MORE SCI FI SPIELBERG! E.T., WAR OF THE WORLDS, plus UNSANE, THOROUGHBREADS, AND THE DEATH OF STALIN

Many a long finger is aglow in Carpetland as Siblo and Whalen continue their immersion in everything Sci Fi Spielberg!

Your Carpeteers get things going with a quick chat on some recent new theatrical new releases, including Unsane, The Death of Stalin, and Thoroughbreds (2:50). Then in Carpet Cleaning, the fellas revisit Spielberg’s iconic 80s smash E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, with the help of Ryan Williams from the Fringe Drinking podcast (20:50). And finally, they return to the Carpet curriculum to discuss the extremely expensive, unfairly maligned 2005 alien actioner War of the Worlds (53:00).

Are you a child of the 80s who has recently revisited E.T. as an adult? How did it hold up for you? Are you, like Siblo and Whalen, a War of the Words truther? What new theaterical releases have you enthused? Unfurl your takes on these questions or on anything at all film related at theradcarpet@gmail.com, on Twitter (@theradcarpet), on our Facebook page, or on Instagram. We do love hearing from you, and there’s a better than decent chance that we can work in what you have to say on the air!

This weekend marks the premier of Spielberg’s new film, Ready Player One. We’ll be punching our tickets, with a new episode coming hot at your podcatcher early next week. Stay tuned–and stay very rad!

Check out more from Ryan Williams on the Fringe Drinking podcast here.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, MINORITY REPORT–IT’S SPIELBERG SCI FI MONTH!

Watch the skies, cause a new Rad Carpet episode is hovering your way!

Siblo and Whalen are boarding the Spielberg mothership in anticipation of his forthcoming Ready Player One, here discussing the director’s seminal UFO drama Close Encounters of the Third Kind as well as his somewhat heralded “mature” sci fi effort Minority Report. But first, CJ5000 makes an appearance for a round of “In or Out?”, wherein your Carpeteers unfurl takes on studly New England superstar Mark Wahlberg and, well, on Steven Spielberg himself. The truth is out there–and it’s very rad!

Does Close Encounters hold up for you as classic sci fi? Is Minority Report indeed a mature late-period Spielberg gem? Where do you stand on Wahlberg, Spielberg, or any other relevant -bergs?? Kick us your takes on these questions or on anything at all film related at theradcarpet@gmail.com, on Twitter (@theradcarpet), on our Facebook page, or on Instagram. We do love hearing from you, and there’s a better than decent chance that we can work in what you have to say on the air!

The Stevie sci fi discussion continues next time when we discuss 2005’s maligned War of the Worlds and the much anticipated Read Player One. Stay tuned and rad!

NEW RELEASES, BOGDANOVICH BOMBS, AND DIRECTOR WRAP UP–NEW EP IS LIVE!

The Rad Carpet’s Bogdanovich month takes one more bumbling trip around the roller rink, this time tackling a pair of the director’s box office bombs, 1974’s Daisy Miller (27:15) and 1981’s They All Laughed (45:50). Siblo and Whalen discuss those two vexing entries in the erstwhile New Hollywood stud’s filmography before wrapping a bow on Bog’s work at large in Wall to Wall Carpet (1:11:30). But first, your Carpeteers tear their Rad Ticket, spending a good chatty chunk dishing their thoughts on some new releases, including theatrical notables Annihilation (4:00), Game Night (10:40), Red Sparrow (14:40), and Foreign Language Oscar winner A Fantastic Woman (19:00), as well as the Netflix exclusives Mute (21:00) and Veronica (24:20).

If you’re one of the handful of people who has actually seen Daisy Miller, do you think it deserves this much scorn and outright apathy? Are you a They All Laughed truther? Kick us your takes on all things Bogdanovich, on the new releases we covered, or on anything at all film related to theradcarpet@gmail.com, on Twitter (@theradcarpet), on our Facebook page, or on Instagram. We do love hearing from you, and there’s a better than decent chance that we can work in what you have to say on the air!

Fuel up your saucers for the next episode, where we’ll be amping up for Ready Player One with two older slices of Spielberg sci-fi, his classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind and his futuristic Tom Cruise vehicle Minority Report. As always, thanks for listening and stay rad!


You can find the excellent Teresa Carpenter piece on the death of Dorothy Strattan that we discuss in the They All Laughed segment here. Be forewarned, this essay does contain some graphically violent and sexually explicit material.