118 episodes

Walken 101 is a podcast where filmmaker Kenny Johnson and actor Brandon Hardesty watch and dissect Christopher Walken's performance in every film/TV show he's ever appeared in.

Walken 101 Kenny Johnson & Brandon Hardesty

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6, 25 Ratings

Walken 101 is a podcast where filmmaker Kenny Johnson and actor Brandon Hardesty watch and dissect Christopher Walken's performance in every film/TV show he's ever appeared in.

    #117 - Seven Psychopaths (2012)

    #117 - Seven Psychopaths (2012)

    After Kenny takes issue with Brandon's ability to retain information in his brain, they discuss a series of YouTube videos they've been working on in which Brandon plays a version of himself who's trying to become a self-help guru. They then talk about Walken's role in the 2012 crime-comedy 'Seven Psychopaths', agreeing that the film is one of the best examples of a crime-comedy using Walken perfectly as a quiet, eccentric-but-not-over-the-top oddball who makes a living kidnapping dogs and returning them to their owners for reward money. As Brandon begins talking about their next upcoming Walken film, 'A Late Quartet', Kenny and Brandon get into a heated argument over the differences between Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    #116 - Stand-Up Guys (2012) and Evil Calls: The Raven (2008)

    #116 - Stand-Up Guys (2012) and Evil Calls: The Raven (2008)

    After discussing "Short Circuit" and Al Pacino movies, Kenny and Brandon talk about the 2012 crime-comedy-drama 'Stand-Up Guys'. Brandon hated it, citing it as one of many awful "old people last hurrah" movies. Afterwards, Brandon talks about his frustration with purchasing a DVD of an obscure horror movie, 'Evil Calls: The Raven', that Walken was supposedly in, according to his IMDb. Upon watching it and realizing that all the filmmakers did was take a track from a spoken-word album in which Walken recites "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, Brandon and Kenny take to Amazon and give the distributors what for with a scathing Amazon review.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #115 - Dark Horse (2011)

    #115 - Dark Horse (2011)

    After Brandon runs down a list of the various things he knows how to do, he and Kenny discuss Walken's role as a grim father dealing with a man-child son in Todd Solondz's dark comedy 'Dark Horse'. Brandon enjoyed the film, having been a fan of Todd Solondz for years. Kenny hated it, but both agreed that it was a nice departure for Walken. Afterwards, Brandon reads from interviews with Walken and Todd Solondz talking about the movie. Then, Brandon and Kenny talk about a YouTube series they're working on poking fun at YouTubers who paint themselves as self-help/financial gurus, then close it out with looking at their next potential episode. which will either be 'Life's a Beach', a low budget comedy that was actually made in 2000 but sat on the shelf for over a decade, or the low budget horror movie 'Evil Calls: The Raven'.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #114 - Kill the Irishman (2009)

    #114 - Kill the Irishman (2009)

    After Brandon and Kenny reveal the actor to be featured for their next "101" podcast after they finish up with Christopher Walken, they discuss Walken's role as a subdued loan shark in the 'Goodfellas'-esque crime-drama 'Kill the Irishman'.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #113 - 30 Rock (2009)

    #113 - 30 Rock (2009)

    After discussing quarantine habits and the release of part one of "Uploading Walt DisneyWorld", a documentary they had both been working on, Brandon and Kenny discuss Walken's riveting, two-line performance as an impression of his own voice coming out of the mouth of another actor. Since there's not much else to discuss, they dive into reading bizarre, negative reviews of "30 Rock" on Amazon.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #112 - The Maiden Heist (2009)

    #112 - The Maiden Heist (2009)

    After Brandon poses a philosophical question to Kenny that he saw in a horror movie, they talk about the comedy 'The Maiden Heist', starring Christopher Walken as a museum security guard who schemes to steal his favorite art piece for himself. They agreed that the movie itself wasn't very good, but it was refreshing to see Walken as a normal guy. Afterwards, Brandon reads from an NPR article that Kenny sent him about the sordid history of the release of the movie, and how the impact of the 2008 financial crisis negatively affected its marketing campaign. They close the show out by reading incredulous five-star reviews of the film by suspected senior citizens on Amazon.

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Eschwenke ,

An exploration of schadenfreude

Be amused as two guys embark on a mission to watch everything Walken. Little do they know what misery awaits them in the cesspool of mediocrity and nihilism that compromises the bulk of the actor’s career.

MichaelScottReider ,

GREAT!!!!

This podcast is great! I love Kenny's dry humor and Brandon's insight. Plus the banter is comedy gold. Cannot wait to hear you reach Click and Joe Dirt.

RickyBillyBobby ,

Thoroughly addictive

Started late, got caught up rather fast and now the wait for new episodes is excruciating. If only they put them out more often but not at the expense of quality. Now I'm just rambling. Keep up the excellent work, Kenny and Brandon.

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