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Is ‘The Fast and The Furious’ the Greatest Movie Franchise of All Time? | SIDEBAR FOREVER

Is ‘The Fast and The Furious’ the Greatest Movie Franchise of All Time? | SIDEBAR FOREVER

July 12, 2021

F9, the ninth installment in the 'Fast and Furious' franchise is in theaters now, and the question had to be asked: Is it the greatest movie franchise of all time? 

In the conversation, we discuss the status of the 'Fast' films in cinematic history, other great franchises like 'Mission Impossible', 'Star Wars' and 'Jurassic Park', as well as the difference between a franchise and a series of films.

10 Movies That Are Basically ‘Die Hard on a ________’  | SIDEBAR FOREVER

10 Movies That Are Basically ‘Die Hard on a ________’ | SIDEBAR FOREVER

July 5, 2021

On today's episode, it's the movie that launched a thousand other movies: 'Die Hard'. So many copycats came along after the success of the original 'Die Hard' in 1988, we thought it would be fun to chop them up: 'Toy Soldiers', 'Sudden Death', 'Passenger 57', 'Speed', 'White House Down' and more!

SIDEBAR CLASSIC - MARKO DJURDJEVIC | SIDEBAR FOREVER

SIDEBAR CLASSIC - MARKO DJURDJEVIC | SIDEBAR FOREVER

June 28, 2021

Originally broadcast in 2008, here is a classic interview from our 'Barchives' with renowned illustrator/concept artist Marko Djurdjević.

At the time of this interview, Marko was deep into an incredible, fan-favorite run of fantastic covers for Marvel Comics. In addition, he was renowned for his concepts and illustrations with Massive Black. 

In the conversation, Marko discusses his origins of getting into illustration, posting his work on concept.org for the first time and his love of teaching and sharing with other artists.

Today, Djurdjević continues amazing work with his wife Jelena and the team at SixMoreVodka in Berlin, Germany.

 

This episode continues our re-presentation of classic interviews and roundtables from our previous incarnation as SiDEBAR: The Pop Culture Podcast into our podcast feed. We hope that our listeners, both new and old, will enjoy these vintage back episodes and follow us here for new episodes of Sidebar Forever!

Rural Crime Movies | SIDEBAR FOREVER

Rural Crime Movies | SIDEBAR FOREVER

June 21, 2021

On today’s podcast, we discuss the film subgenre known as rural crime movies: revenge plots, deep family secrets, failed kidnappings, and the lure of quick and easy money — all right in the middle of Anywhere, USA. 

‘Bonnie and Clyde’, ‘The Getaway’ (1972 & 1994), ‘Blood Simple’, ‘At Close Range’, ‘A Simple Plan’, ‘Fargo’, and ‘No Country for Old Men’ are just a few of the films we explore as we try to determine what sets rural crime apart from other crime movies. Also, what do we learn about the human condition by telling these tales against the backdrop of the deep South, the Heartland, and the modern day American frontier?

If Alan Moore Ain’t the GOAT, Nobody Is! | SIDEBAR FOREVER

If Alan Moore Ain’t the GOAT, Nobody Is! | SIDEBAR FOREVER

June 14, 2021

Writer Alan Moore is one of the most revered and admired comic book creators of his generation. Many consider him ‘the GOAT’ (Greatest Of All Time) -- but is it true? 

On today's episode, we discuss Moore's career, his status as the greatest, and many of his most noted works: Marvelman, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Playback: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) | SIDEBAR FOREVER

Playback: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) | SIDEBAR FOREVER

June 7, 2021

Forty years ago, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ was released in theaters and pop culture was forever changed. 

Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, this classic adventure film has everything you want: thrills, chills, spills, and oh, yeah — snakes. 

On today's podcast, we celebrate this landmark anniversary by going all-in on the cast, script, the making of the film, and every single bit of trivia we could dig up. We also chat about the careers of Ford and Spielberg, pre and post ‘Raiders’, and how this film is the shared crown jewel in both of their filmographies.

Playback: Escape from New York (1981) | SIDEBAR FOREVER

Playback: Escape from New York (1981) | SIDEBAR FOREVER

June 1, 2021

On today's podcast, we play back John Carpenter's dystopian action film ‘Escape From New York’. 

Released in 1981, this year marks the 40th anniversary of this sci-fi classic and we catch up with all the crazies: Kurt Russell as Snake, Isaac Hayes as The Duke, Ernest Borgnine as Cabbie, as well as Hauk, Brain, Maggie, Romero, and President Harker. 

We also get into some trivia as far as how the film got made, alternate casting choices, and a few superstar names who worked behind the scenes.

Sidebar Classic - JOHN PAUL LEON | SIDEBAR FOREVER

Sidebar Classic - JOHN PAUL LEON | SIDEBAR FOREVER

May 24, 2021

Originally broadcast in November 2010, here is a classic interview from our 'Barchives' with comic artist/illustrator, the late John Paul Leon (1972 - 2021).

Leon’s immense talent and thoughtfulness towards the craft of black and white picture-making was universally respected by peers and fans alike. Among his comics output, he was known for his work on Milestone’s ‘Static’ and ‘Shadow Cabinet’ titles, Marvel’s ‘Earth X’ and WildStorm’s ‘The Winter Men’. In addition, he embellished countless comic book covers with his art and contributed to style guides for Hollywood films such as ‘Superman Returns’, ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’. 

 

This episode continues our re-presentation of classic interviews and roundtables from our previous incarnation as SiDEBAR: The Pop Culture Podcast into our podcast feed. We hope that our listeners, both new and old, will enjoy these vintage back episodes and follow us here for new episodes of Sidebar Forever!

Playback: Snowpiercer (2013) | SIDEBAR FOREVER

Playback: Snowpiercer (2013) | SIDEBAR FOREVER

May 17, 2021

Today’s podcast is a Playback review of the 2013 climate-fiction film ‘Snowpiercer’. Written and directed by Bong Joon-Ho, and starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-Ho and Ed Harris, ‘Snowpiercer’ is a post-apocalyptic tale about a second ice age where the last remaining humans and animals live on board a futuristic supertrain. However, if the train stops, everyone freezes to death and humanity is lost forever. The film also explores deeper themes of class, privilege, inequality, and ultimately, survival.

#PayBrubakerAndEpting | SIDEBAR FOREVER

#PayBrubakerAndEpting | SIDEBAR FOREVER

May 10, 2021

The hashtag says it all! 

On today's episode, we chop up writer and Winter Soldier co-creator Ed Brubaker's recent comments on the Fatman Beyond podcast. Ed spoke candidly about his unease at seeing the character's success and popularity in the MCU and now, streaming online. 

We also discuss other well known comic book creators who haven't **really** been shown the money like Marv Wolfman, Bill Mantlo, Dave Cockrum and the late Len Wein.

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