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“Vic and Sade” is the driest of domestic comedies.  We present two 15-minute visits to “the small house half-way up on the next block.”  First, the son of the house, young Rush, has plans to single-handedly tear down a brick building – purely for the honor.  Then Rush recruits his father to teach his high school principle, Mr. Chinbunny, the manly art of cigar smoking.  “The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe” are based on the classic characters created by Rex Stout and star the magnificently-voiced (and appropriately-girthed) Sydney Greenstreet as New York’s brilliant, but lazy, private investigator. Wolfe leaves the legwork to his assistant, Archie Goodwin – a man about town who really gets around.

 

Episodes

 

Vic and Sade

 

November 14, 1939

“Tearing Down a Three-Storey Brick Building”

 

June 2, 1940

“Mr. Chinbunny Wants to Smoke Cigars”

 

3:30

 

 

 

The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe

 

April 20, 1951

 

“The Lost Heir”

 

23:36

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The battle between good and evil seems to be a winner, but the victory is tainted by really low attendance numbers. That's unfortunate, but audiences may find some respite from The Dark Tower with another crack at The Nut Job. There's also some real life drama in The Glass Castle, a creepy creepy doll in Annabelle: Creation, and the hope that Detroit finds legs in the interim.

 

The home entertainment slate is heavy on film and light on TV, showcasing King Arthur, Snatched, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Blindspot and the mysteries of amenesiacs and terrorists amp up the action before moving into retro titles with two Teen Wolf tales. Wrap it all up with Denise and news of an Ant-Man sequel, a Pacific Rim sequel, and a Nintendo Classic sequel. We seriously hope that they work out the bugs in that last one. Also, a PSA on fantasy, dogs, and milkshakes. Seriously, be kind to living creatures and #MakeMineMilkshake on a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for August 8th, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

 


Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – The Dark Tower – [New Release]
#2 – Dunkirk – [-1]
#3 – The Emoji Movie – [-1]
#4 – Girls Trip – [-1]
#5 – Kidnap – [New Release]
#6 – Spider-Man: Homecoming – [-1]

#7 – Atomic Blonde – [-3]
#8 – Detroit – [+8]
#9 – War for the Planet of the Apes – [-3]
#10 – Despicable Me 3 – [-3]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – The Bourne Legacy
2007 – Rush Hour 3
1997 – Conspiracy Theory
1987 – The Living Daylights
1977 – The Spy Who Loved Me

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of August 11th, 2017

Wide

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature – [PG]

The Glass Castle – [PG-13]

Annabelle: Creation – [R]

 

Limited

Ingrid Goes West – [R]
The Only Living Boy in New York – [R]
The Trip to Spain – [NR]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of August 8th, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – [PG-13]

Snatched – [R]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – [PG]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Blindspot: Season Two (2016)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

Teen Wolf (1985) – [PG]

Teen Wolf Too (1987) – [PG]

 

 

Podcast Promos

 

Talking Apes TV

Every episode of TALKING APES TV will delve into one episode of the PLANET OF THE APES TV Series, with plenty of quotes, audio and social commentary pulled from each show.

 

 

Quick Flicks

 

PSA: Game of Thrones, dogs, and #MakeMineMilkshake
Ant-Man and the Wasp is underway
Nintendo SNES Classic
Pacific Rim: Uprising moves to March 2018

 

Links

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
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Direct download: Podioplex080817.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 8:08am EST
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The Romans

Production: M

Airdates: January 16 - February 6, 1965

 

The TARDIS takes the time travelers to ancient Rome where Ian and Barbara are captured as slaves while the Doctor and Vicki are guests of Nero.  The Doctor is mistaken for a murdered musician and enrages Nero with his performance in Nero's court.  It all leads up to the burning the Rome.  Can the travelers escape their situation and return to the TARDIS?

It's Doctor Who's first stab at a comedy, but is it straight comedy or more like dark comedy? In any event, this is a favorite of John's and he enthuses about it on this episode. Do you agree? Let us know here.

Direct download: DWMD_-_The_Romans.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 11:31am EST
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"Nora Clavicle and the Ladies' Crime Club"

Aired January 18, 1968

Feminist Nora Clavicle has plans for Gotham City as she takes control of Gotham City's police department.  It looks, on the surface, that is a blow for women's rights as she replaces every male police officer with women.  The problem is the women are ineffective when it comes to enforcing the law and nobody is aware of Nora's plan to destroy Gotham City.

John is joined by podcaster Chris Franklin of the Super Mates Podcast to discuss what may possibly be the worst episode in the entire series.  (Yes, even worse than "Marsha, Queen of Diamonds".)  They wonder if this is supposed to be camp, a spoof on women's lib, or just bad writing.  They also try to figure out just how Batman, Robin, and Batgirl allow themselves to be turned into a human Siamese Knot by, and you'll excuse us here, a trio of women.  

 

Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com

 

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_62.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 6:44am EST
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"The Rescue"

Production: L

Airdates: January 2-9, 1965

 

The Doctor has left Susan behind on a future Earth, recovering from Dalek occupation.  He appears to be even more distracted than usual.  And then the TARDIS lands on the planet Dido, a world the Doctor visited once before.  There, he, Ian and Barbara find the wreck of downed space ship and the two survivors who are being terrorized by Koquilion, an inhabitant of the planet.

 

This story sets up the introduction of Vicki, as played by Maureen O'Brien.  She will join the TARDIS and while the producers were looking for her to be a replacement for Susan, she is clearly much more than that.  Take a listen and see if you agree with the assessment of the episode overall and where it places in the ranking.

 

Current Rankings

1 - Dalek Invasion of Earth

2 - Marco Polo

3 - The Daleks

4 - The Aztecs

5 - An Unearthly Child

6 - The Reign of Terror

7 - Edge of Destruction

8 - The Rescue

9 - Planet of Giants

10 - The Keys of Marinus

11 - The Sensorites

Direct download: DWMD_-_The_Rescue.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 9:02am EST
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"THE RAY IS FOR KILLING"

AIRED: NOVEMBER 11, 1966

 

John and Jim are excited to be talking about this episode as it's another high concept episode that manages to work in the Hornet's usual angle of getting inside the criminal organization for a "piece of the action".  A group of thieves have stolen a cache of artwork which they wish to ransom.  They have everyone at bay though because they carry with them a powerful laser weapon.  While Britt negotiates for the release, the Hornet goes inside to learn about who is holding the artwork.  It's a tight, well-written adventure and has a great deal going for it as John and Jim discuss.  Plus, we've got listener mail.  We also introduce The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics and Television by Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson.  We'll be referring to this extensive tome from time to time in our discussions.  Pick up your copy by clicking on the link and getting it today.

 

 

 Take a listen and then let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_008.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 8:21am EST
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Direct download: DWMD_-_Dalek_Invasion_of_Earth.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 12:56pm EST
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Sometimes, not even secret agents and poop are enough to win the weekend. On this edition of The Weekly Podioplex, we face the triumph of Dunkirk and the rise of The Dark Tower, and we question if Stephen King is enough to defeat Christopher Nolan and dramatic war dramas. [CONFORM] This week also sees the wide releases of Kidnap and Detroit, dramas starring Halle Berry and John Boyega.

 

The home entertainment slate tries to steal hearts with a bank heist in Going in Style, a thrilling mystery in The Circle, an extraterrestrial horror in Alien: Covenant, and a blast from the past with They Live. [OBEY] To wrap it all up, Denise brings us a few confrontations, including the singularity (and Melissa McCarthy), Confederate (and HBO), and Castlevania (and the video game curse). Did we mention Darkwing Duck? Yes, there's Darkwing Duck. This and more on a new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network. [CONSUME]

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for August 1st, 2017

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Dark Tower

 

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – Dunkirk – [Second Week]
#2 – The Emoji Movie – [New Release]
#3 – Girls Trip – [-1]
#4 – Atomic Blonde – [New Release]
#5 – Spider-Man: Homecoming – [-2]
#6 – War for the Planet of the Apes – [-2]

#7 – Despicable Me 3 – [-1]
#8 – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – [-3]
#9 – Baby Driver – [-2]
#10 – Wonder Woman – [-1]

 

Tops From the Past

2012 – The Dark Knight Rises
2007 – The Bourne Ultimatum
1997 – Air Force One
1987 – The Living Daylights
1977 – Star Wars

 

Box Office Premieres for the week of August 4th, 2017

Wide

The Dark Tower – [PG-13]

Detroit – [R]

Kidnap – [R]

 

Limited

Midnight Sun – [PG-13]
Step – [PG]
Wind River – [R]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the week of August 1st, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

Going in Style – [PG-13]

The Circle – [PG-13]

All About the Money – [NR]

 

New Releases on Digital Video

 

Alien: Covenant – [R]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Big Little Lies: Season One (2017)

The Secret World of Alex Mack: Complete Series (1994-1998)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past 

 

They Live (1988) – [R]

 

 

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

 

Melissa McCarthy vs. the singularity
Confederate vs. HBO
Netflix’s Castlevania vs. the video game curse
Darkwing Duck vs. DuckTales revival
John Wick vs. the expanded universe

 

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

Direct download: Podioplex080117.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 7:45am EST
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Shazam!

"Goodbye, Packy"

October 4, 1975

 

Kathy has raised Packy since he was a pup.  It's an adorable relationship, but there is one hitch - Packy is a wolf.  He's getting older now and harder to control.  Add to it, the danger he poses to livestock in the area and Kathy's father wants to release him to the wild.  But Kathy and Packy run away and quickly find themselves in danger.  Can Captain Marvel rescue the two in time?

 

It's the first episode of the season that John and Richard do not like which is surprising considering how good the stories have been to this point and the fact that this one was written by a team who wrote some good stories in the first season.  The two discuss where this one went wrong, the laws concerning the possession of wild creatures, and the motif of eating that runs throughout the entire Shazam! series.

 

It's all here and we want to hear from you on what you think of the episode.  Write us as ShazamIsisPodcast@gmail.com.

Moral: “Having a pet carries responsibilities. Some animals are born to be free. To deprive them of that right is selfish, so we all must understand and respect the laws of nature... for our sake, as well as for our animal friends."

 

Guest Cast

Conlan Carter as Bob Rose

Shannon Terhune as Kathy Rose

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_31.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 7:00am EST
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"Louie's Lethal Lilac Time"

Aired January 11, 1968

 

Louie the Lilac is back in Gotham City and this time he plans to corner the perfume market with the help of a kidnapped Bruce and Dick.  

John is joined by podcaster Joseph Culp and they discuss how Berle actually works in the role of Louie and how this episode, warts and all, is not a bad little story.  They also lament the missing Madge Blake, who doesn't appear in this episode, but her character Aunt Harriet gets a name drop.

 

Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com

 

Pastor Joseph "Captain Scotland" Culp is a licensed and ordained minister. He serves as the Host of The weekly Podcast, The Highlander's Heart at 

www.highlandersheart.com. He is an expat from Turriff, Aberdeenshire Scotland who now lives in Pickerington, Ohio. He works with the the elderly in senior ministry at Abbington of Pickerington Ohio bi-weekly. He is a Batman '66 fan as well an an avid reader of history, mystery novel and old comic books from 1938 to 1977. His favorite shows are Batman with Adam West, The Avengers with Patrick Macnee, Shazam, Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman classic Doctor Who (the 1st 3 Doctors only) and the current show of Super Girl, The Flash, Arrow, Doctor Who. He is married to his lovely wife Serene of 24 years and is the proud father of 2 great cats, Princess Bella and Prince Caledonia. You can reach him at joseph.captainscotland.culp@gmail.com or facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joseph.culp.9.

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_61.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 8:00am EST
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