November 29, 2017

[Thundarr Road] Buzz Dixon Interview

At Thundarr Road, Michael, David, and I had the honor of chatting with Buzz Dixon about his work on Thundarr the Barbarian, including the unproduced film and sequel series, as well as Mighty Man and Yukk, Superstretch and Microwoman, Mork and Mindy, Little Clowns of Happytown, the legal woes of Filmation, working under Joe Ruby, his friendship with Steve Gerber, meeting Jack Kirby, the major shift of writing talent to Sunbow, and many, many more topics. Seriously, Buzz has long been a writing hero of mine, and it was an absolute treat hearing all of the stories he shared with us here. Check it out here.

November 13, 2017

[Schumacast] Sparkle

At Schumacast, Angie and I look at the 1976 Motown musical drama Sparkle, as well as the 2012 remake. Sparkle was the first screenplay written by Joel Schumacher, with origins going back to his fashion days in New York, and tells the story of three sisters struggling to rise through the ranks of the music industry. Check it out here.

[Made of Fail] The Shannara Chronicles, episodes 11-15

At Made of Fail, I resume my episode breakdowns of The Shannara Chronicles for the first half of Season 2.

#11 "Druid"
#12 "Wraith"
#13 "Graymark"
#14 "Dweller"
#15 "Paranor"

October 31, 2017

[Long Box Carpentry] Halloween Comics, Part 3 - Stefan Hutchinson and Devil's Due

At Long Box Carpentry, JD and I look at the final stretch of issues in Stefan Hutchinson's H20 comics timeline, which sadly ended half-way through a mini-series with yet another series in the works, as a result of Devil's Due's financial woes. Check it out here.

October 23, 2017

[I Hate/Love Remakes] The Lost Episodes: The Wolfman

In our latest recovered blast from the past, Evie and I are joined by Michael May, in the first of many podcasting adventures he and I have taken together in the time since. Here, we look at the Universal Monsters classic starring Lon Chaney Jr, and the not-so-classic and famously interfered with passion project remake starring Benicio Del Toro. Countless sequels are also explored, early scripts are appraised, a host disappears, and "but why?" is a phrase which often escapes our lips. Check it out here.

October 22, 2017

[Greystoked] Tarzan Escapes (1936)

In our latest Greystoked, David once again joins Michael and I as we look at the struggling third entry in MGM's line of Tarzan films starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan. The same old story beats are once again revisited, relatives show up just because we need a plot, the most sensible and modern of treehouses is somehow cobbled together, and massive reshoots mean we never get to see the promised vampire bats. That said, growling iguanas do indeed eat people! Check it out here.

October 16, 2017

[Long Box Carpentry] Halloween, Part 2 - Early Stefan Hutchinson

At Long Box Carpentry, JD and I dig into the second wave of tie-in comics for the Halloween franchise, as British author and documentarian Stefan Hutchinson begins sewing the seeds for what will continue to expand into his own new corner of the series. Initially released as convention exclusives and DVD extras, these one-shots set a new continuity wiping out everything between Halloween's 1 & 2 and H20 & Resurrection, exploring what Loomis and Michael were up to over those missing 20 years, his new victims, his effects on old victims, and what the hell, let's give Loomis a son! Check it out here.

October 11, 2017

[Thundarr Road] Episode 2 "Wizard Wars"

In our latest episode of Thundarr, Michael, David, and I ride alongside our heroic trio as they face dueling wizards, one a gleefully clapping octopus, the other a loud head in a jar. Battle cries are shouted, civilians are brainwashed, muttering little people are imprisoned in high chairs in a toy shop, elevators threaten all in the ruins of St. Louis, and Thundarr has no appreciation for Ariel's sense of humor. Check it out here.

October 2, 2017

[Schumacast] Virginia Hill

At Schumacast, Angie and I look at the sparse TV movie biopic of Virginia Hill, the love of mobster Bugsy Siegel, which is both Joel's directorial debut and his first produced screenplay (though not his first written). Las Vegas is built in a minimalist montage, much yelling and slapping is suffered, dramatic death droppings of jewelry are mocked, and there's no way this stood a chance in hell airing against M*A*S*H. Check it out here.

September 25, 2017

NEW SERIES! [Schumacast] The Early Life and Costume Designs of Joel Schumacher

In the introductory episode of Schumacast, Angie and I look at the early life of Joel Schumacher, his career in fashion, and his transition into cinema as we dig through the seven films he worked on as a costume/production designer. A surprisingly varied list of credits is appraised. Woody Allen is a creep. Someone else took Beyond the Batnipples so we wouldn't have to. And Roger Ebert occasionally had questionable taste in the 70s. Check it out here.