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    China Strike Force

    China Strike Force

    “You want bread? See a baker.”For reasons lost in the mists of time, it used to be all the rage for action films to pair a martial artist with a rapper. 
    So, on this show, we’re looking at one of curiosities of this odd action trend: China Strike Force (2000). A film that saw martial arts luminary Mark Dacascos teamed up with everyone’s favourite, sticky-up haired rapper, Coolio. 
    Helping us review the film is Alex Rallo from One Perfect Headshot.
    Show notes
    China Strike Force (2000)
    Director: Stanley Tong
    Cast: Aaron Kwok, Norika Fujiwara, Leehom Wang and Coolio
    Plot: After two elite cops witness an assassination, their investigation takes puts them on the trail of a local mobster with ambitious plans to set up a drug smuggling operation. 
    Episode 87.

    • 41 min
    The Mighty Peking Man

    The Mighty Peking Man

    “That’s okay, my wife’s a gorilla too.”
    Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review the bonkers King Kong rip-off The Mighty Peking Man (1977). 
    Among the topics of discussion are the films *ahem* unique special effects, the strange adult themed plot, and – of course – the spectacular exploding helicopter action. 
    Episode 86
    Show notes
    The Mighty Peking Man (1977)
    Plot: King Kong goes Hong Kong as a giant Himalayan beast tries to save a sexy Russia Tarzanette from a sleazy show-biz promoter.
    Directed by: Meng Hua Ho  
    Cast: Danny Lee, Evelyne Kraft, Chow Yun Fat (uncredited).

    • 35 min
    Dragon Wars

    Dragon Wars

    “Aren’t you going to congratulate me – it’s my 20th birthday.”
    It’s a very special episode of Exploding Helicopter as we take a look at Dragon Wars (2007), the film with most helicopter explosions in cinematic history.
    To help us look at this piece film history we’re joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday. 
    Show notes
    Dragon Wars (2007)
    Director: Hyung-rae Shim
    Cast: Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Robert Forster
    Plot: Once every 500 years, ancient mythical creatures come to Earth to wreak havoc and destruction. This time they must be stopped.
    Episode 85. 

    • 33 min
    Codename: Wild Geese

    Codename: Wild Geese

    “We’re only screaming to scare them.”
    When you think of the great directors of Italian cinema you think of Fellini, Pasolini, Visconti, Antonioni, Rosselini and other people whose names end in ‘I’.
    But on this show we’re reviewing Codename Wild Geese (1984) and celebrating one of the unsung heroes of Italian cinema – Antonio Margheriti. 
    We’re joined by Matt Poirier from DTV Connoisseur to review the film and we discuss the eclectic cast, and it’s unusual and spectacular special effects.
    Show notes
    Codename: Wild Geese (1984)
    Plot: A team of mercenaries go to the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia to overthrow a dictator who is also major opium manufacturer.
    Cast: Lewis Collins, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef and Klaus Kinski.
    Episode 84.

    • 38 min
    Amerigeddon

    Amerigeddon

    “You know, when I was your age – I was a tough son of a biscuit eater - just like you.”
    On this show, Exploding Helicopter takes a deep dive into the bonkers conspiracy thriller Amerigeddon (2016). 
    After the United Nations engineers a military takeover over of the USA - yes, the same United Nations that struggles to organise a drinks reception in a wine bar – it’s up to one, lone, Texan family to lead the fight back. 
    To help review the film Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday. They discuss the insane plot, some strange cameos, plus a truly unique exploding helicopter. 
    Show notes
    Amerigeddon (2016)
    Plot: A global organisation aligned with the United Nations disables the United States' power grid and institutes Martial Law. Can a dedicated family of patriots save America and reclaim its freedom.
    Stars: Dina Meyer, Diane Ladd, AnnaLynne McCord

    • 37 min
    Dreamcatcher

    Dreamcatcher

    “Oo-be-dooby-do, where are you?”
    On this show Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review the bonkers Stephen King adaptation, DREAMCATCHER (2003).
    They try to work just what the hell is going on in the plot, why Morgan Freeman has been dressed as an owl, before taking a look at the film’s exploding helicopter action.
    Episode 82.
    Show notes
    Dreamcatcher (2003)
    Director: Lawrence KasdanStarring: Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Sizemore, Donnie Wahlberg, Thomas Jane and Morgan Freeman
    Plot: Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

Betamax Video Club ,

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.

R1612 ,

Great premise, fun show

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