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).

Do you stan for the ‘land? Where does Ratatouille rank in your Bird favorites? Kick us your takes at theradcarpet@gmail.com, on Twitteron Instagram, or on Facebook.

We’ll be emptying the listener mailbag next episode, as well as beginning Lynne Ramsey month with Ratcatcher and Morvern Caller. Thanks, as always, for listening–stay rad!



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).

Next episode will mark a return to our curriculum to wrap Brad Bird month. We’ll watch his films Ratatouille and Tommorowland before reviewing his work at large in Wall to Wall Carpet. Until then: stay rad!


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.

Let us know how you reacted to the many films that we covered this week: hit us up on Twitter (@theradcarpet), via e-mail (theradcarpet@gmail.com), throw us a thumb on Facebook and a follow on Instagram. And get stoked for a super two-fer next week, when we cover Bird’s 2004 smash hit The Incredibles and it’s upcoming sequel. Thanks for listening–stay rad!!!



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!

Write to us at theradcarpet@gmail.com to let us know what you thought of Hereditary and of our spoiler takes. And 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.


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).

Where do you stand on this week’s divisive main features? Are you high or low on Solo? Did Cecil B. send you home smiling or groaning? What are your impressions overall of Waters late “mainstream” period?

Join us next month as we anticipate the release of Incredibles 2 by watching and discussing the animated for of Brad Bird, beginning with 1999’s The Iron Giant. Stay tuned… and stay rad!!!


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).

The Carpet was split on Deadpool 2: where do you stand on the newest potty-mouthed Marvel? Did you make it out to the underseen Tully? Where does Serial Mom stack up for you in the weird and wild Waters canon? Unfurl your takes on Twitter (@theradcarpet) or via email (theradcarpet@gmail.com), give us a follow on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to throw us a rating and review in iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you do your podcatching.

Sit tight for our next episode: we’ll react to Solo: A Star Wars Story and wrap Waters with a review of 2000’s Cecil B. Demented and a chat on his late work at large in Wall to Wall Carpet. Stay rad!


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 rocka-hillbilly riff Cry-Baby (56:45). But first, your Carpeteers welcome CJ5000 on for the Hole in the Carpet segment, where CJ reports back after watching for the first time ever the 1978 American musical institution that is Grease (4:15).

We’d love to hear your takes on this three-spot of throwback high school rockers: twist on over to the world wide web to kick us your takes, whether it be on Twitter (@theradcarpet) or via e-mail (theradcarpet@gmail.com), and do be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

We’ll have more Waters coming down the pipe next time as we cover his 1994 bomb-turned-cult fave Serial Mom and his 2000 misfit kidnapping oddity Cecil B. Demented. Stay tuned–and stay rad!!!