'Stranger Things 2': Eps 3 through 5—and is Hopper a Character from 'Predator'?

The Ricks revisit "Stranger Things" Season Two episodes 3 through 5—and discuss a Duffer Brothers comment about the possibility that Hopper is a character from the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi actioner "Predator."

'Stranger Things 2'—Eps 3-5; and is Hopper a character from 'Predator'?

>>CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO: RICK & RICK—STRANGER THINGS 3-5<<

(Approx. 7 min, 18 sec)

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'Thor: Ragnarok' & Alibaba's $25 Billion 'Singles Day' (Podcast)

Rick Mathieson & Rick Wootten tackle Thor: Ragnarok and Alibaba's record-shattering "11/11" "Singles Day" sales spectacular, which featured some unexpectedly popular toys this year.

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THOR: RAGNAROK & ALIBABA'S $25 BILLION 'SINGLES DAY'

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 (Approx. 4 min, 10 sec)

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Top 5 Sci-Fi Movie Pitches in Hollywood Right Now (Not)

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On the heels of our big Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time, a look at five sequel-heavy movie pitches that are generating a lot of buzz right now. Or not. 

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TOP 5 SCI-FI MOVIE PITCHES IN HOLLYWOOD RIGHT NOW

>>Top 5 Sci Fi Movie Pitches in Hollywood Right Now...Not<<

(Approx 2 mins 36 sec)

Movie fans love a good sequel. Here are a few of the films that may (or may not) have upcoming sequels in the works, along with hints of what their plots may hold in store. Get the details on the podcast.

Wonder Woman had better hope her mother's name is Martha. Or Else.

Blade Runner: Can Decker travel back in time to stop the inventor of the first replicant?

New ambassador Amy Adams: "Can you tell me how to get, how to get to outer space?"

The Queen's coming, and only a revolution will stop her.

Are Caesar and the humans fighting ... again?

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Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time—Conclusion: Realities & Replicants (Podcast)

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This is it: The finale to Rick & Rick Rule the World 's countdown of the Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time. What movies score each of their #1 spots? Listen now on iTunes to find out!

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TOP 10 SCI-FI MOVIES OF ALL TIME—CONCLUSION: REALITIES & REPLICANTS

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(Approx. 4 min 40 sec)

 

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Part One: Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies

Part Two: Reality Bites

Part Three: Red Pills & Mashed Potatoes

Part Four: Luke Skywalker Meets the Last Son of Krypton

Part Five: Two Tales of Time Travel

Part Six: 'Khaaaann' vs. 'The Thing'

Part Seven: (Re)Enter: The Matrix

 


Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time—Part 7: (Re)Enter: The Matrix (Podcast)

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Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten discuss their #2 sci-fi movie picks of all time. Which is helpful, because while "The Matrix" made Mathieson's list lower down (see Part 3), apparently the Ricks still have a lot to say about one of their all-time favorites. Plus: Making "Contact."

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 (Approx. 3 min 15 sec)

Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time—Part 6: "Khhaaannn!" vs. The Thing (Podcast)

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Part One: Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies

Part Two: Reality Bites

Part Three: Red Pills & Mashed Potatoes

Part Four: Luke Skywalker Meets the Last Son of Krypton

Part Five: Two Tales of Time Travel

Part Six: 'Khaaaann' vs. 'The Thing'


Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time—Part 6: 'Khhaaannn!' vs. 'The Thing' (Podcast)

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Space sure can be such a pain in the ass. Just ask the crew of the USS Enterprise in "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan" and the team from John Carpenter's "The Thing." Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten hit their #3 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time.

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TOP 10 SCI-FI MOVIES OF ALL TIME—PART 6: 'KHHAAAAN' VS. 'THE THING'

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(Approx. 4 min 40 sec)

 

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Part Two: Reality Bites

Part Three: Red Pills & Mashed Potatoes

Part Four: Luke Skywalker Meets the Last Son of Krypton

Part Five: Two Tales of Time Travel


Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time—Part 5: Two Tales of Time Travel (Podcast)

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One's coming to save, the other's coming to kill: Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten tackle "Terminator 2" and "Looper" as their #5 movies as their countdown of the Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time continues. Bonus movie: "Primer."

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TOP 10 SCI-FI MOVIES OF ALL TIME—PART 5: TWO TALES OF TIME TRAVEL

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 (Approx. 4 min 40 sec)

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Part One: Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies

Part Two: Reality Bites

Part Three: Red Pills & Mashed Potatoes

Part One: Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies

Part Two: Reality Bites

Part Three: Red Pills & Mashed Potatoes

Part Four: Luke Skywalker & The Last Son of Krypton


Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time—Part 4: Luke Skywalker Meets the Last Son of Krypton (Podcast)

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Luke Skywalker meets the Last Son of Krypton as Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten continue their countdown of the Top 10 Science Fiction Movies of All Time.

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TOP 10 SCI-FI MOVIES OF ALL TIME—PART 4: LUKE SKYWALKER MEETS THE LAST SON OF KRYPTON

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(Approx. 3 mins, 44 sec)

 

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Part Two: Reality Bites

Part Three: Red Pills & Mashed Potatoes


Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time—Pt 3: Red Pills & Mashed Potatoes (Podcast)

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That's right: We're talking "The Matrix" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

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(Approx. 4 mins, 35 sec) 

 

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Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time Pt 2 (Podcast)

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Rick Mathieson & Rick Wootten continue counting down their favorite science fiction films of all time with a look at "The 13th Floor" and "Inception." 

Both explore the nature of reality from what may appear to be very different entry points—computers and dreams. But in fact, both movies offer faithful interpretations of Plato's Idealism vs. the Materialism of Democritus.

While Democritus believed physical objects form reality—matter forms mind—Plato believed in "the world as perceived by our senses"—or, mind forms matter.

The backdrop for "The 13th Floor" is the Simulation Theory propounded by Oxford University professor Nick Bostrom and more recently by Elon Musk, who believes without a shadow of a doubt that we live in, and in fact are, a computer simulation run by a future civilization with some serious processing power.

That is to say, our experience of reality is an expression of ideas. Someone else's ideas, specifically. God's perhaps, or the Man Behind the Curtain in the "Wizard of Oz," Or maybe we're just the creations of a zit-faced computer programmer with an exalted sense of self. As Max Plank, the father of quantum theory, put it long ago:

"There is no 'matter' as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force ... We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter."

The Force and The Matrix in one quote. What's not to love about that?

Meanwhile, "Inception" deals with this notion through the backdrop of dreamworlds and our influence upon them—shaping reality by force of will. As some have put it, the question the movie poses at its climax is not whether the characters are in a dream, but rather, does it matter? It becomes their reality either way.

In "Inception," Leonardo DiCaprio's Cobb explains it this way to Ellen Page's Ariadne:

"In a dream, our mind continuously does this ... we create and perceive our world simultaneously, and our mind does this so well that we don't even know it's happening."

As you'll see, this tension between Idealism and Materialism figures prominently into Rick & Rick's favorite sci-fi movies.

RICK & RICK: TOP 10 FAVORITE SCI-FI MOVIES PART 2: REALITY BITES

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(Approx. 5 mins, 14 sec)