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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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June 12, 2024

Episode 689: The Executioner's Song (1982)

Executioner's Song (1982) Special Guest: Lawrence Schiller
Guest Co-Hosts: Amanda Reyes, Mark Begley

We’re kicking off a month of Patreon requests with a request from Dallas Novell; 1982’s TV movie The Executioner's Song. Based on a book by with a screenplay by Mailer -- and maybe Tracy Keenan Wynn -- it’s the story of the last nine months in the life of Gary Gilmore which stars Tommy Lee Jones as Gilmore and Rosanna Arquette as his girlfriend, Nicole Baker.

Made for TV Mayhem's Amanda Reyes and Wake Up Heavy's Mark Begley join Mike to discuss the film, capital punishment, and more while director Lawrence Schiller talks about how The Executioner's Song came about.

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Buy The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
Buy The Executioner's Song on Blu-Ray
Read Tracy Wynn Fighting to Get TV-Series Credit by Aljean Harmetz
Buy Are You In The House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999 by Amanda Reyes

Music:
"Let's Kill Gary Gilmore for Christmas" - The Not-Ready-For-Primetime-Players
"How's Gary?" - The Judys
"Gary Gilmore's Eyes" - The Adverts

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June 5, 2024

Episode 688: Three O'Clock High (1987)

Episode 688: Three O'Clock High (1987) Special Guests: Richard Christian Matheson, Phil Joanou
Guest Co-Hosts: Agatha Luz, Tim Luz

We wrap up Comedy Month with a look at Phil Joanou's 1987 film Three O'Clock High. Based on a screenplay by and Tom Szollosi, the film stars Casey Siemaszko as Jerry Marshall, a dweeby high school student that runs awry of new student and general malcontent Buddy Revell (Richard Tyson).

Tim and Agatha Luz join Mike to discuss how the film is an exercise in style which sets it apart from other typical high school movie fare.

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Buy Three O'Clock High on Blu-Ray

Music:
"No Detention" - Tangerine Dream
"Kill Him (The Football Dummy)" - Tangerine Dream
"School" - Nirvana

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June 4, 2024

Mike White May 2024: Francis Veber Films

Mike White May 2024: Francis Veber Films Another year, another seat in the chair at The Kulturecast for Mike White May (sometimes Mike White March). This time around Mike chose some of the many films written by (and often directed by) Francis Veber. Inspired by the Buddy Buddy episode of The Projection Booth, Mike and Chris Stachiw (along with a fine selection of co-hosts) discuss a handful of Veber originals and their remakes.

The Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe:

Le Jouet:

Le Chevre:

Les Fugitifs:

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Buy ReFocus: The Films of Francis Veber by Keith Corson

May 30, 2024

Special Report: John Michael McCarthy Interview

Special Report: John Michael McCarthy Interview Special Guests: John Michael McCarthy

Our story takes us to Memphis where Mike White is hot on the trail of John Michael McCarthy... a so-called "filmmaker" that trades in skin and sin, making lurid movies like The Sore Losers, Teenage Tupelo, Superstarlet A.D., and so much more.

White gets every filthy detail about JMM's rap sheet and about his new book filled with depravity and available via Fantagraphics.

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Music:
"(I'm a) Sore Loser" - The Royal Pendletons

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May 29, 2024

Episode 687: Furiosa - A Mad Max Saga (2024)

Episode 687: Furiosa - A Mad Max Saga (2024) Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Stachiw, Father Malone

Nine years after we took our first trip down the Fury Road, we're re-introduced to Furiosa (Alyla Browne / Anya Taylor-Joy) and told the tale of her journey from The Green Place to the Citadel and beyond in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024).

This is a cross-over episode with The Kulturecast where Chris Stachiw, Mike White, and Father Malone discuss this latest entry in George Miller's stunning filmography.

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The Mad Max Series:

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Music:
"You Are Awaited" - Tom Holkenborg

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May 22, 2024

Episode 686: The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

Episode 686: The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Guest Co-Hosts: Rahne Alexander, David Kittredge

Released in 1994, The Coen Brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy stars Tim Robbins as Norville Barnes, a graduate of Muncie Indiana’s business school.  He gets a job at Hudsucker Industries whose CEO, Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning), happens to join the great hereafter the day Norville begins work.  After a mix-up, Barnes goes all the way from the mail room to the boardroom and becomes the new interim head of the corporation. 

Rahne Alexander and David Kittrredge join Mike to discuss the ins, the outs, and the what-have-yous about this oft-overlooked tribute to classic screwball comedies told only in the way that the Coen Brothers (and Sam Raimi) could tell it.

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Coentelpro: A Podcast about the Coen Brothers:

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Buy The Hudsucker Proxy on Blu-Ray
Buy The Hudsucker Proxy screenplay

Music:
"Spartacus (Suite No. 2); Adagio Of Spartacus And Phrygia" - Aram Khachaturian

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May 17, 2024

The Shabby Detective: Corky Romano (2001)

The Shabby Detective: Corky Romano (2001) Chris Stachiw and Mike White are taking a break between the third and fourth seasons of The Shabby Detective: Yet Another Columbo Podcast and discussing one of Peter Falk's later roles as the patriach of the Romano family which includes Paulie (Peter Berg) and Peter (Chris Penn) along with black sheep Corky (Chris Kattan).

We discuss Kattan's career, the panning of Corky Romano (2001), and some of the films from Kattan's fellow SNL alumni.

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Buy Corky Romano on DVD
Buy Baby, Don't Hurt Me: Stories and Scars from Saturday Night Live by Chris Kattan (and Travis Thresher)

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