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How to Survive

'How to Survive' is a film review podcast with a twist. The discussion centres around one key question: 'How would you survive in this movie?' Each episode centres around one classic movie. Often, they are horror movies, but there are also lots of thrillers, action movies, adventure movies and the occasional romantic drama for good measure. If you've ever rolled your eyes when the victim goes outside alone; tutted when the killer returns from the dead; or shouted 'DON'T GO IN THERE!', this is the podcast for you. If you have ideas on How to Survive, or recommendations for films we should consider, send them over to: HowToSurviveShow@Gmail.com
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Nov 23, 2016

It's episode 67... and we've arrived...

Arrival (2016) tells the story of a doctor of linguistics as she is enlisted by the US Army to help talk to some newly arrived aliens. Why are the aliens here? We can say literally nothing about it without spoiling it...

We talk about the difficulties of teaching a non-human species to speak a human language; the relative futility of keeping an internationally televised invasion a secret; and just how useless a theoretical physicist is when you need to action!

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... If you could see your whole life laid out in front of you, would you change things?

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Nov 16, 2016

It's episode 66... Konichiwa!

Battle Royale (2000) tells the story of a class of Japanese school children (primarily through two classmates: Nanahara and Noriko). The class is kidnapped and taken to a remote island where they are then forced to fight to the death by their teacher, Kitano. Hilarity ensues.

We talk about the merits of taking advantage of people's vulnerable emotional state; the benefits of a tower-defence approach to beginning the game; and a tense debate about whether it's better to opt out, or play with the effort you can muster.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure...today's lesson is, you kill each other off till there's only one left. Nothing's against the rules.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Nov 9, 2016

It's episode 65... and may the odds ever be in your favour...

The Hunger Games (2012) tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who is forced to take part in a death match against other youngsters, but you can bet she'll make some friends along the way...

We talk about some of the stupidest names in movie history; the best way to produce a death match for television; and our most fierce debate yet: should players just kill everyone around them?

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... He can throw a hundred pound sack of flour right over his head. I've seen it.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Nov 2, 2016

It's episode 64... and the best movie we've ever seen which features a taxi driver being taken hostage by a hitman...

Collateral (2004) tells the story of Max, an LA taxi driver who picks up the wrong fare. The wrong fare is Vincent, a hitman who forces Max to drive him around the city as he kills everyone on his list. 

We talk about the importance of not leaving your work to the last minute; the logistics of hiring a car when anonymity is essential; and the benefits of just walking away...

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... Bullets and the fall killed him.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Oct 31, 2016

It's Halloween, and a special treat for our favourite Halloweenies!

This is the How to Survive: Trick or Treat Extravaganza 2016.

This is the 'Trickt' episode, and we're talking about one of the scariest horror movies of recent years.

Check back later today for the 'Trick' episode.

Oct 31, 2016

 

It's Halloween, and a special treat for our favourite Halloweenies!

This is the How to Survive: Trick or Treat Extravaganza 2016.

This is the 'Treat' episode, and we're talking about one of the best modern horror movies of the past five years.

Check back later today for the 'Trick' episode.

Oct 26, 2016

It's episode 63... and the greatest hitman horror ever...

Kill List (2011) tells the story of Jay, a hitman who has been out of work for some time. Convinced to return to the job by his wife and his business partner, Jay's life is soon turned upside-down when he becomes embroiled in the world of the occult.

We talk about the benefits of gun modification; the benefits of acting like a Hackney crack addict; and how to become a hero of the working class.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... No more guitar, mate. Not in restaurants. There is a time and a place. And your time and place is in a very isolated location, where no-one is likely to be for about a hundred years. Ok?

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Oct 19, 2016

It's episode 62... and a lesson in the world of love...

The Lobster (2015) tells the story of David, who lives in a society where anyone incapable of finding love will be turned into an animal after 45 days alone. David finds himself at an intensive relationship-building course at a hotel, with his deadline fast approaching.

We talk about the animals best equipped to survive; the benefits of being a cold-blooded killer; and how to set up the most generic dating profile in the world.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... If you encounter any problems you cannot resolve yourselves, you will be assigned children, that usually helps.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Oct 12, 2016

It's episode 61... and he's still out there... waiting...

Friday the 13th: Part VII The New Blood tells the story of Tina, a young woman with psychic powers (no, really) who has returned to Camp Crystal Lake to recover from the memories of killing her father there using her psychic powers (no, really) many years ago. The rest of the film is Jason Vorhees killing teenagers.

We talk about just how far the limits of psychic powers can be tested; the greatest Friday the 13th based quiz you'll hear this week; and we catch up on one of the most successful movie franchises of all time.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... KING TUT... RISES FROM THE TOMB!

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Oct 5, 2016

It's episode 60, and are you seeing what I'm seeing?

Don't Breathe (2016) tells the story of Rocky, a young girl who attempts to rob a blind man's house in the dead of night along with her friends. They soon learn that being blind doesn't make this particular man any less mean, and the tables are quickly turned...

We take survival advice from an old video game; dust off some old survival favourites; and discuss the limitations of living in an area which lacks social mobility...

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... just because you're blind, doesn't make you a saint...

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Sep 28, 2016

It's episode 59... and a movie to remind you why The Blair Witch Project was so good...

Blair Witch (2016) tells the story of James: a young man whose sister went missing during the events of The Blair Witch Project (1999). Twenty years later, James heads into the woods to find her, taking his hapless friends and a bunch of high tech video equipment with him - but predictably, things don't pan out as he'd hoped.

We discuss one of the simplest ways to survive against one of the deadliest enemies; how to cope when a movie becomes too terrifying; and we uncover perhaps the greatest story of intrigue in the history of film marketing.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... this is "one of the scariest podcasts ever made".

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Sep 21, 2016

It's episode 58... and the deepest, bluest episode yet.

Deep Blue Sea (1999) tells the story of an off-shore research facility which becomes overrun by super-smart, super-strong, super sharks - and it's up to Dr. McCallister and her team to try to fend them off.

We discuss the risks of using rescue equipment to celebrate birthdays, the benefits of even the most rudimentary fail-safes in coast guard machinery; and the importance of a measured approach when using your own blood as bait.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure...Grab hold of a hot pan, second can seem like an hour. Put your hands on a hot woman, an hour can seem like a second.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Sep 14, 2016

It's episode 57... and our gnarliest episode yet! 

The Shallows (2016) tells the story of Nancy, a surfer who travels alone to a secluded beach in Mexico and is attacked by a shark. She then spends the rest of the film trying to survive against the shark. 

We compare notes from around the web on shark survival tactics; confuse two factory-made British Girl Groups; and establish once-and-for-all the key difference between sharks and cats.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... It's okay... No Sharks Come Here.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Sep 7, 2016

It's episode 56... and a lesson in gardening...

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1976) tells the story of a Matthew Bennell and Elizabeth Driscoll, two officers at the Department of Health. The pair become embroiled in a fight for their lives when the population of the earth begin to be replaced by alien invaders.

We discuss the relative merits of living in an emotionless society; the benefits of a quick escape from danger; and the importance of avoiding comedic timing when delivering a joke which needs to conceal your emotions and reveal others' emotions.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... The rest of the world is trying to change people for fit the world. I'm trying to change the world to fit people.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Aug 31, 2016

It's episode 55... and we're having an identity crisis...

The Thing (1982) tells the story of a group of researchers in the antarctic who are infiltrated by an alien which can take on the form of any living thing it comes into contact with (but not before killing them first).

We discuss the difficulties of discerning between Scandinavian nationalities; the intricacies of the world's most advanced data analysis software; and just why a scientific research team has the weapons capabilities of a small country...

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THE F*CKING COUCH!

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Aug 24, 2016

It's episode 54... and we're trying to cover the fact that we're actually cold, dead robots with a look at one of the coldest robots in modern cinema...

Ex Machina (2015) tells the story of Caleb; a young man who travels to visit the home of an elusive genius in order to carry out a turing test on the world's first fully intelligent robot - but all is not what it seems... and before long Caleb is plunged into a puzzle that causes him to question his ethics, his sanity and even his humanity...

We stress the importance of moderate alcohol consumption; the difficulties of data security in the digital age; and above all, the risks of falling head over heels in love with machinery.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... Isn't it strange, to create something that hates you?

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Aug 17, 2016

It's episode 53...which means How to Survive has been going on every week for a whole year, and we will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

This week we confront one of the most emotionless, mechanical, soulless creatures in Hollywood history - James Cameron! But wait, it's back when he was good! That's right, it's The Terminator (1984), with Arnold Schwarzenegger making his How to Survive bow as the titular technological terror.

We debate the questionable sleeping habits of technophobic time-travellers, wonder why the T-101's deadeye aim abandons him at the crucial moment, and ask ourselves just how much celebratory alcohol can two men drink before the podcast becomes completely nonsensical?

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure...there's a storm coming.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Aug 10, 2016

It's episode 52...but have no fear little ones, we are here to protect thee!

This week we're diving into British horror classic The Omen (1976) to tackle cinema's most enduring troublesome tyke. US ambassador Robert Thorn is happily married with their child Damien in tow, but is the boy in question all he appears? Could he, or possibly an international satanic conspiracy dedicated to him, be responsible for the sudden and grisly deaths of Robert's friends and associates?

We debate nature vs nurture theories of child rearing, query whether political correctness really has gone mad and confront maybe the greatest terror we've ever faced - elevators in 1970s Italian hospitals.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure...it's all for you Damien!

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Aug 3, 2016

It's episode 51... and a welcome return for cinema's greatest character!

Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) tells the story of Tommy Jarvis (again) and his fight to overcome a hockey-masked murderer for the third time in a row. It will shock you to learn that some teenagers die in unbelievable ways, but it will shock you more to learn that the franchise has finally grown a sense of humour...

We talk about the greatest silent movie hero since Buster Keaton; the benefits of yoga in preventing a broken spine; and the benefits of using a lifejacket around open bodies of water.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... I've seen enough horror movies to know any weirdo wearing a mask is never friendly.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Jul 27, 2016

It's The How to Survive Survivor's Hall of Fame 2016!

It's episode 50, so we're looking back over all the movies we've covered and deciding who should enter the How to Survive Hall of Fame for 2016.

Keep the Tweets coming in: @howtosurvivepod

Email us at: howtosurviveshow@gmail.com

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Jul 26, 2016

It's The How to Survive Survivor's Hall of Fame 2016!

In this episode, we discuss a spotlight survivor. Someone who defied expectation and stood out as a model for everyone else in their movie, but didn't go quite far enough to make it into the Hall of Fame.

This is the third runner-up: Mark Watney

Keep the Tweets coming in: @howtosurvivepod

Email us at: howtosurviveshow@gmail.com

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Jul 25, 2016

It's The How to Survive Survivor's Hall of Fame 2016!

In this episode, we discuss a spotlight survivor. Someone who defied expectation and stood out as a model for everyone else in their movie, but didn't go quite far enough to make it into the Hall of Fame.

This is the second runner-up: Chev Chelios

Keep the Tweets coming in: @howtosurvivepod

Email us at: howtosurviveshow@gmail.com

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Jul 22, 2016

It's The How to Survive Survivor's Hall of Fame 2016!

In this episode, we discuss a spotlight survivor. Someone who defied expectation and stood out as a model for everyone else in their movie, but didn't go quite far enough to make it into the Hall of Fame.

This is the first runner-up: Rose DeWitt

Keep the Tweets coming in: @howtosurvivepod

Email us at: howtosurviveshow@gmail.com

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Jul 21, 2016

It's The How to Survive Survivor's Hall of Fame 2016!

In the run up to the official Hall of Fame episode, we're releasing a series of mini episodes where we discuss our criteria for entering the Hall of Fame, and take a look at some of our favourite survivors.

This is the first episode: The Losers.

Keep the Tweets coming in: @howtosurvivepod

Email us at: howtosurviveshow@gmail.com

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Jul 20, 2016

It's episode 49... and time to kick some alien ass!

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) tells the story of the brightest and bravest minds alive on planet earth as they defend the planet from another alien attack. Set 20 years after the original film, they can expect a bigger threat from a bigger, badder enemy. Without Will Smith...

We debate whether the movie is 'good fun' or 'unforgiveable rubbish'; the ethics of keeping prisoners of space wars; and the relative flaws in doing a job yourself when you have literally thousands of people to do it for you.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... it's definitely bigger than the last one...

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

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