Sunday, August 14, 2011
Co-host G. Warlock Vance and I discuss Nobuhiko Obayashi's House, an explosion of trippy weirdness from 1977. I explain our lengthy hiatus before Warlock analyzes the film's themes and how it fits into the J-Horror tradition. We also geek out over the technical accomplishments of the film and gleefully recount its stunningly bizarre death sequences. House is calling to you, so come back home and get married.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Our month honoring the collaborations of director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell draws to a close as co-hosts Jeffery Heatherly and Ryan Houser join me in a discussion of Escape From L.A. (1996). Whereas Escape From New York was slow and serious, this is a fast-paced, campy thrill ride . . . and we love it. Topics of conversation include theories about how the script was written, ridiculous action sequences, special effects of varying quality and what would happen if Randy Newman made a cameo. Whether you're on a surf board or a hang glider, it's an episode you're bound to enjoy!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Our month-long tribute to the collaborations of director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell continues as co-host Jeffery Heatherly and I discuss Big Trouble In Little China (1986). While we enjoy it more than Escape From New York, we find this one a bit too convoluted to be a classic. Our typically tangential conversation touches on, among other things, Asian character actors, cheesy theme songs, anticlimactic villain deaths and the TV series Goosebumps. Join us, won't you?
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Our month-long tribute to the collaborations of director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell continues as co-host G. Warlock Vance and I discuss the sci-fi horror classic The Thing (1982). Topics of conversation include nihilism in the film, the need for communication, Rob Bottin's amazing visual effects and the weather in Antarctica. It's a perfect episode for anyone who goes there.
Friday, March 4, 2011
This month beloved actor Kurt Russell turns 60. To celebrate, Cinemantics is devoting the month to his collaborations with legendary director John Carpenter. In our first installment, co-hosts Jeffery Heatherly and Ryan Houser join me in a discussion of Escape From New York (1981). Our reception is decidedly lukewarm. We praise Russell and the look of the film but criticize its slow pace and droning soundtrack. We also unearth some nepotism in the film's casting. It's an episode that's truly A#1.
Friday, February 25, 2011
2010 was the Year of Godzilla at Cinemantics, a fact you may have forgotten as we covered only one movie featuring the giant rampaging lizard the entire year. In this episode, originally scheduled to air at the end of 2010, co-host Jeffery Heatherly and I attempt to rectify the problem with a discussion of Roland Emmerich's Godzilla (1998). Despite its many flaws, we rather like this big budget B movie - and Jeff lays out the rather intriguing theory that it's actually a satire. Plus, we resurrect a certain movie game!
Friday, February 11, 2011
After a much-needed hiatus, co-host Jeffery Heatherly and I return to finally discuss a film that has come up often on both our shows: Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008). A lifelong Batman fan, Jeff takes the opportunity to lay out all of his problems with the film, while I do my best to defend it. Our many topics of conversation include the film's depiction of the Joker, casting successes and failures, the upcoming sequel The Dark Knight Rises and the legacy of the late Heath Ledger. Welcome to a world without rules.