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On this week's regular edition of the show it's monster in all shapes and sizes.  First up genres collide with the blu-ray review of Monster Brawl (courtesy fo Anchor Bay Entertainment) as classic monsters face off in the squared circle starring Jimmy Hart, Kevin Nash, Dave Foley and Lance Henriksen.  Then it's my blu-ray review of the documentary Corman's World : Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment) as we look back at the career of the legendary director/producer.  Then it is two reviews for the price of one title when I give my audio book and movie review of The Hunger Games for your listening pleasure.  I wrap things up with the video game review of The Adventures of Tintin for the PS3 (courtesy of www.gameaccess.ca) as the your adventurer hits your game console.  Music for this episode features the songs Just Like a Movie by Digital Grey Orchestra, End Game by George Woods, Only a Game by The Suicide Denial and One World by EL84, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

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On this week's edition of Extra we explore crooked cops,  a nasty mortician, battling youth and an adventure across the world.  Before I get to the reviews I talk about something strange that happened to me at a local theatre.  It's a trip to the past of New York City with the dvd review of The Son of No One (courtesy of Alliance Films) as a cop must face the consequences of his past.  Some teenagers get in way over thier heads with the blu-ray review of Beneath The Darkness (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) starring Randy Quaid as a very deadly mortician.  It's a trip back into cinema past with the dvd review of The Battle Royale Collection (courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment) as young Japanese students fights to the death on an island.  I wrap things up with the blu-ray review of The Adventures of Tintin (courtesy of Paramount Home Video) as the classic Herge character gets a 3D animation makeover from Steven Speilberg and Peter Jackson.   Music for this episode features the songs Secret (You Know What) by Freddy, The Battle is Not Lost by Cat Rood and Youth and honey by the silence industry, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

Direct download: ramble_extra_uncovering_secrets_of_battle.mp3
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On this edition of the show it's back to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for Day 2 of my coverage of Toronto Comic-Con 2012 presented by Fan Expo that took place March 10 & 11. Celebrities take centre stage in this edition of the show as they take time out to share some words of wisdom and insight. First up I catch up with actress Nicole Marie McCafferty (www.ontariofantasymovies.freehostia.com) as she talks about what it is like to work for an independent film company. Actor John Delancie (Q on Star Trek : Next Gneration) talks about his role on the show and acting tips for the next generation of actors. Keeping with the space theme actor Robert Picardo (www.robertpicardo.net) (Star Trek Voyager, Stargate : Atlantis) talks about his famous roles on both shows and the foils of working in a tight outfit. After a great Q & A, I catch up with actor Bruce Boxleitner (Scarecrows & Mrs. King, Tron & Tron : Legacy) as we talk about the changing face of hollywood and the challenges of getting work as an older actor. Then we get some more Canadian flavour as I catch up with charming actress Nicole de Boer (Star Trek : Deep Space Nine , Dead Zone, Stargate Atlantis) as she talks about working with HD, how to properly act with a transporter beam and acting in sci-fi. I conclude my interviews with Eddie Furlong (Terminator 2, Pet Cemetary 2) as we talk about working with Arnold and James Cameron. Music for this episode features the song Black Hole by Victor Stellar that can be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Direct download: ramble_293.mp3
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On this week's edition of Extra we have a jammed pack show for your listening pleasure.  First up we hit the streets of Toronto for a new cop show with the dvd review of King : The Complete First Season (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) as a female detective fights for her place inthe force while balancing her social life.  Then it is a return to action with former WWE Superstar Steve Austin with the blu-ray/dvd review of Recoil (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) where a police officer takes the law into his own hands.  A tunnel becomes an object of terrior with the dvd review of Absentia (courtesy of Phase 4 Films) in this creepy thriller.  It's an old tale with a new twist with the blu-ray review of Footloose (2011) (courtesy of Paramount Home Video) as a young man fights a town for the right to dance.  Things come to a dramatic end with my audio book review of Graphic Audio's Lilith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine : Book 5 - To Hell and Back (courtesy of www.graphicaudio.net) as the sexy necromancer prepares for her final confrontation with the prince of hell.   Music for this episode features the songs Copenhagen by Chris Townsend, What I'm Missing by Everyday Jones, Dance With The Pharaoh by Joe Stbol and Last Dance by Oleg Galkin, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

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It's another on the road edition of the podcast as I start my first convention coverage of 2012 with a trip to Toronto Comic-Con 2012 presented by Fan Expo that too place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on March 10 & 11, 2012.  On my Day 1 coverage you get a nice variety of observations and interviews for your listening pleasure.  First up it's a trip back to the 80's as I catch up with actor Curtis Armstrong who starred in the cult film Revenge of the Nerds and the tv series Moonlighting.  I get a chance to talk with some independent producers of the new webseries Clutch (www.clutchtheseries.com)  and how they are trying to make an impact on the web.  I then get a chance to catch up with the Jason Eisener, director of Hobo With a Shotgun (which I have reviewed on this show) as we talk about the art of making a cult classic.  It's a short trip into the land of reality tv as I geta quick interview with one of the stars of the Celebrity Apprentice, Tia Carrere (Wayne's World, Relic Hunter) as she spills some dirt on the show.  I end the day by catching up with one of the hosts of Innerspace on the SPACE channel AJ Fry as we talk a little sci-fi and actually suprise him with some news.  Music for this episode features the song Black Hole by Victor Stellar, it can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged

Direct download: ramble_292.mp3
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On this edition of the show it's sword and sorcery, twin magic and more dealings with the devil.  Right at the top of the show I give my take on a recent loss to the world of music and cult tv shows.  The popular video game franchise is now a new web series with the dvd review of Dragon Age : Redemption (courtesy of eOne Entertainment)  starring Felicia Day (Buffy, The Guild) based on the game by Bioware.  It's a case of double trouble with the blu-ray review of Jack & Jill (courtesy of Sony Home Video) starring Adam Sandler and a host of cameos in his latest comedy movie.   It's time to catch up the sexy necromancer with the audio book review of Graphic Audio's Lilith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine ; Book 4 : Saint City Sinners (courtesy of www.graphicaudio.net) as she fights for her life against the legions of Hell.  Music for this episode features the songs Bride of the Dragon by Man Bites God and Family by PuceWallpaper, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

Direct download: ramble_291.mp3
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On this week's edition of Extra it's an award winning movie, a trip into terror, a town of dark secrets and more adventures of the death dealing necromancer. To start the show I give you all some exciting blu-ray news and a little rant on the state of networks yanking tv shows. First up at the gate is the dvd review of the Oscar Award Wiinning Hugo (courtesy of Paramount Home Video) as a young boy fights to save his father\s dream in Paris of 1931. Then a female nurse gets more than she bargained for after a near death experience in the dvd review of Insight (courtesy of Phase 4 Films) in this dark thriller starring Natalie Zea, Sean Patrick Flannery & Christopher llyod. It's a trip back to Durham with the dvd review of Durham County Season 3 (courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment) where secrets don't stay buried. The dark urban adventures continues with the audio book review of Graphic Audio's Lilith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine : Book 4 : Saint City Sinners (courtesy of www.graphicaudio.net) as the sword slashing necromancer fights for her life against the forces of hell. Music for this episode features the songs 5 O'Clock by Ocean Alexander, I've Got a Secret by Robin Stine and Lovely Little Sinner by Fine Print Pariah, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

Direct download: ramble_extra_insight_into_murder.mp3
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