July 29, 2014

Episode 177: Zoom In: Sex Apartments

Special Guest: Jerry Chandler

This week we're looking at Naosuke Kurosawa's 1980 Japanese Roman Porno film Zoom In: Sex Apartments (AKA Zoom In: Rape Apartments/Zûmu in: Bôkô danchi). The film tells the tale of a young married woman who gets raped on the way to visit an old flame. The assault appears to be a part of a series of similar rapes and gruesome murders taking place in an apartment block. The film is visually striking and seems inspired by Dario Argento's 1970s giallo films.

We're joined once again by VCinema's Coffin Jon to talk about pinku eiga, roman porno, and more.

Buy Zoom In: Sex Apartments on DVD
Buy Jasper Sharpe's Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema
Check out Synapse's Nikkatsu Roman Porno page
Get a free book about Japanese pinku eiga edited by Abé Mark Nornes
Check out these related episodes of the show:
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Deep Red
Episodes featuring Coffin Jon:
High & Low
Battle Royale
Battles Without Honor and Humanity
Branded to Kill
More about Coffin Jon's VCinema

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July 24, 2014

Our Most (and Least) Popular Episodes of all Time*

Most Popular Episodes (from most to least)

  1. Robocop
  2. Orgy of the Dead
  3. The Bad Lieutenants
  4. Manhunter
  5. The King of Comedy
  6. Dune
  7. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  8. Female Trouble
  9. Possession
  10. Reservoir Dogs
  11. Eyes Wide Shut
  12. Blue Velvet
  13. Starship Troopers
  14. Boss Nigger
  15. The Day The Clown Cried
  16. Black Roses
  17. Black Dynamite
  18. Watermelon Man
  19. The Devils
  20. Phantom of the Paradise

Least Popular Episodes (fewest to most)

  1. Hit
  2. Chicken Park
  3. Flight to Fury
  4. Static
  5. Score
  6. Traxx
  7. Darktown Strutters
  8. Mean Guns
  9. Punishment Park
  10. Hickey & Boggs
  11. Candy Tangerine Man
  12. The Spook Who Sat by the Door
  13. The American Astronaut
  14. Wacko
  15. Big Wednesday
  16. High & Low
  17. Straight Time
  18. The Woman Chaser
  19. Grace of My Heart
  20. Series 7: The Contenders
* As of July 24, 2014

July 22, 2014

Episode 176: Waterpower

Special Guests: Shaun Costello, Sharon Mitchell, Jeanne Silver

A notorious adult film which blends the true crime of Michael H. Kenyon and the movie Taxi Driver, Shaun Costello's Waterpower stars Jamie Gillis as Burt, the Enema Bandit, who terrorizes women with his Bardex bag and nozzle.

We spoke to director Shaun Costello about the strange history of the film (which is often credited to Gerard Damiano) as well as "patient" Jeanne Silver. We also continue our conversation with Sharon Mitchell from our Smoker episode.

We're joined by Heather Drain to discuss this fascinating portrait of bicentennial New York City.

Buy Waterpower on DVD
Visit the official Shaun Costello website
Buy Shaun Costello's Wild About Harry
Listen to the first part of our Sharon Mitchell interview
Listen to our Opening of Misty Beethoven episode
Listen to The Rialto Report interview with Jeanne Silver
Listen to The Rialto Report talk to Sharon Mitchell
Keep up with Mondo Heather
From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse contains a great essay on Waterpower
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July 21, 2014

The Woman Chaser Soundtrack

With the recently released digital version of Robinson Devor's The Woman Chaser, the original soundtrack had to be replaced due to rights and budget issues. Thanks to Mike's OCD, people can still enjoy the original soundtrack as a compilation.

Song TitleArtist
BacoaLes Baxter
Cuban BluesChico O'Farrill
Fiesta TimeChico O'Farrill
The Asphalt JungleMiklos Rozsa
AtaypuraYma Sumac
Mars, The Bringer Of WarGustav Holst
Lotus LandMartin Denny
Black OrchidCal Tjader
Dance Of The HeadhuntersTito Puente
MacaoAnthony Collins
LustLes Baxter and Bas Sheva
Night on Bald MountainLeonard Bernstein
Ritual Drum DanceTito Puente
The High Priest Of The AztecsLes Baxter
PoincianaRobert Maxwell & His Orchestra
Voodoo DreamsLes Baxter
Kon-TikiYma Sumac and Orchestra
Slave GirlChaino
Ceremonial Feast DanceChaino
Autumn In Washington SquareDave Brubeck
God Rest Ye Merry GentlemenJimmy Smith

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July 15, 2014

Episode 175: Planet of the Vampires

We examine this sci-fi classic from Mario Bava, Planet of the Vampires (AKA Terrore nello spazio) along with Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava.

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Buy It! The Terror Beyond Space
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July 10, 2014

Special Report: Dick & Harry

Special Guests: Elijah Drenner & Sophie Huber

Steve Byrne of The Detroit Free Press joins Mike on this special documentary double feature episode. We discuss a pair of films that look at two amazing actors, Harry Dean Stanton and Dick Miller.

This episode features interviews with Sophie Huber, director of Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction and Ejijah Drenner, director of That Guy Dick Miller, as well as a discussion of the new Documentary Podcast from The Freep Film Festival.

Find out more about the Freep Film Festival
Listen to the Documentary Podcast
Visit the official Dick Miller website
Follow That Guy Dick Miller on Facebook
Follow Harry Dean Stanton Partly Fiction on Facebook
Buy Harry Dean Stanton Partly Fiction on DVD
Rent Harry Dean Stanton Partly Fiction on Vimeo
Watch Harry Dean Stanton Partly Fiction on Netflix
Learn 7 Things you didn't know about Harry Dean Stanton

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July 8, 2014

Episode 174: The Holy Mountain

Special Guest: Heatherleigh Navarre

We examine Alejandro Jodorowsky's landmark 1973 philosophical film, The Holy Mountain, about nine adepts searching for immortality, undertaking a sacred journey. Joining us is Stephen Scarlata, co-producer of the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune.

Our special guest, Heatherleigh Navarre of The Boston Tea Room, discusses the history and significance of Tarot and reads Mike's cards.

Learn more about The Boston Tea Room
Buy The Holy Mountain on DVD
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Buy The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky box set
Buy Jodorowsky's Dune on Blu-Ray
Follow Stephen Scarlata on Twitter
Listen to our interview with Stephen Scarlata

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July 1, 2014

Episode 173: No Retreat, No Surrender

Special Guest: Keith W. Strandberg

Step into the ring and fight for your independence on this Independence Day episode where Jean Claude Van Damme plays an evil Soviet fighter - it's No Retreat, No Surrender! The 1986 low-budget martial arts film stars Kurt McKinney as Jason Stillwell - a young man who continues to learn karate despite his father's wishes. Jason not only has to navigate the ups and downs of being a teen but he meets up with Bruce Lee who gets him ready to square off against the man of muscle West Coast gangsters used to push his father of out of the dojo business.

We are joined by the writer and producer of No Retreat, No Surrender Keith W. Strandberg.

Guest Co-Host this week is Zachary Oberzan - a JCVD enthusiast and filmmaker who played "The Muscles from Brussels" in his film Your Brother, Remember?

Buy No Retreat, No Surrender (Non-USA Import)
Visit the official Keith W. Strandberg website
Buy/Stream Zachary Oberzan's Your Brother. Remember?
We talked to Zachary Oberzan about his first film, Flooding with Love for the Kid on our First Blood episode
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June 27, 2014

Special Report: Jonathan Ball on Crime Wave

Special Guest: Jonathan Ball

Mike talked to Dr. Jonathan Ball, author of the definitive book on John Paizs's Canadian classic, Crime Wave (AKA The Big Crime Wave).

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Visit Jonathan Ball's website
Visit the University of Toronto Press website
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June 24, 2014

Episode 172: Mother Night

Special Guests: Bob Weide, Gregory D. Sumner & Mary Kenny

Perhaps the best adaptation of a Kurt Vonnegut work, Mother Night stars Nick Nolte as Howard W. Campbell, Jr. an American playwright whose Nazi broadcasts may have helped America win the war. But, at what cost? Mother Night stars Alan Arkin, Sheryl Lee, Frankie Faison, John Goodman and a great supporting cast.

Also, we'll be talking to screenwriter Bob Weide (who's currently wrapping up a documentary on Kurt Vonnegut), Gregory D. Sumner, author of Unstuck in Time A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels, and Mary Kenny, author of Germany Calling A Personal Biography of William Joyce Lord Haw-Haw.

Our special guest co-host is the director and co-producer of Mother Night, Keith Gordon.

Buy Mother Night on DVD
Buy Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Buy Unstuck in Time A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels by Gregory D. Sumner
Buy Back to School starring Keith Gordon & Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Visit the official Mary Kenny Website
Buy Germany Calling A Personal Biography of William Joyce Lord Haw-Haw by Mary Kenny
Read Bob Weide's memories of making Mother Night
Listen to Keith Gordon on our Static and Love and Death episodes

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