Episode 116 – The 2018 Toronto Film Festival Recap

No fancy names. Just a straight recap of this year’s Toronto Film Festival which Erik Childress has been attending since 2004. A better-than-average fest this year with some genuine surprises and, as always, a few big disappointments. Get the scoop on recent releases like A Star is Born and First Man, David Gordon Green’s Halloween update, the latest from Alfonso Cuaron, Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen and much more.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 115 – Are These Pipes Clean?

The Movie Madness Podcast returns to its regularly scheduled broadcast getting caught up on the latest in Blu-rays and physical media with Sergio Mims. On this episode they cover an array of Criterion as well as the latest from Indicator and Arrow. They delve into the great new Universal Monsters blu-ray set, why Solo: A Star Wars Story failed at the box office and the bizarre circumstances that led Erik to see the infamous Cabin Boy which definitely has one supporter on this show.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 114 – Remember That Summer?

Erik Childress is joined by David Fowlie for a special episode involving movies about the summertime. We probably all remember where we were during our most memorable seasons but how about the films that best represent that warmest of them? Each of them count down five films that feel like the kind of summers that can be universal to all of us from the past and maybe even the future as well.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 113 – From Blus To 70mm

Erik Childress and Sergio Mims go over their excitement for this year’s crop of films at the annual 70mm Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. But first it’s Blu-ray time as they examine the history of Jack Ryan, go through a number of choice indies you will want to see, bring an 80s political thriller into the present and finally express some love for a Robert Redford heist film and the first starring vehicle for Brandon Lee.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 112 – Black Harvests & Klansmen

Over at WHPK Radio, Erik Childress talked with Sergio Mims about the Black Harvest Film Festival which he programs and produces every August in Chicago, including highlights and low-lights. Then they delve into two very different and dangerous missions in theaters right now (Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman) and what each film does so well.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 111: Walk Him And Pitch To The Piranha

Sergio Mims again joins Erik Childress to discuss new Blu-rays and it turns into an argument about baseball. But they regroup after Criterion’s great new contribution to America’s pastime to talk about flying piranha, blind monsters and human ones before bringing the entire episode full circle with some Hamm.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 110: He Pulls A Knife, Disney Pulls A Gunn

The ongoing saga over James Gunn’s abrupt firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is a disturbing one that has far-reaching implications beyond our thoughts on the films themselves. Erik Childress and Sergio Mims breakdown the story and why it matters how this all started. They discuss his conduct, Disney’s ultimate reaction to it and how they may have painted themselves into a corner. Who might be shameless enough to step the current empty director’s chair? They can’t help but toss out a few suspects for the position as well if they choose not to rehire him

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James Laczkowski
Episode 108/109: WHY IS THIS NOT ON BLU-RAY? (Chapter 2)

Back on Episode 80, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims ran down an extensive list of titles big and small that have yet to make their Blu-ray debut. At least in the U.S. Well it is time for the mid-year check-in and they are back with a list of 20 titles each that you may be stunned have yet to be upgraded into the HD format. This three-and-a-half-hour episode is split over two parts because they have a lot to say about these movies and are hoping to catch the attention of the studios who own the rights to them.

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James Laczkowski