Monday, December 28, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 122: 2015 Year in Review



Another year has come and gone and Bruce and Larry take a look back at 2015.

What films, television and comics did they enjoy most? Which blockbusters delivered and which disappointed? What hidden treasures did you miss last year? Which should be avoided?

Star Wars, Age of Ultron, Kingsmen and Mad Max get a visit at the cinema. They watched Ash, Scream Queens, Narcos, and lots of superheroes on TV. Take a look back at the media landscape of 2015 in episode 122 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 121: The Sociopolitics of Star Wars



It's pretty easy to maintain peace for a thousand years when you have mind control powers in your diplomatic toolbox. Bruce and Larry talk politics and society...in the Star Wars universe! The Force Awakens is right around the corner, and we decided to take a look at the politics and societies of the Empire, the Republic, how one led to the other, and where that might leave us at the start of a new trilogy.

Are droids essentially chattel slaves? What about the moral implications of the Clone Army of the Republic.  The Jedi and the Republic were architects of their own destruction, but did Jango Six Pack on Tatooine really even notice the change in power?  What are the practical implications of competing religious sects influencing Galactic governance? Are Death Stars really good economic or even domestic policy?

All that and more in Episode 121 an all Star Wars episode of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 120: What If? Stories




What if the Nazis won WW2? What if the South won the Civil War? What if Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four? What if? What if? What if?  Larry and Bruce take a look at the concept of 'What If?' stories, alternate histories, parallel universes and Elseworlds. 

They examine the fascination we have with considering a single changed event and all the ramifications inherent in such a change.  

They even posit a real world 'What If?' scenario: What if Marvel had compromised with or met the demands of the Image Comics founders. Would we even have the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Would we have Spawn? 

All that and more in Episode 120 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 119 - Creative Challenges: NaNoWriMo, 24 Hour Comics, & More



Every November thousands of would-be novelist settle in for NaNoWriMo, attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Bruce is taking on the challenge this year, and so he and Larry decided to discuss Creative Challenges. 

NaNoWriMo, 24 Hour Comic Book Day, 48 Hour Film Festivals and other timed creative events are explored. Are such challenges a plus or minus to the creative process? Does it all depend on the creator? What about simpler challenges like writing prompts or random title?  Can format constraints challenge creators in other ways? 

All that and more in Episode 119 of the Media Montage Podcast!



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Friday, October 30, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 118 - What's the Deal With Zombies?



What's the deal with zombies?

White Zombie, from 1932 is widely considered the first zombie film. Since then hundreds of zombie movies, tv shows and comics have come out with dozens of different takes on these popular monsters.  

From mind controlled slaves out of Voodoo legend to the living dead of George Romero, zombies are an important part of the pop culture landscape.  

Bruce and Larry explore the popularity of zombies. They explore different takes on the genre, and try to figure out why the shambling, mindless dead have become so popular in Episode 118 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 117: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Max World



This week Bruce and Larry take a visit the World of Mad Max. They look at all four films featuring the Road Warrior Max Rockatansky.  

They explore the themes of a world gone mad, a world clinging to the last vestiges of civilization, a world where the Halls of Justice are literally decaying.   They look at parallels to 70s Horror, the idea of enduring myths and legends, the power of stories, as well as unreliable narrators. 

When does Fury Road take place on Max's time line?  Will we get more Mad Max in the future, and what will that mean?  All that and more in Episode 117 of the Media Montage Podcast! It's a Mad Mad Mad Max World!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 116: Small Press Expo 2015



Small Press Expo happens every year in Bethesda Maryland to celebrate self publishers, small publisher and do-it-yourselfers.  Larry went to the show this year and he and Bruce discuss the event. 

Who were Larry's favorites?  What leads to explosions of certain art styles.  How important is Deoderant?  Why do we like self publishers so darned much?  All these questions and more in Episode 116 of the Media Montage Podcast!

Some of the SPX Creators Larry met:
*Claire Connelly
@CkConnellyDraws 

*Aja Moore 
@ajadraws 

*Ann Uland
@NymAulth 

*Denise Clamors
@clamtime

*Joshua Cotter 
http://jwcotter.tumblr.com/

*Andrew MacLean 
@Andrew_MacLean 



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Friday, September 18, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 115: This is a Public Service Announcement



Knowing is half the battle, your brain on drugs and we learned it from watching you Dad! This week Larry and Bruce visit the strange world of Public Service Announcements.  

Are they Education or Propaganda? Maybe a bit of both?  We discuss some classics PSA's, PSA's and children's programming, and the shocking world of Canadian Safety Education in Episode 115 of the Media Montage Podcast!

The Stairway to Heaven of PSA's



...and the Blitzkrieg Bop:



Canadian Safety PSAs



Canadian Domestic Violence Spots (Course/NSFW Language):



Don't Drive High/Colorado Pot PSA


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Monday, September 14, 2015

Coming Soon: This is a Public Service Announcement!

This Friday Larry and Bruce take a look at the strange world of Public Service Announcements. Here's the Clash with a PSA reminding you to Know Your Rights:

Friday, September 4, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 114: Synchromystic Theory - Back to the Future, OMAC, and More



Synchronicity is defined as a meaningful coincidence. Synchromysticism is the theory that ties synchronicity with mysticism as it relates to art and media. Esoteric symbols and sequences in films often resonate with current events, seemingly predicting those events with foreknowledge.  

What's going on here? 

Do some artists have a knack for tapping into the collective unconscious, enabling them to imbue their art with messages and images from another time and place? 

This week Bruce and Larry explore a couple of specific instances of synchromystic theory.  We look at 9-11 sychronicities in the 1985 Robert Zemeckis film Back to the Future, as well as Jack Kirby's Gulf War 1 and 2 Predictions in the pages of OMAC and Kamandi.  

Follow us down the rabbit hole in Episode 117 of the Media Montage Podcast!

The Back to the Future Synchromystic Video discussed:



Predictive Programming: Ep 8 of MMP

The Secret Sun on Jack Kirby, OMAC, Kamandi and the Iraq Wars.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Media Montage 113: Superheroes Outside of Comics



Superheroes are everywhere these days, and they all came from comic books right? 

Wrong! Lots of superhero characters emerged from TV, Film and Animation, independent of the four color page. Hancock, Defendor, MANTIS and the Greatest American Hero all originated outside of comic books.  

Parody, homage and ripoffs of superhero concepts are discussed as well in Episode 113 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 112: Are Pro Sports Fixed?



Did you ever see a football game with a play that was just too good to be true? What about a bad call made by a ref that dramatically altered the out come of a game? What if those things were no accident? Is it possible for professional sports leagues to fix the outcomes of games? Would that even be illegal?

We ask those questions and more as we explore whether or not pro sports are fixed in episode 112 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 111: The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)



This week is a listener request...of a sort. Bruce's wife watched 'From Beyond' way back when he and Larry covered that movie in Media Montage Podcast Episode 14

As payback Mrs. Otter picked this week's film, 'The Boy Who Could Fly' from 1986 starring, Jay Underwood, Lucy Deakins, Bonnie Bedalia, Fred Savage, and Fred Gwynn.  

Eric Gibb is an autistic boy who finally makes a human connection with Milly,  a new girl in town and their relationship is taken to fantastic levels. Literally.

Steeped in angst, the characters endure one tragedy after another until the over-the-top, upbeat conclusion.  Good performances meet a heart wrenching script with  awhole lot weirdness thrown in. Find out if the boy really can fly in Episode 111 of the Media Montage Podcast!

BONUS! The Boy Who Could Fly trailer recut as a horror film:




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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Coming Soon: The Boy Who Could Fly



Come back tomorrow when Bruce and Larry take a closer look at this 1986 fantasy/drama!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 110: Grab Bag III - What We're Enjoying



This week Bruce and Larry once again reach into the Media Montage Grab Bag and talk about the comics and television they've been enjoying. 

Bruce likes a Comix Book and Larry copes with the Strain. 
Sharknado? Oh Hell No, says Larry. They both like Weapon Brown, Bruce talks The Brink, and Larry looks at All You Need is Kill a the manga adaptation of the book that became Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow. 

All that and more in episode 110 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 109: San Diego Comic Con News and Notes



San Diego Comic Con is the big one. The Grand-Daddy of all the Comic Cons and always the source of tons of news, notes and controversy. Bruce and Larry take a look at some of the stories coming out of SDCC 2015. Movie and TV announcements, new comics and more in episode 109 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Media Montage 108: HeroesCon and Denver Zine Fest



In the world of comics, summer means conventions and festivals. 

This week Bruce and Larry each report on con season. Larry attended Heroes Con in Charlotte N.C. (June 19-21) as an attendee and files his report, while Bruce reports on the more intimate Denver Zine Fest (June 28) from the other side of the table as a vendor.  

Two very different experiences, and two very different reports.  Travel trouble, and the importance of cover design get analyzed.  

What is up with the Colonel, and a freebie turns into a sale!
Both sides of the convention table in Episode 108 of the Media Montage Podcast!





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Friday, June 26, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 107: Fan Theories



Was Doc Brown actually trying to kill himself in Back to the Future? Is everyone in Westoros the bad guy, EXCEPT the White Walkers? Do District 9 and Chappie take place in the distant past of the Halo universe?  Bruce and Larry examine the evidence and discuss fan theories. 

Fan Theories, the practice of taking evidence presented in pop culture to predict future outcomes of stories, to examine motivations for characters, or make a mediocre story a little better.

Why do fans like to speculate? Why do we try to add to existing narratives?  Why do we share in the world building by creating elaborate fan theories? They ask that and more in Episode 107 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 106: Chariots of the Gods? (1970 Film)



Did humanity get a jump start thousands of years ago via in Extra Terrestrial intervention? Is Earth merely the location of the biggest Cargo Cult in all of creation?  Bruce and Larry visit the ancient astronaut theory and watch Chariots of the Gods?, the 1970 film adaptation of Erich Von Daniken's book of the same name. 

They look at the plausibility of the theory as well as criticisms of invented evidence and bad science. They explore the theory's impact on popular culture including Jack Kirby and Battlestar Galactica. 
All that and more in Episode 106 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 105: The Beastmaster (1982)



He can talk to the animals! 

Dr. Doolittle? 

No! The Beastmaster. 

This week Bruce and Larry visit a faraway time and place filled with magic, prophecy and loincloths. They take a look at Don Coscarelli's 1982 fantasy epic starring Marc Singer, Rip Torn, Tanya Roberts and John Amos.  Singer plays Dar, a child born of prophecy and gifted with the power to communicate with and control animals.  He fights against the evil powers of Maax (Rip Torn) and the evil horde of Juns.  

Beastmaster is a cable TV classic and seemingly ran forever on HBO and WTBS in the 1980s and 90s, developing cult film status. Is that status deserved?   Does Dar need to take some sensitivity training? Did that tiger really die from an allergic reaction to black dye?  Those questions and more in Episode 105 of the Media Montage Podcast.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Media Montage 104: Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)



It's high school reunion time! Larry and Bruce go back to 1997 to take a look at the 10 year high school reunion of Martin Blank. Martin's life is complicated by the fact that he's a contract killer, the government is after him and the love of his life isn't ready to let him back into her life.

Grosse Pointe Blank is a 1997 black comedy starring John Cusack as Martin, Minnie Driver as Debbie, and Dan Ackroyd as Martin's relentless rival, Grocer.

Are we our jobs? Can we move past what we do for a living, and be better people? When is the right time to let go of the past? Those questions and more in Episode 104 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 103: The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow



The Flash and Arrow have wrapped up their seasons and another show in their universe, DC's Legends of Tomorrow,  has been announced! 

Bruce and Larry take a look at the Arrow-verse family of shows featuring superheroes from DC Comics.  We rundown Season 3 of Arrow and the inaugural season of the Flash.  

How do these two shows set up the third?  What characters were mishandled?  What kind of time travel paradoxes are we in for?  All that and more in Episode 103 of the Media Montage Podcast.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 102: Stripped (2014)



Newspaper Comic Strips. They used to have massive impact on popular culture, their characters were world famous, as were their creators. The decline of newspapers has led aspiring strip creators to publish on the web. 

In the 2014 documentary Stripped  Dave Kellett and Frederick Schroeder tell us a brief history of the comic strip, we see interviews with creators, and they delve into a generation gap between the syndicated creators, and those going it alone on the World Wide Web.

Interviews with Jim Davis, Cathy Guisewise, Mort Walker, Scott Kurtz, Kate Beaton and many more tell us the story of a dramatic shift in a beloved industry. 

Larry and Bruce discuss this documentary and some of the issues it raises in episode 102 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 101: Introduction to the New World Order



New World Order 101: An introduction to the New World System.

This week Bruce and Larry take a look at a couple of foundational items to the modern New World Order conspiracy theories.

Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, a document allegedly found inside a copy machine purchased for parts in 1986, lays out a systematic approach to economic warfare that can be waged on a civilian population for all sorts of nefarious purposes.

The New Order of Barbarians is a series of tapes recorded by pediatrician Dr. Lawrence Dunegan in 1988, recalling a presentation he heard in 1969 laying out plans for what he calls the New World System, including control of the media, sex and reproduction and a plan of massive depopulation.

Are these documents real or hoax? Do their predictions come true? Is it all just paranoid rambling? Bruce and Larry try to make heads or tails of a global conspiracy in episode 101 of the Media Montage Podcast!

Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars

Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars with Diagrams (PDF)

New Order of Barbarians Transcript

Listen to the New Order of Barbarians tapes on Youtube:


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Friday, May 8, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 100: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Plus looking back at 100 episodes



Bruce and Larry reach their milestone 100th episode! 

To celebrate they discuss the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, the blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.  
They disagreed heartily over the last Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy. Do they find any common ground with the latest super-hero spectacle?

They also take a look back at some of their favorite episodes over the last two years. All that and more in the landmark 100th episode of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Media Montage Podcast Interview Special: Claire Connelly



In this special Interview episode of the Media Montage podcast Bruce and Larry visit with creator Claire Connelly, the mind behind  over 400 pages of moody, stylish and entertaining comics at claireconnelycomics.com. 

They talk with Claire about the influences, process, and philosophy behind her comics. We also talk Kickstarter and her campaign to bring her comics to print. 

Join us for all that and more in an interview episode of the Media Montage Podcast!

Claire's Work can be found here:
and on Twitter: @ckconnellydraws

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 99 - Marvel 2099



What do we do for a 99th episode? 

We visit the retro-future of Marvel's 2099 line of comics. We go back to 1992 as Marvel traveled to the future with a new Spider-Man, a new Doom, a new Punisher, and a new Hulk. We look at the cyberpunk future of the Marvel Universe in the year 2099.  

How did the 2099 line reflect the era of early the 1990s comics world in every conceivable way? Were the comics actually any good? What cause the end of 2099 as an imprint? 

Claws, foil covers, and grim and gritty stories in Episode 99 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 98: (Pop) Culture War



It seems like everyone is willing to go to war over everything in pop culture these days. 

Not literal war, but flame wars, wars of words, and on and on.  

Battles over art, politics, the politics of art, and what should and shouldn't be seen have led Bruce and Larry to take a look at the Culture War as it is framed by their love of Pop Culture, specifically comics.  Bruce and Larry get passionate about the urge to do battle over the things they love, and try to find some solutions.  They get negative at times, but try really hard to come around to some positive steps to make social media interactions enjoyable.  

A very different kind of discussion, that probably doesn't solve anything in a very honest and passionate Episode 98 of the Media Montage Podcast.


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 97: Conspiracy in the Air



Airplanes are seemingly big, easy to keep track of things.  When one crashes or goes missing, and the circumstances of those occurrences are anything less than totally obvious, then conspiracy theories are bound to arise. 

This week Bruce and Larry take a look at a few Aircraft Conspiracy Theories including Malaysian Air Flight 370, TWA 800 as well as Chemtrails and Operation: Northwoods.  Grab your tinfoil hat for episode 97 of the Media Montage Podcast!


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 96: TV Grab Bag



This week Bruce and Larry take a look at some of the TV they've been watching lately. 

Established shows, some recent arrivals and even a few classic shows are discussed.  Superhero rundowns of Flash, Arrow, iZombie, and SHIELD, plus some weird comedies in Man Seeking Woman, Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, and the Last Man On Earth get the Media Montage Treatment.   

What happened to the Twin Peaks relaunch? Larry watches old school Gundam and classic anime Robotech comes to live action in a film franchise. 

We find out if there's anything good on TV in episode 96 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Media Montage 95: Tom Cruise Double Feature - Oblivion (2013) Edge of Tomorrow aka Live, Die, Repeat (2014)



This week Bruce and Larry have a Tom Cruise Science Fiction Double Feature! 

They take a look at Oblivion (2013) and Edge of Tomorrow (2014) aka Live, Die Repeat.   

Both films star Tom Cruise. He's joined in Oblivion by Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, and Olga Kurylenko in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with a deep mystery at its core. 

Edge of Tomorrow is rounded out by Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson battling for earth's freedom in a war against alien invaders. 

These two films have a lot in common, in that they weren't blockbusters, have some similar themes and are better than their box office receipts might suggest. Time Travel, The Tet, Tower 49, Alpha, Omega and more in episode 95 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 94 - CHAPPiE (2015)



Artificial Intelligence is a theme that has been explored numerous times on the Media Montage Podcast, the Terminator, Google as Skynet, The Outer Limits and of Course Short Circuit!

This week Bruce and Larry look at another AI in CHAPPiE, Neil Blomkomp's 2015 sci-fi exploration of the subject.  The film stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, and Watkin Tudor Jones (Ninja) and Yolandi Visser of the South African zef rap-rave group Die Antwoord. This movie has been critically panned, but Bruce and Larry find a lot to like about it.

They look at some of the larger themes of consciousness, religion and morality presented in the film. Does CHAPPiE deserve the hate it's been getting? Find out in episode 94 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Topic of AI on the Media Montage Podcast

Tomorrow, Bruce and Larry take a look at CHAPPiE,   Neill Blomkamp's new Sci-Fi film tackling that very interesting topic:



The Media Montage Podcast has explored the topic of AI a number of times over the last couple of years, catch up here then listen to our CHAPPiE episode tomorrow for another in depth discussion of Artificial Intelligence!

Media Montage 38: Is Google Becoming Skynet?

Media Montage Podcast 41: Robocop(s) 2014 vs 1987

Media Montage Podcast 49: The Outer Limits Soldier and Demon With A Glass Hand

Media Montage Podcast 50: The Terminator (1984)

Media Montage Podcast 93: Short Circuit (1986) and Short Circuit 2 (1988)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 93: Short Circuit (1986) and Short Circuit 2 (1988)



Number 5 is alive! Loveable robot Johnny 5 is in the spotlight this week as Bruce and Larry revisit the 1980s Short Circuit films.  

Tim Blaney as Number 5, Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenburg, Fisher Stevens and Michael McKean appear in Short Circuit (1986) and Short Circuit 2 (1988). 

These sweet family comedies explore some important science fiction themes about humanity,  the potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence, and what it means to be 'alive'.  Short Circuit was also an especially prescient film on the topic of military robots and how they would be used. 

How do these films hold up against modern movie magic?  How do they hold up as comedies?  Were they any good to begin with? Find out in episode 93 of the Media Montage Podcast!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Coming Soon: Short Circuit!

Here is the orignal trailer for Short Circuit, which we will be looking at this Friday on the Media Montage Podcast, along with Short Circuit 2:


It's a remarkable trailer in how little we see of Number 5. If this movie were released today the trailer would be littered with all his best lines.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 92: The Filth



Who are we really?  Is this the only universe, or do other worlds exist above or below us in different planes of reality?  Can the world be prevented from becoming TOO weird?  

This week Bruce and Larry look at The Filth, a Vertigo series by Grant Morrison, Chris Weston and Gary Erskine from 2002.  We examine this very unusual story of Ned Slade and Gary Feely and try to find out what it means, or at least some of it.  

Parapersonas, Anti-People, iLife, and Status Q in Episode 92 of the Media Montage Podcast.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 91: The Pulps



Doc Savage, Conan The Barbarian and Cthulu! What do they all have in common? 

They were born of the pulp magazines of the early 20th century. This week Larry and Bruce take a look at pulp fiction and the legacy of those cheap, lowest common denominator entertainments. 

How have the pulps influenced the modern media landscape? 

Why have the pulp heroes had trouble being adapted to film?  What is the legacy of the Shadow, Doc Savage and the Phantom?  All that and more in Episode 91 of the Media Montage Podcast! A listener request by @Kirbstomp13

The Pulp Magazines Project - A good resource for pulp fans, download and read some of these old magazines:


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 90: The Evolution of Technology



From the rotary phone to the iPhone and antenna TV to On Demand, all the time, Bruce and Larry take a look at how media technology has evolved over the years. 

They talk about how the VCR was a game changer for home entertainment, allowing the time-shifting of media consumption for the first time. They talk early experiences with the Internet, and how even that has changed in 20 years.  All that and more in Episode 90 of the Media Montage Podcast!


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Media Montage Podcast 89: Romance in Comics, TV and Film



Love is in the air just in time for Valentine's Day. 

This week Bruce and Larry take a look at romance! Romance comics, romantic comedies and the romantic elements that have crept their way into all of our favorite media.  

What happens when the Soap Operas meet the X-men?  Are there any original Rom-Coms? Love triangles are everywhere. 

We talk Classic film and modern television. Unconventional Romance vs. the cliches we hate. The Flash, Pushing Daisies, True Romance,  General Hospital and Days of Our Lives. All that and more in Episode 89 of the Media Montage Podcast!


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