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March 5, 2021

Special Report: Pandemonium (1982)

Special Guests: Miles Chapin, Alfred Sole, Jamie Klein, Richard Whitley
Guest Co-Hosts: Rod Lott, Gary Hill

We’re looking at Alfred Sole’s Pandemonium (1982) which stars Candice Azzara as Bambi, a witness to the horrific murder of her high school cheer leading squad who, years later, fulfills her lifelong dream of starting her own cheer leading camp at It Had To Be University.

Rod Lott and Gary Hill join Mike to discuss the film and other horror comedy parodies from the early '80s. Special guests include Miles Chapin, Alfred Sole, , and .

Update: Thanks to listener Matt M. for the explanation of the Blue Grange joke! "Harold Edward "Red" Grange (June 13, 1903 – January 28, 1991), nicknamed "The Galloping Ghost" and "The Wheaton Iceman", was an American football halfback for the University of Illinois, the Chicago Bears, and the short-lived New York Yankees. His signing with the Bears helped legitimize the National Football League (NFL)."

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"It Had to be You" - Doris Day


March 3, 2021

Episode 509: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Heather Drain

We’re looking at the 1972 film from Rainer Werner Fassbinder, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. It’s the story of love and loss for the titular Petra Von Kant (Margrit Carstensen) a fashion designer and her model/muse Karin (Hanna Schygulla). We see the beginnings and endings of that relationship as well as the fall out.

Heather Drain and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss this melodramatic work.

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Read Whose are the Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant? by Cerise Howard

"In My Room" - The Walker Brothers


February 24, 2021

Episode 508: Mary & Max (2009)

Special Guest: Adam Elliot
Guest Co-Host: Maurice Bursztynski

We’re looking at the 2009 film from director Adam Elliot, Mary & Max, the story of two unlikely pen pals -- Mary Daisy Dinkle (Bethany Whitmore / Toni Collette) and Max Jerry Horovitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman) -- a lonely little girl from Australia and a middle aged man with Asperger's Syndrome in New York City.

Writer/director Adam Elliot discusses the origins of Mary & Max while Maurice Bursztynski joins Mike to discuss this amazing film.

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"Perpetuum Mobile" - Penguin Cafe Orchestra
"A Swinging Safari" - Bert Kaempfert


February 17, 2021

Episode 507: Southland Tales (2006)

Special Guest: Richard Kelly
Guest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, David Kittredge

Southland Tales (2006) tells the sprawling story of a world in which alternative energy is a big business and teams up with the political police state. Meanwhile actor Boxer Santaros (Dwayne Johnson) has a schizophrenic break and thinks he's the character that he and part-time prophet/full time porn star Krista Now (Sarah Michelle Gellar) have created, Jericho Cane. Also in the mix are Roland and Ronald Taverner (Seann William Scott), a cop and his twin who may hold the secret to ending the world.

The episode features an interview with writer/director Richard Kelly.

David Kittredge and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss the various cuts of the film, Philip K. Dick, and much more.

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"Wave of Mutilation" (UK Surf) - The Pixies
"Three Days" - Janes Addiction


February 10, 2021

Episode 506: Is There Sex After Death? (1971)

Special Guests: Jeanne Abel, Jenny Abel
Guest Co-Hosts: Skizz Cyzyk, Heather Drain

Alan and Jeanne Abel's Is There Sex After Death? is a mockumentary from 1971 that dares to ask the hard hitting questions with ridiculous answers. It’s a series of vignettes with some familiar faces like Buck Henry, Marshall Efron, Holly Woodlawn, Robert Downey, and more.

Heather Drain and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike to discuss pranks, Jenny Abel's Abel Raises Cain, and much more.

Be sure to stick around until the end to hear about how one persistent myth about a college rock band got its start.

Addendum: Per Bill Ackerman's interview with Mink Stole she is not in Is There Sex After Death?.

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"Mary Jane" - The Profiteers
"We're The Replacements" - They Might Be Giants


February 3, 2021

Episode 505: White Sands (1992)

Special Guest: Daniel Pyne
Guest Co-Hosts: Andrew Nette, Jedidiah Ayres

Jedidiah Ayres and Andrew Nette join Mike to look at the 1992 neo-noir film from director Roger Donaldson, White Sands. The film stars Willem Dafoe as Ray Dolezal, a small town Sheriff who tries to solve the murder of a man in his jurisdiction by assuming the dead man’s identity and getting embroiled in a world of arms dealing,

We speak to the film's screenwriter, (The Hard Way, The Sum of All Fears, Where's Marlowe?) about the film's journey from page to screen.

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"The Passenger" - Siouxsie & The Banshees


January 29, 2021

Special Episode: The Bill & Ted Trilogy (1989-2020)

Special Guests: Dan Shor, William Sadler, Alex Winter, Chris Matheson
Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Stachiw, Josh Stewart

On a special crossover episode with The Kulturecast, Chris Stachiw and Josh Stewart join Mike to discuss The Bill & Ted Trilogy from 1988's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure to 2020's Bill & Ted Face the Music.

00:26:00 - Dan Shor discusses his role as Billy The Kid

01:26:22 - William Sadler talks about naked Tai Chi and being The Grim Reaper

02:25:48 - Alex Winter returns to talk about being Bill S. Preston, esquire

02:37:41 - provides an overview of writing all three of the Bill & Ted films

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Subscribe to William Sadler's The Kitchen Tapes

"Billy the Kid" - David Newman
"Excute Them" - David Newman
"Play with Me" - Extreme
"God Gave Rock & Roll To You Part II" - KISS
"Two Heads are Better Than One" - Power Tool
"History Report" - Bill & Ted: The Musical Soundtrack


January 27, 2021

Episode 504: Duets (2000)

Special Guests: John Byrum, Kevin Jones
Guest Co-Hosts: Emily Intravia, Maurice Bursztynski

Musical Month concludes with a look at Bruce Paltrow's Duets (2000). Written by , the film stars Paul Giamatti, Huey Lewis, Maria Bello, Andre Braugher, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Scott Speedman in a drama about the world of karaoke.

Emily Intravia (The Feminine Critique) and Maurice Bursztynski (See Hear) join Mike to discuss the film's incredibly troubled production history. Our interview subjects, Byrum and producer Kevin Jones, give the behind-the-scenes scoop.

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"Sweet dreams (are made of this)" - Maria Bello
"Hello, it's me" - Paul Giamatti
"Free bird" - Arnold McCuller
"Try a little tenderness" - Paul Giamatti & Arnold McCuller