My Latest Podcast: Review of Creed, Kobe Bryant Retirement, and More

bingesportscastMy latest podcast is ready to go at Binge Media and for this week’s episode of the Binge SportsCast, I’m joined by Binge Movie Aftertaste host, Garrett Collins. Garrett doesn’t pretend to be the biggest sports guy in the world, but after our three-episode series on the Rocky franchise (you can get the links by going to the Podcasts page), I decided to have him on my show to finish up our talk as we give a full review of the latest installment in the series, Creed. THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS SHOW!!! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I urge you not to listen until you do. We start talking about it around the 34:00 mark, so consider yourself warned.

However, before we get to the flick, I do actually talk some sports, seeing as it’s a sports show and all, by talking about the story that hit me the most this week, that being the announcement that Kobe Bryant is retiring. I’ve got a lot to say on that, but I also hit on the remarkable 19-0 start by the Golden State Warriors. Just before getting to the review, I also comment on the Fury-Klitschko fight that took place over the weekend and give some quick thoughts on the heavyweight division and what needs to happen. This was a fun show and I certainly hope you get the chance to get around to it. Enjoy.

Binge SportsCast: Kobe Bryant Retirement, Warriors 19-0 Start, & A Full Creed Review w/ Garrett Collins (SPOILERS!!!)

 

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The Rocky Retrospective Podcast Series-Part 2

In case you missed it last week, I’ve been taking part in a new podcast series at Binge Media, where I join Garrett Collins on his show, the Binge Movie Aftertaste, and we simply talk all things Rocky. If you’re not aware, this is my favorite movie franchise of all-time, so Garrett certainly made the right call by contacting me for this. In Part 1, which you can get HERE if you didn’t listen to it yet, we discussed Rocky and Rocky II, and it was everything I thought it could be. The original is my favorite film, so I certainly had plenty to say on that, and the sequel was certainly a great movie as well, so before getting to the second part in the series, make sure to go back and check out part one.

For part two, we get into what could be considered the “popcorn movies” of the franchise, Rocky III and Rocky IV. Here’s how Garrett broke down this podcast.

 

  • Why does Paulie waste a good bottle of liquor by throwing it into a cool Rocky pinball machine?
  • Why is Sly so damn handsome?
  • What the hell does Rocky say when Mickey dies?
  • Just what did Paulie do with that robot?
  • Why didn’t Rocky turn around and run after Drago says ‘I must break you?’
  • What Rocky IV moment actually got me to get up and cheer like an asshole in the theater?
  • How much of Rocky IV‘s budget was spent on the James Brown production?
  • Why was Hogan FIRED for doing Rocky III?
  • How the hell did Sly include Christ metaphors in the ultra montage heavy Rocky IV?
  • Why isn’t Rocky’s eye a concern anymore?
  • How did Dolph Lundgren scare home invaders away, without even being there?
  • Why haven’t we christened Rocky for ending Communism?

If that doesn’t draw you in, I’m not sure what will. We’re leading up to the release of Creed in a couple of weeks, so join us as we continue this awesome series. I’ve got to say that I’m having a great time with these podcasts, and we hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we did recording them. Click the link below to check out part 2.

Binge Movie Aftertaste: Rocky Retrospective w/Luke Norris Part 2

 

The New Rocky Retrospective Podcast Series

If you really know me, then you probably know that I’m a HUGE fan of the Rocky movies. With the release of Creed, the spinoff starring Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, only a few weeks away, my Binge Media brother, Garrett Collins, decided he wanted to do a new podcast series chronicling the entire set of films, and who better to bring in than…..well, me.

If you’re not familiar with Garrett, he’s been with Binge Media for a little over a year now, and he’s one of the most knowledgeable people in the film industry, and I honestly don’t say that just because we work together on the site. For one, he’s actually in the business, but that’s not even the real point. The way he breaks down films is extraordinary, and he’s seriously one of the only reviewers that I read these days, simply because he’s one of the few out there that can write a review without giving things away. Not only does he write reviews, but he’s also the host of one of the best shows on the network, The Binge Movie Aftertaste, and he’s had some great guests on his show before; hell, he interviewed the writer of Jaws for God’s sake, so yeah, it’s not just some random show.

So when he asked me to do this series a few months ago, I immediately agreed to do it, and we’ve both been chomping at the bit to start this thing, and it’s finally here. When we were first talking about the format, he had broken it up into two shows. For part one, we would talk about the first three movies and then do the next three for part two. Simple enough, right? Well, when we started recording last week, we got through talking about the first movie before taking a break and realized that two shows wouldn’t be enough. We got into so much detail that we’ve decided to make this a three-part series, and we’ll break down two movies at a time, with this first one covering Rocky (my favorite movie of all-time) and Rocky II.

On a quick note before I give you the link to the first show, I must say how much I enjoyed doing this. Hell, I felt bad because I thought that I was talking too much and wrecking Garrett’s show, but it’s just what talking about this franchise does to me. It means so much to me on a personal level, which you’ll hear in the show, so I can’t thank Garrett enough for letting me come on and talk about this amazing franchise, and as soon as I can get past this damn flu, I can’t wait to get started on part two. But I’ll shut up now. The link below will take you to the show. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it.

Binge Movie Aftertaste: Rocky Retrospective w/Luke Norris Part 1 

This show has also been added to my podcast page here on the site, which also houses the rest of the podcasts I’ve done for Binge Media. For all the latest updates, don’t forget to “like” the LukeNorris.net Facebook page and follow me on Twitter @THElukenorris. Until next time, enjoy the experience.

The Luke Norris Podcast Experience

Perhaps that title is a little misleading, as I’m not doing a specific podcast for The Luke Norris Experience, not yet anyway, but over the last six months, podcasting has become an important part of building my personal brand. About a year after I started writing for Binge Media, I had a conversation with the powers that be about doing my own show, as the Binge Sports brand had gotten a decent following. They were looking to expand their network anyway, so that’s how the Binge SportsCast came to be.

We started with a little test run, just to gauge a response, which turned out very well, and we were off and running. The Binge SportsCast officially premiered on April 22, and since its inception, it’s gotten a nice little following and will only continue to grow. So, I decided it was finally time for you to have a place to access all of the shows that I’ve done. I mean, you can access all of Binge Media’s podcasts on iTunes, but if you’re looking for my shows, I invite you to check out the new “Podcasts” page. Technically, it’s two pages, as one is dedicated to the Binge SportsCast, while the other is dedicated to the guest spots I’ve done on other shows on the network, including the “Up Close and Personal w/ Luke Norris” show that I did back in June, which was an absolutely amazing experience.

If you’re already a listener, then I appreciate it. If you haven’t checked out a show yet, give one a listen and let me know what you think. Click on the links below to give the pages a quick visit. Enjoy.

To visit the Binge SportsCast page, click HERE.

To visit the guest spots podcast page, click HERE.

For all the latest news and updates, check back here regularly, or you can always visit LukeNorris.net and/or follow me on Twitter @THElukenorris. As always, I sincerely thank you for your continued support. I hope you’re enjoying the experience.

 

The Power of Hope (A Guest Post by Garrett Collins)

(This is another first for The Luke Norris Experience. Welcome to the first “Up Close and Personal” piece written by someone other than myself. Call it a guest post if you like. As you well know, I’ve been working with Binge Media for some time now, creating a nice following with Binge Sports. Last year, they added a movie correspondent, Garrett Collins, to assist with some of the reviews and podcasts, even creating a new show called the Binge Movie Aftertaste. Listen to the most recent show HERE. His knowledge of film is unparalleled and honestly, his written movie reviews are the only ones on the internet that I ever read. That’s not just hype for the site. That’s actual fact. But there’s so much more to this man. Look, I’ve never actually met Garrett. He’s out on the west coast while I reside here in central Illinois, but over the past few months, I’ve done numerous podcasts with him and had so many great conversations with him off the air, and I can say with complete certainty that not only is he great at what he does, he’s a great person and I’m proud to consider him a colleague and a friend. Garrett’s a busy guy with a lot going on, so when he asked to use The Luke Norris Experience as an outlet to get some things off of his chest, it was a no-brainer. Below is a powerful piece from Garrett about life, dreams, sadness, but most of all, hope. Enjoy.)

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There I sat. In a packed car, sitting on the edge of freeway traffic whizzing by, as the sweltering sun hit my face and beads of sweat slowly moved down my face. The contemplation was done, and I had made up my mind. A shiny steak knife was in my left wrist, pointed logistically at my right. What made this decision ring even more true to me was how three highway policemen had moved past me without a purpose. It was finally going to happen. I was set to check out, wondering what my final thought would be as my final moment passed. Right before doing so, something crossed my mind. And that something was the question of how did it come to this? How is it that two weeks before I was present at the premiere of a film I in fact produced? This was supposed to be a happy time. Why did my mental capabilities feel the need to fulfill my life’s promise like this? How does someone go from the proud arrival in his parents’ arms to just wanting to give it all up? And how long before my body would follow suit?

I know. That is a lot of questions to start an article off. Before I get into the answers to all these questions and more, let me give a bit background on myself. Because most people who come to this blog are probably looking to read what is going on in Mr. Norris’ life and probably has no idea who the hell this person he gave the space to is blabbing away. My name is Garrett Collins and I work with Luke at a little site called Binge Media.

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While he handles sports, I handle a lot of the film side of things. My show I host over there, called the Binge Movie Aftertaste, is one of the most fun things I have ever had the pleasure of doing. In addition to doing hosting duties and writing reviews & opinion pieces for the site, I also make movies. My first production, the already mentioned Refuge, has been striding toward the festival circuit. With at least three other projects on the horizon, including a film produced with my podcast hosting partner Jason Morris and starring Lance Henriksen, are all stuck in development hell. The dream of making movies has happened. So why am I not content? Because I felt the need to ignore the things most adults pay dapper attention to in order to chase a dream.

Close human relationships are essential to living. This type of contact is needed for support. I always thought I could get away with not having it, and just chasing the dream. But emotionally, I tend to push away instead of open myself up. Unlike most of my colleagues, I do not have a family or supportive significant other. These are things that I am missing, and my statement of individuality was by ignoring this problem. In doing research for a new project involving suicide cults, I learned the exact way of cutting a vein so that it would leave the cutter to die quick and painlessly. This was supposed to be used for authenticity. Not personal fulfillment.

A job loss can be a detrimental thing. But the fact is that I did not have a family to support and only myself. But word came down that the huge company I had been working for was doing some downsizing. Another personal note: I had filed for bankruptcy the year before. The downhill rolling of boulders would not stop. For two weeks, I applied and was rejected. Sometimes being told by even fast food kitchens that I had not been up to par with at least two other applicants going for the same job. How can someone go from working behind a desk to going to a starving man not able to get one job?

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So why would I go on and on about this? Because I want to tell people feeling the lowest of the low that there is hope. I was feeling selfish. Evidence being once I did finally get a good job, my body rejected it. On the 4th of July, I was getting ready to go to a party when all I can describe as the most violent of stomach pains hit me following a bout with bloody urine. When people say pain hits them like a ton of bricks, I can’t help thinking they have experienced appendicitis. With a stroke of luck I was with someone who could get me to the hospital, and I fathom to think what would have happened if I did not have that luxury. All the signs were there. Even when things were crumbling around me, the lights of hope were just that.

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Thing is, all of this could have been prevented. When someone tells you to ‘grow up,’ usually there is a tough love motive. By ignoring all warnings, my body started rejecting me. My point in writing this article is not to selfishly get my story out there. It is to warn any and all readers out there that if your body or mind talks to you, don’t ignore them. Your body tells you to ‘grow up,’ please listen. And no matter what, you are selfishly negating people of your presence and love if you end it. I have no idea why, but I put that knife away that day. I decided to metaphorically and physically give myself another chance. People around you will talk to you like you love them, and you can take what they say any which way you can. But when your body tells you otherwise, don’t ignore it. All you are doing is making it worse. That knife went away, and my life got back on track. I know yours has just as much hope.

I want to thank Luke a ton for giving me this space to talk to you all. I hope your desecration is not being looked at through rose colored glasses, but also not ignored. Now I have made a residence in Los Angeles and am at a job I know will lead to the dreams I have worked so hard at.  But I have also grown to be unselfish and as for you, I know that if you work at it, it will improve. Thank you.

The Story of Lauren Hill

Over the past few months at Binge Media, I’ve been tracking and writing about an amazing young woman named Lauren Hill. If you haven’t heard the name, she’s a college freshman that just finished her first season playing basketball at Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati. It seems simple enough just reading it like that, but the fact of the matter is that she’s been fighting an inoperable brain tumor the entire time. She wasn’t even supposed to make it to see 2015. I’ve written five articles on her thus far, the latest of which you can link to below which has subsequent links to the others. If you have a minute, do yourself a favor and check out this amazing story. As always, thank you for your continuing support.

The Latest on Lauren Hill