Friday, March 24, 2023

After Lunch | Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Rob and I talk about JJ Abrams' contribution to the Mission: Impossible series, starring Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Monaghan, Billy Crudup, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg, Laurence Fishburne, and Keri Russell.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Hellbent for Letterbox | The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Pax, Evan Hanson, and I wrap up our Zorro double-feature with the movie that started it all, the silent classic The Mark of Zorro starring Douglas Fairbanks.

Monday, March 20, 2023

After Lunch | Thunderball (1965)

Rob, Karen Flieger, and I talk about Sean Connery's fourth adventure as James Bond in Thunderball. Lots of music discussion in this one, praise for Paula Caplan and Fiona Volpe, and awe at Largo's impressive sense of fashion.

Monday, March 13, 2023

166 | Top 10 Years Later (2013)

Pax, guest Noel Thingvall, and I (with input from Evan as well) recall our favorite films of 2013 and how we feel about them now. And we might get into some of the big stinkers of 2013 as well.

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

Hellbent for Letterbox | The Mask of Zorro (1998)

Pax and I welcome back Evan Hanson to talk about the first movie of a Zorro double-feature on Hellbent. It's Martin Campbell's The Mask of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Anthony Hopkins.

Monday, March 06, 2023

After Lunch | Marvel's Year Without Superheroes

Rob, Evan, guest Jody Collins, and I imagine a reality in which Marvel Comics takes a year off from publishing superhero comics to focus on other genres. What genres should they pick? What stories should they tell? And what creators should write and draw them?

Monday, February 27, 2023

After Lunch | Bond Novels: The Man with the Golden Gun

I wrap up my series of solo episodes about Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels with his last book: The Man With the Golden Gun. Heavily influenced by the three films that had come out by then, it's a hint at the direction the series might have taken had Fleming lived long enough to write more. Whether that's a good thing or not is up for discussion.

Friday, February 24, 2023

After Lunch | After Dinner Lounge – Parrot with Fat Man

Rob, Evan, Pax, and I talk about what we've been watching and thinking about, including Willow, Velma, The Last of Us, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Ford v Ferrari, Black Adam, Gotham Knights, The Banshees of Inisherin, Pluto TV, Shrinking, how faithful adaptations should be, sleep, where we live, and planning a Sleepy Hollow trip.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Hellbent for Letterbox | McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

Pax and I watch the Robert Altman revisionist classic, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with smaller roles for Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine, and Rene Auberjonois. 

Pax also checks out Sukiyaki Western Django (2008) and I watch a couple of older films: Union Pacific (1939) and Gentle Annie (1944).

Monday, February 20, 2023

After Lunch | After Dinner Lounge – A New Thing On the Old Thing

Rob, Evan, Pax, and I talk about Marvel's Old Man characters, Martin Short's I Must Say, how to listen to movie review podcasts, malls, live action kids TV shows, John Carter of Mars, why our playlists are so awesome, the Fantastic Four, the UK’s rudest walk, epistolary books, Greek mythology, redcaps, mystery novels vs short stories, Star Trek comics, and other things we've been listening to and reading.

Friday, February 17, 2023

After Lunch | Mission: Impossible II (2000)

Michael and Rob get through John Woo's stylistic sequel, but is it really as bad as they remembered? There's guitars, slow motion, sunglasses, and doves, but also Anthony Hopkins, Thandiwe Newton, and Ving Rhames.

Monday, February 13, 2023

After Lunch | Goldfinger (1964)

Rob, guest Karen Flieger, and I don our golf togs and hit the green to talk about the film that changed the James Bond series forever. But are those changes all for the better? That's just one of the many topics under discussion, so pour yourself a glass of indifferently blended brandy and settle in.

Friday, February 10, 2023

After Lunch | Nerdstradamus 2023

At last! Rob, Evan, Robert Zerbe, Kay, and I look back at our favorite pop culture, predictions, and resolutions for 2022 and make a few predictions and resolutions for 2023 as well.

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Monday, February 06, 2023

After Lunch | Mission: Impossible (1996)

Rob and I get ready for this summer's Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Part One with the first in a series of episodes covering the Mission: Impossible movies so far. In this one, we talk about Baby Tom Cruise, the fate of Jim Phelps, charming Max, and whether any of this makes sense.

Friday, February 03, 2023

Monday, January 23, 2023

After Lunch | Star Trek: Discovery, Season 3

Rob, Delaney, and I skip ahead to the 32nd Century in our chronological Star Trek trek with Season 3 of Discovery. As the crew tries to locate the remnants of the Federation and acclimate to life in the future, our panel talks about favorite characters, plot threads, and themes of the season.

Monday, January 09, 2023

After Lunch | Bond Novels: You Only Live Twice

I continue my solo exploration of Fleming's Bond novels with the next-to-last in the series, You Only Live Twice. Following the tragic events of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, M sends Bond to Japan on an impossible diplomatic mission that becomes something much more bizarre and personal.

Monday, January 02, 2023

After Lunch | From Russia with Love (1963)

Rob, Karen Flieger, and I board the Orient Express to speed up the frequency of our Bond movie discussions this year, starting with Sean Connery's second appearance as Bond in From Russia with Love. We talk about the characters, music, quips, clothing, gadgets, and everything else that makes this one of our favorites.


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