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On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the box office has the Biloxi Blues as the team of Broderick, Walken, and Miller bring stageplay to the silver screen. This week, the recruits contend with an irreverent poltergeist in the guise of Beetlejuice.

 

We're not saying it again. 

On the home entertainment front, five good titles come to your VHS player, including the adorably zany Princess Bride and the sci-fi stunner Innerspace. After that, Denise brings words of Phantoms in the West End, a new Oprah show, Aliens with Sigourney and ALF, and Tom Cruise.

Enjoy the journey, because it's showtime on the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for April 1st, 1988

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Beetlejuice

 


Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Biloxi Blues – [New Release]
#2 – Johnny Be Good – [New Release]
#3 – The Fox and the Hound (re-release) – [New Release]
#4 – Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach – [-3]
#5 – Good Morning, Vietnam – [-3]
#6 – D.O.A. – [-3]

#7 – A New Life – [New Release]
#8 – Masquerade – [-3]
#9 – Vice Versa – [-5]
#10 – Moonstruck – [-4]

 

Tops From the Past

1987 – Blind Date
1983 – Spring Break
1978 – Straight Time
1968 – The Producers
 

Box Office Premieres for the week of April 1st, 1988

Wide

Beetlejuice – [PG]

Bright Lights, Big City – [R]

The Seventh Sign – [R]

 

Limited

Bellman and True – [R]

 

 

Home Entertainment on VHS for the week of April 1st, 1988

Innerspace – [PG]

The Princess Bride – [PG]

Hellraiser – [R]

The Hidden – [R]

No Way Out – [R]

 

 

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

Phantom of the Opera comes to London’s West End
Oprah Winfrey starts a new talk show
Aliens galore: A sequel with Sigourney Weaver and a new experience with ALF
Top Gun: Tom Cruise in the cockpit... and Denise loses it

 

Links

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

Direct download: Podioplex04011988.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 6:00am EDT
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Isis

"The Show Off"

November 8, 1975

Steve is a student who has a serious inferiority complex.  He compensates by showing off, but his recklessness gets him into trouble very quickly.

John and Richard have a lot to talk about in this episode.  First, there's the excitement over Michael Gray's appearance on AMC's Comic Book Men this fall.  Next, they look through the fourth issue of DC Comics' 1976 run of The Mighty Isis.  It's the last issue before the series took an interesting turn.  Finally, they review, "The Show Off," an episode of Isis that turns out to be two stories in one as the first story is abandoned early in the second act.  Plus, there's admiration of Joanna Cameron's acting with Tut, Brian Cutler's fishing hat, and the use of more realistic gorilla costumes if you don't want to use a real gorilla in your story.

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: "Today Steve learned that showing off may bring attention to yourself, but it isn’t the way to gain respect.  Respect is something that must be earned and the best way to start is to be honest with yourself.  Trying to be something you’re not, only makes you look foolish and sometimes, it can be very dangerous."

Guest Cast

Harry Gold as Steve Elwood

Meegan King as Roger Buck

Harlan Ward as The Zookeeper

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_39.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 8:07pm EDT
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"SEEK, STALK AND DESTROY"

AIRED: JANUARY 6, 1967

 

A trio of Korean War vets hatch a plan to bust their sergeant out of prison with a stolen tank.  Will the Hornet be able to stop them in time? John and Jim are back with an episode that they are once again mixed on.  They both agree the episode has merit, but one of them is overly enthused by the premise.  Also, they discuss the influences of the Batman series on The Green Hornet and the music of Billy May. 

The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics and Television by Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson is a reference work we're consulting as we move through the series.  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_016.mp3
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Recorded on Facebook Live

Sunday March 25, 2018

 

Chuck Harter, author of "Mr. Novak: An Acclaimed Television Series", chats with John about the groundbreaking TV series about high school teachers and their students, the appeal of star James Franciscus, the making of Chuck's book and more.

 

Get your hands on a copy by clicking on the link and in doing so, you help support the network.

 

 

Chuck Harter is a writer and musician, and his previously published books include Superboy & Superpup: The Lost Videos; Superman on Broadway; Johnnie Ray: 1952 The Year of the Atomic Ray; Little Elf: A Celebration of Harry Langdon. He also wrote the television documentary Hey! Hey! We’re the Monkees, and has appeared as a commentator on many TV programs including North Mission Road, Cops: America’s Most Wanted, Places of Infamy, A & E Biography, Mysteries and Scandals, and Unsolved Mysteries.

 

 

 

Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/mrnovakbook/

 

Publisher's page - http://www.bearmanormedia.com/mr-novak-an-acclaimed-television-series-softcover-edition-by-chuck-harter

Direct download: Chronic_Rift_012.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Podcast -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT
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On this week's Double Digest edition of The Weekly Podioplex, Black Panther is still fighting strong as it wins a fifth straight week, joining ranks with Avatar and The Sixth Sense. This week's competition will attempt to cancel the apocalypse and restart the Jaeger program with Pacific Rim Uprising. 

 

On the home entertainment front, the sluggers comes home with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle this week and Star Wars: The Last Jedi next week. Television gives audiences Archer, Legion, and Mister Rogers, and retro goes crazy with The 'Burbs and Scanners on Blu-Ray.

 

Denise brings the news from the world wide web to your ears with leprechauns, Amazon's deep pocketses, James Bond #25, and stop motion dreams.

 

Enjoy the journey, because it's showtime on the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for March 20, 2018

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Pacific Rim Uprising

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Black Panther – [Fifth Week]
#2 – Tomb Raider – [New Release]
#3 – I Can Only Imagine – [New Release]
#4 – A Wrinkle in Time – [-2]
#5 – Love, Simon – [New Release]
#6 – Game Night – [-1]

#7 – Peter Rabbit – [-1]
#8 – Strangers: Prey at Night – [-5]
#9 – Red Sparrow – [-5]
#10 – Death Wish – [-3]

 

 

Box Office Premieres

March 23, 2018: Wide

Pacific Rim Uprising – [PG-13]
Midnight Sun – [PG-13]
Sherlock Gnomes – [PG]
Unsane – [R]

March 23, 2018: Limited

Isle of Dogs – [PG-13]
Paul, Apostle of Christ – [PG-13]
Hichki – [NR]
Final Portrait – [R]
Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town – [NR]
I Kill Giants – [NR]
Back to Burgundy – [NR]
A Bag of Marbles – [NR]
The Endless – [NR]
Getting Grace – [PG-13]
Beauty and the Dogs – [NR]
What We Started – [NR]
Ismael’s Ghosts – [R]

March 30, 2018: Wide

Ready Player One – [PG-13]
Tyler Perry’s Acrimony – [R]
God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness – [PG]

March 30, 2018: Limited

Finding Your Feet – [PG-13]
Outside In – [NR]
The China Hustle – [R]
Gemini – [R]
Birthmarked – [NR]

 

Home Entertainment

March 20, 2018: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – [PG-13]

Pitch Perfect 3 – [PG-13]

Downsizing – [R]

 

March 27, 2018: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – [PG-13]

 

March 20, 2018: New Releases on Digital Video

The Greatest Showman – [PG]

 

March 27, 2018: New Releases on Digital Video

Paddington 2 – [PG]

 

March 20, 2018: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Archer: Season Eight (2017)

 

March 27, 2018: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

The Americans: Season Five (2017)

Legion: Season One (2017)

Mr. Robot: Season 3.0 (2017)
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s a Beautiful Day (1968-2001)

March 20 2018: Blu-Rays From the Past 

The ‘Burbs (1989) – [PG]

March 27 2018: Blu-Rays From the Past 

Scanners (1981) – [R]

 

Podcast Promos

Skywalking Through Neverland

Skywalking Through Neverland is a Star Wars/Disney, fan-focused Podcast. We cover Star Wars, Disney, Superheroes and pop culture fandom. You know, that stuff that binds us all together as instantaneous friends! We showcase either what people have done with their fandom or talked to those who are involved first-hand in the universes that we LOVE.

 

 

Quick Flicks

Leprechaun Returns coming to Syfy
Captain Marvel makes some casting replacements
Amazon to drop $500 million on Lord of the Rings
Danny Boyle taking on Bond 25
Netflix going to stop motion animation with Key and Peele

 

 

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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

Denise’s blog at Accessories Not Included

Direct download: Podioplex032018.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 8:05pm EDT
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"Batman Vs. Two-Face"

Released October 10, 2017

 

How is it possible to top the success of last year's The Return of the Caped Crusaders? You add William Shatner to the mix!  Shatner takes on the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face in this new feature length film and just as with the previous film, the producers bring us an interesting take on the classic villain.  In this episode, we discuss Adam West's final performance, just how couched in the first season this film is, and our thoughts on the possibility of the series continuing without its lead actor.

Joining John to breakdown this movie in a double-sized episode is Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension, Billy Flynn of Geek Radio Daily, and Ben Bentley of the Batman 66 Message Board.

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

 

 

Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.

 

Links

13th Dimension Website

Facebook page

Twitter

 

 

The Wonderful Billy Flynn brings the funny each week on Geek Radio Daily! His daytime alter ego is mild-mannered (well, that part is a stretch) radio station personality at WLEE in Virginia.   He actually gets paid to sit on his butt and run his mouth! His “edumacation” is from UNC-Wilmington, the Columbia School of Broadcasting, and University of Phoenix. When he is not gracing the podcasting airways with his comedic stylings, you can find Billy Flynn on Xbox Live (flynn71), rockin’ out on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, watching movies, reading comics, working out, or posting on the forums at geekradiodaily.com (ding!).

 

 

"Ben Bentley is an internationally published music photographer and Bat-Fan based in the United Kingdom. When Ben isn't behind the camera, you can find him sharing his lifelong love of Adam West's TV Batman as a co-moderator over at the 1966 Batman Message Board (66batman.com). Having traveled to California several times to attend conventions and hang out with Bat-friends, Ben has been lucky enough to try on one of Adam's original screen worn Cowls, meet several surviving cast members from the show and even run up and down the steps of Gotham City Police Headquarters in his own Adam West Batsuit. 

You can keep up to date with Ben's photographic work over on his blog... http://www.benbentleyphoto.tumblr.com or why not come and join Scott, Ben and the gang at the internet's longest standing 1966 TV Batman message board... http://www.66batman.com" 

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_79.mp3
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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

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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, Sade may have at last found a place to store all of her husband’s fraternal lodge regalia that’s always cluttering up the house.  Then, what did people do for entertainment at the height of the Depression?  Rush’s pal Rotten makes performance art out of a collapsed porch.  Finally, on “Escape,” we all escape to Kafiristan, via an adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic story, “The Man Who Would Be King.”

Episodes

 Vic and Sade

[1939]

“Mr. Gumpox Offers Sade a Stall”

 June 13, 1939

“Porch Collapses, Rotten Takes the Blame”

2:37

  

Escape

August 1, 1948

“The Man Who Would Be King”

29:18

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On this week's edition of The Weekly Podioplex, the Black Panther is unstoppable as the film crests $1 billion worldwide and just keeps on kicking tail. Gringo couldn't stop it, a hurricane couldn't stop it, Strangers couldn't stop it... not even Disney could stop it. Lara Croft and a new version of Tomb Raider is leading a small army of newcomers who will try to stop the king, but it's anyone's guess as to who will come in on top.

On the home entertainment front, Shape of Water and Justice League lead the pack with The Last Jedi coming to digital. The Handmaid's Tale brings a frightening future to TV shelves, and our retro title takes us on A Trip to the Moon. 

Denise returns to your ears with news of a holistic detective, a Green Lantern that jumps on couches, and a treatise on Universal's Dark Universe. It's showtime on the Weekly Podioplex, brought to you on The Chronic Rift Network.

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for March 13, 2018

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: Tomb Raider

 

 

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Black Panther – [Fourth Week]
#2 – A Wrinkle in Time – [New Release]
#3 – Strangers: Prey at Night – [New Release]
#4 – Red Sparrow – [-2]
#5 – Game Night – [-1]
#6 – Peter Rabbit – [-1]

#7 – Death Wish – [-4]
#8 – Annihilation – [-2]
#9 – The Hurricane Heist – [New Release]
#10 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – [-3]

 

 

Box Office Premieres

March 16, 2018: Wide

Tomb Raider – [PG-13]
Love, Simon – [PG-13]
7 Days in Entebbe – [PG-13]
I Can Only Imagine – [PG]

March 16, 2018: Limited

Flower – [R]
Allure – [NR]
Josie – [NR]
Journey’s End – [R]
Ramen Heads – [NR]
Maineland – [NR]
Demon House – [NR]

 

Home Entertainment

March 13, 2018: New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray 

The Shape of Water – [R]

Justice League – [PG-13]

The Disaster Artist – [R]

I, Tonya – [R]

Ferdinand – [PG]

 

March 13, 2018: New Releases on Digital Video

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – [PG-13]

 

March 13, 2018: TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season One (2017)

Fear the Walking Dead: Season Three (2017)

Major Crimes: Season Six (2017)

 

March 6, 2018: Blu-Rays From the Past 

A Trip to the Moon (1902) – [G]

 

Podcast Promos

The Flopcast
Kevin and Kornflake are back in business, and bringing you The Flopcast, live from Chickentown. They are still quite obsessed with both coffee and cartoons, as well as comedy music, and various other silly and geeky pursuits. And rubber chickens. And yaks. They remain frightened and confused. And they still base all their personal and business decisions on the advice of that invisible toad thing. A huge mistake? Well, based on the track record of these two hopeless dreamers, the answer to that question can only be: "You're still reading this? Really?"

 

 

 

Quick Flicks

Tom Cruise is a Green Lantern?
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is closing shop
The Shape of Water producer considering Universal’s Dark Universe

Links

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Send us an e-mail
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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: Podioplex031318.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT
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Isis

"How to Find a Friend"

November 1, 1975

Tom is a troubled student who tries to make friends, but fails.  He comes up with the idea of really impressing a kid with a dirt bike he wants to ride by offering him an antique gun that belongs to his father.  The problem is the firing mechanism of the gun is rusted and the weapon could go off in the user's hands.

This is a packed episode even though it isn't action packed.  First, Richard relates his attending Big Apple Comic Con in New York with Jackson Bostwick and how the two participated in a panel on the history of the use of the name, Captain Marvel.  Next, John and Richard discuss the third issue of the 1976 DC Comics run of Isis.  Finally, they discuss the episode itself.  Richard likes it more than John, finding the time manipulation elements interesting, while John just finds it weird.

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: "In today's story, Tom learns that you cannot buy friendship.  Real friends are those who like you for yourself, not because you are giving them presents.  And Tom learned something else.  He learned that a gun is not a toy.  A lot of people are sorry, because they were hurt by a gun they thought wasn't loaded.  So, play it safe.  Don't play with a gun, then you'll never be sorry."

Guest Cast

Mike Lookinland as Tom Anderson

Buddy Foster as Billie

Tommy Norden as Joe

Russ Martin as Mister Anderson

&

Albert Reed as Dr. Joshua Barnes

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_38.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 9:05pm EDT
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