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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #425

Brought to you by THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE, the epic documentary of comedy, consciousness and conspiracy, this is part 2 the special 2-part episode delving into the meaning of the 2nd X-Files film (“The X-Files: I Want to Believe”).

In this thumbs up/thumbs down, letter grade, scale of 1 to 10, good/bad, right/wrong world in which we live, where movie reviews pass for film criticism, the ability to actually “read” a film, to explore it’s subtext, to understand what it truly means and what it says, is becoming lost (dying?). This week and last, your friends in podcasting try to remedy that … Film fans, X-philes, art lovers, those interested in depth psychology or those who simply enjoy spirited, inspirational conversation are bound to be delighted.

Unfortunately, the audio quality isn’t the best and for that, we apologize.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #424

In part 1 of this special 2-part episode, Dean Haglund may say that he and Phil Leirness are coming at you from the offices of Rational Exuberance, but in reality, they recorded these shows in a secret location, screening a film they have often discussed on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

In this thumbs up/thumbs down, letter grade, scale of 1 to 10, good/bad, right/wrong world in which we live, where movie reviews pass for film criticism, the ability to actually “read” a film, to explore it’s subtext, to understand what it truly means and what it says, is becoming lost (dying?). This week, your friends in podcasting try to remedy that … As loyal listeners know, an ongoing debate between Haglund and Leirness has been over the merits of the 2nd X-Files film (“The X-Files: I Want to Believe”). This time around, the debate is avoided, the analysis is deepened, the (supposed) weaknesses are re-examined and the dark, beautiful, self-reflexive, satirical, and occasionally subversive meaning of the movie is explored. Film fans, X-philes, art lovers, those interested in depth psychology or those who simply enjoy spirited, inspirational conversation are bound to be delighted.

Unfortunately, the audio quality isn’t the best. Sorry!

Chillpak Hollywood #423

Guest Hosts Karen Forman and Lily Holleman return to discuss stand-up comedy, women directors, the town of Eureka, men obsessed with Van Morrison, the end of “Game of Thrones”, the brilliance of “Veep” the artistry of the Lifetime movie “A Deadly Adoption”, the fun of “Scandal”, and much more …

And there’s a surprise appearance from your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, who checks in (from the Island of Yap?!) to remember Jack Rollins, Ron Moody, Christopher Lee and his own colleague, the great Neil Kinsella.

Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #422

We are jumping into the “way back machine” for this week’s show, re-visiting a time many of you will be too young to remember … May of 2015! It was a more innocent time. We were all younger then. And we relished in our youth. It was also when your friends in podcasting sat down for an hilarious hour of conversation with Travis Clark. And they recorded it.

Travis is a writer, actor, musician and comedian. He wrote for that show you never watched, appeared in productions you didn’t know he was in, played in that band that never went anywhere and has performed in at least one place where a stabbing occurred while he was on stage. He’s also a deeply flawed character with a weak back story. He’s also the co-host of the hilarious podcast Tiny Odd Conversations. Your friends in podcasting have been trying to schedule him for some time and we’re thrilled that he was finally able to drop by to regale us with stories of corporate life, stand-up comedy and all the creatures in Australia that might be trying to kill Dean Haglund!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #421

Dean Haglund is down under, enjoying his new home in Sydney, Australia. And if this show is to be believed, Phil Leirness is on his way to visit Dean via “swim” (is that a new mobile app?). So, talented, funny, and razor sharp ladies Karen Forman and Lily Holleman step in to help your friends in podcasting change the way they “change the way you listen to the internet”!

There is the familiar – Live Events of the Week, movie reviews, the Bechdel test, appeals for racial and age diversity in mainstream media, and an appeal for more opportunity for women both in front of and behind the camera. Bottom line: “Shame on you, Hollywood!”

Karen and Lily also celebrate the Tony Awards, Lifetime Movies, and “Game of Thrones”.

All in all, it’s an “outward display of inner self-love” and it just might save Christmas!

One day late, but well worth the wait.

Am I right, ladies?

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #420

Now that Dean Haglund resides in Sydney, Australia, we have to ask is Dean Haglund on the “down low from down under”? Is he “the thunder from down under”? Is the show “asunder from down under”?

In the weeks and months to come, your friends in podcasting will most certainly have to change the way they change the way you listen to the internet! For now, we invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy a very special “theme show”. It’s all about Dean and Phil’s favorite funny ladies of stage and screen.

And, yes, it was pre-recorded.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #419

Dean Haglund is moving from Los Angeles to Australia. Though that does not mean YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is coming to an end, it does mean that we will be changing the way we “change the way you listen to the internet.” So, join us in saying “Bon Voyage” to Dean with this special episode …

It starts with a letter from long-time listener Stephen D. Folwer about the meaning of “langley”, it continues with a tribute to both Dean and the recently-retired David Letterman: “The Top Ten Questions Our Listeners Have for Dean”. After that, there are “Live Events of the Week”, a discussion of J.M.W. Turner’s painting, an analysis of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Ex Machina, and an appreciation for film distribution company A24. Finally, the show concludes with Phil’s list: “The Top Ten Things I will Miss About Dean Haglund”. All that, plus special guests and special gifts.

Chillpak Hollywood #418

Goodbyes are foremost on the minds of your friends in podcasting … Phil offers up his thoughts about the “Mad Men” finale and from Dean Haglund’s goodbye to The Big and Tall Show and to the U.S.A. to music lovers’ goodbye to the legendary B.B. King, from David Letterman’s goodbye to late night television to Harry Shearer’s goodbye to “The Simpsons”, this week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour embraces the ephemeral nature of life and art. The glories of Sci-Fest are extolled. A Sherlock Holmes movie with Ian McKellen is previewed. The return of “The X-Files”, “Twin Peaks” and Rosario Dawson to “Daredevil” are discussed. Will Phil be binge watching either “Aquarius” or “Hannibal”? Is Dean interested in Conan O’Brien’s new, funny “X-Files”? Stop reading and start listening and you’ll find out. Wherever good podcasts are found.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #417

Year 9 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour begins with music, comedy and good conversation about diversity, live theatre, health, web series and the Washington Redskins (?!) with special guest Carolina Hoyos.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #416

It’s Happy Birthday to US! That’s right, your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, are celebrating 8 years of changing the way people listen to the internet. So, hop into the backseat, buckle up, and take to the open road with Dean and Phil as they discuss the ways filmmakers can make motion picture and television production more environmentally-friendly, and then as they regale you with tales of a red carpet premiere of a new horror film for Crackle at the Sony Picture Studios in Culver City.

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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