Modern Technology Watches – Episode 213 – Hackers (1995)

Hack the planet! For the second-season finale of Modern Technology Watches Rob finally shows Gila 1995’s Hackers, a film with a firmly argued-about place in the history of the real-life hacker community as well as a firewall-protected place in Rob’s hacker head.

Will the movie win Gila’s heart through cyberspace hijinks, or will she send it to the pool on the roof? Listen along as we cap off a fun second season, and look forward to the next!

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Modern Technology Watches – Episode 212 – Cheaters (2000)

On this testy edition of Modern Technology Watches high school is a real-life game show as Gila shows Rob 2000’s Cheaters, a made-for-cable dramatization of the 1995 Steinmetz Academic Decathlon cheating scandal.

Will Rob accept the results and award medals accordingly, or will Gila get caught reading the answers to the podcast off her shoe? Listen along as they face moral quandaries, 1990s flashbacks, and TV-movie gloom.

Modern Technology Watches – Episode 211 – Metropolis (1927)

In the mood for a quiet night in, Rob introduces Gila to Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent scifi drama Metropolis for this episode of Modern Technology Watches.

How will Gila take to such a large dose of iconic German expressionism from between the World Wars? How much delicate explaining will Rob have to do? What’s with all that floppy hair? Listen along as we break some new ground of our own.

Modern Technology Watches – Episode 210 – Election (1999)

On this politically-charged episode of Modern Technology Watches Gila takes Rob on a trip down the dark side of high-school fake politics with the 1999 Alexander Payne dark-comedy Election.

Will this movie get Rob’s vote, or will he rebel against it and get expelled from the audience? Listen and tabulate!

Modern Technology Watches – Episode 209 – An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)

Modern Technology Watches is celebrating the anniversary of Doctor Who as longtime-Who-fan Rob shows not-very-fannish Gila An Adventure in Space and Time, the 2013 BBC TV docudrama about that series’ creation.

Will Gila dig the looks at 1960s TV production and creative-human drama to be found among the scifi-flavored fanservice, or will Rob need anti-radiation gloves to protect him from the fallout? Join us in the painstakingly-recreated TARDIS control room as we find out!

Modern Technology Watches – Episode 208 – Bye Bye Birdie (1995)

On this kissable episode of Modern Technology Watches Gila takes Rob to a particularly-strange version of 1958 via the 1995 TV-movie adaptation of hit musical Bye Bye Birdie.

Catchy songs! Intense choreography! Sanitized nostalgia! Tyne Daly! No Paul Lynde! Listen along as we find out how it all comes together.

Modern Technology Watches – Episode 207 – The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975)

Rob’s half of Modern Technology Watches is still stuck in the 1970s as he shows Gila the 1975 spoof The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother.

How does writer/director/star Gene Wilder and his band of Mel Brooks irregulars fare without Mel Brooks? Does this fit within Sherlockian canon? What’s with the Kangaroo Hop? Listen and find out!

Modern Technology Watches – Episode 206 – Back to the Future Part III

Modern Technology Watches doubles back to the imaginary town of Hill Valley for the final time as Rob shows Gila 1990’s Back to the Future Part III. Special guests Jen Sujin Yoon and Gabe Williams from The Dork Web join us once again as we all meet some cowboys and face some demons together.

Is an old-West adventure what this series needed? What will Gila take away from this chapter, and the trilogy as a whole? Join us and find out!

Modern Technology Watches – Episode 205 – But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

Modern Technology Watches cruises back to 1999 as Gila introduces Rob to the cult LGBTQIA+ film But I’m a Cheerleader.

Will this movie make Rob wave his pompoms and cheer, or will he just not like it in that way?

This movie is particularly centered around adult content, and so is our episode about it. Listener discretion advised.

Modern Technology Watches – Episode 204 – A New Leaf (1971)

Modern Technology Watches takes a spin in a broken sportscar back to 1971 as Rob shows Gila the cult Elaine May/Walter Matthau dark comedy romance A New Leaf.

Will Gila be forever fond of it like a frond from a fern, or will she find it ultimately poor?