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.

May 26, 2017

[A Random Podcast] Iron Fist

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My friend (and Long Box Carpentry co-host) JD and I had many things we wanted to say about the Netflix TV series adaptation of Iron Fist, so we figured, hey, why not record a completely random podcast about it. And debut the episode 2 months after the TV show was released and everyone else has moved on from talking about it. Yay!

Follow JD DeMotte on Twitter, and check out his shows Comics Are Awesome! and From the Pages on YouTube, and his occasional appearances on The Defenders Podcast.

May 7, 2017

[Greystoked] 1910-1920s Recap

Michael and I look back on the first two decades of Tarzan in cinema, placing it against the backdrop of the original novels, other appearances in pop culture, and other jungle heroes created before and along the way. Check it out here.

April 27, 2017

[Long Box Carpentry] Halloween, Part 1 - The Chaos! Year

The first of three episodes in which JD and I look at comic book tie-ins for the Halloween films, beginning with the year they spent at a comic company so EXTREME that they have an exclamation point right there in the logo. Join us for the continuing adventures of Tommy Doyle and the Cult of the Thorn as the writer of Halloween 6 keeps trying his damnedest to make Halloween 6 relevant. Check it out here!

April 8, 2017

[Greystoked] Tarzan the Tiger (1929)

Michael and I are once again joined by David May for a look at this transitional film which, while still largely silent, began adding in sound effects, a synched score, and our very first awkward Tarzan yell! Frank Merrill, the former stunt double of Elmo Lincoln, is back in the pelts for the second and final of his headlining serials, as Tarzan faces a jealous queen, multiple amnesiac blows to the head, a massive rubber crocodile, and the prettiest pouch of pebbles you've ever seen. Check it out here!

April 3, 2017

GUEST SPOT! Shot/Reverse Shot: Five Came Back

Edwin Davies (who writes magnificent film reviews on A Mighty Fine Blog - seriously, I can't recommend his work highly enough) had me on his film podcast Shot/Reverse Shot to discuss Five Came Back, a new Netflix documentary series where modern legends of the film industry talk about the group from the past who banded together during WWII to make propagandist films which not only drove the public perception of the war, but established new techniques for how documentaries would continue to be made for decades to come. Check it out here!

March 15, 2017

GUEST SPOT! A Reel Education: The Quiet Man

Melissa and Tim were kind enough to have me back on A Reel Education for only the second John Ford film I've ever seen in my life. John Wayne returns to his family lands in Ireland, faces down old-fashioned beliefs with newer old-fashioned beliefs, beholds the might of Maureen O'Hara, tells a countless number of cigarettes to fuck off, and gets into one of the most epic fistfights of all time. Check it out here!

February 28, 2017

[Greystoked] Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927)

Evie, my old friend and co-host from I Hate Love Remakes joins us for a look at this matinee quickie where James Pierce, the soon-to-be-son-in-law of Edgar Rice Burroughs in his lone outing as Tarzan, finds himself up against an unexpected sister, Boris Karloff in blackface, a Halloween store onesie, and the most unfortunate ape funeral captured on film. Check it out here!

February 14, 2017

[Masters of Carpentry] Halloween H20

Alex and I finally reach WHAT SHOULD BE the final chapter of the Halloween saga, as Kevin Williamson and Jamie Lee Curtis craft a personal and operatic character piece exploring where Lori ended up 20 Years Water. Teens are killed, the career of Josh Hartnett is launched, middle-aged couples get their due, and John Carpenter almost makes a triumphant return. Check it out here!

January 20, 2017

[Greystoked] The Adventures of Tarzan (1921)

Michael and I are once again joined by his son David as we look at the silent serial edited from an even longer silent serial which marked the final outing of action star Elmo Lincoln as the iconic jungle king. Beards are grown and shorn, dudes are tossed left and right, and lions spring from all around. Check it out here!

January 17, 2017

[Masters of Carpentry] Vampires

It's held up by fans as a recent classic and a return to form for John Carpenter, but we have many thoughts about the badass 90s look at the manly men hired by the Vatican to eradicate all bloodsucking kind. Melissa of Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome once again joins us as we cut up some priests, spit out some burgers, and wonder what the deal is with James Woods and his fascination with what causes people to pitch tent. Bonus: there's a sequel starring Jon Bon Jovi! Check it out here!

January 15, 2017

GUEST SPOT! A Reel Education: La Dolce Vita

A Reel Education is a wonderful series introducing people to the classic of cinema, and is co-hosted by Melissa Kaercher, whom you've likely seen me mention in the past for episodes of her other show Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome on which I've appeared, and her own guest spots on Masters of Carpentry. As I'd never seen a single film by Federico Fellinni (despite him being a favorite of my dad's), I was invited to sit in on their discussion of La Dolce Vita, his stylish and for some reason beloved 1960 exploration of the vapidity of celebrity. Check it out here!

January 1, 2017