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Cinema A La Carte Podcast – Episode 008 - FLASH GORDON (1980)
Flash Gordon, the character, was created back in the 1930’s specifically as a space opera. Space opera is the old science fiction that takes place in outer space but doesn’t necessarily follow the knowledge behind the science. George Lucas brought it all back in the 1970’s with STAR WARS (1977). With it being a huge subgenre once more, in 1980 the film FLASH GORDON as the next big budget film to set off a franchise.
New York Jets quarterback Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones), during space Emperor Ming’s (Max von Sydow) invasion of Earth, flies a space rocket with travel agent Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) and scientist Hans Zarkov (Topol) to Ming’s palace where they are captured. With the help of Princess Aura (Ornella Muti) and others, Flash escapes and tries to start an intergalactic rebellion to free all those oppressed by Ming.
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, directed by Mike Hodges, and written by Lorenzo Semple, Jr., based off Alex Raymond’s iconic character, the movie gained much press as the band Queen joined as the main composer along with Howard Blake. Released world wide, the film’s retro look and strange story gained it mediocre reviews. Yet years later fans found the film and gave it the rightful cult following that it has. Your co-hosts discuss this wonderful film.
Dark Discussions Podcast – Episode 506 - JOHN WICK (2014)
Director Chad Stahelski worked with Keanu Reeves on the MATRIX (1999) as a stunt coordinator for that film. When screenwriter Derek Kolstad wrote the screenplay for a film about a bounty hunter that included crazy action set pieces, Stahelski thought of Reeves to play the lead role. That film became JOHN WICK (2014) and the beginning of an iconic character and franchise.
John Wick, who’s wife died from illness, retires from bounty hunting to try to deal with his loss. When a beagle puppy arrives as a gift from his late wife, he begins to find peace in his life. However, when robbers break in and take everything that’s left in his world, he returns to his prior life, searching for revenge and vengeance and once more find peace in this crazy world.
Keanu Reeves returned to superstardom after being cast in the film. The movie also stars Willem Dafoe, John Leuizamo, Ian McShane, Alfie Allen, and Michael Nyqvist. JOHN WICK reviewed fantastic reviews and became a surprising money maker leading to the movie becoming a franchise. A Patreon movie pick, Dark Discussions takes a look at the film that started it all and gives their thoughts.
Halloween Boutique Psychotronic Reviews – Volume 033 - MARLA (2018) Review
Women in horror are essential. Some actresses especially have made a career for themselves from this subgenre of cinema. But recently a lot of women have become also directors and writers for films. In one such case, the 2018 film MARLA had a woman that directs, writes, and stars in the film. Lisa van Dam-Bates took the reigns to showcase her talents.
Marla (Lisa van Dam-Bates) is a young woman who works as a cocktail waitress at a local pub. Her boyfriend, Jake (Johnnie Ware), works the bar and does the accounting for the establishment. Being a normal sexually active couple, an old doctor friend of hers offers to give her an IUD free of charge. Her boyfriend seems suspicious and soon Marla’s life begins to spiral out of control as unexpected consequences do appear.
The movie stars Lisa van Dam-Bates, Johnnie Ware, Katie Hemming, Palmer Chase, and Jason Stange as Dr. Lourdes. After a two year festival run where it had the title MARLA MAE, the movie received a VOD release in 2018. Halloween Boutique Psychotronic Reviews takes a look at this film that should appeal to both thriller fans as well as midnight movie auteurs.
Dark Discussions Podcast – Episode 505 - GAIA (2021)
The word Gaia means the goddess of Earth in the Greek mythos, also known as Terra in the Roman mythos. The new South African horror film, GAIA (2021), obviously references the planet we live on, but its title is very much an enigma. The movie is most certainly a film that focuses on nature, but it is much more than that.
Park rangers, Gabi (Monique Rockman) and Winston (Anthony Oseyemi), are tasked to change the digital memory cards of the various cameras that are set up within the Tsitsikamma forest. When Gabi’s drone is incapacitated, she goes off to get it. When unfortunate circumstances separates her from Winston, she is found by a father and son survivor duo who take her back to their cabin. When she arrives there, she discovers the forest has a secret that she would never have fathomed of.
Jaco Bouwer directs and Tertius Kapp wrote GAIA. Partly in English and partly in Afrikaans, the movie digs deep into the health of the earth, what may exist out deep in remote forests, and how the loss of a loved one can change one’s life completely. Besides starring Monique Rockman and Anthony Oseyemi, Carel Nel and Alex Van Dyk play the father and son survivalists. Dark Discussions takes a look at this interesting film and gives their thoughts.
Halloween Boutique Psychotronic Reviews – Volume 032 – EYE WITHOUT A FACE (2021)
Technology has changed things tremendously, especially the internet. Social media has allowed folks to connect with each other unlike never before. However, hacking has become prevalent as well. Personal data and bank accounts need constant protection. But what about those little cameras on one’s laptop? What happens when they are hacked and folks are able to watch you when you are unaware? The new movie EYE WITHOUT A FACE (2021) uncomfortably portrays this.
Henry (Dakota Shapiro), a young agoraphobic man, lives in a house he inherited from his father. Help to pay the property tax, he has let his friend Eric (Luke Cook), an inspiring actor, move in with him. During Henry’s quiet days at home, he has hacked into the webcams of various women that live in his home city of Los Angeles. While watching them during their private moments, he suspects one of them to be a possible serial killer.
Director Ramin Niami also wrote the script for the film. Along with Dakota hapiro and Luke Cook, the film stars Vlada Verevko, Rebecca Berg, and Ashley Elyse Rogers. With its very modern topics, the film is most certainly interesting as it confronts computer crimes, women’s privacy, mental illness, and parental abuse. Your co-hosts take a look at this interesting film and give their thoughts.
Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 504 - Malignant (2021)
James Wan is one of today’s most celebrated horror and genre directors. He was a the creator or co-creator of such horror franchises as INSIDIOUS, SAW, and THE CONJURING universe. Many of these films are considered iconic films of the genre. Now in 2021, he has directed a new horror film entitled MALIGNANT (2021) that has been released simultaneously to theaters and HBO Max.
Madison (Annabelle Wallis) is married, pregnant, and seems to live the American dream. But when her husband become abusive, her life turns upside down. She begins to have visions of an intruder who is out hunting what appear to be random people within her hometown, Seattle, Washington. When a deep secret about her past is revealed, the murderer, she discovers, may be someone that she has known all her life.
Unlike many of his other films being written by director/writer Leigh Whannell, MALIGNANT’s script is written by Akela Cooper. The movie starts Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, and George Young. Music is composed by long time collaborator Joseph Bishara. Dark Discussions takes a look at this very strange and intense film and gives their thoughts.
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Great podcast to wake up your analytical brain
Use to be a good horror cast.
This use to be fun to listen too. But not so much anymore the sound quality is terrible. The hosts seem to worry more about Hollywood drama then movies don’t feel relatable anymore.
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There are many horror/movie podcasts out there, but Dark Discussions is my favorite. Each host has their own personality which makes the discussions so much fun. They've turned me on to so many movies/tv shows/books that I never would have known about or given a chance. I can't say enough good things about this podcast, not to mention they also do a show called You Know Nothing Jon Snow, covering Game of Thrones, which is a blast to listen to during each season.