April 8, 2017
Michael and I are once again joined by David May for a look at this transitional film which, while still largely silent, began adding in sound effects, a synched score, and our very first awkward Tarzan yell! Frank Merrill, the former stunt double of Elmo Lincoln, is back in the pelts for the second and final of his headlining serials, as Tarzan faces a jealous queen, multiple amnesiac blows to the head, a massive rubber crocodile, and the prettiest pouch of pebbles you've ever seen. Check it out here!
April 3, 2017
Edwin Davies (who writes magnificent film reviews on A Mighty Fine Blog - seriously, I can't recommend his work highly enough) had me on his film podcast Shot/Reverse Shot to discuss Five Came Back, a new Netflix documentary series where modern legends of the film industry talk about the group from the past who banded together during WWII to make propagandist films which not only drove the public perception of the war, but established new techniques for how documentaries would continue to be made for decades to come. Check it out here!
Labels: Shot Reverse Shot
March 15, 2017
Melissa and Tim were kind enough to have me back on A Reel Education for only the second John Ford film I've ever seen in my life. John Wayne returns to his family lands in Ireland, faces down old-fashioned beliefs with newer old-fashioned beliefs, beholds the might of Maureen O'Hara, tells a countless number of cigarettes to fuck off, and gets into one of the most epic fistfights of all time. Check it out here!
February 28, 2017
Evie, my old friend and co-host from I Hate Love Remakes joins us for a look at this matinee quickie where James Pierce, the soon-to-be-son-in-law of Edgar Rice Burroughs in his lone outing as Tarzan, finds himself up against an unexpected sister, Boris Karloff in blackface, a Halloween store onesie, and the most unfortunate ape funeral captured on film. Check it out here!
February 14, 2017
Alex and I finally reach WHAT SHOULD BE the final chapter of the Halloween saga, as Kevin Williamson and Jamie Lee Curtis craft a personal and operatic character piece exploring where Lori ended up 20 Years Water. Teens are killed, the career of Josh Hartnett is launched, middle-aged couples get their due, and John Carpenter almost makes a triumphant return. Check it out here!
January 20, 2017
Michael and I are once again joined by his son David as we look at the silent serial edited from an even longer silent serial which marked the final outing of action star Elmo Lincoln as the iconic jungle king. Beards are grown and shorn, dudes are tossed left and right, and lions spring from all around. Check it out here!
January 17, 2017
It's held up by fans as a recent classic and a return to form for John Carpenter, but we have many thoughts about the badass 90s look at the manly men hired by the Vatican to eradicate all bloodsucking kind. Melissa of Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome once again joins us as we cut up some priests, spit out some burgers, and wonder what the deal is with James Woods and his fascination with what causes people to pitch tent. Bonus: there's a sequel starring Jon Bon Jovi! Check it out here!
January 15, 2017
A Reel Education is a wonderful series introducing people to the classic of cinema, and is co-hosted by Melissa Kaercher, whom you've likely seen me mention in the past for episodes of her other show Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome on which I've appeared, and her own guest spots on Masters of Carpentry. As I'd never seen a single film by Federico Fellinni (despite him being a favorite of my dad's), I was invited to sit in on their discussion of La Dolce Vita, his stylish and for some reason beloved 1960 exploration of the vapidity of celebrity. Check it out here!
January 1, 2017
December 26, 2016
In which the attempt to relaunch Snake as a multi-media franchise kept hitting wall after wall after wall. Here's our look at what few comics made it out, and here's what few glimpses we had at development of an anime and video game.