August 9, 2017

[Greystoked] Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

At Greystoked, Michael and I are joined by blogger Kay for Tarzan and His Mate, the second of MGM's iconic series starring Johnny Weissmuller. The ethics of his romance with Jane are discussed, guys are creeps, copious nude swimming is beheld, and everyone is eaten by lions. Check it out here.

August 7, 2017

[Masters of Carpentry] Cigarette Burns

At Masters of Carpentry, Alex and I are once again joined by film podcaster Melissa Kaercher for the first of two episodes John Carpenter directed for Masters of Horror, "Cigarette Burns", about the search for a cursed film which drives audiences mad. Guts are projected, thematic resonance explored, and mutual appreciation for Udo Kier expressed. Check it out here.

August 6, 2017

[Thundarr Road] Episode 1 "Secret of the Black Pearl"

At Thundarr Road, Michael, David, and I explore the series debut, where the dome-encrusted remains of New York house rodent men, a flame-wielding resurrected Statue of Liberty, and a confusingly two-faced wizard named Gemini. Also, Ookla fails to fly a helicopter. Check it out here.

July 30, 2017

[Thundarr Road] Introduction

In the debut of our new series exploring Thundarr the Barbarian, Michael, David, and I geek out about the interesting history of the series, our past experiences with it, and its place as a transitional point between 70s and 80s animated shows. Check it out here.

July 23, 2017

[Greystoked] Tarzan the Fearless (1933)

At Greystoked, Michael and I are joined by comic writer Christopher Mills to discuss the awkward serial Tarzan the Fearless, starring Buster Crabbe shortly before he was immortalized as Flash Gordon. Producer Sol Lesser makes his first of many appearances in the franchise, Butthead chuckles are evoked, and a meaty pair of buns flash their way into our hearts. Check it out here.

July 22, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2007 film)

So Valerian is... okay. I hate to say that, as I hung a lot of hopes on this film, especially since I'm a fan of wild space opera adventures, which is a genre that's always struggled to take off outside of Stars Wars or, more recently, Guardians of the Galaxy. Jupiter Ascending was a painful film to see bomb, even though I fully get why it didn't take off, and I still want someone to adapt Lensmen, dammit, so we need something more to show this genre has viable legs. Unfortunately, Valerian isn't going to change that. I enjoyed watching it, it's funny, exciting, looks beautiful, and does a nice job exploring a James Bond-style globes-spanning espionage thriller in a setting filled with aliens and even tourist-rich alternate dimensions.

July 17, 2017

[Masters of Carpentry] Halloween: Resurrection

At Masters of Carpentry, Alex and I usher the original Halloween franchise to its close as we digest, discuss, and frequently laugh at the eight entry in the franchise, where Laurie Strode dies of a contractual obligation, metacommentary explorations of reality tv and video games are underdeveloped yet appreciated, and Busta Rhymes delivers flying roundhouse kicks to our feared killer's head. Check it out here.

June 26, 2017

[Masters of Carpentry] Ghosts of Mars

At Masters of Carpentry, Alex and I are again joined by Kevin O'Shea to discuss the scifi/action/horror mashup which almost marked the end of John Carpenter's feature directorial career. Language is garbled by denchers, balloons erupt in a multitude of explosions, Jason Statham is snubbed out of a lead role, and Ice Cube tells us all to put our damn hands down. Check it out here.

June 24, 2017

[Greystoked] Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

At Greystoked, Michael and I are joined by comic writer Ron Marz for the 1932 classic Tarzan the Ape Man, the first of twelve films starring Johnny Weissmuller in a role that became a cinematic icon. Check it out here.

June 5, 2017

[Masters of Carpentry] Silent Predators

At Masters of Carpentry, Evie and I do our best to find things to talk about as we explore the 1999 tv movie Silent Predators, based on a screenplay John Carpenter wrote all the way back in 1976. A small town finds itself invaded by a horde highly-toxic, highly-territorial hybrid snakes, and their only hope is the perpetually confused stare of Harry Hamlin. Check it out here.