Movie Meltdown
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The Witch is Back

Movie Meltdown - Episode 380

This week we discuss the 2016 film Blair Witch directed by Adam Wingard. Is it a true sequel? Is it a reboot? And just how does it compare to the original project? And what changes have happened in both the real world and on the horror scene since the first Blair Witch film left it's mark?

And while we hear a stick break in the distance, we also bring up... Trevante Rhodes, Dog Eat Dog, Naomi Watts, Shin Godzilla, Skull Island, voo doo doll, LaLa Land, true POV, high end sci fi, jump scares, Jack Black, Creep, the underground railroad, retelling those stories, The Force Awakens, Rings, you got that many castles to pay off your gonna make a lot of wizard movies along the way, Moonlight, Willem Dafoe selling candy and getting a massage, King Kong, screw it... monsters, hitting all the points, time missing, Ryan is old news, Paul Schrader, Peter forgot how to edit, cowboy Adrien Brody, hell dimension, a bunch of gangsters doing gangster shit, running away from monsters, Book of Shadows, new technology, what was that one where he was a wizard, revolutionizing the system, every fifteen minutes Nicolas Cage makes a new movie, I need the believably of it to be afraid, the young demographic, what just happened, Christopher Matthew Cook, Sunnydale, having GPS, an epic Hollywood movie and still being stuck in a corner.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 2016 film Blair Witch. (And possibly for The Blair Witch Project as well.) So go watch at least the most recent movie before listening... you have been warned!

"...found footage is not inherently... limiting. In that, it's not inherently going to be like... a Blair Witch or a Paranormal Activity."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:48am EST

People Die Every Day

Movie Meltdown - Episode 379

This week we return to our annual segment People Who Died... Died, as we discuss just some of the performers we lost in 2016.

And as we are smacked in the face with our own mortality, we also mention... Alec Guinness in drag, in Warsaw when the blitzkrieg occurred, Mitch Miller, Brazil, Good Burger, Scrooge McDuck, The Phil Silvers Show, South Park, fireside chats, Volgograd, in a Santa Claus suit, using anamorphic, what is this land... why are we paying so much, Dick Tracy, buys a horse and cart, unscrupulous... yes, buckets of blood... in vivid color, spend three years in prison, living for nostalgia, The Time Machine, everyone feels like everything personally affects them now, a pioneer in his own right, Sam Peckinpah, it's like we were in a trench in World War I together, perpetual media cover of every horrendous event, dying for 40 years, every time I go to the flea market... I feel like a Coen Brothers casting agent, Paul Bartel, him dying is just... all part of the show, a society of arrested development, Indiana Jones, Johnny Depp, a musical comedy version of Grapes of Wrath, Julian Glover, he was married continually since he was 21, this movie about the devil's daughter, I feel like our generation lives for nostalgia... more then any other one, has two-time Academy Award winner Shelley Winters, you're playing chicken with yourself, creatives who experience a lot of success, Zero Mostel, I was trying to save her with my meme, Bob Kane, United Artists who ultimately ended up buckling because of the enormity of the failure, Mel Brooks, sleeping next to your camera, line group friends and the ethics of CGI performances. 

"Once I delved into his past a little bit, I was like 'What a fascinating life this guy had!'"

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:40pm EST

I Saw What You Did... and I Don't Know What the Hell I'm Watching

Movie Meltdown - Episode 378

This week we hang out at the Bastion and watch William Castle's I Saw What You Did. Plus we recap some recent movies, reminisce about ridiculous things we did as kids and enjoy some gifted DIY Fiddle Faddle.

And while we realize how hard it is being mysterious and sexy, we also discuss... Joan Crawford, Scream Queens, Penn and Teller, L.A. Confidential, Warriors of the Rainbow, Gary the dog, evening attire, glass made out of sugar, Tuesday Weld, that Dean Cain show, that's going to lead to mildew and mold, sad and historical, the burying drive, ratted out to Krampus, semi-bee-hivey, she's the craziest little bitch who's ever bitched, Billie Lourd, the house that created fog, the hand of a serial killer, Fear Street, this lady was going commando, mom yelling at the screen, and I think part of that was due to the underwear, the way kids operated back in the day, back when we were ninjas, key parties, old school bootylicious, having a peanut butter sandwich, are you a demon?, it was the most cheerful murdering music, old-timey train-wrecks, American Horror Story, the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, you don't blame Gypsy for this, back when kids used to make bombs, I thought we all decided as a country... we all hate fruit cake, an exhaust system on a hot rod, sneaking around on other people's property, 60's swingers, Warriors of Virtue, that's why I got the Airsoft... so I can't kill anybody, he's a creepy guardian angel, poor Bill... Bill never saw it coming, I will choke you... through this land-line, rock salt, hiding in a culvert and a ghost barn door.

Spoiler Alert: Spoilers for the 1965 movie "I Saw What You Did". You have been warned!

"I said that repeatedly throughout the entire movie... what the hell am I watching?"

Direct download: I_Saw_What_You_Did_Ep_378_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:14pm EST

Brian Jay Jones and the Temple of Lucas

Movie Meltdown - Episode 377

This week we are joined by our special guest co-host - author Brian Jay Jones. Brian is a New York Times bestselling biographer who's written Washington Irving: An American Original, Jim Henson: The Biography and most recently George Lucas: A Life. So join us as we discuss the process of researching his subjects as well as a good, old fashioned geek-out session where we talk about George's early days, creating Star Wars and Lucas' impact on the film world as well as the legacy he leaves behind.

And as we address the finer points of having your heart ripped out, we also mention... Saturday morning cartoons, a brain in a jar, the Special Editions, Red Tails, Kirk Thatcher, Raiders of the Lost Ark, American Graffiti, Michael Eisner, Powaqqatsi, fungible until that last moment, John Milius, Body Heat, being totally dead, used car salesman, advancing the cause of the filmmaker, getting Prince to play at your wedding, the voice of the executive producer, it's really like Camelot for them, Mishima, we still care what Lucas thinks of the new movies now, I'm not a clown puppet guy, Lucas is always at his best when he's berating Coppola, the fans are still... even at that time... more then willing to meet him more then halfway, Crystal Skull, that is Lucas' guts on the screen, senate staffers were like 'oh my God there's a new Star Wars film..., Twice Upon a Time, both the blessing and the curse of Star Wars, for Lucas in particular... is we all feel like we own it, running a comic book store, filming hanging out of a harness on the car, deep drill research projects, Irvin Kershner, the best years of SNL, that really pissed him off... really hurt his feelings, using Star Wars a leverage, and then he still has to go back and keep meddling and meddling and meddling..., the physical part of directing really took it's toll on him, Lapti Nek, Temple of Doom, talking with Frank Oz, let's examine all those clauses, Richard Marquand, Poltergeist, who knew how important Young Indiana Jones and... Radioland Murders were... to the Star Wars trilogy, mostly dead, the sleazy art of the deal, working with Henson, Sandman and bringing down the dream of Zoetrope.

"...that's the moment that Skywalker Ranch is sort of born in his head."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:29pm EST

Rogue One: A Life Day Celebration

Movie Meltdown - Episode 376 (For our Patreon supporters)  

This week is a multitude of things. First off... it's our anniversary. So as we celebrate crossing over into our 9th year of Movie Meltdown... we also return to our semi-annual tradition of getting together to celebrate - Life Day. And coincidentally, it also happens to mark the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. So what better time to kick-off our new, exclusive Patreon episodes then by gathering the gang together to eat Wookie cookies and discuss the latest Star Wars release. It sounds like a pretty great way to spend this holiday season.

And as we realize we all want to live in a Ralph McQuarrie castle, we also mention... Tarkin, stealing the Hammerhead ships, creepy skin, as an insurgency, sliced and diced, General Dodonna, everything has to be displayed in a two-dimensional space, Wookie hairballs, it was baked in, the final act, two-fifths of me is here, a suicide mission, hot Vader action, super secret super weapon, moof-milker, setting the bar too high, hearing a scream in a movie theater, who was the bad guy?, the old butler, Frank's arm, the Alderaan mining explosions, the times they see him... it's run, the horrors committed by the military, It took a lot of people to put Luke into that X-wing, no title card for one very important planet, being mildly evil, it was nice to see Biggs, writing the score, Event Horizon... starring Darth Vader, beholden to 70's technology, the CG question, Doctor Aphra, jumping between scenes, space OSHA, Hogwarts, the U-wing starfighter, telling all the tangential stories, not aging well, Mustafar, it sounds like you're trying not to get a copyright infringement right now, who doesn't have robot arms, Red Leader and Gold Leader, architecture of the base, Orlando Bloom, a Jedi Scientologist, finding Chopper, Peter Cushing, a Force truther, Taken 2 and... I think that might be my favorite new theory.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. So go watch the movie before listening. You have been warned.

...we're just caught in the middle of this. We didn't cause it. We're not here to fix it. We're just going to be caught in it. And I like that idea of, they're just spectators to... the powder keg that just went off."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:38am EST

Hal the Barbarian

Movie Meltdown - Episode 375

This week we welcome back one of our favorite special guest co-hosts - Hal Sparks. We discuss everything from the basics of coordinating a busy and multifaceted career to spending years working with the Disney company, to one of his favorite movies... this week's Sofa Theater feature: Conan the Barbarian. From the Robert E. Howard pulp beginnings to the black and white Marvel comics to Arnold Schwarzenegger's interpretation in the film world... we discuss a multitude of themes and aspects of Conan.

And as we realize we are effectively just beloved, we also mention... James Earl Jones, The Princess Bride, Talk Soup, First Blood, it takes a couple of whacks, a modern studio system, Braveheart, directing the show, it's always been about the hustle, wolf pelts, manipulation of the gods, such a firewall between the organizations, homogenized network television, going down through the red light district knocking on doors, a great Wayne Newton-style villain, Andy Lau, Bill Burr, the biggest bottlenecks in creativity, making a snake arrow, the three jobs at one involved in stand-up, there's always a wild west aspect whenever industry goes through a transition period, the worst book that's ever happened to film, Cape Fear, Miller's Crossing, I think we're changing how we deal with ageing, the first Disney show to blind someone, cut someone's arm off, crush their leg... and kill someone, the industry is finally catching up to people's actual tastes, let a villain be a villain, doing Deniro, it's like living on a tightrope, I don't do a single job that's one thing, Every Which You Can, The Running Man, he's the Adam Sandler of action movies, Jim Jones and the Manson family... meets Cyrus from The Warriors, I find it a motivational... I find it very invigorating, it's always somebody's fault, viking hair, nano-computers combing your hair, it was a much more visceral reading experience, a masculine romance, Rocky Balboa, Kylo Ren, playing hash, a very Scandinavian way of doing it, the blood was in black ink, The Crow, Kurt Russell, disappearing into music, I felt so manipulated by the network, Chris Evans, muscle men and scantily clad women, The Expendables, we actually sliced a woman in half, shred metal and jazz, Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth, Dudley Moore, why some actors are considered difficult, Excalibur, Mr. T, I now go in with an assumption that whatever it is is doomed, no notes from the network, an 80's stand-up comic in sneakers and a sport coat and an iron age bank heist.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for John Milius' Conan the Barbarian. So go watch the movie before you listen.

"I think the producers said, 'If we didn't have Arnold Schwarzenegger to play Conan... we'd have to build one.' "

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Direct download: Hal_the_Barbarian_Ep_375_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:01am EST

Comedy, Movies and Magic... with Yedoye Travis

Movie Meltdown - Episode 374

This week we welcome our special guest co-host comedian Yedoye Travis to discuss stand up, movies and the "magic" involved in our movie choice - The Prestige.

And while we adamantly get on Team Tesla, we also address... relocating to L.A. and New York, Nickelodeon, tone painting, Batman v Wolverine, the power comedy clubs have, Toonami, David Bowie, Mystery Science Theater 3000, writing poetry, it's almost like Hollywood is a very limited workplace, Adult Swim, why am I an accessory to murder, Rachel McAdams, I'm a big fan of... not spoon-feeding things, Pee Wee's Playhouse, hit me up Scarlett, a 3D printer, a bitter battle for supremacy, Memento, 146 time jump cuts, Reggie Watts, doing theatre, Cartoon Network, Terrence Malick, worst stagehands ever, where were you when Chris needed you?, Interstellar, I do a few things, Jonah Ray, choir, boxing robots, Wes Van Horn, not making concessions, every Nigerian has been to London, Scrooge McDuck, sitting out on the back deck, no patronuses in this movie, Donald Glover, Comedy Central, Two-Face, part of me doesn't think comedy is a good thing, finding your own rhythm, part of me doesn't think comedy is a good thing, Prestige vs. Illusionist and a super hero movies tangent.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers (to the best of our ability) for The Prestige. So go watch the movie before you listen... you have been warned!

"I think most of my life was... being afraid to admit to myself I wanted to do something so stupid."

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Direct download: Yedoye_Travis_Presige_Ep_374_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

Attack of the 90s!

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack - Episode 41

This week we delve into the by-gone era that was - the 90's. And all the weird bands that came with it.

And while we flip though our stack of Young and Modern magazines, we also discuss... a million spiders, Eating Raoul, Lydia Hearst, a cabin in the woods, Warner Brothers throwing money into the machine, don't like staying in the house all the time, Ben Stiller, Switzerland, in your face Gilmores, fighting neo-Nazis, you don't know the band, was on every soundtrack basically, indie movies were just a bad comedy, Joel Schumacher, Salem, Metropolis, I just remember she was crazy and unstable and I thought that was so cool, bad puns, girl rocks, Imogen Poots, the whole album's pretty good, being obsessed with one movie, Jim Carrey, half the songs on there became singles, dorky Brian Warner, Black Moth Cottage, preaching anarchy, sex comedies, you've gotta go back to high school, fighting Heidi Klum, music/CD/video stores closing, Katie Holmes, they only had the one song, Italy, Cecil B. DeMented, Chris Hardwick, an old man with a pudgy little baby face, it sounded cooler in my head, the female bass player phenomena and getting your music from the library.

"...I remember that's probably like the last soundtrack I was really excited about."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:19am EST

The Rules of the Old School French Game

Movie Meltdown - Episode 373

This episode we discuss The Rules of the Game the 1939 French film directed by Jean Renoir. According to many, including The Criterion Collection, it's considered one of the greatest films ever made. So The Meltdown Gang decides to watch it and see if it lives up to it's hype and reputation.

And while we admit that the awful thing about life is... everyone has their reasons, we also come to new realizations about... Brian De Palma, is this a parody of the genre or is it just that bad, experimental theater, Hack-O-Lantern, pouty, the 80's porn scene, Hi, Mom!, The Forbidden Room, Tolstoy, it feels like you're apologizing for reading, Chuck E. Cheese, mimicking farce, a lot of it is successfully bleak, that was the eleventh herb and spice, Pre-Columbian art, Akira Kurosawa's Ran, Howard Dean meets Charles Laughton, Friends with Benefits, more movies in the VHS world, well it seemed like the floor was very slippery, Dinner at Eight, Robert De Niro, Wake in Fright, a square married guy, maybe... it wasn't popular because it's kind of about what... popular audience are... and that's just not that flattering, it's the closest thing I've ever seen to watching a dream, not romatizing the working people, John Wayne meets Mister Rogers and Liberace, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, she's not into her marriage, he said he could feel the audience hating it... that's my favorite thing, popular audiences aren't really looking for the mirror held up to nature, even for something to be a comedy there has to be a certain fantastic element to it, Idiocracy, it's like... this is the lives of the rich people, oh by the way they're exactly like the lives of the poor people. Oh by the way, they're also just totally empty, mimicking movies that haven't been made yet, I always like to mention my favorite Inuit action picture, that Gomez grin, growing up on one hour serialized dramas, a snapshot of Los Angeles, petulant, I guess I'm just not ready... to dislike all of humanity, the fact that I haven't been murdered in my sleep is a testament to the human spirit and - oh cool a squirrel!

Spoiler Alert: Lots of spoilers contained for The Rules of the Game, so go watch it beforehand for spoiler-free listening.

"I mean I think we're kind of making a mistake if we're trying to connect to any of these characters on an emotional level... because it really is just a bunch of bored people trying to fill their lives with meaningless distractions... like that's sort of all the movie is."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:25pm EST

Where Does He Get Those Demonic Toys?

Movie Meltdown - Episode 372

This week we hang out at the Bastion, eat candy, discuss cereal... and watch the Full Moon feature Demonic Toys.

And while we once again state how much we love crazy-ass Emma Roberts, we also mention... Salem and witches, Rod Serling, rotary phones, spooky clam chowder, dead demon baby, David S. Goyer, Jack-in-the-Box anticipation, you're always being jumped by rogue lettuce, so we just drove by took some stalker pictures and kept going, green in Skittles form, who gets/or wants all your stuff when you dead, for the past couple of years... Boo Berry has gone down in quality and flavor, Lady Gaga, she's either a cheese or a hot chick, the chunky chicken, her Guess britches, it's got a tentacle with a baby rattle on it, watching a huge cat video on a loop, baby Terminator, me and cabbage... that don't happen, hell yeah nachos rule, redneck cannibals who grow drugs out in the woods, wax figures, Late Phases, she was old lady in everything, gas mask tricycle girls, Martika is awesome, I had candy for breakfast the other day, Dollman, grasping at horror straws, Devon Sawa, a squished penny weirdo, too Maria Shriver for me, Freaky Links, Supernatural, if something's gnawing at your face... don't just sit there and let it gnaw at your face, bleeding all over... and not f-ing dying, Susie Exposition, I can't believe I live in a Boo Berry state, making Frak shows boring, Bo Duke profile pic, Roanoke, Bradley Cooper, the carousel's in a building, you're not gonna adult, Beavis and Butthead and the perfect flattened foil.

Spoiler Alert: Lots of spoilers for the 1992 Full Moon feature: "Demonic Toys". So go watch it now for spoiler-free listening... you have been warned.

"It wasn't like... unwatchably bad. It was entertainingly bad. - That's the motto of Full Moon Features."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:23am EST