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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #455

One recent trip and the discovery of a 30 year-old document, led Phil Leirness to ruminate on the nature of nostalgia. He shares these thoughts with you … And speaking of nostalgia, a certain television franchise from the 1990′s has returned to the small screen. After having been very careful not to spoil anything in advance of its airing, Dean Haglund and Phil will weigh in on what we’ve seen thus far and will discuss (spoiler-free) on where the series is heading … And then, the main event! Following up on last week’s epic rundown on the best (and worst) of cinema in 2015, Dean and Phil start to reveal their top ten television shows of 2015.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #454

As you know, each year, your friends in podcasting celebrate what they think were the best films of the previous year. Well, this year, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness welcome special guest, film critic and Los Angeles Film Critics Association member Luke Y. Thompson to help them as they discuss the best films AND the worst films of 2015!

Best and worst in one show?! Why, that sounds like two shows!

And it almost is. At almost 1 hour and 50 minutes, this is our longest show ever (if you don’t count the 28 hour live “podcastathon” Dean and Phil did to ring in the end of the Mayan Calendar). So, get those Netflix queues handy, power up with the caffeinated beverage of your choice and let’s begin …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #453

While your friends in podcasting were away during the past two weeks of pre-recorded shows, much has happened. Yet, before Dean and Phil “Point the compass of your brain to a journey on the map of the entire infinite”, Phil pulls out his soapbox to address a controversy surrounding the young actress (and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador) Emma Watson. Then, chameleon David Bowie, actor Alan Rickman, cinematographer Haskell Wexler, the “tall man” from the Phantasm movies and the man who changed the politics of Hollywood’s Awards Season are all remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. Speaking of Awards Season, Dean and Phil have news and views on the Golden Globes, the Oscars the Directors Guild nominations and more! The Revenant, Beasts of No Nation, Son of Saul, Brooklyn, Amy and The Look of Silence all get discussed. All that, plus Phil has good news for fans saddened by the revelation of the fact that the first episode of The X-Files revival is … not good, Dean weighs in with his thoughts on Sean Penn going face-to-face with notorious drug kingpin “El Chapo”, he and Phil share what they’re reading, and Dean wraps things up with an update on his oft-delayed, much-anticipated graphic novel. It’s a lot to cover in one hour, but not too much when it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #452

At their best, your friends in podcasting provide episodes full of the insightful, the inspiring and the irreverent. Annually, one such episode you can count on for all of this is the their traditional New Year’s Resolutions show. This week, Dean and Phil finally give 2016 a proper launch by holding their feet to the fire as they look back at the resolutions they made at the start of last year, before launching into their intentions for 2016. It’s a definite crowd-pleaser!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #451

Ordinarily, your friends in podcasting spend their first show of January looking back at the resolutions they made at the start of the previous year and then setting their intentions for the year to come. This annual tradition will be delayed one week. This week, Dean and Phil pick up exactly where they left off last week. In fact, it’s as if they are still in the same seats, across the table from each other in Los Feliz (despite whatever Dean might say in the opening). After sharing some final thoughts about “The Force Awakens” (and the more he thinks about the movie, the angrier Dean gets), they discuss a recently published list of the most “overlooked” films of 2015, analyzing each entry on that list. Phil also weighs in on two cinematic award hopefuls, David O’Russell’s “Joy” and the Maggie Smith vehicle “The Lady in the Van”. There’s also time for two emails from listeners (listeners like YOU). One is a follow-up on the discussion of TV’s “Supernatural” from a few weeks back and the other is an incredibly thought-provoking message about “women warriors”.

Something for everyone?

We like to think so.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #450

Your friends in podcasting are back together in the same city for the first time since early summer and hilarity ensues! From Tony-winning Broadway shows to traditional seasonal delights to a National Geographic Museum “Indiana Jones” exhibit, this episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour covers some serious ground! Dean and Phil discuss breathing life back into rituals and myths, the dangers of nostalgia, and they visit a galaxy, far, far away …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #449

Happy Holidays, everybody! This week’s extra-long “hour” begins with the reprise of a festive seasonal treats brought back by popular demand. Then, after discussing Dean’s final “pay-per-laughs” improv show of 2015, Phil finally lets loose with a review of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight before celebrating two cinematic classics. Then, Dean and Phil get down to the nitty-gritty, analyzing the Writers Guild of America’s list of the 101 Funniest Screenplays. Join us for this stroll through some of the greatest comedy films of all time, won’t you?

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #448

This week’s utterly hilarious episode begins with a mea culpa and an explanation surrounding the technical problems that beset the delivery of LAST WEEK’S show. Then, Dean regales us with tales of both his on-stage and on-television performances down under in Sydney. It’s then a fast and furious free-for-all into abundance of critics prizes and industry awards that are doled out to handfuls of movies each year. The New York, Los Angeles, Boston and African-American critics groups and the Australian Academy Awards, British Independent Film Awards, the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the Spirit Awards are all thrust under Dean and Phil’s microscope of insight and irreverence. And the movies themselves? Several new releases an on award-hopeful documentary from earlier this year all get reviewed and a very interesting “Woman-Directed Film Everyone Should See” gets celebrated. All in an hour (plus) of work from your friends in podcasting. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #447

Phil starts things off by remembering the victims of last week’s San Bernardino massacre. Then, Dean arrives to remember the great character actor Robert Loggia and Stone Temple Pilots front-man Scott Weiland. Phil asks Dean about the latest developments with his one-man “X-Files” improv stage show. Dean and Phil follow up on their incredible interview of two weeks back with the creator of an anti-bullying app thanks to an email from a listener like you (yes, YOU!). Dean and Phil also follow up on their conversation of weeks past about what would happen in the future when women are allowed to fight side by side as equal warriors with their male counterparts because that future, apparently, has just arrived! Of course, there is also plenty of show biz analysis, insight and irreverence, from Phil’s brush with Joss Whedon to Dean’s viewing of a female-directed film everyone should see, from the puzzling question of why “Supernatural” is still on the air to Phil offering suggestions as to why Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” on Netflix does not have the same heat surrounding it as did “Daredevil” earlier this year. Finally, Phil brings things full circle from his soapbox, calling out those who prevent the gun control debate from becoming an actual debate. With ten percent more “hour”, this is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #446

Dean Haglund shares news of his weekly pay-per-laughs improv show where he performs an expisode of “The X-Files” live on-stage in Sydney. Phil Leirness reports on his visit to the restored, remodeled and re-opened Los Angeles landmark Clifton’s Cafeteria. Phil then gets on a soapbox about the true purpose of Thanksgiving and the true meaning of gratitude. A legend of Japanese cinema is remembered. A classic of sci-fi cinema is celebrated … And then, your friends in podcasting rush headlong into “the season of self-congratulation”, a time when award-hopeful movies are released en masse and award nominations and film critic top ten lists are announced almost daily. This week, award hopefuls like “Bridge of Spies”, “The Danish Girl” and “The Big Short” and box office blockbusters like “Spectre” are discussed and the Spirit Award nominations (for the best in independent film) are analyzed.

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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