Tue, 23 April 2013
Subject: Prom Night (2008)
Record Date: August 29, 2012, 06:09 PM
Plot Summary: Obsessed with one of his past students, a former Teacher tracks her down at a Hotel and begins murdering her friends during her Senior Prom.
Note: Due to a few technical difficulties (some dead air at 30 minutes and 13 seconds, then again at 1 hour, 17 minutes and 22 seconds), this episode has been in the vault for nearly 8 months. However, I've decided to do some extensive post work and submit it here for the loyal listeners who may want to hear this one. Hayley White returns for this well-made, but not wholly outstanding Teen Slasher. We talk about criminal psychosis, High School Proms and unintentional red herrings. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the movie on your DVD.
Sat, 13 April 2013
Subject: Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
Record Date: December 30, 2012, 05:36 PM
Plot Summary: A top secret, government organization brings together a misfit, band of Superheroes to thwart an impending alien invasion, lead by Loki, the God of Trickery.
Note: Digging into the vault, I bring you my commentary with Tysto for Joss Whedon's, The Avengers. We discuss Marvel Comics, glorifying America and feminism prominent in Whedon's work. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.
Sun, 31 March 2013
Subject: Beetlejuice (1988)
Record Date: March 14, 2013, 03:48 PM
Plot Summary: A recently deceased couple calls upon the power of a sleazy, trickster demon, in an effort to scare away the new, living residents of their house.
Note: Celebrating the film's 25th anniversary, Down In Front's Michael Scott returns. We talk about the impressive visual effects, the inventive set design, the powerhouse performance from Michael Keaton and the works of Tim Burton, past and present. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.
Sun, 17 February 2013
Subject: Die Hard (1988)
Record Date: February 10, 2013, 12:41 AM
Plot Summary: A New York Cop travels to Los Angeles to reconcile with his Wife on Christmas, when the building they're in is taken over by German Terrorists.
Note: Celebrating the film's 25th Anniversary and the new release of the latest sequel in the franchise "A Good Day To Die Hard", Ariel (from CraveOnline.com) joins the podcast to talk all things Die Hard. We discuss the charm of Bruce Willis, 1980s' action cinema and The Myth Of Macho. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.
Sat, 2 February 2013
Subject: Cellular (2004)
Record Date: February 1, 2013, 01:48 AM
Plot Summary: A Science Teacher is kidnapped and uses her reassembly of a broken phone to connect to a young man's cellphone, enlisting his help to save her family.
Note: In tribute to the late Director David Ellis, Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani returns (check out some of his past appearances on the podcast here) for a shared love of what we believe to be the film maker's finest work. We talk about structure, pacing, stunt-driving and how to do a Jason Statham impression (start with the line, "You mean to tell me..."). Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.
Supplemental Material: Check out the Crave Online web series, The Trailer Hitch by William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold.
Mon, 14 January 2013
Subject: Blood Simple (1985)
Record Date: January 08, 2013, 10:43 PM
Plot Summary: A Texas bar owner hires a sleazy detective to murder his wife and her lover.
Note: For the first time on the podcast, I'm joined by Gabby and we sit down with the Coen Brothers' feature film debut, Blood Simple. We talk about the Brothers' body of work, feeling bad for dispicable characters, living in Texas, film noir and the fear of being buried alive.
Wed, 26 December 2012
Subject: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Record Date: December 15, 2012, 05:04 PM
Plot Summary: Eight years after the death of Harvey Dent, Bruce Wayne comes out of hiding to stop Bane, a masked madman bent on destroying Gotham and shattering the legend of Batman.
Note: Concluding our commentaries on Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Tysto returns to talk about character through-lines, sexism in Nolan's work and defending against plot holes. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.
Thu, 6 December 2012
Subject: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Record Date: December 04, 2012, 12:36 AM
Plot Summary: While digging into his parents' mysterious disappearance, high school misfit, Peter Parker is bitten by a spider in a science lab and uses his resulting super powers to fight crime in New York City.
Note: The conclusion to the podcast's month-long dissection of Spider-Man on the big screen, Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani returns (check out all past appearances on the podcast here) for closing arguments regarding this film and the Marvel franchise overall. We discuss some awkward dialogue, thin character motivations, deleted scenes, massive plot holes, abrupt changes in tone and a selfish and out of character Peter Parker. It's not a hate fest, though. We also sing the praises of the script's romantic comedy elements, Marc Webb's direction and most of the performances by the actors and actresses. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.
Supplemental Material: Listen to William Bibbiani and Jonathan London discuss The Amazing Spider-Man in depth on Geekscape! Read The Amazing Spider-Man: The Abridged (Parody) Script by Tom Schutt at The Editing Room! Watch How The Amazing Spider-Man Should Have Ended!
Wed, 28 November 2012
Subject: Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Record Date: November 25, 2012, 06:30 PM
Plot Summary: Peter Parker's world is at an all-time high. He has a great job, is in a relationship with Mary Jane Watson and is beloved as Spider-Man by the city of New York. However, all of that crumbles when an alien symbiote latches onto Peter and brings out his dark half in destructive ways. Also, there's a Sandman, a rival photographer, a love triangle with another girl and a vengeful Harry Osbourne gets amnesia. So, that happened.
Note: Due to this film's bloated screenplay, Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani returns (check out all past appearances on the podcast here) and brings fellow columnist, Fred Topel to help defend and make sense of this mess. We discuss the multitude of story threads, character arcs and behind-the-scenes dramatics. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.
Mon, 19 November 2012
Subject: Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Record Date: November 18, 2012, 04:32 PM
Plot Summary: In addition to dealing with relationship fallout from his best friend and his would-be girlfriend, Peter Parker is losing his super powers and must give up being Spider-Man. Meanwhile, a mad scientist uses his invention of artificially intelligent, robotic tentacles to create and harness an exciting, yet unstable energy source that could destroy the city of New York.
Note: This commentary track is to be synchronized with the Theatrical Cut of the film, which runs at 127 minutes. Continuing our retrospective on Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy, Crave Online's film channel editor (and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast), William Bibbiani is back (check out all past appearances on the podcast here) for a commentary on the second film in this recently, unfairly dismissed and misunderstood series. We further discuss the psychology of Peter Parker, the physics and logistics of the film's set pieces and narrative structure and a sudden epiphany regarding the character of Mary Jane Watson. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.