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70 Movies We Saw in the 70s
112 minutes | 2 days ago
Ep. 24 - Jeremy
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: Ep #24 — JEREMY (1973) Fun City Editions kingpin Jonathan Hertzberg joins Mike and Ben to celebrate Vinegar Syndrome’s surprise Black Friday release of the Robby Benson-Glynnis O’Connor teen romance JEREMY (1973)! Gloriously awkward and credibly adolescent highlights include: • Robby Benson, sensitive Tiger Beat pin-up! • Glynnis O’Connor, sensitive Linda Blair-type! • Joe Brooks, composer of “You Light Up My Life,” star of IF EVER I SEE YOU AGAIN and — hoo-boy — what a creep! • The injustice of Robby Benson not scoring his own AM Gold chart-topper in the era of Shaun Cassidy, Andy Gibb, Leif Garrett, and Rex Smith! • The ability to buy a movie ticket at any time and see W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers and/or King Kong during NYC’s “Fun City” era! • The cosmic connection between JEREMY and ON THE RIGHT TRACK! • The Dennis Christopher of BREAKING AWAY vs. the Dennis Christopher of CIRCUITRY MAN! • The case to be made for Willie Aames as an “edgy” teen idol! • The powers and abilities of “Supporting Characters” host Bill Ackerman that go far beyond those of any mortal podcaster! • Ben Reiser’s intensely “at-home” personal connection to Linda Manz, Ruth Gordon, and Lee Strasberg! • Yet another visit to Mike McPadden’s 12-year old psyche as it created a graphic carnival sodomy scene from ODE TO BILLY JOE that does not, in fact, exist! Buy JEREMY now from Vinegar Syndrome! https://vinegarsyndrome.com/collections/fun-city-editions/products/jeremy-fun-city-editions
63 minutes | 8 days ago
Ep 23. Woodstock (part two)
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: WOODSTOCK (1970) (part two) Mike Lustig, guitar shaman of legendary rock ensemble Ruth Ruth, joins Mike and Ben for one more hour of Discourse and Digressions in regard to the 3 Days of Peace and Music covered by Michael Wadleigh’s epically far-out documentary, WOODSTOCK. Porta potty in the rain induced insights include: • Joe Cocker and Dr, Steve Bruhl: Separated at the Personal Hygiene Aisle? • Arlo Guthrie and Jakob Dylan: Separated at the Gene Pool? • Crosby Stills & Nash and Neil Young: Separated by the Steenbeck Flatbed? • Jorma Kaukonen's Swastika vs Marty Balin's Heart • John Sebastian's Rolled Up Hippie Pants vs Naked Hippie Kids Peeing on Their Dads • Santana's Shitty Bass Player vs Santana's Awesome Drummer • Sly Stone's Vocals vs Sly Stone's Microphone • Hendrix Conga Player Standees, PortaSans Workers, Janis Joplin's Feet, and Country Joe's Crew Hoodie Plus • What Else Was Playing the Day Woodstock Opened in NYC?
116 minutes | 15 days ago
Ep. 22 - Woodstock part 1
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: WOODSTOCK (1970) Mike Lustig, guitar shaman of legendary rock ensemble Ruth Ruth, joins Mike and Ben for 3 Hours of Discourse and Digressions in regard to the 3 Days of Peace and Music covered by Michael Wadleigh’s epically far-out documentary, WOODSTOCK. Brown-acid-induced insights include: • Woodstock organizer Mike Lang and 1990: Bronx Warriors star Marco de Gregorio: Separated at the Hair Product Counter? • Bill Graham and Jackie Mason: Separated at the Bagel Store? • “Younger Generation” by John Sebastian and “Butch’s Song” by Jackie Martling: Separated at The Jetty? • The Who Sell Out vs. Live at Leeds vs. Roger Daltrey’s fringe jacket. • Mike Lustig’s no-longer-secret connection to iconic rap-rock douche titans The Lordz of Brooklyn. • The singalong soundtrack to the Ben Reiser family’s annual Flatbush “Freedom Seder.” • The 2am Times Square confluence in 1996 of the Mermaid Parade, Joe Franklin, a Screw-magazine-loving cop, and Mike McPadden soaring on psychedelics.
87 minutes | a month ago
Ep 21. Audrey Rose with Samm Deighan
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: AUDREY ROSE with Samm Deighan Author, podcaster, and super-cool film historian supreme Samm Deighan joins Mike and Ben for a Halloween-scented spelunk into the reincarnation “thriller” AUDREY ROSE (1977). Topics include: • Excruciating Car Wrecks in Cinema vs. Excruciating Car Wrecks of Cinema! • Samm Deighan’s Take on “The Female Uncanny” vs. Any Chance of Your Mind Not Being Blown! • Anthony Hopkins’ fake beard vs. The “Fats the Dummy” Face It Was Hiding! • Robert Wise of THE HAUNTING vs. Robert Wise of THE HINDENBURG! • Robert Beck vs. Frankenstein-With-a-Mustache (it’s a draw)! • Robert Walden and John Hillerman vs. A Script Giving Them Anything Whatsoever to Do! • Young Ben Reiser vs. The Wire Rack of ’70s Horror Paperbacks at the Drugstore! • Fritz Lang and Aram Avakian vs. Mike McPadden and Admission to Film School! • Philadelphia “burlesk” performer “Edie Ahmean” vs. Any Semblance of Good Taste! • Donald Sutherland’s Southern Gland in DON’T LOOK NOW vs. Donald Sutherland’s Southern Gland in ANIMAL HOUSE! SAMM DEIGHAN LINKS • LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN, Edited by Samm Deighan • M (DEVIL’S ADVOCATES) by Samm Deighan • DIABOLIQUE Magazine • DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS Podcast with Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan • EVIL EYE Podcast with Samm Deighan and Rob Skvarla
106 minutes | a month ago
Ep 20 - It's Alive
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: Ep 20 — “It’s Alive!” (1974) There’s only one thing wrong with this episode of 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s… IT’S ALIVE!!! Hollywood sound wiz Jeff Kushner joins Mike and Ben to deliver a sprawling, mauling take on Larry Cohen’s killer baby classic, with diversions into ITs two sequels, IT LIVES AGAIN (1978) and IT’S ALIVE 3: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE (1987). Among the questions raised: • What’s so funny about a mutant baby living in a sewer? • Which vintage ’70s horror film TV ad caused more cardiac events among schoolchildren: SUSPIRIA; MAGIC; or DAWN OF THE DEAD? • Larry Cohen, John P. Ryan, and Michael Moriarty: Jewish-Irish Love Connection? • How did white go-go boots, psychedelic wallpaper, and dainty Florence Nightingale nurse hats play in punky-disco '77? • Where were YOU the day the filming of Q stopped Manhattan’s morning rush with an unannounced, unlicensed helicopter-vs-machine-guns battle atop the Chrysler building? • Circa-1984, what was Larry Cohen doing hanging out in NYC’s performance art scene with the casts of SMITHEREENS and LIQUID SKY? • What is the connection between Robert Blake’s 1985 NBC series HELL TOWN (where he played a two-fisted priest) and Dee Snider’s STRANGELAND? • Does anybody have any leftover “Super-Vision” 3D glasses from the ’80s?
120 minutes | a month ago
Ep 19 - Silent Running
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: Ep #19 — SILENT RUNNING (1972) Take a deep dive into deep space with Mike, Ben and special guest Scooter McCrae as they explore every nook and cranny of the interstellar bio-dome sci -fi cult classic, SILENT RUNNING! Put on your full length hippie-monk robe and settle into your dune buggy as they: • Sing along with SHATTERDEAD • Shamelessly plug potential sponsors • Try to "Guess the Dernsie" • Go over FAQs for PDQ Bach • Delight in everything Drone related • Crave handheld nuclear weaponry • Bond over Baez And much much much more!
89 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 17 - The Kentucky Fried Movie
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: Episode 17—“Kentucky Fried Movie” The ’70s sketch comedy juggernaut continues as ace of bassists Chad Pilieri joins Mike and Ben to discuss the form’s pants-wettingly hilarious peak, THE KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE (1977). Between gasping laughs over Big Jim Slade, Willer Beer, Cleopatra Schwartz, Feel-A-Round movies, Rick Baker gorilla suit madness, and Catholic High School Girls in Trouble, the lads ponder the effect of an Andy Warhol film festival, Playboy’s annual “Sex in Cinema” feature, and cornball local TV PSAs on developing adolescent male psyches (just listen to us and YOU decide!).
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 16 - What Was Playing the Same Day as Groove Tube? (mini ep)
Chad, Ben and Mike conclude their conversation with a run-through of what else was playing around NYC the week Groove Tube opened in theaters. Highlights include a Brando double-bill, Don Imus, Sammy Cahn, and Conrack.
96 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 15 - The Groove Tube
70 Movies We Saw in the 70: Ep #15—“The Groove Tube” (1974) For a yuk-by-yuk (and yuck-by-yuck) breakdown of Ken Shapiro’s pioneering, pants-dampeningly hilarious sketch-comedy classic THE GROOVE TUBE, Mike and Ben are joined by archetypal Brooklynite funnyman, ace of bassists, and former Robin Quivers massage therapist, Chad Pilieri. Beyond Chevy Chase, Koko the Klown, and the Uranus Corporation (“You can put your trust in Uranus”), talk also incorporates Buzzy Linhart’s beautifully bobbling penis; a wayward subway lady at Downtown Beirut; the line “Babs and Ray have no genitalia” as proto-rap; “hippie sloppy” vs. “punk sloppy;” Wakefield Poole’s BIJOU; and Chad’s mom taking the whole 8th grade gang to see CALIGULA
130 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 14 - 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s Presents: Maxi-Ep—“Om That Bud, Man” with Jim Healy
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: Maxi-Ep—“Om That Bud, Man” with Jim Healy UW Madison film scholar and 70 Movies ombudsman Jim Healy returns to right some straight regarding prior episode gaffes and dive deep—and way, way long—into what else was playing around NYC in November 1976, when our previous ep’s topic, TWO-MINUTE WARNING hit theaters Other tantalizing touchstones include Pauline Kael at the mercy of FAREWELL, UNCLE TOM; Black Francis rattling off Dad Jokes; the time LOGAN’S RUN met NORMAN, IS THAT YOU?; pitting the 1976 TRACKS with Dennis Hopper vs. the 1988 TRAXX with Hollywood Squares announcer Shadoe Stevens; and the authoritarian agenda of Miss Louise on ROMPER ROOM.
124 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 13 - Two - Minute Warning
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: Ep 13—TWO MINUTE WARNING (1976) Allen Broadman—aka Fischel Bocephus of HAPPYLAND and Monster Guitarist of Traci Lords’ Ex-Lovers—joins Mike and Ben to blast ecstatic rounds of praise upon Larry Peerce’s obscenely underappreciated sniper-in-the-stadium masterpiece, TWO MINUTE WARNING. Astoundingly directed by Peerce and showcasing the likes of Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Martin Balsam, Jack Klugman, David Janssen, Beau Bridges and “Joe” from RHODA, the movie supplies plenty to rave about—in between recollections of taking a hammer to Selwyn Harris’s alarm clock; quaking in terror beneath the seats of the Nostrand Theater; the transcendental power of DEADBEAT AT DAWN; Andy Sidaris’s GUNS blazing on 42nd Street; Mr. Johnson the Flatbush Child Stealer; and the deathless declaration, “You know what I say: Mother, Jugs, and Speed—but especially Jugs!”
108 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 12 - Pretty Maids All in a Row with Special Guest Aaron Lee
70 Movies We Saw in the ’70s: Ep 12—“Pretty Maids All in a Row” (1971) It’s a 70 Movies/Crackpot Cinema crossover as Aaron Lee joins Mike and Ben for a sanguine good time with Roger Vadim’s sin-sopped, sick-joke high-school-homicide satire, PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW. In addition to waxing awestruck over PRETTY MAIDS headliners Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, and Telly Savalas, talk also turns to the hyper-prolific 1971 outputs of co-stars Roddy McDowall and Keenan Wynn; Hugh Hefner’s Bongo Board show-off skills; BARBARELLA as background visuals for Bauhaus remixes at the 12th Street Ritz; the screen-scorching might of drive-in siren Margaret Markov; and impromptu singalongs of “Petey Was a Pitbull” by Traci Lords’ Ex-Lovers and “Stars on 45” by Stars on 45 (feel them burning in your mind!).
75 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 11 - 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s Presents: Douches Ex-Machina #2
Mike and Ben are back with another "mini" episode to tide you over. Topics include - A day at the Kingsway, Michael Pare vs Joe Dallesandro, Charlize Theron: dullard or dreamy, Anime: yay or nay, Staten Island haunts, Kings Plaza taunts, and much much more!
143 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 10 - Capricorn One
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: Ep 10—CAPRICORN ONE (1978) Actor, writer, director, (and sibling of a previous guest) PAT HEALY joins us to discuss Peter Hyams’ magnificent space-faking/snake-snarfing/O.J.-elevating conspiracy thriller, CAPRICORN ONE (1978). It’s a free-wheeling, side-splitting conversation with multiple detours into the comedy stylings of Sam Waterstron, the perfect miscasting of Telly Savalas, RUNNING SCARED (1986) vs. RUNNING SCARED (2006), Matilda the boxing kangaroo, the mid-’90s missteps of Jean-Clade Van Damme, and who should have had dibs on THE FLAMINGO KID, as well as a sprawling homage to the intro-writing genius of Frank Santopadre. Thank you again, PAT HEALY!!!!
85 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 9 - The Jerk
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: Ep 9—THE JERK Pick out a thermos, don’t trust whitey, and come join us for Part 2 of our tribute to the late, great Carl Reiner with our salute to THE JERK. Mike, Ben, and guest Kat Ellinger take on Carl’s Steve Martin masterpiece replete with Opti-Grab eye-crossing, Mexican cat juggling, homicidal can hating, Shithead the dog, and, of course, Iron Balls McGinty. So just add your own Pizza in a Cup and listen now!
95 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 8 - Where's Poppa?
In the first installment of our two-episode tribute to the late, great Carl Reiner, the mighty Kat Ellinger joins Mike and Ben to keel over laughing in tribute to his shock comedy masterwork, WHERE’S POPPA? With Kat in the UK, it’s an intercontinental orgy of ferocious film scholarship, gigantic guffawing over grievously distasteful humor, and gushed love for Mr. Reiner (and Ms. Gordon, and Messrs. Segal and Leibman). Next week: THE JERK!
61 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 7 - 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s Presents: Douches Ex Machina #1
On this special "mini" episode, Ben pitches dopey podcast ideas to Mike. We talk Seagal, Bronson, Van Damme, Phantasm, Ernest, Madea, ELO, Fury Road and much more. Plus, listener feedback and just general jibber-jabber, McPadden-and-Reiser-style!
97 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 6 - Hot Stuff
70 Movies We Saw in the 70s: Ep 6—HOT STUFF (1979) Robust funnyman Dom DeLuise mounts the director’s chair for the first—and last—time with HOT STUFF, a Miami-set crime farce wherein he co-stars with Jerry Reed and Suzanne Pleshette. Together, they play kooky cops who set up a phony fencing operation to bust an array of contraband-peddling oddballs. Oh, does it not work. What DOES work, however, is UW Cinematheque honcho JIM HEALY joining co-hosts Mike McPadden and Ben Reiser to take on HOT STUFF for a zesty, informative discussion that includes Sydney Lassick and David Carradine (as his prison bride) in SONNY BOY; the Gene Siskel Sneer of Disapproval, what else was playing in Summer ’79; and how Dom’s directorial debut rests at the heart of the Hal Needham/Burt Reynolds/Mel Brooks Venn diagram.
86 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 5 - What's Up Doc?
70 Movies We Saw in the ’70s: WHAT’S UP DOC (1972) Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal run brilliantly, hilariously berserk through San Francisco’s built-for-slapstick landscape, propelled forth by screwball comedy history, cartoon crack-ups, and director Peter Bogdanovich’s superhuman mastery of controlling chaos. Brooklyn boys Mike McPadden and Ben Reiser are also on the scene and you are, too, as we howl the praises of WHAT’S UP DOC!
81 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 4 - Convoy
Episode 4: CONVOY (1978) “Breaker! Breaker! Good buddy! Smokey! Bear in the air! Um… Is this facacta thing on?” This week, we roll out madman auteur Sam Peckinpah’s novelty song muscularization CONVOY (1978). Kris Kristofferson stars alongside Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young, Franklin Ajaye, and C. Thomas Howell from SOUL MAN—oh, wait a minute, that’s Ali MacGraw! It’s an open road with glide-in stops that include AM radio story songs; the desperate quest for HBO in Koch-era Brooklyn; Burt Young as a berserk children’s film screenwriter; Ben’s 16mm bedroom Bar Mitzvah; and Mike’s implanted memories of hayseed sodomy via ODE TO BILLY JOE. So roll this truckin’ episode through. 10-4.
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