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
"March of the Pigs" - Nine Inch Nails
"Pigs in Zen" - Jane's Addiction
"Do The Pig" - Merced Blue Notes
"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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"Phantom From The Past" - Manfred Mann
"Venus in Furs" - Velvet Underground
"Venus In Furs (End Credits)" - Manfred Mann


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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Read The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie 'Brainstorm,' Natalie Wood’s Last Film by Ryan D'Agostino and Eleanor Hildebrandt
Visit the official Bruce Joel Rubin website


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

December 20, 2019

2019 Year End Wrap-Up

It's time for our annual wrap-up of the year. The highlights, lowlight and a music mix to hopefully help you spend your time if you happen to be dashing to Grandmother's house through the ice and snow.

Most Downloaded Episodes:

  1. Episode 415: The Mad Max Series
  2. Episode 397: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
  3. Episode 418: Total Recall (1990)
  4. Special Report: The Fly (1986)
  5. Episode 394: Psycho (1960)*
  6. Episode 406: Body Double (1984)
  7. Episode 410: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  8. Episode 423: Annihilation (2018)
  9. Episode 419: Minority Report (2002)
  10. Episode 393: Roommates (1981)*
*Released in 2018 but too close to the end of the year for proper ranking.

Least Downloaded Episodes:

  1. Episode 441: The Reckless Moment (1949)
  2. Episode 434: Shop on Main Street (1965)
  3. Special Report: Another State of Mind (1984)
  4. Episode 444: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
  5. Special Report: Die Laughing (1980)
  6. Episode 439: Dead Heat (1988)
  7. Episode 440: The Big Combo (1955)
  8. Special Report: Messiah of Evil (1973)
  9. Episode 443: Double Indemnity (1944)
  10. Episode 436: Fade to Black (1980)
  11. Episode 437: Wolfen (1981)

Bonus Interviews 2019:

Special Reports 2019:

Music Mix:

Collecting some songs that were used in episodes or inspired by the movies being discussed, enjoy this eclectic mix of music.

2019 Music Mix Track Listing
Big Trouble in Little ChinaThe Coupe de VillesBig Trouble in Little China
Trouble In ParadiseThe CrestsTrouble in Paradise
To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) Mel BrooksTo Be or Not To Be
Bring Me EdelweissEdelweissIt Happened Here
Hava NagilaDick Dale & His Del-TonesPlump Fiction
Cheese And OnionsThe RutlesThe Rutles: All You Need is Cash
Just An IllusionImaginationF/X
Rollin' With Kid 'N PlayKid 'n PlayHouse Party
Ain't My Type Of HypeFull ForceHouse Party
Skate DancerVinzerelliGet Rollin'
Trouble ManMarvin GayeTrouble Man
SuperflyCurtis MayfieldSuperFly
RelaxFrankie Goes To HollywoodBody Double
Human FlyThe CrampsThe Fly
Genius From The Waist DownThe LovemastersMe & Him
Scentless ApprenticeNirvanaPerfume: The Story of a Murder
Hey Man Nice ShotFilterHeaven
Power HouseSpike JonesWho Framed Roger Rabbit
B Gas RickshawJan & DeanAmerican Tiger
High MoonStar OneOutland
Sky HighJigsawKulturecast Ozploitation Month
A Man and A TrainMarty RobbinsEmperor of the North Pole
Minority ReportLos StraitjacketsMinority Report
Chick HabitApril MarchBut I'm a Cheerleader
Helplessly HopingCrosby Stills & NashAnnihilation
I Am LegendWhite ZombieThe Omega Man
Han SoloMC ChrisSolo: A Star Wars Story
See You In SeptemberThe TemposThe End of August at the Ozone Hotel
96 Tears? and the MysteriansMore American Graffiti
Laugh, LaughBeau BrummelsThe Joke
The Dead Don't DieSturgill SimpsonWorld War Z
The Killing MoonEcho & The BunnymenWolfen
Flying DreamsJerry Goldsmith & Paul WilliamsThe Secret of NIMH
All I Want Is LoveRobbie BensonDie Laughing
Tryin' To Kill A Saturday NightKeaneMcBeardo's Teenage Movie Hell
You're So StrangeThe ZippersFade to Black
No One Lives ForeverOingo BoingoDead Heat
Another State of MindGreen DayAnother State of Mind
The Robots KraftwerkCreation of the Humanoids
Blue BayouRoy OrbisonThe Man Who Fell to Earth
Total Recall End ThemeBasil PoledourisTotal Recall
BelladonnaMasahiko SatohBelladonna of Sadness
Daughters Of Darkness OpeningFrançois de RoubaixDaughters of Darkness
Jesus Christ SuperstarTerry WallaceThe Passover Plot
In The Hall Of The Mountain KingElectric Light OrchestraM
Main Title and Colwyn's ArrivalJames HornerKrull
Road Warrior End TitleBrian MayThe Mad Max Series
The Shop on Main StreetPrague Symphony Orchestra, Libor PešekThe Shop of Main Street
Prelude (film version)/First SceneMiklos RozsaDouble Indemnity
Theme From The ConversationDavid ShireThe Conversation
Main Theme From Kin-Dza-DzaAndrei PushkarevKin Dza-Dza
Rosemary's Baby Vs Drunken ButterflyGamma RayRosemary's Baby