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Genre Grinder is a podcast devoted to the weirdest, most unique, and painfully specific film genres. Every month, your host, Gabe Powers, and a special guest will talk about movies that (hopefully) you’ve never heard of.

Genre Grinder Gabe Powers

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    • 4.9, 7 Ratings

Genre Grinder is a podcast devoted to the weirdest, most unique, and painfully specific film genres. Every month, your host, Gabe Powers, and a special guest will talk about movies that (hopefully) you’ve never heard of.

    Episode 12: Pop Star Movies, feat. Patrick Ripoll of Tracks of the Damned

    Episode 12: Pop Star Movies, feat. Patrick Ripoll of Tracks of the Damned

    Okay, this one is a little hard to explain: Gabe and Patrick are looking at films featuring rock, hip-hop, R&B, and reggae artists. Not concert movies or movies where a pop star plays someone else, but movies in which they essentially appear either as themselves or a slightly fictionalized version of themselves. Obvious examples include The Beatles in Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night (1964) or Prince in Albert Magnoli’s Purple Rain (1984).

     

    But we’re also not talking about those two very popular films – we’re talking about some slightly less popular titles with strong cult followings, including Bob Rafelson’s Head (1968), starring The Monkees, Perry Henzell’s The Harder They Come (1972), starring Jimmy Cliff, Allan Arkush’s Rock ‘n Roll High School (1979), starring The Ramones, and Reginald Hudlin’s House Party (1990), starring Kid ‘n Play. The fellas wrap things up with shorter discussions of Prince’s movies, Bob Spiers’ Spiceworld (1997), Tetsuro Takeuchi’s Wild Zero (1999), and a few others.

     

    00:00 – Intro

    07:07 – Head

    31:21 – The Harder They Come

    51:32 – Rock ‘n Roll High School

    1:19:36 – House Party

    1:45:09 – Wrap up

    • 2 hr
    Episode 11: (Bad) Shark Movies, feat. Anne-Marie Taylor

    Episode 11: (Bad) Shark Movies, feat. Anne-Marie Taylor

    DUH DUN DUH DUN DUNDUNDUNDUN (duh nanaaa) DUNDUNDUNDUN
     
    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.... Genre Grinder is back and focusing on actual genres, following the three part best of 2010s. Well, sort of. This month, Gabe and first-time guest Anne-Marie Taylor chat about shark movies or, more precisely, BAD shark movies. Honestly, it was just easier this way. Not only does Anne-Marie pride herself on knowing all the best in s****y selachimorpha flicks, but the subgenre has become its own little cottage industry on home video and television over the last two decades. 
     
    The discussion begins with arguably the quintessential Italian Jaws rip-off, Enzo G. Castellari’s The Last Shark (Italian: L'ultimo squalo; aka: Great White, 1981), then moves on to the silliest official entry in the Jaws canon, Joe Alves’ Jaws 3-D (1983), an early entry in the modern STV shark lottery, David Worth’s meme-tastic Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002), and end things with a perfect sampling of the Syfy network’s Z-grade output, Keith Shaw’s Avalanche Sharks (2014). We accidentally watched different versions of that last one.
     
    00:00 – Intro
     
    08:00 – The Last Shark
     
    29:17 – Jaws 3-D and shark facts
     
    53:20 – Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
     
    1:16:21 – Avalanche Sharks
     
    1:45:40 – Wrap up and Anne-Marie’s top four
     

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Episode 10: The Best Horror Movies of the 2010s (Part Three), feat. Patrick Ripoll & Betsy Jorgensen

    Episode 10: The Best Horror Movies of the 2010s (Part Three), feat. Patrick Ripoll & Betsy Jorgensen

    ARE WE STILL DOING THIS? WE ARE STILL DOING THIS!! THERE’S SO MUCH MORE CONTENT FOR THE MACHINE!!
     
    Gabe and Tracks of the Damned’s Patrick Ripoll are back ...again and running down more of Patrick’s favorite horror movies of the previous ten years ...again. When they’re done, it’s up to Your Favorite Monsters’ Betsy Jorgensen to tell us what she thinks made the last decade in horror great. Then, when all is said and done, Gabe and Patrick talk about a few more of Gabe’s faves.

    I know I originally promised a complete list from myself, my girlfriend Kristine, and Tyler Foster, but Patrick, Jim, Luana, and Betsy gave me so much to work with that I’ve decided to cut my own list down to a few items and save Kristine and Tyler’s lists for the next time we record.

    If you’re curious, however, here is a letterboxd.com list of my top 50: https://letterboxd.com/gabepowers/list/the-50-best-horror-movies-of-the-2010s-wip/


    00:00 – Intro and more from Patrick’s list
    51:05 – Betsy’s top 10
    1:27:34 – A bit of Gabe’s list

    Hear Patrick’s complete commentary for Lake Mungo, which came out a little too early to make anyone’s lists: http://www.nowplayingnetwork.net/tracksofthedamned/s1e5

    Hear Betsy’s latest episode of Your Favorite Monsters: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/your-favorite-monsters-52-come-undone/id1294117203?i=1000455964503

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Episode 10: The Best Horror Movies of the 2010s (Part Two), feat. Patrick Ripoll & Luana Saitta

    Episode 10: The Best Horror Movies of the 2010s (Part Two), feat. Patrick Ripoll & Luana Saitta

    THERE WAS TOO MUCH GOOD STUFF FOR ONE PODCAST! OR EVEN TWO!! THERE’S GONNA BE ANOTHER ONE AFTER THIS ONE, GUYS!!!
    Gabe and Tracks of the Damned’s Patrick Ripoll are back and running down more of Patrick’s favorite horror movies of the previous ten years. Right smack-dab in the middle, Gabe is also joined by Monster Island Commentaries/Movie Lobby Commentaries’ own Luana Saitta (recorded separately) for a look at her top 10 horror picks – some of which may surprise you! 


    This is the second of THREE podcasts on the subject, so stay tuned in two weeks for more with Patrick and lists by Betsy Jorgensen of Your Favorite Monsters, my girlfriend Kristine Fisher, and maybe even Tyler Foster.
     
    00:00 – Intro and more from Patrick’s list
    25:25 – Luana’s top 10
    1:26:28 – Even more with Patrick (plus a bit of Gabe’s list)
    Check out a preview clip of Luana and Monster Island co-host Travis Kirkland’s new series, Movie Lobby Commentaries, in which they discuss Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1992) right here: http://monstercommentaries.libsyn.com/movie-lobby-commentaries-terminator-2-judgment-day-preview-clip

    Hear Patrick’s complete commentary for Mike Flanagan’s Oculus (2013): http://www.nowplayingnetwork.net/tracksofthedamned/s1e4

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Episode 10: The Best Horror Movies of the 2010s (Part One), feat. Patrick Ripoll & Jim Laczkowski

    Episode 10: The Best Horror Movies of the 2010s (Part One), feat. Patrick Ripoll & Jim Laczkowski

    IT’S THE END OF AN ERA! JOIN US AS WE LOOK BACK ON THE BEST HORROR MOVIES OF THE 2010S WITH...20/20 VISION! BET YOU HADN’T HEARD THAT JOKE YET!


    It was a heck of a decade and Gabe has gathered all of his friends (and co-hosts) together to discuss the very best horror movies released between 2010 and 2019. In part one, he is joined by Tracks of the Damned’s Patrick Ripoll and Voices + Visions’ Jim Laczkowski (recorded separately) to decide what defined 2010s horror and what made each of these films so great.

    This is the first of THREE podcasts on the subject, so stay tuned in two weeks for more with Patrick and lists by Luana Saitta of Monster Island Commentaries, Betsy Jorgensen of Your Favorite Monsters, my girlfriend Kristine Fisher, and maybe even Tyler Foster.

    00:00 – Intro: What characterized 2010 horror with Patrick
    23:17 – Jim’s top 30
    1:26:45 – Part 1 of Patrick’s top 25

    Hear Patrick talk exclusively about Scream 4 on Tracks of the Damned: http://www.nowplayingnetwork.net/tracksofthedamned/s1e17

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Episode 9: High School Comedies (post 1980), feat. Tyler Foster

    Episode 9: High School Comedies (post 1980), feat. Tyler Foster

    FILL UP YOUR TRAPPER KEEPER AND RELIVE ALL THE ANGST, RAPTURE, HORMONES, AND HEARTBREAK OF HIGH SCHOOL!


    Last month, Gabe was visited by special guest Tyler Foster (formerly of DVDTalk.com) and the two of them decided to take a look at the wide world of high school comedies – or at least the ones that were released after 1980. The original plan was to focus on Amy Heckerling’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Steve Rash’s Can’t Buy Me Love (1987), and Joseph Kahn’s Detention (2011, a film Tyler has been trying to force Gabe to watch forever), but their conversation grew beyond those borders, to include important films, unimportant films, the genre’s history, evolving traditions and clichés, important filmmakers, connections to other genres (horror in particular), and more. Because the discussion is so broad, there aren’t any good places to stick trailer clips this time. 


    If you’d like, you can follow along with this list, which is the exact one Tyler and Gabe were working from while recording: https://letterboxd.com/gabepowers/list/high-school-comedies-post-1980/


    And check out Tyler’s old DVDTalk reviews right here: https://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/bio.php?ID=262
     

    • 1 hr 39 min

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