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The Black Case Diaries Movie/TV Podcast

The Black Case Diaries Movie/TV Podcast

Author: Adam, Marci, and Robin

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We're three old friends dedicated to learning everything we can about TV and Film. We cover everything from classic Nickelodeon shows to the basics of cinematography. We're bound to have something for everyone, so grab a drink (wine, tea, whatever you prefer) and come learn with us!
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Picture it: You’re in second grade, coming off a rigorous school week. You open your eyes to a quiet house on a Saturday morning, and sneak downstairs. No one else is awake, and the TV is all yours. You have a seat with a bowl of cereal and turn on your favorite Saturday Morning Cartoon… This week, we're taking a look at the history behind Saturday Morning Cartoons and highlighting our childhood favorites! What did you watch on Saturday mornings? Show notes and sources will be on our blog at blackcasediaries.wordpress.com and blackcasediaries.com Thanks for listening!
The Case That Never Ends

The Case That Never Ends

2020-01-1600:49:30

Hey Cassettes! For this week's episode of BCD, we went back to our roots. Almost 7 years ago, we recorded together for the very first time. Back then, we planned on only discussing one movie a week and we didn't plan on focusing on film or TV history. After we recorded the episode, we didn't even edit it. We put it on Soundcloud and that's where it sat for 5 years until we finally decided to do this podcast thing for real. So, we decided to give ourselves a chance to do it over! Today we will talk about the same topic as we did 6 years ago: The Neverending Story (1984) As always, show notes and sources will be on our blog blackcasediaries.wordpress.com or our website https://www.blackcasediaries.com/ Thanks for listening!  
Hey Cassettes, it’s 2020 and we have a clear vision of the year ahead! Welcome back to another episode of The Black Case Diaries Podcast.  Today we are talking about movie sequels! On Twitter a while back, we asked people to name a sequel that they thought was better than the original. We got a lot of feedback and some really great ideas, so thank you! We are going to highlight some of these movies and discuss what it takes to make a great sequel, and whether or not a sequel is ever warranted. We created a list of criteria that will help us determine what makes a good sequel, with the help of some online sources. If you are interested, here are two articles that we found very helpful! https://screencraft.org/2015/10/02/the-ten-commandments-of-writing-a-great-sequel/ & https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/7-rules-writing-sequels For more information, visit us at https://www.blackcasediaries.com/   Thanks for listening!
Merry Christmas Eve, Cassettes! This holiday, we're bringing you a very special anniversary briefcase with an appearance from Frosty the Snowman! Thank you so much for listening to our show, it means everything to us. Whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, we sincerely hope it's as wonderful as possible.  See you next year! And as always, check https://www.blackcasediaries.com/ for more information!  
Hey Cassettes and welcome back to The Christmas Case Diaries ;) Today is an extra exciting episode because not only are we continuing with our theme of Christmas TV specials, we are also joined by a VERY special guest: Brett Wilson! Brett is an incredibly talented artist, and somewhat of an expert on classic Nickelodeon. So, we called him in to help us this week as we discuss the 1996 Hey Arnold holiday special: Arnold’s Christmas! Tune in as we talk the brief history of Hey Arnold and why this special still brings tears to our eyes every Christmas.  This week's Episode Art is by Brett Wilson!  Also this episode, we talk about a couple of Brett's art projects. You can learn more about them by following him on Instagram @brettwilsonart and Twitter @BrettWilsonArt1 We talk about his Redbubble store which you can find here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/BrettWilsonArt Thank you so much for listening! You can find show notes and sources at: http://blackcasediaries.wordpress.com/ and https://www.blackcasediaries.com/
Hey Cassettes and welcome back to the Christmas Case Diaries! This month we’re focusing on Christmas TV specials, but this episode is EXTRA special because we will be talking about movies as well. The 1960's was a decade that brought us a lot of classic Christmas specials. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman (1969), and tonight’s topic: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)! Join us as we talk about the history of our grouchy green friend, the making of his classic Christmas special, and how we feel the later versions stack up to the original. As always, you will be able to find our show notes on https://www.blackcasediaries.com/ or on our blog: https://blackcasediaries.wordpress.com/ Thanks for listening!  
Hey Cassettes, welcome to season 3! We’re starting the season off strong with episodes about some of our favorite Christmas specials. So for our first episode, we are going to focus on one of the oldest holiday TV specials airing today: A Charlie Brown Christmas! Join us as we discuss the history of The Peanuts and the making of this wonderful holiday tradition. As always, show notes will be available on our website: https://www.blackcasediaries.com/ Don't forget to check out our patreon to see the recipe for our drink of the week! https://www.patreon.com/blackcasediaries Thank you so much for listening! 
Happy Thanksgiving, Cassettes! In honor of the holiday, we recorded a short brief case about the classic “Miracle on 34th Street."
The Case of the Storyteller

The Case of the Storyteller

2019-11-0700:58:05

When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, foretold the future with stories, the best place by the fire was kept for... The Storyteller. In 1987, a TV show unlike any other premiered on NBC. It had a simple premise: an old man sits by the fireplace and tells his dog a story. The Storyteller starred John Hurt and Brian Henson (as Dog) and ran for only one season. Based on real folktales, it was a marriage of ancient tales and modern technology that featured creations from the Jim Henson Creature Shop. Join us by the fire this week as we talk about the history of this incredible show, along with some of our favorite episodes. We thought this would be a perfect episode to end season 2! We will be back releasing weekly episodes VERY soon. Until then, stay cool Cassettes! For more information, check out https://www.blackcasediaries.com/
A Disney Halloween Case

A Disney Halloween Case

2019-10-3100:56:46

It's Halloween, Cassettes! This year we got lucky, and Halloween landed on a Thursday! So, we're bringing you the best Disney Halloween episode we possibly can! Back in the early 1980s, The Wonderful World of Disney aired a Halloween special comprised of animated clips from some of their spookiest works. It was called, "Disney's Halloween Treat." The next year, Disney released a companion special called, "A Disney Halloween." Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, these specials ran on Disney during Halloween. They introduced a new generation of kids to classic Disney cartoons, villains, and silly symphonies. So tonight, we're going back in time to talk about this delightfully spooky gem! If you are unfamiliar with this special, we made a playlist of clips that it included. You can find it here OR head over to our blog where we've laid out all the pieces of this special and linked to videos! https://blackcasediaries.wordpress.com/ Thank you all SO MUCH for listening this month! We can't wait to dive into some new topics soon. Until then, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  
The Case of Mr. Boogedy

The Case of Mr. Boogedy

2019-10-2400:59:28

Happy Thursday, Cassettes! So far this October, we've covered witches, the boogeyman, and aliens. Now, we're talking about ghosts! Come join us for our second-to-last episode on A Disney Halloween, where we talk about the 1986 & 1987 Disney movies "Mr. Boogedy" and "Bride of Boogedy"! This lesser-known Disney film was many children's first experience with horror. It follows the Davis Family, as they move to Lucifer Falls and are immediately haunted by the malevolent spirit known as the Boogedy Man. This funny cult classic first aired on Disney's Sunday Movie (aka Wonderful World of Disney) and has since had a special place in the hearts of Disney fans everywhere. As always, our show notes and sources will be available on our blog! Visit https://www.blackcasediaries.com/ for more information. If you'd like to support our show, visit https://www.patreon.com/blackcasediaries See you next week for the last installment of A Disney Halloween!
The Watcher in the Case

The Watcher in the Case

2019-10-1700:59:00

Welcome to week three of A Disney Halloween! Back in the late 1970s, Walt Disney wanted to attract older audiences to their films. So, they attempted to cover more adult ideas and concepts. One of the results of this experiment was The Watcher in the Woods (1980)! Starring Bette Davis and Lynn Holly Johnson, this science fiction horror film delivers on chills (and a couple jump scares). This week, we talk about our experience with the movie, how it was made, its disastrous opening, and why we think everyone should give it a WATCH (ha, get it?) Remember, you can find out show notes at our blog: https://blackcasediaries.wordpress.com/ AND on our brand new website: https://www.blackcasediaries.com/ You can also find our drink of the week at: https://www.patreon.com/blackcasediaries
Don't Look Under the Case

Don't Look Under the Case

2019-10-1000:56:25

We've all been there. You're the new kid in school, because you skipped a grade. That's okay with you, you don't mind leaving childhood behind. Then, just as you're getting used to your new teachers and classmates, the Boogeyman frames you for vandalism, breaking and entering, and theft.  No? That's never happened to you? What about suddenly seeing your younger brother's imaginary friend and everyone around you thinks you're insane? Oh, and don't forget all the PTSD you're suffering from since your baby brother was diagnosed with Leukemia and you weren't able to help him.  I know what you're thinking, WHAT KIND OF A MOVIE IS THIS? Well, it's a Disney Channel Original Movie called "Don't Look Under the Bed." This layered film premiered in 1999 and it scared enough kids that Disney had to pull it from the channel. Do you remember it? Did it scare you? This week we went back to talk about this classic DCOM, how it was made, and our own imaginary friends.   Show notes and sources available on our website: https://www.blackcasediaries.com/ Check out the drink of the week on our Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/blackcasediaries
Just a Case of Hocus Pocus

Just a Case of Hocus Pocus

2019-10-0301:00:47

Happy October, Cassettes! We're kicking off our month of Disney Halloween with one of our all-time favorites, Hocus Pocus (1993)! Grab your favorite potion and gather around the cauldron as we talk about the magic behind a movie that captured our hearts as well as the Halloween spirit. As always, show notes and sources will be available on our website: https://blackcasediaries.com/ Or on our blog: https://blackcasediaries.wordpress.com/ If you're interested, we also have a Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/blackcasediaries   Thank you so much for listening, and stay tuned for more spooky episodes this month!
Happy Thursday, Cassettes! Since Disney introduced the first full-length animated film in 1937, the studio has been at the forefront of animation. But as time went on, more studios began getting attention for their classically animated works. When Disney animation fell into its dark age after the death of Walt Disney, animated films from other studios took the spotlight. Even when Disney was thriving during its Renaissance, these studios marched on and gave audiences alternative animated films with darker stories. This week we decided to look at the 2D animated classics that didn't come from the House of Mouse. In order to do this, we watched as many non-Disney classically animated films as possible and made a list of our top 10 favorite! In the interest of keeping the list to 10 movies, we decided to leave off Studio Ghibli films. We WILL do a Studio Ghibli episode at some point. Until then, here are our top 10 classically animated non-Disney, non-Studio Ghibli movies! Visit https://blackcasediaries.com/ or https://blackcasediaries.wordpress.com/ for our full show notes and sources! Thanks for listening!
Hey Cassettes! It's finally here, the last installment in our Doctor Who series. This week, we took a break from research and decided to discuss some of our favorite episodes from the reboot. There are SO MANY episodes that we love, we couldn't include them all. But, we know now that we want to do more Doctor Who episodes in the future. So, grab some fish-fingers and custard and settle in, Whovians!   As always, our show notes will be available at blackcasediaries.com and thank you for listening!
Welcome back, Cassettes! Jump in the Tardis with us once again for part two of our Doctor Who series! This week we're discussing the making of the reboot, the rest of the doctors and their companions, and some of our favorite villains! You can find our show notes here: https://blackcasediaries.com/ If you would like to support our show, here is our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/blackcasediaries Thanks for listening!
Hey Cassettes! This week we're taking you on an adventure in time and space. First, we'll take you to London in the 1960s, when the BBC started production of an all-new adventure series about a doctor from another world! Then, we'll travel through the decades and stop at 1996, when the network released Doctor Who the movie. But stay tuned! Next week we will dive even deeper into the lives of the show's "monsters," the making of the reboot, and the messages behind the show. We also intend to take a longer look at the original show as we compare it to the new one! So step into The Tardis with us and away we go! As always, show notes will be available with clips on our website and blog: https://blackcasediaries.com/ We also have a Patreon with lots of fun extras! https://www.patreon.com/blackcasediaries Thanks for listening!
The Case of Green Gables

The Case of Green Gables

2019-08-2901:00:58

In 1985, the Canadian network CBC aired a two part mini series about a feisty red-headed orphan with an over active imagination. Her name was Anne (spelled with an E) and she lived in the fictional town of Avonlea, in a house with green gables.  The series (or movie as it is also referred to) was based on the novel series Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Although there have been many adaptations of the classic story (Anne with an E for example), this version from 1985  is considered by many to be the best.  Hangout with us as we discuss how the series came to be, our favorite moments, and why the world fell in love with Anne Shirley.  Visit our website for show notes and other info: https://blackcasediaries.com/ If you would like to support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/blackcasediaries As always, Thanks for Listening!
Happy Thursday, Cassettes! Ever since the first movie based on a video game premiered in 1993, video game movies have been notoriously awful. If we asked you to come up with a "good" video game movie, what comes to mind? This week we invited Robin's husband Jacob back to discuss why these movies have such a hard time finding success with audiences and critics, and what should studios do to correct the problem. If you're interested in supporting our show, visit us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/blackcasediaries Visit our website: https://blackcasediaries.com/ for show notes and more! Thank you so much for listening!
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