TLJ Reaction • Whole Lot of Movie

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EPISODE 012 | TLJ Reaction • Whole Lot of Movie

Join “Diamond” Rob Russo as he discusses The Last Jedi with his Hardcore Gaming 101 podcast pals, Kal and Bob. What did these two more casual Star Wars fans think of this "controversial" Star Wars movie? Did Robbo's opinion change after subsequent viewings? Was Benecio del Toro's stutter justified? Find out!

Remember, “Diamond” Rob himself will answer whatever question you ask — as long as it’s in a five-star review on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play.

TLJ Reaction • Robbo’s Dark Night of the Soul

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EPISODE 011 | TLJ Reaction • Robbo’s Dark Night of the Soul

Join “Diamond” Rob Russo as returns to the microphone just minutes after finishing The Last Jedi, searching desperately, wearily for closure. How does he feel about it? Even “Diamond” Rob cannot say. Like the movie, itself, his journey ends far from where it begins. Yet unlike the movie, Robbo’s journey is over in about 30 minutes.

Remember, “Diamond” Rob himself will answer whatever question you ask — as long as it’s in a five-star review on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play.

TLJ Screening Room • Thug Life

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EPISODE 010 | TLJ Screening Room • Thug Life

Join “Diamond” Rob and Emily Lind as they continue our current thrilling WGP series, The Last Jedi Screening Room, which covers seven movies Rian Johnson screened for the cast of Episode VIII. In this episode, Emily and Robbo attack Gunga Din, a Colonialist Adventure movie starring Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Joan Fontaine. This movie follows three huge jerks as they demean every other human being within their orbit, and thereby pave the way for a truly excellent villain to steal the entire movie. Eduardo Cianelli’s thugee guru is a likely inspiration for Rian Johnson’s take on Supreme Leader Snoke. Several aspects of this movie have not aged well; but if you can cut through that, there’s a rollicking adventure to be had here.

For the Star Wars chaser, “Diamond” Rob and Lindo covers the 1994 Dark Horse Comics story “The Freedon Nadd Uprising,” a tale set almost 5,000 years before the movies, shows the Jedi Knights putting down a sci-fi version of the religious uprising we see in Gunga Din.

In a special, pre-TLJ, post-show bonus, “Diamond” Rob dishes on all of his personal Last Jedi predictions. Though he promises nothing, Robbo has a pretty good batting average when it comes to Disney-era predictions. Stick around for this extra 20+ minutes of pseudo-intellectual tomfoolery!

Remember, “Diamond” Rob himself will answer whatever question you ask — as long as it’s in a five-star review on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play.

TLJ Screening Room • In The Tank

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EPISODE 009 | TLJ Screening Room • In The Tank

Join “Diamond” Rob as he continues our current thrilling WGP series, The Last Jedi Screening Room, which covers seven movies Rian Johnson screened for the cast of Episode VIII.

In this episode, Robbo attacks Sahara a war movie starring Humphrey Bogart and the best damn tank in town. This wartime drama tells the story of a motley crew of soldiers who defend a precious desert well from a battalion of thirsty Nazis. Bogart’s Solo-esque reluctant hero may well have influenced Finn’s purported transformation in The Last Jedi.

For the Star Wars chaser, Robbo covers the 1983 Marvel comic story “Hoth Stuff!” a Wedge story which somehow manages to be a pretty good despite some serious continuity issues.

Remember, “Diamond” Rob himself will answer whatever question you ask — as long as it’s in a five-star review on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play.

TLJ Screening Room • Dangerous Minds

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EPISODE 008 | TLJ Screening Room - Dangerous Minds

Join “Diamond” Rob and special guest Tom “King Tom” Chansky as they continue our current thrilling WGP series, The Last Jedi Screening Room, which covers seven movies Rian Johnson screened for the cast of Episode VIII.

In this episode, our heroes attack 12 O’Clock High a war movie starring Gregory Peck and a whole bunch of B-17 bombers. This study in leadership will probably be most relevant to General Leia’s development, and her relationships with fighter ace Poe Dameron and the mercurial Vice Admiral Holdo.

For their Star Wars chaser, Robbo and King Tom tackle X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, a 1996 novel by Michael Stackpole about Wedge Antilles’s struggle to rebuild the famous fighter squad without Luke Skywalker by his side. Plus, “Diamond” Rob answers a listener question — What inspired him to make this podcast and what are his influences?

Remember, “Diamond” Rob himself will answer whatever question you ask — as long as it’s in a five-star review on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play.

TLJ Screening Room • Crime Kitty

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EPISODE 007 | TLJ Screening Room • Crime Kitty

Join “Diamond” Rob and special guest Emily Lind (Canto Bight Dispatch & How's Annie? podcasts) as they kick off the next thrilling WGP series, The Last Jedi Screening Room, which will cover seven movies Rian Johnson screened for the cast of Episode VIII.

In this episode, our heroes cover To Catch a Thief, Alfred Hitchcock’s French Riviera thriller starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. This movie’s chic setting and thrilling finale seem to have influenced the “Casino Planet” sequence in The Last Jedi.

For their Star Wars chaser, Robbo and Emily tackle “Gambler’s World,” a 1979 story from the oft-forgotten Star Wars newspaper strip, written and drawn by comics legend Russ Manning. Plus, “Diamond” Rob answers a listener question — What is the most flawed Star Wars movie? It isn’t what you think!

Remember, “Diamond” Rob himself will answer whatever question you ask — as long as it’s in a five-star review on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play.

Flash Gordon - So Horrible, Yet So Beautiful

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EPISODE 006 | Flash Gordon - So Horrible, Yet So Beautiful

Join “Diamond” Rob and special guest Emily Lind (Canto Bight Dispatch & How's Annie? podcasts) as they take a deep dive into the 1936 Universal Serial, Flash Gordon — perhaps the single greatest influence on Star Wars.

 

In this episode, our heroes finish off Flash Gordon and revisit some of their favorite moments and performances from the serial. Plus, “Diamond” Rob talks about his most beloved novels from the old Star Wars EU.

Remember, “Diamond” Rob himself will answer whatever question you ask — as long as it’s in a five-star review on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play.

 

Flash Gordon - Shadow Puppet Ruler

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EPISODE 005 | Flash Gordon - Shadow Puppet Ruler

Join “Diamond” Rob and special guests Emily Lind (Canto Bight Dispatch & How's Annie? podcasts) and Eric Strothers (The Bad Motivators) as they take a deep dive into the 1936 Universal Serial, Flash Gordon — perhaps the single greatest influence on Star Wars.

In this episode, the gang tackles Episodes 7, 8, and 9 of the serial, considers the courtship ritual of shadow puppetry, and ranks the greatest colossal furnaces in sci-fi! Plus, “Diamond” Rob offers up his favorite moments from the original Star Wars movies.

Remember, “Diamond” Rob himself will answer whatever question you ask — as long as it’s in a five-star review on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play.