When East Meets West, the Champion remains standing... oops, sorry. That's Rocky IV. This time around, it's less about boxing and more about bridging the cultural and political divide to track down one of the Soviet Union's most dangerous criminals who is loose on the streets of Chicago. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Belushi star in RED HEAT.
Greeting & "Should Netflix and other streaming services' movies be eligible for Oscars?" [0:00]
Background info & trailer [13:28]
Red Heat discussion [19:00]
Wrap-up & Next Episodes [41:00]
After 10 years of build-up, Thanos has finally arrived. Avengers: Infinity War is one of the most anticipated movies of all time and it didn't disappoint. This episode I'm joined by the Peter Parker to my Tony Stark as my son John gives his two cents on what it was like to experience the twists and turns of Infinity War.
April is our month of movies that are just weird or different enough not to fit into some of the other themes we had assigned to each month. So... we end the month with one of the weirdest of 1988: Return of the Killer Tomatoes. Once we move pasta that one, we take a look at Tapeheads, which didn't seem to know exactly what it wanted to be... much like the main characters. Finally, we go off on a bit of a tangent related to MTV, music video channels, and how Pat grew up without cable and still turned out okay.
Return of the Killer Tomatoes [6:28]
Wrap-up & Next Episodes [1:28:12]
On April 18, 1938, the world was introduced to the first superhero. He looked like a circus strongman. He performed feats of strength and daring like Hercules or Tarzan. He defended the common man and stood up against evil and corruption. He was: Superman. Now 80 years later Superman has become an integral part of western culture and his influence can be seen across the world. In Part 2 of our homage to the Man of Steel, we run through the history of Superman over the airwaves as well as the big and small screens.
The Best Superman Podcast: STARKVILLE'S HOUSE OF EL
Watch a bunch of former Supermen hang out with each other:
On April 18, 1938, the world was introduced to the first superhero. He looked like a circus strongman. He performed feats of strength and daring like Hercules or Tarzan. He defended the common man and stood up against evil and corruption. He was: Superman. Now 80 years later Superman has become an integral part of western culture and his influence can be seen across the world. In Part 1 of our homage to the Man of Steel, John talks the character of Superman and the evolution of Superman comics from 1938 to 2018.
I think most of the stories I listed as being my favorite Superman stories of all time ended up on this list as well, but here's a collection of some of the best or most memorable Superman stories from the last 80 years:
The 75 Greatest Superman Stories of All Time
The Evolution of the Super-Suit
Whether it stands for an "S" or for "hope," that bright symbol emblazoned Superman's suit is one of the most readily identifiable symbols in the world. The suit hasn't been without some changes here and there, though. I always find these collections of super-suits a fun recollection of how things have changed over time with regard to the Man of Steel's wardrobe.
April is our month of movies that are just weird or different enough not to fit into some of the other themes we had assigned to each month. That being said, we start the month off with Dead Ringers and The Last Temptation of Christ. Both a little controversial. Both created by visionary directors. Both a little unsettling.
Terminator 6 casting news
Taika Waititi working on live-action Akira
My weekend at C2E2
Background info & trailer for Dead Ringers [23:13]
Dead Ringers discussion [29:02]
Background info & trailer for The Last Temptation of Christ [50:08]
The Last Temptation of Christ discussion [53:38]
Wrap-up & Next Episodes [1:41:08]
The 80s love-fest is here! Ready Player One from Ernest Cline has been adapted into a movie and by some miracle of licensing, they've been able to include a ridiculous amount of 80s pop culture goodness. Grab your Viewmaster, put on some Rush, and get the Pop Rocks ready...
One of our movies this week is full of magic and wonder. Swords and sorcery. The other one is a bit more murder-y. We explore the adventurous world of Willow alongside the dark streets of Chicago being haunted by a possessed doll: Willow & Child's Play.
New Movie News:
Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet [5:56]
Updates on new Matrix movie [14:03]
Background info & trailer for Willow [18:25]
Willow discussion [34:07]
Background info & trailer for Child's Play [1:02:04]
Child's Play discussion [1:06:58]
Wrap-up & Next Episodes [1:26:21]
In 1986, Frank Miller introduced us to a dark and gritty Batman who's pulling a Murtaugh and definitely getting too old for this #@&% in The Dark Knight Returns. In 1987, Frank Miller jumped back and showed us Bruce Wayne's formative first year as the Batman in Batman: Year One. In 1988, Alan Moore, Jim Starlin, Brian Bolland, and Jim Aparo decided to beat the crap (literally) out of the Bat family by crippling Batgirl and killing Robin. This episode we take a look at two of the most influential Batman stories of all time: The Killing Joke and A Death in the Family.
New Movie News:
"Timeless" TV series [5:11]
The Killing Joke:
The Killing Joke discussion [12:13]
A Death in the Family:
A Death in the Family discussion [47:10]
Wrap-up & Next Episodes [1:07:35]
Tommy Wiseau's Joker audition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFjFxgHedgM
Batman: The Killing Joke animated movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeNi4PfNMqI
"Timeless" TV series trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSYZJGAGvww