Friday, February 12, 2016

Episode 77 - Toy Boats In The Tub

We run giggling back into the strong, manly arms of Mr. Doug McClure again for episode 77 and bask in his glory.  It is time to get the rubber monsters out, and to set sail across a mysterious sea filled with mysterious dangers, and we are going to pack our ships with shifty characters and lots of twisty subplots.  We go out to sea for 1968's The Lost Continent and follow that up with 1978's Warlords of Atlantis.  These are both excellent films that succeed on basically every level ( as long as you judge the monsters a little loosely ).  Listen to us rave about them and then please send us your thoughts to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You could also leave a message on our Facebook page.
 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Episode 76 - You Know...For The Kids

A new year is upon us, and a new Flickers is upon YOU!  We start out the year with two movies that put children in perilous, zombie-related, situations, but with varying levels of success. We start with 2015's Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, which is on the extreme low end of success and finish up with 2014's Cooties, which truly knocks every single ball out of the park.  Scout's Guide, tells the story of 3 scouts who find themselves in a town where all the adults are gone, or turned into zombies, and all the high school kids are at a huge rave and need to be rescued. It is terrible, but does have some nice special effects, decent performances ( including the great Cloris Leachman ) and a handful of laughs.  Cooties, on the other hand, is an unmitigated success from beginning to end.  It stars Elijah Wood as Clint, a substitute teacher who picked the wrong day to show up for work. His elementary school is overrun by flesh eating kids and it is up a small group of teachers ( including Rainn Wilson in a hilarious role ) to survive the onslaught.  
It is funny, dark and expertly crafted. Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or leave us a message on our Facebook page.
 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Episode 75 - The Kindred Dorm That Pranked Blood

We are back to the 80's...again...and probably not for the last time, with two movies from the duo of Stephen Carpenter and Jeffrey Obrow. We start off with a film from 1982 that is known by a handful of titles, but most frequently "The Dorm That Dripped Blood".  A solid slasher-who-dunnit, it perfectly captures those genres with fairly solid performances and shows a good deal of technical skill as well.  Later the pair teamed up again for our second film, 1987's "The Kindred" where they show total mastery of their medium. With touches of Lovecraft, Alien, and every mad-scientist movie ever made...this is a true gem. It is a gem covered in slime and sprouting hundreds of tentacles, but a gem nonetheless.  Please let us know what you thought of the show by writing to us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or just leave us a message on our Facebook page.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Episode 74 - Flickers from the Mausoleum

We are back to the 80s, again, with two more fine examples of what it was like to wander into a theater while we were in high school. We start off with 1983's Mausoleum, starring a gorgeous Bobbie Bresee and the show-favorite Marjoe Gortner.  It is not, in any defensible way, a good film, but we have each seen it multiple times so there must be something about it. We follow that up with 1982's One Dark Night which features the fantastic Meg Tilly. Now THIS is something special. Rated PG-13, it still packs in the chills and delivers a lot of movie for what must surely have been a microscopic budget.Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com, or just leave us a message on our Facebook page.









Sunday, November 29, 2015

Episode 73 - Rad Bandits from the Cave



It's time to strap on your helmets and grease up the chains, we're going offroad on our BMX bikes! We look at two movies from the 80's that focus on the BMX craze that was sweeping the world then. We start with 1986's Rad, directed by Hal Needham. It is an achingly-sincere and earnest film. Set in small-town America, with a plot that borrows heavily from dozens of sources, it is stupidly charming. We follow that up with 1983's BMX Bandits, from director Brian Trenchard-Smith.  Shot in Sydney, Australia, it is similarly wide-eyed and innocent. It does have an undercurrent of threat though, from a gang of miscreants who are constantly after the titular bandits, which includes the very young Nicole Kidman in one of her first film roles! These were both wonderfully nostalgic and we think you'll enjoy them, especially if you are in your 40s like we are. Let us know what you thought of the show and offer any suggestions for future movies for us to look at by writing to flickersfrom@gmail.com or flickersfrom@yahoo.com. You can also leave us a message on our Facebook page.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Episode 72 - Carry On Flickering


Thanks to listener Jason, we were turned on to an amazing string of British movies known as the "Carry On Films". This series of cheeky comedies were unknown to us and we are very happy to have found them. We picked two of the 31 theatrically released films as our introduction, starting with 1966's Carry On Screaming! and then following that up with 1969's Carry On Camping. All of the films in the franchise were directed by Gerald Thomas, and each are similar in certain ways, but different enough that they stand on their own.  This was a wonderful  surprise for us to find this treasure trove of wonderful British humor, so we send big thanks out to Jason for the recommendation and we implore the rest of you to do as he did and send us your own recommendations. Let us know what you think of the Carry On films and of the show by writing to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or leave us a message on our Facebook page.



Saturday, October 10, 2015

Episode 71 - Pack of Cammells

In this epic episode we turn our attention to three films from British director Donald Cammell.  We start with Demon Seed from 1977, starring Fritz WeaverJulie Christie and an un-credited Robert Vaughan as the voice of Proteus 4, a new, cutting-edge ( for 1977 ) Artificial Intelligence that has a "curiosity" about mankind and a desire to break out of it's "box".  Based on a novel by Dean Koontz, it is an interesting look at issues that are probably even more pertinent now than in the time the film was made. With great performances and a compelling storyline, it comes highly recommended. We follow that with 1987's White of the Eye, starring David Keith and Cathy Moriarty as Paul and Joan White who live in the American southwest. This is essentially a murder-mystery but it throws in issues of living dual-lives, and infidelity along with large bits of police procedural elements as well. It tries new things but only marginally succeeds for the most part. Interesting but maybe not something you should go out of your way to pursue.  We wrap up the show with 1970's Performance, which was Cammell's directorial debut. It stars James Fox and introduces Mick Jagger as Turner, a reclusive former rock star.  Cammell co-directed with the amazing Nicolas Roeg and, together, they created a truly stunning work of art. A trippy artifact from long ago, this film still has significant impact on multiple levels.  It starts with a gangster tale that evolves into a hallucinogenic story of personal identity, gender, and self-expression.  This is good, heavy, important stuff and it needs to be seen. We recommend multiple viewings as this is a film that reveals more of itself each time.
In 1996 Cammell committed suicide, so we only have a handful of films that he had anything to do with. We've actually covered most of them in this show. We are fascinated by the man and by his work and we hope that you enjoy this look at an artist who truly had something to say.
We also hope that YOU have something to say and that you'll tell us by writing to us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or post a message on our Facebook page.