The Brian and Danielle Show


Episode 22: The Kuntz Family Sessions aka The San Diego Comic-Con Pre-Show

July 20, 2014


Dr. Maria Elena de las Carreras, Rebecca Kuntz and Dr. Jonathan Kuntz (L-R).

Get ready, fans of all-things-pop-culture-and-movies! In this episode, you meet one of our favorite families: Mom is Dr. Maria Elena de las Carreras, film critic and UCLA film professor; dad is Dr. Jonathan Kuntz, film historian and UCLA film professor, and daughter is Rebecca Kuntz, student at Sarah Lawrence College and super-fan of film, TV and theatre. Together they're an unstoppable intellectual force and a great repository of information about the past, present and future of film and television.

In this entertaining and educational roundtable, we learn all about the careers and interests of these experts -- including one of their favorite passions of all time, attending the annual San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). 

You'll hear all about the sights and sounds of Comic-Con, from the atmosphere in San Diego's Gaslamp District to the hoopla inside Hall H, where all the biggest stars of Hollywood converge to showcase new films every summer. The Kuntz family shares their favorite aspects of people-watching (Who knew cosplay involved mashups?) and their tips for surviving "Con." (Yes, there's an app for that.) And you might even get a few pointers on how to get your own tickets to Comic-Con, which famously sells out in minutes every single year. Long-time attendee Jonathan also offers his perspective on the changing face of SDCC, from sleepy comic-book convention to big-time Hollywood event.  

Pro tips: Be sure to follow Rebecca on Twitter when the Con opens on July 24, 2014, to read all about which panels she attends and which celebrities, authors, directors and VIPs she encounters. (And you can follow ALL tweets from Con by searching the hashtag #SDCC2014.) We also recommend viewing the wonderful documentary Comic-Con IV: A Fan's Hope to learn more about this annual event and the fans who attend. You can find it on Hulu+.

Back to this episode: You'll hear about Dr. de las Carreras' annual trips to Germany for the Berlinale, one of the world's top film festivals. She also shares a few of her favorite discoveries from recent years, including films like "Harmony Lessons," "Child's Pose" and "Caesar Must Die."

Plus, the entire family joins us for a speed round all about our favorite all-time films, the movies we're looking forward to, the best TV shows to binge-watch, and more. Sit back and enjoy our favorite film-expert family.