A new theatrical comic book movie means I once again stepped into the sheltering arms of the After Movie Diner. We discuss the state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at End of Summer, 2014, the various vagaries of Marvel’s 616 universe, both past and present, and a whole mess of other fun stuff along the way. Download the episode directly here (right click, “save target as”) or surf on over to the Diner’s ever-growing YouTube channel and brace yourselves as two nerds have a thorough, nuanced, and actually-critical discussion about the summer’s most beloved (because, really, it’s the Summer’s only) Space Opera.
As has become tradition, I sat down with the Supreme British Intelligence and All-Around Awesome Man of Action Jon Cross, inside his After Movie Diner, to discuss the latest superhero shenanigans. Our conversation began with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and, as has also become tradition, spread out from there to touch upon almost all aspects of modern superheroic entertainment. Including, but not limited to, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Jon stopped watching before Jamie Alexander showed up, poor man) the Marvel One-Shot short films, its upcoming Netflix original series, its upcoming (rumored) regular TV series, and even a few comic books, while we’re at it.
Sometimes with a title so big, so large, sooo enormous the Traumatic Trio has to call in backup. This time around the guys are joined by a buckeye licking show know as Idle Chatter. These boys showed up with their A game and we quickly weigh them down to our standard D+ standard. This is the very last stop on the Road to the Days of the Dead and we will be joined IN PERSON by the Idle Chatter show Saturday July 6th at the Days of the Dead horror convention.
Worry not because everyone made it out alive and learned a little something about recycling and not littering! Tune in folks for an interesting orgy of podcasters fighting to get their opinion heard. Is Godzilla vs. Hedorah your favorite? Which of the personalities will love it or hate it… Listen to find out.
In this episode we had the pleasure of sharing our excitement and anticipation with Adolfo G. Dorta , promoter of Days of the Dead. Mr. Dorta is more than just the face leading DOTD he is the heart that keeps the fake blood flowing. We ask him simple questions, we ask him some tough ones, and we even ask one that we feared would make him hang up. Folks the only way you can experience the charisma that oozes from this mans pores is to listen and listen hard. This is not a show to miss!
On this long journey down the Road to Days of the Dead we have met and conversed with many faces, many personalities, and made some friends along the way. This week is our last stop till we arrive at our destination of horror and wonder alike. We shall storm the halls of the Days of the Dead and immerse ourselves in this underground culture of make-up, blood capsules, and hockey masks. We shall brush shoulders with the heroes and monsters of our childhoods and love every minute of it.
Something is wrong in Mike Pearson’s small town of Anywhere, USA: the death rate is climbing and the dead are coming back to life as angry Jawas. The local mortician, the Tall Man, has superhuman strength and a squadron of flying cybernetic death balls to do his bidding. He may be an alien. He may be a Highlander. He may already know Mike is on to him. He certainly knows more than the Traumatic Cinematic crew. Join us as we examine Don Coscarelli’s nightmare opus of psychedelic late-70s horror madness: Phantasm. Will it be the classic fright fest everything says it is, or is the game now finished and do we all die?
You can (and should) find Chris (@Suicidal812) Blair at his Facebook page and on Twitter @Suicidal812. Also check out Monsters Among You group! Don’t forget that you can MEET Chris and US at Days of the Dead Indianapolis July 5-7 2013. Also check out the THIS WEEK on Traumatic Cinematic show Chris did with us a few weeks ago. Act 1 – The Traumatic Trio shoots the shit and explores the interesting hobby Mr. Blair has (cos-play.) They also start to explore the film too! Act 2 Intermission- Some music from the movie… you should know it. Act 3- The levels of hell called back our demonic interview so the Traumatic Trio delve deep into this classic.
In honor of everyone’s eternal love for the first two Superman movies, I joined AYTIWS theme song writer and friend to all sentient life Jon Cross in his After Movie Diner to discuss these seminal examples of the superhero sub-genre. We owe them more than we can ever say, so consider this yet another way of paying it forward…apart from my own reviews on the subjects, of course.
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“Lingering odors of machine oil contrasted sharply with the taint of harness dressing and leather. Yet, somehow, through all that reek of human beings and their associates – dogs, machines and cooking – came another taint. It was a queer, neck-ruffling thing, a faintest suggestion of an odor alien among the smells of industry and life. And it was a lifesmell. But it came from the thing that lay bound with cord and tarpaulin on the table, dripping slowly, methodically onto the heavy planks, dank and gaunt under the unshielded glare of the electric light.”
With these words, John W. Campbell began a story that would chill spines and inspire movies long after his death: Who Goes There? A story of scientists trapped in Antarctica, facing all the hostile ravages of nature and the with a shape-shifting alien monster they foolishly freed from the ice. Filmed in 1951 as The Thing from Another World, the story reached even more once- and future horror fans, including a young man named John Carpenter, who’d go on to redefine what “horror” meant to American moviegoers in the late 70s. Hot off the success of Halloween and Escape from New York, Carpenter uped stakes to British Columbia (taking Escape from New York’s star, Kurt Russell, and future They Live star Keith David with him) to film the coldest damn sci-fi movie of Summer, 1982. (To this day the opening shots of glacial mountains are enough to freeze all but the hottest naughty bits.) Despised by critics and ignored by fans during its initial release, The Thing became one of the first films to find a second life on home video once VCR’s grew cheap enough for standard-issue humans to afford. Can the Traumatic Cinematic Crew find fault with a film that scarred the bejesus out of all three of us as a child? Or is this cult classic classic enough to pass even our hot-wire tests?
Seven days have passed and here we are once again offering you an update of pop culture of the last week. In this episode the Traumatic Trio continued their trek down the Road to Days of the Dead and have invited a haunter and costumer Nick Tyson to walk a couple of miles in their shit kickers. Tune in a find out what the NSA has been listening to, what DeMoss hates this week, and if Wickliff saved any lives. You too could be the next monster scaring children into the arms of religion and I believe Nick has helped show us the way.
It has been an amazing week for The Traumatic Cinematic Show. We have given away a box of t-shirts to fans that interact with us (Our Facebook Group, Page, and Twitter) and had two winners of the contests we have hidden deep within special secrete shows. So far Corey Miller from3WizemanProductions and Tony Troxell @IndianaGeeking. Hopefully these two gentlemen will be sending us some pictures of them wearing their prizes (AND NOTHING ELSE!) There are still some golden tickets out there folks. They could be in old episodes, they could be in current episodes, one could be in today’s episode?!
For a moment there, around 2004, everyone was talking about “Kung Fu Hustle” – the eccentric martial arts comedy from writer/directer/star Stephen Chow. If only we’d known, at the time, that Kung Fu Hustle was but the tip of an iceberg Chow, and long time comedic collaborator Ng Mang Tat, had spent years building for themselves in their home market of Hong Kong. With assistance from action choreographer Siu-Tung “Tony” Ching, Chow and Tat reunited in 2001, to combine Kung Fu movies with the inspiration sports comedies Hollywood like to crank out in the 80s and early 90s. The result of their mad experiment in genre cross-pollination Shaolin Soccer, kicks the ass of every so-called “spoof” Hollywood’s produced in the last twelve years, combining gut-busting laughs with ball-busting action and just the littlest touch of a love story. It’s a feel-good film for all ages…but did it manage to worm its way into the Traumatic Cinematic crew’s black, chitinous hearts? Listen and find out. Unless you’re playing for Team Evil.
We have packed this episode edge to edge with current event goodness! Given that two out of three of us are based in Indianapolis this show might be a little local this week with Memorial Day and the Indy 500 race. Mike had the opportunity to check out Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, we discussed how the new Xbox One will bring and end to television, Lucas and Spielberg gambling with billions, He-Man never laid She-Ra but possibly Smurfette, Thankskilling pulled from Netflix, Doctor Who’s season finale, Sunscreen on private parts drinking in the 500 snake pit, special friend a segment in Human Centipede, Monos the Hands of Felt, Superman, and much much more.