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On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, we have a turkey in the jungle as Jumanji scores top marks for a third week running. This week, running is the theme as the final installment of The Maze Runner takes the starting line. It's proven champion versus young adult adaptation for the title. On marks, get set...

 

Teen Titans GO! That's right, home entertainment brings the young heroes to DVD this week alongside Gotham by Gaslight, Jigsaw and Geostorm. After that dose of DC, Denise gives us plenty of news in the Quick Flicks, including word from the Inhumans, Black Widow, Wonder Woman, The Witcher, and the Clue remake.

 

The Clue remake!? Flames. Flames... on the side of our faces... heaving breaths...

 

It's showtime on the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for January 23, 2018

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Maze Runner: The Death Cure

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – [Third Week]
#2 – 12 Strong – [New Release]
#3 – Den of Thieves – [New Release]
#4 – The Post – [-2]
#5 – The Greatest Showman – [-1]
#6 – Paddington 2 – [+1]

#7 – The Commuter – [-4]
#8 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – [-2]
#9 – Insidious: The Last Key – [-4]
#10 – Forever My Girl – [New Release]

 

Box Office Premieres

January 26, 2018: Wide

Maze Runner: The Death Cure – [PG-13]
Hostiles – [R]

January 26, 2017: Limited

The Insult – [R]
Have a Nice Day – [NR]
Kickboxer: Retaliation – [R]
Padman – [PG-13]

 

Home Entertainment

January 23, 2018: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Jigsaw – [R]

Geostorm – [PG-13]

Thank You For Your Service – [R]

 

January 23, 2018: New Releases on Digital Video

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – [R]

 

January 23, 2018: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Teen Titans: Season One (2003)

 

January 23, 2018: Blu-Rays From the Past 

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) – [R]

 

Podcast Promos

The Hollywood Outsider

The Hollywood Outsider Podcast is four guys who love the same things you do - Entertainment. Not always PC, but always entertaining, our Podcast is for people who LOVE movies & TV.

 

 

 

Quick Flicks

ABC has unofficially canceled Inhumans
Black Widow for 2020?
Wonder Woman 2 to utilize the new anti-sexual harassment guidelines
The Witcher has a pilot script
Ryan Reynolds and the Clue remake (Clue remake!?)
The Mighty Ducks quacks television

 

 

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Episode 45—The A2s Always Were a Bit Twitchy

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson and his daughter, Ella, dive into Aliens (1986) for part three of their epic review of the entire Alien movie series. Remember, always listen to Ripley! 

 

 

Segments

Intro :28

First Reactions on Second Viewing :53

It’s a Long Movie/Director’s Cut 1:15

Alien vs. Aliens 2:40

Sci-Fi Soldiers 3:40

Opening Scenes 4:26 

Blue-Collar Space Worker 6:17

We Have to Talk About Vasquez 6:45

Burke the Corporate Toady 10:50

Jonesy 11:53

Ripley and PTSD 12:21

The Quotable Aliens 13:33

Boardroom Recap 13:58

What the Audience Knows 14:47

There are Aliens in Aliens 15:20

“The A2s Always Were a Bit Twitchy” 16:25

Bishop’s Hair 17:28

“Somebody Wake Up Hicks” 18:09

James Horner/The Wrath of Khan 18:50

A Rare Sequel 21:19

Motion Trackers 22:05

Listen to Ripley! 22:35

Newt 24:03

Facehugger Scuttling 24:48

Ripley’s Deleted Daughter 25:50

Punching Company Guys 27:27

Hicks is Steve Trevor 27:50

Deleted Daughter and Newt 28:35

“It Won’t Make Any Difference” 30:33

“What the Hell Are We Supposed to Use, Harsh Language?” 31:17 

Ripley Takes Charge 32:32

“Nuke the Entire Site from Orbit. It’s the Only Way to Be Sure” 33:55

“Game Over Man” 35:20

“They Mostly Come Out at Night. Mostly” 36:05

Newt’s Bedtime/“She’s Just a Piece of Plastic” 36:30

“It Was a Bad Call, Ripley” 36:48

Bishop in a Tube 37:30

Ripley and Hicks 39:25

Burke Releases the Facehuggers 40:27

Aliens in the Ceiling 42:26

“You Want Some of This” 43:31

Burke Gets His 43:50

The Redemption of Gorman 44:35

Newt Falls 45:18

Ripley Gears Up for Newt 46:15

Newt Screams 48:04

Queen’s Chamber 48:45

Threatening the Eggs 50:00

Queen on the Elevator 52:44

Where’s Bishop? 53:37

Queen Takes Bishop 54:25

Is Ripley an Ellen? 55:53

“Get Away From Her, You Bitch” 57:05

Bishop Saves Newt 58:13

“Mommy” 58:43

Newt’s Bedtime/“Will I Dream?” 59:25

More Deleted Scenes 1:00:02

Final Thoughts 1:01:45

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John flies solo on this episode offering reviews from Dan Persons of Hour of the Wolf (movies - Mary and the Witch's Flower), Keith R.A. DeCandido (TV - Major Crimes) and himself (podcasts - Flip Florey's Super Saturday Board Game Serial. Special thanks to Dan Persons and Mike Fichera for hanging online and throwing in comments along the way.

 

Contents

 

Bringing it to the Table

3:30 - John likes the new Funko 3.75" Batman 66 figures.

8:50 - John loves the original Battlestar Galactica series on Blu-Ray, but questions how we can get Galactica 1980 in Blu-Ray, but not Six Million Dollar Man or Bionic Woman.

 

Reviews

12:55 - Dan Persons reviews the anime film Mary and the Witch's Flower.

27:30 - Keith DeCandido reviews Major Crimes and his happy with the new series, Black Lightning. 

40:30 - John reviews Flip Florey Super Saturday Board Game Serial.

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On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the jungle is still strong, defeating four effective new releases in its fourth week. Hitwomen, anthropomorphic bears, Liam Neeson... not even the Washington Post could stop Jumanji. This week sees another shot with 12 Strong soldiers in Afghanistan, a Den of Thieves facing off against the LAPD, and a country star coming home. Can anything stop the jungle?

 

Home entertainment brings replicants to battle in Blade Runner 2049, a slasher Groundhog Day in Happy Death Day, something disastrous in Geostorm, Better Call Saul, and a few retro classics to boot. Denise wraps it up with a short news cycle -- we blame January! -- covering Artemis Fowl, Snowpiercer, and Black Widow.

 

We also say goodbye to a good man and friend.

 

It's showtime on the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

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It's the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  Five years ago, we covered the anniversary with a two-part discussion of the series with author David Mack and actress Chase Masterson.  In celebration, John brings author Julio Angel Ortiz on board to talk about the show, in particular how it stands out amongst the other Trek series and how the new Discovery is closest in tone to DS9.

 


NOTE: The episode is shortened due to technical difficulties at the start of the show.  The audio brings us into the show already in progress.

 

Contents


0:00 - Bringing it to the Table - John talks about the Batman 66 exhibition at the Hollywood Museum and Julio talks about how The Disaster Artist is the perfect movie for the political climate we are currently.

13:10 - John and Julio talk Deep Space Nine.

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Happy New Year! On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, we welcome 2018 with a new champion as the jungle overtook the Jedi. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made big news for stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, but it has hairy competition this week as Paddington returns to theaters alongside Liam Neeson on a train and Taraji P. Henson as a hitwoman.

Home entertainment rings in the new year with killer clowns, Supreme Court justices, and a Scooby Doo-Batman team-up for the ages. Denise joins the party with word of Netflix sequels, Captain Marvel casting, Fox's tone in a post-Disney world, and The Animaniacs! Hello Nurse... maybe? Reboots are just about as tricky as the nations song.

We also make a couple of changes to refresh the show as we arrive in 2018 and ready to rock. This is the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

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First up, on “Dragnet,” a movie set is the scene of a murder.  Jack Webb’s Sergeant Friday hits the soundstage and talks with gaffers, best boys, and directors while investigating a murder that puts the tarnish on Tinseltown.  Then on “You Bet Your Life,” Groucho interviews two doctors -- one for people and one for the birds.  Later, there’s a woman who met her husband while selling underwear door-to-door and an engaged couple who work at the same department store.

Episodes

 

Dragnet

 

November 2, 1952

 

“The Big Light”

 

2:45

 

 

You Bet Your Life

 

December 7, 1949

 

“The Secret Word is Dust”

 

32:37

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The Chronic Rift makes a comeback in 2018! (Why not? Everything else is. If American Idol can do it, why can’t we? Don’t answer that!)

 

You can join in the fun by being a part of the chat and we may use your comments on air. Join us every Sunday, live on Facebook at 9AM EST for The Chronic Rift.  The audio from the live cast will be available on the network feed.

 

Check out the front page of the homepage, our Facebook page, or Youtube in order to watch the video of the cast.John S. Drew is joined by author and podcaster Kevin Lauderdale (Presenting the Transcription Feature) in what is hopefully going to be the first of a weekly video podcast. In the first episode John and Kevin bring some things they are excited about to the table. And then, they talk about what they are looking forward to in pop culture for 2018.

 

1:10 - Here's the Thing - John explains why a video show on Facebook.


4:10 - Kevin brings Tales from the Canyons of the Damned #19 in which he has a story in.  He relates the origins of the online magazine which Kevin has contributed to several issues.  Get your copy by clicking on the link.

 

10:48 - John talks up his Home Game Show Version Podcast and his love of game shows which you can see or listen to on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

13:30 - Podcast Promos - Geek Radio Daily, The Batcave Podcast, Generations Geek, The Weekly Podioplex

 

17:18 - What are we excited about in pop culture in 2018?

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The vid-cast is back and with a new twist for the new year.  The show is being recorded live on Facebook via the Home Game Show Podcast page.  If you're on Facebook, follow the page for when new episodes are going live.

 

In this episode, we're looking at Password.  The game has run on and off television on all three networks since the early 1960's.  And yet, it's got one of the most simple premises - guess the word via a series of one word clues.  But the real secret to the success of Password is the celebrities who would come on to play.

 

John takes a brief look at the history of the series and shows off some of the home versions that are available, including Endless Games' Second Edition of the game that will be the focus of our gameplay next episode.


Plus, we watch an episode of the 60s version with Elizabeth Montgomery and Martin Landau.

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