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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #541

The next two weeks will feature a 2-part theme show where Dean and Phil examine the British Film Institute list of “The 50 Films films you should see by the age of 14.” It was created in 2005 to inspire parents and educators to take movies as seriously as other art forms of art and included the opinions of more than 70 experts including film producers, teachers, authors and critics. Of course, YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour was not around back then, so the BFI had to make do without input from your friends in podcasting. Until now. There are times Dean and Phil strongly agree with the list, other times they realize they have holes in their own cinematic educations, and times when they disagree with the list and/or note its particular European and British slant on the subject. All in all, a fascinating discussion of the art form, of education, of parenting and more. Part 1 examines all selections through 1971.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #477

It’s independence day in the USA and, though by no mean’s a theme show, this week’s show touches on many issues pertaining to American history …

… It all starts with Dean telling a story about North Bend, Washington (i.e. the town of “Twin Peaks”). Then, there is a touching letter from a loyal listener like you (yes, YOU). and the show continues with remembrances of a Nobel Laureate, a groundbreaking coach and two noted film directors in “Celebrity Deaths”, before seguing into great acting and directing tips (courtesy of Peter Falk) in “What We’re Reading”. Then, talk of Dean’s new comedy venue leads into a discussion of #Brexit, the appeal (to some) of Donald Trump, the retirement of Garrison Keillor and many themes are explored, from the opportunities that arise in times of chaos to the ways these American states really ARE “united” … All in all, it’s a globe-trotting adventure of good conversation on this week’s show, and THEN, your friends in podcasting leave the confines of Terra Firma and explore the possibility (likelihood) of alien civilizations and the importance of Jupiter to our existence!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #365

Year 8 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour starts with part 1 of a 2 part special episode “authored” by our loyal listener in Germany, Ulrike!

She wrote to your friends in podcasting with a list of her favorite topics covered during Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness’ years of changing the way people listen to the internet.

Dean and Phil reset these topics, sharing new insights, in an episode that will be great fun for longtime listeners and a superb introduction to the show for newcomers!

Enjoy – and if you find yourself in the L.A. area this month, make sure to check out Sci-Fest, the first ever theatre festival of science-fiction plays!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #320

Happy Canada Day!

Phil Leirness is back with health advice for the young people and with corrections for Dean Haglund after listening to last week’s show …

Nothing less than an action-packed thrill ride, this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour features your friends in podcasting discussing more than a dozen movies, the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, the Jim Carrey Kick-Ass 2 controversy, Paula Deen’s racism vs. Alec Baldwin’s homophobia, and fairy tales!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #319

No Phil Leirness? No problem.

Dean Haglund carries on without his faithful co-host, who is laid up (and who we hope will get well soon), but with the help of a special guest co-host!

Together, they discuss such a wide variety of topics as the death of James Gandolfini, the disappearance of women in film, the return of Breaking Bad, two great shows currently playing in New York, the discovery of Barbra Streisand, and how friend of the show Chris Bonno is getting along in his recovery from hip surgery.

Also, the lovely and talented guest co-host comes equipped with news of an HBO pilot in which she appears and a list of ten classic films you just might want to check out!

All that plus Christopher Walken drops by and Dean gives health advice and recipes for healing injuries!

It’s a can’t miss show for the ladies and for anyone who likes the ladies!

It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Happy Summer!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #293

Happy Christmas, everybody!

This week’s show gets off to a flying start with a recap of the “Live Event of the Week” – the 28 hour marathon co-hosted by your friends in podcasting to ring in the end of the Mayan Calendar.

Dean discusses his road trip from hell.

Phil discusses catching up on some 2012 movies.

Dean and Phil revisit last’s week’s show all about the Top Films of All Time by looking at what directors had films mentioned most often on the lists submitted by guests of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

The show wraps up with a personal “Celebrity Death”, a wonderful character actor who was helping Dean and Phil in the development of their new film, The Lady Killers.

Speaking of The Lady Killers, please take the time to learn more about the film and how you can help (and PLEASE, spread the word!), by visiting here.

And if you’ve never seen Dean and Phil’s film The Truth is Out There . . . Why haven’t you? It’s available here.

Finally, we hope you will enjoy this holiday greeting from your friends in podcasting …

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

Chillpak Hollywood #292

This week’s show is over five and a half years in the making.

It starts with your friends in podcasting revealing their all-time Top Ten Films.

Then, they reveal the all-time Top Ten according to all the guests who have appeared on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

This consensus will be updated each year in late December as we add the lists submitted to us by that year’s guests …

What films will make the inaugural cut?

We wouldn’t dream of spoiling it. HOWEVER, we CAN let you know that these films did NOT make the top ten, though they came very close, finishing in positions twenty-four through eleven:

24. Vertigo (Director: Alfred Hitchcock, Year: 1958)
23. Apocalypse Now (Francis Coppola, 1979)
22. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
21. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
19. TIE – Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994), The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 1998)
18. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
17. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987)
16. the Matrix (The Wachowskis, 1999)
15. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
14. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
13. Fellini’s 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963)
12. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
11. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)

Got your popcorn? Then, let’s go to the movies!

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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