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Chillpak Hollywood Houw #548

When Dean and Phil set out to make The Lady Killers, they believed it to be an exaggerated depiction of toxic masculinity at play. It turns out they were making a feature film that critic Matt Giles says “could not be more culturally relevant.” He calls it “exactly the kind of movie we need right now.” After a robust round of “Celebrity Deaths” (this week celebrating several actors, singers and musicians), your friends in podcasting wade into the waters of toxic masculinity to discuss Louis CK, Irving Thalberg, Woody Allen, Kevin Spacey, Bryan Singer, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, recent gun violence, terror attacks, lions, tigers and bears. Oh, my! Watch out patriarchy, Dean and Phil have you in their sights! Oh, and they talk movies, too. 1971′s THX 1138 and 2017′s The Man Who Invented Christmas and A Ghost Story get discussed.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #546

After several weeks of “pre-recorded” episodes, Dean and Phil hooked up via Skype to catch up on each other’s travels and to discuss the recent change in attitudes towards their unsettling dark comedy The Lady Killers. Prepare to be amazed by Dean’s adventures in Cambodia, where he painted, explored, and came down with a nifty bout of intestinal distress! Phil recounts his first ever trip to Las Vegas, his exploration of Utah, his challenges adjusting to the altitude of Aspen, Colorado, and the breathtaking, life-changing majesty of Monument Valley. He also regales with tales of “Portlandia” and “Twin Peaks” filming locations and describes the reception afforded their aforementioned movie at the Tri-Cities International Film Festival. In the wake of what seems to be a never-ending avalanche of news involving the appalling behavior of men, with their depiction of toxic masculinity, Dean and Phil have made a film one recent reviewer called, “exactly the kind of film we need right now.” All that, plus the cryptic advice Phil received on the road: “Life begins at Moab”. YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Buckle up and prepare for takeoff!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #543

Full disclosure: This week’s episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is an absolute epic, recorded LAST weekend. So, you won’t hear Dean and Phil weighing in on the Las Vegas tragedy, on the death of Tom Petty, nor on any other events of the week. Instead, your friends in podcasting fill the show’s 80 minute running time by discussing the conclusion of Dean’s month-long pop-up comedy venue in Sydney, a terrific close-up magic show in Downtown Los Angeles, the recent spate of protests by NFL players, the cancer diagnosis of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, the sexual assault allegations against film critic Harry Knowles, several new and recent movie releases (including “It”, “Victoria & Abdul” and “The Florida Project”). That would be, and was, enough for one whole hour … AND THEN, Dean and Phil celebrate the lives of a record number of persons in “Celebrity Deaths”, including a soul singer who didn’t start recording until age 62, a publishing magnate responsible for Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal”, a former UCLA Film School Dean who was responsible for Americans scaling Everest, the boxing champ whose life inspired an Oscar-winning movie, an actor-athlete-poet-painter who played James Bond’s CIA pal Felix Leiter, a Winnipeg-born giant of TV game shows, and a half dozen more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #542

Everyone loves a good sequel, right? This week is part 2 of a theme show where Dean and Phil examine the British Film Institute list of “The 50 Films you should see by the age of 14.” The list was created in 2005 to inspire parents and educators to take movies as seriously as other forms of art and included the opinions of more than 70 experts including film producers, teachers, authors and critics. Of course, YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour was not around back then, so the BFI had to make do without input from your friends in podcasting. Until now. There are times Dean and Phil strongly agree with the list, other times they realize they have holes in their own cinematic educations, and times when they disagree with the list and/or note its particular European and British slant on the subject. All in all, a fascinating discussion of the art form, of education, of parenting and more. Part 2 picks up where Part 1 left off – 1971 (and Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout) – and goes through the final entry, 2003′s Finding Nemo.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #541

The next two weeks will feature a 2-part theme show where Dean and Phil examine the British Film Institute list of “The 50 Films films you should see by the age of 14.” It was created in 2005 to inspire parents and educators to take movies as seriously as other art forms of art and included the opinions of more than 70 experts including film producers, teachers, authors and critics. Of course, YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour was not around back then, so the BFI had to make do without input from your friends in podcasting. Until now. There are times Dean and Phil strongly agree with the list, other times they realize they have holes in their own cinematic educations, and times when they disagree with the list and/or note its particular European and British slant on the subject. All in all, a fascinating discussion of the art form, of education, of parenting and more. Part 1 examines all selections through 1971.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #540

Even though the Emmy Awards celebrating Television took place last night, your friends in podcasting spend the entire hour (and ten minutes) talking movies. First, they start by celebrating the life and career of the singular Harry Dean Stanton. Then, they discuss misogyny and sexual assault in the movie exhibition business. Finally, Dean and Phil tackle a wide range of cinematic endeavors, including two surrealist (absurdist?) classics by Luis Bunuel, a late classic western by Sam Peckinpah, an all-star war film from the 1970′s, the restored director’s cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and an Alfred Hitchcock comedy. Pass the popcorn – We’re talking movies!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #539

This week, your friends in podcasting bring you a truly epic 70 minute installment that opens with Phil holding court about spoiler alerts, time travel, dream logic and more as he discusses both “The Prisoner” on its 50th Anniversary and “Twin Peaks: The Return” in the wake of its brilliant finale. He even explains “what happened to Audrey!” Then Dean joins Phil to update us on the Sydney Hilarium, his pop-up comedy club, and to celebrate the lives of a former child star, the creator of McGruff the Crime Dog, one-half of Steely Dan, and the “gentle giant” of country music. After that, they follow up on their previous discussion about monuments and statues thanks to an email from a listener like you (well, maybe not EXACTLY like you, unless you created the normal theme song for the show). Then, a fascinating, possible “Lawsuit of the Week” surrounding a reboot of the 1980′s television series “Amazing Stories” comes our way courtesy of frequent contributor Stephen Fowler. Finally, Dean and Phil roll up their sleeves and dig into more than a dozen movies, including comedies from the 1930′s, sci-fi films from the 1960′s and five 2017 releases.

Great TV, many genres of films, musical surprises, and several big laughs. In other words, YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #538

The finale of “Twin Peaks: The Return” coincides with the launch of Dean’s new comedy pop-up, the Hilarium Sydney. So it’s a (spoiler free!) show full of heartfelt farewells and hearty hellos this week … Your friends in podcasting say “so long” to TV’s Oscar Goldman (the great Richard Anderson, who once was a guest on this very podcast – episode 277), to the Tony-winning author of The Elephant Man, to legendary comedian and actor Shelly Berman, and to the awfully darn sweet man behind perhaps the most terrifying film of all time! Then, Dean and Phil say “hello” to two loyal listeners who wrote in with questions, one about a filmmaking colleague, the other about Civil War-era movies. The Civil War and Reconstruction have very much been on Phil’s mind as both a storyteller and as an American, and he and Dean and have been looking for the right opportunity to dig into the topic. Along the way, they also discuss a handful of classic films, the “global weirding” of the weather in the USA, and more!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #537

Dean’s back in Sydney, Australia, Phil is back from The Magic Castle in Hollywood, and they embark on a fast-paced 67 minute odyssey into the realms of magic, comedy, art, classical music, vintage cars, vintage music boxes and much more …

Jerry Lewis, Mozart, Houdini, Valentino and Gershwin are just some of the big names that get discussed.

There are 7 lives celebrated in “Celebrity Deaths”.

There are multiple “Live Events of the Week”.

There are full details about Dean’s return to (season 11 of) “The X-Files”. Are The Lone Gunmen really back? Or do they appear in a flashback or hallucination or dream sequence or the like? Who wrote and directed the episode Dean shot this week? All these questions are answered by Dean.

YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Buckle up. Enjoy. And share with someone you love …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #533

On this week’s show, Dean Haglund is back home in Sydney, Australia, and Phil Leirness is safely ensconced in his beloved Los Feliz, Los Angeles neighborhood. They come together through the magic of podcasting (armed with that old “skype hiss”) to discuss: Dean’s travels, and birthday; Phil’s final (?) interview for part 2 of “The Truth is Out There”, the latest episode of his “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR” podcast, and the life and legacy of Will Rogers; The lives and careers of a beloved character actor and a peerless voice performer; the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Clint Eastwood, a silent classic, and such recent releases as Spider-Man Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes; All that, plus what Dean and Phil are reading!

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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