Ninjago Chat Part 1

Ninjago is a LEGO phenomenon, especially in the Conyers' household. In this episode, I am joined by my very special guest, my daughter Maya Eloise, who gets to discuss her FAVORITE topic in the world! We had a VERY long conversation, so I decided to break this up into two episodes. This first episode will focus on the main characters in the series. I'm not as well-versed in the Ninjago mythology as Maya is, so she takes the lead while I ask the questions, and also draw parallels to the stuff that I'm more familiar with. It's always a good time talking to my little girl!
-- Chuck

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The Other Side of the Wind

The long-awaited Orson Welles classic is here, courtesy of Netflix! That's right-- Mr. Zulueta has been looking forward to this one for a long time! In this episode, we review "The Other Side of the Wind," which claims to be the final film directed (co-written and co-edited) by the master himself. Now that it's finally is it? Is this a masterpiece of a piece of sh**? -- Chuck

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The Maximilian Emancipation Chapter One Preview

This is a special episode of Cinepod Moviecast, in which I am reading to you the first chapter of my debut science fiction novel "The Maximilian Emancipation." If you're a regular listener of the podcast, you've heard the ads that I've interjected here and there. This time, no ad...just FULL ON novel! Think of this as an audio book preview, even though I've only recorded the first chapter of the book-- because VO work is HARD! Seriously, I mean I've directed my share of VO, I've written VO that has been performed...there's a reason why these folks make the big bucks! It ain't easy! So ladies and gentlemen, I present to you...myself, reading a the first chapter of my first novel. And please, leave some comments, let us (me) know what you think, visit us on our Instagram page and the website at, where you can send your letters of support or condemnation, whichever you prefer. So thank you in advance for listening. This book is a labor of love, and I hope someday to write full time as my day job....and I hope-hope-HOPE that you enjoy this. -- Chuck

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Cinepod Moviecast Halloween Special!

Welcome to the Cinepod Moviecast Halloween Special, with Up-Chuck Conyers and José Zombie Zulueta! This is our first Halloween episode, and this is where we take a look at our top 3 favorite scary movies! I think José took this more to heart than I did-- he really went for the spooky, I went for the nostalgia of some of my faves from the 80s. There are SOOOO MANY scary movies to choose from, but I think we whittled the choices down to 6 fun movies, with a couple more thrown in for added value. Happy Halloween! --Chuck

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The Marvel films just keep on coming! This time, it's Venom, and I'm here for a short episode to chat about it. And you won't believe the reference I throw out when I discuss what this film reminds me of; you'll probably never guess in a million years! Or maybe, if you were an 80s kid. How does this movie rank in the pantheon of the MCU? Listen and find out! -- Chuck

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Blue Velvet

In this episode of Cinepod Moviecast, José and I visit Lumberton, USA to follow the voyeristic journey of Jeffery Beaumont in the David Lynch masterpiece Blue Velvet. This is an extra-spoiler-ific exploration of the film that rocked the world upon its release in 1986. Some critics loved it, others thought it was depraved and pornographic. This film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Isabella Roussellini, Dean Stockwell, and the unforgettable Dennis Hopper as one of the most menacing screen villains you've ever seen! NOW, it's dark... --Chuck

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Super Fuzz

In this episode, I make José watch a movie that I grew up watching on 80s cable TV-- Super Fuzz, also known as Super Trooper, starring Terrence Hill and the legendary Ernest Borgnine. It's the crazy cop buddy movie with a theme song that you will NEVER get out of your head! What did José think? Did he enjoy it, or did he castigate me for recommending it? Check it out! -- Chuck

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Ant-man and The Wasp

Another month, another Marvel movie. This time, it's the sequel to 2015's "Ant-man" called "Ant-man and The Wasp." Mr. Zulueta and I manage to stop talking about DC movies for a moment to have a chat about the first Marvel film to be released after "Avengers: Infinity War." Is this a worthy addition, or just fodder to hold us over until "Captain Marvel" and "Avengers 4"? -- Chuck

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Under The Skin

On this episode I give some thoughts on the Scarlett Johansen science fiction vehicle "Under The Skin," a film that I feel doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. It's rare that you see an A-list star like Johansen taking on a role like this. If you're a science fiction fan, you owe it to yourself to see this film! -- Chuck

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FullMetal Alchemist and other Anime faves

José and I discuss the live action anime adaptation of "FullMetal Alchemist" on Netflix, as well as a few of the anime series that we would love to see made into live action adaptations. It's a good time all around! --Chuck

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The Incredibles 2

This is a very special episode of Cinepod Moviecast for me because my co-hosts are my little kiddies, my babies, my little children, Maya Eloise and Ravi Alexander! We saw "The Incredibles 2," which featured the short film "Bao" and I get their perspective on both. Since this is a family film, I thought it would be appropriate to hear from kids! And this episode was a lot of fun to record (they had a blast!). This is a family-friendly episode of Cinepod Moviecast, so you can actually share this one with the young-little people. N-joy! -- Chuck

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Yellow Submarine

In this episode of Cinepod Moviecast, José and I reminisce about one of our favorite films of all-time: Yellow Submarine! This year marks the 50th anniversary of this animated rock musical featuring the music of The Beatles. We spend quite a bit of time talking about Beatles' music and mythology, but we also manage to discuss the film itself (haha). It's a magical mystery tour of epic proportions! Are you ready? Splendid! 

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Dune: The Alternative Edit, Redux

How YOU Dune? David Lynch's Dune is considered one of the most divisive science fiction films of all time. Universally panned upon its initial release, it eventually found a devoted audience on home video and became an undeniable cult classic. Mr. Zulueta and I absolutely adore this film.

I remember my father seeing it in the theatre back in the day, and if you were lucky enough to see it opening weekend like he did, the audience was given a pamphlet with a glossary of terms so that people could understand what was being discussed in the film! Over the years, the film has been presented in a variety of ways-- in its original 2 hour 17 minute version, a 3 hour extended cut, and a 4 hour television cut.

Now, over 30 years later, a obsessive fan known only as "SpiceDiver" has created what could be considered the ultimate cut of the film-- taking great liberties in rearranging the structure, adding deleted scenes, music and tweaking visual effects. In this episode of Cinepod Moviecast, we compare and contrast the original version with this new "Alternative Edit, Redux" version. How do the two differ? And which version works better? We sip from the Water of Life, and survive the Gom Jubbar to find out. THE SLEEPER HAS AWAKEN! -- Chuck

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...we are once again presented with a story from the Star Wars universe. This time, it's Han Solo in the pilot's seat with "Solo: A Star Wars Story," staring Alden Erinriech in the role that made Harrison Ford a star! We also have Donald Glover taking over for Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. Mr. Zulueta and I have marveled over the reality of the fact that we will be getting new Star Wars pictures every year for the foreseeable future! Is this a good thing? Is THIS a good film? Did we REALLY need to have this in our lives? After you see the film (because we SPOIL the HELL out of it!), hear what we have to say about what was predictable, and what was a complete surprise! --Chuck

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Deadpool 2

The Merc with the Mouth is BACK, kids! In this episode of Cinepod Moviecast, José and I chat about the latest and greatest from the Marvel Universe-- the sequel to 2016's Deadpool-- Deadpool 2! Smart-assery, action, thrills, and time travel! -- Chuck

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Avengers: Infinity War

It's the beginning of the end of a new beginning in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! In this episode of Cinepod Moviecast, José and I discuss "Avengers: Infinity War," the 3rd in the Avengers series and a culmination of over 10 years of storytelling. Is it a marvel, or is it a...well, let's not bury the lead here, this movie is damn impressive! Take a listen as we deploy the Time Stone and look back at what is being described as "The Empire Strikes Back" of superhero films. -- Chuck

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2001: A Space Odyssey

Open the pod bay doors, Hal! In this episode of Cinepod Moviecast, we discuss the only science fiction film directed by Mr. Zulueta's favorite director Stanley Kubrick on the 50th Anniversary of its release. Is it a timeless masterpiece, or is it a laborious slog (albeit a brilliant one). -- Chuck

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Showgirls v. Pink Flamingos

"What you are about to a REAL THING!" Indeed. Welcome to this latest episode of Cinepod MovieCast we look at two iconic cult films: Paul Verhoeven's "Showgirls" and John Waters' "Pink Flamingos." This was José's first time seeing the Verhoeven film, and it was my first time seeing the Waters film. For me, "Pink Flamingos" had been on my radar for over 20 years, but I avoided it because of what I had heard about the ending. As for José, he gets a bit of insight into how Elizabeth Berkley went from "Saved by the Bell" to a starring role in what had been rumored to be Hollywood's first mainstream soft core porno film. Join us for an experience in cinematic bad taste! -- Chuck

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Ready Player One

Welcome to the '80s! That's the theme of this latest episode of Cinepod Moviecast, wherein Mr. Zulueta and I talk about science fiction cult classic "Liquid Sky" from 1982. Then, we take a look at the one and only Mr. Steven Spielberg's long-awaited, much-anticipated adaptation of Ernest Cline's 'totally awesome' debut novel "Ready Player One". I read the book a few years back, and having grown up as a geek in the 1980s, I fell in love with the book; it's fun, and entertaining- a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the digital age. So, is the film adaptation of this 80's love-letter another Spielberg masterpiece? Or, has the master fallen to pieces? Let's do this. -- Chuck

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Rock & Rule

Ohm, sweet, Ohm! In this episode, I run my mouth about the Canadian-animated classic Rock & Rule (also known as Ring of Power), a post-apocalyptic science fiction rock opera with one of the most impressive soundtracks you've ever heard!  -- Chuck


Show Notes:

Trailer for "Rock & Rule" (excerpts appear in the podcast).

"The Making of Rock & Rule" -- This is a documentary about the making of the film, with interviews with the filmmakers, animators, and the musicians featured on the soundtrack.  (excerpts appear in the podcast).

"The Devil and Daniel Mouse" -- Nelvana's short film that is said to provide the building blocks from "Rock & Rule." Based on "The Devil and Daniel Webster."

The movie is currently available on Amazon Prime

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