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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #485

One of the reasons YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour can manage to be informational, insightful, irreverent and inspiring all within the same episode is because of the stories your friends in podcasting choose to tell. Here are just some of the stories told and topics explored on this week’s show …

The crazy travel itinerary Dean will endure in order to wish his father a Happy Birthday is revealed. The way language evolves to fit cultural needs and the ways changing grammar rules AND the International Olympic Chairman are making Phil feel like a “dinosaur” are detailed. A great jazz musician and a peerless recording engineer are remembered in “Celebrity Deaths.” Two of the summer movies previewed months ago – Southside with You and Weiner – are analyzed at length. The issues of trustworthiness, being a credible messenger and the importance of avoiding the appearance of impropriety get discussed. A nervous actor making his film acting debut and the director who turned that nervousness into an important part of a cinema classic is remembered in the shadow of that film’s 75th anniversary.

All that PLUS “What We’re Reading” (featuring a musical suprise), an update on Dean’s graphic novel and even more. Enjoy!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #426

Brought to you by our good friends at Empire State Gas, this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour takes place on the road, after a surprise encounter between Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness at the Los Angeles International Airport (the first time they’ve seen each other since their fantastic “farewell”episode.

Dean reveals what he’s been up to, what conventions he’s attended, where he’s been performing comedy, how a certain graphic novel is coming along and how the Australian winter is treating him.

Phil follows up on the recent two-part episode about film literacy, wherein your friends in podcasting engage in subtextual, mythological, symbolic analysis of the 2nd X-Files movie, by asking several questions related to “The X-Files” revival, including whether the Lone Gunmen are still alive (a questioned answered by Chris Carter, as heard on this podcast, more than 2 years ago!). Dean shares bit of information not available through internet sleuthing!

Television binge-watching is discussed. “Silicon Valley”, “Veep”, and “Star Trek: Enterprise” season 4 are celebrated. “True Detective” season 2 and “Aquarius” are taken to task. The loss of “Hannibal” is decried.

The world-wide blockbuster movie season is discussed. Dean and Phil riff on “The Age of Ultron”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Tomorrowland”, Pixar’s “Inside Out”, “Jurassic World” and Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man”.

Phil reveals how Turner Classic Movies has turned his summer into the “Summer of Darkness”.

Dean gets dropped off at a certain “historic building in downtown Los Angeles”.

Fun is had by all.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #404

Brian Williams lies. Hollywood remakes or reboots EVERYTHING. Phil drops a ton of professional football knowledge on Dean. Dean tries to explain whether the film Asylum is real and if it is, whether he is really in it! Phil waxes rhapsodic about the filmmaking collaboration that resulted in Chinatown. Dean and Phil remember a classic film noir femme fatale. Dean tells his Minority Report story. AGAIN.

Has the whole world gone mad? Nope. It’s just another action-packed installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #379

Your friends in podcasting were stood up this week! A guest who was supposed to join Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness in discussion of both international filmmaking AND shooting westerns was a no-show! Not to worry as we still have plenty of show to go around!

Paramount Ranch is explored. A game of Capture the Flag is played. Silent Films are enjoyed. Guardians of the Galaxy is analyzed. The futures of “Fargo” and “True Detective” are debated. And finally a Vulcan Princess, a Tony-winning femme fatale and an Oscar-winning stand-up comedian are remembered.

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 #329

Yesterday was Labor Day in the USA and poolside barbecues are an end-of-summer holiday tradition …

As loyal listeners of this show know, your friends in podcasting have been producing a brand new feature film, The Lady Killers and yesterday was the film’s wrap party – a poolside barbecue no less!

So, grab your water wings, your sun screen and your funny bone and pull up a deck chair …

Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness welcome two of the loveliest actresses, one of the funniest actors and one of the best character actors (and teachers) working in the business today.

It’s coming to you a day late, but it’s well worth the wait. It’s one of the best episodes yet of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

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!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #205

Much is on the minds of your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness. From wishing happy birthdays to loyal listeners, to answering your questions, to sharing what they’ve learned through the process of making their documentary, they really prove this week that it is YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. There’s the usual entertainment industry news and analysis, film and television reviews, irreverent insights and informative diatribes. So, enjoy, and if you are going to be in the London area, make sure to purchase tickets for the Saturday 30 April premiere of The Truth Is Out There!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #200

Your friends in podcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness celebrate the bicentennial episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour with a special guest! Chris Jacobs is an attorney, and actor and much-loved host of TV’s Overhaulin’, co-host of TV’s The Insider, and the brand new correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. A bicentennial celebration, a fantastic guest and a poolside view atop downtown Los Angeles? Watch out! Informative, insightful and irreverent cultural conversation is about to commence …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #110

At the end of last week’s show, Dean and Phil promised a theme show this week focusing on the greatest heroes and villains ever to grace the silver and small screens. Unfortunately, technical difficulties are preventing that show from coming your way. The good news is that we have a very cool theme show for you anyway, as Dean and Phil reveal their Top Films of All Time! This particular hour focuses on the years 1920 through 1959.

The even better news? We’re making it available for your listening enjoyment three days early!

Why? Because we love you.

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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