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by Luke Gorham by Steven Warner Podcasts

Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 105: Gymkata

November 30, 2019

#105: Gymkata Download episode here. Listen to episode here. 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…

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To Live and Die in L.A. | William Friedkin

Director William Friedkin is known as a ‘big’ personality, loud and aggressive and bellicose. He’s been called a bully more often than not (Nat Segaloff’s 1990 critical biography is appropriately titled ‘Hurricane Billy’). But Friedkin is a mess of contradictions, capable of self-critical introspection…

August 25, 2019
by Christopher Bourne Retrospective

I Am Sion Sono! | Sion Sono

Sion Sono fans, this is where it all begins. The wild, irreverent, iconoclastic, in-your-face style familiar to those who’ve seen even a few of the films the man made his name with in the 2000s (Suicide Club, Noriko’s Dinner Table, Love Exposure), it was all there from…

August 3, 2016
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 9

#9: Tiny Terrors: When Puppets (and Dolls) Attack Download episode here. Episode Description: November’s podcast comes late this year, for which we apologize. But hey, uh, hey. We wracked our brains trying to think of a good topic for Thanksgiving, something we were really thankful for.…

December 12, 2011
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