The Rad Carpet is grabbing the faun by its horns for our first episode on the fantasy films of Guillermo del Toro!

Thom, Whalen, and CJ5K brave the maze as they discuss the Mexican director’s iconic 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth, then turn to redder pastures for Del Toro’s more divisive 2015 gothic horror Crimson Peak. Before that, your Carpeteers have another round of In or Out?, this time keying off the recent release of James Franco’s Disaster Artist by sharing their takes on “so bad they’re good” movies. The fellas also fire up the inaugural Carpetspondance segment by digging into a listener e-mail. This ep is as dense and colorful as a Del Toro set piece–dig in, get rad!

Pan’s Labyrinth is probably the most widely beloved film we’ve covered in depth on the Carpet–where do you stand on Del Toro’s signature film? Do you bleed Crimson? Do you dig on “so bad they’re good” films? What are some of your favorites? Hit us with your takes on Twitter (@theradcarpet), via email (, or in the comment section below!

We’ll be strapping our snorkels for Del Toro’s recently released Oscar heavy The Shape of Water next time around, along with the director’s early hit The Devil’s Backbone, plus a bunch of 2017 wrap-up content–stay tuned, and stay rad!



May the rad be with you! Both Thom and Whalen have seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi–twice a piece, in fact–and they’re here to laser blast you a full two hours of takes.

Your carpeteers cover a lot of ground, hashing out their relationship with the original trilogy (including an extended detour on Return of the Jedi), as well as the maligned prequels (spoiler: the maligning continues), and the contemporary revitalization via The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Naturally, the main course here is a long and detailed discussion of The Last Jedi, starting with very broad takes for the spoiler-phobic, and finally full spoilers for those who have already had their screening. Set your podcatcher to light speed!

We’re itching like nerf herders to hear your thoughts on the year’s biggest film–and perhaps its most divisive. You won’t have to go far, far at all to unfurl your takes: hit us up on Twitter (@theradcarpet), via email (, or in the comment section below!

We’ll be flapping our fins through Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water next time around, along with the director’s early hit The Devil’s Backbone. And keep an eye out for the second part of our Best of the 90s ep, which will be in the can and ready to rock shortly as well–stay tuned, stay rad!


Show us your stubs, cause The Rad Carpet is unfurling at the theater!

Siblo and Whalen take a quick breather from the film club curriculum to share some thought on a few high-profile newer releases, tackling both the universally adored Lady Bird and the sublime rural drama Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, as well as Pixar’s Coco, Marvel’s much-ballyhooed Thor: Ragnarok, the Safdie brothers’ Good Time, and the Netflix-distributed Mudbound. The fellas also take the occasional side tangent to talk MoviePass, chemically altered Mr. Pibb, Ol’ Marble Mouth, and that much maligned Pixar Frozen short. That’s six films and a boat load of takes in under an hour–dig in, get rad!

What’s your favorite new release from 2017? Is there a film discussed here that you think we oversold or unfairly poo-poo’d? Did you actually like the Frozen short? Share your takes with us on Twitter (@theradcarpet), via email (, or in the comment section below!

And don’t forget, we’ll be flapping our fins through Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water next time around, along with the director’s 2015 gothic horror/romance Crimson Peak–stay tuned, stay rad!


Read it and weep, Mr. Senator–it’s time for another episode of the Rad Carpet!

Thom, Whalen, and CJ5K take one last dip in the George gorge as they watch and discuss Clooney’s two more well-received directorial efforts, his two-color newsroom drama Good Night and Good Luck and his gonged out debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. But before all that, the fellas gas up their jetpacks and blast through a Hole in the Carpet segment covering one of Thom’s childhood faves, Disney’s The Rocketeer. And of course, there’s a big picture wrap up of the great November Cloon swoon in Wall to Wall Carpet. Bang a gong, get rad!

Do you folks share the Carpet’s lukewarm appraisal of director’s chair Clooney? Which of these films, if any, would you recommend? Did you reclaim some childlike wonder and get down with The Rocketeer?

Don’t forget to book your seat for The Shape of Water, out wide this weekend, and while you’re at it, check out Guillermo Del Toro’s 2015 haunted house tale Crimson Peak–we’ll be covering both in the weeks to come, along with the director’s earlier gothic horrors Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone.

If you’re looking for ways to contribute to the pod and help us continue to unfurl the Carpet with pride, head over to our pages on iTunes and Stitcher and throw us a rating and review–we’d really appreciate it.

Thanks for listening–and stay rad!