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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the box office was dominated by two of the three newcomers. In particular, it was a good weekend for an oft-ridiculed filmmaker and his new title Split. This week brings an end to the apocalypse of Resident Evil, smiles with A Dog's Purpose, and a quest for Gold. Can M. Night Shyamalan protect his win?

 

In home entertainment, it's a short slate with symbology, monsters, trolls, and detectives. Sherlock comes home, as do two classics including a David Bowie alien film. Denise tops it all off with a variety of news, and we draw things to a close on The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for January 24th, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

 

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Split – [New Release]
#2 – xXx: The Return of Xander Cage – [New Release]
#3 – Hidden Figures – [-2]
#4 – Sing – [-1]
#5 – La La Land – [-3]
#6 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – [-1]

#7 – Monster Trucks – [Even]
#8 – Patriots Day – [-2]
#9 – Sleepless – [-1]
#10 – The Bye Bye Man – [-6]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – The Grey
2007 – Epic Movie
1997 – Jerry Maguire
1987 – Critical Condition
1977 – Rocky
 

Box Office Premieres for the week of January 27th, 2017

Wide

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – [R]

A Dog’s Purpose – [PG]

Gold – [R]

 

Limited

The Salesman – [PG-13]
Un Padre No Tan Padre – [PG-13]
Kung-Fu Yoga – [NR]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of January 24th, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Inferno – [PG-13]

The Monster – [R]

The Light Between Oceans – [PG-13]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Trolls – [PG]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Sherlock: Season Four (2016)

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

Sabotage (1939) – [NR]

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) – [R]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

The SciFi Diner Podcast

In this Science Fiction Podcast, we share interviews, reviews, and opinions on popular and perhaps not so popular Science Fiction TV shows and movies.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

All-women remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Inhumans gets a director
Black Adam solo movie
The People’s Choice Awards
Good Omens

 

Links

 

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Direct download: Podioplex012417.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 5:14pm EST
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"THE FROG IS A DEADLY WEAPON"

AIRED: OCTOBER 7, 1966

 

Mysterious deaths by the water, Casey on the case, and a brief look at Britt Reid's past!  This one appears to have it all despite the odd title and John and Jim are in agreement (for the first time) on the merits of the episode, but is it enough to earn the coveted "Must See" rating?  Let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_005.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 6:29am EST
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On “Dragnet” Friday and Smith find themselves investigating a locked-room mystery with an apparent suicide that just doesn’t add up.  Then Groucho Marx runs contestants through their paces on “You Bet Your Life.”  Parlez-vous français?  Grouch does.  Or does he, when one of the players is a young lady from the French consulate.

 

Episodes

Dragnet

“The Big Bible”

September 29, 1954 

1:38

 

You Bet Your Life

“The Secret Word is Door”

March 1, 1950  

31:27

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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, it was a holiday weekend, but if you were a new release, it was a bad one. Hidden Figures defeated everyone, the Rebellion broke the half-billion mark, and Hollywood is hoping beyond hope that the return of Xander Cage in a fifteen year revival of xXx can put a stop to all of it. It's January, so we shall see.

 

In home entertainment, audiences are treated to a variety of films including Roger Corman's newest: Death Race 2050. Jack Reacher goes back (even though the title warned him not to) on digital, Rizzoli & Isles says farewell on TV, and the classics take Two For the Road. Denise shakes things up with a discussion of remakes that you never knew you wanted but are getting anyway, drawing this new edition of The Weekly Podioplex to a close on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for January 17th, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Hidden Figures – [Second Week]
#2 – La La Land – [+3]
#3 – Sing – [Even]
#4 – The Bye Bye Man – [New Release]
#5 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – [-3]
#6 – Patriots Day – [Nationwide Expansion: +24]

#7 – Monster Trucks – [New Release]
#8 – Sleepless – [New Release]
#9 – Underworld: Blood Wars – [-5]
#10 – Passengers – [-4]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – Underworld: Awakening
2007 – Stomp the Yard
1997 – Beverly Hills Ninja
1987 – Critical Condition
1977 – The Enforcer
 

Box Office Premieres for the week of January 20th, 2017

Wide

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage – [PG-13]

Split – [PG-13]

The Founder – [PG-13]

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – [PG]

 

Limited

Staying Vertical – [UR]
The Sunshine Makers – [NR]
The Red Turtle – [PG]
Kedi – [UR]
Detour – [R]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of January 17th, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

The Girl on the Train – [R]

Ouija: Origin of Evil – [R]

Keeping Up With the Joneses – [PG-13]

Death Race 2050 – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Rizzoli & Isles: Season Seven (2016)
Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Series (2010-2016)
12 Monkeys: Season Two (2016)

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

Two For the Road (1967) – [NR]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Dead Kitchen Radio: The Keith R. A. DeCandido Podcast

Author, editor, percussionist, voice talent, and Rift regular Keith R.A. DeCandido presents a little slice of his life twice a month in his podcast, Dead Kitchen Radio.  Each episode Keith offers readings from his latest works, anecdotes on the writing and editing process, and music from his days with the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players and the Boogie Knights.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Hollywood and remakes
The Chronicles of Narnia
Dungeons and Dragons
Highlander
The Phantom Tollbooth
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Masters of the Universe
Red Sonja
The Sword in the Stone
Drop Dead Fred
The Never-Ending Story
Heavy Metal
Time Bandits
Van Helsing
Wicked
Jumanji

Woody Harrelson meets Star Wars
The Defenders

Links

 

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

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Direct download: Podioplex011717.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 6:48am EST
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The triumphant return of Dead Kitchen Radio, as Keith fills everyone in on what he’s been doing for the past two-and-a-half years, and then talks about his new Super City Cops novellas, Avenging Amethyst, Undercover Blues, and Secret Identities, with a reading from the latter.

 

Get Super City Cops: Avenging Amethyst from AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo.

Get Super City Cops: Undercover Blues from AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo.

Preorder Super City Cops: Secret Identities (on sale 7 February 2017) from AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo.

Keith’s convention schedule for January to April 2017:

13-16 January, Arisia 2017, Boston, MA

17-19 February, Farpoint 2017, Timonium, MD

10-12 March, HELIOsphere, Tarrytown, NY

17-19 March, I-Con 32, Brentwood, NY

24-26 March, (Re)Generation Who 3, Baltimore, MD

7-9 April, Lunacon 2017, Tarrytown, NY

28-30 April, Author GoH at Zenkaikon 2017, Lancaster, PA

 

Direct download: DKR_-_Vol2Ep1.mp3
Category:Dead Kitchen Radio -- posted at: 8:42pm EST
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Episode 40—Mack Trek

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson welcomes New York Times bestselling author David Mack to the show for part one of an in-depth interview. In this episode they discuss Dave’s many contributions to Star Trek across a variety of formats from TV scripts to computer games to novels. And in a new “All the Squee” segment, Ella reviews the stage play Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Plus, an aside to Cumberbatch’s turn as Hamlet. Double-length episode!

 

Segments

Intro :28

Just Scott and Dave, No Ella :54

Trek Writer Cage Match 1:40

Geek Gateway 4:28

Space: 1999 5:51

Almost All the Trek Mediums 8:27

Starting on TV 9:40

Breaking into Trek Print 13:10

Moving Along to Novels 18:00

Star Trek: Discovery 20:15

Pushing Daisies 24:54

Computer Games 26:19

Tech the Tech 28:36

Bringing Death to SCE 30:35

Destiny of the Borg 40:55

All the Squee: Frankenstein 42:22

Birth of the Monster 43:50

Monster Rejected 46:00

Monster Meets World 47:48

Cumberbatch v. Miller 48:34

Favorite Scene 51:43

A Monster Gone Bad 52:45

A Monster’s Christmas 54:15

How Things End 55:03

The Bride of the Monster 59:08

The Story Behind the Play 59:43

Stage Effects 1:02:16

The Creation of the Monster 1:05:01

The Play on the Movie Screen 1:07:00

The Ungrateful Family 1:08:55

Aside: Hamlet 1:10:20

Mary Shelley Invents Sci-Fi 1:13:06

Direct download: GenGeek_40.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 6:39pm EST
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On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, it was a tight race for first place as the East Coast got frozen out with winter storms. That's bad news for the Rebellion, but good news for Hidden Figures. This week, the box office celebrates Friday the 13th with monsters of various sizes, including growling trucks, haunting figures, terrorists, and criminals.

 

In home entertainment, 2016 continues to clean house with a variety of titles, from teenage superheroes and mafia accountants to historical dramas and comedy acts. TV on DVD keeps things rolling with political intrigue, hackers, and bold adventures in the final frontier. Denise brings this week's finale with a tribute to Debbie Reynolds and a spoiler-free review of Sing, closing the curtain on this new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for January 10th, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Monster Trucks

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Hidden Figures – [Nationwide Expansion: +16]
#2 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – [-1]
#3 – Sing – [-1]
#4 – Underworld: Blood Wars – [New Release]
#5 – La La Land – [+2]
#6 – Passengers – [-3]

#7 – Why Him? – [-2]
#8 – Moana – [-4]
#9 – Fences – [-3]
#10 – Assassin’s Creed – [-2]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – Contraband
2007 – Stomp the Yard
1997 – The Relic
1987 – The Golden Child
1977 – The Enforcer
 

Box Office Premieres for the week of January 13th, 2017

Wide

Monster Trucks – [PG]

The Bye Bye Man – [PG-13]

Patriots Day – [R]

Sleepless – [R]

Live By Night – [R]

 

Limited

OK Jaanu – [NR]
The Comedian – [R]
The Book of Love – [PG-13]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of January 10th, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Max Steel – [PG-13]

Deepwater Horizon – [PG-13]

The Birth of a Nation – [R]

The Accountant – [R]

Kevin Hart: What Now? – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Ouija: Origin of Evil – [PG-13]

Keeping Up With the Joneses – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Homeland: Season Five (2015)
Mr. Robot: Season Two (2016)
Star Trek: Enterprise: The Complete Series (2001-2005)

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

Battleground (1949) – [NR]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

MASH 4077 Podcast

MASH 4077 Podcast is a fan cast covering one of the most well known and highly successful series in television history. Hosted by Kenny, Meds, and Al, each episode will cover a single episode of MASH starting at the beginning with the pilot. We hope to share with our listeners some cool and informative behind the scene information, cool trivia and little know facts about this wonderful TV series.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Debbie Reynolds
Sing

 

Links

 

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Direct download: Podioplex011017.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 9:52am EST
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The first series of Doctor Who comes to an end and there's a lot to praise in this final story, "The Reign of Terror".  But do the parts worthy of praise equal a whole satisfying story?  And what of the two animated parts?  Do they work with the flow of the rest of the story?  And what conclusion did John come to when it comes to the historicals?  It's all here in a new review episode.  Stay tuned for the start of the second series.

 

Current Rankings

1 - Marco Polo

2 - The Daleks

3 - The Aztecs

4 - An Unearthly Child

5 - The Reign of Terror

6 - Edge of Destruction

 7 - The Keys of Marinus

8 - The Sensorites

Direct download: DWMD_-_The_Reign_of_Terror.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 7:42pm EST
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Happy New Year! On the first 2017 edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the rebels are celebrating with turkey as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story makes it three victories in a row. The Rebellion turns its sights on the vampires, lycans, and tree monsters as this week's new releases go supernatural. The newcomers have the advantage of box office fatigue, but Rogue One still carries the Star Wars banner. Who will win? 

 

In home entertainment, a few late 2016 titles come to disc and streaming, as well as Bones, Sleepy Hollow, and The Librarians in TV on DVD. We cap off the new slate with a twenty-year old Jerry Maguire asking you to show him your hard-earned cash, alongside the original Gone in 60 Seconds. Denise takes it home with a tribute to Carrie Fisher and a spoiler-free review of Rogue One, putting the cap on this new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for January 3rd, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Underworld: Blood Wars

 


Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – [Third Week]
#2 – Sing – [Second Week]
#3 – Passengers – [Second Week]
#4 – Moana – [+2]
#5 – Why Him? – [-1]
#6 – Fences – [+1]

#7 – La La Land – [+1]
#8 – Assassin’s Creed – [-3]
#9 – Manchester by the Sea – [+4]
#10 – Collateral Beauty – [Even]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – The Devil Inside
2007 – Night at the Museum
1997 – Michael
1987 – The Golden Child
1977 – The Enforcer
 

Box Office Premieres for the week of January 6th, 2017

Wide

Underworld: Blood Wars – [R]

A Monster Calls – [PG-13]

 

Limited

I, Daniel Blake – [R]
The Ardennes – [UR]
Railroad Tigers – [NR]

 

Home Entertainment for the week of January 3rd, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – [PG]

Denial – [PG-13]

Blair Witch – [R]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Max Steel – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Bones: Season Eleven (2015)
Sleepy Hollow: Season Three (2015)
The Librarians: Season Two (2016)

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

Jerry Maguire (1996) – [R]

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) – [NR]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Skywalking Through Neverland

Skywalking Through Neverland is a Star Wars/Disney, fan-focused Podcast. We cover Star Wars, Disney, Superheroes and pop culture fandom. You know, that stuff that binds us all together as instantaneous friends! We showcase either what people have done with their fandom or talked to those who are involved first-hand in the universes that we LOVE.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Carrie Fisher
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

Links

 

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Direct download: Podioplex010317.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 11:07am EST
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