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Analyzing movies, TV, and games from creation to consumption
Coco and The Little Details, with Ana Ramírez González
Mar 8 • 63 min
Over the last five years, Coco sketch artist Ana Ramirez has gone from an intern to being staffed on an Academy Award-winning feature (Coco), illustrating the official Coco storybook (Miguel and the Grand Harmony), and starting work on a second,…
Moana and Sculptural Integrity, with Malcon Pierce
Nov 30, 2016 • 23 min
Moana supervising animator Malcon Pierce shares the story of how he fell in love with and began working in animation, and what he learned truly made something take on the trademark look and feel of “classic Disney”.
Terry Farrell: Many Lives, Many Faces
Nov 5, 2016 • 44 min
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Terry Farrell discusses the trials & tribulations she underwent as an aspiring actress, the choices she wishes she could have made, and how rewarding it is to have helped crack glass ceilings for countless women.
Michael Dorn & John de Lancie: A Different Path
Nov 4, 2016
Star Trek stars Michael Dorn and John de Lancie explore what gave their lives focus, leading to professional lives as actors. “Worf” & “Q” also talk politics, but not specific candidates nor polls. Rather, what issues and priorities are missing from…
Susan Eisenberg, Wonder Woman
Oct 25, 2016 • 48 min
To an entire generation of fans, Susan Eisenberg is Wonder Woman. From a childhood love of radio theatre and classic cinema to taking up the golden lasso of Wonder Woman, Susan Eisenberg has build her career around the things she loves. Her audience loves…
Doctor Strange: Let Magic Be Magic with Scott Derrickson
Oct 20, 2016 • 54 min
Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson and film programmer, critic, and activist Walter Chaw discuss Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme: from updating the character for the screen to confronting accusations of whitewashing and erasure from a conscientious…
Mark Hamill & Kevin Conroy - The Brass Ring
Oct 12, 2016 • 53 min
Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy reflect on almost 25 years as friends and on-screen nemeses. On this very special episode, Hamill and Conroy share fascinating stories you’ve never heard, tease future collaborations (!), and answer audience questions at Fan…
George Takei: His Own History
Sep 8, 2016 • 52 min
Star Trek turns 50 tonight at 8:30pm central time, and this 50th Anniversary special starsGeorge Takei telling stories from Star Trek as well as his own life. Recorded live at Fan Expo Canada 2016.
Pete’s Dragon: Unstuck in Time with David Lowery & Toby Hallbrooks
Sep 6, 2016 • 40 min
Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery and screenwriter Toby Halbrooks made a reboot/remake/reimagining of a “franchise” picture refreshing and unique. Sometimes, the secret ingredient is a voice actor adding a dialogue-free character to a simple, honest…
The Length of Your Vision (Jennifer Hale & Joe Madureira)
Jul 12, 2016 • 62 min
Legendary voice actress Jennifer Hale and game producer/superstar artist Joe Madureira ended up on the same panel at Fan Expo Dallas completely by accident. They discuss their origin stories as fans and creatives, as well as their roles on opposite sides…
Edward James Olmos: Nothing Came Easy
Jun 13, 2016 • 62 min
Edward James Olmos digs into how his activism and personal beliefs have informed his work, from baseball player to rock and roller to iconic Latino actor. Recorded live at Dallas Comic-Con Fan Days in February 2016.
Star Wars: Going Back Into Space with John Gruber & Dan Perri
May 4, 2016 • 53 min
There is something wrong with the opening crawl for The Force Awakens. Fan and typography enthusiast John Gruber and original Star Wars opening title sequence designer Dan Perri help unravel the mystery of where (and when) things went wrong.
Team Negative One
Apr 4, 2016 • 66 min
A small group of fans spent almost half a decade restoring the original Star Wars (in HD) from 35mm film prints. They don’t want to make money off of it. They don’t want their names publicized. They just want the work to be done. This is their fascinating…
Two Kinds of Silence: Reacting to The Force Awakens
Dec 30, 2015 • 72 min
20 guests are asked to pick just one thing in (or about) Star Wars: The Force Awakens to talk about for two minutes or less. This episode includes a spoiler warning.
A New New Hope
Dec 18, 2015 • 44 min
This episode is nothing but spoiler talk regarding The Force Awakens, with John Gholson and Moisés reflecting on what they absorbed having just seen the film at an early critics’ screening, prior to its public opening.
Lying to Children
Dec 16, 2015 • 44 min
Without spoiling The Force Awakens, John Gholson joins Moisés to reminisce about the rise, fall, and potential “re-awakening” of Star Wars fandom. From childhood to anticipation of the new movie, what triggers your Star Wars sense memory? Pictured above,…
Dan Starkey: Serials and Cinema
Dec 15, 2015 • 25 min
Modern TV has melded the old-school “chapter play” format with modern, lower-cost (and at once higher quality) production methods. The result is episodic content that is more than giving feature-length movies a run for their money. Erika Ensign (Verity,…
Guillermo del Toro: Every Scar Tells a Story
Nov 5, 2015 • 48 min
Remastered and re-edited, this 2012 interview with Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro found him in post-production on Pacific Rim and nearing production on Crimson Peak (still in theatres) and The Strain, which just completed its second season. He…
This is Halloween with Chris Sarandon and Ken Page
Oct 31, 2015 • 28 min
Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie (Chris Sarandon and Ken Page) take center stage in this very special Halloween bonus installment of our Behind the Microphone series, discussing their formative creative influences, strange things they’ve signed, and the…
The First Instinct with Steve Blum & Mary McGlynn
Oct 30, 2015 • 58 min
Cowboy Bebop changed the perception of anime dubbed into English. Steve Blum (Spike) and Mary McGlynn (Julia and ADR Director on Bebop) discuss their origin stories as performers and voice actors in the latest installment of our Behind the Microphone…
Leonard Nimoy: Always Say Yes
Aug 7, 2015 • 61 min
At his final convention appearance in 2011, Leonard Nimoy revealed more in one sitting than anyone expected, at once telling his life’s story and reminding us that “There’s always room for one more good one”.
Behind the Microphone with Tom Kenny & Charles Martinet
Jul 1, 2015 • 46 min
A look at the different paths taken by actors known best for their various voices, featuring the incomparable Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants, Adventure Time) and Charles Martinet (the voice of Nintendo’s Mario). There’s more to voice acting than just…
Fighting Evil by Moonlight with Babs Tarr & Jess Fink
Jun 1, 2015 • 28 min
A look at the sensation that is Sailor Moon, which has always been more than “just another anime for girls”. Rockstar comic creators Babs Tarr and Jess Fink talk about the series’ deep influence over them as creative professionals. Creators like Babs and…
Banned From the Ranch (Special Edition)
Apr 16, 2015 • 71 min
Just after Disney acquired LucasFilm in the fall of 2012, Moisés spoke with film critic Drew McWeeny about the doors opened by a regime change, the early days of Ain’t It Cool, his being officially banned from Skywalker Ranch, and the best way to watch…
Alex Garland: Not Epiphany-Based
Apr 11, 2015 • 23 min
Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland grew up a fan of science fiction. His new film sets itself apart by happily eschewing on- and off-screen obstacles that get in the way of sci-fi cinema being great. At SXSW 2015, he and Moisés discuss the formative…
Sense Memory with Manish Dayal
Feb 3, 2015 • 13 min
The Hundred-Foot Journey is anything but shy on the subject of flavor. The film’s star, Manish Dayal, talks about his upbringing in two cultures and helps answer what makes a “food film” worth watching.
Monkey’s Paw with Keith Calder & Simon Barrett
Jan 8, 2015 • 23 min
Keith Calder and Simon Barrett return for an all-spoiler discussion of The Guest, now on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray in the U.S. None of this will make much sense unless you’ve seen the movie, and is full of spoilers. Consider this “Electric Shadow episode…
The Interview: Ignite the Light
Dec 23, 2014 • 41 min
The Interview was pulled from U.S. theaters in response to a threat from hackers. This episode includes a discussion with Mashable’s Christina Warren and audio from (as of this posting) the final public screening Q&A with writer/directors Seth Rogen and…
Criterion Collected: Significant and Important
Nov 19, 2014 • 9 min
Our inaugural episode addresses the first question that generally comes out of people’s mouths about Criterion: why Armageddon and The Rock? The short answer is that they belong there. Both more than fit the definition of “important” in a very specific…
Love and Science with Adam Lisagor
Nov 18, 2014 • 35 min
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar: like, love, or hate it, this is one of the biggest of the big movies of 2014. Can a movie this big live up to any (not even all) of our expectations?
Earned Surprise with Keith Calder & Simon Barrett
Oct 3, 2014 • 74 min
Keith Calder and Simon Barrett talk about their new movie The Guest, being influenced by movies they (do and do not) love, the nuance in reaching modern audiences, and when to Blu-ray versus when to VOD.
Year of the Spoon with Nacho Vigalondo & Alejandro Brugués
Oct 1, 2014 • 30 min
Alejandro Brugués and Nacho Vigalondo (l. to r.) are writer/directors from Cuba and Spain, respectively, but they consider Austin their birthplace as filmmakers. In a format-defying episode, we travel through time to tell their stories as artists who love…
Apple at 30: Orson Welles of the Genre
Sep 19, 2014 • 96 min
Apple has been using cinematic techniques in their events and ads since 1984. Horace Dediu, Jason Snell, and John Gruber discuss the story Apple has told on screens for 30 years: one of engineering thriving on dynamic creativity.
I’ll Never Be Venkman
Sep 13, 2014 • 78 min
Eric Vespe and John Gholson discuss Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, as well as the various canonical and non-canonical offshoots, spinoffs, and wholly unconnected diaspora connected to them: video games, toys, and even Ecto Cooler.
The Joy of Flight with Tim McCanlies
Aug 29, 2014 • 80 min
Tim McCanlies and Harry Knowles discuss The Iron Giant and its hard road to completion. One wrote the screenplay for the movie, and the other wrote about the movie from afar. They touch on the genius of Brad Bird, removing a giant space bat from a rock…
Robin Williams: The Tactical Nuclear Man
Aug 20, 2014 • 86 min
Andy Ihnatko joins Moisés to discuss the mind, career, and incalculable impact of Robin Williams. There never have been, nor will there ever be, one like him.
The Demon Lover and The Roller Blade Auteur
Aug 14, 2014 • 44 min
Howard the Duck co-creator Val Mayerik joins Moisés and Giant Size co-host John Gholson to talk about his past life as an actor, specifically in 1977 grindhouse Z-movie The Demon Lover. They discuss the infamous Demon Lover Diary, Z-movie auteur Donald G…
Hands on Heads with Kevin Biegel, Mike Royce, Sanjay Shah, & The Cast of Enlisted
Jun 22, 2014 • 65 min
FOX comedy Enlisted got cancelled, but it might get a new lease on life elsewhere. Getting a show on the air is hard. Getting it brought back is harder. Enlisted did the first and might do the second.
Irons in the Fire with Ben Thompson & Guy English
Jun 13, 2014 • 91 min
Ben Thompson joins and Guy English returns to discuss the “Puck Problem”. Do we really want one centralized box, or is specialization the new convergence? Will Apple shake up Microsoft and Sony, or can they address a market that no one is really going…
The Contract of Fear with Katie Floyd & Bradley Chambers
May 16, 2014 • 84 min
Katie Floyd and Bradley Chambers talk about the TV pucks we have, the pucks we want, and the future of TV and how we consume content.SPONSORSHover: get 10% your purchase when signing up at Hover.com using offer code BEAMMEUPDrobo: mass storage for the…
South by Southwest: Blasphemy and Sex
Apr 9, 2014 • 80 min
South by Southwest & Austin Film Society co-founder (and newly-inducted Texas Film Hall of Fame member) Louis Black talks about the history of both organizations and the Austin film scene, supplemented by anecdotes and thoughts from directors, actors,…
Meatball on the Tree (Part 2 of 2)
Mar 8, 2014 • 87 min
Adam Lisagor, Guy English, and John Gruber talk about the implications of “Kabletown” owning (almost) everyone’s internet pipe in the U.S., the new faces and forces behind late night, the merits of Michael Mann’s Heat, and the great Harold Ramis. (Part 2…
Libido of a Salesman (Part 1 of 2)
Mar 1, 2014 • 80 min
Adam Lisagor, Guy English, and John Gruber talk about the blurring lines between marketing and entertainment, the death of “what’s on” content, and Jackass’ magnum opus. Interview excerpt: Richard Dreyfuss
Wes Anderson: Crazy Science Fair Experiment
Feb 17, 2014 • 97 min
We look at the substance and style of Wes Anderson’s films, particularly Fantastic Mr. Fox.
The Future of TV: Bicycle for the Mind
Feb 10, 2014 • 93 min
Horace Dediu and Guy English discuss the future of TV, how we consume media, and the fate of console-style devices. Interview: Cinematographer Barry Braverman