Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Episode 57: Drinking and Drive-In's- The Happening

podcastMichael Parks Tribute

This week we sideline Faults in the Vaults in order to celebrate, praise, and pay tribute to one if the greatest actors to ever grace the planet, Mr. Michael Parks. Last Wednesday we lost Michael and Mitch and I were lucky enough to work with the man on several projects.

In Drinking and Drive-In's, we cover one of the rare, over-the-top comedic roles that Parks ever took, the 1967 screwball comedy The Happening. Part old Hollywood, part new, this oddly touching movie is one of the rare examples of the changing of the guard that took place in late 60's cinema. If you're having trouble finding a copy of the film, look no further than this link.

Also in the episode we have the unique privilege of interviewing his son James Parks, a man who is an amazing actor in his own right and can currently be seen in AMC's The Son. We talk Parks' family history, inspirations, and James performs the Dylan Thomas poem that Michael made him memorize before he would sign off on his joining the acting world, "In My Craft or Sullen Art". Thanks for coming on sir.

In Slippin' Through the Tracks, we spotlight Long Lonesome Highway, the kinda-sorta soundtrack (and brilliant album) to the amazing 1969 show, Then Came Bronson. In Diggin' up the Doc's, we cover the Parks documentary that never was (but might still be) also titled, Long Lonesome Highway. For those interested in seeing the pitch-video we cover in the episode, here is the video.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Giant Size #3 Featuring Kevin Smith

Full Kevin Smith interview!

It broke out heart to edit down Kevin's interview to fit the show format, so we took this opportunity to release Giant Size #3! We interview the man himself at the historic Hollywood Improv Podcast Studio and talk about the entirety of his career with a strong emphasis on the all-too shittalked Jersey Girl!

Some added bonus stories not included in Episode 56 include tales of paparazzi on set, the fallout and redemption of Mallrats, and much, much more. We were absolutely honored the man took 90 minutes out of his time (right after performing Babble-On no less) so join us as we take a look at the career from one of the defining members of independent cinema, Kevin Smith!

Also in this episode, Mitch and Josh promote the brand new Soapbox Giveaway and detail how you can enter and win rare Yoga Hosers memorabilia and a slew of great products from Raleigh Soapery!
#WashYourself

Coming up this Wednesday, look out for an all Michael Parks tribute episode.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Episode 56: Jersey Descendants

Kevin Smith Interview!

This week, Faults in the Vaults navigates the pitfalls of parenting with a pair of films centered around matriarchal tragedy and the men left behind to pick up the pieces for their families. We say Aloha to Alexander Payne's The Descendants (2011) in order to right a past wrong and call for the re-evaluation and redemption of Jersey Girl (2004)!

Hollywood ImprovIn celebration of the far too disrespected Jersey Girl, we speak to writer/director Kevin Smith about the genesis, execution, and history of the film. We interviewed Kevin at the world famous Hollywood Improv podcast studio and next week we'll be releasing the full, unedited 90 minute interview as Giant Size #3!

Soapbox OfficeThis Week in Torrents, Josh praises the hard work of anonymous content creators with an up-scaled and overhauled presentation of the classic 1993 episode of MST3K where they endured Manos:The Hands of Fate!

In another edition of Recycled Cinema, Mitch recalls the '80's comedy classic, Three Men and a Baby (1987) and its' original award-winning French incarnation, Three Men and a Cradle, written and directed by Coline Serreau!

GIVEAWAY!
Josh goes Slipping Through the Tracks with another great atmospheric score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis of The Bad Seeds for 2016's Best Picture nominee, Hell or High Water.

Also in this episode, Mitch and Josh unveil a brand new Soapbox Giveaway and detail how you can enter and win rare Yoga Hosers memorabilia and a slew of great products from Raleigh Soapery! #WashYourself


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Episode 55: Shutter Island Stay

Mystery Thrillers!

This week, Faults in the Vaults offers up a pair of mind-bending mystery thrillers where repeat viewings become absolutely essential to the understanding of events on screen. We take the earliest ferry off of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island (2010) in order to clue everyone into Marc Forster's stylishly surreal Stay (2005)!

The Mailbag once again goes intercontinental with a listener suggested showdown between Bob Fosse and Spike Lee! This Week in Torrents, Josh dusts off the long dead Sega CD to present the unreleased genius of Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors.

Josh goes Diggin' Up The Docs with Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's the Fantastic Four (2015) In another edition of Recycled Cinema, Mitch recalls Vanilla Sky (2001), Cameron Crowe's fascinating and inventive spin on Alejandro Amenabar's Spanish language original, Open Your Eyes (1997).

Also in this episode, Mitch and Josh continue their meteoric rise to the top, Bill Nye Saves the World, take a trip to the comic book store, and discuss great deals and opportunities for high seas piracy with the great products from Raleigh Soapery!



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Episode 54: This Is The Rutles

Rock Mockumentaries!

This week, Faults in the Vaults turns its attention to two rock mockumentaries from two very distinct groups of comedy giants. We ship 1984's This Is Spinal Tap off to "Bitch School" in order to reminisce about the greatest British rock band that (n)ever was, The Rutles, in 1978's All You Need Is Cash...

Josh and Mitch delight in cracking open the Mailbag to spotlight some brand new hate mail.

This Week in Torrents, Josh waxes nostalgic for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and highlights an extended Director's Cut of Turtles Forever (2009)!

Where in the World Cinema? takes a trip to Merry Olde England in order to highlight 2009's In The Loop, the hilariously pitch perfect, but straight black political satire, a spin-off of the successful BBC series, The Thick Of It, from the creators of HBO's Veep and starring future 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi!

Mitch goes Slipping Through the Tracks to showcase Michael Kamen's fantastically eclectic jazz and samba-infused science fiction score to former Monty Python-alum, Terry Gilliam's brilliantly bizarre dystopian film, Brazil (1985).

Also in this episode, celebrity encounters at the workplace with everyone's favorite Beatle, legendary comedy drop-ins, food related shenanigans, and more fun uses for the handmade products from the good people at Raleigh Soapery!




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Episode 53: Long Gone Durham

Big Screen Baseball!

Spotlight Interview w/ Martin Davidson, director of Long Gone!

This week, Faults in the Vaults grabs a pint and a hot dog as we head to opening day for a doubleheader double feature. It's baseball season here at the Soapbox Office Podcast, so Bull Durham (1988) gets struck out in favor of the long forgotten minor league underdog, Long Gone (1987)!

Long Gone has only ever been released on VHS & Laserdisc! Help us show HBO that there is a strong need to bring back the best baseball film ever made by signing our petition here!

The guys slide into the Mailbag to bring an unfortunate end to a Greek streak. With This Week in Torrents, Josh plays Easter Bunny and gives the gift of a free MP3/FLAC download of The Best of Waite Hoyt in the Rain, the legendary voice of Cincinnati Reds baseball!

Mitch and Josh gush over Netflix's The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014), the story of the Portland Mavericks and Bing Russell's rebellion against the professional baseball establishment in this edition of Digging Up The Docs.

Mitch returns to Recycled Cinema to remind listeners that remakes are not always a bad thing as he covers the entertaining family fantasy baseball film, Angels in the Outfield (1994) and its original 1951 predecessor.

Also in this episode, the guys argue their athletic abilities, detail the origins of their baseball fandom, regale with tales of motherly love with Sparky Anderson, discuss the resurrection of MST3K, and champion American made goods with the good people at Raleigh Soapery!



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Episode 52: Losers Wanted

Comics on Film!

This week, Faults in the Vaults curves a bullet into the path of Timur Bekmambetov's Wanted (2008) in order to clear the names and rebuild the reputation of The Losers (2010)!

This Week in Torrents finds Josh highlighting an unaired television pilot for the Sam Raimi-created cult favorite, Darkman (1992)! The Soapbox Rant sets its sights on the Iron Fist (2017) haters!

Mitch goes Digging Up The Docs to honor the memory of the legendary Don Rickles with the wonderfully produced career retrospective, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007), directed by John Landis.

Slipping Through the Tracks makes a triumphant return as Josh selects a surprisingly classical theatrical score by John Frizzell and The London Metropolitan Orchestra for Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996).

Also in this episode, the guys bask in commercial success, continue to roll cameras for Lovett or Leave It, hang out with industry friends at Monsterpalooza, and ward off sewer monsters with the help of great products from Raleigh Soapery!



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Episode 51: I Am the Flesh and the Devil

Lonely Apocalypse!

This week, Faults in the Vaults looks to the days after the world ends as we know it. We skip the search for a cure and make 2007's I Am Legend eat a grenade in exchange for the forgotten apocalypse drama The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959).

Cracking open The Mailbag leads to a Greek discussion on the American West as Dances with Wolves (1990) is "Pitt"ed against Legends of the Fall (1994).

This Week in Torrents and Digging Up the Docs collide as Josh dives into The History Channel's out of print documentary The Real Las Vegas (1997). The boys have a go at network rebranding and the dumbing down of content on The Soapbox Rant.

An installment of Where in the World Cinema?, takes another trip to the land down under to look at the cinematic exports of New Zealand. Specifically, Geoff Murphy's record-shattering science fiction drama The Quiet Earth (1985).

Also in this episode, the guys become quiz masters at Trivia with Budds, shoot cameras for the Lovett or Leave It podcast, shoot a commercial parody and give the rundown on great new products from Raleigh Soapery!



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Giant Size #2

Giant Sized Interviews!

In this special edition we showcase the leavings of past episodes! Listen to outtakes where Mitch talks trash on other podcasts! Hear Josh nearly die due to molar-caused sinusitus! We also talk about all of our latest projects, some of which include shooting a full concert by Jesse Wagner (The Aggrolites) and Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers) and acting as the camera crew to one of the biggest podcasts ever!

More importantly than our stuff, we feature full, unedited interviews with some of our interviews past! We talk movies with special effects legend Steve Johnson! We here the genesis of Elvis & Nixon with writer/producer Joey Sagal! We talk Time After Time with Nicholas Meyer! And last but not least, we talk all things Airheads! with the Punk Rock Filmmaker Rich Wilkes!

Also in the episode we talk about the wondrous new products from our beloved sponsor Raleigh Soapery! As always, all music by Cam Mosavian!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Episode 50: Little Miss Fantastic

Quirky Family Dramedy!

This week, Faults in the Vaults returns to impound the family van and dash the pageant dreams of Little Miss Sunshine (2006) in order to bring more awareness to the recent critically praised, but criminally under-seen Captain Fantastic (2016).

A quick dip into The Mailbag leads to a brief discussion about Alfred HItchcock and his early gothic thriller, Rebecca (1940). This Week in Torrents, Josh gives a quick lesson in Cinema 101 with the great docu-series, The Directors.

Another installment of Where in the World Cinema?, takes a look at the cinema exports of Italy. Specifically, the grandmother of all quirky road movies, La Strada (1954), written and directed by the legendary Federico Fellini!

Also in this episode, encounters with Morrissey, sizzle reels, premiere parties, and a rundown of all the great new products from Raleigh Soapery!




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Episode 49: Drinking and Drive-In's- The Vagrant

Bill Paxton Tribute!

This week, yet another edition of Drinking & Drive-Ins - the featured segment devoted to delectable libations and cinematic exploitations of yesteryear. This time 'round we take a look back at Chris Walas' 1992 film The Vagrant, in honor of the very sad and recent passing of the immensely talented, Bill Paxton!

In This Week in Torrents, Josh takes a spin at Joel Hodgson's follow up to his tenure on Mystery Science Theater 3000, the weird and experimental sketch show The TV Wheel AKA The X-Box.

Mitch goes Diggin' Up The Docs to resurrect the defunct pay cable pioneer station Z Channel courtesy of Xan Cassavetes' informative and eye-opening retrospective, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004).

Also in this episode we drink movie-themed cocktails as we pay tribute to Bill Paxton by dissecting his career and spotlighting the lesser-known aspects of the man's incredible life. The boys go into on the job celebrity sightings (and their lack of care), spooky film shoot fun, and the virtues of keeping a clean, raised up posterior with the ever-amazing Raleigh Soapery.

Enjoy the seventh edition of Drinking and Drive-In's!




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Episode 48: La La Last Love

Throwback Musicals!

This week, Faults in the Vaults aims to take that which is old and make it new again with a pair of modern musicals with classic Hollywood sensibilities. We put a stop to the fools who dream in La La Land (2016) and attempt to resurrect Peter Bogdanovich's much maligned and criminally forgotten, At Long Last Love (1975)!   

This Week in Torrents, Josh highlights a grouping of fun awards-themed MST3K specials. The Soapbox Rant aims its fury at the Oscars In Memoriam segment to shed light on the numerous egregious snubs and other mistakes.

Title CardAnother installment of Where in the World Cinema?, takes a look at the cinema exports of Japan. Specifically, 1966's the groundbreaking and hyper stylized Yakuza film, Tokyo nageremono aka Tokyo Drifter, in memory of the recent passing of filmmaker Seijun Suzuki!

Also in this episode, more co-host sickness blues, Idyllwild scouting trips, brief Oscar recaps, and a discussion on the abstract merits of awards glory vs. the practical benefits of Raleigh Soapery



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Episode 47: Back to the Future After Time

PodcastTime Travel Romance!

This week, Faults in the Vaults takes a trip back and forth through time with the help of a DeLorean and H.G. Wells. Mitch & Josh side with the Libyans to put an end to Back to the Future (1985) in order to secure the past and present for 1979's Time After Time

In The Soapbox Spotlight Interview we get the amazing chance to journey behind the scenes of the film and talk to the writer/director of the movie, Nicholas Meyer!

The Mailbag continues the "Grecial" saga of brotherly competition, while in This Week in Torrents, Josh presents a VHS copy of the 70mm Imax footage to Back to the Future: The Ride! Another installment of Where in the World Cinema?, takes a look at the cinema exports of Spain. Specifically, Nacho Vigalondo's expertly crafted time loop thriller, Timecrimes (2007).

Podcast Nicholas MeyerJosh goes Digging Up The Docs to spotlight 2017's BBC presentation of Tom Waits: Tales from a Cracked Jukebox, directed by James Maycock which you may be able to find here.

Also in this episode, Future advice and shenanigans for Raleigh Soapery, Post-sickness survival tales, VR announcements, and the birth of Livvy Grace as a  YouTube star!