The FilmJerk Podcast is a regular podcast covering a wide variety of aspects of 1980s cinema. From distributors barely remembered and films long forgotten (if ever known) to the biggest actors and filmmakers of the decade, The FilmJerk Podcast will carefully curate a unique journey through a cinematic decade.
Episode 060: The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment - Part Three
As we conclude our multi-part miniseries, The United Film Distribution Company, one of the first distributors to be operated by a motion picture exhibition company, has become Taurus Entertainment, and will go on one of the worst runs of film releases any distribution company has ever had.
The movies discussed in this episode include:
Angel Town (1990, Eric Karson)
Best of the Best (1989, Robert Radler)
Beverly Hills Brats (1989, Jim Sotos)
Black Eagle (1988, Eric Karson)
BraveStarr: The Movie (1988, Tom Tataranowicz)
Class of 1999 (1990, Mark L. Lester)
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1988, Bill Courterie)
Domino (1989, Ivana Massetti)
Elliot Fauman, Ph. D. (1990, Ric Klass)
Fist Fighter (1989, Frank Zuniga)
Ghoulies Go to College (1990, John Carl Buechler)
Heaven Becomes Hell (1989, Mickey Nivelli)
The Invisible Kid (1988, Avery Crounse)
Martians Go Home (1990, David Odell)
Miss Firecracker (1989, Tommy Schlamme)
Mortuary Academy (1988, Michael Schroeder)
On the Make (1989, Sam Hurwitz)
Rachel River (1988, Sandy Smolan)
A Shock to the System (1990, Jan Egleson)
Slaughterhouse Rock (1988, Dimitri Logothetis)
Spontaneous Combustion (1990, Tobe Hooper)
Two Evil Eyes (1990, Dario Argento and George A. Romero)
Wired (1989, Larry Peerce)
Episode 059: The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment - Part Two
We continue our multi-part miniseries on The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment, one of the first distributors to be operated by a motion picture exhibition company. This week, we talk about several of their biggest successes, including Mark L. Lester's Class of 1984, Richard Hiltzik's Sleepaway Camp, and the Gone With the Wind of zombie movies, George A. Romero's Day of the Dead.
Additional titles covered during this episode include:
1990: The Brox Warriors (1983, Enzo Castellari)
Choke Canyon (1986, Chuck Bail)
Double Exposure (1987, Nico Mastorakis)
Flanagan (1985, Scott D. Goldstein)
The Jigsaw Man (1983, Terrence Young)
Retribution (1987, Guy Magar)
Terminal Entry (1988,John Kincaide)
Episode 058: The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment - Part One
We begin a multi-part miniseries on The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment, one of the first distributors to be operated by a motion picture exhibition company, who teamed with filmmaker George A. Romero to produce and/or distribute several of his most popular and enduring movies, including Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow.
Additional movies discussed in this episode include:
Class of 1984 (1982, Mark L. Lester)
Death Screams (1982, David Nelson)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977, John Landis)
Knightriders (1981, George A. Romero)
Lion of the Desert (1981, Moustapha Akkad)
Mother's Day (1980, Charles Kaufman)
Q: The Winged Serpent (1982, Larry Cohen)
The Sinful Bed (1973)
Sitting Ducks (1980, Henry Jaglom)
Tintorera: Killer Shark (1978)
Episode 057: The Grounded Genre of 80s Movies - Part 2
This episode completes a two-part miniseries on an interesting concept in examining genre movies in the 80s, Grounded Genre. Joining us for this miniseries is our very special guest Sarah Bullion, an award-winning director, producer and screenwriter who also spent ten years on sets as a prop master and second assistant director.
Episode 056: The Grounded Genre of 80s Movies - Part 1
This episode starts a two-part miniseries on an interesting concept in examining genre movies in the 80s, Grounded Genre. Joining us for this miniseries is our very special guest Sarah Bullion, an award-winning director, producer and screenwriter who also spent ten years on sets as a prop master and second assistant director.
Episode 055: FilmDallas Pictures
This week, we take a look back at the quick rise and even quicker fall of FilmDallas Pictures, which began its life as a Texas-based film investment company in 1983. After helping to produce two Oscar-winning films in 1984, they would take a leap of faith to become a film distribution company, only to be completely gone from the film industry by the end of 1988.
On this episode, we discuss Choose Me (1984, Alan Rudolph), Da (1988, Matt Clark), The Dirt Bike Kid (1985, Hoite Caston), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, Herbert Babenco), Man Facing Southeast (1986, Elisio Subiela), Night Zoo (1988, Jean-Claude Lauzon), Patti Rocks (1988, David Burton Morris), The Right-Hand Man (1987, Di Drew), Spike of Bensonhurst (1988, Paul Morrissey), Subway to the Stars (1988, Carlos Diegues), and The Trip to Bountiful (1985, Peter Masterson).
Good Deep Dive into the movie biz
Edward does a fantastic job doing the work of deep diving into the history of the topic he is covering. Clear and concise he translates the research and box office numbers into a topic that anyone can follow.
A real cinephile.
It’s clear that Edward loves film like few others and wants you to love it with him. The episodes are always carefully researched with fact and anecdotes you won’t find anywhere else. It’s always a pleasure to listen to Edward’s trips through film history and down LA and Santa Cruz memory lane.
Is there anyway you can have another narrator, voice over person. Your voice and delivery is dull without any sort of dynamic range or emotion. I find the narration annoying, it’s like a guy at his desk at home reading a book report he just wrote. Try to take your production to a higher level, which would start with a more professional narrator.