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The world’s only podcast celebrating films where helicopters explode.

    When Time Ran Out

    When Time Ran Out

    “You’ve lived through the collapse of vaudeville and burlesque.”
    On the episode we take a look at the volcano-themed, disaster film WHEN TIME RAN OUT… (1980). A notorious critical and commercial flop, the movie has now passed into legend as the film that killed off the Seventies disaster genre. 
    Helping Will to review the film is When Time Ran Out super-fan Fred Andersson from Schmollywood Babylon. 
    They discuss the film’s “beautiful melodrama”, its questionable special effects, and why this film is the last great flowering of the Seventies disaster genre. 
    Episode 93. 
    Show notes
    When Time Ran Out… (1980)
    Director: James Goldstone
    Cast: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, Edward Albert, Red Buttons, Barbara Carrera, Burgess Meredith, Ernest Borgnine, James Franciscus, Pat Morita. 
    Plot: An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.

    • 46 min
    Man On The Roof

    Man On The Roof

    “Can I hitch a ride to the liquor store?”
    Helicopter explosions in films are very much an international phenomenon and on this episode we cast our cinematic eye on the Swedish cop thriller MAN ON THE ROOF (1976).
    To discuss the film we’re joined by Anders and Jonas from the Pod Hard podcast to discuss the film’s strange blend of gritty social realism and Dirty Harry-style maverick cop action.
    We also take a look at a helicopter explosion that’s considered the ‘proudest moment in Swedish action cinema’.
    Episode 92.
    Show notes
    Man On The Roof (1976)
    Director: Bo Widerberg
    Cast: Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt, Sven Wollter, Thomas Hellberg
    Plot: After a policeman is murdered in his hospital bed, detective Martin Beck and his colleagues must solve the mysterious murder. But as they investigate they discover that the murderer had more than one target. 
    Social media: Follow Anders or Jonas on Twitter.

    • 40 min
    Far Cry

    Far Cry

    “You owe me a meatball sandwich.”
    On this episode, Exploding Helicopter takes a look at one of the worst ever films by one of the one worst ever directors.
    Yes, we’re diving headlong into one of Uwe Boll’s notorious videogame adaptations, FAR CRY (2008) only to ask, ‘Is it really that bad?’
    To answer this important question we’re joined once again by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday who helps us look at a very memorable chopper fireball.
    Show notes
    Far Cry (2008)
    Director: Uwe Boll
    Cast: Til Schweiger, Udo Kier, Craig Fairbrass, Michael Pare
    Plot: An ex-special forces soldier turned boatman is hired by a journalist to investigate a top-secret military base on a nearby island.
    Episode 91.
     

    • 34 min
    Kill And Kill Again

    Kill And Kill Again

    “Must have been domestic.”
    On this episode we wind the clock back to the early Eighties to take a look at the cult martial arts movies KILL AND KILL AGAIN (1981).
    We’re joined by Brett and Ty from Comeuppance Reviews to discuss what many people (just us, really) are hailing as the most influential film ever made (terms and conditions apply).
    World domination through potato-based mind control, ninja armies and British cinema’s bizarre obsession with nunchuck censorship are just some of the topics we touch on. Plus, the film’s very exciting exploding helicopter action.
    Episode 90.
    Show notes
    Kill And Kill Again (1981)
    Director: Ivan Hall
    Cast: James Ryan, Ken Gampu, Mike Mayer
    Plot: Martial arts champion Steve Chase is hired to save the Nobel Prize winning scientist Horatio Kane, who has been kidnapped by a rich, evil genius named Marduk. Chase assembles a team of mercenaries who must overcome treacherous encounters on their way to the villain's stronghold and then fight for their lives after they themselves are captured.

    • 43 min
    Undercover Brother

    Undercover Brother

    “If you touch the fro, you got to go.”
    On the new Exploding Golf Cart we take a look at a film often hailed by fans as a classic of the combustible cart genre, UNDERCOVER BROTHER (2002).
    Is this blaxsploitation and spy movie spoof, a top of the leaderboard comedy, or does it miss the cut?
    And does the exploding golf cart action live up to the hype? Join us on the first tee to find out!
    Caddying for Will on this show is Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday.
    Show notes
    UNDERCOVER BROTHER (2002)
    Directed by: Malcolm D Lee.
    Cast: Eddie Griffin, Billy Dee Williams, Dave Chapelle, Denise Richards, and Neil Patrick Harris.
    Plot: When a white faceless corporate despot tries to derail a black candidate's presidential campaign, Undercover Brother and his fellow secret agents come to the rescue.
    Episode 89.

    • 27 min
    Colossal

    Colossal

    “She’s the monster, I’m the robot.”
    Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review the romantic comedy, meets Japanese kaiju movie, meets dark relationship drama, Colossal (2017).
    They try to work what sort of film it is, and then look at a rare ‘slap-sticky’ exploding helicopter.
    Show notes 
    Colossal (2017)
    Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo
    Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudekis, Dan Stevens
    Plot: Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.
    Episode 88.

    • 27 min

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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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