Five for Five: Donald Trump’s America

September 10, 2016

Russ is drunk. We ran long.


5 For 5 - August 30 (ish), 2016

August 31, 2016

In the second of our "Five For Five" stand-alone shows, Russ Burlingame (@russburlingame on Twitter) and Zach Roberts (@zdroberts) recommend what you should give a chance over the next five days.

And, yes, each of us had a Gene Wilder film.
Russ's list and trivia:

Fun trivia: In Hanky Panky, the movie where Wilder met Gilda Radner — directed by SIDNEY FREAKING POITIER, by the way — Gene Hackman played a character whose name was “Michael Jordon.”


Fun trivia: Noonan’s bar, created for the comic book series HITMAN but used as the restaurant/coffee shop in TV’s SUPERGIRL, was named after Sean Penn’s character Terry Noonan in this film.


Fun trivia: If you watch to the end of Kevin Smith’s 1994 debut feature CLERKS, it says that “Jay and Silent Bob will return in DOGMA.” It took him five years to make the movie and Jay & Bob appeared in both Mallrats and Chasing Amy in between, but he was right.


Fun trivia: That footage of the Berlin Wall isn’t the only time Moore headed to Germany to participate in history: In 1985, President Ronald Reagan was laying a wreath at a wall of remembrance for Nazi soldiers. Michael Moore and a Jewish friend of his whose parents were at Auschwitz were there with a banner that read "We came from Michigan, USA to remind you: They killed my family"

THE BIG EMPTY (this one -!content/7469/The-Big-Empty)

Fun trivia: There are at least three people in this movie — JOSIE’s Rachel Leigh Cook, DAZED’s Joey Lauren Adams, and SQUAD’s Adam Beach — who have been featured in previous ECV Reviews.

Looking For the Next Best Thing: 5 For 5 on August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016

The first installment of a new feature where we do STAND-ALONE five for five picks instead of having them incorporated into the main show, Russ and Zach suggest movies made since 2000 that should have been on the Best of the Century list but were not.


The Best of the Century

August 25, 2016

In this episode, Russ Burlingame and Zach Roberts discuss the recent, BBC-driven list of the 100 best films of the 21st Century. We agree with a lot of it, but we have strong feelings about other things.

...Like, seriously? AI? And Moulin fucking Rouge?!

#7FavFilms From Zach Roberts

August 24, 2016

Zach's picks for his #7favfilms

Yeah, the hashtag isn't trending anymore, but we're still pretty analog here.

Episode 6: Linklater-TASTIC!

August 21, 2016

In this episode, Russ, Dan, Logan, and Dave look at Everybody Wants Some!! and Dazed and Confused from visionary director Richard LInklater. And we get distracted a lot.

Like, a lot.


#7FavFilms From Russ Burlingame

August 18, 2016

...and yeah. Only one comic book movie. Promise. Mostly. Ish.


#7FavFilms From David Nielsen

August 17, 2016

One of our hosts wanted to get in on this whole #7FavFilms hashtag. Here's the result.


American Beauty


Breathless (1960)

Burden of Dreams

Dawn of the Dead

Crank 2: High Voltage

How do these all fit together? Well, you'll have to listen to find out. The upside? This is a short one.



August 11, 2016

This podcast might be a little rough around the edges, with some really wonky audio levels. I used two different methods to record and I did my best to normalize them but there's only so far you can go with it. I'll try and clean it up some more soon. Right now, I just wanted to get it UP.

Zach Roberts and Russ Burlingame talk about the flawed SUICIDE SQUAD, the flawless GHOSTBUSTERS, and much more. ALSO: Russ talks to Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tony Fleecs about their new comic, JOSH STEINBERG: CHAMPION OF EARTH, which features a slacker video store employee who has to rise to the occasion to save the world.


July 19, 2016

WARNING: This is an incredibly explicit episode of the podcast.

Yes, we're back! With an episode that is months old, in which we talk at some length about the adult room, the N-word gets used at least once (academically, as I'm quoting Lenny Bruce), and Dave (our former porn room manager) walks us through the process of finding a particularly disgusting bit of adult material on a specific porn site.

That said, it's a fun episode, too. I just want to make sure that everybody knows going in that after a few episodes of just a naughty word or two here or there, we really do earn our explicit tag this time around.

This week's films are The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino's latest ultra-violent, N-word-filled Western, and Krull, the sci-fi-fantasy that just screams Eighties.

No detailed notes this time, mostly because it's 2 a.m. as I finally finish editing this for publication -- but also because four months later, I have no idea where my actual notes went.