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The Pop Culture Juke Joint
51 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 30: Best, Worst and Plum Weird Commercials of Super Bowl 2018
Check out the latest episode of 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint' podcast where TV fanatic Anthony Venutolo is joined by co-host Jack Lugo as they delve into the pop culture aspects of the SUPER BOWL 2018. They chat about what made their best and worst list as well as the spots that were just too weird to put on either. They also chat about the plethora of film and TV trailers that debuted as well as Justin Timberlake's halftime show.
37 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 29: HBO's 'The Deuce' is David Simon's Ode to Dirty NY
Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo are joined by TV critic Vicki Hyman in a discussion about HBO’s 'The Deuce' that you don’t want to miss. Created by David Simon and George Pelecanos 'The Deuce' explores the New York City sex trade in the early 1970s centered around Times Square. The panel each offer their individual thoughts on what they liked about the show as well as some of their qualms with the series. Among many topics, we discuss the complexity of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character Eileen / Candy as well as whether we feel James Franco successfully played his dual role as twin brothers. Find out why Vicki and Anthony intensely dislike Chris Coy, and how we feel about the show’s long-term plans going forward. So, grab yourself a drink, sit back, and enter the juke joint.
27 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 28: Is 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Season 9 Larry David's Return to Form?
'Curb Your Enthusiasm' has returned and with it begins a whole new season of antisocial awkwardness and insensitivity that only Larry David can deliver. Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo discuss the long-awaited season 9 premiere in which “Larry” must deal with an “un-fireable” assistant plus the fallout of having offended the Ayatollah as well as squirm his way out of new faux pas involving Richard Lewis’s dead parakeet and a lesbian wedding. Anthony and Jack discuss the cultural influence of Curb versus the comedy of Jerry Seinfeld. Anthony also has an interesting story to tell about Richard Lewis from his early newspaper days. So, grab yourself a drink and start lampin’ because you don’t want to miss this all new episode of The Pop Culture Juke Joint.
32 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 27: Will 'Star Trek: Discovery' Boldly Find it's Streaming Audience?
In a solo episode, co-host Jack Lugo weighs in on the much anticipated world premiere of 'Star Trek: Discovery.' CBS has decided to use the show to launch its subscription-based media streaming platform CBS-All Access. Sonequa Martin-Green stars as the series lead Commander Michael Burnham, a human Starfleet officer raised on Vulcan by Sarek (Spock’s father). A violent encounter with a Klingon forces Burnham to take extraordinary measures to try to protect her ship and the Starfleet captain who has served as her mentor for seven years. Jack gives his thoughts on the series debut as well as whether or not CBS’s choice of roll out method for this show worked. Is the show good enough to entice Star Trek fans to sign up for yet another streaming service platform or are CBS’s expectations illogical? Find out in this special mini-episode of The Pop Culture Juke Joint Podcast. Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
40 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 26: 'The Last Tycoon' Creator Billy Ray Talks His Passion Project
Set in Hollywood in 1936, 'The Last Tycoon' explores a pivotal time in American history. The Amazon original series, based on an unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, features a stellar cast and impeccable production values to tell a complex and compelling story set against the backdrop of a time when movie studios collaborated with Nazi Germany to censor their own films. Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo speak to series creator, writer, and executive producer Billy Ray to talk about 'The Last Tycoon' and comment on the recent announcement from Amazon that they were cancelling the series after just 6 weeks. Billy Ray shares his thoughts on the relevance of this series to our world today and explains why it’s so important for these kinds of stories to be told. If you haven’t started watching The Last Tycoon, we highly recommend this incredible series. There is currently a petition to sign. If you search for the hashtag #SaveTheLastTycoon in Twitter you should find it easily. This series deserves a chance to continue and after listening to our conversation with Billy Ray, we hope you’ll agree with us on that as well. Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
62 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 25: Was 'Twin Peaks' on Showtime 18 Hours of WTF?
Grab a booth at the Double R, order up a slice of cherry pie, and prepare to drink a damn fine cup of coffee because we’re about to talk Showtime's 'Twin Peaks.' In this episode of The Pop Culture Juke Joint, Jack Lugo and Zachary Towlen try to make some sense of what happened throughout the new season of 'Twin Peaks' as well as during the unsettling finale. David Lynch’s attempt to bring arthouse cinema to television has been met with both praise and frustration from fans of the series. Did it take too long for us to see the Dale Cooper we grew to love? What’s going on with Audrey, and why is David Bowie’s character a giant tea kettle? Jack and Zachary try to make sense of it all during their conversation. So sit back, settle in, and have a listen as we try to decipher 18 hours of David Lynch’s return to Twin Peaks and where this journey leaves fans of the show. Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
38 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 24: 'Dice' on Showtime Returns for Season Two and It Just Gets Better
The Diceman is back on Showtime for a second season of misadventures and irreverent vulgarity that only Andrew 'Dice' Clay himself could deliver. Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo couldn’t possibly be more overjoyed with the return of the comedic gem of series. As we discuss the merits of Dice’s Showtime series, Anthony dives into his own personal history with Dice both as a fan and as a journalist. We also talk about the general format of this Curb-esque type comedic series and whether or not we’ve grown weary of them. This is a discussion you won’t want to miss. So get yourself a drink, sit back, and relax. We promise we won’t break your balls, but if you go see Dice at a club be warned... He just might break yours and that’s why we love him. Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
15 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 23: Is 'Logan Lucky' Soderbergh's Return to Form?
Jack Lugo gives his quick review of the new Steven Soderbergh film 'Logan Lucky.' This is the Oscar-winning aeuter's return not only to theatrical filmmaking but to the heist film genre after his previous success with the 'Oceans' film franchise. This heist flick touts a stellar cast featuring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig in his most uncharacteristic role yet – a Southern explosives expert named Joe Bang. Does this “Hillbilly Oceans film” live up to the heights Soderbergh achieved with Danny Ocean and company? Does it offer enough BANG for your movie bucks? Find out in this mini-episode of The Pop Culture Juke Joint.
21 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 22: Did We Throw Tomatoes at the Season 1 Finale of 'I'm Dying Up Here'?
While Anthony reviewed the debut episode of the season one Showtime drama 'I'm Dying Up Here' a couple of months back back in Episode 15, in this mini-episode of The Pop Culture Juke Joint, Jack Lugo reflects on the season finale. It’s been a season of ups and downs for this Jim Carrey-produced show, but was it worth sticking with until the end? Does this show deserve to stay on the main stage on Showtime or should it be relegated to open mic night down in the cellar? Jack gives us the scoop. So grab that drink and step into the juke joint to find out. Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
62 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 21: Yo, Adrian! We Just Saw the Unreleased 'Rocky V' and it's Amazing
‘Rocky V’ is a film that most fans have grown to begrudgingly accept as a low point in an otherwise heartwarming and inspiring franchise. Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo discuss an unreleased workprint / director’s cut that casts this entry in the Rocky franchise in an entirely new light. WE SAW IT AND IT'S AMAZING! Many sequences in the workprint differ greatly from the theatrical cut resulting in a viewing experience that in our opinion is vastly superior to the film that most fans have grown used to. In addition to ‘Rocky V,’ Anthony and Jack discuss the documentary ‘King of the Underdogs’ about the career of director John G. Avildsen who directed ‘Rocky’ as well as ‘Rocky V’ and the first three Karate Kid films. We also talk about what lies ahead for the future of Rocky as we’ve recently learned that Sylvester Stallone has embarked upon writing the screenplay for 'Creed II,' which will no doubt continue the legacy of the Rocky character and possibly feature a confrontation between Rocky and Ivan Drago. If you’re a Rocky fan, this is a discussion that you shouldn’t miss. So, before you decide to swallow a glass full of raw eggs and pop in some Bill Conti score as you triumphantly run up the Philly Art Museum steps, check out this episode of the Pop Culture Juke Joint. You won’t be disappointed and you won’t have to listen to ‘Go For It’ or ‘Measure of a Man’ either. In fact you just might walk away feeling like maybe there’s a lost Rocky film out there that needs to be cleaned up and included in the next Rocky box set. Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
30 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 20: Epix's New 'Get Shorty' TV Series Misses All the Marks
This episode, Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo review the new Epix series remake of 'Get Shorty.' Is this series worth diving into or should we stay far away from it like a certain locker being monitored by the DEA? Without giving too much away, let’s just say that just like Chili Palmer’s jacket, some things just shouldn’t be messed with. Speaking of Chli Palmer’s jacket, Anthony has a personal story to tell about his quest to find the perfect Chili Palmer leather jacket back in the day. While the remake of 'Get Shorty' may have failed to impress us, it does give us an opportunity to talk about why we love the original film. We also offer a sneak peek at the topic of our next episode, which is one that we’re both incredibly enthusiastic about: We plan to take a close look at the unreleased 'Rocky V' workprint as well as a new documentary about the career of director John G. Avildsen. So, grab yourself a drink and stay away from any loose balcony railings because we want you to stick around even though we feel like this Get Shorty remake series is heading for a nasty fall. Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
32 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 19: HBO's 'The Defiant Ones' Defines Genius by Exploring Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine
Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo take on the HBO Documentary 'The Defiant Ones.' Bookended by the multi-billion dollar acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics by Apple, 'The Defiant Ones' offers an intimate look at the lives and careers of both music business producer-entrepeneur Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop visionary Dr. Dre. Both rose to unimaginable heights while contributing to as well as shaping music culture over the span of decades. Anthony and Jack discuss this four-part documentary in detail, highlighting the many segments they found fascinating. So before you groove to your favorite track on your iTunes playlist, grab yourself a pair of Beats headphones, pour yourself a shot of whiskey, and enter The Pop Culture Juke Joint for a discussion that should not be missed. Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
33 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 18: 'GLOW' on Netflix is the Perfect '80s Throwback
Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo are joined by TV critic and journalist Vicki Hyman (Anthony's former partner in crime during his news days) to discuss the new Netflix original series 'GLOW' Our panel discusses why this female driven "dramedy" may just be the breakout hit of the year. Starring Alison Brie, Marc Maron and Betty Gilpin, 'GLOW' explores the relationships between its female characters in quite a refreshing and empowering way. Anthony, Vicki, and Jack take a deep dive exploring the elements of this show that appeal to each of them and how this show compares to other programs. We also discuss why we think Netflix’s business model seems to have garnered so much success. This podcast does contain SPOILERS so please beware if you have yet to complete the series. So grab yourself a beer, pick a seat close to the ring, and listen as our panel manages to “body slam this podcast.” Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
42 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 17: Gawker Media, Hulk Hogan and the 'Scumbaggery' of Journalism
This episode, Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo talk about the Netflix Original documentary “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press.” The new documentary takes a close look at the lawsuit stemming from the Hulk Hogan sex tape and the ultimate downfall of Gawker Media including several individuals responsible for that publication. There are also broader implications that go beyond the surface of this case that the documentary chooses to highlight with varying degrees of success. Anthony’s 20 year experience working in newsrooms as a writer and web editor lends him a unique insight into some of the events that drive this documentary as well as many of the current relevant topics involving the media today. This may be a complex and, at times, divisive topic, but we hope you find our observations of interest nonetheless. Grab yourself a drink (perhaps make it a double) and listen as we discuss this controversial yet fascinating topic involving the media, the First Amendment, the right to privacy, and how all of these issues converge in our complex society today. Editor’s note: Anthony was having temporary mic problems that should be fixed by the next episode. Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
31 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 16: What's Old is New Again... Beware of Rejoice?
Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo discuss the never-ending slew of remakes, revivals, and reboots of TV shows and films that permeate pop culture. Grab a drink and join us as we talk about some of the current and upcoming nostalgia productions that have piqued our interest this year. Some of the properties we discuss include: 'Roseanne,' 'One Day at a Time,' 'Fuller House,' 'Twin Peaks,' 'Fargo,' 'Get Shorty,' the Universal Monster films, 'Creed,' 'Dirty Dancing,' 'Lethal Weapon,' 'Miami Vice,' and Stephen King’s 'It.' With all these franchise properties being remade or redone in some way, it’s a wonder anything original ever gets produced at all. The phenomenon of the remake remains a perennial staple of popular culture sometimes much to our collective chagrin, however, a select few of these recent 'new' remakes pleasantly surprise us and dare we say exceed our expectations. Find out which of these productions earned our respect and which of them deserve to be cast away never to return (even though we know at some point they will). Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
10 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 15: Break out the Bell-Bottoms! Showtime's new 'I'm Dying Up Here' has Arrived
Bell bottoms... Check. Porn stache. Check. Wretched excess? CHECK! Anthony Venutolo gives his quick impressions of the new Showtime period drama "I'm Dying Up Here," which takes a deep dive into the gritty stand-up comedy scene of the seventies. Based on the book "I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy's Golden Age" by William Knoedelseder and executive produced by Jim Carrey, the show is chock-full of period detail and boasts a stellar cast that includes the terrific Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Cathy Moriarty, Alfred Molina and Ari Graynor. But does it deliver? Anthony explains... Enjoy 'The Pop Culture Juke Joint'? Please feel free to leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe.
35 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 14: 'The Leftovers' Series Finale Discussion [spoilers]
Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo discuss their thoughts on the series finale of 'The Leftovers.' After three creative seasons, the critically-acclaimed HBO drama was never one to shy away from complex themes and subjects centering on faith and loss. But did the finale deliver? Jack and Anthony dive in. Caveat, however, it's filled with spoilers. Enjoy this show? Don't forget to subscribe and be sure to review the show...
15 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 13: Can 'Wonder Woman' Save DC Comics on the Big Screen?
There's a lot riding on DC Comics' big screen version of 'Wonder Woman.' And for good reason... Many of the previous DC films were overbloated, bleak and severely misguided. Could the big-screen incarnation of the Amazonian princess and warrior save Big Blue, Bats and the rest of DC's big screen universe from the monotonous glut they've written themselves into? Don't get your hopes up. Jack Lugo reviews the film and tells us why he just finds it all so tedious.
39 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 12: The Forgotten Bond
Go grab that martini (Shaken, not stirred, of course) because we have something very special: Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo chat about the new Hulu documentary BECOMING BOND which delves into the fascinating life of forgotten James Bond George Lazenby.
40 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 11: Look Up in the Sky ... Superhero Documentaries!
Faster than a speeding bullet... Anthony Venutolo and Jack Lugo chat about four incredible superhero and comic book documentaries: 'Batman & Bill,' 'Behind the Mask: The Batman Dead End Story,' 'The Death of Superman Lives' and 'Doomed: The Story of Roger Corman's Fantastic Four.'
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