Wed, 21 December 2011
Subject: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Record Date: November 13, 2011, 08:54 PM
Plot Summary: An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old, mystical battle in Chinatown.
Note: John Carpenter's cult favorite, underappreciated at the time (as if there was one) gets the Sofa Dogs treatment (whatever that's worth). Tysto and I discuss the East-meets-West sensibility of the screenplay, the subversion of the "protagonist" and the dynamic duo of Carpenter and Kurt Russell.
Mon, 12 December 2011
Subject: Resident Evil (2002)
Record Date: September 09, 2011, 05:04 PM
Plot Summary: Inspired by the Survival Horror video game series, an amnesiac (Milla Jovovich), a cop (Eric Mabius) and a Special Ops team (featuring Michelle Rodriguez) investigate a viral outbreak in an underground research facility, located beneath a mansion in Raccoon City.
Note: Recorded back in September, this commentary would have been included in the batch of Horror films for October, but there was no room for it. In this episode, Tysto joins me to discuss zombie films, references to the games and Alice in Wonderland and the Director's resume. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.
Mon, 5 December 2011
Subject: The Mist (2007)
Record Date: August 26, 2011, 09:17 PM
Plot Summary: An ominous mist, filled with otherworldly creatures blankets a small town, trapping many of the residents in the local supermarket.
Note: Frank Darabont directs a Stephen King story! It's been proven in the past to be a winning combination, and yet... Tysto and I come at the film from different angles. He doesn't care for it, but I really like it, up until a crucial point. We discuss character motivations, the book versus the film, the stellar Thomas Jane and the polarizing ending. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.
Tue, 29 November 2011
Subject: Bring It On (2000)
Record Date: November 13, 2011, 01:54 AM
Plot Summary: An ambitious, high school Cheerleader (Kirsten Dunst) becomes the new captain of her squad, but is shocked to discover the previous captain has been stealing their award-winning moves and routines from an under-privileged, rival school.
Note: Another fun, commentary crossover, co-hosts from Soulless Minions and Commentary Track Stars join me for one of the more surprising comedies from 2000. We discuss the ensemble cast, relive our past, high school experiences, the importance of romantic chemistry and try to understand why this gem has yet to be released on Blu-ray. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.
Wed, 23 November 2011
Subject: Galaxy Quest (1999)
Record Date: November 05, 2011, 09:24 PM
Plot Summary: The cast of a cult, space TV show have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.
Note: It's a trifecta of geeky, commentary lunacy when Tysto, Sofa Dogs and one half of the Soulless Minions join forces to discuss the delightful gem from 1999 known as Galaxy Quest! We discuss science fiction film and television, Star Wars versus Star Trek, nerd loyalties and the ageless wonder herself, Sigourney Weaver. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.
Mon, 14 November 2011
Subject: Supernatural - Bugs (1x08)
Record Date: November 14, 2011, 12:24 AM
Plot Summary: Sam and Dean pose as interested house buyers, in order to investigate a new home development plagued by insects, which may be tied to a series of mysterious deaths.
Note: Scott and I revisit one of the few Supermatural episodes that seems to be generally dismissed by the majority of the show's fanbase. Within that, we discuss The X-Files, dramatic subplots regarding family dynamics, spider effects and our utter disdain for bugs. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
Tue, 8 November 2011
Subject: The Matrix (1999)
Record Date: June 18, 2011, 04:40 PM
Plot Summary: A computer hacker is pulled from his mundane life by a misfit group of rebel freedom fighters, who are trying to expose an existential conspirancy and liberate the world from a virtual reality prison, perpetuated by computer programs.
Note: Recorded months ago, Tysto joins me to tackle the science-fiction epic that brought the cyberpunk genre into mass-market, mainstream consumption. We discuss the groundbreaking effects, the performances and the concepts and philosophies within the script. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.
Mon, 31 October 2011
Subject: Trick 'r Treat (2007)
Record Date: October 27, 2011, 05:51 PM, October 28, 2011, 07:56 PM, October 30, 2011, 06:52 PM, October 29, 2011, 04:45 PM
Plot Summary: Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween, including a high school principal with a gruesome double life, a college virgin and her "initiation" into a group of her peers, a holiday prank that turns deadly and an old man with a particularly mischievous trick-or-treater.
Note: Recorded in sections, with an alternating group of guest co-hosts. Please join Will, Scott, William, Tysto and myself as we talk about Horror films, writer-director Michael Dougherty, the traditions of the October holiday and what Halloween means to us. We hope you've enjoyed this month-long tribute to the genre. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Tue, 25 October 2011
Subject: Scream 4 (2011)
Record Date: October 15, 2011, 11:19 AM, October 21, 2011, 05:26 PM
Plot Summary: Sidney Prescott, now a successful writer returns to her hometown of Woodsboro to reconnect with friends and family, but someone is trying to recreate the original murders from fifteen years ago, which changed Sidney's life forever.
Note: This is a first for the podcast, as Scott and Hayley's contributions to this episode were recorded separately, almost a week apart! Using the latest advancements in alien, future technology, I pieced it all together in one single stream of awesome! Please join us as we take a stab (see what I did there?) at the latest collaboration between Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. We share our likes (Team Kirby!), dislikes (Gale's character regression) and we try to fix issues with the Scream franchise, both present and potential future. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.
Mon, 17 October 2011
Subject: Child's Play (1988)
Record Date: October 15, 2011, 05:49 PM
Plot Summary: A Chicago cop (Chris Sarandon), fatally wounds a serial killer (Brad Dourif). Using a Voodoo transference spell, the killer imprints his soul into a talking doll. A single mother (Catherine Hicks) buys the secretly-sentient doll for her son (Alex Vincent) on his 6th birthday.
Note: The frights just keep on coming for the podcast's month-long tribute to the Horror genre. This week, the editor of the Film section for Crave Online joins me to discuss child actors, 80s' action and suspense and the Child's Play franchise, in general. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.