Monday, January 17, 2022

AfterLunch | Bond Novels – Dr. No

I continue exploring Ian Fleming's James Bond novels with the sixth in the series, Dr. No. It's the pulpiest so far, but also has big character development for Bond and a surprising thematic connection with Pierre Boulle's novel, Planet of the Apes

Friday, January 14, 2022

Hellbent for Letterbox | News of the World (2020)

Pax and I finally watch the 2020 Western that everyone's been talking about, Paul Greengrass' News of the World starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel. And Pax looks into what the deal is with The Hateful Eight Extended Version.

Monday, January 10, 2022

AfterLunch | Mystery Movie Night – Pixies, Police, and Protests

I ask Dave, David, Erik, Evan, and special guest Rob Graham to find the hidden connection between A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968), Running Scared (1986), and V for Vendetta (2005).

If you haven't seen one or more of the movies, feel free to skip to the discussions of your choice:

00:02:36 - Review of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)
00:33:31 - Review of Running Scared (1986)
00:52:25 - Review of V for Vendetta (2005)
01:16:45 - Guessing the Connection

Download or listen to the episode here.

Friday, January 07, 2022

AfterLunch | Enterprise, Season 3

The AfterLunch Star Trek Council reconvenes to discuss Enterprise's attempt at a serialized story in its third season. Rob, Evan, Delaney, and I talk about the Xindi, the Expanse, and spatial anomalies in addition to Archer's darkening, Reed's insecurity, and whether there's such a thing as too much time travel.

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Monday, January 03, 2022

AfterLunch | Bond Novels – From Russia, with Love

I discuss the fifth Bond novel by Ian Fleming and it's a bold entry in the series. Fleming spends the first half of the book on the villains and their plan, not introducing Bond until halfway through. And then ends the story on a cliffhanger. 

Friday, December 31, 2021

AfterLunch | Last Christmas (2019)

One, last Christmas episode of the year and it's about Last Christmas. Rob and I talk about Paul Feig's film from a couple of years ago, co-written by Emma Thompson and starring Emilia Clarke, Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson, and Henry Golding. And also featuring of course the music of George Michael. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

AfterLunch | After Dinner Lounge – Podcast Poison

Rob, Evan, Pax, and I continue our conversation from last episode. We talk about (and unwrap) Christmas presents, break a tie, discuss shows like Hawkeye and Cowboy Bebop, share some Christmas traditions, and address the Bitsy McBitserson in the room.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Monday, December 27, 2021

AfterLunch | After Dinner Lounge – CHRISTMAS!

Just before the Christmas holiday, Rob, Evan, Pax, and I gathered to talk about what we've been listening to and reading. As always with these Lounge discussions, the conversation goes its own way, but major topics include how to read short story collections, irritating things about interview podcasts, The Force Awakens and the whole Star Wars sequel trilogy, and of course lots and lots of Christmas music.

Download or listen to the episode here. 

Saturday, December 25, 2021

AfterLunch | Scrooged (1988)

A Christmas Carol week concludes with me talking with my brother Mark about the irreverent remake, Scrooged, starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Alfre Woodard, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, and a bunch of other stars. As with the rest of this week's adaptation discussions, this originally aired on the former Sleigh Bell Cinema podcast.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Friday, December 24, 2021

AfterLunch | Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

A Christmas Carol week continues with another old Sleigh Bell Cinema discussion. This time Paxton Holley and I triple the run time of the movie we're talking about when we dig into the short Mickey's Christmas Carol starring a plethora of Disney characters in the various Dickens roles.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Hellbent for Letterbox | The Harder They Fall (2021)

Pax and I watch the new Netflix Western, The Harder They Fall, directed by Jeymes Samuel. Starring Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, and others as fictionalized versions of actual historical people.


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