Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | Thor: The Dark World (2013)

David and I discuss the evolution of Loki's character arc, the Thor/Jane 'ship, and whether Malekith is a good villain. And of course, lots of connections to the other Marvel movies.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox Episode 50 | Young Guns (1988) and Young Guns II (1990)

To celebrate the 50th episode of Hellbent for Letterbox, Pax and I set aside the Pony Express and Whatchoo Been Westernin' to focus exclusively on the two Young Guns movies starring Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, and a couple of posses' worth of other '80s Brat Packers.

We're both crazy about Young Guns, but have different opinions on the sequel. It's a great discussion, so make yourself comfortable and settle in for this double-size celebration.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Countdown to Halloween

I had planned to do a Countdown to Halloween series again this year, but looming deadlines (both writing and podcasting) are going to make that impossible. At least on this particular site.

If you want more Halloween goodness than you can handle though, follow my Tumblr, because it is a non-stop spook party over there.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | Iron Man 3 (2013)

David and I tackle the final Iron Man solo film and talk about how its darker subject matter affects our enjoyment.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | The Avengers (2012)

David and I discuss the unlikely miracle that is Joss Whedon's The Avengers as well as its effect on the Marvel movies (and TV shows) that followed it.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Pax and I talk about Pax's second-favorite Western of all time; a movie that I'd never seen before. But there's also time for quick reviews of 1953's The Lawless Breed and Daniel A Edwards' book, Billy the Kid: An Autobiography.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | Thor (2011)

David and I talk about Marvel's hunkiest hero and the increasingly complicated continuity of the MCU.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | Iron Man 2 (2010)

David and I discuss the first MCU sequel and talk about whether it stands on its own as a story or if it's mostly just there to set up future films. And starting with this episode, we begin ranking the MCU movies and villains so far.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | Jonah Hex (2010)

Pax and I raise the corpse of the DC Comics box office flop to figure out if it's as bad as its reputation and maybe even how to fix it. Jonah Hex stars Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich and was written (in part) by the notorious Neveldine and Taylor.

Pax also talks about the 1985 Jonah Hex comics reboot, Hex, and I wander away from comics completely to review 1952's Bend of the River, starry Jimmy Stewart, Julie Adams, and Rock Hudson.

All this and Pony Express!

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | The Incredible Hulk (2008)

David and I talk about David's introduction to one of his favorite superheroes and how the movie connects to the '78 TV series, Ang Lee's Hulk, and the rest of the Marvel MCU.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | Iron Man (2008)

David and I continue our Marvel Cinematic Universe watch-through with the movie that launched the series-proper. We focus on characters and the seeds that grow the universe, but also have a fun discussion about just who Nick Fury was thinking of when he said, "You think you're the only superhero?"

Friday, August 31, 2018

Mystery Movie Night | The Cocoanuts (1929), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), and Moana (2016)

Come and see the violence inherent in the system as David, Evan, Dave, and I are joined by Nerd Lunch's Jeeg to talk about rotten real estate, rabid rabbits, and ridiculous roosters.

00:01:25 - Review of The Cocoanuts

00:21:09 - Review of Monty Python and the Holy Grail

00:33:27 - Review of Moana

00:55:58 - Guessing the Connection

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Greystoked | Tarzan Triumphs (1943)

As Sol Lesser and RKO take over the Tarzan series from MGM, Noel and I welcome back guest Christopher Mills who helped review Lesser's first Tarzan film, Tarzan the Fearless, on Episode 8 of the podcast. In this new episode, we discuss whether the post-MGM series is in good hands, but also talk about the absence of Jane and of course Tarzan vs. Nazis.

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.


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