Friday, August 17, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | A Man Called Sledge (1970)



Pax and I discuss Vic Morrow's spaghetti western starring James Garner, Dennis Weaver, and Claude Akins.

Also, I talk about the Zellner Bros' 2018 Western, Damsel, and Pax reviews the first couple of volumes of the graphic novel series Bouncer by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Francois Boucq.







Friday, August 10, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | Hulk (2003)



As David and I rewatch our way through the Marvel movies, I try to defend Ang Lee's Hulk and make it fit into the MCU. Will David be convinced? Will you?

 

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)



Pax and I talk about Walter Hill's misleadingly titled film starring Matt Damon, Jason Patric, Wes Studi, Robert Duvall, and Gene Hackman.

Also: quick reviews of Rick Geary's The True Death of Billy the Kid and the 1920 silent film, The Daughter of Dawn.







Monday, August 06, 2018

Mystery Movie Night | Red Dawn (1984), White Nights (1985), and Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)



Dave, David, and I are joined by special guest Shawn Robare (Branded in the 80s, Cult Film Club) to discuss death, dancing, and detectives.

00:04:10 - Review of Red Dawn

00:29:53 - Review of White Nights

00:49:56 - Review of Devil in a Blue Dress

01:06:44 - Guessing the Connection

Friday, August 03, 2018

Fourth Chair Army Invasion | Dukescussion



Growing up in the South, my family was glued to The Dukes of Hazzard every week. On the most recent episode of Nerd Lunch's Fourth Chair Army InvasionEvan Hanson, William Bruce West, Rob Graham, and I take a good, long look at the first season, trying to figure out what holds up and what doesn’t have the sense the good Lord promised a turkey.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | Agent Carter


To get through the long wait before Avengers 4, David and I are rewatching the Marvel movies and some of the TV shows in more or less chronological order. Having seen Captain America die at the end of The First Avenger, we deal with the fallout of that in the two seasons of the ABC TV series, Agent Carter.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Thundarr Road | Battle of the Barbarians


Thundarr and friends travel to San Francisco's Chinatown where they encounter an evil wizard who hires a barbarian warrior to fight Thundarr. Is the showdown everything we hoped it would be? David, Noel, and I talk that out alongside discussions of Chinese stereotypes, the appropriateness of dragons, and the best way to escape a slime pit.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Greystoked | Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)



Noel and I are joined by my pal writer Martin Powell (Dark Horse Comics' Jungle Tales of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs Comic Strips) to discuss the final chapter in MGM's Tarzan series. There's a lot to talk about, including Noel's spotting Elmo Lincoln (the first screen Tarzan) in the cast.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | ¡Three Amigos! (1986)



There's a lot of laughing and quoting in this episode when Pax and I talk about the 1986 Western comedy starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short.

Also: quick reviews of Gone Are the Days (2018), The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017), and the comic book The Undertaker, Volume 3: “The Ogre of Camp Sutter” by Ralph Myer and Xavier Dorison.









Monday, July 09, 2018

Mystery Movie Night | The Terminator (1984), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), and Unthinkable (2010)



Dave, David, Evan, and I are joined by the one and only Jeff Somogyi (Down the Rabbit HoleTalkin' Chopp) to talk about time travel, killer robots, and what could possibly connect those things to Samuel L Jackson's torturing Michael Sheen. It's very funny.

00:02:15 - Review of The Terminator

00:32:24 - Review of Austin Powers

00:52:34 - Review of Unthinkable

01:18:46 - Guessing the Connection

'Casting Off | Atragon (1963)



David and I are joined by our friend Charles Potomac (The Last Hometown) to discuss Toho's shockingly relevant giant submarine vs sea monster commentary on nationalism. We talk about the themes, but also of course about submarines, kaiju, and ancient underwater civilizations.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)



Pax and I talk at length about the financial and critical disaster that was William Fraker's Legend of the Lone Ranger, starring Klinton Spilsbury, Michael Horse, and Christopher Lloyd. But along the way, we also cover other iterations of the masked rider's adventures, including the original radio dramas, the 1938 serial, the Clayton Moore TV show, and a couple of cartoons.

Also in this episode: Pony Express mail featuring two lists of Must See Westerns as compiled by comics writer Chuck Dixon:

"Must See" Westerns

A More Advanced List of Western Movies



Monday, June 18, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | Captain America - The First Avenger


To get through the long wait before Avengers 4, David and I are rewatching the Marvel movies and some of the TV shows in more or less chronological order. We begin with the WWII adventure, Captain America: The First Avenger, paying special attention to characters and story seeds that become important in later films.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mystery Movie Night | Blue Hawaii (1961), Lilo & Stitch (2002), and Train to Busan (2016)


Evan takes the hosting chair and picks his first set of movies. Can you figure out what a trainload of zombies has to do with Hawaii and Elvis before Dave, David, special guest Paxton Holley, and I do?

Friday, June 08, 2018

'Casting Off | Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)



You know about Pirates of the Caribbean and Treasure Island. In this episode of our nautical film podcast, David and I are joined by our friend Rob Graham to talk about the other Disney pirate film, starring Dean Jones, Peter Ustinov, Suzanne Pleshette, and Elsa Lanchester.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Nerd Lunch | Solo Drill Down



Everyone's talking about Solo, so the Nerd Lunch gang decided to check it out and record their thoughts. And they invited me to join them. Online opinions are apparently split on it, but we all pretty much agreed about its quality. Take a listen and see if you agree, too.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Fourth Chair Army Invasion | Convince Me!



So, I've got a new podcast project. I know, I know, but it'll only be a few times a year and not much trouble to fit into the schedule. What's going on is the Nerd Lunch fellas are cutting back to two, actual Nerd Lunch episodes a month. The other two weeks are filled with spinoff shows, Down the Rabbit Hole and The Chap Report, so I floated them the idea of letting their Fourth Chair Army (of which I'm pleased to be a member) take over the show anytime there's a fifth Tuesday in the month. They went for it and Fourth Chair Army Invasion is a thing.

For the first episode I asked Liz Twachtman, Mike Westfall, and Evan Hanson (all of us appearing in the collage above with Nerd Lunch's Carlin Trammel) to join me in something I called "Convince Me." Each of us introduced another panelist to something they’ve never tried before to see if we could convince each other about the worth of The Americans, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Attack the Block, and Meet the Robinsons.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | True Grit (2010)



Pax and I talk about the Coen Brothers' re-adaptation of Charles Portis' novel. We also get in some discussion on the 1969 John Wayne version as well as Charlton Comics' Billy the Kid.







Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thundarr Road | Stalker from the Stars



David, Noel, and I try to figure out just where Thundarr, Ariel, and Ookla have traveled to in "Stalker from the Stars." With only a couple of clues to guide us, Noel and I came up with different answers, so we talk that through before getting to the business of an ice cavern amusement park, a deadly alien, and a very sick Mok.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | Stagecoach (1939)



Pax and I finally visit the John Ford/John Wayne classic, also starring Claire Trevor, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Tim Holt, Tom Tyler, and (uh oh?) Andy Devine.

Also: Pony Express mail and quick reviews of McLintock! (1963) and The Great Missouri Raid (1951).







Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Interview in Dark Worlds Quarterly



If you're like me, you enjoy the guest posts here where GW Thomas writes about pulp magazines and Golden Age comics. And you've probably also noticed at the bottom of those articles where his bio says that he's the editor of Dark Worlds magazine.

Well, worlds have collided and GW was kind enough to invite me to participate in an interview for the latest issue, now online. It's a special kaiju and comics issue and I got to chat about Kill All Monsters, this blog, and just influences and stuff I love in general. The rest of the issue is cool, too, with articles about Reptilicus, Kamandi, and much much more. Please go check it out.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Mystery Movie Night | Barbarella (1968), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)



Mystery Movie Night celebrates its 25th episode with a discussion of angels, authority figures, and Albuquerque. After a brand new, custom-made theme song (written and performed by my brother Matt May), Erik leads the gang through wacky space opera, high school hijinks, and cartoon superspies. Are these movies any good? What's the secret that connects them? Tune in and find out!

00:02:55 - Review of Barbarella

00:23:55 - Review of Ferris Bueller's Day Off

00:55:22 - Review of Looney Tunes: Back in Action

01:23:23 - Guessing the Connection

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

'Casting Off | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)



An epic start to an epic movie series deserves an epic panel to talk about it. On the latest 'Casting Off, David and I are joined by Ron Marz, Liz Twachtman, and Mike Westfall to spring a man from jail, commandeer a ship of the fleet, and sail with a buccaneer crew out of Tortuga. We're completely obsessed with the treasure that is this movie.



Monday, April 02, 2018

Thundarr Road | Interview with Thundarr writer Buzz Dixon, Part 2




We'll be back on the Road soon with the next recap, but until then, enjoy the second part of our interview with writer Buzz Dixon. Noel talks with Buzz about life after Thundarr with special focus on GI Joe. It's another great conversation with great, new stories that you won't want to miss.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | Red Sun (1971)



On this episode of Hellbent, Pax and I discuss Terence Young's East-meets-Western starring Charles Bronson, Toshiro Mifune, and Ursula Andress.

We also have short talks about some things with long titles: Anton Treuer's book Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask and Chuck Connors in Kill Them All and Come Back Alone.







Monday, March 26, 2018

Mystery Movie Night | Major League (1989), A Few Good Men (1992), and Benny & Joon (1993)



We're all about baseball, brigs, and Buster Keaton on the latest Mystery Movie Night. Dave, David, Erik, Evan, and I discuss a trio of '90s movies and what it is that connects them all.

00:01:44 - Review of Major League

00:26:45 - Review of A Few Good Men

00:44:35 - Review of Benny & Joon

01:08:00 - Guessing the Connection



Friday, March 23, 2018

Pop Culture Retrofit | National Lampoon's Vacation Western



Pop Culture Retrofit is a great idea for a podcast. Each episode, Christian and DiGio take a movie or TV show and imagine what it would be like in a different medium or genre. So: what if The Breakfast Club was a Disney animated movie with talking animals? Or The Da Vinci Code was a game show? Or Die Hard was more appropriate for cats? It's not just a great concept; it's hilarious.

Sometimes they have a guest and for the latest episode they let me come on and help think of ways to turn National Lampoon's Vacation into a Western. I had a blast and laughed a lot. You need to check this out.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Greystoked | 1930s Recap



On the latest Greystoked, Noel, David, and I review the decade that changed Tarzan forever in the public eye. We discuss not just the wild success of MGM and Johnny Weissmuller's interpretation, but the Burroughs novels from the decade as well as imitators from Bomba to Ka-Zar.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | The Villain (1979)



Pax and I giggle and groan over Hal Needham's slapstick comedy starring Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Ann-Margret.

Also: a brief Lone Ranger discussion and mini-reviews of 1967's Hour of the Gun (with James Garner as Wyatt Earp) and Mighty Marvel Western featuring Rawhide Kid, Kid Slade, and Two-Gun Kid.









Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Nerd Lunch | An Extra-Helping of Black Panther



Last week on Nerd Lunch, Jeeg invited me, William Bruce West, and Liz Twachtman to talk about Black Panther. It was my second podcast talking about it; the first being N3rd World a couple of weeks ago. The N3rd World discussion is my initial reaction; Nerd Lunch is after I've had a chance to process it a little. I need to see the movie again though. There's so much to think about in there.

Anyway, it's always fun visiting with Jeeg and Will and it was a pleasure to meet and talk to Liz, too.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | Hannie Caulder (1971)



Shawn Robare joined Pax and I for another episode, this time to discuss Raquel Welch and Robert Culp in Hannie Caulder, a movie that was a big inspiration for Quentin Tarantino.

There's also some Pony Express mail about Robert Blake Westerns and in "Whatchoo Been Westernin'," we mix genres with the post-apocalyptic movie Scorched Earth and the steampunk vampire novel Blood Riders.







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