PLP – Episode 75 – Spoofs Part 3

imageHello and welcome to the 75th episode of Plain Label Podcast! In this episode we continue with our look at Spoofs with a discussion on the films High Anxiety and Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood!. We begin with a short discussion on Mel Brooks and the films that brought us to the director. We mention that this is both our first look at High Anxiety and go over some of what works for us including some of our favorite scenes. We the move into Don’t be a Menace and discuss why it is clearly chess vs. checkers when comparing it to the work of Brooks. We again mention some of the scenes that really work and some of the ones that left us rolling our eyes. It’s a fun and funny episode, do yourself a favor and check it out

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Mel Brooks – High Anxiety

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The Keith Show starring Keith Episode 15 – Make MY Marvel

In the glut of speculation that Marvel’s upcoming Secret Wars anniversary event will see some manner of continuity reboot, Keith is joined by Alan White for a thought experiment.  Basically, the idea is this: what creative decisions would Keith make if he was given the unenviable task of rebooting the Marvel Universe.  Alan plays the role of the audience, responding to Keith’s pitches to see if they’re any good.

Yes a hoax!  Yes an imaginary story!  Worlds will live!  Worlds won’t die!  Everything will probably be the same again!

PLP – Pod Shots – Out of the Past

imageIn this episode, I’m joined by returning guest, Zack Kruse and once again we are talking about a classic noir film. This time around we have the Robert Mitchum film Out of the Past! Zack details why he brought this film to me and the love that he has for the film. We talk a bit about my initial reaction to the film before delving into what it is exactly that makes the film so great. We talk about performances and who exactly gives the most impressive performance. We discuss the twists and turns the film has in it and if the ending of the film is what we hoped or expected. It’s always great talking with Zack, especially about older films and this is no exception! Check it out!

Perl Jam – Around the Bend w/Out of the Past sequence

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What Netflix Sent Me: Stretch (2014)

MV5BMTc2NjgyMzAxNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTIxNTE4MjE@._V1_SY317_CR7,0,214,317_AL_What a wild, silly, and bizarre trip this film turned out to be… I had heard about the 2014 film Stretch directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces) and starring Patrick Wilson (The Watchmen, Young Adult) and seen a few screen shots, but really had no idea what I was getting myself into.

Stretch, is about a down on his luck limousine driver (only known as Stretch), working in Los Angeles, who picked up this dead-end job after his career as an actor also hit a dead-end. His bad luck gets even worse when his gambling debts catch up to him, and he has to come up with a few thousand bucks by midnight.  Knowing his life was pretty much over, he didn’t really bother to get the cash, until he picked up an eccentric billionaire (played by Chris Pine) who sends him on a wild goose chase to pick up a brief case for him.  In exchange, this billionaire might make Stretch’s financial problems go away.  So Stretch decides he’s going to do what it takes to get that briefcase, and live to see another day.

The plot is actually a lot less convoluted as I just made it out to be… this film IS wildly entertaining, and dark as hell.  Patrick Wilson is at his best here, and he’s surrounded by a cast of characters that only makes his character much more endearing.  You never know where you are going to end up next in this film, but it’s okay, because you are just along for the ride.

You can tell that every single actor involved in this project was just in it to have as much fun as possible.  Right down to the actors who play themselves in cameo appearances. (no spoilers!) Over the years I’ve heard people’s mixed feelings about Patrick Wilson, and his acting ability.  He tends to take off beat parts, but overall I’ve always been a fan.  He is a decent actor, and can do a range of characters, and he more than proves his acting abilities in this one.

One of the best characters in the film however, was played by Ed Helms… he adds the darker elements to the movie which help to influence Stretch’s decisions throughout the film.  I enjoy Ed Helms a lot, and he’s playing a role that is not his usual thing.  In fact, I think a lot of the actors in this film went against type, which I think is what made this such an enjoyable film.

This film didn’t have a theatrical release, it was supposed to be a Paramount film, and was going to be released in March, but for whatever reason they decided not to put it out.  Alternately it was released on iTunes, Amazon and later Video on Demand.  It’s too bad that Paramount didn’t have faith in the movie, because it was actually really good.  I think that most of the movie going audience would agree, the film received an 89% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.6/10 on IMDb.


Interstellar w/ Dennis Curlett


On this episode of CWM. I’m joined by writer and improvisor and general film guy Dennis Curlett. I discuss why I haven’t seen a movie in sometime, before Dennis and I dig into Christoper Nolan’s newest film “Interstellar.” We discuss how we saw it, what we thought and begin a detour of M.Night Shyamalan’s films. Enjoy!

PLP – Episode 74 – Spoofs Part 2

imageHello and welcome to the 74th episode of Plain Label Podcast! In this episode we continue with our look at Spoofs with a discussion on the films Top Secret! and Shaun of the Dead. We begin with a short discussion on why the films were selected and why some of the films might not fully fit into the category of a Spoof. We begin with Top Secret! and discuss Val Kilmer in his first role. We mention some of our favorite sequences and why the film might note fully work. We move into the Horror/Comedy and maybe or maybe not a spoof Shaun of the Dead. We again discuss some of our favorite scenes as well as some of the stylistic choices made from Edgar Wright. It’s another fun and light, and short show that’s perfect for the Holiday season! Do yourself a favor and check it out!

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Nick Rivers – Skeet Surfing

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The Keith Show starring Keith Episode 14 – 8bit Broadcasting

Keith is joined by computer animator and video game designer Sharon Steiner to talk about the current state of the video game industry and Sharon’s current project.

CWM: Interview w/ Brittani Nichols creator of Words with Girls


On the newest episode of CWM. I interview comic, writer, actress, improvisor Brittani Nichols about her pilot “Words with Girl.” (Which you can see in the show notes) We get into the ins and outs of the project. From its inception to the final product and what we can do to see more. Then I ask what else Brittani’s been watching.

Links for Brittani:
Twitter: Here
UCB Tickets: Here

PLP – Pod Shots – LOST

imageWe told you about it, warned you about it, and promised you it would be here, and here is it. Our epic LOST discussion that spanned 18 months and more than a few life changes in the process. In this mammoth episode, I’m joined by the Angry Disney Nerd himself, Mr. Sean Stangland as we discuss the Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, and J.J. Abrams TV series LOST. This is a very long episode and if you’re looking to skip ahead to a season the time stamps are at the bottom of the page. It was an amazing and tiring experience, but one that I wouldn’t exchange for anything. Please do yourself a favor and listen to the show that I’ve put more time and effort in on, than any other. Thanks and enjoy.

Season 1: 0:00:00 – 1:22:38
Season 2: 1:22:39 – 3:08:01
Season 3: 3:08:01 – 5:19:27
Season 4: 5:19:27 – 7:22:23
Season 5: 7:22:23 – 9:51:35
Season 6: 9:51:35 – 12:10:46

Lost Theme
Lost Official Soundtrack – Moving On (The End)

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The Keith Show starring Keith Episode 13 – Deja Viewing

Luke is back to discuss series eight of Doctor Who.  The guys do a pretty in depth episode by episode review of the season.