Joseph J. Airdo's Articles

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at

I have had it with these mother trucking nightmares in my mother trucking head. They keep me up at night and make it almost impossible to fall back to sleep – especially after I check my e-mail at 1 a.m. … Read More

Tales from the Critic

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Review: “Sand Castle” (a.k.a. “I Am Very Hairless” – Eric Reinert) Segment 2 – Earth Day Segment (a.k.a. “Just Like The Planet, Every Year I Just Keep Getting Hotter” – Joseph J. Airdo) Segment 3 … Read More

I returned to my workout this morning, employing jumping-jacks, push-ups, sit-ups and weight-lifting in an effort to fight stress and get in shape. I especially made sure I did this today because I already knew how my day would end. … Read More

Tales from the Critic

I didn’t work out this morning. I needed to but I didn’t. I woke up with every intention of doing so but Internet trolls – no, not the cute ones with the big, colorful hair who sing and dance to … Read More

Tales from the Critic

I did not sleep very well last night at all. I just generally feel like a failure. And, based on everyone on Earth yelling at me lately – from strangers in the Fry’s parking lot and old men in Kohl’s … Read More

Tales from the Critic

I stayed up late last night, making sure I was available for a friend of mine who needed someone to talk to. Sacrificing sleep is a small price to pay to ensure the people we love can receive comfort during … Read More

Tales from the Critic

Waking up on the day after Easter is always at least a little difficult. That is because, for people – like myself – who love holidays, the realization that there is a 3-month wait until the next one can be … Read More

Tales from the Critic

Isn’t it strange how holiday traditions change over time? For some, the Easter morning ritual of hopping out of bed and finding a basket filled with toys and candy followed by an egg hunt – either at home or at … Read More

Tales from the Critic

Even if I had not been tossing and turning, the wildlife would not have let me get much shut eye last night. After what seemed like an entire night in and of itself feeling the restless pain of betrayal by … Read More

Tales from the Critic

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Tales from the Critic / Reviews: “Sandy Wexler” and “The Fate of the Furious” Segment 2 – Joseph’s Craft Corner: Easter Egg Decorating Segment 3 – Both Ends of the Spectrum: Spring Break Hall Pass

The past two days I have mentioned wanting to visit the Kuching Cat Museum in Malaysia and the Caturday Cat Cafe in Thailand. But did you know that there is also a similar destination right here in the United States? … Read More

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As I have already revealed, I have been catching up on episodes from past seasons of “The Amazing Race” while I work out each morning. I am currently watching the season in which half the teams are previously established dating … Read More

Tales from the Critic

Yesterday I told you about the Kuching Cat Museum in Malaysia. Well “The Amazing Race” today introduced me to a place in neighboring Thailand that would make for an excellent accompanying activity. Imagine dining alongside 40 playful felines. That is … Read More

Tales from the Critic

Don’t you just hate nightmares? I used to feel quite comfortable as I slept safe and sound at night but recently I have been having a lot of trouble fending off the monsters and other bogeymen from invading my mind … Read More

Tales from the Critic

Call it an exercise in futility, an attempt to make sense of a clearly crazy world or maybe a way to reach out to and bring at least a little comfort to even one person in the entire galaxy, I … Read More

Tales from the Critic

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Reviews: “The Void,” “Tim Timmerman, Hope of America” and “Aftermath” Segment 2 – Review: “Mine” / Interview: Co-Writer/Co-Director Fabio Guaglione (“Mine”) Segment 3 – Both Ends of the Spectrum: Getting Rid of the Other Woman, Sex … Read More

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Review: “All Nighter” Segment 2 – Discussion: How to Recognize Red Flags in Potential Partners Segment 3 – Interview: Actor Brett Travis (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat: “Beauty and the Beast” Segment 2 – Review: “Beauty and the Beast” Segment 3 – Interview: Actor Ivan Sergei (“Broken Memories”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat: St Patrick’s Day / Review: “Brimstone” Segment 2 – Interview: Pauline Frommer ( Segment 3 – Interview: Producer Michael Seiden (“Albatross”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Cats / Reviews: “Kedi,” “Catfight,” “Fist Fight” and “Collide” Segment 2 – Interview: Pam Johnson-Bennett (Cat Behavior Associates) Segment 3 – Review: “Train”

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Oscar Preview Feat. Chris Gardner (The Hollywood Reporter) Segment 2 – Interview: Comedian Dylan Brody Segment 3 – Live on Location: Sedona International Film Festival

Segment 1 – Host Chat: President’s Day / Review: “XX” Segment 2 – Interview: Amanda Fry (“Hunted”) Segment 3 – Interview: Robert Moody (Arizona MusicFest)

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Valentine’s Day / Review: “Fifty Shades Darker” Segment 2 – Interview: Kissing Expert Andréa Demirjian Segment 3 – Interview: Producer Kassi Crews (“Broken Memories”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Super Bowl Commercials Segment 2 – Interview: Candi Cerreta (Glendale Chocolate Affaire) Segment 3 – Interview: Tommy Koenig (“Baby Boomer Baby”)

Segment 1 – Interview: Author W. Bruce Cameron (“A Dog’s Purpose”) Segment 2 – Interview: Choreographer Kathryn Burns (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) Segment 3 – Reviews: “I Am Michael” and “Split”

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Review: “Paterson” Segment 2 – Interview: Illusionists Kadan and Brooklyn Rockett (“America’s Got Talent”) Segment 3 – Interview: Patrick Schweiss (Sedona International Film Festival)

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Reviews: “20th Century Women” and “Patriot’s Day” Segment 2 – Interview: Writer Steve Alten (“Meg” and “Dog Training the American Male”) Segment 3 – Interview: Special Events Coordinator Tricia Kramer (Litchfield Park)

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Holiday Recap Segment 2 – Reviews: “A Monster Calls,” “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Lion” Segment 3 – Reviews: “Passengers” and “Why Him?”

Segment 1 – Host Chat: New Year’s Eve / Best Movies of 2016 Segment 2 – Interview: Travel Expert Pauline Frommer ( Segment 3 – Interview: Jeff Straus (Countdown Entertainment)

Butterscotch Mousse with Vanilla Salt Serves 12 Granny was the ultimate Southern hostess. She always kept pretty little tins of candy in her sitting room. I loved the long candy sticks, but hated the butterscotch rounds. You remember? The ones … Read More

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Christmas Eve Segment 2 – Review: “Sing” Segment 3 – Interview: Celebrity Chef Carla Hall (“The Chew”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Santarchy / Review: “La La Land” Segment 2 – Interview: Hot Cocoa Expert Julia Farmer (Arizona Culinary Institute) Segment 3 – Interview: Musician/Actor Ben Rauch (“Jersey Christmas”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Christmas Parties / Reviews: “Office Christmas Party,” “Jackie” and “Nocturnal Animals” Segment 2 – Interview: Showrunners Chris Cullari and Jennifer Raite (“12 Deadly Days”) Segment 3 – Interview: Comedian Lachlan Patterson (“Live from Venice Beach”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Reviews: “Bad Santa 2” and “Manchester by the Sea” Segment 2 – Interview: Actress Cheryl Texiera (“Girl Meets World”) Segment 3 – Interview: Author/Screenwriter W. Bruce Cameron (“A Dog’s Purpose”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Black Friday / Farmers Blend Coffee / Wine RayZyns / Kenu Stance / Review: “Moana” Segment 2 – Home Chef / Vivitar Home Automation Starter Kit / Salty Bath / Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO and … Read More

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Thanksgiving / Review: “The Edge of Seventeen” Segment 2 – Interview: Marty Van Ness (Butterball Turkey Talk-Line) Segment 3 – Interview: Marsha Mason (“Act of God”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat Segment 2 – Outlets at Anthem Christmas Tree Lighting Preshow (Featuring Raini Rodriguez and Tiffany Alvord) Segment 3 – Interview: Sean Burke

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Reviews: “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Trolls” Segment 2 – Interview: Actor Mark Moses (“Fear, Inc.”) Segment 3 – Interview: Actor Christian Hoff (“The Midtown Men”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Halloween / Review: “31” Segment 2 – Interview: Actor Jeff Daniel Phillips (“31) Segment 3 – Interview: Actress Valerie Perrine (“Silver Skies”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Reviews: “Desierto,” “Priceless” and “Voiceless” Segment 2 – Interview: Singer/Songwriter Heart Hays Segment 3 – Interview: Actor Justin Baldoni (“Jane the Virgin”)

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Review: “Deepwater Horizon” Segment 2 – Interview: Vissa Rammohan (Shilpa Offshore) Segment 3 – Interview: Lisa DiPinto (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Reviews: “The Magnificent Seven” and “Storks” Segment 2 – Interview: Actress Jade Pettyjohn (“School of Rock”) Segment 3 – Interview: Comic Hypnotist Flip Orley  

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Review: “Sully” Segment 2 – Interview: Actress Morgan Saylor (“White Girl”) Segment 3 – Interview: Kurt Joseph (“Thunder from Down Under”) Full Show: COMING SOON

Segment 1 – Host Chat: Labor Day Weekend / Review: “Skiptrace” Segment 2 – In Memoriam: Actor Gene Wilder (Feat. Comedian Greg Proops) Segment 3 – Interview: Actress Melora Hardin (“Transparent”) Full Show: COMING SOON

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Review: “Suicide Squad” Segment 2 – Interview: Henderson ‘Coop’ Cooper (Former LAPD Officer and CIA Officer) Segment 3 – Interview: Contortionist Sofie Dossi (“America’s Got Talent”) Full Show: COMING SOON

Mila Kunis plays an over-worked, over-committed and exhausted mother who joins forces with two other over-stressed moms (Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell) on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long … Read More

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Review: “Bad Moms” Segment 2 – Interview: Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (“America’s Got Talent”) Segment 3 – Interview: Sean Burke (“Pressing America’s Reset Button”) Full Show: COMING SOON

Jesse Eisenberg plays a young Bronx native who, in the 1930’s, moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary (Kristen Stewart) of his powerful uncle (Steve Carell), an agent to the stars. After returning to New York … Read More

Segment 1 – Host Chat / Reviews: “Cafe Society” Segment 2 – Interview: Lauren Arkin (LA Boudoir Miami) Segment 3 – Interview: Comedic Daredevil Ryan Stock (“America’s Got Talent”) Full Show: COMING SOON

Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy play paranormal enthusiasts who, following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, band together with a nuclear engineer (Kate McKinnon) and subway worker (Leslie Jones) to stop an otherworldly threat. (PG-13 – 105 minutes) “Ghostbusters” could have … Read More