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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #486

Halloween is only eight weeks away, so your friends in podcasting thought it was the perfect time to reveal their Top Ten All-Time Horror Films! Such classics as the 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers, its 1978 remake, John Carpenter’s The Thing, The Devil’s Backbone from director Guillermo Del Toro, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Cabin in the Woods all get discussed as “honorable mentions”. What films actually made Dean an Phil’s respective lists? Listen to find out! And keep those Netflix queues handy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #470

Many years ago, your friends in podcasting had a very unique Summer Movie Preview episode that proved extremely popular. They’ve always thought of doing another, but for whatever reason, schedules never allowed. Finally, 7 years later, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness have done their prep work and are ready to deliver. After all, what is more “summer” in the movie biz than a long-anticipated sequel?! Perhaps, a sequel no one asked for …

Oh, well … On this week’s show, Dean and Phil preview all the hopeful blockbusters as well as several of the smaller comedies, documentaries and independent films hoping to make their mark at the box office as “counter-programming”. They do this by analyzing these movies’ trailers. Is the trailer good or bad? What can be gleaned about whether the film is good or bad? Do they think the film itself is like or unlike the one being advertised? The services AND disservices done to the audience by the way these films are marketed and advertised gets fully discussed. Film distribution nitty gritty, summer movie previews and much hilarity on this week’s brand new episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

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 #406

Today is the day the annual movie awards season comes to a merciful conclusion and your friends in podcasting stick the final nail in its coffin with their annual review of the Oscars telecast wherein they reveal who they predicted would win in all 24 categories. As always, there’s a wager involved and for the 2nd year running, you’ll be treated to some classic clips from Academy Awards presentations past. And now, the envelope, please …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #402

How great a year in film was 2014? So great that neither Dean nor Phil managed to find room on their Top Ten Lists for the likes of such highly recommended features as Selma, Inherent Vice, The Babadook, CitizenFour or Calvary.

What DID make their lists? Listen to the episode (all 72 minutes of it!) and find out!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #401

Phil is finishing up two feature-length motion pictures. Dean appeared in two live shows. Together they are talking about those activities, answering emails from listeners like you, tackling the lack of diversity in the recently announced Academy Award nominations and taking on some of the worst films of the year.

And if they need ten percent more hour to get it all in, well who’s going to complain? It’s just six more minutes of Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness changing the way you listen to the internet!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #389

Your friends in podcasting begin this show withe some eloquent words on diversity by the dearly departed Misty Upham.

They then launch into discussing the movies they are excited to see before analyzing the merits of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the head-scratching existence of Fury and the ground-breaking, breathtaking brilliance of Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

It’s then time to rant about the statute of limitations in the Stephen Collins sexual abuse case.

Finally, Dean and Phil remember Marcia Strassman and the “Sultan of Suave”, celebrating the life and artistry of Oscar de la Renta.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #367

Your friends in podcasting are back from trips to Texas, Cleveland, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and deep space (!) and they are doing what they do best: Turning a world gone wild into fodder for informative, insightful, irreverent and inspiring conversation.

Topics this week include: The Granbury Paranormal Expo, what really happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, climate change, gun violence, the Sarah Jones lawsuit, a lawsuit involving your friends in podcasting, the arrest of Batman, the death of an Oscar-winning cinematographer, the suicide of an Oscar-winning documentarian, Sci-Fest 2014 and Baltimore’s Visionary Art Museum.

All that, PLUS Phil opens the show with a very personal story about how the world just keeps getting smaller and closes the show with a plea to support independent film, talent and diversity by clicking HERE.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #304

Even after almost six years of bringing you a free weekly podcast, your friends in podcasting can still surprise. Witness this week’s opening, which is an absolute first. Witness Dean and Phil talking about LARPing (Live-Action Role-Playing) … LARPing!!!

Dean and Phil finally get around to their “genius” vs. “artist” discussion as it relates to filmmakers, painters, scientists and pioneers in all fields. They also take on an article claiming to unlock the conspiracy mindset and in the process take on the entire era of judgment in which we find ourselves.

Finally, they discuss several movies and several television shows as well as the death of NBC.

All this week, on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

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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