Episode 83: The Reign of the Black Panther

The anticipation level was through the roof and it audiences have turned it into an all-timer at the box office. Now Sergio Mims and comic book expert Erik Laws join Erik Childress to put Ryan Coogler’s film in greater context. What led up to it and can it take its historic status to the next cultural level. Spoilers are few but the discussion is multi-faceted. Is this a movie of the moment or a springboard to an industry in transition for the better?

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James Laczkowski
Episode 82: It’s Yor’s World. We’re Just Living In It

Erik Childress is joined by Sergio Mims to do their first official Blu-ray show of the year. They are hoping to catch everyone up on some recent releases from Twilight Time, some favorites of Sergio’s from Indicator, mutual favorites of theirs from Shout Factory and Arrow and then conclude talking about a Blu-ray Erik has been waiting 35 years for.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 81: Call Me By My Name (In Your Envelope)

Two films expected for a number of Oscar nominations are Call Me By Your Name and The Post. Erik Childress and Sergio Mims dig in on both of them and discuss their various issues with both of them. After that, Erik digs in on his annual Oscar predictions. What is getting nominated? Who is getting snubbed? He breaks down the big eight categories and then reveals his choices for all of the technical categories as well.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 80: WHY IS THIS NOT ON BLU-RAY?

Erik Childress and Sergio Mims kick off 2018 with a variation on their regular segment. This time instead of talking about the latest in Blu-rays they are wondering when they will actually get a chance to say that certain films are even on Blu-ray. You may be shocked at the vast array of titles that have yet to receive the upgrade. While titles are now being converted into the next evolution with 4K, others remain dormant on DVD with inferior quality. This special episode will be the first of a bi-annual segment asking for a call to arms to studios to release some of these great films and give them the treatment they deserve.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 79: The Last Jedi and the Evolution of Star Wars

Erik Childress is joined by regular guests Sergio Mims and Erik Laws on this very special show to examine the lasting impact of the Star Wars franchise from its skeptical beginnings to its current Episode. They discuss The Last Jedi at length from their initial thoughts to its overriding themes and everything down to sound design and the bittersweet impact of Carrie Fisher’s final appearance. They can not always ignore the politics from 1977-to-2017 but this is a joyful, fun on-location discussion about the most anticipated film of the year.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 78: Afraid of a Rotten Superman? Go To The Tree!

Not only is Sergio Mims back to dish on another round of Blu-rays but he takes some extra special time on some extra special releases. Erik Childress was also ecstatic to catch up on some overdue releases that range from Superman to zombies to Miyazaki. Plus one of the most entertaining films of the year (or mostly according to one).

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James Laczkowski
Episode 77: Justice League, or Kirby Your Enthusiasm

DC is at it again. Interpret that anyway you want, but comic book expert, Erik Laws, is back to discuss the new Justice League film with Erik Childress. Together they go deep from the cartoon incarnation down to every nook and cranny of getting the team together, how Joss Whedon’s influence may have affected the final product. Not to mention Danny Elfman’s score, what Zack Snyder may have against Superman and a wide array all adding up to whether or not the film is a success or another bust.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 76: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Not only is Sergio Mims back to dish on another round of Blu-rays but he bookends this episode with talk of a pair of forthcoming worthwhile documentaries on PBS. First he interviews Samuel D. Pollard, the director of Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me and then concludes with his admiration for Frederick Wiseman’s latest film, Ex Libris. In-between Erik Childress and Sergio discuss some new Criterion, Mill Creek and Kino as well as discuss a documentary about film scores and their own love of an art that seems to have devolved a bit.

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James Laczkowski