Showing posts with label podcast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label podcast. Show all posts

December 20, 2011

The LAMBcast: Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man


I love talking movies, and it's great to dig into strange, mysterious films like Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man. It's a divisive film that is a favorite to some and maddening to others, and both parties have good reasons for their opinions. This week on the LAMBcast, I joined fellow bloggers Dylan, Fredo, Courtney, and Nick for the feature discussion about this intriguing movie. No matter what you think, you should find plenty of interesting conversation in this podcast. It was fun to record because everyone had such diverse opinions.

I'm in the middle on Dead Man and find it both compelling and frustrating at different points. I can't deny that it's an original film that should be explored by more film lovers, especially younger viewers who missed its 1995 release. The black-and-white cinematography is excellent, and it's nice to see Johnny Depp playing such a laid-back character. For more details, check out the latest episode of the LAMBcast and let me know what you think!

November 30, 2011

The LAMBcast: Woody Allen


Last week, I joined Dylan from Man I Love Films, Danny from Can't Stop the Movies, Alex from And So It Begins..., and Sam from Duke and the Movies for the latest episode of the LAMBcast. Our topic was the career of Woody Allen, who's directed more than 40 films during a career that goes back to the 1960s. He's received plenty of acclaim, but some critics have cited the law of diminishing returns during his recent work. Did the panel agree with this claim? It seems unlikely given the success of Midnight in Paris this year.

Instead of simply discussing each film, we covered the key themes of Allen's work and his unique perspective on his movies. It was a fun, informative conversation that's encouraged me to catch up with some holes in my Allen viewing background. If you're a fan or just getting acclimated with his career, this podcast is definitely worth your time. Check out this episode and let me know what you think!

November 23, 2011

The Televerse Podcast: Veronica Mars


This week, I made a guest appearance on the Televerse, the great TV podcast hosted by Kate Kulzick and Simon Howell from Sound on Sight. Our DVD Shelf topic was Veronica Mars, the excellent teenage detective series that starred Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni. It aired for three seasons on UPN and the CW and built a cult following due to its fun combination of film noir and high school drama. Set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, it uses a serialized format to present intricate season-long mysteries (for the first two years). If you haven't seen it, this show deserves to be at the top of your must-see list.

The Televerse is a fairly new podcast where Kate and Simon review many of the current TV shows airing during that week. They've recorded 12 episodes so far and cover a nice balance of comedies and dramas from both broadcast and cable networks. It's definitely worth a listen if you're a TV fan with a DVR full of the latest shows. The weekly DVD Shelf spotlights a bygone series that's deserves more acclaim and might have slipped through the cracks for some viewers. Check out this episode and let me know what you think!

October 25, 2011

The LAMBCast: Roll Your Own Top 5


This week, I rejoined the LAMBcast crew for a highly enjoyable Roll Your Own Top 5 discussion. The set-up is that each participant brings a Top 5 list on any topic, which leads to plenty of entertaining conversations. For this podcast, I joined Dylan from Man I Love Films, Nick from Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob, and Fredo from Film Yarn. The topics include lesser-known zombie films, comic book movies not adapted from other material, and memorable movie birth scenes.

My contribution was the Top 5 Movies I'm Embarrassed to Have Paid for and Seen in the Theater. There are so many good options for this list, especially from my less-picky high school and college days. One example is the ridiculous Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (pictured above), a dreadful sequel that actually found a way to make the hokey original look strong by comparison. Amazingly, I was actually excited to see this movie in the theaters back in 1997. This was not a wise choice. Check out this LAMBcast episode for the rest of my list and a great discussion that spins off in a variety of interesting directions.

October 11, 2011

TV-to-Movie Adaptations: The Demented Podcast


Last week, I made a guest appearance on The Demented Podcast, an excellent show that you should be listening to regularly. The hosts are Nick Jobe of Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob and Steve Honeywell of 1001 Plus. The podcast was originally a solo venture for Nick, but he joined forces with Steve a few episodes ago. They cover two movies each week based on a certain theme and then put the guests through The Tower, a ridiculously hard game that tests movie knowledge. The result is an enjoyable mix of smart and low-brow topics that varies dramatically based on the movies. I was nervous about conquering The Tower, but I made a few lucky guesses and did surprisingly well.

Our topic for Episode 24 was TV-to-Movie adaptations, which are tricky and rarely equal the original show's creative success. The exception is Joss Whedon's Serenity, a continuation of the short-lived series Firefly. It was cancelled halfway into its first season, but fans discovered it on DVD, and the rest is history. I'm a huge fan of both the TV show and the movie, so it was fun to get the chance to discuss this movie. On the other hand, the second choice is The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan's disastrous 2010 adaptation of the excellent Avatar: The Last Airbender Nickelodeon series. Even when you consider the fact that he's shifting from animation to live action, it's still an awful movie. Check out this episode and let me know what you think!

September 13, 2011

Exploring David Cronenberg's Career on the LAMBcast

David Cronenberg has directed so many good films, including The Fly and Scanners.

Despite my bumbling attempts to sound insightful in my first LAMBcast appearance, they did allow me back in the door for a second try. This time, we discussed the career of David Cronenberg, known for such horror gems as Videodrome and The Fly plus recent dramas like A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. I was joined by the excellent trio of James Blake Ewing of Cinema Sights, Joel Burman of Deny Everything, and Alan of The Great Movie Project. We tackled nearly all of Cronenberg's films and had a great discussion about his major themes and best work.

Whether you're a Cronenberg fan or unfamiliar with his work, you should check out this fine episode. I wasn't an expert but watched a bunch of movies during the weeks leading up to the podcast. This show also includes some fun rants and raves about a variety of memorable topics. If nothing else, you can listen to me displaying my expertise on Kate Winslet's career. Also, I'd love to hear what you think in the comments section about this episode.

August 18, 2011

My Podcast Debut on the LAMBcast


During the past few years, I've become a certified podcast junkie. I've slowly compiled a large group of  podcasts on film and other subjects for regular listening at work and during commutes. The movie podcast list keeps growing, and I'm struggling to find time to keep up with all of the great content. The first of these was the classic Filmspotting, and more recent examples were Film Junk and Sound on Sight. Each of these podcasts is insightful and entertaining in a different way, and they just scratch the surface of the many options in existence.

Another fun podcast is the LAMBcast, the official show of the LAMB (Large Association of Movie Blogs). Since I joined the LAMB in June as a member blog, I've interacted with lots of friendly movie fans who deliver excellent posts in their blogs each day. This also gave me the chance to actually participate in the LAMBcast, which was an exciting opportunity. I joined a fine group of guys for episode #79, which follows the 5-on-5 idea created by Nick from Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob. Basically each participant selected an idea for a Top 5 List, and the others brought one movie from each category to the table. The results were good fun and made for an entertaining discussion.

If you'd like to hear my bumbling attempts to explain this blog and our discussions about some great Top 5 List topics, check out this LAMBcast episode. The recording also includes a fascinating discussion on the Best Rock-hard Abs in movies, which explains the Daniel Craig photo at the top of this post. The other guys along for the fun were Dylan from Man I Love Films, Dan from the Midnight Movie Club, and Sebastian from Films From the Supermassive Black Hole. Despite my appearance, this is actually an excellent podcast. If you have 90 minutes to spare, I promise that it will be a wonderful experience.