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Somewhere in Riddick (Vin Diesel), the fugitive criminal with the crazy, glowing eyes that can see in the dark, exists a character engaging enough to build a film franchise around. Somewhere in RIDDICK, the third film featuring the antihero, is evidence of a wise move to put the guy into a tighter, more stripped-down scenario better suited to him than the bloated, Robert E. Howard pastiche that was THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. Unfortunately, stranding Riddick on a hostile alien world and tasking him with the challenge of outwitting two teams of bounty hunters — headed up by Jordi Mollà and Matt Nable and including Katee Sackhoff  — for one of their spaceships hasn’t quite elevated this entry above the misconceptions of character and plotting that the first film, PITCH BLACK, neatly sidestepped.

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Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons differ in opinion on how seriously RIDDICK is undone by its flaws. In a lively conversation, they discuss writer/director David Twohy’s conception of the character, whether the mantle of Nietzschean superman rests comfortably on Riddick’s shoulders, and the difficulty in creating adversaries able to maintain their credibility while being outwitted by the protagonist. Most pressing, they also debate who in this scenario is the roadrunner, and who’s the coyote?

Then: Steve gives his impressions of the comedic horror film HELL BABY and a preliminary impression of DEAD BEFORE DAWN, and Dan provides a capsule review of the post-apocalyptic, comic book actioner, BOUNTY KILLER. Plus, what’s coming to theaters next week.

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Direct download: csl_4-35_Riddick_v01.mp3
Category:The Cinefantastique Spotlight -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT
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Dan Persons says:

Name a genre, and John Badham can tell you tales about it. He mixed the musical with incisive social observation in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER — arguably the only disco movie worthy of being watched as serious film — dealt in the worlds of speculative fiction with such cautionary tales as WARGAMES, and has notched his action creds with everything running from BLUE THUNDER all the way up to TV’s NIKITA. All through, he’s worked with stars ranging from John Travolta, Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson and Bridget Fonda. Bottom line: When the guy talks about the craft of filmmaking, you know it comes from experience.

Which is a good thing, because Badham has just released a new book, John Badham on Directing: Notes from the Sets of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, and More. In it, he draws on forty plus years in the industry to provide budding filmmakers with practical tips on working with actors, staging action scenes, and making sure that the film playing in their heads finds its way onto the screen as accurately as possible. At the same time, the book is so chock-full of anecdotes and insights — not just from Badham, but also from such colleagues as Steven Soderbergh and Oliver Stone — that even those not planning a career behind the lens will want to check it out for its compelling glimpse behind-the-scenes.

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Badham was kind enough to sit down with us, and we got his thoughts on some of his classic films, on taking advantage of the medium’s technical advances, on the difference between directing for feature films and for TV, and on the motivations for putting this book together. Click on the player to hear the show.

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Direct download: MMP723_John_Badham_v02.mp3
Category:Mighty Movie Podcast -- posted at: 8:06am EDT
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The Summer of the Rift continues as we feature this interview with author Ellen Kushner from Arisia 1993.

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Trivia: Marina Frants was a regular contributor to the show as well as a frequent guest of the show's Roundtable.

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Original Airdate: July 11, 1993
Direct download: Ellen_Kushner.mp4
Category:Public Access Show Episode -- posted at: 6:32am EDT
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The Summer of the Rift 1993 begins with two reviews from Keith and David and Dan.  The episode concludes with Keith interviewing author Alexander Brejcha from Philcon 92.

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Trivia: We could have simply ended the season as we planned the previous week, but we had so much material, we didn't want to sit on it until September.  Also, doing more of these location episodes was good practice for John in terms of editing as the studio episodes were going to be cut short due to lack of sponsorship.

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Original Airdate: July 4, 1993
Direct download: Alex_Brejcha.mp4
Category:Public Access Show Episode -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT
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Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light) and his daughter welcome special guest Kevin Dilmore, Star Trek author, Hallmark Star Trek Ornament Advisor, and Pop Culture Guru. Double-length episode!
 
 

Segments
Intro :34
A Geek at Two 1:34
A Geek at Thirteen 3:14
A Geek in School 3:50
Redefining Geek 4:55
Filmation’s Flash Gordon vs. Friday at the Fair 5:45
R-rated Movies at Twelve 9:11
A Geek for All Seasons 10:30
A Letter in Time Magazine 11:55
Geek Culture Ascendent 12:50
Geek Girls and Women Deserve Respect 14:00
Geeks vs. Geeks 15:05
Real Fans and Springsteen Fans 19:05
Pop Culture Pro 21:13
Pro Journalist 23:07
Star Trek Communicator 24:00
Writing Fiction in College James Gunn 24:45
Writing with and without Dayton 25:25
More on Gunn 26:05
Starfleet Corps of Engineers 27:45
More on Dayton 28:11
Star Trek Vanguard 29:15
Star Trek Seekers 32:00
Pop Culture Dad & Daughter 32:30
Hallmark Trek Ornaments 38:50
Adventure Time Ornaments 46:00
Duck Dynasty Cards 47:28
San Diego Comic Con 48:30
Star Trek Las Vegas 55:30
Shout out to the G&T Show 57:37
Shout out to Nick Proposing 58:18
Welcome to Night Vale 58:31
Doogie Howser 59:30
John Ritter 1:01:50
 
 

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Direct download: GenGeek_Episode_12.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT
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Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light) and his daughter talk about all three classic Ray Harryhausen Sinbad movies: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. Because stop motion rules!

 

 
Segments

Intro :30

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad :45

(The Hobbit, Dragonslayer, and Dragon’s World 10:37)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 13:40

(M*A*S*H 24:56)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger 29:58

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Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT
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Episode 10, Geek Story
 
Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light) and his daughter welcome special guest John Frazier, life-long Star Trek fan and lover of geeky things, who holds the intriguing job title “Gadget Wrangler” at ThinkGeek, purveyor of myriad nerd needs. Double-length episode!

 
Segments
Intro :30
Becoming a Trek Geek: 1:15
Becoming a Science Geek 2:40
Private Geek 3:40
Trek Lit 7:30
Becoming a Computer Geek 8:40
Becoming a Gadget Wrangler 12:00
Comic Books 22:45
Star Trek: Voyager 24:15
Other Trek series 29:15
More Voyager 30:50
Star Trek Into Darkness 34:43
More Trek Lit and Other Reading 36:28
Meeting Famous People 38:20
The Captain Pike Shirt 42:24
Bob Greenberger’s Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History 43:24
Trek Toys and other Geeky Goodies 45:00
In the Box or Out of the Box? 53:00

 
Products mentioned:
 
Trek Robes
 
Trek Pajamas
 
Trek Towels
 
Bag of Holding
 
JJ Trek Phasers
 
JJ Trek Academy Ring
 
Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History
 
 
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Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT
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Barnaby was a comic strip which began 20 April 1942 in the newspaper PM. Created by Crockett Johnson, who is best known today for his children's book Harold and the Purple Crayon, the strip featured a cherubic-looking five-year-old and his far-from-cherubic fairy godfather, Jackeen J. O'Malley, a short, cigar-smoking man with four tiny wings. With a distinctive appearance because of its use of typography, the strip had numerous reprints and was adapted into a 1940s stage production.

Fantagraphics Publishing is releasing the first volume of collected strips and Kevin Lauderdale wants to bring this to your attention.  Kevin explains the strip and its distinctive style in this all new episode. 

You can find all this work by visiting our Amazon store.  In doing so, you not only get a great reference work, but you also support The Chronic Rift Network.  Thank you.

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Episode 9, Into Geekness
 
Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light) and his daughter discuss their reactions to Star Trek Into Darkness in this double-length episode.
Warning: spoiler filled!
 

 
 
Segments
Opening Remarks and the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek :48
Star Trek Into Darkness 3:40
 
 
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Episode 8, Destination Geek
 
 
Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light) and his daughter interview special guest Thomas D. Jones—astronaut, scientist, and Star Trek fan—about geeky things both fictional and real. Plus, listener questions for Tom.
 
Segments
 
Intro :32
Star Trek 1:05
Becoming an Astronaut 3:20
Getting the Call to Go to Space 5:13
Listener Question: Holodecks 8:20
Current State of NASA 10:24
Asteroid Mining 15:11
Going to Mars 17:30
Listener Question: What’s Next in Space 18:58
Listener Question: Colonization 21:28
Listener Question: Trek vs. Real Space 25:20
Listener Question: Six Million Dollar Man 27:05
Hell Hawks of World War II 28:05
The Feelings of Being in Space 30:43
 
 
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Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT
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