Movie Meltdown
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Attack of the Killer Soundtrack #19 - Attack of Lisa Loeb

This week we sit down with an artist who sat at #1 on the Billboard charts, went to a major record deal, followed by a Grammy nomination - all of which stemmed from having her song on a movie soundtrack. That's right Lisa Loeb, seemed like the perfect guest to have on Attack of the Killer Soundtrack. So we talk with Lisa about just how her song ended up on the Reality Bites soundtrack and what it was like to have a #1 hit single before she even had a recording contract. Plus the massive changes that kicked in so fast. Plus putting a full album together after having such a successful single, as well as crossing over into acting in film... plus several other endeavors! She’s a busy woman these days, and we are glad to have her join us on this week’s episode. Plus Lisa gives us her Killer Five music picks from soundtracks over the years.

And as we keep our eyes upon the dream and go for it, someone also mentions… Jan De Bont, Gabe Kaplan, New York City, Katniss Everdeen, Brown University, just getting busy, Ethan Hawke, drinking a lot of champagne and driving in limos, being independent, putting yourself into a different character, focusing more on visual, second guessing is a loser sport, One small step for man…, Ben Stiller, walking around with headshots, Elizabeth Mitchell, 80 messages on my machine, getting it out there “for real”, Danny Elfman, one step for… me, 52nd street, when you get inspiration from outside of yourself, it’s a really fun, interesting puzzle to put together, regular music cycles, illustrated books, Stewart Copeland, live theater and the Purple Tape.

“...having music placed in soundtracks... that’s really one of the best ways to get an income from being a musician - and also one of the best ways to get your music heard.“ 

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Direct download: Attack_Ep_19_Lisa_Loeb_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:13 AM

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack #18 - Attack of Purple Rain

Since this year is the 30th anniversary (traditionally the "pearl anniversary") of Purple Rain, we thought we would do a special episode devoted to the monumental soundtrack. Well, it has become this huge project, and led to this first episode, where we discuss Prince - the man... the myth... the legend. And in the process, build a familiar yet slightly adjusted version of the Purple Rain soundtrack.

And as we drive to the mansion, we also mention… musical archaeology, Animaniacs, having a pool, backmasking, minor key moments, cranking out kids, analogies, lighter app, force-fed you LSD through your ears, stockings falling down legs, we’ve made fifty cents, Radiohead, cover bands, in the hotel lobby, knocking it out in a weekend, The Ballad of Dorothy Parker, dancing to 90’s R & B, hunting down musicians, lizard eyes, Nick Cannon, 1940’s slapstick porn, being litigious, peculiar, Morris Day & The Time, makes great omelets, chemtrais, the boiling kettle is ready, mansions are like tissues, the slave era, The Beatles, like a doll’s eyes, sultry, dig if you will take a left here, If I was your Girlfriend, keep it in the vault, listening to Darling Nikki with your dad, dog notes, dirty horns, a sad apartment, how many people do you know with mansions?, the plunger, making omelettes, getting embalmed, Warner Brothers, she’ll show you no mercy and The Illuminati. 

“…he was hailed as this genius, this little short genius man… who could dance. Yeah, and that appealed to me.” 

Direct download: Attack_Ep_18_Pearl_Rain_Vol_1_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:05 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 294

This week we talk with Eric and Charlie, programmers of The Gadabout Film Fest. A touring pop-up cinema that features short films, and this year alone are hitting 75 cities in the US and 15 different countries! Plus we check in with some of our cast on a couple of movies they’ve seen lately.

And while we map out the most logical tour route, we also discuss… Birdman, accessible as possible, I felt like I was completely in the film, a live in-person thing, Amores Perros, the punk scene, it kind of makes sense to mix things up a bit, Cloverfield, Eric Bana, skateboarding,  pre-YouTube, being captivated by film, Rocky, the point is to get it off your cell phone and off the laptop and come see it on the screen, Alejandro Iñárritu, that’s why I love the cinema… is because it can completely transform a film for me, riding a bike in a snowstorm, Edward Norton, honestly goofy, trailers that tell you too much, Emma Stone, The NeverEnding Story, the Clooney story, Biutiful, Ang Lee’s The Hulk, Gone Girl, putting the project on a pedestal, Michael Keaton, DIY, rolling your r’s, Babble,

Spoiler Alert: Minor spoilers for the over-all tone and focus of Birdman… you have been warned.

“…it’s not always about the equipment, and it’s not always about… decades of skill. It’s just like, having some good ideas and executing them in an interesting way.“

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Direct download: Punk_Rock_Film_Fest_Ep_294_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:51 AM

Movie Meltdown - Episode 293

Our not-so-annual tradition of getting “the Meltdown dysfunctional family” together for Thanksgiving continues in this episode where we have pizza, play with a puppy and talk about the 2003 film Pieces of April.

And as we decide which of us is the blackest sheep, we also mention… the first pancake, David Lynch, fast food in China, G. Gordon Liddy, M. Merde, Cosmopolis, About a Boy, cyanide in the seeds, Cousin Olivier, the cat jumps out and they all get murdered, the middle child, Sean Hayes, a lumpy backyard, quirky heart-warming, this old man shuffle, Windom Earle, Lurch-like, Singles, dealing with your family, eating lung, washing your underwear in the sink, Lost Highway, Sam Raimi, making a good impression, components of my family just hate one another, eating broken glass, Dan in Real Life, trying to explain gravy, Jesus eating roasted guinea pig, it may leave your stomach… but it never leaves your heart, a black hole of sound, Twin Peaks, it is sort of a forced thing that we do to ourselves, The Blood of the Beast, killing a guy in a bathroom, the Quirky indie thing, eating dog vs. cow, reliving your puppy childhood, Inland Empire, cuteness not withstanding, Holy Motors, this does not fit the tone of the rest of the film, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, it’s a noise we’ve never heard he make before, Mulholland Dr. and solving the Bermuda Triangle. 

“Because that’s what the holidays are about is… not killing your family.”

Direct download: Pieces_of_Thanksgiving_Ep_293_-_3000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:03 AM

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.”

For more on IF Film Fest, go to:

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