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Recorded on Facebook Live Sunday, March 18, 2018.

 

Our monthly review episode is jammed packed with opinion pieces from old and new contributors to the Rift.  Keith DeCandido and Dan Persons are back with TV and movie reviews.  We welcome Denise Lhamon of The Weekly Podioplex as our book reviewer.  And for the first time ever on The Chronic Rift, we have a music reviewer in the form of J. Andrew World.  Add to it another look at pop culture by Ken Holtzhouser and you've got a new In Review episode of The Chronic Rift.

 

Contents

0:00 - John shares two items of interest in Bringing it to the Table - a tin Batman sign and an animated figure of the alien from 
Independence Day.

3:50 - Dan Persons takes a look at Justice League now that it's been released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

12:10 - Denise Lhamon talks about Rasputin: Faith, Power and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith.

19:40 - We introduce a new music review segment as J. Andrew World breaks down the album Ridotto by Out Out and offers quotes from an interview he did with the album's writer Mark Alan Miller.

28:50 - Keith DeCandido is digging the second season of Jessica Jones on Netflix and suggests you try out The Alienist on TNT.

39:10 - Ken Holtzhouser makes the claim that Superman is back as his portrayal was the most heroic in the recently released Justice League.

48:10 - Promo - The Weekly Podioplex

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_011.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT
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Author Jeremy K. Brown returns to the podcast to discuss his new book, Zero Limit.  Before they get to that, he and John discuss Netflix and how the streaming service is moving towards feeling like a television network.  Then, they discuss Zero Limit and the parallels of motifs with his previous work, Ocean of Storms.  

 

 

 

 

 

  

Jeremy K. Brown has authored several biographies for young readers, including books on Stevie Wonder and Ursula K. Le Guin. He has also contributed articles to numerous magazines and newspapers, including special issues for TV Guide and the Discovery Channel, and recently edited a collector’s issue on Pink Floyd for Newsweek. He worked for 10 years for WWE, serving as Deputy Editor of WWE Magazine and as a member of the company's television writing staff. Jeremy published his first novel, Calling Off Christmas, in 2011 and is currently at work on another novel. He lives in New York with his wife and sons.

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_010.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT
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Recorded on Facebook Live

March 4, 2018

 

The Oscars have come and gone and John doesn’t care. And yet, there he was, offering his thoughts on this year's Oscar nominees. See what he got right and what he got wrong.  Also, it’s also a chance for John to do some housekeeping and present some things to you, the viewer, you may not be aware of when it comes to The Chronic Rift in general.

Join John every Sunday morning at 9EST for the live recording of The Chronic Rift on Facebook Live.

Direct download: Chronic_Rift_009.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT
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Recorded on Facebook Live February 25, 2018.

 

It's that time of the month, when John gets a hankering for taking a look at all things pop culture and reviewing them with a group of people whose opinion he trusts.  This month, the focus is on Marvel's Black Panther movie.  John is joined by Denise Lhamon of The Weekly Podioplex and artist Mike Fichera.  Together they discuss Dan Persons' assertion that Marvel didn't really push the envelope when it came to the social message of the movie.  Plus, they chat about the glut of super hero projects in general and is the bubble about to burst with thanks to commentary from Ken Holtzhouser.  It's all here, plus a little Bringing it to the Table for a new In Review for February 2018.

 

Contents:

 

3:40 - John is thrilled that the very short-lived 80s TV series The Master has been released on Blu-Ray in a remastered format, but he continues to question the powers that be that won't do the same for The Six Million Dollar Man & The Bionic Woman.

 

6:10 - Mike addresses the concerns that there is too many Marvel movies to keep up with, a discussion that will continue well into the episode.

 

11:45 - The Batcave Podcast promo


13:30 - Dan Persons offers his thoughts on the latest offering from the MCU,  Black Panther and we discuss what came across as an odd note in the review.

 

48:50 - Ken Holtzhauser opines on the glut of super hero entertainment and how we might just be reaching the bursting of the bubble.

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_008.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 12:48pm EDT
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Recorded on Facebook Live on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

 

The first season of Star Trek: Discovery is in the books and enough time has passed that we can have a spoiler filled discussion of what worked and what didn't.  John and guest, writer Julio Angel Ortiz, get into their favorite moments, episodes, and characters as well as discuss the fan reaction to the new series overall.  In addition, they offer their suggestions for a second season in 2019.  

 

Julio Angel Ortiz is a writer in both print and electronic media. Julio has had an audio drama released for the original sci-fi series The Dome and short stories published in collections by Obverse Books featuring Iris Wildthyme and Señor 105. He also has several eBooks available for Kindle via his Vox Camera imprint. When not banging his head against his notebook in order to string words together, Julio works in Information Technology during the day and is also active blogging, posting on Twitter, and working at his photography.

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_007.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT
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Recorded on Facebook Live

February 11, 2018

 

It’s the 25th anniversary of the release of the movie Groundhog’s Day. There is something about a time loop that fascinates most everyone, be it for the comedy or drama potential. We’re going to discuss just what makes a good time loop story and of course talk about Groundhog’s Daywith The Podcast Cowboy Clay Dugger and Denise Lhamon of The Weekly Podioplex.

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_006.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT
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Originally broadcast on Facebook Live on February 5, 2018.

It’s the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the original “Planet of the Apes” movie starrring Roddy McDowell as Cornelius. SInce then, there have been five movies in the original movie series, a cartoon, a TV series, various comic book series, a failed attempt at reviving the franchise in 2001, and a more successful revivial that continues to produce hit movies to this day.

We take a look at the history of this franchise with Dan Greenfield of 13thDimension.com, and writer Jim Beard. What stands out? What survives the test of time and what do we wish we could just say never happened? Considering the political climate today, what should future movies deal with in plotlines?

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_005-Podcast_of_the_Apes.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT
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Originally Broadcast on Facebook Live: January 28, 2018

 

Author, TV host, writer/producer Herbie J Pilato joins John to chat about his upcoming television show "Then Again with Herbie J Pilato" (premiering in 2018 on the Decades TV Network). We also discuss his creation of the Classic TV Preservation Society, his numerous written works on classic TV shows and actors, and his love for Elizabeth Montgomery and the television series, "Bewitched".

Plus, Daniel Persons reviews Stephen King's It 2017 and Have a Nice Day HD movie and John suggests a unique Valentine's Day gift.

It's all here on a new episode of The Chronic Rift!

 

Herbie's Links

Homepage

Classic TV Preservation Society

Herbie's TV Articles

Then Again Homepage

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_004.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT
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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.

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_003.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT
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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.

Direct download: The_Chronic_Rift_002.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT
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