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Movie Meltdown - Episode 362

This week we load up the Meltdown Machine and christen it for it's first show road trip - as we head to Chicago! There we visit Wizard World and meet Rose McIver of iZombie, Ben Edlund creator of The Tick and we interview actress Cerina Vincent from Cabin Fever, Not Another Teen Movie, It Waits as well as Disney's Stuck in the Middle. Plus we recap some of our favorite costumes and moments from the trip.

And while we rundown some of our preferred fonts, we also discuss... a busted in bathroom door, Toad the Assassin, riding 4-wheelers, squishy Chucks, Daddy's Lil Monster, the girl in the Sally outfit, killer kids, that wet nerd smell, costume? Or that's their life?, not one - but two pickels, grew up a desert kid, the STD that is consumption, Tatyana Ali, Mrs. Mia Wallace, posing with Jareth, Miss Teen USA, Preacher, Sean Patrick Flanery and his lack of buttons, Goku, Slashers, half-assed costumes, guys dressed as Misty, giant foam cowboy hats, gratuitous sex, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Winter Soldier, Michael J. Fox, that's gotta be Anime, eyebrows on fleek, Fear Street, American accents, the drama Scream, Karl Urban is the poor man's Karl Urban, Penny Dreadful, Fall Into Darkness, Norman Reedus covered in black goo, doesn't everybody in New Zealand have sheep?, Christopher Pike and a hot dog wearing a loincloth.

"...I thought that people that were on TV and in movies lived on a different planet... and I didn't even know how one would create a career in this business. But it happens."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:10am EDT

The Curse of Frankenstein

Movie Meltdown - Episode 361

This week we continue our coverage of Fandomfest as we hang out with artist and friend of the show Epyon5, to  discuss this week's Sofa Theater feature: The Curse of Frankenstein. Listen as we settle in and examine the 1957 classic that essentially kicked-off the Hammer Horror empire.

And as we pick out our favorite creepy old dude from the wall of old creepy dudes, we also mention... Stranger Things, piling your costume in the lobby, Penny Dreadful, Don't Hug me I'm Scared, in Technicolor, a chili bowl haircut, the red woman, surfing the crimson wave, Star Wars, the Frankenpuppy, it gets chilly, Hook and The Highlander, killing Leonard Bernstein, with too much salt, kids being genuine, Dream On, cultural impact,Van Helsing, a million theories, Universal horror, in blood red, running and jumping like - The Cat, buying a pair of eyes, selling cereal, sets and props, the most famous scientist on the planet, they might have killed a dude, child programming, little too much sex, Rocky Horror Picture Show and wearing your bedroom slippers in space.
Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the Hammer movie The Curse of Frankenstein. You have been warned!

"'Cause it wasn't really about Frankenstein killing people, and 'oh my god he's loose'. As much as it was... 'would you stop making Frankenstein!!!'"

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And for more on Fandomfest, go to:

Direct download: Curse_of_Frankenstein_Ep_361_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:18pm EDT

The Highs and Lows of Suicide Squad

Movie Meltdown - Episode 360 

This week the dynamic duo returns to their long-running series on superhero movies with an EPIC discussion of the new release Suicide Squad. As well as the recent trailers for upcoming superhero films and how all of this works (or doesn't) into the bigger universe being built by these movies.

And while we come to terms with the fact that Gotham just sucks as a city, we also mention... Dr. Strange, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Geoff Johns, Hannibal, clemency?, an origins movie, Léon: The Professional, Captain America, David Ayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, James Gunn, one big orgy of geekiness, the reasons for the soundtrack, to make magic not look stupid, don't rhyme... stop rhyming, everybody's parents die, Inglourious Basterds, how to cut a trailer, Captain Kirk, time gem, Kingdom Come, Zack Snyder, The Fifth Element, periodic highs, Disney villains, Michael Bay, getting the band back together, a trailer in the movie... for the next movie, DC philosophy, it's all in the script, Luc Besson, artillery hitting her shield, aimed at millennials, you got like a dozen batpeople running around, Guardians of the Galaxy and my run-in with Jared Leto.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for Suicide Squad - so go watch the movie before listening. You have been warned!

"It seems like every movie, they just do what works - in that movie. And no one is considering the bigger picture."

Direct download: Suicide_Squad_Ep_360_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

Anthony Michael Hall

Movie Meltdown - Episode 359

This week we are coming to you "live" from Fandomfest where we sit down and talk with Anthony Michael Hall. We find out how he go into the business and what led him to iconic roles in National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Edward Scissorhands and so many more! Plus we discuss some other interesting activities from the weekend, like meeting the original Godzilla and Ultraman, eating cheap sushi and trying to fix a broken R2 unit.

And while we get adjusted like a giant action figure, we also mention... Saturday Night Live, War Machine, Musso & Frank's, Harold Ramis, the new Western, Abu Dhabi, Ben Affleck, Jack Nicholson and Harry Dean Stanton, properly approved by Ultra-Man, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, King Lear, the late great Steve Allen, rock n' roll theater, I'm gonna keep doing this... 'til I'm an old man, and I'm gonna show people what I can do, Six Pack, what Netflix has done, Lynn Stalmaster, grocery store sushi, deconstructing stereotypes, they represent 25% of the box office in this last decade, Brad Pitt, a bootlegger, Bruce Dern, Community, before video village, Lorne Michaels feeds off of it, a bitchin' suit, Kate McKinnon, Tim Burton, Diane Lane, a farm system for comics and three brothers on Gunsmoke.

" was a dumb, concise choice of a teenager who felt self-concise and felt thrust upon the world."

And for more on Fandomfest, go to:

Direct download: Anthony_Michael_Hall_Ep_359_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:54pm EDT

The Interruptions Become Part of the Art

Movie Meltdown - Episode 358

This week we are coming to you "live" from the Flyover Film Festival where we talk with actor Nick Offerman and director Laura Dunn about the choices that helped guide them through their careers as well as creating and promoting the documentary - The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry.

Not only will we hear about Laura's approach to documentary film-making, but we'll also hear how she came to work with an amazing team including Nick as a co-producer and executive producers Terrance Malick and Robert Redford. As well as collaborating with cinematographer Lee Daniel (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Slacker).

And while we discover that film-making (and life) may just be the the art of endurance, we also discuss... raising a family, Chicago, The Unsettling of America, art and wood and trees, Christian Bale, he's spitting at me... staring daggers at me... and I manage to keep my feet, Axe Cop, I like to interview people, a narcissistic culture, hey... you know what - orange and purple come here, Good Clean Fun,Yale, edit it like a piece of music, those perfect little green lawns, my gut would never let me, acrimonious, I'll come dig trenches, the state of Austin, building scenery, the question of truth, you had this plan... it never works out that way, I don't sleep much, a piece of the conversation, nature is a character itself, I'm chasing the ideas, bringing her her slippers and pipe at the end of the day, a more groovy version of the way Mike Leigh makes films, he disregards screens, we talked about fishing... and Pittsburgh, social justice issues, film as a mirror, Tugg, there's no accounting for taste, it's own blue collar attitude, one douche flexing and staring at you, Leo Burmester, Knight of Cups, a labor strike broke out, the Rodney King tapes, I'm trying to make you see what I see, the natural world, I care about something... and I want to make a film that makes you care about something, hammered away,Will and Grace, Jesse Eisenberg, The Unforeseen, they call it the Death Star, making yourself vulnerable as the interviewer, weird in a wonderful way, I was a good sword fighter, a very slowly rolling snowball, I did two back flips and said yes please, Michael Keaton, I feel a lot of things before I think them, more messy expensive and takes longer, and maybe the coolest woman... ever.

"...I'm much messier... I really like getting lost and letting the material get me completely turned around and find my way out. I feel like it's the most honest way to be a documentary filmmaker."

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Direct download: The_Interruptions_Become_Part_of_the_Art_Ep_358_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

Attack of Forecastle 2016!

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack - Episode 38

This week we are coming to you "live" from the Forecastle music festival as we welcome Justin (a.k.a. Angryblue) and Rachael to sit-in and help play some music, as well as discussing movies and their experiences at the fest over the weekend.

And while someone seems to think everything is bad-ass, we also discuss... Big Gigantic posters, Richard Moll, Quentin Tarantino, she's a beast, a really great two hour movie in a three hour package, you're trapped, behind a table, behind a fence, going solo from a two-person band, I was excited before I heard them, self-indulgent, I like having an actual physical memento of my creepiness, living in a van, licensing The Rolling Stones, stick it in his machine, you have poor social skills, Reservoir Dogs, too many cats, you cheated the whole system there... they are going to revoke your festival card, getting married, making your atonement with the universe, being in the sun, Jason Edmondson, Martin Scorsese, The Hateful Eight, when the guitar kicks in it's bad-ass, directors who use music to accent the entire film, deadly flowers, collecting Pokemon in the park, get Griz in there and separating the art from the artist.

" kind of changed all of my music taste... and I think it's kind of encouraged everything that I listen to now."

A big thank you to Forecastle for letting us be part of the event. For more on the festival, go to:
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Direct download: Attack_38_Forecastle_16_Ep_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

Two Bryans talking about a Henry

Movie Meltdown - Episode 357

This week Bryan is joined by... well Bryan. Bryan Johnson that is. You may know him as a comic book writer, or a podcaster, or a character on Comic Book Men or maybe just as Steve-Dave. But this week we sit down to talk with Bryan about the strange way he got involved in movies, how he ended up writing and directing his own movie Vulgar, his interest in cryptids and the paranormal and eventually we round things out with his pick for this week's Sofa Theater feature - Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Plus we hear Bryan's take on real world serial killers as well as his interactions with Michael Rooker over the years as well.

And as we both realize we're "special" in our own way, we also mention... people would clam, Jeff Anderson, Session 9, John McNaughton, Brown's Requiem, being a contractor, the best reason to take Criminal Justice classes ever, playing silent foosball, Blue Velvet, still having a code, being a PA, Creepypasta, the room of steel, adding video technology to the mix, Guitar Institute of Technology, you kids stay off the train trestle, ritualistic, RST Video and Quick Stop, Waverly Hills, the end of anonymity, you guys are going to get walkie-talkies, the Jersey Devil, suicide... first day, Devil's Tower, Jeffrey Dahmer, In Search of..., Don't Go in the House, killing people back in the good ole days, escaped psychiatric patient, The Blair Witch Project, the 70's were a time of wonderment and then, as you get older, and you realize this is all bullshit, do you wanna be a getaway driver?, this is too much of a culture shock for some clam boy coming out of Highlands, Slenderman, the ankle bracelet program, doomed from the beginning, when crack hit real big, Dennis Rader, fallen into things, Tom Towles, necrophilia, the Zodiac killer and those creepy staged photos.

"This is our modern day version of a monster. Who doesn't really know right or wrong. And like, does horrible things and just...continues on with their day."

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Direct download: Bryan_Johnson_Ep_357_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

Kirk Thatcher's Amazing Stories

Movie Meltdown - Episode 356

This week we return to our coverage of WonderFest for a terrific interview with Kirk Thatcher. He's done so many impressive things in his career that we can't even begin to cover everything. But we certainly address a lot of interesting points in his life - whether it's almost playing the rancor monster in Return of the Jedi, or working on music videos with a very young David Fincher. From being personal assistant to Leonard Nimoy to being the punk rocker who gets shut down by Spock in Star Trek IV. Kirk has lived a fascinating life, and we get to share in some of those amazing stories.

And while we try to determine precisely how many megatons, we also mention... the squid from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Klingon dog, a Chevy engine and a Sarlacc tentacle, Rick Springfield, The VVitch, dating J. Paul Getty, Dick Smith and Rick Baker, every creature guy knows Methocel, Paradox, Chekov's earbug, Milla Jovovich, movies have become the circus again, itty bitty freakshow goats, reading college level in 3rd and 4th grade, feathering a dolly, ehhh it's watchable, go buy a gallon of latex, strangling Christopher Lloyd with a worm, the first woman screen writer in the writer's guild, a twelve to fifteen pound monitor strapped to your chest, Star Trek and Eddie Murphy?, Goats are pretty creepy. I mean, that's their thing man. That's why they hang out with Satan and whatnot, how are there any demons left, where are the rich girls who like nerds, Rob Bottin is a big lab rat, I kind of felt bad, because I'd get crushes on girls, but I was like - oh well, I've got monsters and movies, Forry Ackerman, but the good thing about all of this is... it's inspired people to be creative, Zoe Bell, you're not supposed to pour half-cured plaster down a sink, no ball on a stick, why do you need the king of hell's mom to show up, Jon Favreau, being interested in your sister... and it's not your fault, it's no #horror, Supernatural and proven creative entities.

"...I spent my weekends... you know, when other people were dating and having fun, going to the beach - I was making models and monsters. But that's what I wanted to do."

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Thanks to WonderFest for letting us be part of the show! Plan your trip next year, go to: 

Direct download: Kirk_Thatcher_Ep_356_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:59pm EDT

The Night the Comet took out Philadelphia

Movie Meltdown - Episode 355

This week we welcome two guest co-hosts, as the stars of Night of the Comet reunite to put together this special episode. Join us as we sit down with Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart and discuss not only their classic movie, but also what it's been like to be adopted sisters all these years. Then we settle in for this week's Sofa Theater feature, the 1940 George Cukor film The Philadelphia Story.

So come on all you teenage comet zombies, and listen as we mention... a dog with a fez, a time of great affluence and fun, Howard Hughes, scaled down riches, I still believe in the glamour of the business, a lyrical very beautiful take on a sci fi experience, grabbed her by the face, Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce, so much class in our business, that failure niche, those eyelashes cracked me up, it was devastating that I couldn't - like, nobody cared, nobody cared that my life had changed forever, at least have an expression on your face, the greatest thing in the world is watching privileged people enjoy their privileged lives, Spencer Tracy, we're not even the same species, acting is an outlet, box office poison, Jane Fonda, that's what life's about is making connections, there are just some costumes that are impractical for large crowds, or if your outfit requires a wheel barrel and... that's impossible - give me an uzi.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 1940 movie The Philadelphia Story. So go watch it ahead of time for spoiler-free listening!

"...when you went to a movie... you went to escape. You went... for an hour or two, to escape into the lives of these glamorous - almost unrealistic people."

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Direct download: The_Night_the_Comet_took_out_Philadelphia_Ep_355_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

On Holiday with Jackie Kashian

Movie Meltdown - Episode 354

This week we welcome our special guest co-host Jackie Kashian to talk about comedy, her podcast The Dork Forest as well as this week's movie Holiday. This 1938 film directed by George Cukor may seem like just another classic era, romantic comedy. But as Jackie reveals, if you look a little deeper - you discover a commentary about money, freedom, politics, the family dynamic and accumulating wealth. As well as some great writing and unconventional performances.

And while we touch on all the dorkisms from genre books to larping, we also discuss... start-up magoo, the American dream, The Heat, the flower of British manhood, Chinatown, Dennis Quaid, Shelob, I'm pretty sure this is not going to fill the hole in my heart, Midnight Run, Frank Capra, I was unfamiliar with your vaudeville training, Gail Carriger, Jake Gyllenhaal vs. Ryan Gosling, the jackass cousin couple, Paul Feig, role-playing zombies, You Can't Take It With You, The Devil Wears Prada, enormously radical, Flashman, Fear Street, Pillow Talk, when the British were in Afghanistan in 1848, Melissa McCarthy, Grace Kelly, He Got Game, D.A.R. = Dogs of the American Revolution, Loretta Young, very specific Garbage Pail Kids stickers, bass clarinet, James Garner, Joseph A. Altsheler, Rock Hudson vs. Cary Grant, boys books, what if a comic was President?, Flight... it's called Flight, Blue Crush, she seems like nothing but cool, doing heroin, young adult novel, Tom Brown's School Days, if you're going to start a comedy club... stop it with the names, the kind of dork that I've been and decoding the B-message.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the movie Holiday. So go watch it before listening... you have been warned!

"...and I know all this, because I have a podcast. Where people tell me too much about everything. And so, I have a little bit of information - I don't know enough about anything to be an expert on it. But I'm enthusiastic... which'll do. That'll do!"

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Direct download: Jackie_Kashian_Ep_354_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:47pm EDT