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Real-life bandleader for “The Jack Benny Show,” Phil Harris, and his wife, Alice Faye, had their own sitcom radio show during the 1940s – 50s.  Accompanied by his pal Frankie Remley (or is that Elliott Lewis?  Listen and all will be explained.), Harris would stumble into problems surpassed only by the team of Flintstone and Rubble.  This time around, it’s the infamous traffic in Los Angeles that will be the guys’ undoing.  Then it’s time to see what you remember from school.  On “College Quiz Bowl” we cover music, witches, and international capitals.

  

Episodes

 

 

The Phil Harris – Alice Faye Show

 

November 27, 1953

 

“The Traffic Problem in Los Angeles”

 

4:56

 

 

College Quiz Bowl

 

November 27, 1954

 

“Minnesota vs Smith”

 

34:59

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Episode 44—Special Order 937

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson and his daughter, Ella, revisit the original Alien (1979) as they continue their epic review of the entire Alien movie series. Scott tries to live in a world where the prequels don’t exist, but Ella’s love of Walter keeps Covenant alive, making some comparing and contrasting with the classic film unavoidable!

 

Segments

Intro :28

Nothing Happened Before Alien :55

Opening Shots 1:30 

Real People, Real Scary 2:20

Creepy Sounds 4:24

Wakey, Wakey 5:15

Model Landing 6:15

Are There Other Aliens? 7:12

That Is NOT a Spacesuit 9:59

Don’t Stick Your Face in That Thing 10:38

Listen To Ripley, People 12:35

Introducing Sigourney Weaver 13:35

Facehugger 15:40

Chestburster 18:50

Space Monster Context 19:29

Alien as Slasher Movie 21:03

Part of the Ship or Dolly Track? 23:08

Brett and Jonesy and Dallas 24:30

Ash Freaks Out 27:37

Lambert Has a Bad Day 29:20

Watching for Decades 30:23

Okay, There Were Prequels 31:37

What Makes an Alien Movie? 36:25

Questions You Didn’t Ask, Answers You Don’t Want 38:10

Imagine a Sensible Prequel 38:56

Could You Have an Alien Film Without the Alien? 40:02

Daniels and Walter in Covenant 42:45

Run, Ripley, Run 44:04

Slasher’s Last Slash 44:51

Our Cat Cameos as Jonesy 45:48

Life Cycles and Cocoons  45:52

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On The Weekly Podioplex, it was another slow week at the box office, but that was okay for audiences who wanted scares because Jigsaw was ready and willing. It wasn't pretty, but it did the job. This week should see a turn on those low receipts with the return of the god of thunder Thor as he faces Ragnarok.

 

Home entertainment takes a trip to The Dark Tower, ventures down Wind River, and brings complete sets of Orphan Black and Sherlock. It's a good week for television from the BBC. After that, Denise brings us word of meaty Aquaman tales, Stranger Things producers on the CW, a monsterpalooza, and a drain on your wallets. There you have it: A brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

(Good luck all you crazy NaNoWriMo challengers! We salute you.)

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On The Weekly Podioplex, it was a slow week at the box office, and Madea took advantage over low critical ratings. In fact, none of the newbies scored particularly well, which makes us wonder if horror revival Jigsaw, dark comedy thriller Suburbicon, or military drama Thank You For Your Service can ascend to the top spot instead. Home entertainment is equally light, offering War for the Planet of the Apes, Atomic Blonde, Teen Wolf, and two retro thrillers among some other fare.  

 

Wrap it all up with Denise and news of Hollywood's sexual assault cases, ThinkGeek emptying your wallets, and more, and you have a brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

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On “The Jack Benny Show,” Jack has a terrible time trying to listen to the 1950 World Series.  When he’s not being interrupted by visitors, his radio keeps jumping between a performance of “Bali Hai” and a boxing match from the 1920s.  Then “X Minus One” adapts Ray Bradbury’s classic short story, “The Veldt.”  How real is too real for the television of the future?

Episodes

 

The Jack Benny Show

 

October 8, 1950

 

“Jack Listens to the World Series and the Dempsey-Tunney Fight”

 

4:10

 

X Minus One

 

August 4, 1955

 

“The Veldt”

 

36:14

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On The Weekly Podioplex, it was a good week to die over and over again as Happy Death Day wowed audiences and critics alike. This week, it hopes to survive against the combined might of a Geostorm, firefighters, a spiritual film, a snowman mystery, and another Madea Halloween. Home entertainment offers some solace if none of those is quite your jam as Spider-Man swings home on DVD. Streaming brings The Dark Tower, Target offers Stranger Things, and The Good Place and Batman are solid. 

 

After that, Denise wraps it up with the Quick Flicks as she talks Snoke, Movies Anywhere, sexual harassment tested against The Rock, and more. That's all on this brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

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On The Weekly Podioplex, Blade Runner took charge, but it was a disappointing performance. This week brings historical biopics, action, and a slasher Groundhog Day to fight the replicants. Home entertainment brings driving action and caped crusaders, followed by historical television and an early start to Christmas. In the holiday's defense, this week's 70th anniversary film is a classic. 

 

After that, Denise brings it all to a close with a James Cameron festival. Buckle up, because she's taking him to task on a brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

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On The Weekly Podioplex, the clown and the Kingsmen waged a close war for first, leaving all of the newbies in the dust. This week, both of the meet their match in the return of Blade Runner. There are also ponies and plane crashes, but come on. It's Blade Runner.

 

Home entertainment brings pirates, killer dolls, and the Book of Henry before diving into House of Cards, American Horror Story, 2 Broke Girls, and iZombie. But the big news this week is Superman and the much anticipated three-hour extended cut on blu-ray. 

 

After that, Denise brings it all to a close with news of Cleopatra, Hocus Pocus, a Game of Thrones (hopefully not red) wedding, and a revision of Hocus Pocus. All of that on a brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for October 3, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Blade Runner 2049

 


Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle – [Second Week]
#2 – It – [Even]
#3 – American Made – [New Release]
#4 – The LEGO Ninjago Movie – [-1]
#5 – Flatliners – [New Release]
#6 – Battle of the Sexes – [+10]

#7 – American Assassin – [-3]
#8 – Home Again – [-2]
#9 – Til Death Do Us Part – [New Release]
#10 – mother! – [-5]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – Taken 2
2007 – The Game Plan
1997 – Kiss the Girls
1987 – Fatal Attraction
1977 – Star Wars

 

Box Office Premieres

October 6, 2017: Wide

Blade Runner 2049 – [R]

My Little Pony: The Movie – [PG]

The Mountain Between Us – [PG-13]

 

October 6, 2017: Limited

The Florida Project – [R]
Una – [R]
Dina – [NR]
Walking Out – [PG-13]

 

Home Entertainment

October 3, 2017: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – [PG-13]

Cult of Chucky – [R]

The Book of Henry – [PG-13]

 

October 3, 2017: New Releases on Digital Video

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming – [NR]

 

October 3, 2017: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

House of Cards: Season Five (2017)

American Horror Story: Season Six - Roanoke (2016)
2 Broke Girls: Season Six (2016)
2 Broke Girls: The Complete Series (2011-2017)

iZombie: Season Three (2015)

 

October 3, 2017: Blu-Rays From the Past 

Superman: The Movie (1978) – [PG]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

The Quantum Leap Podcast

The Quantum Leap Podcast is a Barren Space Production with the purpose of exploring the Quantum Leap Universe episode by episode.  This podcast will cover all five seasons of one of the best television shows of all time by delving into all 96 episodes one by one and not spoiling upcoming plot points so first timers can follow along. We will be doing approximately two shows per month taking about three years. We will dissect each and every show looking for the meanings morals and lessons we can learn while keeping track of the overall arc of the show.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

Sony taking on a Cleopatra biopic
Liam Neeson un-retired (!)
Jon Snow and Ygritte get hitched in real life
Hugh Hefner died at age 91
Tim Miller talks exit from Deadpool 2
Hocus Pocus remake

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Send us an e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic Rift, The Weekly Podioplex, Denise, and Michael
Listen on Stitcher Radio

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

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

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On The Weekly Podioplex, a sewer-dwelling clown was kicked to the curb by the Kingsmen. Both titles were clear winners this week, though time will tell if the Golden Circle will hold up to the legacy of the Secret Service. This week, both clown and Kingsman get a challenge from Tom Cruise: Drug Runner, a remake of Flatliners (mmmm, Bacon), a tale of domestic abuse, and a question of faith.  

 

Home entertainment opens with another Transformers spectacle, a tale of sharks vs. oxygen, and the return of Spider-Man doing everything a spider can. Television ups the ante with some Shameless action, a little Longmire, a whole lot of Sleepy Hollow, a certain set of skills in Taken, and one of the most catchy, upbeat theme songs ever heard on The Greatest American Hero. Finish off the home entertainment slate with Flatliners and Space Camp, then cap off your podcasting journey with Denise and news of Han Solo, Overwatch tackling toxicity, Jordan Peele hunting Nazis, and more. 

 

There you go. One brand new edition of The Weekly Podioplex. And it's all yours courtesy of The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for September 26, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: American Made

 


Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle – [New Release]
#2 – It – [-1]
#3 – The LEGO Ninjago Movie – [New Release]
#4 – American Assassin – [-2]
#5 – mother! – [-2]
#6 – Home Again – [-2]

#7 – Friend Request – [New Release]
#8 – Stronger – [New Release]
#9 – The Hitman’s Bodyguard – [-4]
#10 – Wind River – [-4]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – Hotel Transylvania
2007 – The Game Plan
1997 – The Peacemaker
1987 – Fatal Attraction
1977 – Star Wars

 

Box Office Premieres

September 29, 2017: Wide

American Made – [R]

Flatliners – [PG-13]

Til Death Do Us Part – [PG-13]

A Question of Faith – [PG]

 

September 29, 2017: Limited

Judwaa 2 – [NR]
Battle of the Sexes – [PG-13]
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House – [PG-13]
Lucky – [NR]
Super Dark Times – [NR]
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton – [NR]
Literally, Right Before Aaron – [NR]
Abundant Acreage Available – [NR]

 

Home Entertainment

September 26, 2017: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Transformers: The Last Knight – [PG-13]

47 Meters Down – [PG-13]

 

September 26, 2017: New Releases on Digital Video

Spider-Man: Homecoming – [PG-13]

 

September 26, 2017: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Shameless: Season Seven (2017)

Longmire: Season Five (2016)
Sleepy Hollow: Season Four (2016)
Sleepy Hollow: The Complete Series (2013-2017)

Taken: Season One (2016)

The Greatest American Hero: The Complete Series (1981-1983)

 

September 26, 2017: Blu-Rays From the Past 

Flatliners (1990) – [R]

SpaceCamp (1986) – [PG]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Techno Retro Dads

TechnoRetro Dads share the fandom and fun of their youth with their families as they build a bridge from the past to the future through the time spent with their kids in the present. Join JediShua and shazbazzar as they reminisce about the past while exploring the future of some of their favorite science fiction and fantasy properties of their youth. Listen in to discussions about the movies, music, games, and comics of the 70s and 80s as they share the days of their youth with their own kids in a positive, family-friendly atmosphere. If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or just fondly remember the sci-fi/fantasy properties of the 70s and 80s, then this podcast is for you!

 

Quick Flicks

 

Ron Howard is a Han Solo tease
Overwatch to tackle toxicity
Jordan Peele going Nazi-bashing in The Hunt
Watchmen going to television on HBO
Edge of Tomorrow to be Live Die Repeat for the sequel?

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Send us an e-mail
Tweet on Twitter:  The Chronic Rift, The Weekly Podioplex, Denise, and Michael
Listen on Stitcher Radio

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

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

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On The Weekly Podioplex, demonic clowns kept mother! and assassins at bay. In fact, mother! joined an exclusive club where only the worst-received get to visit. This week, Pennywise faces off against the Kingsmen and LEGO ninjas. Itís a battle for the middle of September and seats are yours for the asking. 

Home entertainment brings us an Amazon princess in Wonder Woman, The Big Sick, and another Pirates movie, and television is swimming in great titles like Arrow, Timeless, and classic anniversary editions of Buffy, Firefly, and Friends. After a Marvel-ous Close Encounter or two in the Blu-Rays from the Past, Denise shows us out with news of Nightfliers, Star Wars, and the promise of NES Classics for everyone. Or some of us. Or maybe just that one guy. Who knows with Nintendo at the helm?

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