Sunday, December 30, 2012

Episode 28 - This is the End My Friend


After the Mayan apocalypse passed, Mike and Marty emerged from the cave expecting to find chaos and a world in turmoil, but instead, we found birds chirping peacefully, and a stack of bills that needed to be paid.
In the spirit of the expected doomsday, we decided to focus our triumphant ( ? ) return on two wonderful films that seek to depict very different versions of what it would be like for the end to truly come. 
The first film we look at is 1980's Virus, which is known by several different names and which is available for FREE on the Internet Archive.  Packed with an all-star cast and a very scientific look at what would happen following the accidental release of an ill-conceived germ weapon, it packs a wallop emotionally and, despite a few clunky performances, still holds up today. 
The second film is 2007's End of the Line, a lower budget Canadian shocker that presents a group of religious zealots who are expecting Armageddon  and start "saving the souls" of prospective sinners through judicious murder.  With some delightful plot twists and a few commendable performances, this is one to watch with your slate as blank as possible to maximize the impact of a few of the revelations when they occur.
After our 6 month hiatus, we are finally back and we hope you are happy to see us return.  We are asking that you submit your choices for the best films you saw in 2012.  They do not have to be released in 2012, they just have to be films you WATCHED in 2012.  Let us know what you think of our return, of episode 28, and your film list by writing to us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or by leaving a post over on Facebook.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

27 - In the Cave...No One Can Hear You Flicker

In episode 27 of the podcast, we are joined by Leif immediately following our trip to see Prometheus at the local IMAX. We take the opportunity to talk about the Alien film franchise as a whole, starting with the original 1979 film, and each of the three direct sequels. 1986's Aliens from hit-maker James Cameron, 1992's Alien 3 from the incredible David Fincher and 1997's Alien Resurrection which was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. We briefly touch on these four and then really settle in to discuss Prometheus which was conceived as a prequel and succeeds on many levels. With five films to cover, we go a bit longer than normal but many intersting points are covered. Please do not listen to the spoiler section if you have not seen Prometheus, and do not listen to the show at all if you do not want the other films spoiled since we do not hold back while covering them. Please let us know your thoughts on the films we cover and on the show in general by writing to us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You can also post a message on our Facebook page.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

26 - What the Fudge!?

Episode 26 of the podcast looks at two films that surprised us with sudden bouts of total craziness and left us scratching our heads and asking "what the...?"
After recently seeing Joss Whedon's The Cabin the Woods, which caused this reaction numerous times, we started talking about other movies that had elicited similar responses and we immediately thought of these two gems. 2003's Dead End starring Ray Wise and Lin Shaye, and the hilarious splatstick film, 2007's Botched starring Stephen Dorff and some of the worst russian accents ever commited to video. Both of these movies are fun to watch and full of surprises, both large and small.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

25 - Metalhunter - The Destruction of the Forbidden Zone

Episode 25 of the podcast sees us delve into a danker, mustier and much darker corner of the cave. We return to the days of our youth and watch two films from 1983 that are so similar on the surface that you might think they're the same movies. We start with Metalstorm - The Destruction of Jaren-Syn which is another in a long line of mostly disappointing films from Charles Band. We finish by looking at Spacehunter - Adventures in the Forbidden Zone which features credible performances by a cast of b+ grade actors such as Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald, Ernie Hudson and Michael Ironside. These both are variants on the "cash in, rip off, imitation" trend which continues still today in Hollywood. While an argument can be made that these are both bad films, we enjoyed them on different levels and think that at least one of them is worthy of your time.
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

24 - As the Bone Turns

Welcome to Episode 24 of FFTC. In this episode we celebrate the fine actor Yaphet Kotto, starring as the titular character in Larry Cohen's amazing 1972 film Bone and taking a fantastic turn as the villain in 1974's action packed Truck Turner starring Issac Hayes. Although both films were made during the height of the blaxploitation era and feature some of the signature tropes of that genre, they both transcend genre pigeon holing and budgetary limitations to achieve more than most films coming out of the studios today. We run a little longer than usual in this episode, but we had much to talk about with these two gems. Hope you enjoy the cast.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

23 - From Italy to Mexico

Episode 23 of the podcast features two very divergent films that both fall within the umbrella of exploitation cinema. The first is 1973's Ricco the Mean Machine which stars Christopher Mitchum ( son of the legendary Robert Mitchum ). It is a reworking of the classic revenge tale that includes organized crime, youthful rebellion, and soap. Featuring some of the hottest Italian actresses we have ever seen and some truly shocking moments of violence, this is not to be missed.
The second film is 1977's Tintorrera ( Spanish for Tiger Shark ). While the movie is, at first glance, a Jaws ripoff, it is actually more of a study of non-standard relationships, all set in an idyllic Mexican paradise full of mostly uninhibited tourists, crafty locals, and one very hungry shark that seems to pop up at the worst possible time. And trust us, when this shark pops up, things do NOT go well for the hapless humans that encounter it. This film is a time capsule of another time, and another place that, despite it's mostly unbridled hedonism, is still an innocent take on how we could all lead happier lives. Tintorrera is truly unique.
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Episode 22 - Gary Pimpstick Sherman




We start 2012 by looking at three films from director Gary Sherman. We start with 1973's Raw Meat starring Donald Pleasance then look at 1981's Dead and Buried which stars James Farentino and finish up with 1982's Vice Squad which features an astounding performance by Wings Hauser as the nastiest pimp ever commited to celluloid, Ramrod. Gary Sherman displays his skill at crafting tight storylines and telling compelling stories that are filled with characters that seem totally real. These films succeed on most every level and they each are worth tracking down and watching. This special trilogy of films is our way of starting off 2012 with an extra big bang.
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