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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #509

After an opening segment where Phil discusses John Wick: Chapter 2 with Chad Osuna of Fanboy Nation and “The Popcorn Podcast”, Dean joins the fun for a free-wheeling discussion of silent films, autism, Canadian animation, what actors should expect from directors, the Oscar nominations, female-driven films and more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #492

The great film theorist André Bazin described the genre of the movie western as “the American film par excellence.” Your friends in podcasting could not agree more! That’s why on this week’s show (their 2nd of 10 “Top Ten” shows commemorating this, the 10th year of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour), Dean and Phil count down their Top Ten All Time Westerns.

What films will make the list? What films won’t? Will Dean have difficulty numbering 10 to 1?

These questions and many more will be answered during the next 75 minutes. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #491

A magazine came out this week with an article in it on the special episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour where Dean and Phil counted down their Top Ten Horror Films of All Time (Chillpak Hollywood Hour #486). Because of that, and because of the positive response we received from listeners like YOU, your friends in podcasting are preparing a similar theme show where they count down their Top Ten Westerns of All Time, and on this week’s show, they share some of the research they’ve been doing, celebrating a couple great character actors and getting into a discussion of HBO’s “Westworld” along the way. For the most part, the show focuses on new movies, like Clint Eastwood’s Sully, Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, Mick Jackson’s Denial, Christopher Guest’s Mascots, though the gents also preview upcoming films starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch. They also finally tackle the merits of Child 44, a period drama starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman that a listener wrote about a few weeks back. All that, plus the latest developments in the Star Trek fan film lawsuit in the return of “Lawsuit of the Week.” Wherever good podcasts can be found!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #473

After 2 weeks with special guests, your friends in podcasting are back with an hour of freewheeling, spirited, irreverent and insightful conversation. Topics include the death of Muhammad Ali, a book about the purpose of corporations, a great essay (by a brilliant writer) in defense of David Lynch (and indirectly of Dean and Phil’s movie “The Lady Killers”). The first month of the summer movie season is analyzed, a great new documentary film about stand-up comedy is discussed, Dean’ updates his fine art and comedy endeavors, and Phil describes his trip to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi as well as his exploration of Route 66.

Get your kicks!

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 #393

The bad news? Your friends in podcasting don’t get to half of what they wanted to discuss (including discussions of at least a half dozen movies),

The good news? What Dean and Phil do discuss is free-wheeling, eclectic, hilarious and insightful … Charles Manson finds love, Bill Cosby has problems, Betty White is looking for work, “Luther” is coming stateside, a lawsuit is settled, Ken Takakura and Mike Nichols are remembered, Gillian Anderson is back in “The Fall”, Phil might be acting in a play, and we’re all learning a little something about Christianity and baseball in Japan.

It’s Happy Birthday to Phil Leirness.

It’s Happy Thanksgiving to the USA.

It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #352

Hear all about Los Angeles’ design for a new green space that will rival Manhattan’s High Line (and will give bicyclists and pedestrians an uninterrupted path from Burbank all the way to downtown), learn why Canada doesn’t have game shows, remember L.A.’s first official film czar as well as a folk music icon and some of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s great on-screen roles, and appreciate the difference between “English” and “Irish” …

All that, PLUS, your friends in podcasting examine the storytelling in Harmony Korine’s The Spring Breakers, make sense of the success of The Lego Movie, the failure of The Monuments Men and the claim that Chris Pine’s days as a leading man are numbered following the failure of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

With a full week’s supply of insight, irreverence and inspiration, it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Enjoy!

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 #331

For those of you expecting a special guest on this week’s show (after your friends in podcasting promised one), we apologize …

For those of you expecting Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness to finally be coming at you together from the offices of Rational Exuberance (for the first time in ages), we apologize …

For those of you hoping to hear an hour (plus) of spirited free-wheeling discussion that proves to be insightful, provocative, irreverent and occasionally inspiring, YOU’RE WELCOME!

On today’s show, Dean and Phil (who is again in a “secret location”), tackle such topics as the new Miss America, the latest George Zimmerman incident, the 3rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution, states’ rights, a Disney animated film, a modern Hungarian cinema classic, Judge Dredd, redheads, what they’re reading and a slew of “celebrity deaths”.

Finally, if you’re going to be in Los Angeles, the weekend of October 4 thru 6, why not head over to Santa Monica for the 2nd annual Podfest? Dean and Phil will be there, performing a live installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #281

The month just ended (September 2012) saw the most downloads of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour since the show went independent in January of 2011 and your friends in podcasting celebrate this news with perhaps the most hilarious opening they’ve ever had!

Even when the irreverence ends, the jokes and witty bon mots continue in full effect as Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness take on (or revisit) such topics as Catholic weddings, fluoridation of water, Monsanto’s House of the Future, educational institutions, corporate culture, government bureaucracies, a murder mystery in Phil’s neighborhood of Los Feliz, celebrity deaths, emails from listeners and a wide range of films dealing with mental health issues.

And remember, The Truth Is Out There is now out there on BLU-RAY!

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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