'The Film Vault' Swings Open
Anderson Cowan and Bryan Bishop | Photo: Logan Moy / used with permission
This resurrected movie-loving show’s hosts are “Bald” Bryan Bishop and Anderson Cowan. LAist readers may know Bishop from an interview last September about his battle with an inoperable brain tumor. Cowan is best known as the non-Dr. Drew voice on “Loveline.” Both have worked underneath Carolla before, and are again calling him boss.
LAist had a chance to talk with the pair about their differences, the new podcast, and on Bryan’s health today.
What's the main difference in your film tastes?
Anderson: Mine are credible, Bryan's are terrible. Time will prove this.
Bald Bryan: I think Anderson views himself as a film school snob, whereas I am -- let’s put it this way, we did Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer Films and my number one and number two were “Transformers 2” and “GI Joe.”
Tell us about your Top Fives.
Bald Bryan: That’s our hook, if you will. Every episode we center around picking our own Top Fives. The idea is that we basically wanted to capture what it was like talking movies with your buddies. You very rarely are passionately talking about new movies, you’re usually talking about your favorite old movies, or at least I am. We rattle off our top fives of our personal favorites in whatever category. It can be something like sequels, or remakes, or the top five young actors in Hollywood. We try and get, not too film-nerdy, but things that are worthy of debate.
What's an advantage of being on the ACE Network?
Bald Bryan: The obvious advantage is Adam’s huge audience and their familiarity with me. People have sort of an idea of who we are and what we’re all about. People think of Anderson as a sort of a caustic personality, and that I’m sort of more of a happy-go-lucky persona. Anderson and I are friends but we disagree on almost everything.
Anderson: Listeners, listeners, listeners. Bryan and I have built a very passionate yet humble fan base over the past few years strictly by word of mouth. Adam has been a leading force in the podcasting world for sometime now and for us to become a part of it at this stage is incredible.
What’s your favorite song from a film would want to be your show’s theme?
Bald Bryan: The best theme song of all time, as far as I’m concerned, is “Duck Tales.” I’d vote for a souped-up, big horned version of “Duck Tales.”
Anderson: Any Ween song that has ever been featured in a film and there are many of them. We actually opened our first segment of our first show on ACE Network with "The Fucked Jam" by Ween which is on the Murderball soundtrack.
What do you have planned for the show?
Bald Bryan: I really would love to see the show incorporate guests and callers especially. I really want to involve Twitter and people sending us their submissions for ideas, for movies, their nominations for lists and things. I really would like to involve contributors to do segments. I don’t see it as being the Bryan and Anderson show exclusively.
Why "The Film Vault"?
Anderson: Unlike most "film shows" we don't spend much time chatting about the movies currently playing at your local multiplex. We dig deep and dust off older films that have stuck with us and deserve a second look. These are the flicks that are found in The Film Vault.
Who will like the show?
Bald Bryan: Hopefully everyone. Because, I think Anderson is sort of a film geek/film school cred, sort of lends itself to that crowd and hopefully I represent people who see normal movies and have strong opinions on them.
Bryan, how’s your health?
Bald Bryan: I’m definitely doing better than I was. Part of it is sort of a symbiotic thing -- I’m feeling better, therefore it’s time to jump back into the podcasting world and sort of pursue a passion project of mine, but I’m doing the show, and I feel like it’s making me feel better. Not to be too metaphysical about it, but it’s sort of giving me a little purpose in life and it feels good to be going into the studio with a purpose. Hopefully people will respond to it.
I’m getting around a lot better. I’m driving myself to therapy. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you’ve been basically relying on other people for rides and everything for the last six months, it’s definitely a nice feeling. It’s almost like a teenager just got his license.
The show debuts on April 23... one year to the day when I was given my initial "six months to a year"-prognosis. Kind of a cool one year anniversary, huh?