November 27, 2020

New Podcast: Rankin on Bass

Rankin on Bass Chris Stachiw (The Kulturecast), Richard Hatem (Titans, Under Siege 2), and I joined forces to talk about the classic holiday specials from Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass. This will be a short-lived series of five or six episodes over the holidays in 2020, though we might return in 2021...

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Artwork by Abbie Stabby. Music by The Great Octopus

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Filmwax Interview & Kulturecasts Galore

I was recently interviewed by Adam Schartoff of Filmwax Radio to discuss my favorite topic, me. See why my mom always told me that I have a face for radio, if you can make it out on the world's worst webcam. I look like Cybill Shepherd on Moonlighting.

The Kulturecast

Chris Stachiw has made the mistake of having me as a regular guest co-host on The Kulturecast. Here are a bevy of episodes where you can hear my bad opinions:

Babe: Pig in the City:


Transylvania 6-5000:


Fire Down Below:


The Ultimate Degenerate:

November 25, 2020

Episode 495: To Live & Die in L.A. (1985)

Special Guests: Willem Dafoe, M. Scott Smith
Guest Co-Hosts: Jedidiah Ayres, Andrew Nette

#Noirvember2020 concludes with a look at William Friedkin's To Live & Die in L.A. (1984). The film pits Treasury agent William Petersen as Richard Chance against Willem Dafoe as artist and forger Rick Masters. Based on the novel of the same name by , it’s an unexpected cat and mouse story bathed in the harsh light of Los Angeles.

Jedidiah Ayres and Andrew Nette join Mike to discuss the film, Boiling Point, Wang Chung, and more.

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Bonus: More from M. Scott Smith

Buy To Live & Die in L.A. on Blu-Ray
Buy To Live & Die in L.A. by Gerald Petievich
Read Wallace Stroby's interview with Gerald Petievich
Read ‘To Live and Die in L.A.’: The Intelligent, Authentic Thriller as One of the Highlights of Friedkin’s Career from Cinephilia and Beyond
Visit the Billy Petersen fansite

"The Red Stare" - Wang Chung
"City of Angels" - Wang Chung
"To Live & Die in L.A." - Wang Chung


November 23, 2020

Special Report: Zappa (2020)

Special Guest: Alex Winter
Guest Co-Hosts: Skizz Cyzyk, Yaniv Eidelstein

On this special episode Yaniv Eidelstein and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss the latest documentary feature by Alex Winter, ZAPPA (2020). It’s a two plus hour look at composer, musician, artist, singer, agent provocateur Frank Zappa.

Watch Zappa
Buy The Real Frank Zappa by Frank Zappa and Peter Occhiogrosso
Buy Monster Road
Watch Derailroaded: Inside the Mind of Wild Man Fischer

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"Cheepnis" - Frank Zappa
"Trouble Every Day" - She Drew the Gun


November 20, 2020

Special Report: du BEAT-e-o (1984)

Special Guests: Mark Sheffler, Mark Wheaton, Alan Sacks
Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Adam Spiegleman

On this special episode we’re looking at the 1984film from Alan Sacks, Du BEAT-e-o . It’s a movie as unusual as its name. It’s the multi-layered story of a director -- the titular Du Beat-E-O played by Ray Sharkey -- who is given a chore to put together a film about the band The Runaways. At the same time we hear a postmortem of the film as we’re watching it unfold courtesy of a running fictive director’s commentary.

Adam Spiegelman (Proudly Resents) and Heather Drain (Mondo Heather) join Mike to discuss the history of the show as well as one of its participants -- El Duce of The Mentors. Interviews include co-writer , musician Mark Wheaton, and director Alan Sacks.

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Listen to the Proudly Resents interview with Alan Sacks:

Buy Du BEAT-e-o on VHS
Buy The El Duce Tapes

"Benny's Nightmare" - Veronica Lipgloss & The Evil Eyes
"Welcome Back" - John Sebastian
"We're All Crazy Now" - The Runaways


November 18, 2020

Episode 494: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

Guest Co-Hosts: Eric J. Peterson Andrew J. Rausch

We continue Noirvember 2020 with a look at Peter Yates's The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973). Based on the novel by , the film stars Robert Mitchum as the titular Coyle, an over-the-hill small time crook who’s trying to get by in the milieu of Boston’s underground. The film is rich with incredible character actors like Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Alex Rocco, and more.

Andrew J. Rausch and Eric J. Peterson join Mike to discuss the film as well as crime writing and the Boston beat.

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Buy The Friends of Eddie Coyle on Blu-Ray
Buy The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins
Read the Cinephilia article on the film

"Jackie Blue" - Ozark Mountain Daredevils


November 11, 2020

Episode 493: Ride the Pink Horse (1947)

Special Guest: Sarah Weinman
Guest Co-Hosts: Carol Borden, Jedidiah Ayres

Noirvember 2020 continues with a look at Robert Montgomery's Ride the Pink Horse (1947). Adapted from the novel of the same name by , the film also stars Montgomery as Lucky Gagin, a man who comes to the small town of San Pablo, New Mexico during their annual fiesta...

Jedidiah Ayres and Carol Borden join Mike to discuss the various adaptations of Ride the Pink Horse. Sarah Weinman talks about Dorothy B. Hughes's career.

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Buy Ride the Pink Horse on Blu-Ray
Buy Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy B. Hughes
Read Folk Horror Noir? at the Cultural Gutter
Buy Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit & Obsession by Sarah Weinman
Buy Peckerwood by Jedidiah Ayres
Buy The Hanged Man on DVD
Visit the Andrea King website

"Silly Rat Pink Mr. Horse" - Chenard Walcker
"Ride the Wild Pink Horse" - Wild Pink Horse


November 4, 2020

Episode 492: The Big Clock (1947)

Guest Co-Hosts: Terry Frost, Tim Luz

#Noirvember 2020 kicks off with a look at John Farrow's The Big Clock (1947). Based on the 1946 novel by , it's the story of George Stroud (Ray Milland) an editor at Crimeways magazine and employee of Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton). When a woman that both Stroud and Janoth have been sleeping with is murdered, Stroud is put on the case to find out who was last seen with the victim. And, of course, that last person looks a lot like him.

Terry Frost and Tim Luz join Mike to discuss the film as well as its official... and unofficial remakes.

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Buy The Big Clock on Blu-Ray
Buy The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing
Buy No Way Out on DVD
Buy Out of Time on DVD

Original Soundtrack by Victor Young