Episode 4 is now live!

Unwrap those cha-cha heels because The Rad Carpet is unfurling part two of its discussion on the early films of John Waters! Thom, Whalen, and CJ 5000 order up a double egg salad on white as they navigate the bizarre hilarity of Waters’ 1974 film Female Trouble, the follow-up to the director’s cult smash Pink Flamingos, while also taking a closer look at the life of Waters’ drag-queen muse Divine. But first, your valiant Carpeteers play a little “In or Out?”, firing up their takes on three leading men from Waters’ Hollywood era: Stephen Dorff, Edward Furlong, and the one and only Johnny Depp.

The Rad Carpet is, above all, a club, and we want you, the listener, to join in! Unfurl your own takes in the comments section below (or on our new Facebook page!): Do the increased ambitions of Female Trouble lead to diminishing returns for Waters? Are you “Cryin'” for the Dorff Man? Where do you stand on the lopsided filmography of Johnny Depp?


Episode 3 is now live!

Trim your mustaches pencil-thin for the first director-centric episode of the Rad Carpet! Thom, Whalen, and CJ 5000 punch their tickets to sunny, filthy Baltimore for the first of two discussions on the early work of cult icon John Waters, starting with his recently restored “talkie” debut Multiple Maniacs and his notorious midnight-movie classic Pink Flamingos. But first, the Carpeteers play a little “In or Out?”, unfurling their takes on a trio of modern Hollywood mainstays: Adam Sandler, Owen Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon.


Episode 2 is now live!

On the second episode of The Rad Carpet podcast, Thom, Whalen, and CJ 5000 wrap up their year-by-year 1980s review by discussing their favorite films from the years 1985 through 1989. Enjoy an acid-washed rundown of 80s neon gold, as the Carpeteers wax rhapsodic about Back to the Future, splatter praise upon Evil Dead 2,  and get blown to bits by Commando, among many other 80s faves. Plus, the Carpet unfurls a new game, “Signature Role,” here hashing out the legacy of screen legend Jack Nicholson. And of course, there’s a round of “In or Out,” wherein the Carpeteers cook up some takes on Chris Pine, Cameron Diaz, and director Tony Scott.

The Rad Carpet is, above all, a club, and we want you, the listener, to join in! Unfurl your takes in the comments section below: Did the Carpet commit any notable late-80s snubs? Do we know jack about Jack? Do you happen to pine for Pine?

Keep an eye out on this site and on Twitter for upcoming episodes of The Rad Carpet, which will cover the early work of John Waters. And don’t forget to keep up with the curriculum: we’ll be covering Multiple Maniacs and Pink Flamingos next week. Until then, stay rad!

0:20 – Intros

1:40 – Signature Role: Jack Nicholson

8:40 – In or Out?

20:35 – 1985

22:40 – Nostalgia interlude: first theater experiences

31:35 – 1986

41:05 – 1987

47:40 – Nostalgia interlude: sleepover movies

50:22 – 1988

57:10 – 1989

1:06:00 – Outro, acknowledgments, scratch