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

William Malone

Movie Meltdown - Episode 353

This week we are coming to you "live" from WonderFest where we sit down with director William Malone to discuss his movies Scared to Death, Parasomnia, House on Haunted Hill as well as the notorious Creature! Plus his work on Tales from the Crypt, Freddy's Nightmares and Masters of Horror. And we hear out about growing up as a monster kid, making masks and finding a way to use all that to get into filmmaking. We also talk about his obsession with Robby the Robot, creating the original Michael Myers mask and working on the H. R. Giger project that never happened.

And as we both decide the world is much better off without Klaus Kinski, we also mention... Hemlock Grove, Famous Monsters, Nautilus, Pickman's Model, the Pee Wee Herman bike, an eight ball going up his shirt coming out the neck hole, the sad life of David Spade, Dominique Swain, rebooting It, Vincent Price, give me clay, making foam rubber mask, Dick Smith, moulage, phone books, Bud Westmore, it was a week of hell, William Castle, getting toxic from all the chemicals, the director is kind of the low man on the totem pole, Warner Brothers' movie... done by Warner Brothers. They told us we couldn't afford to shoot on their lot, he's got a van somewhere with candy in the back, Don Rosa, Marie Laurin, horror hosts, you can't be tazed and be attractive, David Warner, Ron Perlman, Jeffrey Combs, phonin' home with E.T., Necromancer, UCLA, Spielberg's company is after me, new Adam Sandler movies, Pennywise, Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D, Terry Castle, Bill Skarsgård, dude you are sassy wherever you are going, I broke the first rule of filmmaking and being ripped off by James Cameron.

"I had heard that Klaus was - insane... so I wrote this insane... German commander."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT

Deconstructing Universes

Movie Meltdown - Episode 352

This week we are coming to you "live" from WonderFest as we are joined by our adopted cast member Eric Chu (conceptual designer for SyFy's retooling of Battlestar Galactica), to discuss the different approaches to building a sci fi universe. From Battlestar to Star Trek to Star Wars... just what are the differences in each of the universes? And how do the creators and the fans connect and interact with their own unique world? Plus a bonus segment on how to be a good geek father and we round things out with a wrap-up that involves Star Trek, Gilmore Girls, Beauty and the Beast and Laverne & Shirley. It kind of has to be heard to be believed.

And as we order off the dim sum cart, we also discuss... loving ghosts, robots and monsters, The Manchurian Candidate, metal ribbed vases, the guy in the Daggit suit, Shields and Yarnell, Asteroids, "experienced" women, like Charlie McCarthy or Jim Henson, it engages their imagination, if you make it too perfect for them... they don't need to do anything, shlemiel, schlemazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated, Boxey's stunt double, Sci-Fi Channel vs. Syfy, it's amazing we ever got out of the 20th century alive, you're best friend is the cool sports guy, The Little Mermaid horror story, my younger snot-nosed cousin, it engages their imagination and they can fill in that gap, but if you make it too perfect for them... they don't need to do anything, we don't want it to look like the old show, man's never going to have this utopia, Gerry Anderson, Milwaukee, it's more real and edgy and there's neck ties, that's like an SAT question, he's basically Elmer J. Fudd Millionaire, Sarah Connor hooks up with the guy from Sons of Anarchy, he's chasin' the Shirley dragon, Grover, Universal Monsters, they were really drinking the Gene Roddenberry Kool-Aid, geek parenting 101, that's why I stopped listening to Coldplay, real dolls, Team America 2, it looks like every other CGI show on TV, it's the pre-apocalyptic future and I've gotta draw a whole bunch of dill pickles now.

"...but it worked. 'Cause I think it made it more accessible to people that weren't normally into sci fi."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:08pm EDT

X-Men: The Promise

Movie Meltdown - Episode 351

This week we sit down to discuss our thoughts about the new movie X-Men: Apocalypse. How it ranks in this current trilogy, how it compares to the old trilogy, and just what this means for future X-Men movies.

And as we're panning for movie gold, we also discuss... Kid Flash and Jesse Quick, Bryan Singer, Tom Hiddleston, the bellhop from Four Rooms, the origin of all religion, posing, Supergirl, Jennifer Lawrence, I had checked out, Spider-Man, let's think long term, the morning light, flat scenes, Olivia Munn, fancy bow and arrow shots, X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut, the first one, Nicholas Hoult, bird wings, comics are being ballsy, The Pell Grant of acting, James McAvoy, even more destructive is the little red head in the dorm upstairs, Michael Fassbender, Dark Phoenix, people might financially care, my favorite 90's clique of X-Men, CG effects, Rose Byrne, instead of one... you had a dozen, they just stand on that mountain for like forty-five minutes, extra dopey, Tye Sheridan, hinting at Black Flash, the adults table and the kids table, Sophie Turner, Age of Ultron, action scene choreography and Oscar Isaac.

Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse, so go see the movie before you listen.

"It's a whole new world compared to that first X-Men movie."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:46pm EDT

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."

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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."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:09am EDT