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A compare and contrast podcast of films from present to past. Showcasing movies connected by genre, creators, personal themes & social relevance, we discover the elements that make movies rewatchable (or not). Hosted by artist-filmmakers and longtime friends, Kraig Rasmussen & Seamus Smith.
 
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Building on the last episode and doubling down on the dosage! If you already listened to part 1, you know what you're in for. Choose your way of supporting the show for no money or for maybe some money: https://linktr.ee/justtheworstever References and links: https://archive.org/details/ForgetIt71982 Neverland Dance of the Vampires Jim Steinman Pan…
 
Welcome to part 1 of a look at "Streets of Fire" featuring background on The Blasters and Jim Steinman. Lots more on the way, but I wanted to pop a new hour out instead of waiting to finish a larger episode. Choose your way of supporting the show for no money or for maybe some money: https://linktr.ee/justtheworstever References and links: Neverlan…
 
Sid. Nance. Cox. Others. I kept most of the talk focused on what happened with the Sex Pistols during the Sid Vicious era and what happened to Sid and Nancy after the breakup of the band. Lots of different perspectives on what went down at The Chelsea Hotel. Not a load of background on the making of the film this time, you can buy the Criterion edi…
 
It's a Gene Simmons episode! I go all over the timeline, but focus more on some happenings in the REVENGE era as well as the 80s excess in Gene's life. The stuff that happened while the band lost their heaviness and started rotating thru replacement guitarists. Also covered: yet another anti-rock n' roll tv show episode with a hokey satanic anthem …
 
More deepy-divey into the making of the Jack Butler guitar duel and the crafting of the specific guitar itself! Also a review of the recent Charvel Guitars documentary, some background on Joe Satriani's early years in San Fancisco, and more hyperactive shred chat with Dan and Brian. OH, and a major detour into everything Motley Crue was up to durin…
 
This, I predict, will go down in history as a muchly beloved episode due to the involvement of 2 delightful interlopers with greater shred cred than I. Get ready for the history of Steve Vai, his contributions to electric guitar design, his tutorship by Joe Satriani and Frank Zappa, and his involvement in "Crossroads." We also dig into Yngwie Malms…
 
Gilbert Gottfried as music history educator. The Faith No More | Metallica | Guns n’ Roses tour continued. An explanation of why nearly all but 2 forms of rock music vanished from radio in the late 90s. A list of other movies besides “Vanishing Point” that have radio DJs helping the protagonist. The reasons I'm not doing a Marilyn Manson episode. W…
 
We got Soundgarden, Guns n’ Roses, Faith No More, Audioslave, and Vanishing Point among other subjects to discuss. I take a near-forensic approach to the madness of the 1992 VMAs and the departure of Izzy Stradlin from the band he helped create. Also AXL sends a FAXL and throws pasta out a window. Duff punches a guy. Slash hires horn players. Steph…
 
Today I force myself to watch the Halloween episode from Season 6 of CHiPs featuring Ralph Malph from Happy Days, the bassist for Metallica, and the always-enchanting Mistress of the Dark, Elvira! I also lean heavily into Peter Criss and Paul Stanley's accounts of important moments in KISS-story like the recording of Destroyer and Psycho Circus. Su…
 
I attempt to cover all the angles that contribute to the question, “What’s the big deal with Robert Johnson and why do people obsess over him?” 1. Musical Proficiency 2. Lyrical intrigue 3. Hoodoo vs Devil connections 4. Tragic life story full of suffering 5. Mystery about technical details - in recording AND guitar technique, with one contributing…
 
I finally got back to an episode I had planned to do a year ago! Bill Haley was incredibly important to this specific portion of the Rock n' Roll timeline. Certain things just would not have happened they way they did without this artist and this (excellently written, acted and directed) film. I don't have patrons or sponsors. I do have a time-cons…
 
KEE-RYST this movie blows! If you're a Doors fan you'll be happy to know this voluminous episode is mostly about the band, not the movie(much like the Part 1 ep). Did Jim do heroin? Probably not, but Robbie definitely did. Is Ray a big wanker? Yes, but he's still the reason the band exists and continues to be famous. Is John helpful to have around …
 
This is a huge one, and it's only the first part! Not a deep dive on the film, though. I don't think it's warranted in this case. Next time we'll take on "Beyond The Doors" which is way worse. But you know that if you've heard the Janis Joplin episode, eh? A masterful refutation of the film lies here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrIEPQ-gAZ0 A l…
 
It's a good episode! If you listened to part one, it's as good as that. Plus lots of Lita Ford shenanigans, like how she obtained her awesome jeans in the "Kiss Me Deadly" video and kept George Lynch from stealing her god damn guitar cables. Also a troubling medical emergency that took place in Tokyo. Like, a disturbing one, anatomically - so consi…
 
I get all the angles I can find on the envisioning, productionizing, abandoning, distributing, internationalizing and appreciating this picture. It's not the usual burial you may have come to expect from a generation of stodgy rock critics of the time and savage young youtubers of today. All my stuff right now is at this link https://www.buymeacoff…
 
Well this one took some doin'. I'm proud to hand over my 1st Halloween episode, and it's chock full o' weirdness from beginning to end. Sync your teef into it, FIENDS! http://waitakerewalks.blogspot.com/2010/11/carducci-man-shirttry-to-lower-yourself.html http://waitakerewalks.blogspot.com/2012/01/night-misfits-met-motley-cruethe.html Eerie Von via…
 
I do a guitar tone comparison to demonstrate the production style contrasts between Bon era and mid-80s AC/DC. I also discuss more of the happenings of the "Who Made Who" yrs listen to the "AC/DC Live at Donnington" commentary so you don't have to and wrap up the saga with questions about why people guilty of heinous crimes(like Bill Cosby) against…
 
The Queens of Noise! Come and get it, boys! Let's talk about the movie that is inherently biased in favor of Joan and Cherie, but nonetheless a killer rock n' roll film about a band that could be a 7-season HBO series. And the ending would be almost as disappointing as Game of Thrones considering all the potential talent that was "wasted" in more w…
 
For our 3rd "Super Anti-hero" film, friend of the show, cartoonist Alex Schumacher joins us to chat about the 1994 Jim Carrey Blockbuster. Where did we stand on it then, how has it aged, and how have we aged, considering this movie is 30 years old?! WE chat about the then cutting edge CGI, the extreme 90s-ness, and ask a few vital questions about t…
 
More Bon Scott, and more Stephen King. How did the band's first UK tour go? And who ruined it by dying an untimely death? (hint: not a member of AC/DC) Why didn't they take off in America? What song did Stephen King have to sing to convince Acca Dacca to do his soundtrack? And what did he do with the gift that they gave him after the film came out?…
 
Today's episode is simply me taking us through a handful of reference material and interviews I found extremely interesting and helpful for context, but aren't related directly to any one film I'm reviewing. The Rolling Stones finish up an east coast leg of their U.S. tour leading up to Altamont. Hunter S. Thompson helps us understand the Hell's An…
 
Like early AC/DC? Good! This one's for you. Like behind-the-scenes stories about filming movies that were huge disasters? This one's also for you! There's going to be a whole other episode after this one covering the non-glory that is post-"For Those About To Rock" and pre-"Razor's Edge" AC/DC, as well as more details about the filming and producti…
 
One of our first guests ever returns to discuss James Gunn's new DCEU film, and get mercilessly teased by us... because we have a reputation to uphold. We talk about the many creative angles and depths of this murderous antihero romp, as well as the gallows humor and many Easter eggs common to all of Gunn's movies. Plus we actually get deep on the …
 
Comedian Stevie Rae Brown joins us to kick off our new "Super Anti-Heroes" block, talking about the latest MCU entry in a deeply nerdy and hilarious chat. We dig into characters, Easter Eggs, action direction, and all the MCU context you could possibly want. Plus, lots of games, and maybe a couple things you've never thought about before. Please ra…
 
AH MAH GAWD, we finally made it to the end of the trilogy! Killogy maybe? Yar, indeed it shall be called henceforth. The man and the film that stared out this huge endeavor of an ongoing series of historical audio documents rife with important charismatic commentary. I'm so pleased you made it to the end with me. Thank you! If you enjoy this show, …
 
In another first take episode, we dive into the new Steven Soderbergh film No Sudden Move, and share a hilarious, fast paced chat with with the talented DJ Kozee, aka Marina Francesca. We talk about this crime film compared to the many others by the same director, the caper, the period style, THAT LENS, the stacked cast of scene stealers, and of co…
 
Returning to the Schneider-verse, we share a hilarious and deep chat about Zack Snyder and filmmaking in the modern age with Jason & Ryan, hosts of the excellent "Esoterica Cinema" podcast. We tear into Snyder's first post DC film, and along the way the energized conversation reveals many layers to the undead movie and its artistically talented cre…
 
This is another intense, long one! A lot of similarities to the Andy Wood story, too. Only he didn't get totally dragged by the film industry twice between '79 and '84. But I came through it all a huge fan of Bette Midler now! What??? Support here: https://linktr.ee/justtheworstever Alice Echols on Amazon https://pressroom.usc.edu/alice-echols/…
 
I tear into some old notes I wrote up with in the early days of planning what would become this very series of shows. Rolling Stone's history of its stupid self is covered, and I give you my recommendations for great rock history books and writers I believe are more than worth paying attention to. Special appearances by Raymond Chandler and Stephen…
 
We got ourselves a long, satisfying road ahead of us, discussing the Chuck Berry in a variety of celluloid presentations. Today's episode will delve into the Chess Records biopic, "Cadillac Records" with a preview of "Go Johnny, Go" which will be our next episode about Chuck. We talk plugging, payola, Alan Freed, Leonard Chess, Chuck getting ripped…
 
In a surprise extra episode for our Martial Arts block, we celebrate a recently released, American made, bonafide Gung Fu movie, "The Paper Tigers", along with the film's director Bao Tran. We explore the genesis of the project, the charming personal story, the hurdles it jumped for representation, setting a strong example for any independent artis…
 
Our martial arts cinema block concludes (for now) with the two films that comprise Gareth Evans' bravura Indonesian crime saga. We dive into the many reasons the Raid movies are a cut above not just other martial arts films, but also many crime films as well. Plus, we look at the genesis of each installment, the unique elements of both, the extreme…
 
I just go for it with some of the best bits of the Motorhead story. I can't do it all justice, but there's enough media out there for you to fill in the rest of the blanks yourself, don't you think? Buy me a Book(or coffee, or pants) After recording the Airheads Watch-a-Long Commentary I decided to devote an entire episode to the main man himself, …
 
Our story of Martial Arts Movies reaches the next level with a bonafide 80s cult classic and the most ideal possible expert guest, the dynamically talented musician Taylor Graves. We discuss the film's unique fusion of music and martial arts, the music production itself, 80s fashions, and the many, many crazy characters populating the charming worl…
 
aka the Cruel Tutelage of Ric Mei, aka the Legend of Fong Sai Ric. Prolific writer, film critic, Kung Fu consultant, and constant contributor to the world discussion of martial arts cinema, Ric Meyers schools us on the misunderstanding of Bruce Lee the man, and tells the bittersweet tale of the Kung Fu movie genre. We cover Dragon: the Bruce Lee St…
 
For our final "first take" episode in the coming months, we cover the latest incarnation of Mortal Kombat, with returning guest and video game/MK expert Dylan Godfry. This is exactly the Mortal Kombat episode you're looking for, with absolute hilarity, detailed criticism and all manor of surprises. (Make sure to listen all the way to the end for th…
 
I yammer about my cunning misdirections used to victimize my own audience, my self-serving deviations from the methodology of any semblance of appearing to be a proper historian, and I provide you with some tools to evaluate whether or not the music podcast or youtube channel you subscribe to is a complete waste of time. Support me here! https://li…
 
For our 101st episode, we share a brief chat about where this podcast has taken us, where it's headed, how it's changed us personally, and evolved our thoughts on film. Then we jump into probably the most appropriate follow up to GvK, with another "monster fight" movie. We discuss the trope-tastic not for kids playground that is this film, and muse…
 
Support here: https://linktr.ee/justtheworstever if you like this show! I'm still learning how to do this all as I work through the process, and I appreciate everyone who listens, thank you for being here for it. It's gonna get SO VERY in depth this time! Part 2 of at least 4(?) on the making of Singles. I'll discuss the musical and personal lives …
 
We ring in our 100th episode with a rollicking big movie and the absolute ideal guest for it, Kaijumax comic book creator Zander Cannon. We get the lowdown on the big guys and probably look too deeply at this movie. Or "Two guys explain to Kraig how to watch this kind of movie." Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever you listen, please rate, review &…
 
In our most epic episode we welcome mega-nerd superhero expert & homeboy, Dylan Godfry (aka Dylan Drake), and tackle the biggest film in years: the Snyder Cut. It's a hilarious and detailed spoiler chat revealing hidden elements, dissecting the deeper character arcs/performances, speculating on subtext, plot twists, and possible new directions. Plu…
 
In our 3rd Eddie Murphy episode, we tackle another extremely long-awaited sequel to a beloved film, and all the baggage that entails. For those sadists out there who love it when we fight, this episode is just for you, as we are intensely split on this film, with the shadowy menace of nostalgia looming over this production and our conversation! It'…
 
As cinema changes shape to become a strange hybrid of streaming and theatrical releases, films continue to carry buzz and build reputations like always, and this film is among the many examples. After weeks of hearing about Judas and the Black Messiah, we decided it was too important not to cover it, and the densely layered work of Shaka King, Dani…
 
Don Was records members of Nirvana, Sonic Youth, REM, Soul Asylum, Afghan Wigs, and Gumball as they record (in only 2 DAYS with no rehearsal beforehand) covers of covers that the Beatles covered in their Reeperbahn and Grosse Freiheit days when they had to sleep next to the women's toilets and get woken up by the sound of old ladies pissing every m…
 
Bringing an end to our extended block of first take reviews on streaming film releases, we tackle the moody Denzel Washington detective drama, The Little Things, and share a detailed conversation about, you guessed it, lots of little things that make this movie tick. We look at the triple Oscar winning ensemble cast, the auteur work of writer direc…
 
We think we picked a perfect Valentine's Day movie for 2021/ post-2020 vibes everyone is feeling, and we think you'll agree. Watch Bliss on Amazon before you listen because we have no choice but to spoil this one as we peel apart the layers, interpret the many signs & symbols that make up it's story, using a specific visual language. Plus we talk i…
 
In an appropriate follow up to last episode, we talk another actor turned solid director, with George Clooney's latest. We talk about the meta elements of the film, the science & world building, and the intimate personal story buried within what is presented as a race against time survival tale. Plus we ponder where this stands among the modern sci…
 
Cameron Crowe would be so proud of the award I've bestowed upon him. This episode allows me to take some meandering paths. You could go so far as to accuse me of being unfocused and noncommittal to the high calling of delivering sharp, energetic and intentional content that is immediately actionable, were you an uncouth swine who cared not a'tall f…
 
My pal Dan and I spent X-mas watching this rock n' roll favorite beloved by rockers and radio station employees to this day. We break down the making of the film, the many musical considerations involved in the soundtrack, the stellar comedy cast, and overall how the guy who directed Heathers and Hudson Hawk + the guy who wrote XXX, The Jerky Boys …
 
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