Monday Morning Critic Podcast

By Darek Thomas

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The Monday Morning Critic Podcast is a labor of love for all things Cinema, Television and specific hand selected guests who've moved me in their life's work. Genuine, Interesting Analysis, Well researched Opinions and Interviews.

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(Episode 75) Comedian: Jim Florentine.

JIM FLORENTINE is a stand-up comedian, TV host, actor, podcaster and voice artist. He is best known for co-hosting VH1 Classic’s heavy metal talk show series “That Metal Show” that ran from 2008-2015. JIM FLORENTINE is also known for his work on Comedy Central’s show Crank Yankers where he performed the voice of Special Ed and Bobby Fletcher. Recently, JIM FLORENTINE has appeared in the hit movie Trainwreck as the one night stand guy and on the critically acclaimed TV series Inside Amy Schumer and Louie on FX. He was submitted for an Emmy for best supporting actor for his role of Kenny on Louie. JIM FLORENTINE appeared on an episode of Girls in 2014. JIM FLORENTINE also appears in the feature film “A Little Help” starring Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesley of The Office). JIM FLORENTINE plays the character Brian, who is Jenna Fischer’s love interest in the film. A Little Help won best film in several different f [...]

Jun 12, 2018
(Episode 74) Actor: Robert C. Treveiler

Robert C. Treveiler is an extremely talented actor who has been in some of the best movies in history. These include The Mist, The Accountant, Prisoners and Sully. Robert’s TV resume is quite length and includes amazing series like Banshee and Ozark.

Meet: Robert C. Treveiler. 

Jun 07, 2018
(From the Vault) Actor: Tom Berenger.

A few minutes with iconic actor Tom Berenger.

Jun 02, 2018
(Episode 73) Ultra-Endurance Cyclist: Lael Wilcox.

Lael Wilcox is an Ultra-Endurance Cyclist who has won both the Trans Am Bike Race and The Tour Divide. She was the first American to win the Trans Am and the first woman to win the Tour Divide.

 She also set world records for her time on the Baja Divide route.


She is considered by many to be the best endurance cyclist in the world.


Meet: Lael Wilcox 

Jun 01, 2018
“Summer of Solo” Summer Movies 2018!

A look at the latest in movies, televison and streaming servies!

Welcome to the Summer of Solo Special!

May 30, 2018
(Episode 72) “Ozark” Actor: Michael Tourek.

Michael Tourek was Born in Charleston, SC, raised in Omaha, NE, Michael came about acting at young age. Some of his fondest memories are performing with his local community theatre. After spending a number of years in NYC, Michael moved to Greensboro, NC where his career took an interesting turn. Michael is still extremely active in his acting, however, he now finds his greatest successes in raising his two beautiful children Grace and Isaac.

Some of Michaels credits include: Ozark, Office Christmas Party, Logan Lucky and Boss Level which will be released later in the year.


Meet Michael Tourek!

May 17, 2018
Breaking Down 8: Five Fantastic Actors Never Nominated for an Academy Award.

Doug and I compose a list of 5 fantastic actors that have never been nomintaed for an Academy Award, plus a Wild Card!


Enjoy, Breaking Down 8!

May 14, 2018
(Episode 71) “Seabiscuit” Jockey: Gary Stevens.

Gary Stevens was born in Caldwell, Idaho, on March 6, 1963. He began working for his horse trainer father, Ron, as a groom at age 8. By the time he was 14, Stevens was riding American Quarter Horses.

    Stevens began his career as a thoroughbred rider in 1979 at Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, winning on his first mount. From there, he soon became a leading rider in Washington and then California. By 1985, Stevens had made a name for himself at the larger tracks and was riding primarily in Southern California.

    Stevens burst upon the national scene by winning the Kentucky Derby in 1988 with Hall of Famer Winning Colors He won the Derby again in 1995 with Thunder Gulch and also in 1997 with Hall of Famer Silver Charm.

    Along with his three victories in the Kentucky Derby, Stevens won the Preakness Stakes three times (with Silver Charm in 1997, with Hall of Famer Point Given in 2001 and with Oxbow in 2013), the Belmont Stakes three times (with Thun [...]

Apr 28, 2018
(Episode 70) “The Walking Dead” Cosplayer: Cecil Garner.

Cecil Garner quit his job as an ISGN mortgage loan processor to pursue a unique career: He hauls a mock-up prison set featuring a 16-foot guard tower, hires a zombie (so to speak), and poses for photos with fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

Garner boasts the genetics to pull it off. The 43-year-old professional cosplayer is a dead ringer (pardon the pun) for Rick Grimes, the star of the smash television series “The Walking Dead” played by British actor Andrew Lincoln.

Meet: Cecil Garner.

Apr 21, 2018
(Episode 69) “Wrong Turn” Director: Rob Schmidt.

Rob Schmidt is an American film director and writer. His film credits include Wrong Turn and Crime and Punishment in Suburbia. 


Meet: Rob Schmidt.

Apr 21, 2018
Actor: Lennie James. “The Walking Dead”

Lennie James was born in Nottingham to Trinidadian parents, and grew up in South London. His mother, Phyllis Mary James, died when he was 12. Lennie and his older brother went into a council children’s home. When he was 16 he was fostered with a social worker who had two older children, and they remain very close. Within a year Lennie began writing plays (Storm Damage was broadcast by the BBC in 2000 and won a Royal Television Society (RTS) award in 2001). Lennie received his training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama from which he graduated in 1988.

Lennie has an amazing and lengthy filmography and his portrayal of Morgan Jones on The Walking Dead remains one of the best performances of a character in Television History.

Meet the Iconic and Amazing: Lennie James.

Apr 19, 2018
Special Edition: “The Black Cowboy.” Director: Charles Perry.

The Black Cowboy is a look at a little known chapter in the history of the United States. It is a story that illuminates the often overlooked people who contributed to the building of the ideal that is the American dream. This documentary will tell those stories from the past to the present. It is the riveting story of the past and present day Black Cowboy.  Rarely seen outside Oklahoma boundaries and never before explored this intensely in film, The Black Cowboy searches to understand the links that connect the development of the American West, the rodeo tradition, and the unbroken spirit of Black Americans emerging from slavery in the 1860s and immigrate to Oklahoma to create new lives on their own terms;  free and open as the West was promised to all Americans.   Black history is American history and The Black Cowboy seeks to convey this to a broader audience.

Apr 16, 2018
(Episode 68) “WWE Wrestler”: Ivan Putski “Polish Power!”

There have been many powerhouses who competed in the ring, but few were any stronger than the man known as “The Polish Power,” Ivan Putski. Although he rarely was the biggest Superstar in a battle, the Krakow, Poland native’s tremendous strength, power and quickness allowed him to go toe-to-toe with the sport’s best and usually come out on top.

Putski’s family emigrated from Poland to Texas when Ivan was just a boy, and Ivan began his sports-entertainment career there. Prior to coming to WWE, Putski won multiple regional NWA Tag Team Championships in the Southwest United States, most notable the NWA American Tag Team Titles with fellow Texas Legend Jose Lothario (who would go on to train future legend Shawn Mi [...]

Apr 13, 2018
Special Edition: Mr. McFeely: “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”

David Newell is an American television actor known primarily for his portrayal of Mr. McFeely, the delivery man on Mister Rogers Neighborhood and works in the public relations department of the Fred Rogers Company (the entity responsible for all rights relating to the program, and other series currently in production from the company). His character’s most famous catchphrase was “Speedy Delivery!” He toured the country until he retired in 2015, promoting Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as Mr. McFeely.

Apr 12, 2018
Breaking Down 7: Harold and Maude (1971).

Doug and I break down the 1971 classic “Harold and Maude” and Doug shares a story about the iconic Ruth Gordon.


Breaking Down 7!

Apr 08, 2018
(Episode 67) “Dumb and Dumber To” Actor: Steve Tom.

STEVE TOM is a prolific television, film and commercial actor, as well as a recognized voice over talent. Steve just wrapped a prime supporting lead role in one of 2014’s most highly anticipated sequels, Dumb and Dumber To - alongside Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and Kathleen Turner. He also plays the role of ‘General Maddoxton’ in the IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon, starring Tobey McGuire and Kristen Wiig. For two seasons, Steve was the critically acclaimed host of Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die Presents” on HBO. His most recent television work includes a recurring role as ‘Judge Craig Richwood’ on TNT’s “Major Crimes.” With dozens of prime time guest sta [...]

Apr 06, 2018
(Episode 66) “The Cutting Edge” Actor: D.B. Sweeney

Daniel Bernard Sweeney was born on November 14, 1961 in Shoreham, Long Island, New York. He got his start in the New York theatre with appearances in dozens of productions including a run on Broadway in “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial”. He was selected by Francis Ford Coppola to star in the Vietnam era drama Gardens of Stone (1987). This began a string of performances including Shoeless Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out (1988), Dish Boggett in Lonsome Dove (1989), Travis Walton in Fire in the Sky (1993), and as Doug Dorsey the hockey player turned figure skater in the classic romantic comedy The Cutting Edge (1992). 

For many years D.B. has devoted himself to supporting our Troops and their families. He’s been overseas to war zones several times and made scores of appearances at posts, bases and ships stateside. 


Meet the very talented: D.B. Sweeney.

Apr 04, 2018
(Episode 65) “Captain America: Winter Soldier” Actor: Bernard White.

Bernard “Bernie” White is a Sri Lankan–American actor, screenwriter and film director. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and raised in Detroit, White received his bachelor’s degree in theatre at Michigan State University.

Bernard has over 104 movie credit’s in his IMDB profile.
Some include:
Bernard’s movies include: Captain America: Winter Soldier, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Quarantine, Matrix Revolutions, Matrix Reloaded, The Scorpion King, Pay it Forward, City of Angels, Hill Street Blues, Highway to Heaven, Knight Rider and Street Hawk.
Meet the awesome: Bernard White.
Mar 31, 2018
Special Feature: “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”-Officer Clemmons! Actor: Francois Scarborough Clemmons.

François Scarborough Clemmons is a singer, actor, playwright, professor, writer, university lecturer and father figure to so many people. He is perhaps best known for his appearances on the PBS television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood throughout the 1970’s as “Officer Clemmons”

Meet the giving and wonderful: Francois Scarborough Clemmons

Mar 30, 2018
(Episode 64) “Black Panther” Actor: David S. Lee

David Lee is a household name in South Africa where he worked predominantly in theatre and television. His outstanding performances on stage garnered him multiple nominations all around Southern Africa. In 1995, David completed a post graduate drama course at Drama Studio London, where he was nominated as Actor of the Year for his powerful and moving performance of “Othello”.

His first film, “Paljas”, was an official selection for the Academy Awards in 1998. His last film before departing for the United States, “Final Solution”, produced by Messenger Films (USA), was an official selection at 11 film festivals and has earned 6 awards, including the I.C.V.M Award for best film.

2017 saw David join the Marvel family with his contribution of the villainous character, “Limbani”, in Marvels latest super hero installation, the 2018 record setting “Black Panther”, working alongside Michael B. Jordan(Eric Killmonger [...]

Mar 29, 2018