Saturday, October 31, 2009

Video Revue: The Addams Family

Happy Halloween! Be safe, have fun, and spoil your dinner (as Johnny likes to say)...Fun fact: the bite-size Butterfinger bars are 100 calories EACH.

Eh, whatever. Halloween is only one day a year, right?

This week, Johnny and I discuss the Addams Family, from the original 60s show to the two cartoon versions to the movies from the 1990s. As always, you can find us on iTunes or Podshow.

Also, be sure to listen to Subject:Cinema's Halloween show!

Coming next week: our theme for November is comedy. Johnny and I kick off "LOL-vember" with our Top Ten Laugh Out Loud Moments!

Cool Optical Illusion

I just wanted to share with you guys this really cool optical illusion. Now, this guy talks kinda soft, so turn the volume up.
Thanks a million!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Son of Svengoolie - "Vampire Carpets" (1980?)

Here's the "Vampire Carpets" commercial we mentioned on this week's show.

Svengoolie Street

Featuring Jerry G. Bishop, the original Svengoolie, as another friendly kid's show host.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mr. Robber's Neighborhood (1979)

Here's the "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" parody we mentioned on this week's show. It's hilarious!

This video comes from graveyardtheatre.

Video Revue: Chicago Horror Movie Hosts

This week, Johnny and I take a look back at some of the fabulous and funny people who have hosted the weekly horror movies on TV in Chicago. We discuss the first horror host, who was on in 1957, up through the fabulous Svengoolie, who can still be seen on Saturday nights from 9-11 on WCIU. This Saturday, as a special Halloween treat, Sven will be hosting Bram Stoker's Dracula, starring Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman's wig!

As always, you can find us on iTunes or Podshow.

This week's featured YouTube channel is FuzzyMemoriesTV, also known as The Museum of Chicago Classic Television. They have a ton of old commercials and bumpers that aired on Chicago TV, as well as clips from Jerry G. Bishop's "Screaming Yellow Theater" and Rich Koz on "Son of Svengoolie" and "The Koz Zone."

All of our information for this week's show comes from this book, available on Amazon or from Horrorbles.

Look for more posts this week, including video clips, pictures of the Berwyn car kabob, and photos from our meeting with Svengoolie!

Next week's show: The Addams Family.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Surprise! Video Revue from Deep 13 TODAY!

Yes, that's right, your weekly dose of Video Revue is available a full day early! This week, Johnny and I discuss the groundbreaking cult sci-fi hit Mystery Science Theater 3000. From their early days on local KTMA to the aftermath of the show's cancellation, we've got it covered.

If you've found our site through Satellite News, welcome! Thanks for listening and checking out the blog, and I hope you'll tune in again.

As always, you can listen to us directly on Podshow, or, if you like what you hear, you can subscribe to us on iTunes! Just search for "Video Revue."

YouTube channel of the week: romeorhino. Click for more of his great MST-style commentary!

Also, check out what the MST crew is up to these days: RiffTrax features Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy. Cinematic Titanic features basically everyone else: Joel Hodgson, Trace Beauleiu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, and J. Elvis Weinstein.

And one final note: This episode, and this show, would not be possible without this episode of Subject:Cinema (the first episode I ever listened to, from way back in June 2006). I listened, I wrote, I listened some more, and eventually Johnny and I decided to give this podcasting thing a try ourselves. And the rest, as they say, is history.

There's only so much of MST3K's history that we can cover in an hour, so we'd love to hear your feedback! What's your favorite episode? Best season? Did we get some facts mixed up? Let us know! Our email address is

Coming next week: Svengoolie and other horror movie hosts! For a while, I contemplated dedicating half of the show to MST and the other half to Sven, but I decided it would be better to give each show its own episode. I don't want to inadvertently pit fans of one show against fans of the other. They're both great shows and I want to give them both their due.

And remember: Watch out for snakes!

YouTube Channel of the Week: romeorhino

Yes, in honor of our MST3K show, Johnny and I have awarded our increasingly intermittent "YouTube Channel of the Week" award to romeorhino, AKA Josh Way, creator of this and other hilarious MST-style riffs on "educational" videos circa 1950s.

MST3K podcast coming this weekend!

Yes, that's right! Instead of splitting this week's show between Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Svengoolie, we decided to do two different shows. Look for the MST show tomorrow and Svengoolie next weekend.

On a side note, be nice to your boss...especially if he happens to be a mad scientist.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Toy Story 3 - Official Trailer (Higher Quality)

This version of the trailer is higher quality than the one Monica posted, even without pressing the HD button.
I still crack up to this very moment!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Son of Svengoolie - "The 3-D Movie" (Opening, 1982)

...and this is why 3-D is only for movie theaters. Apparently this was a colossal disappointment.

For more Svengoolie trivia, be sure to tune in to our next show!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Movie Revue: Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3-D!

One ticket. Two movies. Three dimensions.

Johnny and I are huge Pixar fans (if you'll remember from our Pixar show) so we were very excited to hear that Toy Story and TS2 were returning to theaters in 3-D. I'm a big fan of the new 3-D techniques, having seen several movies in the old blue-and-red-glasses 3-D. The new way is way better, although I do think they use it as a gimmick sometimes.

But that didn't happen here. They simply re-worked the movies so that everything looks a little bit more real. The effects are pretty subtle, but everything has more depth and detail. Or maybe it's just seeing Toy Story on the big screen again after thirteen years of watching the VHS copy on my 22-inch TV screen. The colors popped, the backgrounds looked real, and it was just a ton of fun. I've seen both movies so many times I could probably recite entire scenes from memory, so I just sat back and tried to find details I hadn't noticed before.

I could, of course. Which reminded me again how mind-blowingly awesome Pixar is. Their attention to detail is just amazing. Here's a really nerdy example: when Buzz and Woody are trapped in Sid's room, and Buzz is trying to push the toolbox off of his desk, I noticed that the toolbox said Binford. Binford Tools was the name of the tool company that sponsored "Tool Time" on "Home Improvement," which (along with Toy Story) starred Tim Allen.

Along with two great movies, we got a preview for Toy Story 3, which looks like it's going to be hilarious. You can watch the video below (until it is inevitably deleted) but I would really recommend finding some time to go and see the movies in theaters. Unfortunately, it's only in theaters for two weeks, and this is week 2. But if you have a chance, definitely check it out. You will not be disappointed.

Toy Story 3 2010 New Trailer Leaked (Official)

Johnny and I went to see the Toy Story 3-D double feature yesterday. This was one of the trailers that played before the movie.

I am SO excited! I cannot WAIT for June 18 now! This movie is going to be amazing.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Video Revue: Podcast From Another Dimension!

You're listening to a podcast. A podcast not only of sight and sound, but of mind...

Hmm. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it. This week, Johnny and I (along with a special guest!) discuss some of our favorite episodes of the iconic science fiction show The Twilight Zone. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the show's premiere, and it's amazing how well the show has held up. Even today, you can start humming the theme song when something weird happens and people know what it means.

As always, you can find us on iTunes or Podshow.

There were 156 episodes in the series' five-year run; we discuss just 18. If we forgot one of your favorites, let us know! Also, next week is our discussion on horror movie hosts. We're going to discuss MST3K and some of the Chicago horror hosts. If you'd like us to talk about your favorite, just let us know. We'd love to hear from you. Our email address is

Question for the week: Why do you think the show is still so popular, half a century after it first appeared?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Video Revue: Heroes (To Be Continued)

This week, Johnny and I try to untangle the complicated television web that is Heroes. From the good guys, to the bad guys, to some of the dead guys (who are still around??) we give you the up-to-date info on the supernatural soap opera.

As always, you can find us on iTunes or Podshow.

Next week, we celebrate our third anniversary, along with the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic sci-fi shows ever: The Twilight Zone.
(doo-do-do-do...see? You can hear the music in your head right now!)

If you have comments about this episode or anything else, email us at

Saturday, October 3, 2009

John Astin goes to hell

What is hell? A hippie finds out in this segment from "Night Gallery."

Apparently, it's a real bummer.