January 22, 2020

Episode 448: Eros + Massacre (1969)

Special Guest: Dick Stegewerns
Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Stachiw, Samm Deighan

We’re kicking off 2020 with one in a whole series of films that were released in 1969.

Up first is a film that captures the essence of the Japanese New Wave, Yoshishige "Kiju" Yoshida's Eros + Massacre. The film sets up two parallel stories, one set in the late teens/early twenties of the 1900s and the other in the contemporary 1969. The early story concerns the anarchist Osugi Kasae (Toshiyuki Hosokawa) and the three women in his life, most pointedly Ito Noe (Mariko Okada). These true figures from history are contrasted with the fictional characters of 1969 which include Eiko, Megumi, and Wada.

Samm Deighan and an irate Chris Stachiw join Mike to smugly discuss the film. We're joined by special guest Professor Dick Stegewerns, author of Kiju Yoshida: 50 Years of Avant-Garde Filmmaking in Post-War Japan.

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"The Lost Mother Land (Part 1)" - The Apryl Fool


January 16, 2020

Episode 450: Porcile (1969)

Guest Co-Hosts: Jonathan Owen, Ken Stanley

Our appreciation of films from 1969 continues with a look at Pier Paolo Pasolini's Porcile. It's two stories in one -- the first is about a young man (Jean-Pierre Léaud) who doesn’t want to follow in his father’s capitalist footsteps nor in those of a student radical. The second is about a fine young cannibal (Pierre Clémenti) who ravages the countryside.

Ken Stanley and Jonathan Owen join Mike to discuss this oblique film.

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"Piggies" - R.A.M. Pietsch
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"Pigs in Zen" - Jane's Addiction
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"Piggy in the Middle" - The Rutles


January 10, 2020

Episode 451: Venus in Furs (1969)

Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Brad Jones

Taking its title from the notorious book by , Jess Franco's Venus in Furs (1969) stars James Darren as Jimmy Logan, a musician who can blow a cool horn. He finds the corpse of a woman he had seen at a party, the mysterious Wanda (Maria Rohm). When Wanda shows up -- alive and seducing -- shortly thereafter, Jimmy becomes obsessed with her, despite his loving relationship with chanteuse Rita (Barbara McNair).

Brad Jones and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss Franco's film as well as an alternate cut of the movie along with a few other adaptations of the Sacher-Masoch story.

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January 3, 2020

Episode 449: Z (1969)

Guest Co-Hosts: Keith Gordon, Eric Cohen

Based on a book by , Costa-Gavras’s Z (1969) stars Yves Montand as a political activist who is killed after a rally. The film also stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as the investigator of the incident who manages to uncover a vast conspiracy.

Keith Gordon and Eric Cohen join Mike to discuss this political thriller which is a thinly veiled re-telling of the events in Greece of 1963 and the assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis.

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"Psyche Rock" - Pierre Henry


December 30, 2019

Special Report: Brainstorm (1983)

Special Guests: Douglas Trumbull, Louise Fletcher, Bruce Joel Rubin, Philip Frank Messina, Robert Stitzel, Joseph Maddrey
Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, David Kittredge

For the last episode in our Sci-Fi December series it's a five hour journey into Douglas Trumbull's Brainstorm (1983) which stars Christopher Walken as scientist Michael Brace who has helped in the discovery of a new technology that records the sensations of a person and allows for playback directly into another person's brain.

Co-hosts Samm Deighan and David Kittredge join Mike to discuss the film, the tragic death of Natalie Woods that overshadowed it, and the film's spiritual sequel, Strange Days (1995).

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Discussion 1: 00:02:00 - 01:03:45

Interstitial Music: Original Soundtrack - James Horner

Interview: Douglas Trumbull 01:06:30 - 02:11:44

Interview: Louise Fletcher 02:11:44 - 02:20:10

Interview: 02:20:13 - 02:57:57

Interview: 02:58:00 - 03:29:37

Interview: 03:29:45 - 03:57:00

Interview: Joseph Maddrey 03:52:02 - 04:31:03

Discussion 2: 04:32:00 - 05:02:23

End Song: "Brainstorm" - Hawkwind

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December 25, 2019

Episode 447: Kin-Dza-Dza (1986)

Guest Co-Hosts: Dan Martin, Jen Handorf

Sci Fi December continues with a look at the 1986 film from Georgiy Daneliya, Kin-Dza-Dza (1986). It’s the story of two men who are transported to the planet Pluke where they have to navigate the barren landscape and strange cultures of the people there.

Jen Handorf and Dan Martin join Mike to unpack the rituals and anthropological implications of Pluke as well as discuss the 2013 animated remake, Ku! Kin-Dza-Dza.

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"Main Theme" - Giya Kancheli


December 24, 2019

Guest Spot: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

For my final guest appearance of 2019, Chris Stachiw asked me to be a part of his discussion of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. See if you can pinpoint the moment I lost my mind.

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December 23, 2019