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Bridge Of Dragons
“Welcome to the revolution!”
Over the years, Dolph Lundgren has starred in plenty of big budget action films like Universal Soldier and The Expendables films. Now, Exploding Helicopter could have reviewed one of the Swedish muscleman’s more prestigious outings, but that’d be boring. Instead we’re looking at the under-the-radar classic, Bridge Of Dragons (1999).
Joining Will on this episode is Sweden’s second greatest muscle guy, Fred Andersson from Schmollywood Babylon and The Human Centipod.
Bridge Of Dragons (1999)
Director: Isaac Florentine
Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Gary Hudson
Plot: An evil General seeks to quash a popular uprising by marrying the daughter of the ruler he murdered. But when his bride absconds, the dictator sends a loyal soldier to recapture her triggering a series of events that lead to his downfall.
Fortress 2: Re-entry
“Just for the record, I ain’t the least bit happy about this.”
What? They made a sequel? Yes, it’s absolutely true. Christopher Lambert may have escaped a futuristic prison in Fortress (1992), but he couldn’t escape the lure of the DTV sequel Fortress 2: Re-entry (2000).
Joining Will to review the film is That Sequel Guy, follow-up film specialist, Dom O’Brien.
Fortress 2: Re-entry (2000)
Director: Geoff Murphy
Cast: Christopher Lambert, Patrick Malahide, Pam Grier
Plot: Seven years after the original Fortress movie, Brennick along with the rebels are captured and sent to a new, more sophisticated fortress prison, in outer space.
Code Name: Vengeance
“Sure I like kids - but I’m not here to start an orphanage.”
On this special episode of Exploding Forklift we take a look at a film often hailed by forklift fireball film fans as one of genre’s best: CODE NAME: VENGEANCE (1987).
We review this vintage video store action movie and make an in-depth examination of the exploding industrial loader action.
Guesting on this episode is Nick Rehak from Forklift Toast Sunday.
Director: David Winters
Cast: Roberty Ginty, Shannon Tweed, Cameron Mitchell
Plot: The geopolitical interests of America are threatened when an evil terrorist called Tabrak kidnaps the wife and son of the leader of an African country. After Uncle Sam decides to step in and help their ally, they quickly realise that there is only one man who can help, a disgraced former CIA agent called Monroe Bieler.
Bird On A Wire
“Since when did you start wearing underpants?”
Hard as it may be to believe now, but there was a time when audiences were happy to see Mel Gibson as the lead in a light-hearted romantic action comedy.
So, on this show, Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review BIRD ON A WIRE (1990), a film that was made at a more innocent time for Mel the Mullet. They also take a look at the film’s unique exploding helicopter action.
Director: John Badham
Cast: Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, Stephen Tobolowsky, Bill Duke, David Carradine, Jeff Corey
Plot: Rick Jarmin is put in witness protection after he helps the FBI bust drug dealer Eugene Sorenson. Fifteen years later, he is living with a new identity as a gas station attendant when his old flame Marianne stops at the garage and recognizes him, blowing his cover. The recently released Sorenson finds out, and both Jarmin and Marianne have to flee across country with the vengeful Sorenson in hot pursuit.
Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes
“All we wanted was a bigger – healthier tomato.”
On this show Will and Nick take a look at the low budget comedy spoof ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES (1978).
They take a look at the film’s scattershot approach to humour and an exploding helicopter that’s surprisingly real and first to be destroyed by a popular salad item.
Director: John De BelloCast: David Miller, George Wilson, Sharon Taylor
Plot: A group of scientists band together to save the world from mutated killer tomatoes.
“Of course the wolf flies.”
On this show we’re joined Jay Cluitt from the Deep Blue Sea podcast to review Rampage (2018).
We discuss genetically modified monster movies, whether science can explain Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s accent, and the wolf based exploding helicopter action.
Director: Brad Peyton
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Plot: When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago.
Great theme, works well
For what is a very niche angle on films (those featuring an exploding helicopter), the pod has a good look at the rest of each film, with a keen host and usually with Dara or other guests. Nice to get the odd mini episode as well.
Great premise, fun show
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