The Chronic Rift Network is a series of podcasts that examines, analyzes, and reviews all aspects of pop culture from movies to literature to television to art.

The Weekly Podioplex: April 15, 2014

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Captain America held the top of the box office for a second week, but there are a slew of new movie releases that offer a challenge to Cap.  Michael Falkner has them, DVD releases, and the Quick Flicks on a new Weekly Podioplex.

Check out the full show notes here and comment on the episode or write weeklypodioplex@gmail.com.


The Cinefantastique Spotlight: OCULUS

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How frustrating is it when a film has all the stuff it needs — promising premise, good production values, decent cast, director who can twist filmic reality in imaginative ways — and just… doesn’t … grab… you? Pretty damn frustrating, it turns out. OCULUS tells the tale of an orphaned brother and sister who reunite as adults to destroy the mirror that turned their father into a homicidal maniac, yet despite casting DOCTOR WHO’s Karen Gillan in the lead, finding unique ways of styling flashback sequences so that past impinges on present and vice versa, and stuffing its scenario full of such spooky stuff as hostile, spectral presences, mind-bending hallucinations, and a guest walk-on by the Weeping Angels, the whole winds up decidedly less than the sum of its parts.

 

The Cinefantastique Online team of Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons get together to express their fascination about a film that has so much and falls so short, and to try to figure out what prevents this latest Blumhouse (or as it’s now being called, BH Productions) release from rising to its potential.

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DOCTOR OF THE DEAD #7: THE WALKING DEAD – “DAYS GONE BYE”

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We go back to where it all began with a retro look at the very first episode of THE WALKING DEAD: “Days Gone Bye!” Following our usual weekly post-mortem format with Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg (DOC OF THE DEAD; ZOMBIEMANIA; “Zombies in Popular Media” at the University of Baltimore; world renowned zombie expert), this special bumper-length episode looks at how Rick Grimes woke from a coma into a horrifying nightmare world where the line between life and death had blurred forever.

Find out what was good, what wasn’t so good, and what sort of grade the Doctor thinks the episode deserves. With G2V Podcast producer and co-host Scott Woodard!

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Cyborgs - A Bionic Podcast: Case File 03 - Guerin Barry

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A new Case File focuses on actor, voiceover artist, and professional whistler Guerin Barry. Guerin talks about his role on The Bionic Woman as the voice of the Alex 7000 computer in the episode, "Doomsday is Tomorrow". In addition, he talks about his time with the group Sha Na Na, his appearances in various movies and television shows, his career as a professional whistler, plus a whole lot more.

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Guerin Barry was born in Manhattan and raised in Sunnyside Queens. He went to Brooklyn Technical High School and then attended Pratt Institute for architecture, but left to go to work at a radio station in Vermont. From there, he went to Boston to study acting at the Leland Powers School of Radio, Television, and Theatre. By the time he finished acting school he was married and had a son and became a film editor for prominent Boston TV news station, WBZ. His TV work continued in New York as a producer and director for six years before he returned to acting and studied with Milton Katselas while working at an advertising agency. He ultimately moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 1975 to pursue acting full-time.

Stage work led to work in commercials (he famously embodied the character of the Mercury Grand Marquis) and supporting roles in movies and guest-starring roles in television (Quincy, Simon & Simon, Step by Step), including the soft-soaked voice of "Alex 7000," the Master Computer who gives who threatens to destroy the world unless Jaime Sommers can stop him in the sensational Bionic Woman two-parter, "Doomsday Is Tomorrow." Guerin's unique voice talent also gave life to the original Dr. Theopolis in the iconic Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. He was even up for the voice of K.I.T.T. in Knight Rider but lost to William Daniels. He was also the unseen voice of the "Salem Strangler" on the popular daytime soap, Days of Our Lives.

In the 80s, Guerin started a 50s band and played locally for six years, which led to an additional four years touring the globe with the acclaimed 50s rock and roll group, Sha Na Na. When he returned to Hollywood, he focused heavily on voiceover work. He's recorded a dozen audio books, and he's also found himself in the peculiar field of talking toys, for which he is the voice of thousands. Recognized as a "Professional Whistler," Guerin has whistled for many composers of TV, documentary and feature film music, promo music, music libraries and pop recordings. He also whistles live with jazz musicians. He is "On Pitch and On Time." He has whistled for the TV series, LA Law, episode titled "Whistle Stop." He is the only polyphonic whistler in the world, capable of producing two, specific and different notes at the same time.

Guerin's voice can also be heard in the popular video games, War of Warcraft and Starcraft. He's appeared in Reeve Carney's music video for "Love Me, Chase Me." And he's currently the deep bass voice of the Doo-Wop group, Dukes of DooWop.


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The Dan & Travis Show: Episode Zero-Two-One - Wu-Tang, Celebrity Death Squads, and the NWOBHM

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The Chronic Rift Network is thrilled to be able to have the comedy stylings of Dan Lackaye and Travis Searle on our network. The voyage of radio genius continues with a new episode.  Starting out as The Pirate Ship in the 90s, the boys charted the rough waters of the early days of the Internet and managed to deliver comedy gold week after week.  They were one of the inspirations for The Chronic Rift becoming a podcast.  Last fall, Dan & Travis reunited with a new podcast, bringing back many of the elements of the original Pirate Ship, and John has been on their case to join the network ever since.

Dr J. Alfred Marques rides in on his high horse where he talks about the new KISS/Def Leppard tour, Travis has the news, and there's bloopers and mail in the ...sac.  It's a new Dan & Travis Show. Check out all the fun of past episode by visiting them on the web.

SHOW NOTES

  • The Wu-Tang’s Plan
  • Rooney/Pinette/Peaches/UW – what makes a death triple?

 

SHOW OPEN BROUGHT TO YOU BY: The Legitimate DVD-Ray Store for Worner Brothers and Others Cartoons for Kidz

DR. J. ALFRED MARQUES ON HIS HIGH HORSE

  • Glam metal legends? Or glum pants-poopin’ old farts? Julien sounds off on the recently announced KISS and Def Leppard tour.

 

THE NEWS WITH TRAVIS

  • Grannies and G-strings
  • What’re you gonna pick? Hot Spa-kets!
  • Cops and tans don’t mix

 

SHOW CLOSE

  • Farewell France (and all other foreigners, apparently)
  • Mr. T eBay update – lots of animal magne-T-cism
  • A trip inside the Mail………….Sac

 

BLOOPIES (AKA BLOOPERS)

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SciFi Diner Podcast: Ep. 201 - ARROW: One of the Best Superhero Shows on TV (A Farpoint 2014 Panel)

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Tonights Diners: Scott, Miles, & Ron.


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Tonight, we are sharing our Farpoint 2014 panel on Arrow.  Scott Hertzog, Miles P. McLoughlin, and Ron Hall discuss this fabulous series, where it has come from, and where we think it might be going.  Arrow is by far one of the best superhero shows out there. Thanks to David Moulton who ran sound for this event.


Presenting the Transcription Feature: THE JACK BENNY SHOW/INFORMATION PLEASE

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This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, Kevin Lauderdale tickles your funny bone and your little grey cells. The cast of The Jack Benny Program take part in the annual Easter Parade stroll down Los Angeles' Wilshire Blvd. On quiz show Information Please, the guests are sportswriter John Kieran, newspaper columnist Franklin P. Adams, lexicographer Wilfred Funk, and mystery novelist Rex Stout.

 

Episodes

03:49 The Jack Benny Program, "Easter Parade" April 17, 1949

33:08 Information Please, August 29, 1939


The Dome - "Avatar"

 

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Over five years ago, John created an audio drama series with the intention of making it a regular occurrence.  It didn't happen, but now John is almost done with his grad school work and can devote his time more to a project such as this.  Because of that, he is releasing the first five episodes to get everyone on board with the story.  Take a moment to comment here or by writing john@chronicrift.com.

In 1977, the United States government determined that one in every ten million Americans was gifted with a paranormal ability. It immediately set up a commission to look into the growing phenomenon. It was decided that a special, top-secret research facility was needed to study the matter further. Today, in a world where the paranormal is normal, the unexpected happens within the walls of The Dome.

"Avatar" - A tragic accident inside the walls of The Dome leads to a visit by a senator with many questions.  Meanwhile, a ghostly image that has been moving through the corridors of the complex visits the widow of one of the victims of the accident with news of what really happens in the examination rooms of The Dome.

 

Cast

Thomas Himinez, Andrea K. Lipinski, Orenthal V. Hawkins, Sheri Devine, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Katelyn Ackley,

Anna Ackley, John S. Drew, Marina Frants, Jim Heddley, Karen Holliday, Lenny Ackley

 

Written by John S. Drew

Produced and Drected by John S. Drew and Lenny Ackley

Theme music and episode score by Lenny Ackley

 


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The Chronic Rift Classic Rewatch: J.R.R. Tolkien

 


Keith and Judy discuss the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien with enthusiasts William Coffey, Andrew Angelopolous, and Patrick Walsh. Plus, Keith reviews Eclipse Book's comic adaptation of The Hobbit and there is some Colm Meaney news.

Please take a moment by commenting on the episode here or by writing john@chronicrift.com.


Trivia: There was no Memorable Moment in this episode. Keith's review of The Hobbit was one of the few times in the show's history where his review tied in with the Roundtable discussion in the episode. This was the last episode to feature friends only in the panel. From this point on the panels were made up of "fans and professionals alike".

Original Airdate: September 10, 1990

The Chronic Rift Spotlight: Peter Davison Interview

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Krissy Myers recently attended the Reversed Polarity Convention.  There, she got to interview a number of people who had a hand in shaping Doctor Who as a series.  The first one she presents is an interview with actor Peter Davison.  Davison portrayed the fifth Doctor in the series during the 80s and he set Krissy's heart aflutter as she relates in this episode.

Comment on this episode here or by writing john@chronicrift.com or by calling 888-866-9010.  Please rate the episode using our star system at the bottom of this entry.


The Cardboard Jungle: Episode 32 - I Got Time For That!

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Anthony & Matt talk about game length and its effect on depth, gameplay, enjoyment and replayability.
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The Chronic Rift Roundtable: Housing Works Book Store and Cafe Panel - Media Tie-Ins

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Keith participated in a panel discussion at Housing Works Book Store and Cafe this past February on Media Tie-Ins.

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The G2V Podcast: PLANET 19, 2ND GALAXY: TALES OF GLOOM – WITH SPECIAL GUEST KEITH BAKER!

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He’s the man behind the Eberron campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons, the creator of the Gloom card game, and he might even be able to grab his hat just before the stone wall closes! He’s Keith Baker, game designer extraordinaire, and in this episode Scott and Arnold talk with Keith about his career, his creations, and his critical hit on the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere!

SPECIAL NOTE: There were some minor technical issues with the audio during the interview, but we hope it doesn’t lessen anyone’s enjoyment of the wealth of info and great conversation!

Additional Show Music by Still Pluto.

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SHOW LINKS:
Keith Baker’s Blog

Atlas Games

Gloom

Eberron

Looney Labs

Cthulhu Fluxx

International TableTop Day

Powell’s Books


Generations Geek: Ashes and Shadows and Monsters, Oh, My!

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Episode 19, Ashes and Shadows and Monsters, Oh, My!

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter talk with author Ilsa J. Bick about Star Trek, writing for the young adult market, and her books, including the Ashes trilogy.


 

 

 

 

Segments

Intro :30

Starting with Star Trek 1:08

Getting Around to Writing 3:55

Strange New Worlds 5:55

Turning to Young Adult 7:31

Draw the Dark 10:30

Why Young Adult? 14:28

Teenage Angst 16:45

Teenage Romance 19:30

The Ashes Trilogy 21:45

Young Adult Books into Movies 34:24

More Stories in the World of Ashes? 39:32

Future Projects 44:20

Sticking with Young Adult 45:47

Rusted Robot Promo 48:24

Comment on this episode here or by writing thegeeks@generationsgeek.com.


Cyborgs - A Bionic Podcast: "The Deadly Test"

 

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Steve agrees to serve his Air Force Reserve duty requirement by acting as temporary commandant for the Edward Air Force Base Flight Academy.  A number of mechanical problems occur to both military and commercial flights in and around the area of the base.  When Steve discovers the problems are tied into his own bionic malfunctions, he must figure out quickly who is behind these failures and ultimately, who is their target.

Joining John and Paul to see if "The Deadly Test" passes or fails is The Podcast Cowboy himself, Clay Dugger.

Purchase the season three Universal DVD release of The Six Million Dollar Man. In doing so, you help support the podcast.

Comment on the episode here or write abionicpodcast@gmail.com.

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Clay Dugger is the host of The Con Cast, a podcast devoted to interviewing guests of various science fiction and fantasy conventions. Clay is also the host of He Said, She Said, part of The Chronic Rift Network, which he co-hosts with his wife Debby.

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