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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #518

This is the 9th “Top Ten” show of this year 10 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour … Your friends in podcasting count down their lists of the Top Ten All-Time Most Overlooked Science Fiction Films!

These might not be the best, nor the most underrated. They are, for reasons that Dean and Phil attempt to discern, overlooked by modern audiences …

Another extra-long episode, full of skype-based “hiss”, but we promise to do better in year 11!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #489

Recorded a few days early, this week’s show truly has something for everyone, and if anyone claims it doesn’t, we hope they feel better soon! True gentleman and outstanding filmmaker Curtis Hanson is remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. The Emmy Awards, and especially Jimmy Kimmel’s performance hosting them, are discussed. The Colin Kaepernick National Anthem protest saga is re-visited in the wake of more African-American deaths at the hands of police and in the wake of Kaepernick’s Time Magazine cover being released. And this week, the conversation inspired by Kaepernick’s protest goes in many unexpected, inspired and even hilarious directions – from sensitivity training, to Swedish massages, to the lyrics of “America the Beautiful.” That patriotic tune and the national anthem are far from the only songs discussed this week as Dean and Phil get downright musical while following up on Phil’s tirade from last week about “nostalgia” with a “Live Event of the Week” that features musical acts Hall & Oates, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Avenue, and the powerful Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. In fact, they even preview the new album from Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam! Then, Dean and Phil comfort each other in the wake of Brad Pitt’s divorce from Angelina Jolie, and they wonder why the hell anyone cares about it in the first place … Finally, “What We’re Reading” becomes the “Explanation of the Week” as Phil goes all “patronus charm” on an email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) criticizing his critique of the first two “Harry Potter” movies. EXPELLIARUMS! All in all in, it may be one of the best installments of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour ever and after almost ten years, how many podcasts could claim that? Your friends in podcasting, STILL changing the way people listen to the internet …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #488

Dean and Phil recorded this week’s extra-long episode right BEFORE the Emmy Awards, so if you’re hoping for analysis of the Television Academy’s big night, you’ll have to wait another seven days. Television does get discussed, however, as your friends in podcasting speak (again) about “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” as well as the Netflix phenomenon “Stranger Things” and two future “nostalgia” series based on Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and the Winona Ryder vehicle “Heathers”. Meanwhile, the great(est?) playwright Edward Albee is remembered in “Celebrity Deaths”. Dean’s comedy show, a 100th birthday celebration, a John Patrick Shanley play and Phil appearing live on-stage (in An LABC Home Companion, are all discussed in “Live Events of the Week”. And if you love movies, you will really love this week’s show as Dean and Phil cover wide cinematic ground, from this weekend’s disastrous box office results (the worst of an already horrible 2016) to films that might be among the most overlooked ever, from a great “Fortean” horror film of the 1970′s to Oliver Stone’s laughable “Snowden”, from a boatload of unnecessary remakes, sequels and revivals, to a promising Agatha Christie adaptation … All that and no doubt much more on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour with ten percent more “hour”!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #351

The #1 film at the international box office in 2013 was Iron Man 3.

The #1 film at the U.S.A. box office in 2013 was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The consensus of film critics revealed 12 Years a Slave to be the most critically acclaimed movie of 2013.

Today, you can, at long last, find out what films your friends in podcasting thought were the best and worst of 2013.

Plus, two former Best Actor Oscar winners are remembered.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #348

What other show covers such a range of topics as cognitive dissonance, psychogenic fugue states, memory, time travel, the Golden Globes, San Diego Comic-Con, California small claims court and the remains of ancient civilizations in the Amazon?

It’s just another hour in the office for Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #334

Live from the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Podfest, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness on stage with special guest Marc Hershon of Succotash and cameo appearances by Lily Holleman and Jake Johannsen.

Topics range from Miley Cyrus to “Mr. Paramount”, from “Breaking Bad” to Gravity, from Tom Clancy to The Lone Gunmen, from Emo Phillips to the medium of podcasting.

If you’ve never before heard and episode of the show, this is a great place to start!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #333

From an historic gold rush town in rural British Columbia to the origins of our (3 dimensional) Universe, your friends in podcasting go way back into the past and look forward into the speculative future on this week’s show.

Like television? Then, you might enjoy hearing Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness discuss the ending of “Breaking Bad” and the debuts of “The Blacklist” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Like movies? Then, you might enjoy hearing Dean and Phil discuss Jude Law’s work in Steven Soderbergh’s Hitchcockian Side Effects, Ron Howard’s effort to bring Formula One to the big screen with Rush, the influence Sergio Leone is having on Phil’s own filmmaking efforts these days and what Phil has learned about the interesting journey Leone’s “Dollars” trilogy took to U.S. theatre screens. Oh, and also, Dean tears into the abysmal Man of Steel.

Like science fiction? Then, you might enjoy hearing Dean and Phil discuss Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep in print, on screen and even on stage! And they effusively reminisce a great deal about Alfonso Cuaron’s Chrildren of Men (and a little bit about his Prisoner of Azkaban) in anticipation of the release this week of Gravity.

Of course, if you just like good, insightful, irreverent and inspiring conversation, then you’ll definitely enjoy this brand new episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #263

It’s Memorial Day here in the U.S. and your friends in podcasting discuss their thoughts and feelings about the meaning of the day and remember not only fallen heroes, but those who are still in battle, and forgotten, and living on the streets.

From there, it’s onto a terrific “Live Event of the Week” and the absolute box office apocalypse befalling the movie industry this summer.

Then, what else would Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness discuss but … Religion? It all ties into the “Lawsuit of the Week”.

Finally, movies they’ve seen are discussed, including the latest from Richard Linklater, the latest from the director of Shakespeare in Love and an award-winning comedy from France.

It’s thoughtful social commentary and globe-trotting adventure.

It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #219

Your friends in podcasting try to make sense of what’s going on in the world, from the massacre in Norway to the bullet train disaster in China, from a brutal assault at Dodger Stadium to the death of Amy Winehouse … Dean also tries to make sense of San Diego’s Comic-Con, while Phil tries to make sense of Dolly Parton’s enormous appeal. Phil remembers a Broadway legend, Dean and Phil discuss whether we’re seeing the beginning of the end of Rupert Murdoch, and Phil weighs in on all eight “Harry Potter” films, including Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Finally, you can now own The Truth Is Out There (iF you live in the USA, the UK or the EU). Both a single disc and a 2-disc collectors edition are now available (and a Blu-Ray edition is coming soon). Visit HERE for all the details. Thanks!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #162

Those of you who follow our Blog on MySpace (wherin we preview the coming Monday’s show) know that occasionally Dean and Phil get so wrapped up in discussion that they completely forget to cover some (or all) of what they promised to discuss! This is one of those shows … And it’s all the richer for it. Hilarious, thought-provoking, inspiring, insightful. It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. This week: the latest on their movie, their feelings about apologies, the idea that words are cheap, personal responsibility to our own unique creative potential, Toy Story 3, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey, Jr., Alfonso Cuaron, the World Cup and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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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