September 7th, 2020
This week Lee and Daniel are still in 1933, and they decided to sleep their way to the top with bad girl Barbara Stanwyck, in the Alfred E. Green-directed "Baby Face" (1933). Does this pre-code bad-girl-having-sex-picture actually push any boundaries even for its time? Is that John Wayne in a bit part? How is this film comparable with sex comedies and softcore films from the last thirty years? How would the hosts have made this film? Lee also talks briefly about what he's watched as of late.
"Baby Face" IMDB
Featured Music: "Baby Face" by Little Richard & "Femme Fatale" by The Velvet Underground and Nico.
August 31st, 2020
This week Lee is joined by two of the hosts of the fantastic Grindbin Podcast, Mike Wood & Bobby Trippett, to talk about what many consider to be Fritz Lang's last masterpiece, "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse" (1933). The hosts dive into the thinly veiled central themes of the film, where Lang throws a harsh critical eye on the corruption of the police and government in his day, and how that can (and did) lead to the rise of fascism, not only back then, but in the present day. Also talked about: the touches of German expressionism in the film; Lang's use of sound and visuals to bridge between scenes and distort what the viewer is experiencing; if "proto-noir" is really a useful term at this point in film history; if Fritz Lang did AIP Beach party films; and so much more. Also, a listener comment is responded to; Lee and Mike talk about what they've watched as of late; and Mike & Bobby get to play a round of The Movie God Game.
"The Testament of Dr. Mabuse" IMDB
Check out The Grindbin Podcast here
Featured Music: "I'm Your Puppet" by James & Bobby Purify & "Total Control" by The Motels.
August 17th, 2020
Lee and Daniel are still locked up in 1932, but after watching "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang", they are planning their daring escape to 1933. Much of the conversation revolves around the true events that led to the book that this film is based upon, and how a post WW1 America has helped shape the oppressive and inhumane conditions in Southern chain gangs and prison in general. Further conversation touches on pre-code fun; proto-noir; and Lee talks about what he's watched as of late. Come break some rocks in the hot sun with the hosts.
"I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" IMDB
Featured Music: "Chain Gang" by Sam Cooke & "Work Song" by Nina Simone.
July 13th, 2020
Lee and Daniel have made their way back to the 1930s this week. This time out they look at two films from 1931; one of which holds up really well and another that doesn't at all. Between the witty and energetic script and camera moves of "The Front Page" and the slow, plodding mystery of "The Black Camel", they'll let you guess which is which. Things talked about: RIP Ennio Morricone; how Charlie Chan was considered progressive on Asian stereotypes in its day; yellow face; the real man behind Charlie Chan; a bit of the history of Hawaii; Lucy Liu; fancy camera moves in 1931; a mother-fucker with a banjo; taking shits and having drinks in a movie; listener comments and what the hosts have watched as of late.
"The Black Camel" IMDB
"The Front Page" IMDB
Featured Music: "Uheuhene" by Sol Hoopii; "Na Lei O Hawaii" by Alfred Apaka; and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" by Joan Edwards.
July 6th, 2020
Lee and Daniel are back this week to walk the path to enlightenment and talk about Jim Jarmusch's "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" (1999). Much talk of bullshit codes of honour is had. Also covered: communication without having a common language; sad gangsters watching cartoons; Lee's theory about a slightly hidden subplot in the film; and why are so many homeless people living on the top of buildings in this film? Listener comments are also read. Now, sit back, un-screw that drain-pipe, and take aim.
"Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" IMDB
Featured Music: "Samurai Theme" by The RZA & "Armagideon Time" by Willie Williams.
June 29th, 2020
Lee and Daniel continue to insist that their picks for 1990s movies were not intentionally made in relation to current events. That being said, this week it's John Sayles "Lone Star" (1996), which is a tale of race relations, bad cops, and hidden secrets in a small border town between Mexico and the USA. Fathers and sons; racism even within cultures; police corruption; and the bullshit of the Cold Winter Theory are just a few of the thing talked about, along with the brilliant performances and Sayles flashback techniques. Listener comments are also covered.
"Lone Star" IMDB
Featured Music: "Down on the Rio Grande" by Johnny Rodríguez & "Blue and Lonesome" by Little Walter.
June 22nd, 2020
Lee (who is half in the bag as this starts) and Daniel are back to look at a 1990s favourite of theirs, that being Kathryn Bigelow's "Strange Days" (1995). The hosts talk a lot about how well the sci-fi and noir elements are melded here, and the various plot threads, and if this film holds up over-all, or if it's firmly dated at this point. Other topics include Juliette Lewis being sexy; how the film does or does not confront police corruption and racism head-on; the way rape is presented in the context of the film; and other actors who were considered for the lead role. The hosts also mention what they've watched recently and respond to listener comments.
"Strange Days" IMDB
Featured Music: "Hardly Wait" by Juliette Lewis & "No White Clouds" by Strange Fruit.
June 8th, 2020
This week Lee and Daniel look at Sidney Lumet's "Q & A" (1990). Does this lengthy film manage to properly explore the issues of systematic racism and corruption within police forces, or does it badly drop the ball? Does Nick Nolte's fantastic performance elevate or overshadow the material. And yes, a bit of discussion about the current 2020 riots and clashes with police is had. It was kind of unavoidable. Also: listener comments and what Daniel has been watching lately.
"Q & A" IMDB
Featured Music: "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" by Tiny Tim & "The Hit" by Ruben Blades.
December 23rd, 2019
It's the 2019 Christmas episode! Daniel and Lee are half in the bag, their guest Jack Graham is living on Airstrip One, and they are returning to the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes to talk about the Holmes Christmas episode, the adaptation of "The Blue Carbuncle" from 1984. Very little editing in this one, folks. Lots of asides; bad jokes; what the hosts have watched; and listener comments are all in this jam-packed hour or so of nonsense.
"The Blue Carbuncle" IMDB
Lee's latest appearance on Cinema Beef
Featured Music: "Sussex Carol" by R.B. Craswell & "I'm the One Who Gunned Santa Down" by Deadbolt
December 9th, 2019
Lee and Daniel are back with two listener suggestions. First up they try and uncover some of the hidden meanings in the first team-up of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, in "The Black Cat" (1934). After that they get even more deep into weirdness with "Dementia" (1955). Post-WWI horrors; preservation of women in jizz; the insanity of a woman daring to get revenge for the abuse of her sex in 1950s cinema; and Ed McMahon? All of this and more, as well as a large chunk of listener comments and more of that Baby Yoda show talk.
"The Black Cat" IMDB
Featured Music: "Lucifer Sam" by Pink Floyd; Music from "Dementia" by George Antheil; and "At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama)" by The Eldorados.
November 11th, 2019
Lee and Daniel are back to talk about two films suggested by listener Jeff Williams, featuring sexy and dangerous females. First up it is the classic film noir "This Gun for Hire" (1942), and then they move on to talk about an interesting B-western, "Woman They Almost Lynched" (1953). Thinly veiled fetish material; proto-feminism; cat fights; Confederate soldiers portrayed as heroes in westerns of this era; and the recasting of a modern remake of "Woman..." are just a few of the things brought up, as well as listener comments.
Check out Lee's appearance on the latest episode of Movie Melt.
"This Gun for Hire" IMDB
"Woman They Almost Lynched" IMDB
Featured Music: "I've Got You" by Veronica Lake; "How Strange" by Peggy Lee; and "Union Dixie" by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
November 4th, 2019
Lee, Daniel and returning guest host Jack finally finish off their look into Sherlock Holmes adaptations by looking at the Guy Ritchie-directed and Robert Downey Jr. & Jude Law-starring "Sherlock Holmes" (2009) & "Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows" (2011). This much more informal than usual chat goes in and out of talking about both films at the same time. Some of the topics covered include casting choices; the films going in hard on the ambiguously gay themes; Guy Ritchie's slow-mo and gimmicky look into Holmes' brain; Christopher Lee's hairpiece (yet again); and a joke Daniel and Jack share that almost breaks Daniel and just leave Lee confused. Also: a listener comment and a bit of a talk about "Mindhunter" on Netflix.
Read Jack's short story "Calder's Room"
"Sherlock Holmes" IMDB
"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" IMDB
Featured Music: "Romanian Wind"; "The Mycroft Suite"; and "Discombobulate" by Hans Zimmer.
October 21st, 2019
Lee, Daniel and returning guest host Jack are back for their second-to-last entry in this extended look at Sherlock Holmes adaptations. First up they return to Rathbone with "The Woman in Green" (1945), and then they pretend they know what they are talking about in regards to "Without a Clue" (1988). Noir; hypnotism; serial killings; getting me-too'ed by Watson AND Holmes; shitty Sherlock tv; and some recasting ideas for both films are topics that are touched upon, as well as listener comments.
"The Woman in Green" IMDB
"Without a Clue" IMDB
Featured Music: "Mrs. Giles in Danger"; "Attempting Murder"; and "Main Title" by Henry Mancini.
October 14th, 2019
This week Lee, Daniel and the returning guest host Jack Graham are breaking the general TMBDOS! rule of at least covering one movie on an episode, and are continuing their look at Sherlock Holmes adaptations by talking about three of the Jeremy Brett tv episodes. This time out they talk about "The Norwood Builder" (1985), "The Musgrave Ritual"(1986), and "The Devil's Foot" (1988). Robert Forster; "WKRP in Cincinnati"; "Star Trek" jokes; sexual awakenings; trigonometry; M.R. James & Poe references; and Holmes tripping balls are just some of the things brought up, as well as listener comments and what the hosts have watched as of late.
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Watch the BBC adaptation of M.R. James' "A Warning to the Curious"
"The Norwood Builder" IMDB
"The Musgrave Ritual" IMDB
"The Devil's Foot" IMDB
Featured Music: "221B baker Street"; "John Hector McFarlane and His Mother"; and "On the Trail" by Patrick Gowers.
October 7th, 2019
Lee and Daniel are back once again with their friend Jack Graham to ponder more Sherlock Holmes adaptations on the big and small screen. First up it's the Hammer Horror adaptation of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1959), directed by Terence Fisher, and starring Peter Cushing, André Morell & Christopher Lee. Then it's two more episodes of the Jeremy Brett Holmes series, where we cover the apparent death and return of Holmes with "The Final Problem" (1985) & "The Empty House" (1986). Was Hammer suited to adapt Holmes? Why is Moriarty bullshit? Can Watson write a fight scene worth a shit? Dog's bollocks? All this and more is covered in the episode. The hosts also talk about what they've watched recently and listener comments are read.
Lee's apprearance on the Grindbin Podcast talking about "The Yesterday Machine".
"The Hound of the Baskervilles" IMDB
"The Final Problem" IMDB
"The Empty House" IMDB
Featured Music: "Main Titles" & "The Legend of the Hound" by James Bernard; and "The Death of Sherlock Holmes" by Patrick Gowers.
September 23rd, 2019
Lee and Daniel are once again joined by their friend Jack Graham to talk about some more Sherlock Holmes adaptations. First off they get a bit deeper into the character's drug use with "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" (1976). Then they take a break from the Rathbone series, covered in previous episodes, and take a look at the very first episode of the Jeremy Brett series, "A Scandal in Bohemia" (1984). Racist barons; douchebag kings; train chases; sword fights on top of said trains; terrible BBC Sherlock; and Moriarty slipping the D to Holmes' mom are just a few of the things brought up this time around, as well as listener comments and what Lee has watched recently.
Jack Graham can be found here.
Timeline of the Stupidly genius Zombie Cinema (1932-2000)
"The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" IMDB
"A Scandal in Bohemia" IMDB
Featured Music: "Main Title" & "Sherlock Holmes Passacaglia" by John Addison; "221b Baker Street" by Patrick Growers.
September 16th, 2019
Lee and Daniel are joined this week by their friend Jack Graham, making his return to the podcast to help them tackle more Sherlock Holmes adaptations. First up it's another Basil Rathbone film, with 1943's "The Spider Woman". Then they look at one of, if not the first, Holmes film to really take a much different look at the character, with Billy Wilder's "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" (1970). Holmes' sexuality; racism and propaganda in the Rathbone films; bald Christopher Lee; and the Loch Ness Monster are just a few of the things talked about in this episode. Listener comments are also covered.
Find Jack Graham's work here.
"The Spider Woman" IMDB
"The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" IMDB
Featured Music: "Moving Out"; "Castles of Scotland; and "Main Titles/221B Baker Street" by Miklos Rozsa.
September 8th, 2019
Lee and Daniel start an extended series looking into film adaptations of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. First up, they check out two examples from the 14-film series, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, that one could argue really captured the imagination of the general movie-going public and cemented Holmes and his stories as a solid well to keep going back to for film adaptation ever since. The two films are "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1939) & "The Pearl of Death" (1944). There's talk of Holmes being a dickhead; the smashing of fine china; Rondo Hatton; the new Dark Crystal series on Netflix; and listener comments are responded to.
"The Hound of the Baskervilles" IMDB
"The Pearl of Death" IMDB
Catch Lee's appearance on the Movie Melt podcast, covering "Psycho Pike".
Featured Music: "Lieder Ohne Worte" by Felix Mendelssohn & "Caprice for Solo Violin, Op. 1 No. 24" by Niccolò Paganini.
March 30th, 2019
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.
--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.
March 25th, 2019
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.