It's the Year of the Bastard, and everybody knows it.

Welcome to Year of the Bastard, one of a pair of new ECV features that will also serve as their own stand-alone spinoff podcasts so that people who want to get really granular about specific things can either listen here with all their other ECV content, or they can get it on their own by subscribing to a second feed. 

Year of the Bastard will be Russ Burlingame and a rotating cast of guests (including but not limited to Zach D. Roberts and Logan Bretschneider of Emerald City Video) doing an in-depth re-read and analysis of Transmetropolitan, the great Vertigo/Helix series from Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. One or two issues a week, we will be breaking down Transmet and looking at its fascinating and often horrifying parallels to the world today.

You can find us (and a number of other awesome podcasts) on the ACPN family of shows.

The Emerald City Video Podcast is a periodic podcast hosted by entertainment journalist Russ Burlingame, with a rotating cast of hosts who used to work at the Emerald City Video store in East Syracuse, New York. The store was once awarded by the Video Software Dealers of America as the best small video store in the U.S. Though it closed in 2009, the store’s legacy still touches the daily lives of a lot of the people who used to work there, and the Syracuse community as a whole still has a lot of fondness for its memory.

The idea behind the podcast, which launched in 2016, was to bring the discourse you would get at a video store — talking with real humans about your movies, rather than trusting in an algorithm — back to…well, if not the world, or even Syracuse, at least to the guys who maybe missed that human connection the most: a bunch of pop culture junky loudmouths who used to run a really cool video store. Over the years, the Emerald City Video banner has flown over a number of themes, including specific episodes about TV series like Riverdale and Psych.

If you like what we’re doing here, you can become a patron of the Emerald City Video Podcast, which comes with fun perks. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also have Instagram and Vero accounts where we share images, photos, memes, and nonsense. You can support us on Patreon, too, and do things like requesting custom episodes and the like.

Be back for more by noon on the fifth day, and please — always remember to rewind your videocassettes.

Rating: 3/5

Russ is joined by Logan Bretschneider and Dan Fecteau to talk about the new Netflix film, Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus.

You can find us (and a number of other awesome podcasts) on the ACPN family of shows.

The Emerald City Video Podcast is a periodic podcast hosted by entertainment journalist Russ Burlingame, with a rotating cast of hosts who used to work at the Emerald City Video store in East Syracuse, New York. The store was once awarded by the Video Software Dealers of America as the best small video store in the U.S. Though it closed in 2009, the store’s legacy still touches the daily lives of a lot of the people who used to work there, and the Syracuse community as a whole still has a lot of fondness for its memory.

The idea behind the podcast, which launched in 2016, was to bring the discourse you would get at a video store — talking with real humans about your movies, rather than trusting in an algorithm — back to…well, if not the world, or even Syracuse, at least to the guys who maybe missed that human connection the most: a bunch of pop culture junky loudmouths who used to run a really cool video store. Over the years, the Emerald City Video banner has flown over a number of themes, including specific episodes about TV series like Riverdale and Psych.

If you like what we’re doing here, you can become a patron of the Emerald City Video Podcast, which comes with fun perks. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also have Instagram and Vero accounts where we share images, photos, memes, and nonsense. You can support us on Patreon, too, and do things like requesting custom episodes and the like.

Be back for more by noon on the fifth day, and please — always remember to rewind your videocassettes.

April 6, 2019

ECV #100

In this week’s episode, Emerald City Video turns 100. To celebrate 100 episodes of the podcast and acknowledge the 10th anniversary of Emerald City Video closing its doors, Russ is gathering a diverse group of customers, employees, and friends of the store to talk about their favorite memories of ECV and what the home video industry in general meant to them.

This week: Russ Burlingame (@russburlingame on Twitter), Zach Roberts (@zdroberts), Logan Bretschneider, and Carla Lauter(@beerbabe). We talk about the good old days and openly acknowledge that we are glancing over the bad stuff. But ah, well.

There is also a new format for the show — rather than just having “theme” episodes tossed haphazardly into the rotation, new episodes of ECV 100 (excepting this one) will run on Mondays. Tuesdays will be Countdown to Crisis, a look at The CW’s “Arrowverse” shows as that universe winds its way to Crisis on Infinite Earths. Wednesdays will be Spinner Rack episodes, talking about comic books and related media with a variety of voices. Thursdays will be looking at TV — with a focus at the beginning on Riverdale, as Russ is bringing episodes of Archie Digest: A Riverdale Podcast to ECV. And Fridays will be New Release Wallepisodes, where Russ and Zach (and/or whoever else can join in) do immediate postmortems on brand-new movies.

You can find us (and a number of other awesome podcasts) on the ACPN family of shows.

If you like what we're doing here, you can become a patron of the Emerald City Video Podcast, which comes with fun perks. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also have Instagram and Vero accounts where we share images, photos, memes, and nonsense.

Be back for more by noon on the fifth day, and please -- always remember to rewind your videocassettes.

 
January 9, 2019

The Girl Next Door

Logan and Russ got together to exchange Beebo Day gifts and…BAM!…a podcast happened.

Logan had recently re-watched the 2004 comedy The Girl Next Door, and had some thoughts. Russ hadn’t watched that movie in years but couldn’t pass up the chance to talk about teen sex comedies with one of his favorite podcast collaborators.

You can find us (and a number of other awesome podcasts) on the ACPN family of shows.

If you like what we're doing here, you can become a patron of the Emerald City Video Podcast, which comes with fun perks. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also have Instagram and Vero accounts where we share images, photos, memes, and nonsense.

Be back for more by noon on the fifth day, and please -- always remember to rewind your videocassettes.

So -- how does The Last Jedi hold up a couple of weeks down the line? Russ finds out by talking to Logan and Dan about the film.

It's OSCAR NIGHT! And the crew of Emerald City Video have decided to set up camp in Russ's living room and take a look at the favorite to win Best Picture tonight, La La Land.

Then to have a little palate-cleanse after that, Russ and Logan reconvene to record a look at The Blues Brothers.

Russ Burlingame, David Nielsen ,Logan Bretschneider, and Dan Fecteau got together last Friday for a screening of Sadako vs Kayako, also known as The Ring vs The Grudge.

A good deal of alcohol was consumed, and we really only had the one microphone. So the sound quality is pretty awful.

But it was a lot of fun, and we got to really punch holes in what was, to be honest, a pretty terrible movie. And of course talk about other things that popped into our heads.

So listen in on our conversation, and we promise a more professional recording next time around...!

Dan, Logan, Dave, and Russ talk about Deadpool and The Punisher -- plus a whole lot of other stuff in one of our less-structured episodes.

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.

February 19, 2016

Episode 2: THE HATEFUL 8/KRULL

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.

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