Based on Nothing (general)
Here, on the shores of the sea, we finally come to the end of the podcast. I am joined by Layne Montgomery (@LayneMontgomery) from The Great American Novel who did the theme song, Luke Thornton from Secret Towns who did the artwork (@MrLukeThornton), Mal Smith (@Malive), and Natasha Dye (@NatashaDye). We also get calls from past guests Rae Paolette (@PAYOLETTER), Cole Johnston (@KeyboardCole), and Kevin Stairiker (StairikerKevin). These are all people who contributed to the show over the years with their time and conversation and I am very grateful for them.

I am also very grateful for everyone that listened to the show over the years. I delayed ending the show for a long time, but slamming the door shut on it feels good. You can find me writing about movies and television @, and on Instagram, Twitter and Letterboxd @Ailite. One day I will return to podcasting, maybe. For now this is the end and the ship has returned to port. See ya around.
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Ryan Silberstein (@Silberwhatever) joins me to discuss a movie we have both been highly anticipating for a long time: Lana Wachowski's The Matrix Resurrections. I am very happy to say that we both love the movie and all of the weird tricks it has up its sleeve. It is first and foremost an epic romance movie, and it is very passionate and earnest. We are so happy that it exists.

Episode 200 is finally coming in January, and the podcast may continue to exist into 2022. We'll see you next year.

Spoilers for Resurrections and one large spoiler for Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Ryan Silberstein (@Silberwhatever) joins me to look back on the long, sad history of this podcast and it's best episodes and guests who have helped keep it going over the yeara.

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For the 2nd Non-Annual 10/4 Good Buddy Celebration we hear from truckers out there sailing across the seas of lands far and wide about their adventures and journeys. Featuring @DanScully, @Silberwhatever, @Filmadelphia, and @Malive. 

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In the final (for now) episode of Understanding In A Podcast, cohost Andy joins me to talk about Thursday's (for now) final and excellent album No Devolucion. 

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For episode #4 of Understanding In A Podcast Andy Freedman and I are joined by my old friend Blake Higdon (@october_blood) to discuss Thursday's 4th album A City By The Light Divided. This show as Blake's idea - it was his suggestion that we do a Thursday podcast and I am very grateful to him for reminding me how much I love this band's music.

This album is a big growth of the band's sound and we mostly love it more than ever now that it is fifteen years old. We also talk about Rockstar Energy drinks, Thrice, Manchester Orchestra, Murder By Death, Circa Survive, and The Sopranos, Andy's trip to Atlantic City for Sopranos Con, and THE EMPTY MAN.

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Andy returns for episode #3 of UNDERSTANDING IN A POD CAST. We discuss Thursday's debut album Waiting, recently remastered and rereleased. We also discuss the b-sides Ladies and Gentlemen, My Brother The Failure and Jet Black New Year, arguably the fan favorite Thursday track. In addition to all this we talk about hoagies, New Jersey, The Sopranos, depression in our technological communication wonderland/dystopia and more. Episode #4 next month. 

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Andy joins me for episode two of Understanding In A Podcast to talk about Thursday's emo all timer classic album WAR ALL THE TIME. We talk about the album track by track and it's themes of post 9/11 America in decay, New Jersey, The Sopranos, Spike Lee's 25th Hour, Thursday's Signals 3 livestream show and more. 

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Dom Nero (@Dominicknero) is a video editor and writer at Esquire and co-host of Eye Of The Duck, an excellent film podcast. He joins me to talk about Twin Peaks The Return, The Matrix Reloaded, Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us Part 2, Ishtar, The Mandalorian, Star Wars at large, Knights of The Old Republic, Colin Trevorrow's Duel of The Fates script, The George Lucas Talk Show and much more. He also tells a great story about being a middle man for a journalist and Colin Trevorrow himself about a mysterious Jurassic Park tattoo. 

Eye of The Duck can be found @Eyeoftheduckpod and anywhere podcasts are. 

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For the first episode of Understanding In A Pod Cast, Andrew Freedman joins me to talk about Thursday, Full Collapse, the band's discography, where we were in our lives when we discovered this album vs. where we are now and more. 


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All timer guest Rae Paoletta (@PAYOLETTER) makes her long awaited return to the podcast to discuss the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. We both absolutely adore all three films and have been thinking about them a lot in recent months, for obvious reasons! We delve into our favorite performances, moments, themes and feelings of the trilogy, and which parts make us cry the most. . We also discuss the cult horror film The Empty Man, the Snyder cut, Troy, Master & Commander, space and more. 


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MovieJawn's Ryan Silberstein (@Silberwhatever) returns to discuss movies, duh. We talk about CHAOS WALKING, The Snyder Cut, Troy, Elaine May, Tomb Raider and more. More episodes next month. Only 11 episodes to go!

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Mal Smith and Natasha Dye return to discuss Taylor Swift's new album Evermore and Goodbye Earl

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TJ Wells and spent Christmas Eve enjoying The Muppet Christmas Carol.

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Watch Martin Campbell's 1998 masterpiece THE MASK OF ZORRO with TJ Wells and I

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To celebrate 10/4 Good Buddy Day truckers from around the country call into the show to talk about life on the road.

Featuring in order of appearance: Garrett Smith (@filmadelphia), Mal Smith (@Malive), Dan Scully (@DanScully), Ryan Silberstein (@Silberwhatever), and Natasha Dye (@natashadye)

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Ryan Silberstein (@Silberwhatever) returns and we discuss many things, but mostly the 1996 Robert Zemeckis film Contact.

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Two of the best people who have ever been on the podcast, Mal Smith (@Malive) and Natasha Dye (@NatashaDye) return for an in in depth discussion of Taylor Swift's new album Folklore. 

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My good friend Ryan Silberstein (@Silberwhatever) joins me to talk about the Lord of The Rings movies, Star Wars toys, First Cow and Kelly Reichardt, life during pandemic times, Halo games, giving up on ever seeing Tenet and much more.

Ryan hosts The Shame Files Podcast, FYeahF1, and I Saw It In A Movie. He also runs with his wife Jill.

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TJ Wells and I discuss what we've been watching and try not to talk too much about the world falling apart. We also talk about how Bosch is kind of a perfect tv show

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Star Wars day Clone Wars podcast crossover with Garrett (@FIlmadelphia) from @ILike2MovieMovie, Tori who hosts @ButterWithThat1, and Ryan & Jill who run @Cinema76 and host @shamefilespod. We all love Star Wars and have lots to say about Clone Wars

More episodes coming this month. Stay safe 

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Friend of the show TJ Wells (@PoorFrisco87) returns to the show to talk about our shared adventures as essential workers during an unprecedented global pandemic. We also talk about movies and tv but it's mostly about being essential workers during a pandemic.

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Friend of the show Ryan Silberstein (@Silberwhatever) from joins me on the podcast to discuss Star Wars, and a bunch of other stuff. We discuss The Clone Wars, The Rise of Skywalker, The Outsider, Westworld, The New Pope - which is one of the best things I have ever seen on tv, Jedi: Fallen Order, Ben Mendolsohn, the general terrifying state of things, Star Wars toys, the Blank Check Podcast March Madness tournament and more.

Ryan has a new podcast with other former guest and friend of the show Ian Kimble called FYeahF1 about Formula racing and you find it at @f1_yeah on Twitter.

Everybody hang in there. Thank you so much for listening.

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TJ WELLS and I discuss The New/Young Pope, Indiana Jones 5, Better Call Saul, Birds of Prey, The Two Popes, Color Out of Space, The Outsider, James Bond, Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars episode 9 script, Tom Scharpling's Grown Ups 3 script, Frances Quinlan's solo album, my various movie pitches and more. 

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Friend of the show Luke Thornton (@MrLukeThornton) joins me for the end of an era even though nothing ever ends

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Fellow Star Wars nerd Ryan Silberstein (@Silberwhatever) from @Cinema76 joins me to discuss THE MANDALORIAN

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Friend of the show and returning champion Ryan Silberstein (@Silberwhatever) joins me to discuss Star Wars, Rian Johnson, Knives Out, The Mandalorian, two wet balnkets getting fired off Star Wars and much more.

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Friend of the show and all time guest TJ Wells is back to talk shit with me about movies and tv and stuff.

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All star guest @Malive from A Few Beers In returns to the show. We talk about her complicated feelings regarding new era Taylor Swift and car accidents, The Lion King, Friends, the very good dog in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Jeremy Renner's music, Galaxy's Edge, Natalie Portman and more.

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Friend of the show @PoorFrisco87 joins me to talk about Big Little Lies, Too Old To Die Young, Detective Pikachu, John Wick 3, The Beach Bum, Under The Silver Lake, Michael Mann movies, how weird and strange life is and much more.

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Writer Alex Kane (@alexjkane) joins me on the show this week for a discussion about his book Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic. It's an in depth oral history of the classic and beloved game and you can get it right now! from Boss Fight Books. We also talk everything Star Wars, the Halo video games, the Coen Brothers, the Alien movies, our love of sci-fi and more. 

If I don't do a big five year anniversary episode this month, I'll do it next month. Thank you for listening for the last five years.

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My friend Ian Kimble (@iguessian) from Shoestring Gold Films is back. The movie Dead Giveaway that we made together two years ago is premiering at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival on May 10th. We talk about shooting the movie, our dumb lives, First Man, Elizabeth Holmes, Her Smell, scammers and more. All the while Ian plays Spider-Man on PS4. It's thrilling

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Friend of the show @HeIsMaxBarth to talk about his band Jackson Moe, how fucked up American politics and 2020 are, living in Philadelphia, and how great the movie Walk Hard is. 

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Carrie Wittmer (@carriesnotscary) returns to end the terrible, long, stupid year of 2018. She has a new book called New Erotica For Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust and Equal Pay that you can and should buy now.

We talk about how our favorite movies and tv of 2018 including The Favourite, Widows, not watching Amazon's The Romanoffs, The Americans, Into The Spider-Verse and much more.

We all made it through another terrible year and we are all stronger and weirder for it. Thank you so much for listening. Watch Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story with your family. See you in 2019.

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Taking the month of October as easy as possible, apologies. Lots coming in November. TJ Wells joins me to talk about A Star Is Born, Venom, The Sisters Brothers, The Old Man & The Gun, Lodge 49, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, The Rider and more. Also I find out that Wyatt Russell is Kurt Russell's son, and I am very delighted by this revelation. 

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I recorded this episode once with my friend Luke but then it got annihilated by my computer. Then I recorded it in two halves with my friend TJ, but the second half got annihilated by my computer again. I recorded a second half with Luke and it finally made it all the way. We talk about Forever, Searching, Support The Girls, The Good Place, American Vandal, BoJack Horseman, Maniac on Netflix which I think is a masterpiece, and much more. It's been a long month, thank you for your patience. 

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This week I am joined by Carrie Wittmer, a comedian and television/entertainment reporter. We get to know each other, talk about the MCU and Paddington 2, the fantastic new Mitski album BE THE COWBOY and more. Then Carrie and I dissect Halt and Catch Fire, an underrated show that we both love dearly. If you have seen the show this episode is for you. If you haven't seen the show maybe this episode will make you want to start it! All four season are available on Netflix and it is one of the very best there is. 

Carrie has a book called NEW EROTICA FOR FEMINISTS coming out on November 13th. She is on Twitter @Carriesnotscary.

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Layne made the podcast a new theme song because he is a passionate rock and roll boy who likes podcasts. Check out his band LAYNE MONTGOMERY PAPER COMPANY and his Twitter @BuffaloSpringsteen

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For the monumental 150th episode we premiere a new theme song by friend of the show LAYNE MONTGOMERY from LAYNE MONTGOMERY PAPER COMPANY. He does the rock and roll music real good. Then @Malive from the wonderful podcast @AFewBeersIn joins me to discuss why this podcast is ultimately bad, podcast longevity, Phil Elverum and Michelle Williams, the wonderful Star Wars novel Lost Stars by Claudia Grey, the positive parts of the Star Wars fandom, Clone Wars and Rebels, Ben Affleck's ultimately bad movie career, and much more. We also got a call from previous guest Kevin Stariker where we rank the Mission Impossible movies and talk about how wonderful and horny Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is.

Thanks for listening. 150 more I guess.

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Friend of the show TJ Wells returns to discuss the very funny and underrated movie The House - also former guest Max Scholnick calls in to talk about working on and acting in The House. Then TJ and I discuss The Rider, First Reformed, Blade Runner 2049, Creed, How To Train Your Dragon, Lean On Pete, The Last Jedi, the thick of summer, The Menzingers, Los Campesinos, the toxic parts of the Star Wars fandom that want to ruin it for everyone else, positive people putting positivity into the world, friends helping friends, and the upcoming and monumental episode #150

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Good friend of the show Isaac returns. We recorded an episode two weeks ago that was lost to the abyss. We record another one because we won't let that stop us. We talk about The Incredibles 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Last Jedi, First Reformed, Anton Yelchin and Green Room, Game of Thrones going off the rails, Westworld, The Leftovers, Tomorrowland, Motion City Soundtrack, Moneen, and more. 

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Ryan H. Walsh, author of the new book Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 & singer of the band Hallelujah The Hills is back on the show. Last time he was here he was writing this book and now it's out! The book is a fascinating examination of the arts and culture scene of Boston in 1968 and Van Morrison's time there before he recorded Astral Weeks. We talk all about his extensive research and writing process, his book tour, the letters he received from Jonathan Richman, a couple legendary Boston figures like Mel Lyman, and the enigma that is Van Morrison's beautiful album Astral Weeks. We also talk about his band, Twin Peaks The Return, his recent appearance on Never Not Funny, David Crosby not knowing who Stephen Malkmus is and much more!

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Dear friend of the show @Malive from @AFewBeersIn returns to discuss how good of an actress Amy Adams is and her filmography. We also discuss The Ex starring Zach Braff, the run of mid 2000's parody films, Catch Me If You Can, Enchanted, George Clooney punching David O. Russell, and Amy Adams performance in Arrival. 

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Friend of the show @MrLukeThornton returns and we discuss the disastrous and fascinating behind the scenes of the Hobbit trilogy, the new Hop Along album and their Philadelphia album release show, Phantom Thread, Solo, Breath of The Wild, Japanese Breakfast, Barry, Atlanta, Infinity War and much more. Stay until the very end for two surprises. 

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Kevin Stairiker returns and we talk about movies, music and Philadelphia a whole lot. 

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Old friend of the show Isaac Leggett returns to talk about the Oscars, good movies, bad movies, Star Wars, Pennsylvania and more. 

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Ian Kimble from Shoestring Gold Films, Garrett Smith (@Filmadelphia) and @DanScully from I LIKE 2 MOVIE MOVIE join me for the 5th entry in the Based on Nothing Cinema Series: we watch xXx: Return of Xander Cage and do a full length feature commentary. This movie is a blast and we all are completely with love with it. X takes care of it's own.

Listen to I Like 2 Movie Movie, follow me @Ailite. See you in February. 

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The editors of, Ryan and Jill, join me for a feature length commentary on The Empire Strikes Back. We also discuss Star Wars toys, The Last Jedi, the Kathleen Kennedy era of Lucasfilm, the prequels, Rebels, some of our other favorite films of 2017, Lord of The Rings, and once again, the pussy posse and how badly we need a movie about their disgusting misadventures. 

Check out - a great website for film reviews and discussion based in Philadelphia. Also check out their movie podcast Shame Files.

Thank you for listening. As many episodes as I can pull together this year. Happy 2018. 

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The lost episode #131 gets the proper re-release it deserves. 

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TJ Wells (@PoorFrisco87) joins me to wrap up the year and discuss our favorite movies and television shows of the year, how much Justice League sucked, Don's Plum, and how Harmony Korine should make a pussy posse movie. 

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Returning champion @MrLukeThornton joins me for an in depth discussion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Spoilers: we both love it it a whole lot.

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The hosts of I Like 2 Movie Movie @DanScully and @Filmadelphia join me for a feature length commentary on Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. You can listen to this without the movie but you will have so much more fun if you watch the movie along with us! It's a great movie and we are all pretty taken with it. Horses, airplanes, Harrison Ford murdering Nazis - this movie has it all. We also talk about a bunch of other bullshit so this episode has it all too.

See you in December with to round out this terrible year! @BONpodcast @Ailite

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Returning champion guest of the show joins me very late at night. We discuss the news about Brand New and Jesse Lacey, and how to let something you're a fan of go. It isn't fun but I wanted to get it out of the way and take my hat out of the Brand New ring for good. Then we have fun and discuss Kevin's interview with Brian Wilson, Lancaster living, terrible sleep schedules, a list of band name etymologies, movies, Moviepass, and much more!

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Luke Thornton returns. Blade Runner 2049, depression, complaints, Star Wars, Broken Social Scene, Nathan For You, post apocalyptic restaurant, sorry for the lack of recent episodes, hope.

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My guest this week is Rae Paoletta (@PAYOLETTER) who writes about space, science and animals for Gizmodo. We talk all about Twin Peaks, her cat's birthday, space, the Voyager probe's 40th anniversary, the Cassini probe's beautiful grand finale, the eclipse, our favorite space facts, the Wikipedia page for the Timeline of the Far Future, a bunch of big space concepts I can barely understand, our favorite animals, Austin Powers: Goldmember, and the Great Emu War. Rae is a great guest and you should check out her writing over at Gizmodo!

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Brand New released their highly anticipated new album SCIENCE FICTION out of the blue on August 17th. Past guest Kelsey Degnan from the defunct and retired Where's The Brand New Album? podcast joins me to discuss the album track by track, lyrics, where the band goes from here, Seether ripping Brand New off, and how fucking good it feels to have a new album by Brand New in our lives. 

@BONpodcast and @Ailite on Twitter, another episode in this Brand New centric series will be out in a few weeks when we've had more time with the album. 

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After an emergency Brand New update returning champion @MrLukeThornton returns to the show to discuss how much the world sucks, Star Wars toys, Indiana Jones 5, the Fast and Furious live stunt show, that one dude and his curvy wife, the Boondock Saint's documentary Overnight which is an amazing movie, Arcade Fire, Pierce Brosnan's horrible singing in Mama Mia and more. 

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I am joined by Ian Kimble (@ShoestringGold) & Garrett Smith (@Filmadelphia) to do a feature length commentary on Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN 2, a movie we all love and a bonafied superhero classic by this point. You will get the most out of this episode if you watch the movie while listening to the episode, so please try to go for the full experience if you can! We talk about comic books, visual effects in film, acting, Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional and the movie in scene by scene full length detail.

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Two friends Arthur and Isaac join me to discuss in depth The Leftovers. The first 30 are just a chat a spoiler free chat with Arthur about his recent star turn on a live episode of Hollywood Handbook, podcasts, film school, movies and more. Then Isaac joins us and we talk about the phenomenal third season of The Leftovers, spoilers abound. 

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My friend and host of Screenplay Book Club podcast joins me to discuss his podcast, screenwriting, our love for reading screenplays, some of our favorite scripts, why The Iron Giant and The Incredibles are our two favorite movies, Alien: Covenant, how much the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie sucks, Gods of Egypt, Fast and Furious movies, how much Jurassic World sucks and much more.

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Ian was kind of shocked at what was happening. 

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For the three year anniversary episode of the podcast Garret Smith and Ian Kimble join me to watch The Wachowski's 2008 masterpiece SPEED RACER and do a feature length commentary. We also talk about Star Wars and other movies a lot. 

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Garrett Smith (@Filmadelphia) from I LIke 2 Movie Movie returns to talk about Prometheus, Fate of The Furious and all other sorts of movies in a mega movie episode

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Old friend of the show Layne Mongtgomery is here to catch us up on what Tom DeLonge has been up to, SXSW bathroom ordeals, his new band The Romantic Comedy, being worn out by the world, Star Wars news, Better Cole Slaw, My Chemical Romance, how cool comic books and hockey are, the hate pit, how cool Layne's mother is and more. We also shout out to Harris Wittels for his birthday. 

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@Malive from @AFewBeersIn joins me very late at night to get loopy and to launch a new spinoff podcast about GIVE UP by The Postal Service, but way more about Tom Hanks' monumental filmography and career. Also - obscure 2000's Oscar trivia, top five worst Star Wars characters and toys, My Chemical Romance, Stephen Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, lots of movie discussion, Brett Ratner being a stupid idiot and how amazing Tom Hanks is. 

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Here is a clip from episode #107 where @KeyboardCole sang Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" after talking extensively about the masterpiece film Catch Me If You Can

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Best friend of the show and all time silly person @KeyboardCole is back on the show! Cole is one of my favorite guests to have on and this episode is FUN. I am getting over a cold so I'm a little loopy. We talk about being RESILIENT, me seeing John Wick: Chapter 2 alone on Valentine's Day, how much I like The Young Pope, being the first person to climb Olympus Mons, sleeping meds, Cole almost getting a helicopter landed on him Star Wars, and finally we both blissfully talk about how much we love the movie Catch Me If You Can and sing a song. Stick around to the very end for a song!

There is one more really exciting episode coming in February and a bunch of great episodes coming in March! I'm on Twitter @Ailite and @BONpodcast. If you rate and review the podcast on iTunes I will love you forever. Thank you for listening! I hope you're doing great out there. 

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MICHELLE BILOON is a comedian extraordinaire who is been doing stand up and podcasting for a long time and she's a pro. I joined her at her kitchen table to talk about stand up, touring, comic books, her daughter's love for Star Wars, the women's March and protests we've attended in Philadelphia, being exhausted in Trump's America, salad dressing and more! Michelle is the best! You can check out her podcast Bilooncast where she offers advice and insight to young standups!

Direct download: 106.mp3
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Celebrating my 45th birthday by mostly talking about movies with GARRETT SMITH (@Filmadelphia) from I LIKE TO MOVIE MOVIE! We talk about Arrival, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and punching nazis, The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, John Wick, Split, Unbreakable, Road To Perdition, Everybody Wants Some!!, the new Xander Cage movie, and much more! Plus a call from the wonderful @Pxcaballero about her podcast! And we get a call from a part time scarecrow/black jack dealer who claims I owe him money!

GREAT GUESTS coming up in February - comedians and comic book people and more! Rate and review on iTunes and follow @Bonpodcast for updates. Thanks for listening!

Direct download: 105.mp3
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Two friends with two podcasts are on the show this week - Jenelle from the podcast MY GENERATION and Kevin from the podcast FLY AFTER FIVE. We talk music that sucks, music that doesn't suck, Dan Nainan, the weather, Moonlight, Steely Dan, our favorite music of 2016, the last times we cried, writing about music and much more. We also deal with the stunning revelation that I am 44.

Direct download: 104.mp3
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It's the FIRST EPISODE OF 2017 and it's about RESILIENCE
All timer guest @MrLukeThornton joins me to start off 2017. Luke and I talk about me getting hit by a car on New Year's Eve, laughing in the face of death up until the moment it gets your goat, Star Wars and all of my Star Wars toys, sticking up for what is right this year, being angry and tired all the time, being ambitious and motivated, Carrie Fisher, Lord of The Rings, The Leftovers, comic books, resilience and much much more. This is a great episode and we're going to be running at full speed all year long.

Happy New Year to everyone and thanks for following us into 2017. If you like the show please rate and review on iTunes, it helps a great deal. @BONpodcast/@Ailite

Direct download: 103.mp3
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