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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, Sully's still strong as the newbies all fall short. The next group of contenders for the crown are magnificent, including Storks and the remake of the Magnificent Seven. Can an animated comedy or a western succeed where the Blair Witch, Bridget Jones, and Snowden could not?

 

Moving to home entertainment, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back, as are the Neighbors and the Free State of Jones. Digital video brings the Purge and a new look at the legend of Tarzan, and television rings up an idiosyncratic mystery tale in Twin Peaks. Finally, the classics celebrate an eigthieth birthday with a thirtieth anniversary.

 

Add in your weekly news with the Quick Flicks, and you have a brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, exclusively on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for September 20, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Magnificent Seven

 

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Sully – [Second Week]
#2 – Blair Witch – [New Release]
#3 – Bridget Jones’s Baby – [New Release]
#4 – Snowden – [New Release]
#5 – Don’t Breathe – [-2]
#6 – When the Bough Breaks – [-4]

#7 – Suicide Squad – [-3]
#8 – The Wild Life – [-3]
#9 – Kubo and the Two Strings – [-3]
#10 – Pete’s Dragon – [-3]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – The Lion King (in 3D)
2006 – Jackass Number Two
1996 – The First Wives Club
1986 – Top Gun
1976 – The Front

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of September 23rd, 2016

Wide

The Magnificent Seven – [PG-13]

Storks – [PG]

 

Limited

Queen of Katwe – [PG]
The Dressmaker – [R]

Goat – [R]

The Lovers and the Despot – [NR]

My Blind Brother – [R]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of September 20th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – [PG-13]

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – [R]

Free State of Jones – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

The Purge: Election Year – [R]

The Legend of Tarzan – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Twin Peaks: The Original Series, Fire Walk With Me, and The Missing Pieces (1990-1992)
The Originals: Season Three (2015)
Modern Family: Season Seven (2015)
2 Broke Girls: Season Five (2015)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

Labyrinth (1986) – [PG]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

The Anomaly Podcast

Welcome to Anomaly Geek Girl Podcasts and Blog.  Articles and episodes feature topics such as: Sci Fi and Fantasy books, games, movies & television shows, costuming & cosplay, conventions, theatre & general geek culture. There’s a little something here for the geek in every one.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

The Kingpin may be returning to Daredevil
Star Wars: Rogue One changes composers
Harley Quinn DCU spinoff film
Star Trek: Discovery pushed back to May 2017
Indiana Jones animated fan film

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

Direct download: Podioplex092016.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 8:24am EDT
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"Surf''s Up, Joker's Under"

Aired November 16, 1967

 

The Joker plans to become king of the surf by winning the championships at Gotham Point.  Didn't know he could surf, did you?  Well he can, thanks to the reverseramator, he's been able to steal the surfing ability of champion surfer Skip Parker.  It's all part of Joker's scheme to control the minds of the surfing community and in time, the world.  We've seen a similar theme this season with the Riddler, the Penguin, and even Louie the Lilac and this one is the most outlandish - but it works.

 

Joining John to discuss this episode is Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension website.  In fact, Dan will argue that this may be one of the best episodes, not only of the third season, but of the entire series itself.  Take a listen and let us know what you think.

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

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_56.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT
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"GIVE EM ENOUGH ROPE"

AIRED: SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

An insurance racket has been operating in the city.  The Hornet looks into the operation when an informant of Mike Axford's is killed as he's about to speak with Axford.  Not only does the Hornet have a lot to deal with in this episode, but so does Britt as he must deal with the lawyer of the man Axford accuses in the pages of the Sentinel of running the insurance ring.

John and Jim have a lot to discuss what with the lame method of roping and killing the intended victims of the racketeers, the ethics of Britt having lunch with the lawyer of the alleged racketeer, and the fact that Miss Case has not been used to her full potential yet.  Let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_002.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 9:03pm EDT
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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, we return to the podcasting airwaves as Tom Hanks returns to the number one position with the story of Sully and the Miracle on the Hudson. Coming up against the airline captain are sequels and real world drama including Bridget Jones, the Blair Witch, and Edward Snowden.

 

Moving to home entertainment, Marvel declares Civil War, the Warrens return to the Conjuring, and a shark terrorizes Blake Lively in The Shallows. Television gets a Big Bang, a trip to Longmire, and a visit from Madam Secretary. We wrap that section with a look back on Stand By Me and the Transformers. Add in a bit of news about a certain fedora-clad archeologist and an unofficial fan film, and you have a brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, exclusively on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for September 13, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Bridget Jones’s Baby

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Sully – [New Release]
#2 – When the Bough Breaks – [New Release]
#3 – Don’t Breathe – [-2]
#4 – Suicide Squad – [-2]
#5 – The Wild Life – [New Release]
#6 – Kubo and the Two Strings – [-3]

#7 – Pete’s Dragon – [-3]
#8 – Bad Moms – [-1]
#9 – Hell or High Water – [Even]
#10 – Sausage Party – [-5]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – The Lion King (in 3D)
2006 – Gridiron Gang
1996 – Maximum Risk
1986 – Stand by Me
1976 – The Shootist

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of September 16th, 2016

Wide

Bridget Jones’s Baby – [R]

Blair Witch – [R]

Snowden – [R]

Hillsong: Let Hope Rise – [PG]

 

Limited

Wild Oats – [PG-13]
Silicon Cowboys – [NR]

Miss Stevens – [NR]

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years – [NR]

The Good Neighbor – [NR]
 

Home Entertainment for the week of September 13th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Captain America: Civil War – [PG-13]

The Conjuring 2 – [R]

Marauders – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

The Shallows – [PG-13]

Central Intelligence – [PG-13]

Warcraft – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

The Big Bang Theory: Season Nine (2015)
Longmire: Season Four (2015)
Madam Secretary: Season Two (2015)

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

Stand By Me (1986) – [R]

Transformers: The Movie (1986) – [PG]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Flash Pulp

Flash Pulp is an experiment in broadcasting fresh pulp stories in the modern age – 3 to 10 minutes, brought to you Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Animated Indiana Jones fan film

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Send us an e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic Rift, The Weekly Podioplex, Denise, and Michael
Listen on Stitcher Radio

Leave a review on iTunes:  The Chronic Rift

Shop the Rift’s Best Bets or search our Amazon Store. 

 

Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

Direct download: Podioplex091316.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 5:00am EDT
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"Charlie X"
Aired: September 15, 1966

The Enterprise takes on the lone survivor of a crashed transport ship.  The young teen struggles with being among so many people and learning how to behave.  But he is struggling with something else as well, something that could threaten all of humanity if he's not stopped.

John and Krissy have a great deal to say about this episode, one they feel would have made a better first episode to premiere the series as it has the action and yet the intellectual beats we expect in an episode of Star Trek.  Do you agree with our assessment?  Leave your thoughts on the episode here.

Direct download: Guardian_of_Forever_002.mp3
Category:Guardian of Forever Podcast -- posted at: 5:00am EDT
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Author Michael Giorgio crafts a story about a couple looking to get away from the city and begin a new life.  They stumble upon the welcoming town of Havencroft and are warmly welcomed.  But what lies beneath the surface of this idyllic town?  What is "Havencroft's Secret"?

Direct download: Rstage17_havencroftsSecret.mp3
Category:WCRS Radio Stage -- posted at: 5:00am EDT
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Shazam!

"Fool's Gold"

September 20, 1975

 

An old gold prospector is tormented by a group of young boys in the mountains near his claim.  But when he's trapped within his mine, will they do the right thing and save him in time?

 

Actor Michael Gray returns to the podcast to discuss another favorite of his from the Shazam! series.  This episode marks the final appearance of Jackson Bostwick in the role of Captain Marvel.  In addition to discussing the episode, Michael also talks about the accident that brought about Jackson's departure, the bonus feature he appears in on the Archer sixth season DVD set, and the possibility of his appearing on Dancing with the Stars.

 

 It's all here and we want to hear from you on what you think of the episode.  Write us as ShazamIsisPodcast@gmail.com.

 

Moral: “There are some things even more precious than gold, things like respect and understanding. Respect means more than being polite. It means knowing we've learned from each other. There's a lot we can learn, if we only listen."

 

Guest Cast

Dabbs Greer as Seldom Seen Slim

Michael LeClair as Jimmy

Radames Pera as Rafael

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_26.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 5:00am EDT
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The Hornet's Sting Podcast: 001 -

"THE SILENT GUN"

AIRED: SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

A new weapon that can be fired silenty has fallen into the hands of one of the city's most powerful gangsters and it's up to the Green Hornet and Kato to retrieve it before things get out of control.  John is joined in this new 50th anniversary podcast celebration by Gotham City 14 Miles editor Jim Beard.  Together, they discuss how this didn't feel like the first episode shot and the similarities the show has to Batman.  They are split though on how good the show is.  Take a listen and find out how it fares with the two.

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_001.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 5:00am EDT
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John and Krissy are joined by the wonderful Billy Flynn of Geek Radio Daily in the first hour of the podcast.  They talk about Stranger Things, The Tick, British actors affecting American accents, Match Game 2016 and the whole game show revival and more.  In the second hour, the three are joined by writer/editor Jim Beard to discuss the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.  

Some questions discussed include:

- Do we fetishize Star Trek to the point where we miss the point of it? (with thanks to Dan Persons for his commentary)

- Is it fair that Star Trek, the original series, is sharing the celebration with all the other versions of the Star Trek series?

 - Which kind of Star Trek works best?

 

Show Notes

4:55 - Billy Flynn feels that Stranger Things is a great homage to 80s Stephen King.

 

16:38 - John is hoping that people will vote for The Tick as Amazon's next produced series.


27:00 - Krissy recounts her meeting and having a conversation with Charlie Cox of Daredevil.

 

32:22 - A discussion of ABC's Sunday night game shows and how things have changed and in many respects have remained the same occurs.

 

48:39 - Krissy plugs a Kickstarter - All the Places You'll Boldly Go - by David Gerrold and Ty Templeton.

 

53:25 - Dan Persons offers his thoughts on the 50th anniversary which leads into our discussion in the next hour.

 

1:00:27 - Geek Radio Daily Podcast Promo

 

1:00:57 - M*A*S*H 4077 Podcast Promo

 

1:02:20 - Jim Beard joins the gang to discuss the 50th anniversary of Star Trek

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_005.mp3
Category:Guardian of Forever Podcast -- posted at: 10:30am EDT
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SciFi Diner Podcast 277 – Our Interview with Voice Actors Richard Epcar & Ellyn Stern (Bleach and Ghost in the Shell)

 

Please call the listener line at 1(260) 577-2428, Email us at scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com or visit us on Twitter @scifidiner. Facebook Fan Page. And check out our YouTube channel. We are a part of the Chronic Rift Network of podcasts.

Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and T.

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