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Apr 212017
 

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In honor of the one year anniversary of the death of Prince, we are rerunning our tribute episode to one of the greatest artists of all time! May the purple rain stay forever yours as you navigate the highways of heaven in your little red corvette.

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Apr 202017
 

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This week, your hosts take a trip down the road of the macabre and fantastic with a retrospective on the prince of horror, Clive Barker! Won’t you join us?!?!

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Apr 022017
 

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This week on Behind the Pop, Dan and Bryant discuss the merits of adaptations, aesthetic, and ideology in a lengthy review of the new film, Ghost in the Shell! Won’t you join us?!?

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Mar 302017
 

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Like any good podcast…we’re late this week! We apologize, but sometimes LIFE happens! This week, we’re discussing the new Power Rangers movie and follow it up with a new top 5 list! This week, it’s all about kids shows we want adaptations of! Won’t you go Behind the Pop with us?!?

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Mar 212017
 

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That’s it! We’re finally finished with the Resident Evil series! Thank you all things holy and good! Won’t you join us as we wrap up the series with some final thought!

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Mar 072017
 

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Why does Wolverine look so angry? Probably because he just watched Resident Evil: Retribution! This week, join Bill and Bryant as they discuss what makes Logan so good and what makes the fifth Resident Evil movie so bad! Also, we talk about our new spin off podcast coming soon!

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Feb 282017
 

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This week, as we’re reunited with Derek Derrickson, we dive in to the world of Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, and continue the rabbit hole of awfulness with Resident Evil: Afterlife…when will this be over? We hope soon! Won’t you join us as we dive in to our past and talk movies!

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Feb 212017
 

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This week on Behind the Pop, we’re talking bad computers, Apes with brains, and continue our Resident Evil marathon with Resident Evil: Extinction! Won’t you join us as we dive in to our past and talk movies!

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Feb 142017
 

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This week we’re taking a trip in to the psychological warfare of David Haller, otherwise known as Legion! After we come down from the mind trip, we dive back in to our Resident Evil marathon and talk about the sequel to kill all sequels, Resident Evil: Apocalypse!

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Feb 072017
 

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This week on Behind the Pop we begin our Resident Evil marathon! We know, it’s what you’ve been asking for! But first, we talk about Clash RoyaleFire Emblem Heroes, and some epic rage quits!

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Feb 012017
 

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This week on Behind the Pop we’re talking all about early Toon Disney! That’s right, everything from Gummi Bears to Gargoyles! This one’s not as in depth as we’d like, but you can blame that on the alcohol! Won’t you join us! And remember, drop us a voicemail at (682) 214-3999!

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Jan 272017
 

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This week on Behind the Pop your hosts discuss the 2017 Oscar nominations, go over the best pictures with a fine tooth comb, and discuss everything from TMNT to the recent passing of Mary Tyler Moore! Won’t you join us! And remember, drop us a voicemail at (682) 214-3999!

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Jan 242017
 

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Welcome to the Thunderdome! This week, your hosts are diving in to the long and tired tradition of Hollywood adapting EVERYTHING in to a movie! This week, we’re breaking down the worst of the worst in TV to Movie Adaptations! Won’t you join us! And remember, drop us a voicemail at (682) 214-3999!

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Jan 202017
 

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Dan and Bryant get together to talk about the new Nintendo Switch preview! Afterwards, they watch some trailers and decide if the movie sold its self to the crew of Behind the Pop! Enjoy! And remember, drop us a voicemail at (682) 214-3999!

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Jan 172017
 

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It’s been a crazy couple of weeks! Between family stuff and being sick, the BTP crew has been scattered and all over the place! But, we’re back on a regular schedule! And what a better way to start that regular schedule than a conversation about Wes Craven with our friend Chris Antista from Lasertime! This started out as a Neon Horror episode, but we’re reformatting to conversation based topics and pop news! So stay tuned!

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Dec 272016
 

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With no subject tonight, and it being Christmas, Dan and Bryant get together to drink, talk about George Michael, Christmas music, and Shakira! Won’t you join us for a very special Christmas episode! We also have more voicemails! If you want to leave us a voicemail you can reach us at (682) 214-3999!

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Dec 242016
 

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It’s the conclusion you’ve all been waiting for! It’s the top 3 movies of 2016 followed by the worst 5 of 2016! Listen in as we count them down and play some fan voicemails! If you want to leave us a voicemail you can reach us at (682) 214-3999!

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Dec 242016
 

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That’s it folks! That’s all she wrote. Won’t you join Bill and Bryant in part 1 of a 2 part series as they countdown their favorite guilty pleasures, best of 2016, and worst of 2016! Also, we have some voicemails from some of our fans to play on the air. To leave us a voicemail you can reach us at (682) 214-3999!

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Dec 192016
 

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This week, your hosts dive in to a Star Wars story and come out the other side with a lengthy discussion! In the second segment, we discuss what makes us give a movie a perfect score, and some we may regret!

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Dec 142016
 

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This week, your hosts celebrate the start of a new format with Neil Jordan’s 1984 cult classic, The Company of Wolves! Afterwards we discuss our favorite Nested Story films, basically, stories within stories! Did yours make the cut! Join us on our next episode for a Rogue One review! And remember to like, share, and comment!

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Dec 062016
 

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We’re back on a regular schedule! Woohoo! Seriously, we apologize, but things came up! Anyway, so, we’re starting a new series called Video Mania! And it’s all about video games! This week, in celebration of Final Fantasy dropping, what better way to start this new series than with a five part retrospective on the Final Fantasy games with some of our infamous BS thrown in! Thanks for listening!

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Nov 202016
 

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This week we’re talking the new film from Denis Villeneuve, Arrival! After that, we attempt to talk about first contact in pop culture history, but as your two hosts are completely exhausted from the daily dealings of life, we end up devolving in to a 30 minute chat fest…turns out, it was kind of funny! Remember to like, share and comment!

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Nov 072016
 

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This week your host take a trip back in time to discuss the World War 2 battle for Hacksaw Ridge! In our second segment, we dive a bit more in to the recent past to talk about Celebrities Gone Bad!

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Nov 072016
 
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In a very spooky edition of 2 Dudes Meet Girl Meets World, your hosts, Dan and Bryant, scare themselves silly talking about three spooky tales that take place in the world of Girl Meets World!

Warning: This Podcast is not for children, this is two friends obviously having fun being ridiculous and over analytical of a family sitcom, and while we do make good points, we ask you to relax and have fun.

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Oct 252016
 

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In episode 50 of Behind the Pop, we’re taking you back, again, but this time to the recent past to discuss the second Golden Age of Movie Monsters! That’s right, we’re talking The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street! In a very special two-parter, we also have Lasertime’s Chris Antista joining us again for a quiz, where he and Bill face off in “NAME THAT KILL!”

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Oct 252016
 

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In episode 50 of Behind the Pop, we’re taking you back, again, but this time to the recent past to discuss the second Golden Age of Movie Monsters! That’s right, we’re talking The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street! In a very special two-parter, we also have Lasertime’s Chris Antista joining us again for a quiz, where he and Bill face off in “NAME THAT KILL!”

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Oct 252016
 
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That’s right, we’re back! Sooooooo, soooo sorry for the delay, we were not trying to Pod Fade, but it has been an insane 5 weeks of sickness and schedules, but we’re officially back! And in this weeks episode we’re talking CRAZY HATS and MUFFINS MADE OF SUGAR! So, oh please oh please, won’t you join us! And make sure to listen for the community segment!

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Oct 172016
 

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This week, in part 1 of a 2 part Halloween special, we go behind the scenes on the Universal Monsters! Prepared to be scared and terrified as we take you Behind the Pop!

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Oct 172016
 

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In the thrilling conclusion to our Universal Monsters discussion, we talk about the Bride of Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Wolfman! Strap yourselves in to go Behind the Pop!

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Oct 012016
 

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This week on Las…I mean Behind the Pop! We’re getting together with Lasertime host, Chris “ALF Fanatic” Antista to discuss revolutionary sitcoms! In this special two part episode, we discuss everything from I Love Lucy to Married…With Children! Following our in depth breakdown of a true Americana art form, we test the knowledge of our panelists with a QUIZ!

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Oct 012016
 

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This week on Las…I mean Behind the Pop! We’re getting together with Lasertime host, Chris “ALF Fanatic” Antista to discuss revolutionary sitcoms! In this special two part episode, we discuss everything from I Love Lucy to Married…With Children! Following our in depth breakdown of a true Americana art form, we test the knowledge of our panelists with a QUIZ!

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Sep 272016
 

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Tonight, in a very special episode of Behind the Pop, we break down our top 3 best and worst movies of 2016 so far; and then we follow it up with a fall preview in a lengthy discussion of the release schedule!

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Sep 182016
 
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This week, your hosts delve deep in to the woods of Burketsville, formally Blair, in hopes of discovering the awful truth about The Blair Witch! That’s right, we’re reviewing the long awaited sequel to the 1999 hit feature, The Blair Witch Project. In a very special second segment, we discuss found footage in all its glory, go in to the history of the sub genre, and talk about some of our favorites!

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Sep 142016
 
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This week, your hosts travel back to 1961 in a very groovy episode of 2 Dudes Meet Girl Meets World! How well does the Disney sequel deal with time travel? Do they jump in to the rebellious 60’s with beat style or does the cast flounder in a flashback meltdown! Listen to find out! Also, stay until the end for a special new segment where we read your emails and ask you some very important questions!

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Sep 082016
 
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This week, your hosts of the ever growing, ever strange 2 Dudes Meet Girl Meets World try to figure out what exactly a Smackle is. No, not smack…Smackle! Does Farkle finally have an apt intellectual rival? Or is it….duh duh duh….love? How does Greek Mythology fit in to this weeks episode? And is beauty really only skin deep? Find out more by listening to 2 Dudes Meet Girl Meets World!

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Sep 062016
 
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This week, your hosts are diving in to the killer clown pool with a review of Rob Zombie’s latest feature…31! We also give a couple of mini reviews of The Lobster and Bad Moms. After that, we go down memory lane and discuss the divisive career of Rob Zombie, and then we talk horror films we love because of just how bad they are!

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Aug 202016
 
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This week, your hosts get to sit down with none other then Bill Moseley! That’s right, we’re digging in to the past of Chop Top himself! The legendary actor recounts his history with SNL, National Lampoon, and graduating from Yale! We also discuss his friendship with the counter-culture icon Timothy Leary, his work with Buckethead, his favorite horror movies, and his work with Pantera lead singer Phil Anselmo! Check it out, this one was a blast!

Audiophile warning: Mild Audio Issues from 34:00 – 34:30

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Aug 192016
 
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This week, your hosts of 2 Dudes Meet Girl Meets World get introduced to Maya’s mother on a very confused episode of Girl Meets World! So, is the introduction to Katy Hart worth the build up? Or does it come in just a tad short of the promise of a new, interesting character? Tune in to find out!

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Aug 192016
 
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This week on 2 Dudes Meet Girl Meets World, your friends, Dan and Bryant, are talking popularity! That’s right, this week, we’re having an existential crisis in regards to our own status…not! No, of course not, because this is about Girl Meets World…duh… Nope, we’re talking about Riley’s identity crisis, and Topanga’s? That’s right…it’s that time of the season, when we remember what it was like to need the attention of others!

Warning: This Podcast is not for children, this is two friends obviously having fun being ridiculous and over analytical of a family sitcom, and while we do make good points, we ask you to relax and have fun.

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Aug 142016
 

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This week we’re welcoming Bill back with a discussion of the new Seth Rogen movie…Sausage Party! Did the adult cartoon live up to the hype, or did it fall short on its attempt at creating a R-Rated Pixar film! Guess you’ll have to listen to find out! In our second segment, getting rid of the top 5 list, we dive in to a discussion of adult cartoons. We go over the history, the stuff we love, childhood memories, and even children’s cartoons with adult themes! Join us this week on Behind the Pop! Remember, leave us an iTunes review for a chance at $50 Amazon gift card for the month of August! We say $20 in the bumper, but be assured, it is a $50 gift card!

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Aug 122016
 

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That’s right! This Saturday, we will be live on YouTube! We’ll be discussing the new movie Sausage Party, followed by a discussion of Adult Cartoons! Then…at 10 PM CST, we’ll be live streaming a commentary of Beavis and Butthead Do America! We’re going live, uncensored, unedited! Join us at bit.ly/btplive this Saturday at 08:00 PM CST!

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Aug 082016
 

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This week, your hosts take on a team of villains and miscreants in their review of Suicide Squad! That’s right, we tackle what might very well be the most divisive movie of the summer! Does it rank higher than Batman vs Superman or does it fall in to the same pit traps, ultimately ending the DC Cinematic Universe? Normally, we’d have a second part of this episode, but we’ve been so busy trying to plan new shows that we plum ran out of time! Enjoy our review of Suicide Squad!

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Aug 042016
 
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This week, on 2 Dudes Meet Girl Meets World, we discuss the most debated concept in history: truth! What is truth? How do we define a truth? When is it okay to betray the truth? And for crying out loud, what does Girl Meets World tell us about THE TRUTH? You’ll just have to tune in to find out. I promise, this week, we’re kicking ass and taking names while discussing Girl Meets World!

Warning: This Podcast is not for children, this is two friends obviously having fun being ridiculous and over analytical of a family sitcom, and while we do make good points, we ask you to relax and have fun.

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Aug 012016
 

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This week, we review the new Star Trek movie! Does it hold it’s own in the trilogy? Does it remain true to the Trek universe? Does it redeem the rest of the summer? Guess you’ll have to listen to find out! Bonus review: We talk a tiny bit about Ghostbusters followed by a review of the trailer for XXX: The Return of Xander Cage! After our multiple reviews, we interview Florida based band The Killer Robots! They were awesome and we can encourage you to check them out!

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Jul 282016
 
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It’s time for episode 4 of 2 Dudes Meet Girl Meets World! And this week, we’re all about fatherhood! Does Girl Meets World continue the tradition of the first three episodes and wow your hosts, or does this one fall just a bit flat? Do your hosts learn how to get along with their own fathers or do they snub their noses at life lessons? Guess you’ll have to listen to find out! Watch for the surprise twist where one of us makes some interesting biblical conclusions!

Warning: This Podcast is not for children, this is two friends obviously having fun being ridiculous and over analytical of a family sitcom, and while we do make good points, we ask you to relax and have fun.

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Jul 212016
 
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It’s the third episode, we made it! And in this heart pounding episode of Two Dudes Meet Girl Meets World we’re talking about…Pearl Harbor? That’s right! How does Corey’s history lesson on the “day will live in infamy” tie in to a throw down between two middle schoolers! I guess you’ll have to find out by tuning in! Don’t forget to rate us on the iTunes! Seriously, just leave a star rating…it’s not that difficult!

Warning: This Podcast is not for children, this is two friends obviously having fun being ridiculous and over analytical of a family sitcom, and while we do make good points, we ask you to relax and have fun.

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Jul 212016
 
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In the second episode of Two Dudes Meet Girl Meets World, we discuss Riley falling in love and trying to find her place in a growing generation of technology addicted teens! In this episode, we finally find structure in our own ramblings, and overall try to unravel the enigma of Girl Meets World!

Warning: This Podcast is not for children, this is two friends obviously having fun being ridiculous and over analytical of a family sitcom, and while we do make good points, we ask you to relax and have fun.

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Jul 212016
 
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It’s the PILOT! That’s right, you’re joining us, Dan and Bryant for the launching of our newest spin off of Behind the Pop: Two Dudes Meet Girl Meets World! Join us week by week as we discuss the sequel series to the popular 90’s television show: Boy Meets World! In the first episode, we discuss the pilot, the new characters, the emotional depth, and try to find our footing in this crazy, crazy world!

Warning: This Podcast is not for children, this is two friends obviously having fun being ridiculous and over analytical of a family sitcom, and while we do make good points, we ask you to relax and have fun.

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Jul 192016
 
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This week, we had an awesome time talking to the spectacular, legendary, and vastly intelligent horror icon Michael Berryman! He gives us some behind the scenes on The Hills Have Eyes, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Lords of Salem, and The X-Files. Besides that, he goes in to some of his views on Netflix, Politics, and conservationism! This is a wonderful discussion, and Michael Berryman was an amazing guy to kick it with on Behind the Pop! We enjoyed it, and you will too!

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Jul 102016
 

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I don’t think words can express how awesome this episode was! We had the opportunity to interview the legendary Sid Haig! You may know him from The Devil’s Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses, but he has done everything! He tells us about his experiences with Lucille Ball, Sam Cooke, George Lucas, Dabney Coleman, and the classic star Lon Chaney Jr! If you’re into acting or writing or directing or film in general, this is an amazing interview to check out. Sid is the coolest dude on the planet, and wonderfully gracious! Enjoy!

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Jul 042016
 

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In a Behind the Pop first, we’re doing a re-review! Sort of! That’s right, the film that we hated as much as we humanly could, we’re re-reviewing. This week, it’s Behind the Pop versus Batman versus Superman in a no holds barred match! Does the director’s cut improve the film that we  described as abysmal, or does it fall in to all the same pit traps? Listen to find out! After that, Bill and Bryant go in to the director’s mind and choose their top 5 Director’s Cuts! Leave us a review on iTunes for your chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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Jun 262016
 

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This week on Behind the Pop we are joined by award winning author Braxton Cosby! We’re talking science fiction, world building, favorite new series, challenges of adapting books to film, and basically start geeking out over our shared science fiction obsessions! We loved having Braxton Cosby on the podcast and suggest listening as this one was a blast!

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Jun 262016
 

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This week on Behind the Pop we’re reviewing the new disaster/sci-fi film: Independence Day: Resurgence! After that, in response to the Independence Day sequel, we talk the top 5 Unnecessary Sequels! Remember to join us every Sunday and Thursday to go Behind the Pop! Also, drop us a line, a communique, a word to let us know what you think! We’ve improved since episode one, but we want to keep improving and need your help!

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Jun 262016
 

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Join us in a special bonus episode of Behind the Pop where we interview Miss Asia USA, Ashley Park! Seriously, this was a blast and Ashley brought some insight in to her upcoming projects Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, Terror Tales, and Los Angeles Overnight! She also discusses her passions, favorite films, Asian typecasting in Hollywood, and future plans!

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Jun 232016
 

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This week we’re joined by director Nicholas Gyeney! He’s got a helluva movie coming out called Beta Test. Ask yourself a question: do you love 90’s action films and would love to see a throwback to that style? If you answered yes, then this is your flick! The film also has the longest, single cut action sequence in history! Nick tells us all about the filming process, what got him in to film making, and the things he loves the most. Oh, I forgot to mention, Beta Test also has Deathstroke versus Johnny Cage! Who doesn’t want to see that fight go down! Beta Test opens in theaters on July 22nd!

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Jun 202016
 

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Tonight, on an incredible episode of Behind the Pop we have Illusionist Michael Grandinetti! Michael Grandinetti hopes that, by the end of the summer, people around the country will be feeling one thing – true and utter amazement.  Recently named by Entertainment Weekly as “a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience” and “a fan favorite…with charisma and an easy rapport with an audience” by Hidden Remote, Grandinetti has many surprises in store when he returns as one of the popular stars of the hit TV series Masters of Illusion, back for its third season and airing nationally Friday nights at 8pm on The CW.

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Seriously folks, this guy is amazing, check out some of his work below:

This is one of the best interviews we’ve conducted and Michael is officially one of our favorite people, so set your DVR’s to record Masters of Illusion! 

 

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Jun 202016
 

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This week we are thankful to be joined by actor Brandon Stacy! You may know Brandon from such things as The Big Short, Terminator Genisys, or Roots! This week, Brandon is going in to some of his acting background, how he got involved in the Star Trek franchise, and what he hopes to do in the future! After our interview with Brandon, in classic BTP fashion, we’re diving in to our Top 3 Remakes!

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Jun 132016
 

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This week, your heroes are taking Behind the Pop in a new direction! We’ve officially started interviewing people! And to get us started, we’re talking to none other than director J. Jesses Smith! You make recognize him from his work with several artists and groups working in the industry, including: 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, Mos Def, DMX, Dope, and a multitude of headlining acts! He’s also worked on feature films such as Crime Partners, Before I Self Destruct, and the upcoming Equal Standard starring Method Man and Ice-T. He also has a novel out right now called Death Ryders, which is being planned in to a multi-media franchise! We loved talking with J. Jesses Smith, and if you have an interest in film making, then this is an interview to pay attention to!

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Jun 052016
 

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Okay! I know! We said we wouldn’t be back until the 18th of June, but we saw two movies in theaters and wanted to give them a quick review of our awesome audience! So, in a commercial free, mini-episode, Bill and Bryant are talking X-Men: Apocalypse and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Please forgive Bryant’s voice, he’s been sick and is just getting over it! Can’t wait to bring you full BTP episodes on the 18th!

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May 252016
 

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I firmly believe that rest is best! Well, in this case, we at Behind the Pop are taking a few weeks off to rejuvenate and reinvigorate the show! We will return on  June 18th, 2016 with all new episodes, a new theme song, and possibly a new format! Woohoo! Seriously though, thank you for all the downloads, reviews and subscriptions. We WILL be turning the microphones back on after a much needed rest! Consider it Season 2. We love all of you. P.S. – The winner of the Amazon gift card knows who they are, make sure to shoot us an email at behindthepoppodcast@gmail.com.

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May 242016
 

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By: Bill Nelson

Welcome back, bad movie fans! It's time for another trip to the pit. Last week we we jumped into the Halloween season with the atrocity that is Darkness Falls. This week, I figured we'd continue the journey of terror and take a look at one of the newer releases on Netflix. Our film this week is the 2013 remake of the Brian de Palma masterpiece, Carrie. For those that care, Carrie was the debut novel of famed horror author Stephen King. It tells the story of Carrie White, a young woman who is tortured at home by her religious fundamentalist mother and abused at school for being different as she comes to grips with her burgeoning telekinetic abilities. King, who had been struggling as an author for some time prior to Carrie's publication had famously tossed the manuscript into the trash only to have it famously saved by his wife Tabitha who prodded him to submit it and the rest, as they say, is history.

While Carrie was both a surprise hit in both the literary and cinematic worlds, it left a lasting legacy in the horror world. While I was inwardly groaning when I read that it was being remade, I held out hope that it would be worthwhile when I discovered that Kimberly Peirce would be directing. Peirce, as the director of Boys Don't Cry, should have been the one to finally make Carrie into a work of terror with the touch of feminism that De Palma's vision hadn't quite captured. Instead we got yet another pointless remake of a famed movie.

To be fair, the remake is about as solid as you can get. Chloe Grace Moretz brings a willowy sadness to the character of Carrie. While she doesn't have the pitiful quality that Sissy Spacek did in the 1976 original, she is believable as the shy, lonely outcast who only wants to belong. She’s perhaps too pretty for the part, but that does little to impede her performance. Moretz's films over the years have largely been hit or miss. Personally, I think she has the potential to be an amazing actress, but thanks to her performance in Let Me In, she keeps getting lumped into roles for overly mature youngsters when her best parts allow her to be a kid and allow the maturity to shine through from there, a la Kick Ass and Dark Shadows. In Carrie she continues this tradition, her fidgets and awkwardness making Carrie feel real and her torment real.

The cast is rounded out by Judy Greer, who does a phenomenal job of playing the caring if slightly two-faced gym teacher Rita Desjardin, and Oscar winner Julianne Moore in the role of Carrie’s mother, Margaret White. Moore does a solid job in the role of the overly religious Margaret, but she's a pale shadow to Piper Laurie's unabashedly insane version of the same character in the original. It’s apparent that the filmmakers toned down the overtly religious Margaret and gave her a more compassionate angle in this version. I actually applaud that effort. It’s obvious that this version of Margaret ultimately believes that she’s trying to save Carrie but it ends up falling flat as we only get two scenes of Margaret without Carrie (though one of them still technically has her in it) to round this character out.

We also can’t ignore the film’s secondary protagonist, Sue Snell, played by the lovely Gabriella Wilde. She carries almost as much screen time as Carrie herself, and though much of the interaction between the two characters was eliminated, she handles her role well. She is given an unnecessary subplot that only comes up once midway through the film and isn’t referenced again until the very end, but beyond that her guilt is ultimately what propels the film forward and she does a decent job of playing the good girl who’s ashamed of giving in to her dark side. Ansel Elgort is appropriately charming as Tommy Ross, Sue’s boyfriend who is cajoled into taking Carrie to the prom. The scenes with him and Carrie are both tender and sweet and Elgort does an admirable job showing how surprised he is that he’s enjoying his time with Carrie. The film doesn’t quite go to the length that the original did and hint at a possible romance between the two characters, but it’s not far off. Finally, cast-wise, there’s Portia Doubleday as Chris Hargenson, our primary antagonist. Chris is the stereotypical spoiled teen taken to an extreme. Doubleday imbues her with a flair that makes it possible to understand why she’s one of the most popular girls in her school while making her raging bitch personality seem genuine. Ultimately, Chris ends up being evil for evil&’s sake instead of having a real progression, but it never feels out of character for her.

Now that I’ve raved about the cast for so long, I’m sure you’re wondering where the ball is going to drop on this film. There’s always something that turns a good film bad, isn’t there? In this case, it’s nothing glamorous. The film isn’t a train wreck and obviously the acting is more than solid. Instead, as is the case for most remakes, the film just isn’t original enough to warrant it’s own existence. While not the pointless endeavor that was Gus Van Sant’s shot for shot remake of Psycho, it’s very close. With the exception of an increased presence of social media that obviously didn’t exist back in 1976, 2013’s Carrie does very little that’s different from its predecessor. In researching the film prior to writing my article I did come across a few things that give me some hope there was a genuine reason for filming this new version of Carrie, though. In virtually all of the film’s marketing it was labeled as Kimberly Peirce’s reimagining of the original film. Since that is obviously not the case you have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. The film was pulled from it’s original release date in the spring of 2013 for reshoots and an attempt to cash in on a potentially huge Halloween release. My research indicates that these reshoots were largely studio ordered and are likely what made the film a clone of the original version. If you pay close attention there are moments where we are introduced to characters who appear poised to do something in the film only to have them disappear, such as the boy with the camera in the library. He is in that one scene and doesn’t return again until the final carnage in the gym where he is given an oddly personal death for someone who only had one other scene in the movie. Also, the DVD/Blu-Ray release contains an alternate opening that shows Carrie has been developing her telekinetic abilities since she was very young. It’s small things like this that give me hope that there’s a director’s cut out there that shows us the unique vision that I know Kimberly Peirce is capable of.

Ultimately, though, we have to look at this version of the film and it’s surprisingly decent, just completely unnecessary. Fans of the De Palma version will likely be better served watching it instead (both versions along with the equally pointless sequel are available on Netflix) but if you’ve never seen Carrie before this isn’t a bad version to watch. Just make sure and watch De Palma’s version at some point before you leave this earth.

Stank Ranking ­- – 5/10

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May 222016
 

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In a very special episode of Behind the Pop, your heroes travel back to the 70’s and have an alcohol laden good time with The Nice Guys! After that, we go commercial free and give you a break down of the top 5 Movie Drunks! Will your favorite, lovable drunk maker the list, tune in to find out! Don’t forget to leave an iTunes review for your chance at a $20 Amazon Gift Card. It’s AMAZEBALLS!

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May 152016
 

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This week on Behind the Pop: With nothing new catching our interest, we’re going back in time to 2011 and reviewing what we are calling a Pantheon Film! That’s right, we’re taking on 2011’s Warrior, starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte! What is a Pantheon Film? It is a film we consider nearly perfect in every aspect. In keeping up with the time travel element, we’re also going to breakdown our top 5 of 2011, which was an amazing year for cinema fans as our lists reflect!

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May 082016
 

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In a special hero versus hero edition of Behind the Pop, your heroes take on Marvel’s interpretation of the Civil War! Well, sort of. After we breakdown the fight between the Cap and Iron Man, we reveal our top 5 fights from comic book movies! And stick around after this special episode for a trashcan theater performance written by Kevin Smith himself! Bonus information: all audio issues have been corrected. Enjoy and remember to review and subscribe!

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May 042016
 

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By: Bill Nelson

Welcome back for another round of bad movie sweetness. For those that actually keep up with the article, I apologize for our two week long hiatus. This was beyond control but I assure you everything is finally coming back together for the site to be able to provide the consistently high level of entertainment you’ve come to expect from us. Or, at the very least it won’t get any worse.

Anyway, this week we’re going to take a look at a filmmaker more than a movie. Our flick this week is 2015’s Area 51, written and directed by one Oren Peli. In 2009 Oren Peli was the golden boy of the indie horror scene with his crowd pleasing film Paranormal Activity. Paranormal Activity reignited a fascination with found footage films that had sort of died out with The Blair Witch back in 1999. Even more so, it proved to be a unique way to tell a haunted house story that put us even more in the place of the characters experiencing the scares by putting us behind the filter of a camcorder. While hardly revolutionary, Paranormal Activity proved to be interesting which is more than most independent horror flicks can claim these days. Flash forward 6 years, though, and we see that to date Oren Peli has directed exactly 2 films, the original PA and this week’s movie, Area 51. Hardly the career of a young, up and coming genre director. True, Peli has made a name for himself producing more than directing, but it’s a strange path for the director of one of the biggest horror films in the last 10 years to take. After watching Area 51, I think I’m starting to understand why this is the case. Peli is one of those directors who is gifted with big ideas but not quite talented to pull them off. The end result of Area 51 is this bitter taste of mediocrity with twinges of what could have been laced through.

Here’s the basic premise. Area 51 follows three primary characters: Reid, Darrin, and Ben. The beginning of the movie is actually a series of talking head interviews telling the audience instead of showing them how Reid went through a drastic personality change over the previous three months, going from an outgoing, athletic young man to an obsessed conspiracy theorist, and how these changes lead to the disappearance of the three young men. Then we are shown video footage of the young men at a party, drinking and partying when suddenly Reid disappears from the party during a short black out. He isn’t seen again until the other two are driving home and find him standing in the middle of the road staring off into space.

The movie then jumps forward three months to the weekend they disappeared. We’re shown that Reid has developed an obsession with alien visitation and abduction and has spent the last three months planning to sneak onto the military base known as Area 51 to prove that aliens have visited the planet. The rest of the movie is basically a series of misadventures as the trio tests and plays with their equipment, meets a comely young woman who claims her father was fired from Area 51 for asking too many questions and has documents showing where the secrets are hidden on the base, and finally the break in to the base itself.

The biggest problem with this movie is that it spends too much time spinning its wheels trying to establish a story but since the story is so thin to begin with it basically feels like you’re just watching a bunch of whiny, petulant kids film themselves for an hour. The most interesting part of the whole film, the exploration of Area 51, is also the least developed. We are shown revelations at breakneck speed but there is not time given to flesh them out or tie them back to earlier moments in the story, leaving a feeling like there is no consistent logic within the film.

I have to give props to two scenes in the flick, the white blood scene, where the characters find a lab like room containing several strange objects such as a black chunk of rock that seems to spin and levitate of its own accord and a bowl of white, blood­-like liquid in a bowl under a glass case. The white blood seems to react to the presence of the characters until it finally seems to try to attack them, which causes the rock to suddenly spin out of control and break from it’s container. The second is the saucer like ship they find shortly there after. The ship seems to react to Reid’s touch, opening up and allowing him inside. Once inside, Reid finds strange pod like containers that appear to have once housed living things and discovers that he can see out into the room where his friends are waiting but once he gets out finds that they couldn’t see him. Both of these scenes were likely not difficult to actually accomplish, but they elevate the effects of the movie, which to that point have been minimal at best, and create a certain wow factor. Since there’s no real connection to exactly why these things are important except ‘woo, alien!’ means that they don’t make the film better, though.

If you’re going to make a movie like this you need to spend more time developing the Reid character. After all, he’s the driving force for why the three characters are trying to break into Area 51 in the first place. In other words, we need more than barely five minutes of him partying to establish his original personality and more than talking heads to convince us he’s different. The Reid shown throughout the film doesn’t really seem all that different from the Reid at the beginning. He’s perhaps a little more driven and focused than Party Reid, but, considering how little we actually knew him at the flick’s start, this doesn’t really seem like that drastic a change.

Ultimately, Area 51 has some serious promise. The story needs some tightening to flesh out the remaining characters, particularly Reid, and to give us a reason to care that they’re storming Area 51 than just because. Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to tie some of the scares once they get to Area 51 back to things that we as audience members see from watching the video footage that the characters, who are supposedly doing the actual filming, aren’t able to see. Planting the seed for a scare means you get a bigger pay off down the road and don’t have to rely solely on jump scares to rattle your audience. So, to finally put a long story to bed, Area 51 is intriguing at times but comes across as Paranormal Activity’s younger, less interesting step­brother.
Stank Ranking ­- – 8/10

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May 012016
 

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Join your cool cats at Behind the Pop this week as we review Keanu, the Key and Peele film, and break down our top 5 Keanu Reeves movies! Warning to all audiophiles (like myself), we have a couple of degraded auxiliary cables that need to be replaced, so there some moments where you hear some crackling! I apologize in advance, and we will be fixing it for next weeks episode! Thank and much love!

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Apr 282016
 

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This week on Behind the Pop, we take you through 2016 in Television! Some we love, some we hate, and some we’re looking forward to! After that we put our souls on the line and reveal our favorite guilty pleasure programs of all time!

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Apr 242016
 

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It has been a sad week in music history and in a very special episode of Behind the Pop, we share some memories of The Purple One…Prince. We discuss everything from Purple Rain to Musicology and talk about a man who had an impact on pop culture and music throughout the world. In the second part of episode 25 we go over our top 5 favorite soundtracks. It is the music of our lives and we want to share it with you. And stick around for a call in guest and a jelly bean challenge!

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Apr 202016
 

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Ladies and gentleman, I am happy to announce that our Podcast is now available on the Google Play Music platform! I know that this has been a long process for Google and I have faith that they have the best interest of their users in mind; and I knew that when Google announced a Podcast downloading option that we would want to be part of their awesome history! So, you can find us in Google Play Music under Behind the Pop! Make sure to rate and review to help us keep this awesome journey going! Link Below.

 

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Apr 202016
 

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By Bill Nelson

Well, folks, it’s Tuesday again. You know what that means, right? This week we’re going to take a look at one of last summer’s attempts at a blockbuster hit. I’m surprised that Brett Ratner hasn’t already ended up on Bad Movie Tuesday after the affront that was X-­Men: The Last Stand, but he really hasn’t been as active behind the camera in recent years as he was since his breakout success with the first Rush Hour movie in the late 90s. Here we have the wannabe action master taking on an honest to goodness sword and sandal epic. Let’s see what kind of fun we can have with it.

Hercules actually became something of a surprise hit when it came out last summer. Of course, that has more to do with the popularity and likability of its star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, than the actual quality of the film. The film itself isn’t so horrible it’s unwatchable, just wildly uneven. The Rock’s charisma carries huge portions of the film that would have fallen flat otherwise.

For those that don’t know, here’s the breakdown. In Greek mythology, Hercules is the son of the king of the gods, Zeus, and a mortal woman name Alcemene. Hercules is blessed with the strength of a god but is hated by his step­mother, Zeus’s wife Hera. Hera does her level best to kill Hercules throughout his entire life, finally forcing him to face a series of trials in order to earn his place among the gods on Mount Olympus but sabotages them in the hope that he dies. In the myth, Herc succeeds and is raised up to Mount Olympus, but the movie takes a slightly different tack.

Instead of presenting the mythology of Hercules as fact, it takes a step back and reimagines Hercules as a mortal man who has developed a reputation for fantastic feats of strength and battle prowess. Seeing the power behind this as a weapon against his enemies, Hercules has played up his own mythology to make himself seem unbeatable, gathering a cadre of warriors who fight with him from the shadows to make it seem as if he is nigh unstoppable. It also reinterprets the myths surrounding Herc slightly, making you stop to think about what they might really have represented in real life. For example, when turning in the heads of the Hydra, it is revealed that they are actually the heads of men wearing reptilian masks creating the implication that the Hydra was actually a gang of thieves using the story of the beast to scare people.

This actually works a lot to the flick’s benefit because it rounds out Hercules a bit and keeps you from seeing him as a completely infallible character. Plus, since the film intentionally keeps the actual parentage of Hercules a secret, it turns into a playful mystery as to whether or not he is, in fact, a demi­god. The problem is that the movie really doesn’t give you any hints one way or the other whether the gods actually exist. They are spoken of as religious figureheads throughout the film, but there aren’t any specific moments where you can point and say that happened because of a god. It plays it straight until **SPOILER ALERT** Hercules needs to be a god in order to defeat his enemies. He’d performed several feats that, while not physically impossible for a mortal man, were at the far fringes of one’s limits, over the course of the film but suddenly in the last act he’s shown doing things far beyond the abilities of any human being. For me this was what ruined the film because, while the scenes were spectacular, they went against everything we’d been shown for the previous hour and a half.

The acting is about as tongue in cheek as you can get from the main crew. The Rock gives his usual grin and pummel performance that works so well for him. Quite frankly, there aren’t really any action stars in the newer generation that are as adept at handling both the action and the comedy as well as him. Rufus Sewell gives a borderline scene­ stealing performance as Autolycus, reimagined from the greatest thief in Greece to a Spartan warrior who fights alongside Hercules. Quite frankly, he gets most of the best one liners in the flick. Ian McShane plays an elderly mystic warrior fighting alongside Hercules as well and whatever good lines Sewell doesn’t get he chomps right down on. They along with The Rock make up the best parts of the movie. It’s the villains that drag it down acting wise. John Hurt may be British acting royalty, but he’s woefully miscast as a king seemingly looking out for his people’s best interest while working his own agenda and Joseph Fiennes is givn far too little screen time to even bear mentioning The action sequences are solid and the battles are well shot if occasionally a little confusing. Ratner is clearly more comfortable directing these types of scenes than in developing any kind of story or building his characters beyond stereotypes, but he lacks Michael Bay’s skill for crafting a ballet out of chaos.

It’s kind of sad in a way. I went into this movie expecting to hate it and as I watched it found myself really wanting to like it. By the time it was done, the best I could say was that I didn’t hate it. I enjoyed the way they played with the nature of mythology. I just wish that Ratner and his team had committed more to that aspect. It would have been fun to have teases that the gods were present throughout the movie without actually saying they were responsible for anything. All in all, though, this is an average action flick without anything in it worth really remembering.
Stank Ranking ­- – 7/10

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Apr 172016
 

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In this weeks episode, your heroes dive deep in to the jungle and learn to sing with bears! That’s right, we’re reviewing 2016’s The Jungle Book! Does Jon Favreau add a worthy line up to the live-action Disney family? After our review, we dive in to the long and illustrious career of funny man Bill Murray! We give you our top 5 Bill Murray movies! Did your choice make the cut?

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Apr 152016
 

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Well guys, we had an awesome Tim Burton-centric episode all ready to go for you guys! And then…well, audio issues! There are so many issues that can happen when you’re dealing with audio, and this was completely unexpected! Maybe we’ll put it out later, but I don’t think it’s passable, and we strive for the best audio quality for our fans! Catch episode 24 on Saturday, where we’ll be reviewing the new live action version of The Jungle Book, talking the strange career of Jon Favreau, and busting out our top 5 Bill Murray movies! Love you all!

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Apr 112016
 

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This week, your heroes, Bill and Bryant, discuss a variety of superhero stories NOT BASED ON COMICS! That’s right, we’re breaking stereotypes and picking a few hero movies that would have worked as comics just as well as movies! Before that, we give you a mini-review of the new Jeff Nichols movie, Midnight Special. After that, we discuss the current season of Trailer Park Boys and Mike Smith’s domestic “incident.” Remember, leave us a review for your chance at a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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Apr 072016
 

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This week, your heroes go behind on the original Mystery Team! That’s right, in classic BTP fashion, we’re talking about one of our favorite things…CARTOONS! First we start with an in depth talk about Scooby Doo in the gang! Who originally played Scooby? Why did the gang come in to existence? What famous hero team and wrestlers have been animated in to the world of Scooby Doo? Then, we tackle our top 5 Children’s Cartoons! Woohoo! Will your favorite make the list?!? Listen this week for the winner of the iTunes contest and go Behind the Pop!

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Apr 052016
 

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By: Bill Nelson

Today we’ll be taking a look at 2015’s The Lazarus Effect, starring Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Sarah Bolger, Evan Peters, and Donald Glover. The basic premise of this movie reminds me a bit of the old old Kevin Bacon/Kiefer Sutherland/Julia Roberts thriller Flatliners. In that film a group of medical students decide to test the idea that there is life after death by temporarily stopping their hearts and then allowing themselves to be resuscitated at the last possible safe moment. In The Lazarus Effect we trade out med students for pharmaceutical researchers who are working on a drug that maintain brain activity for extended periods of time in the absence of oxygen with the hope that they can extend the time available to resuscitate someone without permanent brain damage, however, their drug (which they call the Lazarus serum) seems to have the ability to reactivate electrical activity in the brain even after extended periods without oxygen, essentially giving them the ability to resurrect the dead.

Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde head the film playing Frank Walton and his fiance, Zoe Mcconnell, who originally developed the serum while Evan Peters and Donald Glover play fellow scientists working on the project with them. Sarah Bolger plays a videographer brought in to document the strange turn their research has taken. After successfully bringing a dog back from the dead the team spends a few days monitoring the creature. Strangely the dog’s body seems to heal itself of disease such as cataracts clouding its eyes. It also seems alternately reluctant to respond and overly aggressive. The dog also exhibits odd abilities that only the audience is clued into initially. Eventually the university gets wind of the research the team is doing which is in violation of the grant they are operating under and all of their research is taken by the pharmaceutical company that owns the grant in an all too brief cameo by the great Ray Wise. The team, fearing that their contributions in the development of this seeming new wonder drug will be ignored, sneak back into their laboratory seeking to document one last experiment to prove they originated the Lazarus serum. Tragedy strikes when a power surge leaves Zoe dead. Zack, overcome with grief, demands they use the serum on her and, of course, all hell breaks loose.

So yeah, that’s the movie. If it sounds predictable, it is. The only real differences between this and Flatliners is that everyone in Flatliners tries the experience of dying and all of them eventually deal with what they brought back from the other side. Here, only Zoe dies and no one really knows how to deal with her. The talent is strong in this cast, particularly Wilde and Duplass who elevate the dull, early part of the movie to the point that you almost think it’s going to be better than it really is but the truth is none of the people appearing in this flick deserved the level of crap that it descends to.

So why, if there’s so much talent here, is the movie that bad? True, predictability in and of itself doesn’t make for a bad movie, just a boring one. The Lazarus Effect commits one of the most cardinal of cinema sins by not committing to a genre. It’s ok to be a hybrid genre and at times that appears to be what The Lazarus Effect is going for, but it never quite gels the thriller aspects of the story with the horror. By the time the film abandons the psychological build up that’s been occurring for almost the entire movie and gives itself over to full balls to the wall supernatural horror it’s too little too late. There are some definite flashes of story potential here and there but overall this is just not a good movie. In fact, it’s the worst that a horror movie can be because it’s boring. At least if it had been so bad it’s kind of funny there’d have been a reason to watch it.

Stank Ranking ­- – 8/10

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Mar 312016
 

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This week, your heroes, now counting FOUR of them, discuss their most anticipated movies for the Summer of 2016! Will your choices make the cut?!? Following that, we play a game exclusive to Behind the Pop called Give Me the Title! Bryant gives his co-hosts the plot description of a 70’s Made for TV Movie and the guys have to give him the title! Hint: the funniest one wins! Join us this week for Summer Movie discussion and games galore!

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Mar 292016
 

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By: Bill Nelson

This week we’re going to take a look at one of my all time favorite bad movies, Saving Silverman. Trust me, if you’re in the mood for a stupid laugh or two, this is one of the best flicks for you. Released in 2001, Saving Silverman stars American Pie’s Jason Biggs along with Steve Zahn and Jack Black as a trio of life-long friends with a shared obsession for Neil Diamond. Biggs plays Darren, an unlucky in love retirement home entertainment director, who ends up hooking up with Judith, played by Amanda Peet, a domineering psychologist who completely takes over his life as their relationship progresses. Zahn and Black, fearing the end of their friendship with Darren and their overall way of life, make progressively more insane attempts to break the couple up, finally settling on kidnapping Judith with the intention of getting Darren to hook up with his high school crush, who has returned to town with the intention of becoming a nun.

Basically, the movie is about as dumb as it sounds. I don’t even really know how to get across just how ridiculous the movie gets. There are serious pacing issues and a complete and utter lack of logic throughout the entire flick. If you try to take this movie seriously you’re going to end up either hating it or get the worst migraine imaginable, possibly both. It’s best just to turn your brain off and enjoy the ride.

Seriously, a movie where the main characters worship Neil Diamond to the point that that they have a cover band for him is worth your time. Steve Zahn proves once again that he’s an underrated comic presence. He throws himself whole-heartedly into whatever role he gets. I really wish he had a bigger presence these days because he’s one of those guys who can make a dull movie better with just the way he delivers a line. Jack Black is his usual over the top self, but it works, especially once his character becomes convinced he’s gay. The verbal banter between him and Zahn is puerile gold that elicits plenty of chuckles and the occasional belly buster.

The real scene stealer is the inimitable R. Lee Ermey. Ermey is famous primarily for his role in Full Metal Jacket as a tough as nails gunnery sergeant. He’s basically made career out of playing different variations of this same characters. In Saving Silverman, he plays the main characters’ former high school football coach, who, despite being insane, is looked up to as a hero by them. In the story, he convinces Zahn and Black that they need to kill Judith once she figures out who’s kidnapped her. Later, he breaks them out of jail and takes them on a high speed race to save Biggs’ Darren from marrying Judith where he ultimately also comes out of the closet and ends up with Black’s character at the end of the flick.

So, there you have it. A quick, easy flick to ease yourself out of the horror flick season and start getting ready for the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and, trust me, there are plenty of opportunities for bad movies there. Today, though, just sit back, queue up some Neil Diamond on your music player of choice, and watch Saving Silverman. You’ll be glad you did.

Stank Rating: – 7/10

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Mar 292016
 

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In our 20th EPISODE we are taking in the greatest face off of all time: BATMAN VERSUS SUPERMAN! In the latest DC/WB film Batman and Superman are taking each other on, and in classic Behind the Pop fashion, we’re taking the final product on! After our review, we do our own fantasy match up in hero versus hero! Will it be Spawn or Hellboy? TMNT or the Power Rangers? Or Thanos versus Everyone? After that, it’s a quiz down! I read the plot, and Derek and Bill guess if it’s Batman, Superman, or Dawson’s Creek! Can you outscore our hosts? Don’t forget to rate us on iTunes for a chance at a $20 Amazon gift card!

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