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July 17, 2024

Episode 695: Robot Monster (1953)

Episode 695: Robot Monster (1953) Special Guests: Bob Furmanek, Anders Runestad
Guest Co-Hosts: Katharine Coldiron, Tim Luz

Katharine Coldiron (Junk Film) and Tim Luz (CinemaSpection) join Mike to discuss Phil Tucker's sci-fi classic Robot Monster (1953), a cold war film in which a gorilla with a porthole on his head tries to eliminate the last few hu-mans that remain on Earth after unleashing an army of dinosaurs to wipe out everyone else.

Mike talks with Bob Furmanek President and Founder of the 3-D Film Archive before chatting with Anders Runestad about his book, I Cannot, Yet I Must: The True Story of the Best Bad Monster Movie of All Time Robot Monster.

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Buy Robot Monster Diaries by Kevin Scott Collier

Music:
Original Score - Elmer Bernstein
"I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" - Les Paul & Mary Ford

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July 11, 2024

Special Report: Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (2024)

Special Report: Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (2024) Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Stachiw, Father Malone

On this special cross-over episode with Chris Stachiw's Kulturecast, we're discussing the new Netflix film, Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (2024). The TLDL; is that Mike, Chris, and Father Malone really enjoyed its mix of Murphy's comic chops and a few throwbacks to the older films. 

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Music:
"Axel F" - Crazy Frog

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July 10, 2024

Episode 694: Visitors from the Arkana Galaxy (1981)

Episode 694: Visitors from the Arkana Galaxy (1981) Guest Co-Hosts: Ryan Verrill, Samm Deighan

We continue Sci-Fi July with a look at the Yugoslavian/Czechosolvakian co-production Visitors from the Arkana Galaxy (1981). Directed by Dušan Vukotić and co-written by Projection Booth favorite , the film stars Žarko Potočnjak as Robert, a writer who manifests some of his own characters to hilarious results.

Samm Deighan (Eros plus Massacre) and Ryan Verrill (Disc-Connected) join Mike to discuss this quirky sci-fi film.

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Music:
"Visitors From The Galaxy" - Tomislav Simovic

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July 8, 2024

Special Report: Japan Cuts 2024

Special Report: Japan Cuts 2024 Special Guests: Peter Tatara, Alexander Fee

The Japan Cuts Festival of New Japanese Film, North America’s largest Japanese film festival, presents two weeks of contemporary premieres, including new films from Kei Chika-ura, Takeshi Kitano, Gakuryu Ishii, Shunji Iwai, Sho Miyake and Shinya Tsukamoto. Mike talks with Peter Tatara (Director of Film, Japan Society) and Alexander Fee (Film Programmer, Japan Society) about the Japan Cuts Film Festival, which runs July 10 - 21, 2024.

Find out more at the website https://japansociety.org/film/japancuts/

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Music:
"Pocky and Sake" - Sissy Bar

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July 3, 2024

Episode 693: The Unknown Man of Shandigor (1967)

Episode 693: The Unknown Man of Shandigor (1967) Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Axel Kohagen

Samm Deighan and Axel Kohagen join Mike to kick off a month of science fiction fun with the one film that is the least sci-fi of the bunch, The Unknown Man of Shandigor. Released in 1967 the film is a rare feature film from Swiss filmmaker Jean-Louis Roy.

The film is something of a spy movie which stars the singular Daniel Emilfork as Professor Herbert von Krantz, a scientist who has crafted a device called the Annulator which can reverse a nuclear explosion. He, his assistant Yvan, and daughter Sylvain are the targets of several spy rings -- The Russians, The Americans, The French maybe, and the Man with the Platinum Ring all want The Annulator or to destroy it.

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Music:
"Mission" - Jean-Marie Auberson

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July 1, 2024

Episode 692: The Graduate (1967)

Episode 692: The Graduate (1967) Special Guest: Beverly Gray
Guest Co-Hosts: Keith Gordon, Katharine Coldiron

We wrap up the first of a few Request Months with one from Brian Tessitore, The Graduate. The 1967 Mike Nichols film stars Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, the titular graduate. He's adrift after college and falls into an affair with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), a family friend.

Keith Gordon and Katharine Coldiron join Mike to discuss the seminal film along with homages and the "sequel," Rumor Has It. Beverly Gray, author of Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How the Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation, talks about her work including her time on Death Race 2000.

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Music:
"Mrs. Robinson" - Simon & Garfunkel

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June 26, 2024

Episode 691: The Trial (1962)

Episode 691: The Trial (1962) Guest Co-Hosts: David MacGregor, Mike Faloon

We continue our Patreon request month with one requested by Peter Rogers, Orson Welles's The Trial. Released in 1962, the film stars Anthony Perkins as K in this adaptation of 's nightmare in bureaucracy.

Playwright David MacGregor and writer Mike Faloon join Mike to discuss this beautiful, baroque interpretation of Kafka's work as well as 1962 Norwegian television film and the 1993 version starring Kyle MacLaughlin.

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Music:
"Adagio d'Albinoni (For Baroque Organ)" - Tommy Desserre

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June 19, 2024

Episode 690: Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Guest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Andrew Nette

Andrew Nette, El Goro, and Mike have no failure in communicating about Stuart Rosenberg's 1967 film, Cool Hand Luke.  Based on the novel by , the film stars Paul Newman as the titular Luke.  He’s a former war hero who cuts the heads off of some parking meters and gets tossed onto a chain gang for his crimes.  There he joins a host of colorful convicts and sinister bosses mostly played by character actors.

We discuss the film and the book as well as highlighting some of Rosenberg's other directorial efforts. 

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Music:
"Plastic Jesus" - Flametrick Subs
"Tar Sequence" - Lalo Schifrin

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