Monday, October 18, 2021

AfterLunch | After Dinner Lounge – Home Abone

We're trying something different with the latest After Dinner Lounge conversation. Rather than drop another 3+ hour conversation on you, we're splitting it into two, smaller chunks. In this part, Rob, Evan, Pax, and I talk about what we've been listening to and reading, with the conversation meandering into Dracula comics, film canon, murderbots, and Nerd Lunch's lost Brenda Starr episode.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Monday, October 11, 2021

AfterLunch | Mystery Movie Night – Chippers, Chases, and Charizard

David asks Erik, Dave, and I to find the hidden connection between Fargo, Jingle All the Way, and Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back. If you haven't seen one or more of the movies, feel free to skip to the discussions of your choice:

00:01:24 - Review of Fargo (1996)
00:13:03 - Review of Jingle All the Way (1996)
00:32:09 - Review of Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
00:51:05 - Guessing the Connection

Friday, October 08, 2021

Hellbent for Letterbox | Duel at Diablo (1966)

Pax and I watch the first of only a few Westerns starring Sidney Poitier, Duel at Diablo. Also starring James Garner and Dennis Weaver. 

And Pax reads the next book in Geoff Darrow's Shaolin Cowboy series.

Friday, October 01, 2021

AfterLunch | After Dinner Lounge – Larry, I'm on Duck Tales

Rob, Evan, Pax, and I gather in the library for another rambling discussion about what we've been listening to, reading, watching, and thinking about, including breakfast cereals, megamixes, musical theatre, and bad office jargon.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Seriously Felicity | Gimme an O!

Kristi and I leave our toothbrushes at Sean and Ben's, try to figure out Blair's present, and neglect to properly dispose of a dead Christmas tree.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Filthy Horrors | Werewolves

Darla, Jess, and I watched a bunch of werewolf movies and now we want to talk about which is better: Wolfen or The Howling? Who's irritated by An American Werewolf in London and who rejects The Company of Wolves? And what does puberty have to do with any of this? 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Hellbent for Letterbox | Buffalo Girls (1995)

Pax and I watch the Calamity Jane mini-series based on a Larry McMurtry novel. The cast is super fun with Angelica Huston as Jane, Sam Elliot as Wild Bill Hickok, Peter Coyote as Buffalo Bill Cody, and Reba McEntire as Annie Oakley.

Friday, September 17, 2021

AfterLunch | Who Would Win? 2

Rob and I welcome back Chad Young and Jeff Somogyi for another few rounds of throwing improbable contestants into battles and arguing about who would emerge victorious. If we can stay on topic, that is.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Introducing the Crestwood House podcast

When I'm not directly hosting and releasing a podcast myself, I sometimes forget to mention it here right away, but that doesn't mean that I'm any less excited. Like with the brand new Crestwood House podcast that I'm doing with my friends Paxton Holley and Shawn Robare. Inspired by our love for the old Crestwood House monster books that we grew up reading, the show covers classic, pre-1980s horror movies. It'll run in seasons on the Cult Film Club podcast feed, releasing a new episode each week during the months of September and October.

Our first three movies are all werewolf flicks from different studios and decades: Universal's The Wolf Man (1941), American International's I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), and Hammer's The Curse of the Werewolf (1961). That last one just released today, so if you like old horror movies, I hope you'll check out and enjoy the conversations.

Monday, September 13, 2021

AfterLunch | Climax! "Casino Royale"

In the first of a series of James Bond episodes, Rob and I are joined by Karen Flieger to talk about Bond's first screen appearance in 1954's Climax! TV adaptation of Casino Royale. How watchable is "Card Sense" Jimmy Bond's team up with Clarence Leiter to take down Peter Lorre? Grab a seat at the table and we'll be glad to deal you in.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Friday, September 10, 2021

AfterLunch | After Dinner Lounge – Everyone is Right

Rob, Evan, Pax, and I convene for another meandering conversation about what we've been listening to, reading, watching, and thinking about. As always, recommendations abound and lead into other discussions, this time about perfect albums, anticipation for Shang Chi, method acting, and V’Ger's eternal question. 

Friday, August 27, 2021

Hellbent for Letterbox | Damsel (2018)

Pax and I discuss the Zellner Brothers' underseen and unexpected Damsel starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska. As always, we discuss the whole movie and this one is especially best seen without knowing anything about it, so we highly recommend watching the film before listening to this episode.

Pax also reads Bullet Catcher by Joaquin Lowe and Shaolin Cowboy by Geof Darrow, and listens to the How the West Was 'Cast podcast. And I watch Jane Russell in Montana Belle (1952).

Monday, August 23, 2021

AfterLunch | The Avengers (2012)

The AfterLunch MCU panel wraps up Phase 1 with an in-depth discussion of the improbably excellent Marvel mash-up film, The Avengers. Among the many important topics are Iron Man's hubris, Black Widow's agency, Hawkeye's archery technique, and Captain America's costume.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Friday, August 20, 2021

AfterLUNCH | Southern Road Trip

AfterLUNCH's 50th episode coincided with my road trip south to see a bunch of friends I haven't seen in a long time (and one I'd never met face-to-face before). Some of them grew up in the South, some transplanted there, and some transplanted away from there, so I talk to them about Southern living and what movies, TV shows, and books best represent it.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Monday, August 09, 2021

AfterLUNCH | MangAnime

Following up on some discussions in the After Dinner Lounge episodes, Michael and Evan welcome Evan's daughter Sarah to talk about favorite manga and anime. Some of the manga discussed are:
  • Black Butler
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun
  • Moriarty the Patriot
  • Bungo Stray Dogs
  • Silver Spoon
  • Akira
  • Samurai 7
  • Anne Freaks
  • Children of the Sea
  • A Silent Voice
And anime like:
  • Jujutsu Kaisen
  • Death Parade
  • Yuri on Ice
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower
  • Your Name
  • And of course, the films of Hayao Miyazaki
Download or listen to the episode here.

Monday, August 02, 2021

AfterLUNCH | Familify Something for Disney

Back on Episode 35, we sexified some stories for the CW. On this episode, we do the opposite as Rob and I welcome Karen Flieger and Adam Pope to turn material for grown-ups into kid-friendly fare.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Hellbent for Letterbox | The Left Handed Gun (1958)

Pax and I discuss Arthur Penn's Billy the Kid tale, The Left Handed Gun, starring Paul Newman as Billy with appearances by The Dukes of Hazzard's James Best and Denver Pyle.

I also continue my Western History movie project with The Mountain Men (1980) and Two for Texas (1998). And Pax continues reading Thierry Gloris and Jacques Lamontagne's Wild West graphic novels with a volume about Wild Bill. He also checks out the 1989 TV movie redo of The Left Handed Gun, Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid starring Val Kilmer.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

AfterLUNCH | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

For the second episode of AfterLUNCH, we reran a discussion of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl from an old podcast that my son David and I used to have. In addition to me and David, the panel featured Lizzie Twatchman, Mike Westfall, and Ron Marz. Now, we finally reconvene (with 100% more Rob Graham) to take a critical, but fond look at the second Pirates movie, Dead Man's Chest.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Friday, July 16, 2021

Filthy Horrors | Return of the Filthy Horrors

Darla, Jess, and I have been fully vaccinated and reconvene at last to catch up on how we did during the pandemic and what horror movies, books, and shows we were into over the last year-and-a-half.

Monday, July 12, 2021

AfterLUNCH | Sherlock Holmes (and Board Games)

In the first of a series of Sherlock Holmes episodes, Rob and I talk about our history with and love for the character as well as favorite adaptations. And somewhere along the way we get really sidetracked into a discussion of board games.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Friday, July 09, 2021

Hellbent for Letterbox | Belle Starr (1941)

Following Belle Starr's appearance in The Long Riders, Michael and Pax watch a highly fictionalized biography of the character starring Gene Tierney, Randolph Scott, and Dana Andrews. 

Pax also checks out the Italian Western version of The Belle Starr Story while Michael continues watching mountain man movies with Clark Gable in Across the Wide Missouri.

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

AfterLUNCH | After Dinner Lounge – This Tootsie Roll Pop of a Question

Michael, Rob, and Pax raise a glass to the sadly absent Evan and get into yet another meandering discussion about what they've been listening to, reading, watching, and thinking about. Topics are diverse, but much time is spent on Thanos, Stephen King, Star Trek vs Star Wars, and spontaneity in podcasting.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Saturday, July 03, 2021

Seriously Felicity | Thanksgiving

Kristi and I dress contempo casual, buy a questionable turkey, and make sweet potatoes in the microwave as Noel's girlfriend (Jennifer Garner) visits, causing him and Felicity to re-evaluate their feelings for each other.  

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

AfterLUNCH | Mystery Movie Night – Terror, Time Travel, and Teens

Dave asks David, Evan, Erik, and I to find the hidden connection between An American Werewolf in LondonThe Butterfly Effect, and X-Men: First Class. If you haven't seen one or more of the movies, feel free to skip to the discussions of your choice:

00:02:16 - Review of An American Werewolf in London (1981)
00:14:22 - Review of The Butterfly Effect (2004)
00:27:58 - Review of X-Men: First Class (2011)
00:49:59 - Guessing the Connection

Download or listen to the episode here.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Hellbent for Letterbox | Skin Game (1971)

Pax and I discuss a comedy about slavery with James Garner and Lou Gossett Jr in Skin Game.

Also: I pick up my Western History in Movies project again with Alejandro Iñárritu's The Revenant. And Pax checks out Richard Pryor and Fred Williamson in Adios Amigo.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

AfterLUNCH | Iron Man 2 and Thor

Our MCU panel (Lizzie, Pax, Rob, and I) are back to talk about the middle two movies of Marvel's Phase 1: Iron Man 2 and Thor. Opinions are certainly divided on the first film and there's also some disagreement about who Thor should be dating, so get your opinions ready and see who you agree with.

Download or listen to the episode here.

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


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