Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: I ORIGINS/MOOD INDIGO


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This past weekend was just chock full of magical, whimsical women breaking studious, guarded men out of their cocoons. No, not SEX TAPE — I have no idea about how that plot plays out and, besides, that’s not genre. But otherwise, for all their divergent approaches to the material, both I ORIGINS and MOOD INDIGO incorporate the same base theme. After that, of course, anything goes: I ORIGINS continues director Mike Cahill’s ongoing exploration of humanity’s interconnectedness through the tale of a dedicated, eye-obsessed scientist (Mike Cahill) having his adherence to objective reasoning challenged by the mystical outlook of an exotic model (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) with equally exotic eyeballs; while MOOD INDIGO lets director Michel Gondry explore the artificiality of certain, idealized brands of French romance through the story of how the wacky life of an eccentric inventor (Romain Duris) is overthrown when the health of his wife (Audrey Tatou) is threatened.

Another way to distinguish these films: They aren’t equally successful in their goals. To find out how they fare, click on the player to hear my review for Jim Freund’s HOUR OF THE WOLF.





The “Fixer” is in! VINCENT GONZALES, 2nd A.D. on THE WALKING DEAD (Season 2-3) joins us for a chat about what it takes to make an apocalypse! From Norman Reedus’ motorcycle to Andrew Lincoln’s door-opening technique – not to mention gallons of blood – the man that began his journey on the show the day Sophia came out of the barn talks about the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of taking on the Walkers…and making sure they stay in line!

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

Additional Music: “We Are the Walkers” by R. Peña.

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The Dan & Travis Show: Episode 035 - The Searle/McKeller Equation, Classic News, Plus, a Little Rumpsuttle and Clapperdepouch


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.

The Wonder Years! Farts! Classic Clips! Fadoodling! It's a new Dan & Travis Show. Check out all the fun of past episodes by visiting them on the web.


  • In the Mail……Sac, Dan’s mom derives Dan: The Man in record time
  • Travis discusses wanting to “solve Winnie Cooper’s equation” (nobody nothing what? don’t read that part Elisa) and we catch up with the rest of The Wonder Years cast
  • Impossible Travia – THEME: THE WONDER YEARS



  • The Pirate Ship News with Travis! Belgium, Thailand, and India
  • Also, The Pirate Ship News with Travis (SSDD Version)! Not Thailand, not Thailand, and even less Thailand!



  • Would Mahoney be proud or disappointed?
  • A part of farts to help with trouble in the heart (and with cancer, and other stuff too!)
  • In other fart news, man wants to fart in France’s general direction



  • Dan: The Man – (HINT: First name of the person rhymes with CAN)
  • Ye Olde Sex Slang – talk about mucking the pumper!
  • Queen drummer gives Rolling Stone the whatfor and how!


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Generations Geek: Episode 23 - The War of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS


Episode 23, The War of The War of the Worlds

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter discuss several adaptations of the classic H. G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds, including the 1938 radio version, the 1953 movie, the 2005 remake, the 1978 musical version, the 1988 TV series, and a few movie versions you really don’t need to see.


Intro :30

Orson Welles’ 1938 Radio Show 1:12

Byron Haskin’s 1953 Movie 7:07

Steven Spielberg’s 2005 Movie 18:25

Comparing ’38, ’53, and ’05 34:45

Jeff Wayne’s 1978 Musical Version 35:45

The 1988 TV Series 38:29

The Unfortunate Adaptations 40:03

Dream Adaptations 43:21

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SciFi Diner Podcast: Ep. 216 - A Guardians of the Galaxy Sneak Peek

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Trivia: Luke Skywalker's uncle Owen has just purchased two droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO. Luke has been assigned to clean and maintain them. In the process of working on R2-D2, Luke discovers that his 'little friend' is carrying a secret message, delivered by a beautiful holographic woman. When Luke asks C-3PO if he recognizes this woman, does C-3PO specifically identify her?

Guardians of the Galaxy is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the tenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman, and features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are on the run after stealing a coveted orb.

Producer Kevin Feige first publicly mentioned Guardians of the Galaxy as a potential film in 2010, and Marvel Studios announced that the film was in active development at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012. Gunn was hired to write and direct the film that September. In February 2013, Pratt was hired to play Peter Quill / Star-Lord, and the supporting cast was filled out over the next several months. Filming began in July 2013 at Shepperton Studios, England with filming continuing in London before wrapping up in October 2013. Post-production completed on July 7, 2014. The film is scheduled to be released on August 1, 2014 in the United States, and will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Cyborgs - A Bionic Podcast: Critical Assignment - The Bionic Woman Season 4 Writer Brandon Jerwa


John and Paul have been given a new Critical Assignment.  With the success of The Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 by Dynamite Comics, it stood to reason that a The Bionic Woman Season 4 comic would follow.  But as most bionic fans know, The Bionic Woman does not usually feature the same kind of story telling as her male counterpart.  Dynamite's previous attempt at a Bionic Woman comic was less than stellar.  Is it possible they can get it right by using the original source material?  Writer Brandon Jerwa has been tapped for the assignment and he sits down with John and Paul to discuss what he feels it will take to make The Bionic Woman a successful comic for both the fans of the series and the general comic book reader.

00:00 - Show introduction

03:00 - Bionic Renaissance

04:10 - Brandon Introduction

08:00 - "Where you a fan of Six Million Dollar Man & Bionic Woman?"

12:45 - Viewing the Differences Between the Two Bionic Shows and Characters

19:55 - Announcing The Six Million Dollar Man Season 6

21:30 - Where Dynamite's First Bionic Woman Went Wrong

23:25 - Picking Up Where "On the Run" Left Off

25:55 - An "All Ages" Comic

29:00 - Dialogue That Sums Up Jaime Sommers

31:25 - How Brandon Got the Gig

35:20 - Brandon Will Come Back If We're Not Satisfied

35:55 - Who From the Series Will We See?

37:10 - "Will We See the Coach House?"

38:35 - "Where Does the Story Take Place in Relation to Six Million Dollar Man Season 6?"

40:10 - Likenesses of the Characters

44:45 - Brandon's Documentary and the Prism Award

53:45 - Brandon on the Web

55:20 - Sign Off

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Brandon Jerwa is a writer, musician, and recently, a documentarian. He's been writing comics for over 10 years - and is no stranger to licensed tie-in storytelling. In 2003 he broke into the industry - literally - as a fan, submitting a GI JOE script to DEVILS DUE COMICS who was publishing the title at the time. They liked it, hired him to write the story for A G.I. Joe anthology and then gave him the main book to write a few months later. He even had a GI JOE action figure made in his likeness!

In 2006 Brandon went to work for Dynamite Comics, doing a stint on their HIGHLANDER tie-in before enjoying a very popular run on their BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA tie-in 2007.

Since then he's written for more high-profile comics publishers like IMAGE COMICS, VERTIGO and DC Comics.

In 2011 Brandon ventured into documentary filmmaking with an ambitious peak into the world of comic books and telling the stories of the people who make them. We'll talk more about that later on.

In 2012 Brandon’s work on the Graphic Novel SHOOTERS about a Post-9-11 IRAQI War veteran WON a PRISM AWARD recognizing the comic’s accurate depiction of mental illness.

Brandon is no stranger to podcasting, you can hear him DAILY on BJ SHEA'S GEEK NATION PODCAST which covers all things geeky in NEWS, TV, MOVIES, COMICS.

On JUNE 15th of 2014, based on the success of their SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN SEASON SIX title (by James Kuhoric), Dynamite revealed to BLEEDING that they would be releasing a BIONIC WOMAN SEASON FOUR title in SEPTEMBER. Written by Brandon Jerwa, art by David T. Cabrera and a cover for issue one by Sean Chen along with a photo cover of series star Lindsay Wagner. We'll get to Chen's cover in a moment, too.

In that brief news item, Brandon is quoted saying, “If you’ve never seen the show, or haven’t read James Kuhoric’s Six Million Dollar Man comic, you’re still totally fine, longtime fans won’t be left out in the cold, though. The Bionic Woman: Season Four is a continuation of the classic TV series, so I’m definitely treating it as such in terms of continuity and thematic carry-through.”


The Batcave Podcast: Episode 19 - Shoot a Crooked Arrow/Walk the Straight and Narrow


The second season of Batman 66 kicks off with a new villain.  The Archer, a self-styled Robin Hood thief is robbing from the rich of Gotham City and distributing to the poor.  Although the citizens are returning the money, they can't help but cheer for his exploits and it's affecting Batman's public image.  Can he stop this malevolent marksman before it's too late?

Joining John to discuss this debut episode of the second season is author Kevin Dilmore.  In addition to discussing the episode, as a representative of Hallmark, Kevin discusses the release of Batman related merchandise including this year's Christmas ornament.


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KEVIN DILMORE has been getting his geek on for a good while now.

A journalist for more than 25 years, he enjoyed an eight-year run as a contributing writer to Star Trek Communicator, writing news and feature stories for the bimonthly publication of the Official Star Trek Fan Club. He also has contributed to publications including the Village Voice, Amazing Stories, Hallmark and Star Trek magazines as well as web sites including and Star

Teaming with writing partner and heterosexual life mate Dayton Ward since 2001, he has co-written novels and shorter fiction based on television shows including “Star Trek,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The 4400.” The pair has put more than 1 million words into print together. Their most recent novel, Point of Divergence, is the second in the Star Trek: Seekers series and will be published in September by Pocket Books.

On his own, Kevin recently has contributed a story to Native Lands, the latest ReDeus anthology published by Crazy 8 Press, and essays in Hey Kids, Comics! also by Crazy 8 Press, and New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics published by Sequart.

By day, Kevin works as a senior writer for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo., doing about everything from writing greeting cards to assisting in product development including pop culture-themed Keepsake Ornaments. His children's books for Hallmark Gift Books include the Cosmic Ray series, Superdad and His Daring Dadventures, and a series of Batman books to be published this fall.

In May, a short film written by Kevin, “Outside of Town,” was selected for screening in the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival.

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Kevin lives in Overland Park, Kansas. Keep up with his shameful behavior and latest projects on Facebook.


Presenting the Transcription Feature: ABBOTT & COSTELLO/HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL


We start off this installment of Presenting the Transcription Feature with The Abbott and Costello Show.  It’s time for Lou to pay his income taxes, and he finds himself up to his ears in financial advice.  When he learns that he won’t have to pay anything if he doesn’t earn any more income for a week,  he’s suddenly awash in unwanted money. Then, on Have Gun -- Will Travel, the tables get turned when Paladin is hauled in by a bounty hunter.



The Abbot and Costello Show

“Income Tax Troubles”
March 6, 1947

Have Gun Will Travel
“Bounty Hunter"
August 21 1960

The Weekly Podioplex: July 22, 2014


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues to dominate the box office, but a trio of new films premiering this Friday offers some stiff competition.  There's this, DVD releases, movie news and more on a new The Weekly Podioplex.

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The Chronic Rift In Review: I am the Master and You Will Obey Me!


The In Review gang are back after a long hiatus with an all new episode looking to find that culture in pop culture.  Keith has a new Kickstarter, Krissy's excited by new movies to DVD, and Mike's got his blog up and running with his ongoing thoughts on Doctor Who.  Plus, John is the Master, or rather he has a Masters now.  There's this and a whole lot more so listen in and laugh with us.

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Segment One: Bringing it to the Table

1:20 - John is the Master?

3:00 - Keith is running a new Kickstarter campaign to write a story set in his Dragon Precinct universe and he'd like you to help. Click the link to direct you to the site.

6:35 - Krissy is excited by the DVD releases of Jodorowsky's Dune and the Criterion release of Scanners.  Click the images to get your copy of these great films via Amazon and help support the podcast.

12:18 - Finally, Mike is watching Doctor Who from its origins in 1963 on and recording his thoughts in his blog.  Take a look and see if you agree with his assessment. In the course of the discussion, John mentions an animated version of a Doctor-less Doctor Who episode, "Mission to the Unknown".  Take a look at this little gem that is full of awesome.

Doctor Who - Mission To The Unknown - Levine... by MTTU

21:10 - Promo for the Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast.

22:07 - Promo for the Dead Kitchen Radio.


Segment Two: Reviews

23:05 - Nicolas Brendan in a movie of substance? This discussion was triggered by Dan Persons' review of the movie Coherence.  Plus, Dan looks at the latest IDW Star Trek comic and compares it with the most recent Star Trek Continues fan production.  Pick up your copy of Star Trek: New Visions by clicking on the image.  Hear Dan review movies for WBAI's Hour of the Wolf.

33:36 - John presents some of the better TV podcasts that actually deal with television.  He includes Mission Log: A Roddenberry Podcast, Bigger on the Inside, The M*A*S*H 4077 Podcast, The Quantum Leap Podcast, and The seaQuest Podcast.

42:15 - Keith offers his thoughts on a plethora of television shows he's catching up on.  These shows include Dominion, Fargo, Justified, Rake, Killer Women, Murder in the First, and Sirens.  This leads to a discussion of television shows that one is jumping on long after the show has moved on to Netflix and Hulu heaven.

54:50 - Promo for the Generations Geek Podcast.

55:41 - Promo for The Weekly Podioplex Podcast.

Segment Three: Pop Tops

57:00 - We discuss:


The Cardboard Jungle: Episode 38 - Prose and Cons

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Anthony and Paul welcome author, blogger and photographer Scott King to the third chair to talk boardgames and to give convention tips.
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Watching the Skies: From "Who Goes There?" to THE THING - Episode 5


I am Clay Dugger, The Podcast Cowboy, and I want to welcome you to the fifth episode of Watching the Skies:From “Who Goes There?” to “The Thing”.

This five episode mini-series will explore “Who Goes There?”, the wonderful story by John W. Campbell, Jr., and all the great entertainment that it has spawned.

In this episode, I am joined by my new friend, author Peter Watts. He and I discuss his short story, Hugo Award nominated “The Things”.

Peter is the author of 5 novels and various short stories and collections. He is also a Marine Mammal Biologist.

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Peter Watts is generally a lot more optimistic than you might expect, considering.

He has spent much of his adult life trying to decide whether to be a writer or a scientist, ending up as a marginal hybrid of both. He's won a handful of awards in fields as diverse as marine mammal science, video documentary, and science fiction. These accolades have not gone to his head since they never involved a lot of cash.

He spent ten years getting a bunch of degrees in the ecophysiology of marine mammals (how's that for unbridled optimism), and another ten trying make a living on those qualifications without becoming a whore for special-interest groups. This proved somewhat tougher that it looked; throughout the nineties he was paid by the animal welfare movement to defend marine mammals; by the US fishing industry to sell them out; and by the Canadian government to ignore them. He eventually decided that since he was fictionalising science anyway, he might as well add some characters and plot and try selling to a wider market than the Journal of Theoretical Biology.

His success has been, shall we say, mixed. His first novel, Starfish, netted a "Notable Book of the Year" nod from the New York Times, an honorable mention for John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and rejections from both German and Russian publishing houses on the grounds that it was "too dark". (Being considered too dark for the Russians remains one of Watts's proudest accomplishments, although he remains puzzled by the translation of his book into Italian.) This also marked the beginning of a diffuse cult following of angst-ridden blogging teenaged girls who identified with Starfish's central character.

Starfish was universally praised for its evocation of the deep-sea environment; the applause for its rendering of the surface world was somewhat more muted. The sequel, Maelstrom (2001, Tor), takes place almost entirely on land: it therefore avoids the elements that readers most loved about the first book, replacing them with a sprawling entropic dystopia in which Sylvia Plath might have felt at home, if Sylvia Plath had had a graduate degree in evolutionary biology. The critical response was generally as positive as it was for Starfish, which may come as a surprize to those who've noted a virtual absence of laudatory quotes on the paperback edition (someone fucked up in Production); both books received starred reviews from Booklist, and Maelstrom may mark the first time that the NY Times used the terms "exhilarating" and "deeply paranoid" to describe the same novel. Maelstrom's release did, however, mark the end of a diffuse cult following of angst-ridden blogging teenage girls who identified with Starfish's central character.

Behemoth, the concluding volume of what had inadvertently become the "Rifters Trilogy", was released by Tor Books in two volumes for industrial-policy reasons that Watts understands even though he still thinks they suck the one-eyed purple trouser eel. Even bisected, and notwithstanding a certain inevitable sense of been-there-done-that, Behemoth garnered a fair bit of critical praise (another NYT rave, starred review from Publisher's Weekly— just check out the damn blurbs page), although more squeamish reviewers grumbled that Watts had gone too far with this whole sexual sadism thing. Commercially, it tanked.

Watts' latest book, Blindsight (Tor 2006) might be best described as a literary first-contact novel exploring the nature and evolutionary significance of consciousness, with space vampires. Astonishingly, and against all expectations, it did not tank. In fact it survived rejection from half a dozen publishers, a miniscule initial print run, zero preorders from one of the continent's largest book retail chains, an absence of relevant blurbs on an otherwise questionable cover design, and a suicidal Hail-Mary act of desperation in which its author gave the whole thing away for free online under a Creative Commons license. As of this writing Blindsight is in its fourth hardcover printing, is being translated into several languages (including— at long last— German and Russian), and made the final ballot for the Hugo, John W. Campbell, Sunburst, Locus, and Aurora awards, winning exactly zero of them.

A collection of Watts's short fiction is available in obscure magazines and anthologies or bundled together into a thick pamphlet called Ten Monkeys, Ten Minutes, from Edge/Tesseract Books.



Anthony C. Ferrante, the man at the eye of the SHARKNADO storm (like a doll’s eye), joins us for a whirlwind G2V EXCLUSIVE interview that looks at the SHARKNADO phenomenon, the making of the first movie and the sequel SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE (debuting on the Syfy channel July 30!), the musical contributions to the franchise from the band Quint, and his career as film maker and storyteller. Embrace the ‘Nado with The G2V Guys in this episode, hear some of the music from the new film, and watch out – there’s a storm coming!

Music from Quint – Courtesy of Anthony C. Ferrante

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Sharknado 2: The Second One (Official Trailer)

(The Ballad of) Sharknado – Quint (Music Video)

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The Batcave Podcast: From the Files of the Batcomputer 03 - First Season Overview and Lego Ideas Batmobile 66 Designer Sam Gras


We come to the penultimate episode in our weekly run of podcasts between seasons one and two of the Batman 66 series with a look back at the first season.  John quickly reviews the first season of episodes, what worked and what didn't (which was very few as it was a strong season).  He then interviews Sam Gras.  Sam has submitted a Lego design of the 66 Batmobile for consideration and needs your help to make it a reality.  Listen to the interview to learn more.

Click on the link to cast your vote to make this sweet Lego ride a reality.  Remember, you have to sign up for a free account, but when you see the other projects you can vote for there, you'll be more than happy to do it.

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Father, Cosplayer, all around Geek - Sam Gras, the original Bat-dad, and his daughter "Robin" are the Dynamic Duo.

Sam is a lifelong Batman fan and loves sharing this passions with his four year-old daughter . As an accomplished Cosplayer, Sam's builds have always incorporated his daughter's needs and ideas. His creativity and ingenuity were recognized at the 2013 NYCC when his Soundwave costume was awarded 'Most Difficult Costume' and voted Fan Favorite in the AOL competition. His latest project, the 1966 LEGO Batmobile, was inspired by his daughter's desire for a Batmobile in which Robin and Batman could ride side-by-side. He is currently gathering supporters in hopes that Lego will make his daughter's dream come true.

The CFQ Interview: RIGOR MORTIS Director Juno Mak


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Even in the anything-to-get-your-adrenaline-pumping world of Hong Kong cinema, RIGOR MORTIS stands out. The story of a famous actor, Chin Siu-Ho (played by actual famous actor Chin Siu-Ho — your heard us), who has to contend with a seedy apartment building whose walls reverberate with echoes of his most famous film, the hopping vampire horror-comedy MR. VAMPIRE — including mysterious spirits, a mystical warrior-cum-resterateur (played by MR. VAMPIRE cast-mate Anthony “Friend” Chan), and, yes, a hopping vampire — the film plays as both a tribute to, and a dark and dizzyingly intense reimagining of, a beloved sub-genre. Director Juno Mak makes his feature film debut with this visually stunning, shockingly violent, and at times surprisingly moving, effort, and we were eager to discuss the roots of the project in the legendary MR. VAMPIRE franchise, and the challenges of creating this effects-laden feast. Click on the player to hear the show.

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