Movie Meltdown
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California Games with Kyle Kinane and Joyelle Johnson

Movie Meltdown - Episode 350

This week we are joined by comedians Kyle Kinane and Joyelle Johnson to discuss movies, comedy and growing up with California envy.

And while we realize that we just argue with the internet, we also discuss... freak show television, every idea has been done, Stripes, Big Trouble in Little China, Gone with the Wind, Rad, Lucas, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Signs, George Lucas, his beautiful black wife and his billions of dollars, ghosts and goblins... I love it, knocking snow off the rocker panel, VVitch, not a real fan of anything, True Crime, Easy Rider, California Games, the most lackadaisical slave owner, like a toddler, The Sixth Sense, ... also arms and legs, all the John Hughes movies, 1880's southern dickhead, through the tornado states, nubs on their face, customer service by the beach, all observational comedy has been done, Luke Skywalker... baby, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Summer School, I'm fascinated with the capabilities of human beings... whether positive or negative, Raising Arizona, dumb aliens, burnt out beach trash, you can just eat lunch outside at school, the Back to the Future Burger King, being sardonic, 60 Days In, Annabelle, BMX Bandits, give me one alcoholic doctor, Mother's Day... the biggest mistake of my life, revenge fantasies, Super Mario Bros., too drunk to sit on an airplane, what is Trader Joe's, My Science Project, My 600-lb Life, driving into grey walls in the distance and what's the best booze for gout?

"I want to be able to my job as a comedian... and tell the jokes. I don't just want to be the host of some collection of drunks. Which is, you know... still what happens."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

What Would Mary Ann Do? (Dawn Wells Guide to Life)

Movie Meltdown - Episode 349

This week we sit down with Mary Ann herself - Dawn Wells! That's right, we talk with everyone's favorite castaway as we learn more about not only her years on the island but also her early days getting into the business, being a contestant in the Miss America pageant, being cast in some interesting movie roles along the way as well as her new book "What Would Mary Ann Do?... a Guide to Life".

And as we ask ourselves 'why do I analyze the way I analyze life', we also talk about... Daredevil, American Horror Story, #Horror, the Professor's tennis shoes, smooth as broken glass, his swords don't even match, I bought like 43 comic books today, and cornsteak was invented, Ant-Man, the knockers from Labyrinth, don't even get me started - Clancy Brown, hey whoa guys... there's something going on, carrying swords wearing Khakis and white tennis shoes, I like corn, it's just you're driving a truck or a Studebaker, not just subtle but smooth, it's a lesson... to the world, were bringing their children with pet rats on leashes, a pineapple milkshake, I like you just fine... but you're not getting my Fear Street books, a marketing scheme to get people to buy a new app, whatever his name is... he's gorgeous, we do the same thing I just do it better, The Dude as a Ghostbuster, Winterhawk, he put a little flare on his costume, starring Lady Gaga with her butt, I was a debater, 77 Sunset Strip, Errol Flynn, they've got blood running down my face and I'm supposed to be crawling through the corn fields, The House of Mystery, Taryn Manning and Balthazar Getty, they had aliens they had Nazis they had experiments they had demon possession they had serial killers, I've got an actress who can't carry groceries and talk at the same time, I wanted to punch everyone in this movie - in their faces, every ingenue in the world was auditioning, she reminds me of She-Ra a little bit, they wanted me to run for Miss Nevada, The Town that Dreaded Sundown, you try to find an agent, there was never any angst, the essence of the talent and how you approach the character, Lee Hazlewood, I know a lot of artists are kind of crazy, Sherwood Schwartz, Mercedes McCambridge, you sort of learn what the ropes are, not allowed to talk to a man, jumbo-sized Nikes that were just like Slash's and hoping we don't get escorted out of the carnival by the time we're done.

"...and Jack Warner called him the next day and he said, 'I just wanna say, this is the first time I've ever had an intelligent conversation with an actress.'"

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

Civil War

Movie Meltdown - Episode 348

This week we prepare for Civil War! Or at least a lengthy discussion of the movie Captain America: Civil War, as well as how it fits into the Marvel universe, how it compares to "Batman v Superman" and what this means for super hero movies in the future.

And as we try to decide if we are the geeks of yesteryear, we also delve into...
Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vulture, Watson/Bilbo, his make-up looks gorgeous, the battle for New York, The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos, it's so shiny and wet looking, old best friend versus new best friend, Spidey sense, Black Widow, Paul Rudd or Bradley Cooper, hot Aunt May, Jennifer Lawrence, he's got the arm... he's gotta use the arm, figuring out what to get Mary Jane for her birthday, leaving marks on the shield, Agent Hand, The Thunderbolts, a nice big chunky marshmallow, Gwen Stacy v Mary Jane, Forrest Gump, Chadwick Boseman, The Kree, Back to School, The Mandarin, nomad Steve Rogers, War Machine, these are real bonds of friendship, the stairwell scene, fall in love with and marry Velma, Commander Maria Hill, pulling a Saw moment, chess game... he had you a hundred moves ahead of time, I would love to see the gold limbs, Daredevil, when he kisses Agent 13, fan service, Jennifer Lawrence, rando wasteland planet, Uncle Tony, Professor X, so much The Raid, how dopey could that have looked, building a holodeck, retconning the story, Midtown High School, Agents of Shield, Jessica Jones, Vison and Wanda, Baron Zemo and our boy is back in our yard.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for Captain America: Civil War, but we assume by now you would have seen. If not... do it.

"I feel like people need a reminder... Captain America and Winter Soldier weren't just buddies. That was a team... they were a duo."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:34am EDT

Mick Garris and the Creative Process

Movie Meltdown - Episode 347

This week we'll be talking with our very special guest... writer/director Mick Garris. He's had quite an interesting run in Hollywood, and we get his take on how it all came together... and his thoughts on what are some pretty fascinating experiences.

And as we realize there was no light at the end of the tunnel, we also discuss... Son of Kong, Richard Matheson, Steven Spielberg, a 460 page script shows up on your doorstep, identifying with the monster more then the hero, Tower Records, Green Room, Ray Bradbury, a good book can make for a bad movie, Fangoria, it's gotta be good drama first before it's good horror, that's the thing about writing... it costs you nothing but time, The Invitation, a voracious reader, Stephen King, you either have the fire or you don't, Critters 2, Cinémafantastique, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hollywood horror, I knew it wasn't real, but it was like fascinating, it was my introduction to something other then the mundane, fiction as a release, the line between brilliance and madness is a very fine one, it's not normal TV, good horror is good drama first, Disney wanted me to go under contract, it was our finger to the standards and practices, interviews on the Z Channel, you take it one day at a time, working with the changing technology, Universal Horror, Anthony Perkins, the Lincoln Tunnel, James Gunn, 600 extras on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, the making of Goonies, I got my first 8mm camera, envision The Thinker out of that giant boulder, being an outsider, a nightmare in a floating dream, 126 speaking parts, being involved in the dark creative arts, we carried a steadicam with us and a Hollywood desert noir murder mystery.

"...there's a lot to be said for fear in the creative process."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:47pm EDT

Hush Jessimae

Movie Meltdown - Episode 346

This week we are joined by our special guest co-host comedian Jessimae Peluso, as we crash a wedding, look things up on Google and talk movies. And eventually we round things out by discussing this week's Sofa Theater feature: Hush. The 2016 movie about a deaf author alone in the woods being hunted by a deranged masked killer.

And as we think of six new domains to claim just during this episode, we also mention... a study on working out, Oculus, living on a shoestring budget, horror Kick-Ass, The Innkeepers, a dyslexic moment, John Carpenter's The Thing, being predatory, Brainscan, Gerald's Game, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor movies, Carrie, The Last House on the Left, sucks to be you Room 128, Milla Jovovich, cinematic compositions, nerd gym shoes, did you get frustrated, Marlee Matlin, a jacked-up methhead pony tail with half my face looking like I just got punched, genius dogs, A Clockwork Orange, I do do, Syracuse, #Methamphetamines, the damsels in distress, The Host, Bloodsucking Bastards, bullshit gore, you think about your muscles working out, you gotta diversify, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, zinc in your vag, Danse Macabre, enjoying the challenge of comedy, great trailer... movie sucks, you never know when you're going to need to load a crossbow, Trollhunter, horror/comedy is such a fine line to get right, Gisele Bündchen was sitting on it for 10 years, Jones the cat and we've been riddled with the Maggard/Cain.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 2016 film Hush, so go watch the movie before listening to the last half of this episode. You have been warned...

"I went right from the dick to the Lord." - "I hope that's on a T-Shirt for you."

For more on Jessimae's stand-up tour as well as her podcast Sharp Tongue, go to:

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT

The Moonwalkers

Movie Meltdown - Episode 345

This week we recap some recent viewings, before we discuss the Kubrick-inspired, scheming action comedy - Moonwalkers starring Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint. And while we decide just where we fall on the spectrum of the conspiracy, we also mention... Eye in the Sky, Zootopia, Creed, falling asleep to Forensic Files, Knight of Cups, Scandal, a natural physicality, Jessica Chastain, Robert Plant mixed with Kylo Ren, flying jellyfish, evil memory foam, Cronos, Better Call Saul, drug use applied to PTSD, mismatched libidos, you can't get momentum 'cause there's no springs, Interstellar, I never tire of watching Ron Perlman beat the hell out of people, not becoming romantically involved, Aaron Paul get teary-eyed, the special girls who love Beauty and the Beast, Fargo, a lot of coke, City of Lost Children, blowing people's heads off... but my nachos were great.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 2015 film Moonwalkers, so you better watch it before you listen. Oh yeah, and there's a random Moon spoiler at the end of the episode as well... you have been warned!

"Ron Perlman and Ron Weasley in a movie together... I kind of need to see that."

Direct download: The_Moonwalkers_Ep_345_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:09am EDT

Batman and Superman v Jenna Busch

Movie Meltdown - Episode 344

This week we are joined by our special guest co-host Jenna Busch to discuss Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. You'll know Jenna from her amazing list of geek-oriented accomplishments. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like Nerdist,, IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, in the documentary She Makes Comics, on NPR and Al Jazeera America, and has covered film/TV/gaming/comics for years. And this episode we talk about her experience in the "geek scene" overall as well as sinking our teeth into Zack Snyder's latest superhero entry.

And while we nostalgically reminisce about our first death threats, we also discuss... Gamergate, collateral damage, Euclidean geometry, having a little fun with Jimmy Olsen, Sucker Punch, Hawkgirl, I love comics, Gal Gadot fighting a Balrog, The Death of Superman, David Goyer, The Crow 2, his weird God obsession, the DC animated universe, she worked her ass off, Superman fights Facebook, Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Dark Knight Returns, manufactured conflict, nuke the city, things hurt more when your in your 40's then when your in your 20's, Xena: Warrior Princess, what is this ice cream?, reverence for characters, you get me Cap, the CW universe, made from clay, the Princess isn't your reward, I'm not sure that they're trying to adequately capture ancient Egyptian civilization, sad Batman, Kumaré, this enormous sea of stars, front-load everything in our franchise, being a feminist, villain monologue time, a series of chase sequences and heists, the bats raised him up, I like war pigs, being a demigod, because money, didn't life insurance pay out?, pee = explosion, Will Arnett, my DM's a woman, I feel bad for the script supervisor on this movie, the gold melts under dragon fire... when it needs to, Joss Whedon, The Flash, Jolly Ranchers, The Justice Society of America's secretary, they filmed studio notes, Christopher Reeve, contradicting your own mythos and riding around on kangaroos.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers revealed for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice... so watch it beforehand. You have been warned.

"Based on the last movie, I honestly don't think any human being on Earth has any reason to believe that Superman is a good person. He's leveled like two major cities - and he hasn't saved one cat."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

Porn Sharks

Movie Meltdown - Episode 343

This week we hang out at the bastion, discuss some things we've seen lately and then we take it upon ourselves to sit down to watch Avalanche Sharks. Thankfully we stumble upon an amazing "second screen experience" that almost makes the whole movie worthwhile.

And as we fall down a rabbit hole full of titles of "other" movies, we also discuss... Negasonic Teenage Warhead, American Horror Story, the Mystic Seer devil, He Never Died, Emma Roberts, Clancy Brown, Daredevil, he likes him some Famke Janssen, Attack of the Killer Doughnuts, Deadpool, Leonardo DiCaprio v Lady Gaga, Shakespeare with no tentacles... no rocket ships, I'm a button masher... through and through, in a Robitussin coma, Eric from True Blood's brother, also known as... stupid, I'm pretty sure I could fit one hand around her throat, I'm gonna keep hammering at this until someone makes me a useful superhero, hey... you wanna be in a movie?, having a subscription to Solider of Fortune magazine, dino ice demon ghost sharks, thrust into this stupid adult world, an undeveloped siamese twin, gun safety, Henry Rollins, orange blood, Bait, no amount of Milk Bones is worth this, buying comic books at the drug store, Sand Sharks, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, swoopy-hair girl, IDPA, your brain works in mysterious ways, and we never saw pee girl again, being a mercenary, Gina Holden, Ryan Reynolds and The Squeals of Ticklish Nice Girls.

Spoiler Alert: Ha... like you can spoil this movie.

"I mean... this is way more entertaining then that movie was!"

Direct download: Porn_Sharks_Ep_343_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:13pm EDT

Attack of Tiffany!

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack - Episode 37

It's an 80's movie dance party - co-hosted by TIFFANY!! That's right... The Meltdown Gang hangs out at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention - with none other then 80's international pop sensation Tiffany!! So join us as we discuss some of our favorites costumes from the day as well as build our own 80's soundtrack of songs from movies, and of course Tiffany joins in and picks a few of her favorite songs as well. And we couldn't talk with Tiffany and not ask her about her crossing over into acting - in particular, her lead role in Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. More specifically, just how real was that fight with Debbie Gibson?! And listen as we try explaining to Lucy what the Power Rangers were/are... even though we think she was in fact ON the show!

And as we try to decide if there are actually recent MySpace stories, we also mention... denim jackets in Indonesia, the A.D. had to place the extras, who would have know it would have worked out, the titular song, touring the world, in Indonesia, hyping the rivalry, the hair is different but they're still just as cool, a little mini-rock opera, speed dating was free for chicks, I was at the grocery store, being directed by Mary Lambert, Agent Carter, being on an 80's cruise, just sitting on the back porch, it's a big investment, the fight scene was everything every Tif and Deb fan wanted to see, Purple Rain, I wanna be transformed back to that time period, in my own special universe, little kids in glittery costumes, can we watch that again... 'cause I missed that the first time around, you'll have a better shot at survival... if you accessorize properly, opening for Flock of Seagulls, he loves hookers and Julia Roberts, it was bigger then I ever expected, those eyes... are totally useful, the Dynasty fight, she needs a demo, I can see you using them, it was like a 'Tiffany moment' everywhere she went, once you go Crocs you can never go back, the Butler Brothers, giving me cookies to go away, more then a man... let's fight over gators and pythons, this broken down old theme park, the movie was named after the song, this is a very special episode... of the Power Rangers and there's something about glitter!

"...there was times, when I threw my body weight into it - and I was like 'oh... don't crush Deborah!'"

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Attack of Emily Wells!

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack - Episode 36

This week we sit down with singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer, experimental artist and all-around musical prodigy - Emily Wells. In addition to her extensive collection of solo work over the years, you may also know Emily from her contributions to the "Stoker" soundtrack. So we talk with her about working with director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) as well as collaborating with the film's composer Clint Mansell.

And as we continue to be foolish and daring, we also discuss... Vivaldi, Johnny Carson, 80's pop culture, The Criterion Collection, inhabiting the character, Richard Brautigan, pretty sheltered, a very clear idea of what he wants, a Suzuki program, India Stoker, think in landscape, Bach, a nerdy kid, Jay Z, in a way... it was a gift, a total wonderful kook, he carves the space out for you and you get to fill it for yourself, it struck some sort of a chord in me, Bushwick, Tarantino, all that teenage stuff, Chopin, express an idea that is a song, Mister Rogers, kind of different then my normal process, he brought a clip of the film, there is definitely intention behind my choices, but... to me, it all makes sense, I got a 4-track, playing, performing, learning, creation, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, those were the shifts that gave me a different kind of fire around music, I believe limitations are vitality, the bones of the song, Scorsese, Something Beautiful Etc., Beethoven, I kind of felt like a teenager in my bedroom learning someone else's songs, creative friends, spring reverb unit and he really jarred my brain... out of itself a bit.

"Director Park came to one of my shows... and it was like 'the rest is history' kind of a thing."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:01am EDT