Nostalgia Theater: A MovieFilm Podcast Join host Zaki Hasan for a jaunt through your favorite pop culture artifacts of yesteryear!

September 17, 2017  

Attention all personnel! Today marks exactly 45 years to the day that the classic TV series M*A*S*H first premiered on CBS. Based on the novel by Richard Hooker and the 1970 feature film directed by Robert Altman, the boundary-busting sitcom had an impressive eleven season run, redefining what television was capable of, and leaving the air with a finale that remains to this day the highest rated episode of any TV show ever. Not a bad legacy, and it provided quite the springboard for conversation with my buddy (and M*A*S*H superfan) Rob Kelly via a special arrangement with his own Film & Water Podcast wherein we share the same interview and distribute it via our respective shows. It's a fun chat that runs the gamut from Trapper to BJ, Henry to Potter! We talk about how we became fans, why we're still fans, and what it is about M*A*S*H that still resonates this many decades later. Listen via the embed below, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). Like always, send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

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Back for another Commentary Trek continues! This time I'm rejoined by my friend Glenn Greenberg, former Marvel Comics editor, and writer of many Hulk and Star Trek comics, for the third feature voyage for original Star Trek crew, 1984's Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. As always, you can hear our own personal histories with this installment, plus plenty of trivia and behind-the-scenes factoids. As always, we had a blast with this one, and we're alread planning ahead for The Voyage Home! Click below to listen, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

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July 9, 2017  

In just a few short months, the legendary Batman: The Animated Series hits its big quarter-century anniversary. In order to mark the occasion, I'm joined by John Trumbull -- author of an expansive oral history of the series for Back Issue! magazine featuring interviews with most of the key creatives -- for a fun and free-ranging conversation including John's conversations with Bruce Timm, etc. about the animated Batman's journey to the screen, how the series changed the playing field for all kidvid going forward, praise for the amazing ensemble cast (Kevin Conroy! Mark Hamill! Richard Moll! Adrienne Barbeau!), and our picks for some favorites from the show's 100-plus episodes. You can listen to it at the embed below, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

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It's a special episode of the Nostalgia Theater Podcast! After we had such a good time with our special 50th anniversary Star Trek episode last summer, I'm joined once more by frequent friend-of-the-show Glenn Greenberg, former Marvel Comics editor, and writer of many Hulk and Star Trek comics, for what we hope will be the first in a series of commentary tracks talking through the original Trek feature films. First up, 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This is a polarizing pic even nearly forty years after its release, but it's nonetheless a nostalgic fave for both Glenn and myself, and we had a lot of fun going through and discussing not only our own reactions to the first big screen Star Trek outing, but also the many behind-the-scenes anecdotes that have been detailed in the years since. If you're any kind of a Trek fan, I think you'll enjoy listening to this one just as much as we did recording it. And stay tuned for our next commentary track: The Wrath of Khan! Click below to listen, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

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From co-founding Apple Computer in the '70s to his continued work in groundbreaking new technologies right up to the present day, Steve Wozniak is a pioneer in the field of personal computing. His Silicon Valley Comic Con just celebrated its second year, bringing together such diverse luminaries as astronaut Buzz Aldrin and NASA scientists to cast members from TV's The Walking Dead, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and more, the three-day gathering in downtown San Jose showcased the ingenuity and diversity of geek culture via a showcase of colorful costumes, fan favorite productions, and scientific innovation. I had the pleasure of chatting with the spritely and gregarious "Woz" during his recent swing through San Francisco, and we discussed his own roots in geek culture and what he hopes the Silicon Valley Comic Con will become in the future. Click the embed below to listen, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

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For my latest Nostalgia Theater show I'm honored to be joined by authors Jim Beard & Rich Handley as they discuss their new short fiction anthology Planet of the Apes: Tales From the Forbidden Zone, which collects stories by some of the leading lights in sci-fi writing as they imagine new worlds within the multitudinous franchise. They discuss their own lifetime love of Planet of the Apes, how the book came about, and give a rundown of what readers can expect in the new tome. As longtime listeners know, the original Planet of the Apes is my all-time favorite movie, so any chance I have to go fanboy on Apes, I'm happy to take it. I have a feeling you'll enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I did being a part of it! Check out the episode via the embed below, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page

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For the first Nostalgia Theater show of 2017, I'm joined by illustrator Joe Simko, who discusses the Garbage Pail Kids phenomenon from the 1980s, including his own work as producer and director of the documentary 30 Years of Garbage. There's lots of insights as we dive into the icky-eww-kitschy-cool fad that first captivated kids of all ages three decades ago, and continues to do so to this very day! You can listen to it at the embed below, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

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November 23, 2016  

I struck oil on the latest Nostalgia Theater show, as TV icon Patrick Duffy joins me for the hour to discuss his long career, including his start on NBC's Man From Atlantis, and his career-defining role as "good" son Bobby Ewing on CBS' long-running primetime soap Dallas. Listen as Patrick talks about how he coped with the sudden onrush of fame from the series, his lifetime friendship with J.R. Ewing himself, the late, great Larry Hagman (who passed away exactly four years ago today), and exactly what they were thinking when they put Bobby Ewing in a shower and let an entire season of Dallas continuity go down the drain. He also discusses the 2012 Dallas revival, and his feelings when he learned it had been canceled after a too-short three season run. It's a fascinating hour with a fascinating person, and I have a feeling you'll enjoy listening to it just as much as I enjoyed being a part of it. Check out the episode via the embed below, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page

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September 29, 2016  

Star Trek Month concludes at the Nostalgia Theater show! This week, I celebrate fifteen years since the launch of Star Trek: Enterprise, the unfairly-ignored fifth Trek TV series, by chatting with series co-creator and executive producer Brannon Braga. This series tends to get kicked around or ignored by the diehards, but it's a personal favorite of mine nonetheless, and I've made it something of a personal mission to spread awareness of how darn good it ended up being, and hopefully this podcast will do some of the legwork there. I had a blast chatting with Brannon about his initial hopes for the show, where he thinks things went right, where they went wrong. It's a candid and engagingconversation that I think you'll enjoy listening to just as much as I enjoyed participating in it. Check out the episode via the embed below, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page

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September 15, 2016  

Star Trek month continues here at Nostalgia Theater! This week I'm joined by Star Trek comic writer and novelist Glenn Greenberg for a fun and far ranging commentary track conversation as we watch the second pilot of the original Star Trek series, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," which ended up selling the series to NBC. In addition to offering our observations and analyses of what's onscreen, we also cover a lot of our own personal Trek history and examine what it is about the franchise that's made us fans for so long. You can either pop in your blu-ray or queue the episode up via streaming to watch along with us, or just listen as we chat. Either way, you'll find a lot of fun and interesting info, so settle in, hit "play," and get ready to boldly go! Listen the show via the embed below, or subscribe at iTunesStitcher RadioTuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page

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