Movie Meltdown
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Movie Meltdown - Episode 292

This week we talk with stuntwoman Leslie Hoffman and screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination) about other essential jobs in the world of making movies. Plus we give some of our thoughts on our recent viewing of Oculus.

And while we cover up our head and hope we don’t get trampled by a horse, we also discuss… The Car, Deliver Us from Evil, you don’t have any ownership, Wes Craven, Karen Gillan, being in the entertainment industry, Robert Zemeckis, Robert Englund, I’m one of the people that fall off the car, Two-Minute Warning, Eric Bana, if you rapped or played basketball  I could cast you, Bobby DiCicco, a slime trail down the middle of the floor, Joel McHale, Steven Spielberg, Deadly Friend, Olivia Munn, Deliver Us from Eva, Berea College, the motorcycle sidecar jump, Queen Elizabeth going down the banquet table, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Falcon Crest, Gabrielle Union, fake hair, Good Samaritan, Wendie Jo Sperber, had we hit any lower I probably would have been decapitated, dodging horses, John Ritter, it’s really strong now… it’s not going to break in half, sassy ponytail, falling off The Love Boat, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Karen Gillan, Jane Badler, when people see that scene it just freaks them out, do they look like high school students, you got to roll on the ground and fire guns, feel free to stalk me… I’m very stalk-able, the saddle caught my elbow, directing your own work and the dummy with the exploding head.

Spoiler Alert: A certain spoiler is revealed for Deliver Us from Evil. You have been warned! 

“My illusions of how the movie industry worked were crushed very early.” 

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Direct download: Other_Pieces_in_the_Filmmaking_Puzzle_Ep_292_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:25 PM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 291

This episode we bring you more of our coverage of IF Film Fest, featuring interviews with directors Farzad Sangari (Mudbloods), Collin Schiffli  (Animals) and Tyler Measom (An Honest Liar). Plus bonus segments featuring David Dastmalchian and James “The Amazing” Randi!

And while we discuss the ins and outs of the indie film scene, we also mention… Middlebury, deception, good characters, overcoming addiction, Emma Watson, a love story, being deceived, investigating the paranormal, UCLA, feel as real as possible, fly on the wall filmmaking, three act structures, questioning the viewers, maintaining and making media… for an audience, fighting traffic, tape to tape, when you question what others hold dear, pulling the curtain back, Kings of Pastry, inspired by true events, film school, escaping from a straightjacket over Niagara Falls, , watching the film with a group of people, Kim Shaw, distribution systems, Chicago, identity theft, they did this thing that should be impossible, drawing movies, detractors and it’s all just content.

“…the format and medium of documentaries nowadays, is so fantastic. Because it isn’t beholden to this three act structure, that narratives are… it isn’t boy meets girl. Anything can happen… and anything does happen. So what we are seeing in documentaries is this real revolution of storytelling, that just does, in a way – whatever the hell it wants to do.”

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Direct download: Filmmaker_Focus_Ep_291_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:18 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 290

This episode we're coming to you "live" from the second annual "Meltdown Macabre", our own horror and Halloween celebration. We kick things off with some creepy cartoons and then we head into our Project: Poe feature - the 1928, French, silent version of "The Fall of the House of Usher". Then we sit down for our usual movie discussion, only this time we are joined by Bermudan, the band who provided us with a live performance of an original score to accompany the film. Plus we round out this year's Halloween episodes as we talk about some of our favorite movies to watch this time of year.

And while we go over the shuffling around of some of our favorite silent films, we also mention… Max Fleischer, studio tampering, senses are very overwhelming, Persona, really desolate face, burning alive, discerning the strobe effect, Ed Wood, all of our music is weirdo stuff, extreme areas of the screen, Salvador Dalí, Birth of a Nation, F.W. Murnau, I’m watching a horror story in my childhood, The Adventures of Mark Twain in Hell, I’m not scared ever… but I just feel unsettled for the next six days, Grady from Sanford and Son, is it a mental illness or is it paranormal, this wall of sound, cinematography derived from photography style, Tod Browning, progressive European style, Hour of the Wolf, the fairies are coming to get you, At the Mountains of Madness, Carl Theodor Dreyer, body horror, John Carpenter’s Halloween, homo floresiensis, Usher and Honey Nut Cheerios bee, sister vs. wife, catatonic glances, sounds have certain colors, Ian MacKaye, The Keep, shooting unconventionally, surrealism, the Universal monsters, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, Prometheus, The Unholy Three, that’s just France, hazy guitar effects, reappears all ghostly, it’s like you hear something in another room, witchcraft and demons ensue, having a large tool set, the enormous train, D.W. Griffith, From Beyond, Guillermo del Toro, The Exorcist, Blood on Satan’s Claw, it’s the nondescript Edgar Allen Poe, in times past, when people had names like Roderick and lived in castles, vintage clothing, Robert Fripp, Ingmar Bergman, skinny pipe jeans, Jean Epstein and fuzzy eyeballs.

“It’s an experience. I’m going to suspend you upside down in this really unusual world for a while, until you sort of lose your sense of perspective and that gradually makes you a little crazy as you’re watching the movie.”

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Direct download: The_Macabre_of_the_House_of_Usher_Ep_290_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30 AM

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack #17 - Attack of the Horror Covers

This week we get under the covers... with horror movies. Sometimes the use and reinvention of a preexisting song mirrors what the film is trying to establish as well. So we discuss some of our favorite cover songs used in horror movies... and build an awesome soundtrack along the way. Join us for more Halloween fun! 

Direct download: Attack_Ep_17_Covering_Horror_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 289

This episode we are coming to you "Live" from the IF Film Fest, where we sit down with Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger to discuss their new movie "Trouble Dolls" as well as their roles as writers and directors. We end up with some really interesting perspectives from two first time directors. Plus we hear about getting people like Megan Mullally, Will Forte and Jeffrey Tambor involved in a smaller, independent film like theirs.

And as we reminisce about the nut cheese, we also discuss… getting arrested, Hannibal Lecter, protecting your cloud persona, a giant baseball bat, a broke-ass actor, the bruises faded around my neck, dramedy, dealing arms and running a white slavery ring, being an astronaut, the narcissus and the cheerleader, shooting a cashew in the face, she couldn’t even find the water, the golden age of television, having to let things go, being a teenaged vampire, The Odd Couple, stop doing it that way… it’s terrible, Withnail and I, whispering each other’s ears, Elmore Leonard, a very strange, circuitous path, I don’t think I have a filthy cloud, we’re all really snowflakes people, constant shock and awe, Alexander the Last, Dumb and Dumber, creating art, breathing on the phone, someday I’m gonna drop dead, so I might as well do whatever the heck I wanna do… while I have time, save the drama for the screen, I stole your line in a fight, the most awesome cat, The Good Wife, having training wheels, can we give you sixty bucks to hang out with us for the next hour and a half, it wound up being more meaningful then I ever imagined, then I pulverize them with my fists and eat them for dinner, SpaceCamp, co-dependant love, dripping popsicles, I think my dead cat made this movie, trying to put the right people together, Life of Crime, dancing on the subway and latex misunderstanding.

“Get a dead cat spirit to speak to rich people… and that’s how you make a movie.”

Direct download: An_Evening_with_the_Trouble_Dolls_Ep_289_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:01 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 288

This episode we kick off the Halloween season with a creepy trip to the drive-in! And while we’re there, we discuss… Green apple Twizzlers, Kingdom of the Spiders, The Quest, Joel McHale, slow burn, hot space chick, videos on the internet, Eight-Legged Freaks, doing a split kick, Chronicle, a satanic robot woman, I assume everything on the internet is fake, Arachnophobia, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, mallow creme pumpkins, Karl Urban, THIS, The Sacrament, Metropolis, I wanna strangle this child, stop… drop… and roll, Big Ass Spider,  Jet Li in The Color Purple, don’t play with tigers and - Public Service Announcement: Do not drive on fire.

Spoiler Alert: Several major spoilers for Season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

“Basically, it’s a step by step movie – of what not to do.” 

Direct download: At_the_Drive-In_Ep_288_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:33 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 287

This episode we talk with Sid Haig and revisit an older interview we'd done with him years ago - that has never been aired on the show! So it's SID HAIG... what more do you need?!! Start listening... 

“I had to restart my career like four times… ‘cause I was just working too much and people got tired of looking at me. Well… studios got tired of looking at me.”

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Direct download: Sid_Revisiting_Sid_Haig_Ep_287_-_3001.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:33 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 286

So what are the odds a show like ours, which spends the majority of it's time yammering on about movies or talking smack about celebrities, would ever get a legitimate paranormal investigator to come on the show and talk with us. Well, I'd say... there's a ghost of a chance. Regardless, this week in the middle of our coverage of ScareFest we talk with Kris Williams, former historical researcher/investigator of the Syfy channel show "Ghost Hunters", and former co-lead investigator of "Ghost Hunters International". Among other things we get her thoughts on ghost movies, the problems with paranomal TV and just what “equipment” you really need to look for ghosts.

And while we are trying to find rational reasons for what is going on around us, we also talk about… how to clear an orb, digging the over-alls, Thailand, a rat in wall, being possessed by a demon, the black carpet, cops watching cop movies, as humans we’re not very good at not having answers, he’s bringing back the look, Dr. Badass, you are getting grabbed one way or another, our secret undisclosed recording area, a real slimer, so you don’t suck this time, Proxy, the static box, 4000 illegal torrent downloads, Michael Jackson dance-off, we could take you out… it’s a simple as that, a haunted firehouse, move along loser, too Feldman to even be Feldman, Ectoplasm… is that a real problem, calling bullshit, your dead Aunt so-and-so, a square chin, Catherine Hicks, being thrown about the house, I have no life apparently, I’m here to finish the job – with my battle mace, off in a segregated tent, little ghost tree houses, Sam from Trick ‘r Treat, please make something up for us, being a 14th colony, Straight Time, over-the-top, insane and crazy, John Zaffis, I’ve stalked his Facebook page, you’re gonna lose an appendage, stealing a piece of his soul, Fear Street, sparkl-dy outfits, upkeep on your spirit house, riding around on a golf cart, ghosts vs. AIDS, a different take on the zombie film, The Conjuring, a plethora of stalker pictures were taken, Three Tears On Bloodstained Flesh, maybe he managed to avoid all his dad’s creepy, The Amityville Horror, Corey Feldman and his Angel, a documentary about Reese's Pieces, Snake Plissken, Alex Vincent, a gal with a dream, not everything’s a ghost, Robert Mukes, Indiana Jones and the Eye of the Fates and double-braided pigtails.

“And then uhh… we got kicked out of the haunted house.”

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Direct download: Ghost_of_a_Chance_Ep_286_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:07 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 285

This week we do some more loitering around a convention, but along the way we also talk with Kristina Klebe about a couple of her latest movies. Plus we invite Kristina to co-host our Sofa Theater discussion, as we talk about Kai Wai Wong's film "In the Mood for Love".

Plus as we clarify, that noise was just a chair moving, we also mention... frames to die for, William Sadler, a pig wearing lederhosen, cinematography, Chop Top goes to Arby's, shooting on-location, John Candy, sad but beautiful, Michael Berryman, a toughie, cornfields, the thermos, M.Night Shyamalan and AMEX, the sign of couplehood, Bill Moseley, The Wolfman's House of Pancakes, Richard Lynch, being in Indiana, every scene should be moving you forward, Count Floyd, James Remar, David Hess, an f-ed up chick, buying the handbags, Richard Scarry, Joe Flaherty, celebrity elevator stories, a relationship surrogate, running a half-marathon... for fun, the walk to the noodle stand, it makes me feel longing, Depeche Mode and sexy and sensual noodles.

Spoiler Alert: Many spoilers are revealed for "In the Mood for Love", so watch it beforehand for spoiler-free listening. You have been warned! 

"The things you take away from a relationship maybe more important then the relationship itself."

Direct download: In_the_Mood_for_Kristina_Klebe_Ep_285_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:48 AM

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack #16 - Attack of Steve Katz

This week features "live" coverage of VinylFest featuring our interview with Steve Katz, founding member of Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Blues Project, American Flyer and The Even Dozen Jug Band. Not only an impressive musician and songwriter, Steve has also worked as a producer (producing three of Lou Reed's albums!) as well as working on the industry side of the business as East Coast Director of A&R and Vice President of Mercury Records. And along the way, we not only build our own eclectic soundtrack... but we also feature Steve's "Killer Five" of some of his favorite movie songs as well! 

And as we decide if we need to share our rock star/family/soap opera debate with the listeners, we also discuss... The Great Folk Scare, lots of similes, the new Zach Braff movie, I’ve seen you dressed as Adam Ant, so many levels of awful, singing in my underwear, Calypso, we hate the weird concessions of this movie, The Boomtown Rats, Hootenanny, Berkeley, cut out his vocal cords and sit them on a stool, writing a book, archiving flyers, owning a record store, Kate Hudson, being a sociopath, cassette tapes, The Tonight Show, The Electric Flag, the underground music archive, musical chairs at the theater, true love works in funny ways, Stefan Grossman, that man was clearly masturbating, casting yourself as a lead in a film, the first album with drums in stereo, technology  and recording, Day-O, I was obviously about to be murdered, who was doing a lot of speed?, little RCA 45 machine, Dogs in Space, the bluegrass contingent, 140 band members, seeing it at the dollar theater, void of actual emotional impact, Ry Cooder, quasi-jazz arrangments, better equalization, Carter Burwell, Louisville is like a pizza, cassingles, The Kingston Trio, Elektra and I’m not a creeper lady! 

"I was supposed to do a paper on Yates and the Byzantium poems... I was having too good a time. It was a question of like, 'Here are the 60's - right in front of me. Do I do this or do Yates and the Byzantium poems?' So I said to Hell with Yates... I'm gonna be a musician."

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Direct download: Attack_Ep_16_Steve_Katz_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:24 AM