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Monday Morning Critic podcast developed by my passion for people whose work has moved me. Guests are hand picked and purposely selected in a format where storytelling is done properly, skillfully and legitimately. Most importantly, MMC Podcast is a podcast and host with substance, doing things the right way. Welcome to Monday Morning Critic Podcast!

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Monday Morning Critic podcast developed by my passion for people whose work has moved me. Guests are hand picked and purposely selected in a format where storytelling is done properly, skillfully and legitimately. Most importantly, MMC Podcast is a podcast and host with substance, doing things the right way. Welcome to Monday Morning Critic Podcast!

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By Monday Morning Critic Podcast - Mar 20 2020
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My name is Darek Thomas and I am host of Monday Morning Critic Podcast! I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for their reviews. I also wanted to take a minute and address my 9 reviews that are three stars and below. (without feedback). In the podcasting world, podcasts in same catagory (In my case, Film and TV Interviews) will purposely leave negative reviews. (Which is why I have a 4.0 and not a 5.0.) What this does is make their podcast look good, and mine look bad. I have worked really hard maintaining a prodcast that is listenable, legitimate and passionate. I have been in the top 50 in my catagory for the better part of 2 years. I have done things the right way. I just want you to know that my review on iTunes is a result of a less than ethical human being. Not a poor product. The same thing is happening on Rotten Tomatoes with movies. Poor reviews to spite people. Sad. Thanks for listening and reading. DT

Always entertaining

By ashtonkutc - Jan 13 2020
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Monday morning critic has such a talented and compelling list of guests every single interview is so interesting and entertaining!!! Definitely worth listening. Question are clever and thoughtful. All the guests seem to really enjoy themselves on this podcast and the banter with the host is captivating.

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29 Ratings
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Podcast Reviews.

By Monday Morning Critic Podcast - Mar 20 2020
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My name is Darek Thomas and I am host of Monday Morning Critic Podcast! I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for their reviews. I also wanted to take a minute and address my 9 reviews that are three stars and below. (without feedback). In the podcasting world, podcasts in same catagory (In my case, Film and TV Interviews) will purposely leave negative reviews. (Which is why I have a 4.0 and not a 5.0.) What this does is make their podcast look good, and mine look bad. I have worked really hard maintaining a prodcast that is listenable, legitimate and passionate. I have been in the top 50 in my catagory for the better part of 2 years. I have done things the right way. I just want you to know that my review on iTunes is a result of a less than ethical human being. Not a poor product. The same thing is happening on Rotten Tomatoes with movies. Poor reviews to spite people. Sad. Thanks for listening and reading. DT

Always entertaining

By ashtonkutc - Jan 13 2020
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Monday morning critic has such a talented and compelling list of guests every single interview is so interesting and entertaining!!! Definitely worth listening. Question are clever and thoughtful. All the guests seem to really enjoy themselves on this podcast and the banter with the host is captivating.
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Monday Morning Critic podcast developed by my passion for people whose work has moved me. Guests are hand picked and purposely selected in a format where storytelling is done properly, skillfully and legitimately. Most importantly, MMC Podcast is a podcast and host with substance, doing things the right way. Welcome to Monday Morning Critic Podcast!

Rank #1: (Episode 143) "I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter" Journalist: Jesse Barron.

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Journalist Jesse Barron shares his insight on this very difficult and complex case.

In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy died by suicide in his car at a parking lot in Fairhaven, Mass. Police soon discovered a series of alarming text messages from his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, that seemed to encourage him to kill himself. This discovery sparked sensational headlines nationwide, leading to a trial that raised difficult questions about technology, social media and mental health, while asking if one person can be held responsible for the suicide of another.

In 2012, teens Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy fell in love. They lived hours apart and met in person no more than five times, but exchanged thousands of texts over a two-year period. After Roy was found dead in his car in July 2014, what appeared to be a standard case of suicide by carbon-monoxide intoxication took a shocking turn when investigators discovered alarming text messages on his phone. Carter, 17 at the time, had urged Roy to kill himself, even after he had second thoughts and removed himself from his car.

 Directed by Erin Lee Carr (HBO’s At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal and Mommy Dead and DearestI Love You, Now Die explores the complicated relationship between Carter and Roy, drawing on some of the thousands of texts they exchanged over two years to chronicle their courtship and its tragic consequences. Featuring unprecedented access to the families, friends and communities that were forever changed by this unusual case, the documentary explores the changing nature of the justice system today, following a story that has wider implications for society at large, both online and in real life. The film presents a well-rounded look at a bizarre tale that was a deadly convergence of mental illness, loneliness, pop culture and technology.

In July 2017, Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of Roy. In August 2017, she was found guilty and began her 15-month prison sentence in February 2019, following a failed appeal.

I Love You, Now Die includes footage from Michelle Carter’s trial, where the filmmakers had the only camera allowed in court and supplied the pool camera for this historic case. It also features interviews with key individuals in the story, including: Conrad Roy’s immediate family; Joseph Cataldo, Michelle Carter’s defense attorney; Dr. Peter Breggin, an expert witness for the defense; police detectives; and journalists who covered the case extensively.

The documentary premiered at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.

I Love You, Now Die is directed and produced by Erin Lee Carr; produced by Andrew Rossi; co-producer, Alison Byrne; original music, Ian Hultquist; cinematographer, Bryan Sarkinen; editor, Andrew Coffman; executive producer, Sheila Nevins; senior producer, Sara Bernstein.

Jul 28 2019

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Rank #2: (Episode 140) "12 Years a Slave" Actor: Kelsey Scott.

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Kelsey Scott is an Emmy Award nominated actor and writer that has appeared in such Television and Films as- True Detective, Fear the Walking Dead and the Academy Award winning 12 Years a Slave.

Meet the beautiful and talented: Kelsey Scott.

Jun 27 2019

56mins

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Rank #3: (Episode 173) "New York Yankees" Hitting Coach: Rachel Balkovec.

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Rachel Balkovec was hired in November  as a minor league hitting coach, believed to the first woman hitting coach employed by a big league team.

"She was really impressive. I really look forward to having more conversations with her," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday after talking with Balkovec at the winter meetings. "She has a really good understanding, especially when it comes to the pitch tracking."

A 32-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, Balkovec was a minor league strength and conditioning coordinator and coach for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2011-15, then switched to the Houston Astros as Latin American strength and conditioning coordinator. She worked with the Dutch national baseball and softball teams in the past year while studying for her second master's degree.

Meet Trailblazer: Rachel Balkovec.

Feb 06 2020

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Rank #4: (Episode 168) "The Shawshank Redemption" Actor: William Sadler.

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William Sadler is an iconic actor whose filmography includes Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted Face the Music (August 2020), Die Hard 2, The Green Mile and his absolutely phenomenal performance as "Heywood" in the best movie in the history of cinema, The Shawshank Redemption.

 
Meet: The very cool, kind and supremely talented, William Sadler.

Jan 13 2020

1hr 5mins

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Rank #5: (Episode 131) "Pulp Fiction" Actor: Paul Calderon.

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Paul Calderon was born on a remote farm with no electricity or runningwater high in the beautiful, ruggedmountains of Puerto Rico.  He movedas a kid from that wild freedom to theshock of NYC where he honed his senseof drama in the tenements and toughstreets of the Lower East Side andSpanish Harlem.  After a stint playingsemi-pro baseball, his dream of going pro was shattered by a shoulder injury. Later he joined the Army, serving inGermany for several years while hestruggled to find a new dream.Back in the States he went to acting schoolunder the GI Bill, studying with Sonia Moore,Kim Stanley, Bobby Lewis, Irene Moore andWynn Handman.  As a writer he publishedseveral short stories, optioned screenplays,and was a co-writer of Abel Ferrara's cultclassic "Bad Lieutenant", in which heco-starred opposite Harvey Keitel.He was made a member of the Actors Studioin 1984, and eight years later was one of the founding members of LAByrinth Theater Co.,where as writer/director he helped mentorsuch talent as Philip Seymour Hoffman,Stephen Adly Guirgis, Sam Rockwell,David Zayas, Lauren Velez & Manny Perez.As an actor he has had the honor andgreat fortune of working with some of the greatest talent of our time - Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet,Spike Lee, Nick Nolte, Gerard Depardeiu,Christopher Walken, Steven Soderbergh, Steve Buscemi,  Martin Scorcese, Edy FalcoTim Roth, Ellen Burstyn, Quentin TarantinoSydney Pollack, Melissa Leo, Woody Allen,Alejandro Inaurritu and George C. Wolfe. He's won numerous awards for his theater,film and television work, including an Obiefor his performance in "Blade to the Heat" at the Public Theater, and a SAG Awardnomination for his part in the ensemblecast of Boardwalk Empire's final season.For many years he's been on the faculty of NYU Tisch Graduate Film School,The Lee Strasberg Institute, andThe School of Visual Arts.

May 22 2019

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Rank #6: (Episode 111) "The A-Team" Actor: Dirk Benedict.

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Dirk Benedict was born in Montana on March 1st, 1945. He was raised in the country, far away from anything connected with movies or acting. He gathered his first experiences in acting (on a dare) in a college production of "Showboat" where he got the main part. His father, a lawyer, died when Dirk was 18, which was hard for him to take. While working on Georgia Georgia(1972) in Sweden, he made the first contact with a macrobiotic diet and changed his eating habits drastically. He was 26 at that time. A few years later, doctors found that he had cancer of the prostate. He refused to accept the usual treatment and moved away to a secluded cottage. Dirk managed to cure himself from cancer by following the rules of his macrobiotic diet. When he got his part as "Starbuck" in Battlestar Galactica (1978), the doctors stated that he was in good health. Dirk's main successes were "Battlestar Galactica" and The A-Team  (1983) in which he played "Templeton - The Face - Peck". 

Meet: Dirk Benedict.

Jan 16 2019

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Rank #7: (Episode 106) "Green Book" Nick Vallelonga.

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The film Green Book (2018) is the true story of Nick Vallelonga's father Tony Lip, who went on a tour of the segregated south in the early 1960s with pianist Dr. Shirley Green Book is written and produced by Nick Vallelonga, Peter Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie. It is directed by Peter Farrelly. It stars Viggo Mortensen as Tony Lip, Mahershala Ali as Donald Shirley and Linda Cardellini as Nick's mother, Dolores. Director Peter Farrelly cast real family members to play roles in the film. Nick's brother, Frank Vallelonga, plays Rudy, Tony Lip's brother. The real Rudy Vallelonga, plays his and Tony's father, Nicola, and Lou Venere plays his and Dolores' father, Anthony. Nick Vallelonga also plays the role of Mob Boss Augie. Tony Lip went on to become an actor, appearing in many films and TV shows including The Godfather, The Pope of Greenwich Village, and Goodfellas. Lip is best known for his role as New York Crime Boss Carmine Lupartazzi in the HBO series "The Sopranos". "Green Book is released by Universal, Dreamworks and Participant Media.

Meet: Nick Vallelonga

Dec 12 2018

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Rank #8: (Episode 107) "Braveheart" Actor: Angus Macfadyen

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Angus Macfadyen is a phenomenal actor who has shined in such movies as Braveheart, The Lost City of Z and We Bought a Zoo and in theater and TV (see below).

Meet the incredible: Angus Macfadyen.

Educated in France, fluent in French.International Baccalaureate, Copenhagen.MA (Hons) in French and English, University of Edinburgh.Trained at CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA, London.STAGE:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

  • Faculty Of Rats
  • The Tempest
  • Hess
  • The Beautiful And Damned
  • Cloud Nine
  • The Immortals

Has written various plays, including 1905, which was winner of the 1991 Questors Theatre Student Playwriting Award.FILM:

  • Pleasure Drivers (Dir: Andrzej Sekula)
  • The Virgin Of Juarez (Dir: Kevin James Dobson)
  • Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Dir: Callie Khouri)
  • Equilibrium (Dir: Kurt Wimmer)
  • A Woman’s A Helluva Thing (Dir: Karen Leigh Hopkins)
  • Titus (Dir: Julie Taymor)
  • Cradle Will Rock (Dir: Tim Robbins)
  • Lanai-Loa (Dir: Sherwood Hu)
  • Snide And Prejudice (Dir: Philippe Mora)
  • Nevada (Dir: Gary Tische)
  • Styx (Dir: Alex Wright)
  • Second Skin (Dir: Darrell James Roodt)
  • Façade (Dir: Carl-Jan Colpaert)
  • Still Breathing (Dir: J.F. Robinson)
  • Joseph's Gift (Dir: Philippe Mora)
  • Warriors Of Virtue (Dir: Ronnie Yu)
  • The Brylcreem Boys (Dir: Terrence Ryan)
  • Braveheart (Dir: Mel Gibson)

TELEVISION

  • 5ive Days To Midnight (Sci-Fi Channel)
  • Spartacus (USA)
  • Miracles (ABC)
  • Jason And The Argonauts (NBC)
  • The Rat Pack (HBO)
  • Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (NBC)
  • 15: The Life And Death Of Philip Knight (YTV)
  • Two Golden Balls (Bard Entertainment)
  • Takin’ Over The Asylum (BBC Scotland)
  • The Lost Language Of Cranes (BBC)
  • Soldier Soldier (Central)
  • God Of Happiness (Channel Four)
  • Care (YTV)

Dec 19 2018

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Rank #9: 20 Minute Movie Review: "The Rise of Skywalker"

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Film Guru Darek Thomas breaks down "The Rise of Skywalker"

Dec 22 2019

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Rank #10: (Episode 165) "Miracle" Patrick O'Brien Demsey.

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Patrick's iconic role as Mike Eruzione of the epic 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team in "Miracle"... the greatest sports story in the history of modern day sports-continues to impact thousands of athletes and dreamers from professional athletes to those children just starting to realize what "dreaming" is.

Welcome the awesome, talented and very cool...Paddy Demsey. 

Dec 29 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #11: (Episode 105) Actor: Jeff Kober.

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Jeff Kober, a native of Billings, Montana, was born on December 18, 1953. Not satisfied with being a rancher, Kober relocated to the L.A. area in his twenties with the desire to become an actor. His first appearance on the small screen was a non-billed role in the 1980s series V (1984). Kober went on to supporting roles in the highly acclaimed Vietnam War drama China Beach (1988) and the short-lived, but now-cult horror series Kindred: The Embraced (1996). Following these series, Kober has guested on some of the most popular television series of the day. They include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), ER (1994), 24 (2001), The Closer (2005) and Criminal Minds (2005).
 
Kober's big screen career began with the film Out of Bounds (1986), in which he played the first of his signature nefarious characters - "Roy Gaddis", a small-time drug dealer with murderous inclinations. This role led to more film opportunities in The First Power (1990), Tank Girl (1995) (a comedic turn), Defining Maggie (2002), World Without Waves (2004), and the remake of The Hills Have Eyes II (2007), among others. Never one to balk at taking a chance in the acting field, Kober has also appeared in several short independent films - the Academy Award-winning Session Man (1991) and, most recently, Lucid (2006), another film that has garnered a number of awards at independent film festivals across the country. He has done extensive stage work, most prominently, as "the father" in Jenny Sullivan's autobiographical work "J For J" and "Defying Gravity". Being a creature of diverse talents, Kober is also a noted artist (he was responsible for the paintings attributed to his character "Daedalus" on Kindred: The Embraced (1996) and is the c/o author of "Art That Pays: The Emerging Artist's Guide to Making a Living" along with Adele Slaughter. On the personal front, Kober is twice divorced (Rhonda Talbot, Kelly Cutrone) and the father of one son. He has, at present, finished work on The Hills Have Eyes II (2007) (set for release in March 2007)-in the role of "Col. Lincoln Redding". Kober's next film was Multiple (2008).
 
Jeff has been in two of the most popular television shows in history. Sons of Anarchy and his role as Joe in The Walking Dead.
 
Jeff is also heavily involved in photography and Meditation.
 
Meet Jeff Kober.

Dec 06 2018

59mins

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Rank #12: (Episode 166) "The Crown" Actor: Jason Watkins.

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Jason Watkins is an English stage, film and television actor. He played the lead role in the two-part drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. His most recent performance as Prime Minister Harold Wilson in "The Crown" is absolutely phenomenal, and personally speaking my favorite performance of the year.

Jason is very kind, immensely talented, has a wonderful sense of humor and I consider myself extremely fortunate in having the opportunity to converse with him.

Meet Jason Watkins.

Jan 02 2020

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Rank #13: (Episode 130) "Interstellar" Actor: Leah Cairns.

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Leah Cairns was born on June 2, 1974 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for Interstellar, Battlestar Galactica, 88 minutes, Travelers and so many more.

Meet the beautiful, funny, talented: Leah Cairns.

May 15 2019

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Rank #14: (Episode 134) "Game of Thrones" Actor: Tim Plester.

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Tim Plester is an actor, playWrite and documentarian.

His filmography includes Game of Thrones, After Life and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Meet the very kind and talented: Tim Plester.

May 31 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #15: (Episode 138) "Man of Steel" Actor: Julian Richings.

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Julian M. Richings is an English-born Canadian actor.

His work includes:

Man of Steel, The Red Violin, Open Range, Cube, The Witch, Percy Jackson, Supernatural, Wrong Turn, Orphan Black and so many more.

Meet the very talented and kind, Julian Richings.

Jun 19 2019

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Rank #16: (Episode 135) "Fear the Walking Dead" Actor: Lennie James.

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Iconic Actor and Monday Morning Critic Favorite Lennie James returns to talk about Season 5 of "Fear the Walking Dead"

May 31 2019

21mins

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Rank #17: (Episode 167) "Midnight Express" The True Story of Billy Hayes.

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Billy Hayes and his life story were made into the 1978 movie "Midnight Express", which told the true story of an American backpacker who was jailed for trying to sneak a few kilos of grade-A hashish back into the United States. With a screenplay by Oliver Stone (earning him his first Oscar), a haunting electro score by Giorgio Moroder (also scoring an Oscar) and a riveting performance from then newcomer Brad Davis, Midnight Express became a breakout hit that would forever be ingrained in the memories of many a viewer.

Meet: Billy Hayes.

Jan 09 2020

1hr 12mins

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Rank #18: Academy Awards Edition! And My Top 5 Movies of 2019!

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Some brief "Pregame" thoughts on the Academy Awards and My Top 5 Movies of 2019.

Feb 10 2020

42mins

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Rank #19: (Episode 137) "District 9" Screenwriter: Terri Tatchell.

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Terri Tatchell is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter known for "District 9" and "Chappie", and author of the wonderful children's books "Endangered and Misunderstood".

Terri is married to director Neil Blomkamp.

Meet: Terri Tatchell.

Jun 11 2019

55mins

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Rank #20: Exclusive: "The Green Mile" Actor: Doug Hutchison talks about his new memoir.

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Exclusive: "The Green Mile" Actor: Doug Hutchison talks his new memoir.

Feb 13 2020

1hr 10mins

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(Episode 178) "The Way Back" Actor: Will Ropp.

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Will Ropp is an American Actor.

He is a Connecticut native and attended the University of Michigan .

His phenomenal portrayal of "Kenny Dawes" in "The Way Back" is one of the best performances I've seen this year.

Please meet the immensely talented, Will Ropp.

Mar 27 2020

43mins

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(Episode 177) "The Way Back" Cinematographer: Edu Grau.

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Edu has shot movies and commercials around the world with very unique directors, developing a beautiful eye, an honest smile and a very personal style.

Born in Barcelona in 1981, Edu Grau studied filmmaking in ESCAC (Spain) and the NFTS (UK) specializing early as a Director of Photography.

At 23, when he was not ready for that, and after the Sundance winning short "LA RUTA NATURAL", Edu shot his first feature, Albert Serra's "HONOR DE CAVALLERIA", which premiered at Cannes'06 and 40 other festivals.  Then he paired up with Tom Ford for his debut feature in Hollywood, "A SINGLE MAN", that was acclaimed as one of the most cinematically beautiful films of 2009 and got Colin Firth a Bafta and an Oscar Nom. Vice magazine included it in the ¨30 most beautiful movies of all time¨.

In 2009, Edu filmed "BURIED" with Rodrigo Cortés, and starring Ryan Reynolds. The film won Edu the Bronze Frog for Best Cinematography at Camerimage'10 and a Goya nomination. "FINISTERRAE" won the main award in Rotterdam'11, while his return to the Uk was with Nick Murphy's "THE AWAKENING", with Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. Shortly after came a special movie by his talented old friend Marçal Forés,"ANIMALS", pretty much in the vein of the shorts that they used to do together. 

Edu was then given the opportunity to work with Lady Gaga at the peak of her career, "BORN THIS WAY" was the result. In 2012, Edu premiered in Toronto Dante Ariola's "ARTHUR NEWMAN" with Emily Blunt and Colin Firth. "A SINGLE SHOT" with Sam Rockwell and Bill H Macy was just before "SUITE FRANÇAISE" by Saul Dibb, with Michelle WiIliams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mathias Schoenaerts and Sam Riley.

"SUFFRAGETTE", directed by Sarah Gavron and with Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep  was Edu's next step modernizing a period film. "THE GIFT" by Joel Edgerton and starring Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall was one of the surprise film of 2015. "TRESPASS AGAINST US" by Adam Smith featuring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson was a gypsie chase movie. His new 25M budget movie, "GRINGO" by Nash Edgerton with Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo and Joel Edgerton is a dark action comedy. 

In 2017, he shot "QUIÉN TE CANTARÁ" directed by the cult auteur Carlos Vermut. He was nominated for a Goya, a Gaudí and a CEC for Best Cinematography. Later on, Edu reteamed with the one and only Joel Edgerton to do "BOY ERASED" with  Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Xavier Dolan and Flea.  The movie got two Golden Globes nominations.

Edu recently shot Gavin O'Connor's latest movie at Warner Bros "THE WAY BACK" starring Ben Affleck. The movie will be released March 6th 2020. After an amazing run with some top commercial directors, Edu has just wrapped Rebecca Hall's debut feature "PASSING", with Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negra, Andre Holland, Alex Skarsgard and Bill Camp. It is Edu's first film in glorious B&W and 4:3. The movie will be released in the festival and awards season of 2020.

Meet Edu Grau.

Mar 20 2020

45mins

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20 Minute Movie Review: "The Way Back."

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Jack Cunningham was an HS basketball phenom who walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Years later, when he reluctantly accepts a coaching job at his alma mater, he may get one last shot at redemption.

Darek Thomas reviews "The Way Back".

Mar 14 2020

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(Episode 175) "Burden" Director: Andrew Heckler.

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When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a small South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy (Academy Award (R)-winner Forest Whitaker) resolves to do everything in his power to prevent long-simmering racial tensions from boiling over. But the members of Kennedy's congregation are shocked to discover that his plan includes sheltering Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a Klansman whose relationships with both a single-mother (Andrea Riseborough) and a high-school friend (Usher Raymond) force him to re-examine his long-held beliefs. After Kennedy helps Mike leave behind his violent past, the Baptist preacher finds himself on a collision course with manipulative KKK leader Tom Griffin (Tom Wilkinson). In the face of grave threats to himself and his family, the resolute Kennedy bravely pursues a path toward peace, setting aside his own misgivings in the hopes of healing his wounded community. From Oscar (R)-nominated filmmaker Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club) and writer/director Andrew Heckler comes this dramatic true story of compassion and grace in the American South.

Meet Writer and Director Andrew Heckler.

Mar 03 2020

37mins

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"The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez" Interviews with: Deputy DA Jonathan Hatami, Director Brian Knappenberger and Journalist Garrett Therolf.

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"The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez" is Directed by award-winning documentarian Brian Knappenberger, the six-part documentary bares the horrific life and death of little Gabriel after repeated abuse by his mother Pearl Fernandez and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre.

The Los Angeles boy was found naked, with a cracked skull and severe burns at his family’s home in Palmdale on May 22, 2013. He died two days later.

Meet the man who got justice for Gabriel (Jonathan Hatami) and the men who brought the story to our attention (Brian Knappenberger and Garrett Therolf).

Feb 25 2020

1hr 41mins

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(Episode 174) "The Peanut Butter Falcon" Cinematographer: Nigel Bluck.

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Nigel Bluck is a New Zealand born Cinematographer whose work includes all three "Lord of the Rings" movies, "True Detective" and most recently "The Peanut Butter Falcon"

Meet the very talented, dedicated and kind, Nigel Bluck.

Feb 16 2020

46mins

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Exclusive: "The Green Mile" Actor: Doug Hutchison talks about his new memoir.

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Exclusive: "The Green Mile" Actor: Doug Hutchison talks his new memoir.

Feb 13 2020

1hr 10mins

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Academy Awards Edition! And My Top 5 Movies of 2019!

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Some brief "Pregame" thoughts on the Academy Awards and My Top 5 Movies of 2019.

Feb 10 2020

42mins

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(Episode 173) "New York Yankees" Hitting Coach: Rachel Balkovec.

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Rachel Balkovec was hired in November  as a minor league hitting coach, believed to the first woman hitting coach employed by a big league team.

"She was really impressive. I really look forward to having more conversations with her," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday after talking with Balkovec at the winter meetings. "She has a really good understanding, especially when it comes to the pitch tracking."

A 32-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, Balkovec was a minor league strength and conditioning coordinator and coach for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2011-15, then switched to the Houston Astros as Latin American strength and conditioning coordinator. She worked with the Dutch national baseball and softball teams in the past year while studying for her second master's degree.

Meet Trailblazer: Rachel Balkovec.

Feb 06 2020

1hr 8mins

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(Episode 172) LGBTQ Activist and Former NFL Patriot and Chief: Ryan O'Callaghan.

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Ryan O’Callaghan grew up in Redding, CA where he earned a full ride football scholarship to the University of California. After entering the NFL draft out of college, Ryan played in the NFL for six seasons for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. After retiring from football in 2012, Ryan gained the courage to be honest with himself and then the world about his sexuality and came out as gay.

Ryan was also in the Netflix Documentary: Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez.

In college Ryan protected Aaron Rodgers and in the NFL he protected Tom Brady. His amazing story is just beginning...

Meet the very cool and kind: Ryan O'Callaghan.

Feb 01 2020

45mins

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(Episode 171) "The Howard Stern Show" Comedian: Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling.

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Jackie Martling was the Head Writer on the Howard Stern Show for over 20 years, changing the face of radio forever.

Jackie is also in the movie "Private Parts" and has been doing Stand Up Comedy for over 40 years.

Meet the kind and talented: Jackie Martling.

Jan 28 2020

1hr 5mins

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(Episode 170) "Lion" Movie Composer: Dustin O'Halloran.

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Dustin O’Halloran is a composer based in Los Angeles.

He founded indie rock band Devics with singer Sara Lov, who he met while studying art at Santa Monica College.

In 2004, he released his first record as a solo artist, Piano Solos. He has since released three more solo records, the latest of which is Lumiere (2011), which featured contributions by Peter Broderick and Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), and was mixed by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson. With A Winged Victory for the Sullen, his project with Adam Wiltzie, Dustin O’Halloran has released two albums, A Winged Victory for the Sullen (2011) and Atomos (2014).

He has gone on to score a number of films and TV shows, including Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006), Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy (2011) and Jill Soloway’s Transparent (2014–). He was awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for his original Transparent theme.

Dustin O’Halloran collaborated with Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) to score Lion (2017), and they won an AACTA Award for their score and were nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA.

Dustin has also composed music used in Nike commercials and worked with Katy Perry.

Welcome the immensely talented, Dustin O'Halloran.

Jan 26 2020

51mins

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(Episode 169) "Rocky IV" Composer: Vince DiCola.

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Vince DiCola is an American composer, keyboardist and arranger best known for his work on the "The Transformers:The Movie," "Staying Alive" and "Rocky IV" soundtracks.

DiCola also pioneered the use of sequencers on hissoundtrack recording for "Rocky IV,"one of the first to exploit the Fairlight CMIand Synclavier II computers' sequencing capabilities.

Meet the awesome: Vince DiCola.

Jan 20 2020

1hr 29mins

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(Episode 168) "The Shawshank Redemption" Actor: William Sadler.

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William Sadler is an iconic actor whose filmography includes Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted Face the Music (August 2020), Die Hard 2, The Green Mile and his absolutely phenomenal performance as "Heywood" in the best movie in the history of cinema, The Shawshank Redemption.

 
Meet: The very cool, kind and supremely talented, William Sadler.

Jan 13 2020

1hr 5mins

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(Episode 167) "Midnight Express" The True Story of Billy Hayes.

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Billy Hayes and his life story were made into the 1978 movie "Midnight Express", which told the true story of an American backpacker who was jailed for trying to sneak a few kilos of grade-A hashish back into the United States. With a screenplay by Oliver Stone (earning him his first Oscar), a haunting electro score by Giorgio Moroder (also scoring an Oscar) and a riveting performance from then newcomer Brad Davis, Midnight Express became a breakout hit that would forever be ingrained in the memories of many a viewer.

Meet: Billy Hayes.

Jan 09 2020

1hr 12mins

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(Episode 166) "The Crown" Actor: Jason Watkins.

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Jason Watkins is an English stage, film and television actor. He played the lead role in the two-part drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. His most recent performance as Prime Minister Harold Wilson in "The Crown" is absolutely phenomenal, and personally speaking my favorite performance of the year.

Jason is very kind, immensely talented, has a wonderful sense of humor and I consider myself extremely fortunate in having the opportunity to converse with him.

Meet Jason Watkins.

Jan 02 2020

58mins

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(Episode 165) "Miracle" Patrick O'Brien Demsey.

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Patrick's iconic role as Mike Eruzione of the epic 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team in "Miracle"... the greatest sports story in the history of modern day sports-continues to impact thousands of athletes and dreamers from professional athletes to those children just starting to realize what "dreaming" is.

Welcome the awesome, talented and very cool...Paddy Demsey. 

Dec 29 2019

1hr 5mins

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(Episode 164) "Richard Jewell" Actor: Garon Grigsby.

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Special Christmas Release!

Episode 164. Garon Grigsby!

Garon's filmography includes The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Quantum Leap, Grey's Anatomy and the absolutely epic, Richard Jewell.

Meet the very kind and talented Garon Grigsby.

Dec 25 2019

1hr 6mins

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20 Minute Movie Review: "The Rise of Skywalker"

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Film Guru Darek Thomas breaks down "The Rise of Skywalker"

Dec 22 2019

25mins

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(Episode 163) "Castle Rock" Actor: Mathilde Dehaye.

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Mathilde was raised in a multicultural environment, surrounded by her Russian grandfather, German grandmother, and Belgian parents. While growing up in the small city of Liège (Belgium), she took dancing classes for over a decade, trained in improvisation, and performed in a few plays throughout the years, coached by professional comedians.  Two months after graduating from high school, she took a leap of faith and made her way to New York City to pursue her dreams. She first studied Meisner at The Acting Studio under James Price, then completed a "One Year Acting for Film Conservatory" at The New York Film Academy, and finally graduated with a "Two Year Acting Conservatory" diploma from The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. 
In 2019, she's been portraying Amity in the J.J. Abrams & Stephen King series, Castle Rock. 
Meet the very talented and fearless: Mathilde Dehaye.

Dec 17 2019

45mins

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Podcast Reviews.

By Monday Morning Critic Podcast - Mar 20 2020
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My name is Darek Thomas and I am host of Monday Morning Critic Podcast! I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for their reviews. I also wanted to take a minute and address my 9 reviews that are three stars and below. (without feedback). In the podcasting world, podcasts in same catagory (In my case, Film and TV Interviews) will purposely leave negative reviews. (Which is why I have a 4.0 and not a 5.0.) What this does is make their podcast look good, and mine look bad. I have worked really hard maintaining a prodcast that is listenable, legitimate and passionate. I have been in the top 50 in my catagory for the better part of 2 years. I have done things the right way. I just want you to know that my review on iTunes is a result of a less than ethical human being. Not a poor product. The same thing is happening on Rotten Tomatoes with movies. Poor reviews to spite people. Sad. Thanks for listening and reading. DT

Always entertaining

By ashtonkutc - Jan 13 2020
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Monday morning critic has such a talented and compelling list of guests every single interview is so interesting and entertaining!!! Definitely worth listening. Question are clever and thoughtful. All the guests seem to really enjoy themselves on this podcast and the banter with the host is captivating.