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58 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
Episode 138 – We Do Our Own Stunts – Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1978)
On this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS we're going back in time! Back before SNAKE IN THE EAGLE'S SHADOW or DRUNKEN MASTER, when Lo Wei reluctantly gave Jackie Chan permission to - finally - make the kung fu comedy he always wanted. The result was HALF A LOAF OF KUNG FU, which Lo Wei immediately shelved until the international success of Jackie's Yuen Woo-ping-directed films made him rush it into cinemas. How is it? Listen and find out!
64 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Episode 137 – George Kennedy is my Copilot – Death Ship (1980)
All aboard the DEATH SHIP! On this episode of GEORGE KENNEDY IS MY COPILOT we're sailing the high seas with Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso and a boat possessed by NAZIS in the 1980 Canadian supernatural horror film DEATH SHIP! It's full of propaganda-inspired freakouts, literal blood baths and George Kennedy yelling at people. We also chat about a series of Midas commercials from the early 80s featuring Lee Van Cleef, including one where he faces off against - you guessed it - George Kennedy. ENJOY!
76 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Episode 136 – Eric Roberts is the Man – Hard Luck Love Song (2020) (/w Julie Holland)
There's been so much Eric Roberts news lately: from the recent release of Michael Flatley's BLACKBIRD, to his appearance in the trailer for Damien Chazelle's upcoming BABYLON (which will be discussed on the NEXT episode), to a recent scary encounter at the Roberts' residence, and we'll talk about it ALL with writer and Carnage Report co-host Julie Holland! After all the news we'll dig into 2020's HARD LUCK LOVE SONG, featuring Michael Dorman, Sophia Bush, Dermot Mulroney, RZA and ERIC ROBERTS! It's based on the song "Just Like Old Times" by Todd Snider, which gets us thinking about other movies based on songs and SO MUCH MORE. Check it out!
60 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
Episode 135 – Forgotten Gems? – Boy Meets Girl (1984)
On the return (for the final time?) of FORGOTTEN GEMS? we're watching Denis Levant and Mireille Perrier in Leos Carax's feature debut BOY MEETS GIRL from 1984. Equal parts dark comedy, and tragic (sometimes surreal) romance, the film brings two recently jilted lovers together (eventually) despite the omnipresent distractions of tap dancing, music, pinball, and just trying to exist in your early 20s. It's stirring, odd, and captivating, but did we understand any of it? Listen and find out!
74 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
Episode 134 – You Don’t Know Dick – The ‘Burbs (1989) (/w Aaron Casias)
On this episode of YOU DON'T KNOW DICK we're joined by the Hit Factory Podcast's Aaron Casias to discuss Joe Dante's beloved 1989 dark comedy THE 'BURBS, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Rick Ducommun, Carrie Fisher and - of course - Dick Miller! We discuss our history with the film, the themes explored in Joe Dante's films, whether the film's ending works, and SO MUCH MORE. Check it out!
84 minutes | Aug 29, 2022
Episode 133 – Cinema Fantastica – Bad Black (2016) & Cold Hell (2017)
On this episode of Cinema Fantastica we're traveling to the 2017 Beyond Film Festival in Los Angeles, California and pitting the 2016 Ugandan action film BAD BLACK against the 2017 German-Austrian slasher COLD HELL. From the creators of the worldwide cult sensation WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX?, BAD BLACK has a similar mix of microbudget action, comedy and drama, accompanied by the ever-present commentary from a video joker, while COLD HELL pits a Turkish immigrant (an incredible Violetta Schurawlow) working as a taxi driver against a religious fanatic targeting women in Austria. Which film will reign supreme? Listen and find out!
52 minutes | Aug 22, 2022
Episode 132 – Wild in the Streets – Violent City (1970)
We're getting WILD IN THE STREETS with Charles Bronson and Telly Savalas in the New Orleans-set Eurocrime classic VIOLENT CITY from 1970. The plot involves Bronson's retired assassin Jeff Heston getting revenge on those who left him for dead, including the woman he loves (played, naturally, by Jill Ireland). VIOLENT CITY features some dynamite action sequences, some terrific performances and some disturbing misogyny that left us - wait for it - conflicted. It also features a wonderful soundtrack from Ennio Morricone, that the movie takes great advantage of. CHECK IT OUT!
64 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
Episode 131 – Bartel Me Something Good – Death Race 2000 (1975)
Paul Bartel POPS THE CLUTCH and brings the world the gory sci-fi satire DEATH RACE 2000 in 1975, a box office smash that remains a popular (and influential) exploitation film and a jewel in Roger Corman's New World Pictures catalogue. On this episode of BARTEL ME SOMETHING GOOD we look at how the film came to be, the difficulties in filming (including David Carradine nearly being replaced by Lee Majors!), and the enduring legacy of the film. FRANKENSTEIN SCORES!
43 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
Episode 130 – How Do You Do, Fellow Kids? – Pete Smalls is Dead (2010)
We're back on our Steve Buscemi bullcrap with IN THE SOUP director Alexandre Rockwell reuniting with some of the cast of the film (including Buscemi, Seymour Cassel and Carol Kane) to make the neo-noir comedy PETE SMALLS IS DEAD, which stars Peter Dinklage as an ex-screenwriter and a tremendous Mark Boone Junior as his impossibly slovenly friend. The pair head to LA to get some cash for Dinklage's stolen screenplay, while paying tribute to their recently deceased friend Pete Smalls (Tim Roth). It's overstuffed, and needlessly confusing, but has a parade of familiar faces that keeps things lively. We also chat about private detectives, Steve Buscemi's biggest box office hits and MORE. Check it out!
58 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
Episode 129 – Praising Kane – The Games of Countess Dolingen (1981)
We continue our chronological look at the career of Carol Kane on PRAISING KANE with the surreal 1981 French drama THE GAMES OF COUNTESS DOLINGEN, partially based on the works of Unica Zürn (with a bit of Bram Stoker thrown in for good measure). A complex, twisting and often quite shocking film, it puzzled and intrigued our hosts who came away from it with two very different perspectives, and sparked a conversation about how much knowledge (or research) should be expected from an audience before watching a film. It's more fun that that sounds! CHECK IT OUT!
59 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
Episode 128 – Whatever Happened to Vic Diaz? – Savage (1973)
On this episode of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ? we're checking out the Phillipines-shot blaxploitation classic SAVAGE! from 1972, directed by Cirio H. Santiago and starring James Iglehart and Carol Speed! It's full of explosions, knife throwing, inconsistent facial hair and a soundtrack full of jazz flute, so you KNOW it's good. We also talk about our tricky history with the blaxploitation genre and, of course, all things Vic Diaz. CHECK IT OUT!
144 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
Episode 127 – JodoWOWsky Part 8 – Santa Sangre (1989)
Alejandro Jodorowsky returns to filmmaking after a nearly ten year absence with the surreal horror of 1989's SANTA SANGRE. Filled with wild, controversial imagery, our JodoWOWsky hosts trace its inception, the relationship between Jodorowsky and producer Claudio Argento, the involvement of four of the Jodorowsky children in the production, the taxing filmmaking process, the suggested involvement of Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston and SO MUCH MORE. We also discuss the feature length SANTA SANGRE documentary FORGET EVERYTHING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN: THE WORLD OF SANTA SANGRE from 2011, which brings much of the cast and crew together to recount some truly strange stories about the film's inception and legacy. All this and the latest Jodorowsky news, so CHECK IT OUT!
68 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
Episode 126 – George Kennedy is my Copilot – The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
On this episode of GEORGE KENNEDY IS MY COPILOT we're getting spoofy with 1988's THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD, starring Leslie Nielsen as Detective Frank Drebin, who is trying to uncover a plot to assassinate the Queen. It's a big-screen adaptation of the short-lived TV spoof TV show from the creators of AIRPLANE! and TOP SECRET!, and BOY our hosts have differing opinions on its quality. We also go in-depth on the classic 70s game show MATCH GAME, and check out George Kennedy's first appearance on it. It's chock full o' nuts, so check it out!
55 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
Episode 125 – We Do Our Own Stunts – Spiritual Kung Fu (1978)
On this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS, we continue our chronological look at the career of Jackie Chan and - surprise - Jackie is famous now! After the massive success of Snake in the Eagle's Shadow and Drunken Master, Jackie returns to Lo Wei who decides to dust some unreleased Jackie features off the shelf and rush them into cinemas. The first is the supernatural kung fu comedy SPIRITUAL KUNG FU, which features five bright white "ghosts" in red fright wigs (who arrived on a meteor) teaching Jackie the five style fists, while a murder mystery plays out in the shaolin temple! Features Jackie shoving living animals down his pants and ghost busting (via urination). CHECK IT OUT!
88 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
Episode 124 – Eric Roberts is the Man – Top Gunner (2020) (/w Nick Spacek)
On a brand new episode of ERIC ROBERTS IS THE MAN we're on a highway to the mockbuster danger zone with 2020's TOP GUNNER, which was originally meant to be released alongside TOP GUN: MAVERICK until that film got pushed back two whole years! Filled with CG jets and not a lot else, is it worth your time? Maybe! We're joined by The Carnage Report's Nick Spacek to discuss Billy Joel, werewolves, redemption stories and - of course - all the latest Eric Roberts news. CHECK IT OUT!
84 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
Episode 123 – You Don’t Know Dick – Get Crazy (1983) (/w Jesse Hawken)
On this episode of YOU DON'T KNOW DICK we're joined by Junk Filter Podcast host (and Twitter provocateur) Jesse Hawken to discuss Alan Arkush's long-unavailable concert-movie comedy GET CRAZY from 1983! It's a wild film, with performances from Malcolm McDowell (as an aging rock star), Daniel Stern, Lou Reed(!), Lee Ving, Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel.. and plenty more! We also discuss our favorite Rock and Roll movies, Alan Arkush's career, why the film was buried and all things DICK MILLER. Check it out!
65 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Episode 122 – How Do You Do, Fellow Kids? – Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (1990)
On this episode of HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS? we're continuing our look at the life and career of Steve Buscemi with the big-screen adaptation of the anthology TV series TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE. It's TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE, which features adaptations of stories by Stephen King (adapted by George A Romero!) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, alongside an all-star cast including Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, Julianne Moore, David Johansen, James Remar and - of course - STEVE BUSCEMI! How does it stack up to other anthology films? LISTEN AND FIND OUT. We also discuss Steve Buscemi's favorite albums, whether mummies are scary, our recent health issues and SO MUCH MORE.
61 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Episode 121 – Praising Kane – La Sabina (1979)
Welcome to our least listened to episode of PRAISING KANE ever! On this episode, our chronological look at the career of the wonderful Carol Kane continues with 1979's LA SABINA, a José Luis Borau film that is only partially available in English.. but we watched it anyway! It's a drama filled with infidelity, regret, and a mysterious dragon lady that threatens to devour us all. FUN! But that's not all! We decided to BEEF things up by also watching OUR FATHER'S HOUSES, a filmed version of Eve Merriam's play adapted from actual letters by women in the 19th century. I know you're quaking with anticipation, so it's time to listen right... now!
74 minutes | May 30, 2022
Episode 120 – Bartel Me Something Good – Private Parts (1972)
We continue our chronological look at the career of the great Paul Bartel with his feature length debut PRIVATE PARTS from 1972. Equal parts perverse and hilarious, it's a film that is filled with twists and turns and set the blueprint for much of what was to come from the always unpredictable director. We're also looking at Bartel's 1969 short film NAUGHTY NURSE, which showed that Bartel's taste for boundary pushing was something that came about very early in his career.
127 minutes | May 16, 2022
Episode 119 – JodoWOWsky Part 7 – The Eyes of the Cat (1978), The Jealous God (1985) and The Magical Twins (1987)
It's an ALL COMICS episode of JodoWOWsky with our hosts examining three Alejandro Jodorowsky graphic novel collaborations throughout the late 70s and 80s. We start with a deep dive into THE EYES OF THE CAT, the (sorta!) first collaboration between Jodorowsky and the legendary Moebius from 1978. It's gorgeous, highly experimental, and we even discuss a recent attempt to make a videogame adaptation! Then we move on to the often baffling THE JEALOUS GOD, a collaboration between Jodorowsky and Silvio Cadelo first published in Heavy Metal in 1985. And finally we finish with Jodorowsky's first young adult comic THE MAGICAL TWINS with his frequent collaborator Georges Bess, first published in 1987. All this and the latest Jodorowsky news. CHECK IT OUT!
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