April 21, 2016

The CCD Podcast: Episode #94 - Randall Kaplan's Boxhead: An Animated Horror Film

We spend a lot of time here at CCD critiquing and analyzing popular films from Hollywood all the time... especially before they come out. But what about the indy filmmakers and the movies they are making? Why aren't we spending more time looking at them? I know what your thinking... where would we find an indy filmmaker in the process of making his own film to talk with? Funny you should ask....

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March 29, 2016

The CCD Podcast: Episode #93 - B v S v CCD: The Definitive Batman v Superman Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has finally arrived, and as one could imagine it has fueled lots of talk... some good, some bad. Some up, some down. But one thing is certain: A hell of a lot of folks turned out to see it! 470 Million dollars on its worldwide release. Man... that is some windfall! But when a film that was 3 years in the making and is poised to be the foundation of the future DC Comic Movie Universe is finally released... well, you are going to hear some mixed reviews! And that was the case here at CCD as well. For our take (or take down, depending who you ask over here..) Jedi Rob brought in two hardcore DC fans to chime in: Anthony Marino from Brooklyn One Productions and Mike D are on the show chopping it up, talking about what they liked, hated, loved and loathe about BvS...

This may very well be the most divisive and argumentative podcast we have done so far... the lovefest for everything we discuss is OVER!  Enjoy the podcast after the jump....

March 14, 2016

The CCD Podcast: Episode #92 - The BBQ Films Crew Visit The CCD Nerd Cave!!!

A few month ago some of the CCD.NYC gang had the pleasure of attending the "Blade Blood Rave", and actual real life recreation of the infamous opening scene from the Wesley Snipes movie. It was as if you were transported right through the screen and into the movie... and this came courtesy of the BBQ Films crew!

This gang of pop culture/movie loving maniacs throw these type of awesome interactive events all the time, and they are getting wilder and wilder with each one. The Enchantment Under the Sea Dance from Back to the Future? Yup, they did it. Rex Manning Day from Empire Records? Mon Amour, Mi Amour... they did that too. And there latest is just as ambitious and amazing: They want you to attend and help STOP, Beetlejuice's Wedding to Lydia Deetz! Yup... It is going to be exactly what you think. And you should go (buy tickets here).

We had two of the founding members of the BBQ Films crew, Gabriel Rhoads and Laura Lickus, come down to our turf (the CCD Nerd Cave) and sit down with Jedi Rob and Alicia Gomes to talk all about it... as well as many other topics related to the overall love of pop culture films we all love! Check out another great episode of the CCD Podcast...      

March 10, 2016

The CCD Podcast: Episode #91 - A Discussion On Psycho-biological Horror

Before anybody brings it up, we know PSYCHO-BIOLOGICAL is a made up word... but when trying to describe this sub-genre of films it really is the only title that fits.  These films are visceral... they explore the lack of comfort that most people traditionally have with their bodies and how that effects them in a mental capacity as well. And no two directors have films that fit into this genre more than David Lynch and David Cronenberg. Jedi Rob sits down with two filmmakers, Leland James (The Fix Documentary) and Randal Kaplan  (Boxhead) to discuss those two influential filmmakers as well as many other directors and films in this bizarre genre. The conversation gets a bit interesting to say the least...,. 

March 7, 2016

BBQ Films & The Deets Family Need Your Help... Only You Can Stop The Wedding of Beetleguese & Lydia!

Anyone worth their weight in sandworms knows the Tim Burton classic film Beetlejuice back and forth... it is a classic 80s film that hardly anyone can find a negative word to say about. So when BBQ Films was looking for a film to be the next subject of one of their wildly interactive film screenings, it seemed like a no-brainer that this piece of celluloid perfection be the choice! After some brainstorming sessions over pizza and wine ( I was there... both were plentiful!) and careful planning, another exciting event is ready to go! These are the guys & gals who brought you the Back to the Future/Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, The Blade Blood Rave and American Psycho's own Patrick Bateman's 27th Bday Party... So what will it be this time? Well.... they desperately need your help to STOP the nuptials of a nasty denizen of netherworld and a confused Gothic teenager! Check out the details after the jump...

February 26, 2016

The CCD Podcast: Episode #91 - The Oscars 2016

This years Oscars has no shortage of press coverage. Between the talks of boycotts, the possibility of legends winning for the first time, and of course the always unpredictable Chris Rock on the mic as the host we are sure to be in for quite an evening. But what the show should really be all about is the movies... and this year there certainly was a great group of nominees. In most categories there is a really tight competition, and in order to make sense of some of the things that might happen CCD's own husband and wife duo of Jedi Rob and the lovely Alicia Gomes break it all down for you! Enjoy the episode!

February 17, 2016

The CCD Podcast: Episode #90 - Deadpool - 25 Years of The Merc With A Mouth

Some people like to shit on Rob Liefeld... they make fun of his comics, say he can't draw, say he can't write... but he is still in the game, And one of the reasons that is has to be a little character he brought to life 25 years ago by the name of Deadpool. Sure... he is a rip off of Deathstroke from DC Comics. So? Sure.... he has a lot of powers in common with Wolverine. So? Sure he looks like Spider-man with a couple of katanas. So? Deadpool is amazingly the single most popular character in Marvel's current stable, and now he is FINALLY getting brought to life on the big screen by Ryan Reynolds! But in true CCD fashion we have decided not only to chat up the film (it was AWESOME!) but talk about the history of this improbable star from his first appearance in New Mutants #98 to his massive box office success...

February 8, 2016

The CCD Podcast: Episode #89 - The Best Football Movies Ever

There is something about Football movies that separates them from all sports movies in general. The raw carnage of the games... the depth of the team dynamic... maybe the dichotomy of the warrior on the field vs. the normal human being off it... whatever it is, it makes Football movies unique. With the 2016 Super Bowl past us, we decided this would be a great time to delve deep into the world of the USA's most popular sport and see which films hold up through the years. Join Jedi Rob, filmmaker Leland James and Mike D as they do there best to remember all the great football films in cinema history!    

February 3, 2016

The CCD Podcast: Episode #88 - The Final Curtain at The Ziegfeld Theater & The Force Awakens With The O.G. Three!

When it comes to Star Wars, great things come in 3s. The original trilogy consists of THREE classic films... The main triumvirate of characters are Luke/Leia/Han... In the prequels there were 3 awesome bad guys (Dooku/Grievous/Darth Sidious) at once... R2, C3-PO and Chewy are the 3 best supporting characters one could ever have... The greatest film in the series (EMPIRE STRIKES BACK) has three words in its title... I could go on and on if need be, but trust me when I say that 3s are significant to the whole Star Wars series. So it is only fitting that the ORIGINAL THREE podcasters who started the CCD Podacst reunited to discuss their takes on The Force Awakens... and we even attended the last EVER screening at the historic Ziegfeld Theater in NYC to make the experience even that more special. So join the OG Three (Jedi Rob, Mike D and Jeff 'JB Smoove' Bond as we break down the dopest movie in the galaxy one last time!  

January 26, 2016

The CCD Podcast: Episode #87 - Ultimate Ski Party Movies To Watch When Being Hit With The Blizzard of the Century!

With NYC trying to recover from one of the worst winter storms in recent history (Jonas was no joke!) the CCD gang decided that this would be a wonderful time to revisit a classic sub-genre of film: The SKI MOVIE!!! The raucous nonsense, unexplainable nudity, and crazy rad ski moves make all of these films an intricate part of children of the 80s/90s lives forever. After the recent renaissance they had on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia and the mountains of snow outside of the CCD.NYC Nerd Cave we thought this was the perfect week to talk about 'em... so grab your poles and we will see you on the slopes!