45 episodes

Welcome to Mindspace, where each week veteran journalist Geoff Boucher along with guest appearances from notable stars, creators and influencers will help you reach a state of Nerdvana with fascinating conversations, never told stories and trivia about all corners of pop culture. Boucher is well-known to audiences for Comic-Con's biggest Hall H panels and during his three decade career he's interviewed the biggest names in film, television, music, and comics - some of whom will be dropping by the podcast week to week.  

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Welcome to Mindspace, where each week veteran journalist Geoff Boucher along with guest appearances from notable stars, creators and influencers will help you reach a state of Nerdvana with fascinating conversations, never told stories and trivia about all corners of pop culture. Boucher is well-known to audiences for Comic-Con's biggest Hall H panels and during his three decade career he's interviewed the biggest names in film, television, music, and comics - some of whom will be dropping by the podcast week to week.  

    Episode 44 - Tarzan Special

    Episode 44 - Tarzan Special

    TARZAN takes over Mindspace in this episode commemorating Edgar Rice Burroughs' 146th birthday. Film historian, "Showbiz Sandbox" host, and friend of the show MICHAEL GILTZ swings back in to give us a crash course in Tarzan's multimedia lives and afterlives. By the end of this episode, you'll be an expert on Burroughs' life, from his pre-fame time working odd (sometimes literally) jobs, to the Tarzana neighborhood he founded in California. We also cover historical revisions of the Tarzan narrative, such as the "Sword and Soul" movement, when Black creators in the 1970s, including the late Charles R. Saunders, threw out Burroughs' racist tropes and turned the genre on its head.
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    • 59 min
    Episode 43 - Mike Kerr of Royal Blood

    Episode 43 - Mike Kerr of Royal Blood

    Mindspace welcomes bassist and singer MIKE KERR to delve into Typhoons, the latest chart-topping album from the British rock duo Royal Blood. Kerr gives tips on how to recognize your moments of inspiration, as well as how to turn that initial surge of energy into a lasting idea that you can follow through on. Kerr also shares how his life as a musician prepared him for the "stops and starts" that now define our pandemic existence. --- Stick around afterward for a Mindspace team discussion on Royal Blood's psychedelic, hellacious music videos, as well as a retrospective on animated music videos to mark MTV's 40th anniversary.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 42 - Eddie Muller

    Episode 42 - Eddie Muller

    Nobody knows noir like EDDIE MULLER. The host of TCM's Noir Alley and the author of #1 Amazon bestseller DARK CITY: THE LOST WORLD OF FILM NOIR discusses the cinematic legacy of the iconic genre. Geoff Boucher and Eddie Muller talk about how film noir has rippled through American culture, from iconic originals like Double Indemnity to neo-noires like Blade Runner. The history of noir is just as complex and intriguing as the movie plots themselves, bringing together immigrants, code-flouters, and bold creators who freed "protagonists to become the villains."
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 41 - Michael Giltz

    Episode 41 - Michael Giltz

    Arts-and-culture maven MICHAEL GILTZ stops by Mindspace in this incredible two-part episode. --- First and foremost, Michael and Geoff commemmorate the passing of acclaimed director Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon, The Omen, Superman, The Goonies, and the Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"). From their personal stories and experiences, we get a complex portrait of an ambitious man, overflowing with warmth and wit. --- Superman and Superman II feature prominently in our second part, in which Michael breaks down how to CORRECTLY assess the most popular movies of all time (hint: adjust for inflation). He introduces us to a phenomenal list from Box Office Mojo, whose adjusted list of all-time hits will shock and delight you. https://www.boxofficemojo.com/chart/top_lifetime_gross_adjusted/?adjust_gross_to=2020
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    Episode 40 - Ray Morton

    Episode 40 - Ray Morton

    How do you write an empathetic film monster? RAY MORTON, writer and film historian, visits Mindspace to talk about "other" beings, from King Kong to aliens. Morton, a veteran script consultant and screenwriting guide, dissects how various iterations of Kong (including the recent Godzilla vs. King Kong) have engaged audiences' emotions, and how writers have continuously innovated Kong's character to probe new questions of sympathy, connection, and "humanity."
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    • 2 hrs 6 min
    Episode 39 - Matthew Robbins

    Episode 39 - Matthew Robbins

    This June marks the 40th anniversary of dark fantasy classic Dragonslayer. Writer and director MATTHEW ROBBINS reminisces about making a fantasy film during the technological revolution of the 80s: battling camera breakdowns, rough topography, and almost missing filming due to Sir Ralph Richardson's obsession with rare clocks. The Dragonslayer filming saga offers valuable lessons for creatives struggling with setbacks and occasional chaos - and reminds us that the real reward is often the friendships we make along the way. Afterwards, the Mindspace team discusses the SFF zeigeist of 1981, and what economic, cultural, and material factors made it the perfect storm for revolutionary genre movies.
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    • 2 hrs 6 min

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