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.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Episode 81 - Stallone Again...Naturally

What is it about the inescapable pull of Menahem Golan?  We have yet another film from this storied filmmaker this time, but we start with 1986's Cobra, from George P. Cosmatos, who had previously given the world, Rambo: First Blood Part 2.  In a solid tale of a renegade cop who's trying to stop a ruthless serial killer from knocking-off a witness to one of his kills, Cobra delivers everything that you might want in an action film from the 80's ( except maybe nudity, which there is none of ).  We follow that up with Mr. Golan's 1987 film "Over The Top" which tells the story of Lincoln Hawk, a trucker and arm-wrestler who is trying to mend a shattered relationship with his youngish son.  Oh, did we mention that both of these films star the one and only Sylvester "Tango" Stallone? Well they do, and he is actually pretty great in both of these.  This show was built from a recommendation from Dylan over at D's Movie Corner...if you check out his site, please tell him that you heard about it on Flickers from the Cave. While you're letting people know things, let US know what you thought of the show and what movies you'd like to see added to the big pile of stuff that is filling up the cave. Write us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or leave us a message over on our Facebook page.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Episode 80 - Flickers from the Disco

Apparently, in 1980, the world was gripped with a bad case of Disco Fever!  We prove this theory by talking about two films from this significant year.  With it being our 80th episode (!) we thought it was fitting to look at two from that specific year.  We start off with the totally baffling "The Apple" from producer/director Menahem Golan.  A mind-boggling biblical parable with more makeup than Max Factor and more crazy fashion than one of Lady Gaga's fever dreams. This is a true oddity and something that should be seen by anyone who has ever asked the question "what's the strangest film ever made?"  We follow that up with the bipolar antics of "Can't Stop the Music" from director Nancy Walker.  More known for being the spokesperson for Bounty paper towels, Ms. Walker really pulls out the stops with this highly-fictionalized story of the formation of the Village People.  This group of costumed performers were a huge sensation at the time and this film was an attempt to cash in on that tide of popularity,  The film switches back and forth between wide-eyed innocence and not-so-subtle innuendo that would make a sailor blush.  It is totally charming and more than a little annoying ( especially with it's 2 hour run-time ).  We loved both these movies and would appreciate hearing your suggestions for other musicals that would be appropriate for the podcast. Send us your thoughts and suggestions to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or post a message on our Facebook page.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Episode 79 - Up Chuck

Did you say "action movies"? Did you say "Chuck Norris" ?  Wait a second, did somebody say "The Eighties" ?  Boy, oh boy, do we have you covered on this episode!  We both recently watch Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films ( which we HIGHLY recommend ) and it inspired us to do this pairing of films.  We start off with 1985's Invasion U.S.A. which sees Chuck Norris square-off against an angry Russian terrorist named Rostov, played psychotically by Richard Lynch. It is a violent, mean-spirited epic, with innocent people being destroyed from almost the opening frame.  We follow that up with 1986's "The Delta Force" which features Chuck again, along with Lee Marvin as members of the elite Delta Force as they try to stop a crazed terrorist played by Robert Forster who has hijacked a plane full of innocents.  It is a movie with a split personality, as the first half is a fairly straight-forward tale of intrigue which devolves, in the second half, to a silly, over-the-top, romp with rocket-launching motorcycles and tons of explosions.  Despite this incongruity, we loved it!  Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to flickersfrom@gmail.com or flickersfrom@yahoo.com or post a message on our Facebook page.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Episode 78 - Pros and Cons of Witch Hunting

It is off to Merrye Olde Englande this time, for two amazing tales of witches and their hunters. We start with 1968's The Witchfinder General ( also known as The Conqueror Worm ).  We were lucky enough to watch the Director's cut of this amazing story based on the true story of Matthew Hopkins who did his best to rid the British countryside of witches in the 1600's. We then turn to 1971's The Blood on Satan's Claw which takes the idea of witches VERY seriously and shows us a tiny British village that is beset by a coven of young evil-doers who are up to all sorts of dastardly deeds.
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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.