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Movie Madness Podcast with Erik Childress

by Erik Childress

Movie Madness is a weekly podcast hosted by Chicago film critic Erik Childress presenting movie reviews, interviews, film festival coverage, DVDs, awards, box office and much more!


(NEW!)Episode 66: A Little Mad and A Little Blu
Sergio Mims returns to make everyone aware of some amazing Blu-rays coming out this month. Along with Erik Childress they cover mad scientists, troubled relationships, Steve Martin, re-discoveries from the '70s that can't be made today and "the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies" culminating with an admiration of Bobcat Goldthwait's directorial career.

Episode 65: The Dunkirks of Detroit
This special episode of the podcast re-broadcasts a discussion on WHPK Radio between Erik Childress, Sergio Mims and Collin Souter. During it they disagree over the impact of Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit but unite over Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and going against detractors with questionable arguments about both. Before that though, Erik offers his feelings over the recent events on Charlottesville and reminds us of the one thing we should all be united over - hating Nazis.

Episode 64: Tough Guys - Then & Now
Rarely does the regular Blu-ray visit from "the walking Wikipedia of film knowledge" Sergio Mims produce a theme, but we couldn't help notice a bit of one in this episode. Come listen to stories about Peter Sellers, Lionel Stander and James Garner. Sergio & Erik have fun breaking down the exasperated aura of John Wick and how Life finds a way to be cruel.

Episode 63: Best Summer Ever (2001 Edition)
2001 was the summer of Pearl Harbor, Rush Hour 2 and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Do you remember any good movies from that summer? Erik Childress and Mark Dujsik surely do as they wade through a season where franchises were born, others continued and some died before ever getting started. It may not have been the best summer but this special episode makes the most of it..

Episode 62: A Start To Saluting Women Filmmakers
This episode of Movie Madness brings an update to the summer box office where Dunkirk starts strong but Wonder Woman finishes in triumph. Erik Childress guides you through the meaning and importance of those numbers and offers some perspective on the top grade at Cinemascore..

Episode 61: Whatever A Spider Can...Kinda?
Spider-Man is finally a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and people are showing love to the Homecoming. Comic book expert Erik Laws joins Erik Childress to discuss the history of the franchise(s), the latest film's connection to the comics and whether or not it actually lives up to the praise it is receiving. A spirited discussion ensues.

Episode 60: From Logan to Romero
So many Blu-rays. So little time. Except here on Movie Madness where Sergio Mims is back to take us on a journey from one of the best films of the year to one of the absolute worst. When you are done taking notes, Sergio & Erik Childress pay their respects to a true loss to the film world, Mr. George Romero.

Episode 59: Best Summer Ever - 1982
Movie Madness goes for a second trip to the Best Summer Ever, this time chosen by Ain't-It-Cool-News' Steve Prokopy. Along with Erik Childress they talk about the 35th anniversary of one of the most iconic summer movie seasons ever and each share the ten favorites that have endured for them over the years.

Episode 58: The Big, Healthy Streets of Fire
Sergio Mims returns to run the gamut of Blu-ray releases from a timely thriller from the 1960s to a group of '80s titles for adults and cults alike. It all leads up to an appreciation of Walter Hill's Streets of Fire. Before that though, Erik Childress takes you through the summer box office and how the success of Kumail Nanjiani's The Big Sick could be a big thing.

Episode 57: Sofia the Beguiled
Sofia Coppola has remade Don Siegel's 1971 version of The Beguiled in her own image. Is it a fresh feminist take on a harsher male fantasy or has she taken the term neutered to a whole new level? Peter Sobczynski joins Erik Childress to discuss both points of view on this special episode of Movie Madness.

Episode 56: Catching That Early Buzz
This episode brings us to the midpoint of the summer box office and the news isn't good for a number of films (and studios.) After that though, Sergio Mims returns to bring everyone more stories and new Blu-rays. He also talks with Erik Childress about how early buzz can affect one's view of a motion picture ranging from Donnie Darko to La La Land and how occasionally a fresh perspective can alter one's opinion.

Episode 55: Best Summer Ever - 1988 Edition
A new segment comes to the podcast where Erik Childress and guests countdown their favorites movies of the summer. The first guest is Collin Souter who has chosen 1988, the summer of the bad sequels but the great "R"-rated comedies. They also discuss one of the great movie controversies in history that is just as relevant and important today.

Episode 54: Rumble Through A Blu Summer
The summer box office only has a few big winners so far, but how does it shape up to 2016 at this point and Erik Childress discusses a new statistic that could signify this year's champion. After that, Sergio Mims is back to discuss a lot of older titles new to Blu-ray and even sneak in a few recent titles.

Episode 53: Keep Circulating The MST3K
Erik Childress is joined by Peter Sobczynski to talk about the return of one of the greatest television shows ever, Mystery Science Theater 3000. They talk about its history and how the new episodes measure up, discuss their favorites and take some time to mourn the loss of Zombie Nightmare co-star and beloved Batman, Mr. Adam West.

Episode 52: It's a Dark, Dark Universe!
On this episode, Sergio Mims returns to catch everyone up on some of the Blu-rays that may have fallen through the cracks recently. Before that, Erik Childress catches you up on the Wonder Woman phenomenon at the box office, how Universal's Dark Universe may or may not be in peril and condemns the coverage of A24's wide release of It Comes At Night when it should be getting praised.

Episode 51: Everyone Loves Wonder Woman. Why Not Me?!
Wonder Woman Fever is sweeping the world and Erik Childress welcomes comic book expert Erik Laws back into the fray. They discuss not only the film but also a bit of the character's history, the degrees to which sexism has reared its ugly head around the project and to agree that it is a definite step up in the DC Cinematic Universe. But to what degree?

Episode 50: Hey, We Made It To 50!!
This episode, Sergio Mims returns to catch everyone up on some of the best (and not-so-best) Blu-rays out there to check out. Before that though, Erik Childress brings you up to speed on how the Memorial Day box office went and how Dwayne Johnson disappointed him with his whole "critics vs. fans" defense of the Baywatch disappointment.

Episode 49: Me Everyone No One (Linklater, Haynes & Payne)
The founder of the Now Playing Network, Jim Laczkowski, joins Erik Childress to play another round of Me, Everyone, No One where he is faced with making the tough choice on which director is his favorite, whom he will gift to the world and which will be eliminated from our memories forever. Play along as they breakdown each director's career and a tough choice has to be made.

Episode 48: We're Playing With Blu Fire!
Erik Childress is back after producing the 5th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival to catch you up on how the summer box office is fairing just before Memorial Day weekend. Then he talks with Sergio Mims about releases from Twilight Time, Criterion, Olive, Shout Factory, Universal, Warner Bros. and a particularly special release from Kino for all you Cinemax lovers out there.

Episode 47: Guardian of the Summer Box Office
It's that time of year again! The 2017 Summer movie season is here and Erik Childress does his annual breakdown of the potential for hits and misses from May to August. 25 films and then some as a full summer preview turns into how one movie studio may have blown a big opportunity for what is destined to be one of the summer's best movies and could have been one of its biggest surprise hits..

Episode 46: All These Things...
On this episode, Erik Childress returns to tell you all about the final lineup of the Chicago Critics Film Festival (which he is a producer of) as well as a sneak preview of some upcoming episodes. Then regular all-star Sergio Mims returns to catch you up on releases from Shout Factory, Disney, Warner Archive and Twilight Time.

Episode 45: South by Southwest by 2017
On this episode, Erik is joined by Steve Prokopy of Ain't It Cool News to talk all about this year's South by Southwest. They talk in-depth about Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, Joe Swanberg's Win It All, Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky plus James Franco's highly-anticipated film version of the making of Tommy Wiseau's The Room, The Disaster Artist. All that and a couple wonderful surprises from a very good year for the film festival.

Episode 44: Paramountís Ghosting
This episode the box office reporting returns with questions as to why Paramount was being selective in who got to see Ghost in the Shell. Then DVD Guru Sergio Mims returns to catch up on a number of titles from Disney, Lionsgate, Mill Creek, Olive Films, Paramount, Shout Factory and Universal.

Episode 43: I Left My Heart In San Franchise
The Chicago Critics Film Festival has announced its first preview and producer Erik Childress tells you where you can buy your passes. Then he is joined by Sergio Mims to get you all caught up on the latest Blu-rays from Arrow, Kino, Criterion, Lionsgate, Broad Green and Universal. Finally itís the return of Patrick Bromley of FThisMovie.net to play another round of Me, Everyone, No One. Which franchise will he erase from existence?

Episode 42: All You Need Is Logan!
Erik Childress catches you up on his trip to the Sundance Film Festival and many of the films he saw with an assist from Nick Digilio and WGN Radio. Then the debut of a brand new segment (or game) to the podcast with comic book expert Erik Laws. Is it about comic books, movies or something entirely different? Tune in to find out on Me, Everyone, No One.

Episode 41: Me, Everyone, No One & Sundance
Erik Childress catches you up on his trip to the Sundance Film Festival and many of the films he saw with an assist from Nick Digilio and WGN Radio. Then the debut of a brand new segment (or game) to the podcast with comic book expert Erik Laws. Is it about comic books, movies or something entirely different? Tune in to find out on Me, Everyone, No One.

Episode 40: To Franchise Or Not To Franchise
Erik Childress has returned from Sundance, but on this episode must first address the growing list of franchise entries that studios are besieging the marketplace with. Patrick Bromley of FThisMovie.net joins him to talk the best and worst of them as well as to discuss this yearís upcoming FThisMovie Fest. Before that though, Sergio Mims is back like John Wick to catch-up on the latest movies you can catch up with on DVD.

Episode 39: Here Come the Oscar Nominations (and Predictions)
On this episode, Sergio Mims returns to go over the latest releases from Twilight Time, Olive Films, Shout Factory, Warner Bros. and so much more. Then Erik Childress will break down the Best Picture race and offer his final predictions in all of the feature film categories from Director to Visual Effects.

Episode 38: The Oscars & Those Damned Statistics
The first Movie Madness of 2017 gives you a rundown of Erik Childress' picks for the Best & Worst films of 2016. He is joined again by Sergio Mims to bring you the latest in Blu-ray & DVD titles. But the Oscar race continues and it is time for a real breakdown of the numbers now that the "Big 7" are in. Who has jumped into the Top Five?

Episode 37: Going Rogue On Awards Season. And Star Wars!
The final Movie Madness of 2016 gives you the long-awaited awards breakdown and who the frontrunners now are for the Oscars. Collin Souter also returns to talk the highs and lows of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And a special thank you to all our listeners, there is a chance for a very special prize. Tune in to hear how you can win something great courtesy of Netflix.

Episode 36: Movie Madness Stocking Stuffers
In this special standalone episode of the podcast, Erik Childress is joined by Sergio Mims to provide some last-minute Christmas suggestions on the Blu-ray front for everyone. They also catch up on some recent titles and offer up their choices of some of the best releases of the year. Including their number ones.

Episode 35: Grieving By the Sea Without Pitt or Jolie
Erik Childress is back to catch you up on the box office over the Thanksgiving holiday. He is then joined by Sergio Mims to discuss the latest Blu-rays from Twilight Time, Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony and more. Then the founder of the Now Playing Network, James Laczkowski stops by to discuss Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea as well as films about grief.

Episode 34: We Give Thanks to Movies - Now More Than Ever!
This week gives you a pre-Thanksgiving (and pre-Black Friday) look at some great new Blu-rays coming out which we talk to Sergio Mims about. We take a look at just how those Arrival numbers measure up at the box office. Finally we have a sobering conversation with Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com of how the evolution (and maybe devolution) of movies may matter ever more in Trump's America.

Episode 33: Let's Get Some Strange!
This week's epic episode tries to sober us out of the election results by talking with Sergio Mims about some great new Blu-rays from Shout Factory, Kino and Lionsgate amongst others to help cheer you up. Then comic book expert Erik Laws returns to go deep on the Strange - Doctor Strange! - and discusses whether or not it lives up to its high praise in the Marvel universe.

Episode 32: Cubbie Blue, Blu-rays and Box Office Blues
Erik Childress breaks down the lackluster Autumn movie season, charting the winners & losers and then takes you through a preview of what may come out on top during the holidays. Then he is joined by Sergio Mims to talk about new Blu-rays including Bubba Ho-Tep and new titles from Sony, Warner Bros, Mill Creek, Kino along with revisiting the documentary Weiner. But the Cubs have also won the World Series for the first time in 108 years and Erik shares his memories of the game and the person he wishes he could share it with.

Episode 31: Rare Exports: A Happy Pre-Election Halloween!
It's Halloween week! That means after catching up on some new classic Blu-rays from Kino and Twilight Time, Sergio Mims sticks around to offer an extensive list of Halloween favorites and gems you may want to add for your viewing enjoyment.

Episode 30: Two Weeks at the Chicago International Film Festival (Part 2)
This week we wrap up talk of this year's CIFF with RogerEbert.com's Peter Sobczynski after another round of Blu-ray talk with Sergio Mims and a look at the failing autumn box office. Erik Childress looks at the numbers, the festival and begins to gear up for Halloween movie watching.

Episode 29: Two Weeks at the Chicago International Film Festival (Part 1)
Ain't It Cool News' Steve Prokopy stops by to talk about choice movies playing Chicago's premier film festival. But first, Erik Childress analyzes the disappointments of the fall box office and is then joined once again by Sergio Mims to talk new Blu-rays by Criterion, Olive Films, Warner Bros., Universal and HBO.

Episode 28: A Girl, A Train & All Those Twists
Erik Childress is joined by Sergio Mims to talk about some of the latest Blu-ray releases from Warner Bros, Lionsgate, Kino, Shout Factory and Bayview. Collin Souter stops by to talk the best and worst twists in movies. Which category will The Girl on the Train fall into?

Episode 27: What a Disaster: A Prologue to Deepwater Horizon
This week Erik Childress does a quick analysis of the box office before getting to Sergio Mims for their weekly DVD discussion. After that, Sergio sticks around to kick off a new segment as they analyze the history of the disaster film, a title that may follow around the new Peter Berg/Mark Wahlberg effort in more ways than one.

Episode 26: Going Back to Toronto
Erik Childress returns from Toronto to catch up on the latest Blu-rays with Sergio Mims and announce a special update to this regular segment. Then he is joined by Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com to talk about some of the best films they saw at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Episode 25: The Winners, the Losers and the Paramount
Sergio Mims joins the podcast once again to discuss the latest in Blu-rays, but not before Erik Childress breaks down the summer box office and where studios may continue to be going wrong with their releases.

Episode 24: Nate Parker and the Birth of a Controversy
This week's episode foregoes the regular segments such as box office and Blu-rays when Erik Childress has a frank discussion with Sergio Mims about the Nate Parker sexual assault case from the past as well as the future of an audience's relationship with The Birth of a Nation..

Episode 23: You Found This Footage Where?
After explaining why it would be wrong to forget about Pete's Dragon, Erik Childress talks with Blu-ray and film history expert, Sergio Mims, on a new batch of titles. Then he is joined by critic and film producer Scott Weinberg to discuss the world premiere of Found Footage 3-D.


Episode 22: The Fantasia of a Bruce Campbell Festival
After Erik Childress is done analyzing the future prospects of Suicide Squad's run at the box office he talks with Steve Prokopy about the Fantasia Film Festival and then with Josh Goldbloom about the returning Bruce Campbell Horror Fest.

Episode 21: Ghostbusters & Other B.S.
After Sergio Mims goes over what is new on the Blu-ray front, Erik Laws joins the discussion to share in the disappointment of Suicide Squad..

Episode 20: Ghostbusters & Other B.S.
Erik talks once again with Sergio Mims about the latest Blu-Ray releases, along with summer movie recommendations and box office analysis!.

Episode 19: Ghostbusters & Other B.S.
This week, Erik Childress looks at how weird the box office this summer and then gives his thoughts on the new Ghostbusters reboot with Hitfix's Drew McWeeny as they discuss all kinds of B.S. about haters, critics and the industry.


Episode 18: Meet Me Halfway Out of a Bad Year
This week Erik Childress creates a mock ballot for his choices of the best of 2016 so far and gives the latest look at the box office. Sergio Mims is back to talk new Blu-rays and a bit about "the Spielberg brand."

Episode 17: Exorcising the Neon Demon
Another epic episode starts with dissecting the summer box office slump. Then Sergio Mims talks an array of new Blu-rays and DVDs. Finally Jim Laczkowski stops by to trade thoughts on the latest from Nicolas Winding Refn.

Episode 16: Serenity Now, DePalma Later
This week Erik Childress talks to Peter Sobczynski about the Brian DePalma documentary as well as the retrospective at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. The box office is examined again as well, but not before an examination of the Orlando aftermath.

Episode 15: Hollywood's Free Fall and Other Reasons To Stay Home
This week's episode chronicles the beginning of the worst summer box office in a decade, a conversation with Sergio Mims about new Blu-rays to check out as well as one with Patrick Bromley of FThisMovie.net about Junesploitation.

Episode 14: Catching Up and Ready to Listen
This week's episode has Erik Childress dissecting the Memorial Day Weekend box office, has another visit from Sergio Mims to discuss new Blu-rays and is hoping to hear from the listeners as to what they want to hear on future episodes.

Episode 13: Why Are We Fighting? Love Will Set You Free
This week's "epic" episode of Movie Madness features guests Sergio Mims talking about a number of great Blu-rays to save you from the Money Monster as well as comic book expert Erik Laws for an in-depth conversation about why Captain America: Civil War works as well as it does.


Episode 12: Summer Box Office Prediction Edition
This week your host, Erik Childress, concentrates on one thing and one thing only - the summer box office. What has he got in the Top Ten? What films may bomb? How many will make $100 million? Will he be wrong? More importantly, could he be right? Where will your money go?

Episode 11: Forget Keanu. Remember Dolemite
This week Erik Childress gives his thoughts on Alien Day, rails against the decision to platform a Tom Hanks film and then is joined by WHPK Radio partner, Sergio Mims, to catch-up on some Blu-ray titles you may enjoy rather than rushing out to a lackluster lineup before the summer movie season kicks off.

Episode 10: Singing the Praises of "Street"
Movie Madness returns this week with a catch-up on how the box office has fared, a bunch of Blu-ray recommendations, reviews of a couple movies you may want to skip and one that guest Collin Souter agrees should be sought out immediately so its finds more audiences.

Episode 9: Let the Midnight Special...
This week, Erik Childress discusses the latest Jeff Nichols film at length with Jim Laczkowski. He also recommends some new DVDs to check out and tears into the box office of Batman v Superman and the mythical divide between critics and audiences.

Episode 8: Dawn of the Dead: Batman vs. Superman Edition
This week Erik Childress catches up on DVDs, talks about what is going on with The Divergent Series at the box office and an in-depth near-90-minute conversation with comic book expert, Erik Laws, about the latest Zack Snyder/DC Comics pairing.

Episode 7: South by Southwest 2016
This week Erik Childress talks live from Austin, TX with Ain't It Cool News' Steve Prokopy about all of the great titles from this year's SXSW Film Festival.

Episode 6: The Chicago Critics Film Festival is Coming!
This week, Erik Childress flies solo as he prepares for SXSW. He talks about the week's box office, recommends some DVDs worth binging on a weekend when studios where hesitant to show their new films and then previews the first seven films announced for this year's Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre.

Episode 5: Knight & Day: The Latest from Terrence Malick
This week, a brief recap of the Oscars along with last weekend's box office, the top DVDs to check out this week, a review of Zootopia and a lengthy debate over the merits of Knight of Cups (or lack thereof) with Peter Sobczynski.

Episode 4: 9-9-9 Oscar Down
This week, Erik Childress looks at Eddie the Eagle and then is joined by managing editor of RogerEbert.com, Brian Tallerico, to discuss the failures of Triple 9 as well as this year's Oscars. Predictions and analysis aplenty.

Episode 3: Crisis of Faith in the Risen Witch
Erik Childress flies solo this week discussing his experiences with The Witch and Risen while also given his top Blu-ray recommendations and how Deadpool is trying to become an all-timer in front-loaded box office history.

Episode 2: Deadpool of Money
This week on Movie Madness, Erik Childress goes through the week's new DVD/Blu-ray releases and recommends his top three. He talks to comic book expert, Erik Laws, about Deadpool and what it could mean for the DC Universe as well as examine this week's box office and where Zoolander 2 and How To Be Single measure up.

Episode 1: Hail Caesar and the Debut of Movie Madness
Erik Childress kicks off the debut edition of Movie Madness with a return from the Sundance Film Festival and his Top 10 films from there. He is joined by Collin Souter from RogerEbert.com for an in-depth discussion of the Coen Bros.' Hail, Caesar! as well as Patrick Bromley from www.fthismovie.net to discuss a very special movie-viewing event. Even a little box office is thrown in for good measure.








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