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Deadpool continues to reign at the box office, but perhaps this weekend's fare will bring it down.  Michael Falkner has the weekend movie releases, new TV on DVD and more on a new Weekly Podioplex.
 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for February 23, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Eddie the Eagle

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Deadpool [Second Week]
#2 – Kung Fu Panda 3 [Even]
#3 – Risen
#4 – The Witch
#5 – How to Be Single [-2]
#6 – Race

#7 – Zoolander 2 [-3]
#8 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens [-1]
#9 – The Revenant [-4]
#10 – Hail, Caesar! [-4]

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – Hall Pass
2006 – Madea’s Family Reunion
1996 – Rumble in the Bronx
1986 – Down and Out in Beverly Hills
1976 – Taxi Driver


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

Wide

Eddie the Eagle – [PG-13]

Gods of Egypt – [PG-13]

Triple 9 – [R]

 

Limited

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny – [PG-13]
Tere Bin Laden Dead or Alive – [NR]

The Last Man on the Moon – [NR]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of February 23rd, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

The Good Dinosaur – [PG]

Spotlight – [R]

Extraction – [R]

Diablo – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song (2015)

Fargo: Season Two (2015)

Warehouse 13: The Complete Series (2009-2014)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

The Big Sleep (1946) – [Approved]

Key Largo (1948) – [UR]

The Graduate (1967) – [Approved]

 

Podcast Promos

 

Remake This Movie RIGHT

“Remake This Movie RIGHT!” is a bi-weekly podcast where we take a classic film that is actively being remade by Hollywood studio execs, and craft our own version of how a modern retelling should go. Does the story need updating? Should characters or motives be tweaked? Do we need more muppets? We take all factors into account, concoct our film, and then offer a Final Pitch to you in movie trailer form. By the end of each episode, we will Remake This Movie RIGHT!

 

Quick Flicks

 

None

Links

 

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

 

Direct download: Podioplex022316.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT
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It's a delayed episode of the Podioplex as Deadpool continues its reign at the top of the box office.  Plus, Michael Falkner's got new movie news.
 
 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for February 16, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Race


Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Deadpool [New Records]
#2 – Kung Fu Panda 3 [-1]
#3 – How to Be Single
#4 – Zoolander 2
#5 – The Revenant [-1]
#6 – Hail, Caesar! [-4]

#7 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens [-4]
#8 – The Choice [-3]
#9 – Ride Along 2 [-1]
#10 – The Boy [-1]

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – Unknown
2006 – Eight Below
1996 – Broken Arrow
1986 – Down and Out in Beverly Hills
1976 – Taxi Driver

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

Wide

Race – [PG-13]

Risen – [PG-13]

The Witch – [R]

 

Limited

Embrace of the Serpent – [NR]
Busci novio para mi mujer – [PG-13]

Neerja – [NR]

Rolling Papers – [NR]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of February 16th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Steve Jobs – [R]

Trumbo – [R]

The 33 – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Girls: Season Four (2015)

Family Matters: Season Five (1993)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

The Kid (1921) – [NR]

 

Podcast Promos

 

Earth Station Who

Earth Station Who is a show dedicated to the culture around the BBC icon Doctor Who. Join Mike F, Mike G, Mary, and Jennifer as we explore the 50 year history and fandom surrounding the Doctor With reviews, interviews and just general talk you never know WHO might pop up.

 

Quick Flicks

 

Minor notes: Star Wars, the X-Men films, and Deadpool's R rating.

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Leave voicemail toll-free: (844) 674-3453
Send e-mail
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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

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Podioplex021616.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 9:41pm EDT
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We pay another visit to the Old Curiosity Shop.  This time around, a frustrated reader, tired of the mass market offerings of large publishing corporations turns to the Old Curator, looking for a book that wasn't written by committee.  The book he winds up with really draws him into the tale.  if you're enjoying this series, please let us know by visiting our website - chronicrift.com or our Facebook page.

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“The Romance of the Ranchos” was one of the more unusual series to be broadcast during the Golden Age of Radio. Sponsored by the Title Insurance and Trust Company of Los Angeles, each episode traced the history of a certain district of Southern California from the days of the Ranchos – when everything was still owned by Spain and Mexico in the 1700s – up to then-contemporary times, the 1940s.  Through a series of vivid historical vignettes, listeners would hear how these areas changed and grew to become well-known cities and neighborhoods.  This episode centers on the discovery of the La Brea Tar Pits, that bubbling pool of crude oil where mastodon and saber-toothed tiger bones were found at the start of the 20th Century.  Then Groucho Marx returns in another episode of the greatest comedy radio quiz show of all time, “You Bet Your Life.”  You’re sure to enjoy not only Groucho’s bon mots, but the true story of Bob von Kuznick, whose adventures in the Korean War amaze to this day.

 

Episodes

 

Romance of the Ranchos

“Rancho La Brea”

April 19, 1942

5:15

 

You Bet Your Life

The Secret Word is “Car”

December 16, 1953

34:14

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It's a quiet week for the movies in terms of anyone taking the top spot.  Kung Fu Panda 3 continued to dominate at the box office last weekend, but this weekend is for lovers and what says love like Marvel's Deadpool.  Check out what other movie offerings are available on a new Weekly Podioplex with Michael Falkner.
 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for February 9, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Deadpool

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Kung Fu Panda 3 [Second Week]
#2 – Hail, Caesar!
#3 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Even]
#4 – The Revenant [-2]
#5 – The Choice
#6 – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

#7 – The Finest Hours [-3]
#8 – Ride Along 2 [-3]
#9 – The Boy [-2]
#10 – Dirty Grandpa [-4]

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – Just Go With It
2006 – The Pink Panther
1996 – Broken Arrow
1986 – Down and Out in Beverly Hills
1976 – Next Stop, Greenwich Village


Box Office Premieres for the week of February 12th, 2016

Wide

Deadpool – [R]

Zoolander 2 – [PG-13]

How to Be Single – [R]

 

Limited

Where to Invade Next – [R]
Fitoor – [NR]

Of Mind and Music – [PG-13]

Providence – [NR]

Touched With Fire – [R]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of February 9th, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Spectre – [PG-13]

Crimson Peak – [R]

Love the Coopers – [PG-13]

MI-5 – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Touched By an Angel: The Complete Series (1994-2003)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection (1979-1991) – [PG]

Star Trek: The Next Generation Movie Collection (1994-2002) – [PG/PG-13]

 

Podcast Promos

 

Generations Geek

Generations Geek is a family-friendly celebration of geekdom by a father/daughter crime-fighting duo. Okay, perhaps they don’t fight crime, but they are two generations of geek. In every monthly episode they talk about stuff like books, movies, comics, games, and any other geeky thing they think of.

 

Quick Flicks

 

None

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Leave voicemail toll-free: (844) 674-3453
Send e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic Rift and The Weekly Podioplex
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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

 

 

 

 

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Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 10:32am EDT
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It's very odd that Burgess Meredith returns so quickly in this early part of the third season.  It's even more odd that they pair him up with Ethel Merman as Lola Lasagna in the first two-part story of the season.  And in many respects, it's a wasted opportunity as the two are used more as a Vaudville act more than anything Batman-related.  And yet, this look at Penguin trying to horn in on the horse racing world has more weight to it than Riddler's previous attempt to become the "King of the Ring."

 

Joining John to discuss what worked and what didn't work in this story that could have been a one part story is podcaster, The Hunnic Outcast.

 

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

 

 

SLXLM

HunnicOutcasts offers a variety of podcasts.  Whether it's unscripted/off the cuff or an in depth discussion, regarding T.V. films, literature, and/or video games.  

 

Learn more at 

 

https://www.facebook.com/hunnicoutcasts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hunnicoutcasts/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hunnicoutcasts/id913787694?mt=2

http://www.spreaker.com/show/hunnicoutcasts

Twitter @hunnicoutcasts

http://www.geekcastradio.com/show-guide/syndicated-shows/hunnic-outcast-podcast

http://tangentboundnetwork.com/network-shows/

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_52.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT
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There's a new leader at the top of the box office.  With an impressive debut, Kung Fu Panda 3 shows that some sequels still have staying power.  But what of this week's offerings and DVD releases?  Michael Falkner has the latest on a new Weekly Podioplex.​
 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for February 2, 2016

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Hail, Caesar!

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Kung Fu Panda 3
#2 – The Revenant [-1]
#3 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens [-1]
#4 – The Finest Hours
#5 – Ride Along 2 [-2]
#6 – Dirty Grandpa [-2]

#7 – The Boy [-2]
#8 – The 5th Wave [-2]
#9 – 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi [-2]
#10 – Fifty Shades of Black

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

 

Tops From the Past

2011 – The Roommate
2006 – When a Stranger Calls
1996 – Black Sheep
1986 – Down and Out in Beverly Hills
1976 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Box Office Premieres for the week of February 5th, 2016

Wide

Hail, Caesar! – [PG-13]

The Choice – [PG-13]

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – [PG-13]

 

Limited

Regression – [R]
Southbound – [NR]

Eisenstein in Guanajuato – [UR]

Tumbledown – [R]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of February 2nd, 2016

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Suffragette – [PG-13]

Truth – [R]

Bridge of Spies – [PG-13]

The Last Witch Hunter – [PG-13]

Rock the Kasbah – [R]

Our Brand is Crisis – [R]

Man Up – [R]

Mercy Street – [NR]

Batman: Bad Blood – [PG-13]

 

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Falling Skies: Season Five (2015)

Falling Skies: The Complete Series (2011-2015)

From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two (2015)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) – [G]

 

Podcast Promos

 

The Dead Robots Society

The Dead Robots’ Society was created by Justin Macumber in an effort to offer advice and support to other aspiring writers. All the hosts, current and former, have writing experience of some kind. They gather on a weekly basis to share stories of their individual journeys and discuss topics important to the world of writing. Occasional forays into the territories of brown dragons, taco eating cowboy space ninjas, or random discussions involving monkeys are all considered rumor at best and none of the hosts are willing to admit any of that actually happened.

 

Quick Flicks

 

None

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Leave voicemail toll-free: (844) 674-3453
Send e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic Rift and The Weekly Podioplex
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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

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Podioplex020216.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 7:41am EDT
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Episode 35, The Cornetto Trilogy

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter reminisce about Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, the thematic trilogy of films from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. This is a Special Grup Edition of the podcast—PG talk about R-rated movies.

 

Segments

Intro :28

Shaun of the Dead 1:30

Hot Fuzz 21:14

The World’s End 33:47

Direct download: Gen_Geek_35.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 8:34pm EDT
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