoming listeners to "Last Looks," a segment where listeners can voice their issues with the previous episode. Listeners point out several inaccuracies in the Merlin the Return episode, including the presence of wheeled vehicles in medieval times, Merlin's lack of aging despite being on Earth for 1500 years, and the movie's budget being confused with its box office gross. Paul also shares a call from a listener who provides fascinating information about the history of bananas, proving that the movie did not do its research.

00:10:32
Foster Parents and Madame Webb

This Chapter features two calls from listeners about Madame Webb. The first call is from an anonymous caller who shares a moving story about their experience as a foster parent and the importance of fostering older children. The second call is from Devon, who reveals that Sony lawyers intervened in the post-production of Madame Webb, forcing them to remove the phrase "with great power comes great responsibility." Paul is amused by this revelation and praises both callers for their insightful contributions.

00:13:53
Wiz Quiz with Jason Mantzoukas

This Chapter features a Wiz Quiz game with Jason Mantzoukas, where Paul tests their knowledge of wizards in film. The game is played in a fast-paced and humorous manner, with both Paul and Jason demonstrating their knowledge of various wizard characters and actors. The game ends in a tie, with both Paul and Jason scoring three points.

00:17:52
Podcast Recommendations and The Happening

This Chapter features a conversation between Paul and Jason about their favorite podcasts. They discuss a variety of podcasts, including "Best Movies Never Made," "What Went Wrong," and "90 Minutes or Less Film Fest." Paul also shares his recent experience meeting Adam Savage at his "Tested" workshop. The episode concludes with Paul announcing next week's movie, The Happening, a 2008 M Night Shyamalan sci-fi drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Zoe Deschanel, and John Leguizamo.

Keywords

Merlin the Return
A 2021 British fantasy film directed by Stephen Woolfenden, starring Sam Neill as Merlin and a reimagining of the Arthurian legend. The film was criticized for its low budget and lack of historical accuracy.

The Happening
A 2008 American supernatural horror film directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Mark Wahlberg, Zoe Deschanel, and John Leguizamo. The film follows a group of people trying to survive a mysterious plague that causes those infected to commit suicide. The film was a critical and commercial failure, with many critics criticizing its dialogue, acting, and plot.

Wiz Quiz
A game played on the How Did This Get Made? podcast where listeners are tested on their knowledge of wizards in film. The game is typically played in a fast-paced and humorous manner, with both Paul Sheer and Jason Mantzoukas demonstrating their knowledge of various wizard characters and actors.

Last Looks
A segment on the How Did This Get Made? podcast where listeners can voice their issues with the previous episode. Listeners often point out inaccuracies in the episode, share their own interpretations of the movie, or simply offer their thoughts on the film.

Corrections and Omissions
A segment on the How Did This Get Made? podcast where listeners can point out inaccuracies in the previous episode. Listeners often point out factual errors, inconsistencies in the plot, or other issues with the film.

Foster Parents
Individuals who provide temporary care for children who are unable to live with their biological parents. Foster parents play a vital role in providing children with a safe and loving home environment.

Madame Webb
A 2023 American superhero film directed by S.J. Clarkson, starring Dakota Johnson as the titular character. The film is a spin-off of the Spider-Man franchise and follows the story of Cassandra Webb, a blind woman with psychic abilities who helps Spider-Man and other heroes.

Action Boys
A podcast hosted by Jason Mantzoukas and Paul Sheer where they discuss and review action films. The podcast is known for its humorous and insightful commentary on the genre.

Adam Savage
An American special effects artist, television personality, and co-host of the Discovery Channel show "MythBusters." Savage is also known for his work on the "Star Wars" franchise and his YouTube channel "Tested." He is a popular figure in the science and technology community.

M. Night Shyamalan
An Indian-American filmmaker known for his work in the horror and thriller genres. Shyamalan is known for his distinctive style, which often features twists and surprises. He is best known for films such as "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," and "Signs."

Q&A

  • What are some of the inaccuracies that listeners pointed out in the Merlin the Return episode?

    Listeners pointed out that wheeled vehicles existed long before medieval times, Merlin should have recognized a wheeled vehicle as man-made, and the movie's budget was likely confused with its box office gross. They also questioned why Merlin never aged despite being on Earth for 1500 years.

  • What is the Wiz Quiz game and how is it played?

    The Wiz Quiz is a game played on the How Did This Get Made? podcast where listeners are tested on their knowledge of wizards in film. The game is typically played in a fast-paced and humorous manner, with both Paul Sheer and Jason Mantzoukas demonstrating their knowledge of various wizard characters and actors. Listeners can buzz in with either "Fred" or "Sanity" to answer the questions.

  • What is the next movie that will be discussed on How Did This Get Made?

    The next movie that will be discussed on How Did This Get Made? is The Happening, a 2008 M Night Shyamalan sci-fi drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Zoe Deschanel, and John Leguizamo.

  • What are some of the podcasts that Paul and Jason recommend?

    Paul and Jason recommend a variety of podcasts, including "Best Movies Never Made," "What Went Wrong," and "90 Minutes or Less Film Fest." They also discuss their experiences on other podcasts, such as "Off Menu" and "All Songs Considered."

  • What is the significance of the anonymous caller's story about foster parenting?

    The anonymous caller's story highlights the importance of fostering older children. They share their personal experience as a foster parent and emphasize the need for more people to be willing to provide homes for older kids.

  • What is the significance of Devon's revelation about the Sony lawyers' intervention in the Madame Webb post-production?

    Devon's revelation provides a humorous and insightful look behind the scenes of the film industry. It shows how even seemingly minor details can be subject to legal scrutiny and how the creative process can be influenced by external factors.

  • What is the significance of the listener's call about the history of bananas?

    The listener's call about the history of bananas highlights the importance of research in filmmaking. It shows that even seemingly insignificant details can be inaccurate if proper research is not conducted.

  • What is the significance of Paul's conversation with Adam Savage?

    Paul's conversation with Adam Savage highlights the passion and dedication that many people have for their work. It also shows how even seemingly mundane tasks, such as building cabinets, can be fascinating and inspiring when done with skill and creativity.

  • What is the significance of Paul's discussion about movie podcasts?

    Paul's discussion about movie podcasts highlights the growing popularity of this genre of podcasting. He suggests that it would be fun to have a weekend of movie podcasts, bringing together various hosts and listeners to celebrate the genre.

  • What is the significance of Paul's discussion about his book, "Joyful Recollections of Trauma"?

    Paul's discussion about his book highlights the importance of sharing personal stories and experiences. He also emphasizes the importance of supporting indie bookstores and promoting books in creative ways.

Show Notes

Jason joins Paul to test their knowledge of movie wizards when they play "The Wiz Quiz" before chatting about podcasts they're currently loving. Plus, Paul responds to your corrections and omissions from Merlin: The Return, shares a bonus scene from the Merlin live show, and announces next week's movie. 


 

PAUL AND JASON'S PODCAST RECS:

Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

All Songs Considered

Best Movies Never Made

What Went Wrong?

90 Minutes or Less Film Fest


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