Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hellbent for Letterbox | Riders of the Whistling Skull (1937) / The Night Riders (1939)



Pax and I explore the Three Mesquiteers. We talk about the history of the long-running series, then take a look at Riders of the Whistling Skull, in which Robert Livingstone, Ray Corrigan, and Max Terhune help a woman find her missing father and some lost treasure. Then in The Night Riders, Livingstone is replaced by John Wayne who leads the trio as masked vigilantes fighting an evil land baron.

It's '30s Saturday matinee pulp, but is it any good? We find out.

Also: Lots of Pony Express and I talk briefly about Western comics Manifest Destiny and Perdy.







Monday, November 19, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)



David and I discuss the second Avengers movie and whether it lives up to the promise of the first one. We also talk about Brutasha, compare Quicksilvers, and decide how we'd like to see the X-Men introduced to the MCU.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sleigh Bell Cinema | The Thin Man (1934)



I'm joined by Kay from the Hyperspace Theories podcast, FanGirlBlog, and Geek Fashion Galaxy to talk about one of our favorite movies. What makes Nick and Nora Charles so great? Is The Thin Man a good mystery? And how does it capture the Christmas experience in a way that many bona fide Christmas movies don't?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | Daredevil: Season 1


David and Michael discuss the first season of Netflix's Daredevil and why it's so brutally violent.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sleigh Bell Cinema | Gremlins (1984)



I talk with Jeeg from Nerd Lunch about Joe Dante's Christmas horror-comedy, Gremlins. How well does it walk the line between snickers and scares? And what are some other holiday horror movies we like?

Be sure to also check out the Gremlins episodes of the Cult Film Club and I Read Movies podcasts, which we mention in the show.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dragonfly Ripple | Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)



David and I discuss Marvel's exploration of the space opera genre, the characters that inhabit it, and how it connects to the rest of the Cinematic Universe.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thundarr Road | Valley of the Man-Apes


Heading south along the California coast, Thundarr and Friends reach the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood where they encounter talking apes who are gathering pieces of a secret (but familiar-looking) weapon to use in their war against a beleaguered city of little people. Noel, David, and I discuss the homage-heavy episode and whether it lives up to our hopes for it.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Gimme That Star Trek | Trek's Goofiest Episodes


It's been a while since I've gotten to talk about Star Trek on a podcast (RIP, Starmageddon), but Siskoid kindly invited me to his show to celebrate the sillier side of Trek. When I initially thought up the topic, I was thinking just about the original series (and we do spend most of our time there), but Siskoid wisely expanded the conversation to include the later shows, specifically asking if camp is something that should be part of every Star Trek iteration.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Sleigh Bell Cinema | It's a Wonderful Life (1946)



I'm joined by Carlin Trammel (Nerd Lunch, Dragonfly Ripple) to talk about Frank Capra's classic Christmas movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

After discussing what makes a Christmas movie (and why this film is one), we take a close look at George Bailey, his friends, his family, and his wonderful life.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Introducing Sleigh Bell Cinema



UPDATE: The show was still under review with iTunes when this post went live, but it's now been approved and is available for your subscribing pleasure.

Now that Halloween is done, we've got another holiday to cover. If you've been hanging out with me here for a while, you know that Christmas is a big deal to me and hopefully you're looking forward to this year's installment of the Christmas Carol Project. But before we get to that, we have some Christmas movies to talk about.

I've started a new podcast called Sleigh Bell Cinema. It's going to be a seasonal podcast covering a wide variety of Christmas movies. In the first episode, I'm joined by Mike Westfall, whose TV-focused Advent Calendar House podcast is a direct inspiration for Sleigh Bell Cinema. And of course, we have to start with an adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

After a quick conversation about the Muppets' relationship with Christmas in general, we talk about one of our favorite Christmas Carol adaptations, The Muppet Christmas Carol. What makes it a good adaptation? How does it rank with other Muppet films? Did it get the casting right? Is there anything that it doesn't do so well? I hope you'll tune in for more fun than falling down a chimney and landing on a flaming hot goose.




Friday, November 02, 2018

Mystery Movie Night | Beetlejuice (1988), The Crow (1994), and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)



It's appropriate that our 31st episode released on the 31st and to celebrate Halloween, we invited special guest Siskoid (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery, The Fire and Water Podcast Network) to help us talk about a trio of spooky movies by auteur directors with passion for art direction. But that isn't the connection.

00:05:08 - Review of Beetlejuice

00:22:43 - Review of The Crow

00:45:24 - Review of Hellboy II: The Golden Army

01:11:01 - Guessing the Connection

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