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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #594

It’s the penultimate episode of the Australian Era of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour and your friends in podcasting are offering something for everyone on this particularly nourishing and personal installment. First Dean Haglund shares a bit about what he will miss about being “Down Under” and regales with descriptions of some of his favorite places in Australia. Then, Phil Leirness shares an email from a loyal listener like you (yes, YOU) about editing techniques, a continuation of a discussion about how editing affects actors’ performances that began on last week’s show. Somehow both fascism and democracy get discussed in the context of film editing! From there, Phil celebrates the 25th Anniversary of “The X-Files” by asking Dean about his favorite episodes and who his favorite character is (other than “Langley”, of course). Dean’s answers might just delight you! Then, Dean and Phil weigh in on how the show’s influence is still being felt on television today in shows as disparate as Vince Gilligan’s “Better Call Saul” and NBC’s sitcom “The Good Place”. The final “Lawsuit of the Week” of the intercontinental era is a re-visitation of Shari Redstone’s efforts to re-merge CBS with Paramount and what the failure to do so means for the companies and for their flagship franchise, “Star Trek”. The show concludes with a fascinating discussion of prolific television writer, producer and show-runner Gregory Berlanti’s hit feature film Love, Simon. The film’s themes are celebrated, and what the film’s style says about the state of, and future of, big-screen storytelling is questioned.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #573

Year 12 of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour gets off to a roaring start, with 12 bonus minutes in an episode mostly dedicated to movies …

As so many episodes of late have, this season begins with “Celebrity Deaths” as your friends in podcasting celebrate the career of filmmaker Michael Anderson and remember their friend George Baker of Modesto, California. Then, a few minutes are spent weighing in on HBO shows – namely “Westworld”, “Silicon Valley” and “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling”. The Cannes Film Festival starts this week and Dean and Phil commemorate its opening by critiquing last year’s Palme D’Or winner The Square. This leads into a discussion of the recent Lady Macbeth, 1955′s Blackboard Jungle and Hitchcock’s 1966 spy thriller Torn Curtain. A letter from loyal listener Stephen D. Fowler (of the Smokin’ All Stars) sets the topics for the 2nd half of the show, where Dean and Phil weigh in on what’s next for several franchises: Star Wars, Star Trek, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (including a review of The Avengers: Infinity War) and The X-Files. Plus, they try to figure out if there is any future at all for big-screen westerns, comedies and musicals. The answer may just surprise you!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour 339

On this week’s show, your friends in podcasting begin with a brief exchange concerning Tom Cruise and Veterans Day, followed by a discussion of the publishing business and “novellas”. Then, a note from a loyal listener leads to more discussion about Vincent Price, before Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness launch into a discussion of German Expressionism, the impact it had on silent films, film noir, David Lynch and even the art work of … Dean, himself.

Then, the gents follow up on an email from a listener last week concerning digital piracy. This results in Dean and Phil listing and analyzing the top ten most pirated movies of the past year and whether any of their financial fortunes were actually harmed by this piracy.

Then, it’s the ten movie trailers that forever changed the way films were advertised and sold.

Finally, Phil wraps up with his take on the versatile and brilliant Stephen Merchant’s new series “Hello Ladies”.

Trust us, somehow, the entire show turns out to be a riot.

As ever … On YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

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 #218

This week’s installment starts out like a Michael Bay film (CARMAGEDDON!) and quickly becomes a legal thriller thanks to a VERY intriguing adventure recounted by Phil. Dean tells of his weekend travels (both recent past and near future) and explains to Phil the difference between Veterans and veterinarians before he and Phil share once again the strange, sad tale of the Chillpak, this show’s former sponsor …

Then, it’s all about the movies as your friends in podcasting count down the Top 14 summer box office hits, analyzing their quality and what their success or failure says about the industry (and the culture at large).

You know it’s a strange, wonderful show when PHIL cites “Robot Chicken” AND compares the DC and Marvel universes!

And for those of you in Southern California, don’t miss the cinematic event of the year! Okay, of the week … It the Los Angeles Premiere of THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE! There’s two nights to choose from: Wednesday and Thursday of THIS week. Full event details and tickets are available: HERE.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #212

Knowing it’s their last new show together til the second Monday of July (don’t worry, we have 4 excellent pre-recorded shows with fabulous guests coming your way until then), your friends in podcasting are amped up and rarin’ to go with a rip-roaring hour of thick, rich, podcasty goodness! It’s the usual free-wheeling grab-bag, full of show business analysis, comedy, and inspirational conversation.

If you’re going to be in the Charleston, South Carolina area on Thursday 23 June, come see a FREE sneak preview screening of The Truth Is Out There, followed by a discussion with Phil Leirness, at The College of Charleston Education Center (ECTR 118) at 7 pm.

If you’re going to be in the Washington, D.C. area on Wednesday 29 June, why not attend the D.C. Premiere of the film? Information and tickets, please click HERE.

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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