Lee, Daniel and Paul are back to tackle one of the greatest films in the Spaghetti Western genre (and one of the most depressing), in Sergio Corbucci's "The Great Silence". Listener comments and what they've watched as of late are also briefly touched upon in this briefer than usual episode. Make no mistake, however: a lot is discussed in regards to the film itself.
"The Great Silence" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063032/combined
Featured Music: "Barbara e Tagliente" & "Il Grande Silenzio (Restless)" by Ennio Morricone.
In this installment of the podcast's Spaghetti Western series, Daniel and Paul each have a separate conversation with Lee about three non-Leone Lee Van Cleef outings. Covered in this episode are "Death Rides a Horse" (1967); "Sabata" (1969); and "The Grand Duel" (1972). Besides just going on about what a badass Van Cleef is in these films, common tropes and themes between the three films are talked about, and the general trends of the twilight years of the genre. A lot is talked about and there's a bit more music than usual, so this is a long one. Strap yourselves in, kids.
"Death Rides a Horse" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064208/combined
"Sabata" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064916/combined
"The Grand Duel" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068657/combined
Featured Music: "Death Rides a Horse" by Ennio Morricone; "Ehi Amico C'è Sabata (Alternate Version 2)" by Marcello Giombini; "Parte Prima" by Luis Bacalov; and "Mystic and Severe" by Ennio Morricone.
TMBDOS! is back for more Italian westerns this week, focusing on two horror-themed entries in the genre. First up, Lee and Daniel tangle with the surreal Giulio Questi-directed "Django Kill... if You Live, Shoot!" from 1967. Then Paul joins them to take on Lucio Fulci's harrowing "Four of the Apocalypse" (1975). Also: listener comments and a round of the Movie God game.
"Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062082/combined
"Four of the Apocalypse" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073594/combined
Featured Music: The theme for "Django Kill..." by Ivan Vandor & "Movin' On" by Greenfield & Cook and Benjamin Franklin Group.
The whole gang is back together to kick-off the podcast's first look at Spaghetti westerns by talking about what is, perhaps, the second most well-known character of the genre, after Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name. Yes, on tap is Sergio Corbucci's "Django" (1966). The only true sequel, "Django Strikes Again" (1987), is also briefly talked about, and Lee gives some suggestions on which of the thirty or so unofficial sequels are worth checking out. Also covered: listener comments and Paul gets to play the There Can be Only One... Filmography game.
"Django" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060315/combined
The Spaghetti Western Database's article on the character of Django: https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Django_(character)
Featured Music: "Vamonos Muchachos" (3rd Version); "Town of Silence" by Luis Bacalov; and "Django" (Main Titles Song) by Luis Bacalov, vocals by Rocky Roberts.
Lee and Daniel return for the last episode before jumping into their first look at Spaghetti Westerns on the podcast with two 1990s sci-fi films. First up is the Keanu Reeves cyberpunk action film "Johnny Mnemonic" (1995) and then it's the gung-ho space marine satire "Starship Troopers" (1997). They touch on how dated 1990s films seem today; Reeves as an actor, and just how much storage space there might actually be in his brain; space Nazis; and they often drift off into talk about how much they love Dina Meyer, who stars in both films.
"Johnny Mnemonic" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113481/combined
"Starship Troopers" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120201/combined
Featured music: "Memory Johnny" by Black Rain & "Klendathu Drop" by Basil Poledouris.
Because there could not be a regular episode this week, Daniel is filling in with a look at four different films. First up he looks at two sex comedies from the 1970s - "Guess What We Learned in School Today?" (1970) & "Jokes My Folks Never Told Me" (1978). Then he switches gears towards two Oscar contenders from 2015, "Spotlight" & "The Big Short".
"Guess What We Learned in School Today?": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065802/combined
"Jokes My Folks Never Told Me": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134751/combined
"The Big Short": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596363/combined
Featured Music: "I Personally Believe" by The Mattoid.
Lee is flying solo this week for an intermission episode. He gives a more detailed look at what the upcoming Spaghetti Western series is going to cover, and then he goes on to plug some podcasts he loves and wants people to check out. After that, Lee gives two short reviews of the recent 2016 films "Ghostbusters" & "Suicide Squad".
Exploding Heads: http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/7tw2y-3bb82/Exploding+Heads+Horror+Podcast+%E2%80%93+Horrorphilia
Watching Robocop with Kit Power: http://talkingrobocop.libsyn.com/watching-robocop-with-kit-power
Hero Hero Ghost Show: http://www.legionpodcasts.com/hero-hero-ghost-show/
Featured music: "The Grand Duel (Parte Prima)" by Luis Bacalov & "Nobody to Love" by 13th Floor Elevators.
Lee and Daniel are taking a couple-episode break before jumping in to what will be an extensive Spaghetti Western series. For this episode they are joined by their friend, fellow podcaster, musician, and published writer Kit Power, who suggested the two films for review this time: "Tommy" (1975) & "Parents" (1989). Because this was recorded a bit later in the week and way much earlier in the day than what Lee and Dan are used to, the whisky hits them much harder. They fully blame Kit for this, BTW. At any rate, the conversation goes deep in to both films, and a lot of both fun and serious issues are brought up. This might be one of the best of all time for the podcast when it's all said and done, even if there's a few audio glitches here and there (sorry for that, but it's nowhere near un-listenable). Also covered: listener comments & what they've watched as of late, and Kit get's to answer the One Actor's Filmography desert island question.
"Tommy" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073812/combined
"Parents" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098068/combined
Kit Power can be found in these places:
Watching Robocop With Kit Power Podcast: http://talkingrobocop.libsyn.com/
Ginger Nuts of Horror: http://www.gingernutsofhorror.com/index.html
His band The Disciples of Gonzo on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/disciplesofgonzo
Featured music: "I'm Free" by The Who & "Cerezo Rosa" by Perez Prado.
Lee and Daniel are back to finish off their second run of sex comedies. This week they look at the four films in the "Meatballs" franchise, although they mostly focus on the final two parts. Is it really a franchise? Are any of the sequels any good at all? Should they do a commentary track for "Meatballs Part II"? Tune in to find out. Also covered: listener comments and Daniel surprising Lee with the challenge of impersonating Vinnie Jones, if he were to appear in films not actually in his resume, like he had done briefly in the previous episode. No promises on the quality of the Vinnie Jones impersonation!
"Meatballs" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079540/combined
"Meatballs Part II" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087700/combined
"Meatballs III: Summer Job" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093516/combined
"Meatballs 4" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104837/combined
Watching Robocop With Kit Power Podcast: http://talkingrobocop.libsyn.com/watching-robocop-with-kit-power
Featured Music: "Are You Ready for the Summer" by Elmer Bernstein & Norman Gimbel, Sung by The North Star Kids Chorus, and "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart.
Lee and Daniel are back for their second-to-last installment of this continuation of their look at sex comedies. Covered this time are the dive-in classic "Gas Pump Girls" (1979) & the box office flop from 2004, "EuroTrip". How exactly does one pump gas in little-to-no clothing? Are all European men rapists? Will absinthe make you see things? All of this and more is pondered in this episode! Also: a new version of the desert island game, listener comments, and what they've watched as of late.
"Gas Pump Girls" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077597/combined
"EuroTrip" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0356150/combined
Featured music: "Scotty Doesn't Know" by Lustra & "Du" by David Hasselhoff.
Lee and Dainel are back for another entry into their sex comedy series. This time out they look at "Summer Job" from 1989 & "Bikini Drive-In" from 1995. One of these may just have made the bottom 5 films they've ever reviewed for the podcast. Also they cover listener comments, what they've watched as of late, and there's some interesting follow-up to the films they covered in the previous episode.
"Summer Job" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098411/combined
"Bikini Drive-In" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112504/combined
Featured music: "Munchie Invasion" by Mr. Moderation.
Lee and Daniel continue the sex comedy series. This time they tackle the film Daniel claims is the 'Citizen Kane' of the genre in 1984's "Hardbodies", and then they look at yet another obscure Canadian production, "Perfect Timing" (1986). Also: Lee briefly covers the short from Astron-6 called "Cool Guys", which is heavily influenced by "Hardbodies" and similar films... as well as "Jacob's Ladder"? Listener comments and the other stuff the hosts have watched as of late are also covered.
"Hardbodies" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087385/combined
"Perfect Timing" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091746/combined
Download and/or watch "Cool Guys" here: http://www.astron-6.com/coolguys.html
Download "Perfect Timing" here: http://rarelust.com/perfect-timing-1986/
Read Jack Graham's articles:
"Psychic Landscape 1: Conjuring the '70s": http://www.eruditorumpress.com/blog/conjuring-the-70s/
"Psychic Landscape 2: Ladies' Night": http://www.eruditorumpress.com/blog/psychic-landscape-2-ladies-night/
Featured Music: "Hardbodies (Theme)" by Krak; "Cool Guys Titles" & "Cool Guys" by Jeremy Gillespie; and "Building Up" by Marvin Dolgay.
Lee and Daniel get into the second installment of their return to the podcast's sex comedy series. This time out they go all the way back to 1973 to talk about the softcore romp, sure to cause a rise in your Levi's, "The Cheerleaders", and then they jump ahead to 1986 to check out one of (if not the) most obscure Canadian-made sex comedies, "One Night Only", and its introduction to the viewer of 'THE SCARY CAVE'. Also covered: listener comments, what they've watched as of late, and a follow-up to a question Lee posed on the Facebook group about the child of Bob and Carol from the film "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice", covered in the previous episode.
The Cheerleaders IMDB:
One Night Only IMDB:
The BB&BC's look at "The Cheerleaders": https://badassesboobsandbodycounts.com/2016/04/10/ep172-the-cheerleaders/
Featured music: "I Like What You're Doing to Me" by the Honey Boys.
This week Lee and Daniel jump back into their look at sex comedies. Before they jump right into the den of sleaze for the rest of the series, they start off by cleaning their palates with a much more respectable sex comedy from 1969, "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice": a film that tackles the topic of open relationships, among other things. Also covered: listener comments and what they've watched as of late.
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064100/combined
Daniel's article about Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof", "Pulp Frission", over at Eruditorum Press: http://www.eruditorumpress.com/blog/pulp-frission/
Featured Music: "Main Title From 'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice' (Hallelujah Chorus)" by Quincy Jones.
This week Lee and Daniel end their sci-fi break by looking at two big action/sci-fi sequels from 1990, "Robocop 2" and "Predator 2". Their long lost co-host Paul finally returns for the "Predator 2" portion of the podcast. Also covered: listener comments and what they've been watching as of late.
"Robocop 2": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100502/combined
Featured music: "Rico Suave" by Gerardo.
This week Daniel stepped up and recorded an Intermission episode, as real life got in the way of the possibility of recording a regular episode. In this episode he covers a trio of classic westerns that were recently covered by the excellent Pex Lives podcast in their last two episodes. The films he covers are "The Hanging Tree" (1959); "My Darling Clementine" (1946), and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962). He ties the latter film in with his thoughts on the June 12th Orlando Nightclub Shooting.
"The Hanging Tree": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052876/combined
"My Darling Clementine":
"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance":
Pex Lives on "Stagecoach", "My Darling Clementine" & "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance":
Pex Lives on "High Noon", "Man of the West" & "The Hanging Tree": http://pexlives.libsyn.com/32-the-gunfighters-or-prey-to-every-clich-ridden-convention-of-the-american-west
Featured Music: "Clementine" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
Lee and Daniel are back for their second-to-last entry into their sci-fi break before getting back into the sex comedy groove. This time out they review James Gunn's horror/sci-fi comedy "Slither", from 2006. Before they get to that they converse about the differences between American and Canadian junk food, answer listener questions, and talk about what they've watched as of late.
Slither IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0439815/combined
"2001: A Space Odyssey - Discerning Themes through Score and Imagery": http://undergroundresearchinitiative.blogspot.ca/2013/07/2001-space-odyssey-evoking-theme-by.html
Pex Lives start of their look at Westerns: http://pexlives.libsyn.com/32-the-gunfighters-or-prey-to-every-clich-ridden-convention-of-the-american-west
Daniel and Shana at Eruditorum Press: http://www.eruditorumpress.com/blog/author/daniel/
Featured Music: "The Meat" by Deadbolt & "Baby, I Love You" by The Yahoos.
This week, instead of a regular episode, Lee, along with Daniel, bring a casual Intermission episode where they talk about sequels they think are better than the original films in the series. Also covered: what they've watched in the last little while.
Featured Music: "Let's Twist Again" by Chubby Checker & "Return of the Fly" by The Misfits.
This week Lee and Daniel get back to some Italian weirdness in order to spice up their mini sci-fi break before starting up their look at sex comedies again. This week they ponder the mysteries of John Huston as an alien intergalactic warrior, sent to Earth by Franco Nero as a sort of SPACE JESUS, in order to turn a very evil little eight year old girl to the light side before her evil nature threatens the very universe with destruction. Well, they think that's what's happening. Join in with them as they watch "Stridulum" (A.K.A: "The Visitor") from 1979. They also tackle the much less confusing influx of listener comments from the past week or so.
Purchase or Rent "Stridulum" from Drafthouse Films: http://drafthousefilms.com/film/the-visitor
"Stridulum" IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080100/combined
Featured Music: "Stridulum Theme" by Franco Micalizzi.
Lee and Daniel are back for the first episode of a three episode sci-fi break before moving on to continue their sex comedy series they started last year. Since they'll be jumping right back into tits and other adult low brow content, they decided to get really damn high brow and look at what is considered one of the greatest films ever made... and it's not-so-loved sequel. In this episode they look at Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" from 1968, and then Peter Hyams' 1984 sequel "2010: The Year We Make Contact". A lot of the conversation revolves around comparing the books to the films; Lee and Daniel's personal connections to the films and their source material; how the sequel stacks up to the original film; and how dated these films feel in the post 2010 world of today. There is no pretense here about covering every aspect of the films, as there's already been far too much written and said about just the production of "2001" alone. Lee and Daniel do try to touch on every aspect of both films to some degree, but the conversation is far more casual than it is scholarly.
"2001: A Space Odyssey": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/combined
"2010: The Year We Make Contact": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086837/combined
Zero Gravity Toilet Instructions: http://www.ee.ryerson.ca/~elf/aso/zeroGtoilet.html
"Also sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss; "Lux Aeterna" by Gyorgy Ligeti; "The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss; and "Daisy Bell" by Harry Dacre, performed by the IBM 7094 computer.