August 16, 2019

Episode 428: The Apocalypse Series (1998-2001)

Special Guest: André van Heerden
Guest Co-Hosts: Jen Handorf, Dan Martin

Made between 1998 and 2001, Apocalypse: Caught in the Eye of the Storm (1998), Revelation (1999), Tribulation (2000), and Judgement (2001) tell a sprawling tale of the biblical End Times from the Rapture to the rise of the AntiChrist. There's also some Virtual Reality and Mr. T thrown in for good measure.

Jen Handorf and Dan Martin join Mike to discuss the End Times and the advantages and disadvantages of getting a Mark of the Beast tattoo. Writer/director André van Heerden discusses his work with Cloud 10 Pictures.

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Links:
Buy Apocalypse: Caught in the Eye of the Storm on DVD
Buy Revelation on DVD
Buy Tribulation on DVD
Buy Judgement on DVD

Music:
"The Antichrist" - Slayer

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August 10, 2019

Episode 427: The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Special Guests: Gary Goldman
Guest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Kat Ellinger

Based on a book by , Don Bluth's The Secret of NIMH (1982) is the animated tale of Mrs. Brisby (Elizabeth Hartman), the widow with several children, one of whom is very sick and can not be moved. This is a problem as the Brisby family needs to move due to the impending destruction of their home.

El Goro and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss this gorgeous and compelling film along with the horrible straight-to-video sequel, The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (1998). Producer/animator Gary Goldman shares some of the secrets behind The Secret of NIMH.

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Links:
Buy The Secret of NIMH on Region B Blu-Ray
Buy Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Richard C. O'Brien

Music:
"Flying Dreams" - Paul Williams/Jerry Goldsmith

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August 2, 2019

Guest Spots: The Kulturecast & Radiodrome



Chris Stachiw has made a huge mistake. He's been having me on regularly on The Kulturecast as one of his rotating guest co-hosts, covering both new films and old. Here are the latest episodes that I've been on:

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Dead Alive (AKA Braindead)
Listen to "Dead Alive" on Spreaker.

Antiviral
Listen to "Antiviral" on Spreaker.

The Burning
Listen to "The Burning" on Spreaker.

The Killing
Listen to "The Killing" on Spreaker.

Avengers: Endgame
Listen to "Avengers: Endgame" on Spreaker.

Radiodrome

I was also lucky enough to be asked by Josh Hadley to come back to Radiodrome for a look at the Killer Tomatoes franchise:



July 31, 2019

Episode 426: Solaris (1972)

Guest Co-Hosts: Keith Gordon, Rob St. Mary

Released in 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris is the second of three adaptations of 's 1961 book of the same name. The film tells the tale of Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis) who travels to a station orbiting the planet Solaris, a sentient ocean that seems to be able to read the unconscious thoughts of those on the station and conjure up living embodiments of someone from the astronauts' past, with varying results.

Keith Gordon and Rob St. Mary return to The Projection Booth to discuss the Tarkovsky film, the 1968 TV movie, and the Steven Soderbergh adaptation.

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Links:
Buy Time Within Time by Andrei Tarkovsky
Buy Solaris by Mark Bould

Music:
"Solaris" - Photek
"Solaris" - Juno Reactor

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July 28, 2019

Special Report: Solo - A Star Wars Story (2018)

Special Guest: Rob Bredow
Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Bricklemyer, Josh Stewart

Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) is the origin story of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) when he was a little scamp on Corellia and all the things that put him on the path to be the Han Solo we all loved... before he was horrifically murdered by his own son.

Chris Bricklemyer and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss the oft-maligned and troubled Star Wars film. VFX Supervisor and Co-Producer Rob Bredow talks about his book Making Solo: A Star Wars Story.

This episode uses clips from MauLer's Solo "review".

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Links:
Buy Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak
Buy the Solo: A Star Wars Story comic adaptation by Robbie Thompson

Music:
"Han Solo" - MC Chris
"Han Solo Song" - Eclectic Method

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July 24, 2019

Episode 425: It Happened Here (1964)

Special Guest: Peter Suschitzky
Guest Co-Hosts: Wynter Tyson, Caelum Vatnsdal

and Andrew Mollo's It Happened Here (1964) tells the story of Pauline (Pauline Murray), a nurse who lives in a world where the Nazis took over the UK during World War II. At first she goes along with the rule of the Reich until she witnesses -- and unwittingly participates in -- their cruelty, prompting her to join the British Resistance.

Wynter Tyson and Caelum Vatnsdal join Mike to discuss alternate histories, Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here, and when fascist aliens took over the United States.

This episode features the first part of our interview with cinematographer Peter Suschitzky.

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Links:
Buy How It Happened Here by Kevin Brownlow
Read an interview with Kevin Brownlow by Michael Sragow

Music:
"Bring Me Edelweiss" - Edelweiss

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July 17, 2019

Episode 424: Krull (1983)

Special Guests: Peter Suschitzky
Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Noel Thingvall

Released in 1983, Krull was directed by Peter Yates and written by . The film stars Ken Marshall as Colwyn, a somewhat brash young warrior who is betrothed to Lysette Anthony as Lyssa. The two are to form an alliance between two kingdoms -- to unite their armies in hopes of defeating The Beast and his Slayers, ruthless extra terrestrials bent on taking over their world. But when their wedding is crashed, Lyssa is taken and Corwyn has to lead a rag tag group to rescue her.

Noel Thingvall and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss the storied production of Krull as well as other fantasy films of the early '80s including The BeastMaster, Dragonslayer, Willow, Legend and more.

This episode features the second half of our interview with cinematographer Peter Sushitzky.

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Links:
Buy Krull on DVD
Buy the comic adaptation

Music:
Krull Soundtrack - James Horner

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July 10, 2019

Episode 423: Annihilation (2018)

Guest Co-Hosts: Tony Black, Chris Stachiw

Writer/director Alex Garland's Annihilation (2018) stars Natalie Portman as Lena, a biologist, who has lost her husband to a place called Area X. She is a part of a team that goes into Area X, perhaps in search of answers, or for something more.

Tony Black and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss the film, 's Southern Reach trilogy, and more.

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Links:
Read Eco-Horror, Climate Change And Alex Garland’s  Annihilation by David O'Donoghue
Read ANNIHILATION Is the Peak of Cosmic Horror by Kyle Anderson

Music:
"Helplessly Hoping" - Crosby, Stills, & Nash

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