Movie Meltdown
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Attack of the Killer Soundtrack - Episode 29

This week we are coming to you from VinylFest where on this the 50th anniversary of the hugely successful album Whipped Cream & Other Delights, we sit down and talk with Dolores Erickson. Delores is the woman featured on the cover of the album that eventually became a pop culture phenomena - as well as being one of the most recognizable (and often parodied) photographs in the world. And along the way, we also celebrate the amazing career of Herb Alpert as we build a soundtrack from his abundance of songs featured in movies over the years. Plus this week's co-host Yoko also works in some of her favorite soundtrack picks as well.

And as we try to figure out if it's legal in this state to make love to the camera, we also discuss... Eileen Ford, a class at Warner Brothers, cats sitting on your turntable, being introduced to Elvis Presley, lectures on swearing, I was just standing in my brassiere, choosing one girl from every high school, Stella Stevens, I won a contest, the art director for Capitol Records, brighten up your day with this band, a Bull Terrier, sometimes you've gotta squint on a roller coaster, I love his little quiff and his big chin, a lovable curmudgeon, Jerry Moss, predestined, a little bit of a heartbreak, skiing down a mountain, men like cats sometimes, The Everly Brothers, try not to fall in love when you hear this song, constructing the cotton, Steve Katz, being an art teacher, it seemed like in L.A., everyone had their businesses in their garages... they always made-over their garages... including Herb, I definitely learned rejection, It was just a lovely afternoon, a catamaran in a storm, very avant-garde records, being groomed, quit picking on Bill, he's such a sentimental person and for years... no one knew my name. 

"It's unusual. It's like a little ghost... that follows me around. It's extraordinary really."

For more on VinylFest, go to:

Direct download: Attack_Ep_29_-_Dolores_Erickson_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:05 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 319

This week we're back huddled up on the floor with Doug Jones for a full discussion about the 1998 film, Meet Joe Black. And while we talk about Doug's alter ego of Pencilhead, we also discuss... Death takes a Holiday, Interview with a Vampire, Marcia Gay Harden, the peanut butter scene, real couples playing on-screen couples, foreboding and threatening, Tank Girl, and it was innocent... and gorgeous, Brad Pitt's abs, Hellboy 1 and 2, we're all dressed up and there's fireworks going on, everything was just lavish and luxurious, veined me up, oh now I take my clothes off, an element of the fantastical, the musical score, let's go to the indoor pool, the coffee date I love having, they let us be a smart audience, doubling for Gary Oldman, that's the way that I want to go one day, 12 Monkeys, they just make this eye contact, childlike and painfully awkward, Anthony Hopkins, relinquish fear, Mystery Men, a movie like this does make us question our mortality, Thelma & Louise, made my tendons pop, Jeffrey Tambor, the early phases of the internet meet Faces of Death and Hannibal... I'm yours! 

Spoiler Alert: Full discussion of Martin Brest's movie Meet Joe Black, so go watch now. You have been warned! 

"If I can leave the Earth with that kind of grace, and that kind of dignity..."

Direct download: Meet_Joe_Black_Ep_319_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:14 PM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 318

So are we on the RED carpet with Doug Jones? No, that's not how we roll. Here at Movie Meltdown, we'd much rather set up camp on the floor and just share some stories. So that's what we do... this week we settle in for an intimate and relaxed hang out session with Doug Jones as we discuss some of the amazing projects he's worked on over the years as well as what he's been up to lately. 

And as we figure out the logistics for our group photo/cuddling assemblage, we also mention... Crimson Peak, Ant-Man, Pan's Labyrinth, Slender Man, a good Summer flick, listening to your earpiece, Guillermo del Toro, eat some popcorn, Hocus Pocus, Joan Rivers, Mia Wasikowska, The Ultimate Legacy, The Operator, the Fantastic Four is like The Wicker Man of the super hero movies... the Nick Cage Wicker Man, The Shining, The Strain, Missi Pyle, being a hot zombie, Tom Hiddleston, Z Nation, speaking Spanish, creepy Victorian haunted house movie, did you know that before the movie?, Jessica Chastain, Robert Maillet, Cochise, Glenn Close, fed on a poor naked fellow, the Hallmark Channel, Abe Sapien, it's pronounced labyrinth, Guardians of the Galaxy, being the last man on Earth, a crazy alien-hunter, the Fauno bicycle seat, feel-good inspirational, Charlie Hunnam, reshaping my body, Lee Meriwether, Falling Skies, lessons learned, My Name Is Jerry, a skinny hipless boy, Micheal Douglas, one post-apocalyptic job after another, a red lady ghost, The Silver Surfer, watch flashy action, vamp this up, Brian Dennehy, walking out of the house in a Speedo, a massive lusting for Raquel Welch, The Devil's Backbone, prove himself worthy, putting a muscle suit on, Arrow and Flash, being excited about film watching, drinking with a bendy straw, Paul Rudd, being a butler, Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, a three picture deal, looking through tear ducts, a glorious house, sounding like a whore and... silicone products.

"We all wear masks..."  "mine are just glued on."

Direct download: On_the_Carpet_with_Doug_Jones_Ep_318_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:36 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 317

This week we return to the bastion to hang out and watch the 2009 film "Forget Me Not" directed by Tyler Oliver. And while we argue the pros and cons of slutty skirts vs. slutty pants, we also bring up... Sinister, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Insidious, The Last Days on Mars, Bella Thorn is eternal, wearing matching underpants, starring on cereal boxes, I do everything wrong, abandoned hospitals, a fish in your car, he looks like a drunk baby, having a half-brother named Pablo, Harper's Island, demons and what-nots getting in your body, stolen from The Twilight Zone, the Scream TV series, are you a ghost?, the physical or metaphysical tangent, by myself... in the dark... at night, the new 007, sci-fi and art house at the same time, the dreaded moleststach, Jacob's Ladder, all shady things happen in attics, The Chronicles of Riddick, I'm gonna punt that kid across the room, Casino Royale, Liev Schreiber, goin' to the mountains, with the Manson video rejects, Forged in Fire, a box of murder films, bad CG mouth, Sean Connery and the service to the world that is alternate timeline erasing of STDs. 

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 2009 film "Forget Me Not". So go watch the movie before listening... you have been warned! 

"As they start getting picked off one by one... you gotta whole horde of flickering, garbage bag, duct tape monsters coming after you." 

Direct download: Forget_Me_Not_Ep_317_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:42 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 316

"Sink or Swim" - All in. To fail or succeed entirely by one's own efforts. 

This week we go to Sink or Swim Art Gallery to talk with our friend Ryan who has gone all in... with his artistic endeavors , as he opens a new art gallery filled with terrific artwork and movie references. We discuss Ryan's early interests in both art and film, and just how one leads to the other.  

And while we make up our own story, we also discuss... Gremlins, De Chirico, Inside Out, What We Do in the Shadows, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Sponge Bob from Piccaso, sharing other weird ideas, the boys who fell down the toilet, being an art kid, coconuts and cinnamon toast, Joe Bob Briggs, confident filmmakers, a less macho Jimmy Fallon, when it all adds up to being weird, Beauty Is Embarrassing, sitting in front of the advertising box, Captain USA and Handy, the NPR "thing", silly surreal, Grant Wood, a cult of originality, Siskel and Ebert, there's a solidarity to growing up that level of geek, substituting shapes for no apparent reason, filming the impressionists, Green Acres, Red Flag, like a podcast virus, Looney Tunes landscapes, Alfred Hitchcock, documenting the evolution of a thing, Wayne White, Funny Games, being at the brink of giving up, Exit Through the Gift Shop, I really cannot trust that voice, skateboarding, Shakespeare, Jennifer Prediger, The Anniversary Party, bringing JTT out of retirement, Hell Comes to Frogtown, it's like they are trying to push your buttons, Disney animation,  making it a lifestyle, Ren and Stimpy, the urban Muppet world, Botticelli, the Carter family, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Ninja Turtles meets The Monster Squad, a parody of itself, undulating, Thomas Kinkade, Alex Karpovsky, Night of the Creeps, celebrity vs. artist, Jackson Pollock, it's like realizing a group of people you're talking to... are a cult, Aquaman marrying a woman without gills, transcendental poetry and stupid logic, barricaded from progressing, anything with big monsters, robots, dinosaurs... I just completely turn back into a six-year old, you'll like this ... it's bizarre, Fire and Ice, Dogtown and Z Boys, Chasing  Gabor, we want it to be fun... we want to bring fun back into art, Salvador Dali, two different theories of evil... driving around in the same car, While We're Young, for me... it's a lot of disappointment, no matter how fast the rabbit runs... the hounds are going to catch up to him, putting your head in an oven, trainwreck movies, sleep... it's overrated, High School art classes, artisanal toast and discovering the secret of Blankets and Spaghetti.

"I think film is the perfect collaboration of all forms of art."

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Direct download: Sink_or_Swim_Ep_316_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:34 AM

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack - Episode 28

This week we host a Killer Soundtrack episode from amidst the jubilant grounds of this year's Forecastle Festival. As we wander around the musical celebration, we continually meet up with our semi-regular co-hosts. So together we discuss the event and along the way build an impressive and wide-ranging soundtrack.

And while we recount our evening spent with Sam Smith, we also mention... Unicron, Ben Affleck, being out of control, at the bourbon slushie tent, to this day one of the most tragic character deaths, anyone who sponsors a soccer game, Romania, on-stage having fun, Joel Schumacher, old person face, robot smoke comes out of their mouths and they fall down dead, facing your cell phone the wrong way, striving for crass commercialization, we're waiting to hear the destruction reports out of Switzerland any day now, better in a bar, cthulhu-level horror, south to drop off moron, everyone looks good, because they feel good, Reservoir Dogs, your boss was afraid to hurt your feelings by firing you, split-screen, I don't know if I'm getting older... or music is getting worse, that work of genius, young up and coming actresses, cheezy 80's music, saves the day... and promptly dies, henna for tweens, water is like 85% of existence, a youth-infested music festival, that's how we process music now... soundtracks and video games, acutely plebeian peasants, Diarrhea Planet, a Lovecraftian symphany... about a a Lovecraftian robot... from the most Lovecraftian of giant robot movies, more female-centric films, it was like that scene from Jaws, even more questions about Batman v. Superman, very aware of itself, as I've been told by a guy who has a can of Nitrogen in his back seat for the purpose of bourbon freezing, grunge settling in, body glitter, we could be like a bunch of Nascar drivers... except we're podcasters, they just don't wanna stop, that Christmas where the Germans and the Americans stopped shooting at each other... and played soccer, Wim Wenders, punishment for Amy Winehouse's dad,  Dope, listening as well as watching film, as seen on TV, if you are from their town, unrequited love, polite but not nice, Nightwing, St. Elmo's Fire, bright red horror, smashing me back in a lovely way, snare ticky tack, growing up Springsteen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, action happening in two different spots, taking a lot of weird risks, someone came up from behind him, things being out of his hands, that was in a Tony Hawk game, Lucio Fulci, storming out, the leaker, you're not over it if you're still saying it on the microphone, and remember kids... stay hydrated and use sunscreen.

"If you use a song really, really well in a scene, that song will remind people of your scene for the rest of their lives."

For more info on the fest, go to:

Direct download: Attack_Ep_28_-_Forecastle_2015_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:41 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 315

This week we welcome two new co-hosts, as well as rediscover a previous co-host who had mysteriously disappeared? So while we try to figure out just what happened to him in the interim, we then talk through a couple of recent releases. Then we return to an installment of What's the Buzz? - as we discuss the super geeky news that has been unleashed upon the world this previous week. 

And as we find out just how that experience become engrained in people's movie souls, we also mention... Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Deadpool, Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Ghostbusters 2016, Terminator Genisys, Mad Max: Fury Road, Nimbus 3000, Willow, Grandma lady has the plants, Wookie Eyes Wide Shut, he cares about style more then anything else, Thor of the sea, The Lifetime Movie, T.J. Miller, Margot Robbie, The Green Inferno, a timeline that's beat to hell, Game of Thrones, a giant dry erase board, centering the protagonist, Sin City, Andy Serkis, it's not that bad guys, Streets of Rage, 9/11 parallels, George Miller, closing a video store, Warwick Davis, Roger Dean, mythos, Joss Whedon, imagination and sensory overload, Avatar... the spa experience, Ben Affleck, Black Widow, the entire universe should have collasped upon itself, a variety show with Wookies, backseat villains, Michael Shannon IS Stone Cold Steve Austin, Jared Leto, The Sacrament, A Deadly Adoption, Emilia Clarke, Jurassic World, a real car chase, being raised on Star Wars, Zack Snyder, Michael Bay, using CGI, Pretty Women... starring Jesse Eisenberg, Cannibal Holocaust, Oscar Isaac, Kryptonite all over the place, the disappearance into the bathroom, James Cameron's special approval, Superman tax and some jerk with a VCR. 

"I like to know when I'm getting duped."

Direct download: Buzzworthy_Communiqu_Ep_315_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:49 AM

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack - Episode 27

This week we welcome our special guest co-host Dr. Gangrene to be our DJ of heavy metal horror movies. We let the Doctor run wild as we assemble our own epic soundtrack built from the metal-themed movies that ruled the 80's!

And as we discuss the "Satanic Panic" that took hold of the country, we also mention... the greatest WTF ending, a three-dimensional VHS cover, you've gotta see the zombie march, swatting a fly, which brings them back... to battle Hitler and his minions, VH1, a rocker that comes back from the dead to get revenge on the people who did him wrong, congress brought rock and rollers in there, wizards, Never Sleep Again, singing lyrics from the book, it was a magical thing, Metal Mania, this movie's nuts, guitar punk, a werewolf, skateboarding, a love story aliens invading zombies... it's got it all, like bumpy, that whole time period and everything that was going on, this movie's got it all, a band of demons... trying to steal the souls of the kids in the town, while this is going on there's a subplot of a slasher going around killing people, I've met Thor, I know Thor... I'm friends with Thor, garagey and trashy, once we were done with heavy metal it's like other cultures picked it up and started doing their own thing with it, in a functioning video store, smart-assed comments, Eva Braun, because the 80's was... the 80's, It's in the songs... it's in the movie, Splatter, that's the way to ring in the new year, playing a cassette tape and then this band comes along... and then demons. 

"I think we've gotta start with... what I call the Citizen Kane of heavy metal horror movies."

For more on Dr. Gangrene, go to:


Direct download: Attack_Ep_27_-_Heavy_Metal_Horror_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:03 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 314

This week, among our other geek activities, we also recap our road trip where we met Jack Noseworthy and sat down for an interview with the lovely and talented Samantha Mathis. Whom our host my or may not have had a huge crush on back in the day. In fact, it might still be going on. 

And while we delve into the most expensive movie ever made in 1991, we also discuss... did Joss Whedon steal his ideas, sitting on an apple box, the most star-studded cast, Project Almanac, Lala Sloatman, Bella Thorne, Wilmington, a masterful grasp of the English language, John Woo, Fear Street, I'm chocked full of literacy, is Dura a name?, The Thing Called Love, Scooby Doo, Brooklyn or Manhattan, John Leguizamo, the press tour to Japan, Peter Bogdanovich, running in a ravine in sand, it's so bloody... and there's an arm, "T Bone" Burnett, playing cat and mouse with me, and you live by the Sorkin word, I'd never seen anyone use so many cameras, a commercial for Lollapalooza, super star-struck and intimidated, a hundred feet of squibs, Nessie, time travel 101, Chef, with him... goes away so much history about cinema, Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn, Blue Velvet, I'm sitting on set with Meathead, all right so who's got their underwear on and who doesn't?, playing with the boys and the toys, we are NOT making Achy Breaky Heart!, very precise, animal bits, Ancient Aliens, Bob Hoskins, Corey Haim, The American President, Idle Hands, one of them made a sound, April Fool's Day, cotton balls, this is a public service announcement, Max Headroom, giving Hitler a wedgie, piggy-back rides, Supernatural, Allan Moyle, Dennis Hopper, doing an art project with Craig Sheffer, Dead at 21, a challenging career, Broken Arrow, taking down time and space for a useful relationship, music licensing, disabled water fountains, Princess Daisy's in a castle, jamming on a street corner and Pump up the Volume.

Spoiler Alert: we discuss the book "The Little White Trip: A Night In the Pines" so major spoilers for that book, and sort of for "Cabin in the Woods". Also Bryan reveals the Samantha-related spoiler for season 1 of  "Under the Dome". You have been warned.  

"I build from the outside in." 

Direct download: The_Thing_Called_Love..._for_Samantha_Mathis_Ep_314_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:12 PM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 313

This week we hang out at Gallery K after Adam Burke's comedy set and engage in a hardcore session of... Late Night Movie Talk. We kick things off with a little introduction to Adam, but very quickly we welcome in Carl and Dan from Gallery K, as we roll into an old-fashioned, round table, movie geek discussion. 

It becomes a wide-ranging conversation that covers topics like... stand-up comedy, regional accents, George Lucas, David Letterman, animal cruelty in classic films, Kevin Smith, Michael Parks, Noah Baumbach, too much backstory, Bill Murray, nine college grads writing your material, Stanley Kubrick, saving your money for cockfighting, Tom Hanks, serials, tooth gap, antler rack museum, John Mayer, Justin Long, Lawrence of Arabia, the field Museum, late night monologues, Clerks, Greek archetypes, Steve Buscemi, podcasting movies, Dazed and Confused, The Miracle Worker, the psychedelic scene, verbal ticks, craft services on Apocalypse Now, Secret of the Incas, the war room, The 39 Steps, Inception, stand-up films, Brian De Palma, Paths of Glory, if you wanna fall down this rabbit hole - don't, focusing on objects, Let's build the rails before we go off them, The Old Man and the Sea, King of Comedy, Martin Scorsese, Samuel L. Jackson, David O. Selznick, Kansas City Confidential, The Killing, Irvin Kershner, Room 237, the Coen Brothers, Rebecca, blowing a coral reef, Bob Hope, Tusk, movie crawls, a blushing ghost, Steven Spielberg, Notorious, Mad Max: Fury Road, entranced by YouTube, George Carlin, L.A. Rules, the declassified cockpit, George C. Scott, The Lady Vanishes, using the ratios, She-Ra: Princess of Power, making movie references, harpooning sharks through the face, Richard Linklater, it feels more real then the real thing, Alfred Hitchcock, All-Star Superman, stand-up is rough because it's... kind of easy to trick yourself into thinking you know how to do it, then there'll always be a situation reminding you... that you don't, Red State, Jennifer Tilly's stunt double, Wes Anderson, Jeff Anderson, space stewardess, Tomorrowland, cataloging fish, Johnny Carson, Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes, a dead zoo, Punchline, Madonna, Alan Rickman, dropping the F-stop, the seal of greatness, Johnny Depp, Dogma, Woody Allen, Spencer Tracy, Ken Burns, Chicago, the hot deep cut of Kubrick and debutantes. 

"...the way that movie ends, I feel like you can... feel American movies change."

Direct download: Late_Night_Movie_Talk_with_Adam_Burke_Ep_313_-_3002.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:06 AM