Monday, June 14, 2021

AfterLUNCH | Build-a-Sitcom

Rob and I welcome Rob's son, Ben Graham, to the show to create situation comedies in which each of us is a character surrounded by other characters from existing sitcoms. As opposed to the non-existent sitcoms that we're imagining. It'll make sense when you listen, I promise.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Monday, June 07, 2021

AfterLUNCH | Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk

The plan was for Lizzie Twachtman, Paxton Holley, Rob Graham, and I to briefly discuss each of the films in Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in a shocking turn of events, we had a lot to say and only got through the first two films (plus some opinions about Ang Lee's Hulk from 2003). Clearly we're not going to get through this project as quickly as we originally imagined, but please enjoy this in-depth discussion of the first two films in the MCU and we'll be back soon to talk about a couple more.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Friday, June 04, 2021

Hellbent for Letterbox | Johnny Guitar (1954)

Pax and I watch another much-requested Western, Nicholas Ray's gorgeous Johnny Guitar starring Joan Crawford, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine, and Mercedes McCambridge as an all-time great movie villain.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Monday, May 24, 2021

AfterLUNCH | Enterprise, Season 2

The AfterLUNCH Star Trek crew return to debrief about the second season of Enterprise. Delaney, Evan, Rob, and I discuss the continuation of the Temporal Cold War, the introduction of the Romulans, the return of the Borg, and all the other plot developments. We also update our opinions about the crew and of course discuss favorite and least-favorite episodes. 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Hellbent for Letterbox | Django (1966)

Pax and I drag our coffins to a Spaghetti Western legend: Sergio Corbucci's original Django starring Franco Nero.

Plus: Lots of listener feedback on our 100th episode covering The Searchers.

Seriously Felicity | Drawing the Line, Part 2

Following up on the previous episode, Kristi and I discuss the aftermath of what happened and how the show handles it. But also, Noel grows a goatee and Felicity hosts a club-happy high school student.

Monday, May 17, 2021

AfterLUNCH | Mystery Movie Night – Monoliths, Mansions, and Makeovers

What secret connection do 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Being There (1979), and Clueless (1995) have in common? Erik Johnson asks me, Evan Hanson, Dave Roof, and David May to find out.

As always with Mystery Movie Night discussions, opinions and spoilers abound, so if you haven't seen a film and prefer not to listen to that part of the episode, here are the time stamps to help you skip to the parts you want to listen to:

00:02:38 - Review of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
00:23:25 - Review of Being There (1979)
00:46:20 - Review of Clueless (1995)
01:06:51 - Guessing the Connection

Download or listen to the episode here.

Monday, May 10, 2021

AfterLUNCH | After Dinner Lounge - Let It Go in the Sewer, Georgie

Rob, Evan, Pax, and I gather for another after-dinner conversation sparked by what we've been listening to, reading, watching, and thinking about. Discussions start from the following topics, but meander:
  • Podcasts like Bonanas for Bonanza and The Untitled GenX Podcast.
  • Albums like Disney's Heigh-Ho! Mozart, Yesterday's Wine by Willie Nelson, and This Is What I Live For by Blue October.
  • Other audio material like the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series and SiriusXM
  • Books like Growing Gills by Jessica Abel, The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and The Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule.
  • Comics like The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, Baltimore by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and Ben Stenbeck, Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, Truth: Red, White, and Black by Robert Morales and Kyle Baker, and Eternals by Peter Gillis, Sal Buscema, and Walt Simonson.
  • Movies like Romeo and Juliet (1968) and the trailer for Shang Chi.
  • TV shows like Reign, the Disney+ MCU shows, The Witcher, and Invincible.
  • And real talk about Planning for the Future, Fears and Anxieties, Self Checkout Aisles, and Social Ills and Process Improvements.
Download or listen to the episode here.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Hellbent for Letterbox | Return of Sabata (1971)

Pax and I finish up the Sabata series as Lee Van Cleef comes back to the role for Return of Sabata

And something else that returns is the "Whatchoo Been Westernin'?" segment with Pax reading the comic The Legend of Oz: Wicked West by Tom Hutchinson and Alisson Borges and listening to Zaron Burnett's Black Cowboys podcast. Meanwhile, I've been watching the 1998 sorta-Western TV series, Little Men.  

Monday, May 03, 2021

AfterLUNCH | Sexify Something for The CW

In response to The CW's producing sexy, modern versions of Jane Austen stories, Rob, Sue London, Evan Hanson, and I made our own sexy CW shows based on things that weren't super sexy to begin with. Tune in for hot versions of The Ropers, IKEA, the life of Richard Milhous Nixon, and Richie Rich.

As promised on the show, here's part of the script that Sue wrote for the pilot episode of The Ropers:
ESTABLISHING SHOT

Outdoor pan of California apartment complex. Cream stucco, palm trees, three stories.

INTERIOR, DAY

The apartment is clearly high end California casual. Helen is lying on the couch in a white diaphanous robe with feather accents, flipping through a catalog. Stanley is peering through a curtain.

STANLEY

I think they’re doing it again. They’re all gathered around the pool like a pack of wolves. There’s going to be a party.

HELEN

You really need to stop that, you know.

STANLEY

What? Why? As the landlord it’s my job to keep track of everything and make sure tenants are…. Safe.

HELEN RAISES AN EYEBROW AT HIS DISTRACTION AND TOSSES DOWN THE CATALOG

And not stare at them when they wear bikinis at the pool.

STANLEY, LOOKING AFFRONTED

This has nothing to do with bikinis, I’ll have you know. That kid Cory is out there with a drone.

HELEN, PERKING UP AND GETTING OFF THE COUCH

He’s not a kid, he’s thirty, and what is he wearing?

STANLEY, STEPPING BACK AS HELEN WORMS HER WAY IN FRONT OF HIM TO LOOK OUT THE WINDOW

You really undermine yourself when you stare at the boys more than I stare at the girls.

HELEN

I’m a middle-aged woman, we’re considered harmless no matter what we do.

STANLEY SNORTS

THERE IS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR AND STANLEY OPENS IT. THERE IS A YOUNG, ATTRACTIVE WOMAN WRAPPED IN A SWIM ROBE

STANLEY

Amber, what’s up?

AMBER

Sorry, Mr. Roper, but I was hoping you could let me into my apartment? I forgot my keys again.

STANLEY

We’ve talked about this, Amber. I’m not your personal butler.

AMBER

I’m sorry. Pleeeeaase?

STANLEY ROLLS HIS EYES AND GRABS HIS KEYS. HELEN WAVES FROM THE WINDOW

HELEN

Be careful out there, honey. Watch out for the wolves!

AMBER, LOOKING CONFUSED

Wolves, Mrs. Roper?

HELEN

Don’t worry, you’ll start to recognize them. But you don’t need to worry about the ones whose teeth have worn down.

HELEN WINKS AT HER HUSBAND. STANLEY BARES HIS TEETH IN A SARCASTIC SMILE AND FOLLOWS AMBER OUT OF THE DOOR.

And here's Evan's proof-of-concept visual for sexy IKEA:

Download or listen to the episode here.

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