The world’s only podcast celebrating films where helicopters explode.
“No risk, no reward.”
Revenge is a dish best served in celluloid. Or so thought legendary Hong Kong director Jing Wong after he had a falling-out with Jackie Chan. The resulting, score-settling film was HIGH RISK (1995), a 100 minute-long takedown of the acclaimed martial artist.
Helping Will investigate the beef behind the backstory is Alex Rallo from One Perfect Headshot. They discuss what led the two movie moguls to loggerheads, some stunning action set pieces, and Wong’s peculiar brand of toilet humour.
High Risk (1995)
Director: Jing Wong
Cast: Jet Li, Jacky Cheung, Chingmy Yau and Wu Ma
Plot: After his wife and child are killed by a terrorist known only as The Doctor, Kit Li retires from the police to work as a bodyguard and secret stunt double for the cowardly martial arts film star Frankie Lane. While Frankie is attending an event at a Hong Kong hotel, The Doctor's gang take over the building giving Ki Li the chance to take his revenge.
The Omega Man
“There’s never a cop around when you need one.”
When you boil it all down, Charlton Heston was known for two types of films, biblical epics and science fiction sagas. So, on this show, we’re hurtling into the near future to review a film about a plague hit Earth, THE OMEGA MAN (1971).
Joining us to review the film is a woman who always dresses for dinner on Sunday, Erica Shultz from Customers Also Watched.
The Omega Man (1971)
Director: Boris Sagal
Cast: Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash, Robert Zerbe
Plot: Robert Neville is the only survivor following an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone except a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family".
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.
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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