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April 17, 2024

Special Report: Civil War (2024)

Special Report: Civil War (2024) Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Stachiw, Father Malone

What kind of American are you?

On this special cross-over episode with The Kulturecast, Chris Stachiw and Father Malone join Mike to analyze the film Civil War (2024) and the work of its writer/director, Alex Garland. We discuss the film's oblique narrative and how it fails to reflect the current political powder keg of the United States.

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"Let's Have a War" - Fear


In Smog and Thunder - Trailer from Sean Meredith on Vimeo.

Episode 681: Heroic Purgatory (1970)

Episode 681: Heroic Purgatory (1970) Guest Co-Hosts: Axel Kohagen, Earl Jackson

We continue our discussion of Japanese films this month by returning to the world of Yoshishige Yoshida and his 1970 film Heroic Purgatory. It's the story of Nakano (Mariko Okada). She returns home with a lost teenager, Ayu (Kazumi Tsutsui). Meanwhile, a man posing as her dad tries to get her back, causing Nanako's husband, Shoda (Naizo Kamoda) to recall his youth as a revolutionary. Like his previous film, Eros plus Massacre, Heroic Purgatory moves with its own logic moving back and forth in time in order to tell its story.

Earl Jackson and Axel Kohagen join Mike to try and parse this dense tale of revolutionaries through the mid- to late-20th century.

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"Purgatory" - Vangelis


April 12, 2024

ICYMI - Bonus Episodes Galore!

In case you missed it, we occasionally do some bonus episodes that don't always get a mention on the website. Here's a whole batch of them from the beginning of 2024 until now!

Stephen Moyer on A Bit of Light (2022):

Laura Hudock on Girls State (2024):

Kim's Video:

Bill Plympton on The Tune (1992):

Peter Flynn on Film Is Dead! Long Live Film! (2024):

Nicholas Wright on French Girl (2024):

Terry Hayes on The Year of the Locust:

Dan Partland on God & Country:

Roxine Helberg on Cold Copy (2023):

Andrew Cumming on Out of Darkness (2024):

Peter Hutchings on Which Brings Me to You (2024):

Thomas Vincent on Role Play (2024):

Riccardo Scamarcio on Race for Glory (2024):

Bruce Vilanch Makes the Yuletide Gay:


April 10, 2024

Episode 680: Millennium Actress (2001)

Episode 680: Millennium Actress (2001) Guest Co-Hosts: Earl Jackson, El Goro

We continue Japanese month with a request from listener Vaughn Kuhlemeier, Millennium Actress (2001). Directed by Satoshi Kon, the film tells the story of Chiyoki Fujiwara, an actress who met a fugitive when she was a young lady who spent the rest of her life looking for him. She’s approached by a filmmaker and his cameraman to celebrate the studio she helped make famous. As they learn about her life they enter into her memories and films -- as does the audience. We move seamlessly between fantasy and reality in this beautifully animated film.

El Goro and Professor Earl Jackson join Mike to discuss Kon's work.

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"rotation (LOTUS-2)" - Susumu Hirasawa


April 3, 2024

Episode 679: R100 (2013)

Episode 679: R100 (2013) Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Jim Vendiola

We are kicking off a month dedicated to Japanese Film with a look at Hitoshi Matsumoto’s 2013 film R100 .  It’s the story of a man (Nao Ă”mori) who makes a contract with an organization called Bondage.  For a year they’ll surprise him with appearances from a variety of dominatrices who will attack and humiliate him at random.  When they begin to show up where he works and lives he tries to cancel the contract but finds this impossible. 

This was a suggestion from Jim Vendiola who joins Mike along with Samm Deighan to discuss this hilarious film.

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"Friday Night" - Arabesque
"Life" - Down Town Boogie-Woogie


March 27, 2024

Episode 678: Communion (1989)

Episode 678: Communion (1989) Special Guests: Whitley Strieber, Philippe Mora
Guest Co-Hosts: Joseph Maddrey, Jonathan Penner

Joseph Maddrey and Jonathan Penner join Mike to look at Philippe Mora's unusual and challenging 1989 film Communion. Written by and adapted from his own book... and his own life... the film stars Christopher Walken as Strieber, a writer who experiences an alien abduction.

Director Phillipe Mora and writer Whitley Strieber discuss the making of the film and its effect on their careers.

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"Mr. Spaceman" - The Byrds


March 22, 2024

Special Report: 35000 Watts - The Story of College Radio (2024)

Special Report: 35000 Watts (2024)
Special Guest: Michael Millard
Guest Co-Hosts: Skizz Cyzyk, Maurice Bursztynski

Skizz Cyzyk and Maurice Bursztynski join Mike White to discuss Michael Millard's 2024 documentary, 35000 Watts: The Story of College Radio, a look at the history and impact of college radio, most notably in the 1990s and the advent of "alternative radio".

The two former (and one present) DJs discuss the documentary as well as their time on the air.

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Isolated Music Mix:

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"Mexican Radio" - Wall of Voodoo
"The Wait" - The Holy Cows
"You Just Like Me 'Cos I'm Good in Bed" - Skyhooks
"Clever Trever" - Ian Dury and The Blockheads
"Add It Up" - The Violent Femmes
"Signals" - Squalls
"16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six" - Tom Waits
"Lawn Dart" - Ed's Redeeming Qualities
"Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal" - They Might Be Giants


March 20, 2024

Episode 677: Tank Girl (1995)

Episode 677: Tank Girl (1995) Special Guest: Rachel Talalay
Guest Co-Hosts: Dahlia Schweitzer, Rahne Alexander

Rahne Alexander and Dahlia Schweitzer join Mike to discuss Rachel Talalay's 1995 comic book adaptation, Tank Girl. The film stars Lori Petty as the titular heroine who takes on the Department of Water & Power in a post-Apocalyptic wasteland populated by scavengers, oppressed citizens, and mutant kangaroo men.

The trio discuss the film's mysterious R-rating, the path to the silver screen, and more. Director Talalay dishes about the behind-the-scenes turmoil she and the film endured.

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"Rebel Girl" - Bikini Kill