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October 21, 2021

Special Report: Dune (2021)

Guest Co-Host: Chris Stachiw

As a cross-over with The Kulturecast, Chris Stachiw joins Mike to discuss Denis Villeneuve's Dune (2021), a rather dour, joyless adaptation of 's seminal sprawling sci-fi story. The film stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, a young man who is seen as a savior by the native people of Arrakis, also known as Dune.

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"Rotorblade" - Juno Reactor

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October 20, 2021

Episode 543: The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

Special Guest: Jacqueline Bisset
Guest Co-Hosts: Rahne Alexander, Andrew Nette

#Shocktober2021 continues with a look at Paul Wendkos’s The Mephisto Waltz (1971). Based on the novel by , the film stars Alan Alda as Myles Clarkson, a pianist turned author along with Jacqueline Bisset as Myles’s wife Paula who isn’t a big fan of Myles’s new friend, the crotchety professional pianist Duncan Ely (Curd Jürgens), who harbors a dark secret.

Rahne Alexander and Andrew Nette join Mike to discuss the film, its similarities to Rosemary's Baby, and how this and other supernatural flicks paved the way to the '80s "satanic panic".

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"A New Miles" - Jerry Goldsmith
"The Mephisto Waltz" - Franz Lizst

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October 15, 2021

Special Report: Lynne Sachs

Special Guests: Lynne Sachs

Mike spoke with filmmaker Lynne Sachs about her career including an octet of films that are currently showing on The Criterion Channel.

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"Figure and I" - Kristine Leschper

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Lynne Sachs intro for "Film About a Father Who" at the Vancouver Cinemtheque from Lynne Sachs on Vimeo.

October 13, 2021

Episode 542: Witching & Bitching (2013)

Guest Co-Hosts: Elena Romea, Andrew Leavold

#Shocktober2021 continues with a look at Álex de la Iglesia’s 2013 film Witching & Bitching (AKA Las brujas de Zugarramurdi). It’s the story of two men (Hugo Silva and Mario Cassas) who rob a gold re-buyer along with one of the men’s sons. On the run from the cops they cross paths with a trio of witches in the spooky village of Zagurramurdi. Chaos ensues.

Elena Romea (Spanish Fear) and Andrew Leavold (Trash Video Archives) join Mike to discuss this and many other of de la Iglesia's films.

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Music:
"The Getaway" - Joan Valent

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October 6, 2021

Episode 541: Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

Special Guests: Michael Barrie, Gary D. Rhodes
Guest Co-Hosts: Fredde Duke, Richard Whitley, Jamie Klein

We are kicking off Shocktober 2021 with a look at William Beaudine’s Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) which stars Bela Lugosi (as you may have guessed) as well as comedy duo Sammy Petrillo and Duke Mitchell. They’re a knock-off Martin & Lewis team and they’re found on a little island in the Pacific that is populated by stock footage of African animals.

Rich Whitley, Jamie Klein, and Fredde Duke join Mike to discuss the film as well as Fredde's documentary about her father, producer Maurice Duke, Fuck 'Em. Screenwriter Michael Barrie also stops by as well.

Mike also speaks with writer Gary D. Rhodes about his work including his latest two-volume set, Becoming Dracula: The Early Years of Bela Lugosi.

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"It's Too Soon to Know" - Duke Mitchell

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September 29, 2021

Episode 540: Capricious Summer (1968)

Guest Co-Hosts: Jonathan Owen, Kat Ellinger

We’re wrapping up Czechtember 2021 with a look at Jiri Menzel’s Capricious Summer. Released in 1968, it’s based on a book by and tells the story of three men on holiday who spend most of their time philosophizing and avoiding one woman while trying to woo another and getting nowhere.

Kat Ellinger and Jonathan Owen join Mike to discuss the film.

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"Hot Fun In The Summertime" - Sly and the Family Stone

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September 22, 2021

Episode 539: Oil Lamps (1971)

Guest Co-Hosts: Jonathan Owen, Kat Ellinger

Kat Ellinger and Jonathan Owen join Mike to discuss Juraj Herz's Oil Lamps (1971), a tragic fin de siecle melodrama about the Stepa Kilianova (Iva Janzurová) and her husband Pavel (Petr Cepak), a former solider who suffers from syphilis.

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"Sad Times" - Lubos Fiser

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September 15, 2021

Episode 538: What Would You Say to a Nice Plate of Spinach? (1977)

Episode 537: What Would You Say to a Nice Plate of Spinach? (1977) Guest Co-Hosts: Jonathan Owen, Ben Buckingham

We continue Czechtember 2021 with our second Václav Vorlícek film this month, How About Some Spinach? (AKA Coz takhle dát si spenát). It’s the story of two nogoodniks Jaroslav Zemánek (Vladimír Mensík) and Frantisek Liska (Jirí Sovák). They’re arrested for trying to steal some alcohol only to get out and get involved in some corporate espionage around a wondrous machine that can make creatures younger or older and can shrink them as well. However, it has a bug that causes unexpected results when the creature has recently ingested spinach.

Ben Buckingham and Jonathan Owen join Mike to talk about this wonderfully oddball film.

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"Coz takhle dat si spenat?" - Maxim Turbulenc

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