Episode 122: Up Into The Spider-Verse

Did we really need another version of the Spider-Man story? The skepticism was high with host Erik Childress but he is joined by comic book expert Erik Laws to discuss what turns out to be one of the biggest surprises of the year. They discuss the various incarnations of the Spider-Man mythos on display in the film, the array of animation styles employed and are generally giddy about its place the current comic book film evolution.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 121: Shampoo & Schlock: Are There Still Films For Adults?

Sergio Mims returns to help guide us through a swath of new Blu-rays. Along with Erik Childress they take sides in the Blindspotting vs. Sorry to Bother You debate. The evolution of the Rambo Trilogy is discussed as well as appreciation for Terry Gilliam and the new 4K edition of Superman. From their appreciation of the awfulness of Maximum Overdrive to the respect of The Day of the Jackal, the duo also get into other films of the 70s and the chicken-and-the-egg factor that drives Hollywood to make films for adults.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 120: Holidays Mean Movies…And Money!

The Holiday Movie Season is upon us so that means one thing – MONEY! Erik Childress and Sergio Mims examine the potential of the final months of 2018 and which films will come out on top? There are sequels, franchises and reimaginings, but will there be a surprise or two – at the top AND at the bottom? They take you through a sometimes impossible season to predict as we get warmed up for the all-encompassing awards season as well.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 119 – Why Can’t Halloween Be Every Month?

Horror dominates the latest Blu-ray round-up with Erik Childress and Sergio Mims. They dig into a number of William Castle productions from Mill Creek and Indicator, a pair of great releases from the ‘80s, a beautiful new edition of one of the classic science fiction films ever and you can find out what really freaks out both of them out from Creepshow and beyond.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 118 – Heretic Of The Exorcist

John Boorman’s Exorcist II has been considered for decades to be one of the worst sequels ever made and by some views one of the worst FILMS ever made. Not so says RogerEbert.com’s Peter Sobczynski who for years has been an ardent defender. He joins Erik Childress on the show to discuss Shout Factory’s new Collector’s Edition as well as its rocky history and The Exorcist series in general. You will also hear William Friedkin tell the story of the first time the film ever screened for the public!

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James Laczkowski
Episode 117 – Horror Or Not To Horror

On what could be considered a bit of a pre-Halloween episode, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims run down a number of new Blu-ray releases ranging from the horror of 9/11 to a less-talked about film with Bill Paxton from 1984. They also get into whether what some consider a new horror classic should be labeled horror at all as well as reevaluate American Psycho in that the more routines change the more they stay the same.

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James Laczkowski
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