The High Five Podcast Episode 60 – Five Fantastic Female Horror Directors!

On this week’s episode of the podcast, I’m celebrating a quintet of women horror directors whose work has blown me away recently. I’m talking Chelsea Stardust, Nia DaCosta, Danishka Esterhazy, Leigh Janiak and Jackie Kong!

Throughout the episode, I mentioned the following episodes:

I also mentioned this great Shock Waves interview with Jackie Kong! And Dastardly Double Feature #3, talking about Blood Diner and Chopping Mall.

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The High Five Podcast Episode 59 – Straight-To-Video Animated Batman Flicks

Sorry for the delay on this one, but it couldn’t be avoided! On this episode, I run through five fantastic straight-to-video animated Batman flicks that I encountered thanks to my new gig writing for Looper.com! I’m talking about Batman & Harley Quinn, Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (and it’s sequel Batman vs. Two-Face), Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, Batman Ninja and Batman: Soul Of The Dragon which are all streamable on HBO Max and hopefully available at your local library!

You want links? I got a couple! You can read my Looper Heathcliff article here and check out my original review of the Gotham By Gaslight comic here!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 58 – Wonderful Women Writers!

In an effort to keep celebrating women’s month for the rest of the year and beyond, I’m running down a quintet of books by women authors that I really enjoyed recently. The group includes Bari Wood’s The Tribe (the Valancourt version), Girl Sleuth by Melanie Rehak, Paula Hawkins’ A Slow Fire Burning, My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite and Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

In the episode, I mentioned an episode I did last year about some excellent women hoirror writers, you can give that a listen here.

I’ll also plug a few things I have no real affiliation with aside from being a fan. If you dig discount digital books, check out Bookbub, if you like the same for audiobooks, I can’t recommend Chirp more!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 57 – Jack’s Favorite Switch Games Part 2

Welcome back for the second half of the chat between my son and I about his favorite Nintendo Switch games right now! Last time we discussed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kirby Star Allies and Super Mario 3D World. Today we finish up talking about that last one and also get into his top two games: Animal Cross: New Horizons and Super Mario Odyssey! We also talk about how excited he is for Kirby And The Forgotten World, which we still haven’t played yet.

We talked a bit about the weird continuity of the Donkey Kong series. If you’re curious here’s an in-depth rundown of Donkey “Cranky” Kong Senior’s history! Also, for good measure, he’s a pic of the kids playing the Switch after getting it!

This is not an ad, but I’m a big fan of my Retron which allows me to play my NES and Sega games without hassling with the old units. If that’s something you’d be interested in check out the Hyperkin website, they have all sorts of retro gaming options on there. They come with controllers, but you can also plug in your own if you still have them lying around.

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The High Five Podcast Episode 56 – Jack’s Favorite Switch Games Part 1

On today’s episode, I’m joined by my very special guest, my son Jack! He’s very excited to talk about his five favorite Nintendo Switch games. On this first part, wee talk about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kirby Star Allies and Super Mario 3D World. Come back next week to find out what the top two games are!

When talking about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Jack’s main character is Captain Falcon and he’s from F-Zero. We also talk about ROB the Robot from the NES era. Here’s a video showing what he could do.

If you want to listen to a few of the other episodes I mentioned in the intro you can check out my ranking of the Leprechaun films here and my recap with the kids about our favorite family shows of 2020 here.

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The High Five Podcast Episode 55 – Real World Round Up

On this week’s episode, I’m moving away from the fictional world I usually inhabit when it comes to the podcast and talking about things that have actually happened! There’s not much of a theme beyond that, but it was fun to talk about a pair of books I’ve read recently as well as two documentaries and one docu-series. Truth is often stranger than fiction and that’s definitely the case with this episode!

I’m not sure if it’s currently available, but here’s the link for thee How Did This Get Made episode that Matthew Berry appeared on. As an added bonus, here’s him in Avengers Endgame.

Also, if you’re curious to explore the world of Bright Sun Films, do it up! In fact, here’s one about the making of Closed For Storm:

And finally, here’s a bananas scenes from Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 54 – 1977 Vinyl Roundup

On this week’s episode, I dig through my vinyl collection and pull out six records that represent the interesting musical era known as 1977! You get disco, funk, blues and rock!

If you’re interested in some of the episodes I mentioned in the episode, you can give them a listen. I talked about Weird Records on Episode 21 and the Foo Fighters’ Hail Satin on Episode 46.

During my brief talk about Led Zeppelin’s 1977 tour, I neglected to mention that I was speaking about these being their last shows in the United States.

And now for some music in video form! Here you have a live version of “A Fifth of Beethoven,” a whole Commodores show from 1977, “Take Me Back To Chicago” live from 1977, Tom Jones singing with Janis Joplin (because why not?), Muddy Waters Chicagofest 1981 show with Johnny Winter and Heart’s all-time classic “Barracuda” plus the Wilson Sisters and Jason Bonham doing “Stairway” for good measure.

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The High Five Podcast Episode 53 – Winter Olympics Flicks Part 2

Carrying on from last week’s episode, I’m continuing my examination of winter sports movies in honor of the now-done Winter Olympics! Today we get into ski and snowboard flicks (which are really just newer ski movies!).

For the record, I say towards the end of the episode that I think people should be able to do whatever they want. I meant to add the caveat “as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.” Unfortunately, too many people these days only believe in the first half of the sentiment and not the second.

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The High Five Podcast Episode 52 – Winter Olympics Flicks Part 1

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been watching a lot of Winter Olympics lately! That got my pop culture gears going, so I started putting together an episode about winter sports flicks. In the first part, I get into moments in other films and then discuss hockey and figure skating movies! Part 2 will cover a wide variety of ski and snowboarding movies!

Warning: some of these clips are violent!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 51 – 90s Teen Titans With Ben Morse

On this week’s episode, I chat with my friend, professor and comic book correspondent Ben Morse about the late 90s Teen Titans book written and drawn for the most part by Dan Jurgens with George Perez on inks for part of the run! Along the way we talk about the end of Marv Wolfman’s run on New Titans, other teen books from this era and the most important elements to creating a successful Teen Titans book! If you want even more context for this one, go back and listen to episodes 18 and 19.

Throughout the episode, we both mention a variety of articles and interviews about this Teen Titans run. Most of these come from TitansTower.com, which is also mentioned in the show. When I went to double check the links, though, the site was undergoing maintenance. I hope they work now!

Go ahead and give Ben a follow on Twitter and Instagram. As always, you can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Also feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!