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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #425

Brought to you by THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE, the epic documentary of comedy, consciousness and conspiracy, this is part 2 the special 2-part episode delving into the meaning of the 2nd X-Files film (“The X-Files: I Want to Believe”).

In this thumbs up/thumbs down, letter grade, scale of 1 to 10, good/bad, right/wrong world in which we live, where movie reviews pass for film criticism, the ability to actually “read” a film, to explore it’s subtext, to understand what it truly means and what it says, is becoming lost (dying?). This week and last, your friends in podcasting try to remedy that … Film fans, X-philes, art lovers, those interested in depth psychology or those who simply enjoy spirited, inspirational conversation are bound to be delighted.

Unfortunately, the audio quality isn’t the best and for that, we apologize.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #424

In part 1 of this special 2-part episode, Dean Haglund may say that he and Phil Leirness are coming at you from the offices of Rational Exuberance, but in reality, they recorded these shows in a secret location, screening a film they have often discussed on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

In this thumbs up/thumbs down, letter grade, scale of 1 to 10, good/bad, right/wrong world in which we live, where movie reviews pass for film criticism, the ability to actually “read” a film, to explore it’s subtext, to understand what it truly means and what it says, is becoming lost (dying?). This week, your friends in podcasting try to remedy that … As loyal listeners know, an ongoing debate between Haglund and Leirness has been over the merits of the 2nd X-Files film (“The X-Files: I Want to Believe”). This time around, the debate is avoided, the analysis is deepened, the (supposed) weaknesses are re-examined and the dark, beautiful, self-reflexive, satirical, and occasionally subversive meaning of the movie is explored. Film fans, X-philes, art lovers, those interested in depth psychology or those who simply enjoy spirited, inspirational conversation are bound to be delighted.

Unfortunately, the audio quality isn’t the best. Sorry!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #398

It’s the last episode of 2014 and your friends in podcasting end the year in high style, welcoming two guests to the show …

First up, filmmaker and esteemed film critic and journalist John Alan Simon returns with advice and encouragement for all who wish to pursue careers in film criticism or film journalism.

Then, Dean and Phil welcome the fabulous Tori Higginson (of TekWar, Stargate: Atlantis and The English Patient fame) who talks sci-fi, nudity, exploitation, the state of roles for women and first dates in Paris.

To all of you who listen to YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, thanks for helping to make 2014 so memorable and here’s wishing you the best of everything in 2015!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #177

It’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the U.S. and Phil takes a few minutes to discuss a cause that is very dear to him. Dean got back from the world premiere of his new film, Atlantis Down, in Virginia and he gives us the low-down. Dean and Phil remember the many (and varied show biz luminaries who died this past week): Comedian Greg Geraldo, actress Gloria Stuart, actor Tony Curtis, director Arthur Penn and writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell. As always, it’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, so your friends in podcasting take time to answer questions from YOU, their listeners … This week, questions about the state of cinema projection (is it a dying art), and the state of film criticism (or lack thereof), is it indicative of a much larger social problem? Buckle up, it’s everything you’ve come to expect from Haglund and Leirness, plus a little bit more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #135

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour comes with the following warning to users: The phrase “free-balling it” gets used often, and always incorrectly, by Phil. And from that point on, everything from “stocking stuffers” to “short-handing it” to Dean’s reference to dwarfs, seems to carry dark euphemistic connotations. Forgive us, we’re drunk on the holiday spirit. And egg nog. Dean reveals some truly tantalizing tidbits about his role in the just wrapped science-fiction film ATLANTIS DOWN. Phil follows up on last week’s show with critic Luke Y. Thompson, to rail against a truly reprehensible review by a theater critic. Dean and Phil continue to examine the role of critics, the function and importance of criticism, and even mention some of the critics awards’ being handed out like candy. Finally, Phil shares a couple of inspirational stories about individuals he knows who are living proof that there is no expiration date on people’s dreams.

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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