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Promises are being fulfilled left and right on this week’s Extra Milestone, in which the long-awaited debut of podcast veteran Adonis Gonzalez finally takes place! Adonis and I have a trio of dramatically contrasting movies to discuss, starting with a lengthy exploration of John Ford’s depression-era adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. We continue with a discussion of Ishirō Honda’s character-defining Kaijū film (as well as Godzilla’s Shōwa Era as a whole) with Terror of MechaGodzilla, and we conclude with a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Dreamworks’s How to Train Your Dragon. It was great to podcast with Adonis once more, and we hope to unite even more in the future. Enjoy!


  • 00:04:30 – The Grapes of Wrath
  • 00:44:50 – Terror of MechaGodzilla
  • 01:17:30 – How to Train Your Dragon

NEXT TIME: Sam welcomes longtime friend, film enthusiast, and podcast newcomer Andrew McMahon to discuss Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger and Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom!

Music in this episode: The opening theme of The Grapes of Wrath, composed by Ricky Ian Gordon; music from the trailers for The Grapes of Wrath, Terror of MechaGodzilla, and How to Train Your Dragon;  the ending theme of Terror of MechaGodzilla, composed by Akira Ifukube.

Cinemaholics in this episode: Sam Noland & Adonis Gonzalez

Sam Noland

Sam is a frequent contributor to Cinemaholics, former co-host of Anyway, That's All I Got, and currently hosts the weekly Extra Milestone podcast. He'll watch anything once, but makes no guarantees about whether or not he'll remember it.


  • Captain Crunch Time says:

    a Part Time Characters reunion would be awesome, just saying!

  • TheLastBender says:

    Personally, I find Grapes of Wrath to historically important, but mostly unimpressive cinematically. Though Henry Fonda operates on a level we just don’t see from many actors today. Adding Terror of MechaGodzilla to my watchlist so I can keep listening!

  • Like-Clockwork-Orange says:

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is a full on animated masterpiece. Easily the best DreamWorks Animation film and then some. Really glad this is the first “recent” milestone you all have covered.

  • Robert Morguean says:

    I’ve always really liked The Grapes of Wrath, but is it fondly remembered by most people? Side note: super enjoyed the funny trailer you put for it: “HAVE YOU READ THE GRAPES OF WRATH THE GRAPES OF WRATH THE GRAPES OF WRATH??” XD

    • Sam Noland says:

      That trailer was entirely Jon’s doing, and I’m also glad that he found it 🙂 As Adonis and I discussed, it’s not always at the forefront of the collective cinematic mind when discussing the all-time greats, but it would be if I could decide such things! Thanks for listening!

  • Hey Dude! says:

    Sam, you and Adonis are awesome. That is all, that’s it.

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