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The Idiocracy of Muggles

Movie Meltdown - Episode 477 This week we ask the question - can you turn any “property” into a theme park attraction? And as we realize that this is all an interesting psychological experiment - being conducted on us, we also cover... Newt Scamander, Idiocracy, The Wire, The Warriors, James Cameron, hey look it's a wild Gabor, Back to the Future: Part 2, a symbol of corrupt pseudo justice, Bring ‘em Back Alive and Tales of the Gold Monkey, The Journey: Absolution, they are transported to another realm because of solar eclipse occurred, he goes above and beyond filmmaking, the magical British Jack Hanna, I don’t care for his things, but I like him, that was a funny moment when I established myself as an idiot American, Isaac spoke to me, it just looks like Land of the Lost with a little extra money, Benedict Cumberbatch, how many weird pop stars did they create out of 80's soap opera dudes, I love my therapist... he died, so now I've got Marc Maron, it gets my entire mouth envolved, what Nargles look like, I can create a new technology so I can do whatever I want, the swordmasters of Braavos, I like to think about if my parents dog could drive me to the grocery, some sort of swamp multi child scenario, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island, the thing with the gun and the thing… you know - that one, so he had met Bob Dylan, oh my God it's full of muggles, Elvis movies, Lowly Worm, Escape from New York, it was like everybody was a John C Reilly character, animatronic Carcetti, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Johnny Depp, how can I take this robot to the bottom of the ocean, and it's only because the kerning was off, throw a shoe… give a shoe and you can have a bad film and still be a great filmmaker. “Actually I really like those movies in one capacity… and I'm not sure what that is yet so when I figure it out I'll let you know.”

1hr 41mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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Attack of Sarah Shook and the Disarmers!

Attack of the Killer Soundtrack 56 This week we hang out with Sarah Shook and the Disarmers to discuss music, movies and along the way build our own awesome soundtrack. And as we realize we all just wanna lay in the back of the van and go on road trips, we also mention… dancing on the beach, very very strict conservative parents, I’m sure it was lyrical content, the movie star, movies warp you in a different way, Gorman Bechard, these little homemade speaker boxes, Werner Herzog, rolling numbers, way out of time, Interpol, no… the movie is terrible - you just fast forward to that part, I like the cover to this, What it Takes: film en douze tableaux, record collections, Frank Zappa, Sarah Shook and the Devil, hippy parents, having your own documentary, homeschooled, singing with your forehead, listen to cassette tapes, Mary Ann, the precursor to raves, the zither, Grizzly Man, Oscar loser, a different kind of Tom Cruise movie, 6x9 Jensens, it’s like trying to pick out chips in the chip aisle, head buried in the sand, very little guidance, Antics and cross-promoting with Pepsi. “Oh my gosh… so I saw that when I was a kid - and I became obsessed with it! Like I wanted to recreate that!” For more on Sarah Shook and the Disarmers go to: https://www.disarmers.com/ 

1hr 15mins

6 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Flyover Burning Kentucky

Movie Meltdown -Episode 497  This week we are coming to you "live" from Flyover Film Fest for the opening night showing of Burning Kentucky (winner of best feature film honors at Mammoth Film Festival, Chattanooga Film Festival and Garden State Film Festival and acting awards at Mammoth and the Richmond International Film Festival). Plus we are joined by the writer and director of the film Bethany Brooke Anderson as well as one of the stars of the movie Augie Duke.  And while we finally pin down exactly what is the least glamorous place on the planet, we also bring up… Toy Story 4, Personal Shopper, sometimes we just have to pave the way for ourselves, Kalifornia, life does not stop because you're making a movie, Midsommar, really relatable, crew mutiny and a broken collarbone, resourceful, giving people an opportunity to do a job that no one else would give them to do, nobody was going to save me… besides me, impressive display, a level of taste, simultaneously hilarious and terrifying, there not be a good guy or a bad guy, the suffering is universal, typecasting, different timelines, planes and trains, sometimes I think that’s what it takes... it just takes you having both the delusion and the passion that drives it into existence - and people will follow that, the garage in Canoga Park, zoned out of her mind, Chasing Bullitt, dealing with loss, we have to unlearn things that we know exist, corrupt law in Appalachia, a film school nerd, perfectionism, little kids just lucky to be in the room, Angelica Zollo, both real and fantasy, Messiah, manifesting it back into reality, literally blown away, a basic timeline, not compromising, bringing us lemonade, on the sly at nighttime, lightning is striking my face with glistens, give this story some life again, general mugginess and the lonesome Angeleno. “I was delusional enough to believe that I could make my own movie… until it was a reality.”  Follow “Burning Kentucky” on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BurningKentuckyMovie/ and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/burningkentuckyfilm/ And for more information on “Flyover Film Fest”, go to: https://www.louisvillefilmsociety.org/

1hr 1min

12 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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Ani Simon-Kennedy and the Short History of the Long Road

Movie Meltdown - Episode 500 This week we round-out our coverage of Flyover Film Fest as we sit down and talk with director Ani Simon-Kennedy about her life as a filmmaker as well as her latest movie The Short History of the Long Road. And as we decide if we’re going to live off the grid, we also address… Sabrina Carpenter, Bad Times at the El Royale, Straight to Hell, Wes Anderson, one of the directors of the Tribeca Film Festival, Darius Khondji, shifting landscape of how people watch movies, van dwelling, wonderful memories of small theaters and renting movies at the video store, Days of Gray, gigantic corporation with social justice cause with celebrity, my most addictive vice, Mark Friedberg, tonal music, the magician's assistant, the great equalizer, how to manipulate people, Joe Strummer, saved up all my babysitting money, Fantastic Mr. Fox, a punk rock spaghetti western, Midnight in Paris, so many middlemen in the advertising industry, Cynthia Erivo, just the way she was able to think on her feet… was so much like the character, need people to be there, Chris Hemsworth, flexing those muscles, Girl Meets World, the detail built into the set design, how much that makes you into such a chameleon, all they do is drink coffee, would make these little shorts… and I was kind of the director by default, my favorite thing is a weird cult, Alex Cox, The Hate U Give, Woody Allen, would yell at me because I wouldn't rewind VHS tapes, playlists for characters, production designer, crafting a capable character, in the art department, digital nomads and a post-apocalyptic silent film in Iceland.  “...you know, I mean, it’s an indie movie and it’s about this very specific world, and we wanted to stay true to that… and Sabrina was like - all in!” For more on Ani’s movie, go to: https://www.shorthistorylongroad.com/  And for more information on “Flyover Film Fest”, go to: https://www.louisvillefilmsociety.org/ 

1hr 22mins

2 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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Talkin’ ‘bout Nerdy Stuff

Movie Meltdown - Episode 507 This episode we welcome back previous guests and terrific artists in their own right - Ryan Case and Dick Starr. And as usual... once we're hanging out together, almost immediately we'll be... talkin’ ‘bout nerdy stuff.  And while we try to decide if we were inspired by or traumatized by the up-close shots of Ren and Stimpy (it’s both), we also address… The Fanatic, Searching, Puppet Master, that devil was everything for me, wait a minute… those are puppets, I'm going to go get me a funnel cake, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Fred Durst, the rise of Netflix movies, Kevin Sorbo, skateboard clothes, Columbia Record & Tape Club, old school movie geek T-shirts, how do you not let their money ruin your movie, Rob Zombie, you can't shut down the system, Guardians, making lattes in a haunted dilapidated house, going to the church and bob for apples, Xena, Paul Rudd, you totally just stole a bunch of other stuff and repurpose it and put your own spin on it - and that's art, comic book movies, Wallace and Gromit, practical effects, import CDs, Michael Myers, John Travolta, digital blood, Kevin Williamson, chewing on kitty litter, the pre-beginning, Turbo Kid, Indiana Jones, Bruce Campbell, trying to wear shirts with skulls and devils on them, Thomas Lennon, Once Upon a Deadpool, John Cho and eating gravel & macaroni and cheese.  “...I’d have to run to the end of the hall… so that the gremlins wouldn’t get me!” Support independent artists! Like Ryan Case: https://www.patreon.com/thecasefamily138 and Dick Starr: dickstarr.net

1hr 36mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Road Trips with Kathleen Turner

Movie Meltdown - Episode 495 This week we hit the road to Days of the Dead in Indianapolis - where we talk with Kathleen Turner! That's right... we sit down with the star of Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Prizzi's Honor, Jewel of the Nile, The Accidental Tourist, Crimes of Passion, The Man with Two Brains, The War of the Roses, Serial Mom and so many other huge films! Plus we recap a recent massive road trip from which a couple of the cast members have just returned. Featuring lots of movie/celebrity tie-ins!  And as we stay in our circle while we entertain, we also cover… Robert Zemeckis, the little kid from Dune, a witchy-woman, Carnivàle, phone service in the cemetery, Lawrence Kasdan, while I was waiting to be numb, Velveteria, the Sgt Slaughter conspiracy theory, was this a fever dream, Danny DeVito, that long drive from Amarillo to Vegas, Viva Knievel!, Judy Garland, a rock star place, when you’re twenty-two you can do that stuff, Carl Reiner, Ken Russell, when she bashed the woman’s head in, dancing in the street on her arms, Darren McGavin, the most expensive F-ing grilled cheese sandwich I've ever eaten my entire life, Corin Nemec, instructional videos on autopsies, more gravel than I expected, Carl Reiner, Ken Russell, a really serious athlete, John Waters, most of my time reading, Lauren Bacall, beach squirrels, moved to New York, Dolly Parton, Fremont Street, ziplining, Anton Yelchin, Slash passed out on the street, The Museum of Death, where she pulls the liver out, digital photography and editing, Tom Jones and George Romero, I'm pretty sure they got Narcan’d, such a camaraderie, a huge statue of Bruce Lee, she lives with that face, Penn and Teller, Toto, blacklight flocked posters, the most delicious pizza I have ever consumed in my entire life, Johnny Ramone, George Lucas, South America, Michael Douglas, Black Dahlia, Chris Cornell’s final resting place, at least let us finish the arc, a force field to keep the weird characters away from you and swinging across the gorge.  “...like I said, all kinds of stuff going on out there!”  For more on upcoming Days of the Dead shows, go to:  https://www.daysofthedead.com/

1hr 43mins

21 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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Live from Videodrome

Movie Meltdown - Episode 503 This week we're coming to you "live" from Videodrome as we continue with our Atlanta adventures. We visit with the staff of this impressive video store and reminisce about the glory days of video stores as well as what it takes to keep a business like this running today. Plus we discuss this week's movie - Police Story starring Jackie Chan. And while we find out that the cow-print nightmare that was Moovies - was a real thing, we also mention… John Woo, Scandinavian Noir, James Glickenhaus, Video Update, Maggie Cheung, Netflix, the golden age of Blu Ray releases, the foot chase, Wong Kar-Wai, David Cronenberg, doing deals with Enron, John Wick, decapitating Tom Savini, 30,000 movies, it’s a lifestyle, Turtles Records and Tapes, they tell me I'm going crazy all the time, Ringo Lam, Tango and Cash, Buster Keaton, a law from British occupation, Cynthia Rothrock, Atomic Blonde, Yes, Madam, Operation Condor, Suspiria, I'm watching more old movies than ever that I haven't seen since VHS days, there's four versions of the movie that you thought you'd never see, Sammo Hung, hand-drawn posters from Ghana, TV killed Sundays, Christopher Nolan, Dragons Forever, TCM underground, Clint Eastwood, Ashes of Time, Blockbuster Video, Point Break, the talking plus the two layers of subtitles, Cannibal Ferox, we just handed it to them, A24, My Heart Is That Eternal Rose, Beverly Hills Cop, the gateway to Hong Kong cinema, Daredevil, Yuen Biao, Little Five Points, it's sort of like Baywatch meets A-Team with a hard R rating, Johnnie To, Hayao Miyazaki, Lunchmeat VHS, the Peking Opera, Rumble in the Bronx, Cannonball Run, Brigitte Lin, The Tough Ones, Plaza Theatre, where am I in this alleyway, candy glass, The Longest Nite, as a corporation you shot yourself in the foot and then you bled out, A Better Tomorrow, David Lynch, Michelle Yeoh, Filmstruck, repairing video tapes, experimenting with different angles, Wheels on Meals, Wes Anderson, The Protector, Sylvester Stallone, The Killer and what’s Suncoast? “...’cause you’ve gotta hustle as an indie video store… you know, every dollar counts.” Go rent from Videodrome if you’re in the area! And go follow them on all the social medias:   https://www.facebook.com/VideodromeATL/ -  https://twitter.com/VideodromeATL - https://www.instagram.com/videodrome_atl/

1hr 41mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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I’ve Seen the Future and it will Be…

Movie Meltdown - Episode 475 This week we start off talking about the current convention culture and how artists fit into that situation - or don’t... and eventually, we end up discussing the differences in the generations and how that all affects the future of the world. This conversation runs the gamut! And as we start to realize that fandom is all relative, we also address… The Commuter, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a convincing Irish accent, Tonks from Harry Potter, Ron Howard, we have so much information coming our way that we're all on autopilot, a short in stature Melkor carrying a red American Heart Association tote, that level of greed and Industry does not go away, your weird physical idea of yourself, who uses a pager where's my flip phone, old men action stars, it's the fault of the way we consume media, what was the song that was playing when that kid saw that lawn mower that was eating that guy, Ready Player One, rebooting Bozo, Liam Neeson, I presume it is IOS friendly, the glorious Wonder Woman who is obviously a crossfitter, it's just a domino effect of what technology is done to civilization, a character from The Wire, training the new baristas, there's being smart and then there's critical thinking, we were cave kids, Satisfaction, Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, miasma, toys were marketed to our generation in the very targeted and specific manner, if you could upload yourself to a computer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, an Irish person on vacation somewhere in Moscow, we're now post-collector culture, the acceleration of culture is keeping pace with the acceleration of technology, two irish guys and a kiwi, Han Solo, they love an old guy with his cats... that's what kids are into, you were sidling up to Winona Ryder, Love/Hate, it's just a goat and an orange jumper, there’s a land of crab people, Sam Neill, making your own geeky T-shirts, Tomb Raider, pop culture has broadened it’s horizon from say thirty years ago, of course I'm an Eloy, they’re there to kind of... create their own experience, Maximum Overdrive and what are you poking about? “I think it’s better what they have now, but we were just like… lame, dumb kids - that had nothing!”

1hr 35mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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Winona & Vampires

Movie Meltdown - Episode 484 This week we welcome artist Winona Nelson. Winona studied classical realism and art for the entertainment industry at the Safehouse Atelier in San Francisco, then worked as a concept artist at Flagship Studios and Planet Moon Studios. She now works as a freelance in illustration, concept art, comics and fine art. Her work has been seen in gallery exhibitions in Connecticut, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York City. As usual, the Meltdown perspective looks at how our guest was inspired and influenced by film and other media. And what we learn is Winona didn't begin the way most of our movie geek guests... her path starts a little differently... but of course still leads to crossovers into movie fandom - and eventually her own terrific art. Then Winona sits-in for this week's Sofa Theater discussion of Interview with the Vampire. The book was instrumental in her youth, so what does she think of the often maligned movie? And as we realize sometimes playing with magnets - can be destructive, we also bring up… Magic: The Gathering, Xenogears, Akira, VHS intro, Lord Byron, RoboCop, Primitivism, Kirsten Dunst, take a piece all the way to finish, Anne Rice, Rutger Hauer, freelance indie comic book coloring, this lust-driven disgusting man, it changed me, abstract art, we are monsters, John Travolta, family drama, it's been to my benefit to have a diverse skill-set, Neil Jordan, drawing before I even have conscious memories, Daniel Day-Lewis, oblivious to the world, John Boorman, having more physical strength, Alexander Godunov, Ghost in the Shell, a crotchety old man, Brad Pitt, the carnal ideas, Jon Voight, it feels like being possessed, Tom Hanks, online resources for getting into doing art for comics, Antonio Banderas, the dreamiest being mortal or immortal that has ever existed, Christian Slater, having a diverse skill-set, the one monster who seems to have control, John Malkovich, Photoshop Elements, Final Fantasy VII, Johnny Depp, art and baristas, YouTube… where all of the horrible secrets come out, going through puberty, his personal physician, bloodlust, Peter Weller, Cubism, Tom Cruise, drowning in hormones, learning everything about how the world works… and all it’s ugliness, the old cathode-ray tube and talking around the fangs. “So I think like, the whole genesis of vampires comes from that kind of… that sort of fight that we all have between how do you respect yourself when you can get taken away by this passion and what even is sexual drive...and how much it controls our behavior.” For more on Winona’s art, go to: http://www.winonanelson.com/

1hr 8mins

29 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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Colonel Tony Moore: Lean into Something Weird

Movie Meltdown - Episode 508 This episode we’re joined by special guest Tony Moore. Now you probably know Tony as the co-creator of The Walking Dead comic series. Or if you are more of a comic fan, you also may know his titles like Battle Pope, Fear Agent and The Exterminators. And of course, in recent years, you’ve seen his work as part of several huge series for some of Marvel’s biggest characters.  But as usual, in our on-going series with artists, we’re going to start at the beginning and find out where Tony’s inspiration started, how it led to his success, and of course along the way… we’ll see just how the movies tie into his journey.  And as we work as hard as we can to put the toys back in the box before we’re done, we also bring up… Saturday-morning cartoons, detail-oriented, the thrill of being legitimately disturbed by something I've watched, 28 Days Later, Image Comics, Batman Returns, this infinity of drawing space, Mad Magazine, we got a literal death threats over that book, instant access, Lobo, Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, teaching illustration principles, entomology, so we had all the monsters that live in the Marvel Universe are like huddled in the sewers of New York City, I don't remember a time, ever, in my life that I wasn't drawing, Deadpool, taking tests competitively, Dark Horse Comics, Rohs Opera House, X-Men, a comics version of Louis L'Amour, pop culture junkie, Rick Remender, hillbilly heathens, Spike Lee, Masters of the Universe, corporate comics, EC Comics, Franken-Castle, a presentation on The Body Farm, Vampire: The Masquerade and we’ll do this thing... it'll be offensive… we'll get famous... it'll be awesome.  “I always say… it’s like we were standing in the ocean, holding a surfboard, and had no clue that the wave of a lifetime was right behind us.” For more on Tony Moore, go to: http://coloneltonymoore.com/

1hr 27mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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The Andre Gower Squadcast

Movie Meltdown - Episode 466 This week we break away from our regular coverage of Louisville Supercon for a “very special episode” with actor and filmmaker Andre Gower. Listen as Andre talks about growing up in the entertainment industry. How he ended up in Monster Squad... with a role that should have changed his life (eventually- it did). And the amazing fan reaction and support over the years that lead him to direct his film Wolfman’s Got Nards: A Documentary. And while we get into a heated debate about which is better - The Towering Inferno or The Poseidon Adventure, we also cover… Fred Dekker, Tiger Beat, a shark-octopus, Mr. Holland's Opus, everybody’s toast, get off my interwebs, Alfonso Ribeiro, "reality" "stars", we saw It on opening weekend, Ashley Bank, I would never ask you to be in my movie, how many brands own all those outlets, T.J. Hooker’s son, that’s super unfair for a ten-year-old, I was sitting there eating lunch and he was across the street walking into a Trader Joe's with Stephen King Rules shirt on, Ernest R. Dickerson, Robocop 3, Maddie Corman, driving to go meet a manager and publicity shots, a dubbed VHS off of HBO, The Coogan Law, generational nostalgia, Shane Black, I was the… kid that did eight TV shows that went one season, instead of one show that went eight seasons - that everybody knows, Ryan Lambert, who George C. Scott subsequently banned from the stage, it's just unfair to the human mind, sibling rivalry, I've had some pretty cool TV dads, Ryan Seacrest, E.R., ripping the Japanese LaserDisc, we went to England twice, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, we sold out the Egyptian theater Beyond Fest, Teen Beat and go make something… you fools. “...but you know, you become such a part of that fabric of this story - with these people!” For more on the documentary, go to: https://thesquaddoc.com/ And follow the movie: https://twitter.com/thesquaddoc and https://www.instagram.com/thesquaddoc/ For more on Louisville Supercon, go to: https://louisvillesupercon.com

1hr 19mins

16 Dec 2018

Rank #11

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Buster Scruggs and J. Todd Anderson

Movie Meltdown - Episode 471 This week we kick things off with special guest J. Todd Anderson, the man who has been drawing storyboards for EVERY Coen Brothers movie since Raising Arizona! Then the Meltdown Gang sits down to discuss the most recent outing from the Coen Brothers - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. While we ourselves realize we might be as eloquent and well-spoken as an Elizabethan backwoods guy, we also mention… the Cleveland Browns, wedding cakes, Tom Waits, Superman with George Reeves, an unsung, amazing actor, straight out of Looney Tunes, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alfred Hitchcock, this is how he led a nation, Liam Neeson, 8mm, George Clooney, the book goes out to all the keys, Grimm's Fairy Tales, Tim Blake Nelson, Gene Autry, 90% heavy breathing and groaning, death in every form is just out to get everybody, James Franco, they're very specific and all I have to do is draw and get it right, Stephen Root, the Evil Dead camera effect, the specter of death is hanging over all of us,  Brendan Gleeson, lighting sketches, Michael Jackson, to draw the movie as you go, nothing goes as planned, Netflix, Zoe Kazan, Marvel or DC, and it was off to the races until it was off the rails, Tyne Daly, best-laid plans, a lot of cartoons, we shoot the movie before we shoot it, day becomes night, Mick Garris, what's considered to be a true cowboy, Inherent Vice, out of the frying pan, Bob Kane, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the third campfire chat and a nihilistic approach. “Most people don't realize it... I really don't get hired to draw, I get hired to solve visual problems. I’m just lucky enough to know how to draw." Spoiler Alert: This a full discussion of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs including spoilers, so go watch the movie before you listen. For more on J. Todd Anderson’s new book, go to: https://storyboardsbyjtoddanderson.com

1hr 40mins

21 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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Science Fiction Quadruple Feature

Movie Meltdown - Episode 465  This week we are coming to you “live” from Louisville Supercon as we talk with a quartet of sci-fi legends. Join us as we talk with Sam Jones (Flash Gordon), Ricou Browning (The Creature from the Black Lagoon), Patricia Quinn (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and John Wesley Shipp (The Flash). In this Meltdown-verse crossover event, we join forces with George Buehler (The WBKI FANatic), to discuss our other interactions with guests like… Kevin Conroy, Alice Cooper, Loren Lester, Diane Pershing, Charles Martinet, Lloyd Kaufman, Kane, Sergeant Slaughter, Theodore Long and at least one of us inspired Booker T and changed his life. (Or at least his lunch.) And while we realize that being a hoarder sometimes comes in handy, we also bring up… Mask of the Phantasm, Thunderball, Ming the Merciless, Space Jam, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, the life of Edward Fudge, watching him on the Muppets, The Burien Flyers, Cowboy Bebop, you’ve influenced royalty, 97% of every actor or actress, you were so giddy to be talking to him, Isaac Yankem, DDS, Kurt Russell, He-Man, a shot of brandy, we’ve got David Bowie we’ve got Princess Margaret, Flipper, The Neverending Story 2, The Fire That Consumes, the old-fashioned Hollywood screen test, Max von Sydow, mail ordering out of catalogs, The Day Magenta Went Away, Warner Brothers for CBS, we all wore glitter and you couldn't get it off because it was made of glass, the Vogue theater, Verity Lambert who invented Doctor Who actually, Jack Palance, Separation Anxiety, Mackenzie Astin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, it was pretty chilly, he got the sack because he was no good at Herod, I went in and sang a 1930’s song, The Flash/Arrow/Supergirl crossover, Vampire Hunter D, Clint Eastwood, a drunk Creature, that's filthy I'm not singing that, we're leading toward Crisis on Infinite Earths, the voice of Mario, Frank Langella, then they said Mick Jagger's queuing up on the last night with Bianca and Elliott Gould, fan theories on the internet, Dino De Laurentiis, he was my Flash, they're introducing the Monitor into the Arrowverse, to me standard thinking is substandard, shaking hands with Alice, who put me in the Cobra clutch and they said the four magic words... Vincent Price Christopher Lee. “I will say Hollywood... unless you're grounded... you will get a little bit tainted.” For more on Louisville Supercon, go to: https://louisvillesupercon.com Follow WBKI: Louisville's CW at: https://www.facebook.com/CWBKI

1hr 22mins

10 Dec 2018

Rank #13

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Here Comes Jonah Ray to Talk about Art and Friendship

Movie Meltdown - Episode 510 This episode we talk with Jonah Ray about art, friendship, movies, comedy, music and Mystery Science Theater 3000. And while we try to convert people to our pop culture religion, we also mention… Joel Hodgson, Mel Brooks, Weird Al Yankovic, Paul Myers, refusing the call to action, Defending your Life, Kids in the Hall, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Hawaii, Anthony Bourdain, Ed Wood, Chris Farley, Felicia Day,Harmontown, Wayne White, Brendon Small, Jonah Raydio, The Groundlings, it’s a dream come true, Entertainment Tonight, Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn, The Inbetweeners, Home Movies, BJ Novak, The Bruce Lee Band, you can drop a sandbag on some bullies, Mitchell, Dolemite Is My Name, Zach Galifianakis, Netflix, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Westerns and Alfred Hitchcock, Alan Yang, if you don't let that out it destroys you, Mr. Show, John Candy, you gotta self-generate, BBC, Jeff Garlin, G4, Comedy Bang! Bang!, MST3K t-shirts, Crispin Glover, Rebecca Hanson, a certificate of live birth, I just found this back entrance into show business, Shaun of the Dead, Tuesday nights at the M Bar, Suspiria, Rob Delaney, shooting a movie, Hidden America, SCTV, I feel very proud… where we got was that last season's specifically, Dan Mintz, sitting in an editing bay, the slimming yellow jumpsuit, making a Marvel movie, it's just this giant orb and I don't see an entrance, EPKs, it feels cynical and mean, Nate Bargatze, Freddy Krueger, Matthew Barney, scared or dehydrated, Morgan Murphy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Suncoast Motion Picture Company.  “...it's all that stuff that I always wanted and that’s what I loved so much about when I got into playing in bands when I was a kid. It’s just like, a bunch of people doing stuff - just because they love it! And that’s what I’ve been trying to do with everything I’ve done.” Follow Jonah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonahray/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonahray

1hr 25mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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Dick Starr: Art, Movies and Jerky

Movie Meltdown - Episode 482  This week we talk with Dick Starr, an artist whose work has been featured in numerous galleries, horror and tattoo magazines, books, album covers and comics around the world. But if you look at Dick’s work, it’s very obvious that he’s a fan of movies… specifically horror. So listen as we discuss trying to make a name for yourself in the ever-changing art scene, watching gory horror movies from a very young age and - jerky. Which if you don’t know Dick, might seem like an odd tangent. But as it turns out… it ties very nicely into all the other aspects of his life. And as we reminisce about when going into a video store wasn’t for novelty purposes, we also mention… They Live, waiting to get your pictures back, Mad Magazine, Stan Lee, the frontman of the band, Halloween, the Green Goblin face, and I remember my mom not being too thrilled, that is where it got to be just too much of a risk, horror mashup art, Wes Borland, WolfCop, digital blood, Antonio Pantoja, people just end up giving up on you if you don't switch things up, Bad Taste, zombie portraits, Kung Fury, I love finding the worst movies, it makes me want to break my pencils and go... ehhh I'll try again next life, the novelty version of a video store, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, I would emulate their styles, am I blaming the technology that's changed, he has mastered a whole new style, An American Werewolf in London, Sam Flegal,the movie… it still just… ahhh - it just warms my soul, Cannibal Holocaust, Roddy Piper, Hackers and The Net, developing your film, comic book art, The FP, fighting over movie’s coming back in, the practical effects and the squirting gore, I literally wanted to punch the director in his mouth, Last House on the Left, the beer bottle clip, that memory’s lost forever, Black Mirror, art installation video stores, anything that made fun of… the things I already loved, celebrity “it factor”, Maximum Overdrive, there are so many gems… that are SO awful… but they’re done with 100% conviction, Turbo Kid, The California Raisins, Grandpa did that, Flavor flav and the Frito pie. “How can you sustain a career without changing?!” For more on the artwork of Dick Starr, go to: https://dickstarr.net/

2hr 3mins

15 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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Who's got the props? Ken Palkow

Movie Meltdown - Episode 491 This week we continue our coverage from WonderFest as we are joined by our special guest - propmaker Ken Palkow. Now Ken has worked on an amazing list of projects over the years… just to name a few… the last three X-Men films, as well as Dark Phoenix. He has made weapons, gadgets, and props for Skyscraper, Night at the Museum, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Sonic the Hedgehog, Underworld: Awakening, and even the Federation phasers, alien weapons, and medical gadgets for Star Trek into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond. And not only did he work on the first Deadpool movie… Ken also created guns, swords, and most impressively Cable’s rifle for Deadpool 2. And on as far as series, you’ve seen his work on Altered Carbon, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, Continuum, Almost Human, Warehouse 13, The Flash, Arrow… and so much more.    And if that weren’t enough for this episode… we are also joined by our semi-annual, reluctant co-host - designer/illustrator Eric Chu.    And while we discuss everyone’s love of mac and cheese with apple sauce and ketchup mixed all together, we also cover… Phantom of the Opera, you know what... I'm going to make this thing animatronic... I'm going to put servos in it… I'm going to put lights in it, budget and lead time, adamantine shackles, forming the foundation of creativity, complaining about the spring not working, plastic scissors, Battlestar Galactica, last minute communication, construction paper, James Doohan, stage vs film, fabricating Willem Dafoe, Space: 1999, and keep in mind, I was still doing full-time jobs or part-time jobs… and I did everything, no one is confirming or denying any involvement with the Triads, I mean, whatever it was I could do to make money, Bruce Lee, Legos, concept artist, Star Trek Into Darkness, I render the CAD, destructive non-destructive inspection, is it possible to build this, the lighters essential to building Cable’s rifle, casting resins, I'll take credit for destroying mankind, basically holding a carrot in front of them, Lost in Space, making our Halloween costumes, making connections, crayons, the combination of all the different jobs I'd had over the years, the deadline for that prop be a reality never changes, a poor family, felt, Buck Rogers, eating glue, and an elaborate way to get Ryan Reynolds' autograph. “...there was that creative side. We didn't have - so we made!” And for more on WonderFest, go to: https://wonderfest.com/

1hr 17mins

23 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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The Rise of Skywalker

Movie Meltdown - Episode 511 This episode we celebrate Life Day and the final chapter in the Skywalker saga... The Rise of Skywalker. Join us as we discuss the finer points of this latest movie. How effective it is as the last movie in this most recent trilogy. And how well it wraps up this huge story arc that has meant so much to so many people - for generations.  And as we try to recollect just which stories are canon and which ones are legends, we also address… The Mandalorian, The Good Place, Kevin Feige, inching into evil, force powers, Maz Kanata, Warwick Davis, are there raisins in here, influenced by the fanbase, D-0, luck your way into awesomeness, Lucas’ plan, murderbot, skimming off the top, It’s like… high energy and high concept, that's why chaotic evil always fails, Samuel L Jackson, why not Chewie, J.J. Abrams, old sitcoms and burritos, five-minute morality, gentrifying Tatooine, is it okay to be massacring those people, cruisin’ the clubs, the big reveals, Asimov's laws of robotics, setting up love interests, Anthony Daniels, my understanding of the family trees of Star Wars universe, Billy Dee Williams, force ghosts, lightsaber fighting techniques, Rian Johnson, being cousins, the feel of the universe, the story vs. behind the scenes, droids with issues, Adam Driver, stakes and fake-outs, giant snake, government funding, Disney and the system that rigs itself.   Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker. You have been warned!  “...your job is to make this movie, that’s going to make them… feel differently and see things differently - not the other way around.”

2hr 38mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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Meltdown's Lament

Movie Meltdown - Episode 473 This week the Meltdown Gang decides to hang out and discusses some of the things they've watched lately. And while we plan our upcoming puppet musical, we also cover… Bad Times at the El Royale, Russian Doll, Green Room, Revenge, Labyrinth, Hail, Caesar!, Another Day, Another Time, John Cusack, picking apart old horror tropes, King Arthur and the knights of the round table, Catherine O'Hara, it’s very seamless the way they Incorporated all together, Patrick Stewart, bought some foam a couple of weeks ago, all these hidden things that you were supposed to have caught but maybe didn't, David Bowie, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, painful self-surgical scene, Eugene Levy, you are a genius… and a madman, love of old Hollywood, there’s a lot of speech comedy, Channing Tatum, some of the most gnarly bloody movie deaths I’ve seen in a while, Coralie Fargeat, The Dark Crystal, it's like really fun... despite being like super violent, Natasha Lyonne and just a lot of Schitt's Creek. “It is a nightmare… but an awesome nightmare!”

1hr 1min

11 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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Sam Irvin: Living the Dream of Every Monster Kid

Movie Meltdown - Episode 492 This week we sit down for an epic discussion with Sam Irvin. Sam is a director, producer, screenwriter - amongst many other jobs in the industry. Including being a published author as well as a two-time Rondo Award winner, for articles in both Scream magazine as well as Little Shoppe of Horrors magazine. He’s worked with everyone from Brian De Palma to Cassandra Peterson and has had run-ins with amazing movie stars going all the way back to his childhood. So settle in and listen to the phenomenal tales of his journey to Hollywood and all the terrific projects he’s put together.   And while we load up on lots of ketchup and plastic fangs, we also mention… programming kiddie matinees, Christopher Lee, Oblivion, William Conrad, a horror film fanzine, Hervé Villechaize, a VIP tour at Warner Brothers Studios, a big chain of movie theaters, Countess Dracula, Roger Moore, House on Haunted Hill, the creature starts to deteriorate, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Carrie, The Pit and the Pendulum, George Takei, Dracula with a beach towel for a cape, at Pinewood Studios, Kay Thompson, Peter Cushing, Cinefantastique, Dressed to Kill, Richard Chamberlain, I’m either killing people or giving them Christmas presents, Shelia E, I literally finished my last exam didn't even go to my graduation ceremony… went direct to the airport and got on a plane, the most famous casting session in the history of cinema, Isaac Hayes, Richard Lester, I’m watching this very strange duo, Diana Rigg, Phantom of the Paradise, Carel Struycken, Stephen Amell, you get invited to do the most bizarre things in this industry, Ingrid Pitt, Maud Adams, and they took me backstage afterwards and we all had champagne, Julie Newmar, Hieronymus Bosch murals on the walls, Pino Donaggio, Blake Edwards’ The Great Race, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Sisters, dropping her in a different genre, The Three and Four Musketeers, the World Series and the Super Bowl, a cross between Dark Shadows and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kirk Douglas come over here I want to tell you a story about this kid, I was naive enough to think... oh I guess this happens to all fans, Blow Out, Lifetime thrillers and Hallmark Christmas movies, ten seconds of Will Smith, the double bill of Plague of the Zombies and Dracula Prince of Darkness, Terry Sweeney, last gasp of stop motion animation, Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, Christopher Lee invited me to lunch with him at Pinewood Studios, Two on a Guillotine, George Lucas, great old-time matte painters, Paul Bartel & Mary Woronov, Dante's Cove, they were all horror movies, Britt Ekland, it was the most embarrassing moment of my life, The Man with the Golden Gun and Richard O'Brien.  “There was a seminal moment in my childhood that determined that I wanted to be a movie director…” And for more on WonderFest, go to: https://wonderfest.com/

1hr 59mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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Movie Jobs

Movie Meltdown - Episode 488 This week we discuss different character’s jobs in movies. Some of them may seem like the ideal job... while others are strange jobs that only seem to exist in the alternate universe of that particular film. Listen as we cover some of our favorites as well as ones that just seem weird.   And as we realize that we have gravitas out the wazoo, we also cover… de facto video stores, Werner Herzog, on roller skates, a whiteout blizzard, we were a parade route for lunatics, it was like this little nerd as monster, Griffin O'Neal, that's the only pedagogical, Errol Morris, fish in a bucket, mirrors booths and mics in the ceiling, it’s an ugly secret, how physically debilitating the role is with very little payoff, Damien Chazelle, they said he had a lizardy quality, annoyingly bureaucratic, processing photos, Sidney Poitier, documentaries, the nurse technician, he goes to little towns and solves their mysteries, putting a sofa in your video store, so many of my life decisions have been pun-based, Mercer Museum in Doylestown, you are playing the wrong notes, this Grandma's got some really hairy tales, everyone loves nostalgia even if it's false nostalgia, explaining the branches of government, just so I can walk people into a stupid pun, Peter Sarsgaard, Kevin Kline, inventing the table, a crazy futuristic school, Lon Chaney, an expert at execution, Bruno Ganz, Ghoulies III, that little room out in a parking lot, some professions just become a rote thing, portrait of my soul, there’s a hole in their frozen lake, Mickey Rourke, has the Summers off, where the camera is just pointing at crazy people, blurred overexposed photos and Judge Reinhold. “...it’s also about how this guy just keeps doing this job that’s killing him.”

1hr 45mins

27 May 2019

Rank #20