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50 minutes | 2 days ago
Episode 102: The Films of George Romero
Episode 102 of CINEOPOLIS finds your hosts celebrating the films of famed filmmaker George Romero. Without George Romero, the world wouldn’t have zombies. And without Western Pennsylvania, the world wouldn’t have George Romero. The low-budget horror film-slash-social freakout Night of the Living Dead (1968) put Romero on the map. But despite gaining national (and global) recognition over his fifty year career directing films like Martin (1977), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Knightriders (1981), Creepshow (1982), and Bruiser (2000), Romero never strayed far from the industrial landscapes, Rust Belt socioeconomics, or blue-collar people he saw outside his window. On this episode of CINEOPOLIS, co-hosts Christian and Dante dig into the George Romero filmography to dissect how Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities inspired his work — and how his dedication to Western PA turns all his game-changing zombie films into not-so-covert documentaries of a region in flux. Stay scared!
54 minutes | 10 days ago
EPISODE 101 — Die Hard with a Vengeance
Welcome to CINEOPOLIS, a podcast about movies and the places that made them. Over the 10 episodes that comprise this inaugural season, hosts Christian Niedan and Dante A. Ciampaglia will take you on a journey into the rooms, cities, and architecture where movies are set through deep dives into films and filmmakers. CINEOPOLIS kicks off in the place Christian and Dante call home, New York City, with a joyride through Bruce Willis' third adventure as John McClane, Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) — a film that captures a Big Apple in transition, transforming from the grimy mean streets of the 1970s to the 21st century Disneyfied playground for the super-rich. There's no better guide through '90s NYC than one of the cinema's all-time great smart asses, expertly partnered this time out with badmuthafucka Samuel L. Jackson. Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers.
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