Some exciting things happening as we head towards 2019…

As most of our readers and podcast listeners know, 2018 has been a really tough year on Kim and myself. We’ve both suffered through a number of illnesses, I had to deal with the loss of my mom in May, which began a series of concerning health issues for me as well. And work has been a bear, causing all kinds of disruptions throughout the year. It has been detrimental to the point that we have opted not to have a Poppies and Rosies awards show on New Years’ Eve, simply because neither one of us feel we have seen enough films to even fill up a baker’s dozen best list, let alone our usual full slate of awards. We’re going to shift our “Just ‘Cause We Can” awards to that time slot this year (which is why there’s no Subject:CINEMA this weekend) because those are made up of what we HAVE seen…and that hasn’t been much. Whereas most years we see an average of over 100 current films in the theater, and on OnDemand, premium cable, and Netflix, this year – all of those combined – we’ve seen maybe TWENTY current films, and none of the big, critically-acclaimed, Oscar bait films either…

But there’s a bright horizon ahead…and 2019 is going to be bringing some exciting new features to both the podcasts and the websites. And it’s going to get BUSY around here again…

In January, we will be launching THREE BRAND NEW Podcasts on Patreon, available EXCLUSIVELY to Patrons at the $5 level or above each month – Subject:CINEMA’s Review Revue, Subject:CINEMA’s Freeze Frame, and Kaiju Korner. We first told you about these new shows in September, so you can check out this post for more info on these shows.

January will also bring the season premieres of Subject:CINEMA presents Front Row Five And Ten and Catastrophe Vortex (which has been completely overhauled). Over at my music site, The Kirkham Report, I will get back to my music video countdown shows before the new year is here, and lots more coming for the new year, trying to work around YouTube’s ridiculous restrictions on some stuff (it’s not their fault, it’s the legacy recording industry, who are still stuck in the 1970s), but I WILL DO IT. That means back to the TKR Hot 20 show on Saturdays, the TKR Retro 20 on Tuesdays (possibly moving to Patreon soon), and plenty more features as well.  You can check out the videos on PNR’s YouTube channel. More on what happened is over here at TKR.

And after the fun and craziness we’ve had doing the first two shows, we are planning two, and possibly three, original PNRNetworks AudioVisual Productions dramatic presentations. Next Halloween, we’ll bring you an enhanced version of our “War Of The Worlds” production from October 2018, with added EAS Bulletins and such (the way it was originally supposed to be done this year but time constraints didn’t allow for it). And there will be at least one original drama coming DEFINITELY coming your way in May 2019, and POSSIBLY a second later in the year. I truly do wish more people had heard them and were aware of them, but those who listened to them, THANK YOU! If you haven’t checked them out yet, please do – “Manhattan Hammerdown: As It Happened“, our tenth anniversary tribute to “Cloverfield” is here; our 80th annual homage to “War Of The Worlds” is here.

For those of you who are regulars to our website at eCinemaOne (and if you’re not you SHOULD be, heh heh), we’ll get back to more-regular postings, including hot new trailers, several regular columns, including a brand new one – The Whole Ketchup (tentative title)- debuting in a couple of weeks that might drive some people – particularly online film critics – nuts. We’ll also be posting some stuff EXCLUSIVELY for Patreon Patrons as well.

eCO has also declared 2018 to be The Year of the Film Festival, and in January, in tandem with S:C, we’ll be launching our new “Fethival Central” features and series, which we’ll give you full info on later this week in a press release, but basically, we are aiming to become THE website for film festival coverage, even when we can’t get to all of them. Anchored by our annual staples “Fethival Of Film Fethivals” and “Boston Springs A Fethival” episodes of Subject:CINEMA in January and May each year, we think our coverage will be worth watching. It’s a HUGE undertaking, one that I think will benefit the millions of film fans out there.

S:C spinoffs Tuesday Digidex and Three Minute Weekend will also be out there every week on Tuesdays and Fridays bringing you the rundown of the latest theatrical and home video releases, just like they have been doing for most of the past decade.

eCO’s Hub-centric sister site eCinemaBoston is also gearing up for tons of new posts and blogs: after several years of severe stagnation, and after weathering several closings in the metro area, including smaller theaters in Sharon and Danvers, Boston is suddenly becoming a theater boom town. With two huge new theaters opening in the past year – AMC’s South Bay Center 12 in Dorchester and Keresotes’ luxury Showplace ICON Boston in the fast-growing Seaport district, neither of which we’ve been to yet – and two more to come – an as-yet unnamed tenant at the under-construction Roxbury Crossing project in Roxbury and the new 15-screen-plus-restaurant Arclight Boston @ Hub On Causeway, attached to North Station and also presently under construction – in the next 18 months, PLUS potential for possible new theater locations in the ‘burbs at the Suffolk Downs Redevelopment in Revere (Hey Alamo Drafthouse: we’re WAITING…::taps foot::) as well as the proposed renovation of what was once the AMC Harvard Square in Cambridge (planning board meets in January on this proposal), we are about to be deluged with bright and shiny new multiplexes. Having said that, however, in addition to those and the many various Showcase, AMC, and Regal locations around the area, there are also a lot of smaller theaters within a 50-mile radius of Boston, and in the next year we will begin to undertake a project to visit and spotlight these as well as the big boys and hopefully paint a broad, beautiful portrait of Boston as America’s fastest-growing premiere theater center.  We plan to launch a series of portraits of individual theaters, and especially those smaller, often family run, theaters in the outlying areas of the metro area in June, following the busy Boston Spring Festival season.

We are always working on developing new and fresh ideas for our readers and listeners and this coming year is no exception. However, doing all this is very hard work – as much as we love doing it all, it’s very time consuming, and in order for us to really be able to give as much as we can, we need to concentrate on finding a way to give one of us the ability to work on it FULL TIME. And we can’t do that without your help. I have to admit I’ve been very disappointed by our Patreon campaign efforts. We have literally thousands of readers and listeners who enjoy our shows and posts, but as is normal for web and video sites, almost no one seems to be willing to chip in for what we’re doing. We don’t take advertisements or run ads, because we want our shows and sites to be clutter free and also free of any kind of influence. When we did have a few of them – back when Mevio was our podcasting home – we did make a little here and there, and that was very helpful. However, after Mevio shut down, it became very difficult to do things for awhile. We persevered and managed to keep going to where we are stable enough to keep things going, and now have a budget that includes our online activities. But it’s a very minimal budget and doesn’t allow us to do as much as we’d like nor as much as we should be doing. In January, we will introduce a new set of prices and perks over on our Patreon, and we’re going to premiere our new shows there because we hope our listeners will be devoted enough to be motivated to become Patrons and enjoy some other material that will be exclusive over there and some really terrific perks for their help as well.  It doesn’t cost much – it’s low enough that you shouldn’t even notice it – we have a starting level of $2 a month – for that you’ll get listed on our Patron page across the PNRNetworks family of sites – and the $5 and $10 levels will have some really great new stuff as well – $5 gets you THREE brand new podcasts each month and $10 will net you some other great stuff we’re still working out right now. There will also be levels at $25, $50, $75, and $100 levels with the perks going up and up. NOW is the time to sign up and become a patron – you’re going to get a HUGE amount of exclusive original material from eCO, eCB, TKR, S:C and more if you do! And your support will help support all our sites and shows, including our friends at PNRNetworks shows Cavebabble and Ant B.’s Nerd Grotto, Kim’s shows Platinum Roses’ Garden and Ring Around The Rosie, and help in the development of new shows, sites, products (we have a swag shop debuting in January covering the entire gamut of PNR Shows and sites) and programming. So PLEASE come on board – please go over to and join what we hope will be a new wave of Patrons in the new year!

We’ll see you back here for Subject:CINEMA on Monday, December 31st and the annual TC and Kim “Just ‘Cause We Can”awards!  And keep tuned throughout each week at eCinemaOne for all the latest awards news!



PNR Premiere Dramatic Presentation: “The War Of The Worlds 2018”

PNRNetworks and its family of podcast personalities are pleased to present our second dramatic presentation!

“The War Of The Worlds”, by H.G. Wells, adapted for the podcast medium by TC KIrkham. Presented by the PNRNetwork family of podcasts!

Our players (in alphabetical order): Kim Brown, TC Kirkham, Anthony Lamberti, Courtney Lyon, Eric Lyon, Valerie Lyon, and Matthew McCallum!

This has been in the planning stages since before our original Dramatic Presentation, “Manhattan Hammerdown: As It Happened” was released in January 2018. But because of various issues, we were wondering if we could actually pull this off, with only a couple weeks to spare, but we did it!

This year is the 80th anniversary of the original broadcast of the Orson Welles classic from Mercury Theater Of The Air, and also the 30th Anniversary of the National Public Radio edition from 1988, and the 50th anniversary of the marvelous take on the story from WKBW-AM Buffalo NY in 1968. It’s also the 40th anniversary of the unbelievable musical version from record producer Jeff Wayne! We have tried to pay tribute to all four versions here, and we hope you like what you hear!

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What’s that? It’s the sound of One Hit Wonder day

Today, dear friends, is National One Hit Wonder Day, a fact that I would have completely missed had it not been for our local news bringing it up.  For those who don’t know, a One Hit Wonder is a musical artist who manages to hit the top 40 once and only once. Of course this varies by country, but the US uses BIllboard as the starting point. A TRUE One Hit Wonder is someone who hits BIllboard’s Hot 100 only once, although of late that has been amended to strictly top 40 by many people.

Here’s Spotify’s channel devoted to those greats who come hard, burn brightly, and go too fast – and some of them still may return one day soon.  Let’s all have some fun today, shall we?  Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite One Hit Wonder is!


It’s time for the launch of my newest TKR series, XXBest! And a shout out from TKR to our peeps on our music and bookstores blog Planet BiblioMusica too!

We’ll kick off this new, hopefully weekly TKR series, with one of the finest and sometimes most unfairly maligned bands around – my boys from Tulsa, Hanson!

For those living in a time warp and who think Hanson has never made it past “Mmm Bop” (and it’s alarming how many poor saps there are like that!), you are about to see what you’ve been missing – some of the best indie rock of the past two decades! Sit back, listen to my 40 favorites, and learn a few tidbits of trivia along the way…

I have been a fan of the brothers since their major label debut, have seen them numerous times in concert, been a card carrying member of their fan club for more than a decade now (I think, might be just less than that), and have been rewarded greatly with incredible tunes the likes of which put to shame much of the crap on the radio today. So sit back and check it out! And don’t forget – LIKE! SHARE! SUBSCRIBE! TWEET! FACEBOOK! And all those assorted things! And please become a patron at !


READER ALERT: PNRNetworks sites doing maintenance this weekend

Greetings! Just wanted everyone to know that several of our sites will be up and down over the course of next few days – we are going to be doing some site maintenance on eCinemaOne, eCinemaBoston, The Kirkham Report, Planet BiblioMusica, Catastrophe Vortex, and the main PNRNetworks websites, in order to serve our readers and listeners better. Our Patreon site will also be down off and on as we make some changes over there. We will also be introducing some new sites to the family, including a full site for Kim’s wrestling podcast Ring Around The Rosie, and a few other things as well. So if you can’t get to our various sites now and then between midday today (6/30) and Wednesday evening (7/4) that’s what is going on. Our sites will have maintenance messages posted when they are being worked on, and will also list an approximate time the site will return on line.

Thanks for your support and understanding!

Call To Action: FredFlix needs your help!

We’ve talked about the wonderful YouTube channel called FredFlix on Subject:CINEMA a couple of times in the recent past, and also mentioned and posted some of his stuff over on our Planet BiblioMusica blog. Now, FredFlix needs some help to keep making his wonderful compilation videos and is asking for donations. We’ve done our part with $20 (wish it could have been more), and we hope you will too! Here’s his hilarious donation video – enjoy and please DONATE! We LOVE FredFlix and don’t want to lose him! You can shoot him a donation at!

BREAKING NEWS: Israel takes the prize at EuroVision ’18 with Netta’s “Toy”

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 has just concluded in Lisbon, Portugal, and it was a CLOSE ONE all the way to the end. But in the end, the oddsmakers were right from the start, as Israel’s 24 year old rapper/singer dynamo Netta clenched the win with a MASSIVE televote victory for her smash hit “Toy”, already a number one hit in Israel, and winding its way around the world without a doubt.  The song clenched victory with a combined total of 529 points.

Austria’s Cesar Sampson  and his song “Nobody But You” was in the lead after the jury votes were tabulated and announced, but massive televoting for several other songs made it clear that either Netta or Cypress’ entry, “Fuego” by Eleni Foureira, would top it after it came in lower in the televote.

“Fuego” finished in second place with 436 points, followed by “Nobody But You”, which 342 points, just ahead of Germany’s 340 points for Michael Schulte’s beautiful tribute to his late father, “You Made Me Walk Alone”. Fifth place went to Italy’s Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro for their powerful anti-terrorism and anti-war anthem “Non me avete fatto niente”. Rounding out the top ten were Czech Republic’s “Lie To Me”, Mikolas Josef; Sweden’s “Dance You Off”, Benjamin Ingrosso; Estonia’s “La forza”, Elina Nechayeva; Denmark’s “Higher Ground”, Rasmussen; and Moldova’s “My Lucky Day”, DoReDos.

United Kingdom’s SuRie elected not to perform her song “Storm” again after her performance was interrupted by an audience member who jumped up and grabbed her microphone during her performance. She recovered and did a splendid job getting through the rest of the song. I hope the bastard that did that to her performance spends a long time in jail…that was just not cool!

Portugal’s “O jardim” by Claudia Pascoal finished last in the competition, the first time in a number of years where the host country who won last year (it was Portugal’s Salvador Sobral and his song “Amar pelos dois” which gave the country their first-ever win at the 2017 contest) has finished last.

Speaking of Sobral, the 28 year old singer made a triumphant return to the stage, his first major live performance since undergoing a successful heart transplant last December; he looked vibrant and active, and was obviously thrilled to be back on stage at Eurovision once again.

EuroVision is a songwriting contest, so the actual winners along with Netta this year are songwriters Doron Medalie and Stav Beger.

We’ll have more on this year’s EuroVision Song Contest on NEXT WEEK’s Subject:CINEMA!

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A quick word…no programming this weekend

Hi all – I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on why we suddenly went silent in the midst of EuroVision activity.

I am presently in Lancaster, Ohio. I arrived here on Tuesday morning after the Fairfield Medical Center called me Monday night and told me that my mom, who had been hospitalized the previous Friday, was having a bad bleeding incident, and that they weren’t sure she would make it through to the following morning. I quickly booked a flight to Columbus, praying that she would hang on until I got here. By the time I got here, they had her marginally stabilized and they let me know just how seriously ill she was – she had not been totally forthcoming about her illnesses with me, which didn’t surprise me – she has always been that way.

As she regained strength on Tuesday, and they were actually able to switch her over to the less cumbersome oxygen mask so we could talk normally on Wednesday, we had some long, difficult talks with some of the doctors, who had been a bit more candid about her condition with me once I arrived on Tuesday. Last evening she was moved from the hospital to a beautiful complex on the eastern edge of town called Pickering House; it’s a hospice care facility.  Her doctor at the hospital told me that she probably will not last more than a few days, but she would be comfortable, as they focus on making sure the last days are still quality of life heavy.  For her part as usual, Mom is more worried about ME than herself, but I think I finally convinced her that I’m ok (and I’m really not).

Today, I’m leaving her apartment, where I’ve been staying since Tuesday, and moving to the guest facilities at Pickering House. She also led me to believe that most of the important stuff is already arranged (I don’t think it is). So I’m hoping that with the staff out there, I will be able to figure everything out.

I am hoping to return to regular duties soon – It was my plan to head home on Saturday via Amtrak, but I’m not sure if that’s going to be doable yet. We’ll see. Obviously because of circumstances, the shows for this weekend have been cancelled, and hopefully we’ll be able to get back going again next week.

Thanks, I will be back as soon as possible…