Very Local History: Make it Rain

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To select the subject of this Very Local History show, we threw a dart at a map and it landed in the mystical city of Charleville in Queensland, Australia.

The life of eccentric meteorologist Clement Lindley Wragge leads him around the world. But it’s in Australia where he attempts an experimental method to make it rain during a severe drought where he gains his fame. Read More …

Non-Union Films: Blue Velvet

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The film career of David Lynch had an unlikely savior after the poorly received 1984 adaptation of Dune. Dino De Laurentiis gave Lynch license to make a personal film with unheard of final cut rights: Blue Velvet.

In this episode we return to the scene of the filmmaking miracle, Wilmington, North Carolina, considered by some to be the loose basis for the town of Twin Peaks.

On this episode we are joined by Heather Divoky, a local artist in the Sarus Festival, opening March 22, 2018. Read More …

HistoryCast 5000: JFK

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In this mega-episode we take Oliver Stone’s 1991 film JFK and run it through our HistoryCast 5000 machine for an in-depth analysis of its historical accuracy. We chose this film based on its notorious reputation for historical inaccuracy. Will it break the HistoryCast 5000? Listen and find out.

We have a bonus half hour of content at the end where we attempt to demystify the assassination of John F. Kennedy with a breakdown of the life and times of Lee Harvey Oswald. Read More …

Script Bandits: La Maupin

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In our first installment of Script Bandits we examine the life of a female sword fighter turned opera singer who lived in France during the 1600s. She became famous, wooed men and women alike, and was briefly sentenced to death for infiltrating a convent and sneaking out her girlfriend using a dead nun and arson as a distraction.

But that was just in her early days. In this podcast episode we overview the plot points of her life and discuss the possibilities of adapting her life for the big screen. Or maybe a six season Netflix series. Read More …

Non-Union Films: Weekend at Bernie’s

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The movie Weekend at Bernie’s kicks off with two lowly employees discovering an accounting irregularity which they unknowingly bring to the perpetrator. After he is killed by the mob they keep up the ruse he is still alive to protect themselves.

 

This silly movie has a slightly less silly real life parallel with the life and times of David Begelman, head of Gladden Entertainment which produced the film, and the eye of the hurricane for a real life Hollywood embezzlement scandal. Read More …

Very Local History: Waffle House Coming Soon

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In this Very Local History episode we tackle the concept of “urban renewal,” using Wilmington, North Carolina as a case study.

In the 1970’s the Downtown Area Revitalization Effort was formed to spearhead the transformation of the languishing central business district back into a center of commerce. But the story begins long before this, spanning decades of history that paralleled momentous national trends that were affecting the very heart of American cities. Read More …

HistoryCast 5000: Sink the Bismarck!

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HistoryCast 5000: Sink the Bismarck! – Episode 027 We’ve launched the HistoryCast 5000, a reoccurring segment in which Sean and Allen examine the historical accuracy of movies and other media. To break in the machine, we have selected a movie Read More …

Revenge of Dawson’s Creek

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Last year the Midmost Coast podcast took a look at the pilot episode of Dawson’s Creek, a teen drama produced out of our home base in Wilmington, North Carolina. Its impact to the area’s television and film production community was significant, bringing other productions and talent to the area.

Despite this we decided it was horrible and to never watch it again. This month, one year later, we watched it again. This time we chose a Christmas themed episode from the last season. We are joined by two panel guests to help us get through it. Read More …

It’s Always Sunny at the Ammunition Depot

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Just upstream from the mouth of the Cape Fear River is a restricted military base, occupying thousands of acres of sprawling and undeveloped wetlands. Within it runs miles and miles of railway that leads to nowhere.

The base is Sunny Point, also known as MOTSU, and the story of its creation begins with three catastrophic explosions in the early and mid twentieth century. Read More …

Cucalorus 2017 Part 2

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Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman are executive producers on the new film Infinity Baby, in which Offerman’s character is head of a company struggling to deal with hundreds of immortal three month old babies.

This film was screened at the 23rd annual Cucalorus Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina. We discuss it as well as other selections, including documentary The Work about group therapy in Folsom State Prison, the caper comedy A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, and the local documentary Black Beach/White Beach examining the racial divides of two different biker weeks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Read More …