A collection of podcasts exploring the culture in pop culture. Our shows range from the general (flagship show The Chronic Rift) to the specific (The Batcave Podcast). We look at literature (Dead Kitchen Radio), movies (The Weekly Podioplex), family (Generations Geek), gaming (The Cardboard Jungle), and more.

John S. Drew and Michael Falkner meet to discuss Stranger Things, Flip the Table Podcast, Kubo and the Two Strings, and their picks for the new fall TV season.  In addition, they also talk about the limits of regional television programs and how it makes for odd distribution practices across television and streaming services.  The Chronic Rift airs live every Saturday morning on You Tube at 7AM EST, so make sure you check it out.

 

Take a moment to let us know what you think of the show in the comments here or by visiting our Facebook page.  A new email address will be along shortly, but you can use the contact feature here on the website to get in touch with us as well.

 

SHOW NOTES

4:25 - John brings Stranger Things to the Table

31:35 - British Invaders Promo

32:07 - Flash Pulp Podcast Promo

33:55 - John recommends listening to the Flip the Table Podcast

46:15 - Dan Persons returns with a review of Kubo and the Two Strings

1:00:40 - The Batcave Podcast Promo

1:01:40 - The Quantum Leap Podcast Promo

1:05:10 - Michael is looking forward to the new MacGyver series.

1:14:27 - John, as a teacher, is looking forward to seeing Still Star Crossed. 

1:22:10 - Michael also has high hopes for Star Trek: Discovery.  This leads to a discussion on the future of television distribution in an increasingly smaller world.

1:41:15 - John is intrigued by the time travel aspects of Timeless.

 

 

 

 

 

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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the bad guys took a box office turkey as the Suicide Squad continues to dominate the box office. If swords and sandals, gunner runners, and fantasy adventurers can't defeat the Squad, do Don't Breathe, Mechanic: Resurrection, or Hands of Stone stand a chance? 

 

This week is a big one for television on the home screen as The Walking Dead, Legends of Tomorrow, Castle, Elementary, and more make their way to disc. Add in a disc debut for Winter's War, a man-cub on digital, and a bowl of news in the Quick Flicks for dessert, and you have a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, only on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for August 23, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Don’t Breathe


Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Suicide Squad – [Third Week]
#2 – Sausage Party – [Second Week]
#3 – War Dogs – [New Release]
#4 – Kubo and the Two Strings – [New Release]
#5 – Pete’s Dragon – [-2]
#6 – Ben-Hur – [New Release]

#7 – Jason Bourne – [-3]
#8 – Bad Moms – [-3]
#9 – The Secret Life of Pets – [-3]
#10 – Florence Foster Jenkins – [-2]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – The Help
2006 – Invincible
1996 – The Island of Dr. Moreau
1986 – The Fly
1976 – The Shootist

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of August 26th, 2016

The box office premieres for August 26th are still trying to stop Harley and the gang, this time with a plate of R-rated fare, starting with this week’s headliner, 

Wide

Don’t Breathe – [R]

Mechanic: Resurrection – [R]

Hands of Stone – [R]

 

Limited

Blood Father – [R]
Complete Unknown – [R]

Southside with You – [PG-13]

The Sea of Trees – [PG-13]

Mia Madre – [R]
The Hollars – [PG-13]
The Intervention – [R]
In Order of Disappearance – [R]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of August 23rd, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

The Hunstman: Winter’s War – [PG-13]

Ratchet and Clank – [PG]

Roots – [NR]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

The Jungle Book – [PG]

The Duel – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

The Walking Dead: Season Six (2015)
Ash vs Evil Dead: Season One (2015)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season One (2015)
The Strain: Season Two (2015)
Castle: Season Eight (2015)
Elementary: Season Four (2015)
Scandal: Season Five (2015)
NCIS: Season Thirteen (2015)

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

The Woman in the Dunes (1964) – [NR]

 

Podcast Promos

 

The ScapeCast: The Scaper Chronicles

The ScapeCast is your guide to the wonders of Farscape. Join Karen, Lou, veteran Scapers, and newbies as they discuss each episode in detail on The Scaper Chronicles. Look up and share the wonders we've seen.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Suicide Squad
Blade Runner 2
The Flash meets The Top
Squirrel Girl the movie?
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Lost Boys come to television
An American Werewolf in London

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Send us an e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic RiftThe Weekly PodioplexDenise, 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

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Justin Case returns in an all new mystery.  Riding the success of his previous adventure, Justin finds himself invited to a high society dinner.  Where at first he seems to be dismissed as a curiosity, he is quickly looked upon to help in the solving of a murder of one of the guests.  Check out the other Justin Case mystery, "Murder On the Air" here in the network as well as the other great audio dramas produced by WCRS Radiostage as a service for the blind.

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Isis

"Fool's Dare"

September 13, 1975

 

Cindy Lee takes a dare to spend time in an abandoned junkyard.  But she's unaware of the danger that lies within.  And how is the junkyard connected to a car theft ring?  And why doesn't Andrea simply turn to Isis for help when her car is stolen?  These questions and more will be discussed on a new episode of the podcast.

John and Richard wind up being split on how they feel about this episode.  It's good, but is it as good as one of them feels?  Also, what were the producers thinking when they dressed Cindy Lee in the more child-like clothing?  And just how cool is Tut?  Take a listen and let us know what you think.

 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: "When someone dares you to do something, it's often either something dangerous or wrong to for some other reason.  So the question isn't whether you have the guts to do it or not, the question is do you have the nerve enough not to take the dare? Doing anything that you know is wrong is dumb, because you're the one who pays for it."

 

Guest Cast

Charles Cyphers as Sam Niles

Frank Whiteman as Cy Khan

Josh Albee as Ernie Rothchild

Jeff Tyler as Frank Iverson

Albert Reed as Dr. Joshua Barnes

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And for our next trick, we'll bring you a convention panel, an interview, and a discussion of a television shows you should be watching.  John S. Drew is joined by Michael Falkner (The Weekly Podioplex) and Krissy Myers and special guest, public relations specialist Sue Soares in our second live episode.  Don't forget you can always hear the show live and be part of the conversation by listening in on Saturday mornings from 7-9 EST on our You Tube channel.

 

Take a moment to let us know what you think of the show in the comments here or by visiting our Facebook page.  A new email address will be along shortly, but you can use the contact feature here on the website to get in touch with us as well.

 

Show Notes

2:50 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Panel with Keith DeCandido from DragonCon 2015

58:47 -  The Weekly Podioplex Promo

59:46 - Colorado Springs Comic Con Promo

1:02:30 - Sue Soares goes into more detail about Colorado Springs Comic Con

1:20:30 - Krissy talks about her initial reactions to watching Batman 66 for the first time in about 15 years.

1:39:39 - John starts up a conversation about watching shows long after the buzz has passed.

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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the bad guys kept the newbies at bay, but the Sausage Party and Pete's Dragon still performed well in their opening frames. Their days may be numbered as a sword-and-sandals epic gets a modern remake this week, and one has to wonder if Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad withstand Ben-Hur? 

 

This week also welcomes Denise Lhamon to The Chronic Rift family as joins the show and ushers in the return of the Quick Flicks. Add in some Angry Birds, the story of Raiders, Gotham, Once Upon a Time, and The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension, and you have a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, only on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for August 16, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Ben-Hur

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Suicide Squad – [Second Week]
#2 – Sausage Party – [New Release]
#3 – Pete’s Dragon – [New Release]
#4 – Jason Bourne – [-2]
#5 – Bad Moms – [-2]
#6 – The Secret Life of Pets – [-2]

#7 – Star Trek Beyond – [-2]
#8 – Florence Foster Jenkins – [New Release]
#9 – Nine Lives – [-3]
#10 – Lights Out – [-3]

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – The Help
2006 – Snakes on a Plane
1996 – Tin Cup
1986 – The Fly
1976 – Futureworld
 

Box Office Premieres for the week of August 19th, 2016

Wide

Ben-Hur – [PG-13]

Kubo and the Two Strings – [PG]

War Dogs – [R]

 

Limited

Morris from America – [R]
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World – [PG-13]

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV – [PG-13]

The People vs Fritz Bauer – [R]

A Tale of Love and Darkness – [PG-13]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of August 16th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

The Angry Birds Movie – [PG]

God’s Not Dead 2 – [PG]

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made – [NR]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Me Before You – [PG-13]

Our Last Tango – [NR]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Gotham: Season Two (2015)
Hell on Wheels: Season Five (2015)
Once Upon a Time: Season Five (2015)
The Vampire Diaries: Season Seven (2015)

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) – [PG]

 

Podcast Promos

 

Orphaned Entertainment

This monthly podcast will explore films, television, and radio, that have through time, been “orphaned” and fallen into the realm of the public domain. Diving through the vast online collections on websites like Archive.org it will rediscover these near forgotten pieces of entertainment history.

 

Quick Flicks

 

DC Comics and Marvel Studios news
Kenny Baker (1934-2016)

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Send us an e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic RiftThe Weekly PodioplexDenise, 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

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"Louie the Lilac"

Aired: October 26, 1967

Louie the Lilac wants to corner the flower market of Gotham City with the reasoning that if he does that, he can control the world.  It sounds like something similar to what Riddler and Penguin came up with a few weeks ago, but in watching the episode, one finds it kind of makes sense this time.  Also, John has stated he's not a fan of Milton Berle, but in discussing this episode, you'll see he actually appreciates Berle in the role of Louie.  So what is wrong with this episode?

Joining John to discuss the good and the bad of this story is author Jay Smith.  

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

 

Jay Smith is the creator and executive producer for the Parsec Award-winning audio drama series HG World.  Since 2009, Jay and his company of players and producers have been telling the story of survivors in the middle of a global zombie uprising.  Now in its third season, this "satellite" production has featured dozens of actors across four continents making it a production truly on a global scale.  Since its debut, episodes of HG World and its spin-off series, the Parsec finalist The Diary of Jill Woodbine and The Googies have been downloaded close to a million times. 

Inspired by the golden age of radio, Hidden Harbor Mysteries presents a story inspired by stylish pulp era radio adventures like The Shadow, Sam Spade, The Green Hornet, and I Love a Mystery. Performed by a stellar cast, Hidden Harbor hopes to integrate classic radio storytelling with some modern twists.  Jay draws from the work of Orson Welles, Arch Obelor and looks to modern audio dramatists like Douglas Adams and Dirk Maggs as inspiration to create a rich, realistic world of survival horror laced with dark comedy and compelling human drama.

Jay holds a BA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and is working on his Master of Fine Arts from Seton Hill University’s innovative Writing Popular Fiction program.  He attends and speaks at various science fiction and literary conventions about podcasting, writing, audio drama, and zombies.  HG World can be heard by subscribing through iTunes or visiting the show web site www.goodmorningsurvivors.com.

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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 apart of the Chronic Rift Network of podcasts.

Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles, and M.

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 The Chronic Rift comes to back life and in a new way!  Host John S. Drew is back at the helm along with The Weekly Podioplex host Michael Falkner to bring you a new episode recorded live on You Tube!  Each week, John and the Rift crew (including Rift Regulars  - Keith R.A. DeCandido and Krissy Myers) will be bringing you the latest news, reviews, and interviews with those who bring the culture to pop culture.  Join them on You Tube by subscribing to the channel and see how you can be part of the live experience.

 

This week, John and Michael discuss Colin Baker's time as Doctor Who, DragonCon, Sharknado, and a collection of Batman 66 themed podcasts you can listen to for the 50th anniversary of the classic TV series.  And being a live experience, there are going to be problems. Pulling back the curtain, you'll find the following:

  • The first six minutes were missing from the live broadcast as John forgot to actually hit the "On Air" and as a result, people didn't hear the first six minutes of the show.  

  • Plus, Michael's audio was not recorded in the backup recording.  So John went and edited the two audio recordings together to get the best podcast episode.  So in those first six minutes, it sounds like John is talking to himself.

 

Take a moment to let us know what you think of the show in the comments here or by visiting our Facebook page.  A new email address will be along shortly, but you can use the contact feature here on the website to get in touch with us as well.

 

Show Notes

6:00 - Are we live?

10:10 Colin Baker as The Doctor

16:05 - Michael talks about DragonCon 2016

24:05 - John thinks we may be seeing the end of Sharknado

36:57 - Generations Geek promo

38:06 - SciFi Diner Podcast promo

40:00 - John shares a collection of Batman 66 themed podcasts

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The Bionic Woman

"The Ghosthunter"

May 26, 1976

 

Jaime is sent to act as the governess of the daughter of an OSI scientist.  She must also ensure that the sensor device he is working on his not tampered with by any outside forces.  The wrinkle is the outside force appears to be the dead wife and mother of the two who is jealous of Jaime.

 

John is joined by The Bionic Book author, Herbie J. Pilato and writer/producer Joel Eisenberg to discuss this first season ending episode of The Bionic Woman.  In addition, John's special guest is Bionic Woman creator and co-writer of the episode, Kenneth Johnson.  The two discuss the episode as well as Kenny's history as a producer and writer that lead up to The Bionic Woman.

 

In addition, John offers a little historical and pop culture perspective of the day this episode aired.  Make sure you let us know what you think of the episode by writing director@theosifiles.com. 

 

 

OUR GUEST FOR THIS EPISODE

  

With his start as a producer of The Mike Douglas Show, Kenneth Johnson has had a long, impressive career as a producer, director, writer, and creator of many iconic television and movie characters.  From his "The Secret of Bigfoot" episode of The Six Million Dollar Manto his movies such as Steel and Short Circuit 2, Kenny has captured the imagination of many fans of genre television in a way that goes beyond the traditional storytelling process.  You can learn more about Kenny and his works by visiting his home page and by writing him.  (He really does reply.)

 

 

OUR BIONIC OPERATIVES FOR THIS EPISODE

 

 

 

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