Episode Archive

  • 044 - Lynne Ramsay, Pt.2: We Need To Talk About Kevin, plus Bad or Rad?: Wild Hogs
    Siblo and Whalen continue Lynne Ramsay month with a discussion of perhaps her most widely admired film, 2007's troubling and hypnotic We Need To Talk About Kevin (33:45). But first, as an aggressively dumb palate cleanser, your Carpeteers subject themselves to the easy-ridin' mid-life-crisis road comedy Wild Hogs in a new segment with a self-explanatory title: Bad or Rad? (4:20).
  • 43.5 - 2018 Midterm Review, aka Why Do We Go To Jurassic World?
    In a mini-Carpet episode, Siblo and Whalen key off a particularly insightful piece of listener feedback to present a mid-year movie going roundup for 2018. Among the many topics discussed: the baffling blockbuster status of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the chilling box office fate of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the Oscar prospects of Black Panther, horror breakouts A Quiet Place and Hereditary, our favorite theatrical releases and some recommended streaming deep cuts, and much, much more.
  • 043 - Ant Man, Sicario, Lynne Ramsay, Pt. 1: Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar
    Siblo and Whalen trade their summer blues for the grey skies of Glasgow in their first foray into the work of Scottish auteur Lynne Ramsay, covering her youth squalor debut Ratcatcher (37:15) and her impeccably soundtracked grief essay Morvern Callar (1:03:10). But first, your Carpeteers punch their Rad Ticket to discuss the new Ant Man film, the unexpected Sicario sequel, the "once in a lifetime bad" Gotti, and more (4:15) before shaking out the Rad Carpet mailbag for some Carpetspondance regarding moms, dads, and John Waters and further, pizza-themed explorations of the biopic (27:20).
  • 042 - Brad Bird, Pt. 3: Tomorrowland, Ratatouille, plus Bird in review
    Whalen and Siblo wrap an incredible month of Brad Bird by filling in the gaps of the Disney heavyweight's filmography. First they wrestle with his poorly received live-actioner Tomorrowland (4:00) and then fry up some takes on his strange unlikely hit Ratatouille (30:20) before wrapping Bird at large in their big-picture segment, Wall To Wall Carpet (47:50).
  • 041 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, plus Carpet Stain: The Lost World
    Siblo and Whalen sink their giant dino teeth into the new Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (34:50), and they genetically engineer a new Rad Carpet segment, Carpet Stain, revisiting the complexly titled, critically maligned 1997 Spielberg joint The Lost World: Jurassic Park (4:15).
  • 040 - Brad Bird, Pt. 2: The Incredibles and Incredibles 2, plus In or Out?
    Siblo and Whalen don their super suits to watch and discuss Brad Bird's 2004 smash hit heroes-at-home yarn The Incredibles (39:15) before digging into to its recently released sequel, Incredibles 2 (1:08:25). But first, the fellas welcome hometown Carpet die hard Keith onto the show for a special in-person edition of In or Out?, unfurling takes on notable Pixar voices Billy Crystal, Joan Cusack, and Tim Allen (2:55).
  • 039 - Brad Bird, Pt. 1: The Iron Giant, plus Oceans 8, First Reformed, Upgrade, American Animals
    In anticipation of this week's Incredibles 2, Thom and Tom take a giant metal bite out of the films of Brad Bird, beginning with his beloved 1999 feature debut The Iron Giant (32:40). But first, your Carpeteers tear a few Rad Tickets, doling out takes on the re-re-boot Oceans 8 (3:30), the college heist film American Animals (20:00), the Paul Schrader's critically lauded First Reformed (23:30), and the sci-fi thriller Upgrade (29:50). Poke around in this feed for a special bonus episode, where we go full spoilers on Ari Aster's super hyped and divisive debut feature Hereditary.
  • 039.5 - Hereditary: Full Spoilers
    Thom and Tom log on to talk in depth with full spoilers about Hereditary, the debut film from Ari Aster that comes with much critical hype, divisive audience reactions, and a seemingly instantaneous rep as one of the most unsettling horror films in recent memory. Needless to say, you'll want to have seen Hereditary before you tune in--we pull no punches with plot details here. But if you have seen the film, you're probably itching to talk about it, so tune in and get rad! Keep an eye on this feed for another new episode of the Carpet, where we discuss Brad Bird's Iron Giant, with spoiler-free discussions of several other new releases, including First Reformed, Oceans 8, American Animals, and Upgrade.
  • 038 - Solo: A Star Wars Story, Cecil B. Demented, Late Waters Wall to Wall
    Siblo and Whalen punch their Rad Ticket to Solo: A Star Wars Story, and one of them has a bad feeling about the beleaguered prequel (3:30). Your Carpeteers are also split on John Waters' ode to cinema terror, Cecil B. Demented (33:45), though in the Wall to Wall Carpet segment they both find plenty to gush over from the late career of the elder statesman of filth (57:25).
  • 037 - Deadpool 2, Tully, John Waters' Serial Mom
    Siblo and Whalen take yet another jaunt through the superhero franchise tentpoles as they punch their Rad Ticket to Marvel’s new blockbuster Deadpool 2 (3:41), before enjoying some more refined fare with Jordan Reisman’s maternal character study Tully (21:10). Your Carpeteers then continue their month-long look at late-career John Waters, discussing his cult favorite horror comedy Serial Mom (35:50).
  • 036 - John Waters in the Mainstream, Pt. 1: Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Plus Filling a Hole With Grease
    Siblo and Whalen celebrate one full year of the Rad Carpet by returning to sunny, filthy Baltimore to watch and discuss select films from John Waters’ late-career ascent to the mainstream, beginning with 1988’s sock-hopping underdog breakout Hairspray (33:10), and continuing to his only film for a major studio, 1991’s Depp-starring rockahillbilly riff Cry-Baby (56:45). But first, your Carpeteers welcome CJ5000 on for the Hole in the Carpet segment, where CJ chops it up about his first ever viewing of the 1978 American musical institution that is Grease (4:15).
  • 035 - Avengers: Infinity War, The Virgin Suicides, Sophia Coppola Wall to Wall
    Siblo and Whalen run the proverbial gauntlet, reporting back from their respective screenings of Marvel’s ambitious new Avengers: Infinity War (3:10). Then your Carpeteers put a bow on Sophia Coppola month by spinning the recent Criterion release of her debut film The Virgin Suicides (37:40) and wrapping Coppola month with a discussion of the director’s work as a whole in Wall to Wall Carpet (1:05:00).
  • 034 - Sophia Coppola Pt. 2: Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, The Bling Ring
    The Carpet is heading to Toyko... and to the Hollywood Hills... oh, and to 18th century France. Yes indeed, the fellas are globe-hopping with Sophia Coppola, as CJ5000 logs in to help Carpet Clean her breakout hit Lost In Translation (4:00), and then Siblo and Whalen unfurl takes on two of her more divisive films, Marie Antoinette (41:30) and The Bling Ring (1:11:40).
  • 033 - A Quiet Place, Isle of Dogs, Sophia Coppola Pt. 1: The Beguiled and Somewhere
    We can't keep this one quiet: the new Rad Carpet is live and loud! After digging into some listener feedback in Carpetspondence (3:50), Whalen and Siblo tear their Rad Ticket by unfurling takes on the hit John Krasinski horror film A Quiet Place, Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, with some quick thoughts from Siblo on Aaron Katz's Gemini and the teen sex comedy Blockers (12:20). For the main event, the fellas begin their month long Sophia Coppola curriculum, starting with 2017's The Beguiled (32:20) and 2010's Somewhere (50:00).
  • 032 - Sci Fi Spielberg Pt. 3: Ready Player One, plus Spielberg in review
    We’ve reached the final level of our Sci Fi Spielberg month: it’s time to talk Ready Player One! Siblo and Whalen were somewhat split on Spielberg’s new CG-intensive gamer adventure yarn, so there’s plenty to unpack here, from its referential design to its alleged anti-corporate ethos to its thorny gender politics to its wild action set pieces (3:45). And once your Carpeteers emerge from their RPO deep dive, they go right back under for a big picture look at Spielberg’s sci fi work at large in their Wall to Wall Carpet segment. What is Spielberg’s legacy as a sci fi director? Has Spielberg successfully adapted across his four decades of sci fi work or does he simply skate by on his early success? An oasis of takes awaits--hit play and get rad!
  • 031 - Sci Fi Spielberg Pt. 2: E.T., War of the Worlds, plus Unsane and Thoroughbreds
    Many a long finger is aglow in Carpetland as Siblo and Whalen continue their immersion in everything Sci Fi Spielberg! Your Carpeteers warm up 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, perhaps unfairly maligned 2005 alien actioner War of the Worlds (53:00). Hear more from Ryan Williams on the Fringe Drinking podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/user-252620616
  • 030 - Sci Fi Spielberg Pt. 1: Close Encounters, Minority Report, plus In or Out?
    Watch the skies, cause a new Rad Carpet episode is hovering your way! Siblo and Whalen are boarding the Spielberg mothership in anticipation of the director's forthcoming Ready Player One, here discussing Spielberg's seminal UFO drama Close Encounters of the Third Kind as well as his 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!
  • 029 - Annihilation, Red Sparrow, Bogdanovich Bombs (Daisy Miller, They All Laughed), Wall to Wall
    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). You can find the excellent Teresa Carpenter piece on the death of Dorothy Strattan that we discuss during the They All Laughed segment here: https://goo.gl/REq1ee. Be forewarned, the Carpenter essay does contain some graphically violent and sexually explicit material.
  • 028 - Revisiting High Fidelity, Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon
    Do I listen to the Carpet because I’m rad? Or am I rad because I listen to the Carpet? Any way you slice it, Siblo and Whalen are here to reappraise the beloved 2000 record store romcom High Fidelity (3:30), with special guest Dan Ozzi from Noisey in the mix to comb the stacks and wallow in the Cusackian angst. Plus, your Carpeteers continue their month-long dive into the work of erstwhile New Hollywood luminary Peter Bogdanovich, this time falling hard for the Depression-era charmer that is 1973’s Paper Moon (43:30). Don’t get conned--get rad!
  • 027 - Black Panther, Bogdanovich Part 1 (Last Picture Show + What’s Up, Doc?), and the Return of CJ
    What’s up, Bogs? Siblo and Whalen dip back into the Rad Carpet curriculum by watching and discussing some of the key early films of ascotted New Hollywooder Peter Bogdanovich, beginning here with his revered coming-of-age drama The Last Picture Show and the smash hit screwball throwback What’s Up, Doc? But first, the Carpet unfurls for the return of CJ5000, who hops on the mic for a fresh round of In or Out?, with the trio dishing takes on biopics and on somber star (and soon to be Joker?) Joaquin Phoenix. Siblo and Whalen also share their thoughts on 2018’s biggest release to date, Marvel’s Black Panther. It’s an absolutely jam packed episode: hit play and get rad! 4:37--In or Out? 35:00--Black Panther 56:00--Bogdanovich Intro 59:12--The Last Picture Show 1:23:00--What’s Up, Doc?
  • 026 - 2017 Year in Review: Themes, Through Lines, and Top 10s
    The Rad Carpet year end blowout is live! Join Siblo and Whalen as they parse the many rich and varied thematic undercurrents of an incredibly generous year at the movies. You’ll get your Top 10 fix for sure, but first your Carpeteers spend the bulk of the episode bundling the countless notable 2017 films not via numerals but via themes and through lines, hashing out the year in immersive blockbusters, coming out and coming of age dramas, Trump-era button pushers, and so much more. The fellas even dip their toe back into The Shape of Water in response to an articulate piece of listener feedback. The year that was in 2017 is getting one last ride on the Carpet--hop on and get rad!
  • 025 - Year Rewind: Beyond 2017 -- Non-2017 favorites we caught up with last year
    We might be through with 2017, but 2017 ain’t through with us! The Rad Carpet is rewinding the tape for two episodes on their movie faves from The Big 17, starting here with a discussion of non-2017 films that made an impression over the past calendar year. Join Siblo and Whalen as they catch up on notable films from 2016, report back on some recommendations, make some new recs, and generally chop it up by covering almost 20 films in just over an hour, including Toni Erdmann, The Salesman, Out of Sight, Unfriended, the early films of Denis Villeneuve, Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, and many, many more. The ball may have dropped, but you better not drop the ball--tune in, get rad!
  • 024 - Guillermo del Toro, Pt. 2 - Shape of Water + Devil’s Backbone, In or Out?, Del Toro review
    What’s that bubbling up from the depths? It’s the latest episode of The Rad Carpet! Join Thom, Whalen, and CJ5K as they strap on their flippers for a second episode on Guillermo del Toro, soaking in his acclaimed new amphibian romance The Shape of Water, as well as his earliest brush with the hype train, 2001’s horror fable The Devil’s Backbone. Your Carpeteers also have an overview of this month’s four del Toro horror fantasies in their monthly Wall to Wall Carpet segment. Before all that, let’s play some In or Out?, this time keying off of Netflix’s new Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond documentary to discuss in-character Method Acting. You won’t need to get in character to dig on this episode--touch play and get rad!
  • 023 - Guillermo del Toro, Pt. 1 - Pan’s Labyrinth + Crimson Peak, plus “so bad they’re good” movies
    The Rad Carpet is grabbing the faun by its horns for our first episode on the fantasy films of Guillermo del Toro! Thom, Whalen, and CJ5K brave the maze as they discuss the Mexican director’s iconic 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth, then turn to redder pastures for Del Toro’s more divisive 2015 gothic horror Crimson Peak. Before that, your Carpeteers have another round of In or Out?, this time keying off the recent release of James Franco’s Disaster Artist by sharing their takes on “so bad they’re good” movies. The fellas also fire up the inaugural Carpetspondance segment by digging into a listener e-mail. This ep is as dense and colorful as a Del Toro set piece--dig in, get rad!
  • 022 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi Super Show! TLJ spoilers, plus orig trilogy, prequels, TFA, Rogue One
    May the rad be with you! Both Thom and Whalen have seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi--twice a piece, in fact--and they’re here to laser blast you a full two hours of takes. Your carpeteers cover a lot of ground, first hashing out their relationship with the original trilogy (including an extended detour on Return of the Jedi), as well as the maligned prequels (spoiler: the maligning continues), and the contemporary revitalization via The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Naturally, the main course here is a long and detailed discussion of The Last Jedi, starting with very broad takes for the spoiler-phobic, and finally full spoilers for those who have already had their screening. Set your podcatcher to light speed!
  • 021 - Talking new releases: Lady Bird, Three Billboards, Coco, Thor, Good Time, Mudbound
    Show us your stubs, cause The Rad Carpet is unfurling at the theater! Siblo and Whalen take a quick breather from the film club curriculum to share some thought on a few high-profile newer releases, tackling both the universally adored Lady Bird and the sublime rural drama Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, as well as Pixar’s Coco, Marvel’s much-ballyhooed Thor: Ragnarok, the Safdie brothers’ Good Time, and the Netflix-distributed Mudbound. The fellas also take the occasional side tangent to talk MoviePass, chemically altered Mr. Pibb, Ol’ Marble Mouth, and that much maligned Pixar Frozen short. That’s six films and a boat load of takes in under an hour--dig in, get rad!
  • 020 - George Clooney, Pt. 2: Confessions + Good Night, plus filling a hole with The Rocketeer
    Read it and weep, Mr. Senator--it’s time for another episode of the Rad Carpet! Thom, Whalen, and CJ5K take one last dip in the George gorge as they watch and discuss Clooney’s two more well-received directorial efforts, the two-color newsroom drama Good Night and Good Luck and the sleazy semi-bio Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. But before all that, the fellas gas up their jetpacks and blast through a Hole in the Carpet segment covering one of Thom’s childhood faves, Disney’s The Rocketeer. To round things out, there’s a big picture wrap up of the month-long Cloon swoon in Wall to Wall Carpet. Bang a gong, get it rad!
  • 019 - Favorites of the 1990s, Part 1: 1990-94 -- Live From Staten Island!
    Zed’s dead, baby, but the Rad Carpet is live and loud! There’s two plus hours of Carpet to unfurl here, recorded live in the show’s home turf on Staten Island, NY, where Thom, Whalen, and CJ5000 run through their favorite films of the first half of the 1990s, year by year, with help from extended Rad family members Matt Siblo and Justin Marino. Each Carpeteer picked a favorite and runner up for each year, so even with a few common picks, there’s a ton of movies to discuss, including classics like Goodfellas, Silence of the Lambs, Pulp Fiction, and Terminator 2, as well as a few unexpected oddball choices and sentimental faves. The fellas even finish the session with a big-picture discussion of trends in early 90s film, such as the decade's sweet tooth for sequels and the birth of blockbuster culture. The guys are real loose and fired up on this one--pump up the volume and get rad!
  • 018 - George Clooney, Pt. 1: Suburbicon and Monuments Men, plus In or Out?
    Smirk ‘um if you got ‘um, cause The Rad Carpet is back! Here Thom, Whalen, and CJ5K tackle the filmography of director George Clooney, the well-intentioned Hollywood hunk who has been known to sub out his ER slab for a director’s chair. Your Carpeteers work backwards through Cloon’s rather uneven filmography, starting with his recent box-office blunder, the Coens-penned Suburbicon, before turning their attention to the dad-baiting WW2 throwback Monuments Men. But before the Cloon swoon sets in, the fellas have another zesty round of “In or Out?”, this time unfurling a take or three on non-theatrical cuts and midnight movies. It’s a hunka hunka burning smug--dig in and get rad!
  • 017 - Mario Bava, Pt. 2: Blood + Black Lace and Bay of Blood, plus In or Out?
    What’s that lurking in the shadows? It’s a new episode of The Rad Carpet! Thom, Whalen, and CJ5K are back in grisly technicolor to wrap up their month on Italy’s granddaddy of horror, Mario Bava, watching and discussing his hyper-stylish giallo trendsetter Blood and Black Lace as well as his extravagantly violent 70s proto-slasher Bay of Blood. After that, your blood-soaked Carpeteers wrap up a month of Italoshocks with another Wall to Wall Carpet segment, chatting more broadly about Bava’s preoccupations as a director and his relationship to other prominent filmmakers in the genre. But first, it’s a fresh round of “In or Out?”, with the fellas unfurling many a take on movie trailers, trailer culture, and simultaneous theater and VOD release. This episode is rated R--for Rad!
  • 016 - Mario Bava, Pt. 1: Black Sunday and Black Sabbath, plus fixing a hole with American Werewolf
    This is the month where fear and radness walk hand in hand! Thom, Whalen, and CJ5K fire up the fog machine for the first of two episodes on Italian horror granddad Mario Bava, here covering his two early horror hits, the influential 1960 satanic shocker Black Sunday and 1963’s kitschy Karloff three-fer Black Sabbath. Your Carpeteers also debut a new segment, Hole in the Carpet, with Whalen introducing Thom and CJ to the fun and feral frights of John Landis’ 1981 cult fave An American Werewolf In London. Beware the moon, stay clear of the moors--and stay very rad!
  • 015 - Werner Herzog, Part 2: Nosferatu and Fitzcarraldo
    The Rad Carpet has two tons of new episode, and we’re going to pull it over that mountain! Join Thom, Whalen, and CJ5000 as they discuss two of the most critically acclaimed narrative Werner Herzog films, Nosferatu, The Vampyre and Fitzcarraldo, then use the documentary Burden of Dreams to frame a Wall To Wall Carpet segment considering the German director’s work as a whole. But first, the guys have another round of “In or Out?”, unfurling the takes on two stars of later narrative Herzog films, Steve Zahn and Eva Mendes. Children of the night--what radness they make!
  • 014 - Werner Herzog, Part 1: Aguirre, Kaspar Hauser, plus Carpet Cleaning The Lion King
    The Rad Carpet is back to brave the elements for its first of two episodes on the narrative work of daredevil German auteur Werner Herzog. Thom, Whalen, and CJ5K slap on their conquistador duds for a reckoning with Herzog favorite Aguirre, The Wrath of God, before splitting takes on the director’s more subdued follow up, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. But first, your Carpeteers square the circle of life with a Carpet Cleaning segment reappraising the 1994 Disney classic The Lion King. We just can’t wait to be rad!
  • 013 - Nicole Holofcener, Part 2: Friends With Money, Please Give, Enough Said
    There better not be onions in that guacamole, because The Rad Carpet is back to dip a chip into three more films from writer/director Nicole Holofcener! Thom, Whalen, and CJ5000 watch and discuss Holofcener’s 2006 film Friends With Money, her 2010 film Please Give, and her acclaimed 2013 film Enough Said, pairing Julia Louis Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, before wrapping up the month with a big-picture look at Holofcener’s work in the Wall to Wall Carpet segment. But first, enjoy a brand new “In or Out?”, where your Carpeteers unfurl some takes on the work of Luke Wilson and Chris Pratt. Thanks for listening--stay rad!
  • 012 - Nicole Holofcener, Part 1: Walking and Talking, Lovely and Amazing
    Do you need the new Rad Carpet as much as we need you to need the new Rad Carpet? Thom, Whalen, and CJ5K are back to confide in one another over the films of Nicole Holofcener, starting with her 1996 debut film Walking and Talking and 2001’s Lovely and Amazing. The guys then break out the brushes for another installment of Carpet Cleaning, here rewatching and reassessing Bryan Singer’s out-of-nowhere hit The Usual Suspects.
  • 011 - Bong Joon-ho, Part 2: Snowpiercer and Okja, plus Bong in review
    The latest episode of The Rad Carpet is a genetically modified super pod! Join Thom, Whalen, and CJ5000 as they deliver delicious takes on the English-language works of Bong Joon-ho, including 2013’s surprise hit Snowpiercer and the brand new Netflix exclusive Okja. The Carpeteers then jump the rails for a “Wall To Wall Carpet” segment wherein they discuss some broader themes and concerns in Bong’s work at large. But first, they transfer to the Darjeeling Limited for another game of “In or Out?”, weighing the merits of Oscar winners Adrien Brody and Anjelica Huston.
  • 010 - Bong Joon-ho, Part 1: The Host and Mother
    The Rad Carpet is dumping toxic takes straight into the Han River in this, its first of two episodes on the work of Bong Joon-Ho. Join Thom, Whalen, and CJ5000 as they explore two of Bong’s odd and beguiling early-period Korean films, including his hit monster drama The Host and his overlooked neo-noir Mother. But first, the guys have some Carpet Cleaning to take care of, rewatching and reassessing the 1990 romcom favorite Pretty Woman.
  • 009 - Live from There Will Be Rad: The First Annual Rad Carpet Movie Marathon
    Live from Rad Carpet’s old stomping grounds on Staten Island, NY, Thom, Whalen, and CJ5000 offer a rapid-fire recap of the first annual Rad Carpet Movie Marathon! Your Carpeteers, bleary-eyed after a robust schedule of watching movies and housing pizza and bagels, reflect on the weekend with lightning-round takes on all 12 of the films they watched together, including the new Marvel film Spider-Man: Homecoming, Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers, Russ Meyer’s Ebert-penned Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood.
  • 008 - Edgar Wright, Part 3: Baby Driver, plus Wright in review
    Hold onto your earbuds, folks, cause The Rad Carpet is back with one final episode on Edgar Wright. Before they flee the scene, Thom, Whalen, and CJ5000 have takes a-plenty on Wright’s widely acclaimed film Baby Driver. Suffice it to say, the Carpet is not shimmying along to the critical consensus. Once the Baby Dribble… ahem, Baby Driver takes have cooled down, there’s a mercifully brief "Wall to Wall Carpet" segment, reviewing Wright’s use of pop music throughout his filmography and wrapping up some general impressions of his work as a whole. There’s also a round of "In or Out?" on the docket, as the bad boys of film podcasting vroom-vroom their thoughts on Jim Carrey and Scarlett Johansson.
  • 007 - Edgar Wright, Part 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
    WE ARE RAD CA-CARPET! ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! You heard right: Thom, Whalen, and CJ5K are back to continue their month-long discussion of fanboy favorite Edgar Wright in anticipation of his just-released film Baby Driver, here covering his woefully underappreciated 2010 comic adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. But before they get around to smashing baddies and collecting coins, the bad boys of film podcasting unfurl a new segment called Carpet Cleaning, reappraising John Hughes’ beloved 1985 high school drama The Breakfast Club.
  • 006 - Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End
    You’ve got red on you, cause The Rad Carpet is back to discuss hyper-stylish UK director Edgar Wright in anticipation of his upcoming film Baby Driver, with this episode covering his cult hit TV show Spaced and his Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World’s End (2013). Does Spaced stand the test of time as a hip sitcom send-up? Does Wright’s fan-favorite homage trifecta push beyond its dense referentiality to emerge as great genre cinema in its own right? Before they dig in, the Carpeteers hash out an appropriately UK-centric “In or Out?” two-fer, weighing in on Ricky Gervais and Kate Winslet.
  • 005 - John Waters Pre-Hollywood, Part 3: Desperate Living and early Waters in review
    Goody goody gumdrops, The Rad Carpet is foaming green at the mouth for their third and final early John Waters episode! Thom, Whalen, and CJ 5000 are headed straight to Mortville to discuss Waters’ profane fairy tale Desperate Living before unfurling the first ever Wall to Wall Carpet segment, wherein they pull together the unseemly threads of all four early Waters films discussed over the last month. But first, your valiant Carpeteers class up their act by playing a game of Signature Role, here hashing out the (mostly) prestigious filmography of Julianne Moore.
  • 004 - John Waters Pre-Hollywood, Part 2: Female Trouble and the life of Divine
    Unwrap those cha-cha heels for The Rad Carpet's second episode on cult icon John Waters! Thom, Whalen, and CJ 5000 order up a double egg salad on white as they navigate the bizarre hilarity of Waters' 1974 film Female Trouble, the follow-up to the director's cult smash Pink Flamingos, while also taking a closer look at the life of Waters' drag-queen muse Divine. But first, your valiant Carpeteers play a little "In or Out?", firing up their takes on three leading men from Waters' Hollywood era: Stephen Dorff, Edward Furlong, and the one and only Johnny Depp.
  • 003 - John Waters Pre-Hollywood, Part 1: Multiple Maniacs and Pink Flamingos
    Trim your mustaches pencil-thin for the first director-centric episode of the Rad Carpet! Thom, Whalen, and CJ 5000 punch their tickets to sunny, filthy Baltimore for the first of two discussions on the early work of cult icon John Waters, starting with his recently restored “talkie” debut Multiple Maniacs and his notorious midnight-movie classic Pink Flamingos. But first, the Carpeteers play a little “In or Out?”, unfurling their takes on a trio of modern Hollywood mainstays: Adam Sandler, Owen Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon.
  • 002 - Favorites of the 1980s (Part 2)
    Thom, Whalen, and CJ 5000 wrap up their year-by-year 1980s review by discussing their favorite films from the years 1985 through 1989. Enjoy an acid-washed rundown of 80s neon gold, as the Carpeteers wax rhapsodic about Back to the Future, splatter praise upon Evil Dead 2, and get blown to bits by Commando, among many other 80s faves. Plus, the Carpet unfurls a new game, "Signature Role," here hashing out the legacy of screen icon Jack Nicholson. And of course, there's another round of "In or Out," wherein the Carpeteers cook up some takes on Chris Pine, Cameron Diaz, and director Tony Scott.
  • 001 - Favorites of the 1980s (Part 1)
    On the very first episode of The Rad Carpet, Thom, Art, CJ, and Whalen run down their favorite films of each year from 1980 to 1984, relishing the madcap delights of Airplane!, celebrating the alien brilliance of John Carpenter’s The Thing, and roasting with vigor The Right Stuff, among other 80s highlights. The guys also weigh in on the Guy Ritchie universe with an inaugural round of “In or Out”.