Movie Meltdown
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Attack of the Killer Soundtrack - Episode 26

This week we sit down with the genre-defying band - The Dead Deads. We learn a little about the members themselves, mostly based on their love of movies and music. And of course along the way, we build an interesting and well-rounded soundtrack. 

And while one member of band pins down the ultimate, phenomenal pussy soundtrack, we also discuss... Instagram pizza pictures, TARS, continuing to be dicks to the poor, Miley Cyrus, experiencing horror vicariously, Rotoscope, indie boners, Ann Getty, I don't do anything cool really, this is super unpleasant, I had snot everywhere... it was such a good movie, literally animate everything we're singing, hanging out on a cruise ship, Disney movies, a Metal/Rock/Punk/Dance Party, Snowpiercer, dropping off a cup of sugar, trust the sci fi fan, a see-through mesh black thing, a key moment for musicians and film lovers alike, being punctual, it's an add your own curse song, having good teeth, favorite robot, Quentin Tarantino, the biggest nerd, what's happening now?, get in yo bunk, unless an alien pops out or we're in outer space I don't really care, some possession movie, super worried about Walter White, I could party on that soundtrack until I die, the greenest person in the room, a vision quest of horror movies, being assigned a dead name, predestined to be a dick, Slayer Rules, a four hour fight about Disney soundtracks, trust the parameters of social media, Mad Libs song, my hard drive is full, Elvis mouth vs. Billy mouth, post-apocalyptic Schindler's List, leopard pants, quite the entertaining little chimp, the dude in the red thong, I don't do anything cool really, a well-organized genre explosion in Drop D, Interstellar, Taylor Hawkins, BW3 trivia... and a luckdragon. 

"...but that song came on and I was just like 'What the hell is this?! Must obtain track!'" 

For more on The Deads Deads, go to:

Direct download: Attack_Ep_26_The_Dead_Deads_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:37 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 308

This week we assemble at least a portion of The Meltdown Gang to put together our own "Marvel Super Special"! We kick things off with a little discussion of the new Daredevil series, followed by our extended take on this week's Out on the Town feature - Avengers: Age of Ultron

Plus as one of us has a run-in with a Mr. Fisk, we also discuss... C2E2, House of M, he's Starscream, Tom Hardy, dramatic pacing, Man of Steel, Loki, please cobble this, Vincent D'Onofrio, Doctor Doom, the elevator comment, Mayberry, doing his thing at the artist's table, Elizabeth Olsen, Rick Grimes, the scale is so big, Steven Seagal, Maker's Mark, old John Woo, being a geek God, nuke the city, Joss Whedon, playing off humanity, Andy Serkis, a biological bullet, all of it matters, dialogue, Black Widow, track your people, the money shot, evil Government realism, kind of like Lannisters, the party, Guardians of the Galaxy, you're blind and you're sewing, Jason Momoa, Latveria, a what if comic, Don Cheadle, you couldn't do the shoes, a Canadian douchebag, Superman 3/2, Will Smith, Rob Thomas, Hell's Kitchen, it's not Easter... they're just eggs, PTSD, so CG, Vision, iZombie, Hawkeye, Xander, lifting Mjölnir, I don't want that in my comic book, Planet Hulk, I have my own idea of what they should do - and they should just do it, Civil War, strong female characters, Civil Wars, being attracted to death, he will die in glory, The Dread Pirate Roberts, teamwork, Secret Wars, a foundation of good-lookin' shit, Groot didn't wear Crocs, making an awkward geek noise, the mad scientist speech, Veronica Mars, isolating yourself from the world, mouth movement and... The City! 

Spoiler Alert: While we control ourselves as best as we can for Daredevil, it's full spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron (but hopefully you will have seen it by the time you are listening to this episode). Plus a random 28 Weeks Later spoiler sneaks in there as well. You have been warned. 

"Good, I'm allowed to be a super nerd for these two hours." 

Direct download: Avengers_Assemble_Ep_308_-_3002.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:06 PM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 307

This week Bryan and Lucy team up once again with Michael from the You Eight It podcast to tackle a relatively forgotten film from Michael Rooker's past. Long before he found a much wider audience with projects like The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy, Mr. Rooker was probably thrilled to get cast as the lead in a modern day film noir called Brown's Requiem. Especially since it was based on a James Ellroy novel and co-starred people like Selma Blair, Will Sasso, Brad Dourif, Harold Gould, Kevin Corrigan, Valerie Perrine, Tobin Bell and Brion James. But despite the well-known author and impressive cast... it seems like this movie was lost to the ages. So the three of us sit down to recap the film and try to figure out just why this movie wasn't a big hit.

And while we learn about the mysterious origins of Higgins Memorial Coliseum, we also bring up... The Age of Adaline, if in fact I had maintained consciousness, Mass Effect Trilogy, having a lollipop, Goldust, While We're Young, being a child fire-bomber, Mississippi Burning, Jennifer Jason Leigh, a young girl theme, JFK, dying unceremoniously, beating the under-aged horse, he's on in an off way, Big Hero 6, owned it on VHS, for huffing purposes, from Michael Rooker to Warren Oates, a drinking-related mishap, 1996 era professional wrestling, feelin' 85, Tango & Cash, emotional resonance, golf ball smuggling, Noah Baumbach personal baggage, it makes the whole thing a lot grosser... in a way I can appreciate, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, his young ingénue, terrible experiences make you go back to the bottle, Mexican wrestlers, bitterness and resentment, hiring a random guy to dig a hole, L.A. Confidential, a movie that time forgot, what's going on with the Fat Dog?, Cliffhanger, Ben Stiller, one of my old nemeses, not relating to different peer groups, Mallrats, wrestling panda bears, and suffering from Simpson's Syndrome.  

Spoiler Alert: We reveal full spoilers for Brown's Requiem. This is a hard to find title these days, so go seek it out and watch it beforehand for spoiler-free listening. You have been warned. 

"Parts of the movie feel like dragging sand through molasses." 

For more on Michael's podcast (including several episodes featuring members of the Movie Meltdown cast), go to:

Direct download: No_Requiem_for_Michael_Rooker_Ep_307_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:31 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 306

This week, we welcome special guest actress/writer/director Gren Wells to join us and discuss her years working in the industry as well as the making of The Road Within - an independent film about three teens with mental development problems that go on a road trip. With an impressive cast that features Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, Zoë Kravitz, Robert Patrick and Kyra Sedgwick. 

And while we realize that we're all weirdos, we also discuss... R-rated language, a bit more accepting of being different, premiering at the L.A. Film Festival, combating the misinformation, wide shots, parenting is the key, I like going and eating popcorn as much as the next person, Runoff, adapting a screenplay, opening a door correctly, Jackson Kramer, three takes per set-up, injecting humor, color helping to tell the story, Alexa vs. Red, winning best film at the Rome Film festival, self distribution, beating Harvey Weinstein to the punch, sell th script to a studio... and you'll make some money, you shouldn't have it in your back pocket, streaming indie films, Tourette's, OCD, anorexia, Terms of Endearment, Sundance, called in every favor, no free shit parties, The Breakfast Club, working on the characters, Mike Nichols, Yosemite, the archaic MPAA, is it ever just so hard to be the smartest person in the room, Sweden, Ireland, Cleveland, Vermont, New York, West Palm Beach, Sarasota, word of mouth is so powerful, changing stuff just to change stuff, fighting the Lifetime movie stigma, Wizard of Oz, wanting to have sex with Robert Sheehan, the financiers would tell me to go fuck myself, The Stanford Prison Experiment, the best medicine tastes like candy, I saw a trailer online for a German film, it will be triggering, for no pay, watching it in a vacuum, 35mm vs. digital, No one said going to the movies should be easy... it should challenge you, bringing a bit more reality, Coprolalia, James L. Brooks, I love my movie and I know that it can change people's lives, anything is possible, seeing something all the way though, already hyper in a resting state, unproduced rom-coms bought my house, laugh and cry... sometimes at the same moment, doing it for a living, you're giving the audience a chance to breathe, by way of New York and Robert Fucking Patrick and the blue cheese.  

"I have joked that we're going to win the award for most use of the word cunt. Ever. On film.

For more on The Road Within, go to:

Direct download: Gren_Wells_and_the_Road_Within_Ep_306_-_3001.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:23 AM

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack - Episode 25

This week we welcome very special guest co-host Jon Spencer. With a musical career that spans 24 years, Jon has been in bands like Pussy Galore, Boss Hog, The Honeymoon Killers and Heavy Trash - but is still probably best known as the front-man for The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. But in addition to his innovative music and creative videos, Jon also grew up as a big movie fan, and was inspired equally as much by filmmakers. So we discuss his early influences in both music and movies, and along the way we assemble our own impressive collection of songs.

And as we are quietly shaped by the counter-culture filtered through capitalism, we also mention Hanna Barbara cartoons, Devo, Herschell Gordon Lewis, music videos, Russ Meyer, CGI effects, Josie and the Pussycats, punk rock, duck and cover, the ABC movie of the week, John Waters, Heavy Metal magazine, James Bond, what kind of font he would use, just simply said... less notes, Kurt Russell, the shadow of the golden American boom, The Gun Club, The Munsters, he was doing his own thing, Throbbing Gristle, Night Flight, Planet of the Apes, film and television from an early age definitely had a grip on me, new wave,trombone, reading about music... has always been a big thing for me, old safety films, Cabaret Voltaire, Gilligan's Island, the way I way it... just banging things around, Star Trek, yeah we have three... nobody ever rents them, The Residents, I used to make film... before I started playing music I studied filmmaking and that's what I wanted to do, They Live, 60's garage punk, The Banana Splits, Stanley Kubrick, there weren't a lot of people who were into this stuff, Kraftwerk, The Monkees, Escape from New York and hard-fought information. 

"...and that's really at the heart of rock 'n roll. Rock 'n roll is an opportunity... to recreate yourself." 

For more on Jon, go to:

Direct download: Attack_Ep_25_Jon_Spencer_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:45 PM

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack #24 - Attack of Wes Anderson 2

This week we are joined by two different guest co-hosts - Jonathon A. Mitchell from Nellie Pearl and Shadwick Wilde from Quiet Hollers. Both bands were featured at this year's Wes Fest celebration, so we address the choices for what songs they would cover from one of Wes Anderson's films. Plus we discuss Wes as a director and the subgenre and fanbase he's created over the years. All the while building a soundtrack recorded live by Nellie Pearl and Quiet Hollers, plus a few other songs along the way. 

And as we question the punk band touring drinking mischief kind of life, we also mention... the male/female dynamic, crowded in the van, Shelton Williams?, gelled into this Wes Anderson thing, my sister was like hip for a year or so in high school or something, The Royal Tenenbaums, cutting your wrists, Bottle Rocket, those guys don't have to practice, growing as an artist, drummer and bass player jokes, hospitals and McDonalds, bad Hank, aesthetically pleasing, Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, I tried to say I'm sorry, The Grand Budapest Hotel, born with a keytarist in your hand, Zoosk, don't go buy anything... make it all yourself, Elliot Smith, the mustache street wars of 2006, having new songs in your arsenal, Agatha, always some obscure midwestern town, Appalatin, dropped out of high school to do that, a, do you wanna play in this weird depressing Americana band with me, Oscar and the Picket Line, duel citischship, stepping out of that rich white people perspective zone, sit here stoney-eyed, the only band with drums, if you need a new one just order a pizza, speaking with an fake Australian accent, have a little diabetes, getting girls to come see your band, the drool comes out of both sides and fast power-chord kind of silly stuff. 

"How come no one's helping that man!" 

Wes Fest is a benefit to support the Fair Event Vendors Alliance. For more info:

For more on Nellie Pearl

For more on Quiet Hollers

Direct download: Attack_Ep_24_Wes_Fest_2_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:19 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 305

This week we hang out with actress Catherine Mary Stewart as we discuss her impressive career (The Last Starfighter, Night of the Comet, Mischief, Weekend at Bernie's) and her early days getting into the entertainment industry. And Catherine also sits in with us to discuss this week's Sofa Theater feature: Midnight Cowboy

And as we address the inner workings of the crazy Hollywood vortex, we also bring up... Cannon Films, a showing at Lincoln Center, kids in a candy store, extended exposition, a convention pup, it is a weird movie and you can interpret it in a multitude of ways, 500 pictures of the characters, just trying to fit into American culture, the kids keep coming back, Menahem Golan, appreciating the artistic side of the business, the experimental creative genre of film, entitlement, being an empty nester, photo animation, Twitter followers, a really bad hustler, a long involuntary cab ride, Facebook problems, the studio system, coming up in the system today, a new genre of movies happened, I'm ready for my close-up, come away from it creeped out in a way, wandering the streets of New York, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films, what's your StarMeter, that was a little sleazy, you never stop learning about the business, they thought it was going to be massive, getting into directing, Canada, in order to make it in this business... you have to sleep with people, action adventure political intrigue with a really really cool futuristic vehicle, it's not so glamourous as it was, a pocket for everything, they loved making movies, the most challenging thing I can imagine doing, it's all about you and the genius of The Apple.

Spoiler Alert: We discuss "Midnight Cowboy" at length, so watch it beforehand.

"I wasn't like, all my life going... 'I have to be a movie star... I'll do whatever it takes.' It wasn't that at all."

Direct download: Catherine_Mary_Stewart_Midnight_Cowgirl_Ep_305_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:52 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 304

This week, after a quick hang out and injury session with Kate, we then sit down with Pat Healy to discuss acting and working in the entertainment industry for the last twenty years. Pat has been building an amazing career over the years, appearing in Magnolia, Ghost World, Rescue Dawn as well as an impressive amount of television appearances. But in the last decade, he's moved into the leading man role in a terrific string of smaller films like The Great World Of Sound, Compliance, The Innkeepers and Cheap Thrills. We examine what's it's like to be a working actor in Hollywood as well as how to delve into some of the super dark subject matter he has in recent films. 

Then, Pat joins us for this week's Sofa Theater feature: John Frankenheimer's film Seconds. A nightmarish science fiction story about changing your identity and starting your life over... if you can? 

And as some of us barely survive the dreaded Pelvis Attack, we also discuss... Bloodsucking Bastards, A Clockwork Orange, getting cadavered, getting pelvised, a movie freak with my three brothers, a Faustian bargain, in the middle of the corn fields, dancing around to records, the hallway of doom, chopping Chris Evan's head off, stomping, wine, building a career, spilling coffee on yourself, making lateral moves, Rock Hudson, leading roles in smaller films,  a flaming ashtray, Sum 41, Captain America, Steppenwolf Theatre, playing the wolfman, I Walk the Line, Julianne Moore, reborns, melted through the toilet, that's the tragedy I think of most people... is they never really get to know each other... and as a result, they are never really in great contact or relationships with other people, being able to sit down and have a conversation with Jason Robards for just a few minutes, Tom Green waving at you, Marian Seldes, Twilight Zone, the John Hughes machine, Shaun of the Dead, winning two Academy Awards, being kept in a glass case, walking around with an oxygen tank, a weird dude snapping in my bathroom, Paul Thomas Anderson, real freedom, Craig Zobel, getting a call from a dead friend, not eating gluten, feels like a nightmare, being special, It feels that it's worked out the way it's supposed to, Simon Pegg, a throbbing hip, just pulling faces, saying words wrong, run through the gamut of what my life experience has been, John Randolph, The Gypsy Moths, there's only so much time... and you could really waste it, the truth about who you are, Mark Duplass, eating applesauce, Paul Newman, learning how to reel yourself back in, my cat kept getting in the way and making dinosaur noises. 

Spoiler Alert: We go in detail on John Frankenheimer's "Seconds". So go watch it beforehand.

"It's one of the great gifts, that I get to do as an actor, is I get to go and peer into the abyss."

Direct download: Seconds_with_Pat_Healy_Ep_304_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:07 PM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 303

This week we welcome actor and musician Ted Neeley, to discuss how he first got involved in the music scene, as well as what led him to his iconic role in Jesus Christ Superstar

And as we figure out just who gets to audition for the role of weird-looking guys who could be scum bags, we also discuss... annoying people at the mall, The Devil's Carnival, the vivid digital print, a Dolph Lundgren workout video, we were singing before we could actually speak, tanks, Django Unchained, stepping into the sandals, going on the road for the Summer, Hair, pretending to be those people, the fear of presentation, Haight-Ashbury, Israel, parallel lives as children, magnificent dancers, relating visually to the human side,  yin-yang of the same person, Carl Anderson, musician's union, an open call, purple tank tops, bombing the borders, Saw... with music, The Teddy Neeley Five, finding their spirituality, hit the dirt, taken to London, took off for the West, being blasphemous, Jesus in a sweater by the fireplace, Vietnam, the brown album, there were were two-thousand years later, Tommy, he leapt from his seat and ran down the aisle and onto the stage, the President of Capitol Records, Tom O'Horgan, research the background, Quentin Tarantino, an ugly old school bus, being exiled from Italy, picked each member for what they could do, those weird guys from Texas who weren't playing surfer music, if anyone has any questions... talk to Ted, private parties in Beverly Hills backyards, we worked our way from town to town, funky people, Norman Jewison, we didn't have theater in my hometown, I had a vision and an aura of respect. 

"The thing that's great, about what I get to do for a living... is it's based upon what we're doing right now. Communication... just interesting communication."

 For more on the tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, Ted's music and more, go to:

Direct download: Ted_Neeley_Superstar_Ep_303_-_3001.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:01 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 302

This episode we round out our snide Oscar coverage as well as finish handing out our own awards - The Foilers! And while we reveal the only person who's been on Monday Night Raw and the Oscars in the same six month period, we also discuss… Scarlett Johansson, Brigitte Nielsen, We Still Kill the Old Way, a geek that's done good and gone to the major leagues, Into the Woods, Patricia Arquette, The Babadook, don't take your mom to the Oscars, The Raid 2, the worst bangs ever, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Cobra, Kate Winslet naked, John Wick, reading comic books will get you nowhere... in comic book movies, James Gunn, X-Men: Days of Futures Past, Not Kerry Washington, Agent Carter, keep coming back to Godzilla, J Lo, mud yard fight, Agents of Shield, Reese Witherspoon, the escape from jail, Karen Gillan, tall hair and shoulder pads, Snowpiercer, did I put my keys in the earthquake, putting gemstones on boobs, wrapping with Patty, Juggernaut, what emotion makes a face look like that, everybody's girl, are aliens monsters, Chewbacca, where does the six train come from, Captain America and that dude with the long curly fingernails. 

"She's got all the qualities that anyone wants... but nothing that stands out."

Note from our Producer: Again I say, THIS episode is NOT a good starter episode. It’s way more chaotic and generally insane then even we USUALLY are. So if you are not already familiar with the Meltdown gang, and the way Oscar Meltdown operates, this might not me the right episode to start with. In fact e-mail me at: and I’ll hand pick a good starter episode for you. BUT for you veteran’s out there… who are ready to delve into the Oscar madness that sets in, I bring you the continuing Foilers…

Direct download: The_Foilers_will_go_On_Ep_302_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49 AM