Jonah Ray Rodrigues (Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail) sits down with writers, directors, and actors to watch their films and talk about their careers, creative process, and behind-the-scenes dirt. It's part interview, part commentary track, and part riffing. Listen in or watch along at home!
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie with Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Murphy
We've got Movie Sign! This week, Jonah sits down with actor-writers Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Murphy to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie!
Trace and Kevin talk about their fraught relationship with the studio, the early crowdfunding plan they considered, making MST3K more cinematic for the big screen, scenes and songs they wish they'd filmed, the joys of riffing, and finding your people on the fringes of comedy!
LinksFind out where to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000: The MovieCheck out The Mads Are Back with Frank Conniff and Trace BeaulieuFollow Trace on TwitterListen to Rifftrax with Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin MurphyFollow Kevin on Twitter and InstagramThank you to Allie Goertz for our theme song and Perry Shall for our artwork.
Toy Soldiers with Wil Wheaton
Jonah drops out of the air vents to watch Toy Soldiers with actor Wil Wheaton!
By the time he turned 18, Wil had spent half of his life acting, but the abuse he suffered on and off set left him disillusioned and depressed. Then he joined a cast of fellow young actors in Toy Soldiers and his interest in filmmaking was renewed.
Wil tells Jonah about making connections via punk rock, the dangers of fake bullets, aborted helicopter rides, quitting (and later returning to) show business, and ethical guidelines for the parents of child actors.
LinksFind out where to watch Toy SoldiersWil interviews the cast of Star Trek: Discovery every week on The Ready RoomWil recaps the competitive AI reality show Rival Peak on Rival SpeakJonah plays Say Anything and Epic Spell Wars on Wil's web series TabletopWil was interviewed for our friend Alex Winter's documentary Showbiz KidsFollow Wil on InstagramThank you to Allie Goertz for our theme song and Perry Shall for our artwork.
Pooka Lives! with Malcolm Barrett, Felicia Day, and Alejandro Brugués
It's a bloody free-for-all as Jonah watches Pooka Lives! with actor Malcolm Barrett, actor/Executive Producer Felicia Day, and director Alejandro Brugués! They talk about making every shot count on a low-budget film, why actors should never eat in a scene, having trouble hitting your marks, being from Brooklyn, and tearing down walls (literal and metaphorical.)
LinksFind out where to watch Pooka Lives!Watch Going Live With Malcolm With Malcolm, Malcolm’s streaming talk showFollow Malcolm on Twitter and InstagramSubscribe to Felicia's Twitch channelFollow Felicia on Twitter and InstagramListen to our Juan of The Dead episode with AlejandroFollow Alejandro on Twitter and InstagramThank you to Allie Goertz for our theme song and Perry Shall for our artwork.
The Big Sick with Emily V. Gordon
This week, Jonah watches The Big Sick with dear friend and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Emily V. Gordon!
In 2006, when Emily and actor Kumail Nanjiani were newly dating, she developed a sudden life-threatening illness and was placed in a medically induced coma. After a lengthy recovery period, Emily and Kumail adapted that harrowing experience into The Big Sick.
Emily chats with Jonah about molding their story into a version that works for the screen, the unique scenes women identify with most, how her background as a therapist helps her figure out characters' motivations, when to take notes and when to stick to your guns, combatting writer's block, and how award nominations become an unexpected second job.
LinksFind out where to watch The Big SickStream Emily's series Little America on Apple TV+Read Emily's book Super YouFor writing advice, Emily and Jonah recommend Save The Cat! by Blake Snyder, Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure, The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird, and Michael Arndt's free lectures on Beginnings and EndingsFollow Emily on Twitter and InstagramThank you to Allie Goertz for our theme song and Perry Shall for our artwork.
Juan of The Dead with Alejandro Brugués
Jonah grabs an oar and dives into Juan of The Dead with writer/director Alejandro Brugués!
Alejandro grew up in Havana during the Cold War, but his parents' work as diplomats gave him access to an outside world—including American movies—unavailable to most Cubans. He tells Jonah about writing a zombie movie for an audience that had never seen zombie movies, filming social commentary under close government scrutiny, paying homage to his cinematic heroes, and the opening scene of a hypothetical Juan sequel!
LinksFind out where to watch Juan of The DeadStream Pooka Lives! on HuluFollow Alejandro on Twitter and InstagramThank you to Allie Goertz for our theme song and Perry Shall for our artwork.
Friday The 13th with Derek Mears
Jonah ventures into the woods to watch 2009's Friday The 13th with actor Derek Mears!
Despite his imposing stature, Derek actually came up in improv comedy, but it was a theme park job that opened the door to his dual career in acting and stuntwork. His intense preparation and dependability have earned him a number of iconic roles, including Jason Voorhees.
Derek chats with Jonah about the responsibility of playing a beloved character, terrifying the crew with his strength, the extremes his co-stars were willing to go to, on-set injuries, and the dream projects he's now pursuing.
LinksFind out where to watch Friday The 13thStream DC's Swamp Thing for freeDerek's Hollywood Undead Rockin' Roundtable part one and part twoThe Resistance, Derek’s improvised action comedy live showFollow Derek on Twitter and InstagramThank you to Allie Goertz for our theme song and Perry Shall for our artwork.
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Definitely the best movie podcast I’ve listened to
I had such a blast listening to this podcast! It was awesome to hear Alex Winter chat about bogus journey and mick Garris chat about critters. I can’t wait to see what else is coming down the road! It’s great to hear this commentary from Alex and mick about their movies. Its super insightful and fun to listen to these guys reflect on their work. I’m super excited to listen to Derek Mears chat about Friday the 13th on the next episode!
I Would love to hear an episode about the Room (2003)
This podcast is such a great concept and it hasn't disappointed. You can tell Jonah truly loves the movies being watched which makes him a gracious and fun host of the show. The Bogus Journey episode with Alex Winter was so fun and it was super easy to sync up and watch the movie along with them. For me, I just put one earbud in from my phone playing the podcast and then watched the movie with captions on my TV. I can't wait to see what other movies they do, from even more cult classics to hopefully even some genuinely recognized cinema. My dream episode would probably be way too meta, but a watch along of MST3K: The Movie with Mike or Kevin or Trace would be killer