October 2, 2016
Paul Rudd makes his big screen debut in the much maligned mid-90s sequel, and we take a look at both controversial and highly debated cuts in a breakdown which may surprise you. Check it out here.
September 18, 2016
My friend Michael May invited me onto a show where one host picks three films, then the others have to guess what the hidden connection is between them. In D-War, and ancient battle with dragons reawakens in the modern day. In The Last Airbender, M Night Shyamalan controversially adapts the modern classic cartoon about a war in a world where people can control the elements. In the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (we specifically covered part 3: Dog Days, but do discuss them all) a kid goes through the comedic struggles of life as an adolescent. Check it out here.
September 4, 2016
Angie Tusa once again joins us for John's first straight-up remake, as he explores a quiet country town where every woman mysteriously gives birth to oddly uniform children with special powers. Check it out here.
August 7, 2016
JD and I continue our look at the second half of Mac's continuing adventures against Aunt Nyarlathotep's ever-flailing, multi-eyed Thing, including a side-quest on a boat before the cosmic monster comes to discover the joys of love and negligees, then veers to the past for a prequel which doesn't set up one damned thing. Check it out here.
July 17, 2016
In which Angie Tusa once again joins us for a look at John Carpenter's 90s swirl of HP Lovecraft and Stephen King, which became a defining work of his for an entire generation of fans despite being yet another hard flop for him at the box office. Our views might be controversial! Check it out here.
June 19, 2016
In which J.D. DeMotte joins me as co-host of a new spinoff project looking at all the various comic book tie-ins to John Carpenter's films, beginning with the first two mini-series for The Thing which were put out by Dark Horse Comics. As Mac and Childs continue their adventures against the monstrously infectious cosmic shape-shifter, trudging through more snows of the frozen antarctic, to an inexplicably unaffected Central American rain forest. Also, Navy SEALs! Check it out here.
May 29, 2016
In which Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug joins us for a look at the nifty and oddball anthology film which sprung out of John Carpenter's failed attempt to sell Showtime a tv series to compete with HBO's Tales from the Crypt. Featuring: Robert Carradine with a sledge hammer! Stacy Keach with a killer head of hair! And Mark Hamill with exposed testicles! Check it out here.
April 30, 2016
In which my old fellow Remakes alum joins us as we look at the failure of Chevy Chase breaking into dramatic roles, but the success of John Carpenter returning to mainstream directorial work after a 6-year gap, and ILM breaking new ground with effects they'd spend the rest of the decade perfecting and evolving. Check it out here.
April 10, 2016
Last summer, I recorded a Masters of Carpentry episode with my friend Benjamin J. Colon where we discussed Return of the Thing an unproduced Sci Fi Channel mini-series from the mid-2000s, which was going to be produced (and possibly directed?) by Frank Darabont as a sequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic The Thing. I sat on the episode for a while because I still needed to write and record the opening chunk of production notes and a synopsis. When I finally got on that, it ended up expanding into something way too large to record for the episode, so Tim Pelan at Cinetropolis was kind enough to let me host the adjoining piece on his site as an article tying into the podcast. What resulted was the single longest article I've written to date, so I don't begrudge anyone who's not able to make it all the way through, but I had fun writing it as well as researching the entire run of Syfy's channel history. Seriously, I've got detailed timelines and everything. From now on, all my pieces on the unproduced works of John Carpenter will be articles for Cinetropolis, though there's a few I'm definitely planning to accompanying a podcast with.