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 92) NBA Analyst: Peter Vecsey

NBA Analyst and Friend of the show Peter Vecsey is back!

Peter Vecsey has been one of the most prominent basketball columnists in the world for more than 40 years. He has covered the NBA and ABA for decades and been an expert analyst on both network and cable television in the United States. He is best known for his exclusives and biting commentary in his “Hoop du Jour” column that ran for years in the New York Post.

Vecsey’s inside information and access to the league’s top players, coaches and executives helped earn him recognition as one of the “Most Powerful People in Sports” by The Sporting News. He was honored with the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2009 by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

In addition to the Post, Vecsey has also worked at USA Today, the New York Daily News, NBC, TNT/TBS, NBA-TV and the USA Network. Active on Twitter since leaving the Post in 2012, Vecsey is now back in the game and covering the NBA.


Meet Peter Vecsey. [...]

Sep 10, 2018
(Episode 91) Actor: Richard Young.

Richard Young (born December 17, 1955) is an American actor, independent filmmaker, screenwriter, photographer and artist. Active from the early 1970s, he gained prominence starring in the opening sequence of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Other feature films appearances include: The Ice Pirates (1984), Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) and An Innocent Man (1989).

In the 1990’s, Young had a position as a cameraman for a documentary of a woman who came into the U.S. for a new life after the Bosnian War. During the time of the filming, the crew found out that her family went missing in Croatia. It was when then at the time Young, the crew and the woman went into the war zone looking for the last surviving members of the family. After the shooting was completed, Young stayed behind in Croatia. The war had a profound effect on him and, after his return to the US, he chose to follow his love of photography, and is now working on detailing his Croation expe [...]

Sep 07, 2018
(Episode 90) George Christie.

George Christie, Jr. was born in 1947 in Ventura, California to a family of Greek immigrants and grew up as an only child. From an early age he was fascinated by motorcycles and outlaw culture, and by the time he started school his intelligence and rebellious attitude set him apart from his peers. As a teenager he became an avid surfer, who are outlaws in their own rite.

Over the objections of his father he bought his first bike, a 1957 Panhead, for $200 in 1966, and was soon hanging around with outlaw bike clubs The Question Marks, Satan Slaves and famous motorcycle customizers Von Dutch and Dick Woods. As George puts it, “some people run away and join the circus. I ran away and joined the Hells Angels.” He became a full-patch Hells Angel in the Los Angeles charter in 1976 and, six months later, became president of that charter before founding the Ventura charter in 1978. His tenure as such was the longest in the clubs history, spanning 7 U.S. Presidential terms [...]

Sep 04, 2018
(Episode 89) Actor: Bernard White.

Actor Bernard White and I talk depression, mental health, “Its Kind of a Funny Story” and his new show, “Kidding”


Meet: Bernard White (again)!

Sep 01, 2018
(Episode 88) Actor: Don Most.

Don is probably best known for his co-starring role as Ralph in the long running television series “Happy Days”. During this time, he worked with such emerging talents as Ron Howard and Garry Marshall. Donny has always appreciated the swing and big band style of music and now he delights audiences with a unique show that fuses the swing era with the 50’s cool.Donny has directed three feature films. “the Last Best Sunday”, “Moola” and “Harley’s Hill”. His films have premiered at The Newport Beach Film Festival, at the Seattle International Film Festival, and earned Most The Outstanding Achievement In Directing Award.


Meet: Don Most.

Aug 22, 2018
(Episode 87) Film Critic: Alissa Wilkinson.

Alissa Wilkinson is Vox’s film critic. She’s been writing about film and culture since 2006, and her work has appeared at Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Vulture,, The Atlantic, Books & Culture, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Paste, Pacific Standard, and others. Alissa is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and a 2017-18 Art of Nonfiction writing fellow with the Sundance Institute. Before joining Vox, she was the chief film critic at Christianity Today.

Alissa is also an associate professor of English and humanities at The King’s College in New York City, where she teaches criticism and cultural theory.


Meet: Alissa Wilkinson.

Aug 21, 2018
(Episdoe 86) Actor: Peter Stormare.

With a cool stoic gaze suggesting unmentionable thoughts lurking somewhere deep behind those deep, blank eyes, popular character actor Peter Stormare offered American audiences slightly discomforting comic relief in Joel and Ethan Coen’s popular dark comedy Fargo (1996), though his versatility and adaptability have since led him to major Hollywood blockbusters.

One of the best actors of our generation, known for one legendary role after another…

Meet: Peter Stormare.

Aug 11, 2018
(Episode 85) “Pets for Vets” Army Veteran: Sean Quigley

Chapter Director Sean C. Quigley

As a former Army Medic, DAV, American Legion member and dog lover, Sean believes the organization is the perfect way to combine two things he is very passionate about: Veterans and dogs. He looks forward to improving the quality of life for local Veterans and providing loving homes for dogs in need.


Meet: Sean Quigley.

Aug 07, 2018
(Episode 84) NFL Analyst: Chris Raybon.

Back for Round 2, one of the most popular MMC guests, NFL Analyst, Chris Raybon!


Meet: Chris Raybon.

Aug 02, 2018
(Episode 83) Actor: Avi Nash

Avi Nash is an actor best known for Barry, Learning to Drive and currently as Siddiq in The Walking Dead. Avi is fluent in 7 languages, educated at Stanford and in London. He is doing some amazing work on The Walking Dead and continues to shine as an actor.


Meet: Avi Nash.

Jul 30, 2018
(Episode 82) Author: Jonathan Eig.

Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig a “master storyteller.” Eig is the author of five books, three of them New York Times best sellers. He was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Eig is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he remains a contributing writer. Eig has also written for The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and The Washington Post, among others. Prior to The Wall Street Journal, he worked as a feature writer for Chicago magazine and as a news reporter for The Dallas Morning News and The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Eig’s books have been published in 13 languages. His first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, won the Casey Award for best baseball book of the year. Ali was named winner of PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting; best book o [...]

Jul 25, 2018
(Episode 81) Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame Pitcher: Gregg Olson.
“Gregg Olson came in like wildfire as a reliever in the late 1980s, mowing down everything in his path with a blazing fastball and devastating curve.”  Baseball Historian Sheldon Stewart in the Baseball Library (The Idea Logical Company, 2006, Gregg Olson)
Meet: Gregg Olson.
Jul 23, 2018
(Episode 80) Wrestler and Motivational Speaker: Marc Mero.

Marc Mero, Former WWE Wrestling Champion and Author of “How to be the Happiest Person on the Planet,” reached the pinnacle of sports-entertainment success – then lost it all — but in the process discovered what’s most important in life.  Everyone faces adversity.  “It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get back up.  You can do anything you set your mind to!”

Marc shares his captivating journey with audiences worldwide and inspires people to examine their life choices.  Listeners feel a greater sense of appreciation toward their relationships and the “gift of time” – and are empowered to make a difference in their personal life, school, career, and community.


Meet Marc Mero.

Jul 20, 2018
(Episode 79) Actor: Nick Searcy.

Born in North Carolina Nick Searcy is one of the best actors working in Film and TV. His filmography is extensive.

As of 2018, he has been in 5 films that were Oscar nominated for Best Picture: The Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive (1993), Moneyball (2011), The Shape of Water (2017), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). The Shape of Water is a Best Picture winner.
Meet Nick Searcy.
Jul 19, 2018
(Episode 78) Actor: Randy Havens.

Randy Havens is an actor and a life long resident of Georgia. His portrayal of Scott Clarke remains one of the most beloved on television in recent memory. Randy’s other credits include Halt and Catch Fire and Archer.

Randy has some amazing projects on the Horizon which include Godzilla King of The Monsters, Boy Erased, The Front Runner and Instant Family. 
Meet the affable: Randy Havens
Jul 12, 2018
(Episode 77) Actor: Phil Burke.

Phil Burke attended the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York, on a Board of Trustees Scholarship. He graduated with an Associates Degree in Fine Arts in 2003. Burke continued his acting training at various performing workshops and studios throughout New York. On stage, Phil Burke holds a noticeable list of leading-roles to his credit while holding mixed work in leading and supporting roles on the screen. Burke’s screen debut was in 2005 and since that year, he has performed in various films and on numerous television series. Notable television series of the latter 2000s include The Good Wife (2009) and Hell on Wheels (2011) on which he held a recurring role.

Meet the very funny. Very cool: Phil Burke.

Jul 07, 2018
(Episode 76) Cindy Healy.

“While working on the Mars Pathfinder mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, I came to a fork in the road. It was a moment when I had to decide whether to move out of my comfort zone and take a risk.

NASA was putting together a 25-person launch team that would temporarily move from California to Florida near the Kennedy Space Center. All of my best buddies were going to be on this team. I knew it was going to be a “work hard, play hard” scenario, and I really wanted to go.

Up until that point I had been working as the lead for the simulation software that was used to prepare for the mission. At one point, a colleague and I were tasked with fixing the flight simulation code, including the star scanner—the eyeball of the spacecraft. The flight simulation code fakes out the spacecraft so it thinks it’s flying to Mars when it’s really sitting in the lab in Pasadena. The work had fallen nine months be [...]

Jun 29, 2018
(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