Podcast by The Twin Geeks
Ep. 95: Happy Death Day (2017)
If we're being honest here, there's only one reason we're covering this film for our monthly block of horror episodes: cohost Calvin Kemph's undying enthusiasm for Groundhog Day-like films and its fusion with the slasher genre of horror. Whether it's in the form of a Netflix mini-series, an international festival favorite, or prattling on about the famous film itself, this guy loves him some gimmick-driven time loop movies. Countless references of praise for Christopher Landon's Happy Death Day can be found sprinkled around the website, and there is perhaps nothing so fawning as his review of the film's sequel from last year. Today, we find out what makes this series such a fixation of Calvin's psyche, why this seemingly standard tongue-in-cheek slasher has so permanently fixated itself to our beloved cohost, and if his podcasting partner can maintain his sanity after an hour of copious enthusiasm for Jessica Rothe and her role as the first Infinite Girl of slashers.
0:00: Birthday, holiday, and The Pagemaster (1994) appreciation
22:05: On the Rocks
38:19: Happy Death Day
Ep. 94: The Fly (1986)
0:00: The Foo Geeks: Dave Grohl Appreciation
8:45: Tromaville: The Toxic Avenger & Psycho 2
23:42: Memories of Murder Remastered
32:08: David Byrne’s American Utopia
54:36: The Fly
Ep. 93: The Evil Dead (1981)
0:00: America’s #1 Vapecast
9:00: The Vow
21:00: Nightstream & Favorite Horror Theater Experiences
29:16: The Evil Dead
Ep. 92: Monster House (2006)
As the leaves change their colors and the year crawls into the spookiest month of all, we look to those captivating holiday favorites to put us in the proper mood. While not yet regarded as a rightful classic, the early motion-capture animation film Monster House has endured in our minds as one of the best encapsulations of the Halloween spirit on film. It blends the inherent silliness and humor of the tradition with genuine fear and monstrous horror. It takes us back to a time when we ourselves would roam the darkened suburban streets of our home towns, prowling for candy and ghouls alike. Monster House remains a perennial favorite because of its smart writing, creative animation, and its uncompromising embrace of the holiday, making for an easy transition into a month full of horror each and every year.
0:00: Ambassadors of Anime and Disney
8:20: The Trial of the Chicago 7
24:06: Feels Good Man
37:04: Horror Month Lists
48:30: Monster House
Ep. 91: Bullet In The Head (1990)
In the wake of the horrific Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, Hong Kong action director John Woo was inspired to apply his hyper-stylistic, ultra-violent directorial prowess to showcase the horrors of dictatorial reign and juxtaposing the political conflicts of the day with the similar conflicts of protest revolving around the Vietnam War. Those who are used to Woos balls-to-the-wall style of directing, eschewing logical and realism for absurdist spectacle, will be surprised to see a fusion of that thrilling bravura with the socially critical depiction of violence in the grueling wartime setting of the Vietnam conflict, as three friends find themselves caught in the midst of the bloody, unforgiving conflict while trying to make a living in the criminal underworld. The brotherly camaraderie which is a staple of Woos Heroic Bloodshed films flourish even greater here with the dramatic backdrop of the war compelling their relationships, and the action has never been as visceral or exciting. Bullet in the Head is as grand as it is ambitious, and often overlooked in the pantheon of the great action director's work.
11:08: The Controversy of Cuties
32:40: The Academy’s Diversity Initiative
41:08: Ken Burns’ The Civil War
45:47: Bullet in the Head
Ep. 90: Dazed And Confused (1993)
For nearly two decades the rocking teen comedy dominated the cinematic landscape as the preeminent escapist dream to the days of our rambunctious youths, and none perhaps more nostalgically than Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused. Boasting one of the most electric soundtrack selections of any film, and all the warm remembrance of the culture of 1970s freedom, this perennial favorite has more than made its impact on popular culture. Linklater conjures the most profound recreation of the 1970s both through impeccable art direction and musical brilliance, falling back on only the most classic of rock and roll offerings and forever enshrining them as artifacts of the beloved era. Dazed and Confused is often described as the ultimate hang out movie, and so we soak in every moment with reverence as we consider the warm feelings of our own memories of youth.
0:00: Definitely not a Tenet discussion
6:58: Mulan and a politically compromised Disney
23:55: I’m Thinking of Podcasting Things
36:09: Dazed & Confused
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