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
Episode 75: The 2017 Holiday Box Office Preview & Predictions

The final movie season of the year is here and with that Erik Childress takes you through his predictions for the big hits and potential misses at the box office. Only this time he is joined by Sergio Mims to offer his two cents on Erik’s predictions as well as his thoughts on what he believes could be a very lackluster season for the wide release – in quality, if not bucks.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 74: The Blu-ray Throwback (Vol. 1)

It may sound like just another Blu-ray show. That’s because it is. But it’s one that takes you into the archives to circle back on titles Erik Childress and Sergio Mims did not get to talk about in the moment. So many titles. Only so many minutes. But in this first volume of the Throwback, Erik & Sergio talk about some golden oldies from the likes of Twilight Time, Olive and Kino, three studios who continue to do fine work on films that may have escaped your radar over time. Give a listen and then give a watch.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 73: Thor: The Jokey World(s)

The holiday movie season is here and Marvel is kicking it off with Thor: Ragnarok. Erik Childress again welcomes comic book expert Erik Laws to offer his thoughts on a film they both had high hopes for. Though the film is being advertised as the “best reviewed Marvel film of all-time” is it possible doth praise too much?

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James Laczkowski
Episode 72: From Spielberg to Python and Back Again

It’s a Spielberg kind of show. At least it begins that way as Sergio Mims joins Erik Childress again to discuss a whole new batch of Blu-rays, including a pair of Spielberg classics and what they mean to them, a new international company, the latest from Twilight Time and Arrow as well as a 90-year title from Flicker Alley. The guys also discuss how streaming services aren’t offering old films and why anyone would want to be a historian for a particular film

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James Laczkowski