Subject: Sunshine (2007)

Observers: John PavlichTomahawk Ellingsen

Record Date: January 22, 2014, 4:10 PM

Plot Summary: A team of Scientists are sent into space with a bomb, in an effort to ignite Earth's dying sun.

Note: Residing in Norway, Tom (from the Extended Edition podcast) joins the show to discuss Danny Boyle's controversial, science fiction-horror film. We talk about diversity casting, shooting digitally and defending the third act. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Sunshine on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_sunshine_2007.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:10 AM

Subject: Lost Highway (1997)

Observers: John PavlichWitney Seibold

Record Date: January 14, 2014, 01:46 PM

Plot Summary: A man is accused of murdering his wife but while in jail, he disappears and is replaced by a completely different person.

Note: Witney (co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and film critic for Nerdist Industries) returns to help make sense of David Lynch's existential, cinematic nightmare, Lost Highway. We discuss style over substance, past and present receptions of the film and the nature of movie soundtracks during the late 1990s'. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Lost Highway on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_losthighway_1997.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:29 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject: Batman - Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

Observeers: John PavlichJason "Jimbo" Ritter

Record Date: September 21, 2013, 11:36 PM

Plot Summary: Batman tries to put the cape and cowl away when he falls in love but a deadly vigilante, known as "The Phantasm" and a visit from an old enemy threatens to destroy his happiness.

Note: Jason Ritter (not the Actor) returns, bringing with him a love of all things Batman. We revisit the Dark Knight's animated iteration from the 90s' television series, as the character makes hiss leap to theater screens. We talk about Bruce Timm's animation style, the stellar voice cast and how "The Phantasm" operates as a credible villain. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_batman_maskofthephantasm_1993.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:30 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the first episode of Focal Point, I'll be examining Veronica Mars, as a character and whether or not she's a good person.

Buy: Veronica Mars on DVD at Amazon.com!

Buy: Veronica Mars - Television Soundtrack at Amazon.com!

 

Direct download: focalpoint_1x01_veronicamars.mp3
Category:Focal Point -- posted at: 10:26 PM

Subject: Sucker Punch (2011)

Observers: John Pavlich, Gabrielle Cohen, Tammy Ginader

Record Date: September 12, 2013, 11:49 PM

Plot Summary: An institutionalized girl retreats into her imagination, to escape the men who seek to control and objectify her.

Note: Gabby returns, bringing her friend, Tammy along for the ride. These Women help me peel back the surface of this surreal, action extravaganza to see what substance resides underneath, if any. Between our fits of giggles and guffaws, we try to figure out if the film is a misunderstood, feminist masterpiece or a mindless, excessive exercise in cinematic masturbation. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Watch Adam Quigley's fascinating, favorable dissection of Sucker Punch on YouTube.

Buy: Sucker Punch on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_suckerpunch_2011.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:30 AM

Subject: Halloween III - Season of the Witch (1982)

Observers: John Pavlich, Michael Johnson

Record Date: October 05, 2013, 10:28 PM

Plot Summary: A modern-day Warlock combines computer-technology with witchcraft, in an effort to commit national genocide against the children of America.

Note: Finishing up the podcast's annual, month-long tribute to Horror films and the Halloween Holiday, Novelist and Filmmaker, Michael Johnson joins me to examine this insane, entertaining and often misunderstood film. We talk about the charisma of Tom Atkins, make comparisons to Invasion of the Body Snatchers and explain the origins of Halloween. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown befor starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Halloween III: Season of the Witch - Collector's Edition on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_halloween3_1982.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:39 AM

Subject: The Frighteners (1996)

Observers: John Pavlich, Witney Seibold

Record Date: October 28, 2013, 01:00 PM

Plot Summary: A con man uses his abilities to communicate with ghosts as a way of making money, until an evil spirit starts killing past and potential clients.

Note: Continuing the podcast's annual, month-long tribute to Horror films and the Halloween Holiday, Witney (co-host of The B-Movies Podcast) returns to provide a reassuring hug for Peter Jackson's odd, but endearing Hollywood debut. We talk about the Summer movie landscape of 1996, CGI and the importance of balancing tone. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: The Frighteners on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_thefrighteners_directorscut_1996.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:44 PM

Subject: Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimi Collura, Gracie

Record Date: October 16, 2013, 10:14 PM

Plot Summary: Blurring the line between fiction and reality, an evil entity manifests itself in the form of Horror icon, Freddy Krueger. It's up to the creators and performers of that character and his franchise to prevent him from stepping out of the film world and entering our real world.

Note: Continuing the podcast's annual, month-long tribute to Horror films and the Halloween Holiday, Jimi (from The Investigating Mars Podcast) returns to discuss metatextual storytelling, death by dreaming and the legacy of the Elm Street series. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Watch the "I Am Nancy" Documentary on YouTube.

Buy: The Nightmare On Elm Street Collection on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_newnightmare_1994.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:14 PM

Subject: The Faculty (1998)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimmy Brown

Record Date: September 29, 2013, 11:12 PM

Plot Summary: A diverse group of students band together when they suspect their school is being invaded by aliens.

Note: Continuing the podcast's annual, month-long tribute to Horror films and the Halloween Holiday, Jimmy Brown (from the Extended Edition podcast) returns to discuss the hip, Sci-fi flick from Kevin Williamson and Robert Rodriguez from the late nineties. We talk about continuity, tonal shifts and elevating material through top-notch Directing and Editing. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Read an interview with the original writers of The Faculty, about their first draft.

Buy: The Faculty on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_thefaculty_1998.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 2:51 AM

Subject: Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Observers: John Pavlich, Eric Diaz

Record Date: September 06, 2013, 02:37 AM

Plot Summary: A creature of the night recalls his life story, spanning centuries and of the Vampire who created him.

Note: Kicking off the podcast's annual, month-long tribute to Horror films and the Halloween Holiday, Nerdist and Topless Robot contributor, Eric Diaz returns to sink his teeth into the theatrical adaptation of Author, Anne Rice's bestselling book. We discuss translating book to film, some of the story's seedier undertones and the film's continued influence on the Vampire genre, nearly 20 years after the fact. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Interview with the Vampire on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_interview-vampire_1994.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 1:53 AM

Subject: Lethal Weapon (1987)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimmy Brown

Record Date: September 07, 2013, 12:43 AM

Plot Summary: An aging cop is assigned a young, reckless partner, believed by the department to be mentally unstable.

Note: All the way from Scotland, Jimmy Brown (co-host of the Extended Edition podcast) returns to discuss the quintessential, buddy cop movie. We talk about the Christmas setting as a writing trademark, explore the franchise and its genre and I manage to tack on a decades-long plot contrivance that ends up being totally false! Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: The Lethal Weapon Collection on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_lethalweapon_1987.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:44 AM

Subject: Toy Story (1995)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jason "Jimbo" Ritter

Record Date: July 26, 2013, 12:13 AM

Plot Summary: A young boy's toys come to life when he's not around and their world is turned upside down, when a new toy enters the mix.

Note: Taking a look at Pixar's first, computer generated feature, Jason Ritter (not to be confused with the Actor of the same name) joins me to talk about drunk toys, early Pixar and playthings from our own childhoods. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Toy Story 1-3 on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_toystory_1995.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 7:36 AM

Subject: Veronica Mars - Meet John Smith (1x03)

Observers: John Pavlich, Heidi Jenkins, Gracie

Record Date: August 17, 2013, 09:54 PM

Plot Summary: Veronica helps a classmate find his missing Father. Meanwhile, Duncan stops taking his medication, resulting in vivid dreams and hallucinations.

Note: Continuing to provide fan commentaries for every single episode of Veronica Mars, Heidi (host of The Investigating Mars Podcast) returns to discuss the third episode from the first season. We talk about pills, head wounds, actors before they were stars and character-specific color-coding costumes. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Veronica Mars on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_veronicamars1x03_2004.mp3
Category:Veronica Mars -- posted at: 6:45 PM

Subject: Veronica Mars - Credit Where Credit's Due (1x02)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimi Collura

Record Date: July 31, 2013, 08:07 PM

Plot Summary: Weevil's Grandmother is wrongly arrested for credit card fraud, so he takes her place in jail while Veronica tries to find the real culprit.

Note: Continuing to provide fan commentaries for every single episode of Veronica Mars, Jimi (from The Investigating Mars Podcast) helps me tackle the second episode from the first season. We talk about continuity errors, eye-catching props and Paris Hilton. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Veronica Mars on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_veronicamars1x02_2004_retake.mp3
Category:Veronica Mars -- posted at: 5:53 AM

Subject: Godzilla (1998)

Observers: John Pavlich, Witney Seibold

Record Date: July 23, 2013, 01:42 PM

Plot Summary: Due to extensive nuclear bombings around French Polynesia, an Iguana mutates and grows to staggering proportions. Looking to lay eggs and reproduce, the giant lizard travels to the island of Manhattan.

Note: 15 years after its release, the first American remake of Godzilla has become an embarrassment to the legacy of the beloved, King of the Monsters. Helping to make sense of this commercial mess, Witney returns to the podcast to discuss inaccurate science, redundant characters, laughable marketing and the history of the Godzilla franchise. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Supplemental Material: Read Witney's multi-part articles, covering over 30 films, The Series Project - The Summer of Godzilla!

Buy: Godzilla (1998) on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_godzilla_1998.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:06 AM

Subject: Supernatural - Faith (1x12)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimmy Brown

Record Date: July 14, 2013, 11:57 AM

Plot Summary: After an accidental electrocution, Dean is given a death sentence so Sam drags him to a blind healer, who may be dabbling in the dark arts to help cure people.

Note: Jimmy Brown returns to the podcast, this time to discuss episode twelve from season one of Supernatural. We talk about "faith healing" as a genre trope, the perpetually slow death of Dean Winchester and what exactly is a Rawhead. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Supernatural on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_supernatural_1x12_2006.mp3
Category:Supernatural -- posted at: 5:03 AM

Subject: Leverage - The Nigerian Job (1x01)

Observers: John Pavlich, Jimmy Brown

Record Date: July 04, 2013, 02:08 AM

Plot Summary: A crew of high-tech crooks attempt to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen.

Note: Friend of the show, Jimmy Brown joins me for the first time to discuss the pilot episode of TNT's Leverage. We discuss the Heist genre, comparisons to the British caper series, Hustle and how telling a caper story is like revealing a magic trick. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Leverage on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_leverage_1x01_2008.mp3
Category:Leverage -- posted at: 2:37 AM

Subject: Community - Football, Feminism And You (1x06)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: October 26, 2012, 03:36 PM

Plot Summary: Dean Pelton threatens to expose Jeff as a student at Greendale, and blackmails him to convince Troy to play football for The Human Beings. Meanwhile, Britta tries to fit in with Annie and Shirley but has trouble relating to their more feminine traits.

Note: Tysto returns to discuss the sixth episode from Community's first season. We talk about racial profiling, the Double Pilot and self-sabotage. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Community on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_community1x06_2009.mp3
Category:Community -- posted at: 5:29 AM

Subject: Veronica Mars - Pilot (1x01)

Observers: John Pavlich, William Bibbiani

Record Date: June 10, 2013, 11:57 PM

Plot Summary: A high school outcast uses her intellect and resources to investigate the murder of her best friend, while also solving local, petty crimes involving her friends and classmates.

Note: In celebration of the upcoming Veronica Mars Movie, I decided to provide commentaries for every episode of the television series, starting once again with the Extended Pilot. This time, I've asked Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani to join me (check out some of his past appearances on the podcast here). We talk about the modern noir aesthetic, the use of a flashback within a flashback, voice-over narration and tackling dark subject matter within the limitations of network TV. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD, and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage.

Buy: Veronica Mars on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_veronicamars1x01_2004_retake.mp3
Category:Veronica Mars -- posted at: 5:11 PM

Subject: Inception (2010)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: June 01, 2013, 04:21 PM

Plot Summary: A team of thieves infiltrate the dreams of others to steal their secrets and ideas for profit.

Note: Tysto returns to discuss Christopher Nolan's epic, science fiction mind-bender he made in between Batman films. We talk about other dream-related properties, consistent themes within a filmmaker's body of work and the simultaneous limits and extensive possibilities of Inception's mythology. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.

Buy: Inception on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_inception_2010.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 4:08 PM

Subject: Wonder Woman - Pilot (1x01)

Observers: John Pavlich, Eric Diaz

Record Date: May 25, 2013, 04:08 PM

Plot Summary: An Amazonian Princess uses her super-human strength and speed to fight crime in a corrupt, corporate world.

Note: Nerdist and Topless Robot contributor, Eric Diaz returns to examine David E. Kelley's unaired pilot for Wonder Woman. We scratch our heads or shake our heads at nearly every decision or concept presented here. We talk about the comics, violence versus diplomacy, justice versus vengeance and feminism versus sociopathology. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your preferred media player.

Buy: Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 - Blood (The New 52) at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_wonderwoman_1x01_2011.mp3
Category:Web Shows -- posted at: 3:03 PM

Subject: The Sofa Dogs Podcast

Observers: John Pavlich

Record Date: May 19, 2013, 11:07 PM

Note: This is a special message I've recorded, asking the listeners out there to please make a donation, through the website's Paypal Donate Button. No matter how great or small, your support helps to keep me and the show going. Thank you.

Direct download: sofadogs_special_announcement_2013.mp3
Category:News -- posted at: 7:53 PM

Subject: Community - Advanced Criminal Law (1x05)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: October 07, 2012, 02:08 PM

Plot Summary: Jeff uses his knowledge in criminal law to defend Britta for cheating on a test. Meanwhile, Annie enlists Pierce to write a school song for Greendale.

Note: Tysto returns to discuss the fifth episode from Community's first season. We talk about statues, thematic resonance and parallels and the slow death of Ben Chang, as a character. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Buy: Community on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_community1x05_2009.mp3
Category:Community -- posted at: 7:41 PM

Subject: Community - Social Psychology (1x04)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: October 07, 2012, 01:42 PM

Plot Summary: Professor Duncan instigates an experiment that backfires, while Jeff is confounded by a shirtless Hippie with tiny nipples.

Note: Tysto returns to discuss the fourth episode from Community's first season. We talk about Ultimate Frisbee, butt stuff, Annie's sweaters and Jeff versus Vaughn. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Buy: Community on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_community1x04_2009.mp3
Category:Community -- posted at: 4:58 AM

Subject: Angel - Darla (2x07)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tim Minear

Record Date: April 28, 2013, 10:55 PM

Plot Summary: Darla is haunted by her undead past, while dealing with her newly mortal state in the present as she searches for her identity and the life she once had as a vampire with Angelus.

Note: Due to positive feedback from the listeners and the success of our previous commentary for "Reprise", Tim returns to talk about directing his first episode of Angel, parallel story structure and tying together mythologies from the Buffy episode, "Fool For Love". Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD and please support the podcast by clicking on the "Donate" button in the top right corner of the site.

Buy: Angel on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_angel_2x07_2000.mp3
Category:Angel: Season 2 -- posted at: 6:51 AM

Subject: Prom Night (2008)

Observers: John Pavlich, Hayley White

Record Date: August 29, 2012, 06:09 PM

Plot Summary: Obsessed with one of his past students, a former Teacher tracks her down at a Hotel and begins murdering her friends during her Senior Prom.

Note: Due to a few technical difficulties (some dead air at 30 minutes and 13 seconds, then again at 1 hour, 17 minutes and 22 seconds), this episode has been in the vault for nearly 8 months. However, I've decided to do some extensive post work and submit it here for the loyal listeners who may want to hear this one. Hayley White returns for this well-made, but not wholly outstanding Teen Slasher. We talk about criminal psychosis, High School Proms and unintentional red herrings. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD. 

Buy: Prom Night (2008) on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_promnight_2008.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:40 PM

Subject: Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: December 30, 2012, 05:36 PM

Plot Summary: A top secret, government organization brings together a misfit, band of Superheroes to thwart an impending alien invasion, lead by Loki, the God of Trickery.

Note: Digging into the vault, I bring you my commentary with Tysto for Joss Whedon's, The Avengers. We discuss Marvel Comics, glorifying America and feminism prominent in Whedon's work. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Buy: Marvel's The Avengers on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_theavengers_2012.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:26 PM

Subject: Beetlejuice (1988)

Observers: John Pavlich, Michael "Dorkman" Scott

Record Date: March 14, 2013, 03:48 PM

Plot Summary: A recently deceased couple calls upon the power of a sleazy, trickster demon, in an effort to scare away the new, living residents of their house.

Note: Celebrating the film's 25th anniversary, Down In Front's Michael Scott returns. We talk about the impressive visual effects, the inventive set design, the powerhouse performance from Michael Keaton and the works of Tim Burton, past and present. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.

Buy: Beetlejuice on Blu-ray at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_beetlejuice_1988.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:20 AM

Subject: Angel - Reprise (2x15)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tim Minear

Record Date: March 24, 2013, 10:59 PM

Plot Summary: Depressed and alone, Angel attempts to stop Wolfram & Hart from raising a Senior Partner. Meanwhile, Darla is faking weakness to distract Lindsey from her plans to gain power over the law firm of centralized evil.

Note: Joining me in celebration of the podcast's seven year anniversary, Tim Minear returns to discuss the fifteenth episode of Angel's second season, which he wrote, "Reprise". We talk about the three act structure within a single scene, the translucent Julie Benz and man's inherint capacity for both good and evil. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Buy: Angel on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_angel_2x15_2001.mp3
Category:Angel: Season 2 -- posted at: 3:39 PM

Subject: Community - Introduction To Film (1x03)

Observers: John Pavlich, Tysto

Record Date: October 07, 2012, 01:14 PM

Plot Summary: Abed's Father is outraged to learn his Son would rather become a filmmaker, instead of working alongside him at his restaurant. Meanwhile, Jeff is at war with a Professor who wants him to be more spontaneous, instead of working an angle for personal gain.

Note: Tysto returns to discuss the third episode from Community's first season. We talk about Jeff's selfishness, seizing the day and pizza in California. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.

Buy: Community on DVD at Amazon.com!

Direct download: sofadogs_community1x03_2009.mp3
Category:Community -- posted at: 9:29 PM