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Popped! With Daniel, Ben and Tanya

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A podcast where you can learn about or relive some of the best that entertainment has to offer. Join your hosts Daniel Hendrix, Ben Wilson, and Tanya Holstrum as they revisit some of their favorite films, music, and media from genres that influenced and shaped their lives.

A podcast where you can learn about or relive some of the best that entertainment has to offer. Join your hosts Daniel Hendrix, Ben Wilson, and Tanya Holstrum as they revisit some of their favorite films, music, and media from genres that influenced and shaped their lives.


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A podcast where you can learn about or relive some of the best that entertainment has to offer. Join your hosts Daniel Hendrix, Ben Wilson, and Tanya Holstrum as they revisit some of their favorite films, music, and media from genres that influenced and shaped their lives.






"Come back to me" Somewhere in Time w/ Guest Jo Addie

Daniel, Ben, and Tanya take a trip through time to find true love when they revisit the 1980 classic film, Somewhere in Time. Learn how Daniel double-whammies both Ben AND Tanya by hitting them with a film that features two of their most disliked story concepts; Romance and Time Travel. Follow along as they recount this magical film with its splendid and one-of-a-kind cast that features cinema greats Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer. Find out why this 42 year old...


"Inconceivable: The Princess Bride"

Join Daniel, Ben and Tanya as they discuss the universally loved Adventure, romance, fantasy, action, swashbuckling masterpiece film, The Princess Bride. Our hosts set off for an epic adventure and along the way discuss their favorite characters, moments in the film, quotes, trivia and more. They are joined by two very entertaining guests on the Sound Table, return guest Dawud Zafir and Vonn Cooks. (If you're a regular listener, you'll remember Dawud from the Season 1 Ghostbusters episode)....


Bonus Episode: Bottom 5, Our Least Favorite Films

Get Ready for some hilarious controversy ... Daniel, Ben and Tanya reveal the films that they feel are truly the bottom of the class. Listen to them break each others hearts and encourage hate mail from listeners as they savage movies that some think are masterpieces and they think stink! Complete with sound effects, slips, personal opinions, and all sorts of offensive noise. Grab a whoopie cushion, a kazoo, something fizzy that will help you belch loudly, and some tomatoes to throw at...


"Everybody Loves Steve" The First Avenger

Daniel, Ben and Tanya take their first foray in to the Marvel Universe and discuss the 2011 film, Captain America, The First Avenger. Starring Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Sebastian Stan, Haley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson and Neil McDonough. Join them as they relive the transformation of a weakling into one of the best Marvel Superheroes. Learn how this film turned around some pre-conceived notions and quickly became the favorite Marvel film for...


Get the Hook!

Daniel Ben and Tanya discuss the 1991 Steven Spielberg hit, Hook! Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins and Julia Roberts. They try to reconcile very different opinions on this Spielberg classic and discuss the nuances of a film that was touching, emblematic and perhaps a bit flat on character development. They are joined on the first Sound Table of the second season by Patrick Mitchell and David Syke who are both huge fans of the film. Get your tomatoes and...


Bonus Episode: A Look back at Season 1 of Popped!

Daniel, Ben and Tanya reflect on the celebrities, friends, and family who joined them as they embarked on their first season of Popped. They share their favorite moments (and some clips) with Diane Franklin, Jeffrey Weissman, Julie Caitlin-Brown, Patricia Tallman, and Curtis Armstrong as well as recall their Sound Table Guests: Richard Rigoli, Dawud Zafir, Glenn Thayer, Jason Timothy, Julian Riskus, and Terry Lundwall. You'll hear their favorite moments and recollections of their co-hosts...


Season Finale: Sherlock Holmes The Universal Years

In this the season finale episode, Daniel, Ben and Tanya are joined by guest host Susan Wilde (Daniel's mother) to talk about the remaining 12 films that were not discussed in the previous two episodes. Universal Studious bought the rights to Sherlock Holmes from the Doyle Estate and moved Holmes and Watson into the era of the Nazi's. These films were all made in the 1940's and the content reflects the time. The hosts discuss their favorites of these films and their least favorites....


Sherlock Holmes: The Rathbone & Bruce Years Part 2

Is Basil Rathbone the best Sherlock ever? Does shaving your beard aid in pulling off a heist? Why is Watson laying down in the street? Does South American Flute music make you scream? Can a bola strangle you to death before bashing your skull in with its weighty balls? Can Moriarty distract Holmes long enough with red herrings to pull of the "greatest heist the world has ever seen?" Are the Royal Guard worse than a local security company? All of these mysteries will be answered, or at...


Top 5: Christmas Films/Series/Shows

In this Bonus Episode of Popped! Daniel, Ben and Tanya countdown their TOP 5 Christmas Holiday films, series and shows. Get ready for a fun and magical sleigh ride with your favorite podcast hosts as they pass aroun the 80 proof nog, while tossing gingerbread men into the air and trying to catch them in their mouths. Okay, none of that really happens but they do list off their top 5 Christmas shows. Happy Holidays Everyone from all of us here at Popped! Support the show...


Sherlock Holmes: The Rathbone & Bruce Years Part 1

Daniel, Ben and Tanya are joined by guest host Susan Wilde (Daniel's mother) to talk about one of the most indelible duos of all time., Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Specifically, the most famous combination played by the unforgettable Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. In this first of two episodes, the group discuss the first two 1939 20th Century Fox releases of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". This episode features a very special guest:...


"A Shining Beacon in Space, In Memory Still Bright" (Part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of our slightly "in depth" analysis of the landmark series Babylon 5. Daniel and Tanya continue the discussion of major characters in the show (though some were left out due to time constraints and the remainder of the conversation PLUS the 3 hours that hit the cutting room floor will show up on our Patreon feed). Included in this half is the FANTASTIC interview with Patricia Tallman who has a LOT of wonderful things to say. Joining Daniel and Tanya on the interview is their friend...


"A Shining Beacon in Space, In Memory Still Bright" Babylon 5 (Part 1 of 2)

Daniel and Tanya discuss what made Babylon 5 so valuable to Pop Culture, Television, and serial story-writing. They also delve into why you should watch or re-watch a series that is over two decades old. There's a fairly in-depth character dive while giving their personal insights to the strengths and weaknesses of the personalities in question. Joining them for the celebrity guest interview is Cat Taylor, Entertainment Director of the Great Dickens Faire that normally runs around this...


Top 5: Halloween Films

Daniel, Ben and Tanya go over their top 5 favorite Halloween films of all time. They even give a list of their honorable mentions because how can you only list 5 Halloween films? Right?! The episode is brought to you by our first paid sponsor ENVI. Make California green, with ENVI. Happy Halloween! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=54334782)


"And So it Continues" A spoiler-free introduction to Babylon 5

Daniel, Ben and Tanya explore the landmark 1990's series Babylon 5. The first Science Fiction Series to use 100% CGI instead of models, a series that was consistently under-budget and revolutionized modern storytelling. We discuss what made Babylon 5 great without spoilers in preparation for the next episode where we will do a deep dive into the plot, themes, arcs, and storylines that made Babylon 5 the admired and respected series that it is. This episode is intended as a "Spoiler-Free"...


"Top 5: Teen Films"

In this, the first of the Popped Bonus Episodes, Daniel, Ben and Tanya discuss their top 5 Teen films. You'll also hear from our first Paid Sponsor, ENVI Waterless Detail from San Diego California. "Make California Green, with ENVI" Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=54334782)


"HAGA DAGA!" The Breakfast Club

Daniel, Ben and Tanya discuss an iconic piece of Generation X cinematic history, The Breakfast Club directed by John Hughes and starring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Paul Gleason, and John Kapelos. Join them as they explore the themes, quotes, characters and memorable moments that made this film POP for them. Also in this episode, they welcome 4 guests to the Sound Table; Glenn, Jay, Julian and Terry. 4 guys who grew up together and a...


"How Could I Have Been So Careless?" Back to the Future 2 and 3

In the second of a two-part series Daniel and Ben discuss the 1989 and 90 mega-hits "Back to the Future 2 and 3" . Topics include the problems of time travel, major plot points, themes, tropes and characters. Special Extra: Outtakes Sit back, chew on those Junior Mints and listen to another episode of Popped! with Daniel and Ben. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=54334782)


"I Am Your Density" Back to the Future

In the first of a two-part series Daniel and Ben discuss the 1985 mega-hit "Back to the Future". Topics include the problems of time travel, meeting your parents in the past, major plot points, themes, tropes and characters. They are joined by special celebrity guest Jeffrey Weissman who played George McFly in Back to the Future II and III. Jeffrey offers some insight into the issues with former George McFly actor Crispin Glover. He also shares his experiences on set as well as some...


"Okay, Who Brought the Dog?" Ghostbusters

Daniel and Ben discuss the 1984 hit film "Ghostbusters" Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, William Atherton, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts. They recount the intricate storytelling, character building, plot lines, and unforgettable quotes that made the film the success it became. In this episode, the guys experiment with a new segment called "The Sound Table" (a nod to a band of the same name) where friends and fans of the podcasts get to...


"Language Lessons" Better Off Dead

Daniel and Ben discuss the 1985 cult hit, "Better Off Dead" starring John Cusack, Diane Franklin, David Ogden Stiers, Curtis Armstrong, Amanda Wyss, Kim Darby, Dan Schneider, and Directed by Savage Steve Holland. They recount the ups and downs of a film that flopped at the box-office but became a Video sensation and is remembered to this day for it's absurdist, farcical-humor, classic comedic moments, and eminently quotable script. Joining our Co-Hosts for the very first...