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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #179

Another day late and you can take your pick as to why … Dean Haglund flying back from Valley Con in Fargo, North Dakota, Phil in migraine hell, or an error in encoding this week’s show … Nevertheless, your friends in podcasting are back and better than ever, continuing their conversation about the importance, function and nature of criticism, paying particular attention this week to film criticism. A couple of the worst films of all time are compared and contrasted, great films that would never have had the chance to find an audience if it hadn’t been for BAD reviews (!) are discussed, and Dean turns the tables on Phil, quizzing him about what he’s learned from bad reviews his films have received. Informative, irreverent, irrepressible, it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #389

Your friends in podcasting begin this show withe some eloquent words on diversity by the dearly departed Misty Upham.

They then launch into discussing the movies they are excited to see before analyzing the merits of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the head-scratching existence of Fury and the ground-breaking, breathtaking brilliance of Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

It’s then time to rant about the statute of limitations in the Stephen Collins sexual abuse case.

Finally, Dean and Phil remember Marcia Strassman and the “Sultan of Suave”, celebrating the life and artistry of Oscar de la Renta.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #388

From hilarious start, to heart-rending conclusion, this is a truly unusual installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Dean and Phil attempt to unravel the mystery of the US Air Force X-37B Space Plane, try to solve disturbing audio problems, try to make sense of the deaths of the very talented Elizabeth Pena and Misty Upham, and try to get through lengthy and sometimes creepy emails regarding such topics as David Cronenberg, Edward Snowden, Oliver Stone, “The Wire” and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Somehow, during all of that, “Gracepoint” gets dissected, David Byrne’s True Stories gets celebrated, Jason Bateman’s Bad Words gets remade and The Revenge of the Electric Car gets a new title!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #387

Any show that celebrates funny lady Jan Hooks, Broadway legend Marian Seldes, Renaissance man Geoffrey Holder, that includes discussion of Jerry Lewis’ current live show, David Fincher’s latest, Robert Downey Jr.’s latest, Christopher Walken impersonations, animated films and Bollywood, has got to be good.

And it is.

It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, after all!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #386

We apologize for the delay in getting this to you. Your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, is really ill. Hence the delay. Nevertheless, it’s a great show, full of emails from listeners like you (yes, YOU!).

Enjoy, as Dean Haglund and Phil discuss the problems facing the NFL, what consittues “tone” in movies, the influence of David Lynch on the past decades of independent cinema, the return of “Twin Peaks”, the life and death of Dr. Stanley Monteith, and the new films The Boxtrolls, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, The Equalizer and The Skeleton Twins.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #385

What is 70 minutes long, was recorded LIVE at BottleRock in downtown Los Angeles and boasts appearances by Lily Holleman, Robbie Consing, Matt Doherty, Erynn Petrulis, Pete Handelman, Alanna Vicente, Shaun Parker, Burt Bulos, Jake Head, Ilana Rein, Marc Hershon of Succotash and both Page Branson and J.D. Jackson of Level 7 Access: A Marvel Agents of Shield Podcast? Why, it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, of course, also featuring a live appearance from show announcer Garrard Whatley!

We apologize for the occasional (semi-regular?) audio glitches during the show – Phil was playing hurt, Dean was drinking wine, there was a party going on … And we’re sure despite these glitches (because of them?) this episode will help get your week off to a great start!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #384

Your friends in podcast preview the big week ahead before launching into discussions of the vote for Scottish independence, a movie about a U.S. Civil War battle, time banking, the career arcs of filmmaker Kevin Smith and comedian Dennis Miller, an underrated Kevin Costner vehicle, supposed bad news for women in film, and a quote lexicographer Samuel Johnson.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #383

It’s too darn hot in Los Angeles and your friends in podcasting are high as proverbial kites on codeine swirl frappuccinos!

Dean performed in a “Live Event of the Week” and this fact leads to a discussion of public transportation, the immune system and Biddy Mason.

Phil spent all week (and the week before that) trying to get their new film submitted to Sundance, and in the process watch documentaries about The Magnificent Seven, Sam Peckinpah and Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory. He also saw the last film to star the great James Gandolfini (and boasting merely the latest indelible performance from the masterful Tom Hardy).

Two “Lawsuits of the Week” are discussed, which leads to analysis of sexual abuse in Hollywood, domestic violence in professional football and the role of interns in show business.

A great comic and a legendary big-screen villain are remembered.

All that, plus much more … Pass the Chillpak. It’s too darn hot!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #382

This week, your friends in podcasting discuss “LAVA” (the Los Angeles Visionaries Association), Charlie Parker, L.A.’s jazz history, architect Robert Brown Young, an amazing Dutch Chocolate Shop, pre-Emmy parties, Rachel McAdams, Chris Pratt, Kathryn Bigalow’s influence on the casting of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and As Above, So Below. Oh, and Phil suggests that two professional basketball teams trade names!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #381

Nikki Finke has disappeared from her new website and Phil tackles her disappearance and takes on something called “The Committee for Decency in Journalism”.

Listener Barry Murphy sent a great article to us about Robin Williams and his guest star appearance on “Homicide: Life on the Street”. Your friends in podcasting share its contents.

Then, Dean and Phil follow-up on Phil’s diatribe last week against “Dr. Who” and really dig into the source of Phil’s “blind spot” preventing him from seeing the appeal of the show. Thanks to Stephen D. Fowler (of the Smoking All-Stars) and Jimmy Lawlor for their indelible contributions to this week’s discussion of the good doctor.

Finally, Dean and Phil remember and offer fond farewells to two accomplished actors-turned filmmakers and one legendary voice.

About the show
Dean Haglund, the actor, improv comic and inventor (best known as “Langly,” one of the three computer-hacking geeks on “The X-Files” and their spin-off series “The Lone Gunmen”) engages in thought-provoking, insightful, and irreverent cultural conversation with his co-host and producing partner, independent filmmaker and certified violence prevention specialist Phil Leirness in the production offices of Rational Exuberance. Warning: Dean and Phil's usually hilarious and frequently inspiring discussions are habit-forming, so please, enjoy responsibly!
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