11/12/2018

WTP 183 - Drunk Hostery


This week there’s a smooth intro, Bill has too much to drink, Uncle Jay brings us to Jonestown and we learn about Maximum Bob…

News O’Clock: Disney+, Rogue One Prequel series with Diego Luna, a Loki series, Staten Island is getting an Alamo Drafthouse and Bill’s excited because it’ll have a Kung-Fu themed bar, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot starts production in February, Breaking Bad movie sequel with Jesse, AMC and Network Movies, V movie stalls, and an Alien Nation reboot is moving forward.

THEN A RANDOM DOM TORRE SHOWS UP!

Sequel Section: Green lights for Step Brothers 2, Kingsman 3 (no Taron), The Hitman’s Bodyguard 2, Bad Boys 3, and Austin Powers 4 is developing.

Storytime with Dom...

CHATGAME: #RejectedWickedTheoryMascots

Game time: A Hyperthetical Card: No mistakes counting for $25,000 or be lit on fire.

Meanwhile; Homecoming on Amazon, The Walking Dead, My Dinner with Herve, Overlord, Mandy, and Action Point.

Email! Which fictional house or apartment would we want to live in? Listener feedback.

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11/11/2018

DC TV Report for week ending 11/10/2018

This week, Supergirl cosplays Daft Punk, Arrow bums everybody out, Legends of Tomorrow kidnaps corgis, and Titans … well, let’s just say there was a lot of Dick. Plus Ed and Sara talk Boston stereotypes, the number of lights Captain Picard saw, and the eternal brilliance of Armageddon. Spoilers ahead, so jump over the ones you don’t wanna know about.

Episode recaps:

Supergirl — 5:17

Arrow — 15:26

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow — 29:33

Titans – 40:38

News updates:

The Flash – 51:47

Black Lightning — 53:13

Gotham – 53:52

Swamp Thing — 54:53

Watchmen – 1:01:39

As always, Ed and Sara close with the winner of the week: XX.

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11/08/2018

Franchise Chronicles: Werewolf Of London (1935)

By Edward O'Hare
Tip 1: Dress for success.
Welcome to the Franchise Chronicles, a movie-by-movie look at the development and evolution of cinema’s most enduring sagas. I am currently exploring the classic Universal Monsters and this week’s movie is Werewolf of London (1935) directed by Stuart Walker.

I know, I know. Ed, isn’t Universal’s werewolf monster the Wolfman? That’s right Aloysius. The Wolfman is Universal’s marquee canine creature but he is not their only one. Their first attempt at a werewolf movie was this little diddy. (Why did I call you Aloysius? I don’t know. Who cares?) Let me reiterate up front that this is not a critique of the film. I liked it just fine. My goal for these posts is to discuss each movie in terms of how it serves and develops the franchise. My best guess as to why we didn’t see more of this character is because the film borrows elements from many other franchises but does not have enough unique pieces to stand out from the pack.

Tip 2: Never bring your work home.
 As with The Mummy and The Invisible Man, this movie employs many of the same visuals and story beats as previous Monster movies. We start off with a couple of scientists in an exotic locale (the mountains of Tibet). They encounter a supernatural creature but try to pretend it was superstitious nonsense and head back to London (Somehow these movies always lead back to London). One of the scientists is so obsessed with his work that he is ignoring his beautiful wife (in this case Valerie Hobson returns to play pretty much the same part she played in The Bride of Frankenstein). She, of course, has an old friend in town (Lester Matthews) who is more handsome and probably better for her. There is another doctor who knows all about werewolves. Unlike Van Helsing, Dr. Yogami (Warner Oland) is not hunting the monsters but is one himself. We also get concerned but bumbling London police and lively, eccentric civilians. Miss Ettie Coombes (Spring Byington) is fun to watch but she is no Una O’Connor. The scientist rents a room at an inn in the country but ends up busting out to terrorize the villagers before being killed and professing his love for his wife before dying and returning to human form.

Tip 3: Tip Bartenders well and they'll share secrets.
I don’t want to directly compare this film to The Wolfman (we are not up to that film yet) but I will say the number one reason Werewolf of London probably did not get a sequel was the title character. It could be the writing or maybe the performance but however you slice it Dr. Wilfred Glendon (Henry Hull) is not very likeable. Hull does not have Lugosi’s charm, Karloff’s imposing nature or Rains’s biting wit. He also does not have any tender moments with his wife Lisa. All we see him do in his human form is worry. It is difficult to latch on and connect with a character like that. As far as the Werewolf goes, Jack Pierce’s makeup design is very good but not nearly as iconic as Frankenstein’s Monster or the Mummy. The fur and the teeth are there, but the facial structure could do more to resemble a wolf. It actually looks much more like the Wally Westmore makeup that Fredric March wore in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), which we did not cover because it was a Paramount release. Even the look of the monster feels like a borrowed element. Universal’s next crack at a werewolf would have to step up the game.

Next week, Bela Lugosi does not return but we will get to meet Dracula’s Daughter.




Edward O’Hare, nickname TBD, has been poking around the deep caverns of pop culture for some years now. His hobbies include making Starfleet org charts and badgering people who haven’t seen the Adventures of Captain Marvel movie serial from 1941. He one day dreams of teaching Bill Simmons that superheroes and pro athletes are not all that different.

11/05/2018

WTP 182 - Moon Fight


This week Bill, Bob, and Uncle Jay discuss our Horrorween survival, our week off, and other nonsense like how Rick Grimes is going to die.

Then Satan brings the News: another Time Machine adaptation, Gladiator 2:What Why?, Boba Fett film is on dead, Hulk is in the stars, Daredevil Season 3 ratings are down, Ewan McGregor is joining the DC Cinematic Universe, Guardians 3 is on hold again, and Better Call Saul speculation.

Game time: A Hyperthetical Card: Moon Fight

CHATGAME: #ZombieRock

Meanwhile, we saw stuff: House of Cards returns, Hunter Killer was good, Bohemian Rhapsody is a mixed bag for Uncle Jay, who also attempts an abridged spoiler-freeish Bad Times at the El Royale.

To wrap it all up we answeran E-mail about Last dying word and we do a Hyperthetical reprise on the way out.

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11/04/2018

DC TV Report for 11/03/2018

Doom Patrol? More like Delight Patrol! Titans introduced a new band of misfits this week, while Supergirl explored how to make a murderer. Plus, Ed and Sara discuss high school speech memories, the pop culture canon, and, yep, more pinball. (Also, apologies for the feline-based technical difficulties.) Spoilers ahead, so jump over the ones you don’t wanna know about.
 
Episode recaps:
Supergirl – 6:14
Arrow – 18:52
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – 33:47
The Flash – 41:56
Black Lightning – 53:56
Titans – 1:03:33
 
News updates:
CW crossover – 1:16:10
Lucifer – 1:20:11
Gotham – 1:21:10
Swamp Thing – 1:23:21
Stargirl – 1:24:06
Pennyworth – 1:24:48
 
As always, Ed and Sara close with the winner of the week: 1:26:19
 
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11/02/2018

Franchise Chronicles: The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

By Edward O'Hare

Old Fashioned Romance

Welcome to the Franchise Chronicles, a movie-by-movie look at the development and evolution of cinema’s most enduring sagas. I am currently exploring the classic Universal Monsters and this week’s movie is The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) directed by James Whale.

After four solo adventures and one alternate version, today we get to talk about the first direct continuation building the world of Universal Monsters. Released four years after the first Frankenstein, Bride picks up mere moments after the original and takes these films in a completely different direction. Many modern horror sequels end up being clones of their forerunners but in this case James Whale builds on the narrative and adopts a unique tone that arguably makes this entry more accessible.

Alright, let’s start with the features from the first film that stick around for this installment. Of course, Boris Karloff is back (this time credited as just “KARLOFF”) with his iconic Jack Pierce makeup. Colin Clive returns as the ever-tortured Henry Frankenstein (Inhuman experiments aside, this guy could really use a hug). Valerie Hobson replaces Mae Clarke as Henry’s new wife, Elizabeth (who should really re-consider her life choices). Dwight Frye also returns, this time as another assistant named Karl who is a dead ringer for Fritz but without the hump. Finally the gorgeous art direction and cinematography serve as the cherry on top that brings us back into the world of the Monster.

To mix things up Whale decided to add a few elements from The Invisible Man. We get to spend more time with the villagers who are so frightened of the Monster that on sight, they either run away screaming or attack him with torches and pitchforks. Included in those villagers is the bumbling E.E. Clive, who trades in his constable uniform to play the town burgomaster and Una O’Connor, who gives us another lovable turn screaming to high heaven, this time as the Frankenstein's loyal servant Minnie.

"With all due respect my dear: oh no you didn't..."
The other over-the-top character Whale introduces is Henry’s mentor Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), who is hell-bent on convincing Henry to continue his work and create a mate for the Monster. Thesiger’s performance can best be described as delicious. I spent about two days deciding on that word. Pretorius is so absurd and outlandish that you just want to eat him up. He is also the best example of the camp elements Whale adds to the production. In my experience camp done well can be a romp for adults and dead-serious for young kids. This is the kind of movie people of all ages can enjoy and take away different things. There are no real scares here. All of the drama is character-focused, which makes the ending all the more tragic and impactful.

Emo before it was cool.

We only get to see the Bride herself for the final five minutes of the film. This is due to the narrative structure which is the exact reverse of the first film. We start with the Monster being cornered by the townsfolk. Then he runs around unintentionally terrorizing everybody while Henry is guilt-ridden and arguing with his colleagues. This all culminates in Henry bringing another body to life. We need all of that build-up to give the Bride’s rejection of the Monster maximum effect. In the end Henry and Elizabeth escape the exploding castle to have a normal life together. Somehow I doubt the village will allow that, but like all classic movies this one ends mere seconds after the climax.

This movie offers everything you could want from a sequel. It keeps all the core elements of the first film intact and continues the story with enough new elements to stand on its own. Anyone in Hollywood working on a tentpole franchise should be required to watch this before they have Peter Parker dance in a jazz club or send Jason Voorhees to space.

Next week we will check out Universal’s first crack at a furry Monster: Werewolf of London.
"Arghh! This not smoking section!"



Edward O’Hare, nickname TBD, has been poking around the deep caverns of pop culture for some years now. His hobbies include making Starfleet org charts and badgering people who haven’t seen the Adventures of Captain Marvel movie serial from 1941. He one day dreams of teaching Bill Simmons that superheroes and pro athletes are not all that different.

10/31/2018

Horror-Ween 2: The Revenge


 

Bill and Uncle Jay are trapped in a dank and creepy basement, celebrating their favorite holiday by talking about horror movies and TV! Here's a basic breakdown!!

Jay's Chiller-Con report!

Halloween 2018

Creepshow special edition

Haunting of Hill House

Blood harvest

Channel Zero: The Dream Door

Video Palace

Chatgame: Horror Plus Horror mash ups!

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10/29/2018

WTP 181 - Special Filler: Bill Answers 50 Questions


In this Special Filler Episode the one and only Agent Palmer asks Bill 50 Random Questions for no other reason than .... he can?

If you enjoy this episode or if you have an idea on how to spin it so we can do something similar again - let us know in an e-mail!

Check out AgentPalmer.com

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