Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 287 – The Pantheon

Shouts From the Back Row only has a very limited number of episodes left, so Gill, Robin, and TK decided to go back to their Pantheon of Films to talk about some of their favourite movies of all time. They each chose a film from their Pantheon lists for their fellow podcasters to watch, and now they’re doing to discuss them. TK chose the Frank Capra classic farce Arsenic and Old Lace, Robin picked the groundbreaking zombie movie Dawn of the Dead, and Gill opted for what he considers to be one of the most underrated Westerns of all time: Tombstone. Click here to download the episode!

Shouts From the Back Row’s theme music was composed and performed by Vince Nitro!

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 286 – Summer 2017 Catch-up

The boys are back! After a long summer break, Gill, Robin, and TK return to Shouts From the Back Row with a big announcement: the podcast is coming to an end. August marks seven years since we started recording this show, and so it seemed like an appropriate way to send it off as well. For the rest of August, we’ll be diving into some fun topics to celebrate seven years and nearly 300 episodes of the podcast, and this week the guys are giving their thoughts on all the summer blockbusters! Click here to download the episode!

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Castor’s Underrated Gems: Dragnet (1987)

Before 21 and 22 Jump Street popularized the gimmick of updating dated, melodramatic television shows of yore into self-effacing, comedic ore, 1987 gave us a skewering of the 1950’s police procedural Dragnet. Since the template was relatively novel, I can imagine nostalgic Baby Boomers being apoplectic about their beloved crime drama being “bastardized” into a big-screen spoof.

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Twin Peaks: The Return (Episode 1)

I must confess to the fact that I’m a Twin Peaks newcomer. I haven’t seen any of the previous episodes but I’ve been recapped on the Laura Palmer murder mystery and the ensuing oddities from friends. Having said that, I’m still a devout fan of David Lynch’s oeuvre of idiosyncratic surrealism (The Elephant Man, Dune and Blue Velvet being my personal choices for his magnum opuses).

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The Reviewinator: Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Johnny Depp created one of the most iconic protagonists in cinema history with his off-the-wall portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003 that earned him an Oscar nomination. Sadly, the sequels did little more than rehash the same old shtick ad nauseam. It didn’t help that many of them had plots so convoluted that audiences just gave up trying to figure out what they were about. But great characters are what draw crowds back into movie theaters. With overstuffed 2nd and 3rd entries, and a pointless 4th entry, we now come to the 5th (and final?) entry with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 286 – Sir Roger Moore, Powers Boothe, and Michael Parks

The past few weeks have seen the passing of three very notable actors: Sir Roger Moore, Powers Boothe, and Michael Parks. Three iconic actors with three very different careers, these three gentlemen are paid tribute on this episode of Shouts From the Back Row as Gill, Robin, and TK list their favourite roles from a trio of cinematic greats. Click here to download the episode!

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The Reviewinator: Alien – Covenant (2017)

Am I the only one who’s noticed that Ridley Scott is going the George Lucas route with the Alien franchise? Not that that’s a bad thing, as he’s a far better filmmaker even on his worst day. But there has yet to be a prequel series that outshines or even matches the originals. And Alien was a franchise that never needed a prequel to begin with, given that the first movie introduced the aliens through happenstance, which will become increasingly more far-fetched with the continued additions of prior encounters.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 285 – Dame Helen Mirren

There are few actresses who radiate elegance and class, yet also have a commanding presence, in the same way as Dame Helen Mirren. A celebrated actress of stage and screen, Mirren has been acting since the 1960’s, but she has experienced a bit of a renaissance recently when studios discovered that we all love watching her in action movies like The Fate of the Furious. On this episode, Gill, Robin, and TK examine the career of Helen Mirren, list their favourite roles of hers, and ponder just what makes her so appealing. Click here to download the episode!

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Shouts From The Back Row – Episode 284 – Can You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking?

When it comes to actors working today, there are few who can compare to the sheer star power of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. With The Fate of the Furious at the top of the box officer right now, Gill, Robin, and TK take a look back upon The Rock’s rise to fame from his start as a professional wrestler…to singing in an Oscar-nominated Disney animated film. Click here to download the episode!

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The Reviewinator: Marvel’s Iron Fist (Season 1)

Sometimes I don’t get myself. I’m not a comic book fan, I’m not really a superhero fan, and yet once I commit a certain amount of binge time to something, I feel the need to see it through to the end no matter how much I die inside. Maybe binging 50 years’ worth of Star Trek left me with a void to fill so I turned to the fastest growing alternative, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, currently holding at 14 movies and 11 seasons of TV, including this one, starring someone I confess I never heard of before: Marvel’s Iron Fist.

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