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Every two weeks Sean McTiernan creates a double bill in the hopes of exploring and understanding another aspect of thriller cinema.

Every other week, Calling All Units will answer questions from listeners, the host and, if necessary, the authorities.

If you keep a running list of movies you want to watch, prepare for it to get much, much longer.

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    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Every two weeks Sean McTiernan creates a double bill in the hopes of exploring and understanding another aspect of thriller cinema.

Every other week, Calling All Units will answer questions from listeners, the host and, if necessary, the authorities.

If you keep a running list of movies you want to watch, prepare for it to get much, much longer.

    KYAG #10 - Pat Novak For Hire - Rubin Callaway's Pictures (with special guest Jog))

    KYAG #10 - Pat Novak For Hire - Rubin Callaway's Pictures (with special guest Jog))

    Good friend and inspirational critic Jog joins me on the show where I talk a little bit about an episode of old time suspense radio that I like and then play it for you. This week we look at Dragnet auteur Jack Webb's career and play an episode of Pat Novak, For Hire

    • 1 hr 26 min
    KYAG #9 - Boston Blackie - Joe Adams Drowned

    KYAG #9 - Boston Blackie - Joe Adams Drowned

    Welcome to the show where I talk a little bit about an episode of old time suspense radio that I like and then play it for you.

    • 59 min
    KYAG #8 - Box 13 - Find Me, Find Death

    KYAG #8 - Box 13 - Find Me, Find Death

    Welcome to the show where I talk a little bit about an episode of old time suspense radio that I like and then play it for you.

    • 48 min
    Fire Walk With Me Screening Introduction

    Fire Walk With Me Screening Introduction

    LOTS OF TWIN PEAKS AND FIRE WALK WITH ME SPOILERS (none for season 3, really). A re-recording and slight expansion of an introduction I was invited to do of the 3 hour fan edit of fire walk with me for this great reading/screening series/

    • 31 min
    KYAG #7 - Suspense - Rave Notice

    KYAG #7 - Suspense - Rave Notice

    Welcome to the show where I talk a little bit about an episode of old time suspense radio that I like and then play it for you.

    • 53 min
    KYAG #6 - Mystery In The Air - Beyond Good & Evil

    KYAG #6 - Mystery In The Air - Beyond Good & Evil

    Welcome to the show where I talk a little bit about an episode of old time suspense radio that I like and then play it for you.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Dog Day 1979 ,

The best podcast out there

Whether or not you’ve seen the films under discussion, McTiernan is engaging, intelligent and generous. Have discovered lots of new films (and a few books) by listening.
Would have reviewed it much sooner but am relatively old and didn’t know how. Anyway it is brilliant.

konvolutj ,

excellent thriller chat

Sean discusses two thrillers every other week: the level & form of his discussion is high, refreshing & always makes me want to see the films in question. This is especially good if you consider how maligned the thriller is as a genre. The thematic pairings are always satisfying & well thought-out. The less formal episodes on alternate weeks are also great, or least better than most of the informal film-chat podcasts you hear. The only thing I'd add is a) more guests! b) Sean doesn't need to do himself down on the pod so much.

Thundarr Shirt ,

Thriller movies in context

There's an excess of "amatuer" film criticism on the internet -- blogs, podcasts, videos -- which, for the most part, indulge a surface-level, reference-gathering bro culture where listing the titles of "obscure" titles and the outrageous content of old grindhouse flicks the presenters have seen is somehow enough to sustain hours of discussion. All Units is, blessedly, not that, and hoo boy is that refreshing.

Laser-focused in his choice of subjects and forensic in his analysis, Sean McTiernan is an intelligent, affable presenter who analysises both big names and genuine obscurities from the history of thriller cinema through various lenses (including, so far, work culture and drugs). Deepen your understanding of the genre on micro and macro level, hear some of the most frank discussions of the #problematic aspects of genre cinema, and repress your own feelings about the work of Jeremy Saulnier when he gets trashed.

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