24 episodes

Elvis Presley is one of the most famous musicians ever. What happens when you take the music out of the equation and choose to focus solely on his movies? Enter Viva Pod Vegas: The Elvis Presley Film Podcast! Hosted by Joey Lewandowski and Mike Manzi, Viva Pod Vegas is a deep dive into the 31 films that Elvis Presley starred in, plus specials and some surprises. Uh, thank you very much for listening. Presented by the CageClub Podcast Network.

Viva Pod Vegas: The Elvis Presley Film Podcast Joey Lewandowski and Mike Manzi

    • TV & Film
    • 4.4 • 30 Ratings

Elvis Presley is one of the most famous musicians ever. What happens when you take the music out of the equation and choose to focus solely on his movies? Enter Viva Pod Vegas: The Elvis Presley Film Podcast! Hosted by Joey Lewandowski and Mike Manzi, Viva Pod Vegas is a deep dive into the 31 films that Elvis Presley starred in, plus specials and some surprises. Uh, thank you very much for listening. Presented by the CageClub Podcast Network.

    Frankie and Johnny (1966)

    Frankie and Johnny (1966)

    Viva Pod Vegas is back with Frankie and Johnny, the first non-cowboy period piece in Elvis Presley’s filmography! After some long overdue email reads, we welcome Col. Tom Parker back to the podcast to sort our way through some more terrible taglines that miss the mark. We talk about whether or not this is THE Nellie Bly, whether or not the Dixieland music fits the movie, and whether or not the meta approach to the story works in 1966. We discuss Elvis as a degenerate gambler, the Gibson Girl, and “Elvis’s bulge.” We try to make sense of the core love stories in this movie, revel in how Elvis movies lean into cinematic cliches, and try to figure out if Frankie and Johnny (the characters) have a happy ending. We retire the “best Elvis song” and are forced to pick a new one. We play our other games and discuss recent Riley Keough projects.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Sofia Coppola's Priscilla (2023)

    Sofia Coppola's Priscilla (2023)

    We’re taking another brief detour on Viva Pod Vegas to cover Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, now playing in theaters! We talk about Priscilla as a complement to Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, its focus on Elvis’s film career (rather than his music career), and how it compared to what we expected the movie to be. We explore the “controversies” behind the scenes, talk about our favorite music moments, and imagine how close this final product was to Sofia Coppola’s original vision. We also talk about Cailee Spaeny as Priscilla — and the movie’s incredible ability to capture her growth in this movie — and Jacob Elordi as Elvis — and how his portrayal compares to last year’s performance by Austin Butler. We also come to the realization that after last year’s film centering on Col. Tom Parker’s point of view, and this film centering on Priscilla’s point of view… we haven’t gotten an Elvis biopic from his own perspective.

    • 43 min
    Harum Scarum (1965)

    Harum Scarum (1965)

    Viva Pod Vegas returns with Harum Scarum, which seems (unfortunately) to be Elvis's cinematic career low. But if this is the low point... things really aren't so bad overall? It's one of the shortest movies we've had so far -- and still filled with padding -- and its backstory is filled with tonal confusion and creative burnout. We discuss all that as well as its incredible opening scene, its seeming refusal to explain its plot, and its cultural insensitivities. We wonder if they could have leaned into a full parody of Elvis movies, discuss how much James Bond influence can be found in Harum Scarum, and why Elvis keeps falling asleep to be awoken by a kiss. We talk about Elvis's sultry song to an 8-year-old girl and his singing via reflecting pool. Joey's hair blindness rears its ugly head. We look ahead to Frankie and Johnny (and other upcoming episodes).

    • 57 min
    Tickle Me (1965)

    Tickle Me (1965)

    The time has come, at last, for Viva Pod Vegas to get to (perhaps) Elvis Presley's weirdest movie title yet: Tickle Me. We talk about the misleading title (and the original [bad] title, too), read some emails, and make some Scooby Doo connections. We describe Tickle Me's almost inexplicable plot, explore its six (!) taglines and largely unknown cast, and wonder why *this* was the movie that Elvis won an award for. We talk about Elvis continually disrupting everything by singing songs, his duet with a horse, and his many (many) fights. We break down Elvis as a rodeo rider, a Deadwood-era performer, and a mind reader (?). Joey shares his issues with the way this movie plays out, while Mike has ideas on how to easily make it better. We explore the concept of "movie says so," discuss restarting Viva Pod Vegas after we wrap up its initial run, and predict Harum Scarum -- which we had way, way wrong.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    War Pony (2022) (dir. Riley Keough and Gina Gammell)

    War Pony (2022) (dir. Riley Keough and Gina Gammell)

    We're taking a quick pit stop from our regularly scheduled Elvis programming to cover his granddaughter Riley Keough's directorial debut: War Pony! After catching up on Riley Keough News (and one email from a concerned listener seeking our Tickle Me episode), we dive into War Pony to talk about the story behind the movie, the many types of stories that are ready to be told (and are finally getting a chance to be told), and Keough's confidence as a first-time director (alongside her directorial partner and best friend Gina Gammell). We talk about the similarities we find to American Honey, the nearly overwhelming sense of looming dread throughout the film, and how the film seems to have some Zola vibes. We discuss our favorite scenes and moments, the cozy sense of community on display, and how naturally the film uses music. 

    • 42 min
    Girl Happy (1965)

    Girl Happy (1965)

    Viva Pod Vegas is back, and we've made it to 1965 to talk about Elvis Presley and Shelley Fabares in Girl Happy! Before we dive into the movie, we talk about the teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola's Priscilla, we share some exciting news about Elvis movies on the Criterion Channel, and we read a few more very kind notes from listeners.
    Then, we pack up and head for Fort Lauderdale to talk about Shelley Fabares filling the Ann-Margret void, the world's oldest college kids, and why the "Do the Clam" dance never caught on. We talk about Girl Happy as a response to Beatlemania, its comparison between the women of Florida and the women of Chicago, and Elvis pulling a Magic Mike and setting off an entire chain of events he has to reckon with.
    We talk about the greatest Elvis song name in history ("Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce"), Girl Happy becoming a "women in prison" movie, and how to simplify the movie and solve its story issues. We admire Elvis's incredible guessing game, laugh about him pulling a Superman IV, and find ourselves thinking about the Kittyhawks again.
    We re-adjust how we do the "best song in an Elvis movie" game. We get very, very excited for Tickle Me after we read its plot description.

    • 1 hr 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

calielvisgirl ,

Love your sense of humor !!

Long time Elvis fan - my interested was reenergized by the new Elvis movie. Love this podcast it’s funny and charming and you can see a love and respect for Elvis. My only concern is the lack of basic knowledge about Elvis biography (historical dates and personal life) and also vintage movie trivia. That Touch of Mink you mentioned in latest movie is very famous Cary Grant / Doris Day movie. I expect more knowledge of movie trivia of the era. Other then that - love it. Love the Fast & Furious references and Con Air.

Nicky Elvis ,

Nick.

Hey Guys Love Your Podcast on Elvis Movies My Favorite’s are King Creole Jailhouse Rock and Blue Hawaii. I just want to know are you going to continue the podcast on by review Frankie and Johnny Next? Thanks and keep up with it. 🎸

Marc!Marc!Marc! ,

Love the podcast! More please.

Hi all. I’ve always loved Elvis and seen many (but not close to all) of his movies. With the recent hit movie out + a recent trip to Hawaii to inspire me, I’ve started watching all of The King’s movies. Not in order and not complete yet, but as I started to do this, I wondered if there was a podcast that had more info and opinions on these flix. I found our podcast and I LOVE IT. I appreciate your fresh views on the movies and a nice sense of humor about it all. Thank you. Keep it up! More movie reviews please!

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