Monday, August 4, 2014

Episode 52 - Van Damme It!


Welcome one and all to episode 52 of Flickers From The Cave. This show has everything you could ever want, action, violence, comedy and even Dennis Rodman! We have jumped into the wayback machine and found ourselves in a time when Jean-Claude Van Damme ruled the world of cinema, the late 90s! First up, we look at 1998's “Knock Off” starring JCVD and Deuce Bigalow himself, Rob Schneider. Directed by Hong Kong legend Tsui Hark this thing has the energy of an ADD sufferer mainlining Red Bull and a plot that is utterly impossible to follow. But, no matter, the manic pace and insane action make up for any lack of cohesion in terms of plot. Next up is 1997's “Double Team”, another Tsui Hark joint but this time co-starring master thespian Rodman! The only “actor” with the ability to make JCVD's enunciation seem flawless. With a much tighter narrative and some really interesting ideas, “Double Team” is by all measurable standards the superior film, but both are totally entertaining action blasts. Pop some corn and a beer or twelve and get ready to say WTF! Let us know what you thought of the show by sending mail to flickersfrom@gmail.com or flickersfrom@yahoo.com or by posting a message on our Facebook page.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Episode 51 - Flickers from Boggy Cave


Sasquatch. Skunk Ape. Bipedal Hominid. Although known by many names, we are of course, talking about the one, the only, Bigfoot. Episode 51 finds us deep in the dark forest of our childhood subconscious. Having grown up in the seventies during what was a sort of Bigfoot renaissance, we both took in films, magazines and television containing any reference to this legendary creature. During this period of heightened interest, film makers eagerly cranked out numerous low budget flicks to capitalize on the big, hairy, zeitgeist of the day. First up, we discuss the seminal "Legend of Boggy Creek", a movie that moved Marty in a very particular way as a kid. Next we have "Creature From Black Lake". Even though it is a low budget effort, the cast is stacked with great character actors including Jack Elam and Dub Taylor. Well-directed and better than it has any right to be, it is a solid slice of seventies drive in fun. Then we dig into 1977's "Sasquatch-The Legend of Bigfoot", a flick that really wants to be an effective pseudo documentary like Boggy Creek, but it just can't muster the same visceral energy of the earlier film. Lastly, we take a look at Bob(cat) Goldthwaite's awesome "Willow Creek" from 2013. Part faux documentary and part found footage film, this thing delivers on all fronts. Fantastic performances, great direction and writing from Bobcat and a slam bang finale, this movie will not disappoint!  Please let us know what you thought of the show ( and if you believe in Bigfoots )  by sending email to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or by posting a message on the Facebook page.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Episode 50 - The Cave That Time Forgot


You know, any way you look at it, fifty is a landmark number. Whether it's your 50th birthday or your 50th tequila shot, if you've made it this far, why stop now?! Well, in spite of many obstacles, we have finally made it to our 50th episode, and since fifty is a goal that we have strived for, we felt that it was only appropriate that we do a couple of movies that were of some significance to us. First up is the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs tale "The Land That Time Forgot" starring the great Doug McClure. This is a movie that was very formative to both of us as kids and we were delighted to see how well it held up. We follow this up with the direct sequel "The People That Time Forgot", also based on the writings of Mr. Burroughs and starring the son of The Duke himself, Patrick "Sinbad" Wayne. Although still enjoyable if for no other reason than nostalgia, it is by far the lesser of the two flicks. Crawl into the cave, pull up a rock and join us as we explore a couple of movies that molded us into the warped individuals we are today. Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com, or you can just throw a message up on our Facebook page.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Episode 49 - Unkempt Kave Kooch


Welcome brave warriors, it's time to draw your broadswords and strap on your Birkenstocks as episode 49 of FFTC strides majestically on to the savage wasteland known as the internet! In this edition we delve into the corpulent genre of the Sword and Sandal epic. With dozens, nay, hundreds of films of this ilk available to us, we settled on 1983's Conquest by the ever nap-inducing Lucio Fulci. Lucio made some astounding films in his prolific career and this is most definitely not one of them. A ponderous romp through the smoke strewn corners of his back yard, this film includes dismal dialogue, a meandering storyline and, through some sort of witchery, he even managed to make copious nudity bland and uninteresting. Our second feature however, 1982's Sorceress directed by the mighty Jack Hill and produced by low budget wizard Roger "Gandalf" Corman is an ambitious low budget effort. This film too features ample T&A and side-splitting fight choreography but it does actually have a story to tell and is as plucky as it's two twin blonde leads! Lots of nice and cheesy old school FX from John Carl Buechler top off a fine party night camp fest. Huzzah!
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Episode 48 - Good Cars and UFOs


On this episode we turn to one of the most iron-clad character actors out there, Mr. Harry Dean Stanton!  After Daniel posted an amazing Youtube video of HDS relating his personal philosophy, we decided to dig through his lengthy career and find some obscure jewels to bring to everyone's attention. We start off with 1979's Wise Blood, directed by Jhon Huston ( deliberately misspelled ) and based on a novel by Flannery O'Connor. This is an incredible film with a strong lead performance by Brad Dourif. It tells the story or Hazel Motes who is dealing with an ongoing crisis of faith and his attempts to spread his message in a quirky southern city. This one sticks with you after it finishes and offers much fuel for conversation.  We follow that up with 1985's UFOria which stars Fred Ward and TV's Shirley, Cindy Williams.  Harry Dean Stanton plays Brother Bud, a huckster faith-healer who is lining his pockets while promising salvation to his flock.  Set in the American west, in an equally quirky town, this is a sweet, good-natured love story with earnest characters and it will certainly leave you smiling. Please let us know what you thought of these movies and of the podcast by sending email to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or by leaving us a message on our Facebook page.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Episode 47 - Pink Socks Messiah


Welcome everyone to episode 47 of the Flickers From the Cave podcast. I hope you’re ready to polish up your third eye, because this time we’re featuring a couple of films that deal with elements of a mind bending nature. First up, we have 1982’s The Sender, a solid little thriller from Roger Christian, the man who would later unleash the dreaded Battlefield Earth on our unsuspecting planet. The Sender features some familiar faces in a very straight forward examination of the downside of possessing telekinetic powers. Speaking of possessing, our next feature is 1981’s uber-surreal Possession, starring Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani. This is truly a horse of a different color, if it is in fact a horse at all! Filled with big ideas, manic energy and nearly crazed performances, it features a cast of truly bizarre characters. Possession is a film guaranteed to leave you thinking and hopefully talking. If so, talk to us! You can reach us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com and you can find us on Facebook.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Episode 46 - The Reich Stuff


Well folks, here we are at episode 46 of Flickers and we're knee deep in the brown stuff. Yep, you got it, shit. Oh and nazis too! We have two landmark, or maybe skid mark, examples of filmaking to throw at you this time. First up, 1968's They Saved Hitler's Brain, a hodge podge patch job of a movie that we thought was maybe the worst thing we had ever seen, however, we stand corrected. Our second feature out-craps any thing you ever seen! 1978's Son Of Hitler couldn't be shittier if the film stock was made of Ex-Lax. With the casting of Peter Cushing and Bud Cort you'd think there would have to be some redeeming quality, right? WRONG! This thing will leave a shit-streak on your soul! Get the Charmin and join us deep inside the cinematic crapper, if you dare!Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or by posting a message on our Facebook page.