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TMBDOS! Episode 166: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (2018).

June 10th, 2019

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Finishing off their latest series on Westerns, Lee and Daniel tackle the Coen brothers' western anthology film "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" (2018). Did they manage to pull off another classic, or does this film fall short of their greater works? The six segments; their individual themes, tone, style, and the performances from the actors in each are discussed. At the end the hosts rank the segments and give their overall final thoughts on the film as a whole, and talk a bit about it being a Netflix-only thing. Also covered: A listener comment and what Lee has watched as of late.

"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" IMDB

Featured Music: "Cool Water" by Bob Nolan (performed by Tim Blake Nelson); "Carefree Drifter" by David Rawlings & Gillian Welch; "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch (performed by Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson); & "The Book" by Carter Burwell.

CAPE SH!T Episode 3: “Iron Man 2″ (2010).

June 6th, 2019

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Daniel and Lee are joined by their friends Greg and Kerry to talk about "Iron Man 2" (2010). Is it any good? Even if it is, does it matter in the big picture of the MCU? Did Mickey Rourke try too hard for this film? How fucking hot is Scarlett Johansson even before the Black Widow costume? All of this and more is talked about in this episode.

"Iron Man 2" IMDB

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TMBDOS! Episode 165: “Soldier Blue” (1970).

June 3rd, 2019

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This week Lee and Daniel tackle a film that's two films in one. They look at Ralph Nelson's "Soldier Blue" (1970), which is both a romantic comedy and, in parts, a horror-filled rape and gore-fest, using the 1864 real life massacre at a Native American village at Sand Creek to criticize America's imperialist ambitions both then and in Vietnam, and in general. How does the film manage to balance both of these things, if at all? Would either said part of this film make for a great film on their own? Blue balls? Candice Bergen's lovely ass? Donald Pleasence in a great little supporting role? How can the hosts keep cracking jokes when the subject matter gets so grim? Listener comments are also covered.

"Soldier Blue" IMDB

Featured Music: "Fields of Green and Skies of Blue" by Roy Budd & "Soldier Blue" by Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Blood on the Tracks Episode 24: 1980s Punksploitation.

May 28th, 2019

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Punksploitation! Is it a thing? Lee says it is, because he'll be damned if he's going to manage to re-record a new show from scratch before the month is over. Lee spins some of his favourite cuts from film soundtracks that (mostly) in some way use punk rockers, punk music, or some sort of other punk aesthetic in the film.

Playlist:

--Out of Luck from "Out of the Blue" (1980) --The Pointed Sticks
--Something Else from "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" (1980) --Sex Pistols
--Liars Beware from "Blank Generation" (1980) --Richard Hell & The Voidoids
--Ain't Got No Sense from "Class of 1984" (1982) --Teenage Head
--It Takes a Worried Man from "Human Highway" (1982) --Devo
--Sister Darkness from "Burst City" (1982) --Battle Rockers
--No God from "Suburbia" (1983) --The Germs
--Wash Away from "Suburbia" (1983) --T.S.O.L.
--When the Shit Hits the Fan from "Repo Man" (1984) --The Circle Jerks
--Let's Have a War from "Repo Man" (1984) --Fear
--Eyes Without a Face from "Return of the Living Dead" (1985) --The Flesheaters
--Take a Walk from "Return of the Living Dead" (1985) --Tall Boys
--Partytime (Zombie Version) from "Return of the Living Dead" (1985) --45 Grave
--Love Kills from "Sid and Nancy" (1986) --Joe Strummer
--Taxi to Heaven from "Sid and Nancy" (1986) --Pray for Rain
--Urban Struggle from "Dudes" (1987) --The Vandals

Opening and closing music: Money Orgy from "Danger Diabolik" by Ennio Morricone & Main Theme from "The Horror of Dracula" by James Bernard.

TMBDOS! Episode 164: “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid” (1973).

May 20th, 2019

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Lee, Daniel, and Paul (briefly), tackle Sam Peckinpah's often misunderstood and abused "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" (1973). Was this epic western, featuring an all-star cast of great character actors, fairly run out of the territory back in its day, or does the "Turner Cut" and the revised special edition from 2005 prove old Sam was on to something, even as his raging alcoholism was starting to take hold of his career's direction? An overview of the major cuts of the film are discussed, as well as just what Peckinpah was trying to say by taking Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett's story and twisting it - messing with the timelines, stretching the truth, and just plain making shit up. Also mentioned: Kris Kristofferson's ass, Bob Dylan's soundtrack and acting ability, and Harry Dean Stanton as a cuck. Listener comments are also covered.

"Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" IMDB

Featured Music: "Knocking on Heaven's Door", "Billy Surrenders", and "Billy 1" by Bob Dylan.

TMBDOS! Episode 163: “Companeros” (1970).

May 13th, 2019

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The whole crew is together in this episode to talk about Sergio Corbucci's follow-up (and - let's face it - remake) of "The Mercenary", "Companeros" (1970). Nero is back playing another handsome, smooth-talking European mercenary. Jack Palance is back playing his rival again, but now he's got a wooden hand, smoking lots of wacky tobaccy cigarettes, and having conversations with his pet falcon. And then there's Tomas Milian, looking like Che Guevara, and threatening to steal the entire film out from under everyone's feet! Listener comments and a bunch of rambling, drunken asides abound in this one (including Paul's issues with Jack Palance in real life), so why not join the revolution?

"Companeros" IMDB 

Featured Music: "Il Pinguino" & "Vamos a Matar Compañeros (Titoli)" by Ennio Morricone.

TMBDOS! Episode 162: “The Mercenary” (1968).

May 6th, 2019

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This week Lee and Daniel continue down the dusty western trail with Sergio Corbucci's "The Mercenary" (1968). The balance of political and social themes in this Zapata spaghetti western with the out-right action and buddy comedy elements are discussed, as well as how this stands up to Leone's work. Jack Palance's naked ass, possible poly-triads, what the hosts have watched, and listener comments are also covered.

"The Mercenary" IMDB 

Featured Music: "Bamba Vivace", "Estasi" & "Il Mercenario (L'arena)" by Ennio Morricone.

Blood on the Tracks Episode 23: 7 x 2.

May 1st, 2019

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Lee got busy this month and threw together an easy playlist. This time out it's two pieces of music from seven genre films he quite likes.

Playlist:

--The Living Dead & Strait Jacket from "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" (1974) -- Giullano Sorgini
--We Saw Creatures & French Eye Kiss from "From Beyond" (1986) -- Richard Band
--Icy Search & Ballet - Russian from "Horror Express" (1972) -- John Cacavas
--Forever Dilating Eye & Elena's Sound World from "Beyond the Black Rainbow" (2010) -- Sinoia Caves
--Title & Inquiry from "It Follows" (2014) -- Disasterpeace
--Sex Killer & Bride of the Guillotine from "The Editor" (2014) -- Jeremy Gillespie
--The Journey & Vengeance from "Sorcerer" (1977) Tengerine Dream--

Opening and closing music: Money Orgy from "Danger Diabolik" by Ennio Morricone & Main Theme from "The Horror of Dracula" by James Bernard.

TMBDOS! Intermission #24: Last Minute Bullshit.

April 29th, 2019

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Things went to shit, so Lee and Daniel decided to record an intermission episode instead of the intended regular podcast. They respond to listener comments and talk about what they watched as of late. It's essentially the first part of a regular episode without following that up with an actual film review.

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Featured Music: "Rat Race" by Kenny Graham & "Rescue Squad" by Syd Dale.

CAPE SH!T Episode 2: “The Incredible Hulk” (2008).

April 29th, 2019

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Daniel and Lee are joined by writer, musician, fellow podcaster, and good friend Kit Power, to cover the second film in the MCU, "The Incredible Hulk" (2008). Is this film rightly treated like the forgotten disfigured son it is, locked up in the attic and fed fishheads from a bucket? Or is it highly underrated? Is it at least better than Ang Lee's Hulk film?

"The Incredible Hulk" IMDB 

Check out Kit Power's podcast Watching Robocop here, his online writing for Ginger Nuts of Horror here; buy his books here, and throw money at his Pateron here.

TMBDOS! Episode 161: “The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe” (1973).

April 21st, 2019

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This week Lee and Paul are here to talk about the Italian Western/Martial Arts mash-up "The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe" (1973), directed by Mario Caiano. Can these two genres work together? Racist slurs? Quality dentures in the old west? Bloody violence? Klaus Kinski? All of this and more, as well as a listener comment and a couple of recent watches from Paul are talked about.

"The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe" IMDB 

Featured Music: Selections from the score by Bruno Nicolai.

CAPE SH!T Episode 1: “Iron Man” (2008).

April 18th, 2019

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Daniel and Lee have decided to start a side project looking at the Marvel Cinematic Universe films in chronological order. Don't expect these to come out on as regular a schedule as TMBDOS! or Blood on the Tracks, and don't expect them to be as research-heavy as their movie reviews often are. This series will be far more casual and laid back, trying to only focus in on some key points and eventually get to the hosts overall impressions of the big picture the entire franchise paints.

In this episode they start with the film that started it all: "Iron Man" (2008). Does it still hold up today or is it one of the worst of the whole MCU in retrospect?

Friend of the hosts Jack Graham's fantastic article about what a shit-heel Tony Stark really is as a character, and why "Iron Man" is an evil film.

TMBDOS! Episode 160: “Posse from Hell” (1961).

April 15th, 2019

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A half in the bag Lee and a much more sober Daniel tackle another Western, one that was another listener suggestion. This time out it's "Posse from Hell" (1961). Is it just a standard by-the-numbers Western or does it have something else to say? What's up with Audie Murphy making eyes with John Saxon and helping him apply a remedy for his saddle sores? What the hosts have watched as of late and listener comments are also covered.

"Posse from Hell" IMDB

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Featured Music: "Saddle Tramp" & "Running Gun" by Marty Robbins.

TMBDOS! Episode 159: “White Comanche” (1968).

April 8th, 2019

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The whole gang sits down this week to discover what happens when William Shatner decided to take a break from "Star Trek" and star in a Spanish western, without really bothering to take a break from playing Captain Kirk. Oh, and Joseph Cotton apparently needed some money...badly. This is why "White Comanche" exists in the form it does. The hosts struggle with the bad and the good of this low-rent 1968 oddity, that feels like "Yojimbo" jammed into some bizarre ego-centric stream of consciousness from the Shat himself, where in a dual-role he tries to play both a good and bad pair of half-Comanche, half-white twins, and takes things off the rails. They didn't even bother with red-face, people. Listener comments are also covered. NOTE: Paul's audio comes in a bit low, so you might want to check this out with ear buds on.

White Comanche IMDB 

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Feature Music: "Indian Giver" by The Ramones & "Comanche" by The Revels.

TMBDOS! Episode 158: “Greaser’s Palace” (1972).

April 1st, 2019

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Lee and Daniel start an extended look into Westerns this week, by starting with the weirdest one on their list, which was also a listener request. This week it's the Robert Downey Sr.-directed Acid Western, "Greaser's Palace" (1972). Criticisms against Catholicism through a hippie counter-culture perspective aside, does the film have anything else much to offer? And if not, does it deserve to be as forgotten as it is today? Why is Toni Basil in this as a naked Native American babe? Also covered: listener comments and what the hosts have watched as of late. If you can feel this podcast you can heal.

"Greaser's Palace" IMDB 

Featured Music: "Tell All the People" by The Doors; "Jesus Gonna Be Here" by Tom Waits & "Mickey" by Toni Basil.

Blood on the Tracks Episode 22: More Poliziotteschi Picks.

March 30th, 2019

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Lee is back with the show's second look into the violent and eccentric world of Poliziotteschi films, and the often diverse scores that come with them.

Playlist:

--Main Theme from "Killer Cop" (1975) --Stelvio Cipriani
--La Fine Di Cobb from "Mark of the Cop" (1975) --Stelvio Cipriani
--Mark Colpisce Ancora (Titoli) from "Mark Strikes Again" (1976) --Stelvio Cipriani
--Sambamba from "The Tough Ones" (1976) --Franco Micalizzi
--Main Titles from "Crime on the Highway" (1982) --Franco Micalizzi
--You Are Not the Same from "Contraband" (1980) --Fabio Frizzi & Cricket
--Dreamland from "Bloody Payroll" (1976) --Enrico Pieranunzi & Silvano Chimenti
--Main Titles from "Confessions of a Police Captain" (1971) --Riz Ortolani
--The Summertime Killer & Motorcycle Circus from "Summertime Killer" (1972) --Luis Bacalov
--Main Theme from "The Police Serve the Citizens?" (1973) --Luis Bacalov
--Life of a Policeman from "High Crime" (1973) --Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
--Il Grande Racket Seq. 1 (Finale) from "The Big Racket" (1976) --Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
--Driving All Around from "Street Law" (1974) --Guido & Maurizio De Angelis

Opening and closing music: Money Orgy from "Danger Diabolik" by Ennio Morricone & Main Theme from "The Horror of Dracula" by James Bernard.

TMBDOS! Episode 157: “The House That Jack Built” (2018).

March 25th, 2019

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Lee and the returning Paul tackle a listener request, and the first ever Lars von Trier film to be reviewed on the show. Both hosts were mostly unfamiliar with his work, but at least knew something about his reputation for transgressive cinema. Was this offensive? Artistic? Interesting? Or was it just overlong and boring? The hosts don't hold back. Listener comments are also covered.

"The House That Jack Built" IMDB 

Featured music: "Happy Jack" by The Who & "Jangling Jack" by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

TMBDOS! Episode 156: “The Intruder” (1962).

March 4th, 2019

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Lee and Daniel finish off their look at Blaxsploitation films (be it actual, proto, or just adjacent) with Roger Corman's "The Intruder" (1962). Is this William Shatner's best performance? Is this Corman's best film? Is it one of the most underrated films on the subject of race relations in the United States? The writer of the screenplay (and his own novel of the same name, that he adapted it from), Charles Beaumont, is also briefly talked about, as well as his famous writer friends who share the screen with him in small roles in the film itself. What the hosts have watched as of late as well as listener comments are also covered.

"The Intruder" IMDB 

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Featured Music: "Klan", "Stranger" & "Main Title" by Herman Stein.

Blood on the Tracks Episode 21: Blaxploitation Book-end.

February 28th, 2019

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Lee returns to bookend off TMBDOS!'s look at Blaxploitation with more funky and furious tracks from various scores and soundtracks featured in films from the genre. Lee leans heavy on two films specifically this time around, pulling several tracks from "Truck Turner" (1974) & "Black Dynamite" (2009). This playlist is Sho-Nuff Dy-no-Mite!

Playlist:

--Main Theme from "Black Belt Jones" (1974) -- Dennis Coffey and Luchi DeJesus
--Slaughter's Theme from "Slaughter's Big Rip-off" (1973) -- James Brown
--Do Drop In from "Together Brothers" (1974) -- The Love Unlimited Orchestra
--Main Title Theme from "Blackjack" (1978) -- Jack Ashford
--Breakthrough, A House Full of Girls & Blue's Crib from "Truck Turner" (1974) -- Isaac Hayes
--Disco Connection from "Black Dynamite" (2009) -- Lord Rhaburn
--Chicago Wind, Jimmy's Dead & Jimmy's Dead (Instrumental) from "Black Dynamite" (2009) -- Adrian Younge
--Your Kiss Sho-Nuff Dy-No-Mite from "Black Dynamite" (2009) -- Sir Charles Hughes

Opening and closing music: Money Orgy from "Danger Diabolik" by Ennio Morricone & Main Theme from "The Horror of Dracula" by James Bernard.

TMBDOS! Episode 155: “Truck Turner” (1974).

February 25th, 2019

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This week Lee and Daniel hitch a ride with Isaac Hayes as "Truck Turner" (1974), in this highly entertaining blaxploitation film, co-starring Yaphet Kotto, Nichelle Nichols, Scatman Crothers and the recently departed Dick Miller! Coors Beer, KFC two-piece meals, over-the-top pimp fashion sense, and quality squib work are among the topics brought up. Listener comments are also gone through, where we talk about how we can make or break a writer's career. Stick with us - we got beer and we'll buy you a (cheap) chicken dinner.

"Truck Turner" IMDB 

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Featured Music: "Hospital Shootout" & "Main Theme" by Isaac Hayes.