Episode Description: Just in time for Thanksgiving, we have the ultimate turkey for our listeners: 1985’s Gymkata, directed by Robert Clouse. Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas stars as an elite athlete recruited by the U.S. government to participate in a top secret competition where the winner will be awarded a major advantage in the Cold War. Or something. Honestly, nothing in this film makes a lick of sense, including the titular fighting style, which is described as, “The skill of gymnastics, the kill of karate.” But it sure is a lot of fun, especially if you’ve had a few drinks. Warning: the word ‘taint’ is uttered a weird number of times in this episode. We apologize.
Summer Blockbuster!?! is a podcast featuring InRO Editor-in-Chief Luke Gorham and Bradley University film professor Steve Warner. The duo look to tackle films each episode which received wide releases during the competitive summer movie season, but which had no sensible reason for such a rollout. And sometimes they cheat and don’t abide by this framework at all. A new episode will be posted each Friday from the beginning of May until the end of October, moving to a bi-weekly posting schedule after. Catch up on past episodes right here, and subscribe through Spotify, the iTunes Store, or for Android.