Friday, October 31, 2008

Episode 14: Poltergeist

Just in time for Halloween (barely)!

J.R. and I discuss a true rarity: a legitimately scary PG movie. BTW, there's a 10-minute sequence where we lost J.R.'s audio. I went back and commented during some of those parts. Kinda weird. It's a commentary on a commentary.

What do you think this kid's favorite movie is?

Clowns were always scary right?

Resisting intestinal force.

Tobe Hooper's beast.

Steven Spielberg's beast.

It doesn't matter how bad of a day I've had. I'll never rip off my own face.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Episode 13: Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan

Don't be alarmed if the title of this podcast says something weird like "Podcast 16" or something like that. This is a "simul-podcast" of The Jon Madsen Movie Commentary Podcast and J.R. Watches Star Trek for the First Time.

In the meantime, buckle in and enjoy the finest Star Trek film to date (even though the Enterprise doesn't have seat belts -- obviously). Ricardo Montalban gives the performance of his life here.

Khan: menacing to the end and also a stellar rack.

Kirk: finally finding a reason to emote.

Scotty: next time take the kid to sick bay!

Quien es mas macho?

Live long and prosper, Spock. Actually, never mind -- at least until the next movie.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

little help?

Hey. I just nominated the podcast and the blog for some awards over yonder at the Blogger's Choice Awards. Throw a vote over! Sure! Why not? Also notice the buttons over on the side that you can push now. Here are the important links:

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Best Podcast
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Episode 12: Sixteen Candles (Part 2)

For the second half I had the very enjoyable Dre Deming helping me out. She has wonderful insight into the 16-year-old girl psyche.

"Wasserproblem?" Watch for Jami Gertz (back) in another commentary soon (hopefully).

"Jaaaaake!" So, is that an aquarium or a coffee table?

"There's your Chinaman."

This would be Samantha Baker's defining life moment until three seconds later when both she and Jake get horribly burned and then fall through the glass table.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Episode 12: Sixteen Candles (Part 1)

It's been a long lonely lonely lonely lonely time since we did this thing, so it was a lot of fun (but stressful).

As announced, we did the John Hughes classic, Sixteen Candles. This is our third John Hughes film after Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful. That means a whole quarter of our commentaries have been John Hughes films. We'll have to switch to Ingmar Bergman or something.

"Confidential" is misspelled in the sex quiz. There's a little fun fact.

This boring dude is the school's heartthrob. What a boring school.

"What's happenin' Hot Stuff?"

"Geek, can I be honest with you?"

You know you guys can find girls' underwear at Kmart right?

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Friday, May 23, 2008

talk to you next friday

I want to get off the hiatus of The Jon Madsen Movie Commentary Podcast.

We haven't done a new commentary in several months and it's totally time to start up again. Part of the problem is that logistically it's pretty hard to reserve a time and place as well as worry about all the technical issues (i.e. where to put our one microphone and having enough headphones for everybody, etc.). A bigger problem is simply getting people to do it with me. It's difficult to cram people into my room or wherever we do it and I always feel weird asking people to do it, because even though it's a lot of fun, it's still sort of a favor to me.

Anyway, I want to try something pioneering in the practice of movie commentaries. A week from today at 3:00 p.m. (schedule permitting), I'm going to watch and comment on the movie Sixteen Candles.

Here's the deal. If you're reading this, I want YOU to participate. What I'm going to do is broadcast my voice over my account on Ustream. Also, I now have the technology available to me to broadcast the video of Sixteen Candles at the same time. That way, as you're watching the movie through Ustream, you can go ahead and chat with me what YOU want to say about the movie and then I can say it. Doesn't that sound fun? I know, I love Sixteen Candles too. Hopefully since it's a Friday afternoon, many of you won't have too much of a workload.

You may be asking the question right now, "Jon, if we're watching the movie at the same time how are we going to chat in our comments in time for you to say them at the appropriate time?" Well, the answer to that is that the movie you watch will be broadcast to you 30 seconds before the movie I watch. That way we can plan for the chatting delay and the Ustream broadcast delay. Oh, and before you can chat, you may need to sign up with Ustream. Don't worry, you don't need to pay any money and you have a whole week to do so.

Hopefully it works. Please help me make it work. And I still want to do the live commentaries. If you want to do one please let me know and I'll make whatever accommodations you need. I'm looking at you, Brad the archeologist, about a possible Raiders of the Lost Ark commentary (gosh, we really should have done it before the new movie came out).

Anyway, Friday May 30th at 3:00 MST. Mark it!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

happy birthday to me!

So yesterday I got a kind of weird birthday present in the form of Zarban finding our little commentary dealie we're doing right now and adding our commentaries to his galactic database! See the comment on the previous post if I didn't sound that out properly. It's a sign that we're gonna need to continue the project soon. I'm also real excited to discover this "House of Commentaries." He's got nearly 1000 different dvd commentaries from different creators listed over there. I'm excited to try a few out for the listen. Hopefully, others like us will want to try out some of the ones we've done here. Anyway, notice the new link over on the right.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Okay I know it's been months and months since we've done a commentary, but we haven't forgotten or anything and this is still on our minds. Now that the writer's strike is over, we will return from hiatus shortly (not that that has anything to do with this).

Stay alive! No matter what occurs... I will find you!