TV & Film

The Monday Morning Critic Podcast is a labor of love for all things Cinema, Television and specific hand selected guests who’ve moved me in their life’s work. Genuine, Interesting Analysis, Well researched Opinions and Interviews.

Episodes

Jackie Burch is one the best casting directors in history. She is the foundation for three of the best comedies in history. Jackie and John Hughes made for an unstoppable team creating: Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and The Breakfast Club. Jackie's other movies include: D.C Cab, Cloak and Dagger, Commando, Fright Night, Mask, Three Amigos, Predator, Die Hard, Coming to America, Road House. (To name a few!)

 
Jackie's latest movies include: Hidden Figures, 42, Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games, Million Dollar Arm and Ant-Man.
 
Meet the awesome: Jackie Burch.
 
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Breaking Down 3!
 
Actor and Screenwriter Doug Hutchison and I break down our Top 5 Holiday Movies in a fun, reflective and moving episode.
 
Welcome to Breaking Down 3!
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Some final thoughts on the horrednous, heartbreaking and impulsive decision to shift Lennie James from The Walking Dead to Fear the Walking Dead.

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Adam Zastrow's path to acting is unique, amazing and well deserved. Adam's career and opportunities have advanced quickly and he has made the most of each and every role. Adam's filmography includes Baskets, Roadies, Santa Clarita Diet and the Netflix hit show- Mindhunter. Adam's story is amazing. His future is even more impressive...and we even managed to talk a little Star Wars and The Walking Dead!

 
Meet the super talented: Adam Zastrow.
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Actor Happy Anderson's filmography includes Banshee, The Knick, The Blacklist, Gotham, The Deuce, Quarry, his Emmy worthy, legendary perfrmance in Mindhunter and his December 22, 2017 release of "Bright", starring Will Smith and directed by legendary director David Ayer.

Please meet the very talanted, Happy Anderson.

 

 

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The Green Mile and iconic actor Doug Hutchison and I break down one of the best television shows in  History-"I Love Lucy" in our bi-weekly segment titled "Breaking Down"-We examine all facets of movies and television and give our perspective and takes.

Welcome to Breaking Down 2!

 
 
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Talented, elegant and award winning actor Laila Robins talks about family, theater, television and movies. Laila continues to have a wonderful career highlighted by marvelous movies and television shows that include "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", "Homeland", "Eye in the Sky" and the immensely underrated "Oxygen". In January you can catch Laila on ABC playing Special Agent Deakins in "Deception"

 

Meet the very cool: Laila Robins.

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Interview with FIVE time boxing champion, Olympian and actor in the movie "Rocky Balboa". Antonio is currently training his son Antonio Tarver Jr in his young, promising boxing career.

Meet: Antonio Tarver.

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Director and Writer Marc Meyers joins us on the Monday Morning Critic to talk about his new film "My Friend Dahmer" The movie is an adaptation of the critically praised, best selling graphic novel MY FRIEND DAHMER by Derf Backderf. Based on actual events... the film centers around Jeff Dahmer, a misunderstood, darkly depraved teenager, during his junior & senior years of high school. 

Set in a truly weird and sinister 1970s adolescent world, Jeff tries to make new friends as his divorcing parents, teachers, and friends ignore his descent into alcoholism and madness. Jeff will later become the most depraved serial killer since Jack The Ripper. 

This is the story before that story.

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Wonderfully talented actor Michael Stahl-David talks about acting, theater, learning a second language at a young age,  his time in Colombia filming and his phenomenal performance in Narcos, Cloverfield, Director/Writer Matt Reeves, The Promise, his future projects coming out soon- "The Light of the Moon" and "LBJ" and so much more.  

 
Meet: Michael Stahl-David.
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Gifted Veteran Actor Brett Rice shares person experiences working with  JJ Abrams, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Rachel McAdams and so many more. Brett talks about his love and passions from his beautiful wife, golf, The South, typecasting and the idea of not becoming complacent and growing as a person and actor. 

 

Meet Brett Rice.  

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IronE Singleton is best known to audiences as the menacing kingpin Alton in the Academy® Oscar Award-nominated film The Blind Side; the biggest box office grossing sports movie of all time. He is also known as the compassionate tough guy, T-Dog, in the Emmy, AFI & WGA Award winning, Golden Globe nominated TV show The Walking Dead. 

IronE is currently involved in producing a one man show titled "Blindsided by The Walking Dead"

Meet: IronE Singleton.

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The Green Mile and iconic actor Doug Hutchison and I break down one of the best movies in Cinematic History-"Silence of the Lambs" in our bi-weekly segment titled "Breaking Down"-We examine all facets of the movie and give our perspective takes to why this is truly one of the best movies in history.

This is the first installment of Breaking Down.

Welcome!

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Immensely talented Director Michael Polish is known for having an amazing and gifted cinematic eye. His casting choices are without question, some of the best in cinema. Michael has directed Billy Bob Thornton, James Woods, Nick Nolte, Jon Gries, his beautiful and talented wife Kate Bosworth, Daryl Hannah, Garrett Morris, Virginia Madison, Bruce Dern, Claire Florani and so many more He also has a keen eye for talent casting diamonds in the rough in the amazing Ben Foster and Max Theirot.

 
Michael's ability to find the perfect balance of cinematic score, casting, writing, and direction are some of the best I have ever seen in my lifetime and make Michael, in this Film Historians eye, one of the best directors on the planet. 
 
Michael talks about his influences in cinema the most powerful being Sergio Leone.
His movies include Northfork, Twin Falls Idaho, Big Sur and Astronaut Farmer to name a few.Michael and Kate's newest and potentially most powerful movie is NONA. 
 
 
Meet Michael Polish.
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Actor Jeremy Palko talks about his passion for the Seattle Seahawks, movies and television,  family, his journey as an actor, The Walking Dead, Bloodline, the grind and love for acting, becoming an actor and paying your dues. Jeremy is down to earth and a genuine good guy.

You can catch Jeremy on The Walking Dead as "Andy" from Hilltop October 22nd on Season 8 premiere on AMC.

 

Meet: Jeremy Palko.

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Welcome Actor Jun Naito! 

Jun has a great filmography which includes "Daredevil", "Z: "The Beginning of Everything" and the epic, iconic, spiritual, beautiful and surreal, "Life of Pi". Jun talks about his life,  love for sports (especially basketball), his love for all things University of Kentucky and his experiences as an actor and working with multi Academy Award winning director-Ang Lee. 
 
Meet Jun Naito.
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Please join me in taking a look at Season 8 of the Walking Dead!

 

Monday Morning Critic Podcast!

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Jeff Jacob is one of the worlds largest vintage Star Wars collectors. Highly regarded by many as “The” Collector. Jeff has developed a sincere passion and a multi million dollar collection developed from dedication, hard work and passion. Jeff has also spoken at “Star Wars Celebration”  (Orlando) which is the largest gathering of Star Wars fans in the United States. 

 

Meet Jeff Jacob.

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Spike Lee and Jordan Peele will team for Black Klansman, a thriller based on the true story of an African-American police officer that infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. Lee will direct the film with Peele's Monkeypaw Productions and Blumhouse Productions producing Black Klansman. Peele and Blumhouse previously partnered on the director's hit horror film "Get Out"..... John David Washington, the son of Denzel Washington and co-star in HBO's Ballers, is in talks to star as Ron Stallworth, the Colorado Springs, Colorado detective who penetrated the KKK in 1978 after responding to an ad for new members, Even though Stallworth was black, he managed to become head of his local KKK chapter by pretending to be a white supremacist via phone or written correspondence; when his presence was needed, Stallworth recruited a white officer to take his place. Thanks to his detective work, Stallworth –who authored the 2014 book The Black Klansman – sabotaged cross burnings and other KKK activities. Meet: Ron Stallworth.

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Gene Brewer has lived and continues to live an amazing life. Raised in Indiana, He studied DNA replication and cell division at Universities and St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Gene than entered and contiued his career as an amazing and talanted author. Gene has a passion for Ecology, animal rights and his wife Karen.

Gene's  "K-PAX" series of books remains one of the most underrated in literary history and served as inspiration for the hit movie “K-PAX” which stars Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges, and is considered by this critic to be one of the best, most underrated movies in history.

 Meet Gene Brewer.

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Todays podcast focuses on TV, Movies and passions you have in your life and those who enjoy trying to take those away.

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Interview with Fantasy and DFS expert Chris Raybon. Chris is the Senior DFS editor at 4for4.com, Author of the DFS Fantasy Playbook which can be found on Amazon.com and now writing for Sports Illustrated via 4for4.com. Chris is gifted in many ways and extremely talented at breaking down fantasy football, communicating this to fantasy players of all abilities, and dissecting hours of research and providing effective insight into DFS and Fantasy leagues alike.

Meet: Chris Raybon.

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Welcome Kevin L. Johnson to the Monday Morning Critic! Kevin has an awesome filmography which includes “American Made”, “Ozark”, "Prisoners” and many more. Kevin’s passion for acting started at Clemson University where he is  also a huge football fan! Kevin’s iconic character Sam Darmody is wonderfully portrayed in Ozark. Kevin has had isolated scenes with Jake Gyllenhahal, Tom Cruise and Laura Linney and he’s done a remarkable job acting with Hollywood’s elite actors! Kevin’s future is extremely bright. The Monday Morning Critic is fortunate to have Kevin!

 

Meet: Kevin L. Johnson.

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Interview with Award Winning and amazingly talented stuntman Buddy Sosthand.

Buddy has a lengthy and seemingly never ending filmography that includes  “Thor”, multiple “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, “Straight Outta Compton”,   “Captain America: Civil War”,  “The Expendables”, “Sully”, “Get Out”, “Westworld” and so many more. This is a testament and reflection of how much Buddy is respected for his work ethic, ability and professionalism.

Buddy also co-hosts a podcast (The Great American Podcast) with friend and actor John Pirruccello in which they tackle a variety of issues and do so with humor, respect and well thought out perspectives. Buddy is talented and eclectic in so many ways. When Buddy is not working he dedicates and spends time with his wonderful family.

 

Meet: Buddy Sosthand.

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Michael Tourek is an accomplished actor who has many notable films and television shows in his filmography. These include “Office Christmas Party”, “Banshee”, “Resurrection”, “Under the Dome” and the Netflix Smash hit “Ozark”. In which Michael plays “Ash”. Michael has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts, shares a love of theater, stage and musicals he has also produced and written. Michael Tourek is a fantastic, eclectic actor who has a very promising career ahead of him. He’s a proud father and husband. Michael is highly respected and regarded by his peers. He’s kind, talented, open and honest.

 

 

Meet: Michael Tourek.

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Interview with the wonderful and very underrated Adam Boyer. Adam has been in a plethora of movies and television shows. Adam has made appearances in The Walking Dead, Looper, Sully, HBO’s Vice Principals, The Netflix Smash Hits: Stranger Things and Ozark and so much more. Adam has a strong background in Soccer, is a diehard New England Patriots Fan (Boston Born)and volunteers his time to “Camp Sunshine", which is a camp that enriches the lives of familes and children with Cancer located in Georgia. Adam continues to prove my theory that “Bad Guys” on screen are the sweetest and kindest real life human beings.   Meet: Adam Boyer.

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Interview with the very talented Rich Keefe who is on with Michael Holley and Dale Arnold from 2-6pm, Monday-Friday on WEEI. He also hosts a fantastic podcast in #DORK. Rich is a tremendous talent and I was very fortunate to have him on the Monday Morning Critic!

 

Meet Rich Keefe.

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Bob Ryan is a retired ledgendary columnist for the Globe’s Sports section whose work appears in the section semi-regularly. He has been writing for the Globe since 1968, covering all of Boston’s sports teams. Ryan is often seen on the ESPN show  "Around the Horn".

 

Meet: Bob Ryan.

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Interview with Actor, Producer, Writer and Author- Doug Hutchison. Doug is supremely talented and has a wonderfully extensive and diverse filmography that include many of the best shows and movies that have ever hit the small and big screen respectively. These range from “Lost” to “I Am Sam”, (The VERY underrated "Salton Sea"), "A Time to Kill" and the epic, iconic and arguably the best movie in Cinematic History-"The Green Mile.” Doug’s unique skills and range in his roles make him a tremendously gifted actor.

 

Meet: Doug Hutchison.

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Interview with artist, actor and teacher, Mr. Tim Parati.

Tim shares his experiences of working with legendary actors such as Jeffery Dean Morgan, Forest Whitaker, Denzel Washington (director) and Paul Giamatti. Tim talks about seeing The Muppets for the first time and which actress he was star struck by. Tim’s lengthy filmography includes the epic “Time to Kill”, “The Great Debaters” and “The Walking Dead"

Tim’s iconic appreciation for anything relevant to “Planet of the Apes” make him the rare combination of fan and immensely talented actor. 

 

Meet the very cool, very talented, very selfless-Tim Parati.

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In depth interview with life long actor Jayson Warner Smith. Jayson has an extensive filmography and is an actor of both stage and screen. He plays Negan’s right hand man “Gavin” in The Walking Dead. He has appeared in Christine, 99 Holmes, 42, Birth of a Nation and the September 2017 release “American Made” starring Tom Cruise. Jayson teaches acting to those adults looking to improve upon their craft. Jayson has a commanding presence of both stage and screen and is universally respected by both fans and colleagues alike.

 

 

Meet: Jayson Warner Smith

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Interview with musician, composer and awesomely talented actor, Jordan Woods-Robinson. Jordan’s filmography includes The Walking Dead, Solace, Mockingjay Part 1, Magic City and many, many more. Jordan is known for being part of the legendary Blue Man Group. Jordan’s powerful portrayal of Eric in The Walking Dead continues to be one of the more important and vital characters on television, and has drawn rave reviews accolades from both critics and fans.

 

Meet: Jordan Woods-Robinson. 

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Interview with the beautiful and supremely talented actor Ann Mahoney. Ann is best known for her portrayal of "Olivia" on The Walking Dead. Ann's credits include many more amazing movies and television appearances. The immensely underrated 99 Homes, Midnight Special, Bad Moms and many, many more. Ann's future projects includes an all-star filled cast in "Same Kind of Different as Me" and Legendary Director Steven Soderbergh's "Logan Lucky" Ann still continues to find time to teach acting and is known for her philanthropic work throughout the years. 

 

Meet: Ann Mahoney.

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Interview with the immensely talented and iconic actor Dwier Brown. Dwier is known for his legendary performance (John Kinsella) as Kevin Costner's (Ray Kinsella) father in Field of Dreams.

Dwier is consistently acting in movies, television and plays. A versatile actor and writer,  his book "If you build it: A book about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams, gets rave reviews and is considered by many to be a "must read".

Dwier continues to act, and an ambassador for Field of Dreams, family and the importance of dreams.

 

Meet: Dwier Brown.

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Former Actor David Pollock reflects on his legendary role as "Rudi Stein" in one the top 10 movies in history, "The Bad News Bears." David continues to do wonderful things in Politics and with his generous charitable work. One of my absolute favorite actors and people.

Meet David Pollock.

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Jim Morris, the man behind the 2002 Disney hit about a science teacher/coach turned Major League Baseball Player (which grossed nearly 80 million dollars) and contiues to occupy the top spots amongest all-time sports movies. Jim opens up about his life, baseball, life after baseball and Parkinsons. Jim is a very successful motivational speaker and continues to inspire others.

 Meet Jim Morris.

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My interview with former Philadelphia Eagle and man behind the 2006 Disney Hit "Invincible."  Vince has led an amazing life. From NFL player, to husband, father and cancer survivor. Vince never quits and continutes to be an inspirational figure to this day.  Vince shares insight about having a movie made about his life and much, much more.

Meet Vince Papale.

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My interview with Enviornmental Lawyer, Jan Schlichtmann. Jan was the focus and inspiration of the book, and the 1998 Theartical release by the same "A Civil Action." One of the best movies in history.

Jan is open and honest about his life in and out of the legal arena. Jan's sacrifice and fight to help familes is seen throughout A Civil Action and continues today.

Jan continues to remain a pioneer in environmental issues and fight dilgently for those who have been wronged.   

Meet Jan Schlictmann.

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My interview with the man behind the book "Big Fish"which Tim Burton turned into one of the best films in history. This would not have been possible without the supremely talented (author and writer) Daniel Wallace- Mr. Wallace has published many books such as Ray in Reverse, Watermelon King and the soon to be released Extra-Ordinary Adventures. 

Meet Daniel Wallace.

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In depth insight into two of the best sports movies in the history of cinema. Rudy and Hoosiers. They continue to stand the test of time and claim top billing when it comes to movies about sports. Most importantly meet the man behind them. Angelo Pizzo. Angelo shares his awesome insight, expierences, love for movie making and his passion for finding that next great story. One of our generations best and most inspirational movie makers.

Meet Angelo Pizzo.

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The second part of my Top 10 most impactful movies in history. Where else can you get this much awesome stuff for free??

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Using extensive research I have broken down the 10 most important historical movie in Cinematic History. Plus: Dave Letterman's mom, Star Wars, Fargo, Adam Sandler, Lion King and the "Wizard of Oz" of the NHL, The Boston Bruins-No Heart, No Courage, No Brains.

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Episode 16, Season 7 Finale: "The First Day of the Rest of your Life." A positive look at the amazing Walking Dead season finale, my thoughts on the fans, characters and where The Walking Dead is headed- sprinkled in with some tears for Abraham and Sasha, reconnecting with Negan and even some Chris Farley! 

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Super talanted comedian Don Barris of The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Comedy Store, Windy City Heat, The Big Three Podcast and so much more-reflects and gives some wonderful insight about his journey and life in comedy.

Meet Don Barris.

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Analyzing the greatest movie in Cinema History.

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A look at the Walking Dead, Season 7, Episode 14.

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An Interview with my role model, veteran, father, husband and the man I admire most in this world-my dad.

Meet Donnie.

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Pilot.

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A breakdown of the best character on The Walking Dead: Morgan Jones.

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