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.  

NEW EP IS LIVE! HIGH FIDELITY, 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 rom com 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!

Does High Fidelity hold up for you as an emblem to the bygone days of dusty record store splendor? Does it hold up as an effective rom com? Were you as enamored as we were with Paper Moon? Kick us your thoughts on Twitter (@theradcarpet) or via e-mail (theradcarpet@gmail.com)–we’d love to work your takes in on the air.

We’ll be covering two famous Bogdanovich bombs next time, Daisy Miller and They All Laughed, as well as wrap up our thoughts on Bogdanovich at large in Wall to Wall Carpet. Until then–stay rad!

BOGDANOVICH AND BLACK PANTHER! NEW EP IS LIVE!

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!

Do you have takes on these early Bogdonavich films? Are you in or out on Phoenix? Were we too tough on biopics? What exactly qualifies as a biopic? Any particular favorites that we missed? Any warm Black Panther takes you’d like to share? Jot away in the comments section below, or hit us up on Twitter (@theradcarpet) or via e-mail (theradcarpet@gmail.com)–we’d love to hear what you think, and there’s a good chance we’ll read what you have to say on the air!

There’s two more Bogdanovich films to cue up for next episode, the fan favorite Paper Moon and the notorious bomb Daisy Miller. We’ll also be bringing on a guest, Vice’s Dan Ozzi, to Carpet Clean the beloved record store romcom High Fidelity. Stay tuned, and stay rad!

THE 2017 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!

We don’t want your year end takes–we need your year end takes. Let us know what you thought of our thematic overview: which 2017 cinema preoccupations most interested you? Any films you’d like to add to our thematic roundup? Did one of your top films of the year get the short shrift? Any “of the moment” films you wish we highlighted? Unfurl away in the comments here, on Twitter (@theradcarpet), on our brand spanking new Instagram account, or in the comment section right down there.

We’ll be back on the curriculum tip next month, rolling film on New Hollywood luminary Peter Bogdonovic. Get The Last Picture Show and What’s Up, Doc? queued up and ready to rip. And while you’re at it, stay very rad!

THE YEAR REWIND BEGINS–NON-2017 CATCH-UP POD IS LIVE

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!

What were some of your most memorable catch-up movie experiences from the calander year 2017? We’d love to hear from you via theradcarpet@gmail.com, on twitter (@theradcarpet), or in the comments here. Unfurl the takes (or give our takes a good roasting) and there’s a very good chance we’ll read them on air!

Next episode continues our 2017 rewind with a show concerning the themes and preoccupations of 2017, the year in film, as well as Siblo and Whalen’s respective Top 10 Films of the year. Keep an eye out–in the meantime, stay rad!

SECOND GDT EP IS LIVE!

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!

Of course, del Toro is one of the more beloved filmmakers working today, so perhaps some listeners out there are surprised that our bathwater is decidedly lukewarm on Shape of Water specifically and GDT in general. Bring the heat our way–we’d love to read your takes on the air, even (especially!) if you disagree with us. Hit us up on Twitter (@theradcarpet), via email (theradcarpet@gmail.com), or in the comment section below!

January will be a sentimental month for the Rad Carpet, as the fellas look back longingly at the distant memory of 2017, with an episode on their favorite non-’17 films that they watched that year, and yes, the customary Year in Review episodes, with both top 10 films lists and a more robust discussion of the year’s thematic and cinematic preoccupations. Stay tuned and stay rad!