Saturday, August 20, 2016

Episode 88 - Flickerin' Down the Road

We hit the road again this week, thanks to a great suggestion from one of our awesome listeners named Andrew. He told us about an amazing Canadian film from 1970, called "Goin' Down the Road" from director Donald Shebib. The film follows to "maritimers" who leave their homes to travel to the big city of Toronto with hopes of a chance to live a better life.  An incredible film, with honest and powerful performances, we had never heard of it and are thrilled that we were able to see it. We pair that one with 1974's "Road Movie" from director Joseph Strick.  This one also has incredibly brave and poignant performances, including a very young Barry Bostwick, and the truly mesmerizing Regina Baff as Janice, the catalyst in the storyline. It is the tale of two truck drivers who are following their dream of being independent drivers, who set off on their first run in their new rig...and things don't really go how they imagined.  These are two stunning, and bleak films, that don't leave you happy, but instead show the lengths that humans will go to, just to keep some semblance of hope. These are characters clutching at straws and frequently coming up short, if they come up at all.  Please let us know what you thought of the show by writing to flickersfrom@yahoo.com, flickersfrom@gmail.com or post a message over on our Facebook page.
 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Episode 87 - Flickers of the Blind Cave

We love getting recommendations from listeners but it might seem like we were ignoring one of those recommendations, but we assure you that is not the case. Thanks, and apologies, go out to Hugo, who suggested that we look into the "Blind Dead" films from Amando de Ossorio.  We  missed Hugo's message for a LONG time, but when we found it, lurking in the dark corners of our inbox, we leapt on the suggestion.  Starting with the first of the four films in the series, Tombs of the Blind Dead, from 1972, which tells the story of a group of Knights Templar that return from the crusades and are forced to pay a heavy price for their fall from grace.  A pretty grim movie overall, this one started it all.  We follow that up with the fourth and final film in the series, 1975's Night of the Seagulls. This one has lots of Lovecraftian influences and is probably a better overall film than the first one, but they both have plenty to recommend them.  Thanks to Hugo for the great suggestion, and our apologies again for taking so long to get to them. Please let us know what you thought of the show and send your own suggestions to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or just post a message to our Facebook page.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Episode 86 - Outlaw Country

We are sticking close to home with the latest episode of the podcast. We look at two films that are totally products of our home-state of North Carolina. We start off with 1968's Killers Three, which was produced, co-written by, and co-stars the one and only Dick Clark!  With a surprisingly strong cast and a  well-paced story, this movie is a real blast ( literally at times ). We follow that up with 1978's Seabo, a.k.a. Buckstone County Prison.  Produced by, and starring local-legend Earl Owensby, it really wants to be more than it quite reach, but still delivered a fun, cheesy romp through the mountains of the Old North State. We loved these bits of homegrown goodness, and would love to hear about your own local filmmakers and the things they've produced, so send us some info to flickersfrom@gmail.com or flickersfrom@yahoo.com or just post a note over on the Facebook page.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Episode 85 - Bride of Frankenheimer

For this episode of the podcast we wanted to rewatch some films we had seen before but had NOT like, and see if our opinions changed on them this time.  It was an interesting experiment.  We  start with 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. which has a truly impressive cast and is based on a graphic novel series of the same name from the legendary Alan Moore. We follow that up with 2006's Ultraviolet, from director Kurt Wimmer ( who made one of our favorite films, Equilibrium ) and stars the bellybutton of Milla Jovovich. In many ways, it was like we had never seen either of these films before, in both good and bad terms.  Let us know if you've had experiences with movies where you rewatched them and found yourself with new opinions on their qualities. Please also let us know what you think of the show and if you have any suggestions for the future. You can reach us at flickersfrom@gmail.com, flickersfrom@yahoo.com or leave us a message on our Facebook page.



Sunday, June 12, 2016

Episode 84 - Freaky 2015

A Flickers podcast that doesn't look at films from the 70s or 80s!?!?! What has the world come to!?!?
We wanted to update things a bit this time, so we are looking at two from 2015, starting with The Invitation, which is very much like if Werner Herzog directed a claustrophobic remake of the Big Chill. Filled with great performances and a great ( and surprising ) story, this was a real treat. We follow that up with The Witch, and we both felt that it did, in fact, live up to all the hype that surrounded its release.  It tells what feels like a very authentic tale of an family that is disintegrating while something possibly supernatural taunts them from nearby shadows. We follow these two up with a discussion of other recent horror greats, but eventually the nurses come to give us our medicine and put us to bed before we get too excited.  Let us know what you've seen from the last couple of years that impressed you by writing to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or leave us a message on our Facebook page.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Episode 83 - The Quiet Pork Pie

Thanks to faithful listener Jason, we discovered something new and wonderful for the is episode of the podcast.  He turned us on to New Zealand director Geoff Murphy and suggested that we pair up two of his films. We start with 1981's Goodbye Pork Pie which follows a nutty young man named Jerry and his accidental companion John as the travel basically the entire length ( north to south ) of New Zealand in a bright yellow, stolen mini-cooper.  We think there's a lot more going on in the film that might appear at first glance and we talk quite a bit about our ideas. We follow that up with 1985's The Quiet Earth which is another in a proud history of post-apocalyptic tales.  This one does a lot of things differently however and really impressed us with it's craftsmanship as well as the arcs of it's main characters.  We were thrilled to get Jason's suggestions and hope that you will contribute yours to the cause as well.  Send your ideas, feedback, and naked photos to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or post a message on our Facebook page.
 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Episode 82 - Flickers and Caves and Bears Oh My

We are off to Jellystone for this episode of Flickers!  There are bears in those woods and they are wanting to do more than ruin your picnic.  We start with 1976's Grizzly from director William Girdler and featuring performances from some of our favorite character actors, including Christopher George, Richard Jaeckel and Andrew Prine.  In a story that is VERY similar to a certain hit film about 3 guys who are looking for a big shark off the coast of Amity Island, this is a solid PG-rated movie that entertains but is not lacking problems. We follow that up with another movie about a killer bear, 1979's Prophecy from legendary director John Frankenheimer.  This time we bundle in environmentalism, the lousy treatment of native Americans, and corporate malfeasance...this is a heck of a stew.  With lead performances from Richard Foxworth, Talia Shire and Armand Assante, we really liked this one a lot.  Let us know what you thought of the show and send us your suggestions for future pairings by writing to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or just leave a message on our Facebook page.