Fri, 6 December 2013
Movie Meltdown - Episode 254
As we enter into our 6th annual holiday “special”, we embark on a conversation that at times will stray into the weird and ridiculous. At some point we use the phrase “beautifully awkward conversation”- and that most definitely applies to this episode. In fact, you’ll hear things that you would only ever hear on "Movie Meltdown". God bless us... every one.
And as we partake in the traditional holiday meal of pizza, we also mention… can you even give movies as a gift anymore?, stealing cars at funerals, turkey marauders, a special drill bit, that cancer on the faces of Tasmanian Devils, elephant fangs, Wong Kar-wai, Versailles, Travels in America, sexy people that live forever, Jess Weixler, montages, Wal-Mart movies, adult baby clothes, a bathing woman who'd had some serious reconstructive surgery, the new Oldboy vs. the old Oldboy, Beeswax, Treme, Dolls, Wall-E, Tippi Hedren: 2013, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, native American mummies, being a huge erotic fantasy fiction fan, the first judgment passed on American culture, Duck Dynasty merchandising for dogs, DDT vampires, Salinger documentary, be afraid of everything... all the time, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Bag of Hammers, glacially slow, fun size candy bars, My Life as a Turkey, Old Yeller, do monkeys have eyebrows, converting VHS into digital, mermaid propaganda, Josh Brolin, just like genitals... on their face, Dave Matthews movies, this book from 1811, the oldest tree in the world, wanting to be an elephant when you grow up, the all-seeing eye tree, Spike Lee, nutcheese, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny 5 junkie, handmade cash, the pizza wars, Daiya... with love, vicious segway gangs, a mumble-core joint, cancerous sourdough and duck penises.
"Welp... we should probably turn this car around before it goes down scary street... because I'll take it there."
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Fri, 29 November 2013
Movie Meltdown - Episode 253
This week we return to our conversation about the technology of fandom. We discuss how new innovations have massively impacted movie theaters – and just how that affects the viewers. And how that differs if you are a casual fan or a hard-core movie geek. Plus how changes in the world of computers influences… everything.
And as we continue to add to our growing VHS collection, we also mention… the cloud, communal shared experience, dreaming about Transformers, dropping episodes all at once, sports and super heroes and a soap opera all rolled into one, doll-hunting shows, listening on vinyl, Nintendo Power, a steampunk Ipod, the closing of classic palace theaters, Marley and Me, streaming Netflix, doing something simultaneously with everyone else, mechanical romance, files you can’t open, don’t trust space Hitler, The Full Monty, Breaking Bad, stroking your Tardis, the skeleton playing the clarinet returns, manifestos, the death of my holy place, the new MySpace, creating your own communal experience, 3% every year, live Tweeting, Monster High and My Little Pony, Adjust your Tracking, the Facets catalog, New Marvel series, staying up ‘til 2 in the morning, collecting things, Rewind This, The Wizard, this little piece fell into place… in my heart, going to the movies every day, wrestling, an exclusive action figure, original Nintendo 8-Bit, The Beaver Trilogy, going out of print, The Walking Dead, the live experience, Pussycat Swallowtail, taking a picture of the screen, old computers, hipster aliens and an 11-month-old with a cell phone.
“People are probably consuming movies… bigger then ever. But what we’re used to seeing in theaters, it’s changed.”
Fri, 22 November 2013
Movie Meltdown - Episode 252
This week, we begin our Grind discussion on how technology affects fandom. An all-around conversation of how entertainment-based technology has continually changed in the last century. With each passing year we develop new technological additions that bring movies and entertainment to the viewers. So we look at how these things have changed… and do those changes affect the viewers themselves. Plus bonus discussions about Gravity, The Counselor and killing Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.
And as we pin down just how Kinescope works, we also address… auxiliary Dave, how do you become a fan of something before there was a way to own it, Happy Days reruns, showing 16mm prints on television, The Marx Brothers, the thrill of the scavenger hunt, how piracy was born, it's inertia... it's inertia, the early days of Doctor Who, Destroy All Monsters for breakfast, President Taft, gross misinterpretation of fetish culture, missing something on TV, dressing like an astronaut, circulating the recordings, Scholastic book club storybooks, explosions with heart, critical mass of Daves, eating toothpaste for dinner, slutty bored housewife, recording on EP, mourning the old theaters, no one can hear you yawn, former British colonies, MST3K, Return of the Jedi, in a darken room with strangers, slutty daleks, television recording, Gone with the Wind, PBS, Han Solo is missing, slutty "on wei", Star Trek, getting rid of the flicker, The Wizard of Oz, This is the End, throwing Madonna out of the theater, astronomical fees, reel-to-reel recording, Monty Python, repetition, DVD extras, Pacific Rim, the alternate religion, the CBS Late Movie, The Matrix and a slutty bag of peanuts.
"Kids have got it damn easy... Crazy old man here!"
Fri, 15 November 2013
Movie Meltdown - Episode 251
As we reach the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, we're going to be trying a little experiment with our movie o' the week. So pretty much none of our gang has paid much attention to Doctor Who over the years. So what happens if we watch the one-off movie they did in '96 trying to reboot the series? Will we as new viewers be won over? Will it even make sense to non-fans? That's what we'll find out in this episode as we join forces with the guys from "Tower of Technobabble" and discuss the 1996 movie "Doctor Who" starring Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook and Eric Roberts.
And as we play with our toy Tardis, we also mention... the wilderness years, The Mysterians, The Eye, trying to please everybody, TV serials, love at second sight, BBC, coming with your own nickname, Tom Baker, British cheese and American cheese, The Avengers, K.I.T.T's seats go all the way back, get your geek on, Star Trek, loud costumes, coming out of the Doctor Who closet, an 8-year old with the biggest gun, Spock, Peter Cushing, Phantom Menace, working at Pottery Barn, Freaks and Geeks, my knees were blue, the most Doctor Who cleavage, because we didn't have cable... there was nothing else to watch, cravats are cool, being half-human, inside space baseball, George Lazenby, Planet of Fire... google image it, Supernatural, giving your brother hell, panto, Stingray, feelin' Canada, double reboot, Quatermass, Universal monsters, pretty girls wearing mini-skirts, solving problems with fists, Thunderbirds, not entirely displeasurable, British fan culture, having a companion, British humor, Firefly, Space Loews, Star Trek: The Next Generation, chicken clucking, wearing a wig, allergic to the make-up, a ninja turtles vibe, Rose's perspective and my secret pain.
Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 1996 movie "Doctor Who". Plus Ben also tries to explain the whole Who mythology to a bunch of clueless movie fans.
"The people that remade the show for 2005, they looked at the '96 movie... and almost step-by-step they did the opposite of what they did. It kind of became a lesson in how to not make a successful TV pilot."
Fri, 8 November 2013
Movie Meltdown - Episode 250
This episode rounds out our three-part series entitled: The Suncoast Project*. This latest session of Movie Fan Freakshow we revisit three of our favorite characters… Captain Obvious, Ivanhoe and for the ultimate finale we examine the amazing life of McDonald's Man. This individual was epic! (It even involves actual recordings of McDonald's Man himself from back in the day!) He was a crazy man wandering the mall… touching people’s lives. Or at least Patrick’s anyway. Story after story... we try to understand these strange creatures. Or just make fun of them. Whichever. (*Also listen to episodes 241 and 245 for the full Mall/freakshow experience.)
And as we protect ourselves from evil spirits using our magical mirror, we also mention… having a big sword, being a savant, a special way of picking words, this is the guy who thinks there is actually a stork, having a cape, Mummy Raider, then he started being a little strange, nuking Russia, magazine scams, PRP, It's a great undertaking to try to go through these characters, Scooby Doo and the Adventures with the Mummy, He had trinkets... he had toys, Miss Piggy, Dish Network, Ali, the monster RF cable, talking to your hand, Dragonball Z shirts, Playmate of the Apes, calling the President, plucked from his grip, Sbarro, you really sound like that, and what exactly is… bad business for whoretown.
"I often think of us... as if we were Darwin. You know, just at a different place, a different time. Exploring new species. And documenting the things that they did. The ways that they lived."
Wed, 30 October 2013
Movie Meltdown - Episode 249
This week we wrap-up our month-long tribute to Halloween and horror with "live" coverage from our bloodbath double feature that was... "Meltdown Macabre"! First we talk with writer/producer Lotti Pharriss Knowles and director John Knowles, the creators of our first feature, "Chastity Bites". Then we sit down for a group discussion about our second feature, the horror/comedy/train wreck known as "Mama Dracula". It’s an epic double feature episode - to encapsulate a double feature evening.
And as Marlena blinds us with science, we also discuss… Allison Scagliotti, a window into your mind, Re-Animator, social media, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Stuck on You, frontier justice, a balls out feminist, fanboy appeal, a working relationship, Louise Griffiths, Lauren Hutton, Star Wars Christmas Special, The Fly, suffused with importance, the little girl with the underwear, Claudia Donovan, having a shorthand, SyFy Channel, really embrace that inner bitch, a level of commitment, Bugs Bunny, Fred Armisen in a canoe, spraying DDT on mosquitoes, Botox, Warehouse 13, finding your people, Army of Lovers, could be drugs... could be France, spooked by Judaism, being a horror nerd, building a sense of dread, marketing your movie, the birthday shark, forensic engineering, I had problems spatially... with this movie, the jump cut case, Annie showing her panties, strong female characters, color saturation, Francia Raisa, 80’s music videos, David Lynch, two ships passing in the night, Eastern European serial killers, doing accents, Once Bitten, Nurse Ratched face, campy horror, the essence of Lotti, green roots support, when Harolds collide, keeping the world at arm's length, being past the point of being able to function, Frankenstein's monster and Lassie, Oh my god... I love PJ Soles, surreal smoke-filled bright light dark shadows swirling cameras, in a giant bird cage, head trauma, Elizabeth Bathory, Stuart Gordon, Howling 2: Your Sister is a Werewolf, accidently writing a better movie, the middle has completely fallen out, a film language made up between twins, wampires are wery fast, 60 bad movies and a box of wine, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, sprinkling fairy dust around the set, creating gold and playing Dungeons and Dragons with porn stars.
Spoiler Alert: I don’t think we can ruin “Mama Dracula”. In fact, our discussion of it kind of improves the movie. But regardless, watch it beforehand for spoiler-free listening.
"There'll never be another movie that's more me then this one."
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Wed, 23 October 2013
Movie Meltdown - Episode 248
This week we continue our month of terror-filled episodes, as we sit down to discuss the Halloween-themed "Satan's Little Helper". And as we buy our tickets to see Extra Spice, we also mention... spilling people's guts out, shooting in Romania, ultra high-strung, tuning out the gross, Squirm, colon new blood, Goosebumps, computer headset, Kids in the Hall, Godot, he puts his arms around you, a professional crew, seeing your midriff, Wow... that's ineptitude there, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, skinny white dude saves the day, let's go around the table, Todd Solondz, two pairs of black jeans, Amanda Plummer, Fright Night, Bart's dog, killing everyone, entertainingly bad, abandon realism, Kingdom of the Spiders, Paperboy, a super villian, early 90's, dad issues, Draino, Scottish Cockney?, Jesus switcharoo, Blue Sunshine, can we all have adjectives, adult dialog, urban legends, latex belly button action, that helicopter that you don't see, and wearing high heels with your chicken suit.
Spoiler Alert: Spoilers for "Satan's Little Helper" AND "So I Married an Axe Murderer"!
"There's plenty to be mad at about this film."
For more about The Alley theater go to: http://www.thealleytheater.org/
Fri, 18 October 2013
Attack of the Killer Soundtrack #7 - Halloween Edition
The Halloween celebration continues, and this time we bust out some awesome music! In this, the first ever horror-themed version of “Attack of the Killer Soundtrack”, we choose some music that we feel is creepy. But of course, when you are dealing with the Meltdown Gang – nothing is ever run-of-the-mill. What results is a wide spectrum of eerie music, some of which we find eerie for our own personal reasons. This is NOT your standard Halloween party mix of music!
And as we adjust our candy corn fangs, we also discuss… communing with the flowers, Schoolhouse Rock, not having cable, Gerrit Graham, Jonathan Harker, as a little kid who was scared of 7-foot monkey-men, the sexual part of it comes out, Sanford and Son from Outer Space, The Muppet Movie, the unity of the community, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Robin Thicke, paddling out into the wilderness, Kiss, wistful eeriness, The Doors, dodging a yo yo, the next day at school, creepy long fingers, the naked girl next to you, puppets, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the monster is gonna get him, moving shadows and seeing the beavers sprout.
Spoiler Alert: Again we ruin "The Wicker Man" with major spoilers! You really better just see that movie.
“When I was a kid… that f-ing terrified me!”
Fri, 11 October 2013
Movie Meltdown - Episode 247
So we continue our month-long tribute to Halloween, as we jump back into our discussion on costumes, traditions and just how they all tie back into the classic movie monsters.
And as we make some "special" treats for the neighborhood kids, we also mention... the Universal "classics", Shakespearean influence, the savage dog man, Béla Lugosi, The Wizard of Oz, the Captive Wild Woman, The Black Cat, pagan rituals, The Wicker Man, the slightly rough plastic, Brats, bad juju, crossing genres, Cat people, Skeletor, I married a Witch, Charles Dickens, a charming hillbilly, Monster High, the soccer mom filter, making creepy cookies, that strange dad laying in the yard in a leaf pile, Frankenstein, the mid-point between horror and noir, Scooby Doo, female scary costumes, Varney the Vampire, Blood on Satan's Claw, our fear of nature or sexuality, raising a scary child, Monster Squad, a hayride, a weird guy with a van, serial killer neighborhoods, zombies, two-strip Technicolor, a horror double feature, The Devil Rides Out, scary evil clowns, toilet papering houses, nursing home, Big Boy Caprice, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Rated X, Bell Book and Candle, Empire Plastics, tween wolf, King Kong, The Hideous Sun Demon, a witch, death shroud, a bunny costume, The Grudge, rubberized playgrounds, kids on their own, the American holiday, Star Wars, Barnabas Collins, horror in other countries, old Halloween decorations, she's gonna ask you sleep with her and you can't say no, the ages of appropriate Trick or Treating, making your first horror movie, The Mummy, The Woman in the Window, the sheet and the ghost, a bi-polar pumpkin, having a bird on your head, more blood, the false face, having glowing eyes, MREs, The Wolfman, darkness and human desire, the folk-horror movement, a ballerina, slutty high school girls, Trunk or Treat, do you want me to go get the mask, you're mom is a Jedi, grunge werewolves, European filmmakers, Burn Witch Burn, The Odyssey, being the only one dressed up at school, trick or treating at the mall, a post-apocalyptic world, The Force Beam, military Halloween, Doctor X, Curse of the Demon, I need a carton of eggs right now and North Korea.
Spoiler Alert: Spoliers for the end of "The Wicker Man" - but don't we all already know what happens by now anyway?
"Part of the fun of Halloween... is the element of fear."
Fri, 4 October 2013
Movie Meltdown - Episode 246
Since we are all such fans of horror and Halloween in particular, this year we thought we'd do a tribute to Halloween all through the month of October. So this week, we kick things off with a spooky and nostalgic installment of The Grind, where we discuss Halloween costumes... which leads to many other areas like our own childhood memories, increasing commercialism, sexulazation and the origins of the holiday.
Join us in the velvety basement as we also mention... Flame Retardant, having a shirt with your name on it, The Halloween Tree, meth supports my theater habit, teaching chemistry on Molly, Fonzie, Amadeus, I mean this in the nicest possible way, full-on Ghost Dad, ping pong table full of laundry, Him, the star chamber, a skeleton playing a clarinet, the dieing off of nature, Sporty Magdalene, trick or treating as a flash card, the classic monsters, the basement of Westworld, flashing your steampunk ass, Hitchcock, full-on-moto, Ben Cooper, hobo, the American invention, Poe, being dressed like a pedophile, Christmas propaganda, pulp literature, puppet theater, poison candy and razors in the apples, explaining the whole James Whale movie to my teachers, calling off trick or treating, the new 80's monsters, candy corn, Love in Vein and eating churros off the floor.
"...Halloween used to be a bit more edgy and evil... and when you think about it, Halloween is another commercialized holiday the way Christmas is..."