|Movie Madness Podcast with Erik Childress
|by Erik Childress
Movie Madness is a weekly podcast hosted by Chicago film critic Erik Childress presenting movie reviews, interviews, film festival coverage, DVDs, awards, box office and much more!
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(NEW!)Episode 239: From Suicide Squad To THE Suicide Squad
Erik Childress is joined by comic book expert, Erik Laws, who had one of the worst comic book experiences watching what DC and Warner Bros. put in theaters with David Ayer's Suicide Squad in 2016. (You can hear that on Episode 21 right here.) Not one to give up, Mr. Laws is back to check out James Gunn's new reboot of the series. The pair discuss their thoughts on the film, whether or not Gunn has a ceiling with his template and if one of its primary characters is wearing out their welcome. Will this version generate enough good will to keep Gunn on board for future projects or will DC somehow screw this one up too.
(NEW!)Episode 238: What's Old Is Still Old
Fondly we joke about not being able to do this on the radio like we used to, but find another show that offers up 13 movie reviews in a single episode. Cause that is what you get from Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy here including documentaries ranging from sharks to Woodstock '99 and Alvin Ailey to Val Kilmer. There are vampires on a plane (Blood Red Sky), giant flies in a trunk (Mandibles) and the end of our world played for laughs (How It Ends) and drama (Settlers). Megan Fox is hunting a serial killer (Midnight in the Switchgrass), Ben Platt has a mentally ill sister screwing up his plans (Broken Diamonds) and Mark Wahlberg takes a cross-country walk for his gay son (Joe Bell). Finally the G.I. Joe franchise gets rebooted again with Snake Eyes and could there be a twist that gets Erik to finally like an M. Night Shyamalan movie (Old) after 22 years?
Episode 237: Pigs & Roadrunners: A New Legacy
This week's movie review episode with Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy has it all. Sharks, pigs, roadrunners, gunfights, milkshakes and basketball. That would be selling it short though as the guys wade through eight films this week including documentaries featuring Eli Roth (Fin) and Anthony Bourdain (Roadrunner). They close the book on a Netflix trilogy (Fear Street Part 3 – 1666) and try to look past a bump in the road on a filmmaker they have appreciated (Die in a Gunfight). Karen Gillan leads a pack of armed female assassins in the John Wick-ish, Gunpowder Milkshake, while Nicolas Cage appears ready to go that route until his latest turns into something entirely different (Pig). Finally, there are two more sequels for the week including one hoping to continue a new franchise (Escape Room: Tournament of Champions) and another the pair hope ends immediately (Space Jam: A New Legacy).
Episode 236: Indiana Jones And The Quest For Amblin-Esque
It has been a while since Erik Childress and Sergio Mims informed you of the latest and greatest in Blu-rays, but they are back with a vengeance. In this episode, they go from Criterion and Tom Noonan's directorial debut to films that were big parts of their childhood and made their adult selves feel that age again. There are musicals and westerns, Gun Hill and Walter Hill, mad monks, killer cats and big fish. They save plenty of room for big discussions about Joe Dante's Explorers and Cameron Crowe's Explorers while also digging into the new Indiana Jones set now available in glorious 4K. You will feel like a kid again and want to pick these films up to be part of the library that streaming cannot rob you of.
(NEW!)Episode 235: You’ve Got To See This, Son
It may not be the epic review show they just did, but Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy still talk about four films you will want to hear before deciding to check out. Steve talks about another whale documentary; the latest from “Cropsey” and “The Sons of Sam” director (The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52). They let you know if the second installment of Netflix’s horror trilogy is any better than last week’s edition (Fear Street Part 2 – 1978) but have just as much to say about Shudder’s latest horror film (Son) and maybe even more. Finally, Steve gets to weigh in on his thoughts on Marvel’s latest after the two Eriks’ in-depth look at it a few episodes prior.
Episode 234: Past, Present & Future Wars
It was a long July 4th weekend and that meant a lot of movies. Erik Childress & Steve Prokopy may have whittled it down to an even dozen but that was still plenty for this epic review show. There is true crime (The Phantom), horror (Fear Street: Part 1 - 1984, Vicious Fun) and the fight over a heart (The God Committee). Steve looks in on Heidi Ewing's tender love story (I Carry You With Me) and Erik determines where the latest from Steven Soderbergh fits in his "retirement" resume (No Sudden Move). There is also Megan Fox handcuffed to a dead body (Till Death), a couple of standout Sundance films from both 2020 & 2021 (Zola, Summer of Soul) as well as variations of the wars in our country from the past (America: The Motion Picture), the present (The Forever Purge) and the future (The Tomorrow War). Strap in and see which are worthy of your time.
(NEW!)Episode 233: The Black Widow Ledger
Comic book expert Erik Laws is back in person to record this episode about the latest from Marvel Studios. He joins Erik Childress to talk about their new prequel/fill-in-the-blanks film about Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff. They share their thoughts on the film and Laws fills in further blanks about the liberties taken with some of the new introductions here. Though both Florence Pugh and David Harbour should be pleased. Has the film come too late in the Universe or is it just Marvel and Disney trying to wipe out the red in their ledger when it comes to highlighting its female heroes. The discussion is all here.
Episode 232: Returning A Quarter Mile At A Time
THE MOVIE MADNESS PODCAST RETURNS! After a month’s hiatus, Erik Childress welcomes back Steve Prokopy to get caught up on the films they missed as well as this week’s new releases in theaters and on streaming. They discuss documentaries about whales (Fathom), progressive nuns (Rebel Hearts) as well as art and trauma (Mary J. Blige: My Life). Liam Neeson is a trucker on a mission (The Ice Road), Patrick Fugit is morally compromised to save his brother (My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To) and Ilana Glazer wants Pierce Brosnan to give her a baby (False Positive). Then if you like werewolf whodunits they have just the film for you (Werewolves Within). And if you are a fan of the Fast & Furious series then F9 is more for you than them.
Episode 231: What Will Theaters Look Like This Summer?
From the WHPK Files of the Bad Mutha Film Show, Sergio Mims and Erik Childress take a look at what the box office could look like this summer. Something that could change for the better after a positive Memorial Day Weekend. But while this conversation occurred before the holiday, Erik offered his perspective on the foolish lowballing of A Quiet Place Part II's potential, even in a transitioning marketplace. Speaking of which, Sergio gets in his two cents about A Quiet Place Part II and Cruella, giving Erik a chance to go off again on the latter..
Episode 230: Shut Up, Cruella! I Mean, Be Quiet.
It's a return to theaters for Memorial Day weekend as Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy review five new films that you can say at home too. They look at the horror of Funhouse and what happens when you remove Jim Carrey in Skull: The Mask. Potential horror turns into raunchy comedy as two high schoolers hit the road to ward off a potential pregnancy in Plan B. Emma Stone plays the infamous Disney villain as we discover why she may have a grudge against dalmatians in Cruella. Finally, the first movie delayed because of the pandemic arrives in theaters as John Krasinski asks us to close our mouths again in A Quiet Place Part II.
Episode 229: The Need For Speed & Spaceballs
It is Blu-ray time again with Erik Childress and Sergio Mims. They marvel at some new 4K releases by reminding how great Speed is and put up a defense for Mel Brooks' Spaceballs as well. Sergio talks about one of the earlier variations of a Groundhog Day-esque scenarios and a great Criterion title to catch-up on before its remake. Erik talks up one of the best comedies of the year as well as one of the best anthology films in years. There is talk of Bob Hope, more Mel Brooks, the tempestuous relationship between Marlon Brando and Rita Moreno (in real-life and on screen), and then things get dirty with The Hot Spot and Mike Hammer. Finally, they can't help but deliver a tribute to Jackie Chan with the release of one of his masterpieces.
(NEW!)Episode 228: Is That Justice?
This week's movie review edition of the show features eight new films discussed by Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy. They each handle a documentary including a new mid-career music tale (Pink: All I Know So Far) and the bizarre mystery of a stamp collection that passes between neighbors (The Penny Black). Steve minces no words of his love for Mads Mikkelsen (Riders of Justice) and Erik catches up on a SXSW title that could be an alternative to the Saw reboot (Sound of Violence). Two more mysteries are in need of solving, one starring Eric Bana (The Dry) and a horror film from the writer of You're Next, The Guest and the Blair Witch reboot (Seance). They also look back on some true horror featuring interviews with some of the last surviving members of the Third Reich (Final Account) and, finally, Toni Collette hopes to turn an animal into a profit-making champion in the true tale of Dream Horse.
Episode 227: The Quick Djinn and the Dead
This week's movie review edition of the podcast features Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy looking at eight new titles this week. We have mysteries, killers and zombies up and down the show including more long-delayed films such as Timur Bekmambetov's computer screen thriller, Profile, which premiered on the festival circuit in 2018 and Joe Wright's The Woman in the Window which was first slated for release in October 2019. There is more terror from a young boy trying to survive an hour with The Djinn, another young boy trying to evade killers with Angelina Jolie's help (Those Who Wish Me Dead), Melanie Laurent running out of a crucial element in Oxygen and Chris Rock out to solve a new string of Jigsaw murders in Spiral: From the Book of Saw. Does The Killing of Two Lovers add to the body count or does Zack Snyder cover the spread in Vegas with his Army of the Dead?
Episode 226: Guy Ritchie - Still Here Today
Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy open May 2021 with eight (mostly) new movie reviews. There's a racially-charged Sundance drama that premiered in 2018 (Monster), the true story of an FBI informant played by Emilia Clarke who got too close to her handler that was made in 2019 (Above Suspicion) the same year when 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot premiered at the Austin Film Festival. They also look at a documentary about Sean Penn's philanthropic efforts (Citizen Penn), Mena Suvari forced to find stolen diamonds at a storage facility (Locked In) and David Oyelowo's directorial debut (The Water Man) that shares a lot with a 2016 film. Billy Crystal is also back in the director's chair for the first time in 20 years (Here Today) and its been over 20 years since we first heard from director Guy Ritchie. Can his latest, Wrath of Man, cool the wrath Erik has carried for his resume?
Episode 225: All Creature Features Great And Small
Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy look at another ten movies this week to close out April. Steve checks in on a documentary about Alan Ladd Jr. (Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies), Brian Tyree Henry is an introvert locked out of his apartment (The Outside Story) and the tale of an Syrian immigrant waiting for asylum in Scotland (Limbo) while Erik talks about a female arm-wrestling comedy (Golden Arm). The pair also discuss Anson Mount as an egocentric assassin (The Virtuoso), jerky teenagers in Dublin (Here Are The Young Men) and junkie Mila Kunis seeking help from mom Glenn Close (Four Good Days). There are also ghosts in the Hudson Valley with Amanda Seyfried (Things Heard & Seen) and more ghosts in a Brooklyn custody battle (Separation). Then finally they close out the month with the latest film in the Tom Clancy universe with Michael B. Jordan (Without Remorse).
Episode 224: We End April Without Remorse
Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy look at another ten movies this week to close out April. Steve checks in on a documentary about Alan Ladd Jr. (Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies), Brian Tyree Henry is an introvert locked out of his apartment (The Outside Story) and the tale of an Syrian immigrant waiting for asylum in Scotland (Limbo) while Erik talks about a female arm-wrestling comedy (Golden Arm). The pair also discuss Anson Mount as an egocentric assassin (The Virtuoso), jerky teenagers in Dublin (Here Are The Young Men) and junkie Mila Kunis seeking help from mom Glenn Close (Four Good Days). There are also ghosts in the Hudson Valley with Amanda Seyfried (Things Heard & Seen) and more ghosts in a Brooklyn custody battle (Separation). Then finally they close out the month with the latest film in the Tom Clancy universe with Michael B. Jordan (Without Remorse).
Episode 223: 2...4...6...8...Who Do We Appreciate?
Sergio Mims returns with another look at the latest and greatest in Blu-rays. Along with Erik Childress they catch up on Arrow's release of Kevin Smith's Mallrats and Sergio's lingering love for sword-and-sandal films with Film Detective's Hercules and the Captive Women. They look at a pair of overseas releases of Paramount thrillers Black Sunday and Breakdown and express their great love for the studio's long-overdue release of Michael Ritchie's The Bad News Bears. They still have enough time to talk up a number of Warner Archive titles including musicals Annie Get Your Gun and Broadway Melody of 1940, a trio of Tarzan titles and are then overjoyed to get one of their recent not-on-Blu-Ray titles released, the Bill Murray bank robbery comedy, Quick Change.
Episode 222: GET OVER HERE (and listen to our movie reviews, please!)
There are a couple of great battles in the films reviewed on this episode, but Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy leave no film behind this week before debating their merits. Ten films on the docket including films about pigs with no dialogue (Gunda), werewolves with some songwriting (Bloodthirsty) and Lovecraftian fish people who want to spawn with a couple (The Deep Ones). Ed Helms wants Patti Harrison to carry his baby (Together Together) and William Jackson Harper wants to know why Aya Cash won't marry him (We Broke Up). A pair of documentaries explore the origins of a unique celebrity (Tiny Tim: King for a Day) and a beloved children's program (Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street) while Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette and Daniel Dae Kim head to Mars with an uninvited guest (Stowaway). But if battles are what you are looking for get ready for The Mitchells vs. the Machines and the long-awaited "R"-rated adaptation of the video game, Mortal Kombat.
Episode 221: Cruise and the Dune
From their WHPK radio show out of the University of Chicago, The Bad Mutha Film Show, Sergio Mims and Erik Childress do another round on the current state of theaters. Where are we headed after Godzilla vs. Kong and is it really the blockbuster titles that we should be looking at to pave the way? Did Paramount make a colossal blunder in moving the Top Gun sequel off the summer schedule and what studio could take advantage of that? They also discuss the closing of the Navy Pier IMAX theater in Chicago and Sergio continues to wonder if Warner Bros. is willing to pull an audible on Denis Villeneuve's Dune while Erik is skeptical about that and its prospects in general.
Episode 220: Join the Chosen Few, Barbara Crampton!
We're only halfway through April 2021 and the good movies are few and far between. But Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy may actually have a few recommendations for you this week and it arrives with horror in all its manifestations. There is a haunted house (The Banishing), backwoods farmers (Honeydew) and the woods themselves (In the Earth). But there are also toxic relationships (Monday, Slalom), shadow organizations (Trigger Point, The Rookies) and Ruby Rose running down jobs for a wheelchair-bound Morgan Freeman (Vanquish). But there is nothing horrible about the wonderful Barbara Crampton getting a chance to sink her teeth into a lead role in Travis Stevens' Jakob's Wife and the duo expand upon their praise from SXSW.
Episode 219: Critics In The Movies
After the recent film, Malcolm & Marie, went off on a diatribe against film critics, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims decided to look at the way films (and even television) have treated critics of all times. Sometimes satirically, but often as a reaction or a way for filmmakers to enact revenge on those who have taken shots at their work. Are film critics influenced negatively - or even positively - when they are acknowledged in unflattering (or even unfair) terms but those holding a grudge? Can we laugh at ourselves when the opportunity arises or be held to account when justified?
Episode 218: Blast Off, Falcone!
Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy look at six movies on this week's show. They review a story of the brutal military service of South Africa (Moffie), what a refugee will do to flee civil war (The Man Who Sold His Skin), a visual landscape brought to you by one of Terrence Malick's cinematographers (Awaken) and how one survives the night shift at a haunted hospital (The Power). Most of their discussion this week is reserved for how Ben Falcone is failing Melissa McCarthy in their fifth collaboration (Thunder Force) and what happens when a filmmaker tries to mask the classic story he's really telling by ignoring the more interesting one he's created (Voyagers).
Episode 217: The Unholy Terror Of Awful People
Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy are back with this week's movie reviews. Six films in a somewhat lackluster week, albeit a few recommendations. But which film(s) will it be? Can it be another corporate rise-and-fall documentary (WeWork: The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn)? Is Michelle Pfeiffer as a rich socialite the draw (French Exit) or is it Idris Elba as an urban cowboy (Concrete Cowboy)? Maybe its Jeffrey Dean Morgan fighting against Christian horror (Roe v Wade - sorry, The Unholy) or a young Jewish woman in a den of disappointment directed at her (Shiva Baby)? No, surely it's the long-in-the-works film about the landmark abortion case in the hands of conservative fact-fudgers (The Unholy - sorry, Roe v Wade)? Also, if you are looking for the show on favorite screen villains, that is one episode earlier.
Episode 216: A Wretched Hive Of Scum And Villainy
As part of their recent show on WHPK Radio, Sergio Mims and Erik Childress discussed some of their favorite film villains. They range from Nazis to Comic Books and Serial Killers to Blaxploitation Adversaries. Evidence is provided of their evil ways and you may even hear one of them meet their deserved demise. What goes into a great villain and why do these choices stand out? The pair discuss everything from James Bond to Athletic Antagonists and this may only be the beginning.
Episode 215: Godzilla vs. Kong vs. Odenkirk vs. Tina Turner
Ten new films get time on the weekly review edition of the podcast. Erik Childress tells you about a Star Trek III reunion (Senior Moment), stealing back Francis Drake's treasure (The Vault) and what kids sing about at Christian camp (A Week Away). Steve Prokopy covers Nazis in not one, but two historical dramas (The Good Traitor, Six Minutes to Midnight) and also takes delight in The Truffle Hunters. Then the duo decide just how funny Eric Andre's Bad Trip actually is, look at the new Tina Turner documentary on HBO and watch Bob Odenkirk go all John Wick in Nobody. That is all a buildup to the biggest mano-a-mano this week - in more ways than one - with the title match of Godzilla vs. Kong.
Episode 214: The SXSW Film Festival (2021 Virtual Edition)
The first fully virtual SXSW Film Festival is in the books and while they are already planning a return to an in-person event in 2022, Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy run down over a dozen films that played this year. It was a remarkable year for female-centric stories including standouts by Barbara Crampton, Olivia Munn and Andrea Risborough. Documentaries introduced us to the world's greatest domino toppler, those who mounted Alien as a stage production and many of the great women in stand-up comedy. Not everything was played for laughs as there were harrowing stories about Demi Lovato and Selma Blair but spirits lifted with musical tales about Tom Petty and the legendary AIR studios in Montserrat. Ironically as honest and laid bare some of these films were, the duo talk about maybe the least transparent doc of them all about a filmmaker who has been anything but shy throughout their career.)
Episode 213: You Have Your Chance, Goreman
In an epic episode of the podcast, Erik Childress & Sergio Mims rundown a whole swath of new Blu-ray and DVD titles to add to your library. They talk Cecil B. DeMille epics from Paramount and a whole batch of titles from Warner Archive including one from their Not-On-Blu-Ray show. Sergio talks again of his love for Bob Hope, Billie Holliday and a Criterion title that either inspired Beyonce (or she stole from.) He also has a new commentary track available. Erik reveals one of his biggest surprises of the year, talks the only good Paul W.S. Anderson film and what he feels is the most underappreciated film on the new John Hughes set. He also reveals a major project announcement that is headed your way in a few months. So strap in for hours of movie talk.
Episode 212: This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get! Happy?
Come for the killer pants, stay for the most anticipated four-hour director's cut miniseries chapter play of 2021. Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy review seven new titles on the show this week including Chris Smith's documentary about the college admissions scandal (Operation Varsity Blues), Benedict Cumberbatch as a reluctant spy (The Courier) and Johnny Depp trying to solve the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. (City of Lies). But that's not all as we have those blue jeans that want to kill you (Slaxx), A psychological thriller about a young woman looking for her birth parents (Rose Plays Julie) plus Joel McHale and Kerry Bishe as the perfect couple (Happily). But it is all leading up to the big reveal of Zack Snyder's Justice League and whether or not it leaps the not-so-tall order of improving upon the theatrical cut..)
Episode 211: Never Forget, Unless It's Got Bruce Willis
It's a shorter-than-usual review week here on the show and the takes from Erik Childress & Steve Prokopy go from the highs to the absolute lows. These days that usually means Bruce Willis and he is joined by Frank Grillo in the sci-fi effort, Cosmic Sin. Jennifer Garner won't say no to her kids in Yes Day, a sleep study turns nightmarish in Come True and living moment-by-moment becomes a nightmare for Anthony Hopkins in The Father. The duo also look at the Discovery Plus documentary, My Beautiful Stutter, Victoria Justice in the erotic drama, Trust, and Tilda Swinton is a one-woman show in Pedro Almodovar's short film, The Human Voice..)
Episode 210: Predicting the Oscars (Pandemic Edition)
From the files of the Bad Mutha Film Show on WHPK Radio in Chicago, Sergio Mims and Erik Childress do their annual rundown of predictions for the Academy Award nominations. Well, Erik predicts and Sergio listens as he goes into why he is not caring about this year's event. They also decry the Academy's decision to extend the eligibility period and then look forward on the latest news about the return of movie theaters..)
Episode 209: Raya, Zamunda and a Lot of Moxie
On this week's movie review episode. Erik Childress & Steve Prokopy get into some old, some new and a lot of overdue. There's a documentary about stray animals (Stray), a restored documentary from 1972 with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland (F.T.A.), a horror film about a deranged hairdresser (The Stylist) and the true story of an Asian basketball player (Boogie). They also check out the long-gestating sci-fi films from Doug Liman (Chaos Walking) and Joe Carnahan (Boss Level) as well as a new high school rebellion tale directed by Amy Poehler (Moxie). Not to be forgotten, Disney's latest, Raya and the Last Dragon, is reviewed and then the duo dig into if Eddie Murphy's Coming 2 America, should be forgotten. (Disclaimer: Something happened during editing that makes the conversation very bass-heavy. It was cleaned up as best as possible and can be understood but adjust your volumes accordingly.)
Episode 208: Woody Allen's Less Blurry World
On this week's movie review show, Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy get into the ambition of the opioid takes with Andrew Jarecki's Traffic-like, Crisis, as well as the Russo Brothers' war-and-drug epic, Cherry, with Tom Holland. Lee Daniels takes another slap at ambition singing the blues with The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Another Billie has the beginning of her career examined in the documentary, Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry. Julie Delpy writes, directs and stars in the tragic family drama with a twist, My Zoe, and Jewish tradition collides with all-night horror in The Vigil. But the duo save their biggest discussion to date over the new HBO docuseries from Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering which examines the heart-shaking case of Allen v. Farrow..
Episode 207: Love Means Never Saying Sorry To The Master of Beasts
Sergio Mims returns to catch-up with Erik Childress on a number of the latest on the Blu-ray scene. They reminisce about a classic from Danny Kaye and the childhood memories of the Buck Rogers TV series. Erik defends the Cameron Crowe film that was lambasted in Toronto years ago. Sergio takes us through a collection of classic musicals from Warner Archive as well as his appreciation of a William Lustig film and, of course, there's more Peppard. Love is an understatement though when they both praise the recent 4K releases of a comic book film Sergio loves, a sword-and-sorcery film Erik does as well as the enduring B-movie strength of the original Tremors.
Episode 206: I Really Don't Care, Do You?
The latest from Netflix, Disney Plus and more are focused on this week's movie review episode with Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy. They look at the latest film from the director of First Girl I Loved (The Violent Heart), a new version of a Noel Coward play (Blithe Spirit), the adventures of a superhuman squirrel or at least the humans around it (Flora & Ulysses) and what happens when a woman falls in love with a carnival ride (Jumbo). Steve checks out films delving into the profitability of treatment centers (Body Brokers) and the rabbit hole of the dark web (Silk Road) while both of them try to figure out who is worth rooting for in the ironically-titled, I Care a Lot.
Episode 205: From Minari to Vista Del Mar
Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy are back with reviews of the movies you don't need a festival to see even if that's where many of this week's titles originated. They talk about one of the best from last year's Sundance (Minari) and a trio from this year's (Judas and the Black Messiah, Land, The World To Come). A remnant of the 2019 Toronto Film Festival is a horrific take on being a true believer (Saint Maud). There is another edition to the Groundhog Day Cinematic Universe (The Map of Tiny Perfect Things) and one to the Guantanamo Bay C.U. (The Mauritanian). Erik reviews a unique sci-fi film that was scheduled to play at last year's canceled SXSW Festival (Lapsis) as well as the self-owning documentary, There Is No "i" In Threesome while Steve reviews Steve Zahn in the family drama, Cowboys. Finally, they take a trip with Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo and Jamie Dornan in the wild comedy, Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar.
Episode 204: The 2021 Sundance Film Festival (Part 2)
The rundown from this year's Sundance festival continues with Steve Prokopy who shares his praise of Edgar Wright's documentary. But he also shares his thoughts on the starring vehicle for Clifton Collins, Jr., the new film from Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein as well as Jarrod Carmichael's directorial debut. It doesn't end there as they discuss whether the Nicolas Cage/Sian Sono effort lived up to expectations, a new film about the porn industry and have a profound disagreement over Fran Kranz's film about a reconciliation over a school shooting that wowed many but not one of them. It's all part of the Sundance experience and the pair bring it home for the year.
Episode 203: The Bad Mutha Film Show Files (The 2021 Sundance Film Festival - Part 1)
An annual tradition on WHPK Radio's Bad Mutha Film Show with Sergio Mims is checking in with Erik Childress on the films he saw at the Sundance Film Festival. This year the fest was held virtually giving Sergio the opportunity to see some films himself. So they look in on some of the best films that Erik saw (along with some of the worst) including new documentaries about Sesame Street, Rita Moreno, Alvin Ailey and the band Sparks by Edgar Wright. They debate Rebecca Hall's adaptation of the novel, Passing, and share praise for the Fred Hampton story, Judas and the Black Messiah. Erik is asked to convince Sergio that the big opening night award winner, CODA, is deserving of the response it received. There are also films about werewolves, video nasties, and a family in a literal hole. But they save the best for last, a film about the greatest concert you may not know ever existed.
Episode 202: What Is Your Glitch?
Erik Childress is joined again by Steve Prokopy for a rundown of new movie reviews. Sam Neill tries to protect his flock from the government in Rams. The duo are forced to remember the Sundance movie with writer/director Viggo Mortensen having to deal with his bigoted father in Falling. Two films wonder if we are all living inside a simulation (Bliss & A Glitch In The Matrix.) While a new short film provides an epilogue to an acclaimed documentary (Apollo 11: Quarantine), another places Olivia Cooke and Jack O'Connell to try to remember they love each other during a different kind of global pandemic (Little Fish). Finally, John David Washington and Zendaya talk out their relationship while waiting for the movie reviews to drop in Malcolm & Marie.
Episode 201: The Bad Mutha Film Show Files (Feb. 2021)
On the latest episode of "The Bad Mutha Film Show" from WHPK Radio (88.5 FM Chicago at the University of Chicago), Sergio Mims and Erik Childress continue to talk about the evolving state of the pandemic and how soon vaccinations will ease people into returning to theaters. When will they be back at full strength? They also talk about some of the actors likely not to be seen on the big screen anytime soon and whether or not they are being directly canceled because of their MAGA ties to Donald Trump. Finally, inspired by a conversation Sergio had online about his thoughts on the film, Hannibal, they discuss films they each consider vile or offensive and whether those are personal feelings or aggressively defined by the films themselves.
Episode 200: The Bad Comic Book Films Of 2020
For the 200th episode we check in with comic book expert, Erik Laws, who along with Erik Childress take a look back upon a bad year for comic book movies. Pandemic delays did 2020 no favors and the pair did not get a chance to discuss Birds of Prey, Bloodshot, The Old Guard, The New Mutants or Wonder Woman 1984. But they do here and it does not go well for any of them. It even sent Mr. Laws into the archive (and another country) to find something that would hopefully provide some enjoyment. Alas, they do look forward to the releases of 2021 including thoughts on WandaVision, the upcoming She-Hulk series and all the big casting news on the forthcoming Spider-Man film.
Episode 199: I Never Did Mind The Little Things
The latest film from Warner Bros. may be streaming on HBO MAX, but its not streaming for everyone as we find out from Steve Prokopy who had to leave sole reviewing duties for The Little Things over to Erik Childress. All is not lost though on this week's movie review show as the duo check out Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes looking for what is buried underneath her property pre-WWII in The Dig. Naomi Watts plays a paralyzed mother who befriends a bird in Penguin Bloom. Justin Timberlake is a man fresh out of prison tasked to take care of a troubled boy in Palmer. Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci are a couple taking maybe the last road trip of their lives.in the dementia drama, Supernova. They also check out a pair of horror films (The Night, The Queen of Black Magic) and the equal pay documentary (A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem).
Episode 198: Friends, Brothers and Frank Stallone
It may be a limited week of reviews but there are still some choice titles to check out as well as a few to stay away from. Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy look at the latest films from Ramin Bahrani (The White Tiger) and Agnieszka Holland (Spoor). Matthias Schoenaerts & Joel Kinnaman are cousins working within the Philadelphia mob (Brothers by Blood) and the bonds of fathers and sons are tested along the border in No Man's Land. Frank Oz directs Derek DelGaudio's one-man show (in & of Itself). Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson struggle through a cancer battle but are happy to call Jason Segel "Our Friend." And, finally, the documentary you have been waiting for has arrived about Stallone: Frank, That Is.
Episode 197: Strap In And Lock Down For 2021
The first official movie review show of 2021 arrives with ten films, including a few holdovers from the end of 2020, discussed by Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy. They catch-up with Robert Rodriguez's latest family film (We Can Be Heroes) and the bonkers WWII action horror film (Shadow in the Cloud) with Chloe Grace Moretz. Anthony Mackie is a more modern warrior with more sci-fi action (Outside the Wire), Liam Neeson tries to save an immigrant child from the drug cartels (The Marksman) and everyone tries to get saved from an active volcano (Skyfire). The government's surveillance of a civil rights hero is examined in a new documentary (MLK/FBI) and they breakdown the harrowing experience of Vanessa Kirby's childbirth (Pieces of a Woman). Steve reviews the working class drama, Herself, from last year's Sundance and Erik talks up a gonzo kidnapping thriller (Bloody Hell) that premiered at the Nightstream Film Festival. Finally, there is Anne Hathaway & Chiwetel Elijofor as a nearly estranged couple coming together for a diamond heist during the pandemic in the latest from director Doug Liman (Locked Down).
Episode 196: The Best of 2020
2020 seems like it will follow us around for some time, but hopefully only the best memories of the year will standout as we were all isolated in lockdown watching movies wherever we could find them. Erik Childress is joined by two of his former WGN reviewing colleagues, Steve Prokopy and Collin Souter, to countdown their best lists from last year. There are direct agreements and a few disagreements as they also present their picks on everything from funniest moments to what they are looking forward to in 2021.
Episode 195: KICK 'EM IN THE BALLS!
We are kicking off 2021 in grand fashion. Kicking being the optimum word as Erik Childress and Sergio Mims are highlighting some of their favorite big screen kicks to the nuts. But not just kicks. They have got punches, gunshots, other weapons and even furniture. You may wince a bit but we are hoping you laugh a whole lot more. We certainly did and you may have even forgotten about some of these bits that certainly entertained us. Self-defense, punishment and at least one actor who may enjoy it a bit too much all get in on some serious groin damage. Cross your legs if you must, but have a listen..
Episode 194: The Bad Mutha Film Show Files (December 2020)
Over at "The Bad Mutha Film Show" on WHPK Radio at the University of Chicago, Erik Childress joined Sergio Mims to discuss the implications of the Warner Bros. deal with HBO MAX and the fallout that has already resulted from it. That leads them to wonder about the future of movie theaters and express some optimistic assessments. Sergio is pleased with the direction of recent black cinema as they focus on recent releases One Night in Miami, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Sylvie's Love and then go back in time to the time of the Production Code and ask if this resulted in filmmakers having to get more creative. Finally, Sergio asks when Hollywood began to take Steven Spielberg seriously?.
Episode 193: The Bad Mutha Film Show Files (November 2020)
Along with his contributions to the Movie Madness Podcast, Sergio Mims also hosts "The Bad Mutha Film Show" on WHPK Radio at the University of Chicago. Erik Childress has served as his regular co-host for over a decade and as the pandemic preempted their show, they brought it back virtually in November and this is the first of those shows. They discussed how studios were navigating the COVID era of movie releasing. After having done a tribute to Sean Connery here on the podcast after his death, they discuss how past comments resurfaced to dampen the praise and how it is still possible to accept the good with the bad. Then they take a nostalgic trip to the past with the movie theaters and experiences of their younger years. Where did they go? What did they see? Maybe it will spark some memories with you.
Episode 192: WHY IS THIS NOT ON BLU-RAY? (Chapter 6)
The second of the bi-annual segment makes it just in time as we close out 2020. Erik Childress & Sergio Mims continue to plead for some quality titles - and personal favorites - to finally get the upgrade they deserve. Over the course of this three-hour show they each select 10 titles to put on everyone's radar. They range from an American remake, two films from the '70s that were eventually remade, a film made into a TV show and a TV show made into a movie. There are also films with cops, robbers, Hollywood and other gambles including those of mis-matched love affairs and even a guilty pleasure that may be just a plea from Sergio. Decades are covered with films they do not want forgotten as they languish in their original releases in the hopes to be re-introduced in Blu-ray or better to all of you sooner than later.
(NEW!)Episode 191: Promising & Not-So-Promising Women
The final movie review show of 2020 narrows the focus down to just seven movies, but certainly some major ones. Erik Childress & Steve Prokopy gear you up for Amazon's release of One Night in Miami next month. Tom Hanks & Peter Greengrass reunite for the western, News of the World ,and we take you to the Beyond of Pixar's latest, Soul. Where does it rank with their best? They look back at the Hilary Swank thriller, Fatale, and even further back at their experience seeing Sylvie's Love at Sundance. Then the duo have two of their lengthiest discussions to date breaking down Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman and the long-awaited Wonder Woman 1984 and if it lives up to the promise of the first film.
Episode 190: Last Minute Murphys, Eastwoods & Hobbits
On this - the final new Blu-ray show of 2020 - Erik Childress & Sergio Mims present some great last minute ideas for...presents...if you still need them. From 2001-03, Christmas also meant The Lord of the Rings as they look back on Peter Jackson's trilogies in 4K. Paramount gets in on the 4K party with a pair of new Tom Cruise & Eddie Murphy releases and even a title finally new to Blu-ray from the comedian's '80s output. They thrill to get another of their "not-on-Blu-ray" choices finally released in time for its 40th Anniversary and they re-examine Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part III as it celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a new Coda. Umbrella Entertainment does their part in bringing a pair of Paramount's '70s releases to Blu-ray overseas. Finally they look at a slew of new Clint Eastwood releases from Kino along with a comedic 1980s anthology..
Episode 189: Aliens, Monsters, Apocalypse & Gerard Butler
Erik Childress & Steve Prokopy may tell you they are slacking this week with only eight movie reviews for you, but the swings are no less big. It's an apocalyptic kind of week involving the third in an alien-bound series (Skylines), creatures from the world of gaming (Monster Hunter), a comet trying to bring an end to Gerard Butler and his family (Greenland) and a climate event that plagues poor George Clooney (The Midnight Sky). Perhaps most cataclysmic of all is the loss left by Chadwick Boseman as they look at his final on-screen appearance in an August Wilson adaptation (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom). Then they conclude with a documentary following the connections between Islam and terrorism (The Last Sermon), watching Alicia Silverstone try to stop a wedding (Sister of the Groom) and the final chapter in Steve McQueen's Small Axe series (Education).
Episode 188: Just Breathe, Emma, Or On Second Thought, Don't!
The movie reviews continue with Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy and true to form they are reviewing another dozen new movies on this show. Included are documentaries covering the first wife of Johnny Cash (My Darling Vivian) and the women accused of a prominent North Korean murder (Assassins). Rachel Brosnahan is on the run in Julia Hart's latest (I'm Your Woman) and everyone is in hiding in a COVID-23 thriller (Songbird). Jamie Dornan believes he is cursed to never be with Emily Blunt in John Patrick Shanley's latest (Wild Mountain Thyme) and Joe Mangianello is a superhero cursed with a funny name (Archenemy). Steve takes a look at the fourth entry in Steve McQueen's Small Axe series (Alex Wheatle) and the immigrant drama (Farewell Amor). Sienna Miller thinks she is dead (Wander Darkly) and, after five years, two Drew Barrymores return (The Stand-In). There are also two Meryl Streep films this week including the latest from Steven Soderbergh (Let Them All Talk) and Ryan Murphy's adaptation of a short-lived musical with an all-star cast (The Prom).
Episode 187: WHY IS THIS NOT ON BLU-RAY? (Chapter 5)
Before the pandemic began, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims recorded the first of their bi-annual Not-On-Blu-Ray shows for 2020. Well it is finally here which is more than we can say about all but one of the 20 films that have still not been released in the format some nine months later. Where are they? What is taking so long? Tune in and find out which fantasies and mysteries from the 1970s and '80s they have chosen. Which lauded film from Sundance is still not available? Oscar nominees, musicals, westerns and much more are still languishing on DVD while others are already moving on to 4K. Join the demand for these titles, stay tuned for another edition coming much sooner than later.
Episode 186: Senses, Nomads and Santa Claus
Two more glorious hours with Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy as they review another dozen movies for your consideration. They look at the latest in Steve McQueen's Small Axe series (Red, White and Blue). Senses are diminished in a pair of films (Sound of Metal, Another Round) and wish they could have been dulled with the melodramatic horror of matrimony preparation (All My Life; Love, Weddings and Other Disasters). There is traditional horror in a remake (Castle Freak) and personal horror for Aubrey Plaza (Black Bear). Steve looks at the latest work with Andrea Riseborough (Luxor) and Erik checks out the documentary, Museum Town. They have a lot to say about the new Disney+ family film (Godmothered) and one (or both) may get actively choked up over Dear Santa. Finally, they offer their thoughts on the lauded Chloe Zhao/Frances McDormand collaboration, Nomadland.
Episode 185: Great Music, No Music And A Lack Of Intelligence
We may not have a traditional holiday movie season post-Thanksgiving, but Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy still have reviews of ten new films you can see on streaming services. For families still venturing out into theaters they take a look at "The Croods: A New Age". Another reluctant return to family is explored in Alan Ball's "Uncle Frank" as well as the Bella Thorne starrer, "Girl." We revisit a turning point in video games ("Insert Coin"), a period in the life, if not music (any music) of David Bowie ("Stardust") and the entire life of another musician ("Zappa"). Steve delves into the corruption of Illinois politics ("Lincoln is Crying") and Erik looks at the next chapter in Steve McQueen's Small Axe series ("Lovers Rock"). Then there is also the Santa vs. Hitman action-comedy "Fatman" and they have some strong words for the latest collaboration of Melissa McCarthy and husband, Ben Falcone, in "Superintelligence."
Episode 184: SNL Past & SCTV Present Collide
As Black Friday approaches, Erik Childress & Sergio Mims return to offer some great Blu-rays to consider for your holiday shopping. Erik previews a brand new transfer of The Last Starfighter as well as a commentary he contributed for it. Pasts and presents collide with the original Mission: Impossible series and the updating of Robert Wise's The Haunting for the '90s. The Flintstones and Bill & Ted may seem like relics but which have stood the test of time. Finally they have a blast talking about the early years of Saturday Night Live and why a pair of SCTV legends are finally getting their due.
Episode 183: Run, Don't Jiu Jitsu
Back-to-back movie review episodes. The last one had a dozen reviews. This one has a dozen reviews courtesy of Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy including Christmas offerings featuring Kurt Russell ("The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two") and a galaxy far, far away ("The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special"). They look at five documentaries ranging from facial recognition tech ("Coded Bias"), the psychology of murder ("Crazy, Not Insane"), the making of a horror masterpiece ("Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist") a healthcare mystery ("Collective") and the one involving John F. Kennedy ("Truth is the Only Client"). They also talk about the beginning of Steve McQueen's Small Axe series ("Mangrove"), Guy Pearce as a real-life art forger ("The Last Vermeer"), a pair of shuttered theatrical releases finding their home on Hulu ("Happiest Season", "Run") and they see if they can survive the Predator/Mortal Kombat mash-up featuring Nicolas Cage ("Jiu Jitsu")
Episode 182: Freaky Hillbillies & Fossil Lovin'
Erik Childress and Steve Prokopy are back for over two hours of uninterrupted conversation on new movies being released in theaters and on streaming this week. They cover documentaries about meteors ("Fireball"), deep sea diving ("Dave Not Coming Back"), climate change activism ("I Am Greta") and the mystery of a woman searching for her dead child ("Where She Lies"). They go from "Jungleland" to "Dreamland" to Never Never Land ("Come Away"). Things get a little "Freaky" with Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton and a lot with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan ("Ammonite"). Finally they listen to the grievances of "Echo Boomers" and those from Ron Howard's "Hillbilly Elegy" but also delve into David Fincher's prologue to one of the finest motion pictures ever made in "Mank."
Episode 181: The Man Who Would Be Sean Connery
The film world lost one of its greatest moviestars last week and we have dedicated an entire episode to his career. Erik Childress and Sergio Mims each focus on five films that either cemented his legacy amongst generations or ones that all of them may want to revisit. From James Bond to Marko Ramius as well as Indiana Jones' father and the iconic Chicago role that won him the Oscar, this is a fun trip down memory lane and will likely have you reaching for the nearest Blu-ray or streaming service searching for the name - Sean Connery.
Episode 180: Let Him Go! Let Him Go!
It is movie review time once again and Steve Prokopy is back to join Erik Childress to talk about five new movies together and throws in a couple extra for you. They will discuss the latest theatrical release with Diane Lane and Kevin Costner (Let Him Go), a potential date with awards season for Sophia Loren (The Life Ahead), an emotional astronaut drama starring Eva Green (Proxima) and a pair of horror releases (Kindred, The Dark and the Wicked). Steve also lets you know about the latest from the director of The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Mortal) and doubles down on the love for Frederick Wiseman's four-and-a-half-hour Boston documentary, City Hall.
Episode 179: Virtual, Yet So Real: The 2020 Chicago International Film Festival
In the midst of film festivals shifting to online presentations this year, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims delve into Chicago's addition of their annual October festival. While there are frustrations abound they turn to a good number of documentaries focusing on John Belushi and Stanley Kubrick as well as new ones from Spike Lee and Steve James' latest on the city itself. Sergio also talks about City Hall, the new epic documentary from Frederick Wiseman, which has played a number of fests this season.
Episode 178: Come Play With Us, Halloweeners. We've Got Donuts!
Another week of new movies are upon us and Erik Childress & Steve Prokopy reunite once again to bring you the latest for Halloween week. There's a sequel to a 90's cult classic and a documentary about one from the '80s. Is horror best in theaters this weekend with Come Play or available on streaming with His House and Spell? Then they turn to a couple of documentaries about the strength of school shooting survivors and one about a donut entrepreneur.
Episode 177: The Movie Reviews Are Back!
For over 20 years, Erik Childress joined Nick Digilio on WGN Radio to talk and review movies. After his show was unceremoniously canceled this September, the movie review segment that was a staple on Chicago radio went as well. But now, following up on requests from fans, Erik and Steve Prokopy return to keep its memory alive; a segment once populated with the likes of Christmas Movies Actually host, Collin Souter, for nearly two decades and even the Now Playing Network founder, Jim Laczkowski. It's a longstanding tradition that the Movie Madness Podcast now hopes to resurrect and they have picked a week that includes the latest from Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Robert Zemeckis, Sofia Coppola and, of course, they talk the return of Borat and get into Rudy Giuliani's pants. Some great recommendations on this show and we hope to continue to bring you more.
Episode 176: 3 Peppards, 2 Jakes, a Kidd & The Wonder Woman!
Erik Childress & Sergio Mims continue to catch up on Blu-rays both domestic and international, though also find some time to talk about the effect of COVID on the box office. Sergio continues to celebrate Peppard-tober and digs into a collection of Christopher Lee's Fu Manchu. Erik discusses why he was worried about revisiting Reversal of Fortune but no worries at all for watching Lynda Carter finally in Blu-ray. Then they wrap things up by going into the history of the Chinatown sequel and how it plays today.
Episode 175: Flash, Flash I Love You!
When the podcast is coming back its going to make time for the latest on Blu-ray and this show has some choice stuff. First, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims begin what is the start of a virtual George Peppard-tober. Some remastered Agatha Christie from Kino gets to the various adaptations of Ten Little Indians. Then there is plenty of new 4K releases including the love/hate relationship with a childhood favorite, one of Tim Burton's first films and one of Stanley Kubrick's last. But its all a windup for an extended discussion over Arrow's incredible new 4K package of the one and only Flash Gordon.
Episode 174: Virtually, The Toronto Film Festival (2020 Edition)
The world may have stopped but film festivals continue to go on. For the first time since 2004, Erik Childress did not travel into Canada for the Toronto Film Festival, but he did attend at home - virtually. Just one of many festivals he is currently coveing, but as always him and Sergio Mims put this into audio for you discussing the highlights and lowlights of this year's stay-at-home festival. Hear all about a couple potential award players (Nomadland, One Night in Miami), some interesting documentaries (MLK/FBI, Enemies of the State, The Way I See It) and what happens when Mark Wahlberg makes "a departure."
Episode 173: The Passing of Chadwick Boseman. And Tenet./b]
It's been a long-time coming through a pandemic and various other obstacles but Erik Childress and Sergio Mims return with to offer their thoughts on the untimely passing of Chadwick Boseman. They also returned to movie theaters momentarily to experience what was supposed to be one of the biggest movies of the year, or at least the summer, or at least the first out of the gate during the 2020 health crisis. Was it any of these things or was this a step backwards for Christopher Nolan.
Episode 172: A Beautiful Day To Sleep On Verotika
The first of our post-lockdown shows brings some suggestions for your indoor binging. Erik debates Sergio Mims on the awards-season trend that Sam Mendes' 1917 became the latest victim of. They also talk about a sequel ten years too late and extract the best parts out of the Mr. Rogers film. Sergio talks about how Richard Jewell got him kicked off Twitter and Erik talks about one horror film that really caught him off guard and another that does not deserve the honor of being placed amongst the bad film legends.
Episode 171: The Essentials (2010-19) (Chapter Three)
Our third guest, Ian Simmons from Kicking the Seat, joins us to offer his ten selection for the time capsule of the past decade. Amongst entering an Oscar winner, a franchise favorite and a film fresh from 2019, choices are made that revive the age-old debate of art vs. the artist and how simply canceling them cancels the discussion. Then Erik Childress adds his own pick for a film that may be even more important today given where the country stands divided.
Episode 170: Good Things Go Up and Down In Stretches
A lot of collections highlight the latest in Blu-rays starting with the release of Tex Avery's classic cartoons. Erik Childress and Sergio Mims talk about the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy and look at a pair of films featured at last year's Chicago Critics Film Festival now available from Shout Factory. Erik goes off on the latest Terminator but offers high praise on another new 4K release from Paramount. Then they wrap things up by looking at a stretch of Spike Lee's career in a bunch of brand new releases from Kino amongst others.
Episode 169: A Lot of Yik-Yak and Tobruk
Things get a little weird on this episode. OK, maybe not that weird as Erik & Sergio Mims delve into some Ealing comedies, war films and a pair of television comebacks. Sergio finally gives his take on Todd Phillips' Joker and tells us of his latest commentary track. In the middle of all of this though they go through a trio of films that run the gamut from one of Charlie Sheen's first big roles to what maybe should have been Tawny Kitaen's last. And Erik presents his theory on the film he somehow wiped away from memory that has been described as "Nickelodeon by way of David Lynch."
Episode 168: Sundance Film Festival 2020
Erik Childress recaps his 18th year attending the first big film festival of the year talking about his favorites and even some of his not-so-favorites. Hear what Erik thought of new films with Michael Keaton, Jude Law, Steven Yeun, Alison Brie, Winston Duke and Aubrey Plaza. Plus the latest from directors Brandon Cronenberg, Miranda July and the film that broke the new sales record at the fest. He even has a few things to say about some Slamdance documentaries and others about the creation of The Exorcist and Ren & Stimpy. It is a packed episode about films you may be hearing more about in 2020.
Episode 167: The Essentials (2010-19) (Chapter Two)
The time capsule for the last decade of film gets ten more titles courtesy of Collin Souter, co-host of the Christmas Movies Actually podcast and longtime radio partner of Erik Childress. Animation carves out a spot this time as well as a surprise entry that is, nevertheless, one of the great achievements of the period. Then for good measure, Erik adds one more title to the list and makes the case that it is more than just another sports movie.
Episode 166: Bancroft and Hard-Workin' Men
The first new episode of the new year and new decade focuses on a crop of titles from just a few studios and one legendary actress. That would be the great Anne Bancroft who has a wonderful new collection out from Shout Factory. Erik and Sergio Mims also look at films starring everyone from Lloyd Bridges to Ethan Hawke as well as a cornucopia of titles from Kino including the first film from Rian Johnson, a history of the Silence of the Lambs sequel, going to bat for a Charlie Sheen film and ultimately reaping praise on what they believe to be one of the great American films from Paul Schrader.
Episode 165: The Essentials (2010-19) (Chapter One)
The long-awaited new chapter of the Movie Madness podcast begins as we look back upon the previous decade of films to choose which ones we would like to put into a time capsule. Steve Prokopy is the first of many guests to join Erik Childress on a journey through some of their favorites, kicking off the list with 11 titles to make the final cut in a new tradition that will continue into the new decade.
Episode 164: Special Editions & Special Movies To End 2019
More last-minute gift ideas for the holiday as we close out 2019 with some genuine favorites from Sergio Mims and Erik Childress. Names like Murphy, Burton and Brundle get brand new packages. Criterion has some Bette Davis greats, Olive pays tribute to Dick Miller and Sergio is happier with Kurt Vonnegut than Thornton Melon ever was. They also show some love to an overlooked werewolf film as well as one of the funniest movies of 2019 and another among the very best of the year.
Episode 163: Conspiracies, Concerts & Costello
The Blu-rays never stop stopping on the podcast with Sergio Mims back for another round to talk about some recent releases from Criterion, Kino and particularly Shout Factory. Sergio defends some late '80s/early '90s action films on 4K and Erik does the same for the new Child's Play while praising the release of Haxan and the ridiculousness of a mutant bear film. It is all leading up to the immaculate new packaging of all things Abbott & Costello that they call one of the best releases of 2019.
Episode 162: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Skywalker Saga comes to an end and the fans speak! Erik Childress looks back upon the earliest memories of Star Wars with guests Sergio Mims, Erik Laws, Collin Souter and a surprise guest. They then get to it speaking about their initial thoughts to J.J. Abrams' 180 back to The Force Awakens immediately after seeing it. There are warm thoughts, criticisms and hopes on where the universe goes from here in an episode dedicated to the end of an era.
Episode 161: Lions & Hercules & Scarface, Oh My!
The Blu-rays keep coming, but another attempt is made to get Sergio Mims on the 4K train. Three major titles are discussed in the format with Erik Childress who makes the case not only to that but also why It's A Wonderful Life is more than just "Capra-Corn." Sergio goes to bat for other classics while also proclaiming his love for the latest Hercules film released on Blu-ray and leaving some time to go back and forth on new versions of some Disney classics.
Episode 160: Werewolves, Pinheads & Alcoholics
Halloween may be over but there is still plenty of scary stuff to talk about from Clive Barker, John Landis and Blake Edwards. Sergio Mims joins Erik Childress to talk about the latest Blu-ray special editions from Arrow, Blue Underground, Warner Archive and Criterion which includes another tribute to Chaplin and a taste of one of Erik's favorite film scores of all-time.
Episode 159: Spooky, Ooky, AND I AM SWANN!
While not exclusively a show for Halloween, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims nevertheless check out a number of horror films. From Kubrick and Del Toro getting the 4K treatment to recent stuff from Ari Aster and Rob Zombie as well as some hammer horror and an underappreciated horror remake. They also express appreciation for The Addams Family movies and a genuine love for a film finally on Blu-ray featuring one of Peter O'Toole's greatest performances.
Episode 158: Dietrich and Keaton and Korngold, Oh My!
Sergio Mims returns to catch up on the latest and greatest in Blu-rays with Erik Childress. They dive into some recent stuff from Lionsgate; splitting on a Sundance favorite, discussing the downward spiral of The Walking Dead, Stallone in 4K and Sergio's issues with John Wick. Erik goes over why the Elton John biopic was superior to the Queen one. They also go deep into the archive to talk Marlene Dietrich, a Mad Rabbi and the immortality of Buster Keaton. They may even be a little room left for some opera. Yes, opera.
Episode 157: The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (Part 2)/
Erik Childress wraps up this year's Toronto Film Festival with Sergio Mims by sticking to the good, sometimes the great, stuff. It's an episode involving Nazis, pimps, popes, moochers, murderers, gamblers and Mr. Rogers. Don't forget Ladies on fire and those that play with fire. Noah Baumbach, Rian Johnson, Taika Waititi, Pablo Larrain, Trey Edward Shults, the Safdies, and Bong Joon-Ho all factor into an episode with titles you are going to want to put on your radar for this fall and holiday. They also discuss an incident involving Ford v. Ferrari and how "bots" are getting into the movie hype game and can be as vicious as those that want to influence an election.
Episode 156: The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (Part 1)
Erik Childress' experiences at this year's Toronto Film Festival is split into a two-parter. This episode focuses solely on the films that he was on the fence about, found less than appealing or are full-out disasters. No need to joke around as there is room for a lot of titles here. You would not want them all spoiled for you, especially when the second part is all the good stuff. But you will want to hear his thoughts on why Hustlers is not good and how Joker is one of the worst films of the year.
Episode 155: My...Endless...Disney
The podcast only heard Sergio Mims' thoughts on Avengers: Endgame in spirit when it first came out but Erik Childress has a lot more to say on the recent live-action remake of Aladdin that may surprise you. Adding to the Blu-ray discussion they agree on Godzilla: King of the Monsters; a film which may trigger a re-naming of the show. They get into the various sleazy aspects of new special editions of films by Gary Sherman, William Friedkin and Franco Zeffirelli but with many degrees of affection. Then finally discuss some new releases of classic Ealing comedies and the directorial debut of Bob Fosse.
Episode 154: Right Back Where Putney Started
Erik Childress & Sergio Mims go into the archives for a number of new titles this episodes. There is some real nostalgia for Shout Factory's Universal Horror Collections and an overlooked war film from Warner Archive. They dust off some titles from Mill Creek ranging from horror and sci-fi to one of the most epic westerns ever. They talk about Kathryn Bigelow's first film, an appreciation for one of John Hughes' films and jump to a film from this past summer that got unfairly ignored by audiences. Not to be outdone they also have titles from Brian DePalma, Oliver Stone and a special look at the latest commentary track by Sergio Mims on Robert Downey Sr.'s Putney Swope.
Episode 153: The More Things Change...The More Things Need Carlin
Erik Childress delves back into the latest in Blu-rays with Sergio Mims starting with New Criterion titles that take us from anniversary titles that feel all too relevant today to an Oscar-winning film that makes for an interesting post-Tarantino palette cleanser. Going over to Warner Bros. they are charmed by a pair of very different action heroes and Erik tries to convince Sergio to head back to Lego Land. Then after trips to Flicker Alley and Twilight Time, they put a button on everything by discussing 40 years of the great George Carlin and how much they miss him today.
Episode 152: Once Upon a Time...In 1969
The latest film from Quentin Tarantino is a hotbed of takes from his view of history to the treatment of his female characters. Erik Childress is joined by Peter Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com to go deep into his view of a changing Hollywood and both the real and fictional people who inhabit his latest creation. Don't be spoiled if you have not seen the film yet as they discuss the film's various twists, key scenes and even offer a different perspective on its radical climax. Though both agree that this is a major work from one of our best filmmakers.
Episode 151: WHY IS THIS NOT ON BLU-RAY? (Chapter 3, Part 2)
Episode 150 continues with another ten titles still only available in the DVD format. Sports and nostalgia certainly come up again, in particular to moviestar worship. Some matinee and cable favorites from the youths of Erik Childress and Sergio Mims go along with a film currently on the remake path, an Amblin-produced film from the '80s, a pair of prison films and amazement that one particular star has not been given the home video tribute he truly deserves.
Episode 150: WHY IS THIS NOT ON BLU-RAY? (Chapter 3, Part 1)
The bi-annual question is back. Where are our Blu-rays? Where are the filmmakers' Blu-rays? Erik Childress and Sergio Mims once again select ten titles each that are still not available in an HD format, at least in the U.S. On this episode alone they recommend upgrades for comedies, westerns, horror, limited TV series, a political thriller, one about the black experience in America and a cult classic about white guys and their everlasting cycle of nostalgia.
Episode 149: It's Not You, It's Us
On the latest Blu-ray edition of the podcast, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims reminisce on some classic TV, their updates and just how many incarnations of the Brady Bunch there were. They also look back on the origins of the Kevin Costner film, No Way Out, some classic sci-fi from Shout Factory and show disdain for the new Pet Sematary remake. But there is also some serious praise a NASA documentary, an animated sequel, a wrenching true-life survival tale and the latest masterwork from Jordan Peele.
Episode 148: Spider-Man Plays People For Fools (Box Office Mini-Episode)
Coming off of the long July 4 holiday week, Erik Childress examines how people getting burned on Toy Story 4 led them to underestimate the chances of Spider-Man: Far From Home; a film he has been saying for weeks was headed for an Avengers bump. Somebody was proven right. As we head into a go-between week at the movies while everyone waits for The Lion King, Erik analyzes the successes of what are likely to be the top two films again this week and delights at the titles most comparable to the responses to Ari Aster's Midsommar.
Episode 147: This Island Disney
Erik Childress travels back with Sergio Mims to catch up on the releases from Disney this year and has them contemplating the value of their Movie Club where other previously unreleased Blu-rays exist. Then they bring you into the present to look at some newly released classics from Criterion involving music, dance and the Russians. In-between the discussion looks into a pair of cult titles from Shout Factory and the legacy of the sci-fi classic (depending on who you ask) known as This Island Earth.
Episode 146: Toy Story 4 A Disappointment? Don't Be Dumb (Box Office Mini-Episode)
Catching up on two weeks worth of box office, Erik Childress examines the re-written headlines after Toy Story 4 did not live up to the guesstimators. Are people now lowballing Spider-Man: Far From Home as a result? He also looks at Danny Boyle's biggest opener to date as well as how the latest horror remakes and sequels are doing and urges you to check out an original one hitting theaters this summer.
Episode 145: We're A Long Way From America, Spidey
Comic book expert Erik Laws returns to the podcast to discuss the final chapter of the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home. What are the origins of Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio character and how does he fit into Peter Parker's story? Spoilers are certainly abound in this episode as the Eriks dive deep into the numerous twists and turns of this latest adventure including how such a fun series may have a darker political undercurrent running through it. That leads to some less favorable thoughts about Todd Phillips' Joker film in what is an otherwise pretty joyful conversation about the direction of Tom Holland's Spider-Man.
Episode 144: Men In Black Gets The Shaft (Box Office Mini-Episode)
Erik Childress & Sergio Mims bypass all but some fun comparative stats on last week's box office losers. Then they prepare for Toy Story 4 and Erik goes over his new thinking on Spider-Man: Far From Home and what the re-issue of Avengers: Endgame with new end credit footage will mean for its run at Avatar's record.
Episode 143: Don't You Believe It!
Erik Childress and Sergio Mims go into the latest in Blu-rays and DVDs by discussing a film once advertised as one of the scariest movies ever as well as another horror film that was overlooked and is actually much freakier. They also discuss the origin of Batman's Joker, the "Morgan Fairchild Experience," two of the great filmmakers in Hal Ashby and Buster Keaton and another who, with only one film, may someday be looked back upon as well.
Episode 142: Summer Sequels Go Cold (Box Office Mini-Episode)
On this mini-episode of the podcast we check in on the box office. Though The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Dark Phoenix led the way, both could be part of a larger trend of sequel rejection. But is that entirely true or are they just bad? We begin to investigate. Also find out which films they have the most in common with audiences and critics and does Disney have a plan in place for Avengers: Endgame to beat Avatar's global record?
Episode 141: Get Your Ass To Cinepocalypse
Steve Prokopy joins this episode to talk about this year's Cinepocalypse Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago which is quickly becoming one of the most noted genre fests in the country. Hear all about special guests ranging from Michael Ironside to Joe Bob Briggs, numerous archival screenings, one of the best horror films that premiered at Sundance this year and how a gory possessed dinosaur film became just another forgotten PG-13 curiosity..
Episode 140: Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold
After the event with Tom Skerritt at the Chicago Critics Film Festival, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims can't help but take another look at the new 4K release of Alien. Also discussed on 4K are the Batman films from Tim Burton & Joel Schumacher which leads into a dive of which of them were actually good. Twilight Time offers up some great westerns, David Lynch and Gaspar Noe get some praise for rough watches and as revenge pictures go, Liam Neeson has an underrated one, Olivia Wilde a much overlooked one and a third tries to beat Quentin Tarantino and fails miserably..
Episode 139: Not-So-King of the Monsters (Box Office Mini-Episode!
In the first mini-episode of the podcast, Erik Childress serves up a number of unique stats correlating to the recent releases at the box office. Along with Sergio Mims they breakdown the potential failure of Warner Bros.' Godzilla: King of the Monsters, how Rocketman is faring compared to other rock biopics and while Ma may be part of a success story beyond Blumhouse, Tate Taylor's ignorance in his oeuvre remains astounding.
Episode 138: Dragged Across Marwen!
For the latest batch of new Blu-rays, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims offer a pair of documentaries about wildly different filmmakers, discuss the latest from Criterion highlighting an action legend and a 60 year-old film that is more relevant today than ever. They also tie-in the cinema moments that traumatized them as kids, how audiences reacted to Alien in the summer of 1979 and the ongoing debate of great art vs. artists with baggage. Then to wrap things up, there is even a defense of Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen, particularly in the light of some atrocious sequels being offered from the same studio.
Episode 137: Shouting Love For The Factory!
Shout! Factory is one of our favorite companies here on the podcast. Their mixture of genre classics and modern ones is a constant pleasure, no matter the quality of the film themselves. So as their release output piled up over the past few weeks, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims decided to dedicate an entire show to 18 of their recent titles. Vampires, werewolves, witches, serial killers, viruses, giant insects, rats, poison ivy, kung fu and a Manitou. What more do you need? Cause there is more.
Episode 136: Goodbye Oscar, Hello Emmanuelle!
Catching up once again on Blu-rays, Erik Childress & Sergio Mims talk up some titles you may have missed in theaters during awards season. Mixed in with new titles from Twilight Time and Indicator, plus some Warner Archive titles that make Sergio giddy, they get into what happened with Steve McQueen's Widows and proclaim their love again for Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk. But Creed II is not the only sequel they will discuss as it is time to turn off the lights, lock the door and get into a lot of...discussion about the one, but not only, Emmanuelle.
Episode 135: We're In The Endgame
The Marvel Cinematic Universe began in earnest in 2008 with Iron Man and it is now concluding with Avengers: Endgame. Comic book expert Erik Laws joins Erik Childress to discuss this epic journey through every beat of its epic conclusion. Spoilers are abound here so you are warned because the only way to talk about it is to read between the lines of what Endgame pays off in nearly every scene. References to both the series and the comics, Alan Silvestri's winks to past scores, and relationships that come full circle with all the excitement and emotion it can dish out. Even the Eriks' favorite movies are shouted out and one of them may have been close to a heart attack. Learn about all this and more through a jam-packed show.
Episode 134: Summer Box Office Predictions (2019 Edition)
Erik Childress' annual box office predictions are here. He runs down his choices for the 20 films on a path to make the most money this summer while Sergio Mims throws in his two cents as well. Can anything possibly challenge Avengers: Endgame to lead the way? Can three movies alone from Disney top two billion in domestic sales? Will Aladdin be more Beauty and the Beast or Dumbo? How much do the Men In Black and X-Men series have in the tank? Is Pikachu really a thing? Can any comedy crack $100 million not counting Tarantino, Hobbs or Shaw? All these questions and more will be answered as they go through the entire summer down to nearly every last title.
Episode 133: Shield The Cobra
Sergio Mims joins Erik Childress to play a little catch-up with Blu-ray titles released from Shout Factory, Kino, Mill Creek and Universal. They delve into that literally ancient John Wayne controversy, explain why Cobra is one of the greatest movies ever, disagree over a Belushi/Aykroyd film but agree wholeheartedly on one of the great TV shows and how the Oscars blew it this year.
Episode 132: The 2019 SXSW Film Festival!
Erik Childress returns from his 17th year covering the festival in Austin and has in store some long lead previews including the latest from Seth Rogen; one opposite Charlize Theron and another producing for the great Jacob Tremblay. But there are also reviews for Kevin Costner, Tatiana Maslany and Nick Kroll, a reminder of one of the year's best performances from Elisabeth Moss and everything leading up to the film that was not only the best of SXSW but the best film Erik hasseen to date this year. On top of it all is a preview of the Chicago Critics Film Festival taking place this May once again at the Music Box Theatre.
Episode 131: DY-NO-MITE! Willie…Dynamite!
Getting caught up on the latest in Blu-rays is what Erik Childress and Sergio Mims do for you. They go through some recently praised horror along with the taboo remnants of yesteryear involving The Group and a certain Boss. Though the past comes back with the terrific remake of A Star is Born they also have time to talk Hitchcock, Charles Burnett and the long-awaited third commentary track of Mr. Mims.
Episode 130: The Marvel Us
Marvel's first female superhero headliner arrives in theaters with a lot of excitement and its share of unnecessary toxic controversy. Erik Childress is joined by Erik Laws who went in with excitement and come out addressing not just the controversy swirling around ungrateful manbabies but also a real sense of disappointment. The Eriks attempt to navigate the middle ground and articulating where Captain Marvel comes up short in its storytelling and characterizations without being called out by one quotient and embraced by the other.
Episode 129: The 2019 Sundance Film Festival
It was Erik Childress' 17th year attending the Sundance Film Festival and he saw 30 films Tune in to hear him tell you about the best, the worst and a bunch in-between. Along the way he reveals a favorite encounter he had with one of the fest volunteers and discusses with Sergio Mims the controversy over a certain banned blogger and his failed attempts to get reinstated. Plus, a special interview by Sergio Mims of Academy Award winning director, Barry Jenkins, about his latest work, the great If Beale Street Could Talk.
Episode 128: One Small Step...AND THEY BLEW IT!
Erik Childress and Sergio Mims bring you the first NEW Blu-ray show of 2019 as they take you through the inspiration for Martin Scorsese's Hugo, some icky obsessions courtesy of Shout Factory and catch up on some titles from Twilight Time. They also discuss the 25th Anniversary of Schindler's List, their muted thoughts on a Billy Wilder classic and then get into angry detail at how Damien Chazelle's First Man was screwed by its studio, audiences, awards and politicians alike. But first, the box office returns to Movie Madness and Erik takes you through the beginning of some new angles on how to look at the numbers.
Episode 127: WHY IS THIS NOT ON BLU-RAY? (Chapter 3)
Before Erik Childress and Sergio Mims get to films you CAN get on Blu-ray FOR 2019 they continue their ongoing crusade to get films out that are still not available yet in the format. Sergio has some classic releases you may not be aware of. Erik has some more modern titles from major filmmakers that are yet to be released in the format they deserve including one major television title. They also call out studios for choosing not to release Blu-ray versions of recent critically-acclaimed award winners. They run down nearly 20 titles and throw out some others for good measure. Will we see them finally in 2019?
Episode 126: The 2018 Oscars (Nominations)
The first podcast of 2019 is an overview of the awards season with Erik Childress. He takes you back to the pre-Thanksgiving conversation with Sergio Mims as they did some extremely early prognostication. Then he brings you back to the days before the Oscar nominations to present analysis of who is still in the running and who is likely to get nominated. Tune in for his full predictions for this year's Oscars.
Episode 125: Last-Minute Gift Guide For 2018 (Part 2)
On the final show of 2018 Erik Childress and Sergio Mims want to make sure you have not overlooked anything on your cinematic shopping list for Christmas (and after.) A bunch of great cult titles and TV shows from Mill Creek, THE best action film of the year, an overlooked gem from the Chicago Critics Film Festival and Sergio's candidate for one of the Blu-ray releases of the year. Plus we talk some Criterion, a little Kino including a derided film they believe is worth another look, and what would a Blu-ray show be without some classic comedy, sci-fi and horror from the great Shout Factory.
Episode 124: Does Aquaman Sink Or Swim? Or Just Stinks?
Just two episodes ago Erik Childress and comic book expert Erik Laws were delighted talking about the surprise that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was. Now it is DC's turn in the spotlight and, boy, things are not nearly as delightful. More like disappointment and disgust as you will hear as their discussion goes from dismay to shock to outright anger. Everything from its Arthurian roots to '80s film homages get the business here as they breakdown how DC got it so very wrong once again.
Episode 123: Last-Minute Gift Guide For 2018 (Part 1)
We're clearing out the year-end releases and telling you about a lot of our favorites if you're still stuck for Christmas ideas for the movie lovers in your family. There's a little Capra and a lot of critters, creepy roommates and creepier moms, a racist congressman, Spike Lee's KKK and a Coen Bros. 4K. Plus we have a title we can scratch off our Not-On-Blu-Ray show, an underrated remake and a really special release paying full tribute to a comic legend.
Episode 122: Up Into The Spider-Verse!
Did we really need another version of the Spider-Man story? The skepticism was high with host Erik Childress but he is joined by comic book expert Erik Laws to discuss what turns out to be one of the biggest surprises of the year. They discuss the various incarnations of the Spider-Man mythos on display in the film, the array of animation styles employed and are generally giddy about its place the current comic book film evolution.
Episode 121: Shampoo & Schlock: Are There Still Films For Adults?!
Sergio Mims returns to help guide us through a swath of new Blu-rays. Along with Erik Childress they take sides in the Blindspotting vs. Sorry to Bother You debate. The evolution of the Rambo Trilogy is discussed as well as appreciation for Terry Gilliam and the new 4K edition of Superman. From their appreciation of the awfulness of Maximum Overdrive to the respect of The Day of the Jackal, the duo also get into other films of the 70s and the chicken-and-the-egg factor that drives Hollywood to make films for adults.
Episode 120: Holidays Mean Movies...And Money!
The Holiday Movie Season is upon us so that means one thing - MONEY! Erik Childress and Sergio Mims examine the potential of the final months of 2018 and which films will come out on top? There are sequels, franchises and reimaginings, but will there be a surprise or two - at the top AND at the bottom? They take you through a sometimes impossible season to predict as we get warmed up for the all-encompassing awards season as well.
Episode 119: Why Can't Halloween Be Every Month?
Horror dominates the latest Blu-ray round-up with Erik Childress and Sergio Mims. They dig into a number of William Castle productions from Mill Creek and Indicator, a pair of great releases from the '80s, a beautiful new edition of one of the classic science fiction films ever and you can find out what really freaks out both of them out from Creepshow and beyond!
Episode 118: Heretic of the Exorcist
John Boorman's Exorcist II has been considered for decades to be one of the worst sequels ever made and by some views one of the worst FILMS ever made. Not so says how.com's Peter Sobczynski who for years has been an ardent defender. He joins Erik Childress on the show to discuss Shout Factory's new Collector's Edition as well as its rocky history and The Exorcist series in general. You will also hear William Friedkin tell the story of the first time the film ever screened for the public!
Episode 117: Horror Or Not To Horror!
On what could be considered a bit of a pre-Halloween episode, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims run down a number of new Blu-ray releases ranging from the horror of 9/11 to a less-talked about film with Bill Paxton from 1984. They also get into whether what some consider a new horror classic should be labeled horror at all as well as reevaluate American Psycho in that the more routines change the more they stay the same..
Episode 116: The 2018 Toronto Film Festival Recap!
No fancy names. Just a straight recap of this year's Toronto Film Festival which Erik Childress has been attending since 2004. A better-than-average fest this year with some genuine surprises and, as always, a few big disappointments. Get the scoop on recent releases like A Star is Born and First Man, David Gordon Green's Halloween update, the latest from Alfonso Cuaron, Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen and much more.
Episode 115: Are These Pipes Clean?
The Movie Madness Podcast returns to its regularly scheduled broadcast getting caught up on the latest in Blu-rays and physical media with Sergio Mims. On this episode they cover an array of Criterion as well as the latest from Indicator and Arrow. They delve into the great new Universal Monsters blu-ray set, why Solo: A Star Wars Story failed at the box office and the bizarre circumstances that led Erik to see the infamous Cabin Boy which definitely has one supporter on this show.
Episode 114: Remember That Summer?
Erik Childress is joined by David Fowlie for a special episode involving movies about the summertime. We probably all remember where we were during our most memorable seasons but how about the films that best represent that warmest of them? Each of them count down five films that feel like the kind of summers that can be universal to all of us from the past and maybe even the future as well.
Episode 113: From Blus to 70mm
Erik Childress and Sergio Mims go over their excitement for this year's crop of films at the annual 70mm Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. But first it's Blu-ray time as they examine the history of Jack Ryan, go through a number of choice indies you will want to see, bring an '80s political thriller into the present and finally express some love for a Robert Redford heist film and the first starring vehicle for Brandon Lee.
Episode 112: Black Harvests & Klansmaen
Over at WHPK Radio, Erik Childress talked with Sergio Mims about the Black Harvest Film Festival which he programs and produces every August in Chicago, including highlights and low-lights. Then they delve into two very different and dangerous missions in theaters right now (Mission: Impossible - Fallout and Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman) and what each film does so well.
Episode 111: Walk Him And Pitch To The Piranha
Sergio Mims again joins Erik Childress to discuss new Blu-rays and it turns into an argument about baseball. But they regroup after Criterion's great new contribution to America's pastime to talk about flying piranha, blind monsters and human ones before bringing the entire episode full circle with some Hamm.
Episode 110: He Pulls A Knife, Disney Pulls A Gunn
The ongoing saga over James Gunn's abrupt firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is a disturbing one that has far-reaching implications beyond our thoughts on the films themselves. Erik Childress and Sergio Mims breakdown the story and why it matters how this all started. They discuss his conduct, Disney's ultimate reaction to it and how they may have painted themselves into a corner. Who might be shameless enough to step the current empty director's chair? They can't help but toss out a few suspects for the position as well if they choose not to rehire him.
Episode 108 & 109: Why Is This Not On Blu-Ray? (Chapter 2)
Back on Episode 80, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims ran down an extensive list of titles big and small that have yet to make their Blu-ray debut. At least in the U.S. Well it is time for the mid-year check-in and they are back with a list of 20 titles each that you may be stunned have yet to be upgraded into the HD format. This three-and-a-half-hour episode is split over two parts because they have a lot to say about these movies and are hoping to catch the attention of the studios who own the rights to them.
Episode 107: Virgin Springs and High Chappaquiddicks
It's Blu-ray time again as Erik Childress and Sergio Mims delve into a great new release from Criterion with one of the greatest comeuppances ever. They also look at some children fantasies from Kino and Shout Factory as well as maybe an adult one as well. Plus they find a way to connect tragedy and comedy with Ted Kennedy and Mel Brooks.
Episode 106: The Sequel Strikes Back
July 2018 is a particularly sequel-heavy month with a new one each week, but thanks to Mark Dujsik the show is going back to look at which sequels actually bested their predecessors. But with a twist. Erik Childress and Mark set one particular rule as to which to choose their personal top 10 lists and then each justified a further set of rules that may also have you thinking beyond the obvious choices..
Episode 105: Chldhood, Adult & Modern Romance
15 titles in store for you on the new Blu-ray episode including some classics from the Warner Archive, a couple long overdue titles freshly released by Indicator as well as some new 4K releases from Paramount. Sergio Mims and Erik Childress discuss the greatness of one of Albert Brooks' early films, their differing takes on one of the most acclaimed comedies of 2018 and the Mission: Impossible series and try to figure out why there is such hatred towards Forrest Gump.
Episode 104: Ant-Man & The Wasp...'Nuff Said
The title says it all, right? But Erik Childress and comic book expert Erik Laws have plenty more to say about the history of the Ant-Man comic including the troubling past of Hank Pym and how the film incorporates different versions of its characters. They also talk about the leaps of a particular VFX technology, how they hope the current version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ends with the continuation of the Infinity War and also catch-up a bit on their thoughts about Deadpool 2.
Episode 103: History Repeats Itself...Plus Killer Bunnies!
Sergio Mims returns to catch everyone up on the latest in Blu-rays in an episode that highlights a special release which reminds us how far we've come as a country. Unless we are doomed to repeat it. From Geronimo to D.W. Griffith to Peter Pan and Black Panther, Erik Childress also talks about the little-discussed bombing of A Wrinkle In Time while leaving plenty of time to discuss deadly rabbits and a hot welding aerobic ninja.
Episode 102: Cinepocalypse Comes To Chicago...Again!!
The 2nd Cinepocalypse Film Festival takes place from June 21-28, 2018 at the glorious Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Sergio Mims interviews director and cinematographer, Ernest Dickerson, who is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the fest. Then Erik Childress talks with fest programmer, Steve Prokopy, about some of the noteworthy films playing, special guests and retro screenings including a 70mm print of a film you will not believe
Episode 101: Legends, Dinosaurs, Terrorists and Jackasses
Over the hump on the podcast we return to the odds to update you on the latest in Blu-rays and DVDs. Returning champion Sergio Mims is back to discuss a 4K set 65 million years in the making, the latest from Olive Films and Clint Eastwood and his personal recollection of how he forced himself to see '70s disco cult classic, Thank God It's Friday. It's all wrapped in a tidy bowl that brings us back around to some newly released editions of classic John Landis.
Episode 100: This One's For You, Dad
On this very special 100th episode of the Movie Madness Podcast, Erik Childress invites Mark Dujsik, Jim Laczkowski and Sergio Mims on to talk about one of the most important people in their lives. Their dads. It is a Father's Day conversation for everyone full of memories of who their dads were and the love of movies that formed an everlasting bond that will not be broken even after their passing. It's an episode full of laughs, tears and a roundup of choices of five films from each of them that they would loved for their dads to have seen.
Episode 99: These Pleasures Aren’t Guilty
With all the controversies these days, it's nice to have some old-fashioned debate about movies we like - that you might not. Erik Childress is joined by Ian Simmons of the Kicking the Seat podcast to each run down ten films that are likely to get your eyes rolling, your blood boiling or, just maybe, your head nodding in agreement. They range from simple pleasures to passionate counterpoints. You may not agree with most of their choices, but if it inspires one to take a second look at something or know that there's a kindred spirit out there for the positive then it will be worth the couple hours. Or you may just think we're both nuts.
Episode 98: You'd Do It For 4K
It's 4K Day on the podcast with Erik Childress and Sergio Mims going over some very memorable modern action films going the way of the latest and greatest format. They shared their complicated feelings for Ridley Scott's Gladiator along with their unshakable love for Mel Gibson's Braveheart as well as the everlasting power that makes Die Hard one of the all-time greats. Then Sergio takes us back into the archives with guns, a big rat and his appreciation of a brand new western set from the folks at Indicator/Powerhouse.
Episode 97: Going Solo: A Star Wars Discussion
It's the movie event of the summer. The third one at least. And just like with The Last Jedi, Erik Laws and Sergio Mims join Erik Childress to take you all the way through the latest "Star Wars Story." They talk about its troubled production history, how Sergio was once at a studio when a director was fired and how the film measures up to Rogue One and true fan expectations.
Episode 96: The Awful Truth of P.T. Barnum (and Hobgoblins)
Catching up on Blu-ray releases, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims go over popular musicals forty years apart and why The Greatest Showman ultimately fails. They also dig into some classic exploitation releases from their youth courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome, Shout Factory and MVD. They also discuss the resume of Jean Claude Van-Damme and what made Cary Grant so great.
Episode 95: The 2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival
Erik Childress is not only a podcast host, he also produces a film festival every year. Now in its sixth year at the Music Box Theatre, the Chicago Critics Film Festival brings some of the best films on the festival circuit - handpicked by the city's film critics - to a local audience. Sundance, SXSW, Toronto and more are all represented here during the week of May 4-10 and Erik discusses with Sergio Mims (producer of the city's Black Harvest Film Festival in August) some of the highlights as well as some of the ins and outs of programming a film festival.
Episode 94: For Kids And No Kids
Blu-ray time continues as Erik Childress and Sergio Mims take you from the height of giant creature cheesiness over to films for kids that will either make them smile or traumatize them. They also reminisce about those other kids. The ones in the hall and revisit a film that adults are now likely sharing with their own kids. Then they can't help but knocking down the babies out there somehow upset with The Last Jedi.
Episode 93: Infinity War & Beyond
Likely the biggest summer blockbuster of 2018, Avengers: Infinity War has been the subject of great speculation by fans. Who will live? Who will die? Comic expert Erik Laws and Erik Childress will tell you. Don’t worry though, because you will be warned within this epic discussion when the spoilers will kick in. Before and after though, the Eriks delve into the history of Thanos and breakdown how the film's ending is both effective and somewhat hollow. What side will each of them fight for? Prepare yourself for a debate nearly as long as the film itself, but certainly a fun and spirited one.
Episode 92: Welcome to the ‘Burbs
It’s Blu-ray time again as Sergio Mims joins Erik to take you on a sprawling arc (even the Joan kind) through recent titles you will want to check out. From a pair of watered-down true stories about bad men down to the everyday concerns of the suburbs from paying for college to weird neighbors. They put another woefully-mishandled small town mystery on your radar as well as a couple action films that Sergio just loves for their interrogations, chases and downhill ski shootouts.
Episode 91: The 2018 Summer Box Office Spectacular
It’s the annual Summer Box Office show! Erik Childress breaks down his predictions for the 20 films he believes will be the tops in theaters this summer and then goes beyond just as a bonus. Sergio Mims is on hand to challenge some of those thoughts. They certainly agree what will be the champion of the summer, but can it be the biggest film of the year? It’s all here as they discuss Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story as well as Sicario Deux and all the non-sequels as well. They even bring in some outside market research thanks to Olivia Obineme from WHPK Radio’s South Side Weekly. Do you agree or disagree with their findings?
Episode 90: Suspiria by a Phantom Thread
Back to the new Blu-rays we go with Sergio Mims as they discuss horror, true stories and a number of comedies that just never worked. They talk both the new restoration of Dario Argento’s Suspiria but also the making of a Stephen King adaptation. They preview some upcoming Shout Factory titles and express their disappointment with films from Alexander Payne and Aaron Sorkin. But wrap it up with their appreciation of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest and the history of one of Howard Hughes’ most infamous creations.
Episode 89: Don’t Mess With South By Southwest
Last month, Erik Childress attended his 16th SXSW Film Festival and it was one of the best ones in years. It opened with A Quiet Place which has gone on to become one of the biggest success stories of the year. There were some wonderful surprises by a number of films still waiting for distribution deals. But greatest of all was the host being in the same room with his cinematic idol during a special screening at the festival. Erik tells the whole story to Sergio Mims and also shows a lot of love (and a little shade) to the films he saw.
Episode 88: Ooops. They Did It Again!
We turn back to catch everyone up on Blu-rays and DVDs you may have missed. Thought it seems everyone Erik turns with Sergio Mims they are discussing someone who did something that may not be cool today. In related that was then, this is now they discuss the morality class favorite, The Incident, and other films from Twilight Time, discuss a trio of Disney favorites. They delve into HBO’s The Deuce and a whole batch from Paramount.
Episode 87: The Films That Formed Us!
On this first of what we hope to be many special episodes of the podcast, we begin a new segment of the show dedicated to varying Top 10 lists. Only this one is not a countdown but a count-up. Erik Childress and Sergio Mims choose ten films from their childhood which helped form their appreciation of cinema and may have also contributed to who they became as human beings. It’s a funny, emotional episode that may spinoff into additional episodes but the youth of Erik and Sergio is a great place to start and will have you thinking about your own lists.
Episode 86: Shouts! Boos! Courtrooms! And Blus!
Sergio Mims joins Erik Childress to continue their catch-up on an array of new Blu-ray editions including many from Shout Factory, a couple courtroom dramas, some solid fare from Warner Bros. and the film where Sergio watched an entire audience boo it upon its initial release three years before Sam Elliott nearly caused 9/11.
Episode 85: Going Back To Sundance
While Erik Childress prepares to head to Austin for South by Southwest, he takes you back to this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A surprisingly solid list of films goes from documentaries about some of our most beloved entertainers, tales of youth and revenge of the women. Plus you will hear about what could be Carey Mulligan’s finest work to date and what may be THE horror film of 2018!
Episode 84: Sergio Goes Back To Jail/b]
Back to the Blu-rays we go as Erik and Sergio talk the 50th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead along with a number of wonderful new gems from Criterion. Sergio gets to talk about being in the minority of a film he loved in 2017 and then joins along with Erik in their love of the holiday’s surprise hit, Wonder. They get into the weeds a little talking about the first post-scandal Woody Allen film but get right out by talking about Sergio’s experience as an assistant director on Jamaa Fanaka’s Penitentiary as well as his first Blu-ray commentary track.
Episode 83: The Reign of the Black Panther
The anticipation level was through the roof and it audiences have turned it into an all-timer at the box office. Now Sergio Mims and comic book expert Erik Laws join Erik Childress to put Ryan Coogler's film in greater context. What led up to it and can it take its historic status to the next cultural level. Spoilers are few but the discussion is multi-faceted. Is this a movie of the moment or a springboard to an industry in transition for the better?
Episode 82: It's Yor's World. We're Just Living In It
Erik Childress is joined by Sergio Mims to do their first official Blu-ray show of the year. They are hoping to catch everyone up on some recent releases from Twilight Time, some favorites of Sergio's from Indicator, mutual favorites of theirs from Shout Factory and Arrow and then conclude talking about a Blu-ray Erik has been waiting 35 years for.
Episode 81: Call Me By My Name (In Your Envelope)
Two films expected for a number of Oscar nominations are Call Me By Your Name and The Post. Erik Childress and Sergio Mims dig in on both of them and discuss their various issues with both of them. After that, Erik digs in on his annual Oscar predictions. What is getting nominated? Who is getting snubbed? He breaks down the big eight categories and then reveals his choices for all of the technical categories as well.
Episode 80: WHY IS THIS NOT ON BLU-RAY?
Erik Childress and Sergio Mims kick off 2018 with a variation on their regular segment. This time instead of talking about the latest in Blu-rays they are wondering when they will actually get a chance to say that certain films are even on Blu-ray. You may be shocked at the vast array of titles that have yet to receive the upgrade. While titles are now being converted into the next evolution with 4K, others remain dormant on DVD with inferior quality. This special episode will be the first of a bi-annual segment asking for a call to arms to studios to release some of these great films and give them the treatment they deserve.
Episode 79: The Last Jedi and the Evolution of Star Wars
Erik Childress is joined by regular guests Sergio Mims and Erik Laws on this very special show to examine the lasting impact of the Star Wars franchise from its skeptical beginnings to its current Episode. They discuss The Last Jedi at length from their initial thoughts to its overriding themes and everything down to sound design and the bittersweet impact of Carrie Fisher's final appearance. They can not always ignore the politics from 1977-to-2017 but this is a joyful, fun on-location discussion about the most anticipated film of the year.
Episode 78: Afraid of a Rotten Superman? Go To The Tree!
Not only is Sergio Mims back to dish on another round of Blu-rays but he takes some extra special time on some extra special releases. Erik Childress was also ecstatic to catch up on some overdue releases that range from Superman to zombies to Miyazaki. Plus one of the most entertaining films of the year (or mostly according to one) and an agreement on one of the best and too often overlooked films celebrating its 30th Anniversary.
Episode 77: Justice League, or Kirby Your Enthusiasm
DC is at it again. Interpret that anyway you want, but comic book expert, Erik Laws, is back to discuss the new Justice League film with Erik Childress. Together they go deep from the cartoon incarnation down to every nook and cranny of getting the team together, how Joss Whedon's influence may have affected the final product. Not to mention Danny Elfman's score, what Zack Snyder may have against Superman and a wide array all adding up to whether or not the film is a success or another bust.
Episode 76: I've Gotta Be Me
Not only is Sergio Mims back to dish on another round of Blu-rays but he bookends this episode with talk of a pair of forthcoming worthwhile documentaries on PBS. First he interviews Samuel D. Pollard, the director of Sammy Davis Jr.: I'vGotta Be Me and then concludes with his admiration for Frederick Wiseman' latest film, Ex Libris. In-between Erik Childress and Sergio discuss some new Criterion, Mill Creek and Kino as well as a documentary about film scores and their own love of an art that seems to have devolved a bit.
Episode 75: The 2017 Holiday Box Office Preview & Predictions
The final movie season of the year is here and with that Erik Childress takes you through his predictions for the big hits and potential misses at the box office. Only this time he is joined by Sergio Mims to offer his two cents on Erik's predictions as well as his thoughts on what he believes could be a very lackluster season for the wide release - in quality, if not bucks. They cover it all from the biggest releases to the limited films hoping to make strides with awards as well as with paying customers.
Episode 74: The Blu-ray Throwback (Vol. 1)
It may sound like just another Blu-ray show. That's because it is. But it's one that takes you into the archives to circle back on titles Erik Childress and Sergio Mims did not get to talk about in the moment. So many titles. Only so many minutes. But in this first volume of the Throwback, Erik & Sergio talk about some golden oldies from the likes of Twilight Time, Olive and Kino, three studios who continue to do fine work on films that may have escaped your radar over time. Give a listen and then give a watch.
Episode 73: Thor: The Jokey World(s)
The holiday movie season is here and Marvel is kicking it off with Thor: Ragnarok. Erik Childress again welcomes comic book expert Erik Laws to offer his thoughts on a film they both had high hopes for. Though the film is being advertised as the "best reviewed Marvel film of all-time" is it possible doth praise too much?
Episode 72: From Spielberg to Python and Back Again
It's a Spielberg kind of show. At least it begins that way as Sergio Mims joins Erik Childress again to discuss a whole new batch of Blu-rays, including a pair of Spielberg classics and what they mean to them, a new international company, the latest from Twilight Time and Arrow as well as a 90-year title from Flicker Alley. The guys also discuss how streaming services aren't offering old films and why anyone would want to be a historian for a particular film.
Episode 71: Recapping the 2017 Toronto Film Festival
Erik Childress spent another week at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and saw over 30 movies. On his regular appearance with Sergio Mims on WHPK Radio, they weren't through his rankings talking about all the good (and great) films that he saw, while leaving a little time to mop up a few of the dogs as well.
Episode 70: What Is It Good For?
Sergio Mims rejoins the podcast to catch everyone up to date on the latest in Blu-rays. We talk enthusiastically about two of the best documentaries of the year and debate a slew of Sundance titles now available from Lionsgate. There's also a great Halloween title you must check out and Erik Childress may have figured out, at long last, why he just isn't that big of a Beatles fan.
Episode 69: Best Summer Ever (1984 Edition)
The Movie Madness Podcast returns with another edition of the Best Summer Ever. RogerEbert.com's Peter Sobczynski returns to take us through a mutually-treasured summer involving ghosts, gremlins, video games, buckaroos and some unique movie musicals. Peter and Erik Childress countdown their ten favorite films of the summer and share some lasting memories as well..
Episode 68: To Maurice From Warp-O-Scope
Sergio Mims is back to talk about the latest releases on Blu-ray with Erik Childress. Together they discuss Jerry Lewis, Elizabeth Taylor's speech patterns, and how Kurt Russell makes everything better. Not to mention their disdain for Alien: Covenant, a weird production known as Dracula in Vegas and the process known as Warp-O-Scope. A lot of great titles you are gonna want to check out after you listen..
Episode 67: Guardians of the Guardians - Vol. 2
One of the biggest hits of the summer and year, James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is now available on home video. Comic book expert Erik Laws re-joins Erik Childress to catch up on a conversation they missed upon release. Take a listen and see how each of their perceptions of the first film reflect upon their thoughts of the sequel..
Episode 66: A Little Mad and A Little Blu
Sergio Mims returns to make everyone aware of some amazing Blu-rays coming out this month. Along with Erik Childress they cover mad scientists, troubled relationships, Steve Martin, re-discoveries from the '70s that can't be made today and "the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies" culminating with an admiration of Bobcat Goldthwait's directorial career.
Episode 65: The Dunkirks of Detroit
This special episode of the podcast re-broadcasts a discussion on WHPK Radio between Erik Childress, Sergio Mims and Collin Souter. During it they disagree over the impact of Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit but unite over Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and going against detractors with questionable arguments about both. Before that though, Erik offers his feelings over the recent events on Charlottesville and reminds us of the one thing we should all be united over - hating Nazis.
Episode 64: Tough Guys - Then & Now
Rarely does the regular Blu-ray visit from "the walking Wikipedia of film knowledge" Sergio Mims produce a theme, but we couldn't help notice a bit of one in this episode. Come listen to stories about Peter Sellers, Lionel Stander and James Garner. Sergio & Erik have fun breaking down the exasperated aura of John Wick and how Life finds a way to be cruel.
Episode 63: Best Summer Ever (2001 Edition)
2001 was the summer of Pearl Harbor, Rush Hour 2 and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Do you remember any good movies from that summer? Erik Childress and Mark Dujsik surely do as they wade through a season where franchises were born, others continued and some died before ever getting started. It may not have been the best summer but this special episode makes the most of it..
Episode 62: A Start To Saluting Women Filmmakers
This episode of Movie Madness brings an update to the summer box office where Dunkirk starts strong but Wonder Woman finishes in triumph. Erik Childress guides you through the meaning and importance of those numbers and offers some perspective on the top grade at Cinemascore..
Episode 61: Whatever A Spider Can...Kinda?
Spider-Man is finally a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and people are showing love to the Homecoming. Comic book expert Erik Laws joins Erik Childress to discuss the history of the franchise(s), the latest film's connection to the comics and whether or not it actually lives up to the praise it is receiving. A spirited discussion ensues.
Episode 60: From Logan to Romero
So many Blu-rays. So little time. Except here on Movie Madness where Sergio Mims is back to take us on a journey from one of the best films of the year to one of the absolute worst. When you are done taking notes, Sergio & Erik Childress pay their respects to a true loss to the film world, Mr. George Romero.
Episode 59: Best Summer Ever - 1982
Movie Madness goes for a second trip to the Best Summer Ever, this time chosen by Ain't-It-Cool-News' Steve Prokopy. Along with Erik Childress they talk about the 35th anniversary of one of the most iconic summer movie seasons ever and each share the ten favorites that have endured for them over the years.
Episode 58: The Big, Healthy Streets of Fire
Sergio Mims returns to run the gamut of Blu-ray releases from a timely thriller from the 1960s to a group of '80s titles for adults and cults alike. It all leads up to an appreciation of Walter Hill's Streets of Fire. Before that though, Erik Childress takes you through the summer box office and how the success of Kumail Nanjiani's The Big Sick could be a big thing.
Episode 57: Sofia the Beguiled
Sofia Coppola has remade Don Siegel's 1971 version of The Beguiled in her own image. Is it a fresh feminist take on a harsher male fantasy or has she taken the term neutered to a whole new level? Peter Sobczynski joins Erik Childress to discuss both points of view on this special episode of Movie Madness.
Episode 56: Catching That Early Buzz
This episode brings us to the midpoint of the summer box office and the news isn't good for a number of films (and studios.) After that though, Sergio Mims returns to bring everyone more stories and new Blu-rays. He also talks with Erik Childress about how early buzz can affect one's view of a motion picture ranging from Donnie Darko to La La Land and how occasionally a fresh perspective can alter one's opinion.
Episode 55: Best Summer Ever - 1988 Edition
A new segment comes to the podcast where Erik Childress and guests countdown their favorites movies of the summer. The first guest is Collin Souter who has chosen 1988, the summer of the bad sequels but the great "R"-rated comedies. They also discuss one of the great movie controversies in history that is just as relevant and important today.
Episode 54: Rumble Through A Blu Summer
The summer box office only has a few big winners so far, but how does it shape up to 2016 at this point and Erik Childress discusses a new statistic that could signify this year's champion. After that, Sergio Mims is back to discuss a lot of older titles new to Blu-ray and even sneak in a few recent titles.
Episode 53: Keep Circulating The MST3K
Erik Childress is joined by Peter Sobczynski to talk about the return of one of the greatest television shows ever, Mystery Science Theater 3000. They talk about its history and how the new episodes measure up, discuss their favorites and take some time to mourn the loss of Zombie Nightmare co-star and beloved Batman, Mr. Adam West.
Episode 52: It's a Dark, Dark Universe!
On this episode, Sergio Mims returns to catch everyone up on some of the Blu-rays that may have fallen through the cracks recently. Before that, Erik Childress catches you up on the Wonder Woman phenomenon at the box office, how Universal's Dark Universe may or may not be in peril and condemns the coverage of A24's wide release of It Comes At Night when it should be getting praised.
Episode 51: Everyone Loves Wonder Woman. Why Not Me?!
Wonder Woman Fever is sweeping the world and Erik Childress welcomes comic book expert Erik Laws back into the fray. They discuss not only the film but also a bit of the character's history, the degrees to which sexism has reared its ugly head around the project and to agree that it is a definite step up in the DC Cinematic Universe. But to what degree?
Episode 50: Hey, We Made It To 50!!
This episode, Sergio Mims returns to catch everyone up on some of the best (and not-so-best) Blu-rays out there to check out. Before that though, Erik Childress brings you up to speed on how the Memorial Day box office went and how Dwayne Johnson disappointed him with his whole "critics vs. fans" defense of the Baywatch disappointment.
Episode 49: Me Everyone No One (Linklater, Haynes & Payne)
The founder of the Now Playing Network, Jim Laczkowski, joins Erik Childress to play another round of Me, Everyone, No One where he is faced with making the tough choice on which director is his favorite, whom he will gift to the world and which will be eliminated from our memories forever. Play along as they breakdown each director's career and a tough choice has to be made.
Episode 48: We're Playing With Blu Fire!
Erik Childress is back after producing the 5th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival to catch you up on how the summer box office is fairing just before Memorial Day weekend. Then he talks with Sergio Mims about releases from Twilight Time, Criterion, Olive, Shout Factory, Universal, Warner Bros. and a particularly special release from Kino for all you Cinemax lovers out there.
Episode 47: Guardian of the Summer Box Office
It's that time of year again! The 2017 Summer movie season is here and Erik Childress does his annual breakdown of the potential for hits and misses from May to August. 25 films and then some as a full summer preview turns into how one movie studio may have blown a big opportunity for what is destined to be one of the summer's best movies and could have been one of its biggest surprise hits..
Episode 46: All These Things...
On this episode, Erik Childress returns to tell you all about the final lineup of the Chicago Critics Film Festival (which he is a producer of) as well as a sneak preview of some upcoming episodes. Then regular all-star Sergio Mims returns to catch you up on releases from Shout Factory, Disney, Warner Archive and Twilight Time.
Episode 45: South by Southwest by 2017
On this episode, Erik is joined by Steve Prokopy of Ain't It Cool News to talk all about this year's South by Southwest. They talk in-depth about Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, Joe Swanberg's Win It All, Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky plus James Franco's highly-anticipated film version of the making of Tommy Wiseau's The Room, The Disaster Artist. All that and a couple wonderful surprises from a very good year for the film festival.
Episode 44: Paramount’s Ghosting
This episode the box office reporting returns with questions as to why Paramount was being selective in who got to see Ghost in the Shell. Then DVD Guru Sergio Mims returns to catch up on a number of titles from Disney, Lionsgate, Mill Creek, Olive Films, Paramount, Shout Factory and Universal.
Episode 43: I Left My Heart In San Franchise
The Chicago Critics Film Festival has announced its first preview and producer Erik Childress tells you where you can buy your passes. Then he is joined by Sergio Mims to get you all caught up on the latest Blu-rays from Arrow, Kino, Criterion, Lionsgate, Broad Green and Universal. Finally it’s the return of Patrick Bromley of FThisMovie.net to play another round of Me, Everyone, No One. Which franchise will he erase from existence?
Episode 42: All You Need Is Logan!
Erik Childress catches you up on his trip to the Sundance Film Festival and many of the films he saw with an assist from Nick Digilio and WGN Radio. Then the debut of a brand new segment (or game) to the podcast with comic book expert Erik Laws. Is it about comic books, movies or something entirely different? Tune in to find out on Me, Everyone, No One.
Episode 41: Me, Everyone, No One & Sundance
Erik Childress catches you up on his trip to the Sundance Film Festival and many of the films he saw with an assist from Nick Digilio and WGN Radio. Then the debut of a brand new segment (or game) to the podcast with comic book expert Erik Laws. Is it about comic books, movies or something entirely different? Tune in to find out on Me, Everyone, No One.
Episode 40: To Franchise Or Not To Franchise
Erik Childress has returned from Sundance, but on this episode must first address the growing list of franchise entries that studios are besieging the marketplace with. Patrick Bromley of FThisMovie.net joins him to talk the best and worst of them as well as to discuss this year’s upcoming FThisMovie Fest. Before that though, Sergio Mims is back like John Wick to catch-up on the latest movies you can catch up with on DVD.
Episode 39: Here Come the Oscar Nominations (and Predictions)
On this episode, Sergio Mims returns to go over the latest releases from Twilight Time, Olive Films, Shout Factory, Warner Bros. and so much more. Then Erik Childress will break down the Best Picture race and offer his final predictions in all of the feature film categories from Director to Visual Effects.
Episode 38: The Oscars & Those Damned Statistics
The first Movie Madness of 2017 gives you a rundown of Erik Childress' picks for the Best & Worst films of 2016. He is joined again by Sergio Mims to bring you the latest in Blu-ray & DVD titles. But the Oscar race continues and it is time for a real breakdown of the numbers now that the "Big 7" are in. Who has jumped into the Top Five?
Episode 37: Going Rogue On Awards Season. And Star Wars!
The final Movie Madness of 2016 gives you the long-awaited awards breakdown and who the frontrunners now are for the Oscars. Collin Souter also returns to talk the highs and lows of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And a special thank you to all our listeners, there is a chance for a very special prize. Tune in to hear how you can win something great courtesy of Netflix.
Episode 36: Movie Madness Stocking Stuffers
In this special standalone episode of the podcast, Erik Childress is joined by Sergio Mims to provide some last-minute Christmas suggestions on the Blu-ray front for everyone. They also catch up on some recent titles and offer up their choices of some of the best releases of the year. Including their number ones.
Episode 35: Grieving By the Sea Without Pitt or Jolie
Erik Childress is back to catch you up on the box office over the Thanksgiving holiday. He is then joined by Sergio Mims to discuss the latest Blu-rays from Twilight Time, Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony and more. Then the founder of the Now Playing Network, James Laczkowski stops by to discuss Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea as well as films about grief.
Episode 34: We Give Thanks to Movies - Now More Than Ever!
This week gives you a pre-Thanksgiving (and pre-Black Friday) look at some great new Blu-rays coming out which we talk to Sergio Mims about. We take a look at just how those Arrival numbers measure up at the box office. Finally we have a sobering conversation with Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com of how the evolution (and maybe devolution) of movies may matter ever more in Trump's America.
Episode 33: Let's Get Some Strange!
This week's epic episode tries to sober us out of the election results by talking with Sergio Mims about some great new Blu-rays from Shout Factory, Kino and Lionsgate amongst others to help cheer you up. Then comic book expert Erik Laws returns to go deep on the Strange - Doctor Strange! - and discusses whether or not it lives up to its high praise in the Marvel universe.
Episode 32: Cubbie Blue, Blu-rays and Box Office Blues
Erik Childress breaks down the lackluster Autumn movie season, charting the winners & losers and then takes you through a preview of what may come out on top during the holidays. Then he is joined by Sergio Mims to talk about new Blu-rays including Bubba Ho-Tep and new titles from Sony, Warner Bros, Mill Creek, Kino along with revisiting the documentary Weiner. But the Cubs have also won the World Series for the first time in 108 years and Erik shares his memories of the game and the person he wishes he could share it with.
Episode 31: Rare Exports: A Happy Pre-Election Halloween!
It's Halloween week! That means after catching up on some new classic Blu-rays from Kino and Twilight Time, Sergio Mims sticks around to offer an extensive list of Halloween favorites and gems you may want to add for your viewing enjoyment.
Episode 30: Two Weeks at the Chicago International Film Festival (Part 2)
This week we wrap up talk of this year's CIFF with RogerEbert.com's Peter Sobczynski after another round of Blu-ray talk with Sergio Mims and a look at the failing autumn box office. Erik Childress looks at the numbers, the festival and begins to gear up for Halloween movie watching.
Episode 29: Two Weeks at the Chicago International Film Festival (Part 1)
Ain't It Cool News' Steve Prokopy stops by to talk about choice movies playing Chicago's premier film festival. But first, Erik Childress analyzes the disappointments of the fall box office and is then joined once again by Sergio Mims to talk new Blu-rays by Criterion, Olive Films, Warner Bros., Universal and HBO.
Episode 28: A Girl, A Train & All Those Twists
Erik Childress is joined by Sergio Mims to talk about some of the latest Blu-ray releases from Warner Bros, Lionsgate, Kino, Shout Factory and Bayview. Collin Souter stops by to talk the best and worst twists in movies. Which category will The Girl on the Train fall into?
Episode 27: What a Disaster: A Prologue to Deepwater Horizon
This week Erik Childress does a quick analysis of the box office before getting to Sergio Mims for their weekly DVD discussion. After that, Sergio sticks around to kick off a new segment as they analyze the history of the disaster film, a title that may follow around the new Peter Berg/Mark Wahlberg effort in more ways than one.
Episode 26: Going Back to Toronto
Erik Childress returns from Toronto to catch up on the latest Blu-rays with Sergio Mims and announce a special update to this regular segment. Then he is joined by Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com to talk about some of the best films they saw at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Episode 25: The Winners, the Losers and the Paramount
Sergio Mims joins the podcast once again to discuss the latest in Blu-rays, but not before Erik Childress breaks down the summer box office and where studios may continue to be going wrong with their releases.
Episode 24: Nate Parker and the Birth of a Controversy
This week's episode foregoes the regular segments such as box office and Blu-rays when Erik Childress has a frank discussion with Sergio Mims about the Nate Parker sexual assault case from the past as well as the future of an audience's relationship with The Birth of a Nation..
Episode 23: You Found This Footage Where?
After explaining why it would be wrong to forget about Pete's Dragon, Erik Childress talks with Blu-ray and film history expert, Sergio Mims, on a new batch of titles. Then he is joined by critic and film producer Scott Weinberg to discuss the world premiere of Found Footage 3-D.
Episode 22: The Fantasia of a Bruce Campbell Festival
After Erik Childress is done analyzing the future prospects of Suicide Squad's run at the box office he talks with Steve Prokopy about the Fantasia Film Festival and then with Josh Goldbloom about the returning Bruce Campbell Horror Fest.
Episode 21: Ghostbusters & Other B.S.
After Sergio Mims goes over what is new on the Blu-ray front, Erik Laws joins the discussion to share in the disappointment of Suicide Squad..
Episode 20: Ghostbusters & Other B.S.
Erik talks once again with Sergio Mims about the latest Blu-Ray releases, along with summer movie recommendations and box office analysis!.
Episode 19: Ghostbusters & Other B.S.
This week, Erik Childress looks at how weird the box office this summer and then gives his thoughts on the new Ghostbusters reboot with Hitfix's Drew McWeeny as they discuss all kinds of B.S. about haters, critics and the industry.
Episode 18: Meet Me Halfway Out of a Bad Year
This week Erik Childress creates a mock ballot for his choices of the best of 2016 so far and gives the latest look at the box office. Sergio Mims is back to talk new Blu-rays and a bit about "the Spielberg brand."
Episode 17: Exorcising the Neon Demon
Another epic episode starts with dissecting the summer box office slump. Then Sergio Mims talks an array of new Blu-rays and DVDs. Finally Jim Laczkowski stops by to trade thoughts on the latest from Nicolas Winding Refn.
Episode 16: Serenity Now, DePalma Later
This week Erik Childress talks to Peter Sobczynski about the Brian DePalma documentary as well as the retrospective at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. The box office is examined again as well, but not before an examination of the Orlando aftermath.
Episode 15: Hollywood's Free Fall and Other Reasons To Stay Home
This week's episode chronicles the beginning of the worst summer box office in a decade, a conversation with Sergio Mims about new Blu-rays to check out as well as one with Patrick Bromley of FThisMovie.net about Junesploitation.
Episode 14: Catching Up and Ready to Listen
This week's episode has Erik Childress dissecting the Memorial Day Weekend box office, has another visit from Sergio Mims to discuss new Blu-rays and is hoping to hear from the listeners as to what they want to hear on future episodes.
Episode 13: Why Are We Fighting? Love Will Set You Free
This week's "epic" episode of Movie Madness features guests Sergio Mims talking about a number of great Blu-rays to save you from the Money Monster as well as comic book expert Erik Laws for an in-depth conversation about why Captain America: Civil War works as well as it does.
Episode 12: Summer Box Office Prediction Edition
This week your host, Erik Childress, concentrates on one thing and one thing only - the summer box office. What has he got in the Top Ten? What films may bomb? How many will make $100 million? Will he be wrong? More importantly, could he be right? Where will your money go?
Episode 11: Forget Keanu. Remember Dolemite
This week Erik Childress gives his thoughts on Alien Day, rails against the decision to platform a Tom Hanks film and then is joined by WHPK Radio partner, Sergio Mims, to catch-up on some Blu-ray titles you may enjoy rather than rushing out to a lackluster lineup before the summer movie season kicks off.
Episode 10: Singing the Praises of "Street"
Movie Madness returns this week with a catch-up on how the box office has fared, a bunch of Blu-ray recommendations, reviews of a couple movies you may want to skip and one that guest Collin Souter agrees should be sought out immediately so its finds more audiences.
Episode 9: Let the Midnight Special...
This week, Erik Childress discusses the latest Jeff Nichols film at length with Jim Laczkowski. He also recommends some new DVDs to check out and tears into the box office of Batman v Superman and the mythical divide between critics and audiences.
Episode 8: Dawn of the Dead: Batman vs. Superman Edition
This week Erik Childress catches up on DVDs, talks about what is going on with The Divergent Series at the box office and an in-depth near-90-minute conversation with comic book expert, Erik Laws, about the latest Zack Snyder/DC Comics pairing.
Episode 7: South by Southwest 2016
This week Erik Childress talks live from Austin, TX with Ain't It Cool News' Steve Prokopy about all of the great titles from this year's SXSW Film Festival.
Episode 6: The Chicago Critics Film Festival is Coming!
This week, Erik Childress flies solo as he prepares for SXSW. He talks about the week's box office, recommends some DVDs worth binging on a weekend when studios where hesitant to show their new films and then previews the first seven films announced for this year's Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre.
Episode 5: Knight & Day: The Latest from Terrence Malick
This week, a brief recap of the Oscars along with last weekend's box office, the top DVDs to check out this week, a review of Zootopia and a lengthy debate over the merits of Knight of Cups (or lack thereof) with Peter Sobczynski.
Episode 4: 9-9-9 Oscar Down
This week, Erik Childress looks at Eddie the Eagle and then is joined by managing editor of RogerEbert.com, Brian Tallerico, to discuss the failures of Triple 9 as well as this year's Oscars. Predictions and analysis aplenty.
Episode 3: Crisis of Faith in the Risen Witch
Erik Childress flies solo this week discussing his experiences with The Witch and Risen while also given his top Blu-ray recommendations and how Deadpool is trying to become an all-timer in front-loaded box office history.
Episode 2: Deadpool of Money
This week on Movie Madness, Erik Childress goes through the week's new DVD/Blu-ray releases and recommends his top three. He talks to comic book expert, Erik Laws, about Deadpool and what it could mean for the DC Universe as well as examine this week's box office and where Zoolander 2 and How To Be Single measure up.
Episode 1: Hail Caesar and the Debut of Movie Madness
Erik Childress kicks off the debut edition of Movie Madness with a return from the Sundance Film Festival and his Top 10 films from there. He is joined by Collin Souter from RogerEbert.com for an in-depth discussion of the Coen Bros.' Hail, Caesar! as well as Patrick Bromley from www.fthismovie.net to discuss a very special movie-viewing event. Even a little box office is thrown in for good measure.
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