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Discover a wondrously surreal world of magic, music, and mystery. This immersive, cinematic audio spectacle follows the adventures of a lonely, stage-struck janitor who is drawn into the larger-than-life universe of the Orbiting Human Circus, a fantastical, wildly popular radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower. WNYC Studios presents a special director’s cut of this joyous, moving break from reality. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Tim Robbins, Drew Callander, Su ...
 
Movie Reviews from an alternate earth.Your hosts Tom Burka and Greg Dyro review movies from the Alternate Earth. Although there are many movies available from the Alternate Universe that we can review, We tend to stick to English language films from Hollywood and the west coast of North America. If you have a favorite real or imaginary movie please send us a note and we might add it into our review schedule.----- Jimmy Olson from the Daily Planet has described the Podcast as "a fun lie based ...
 
This companion podcast to Dara Horn’s new book People Love Dead Jews takes listeners beyond the book to some of the strangest corners of Jewish history, exploring how the popular mania for dead Jews warps our understanding of both past and present. In this series, you’ll meet flamboyantly gay Civil War Jewish spies, Japanese “Jewish specialists” trying to build their own Jewish state, genius Victorian identical twins and genius Lubavitcher identical twins, American and Soviet Jewish moviemak ...
 
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On this show I chat with Tomislav Podhraški from Pine Studio about their newest game Escape Simulator. We also chat about contract work, success in the industry, and marketing puzzle games.You can get in contact with Tomislav and Pine Studio via Twitter @PineStudioLLC. You can also find their website here https://www.pinestudio.com/. You can get in…
 
Holocaust education has proliferated in the United States, along with a nationwide emphasis on anti-bias education. But recent years have also seen an undeniable rise in antisemitism. How did we get here? To find out, host Dara Horn rewinds back to the stunning success of Gentlemen’s Agreement, a 1947 Oscar-winning Hollywood blockbuster in which Gr…
 
Chris and Randall explore the problem of representation when casting Jewish actors in Jewish roles. Sarah Silverman on Jewface: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll6Ob4369vI https://omny.fm/shows/the-sarah-silverman-podcast/jew-face-iron-dome-mr-mom Topics discussed include: Transparent (series) https://time.com/6101055/jewish-women-not-cast-in-jewis…
 
The Jewish community of Charlotte, North Carolina has been embarrassed by their city’s monument honoring Judah Benjamin, the Confederacy’s Jewish Secretary of State, ever since they were cajoled into paying for it back in 1948… and the 2020 racial justice protests finally accelerated their decades-long attempt to get rid of it. But Benjamin-- a bri…
 
Greg Dyro and Tom Burka interview the Emmy Award winning writer and producer Tom Caltabiano. We talk to Tom about his time on the 1990's hit show "Everybody Loves Raymond" His experience in the writers room and his friendship with Ray Romano. We also hear about his extensive photographic documentation of the show and how he saved priceless written …
 
Chris & Randall ask Bill Gucwa about his days making trailers for major studios. Trailers mentioned include: Frequency (2000) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdACpDDpIUs The Majestic (2001) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHZldxzY1h0 Alien (1979) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ2Jx_EaZOo Independence Day (1996) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwy…
 
Our stories so far have explored relationships between Jews and non-Jewish societies that have ranged from awkward to, well, murderous. But in this case, the social snubbing of Jews actually worked to everyone’s advantage, resulting in the biggest historical discovery in the history of the world. Here, two genius Scottish identical twins match wits…
 
Greg and Tom answer listener questions and amazingly some viewer questions. We have had some questions asked of us over the last few months and we decided to answer some of these questions below and of course the best in movie ramble. What film would you like to see remade? Who is the best Cinematographer (DP Director of Photography) ? What is Day …
 
Chris and Randall discuss movie and TV adaptations of works from other mediums. When do they work? When do they fail? How and why does this happen? Topics discussed include: Dear Evan Hansen (2021) fanboy-ism screen vs stage Rent (2005) Chicago (2002) Grease (1978) My Fair Lady (1964) Betrayal (1983) Doubt (2008) Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Starship …
 
On this show I chat with Fay & Martyn Maillardet from Imaginary Friends Games about releasing their debut game Shindig. We also chat about making life decisions, making music, and making voices.You can get in contact with Fay & Martyn via Twitter @Gamesfriendo. You can also find their website here https://www.imaginaryfriendsgames.com/. You can get…
 
In this episode, we explore the marvelous and terrifying life of the massively renowned Soviet Yiddish actor Solomon Mikhoels: international star of stage and screen, director of the Moscow State Yiddish Theater, and leader of the Soviet Union’s Jewish Antifascist Committee during World War Two… and later, in a rather less desirable role, the leadi…
 
Introducing a new fiction podcast from members of the team behind The Orbiting Human Circus: Join siblings Lydia and Elijah on a fantastical, surreal journey through a mysterious dreamworld as they search for their missing father. A unique audio adventure about the difficulties and the joys of growing up and becoming yourself, fit for the whole fam…
 
In this episode, Dara Horn revisits Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Holocaust movie Schindler’s List, along with Spielberg’s blockbuster dinosaur movie Jurassic Park-- which he worked on simultaneously, returning from the brutal Polish concentration camp set each evening to edit brutal velociraptor footage. Together these movies reveal many aspects …
 
Chris and Randall discuss the arts & entertainment of amusement parks. Relevant links: https://www.disneyplus.com/series/the-imagineering-story/6ryoXv1e1rWW https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVo63lbKHjC04KqYhwSZ_Pg Topics discussed include: history of amusement parks pleasure gardens Tivoli Gardens Lake Compounce World's Fair of 1851 Crystal Palace …
 
Greg and Tom talk about (what for us is a very appropriate Alternate Earth film trailer) the much anticipated upcoming Matrix Resurrections. We talk about our first impressions of the trailer and what Lana Wachowski might be intending for this new film, over 21 years after the first Matrix. Are you team Red Pill or Team Blue Pill Listen as we go th…
 
In this episode, Dara Horn explores the bizarre afterlife of a chance encounter that later caused an entire empire to lose its mind. In 1904, the American Jewish financier Jacob Schiff randomly met a Japanese banker at a dinner in London and decided to give Japan a $200 million loan in order to help ensure its victory in the Russo-Japanese War. A g…
 
Our end of summer episode. Tom and Greg discuss the film TENET both forward and backward. Disney $30 charge for early streaming of CRUELLA . Our thoughts on Streaming vs. Theatrical . The SAG contracts voice and virtual performances in Video games. Thoughts on the Scarlett Johansson Disney lawsuit. Money in Hollywood and last of all Greg lets Tom k…
 
In the first episode of this new limited-release series, Dara Horn ponders a prickly question: Why are so many people so moved by the memory of dead Jews, yet so disinclined to truly embrace the ones who are very much alive? The question first presented itself to Horn when she was a teenager, sent by a teen magazine to cover the opening of the Unit…
 
Chris and Randall discuss how Hollywood comedic talent hasn't had any new blood lately. "The young kids are going to the movies to see people their parent's age act like they're their age and it's working right now." —Randall Topics discussed include: City Slickers (1991) Free Guy (2021) Cruela (2021) The Ben Stiller Show (series) Mr. Show (series)…
 
This companion podcast to Dara Horn’s new book People Love Dead Jews takes listeners beyond the book to some of the strangest corners of Jewish history, exploring how the popular mania for dead Jews warps our understanding of both past and present. In this series, you’ll meet flamboyantly gay Civil War Jewish spies, Japanese “Jewish specialists” tr…
 
Chris asks Randall if he thinks photography is art. Randall's photography site: https://www.rjmillsphotography.com/ Topics discussed include: history of photography eyes vs. photographs Picasso camera obscura Johannes Vermeer Garry Winogrand Ansel Adams photography as fine art recorded August 11, 2021 Visit us at https://chrisandrandall.com/…
 
ep68: Our Mtv Youth Chris and Randall discuss growing up watching MTV. The first two hours of the debut of MTV in 1981 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJtiPRDIqtI Topics discussed include: MTV original concept early VJs early MTV format Alan Hunter Mark Goodman Martha Quinn Nina Blackwood J.J. Jackson Album-oriented rock Eagles I want my MTV Smells…
 
Chris and Randall discuss 3 recent Netflix comedy specials which have become much talked about: Neal Brennan: 3 Mics (2017) Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Bo Burnham: Inside (2021) Associated articles: https://www.nickiswift.com/417092/how-whitney-cummings-thinks-representation-should-be-handled-in-hollywood-exclusive/?fbclid=IwAR2oQuSWaOl7ANg1Puuyv…
 
Chris and Randall discuss the 1992 TV series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Ep 17: Vienna, November 1908 - Restored https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WTFxKUldiU Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Ep 29: Palestine, October 1917 - Restored https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PICt-Uq1aCQ George Lucas and Rick McCallum D…
 
Chris explains to Randall his love of jigsaw puzzles. Recommended Puzzle Companies: Clemtoni Galison Pomegranate Re-Marks Ravensburger White Mountain Topics discussed include: history of jigsaw puzzles construction choosing the perfect puzzle Barnes & Noble puzzle lighting puzzle strategies flow state puzzle addiction recorded July 7, 2021 Visit us…
 
Chris and Randall discuss the aesthetics of pizza. Topics discussed include: Neopolitan pizza history of pizza Lombardi's Pizza Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana Sally's Apizza pizza making toppings pizza restaurants Chuck E. Cheese Miceli's Grimaldi's Pizzeria Di Fara Pizza Masa of Echo Park Bakery & Cafe 800 Degrees Saturday Night Fever (1977) Fast …
 
ep63: The mystery of Boba Fett Chris and Randall wonder who created Boba Fett. A brief timeline of Boba Fett's creation that we put together: 1) Ralph McQuarrie makes an illustration of an elite stormtrooper possibly inspired by the Rocket Man serials (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_the_Rocket_Men): https://www.flyguy.net/post/96362912107/bo…
 
Chris and Randall discuss the various aesthetics surrounding the US holiday, Independence Day or the Fourth of July. Topics discussed include: history of the holiday Randall's experience of marching band Pacific Palisades July 4th Parade patriotic music aesthetics of parades aesthetics of 4th of July parties history of fireworks aesthetics of firew…
 
Chris and Randall discuss what they're looking forward to and what they've attended so far since the start of the pandemic. Topics discussed include: the end of pandemic restrictions Zoom podcasting Zoom shows Mensa Bill Burr getting back on stage recorded June 1, 2021 Visit us at https://chrisandrandall.com/…
 
In this episode Greg and Tom talk with the Producer, Writer and Director of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future along with his Co-Producers Ron Miller and Melvin Schuetz We talk to the three of them about who was Chesley Bonestell and what prompted them to make the film. We learn some interesting facts about Chelsey's influential paintings a…
 
Chris and Randall discuss a classic episode from Star Trek the original series, "Mirror, Mirror". "What if Quentin Tarantino just did a mirror universe Star Trek that took place in the mirror universe? I think that would be like the greatest Star Trek of all time." — Randall recorded June 1, 2021 Visit us at https://chrisandrandall.com/…
 
Chris and Randall discuss the art of Robin Williams. Topics discussed include: Mork & Mindy (series) childhood education John Houseman Christopher Reeve Popeye (1980) Shelly Duvall Good Will Hunting (1997) Dead Poets Society (1989) Aladdin (1992) The Birdcage (1996) The Fisher King (1991) Awakenings (1990) Patch Adams (1998) The World According to …
 
Chris and Randall discuss the nearly forgotten 1983 animated epic Rock & Rule. A good version: https://archive.org/details/RockRuleBDCollection/Rock+%26+Rule+-+American+Theatrical+Cut+HD.mkv On Youtube: https://www.cartoonbrew.com/classic/you-can-now-watch-nelvanas-cult-sci-fi-musical-rock-rule-for-free-on-youtube-184042.html Topics discussed inclu…
 
Chris and Randall continue their discussion, this time focusing on television comedy. Topics discussed include: situation comedy television comedy laffers Big Bang Theory vs. Young Sheldon Chuck Lorre multicamera vs. single camera I Love Lucy (series) The Honeymooners (series) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Douglass laugh tracks Vaudeville L…
 
Chris and Randall discuss the changes or progress in TV and movie comedy since 2000. Topics discussed include: critically acclaimed vs. popular comedies Knives Out (2019) Parasite (2019) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Jojo Rabbit (2019) The Farewell (2019) Thor Ragnarok (2017) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Deadpool (2016) Fast & Furious Pres…
 
Chris and Randall compare Richard Jewell (2019) to Manhunt Season 2: Deadly Games. Topics discussed include: the genre of docudramas AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: The Ballad of RICHARD JEWELL https://archive.vanityfair.com/article/share/1fd2d7ae-10d8-474b-9bf1-d1558af697be 60 Minutes interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbx50Gsi9g0 The Bridge on the Riv…
 
ep54: Appropriation, collage, deconstruction, remix culture Chris and Randall discuss appropriation, collage, deconstruction, remix culture. “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” —Picasso Topics discussed include: The Bear Went Over the Mountain vs. For He's A Jolly Good Fellow https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appropriation_(art) https://en.wiki…
 
Greg and Tom interview Motion Picture unit still photographer Clay Enos about his work with Director Zack Snyder on "Watchman", "Justice League", "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", and most recently the Netflix film "Army of the Dead" We talk about Clay's beginnings in motion picture still photography starting with a visit to the set of "300" an…
 
On this show I chat with Richard Campbell about music in videogames. We also chat about game music costs, project briefs, working with orchestras, other audio projects, and the sound of moss.You can get in contact with Richard via Twitter @rickyzaudio. You can also find Richard's website here https://www.ziggidybang.com/. You can get in contact wit…
 
Chris and Randall interview Writers Guild of America screenwriter Bill Gucwa. Topics discussed include: Midnight Cowboy (1969) The Ten Commandments (1956) Charlton Heston Planet of the Apes being a Universal Studios tour guide Michael Apted Tyrone Power what celebrities owe to the public Sean Penn being a background actor or extra writing movie tra…
 
On this show I chat with Claire Morwood and Chella Ramanan of 3-Fold Games about Before I Forget. We chat aboutdiversity in games, gettong games localised, accessibility options, being nominated for a BAFTA.You can get in contact with 3-Fold Games via Twitter @3foldgames, Claire @shimmerwitch and Chella @chellaramanan. You can also find the 3-Fold …
 
Chris and Randall discuss the art of podcasting. Topics discussed include: https://www.edisonresearch.com/the-infinite-dial/ Spotify origins of podcasts RSS iPods MP3 format WTF with Marc Maron NPR talk radio The Joe Rogan Experience Terry Gross TV news Pod Save America Real Time with Bill Maher Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast Dan Carlin's Hardc…
 
Greg and Tom discuss the Canadian Documentary "Spaceman" in the so called Real Universe on CBC DOCS POV and during the second half of the show they talk about the Alternate Earth feature film SPACEMAN. A film that was made based on the Canadian documentary with some additional discussion of Carl Sagan and Extraterrestrials. On November 29th, 1980, …
 
Chris and Randall discuss the art of Production (Art) Design and its impact on 1970s movies. Topics discussed include: Gone with the Wind (1939) Keystone Cops studio backlot sound stage theater vs. photography Stanley Kubrick Italian Neo Realism Bicycle Thieves (1948) Cahiers du Cinéma (magazine, 1951) French New Wave The 400 Blows (1959) Breathles…
 
Greg and Tom interview the Cinematographer Steven Poster and discuss his work as DP on such classic films as "Donnie Darko", "Strange Brew" and his work as camera operator on "Bladerunner" "Close Encounters of the third kind" and many more films. And for the animal lovers in the audience we talk about his work with animals on "Cats & Dogs: The Reve…
 
Chris and Randall explore the future as predicted by 6 science fiction classics: Looking Backward: 2000–1887 (novel, 1888) 1984 (novel, 1949) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Soylent Green (1973) Idiocracy (2006) Her (2013) Topics discussed include: Star Wars Star Trek The First Industrial Revolution HG Wells Jules Verne R.U.R. (play, 1921) Auguste Com…
 
In this episode, we welcome our first guest, Nick Juntilla, founder of Ownerfy.com, the only smartphone app which allows you to create NFT (non-fungible token) art. Nick is a computer programmer and happens to be an expert on cryptocurrency and NFTs. He's worked in the space almost since its inception. Good article about Beeple's NFT sale: https://…
 
Chris and Randall compare and contrast Spider-Man and Batman. Topics discussed: Superman: Red Son (comic) The Dark Knight Returns (comic) Dr. Octopus Venom Batman 60s TV show vs Spiderman 60s TV show 1970s Batman and Spiderman comics Batman (1989) Batman: The Killing Joke (comic) Superman (1978) Iron Man (2008) Batman: The Animated Series X-Men (se…
 
In this episode Greg and Tom interview the Actor Tim Russ who you may know from Star Trek Voyager. We talk to Tim about his work as a Voice Over actor on Games along with his thoughts on digital actors and the power of real emotion created when using an actor vs. a digital creation. Video games Tim Russ has done Voice work for — Captain Kells, the …
 
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