Episode 216 – Praising Kane – Racing with the Moon (1984)

PRAISING KANE returns with 1984's RACING WITH THE MOON, a pretty darn good World War II-era coming of age film starring Sean Penn & Nicolas Cage as close friends who experience a whole lot of life's trials and tribulations in the days before they are shipped off to the war. Directed by Richard Benjamin, it has a bunch of young familiar faces (including Crispin Glover and Michael Madsen), and clearly has a lot of empathy for its mixed up central characters. Oh, and of course Carol Kane is in there as well in a small - but memorable - role. All that and the latest Carol Kane news so CHECK IT OUT.Read more

Episode 215 – How Do You Do, Fellow Kids? – The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS? (the world's finest Steve Buscemi-themed podcast) returns with an episode all about a film celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2024: the Coen brothers' Capraesque classic THE HUDSUCKER PROXY! Starring Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Campbell, and - of course - Steve Buscemi, it was a big-budget flop for the Coens, despite roping in their pal Sam Raimi to co-write. What went wrong? LISTEN AND FIND OUT.Read more

Episode 214 – Whatever Happened to Vic Diaz? – Death Force (1978)

On a brand new WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ?, James Iglehart is out for some samurai sword-based revenge in Cirio H. Santiago's 1978 martial arts exploitation film DEATH FORCE (aka FIGHTING MAD)! Featuring plenty of decapitations, some problematic sword training, and - of course - our man Vic Diaz. CHECK IT OUT!Read more

Episode 213 – Cinema Smorgasbord Sells Out – Dune: Part Two (2024)

We're back and we're still SELLING OUT with a rare chat about a current blockbuster: the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel DUNE: PART TWO. Following the continuing adventures of Paul Atreides and his pals on the sand-covered planet Arrakis (aka DUNE). We chat about the David Lynch (and aborted Alejandro Jodorowsky) version(s), Liam's experience with the books, what does and doesn't work, and whether we're interested in more films/TV in the DUNE universe. CHECK IT OUT! Read more

Episode 212 – Eric Roberts is the Man – Master! (2021)

We're doctorin' the TARDIS on this episode of ERIC ROBERTS IS THE MAN with a first for the podcast: an audio drama box-set produced by Big Finish featuring Eric Roberts (naturally) as beloved Doctor Who villain THE MASTER! Helping us maneuver through (relative) time and dimensions in space is author and podcaster Chad Denton, who helps bridge the gap between Eric's performance in the 1996 DOCTOR WHO TV movie and his surprising return. There's also plenty of BIG NEWS to cover, including the recent announcement of the upcoming Eric Roberts autobiography! CHECK IT OUT! Read more

Episode 211 – We Do Our Own Stunts – Dragon Lord (1982)

After a less-then-fruitful experience in the US (filming THE BIG BRAWL and THE CANNONBALL RUN), Jackie returned to Hong Kong with a blank check from Golden Harvest and a chip on his shoulder. The result was plenty of bumps, bruises and 1982's DRAGON LORD, which serves as a transitionary period between the old-school kung fu films of his past and the stunt-heavy films (with higher production value) that would define his work in the 1980s. In this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS we break down the good and bad of DRAGON LORD, its two cuts, and the two bravura sequences within. LISTEN!Read more

Episode 210 – Wild in the Streets – Le Marginal (1983)

We're getting WILD IN THE STREETS with Jean-Paul Belmondo in the 1983 action film LE MARGINAL (aka THE OUTSIDER)! Featuring Belmondo as Commissioner Philippe Jordan, a tough as nails cop who - wait for it - plays by his own rules, and those rules involve running through traffic, jumping out of helicopters, and just straight up murdering dudes with his car! It's good, clean, semi-fascistic fun and our hosts feel a bit guilty about how much fun it is. Oh well! Enjoy! Read more

Episode 209 – George Kennedy is My Copilot – The Gambler (2014)

On this episode of GEORGE KENNEDY IS MY COPILOT we're checking out a rare mid-80s George Kennedy commercial for York Heating and Cooling as well as Rupert Wyatt's 2014 remake of the James Toback-written THE GAMBLER, which features the final role of George Kennedy! We discuss Mark Wahlberg's attractiveness, the joys(?) of gambling, whether we would rather have a stereo system or black & white television and SO MUCH MORE! You gotta check it out, you just gotta!Read more

Episode 208 – JodoWOWsky Part 14 – The Technopriests (1998-2006)

It's the long awaited return of JodoWOWsky and on this episode we're headed back to the comic book Jodoverse with the eight-volume Incal spin-off THE TECHNOPRIESTS, originally published from 1998 until 2006. Written by Jodorowsky with art from the immortal Zoran Janjetov, with color from Fred Beltran it follows the journey of Albino, the Supreme Technopriest, and his journey through the Technopriest hierarchy which - surprise - becomes a galaxy-spanning epic of mind-melting proportions. We also with Alejandro Jodorowsky a very happy 95th birthday and take a look at all the latest Jodorowsky news. JOIN US! Read more

Episode 207 – Bartel Me Something Good – Scenes From The Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989)

This is more like it! Bartel Me Something Good returns with Paul Bartel's end-of-the-80s satirical sex comedy triumph SCENES FROM THE CLASS STRUGGLE IN BEVERLY HILLS, featuring an all-star cast witnessing - and participating in - all sorts of bad taste fun. Jacqueline Bisset, Mary Woronov, Ray Sharkey, Robert Beltran, Ed Begley Jr., Wallace Shawn and Bartel himself chew up the scenery - and some wonderful dialogue from writer Bruce Wagner - while indulging in the best and worst of Reagan-era debauchery. CHECK IT OUT! Read more

Episode 206 – Praising Kane – Over The Brooklyn Bridge (1984)

For our first episode of Praising Kane (the world's finest Carol Kane-related podcast) of 2024 we're DOUBLING UP, first with an episode of Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre from 1984 adapting SLEEPING BEAUTY with an all-star cast including Christopher Reeve, Beverly D'Angelo, Bernadette Peters and - of course - Carol Kane! We then get into our feature OVER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, an early film from Cannon Films directed by Menahem Golan and starring Elliott Gould and Margaux Hemingway. Carol Kane plays a demure Jewish teacher with a WILD SIDE. We also chat about the recent Sundance premiere of Kane's new film BETWEEN THE TEMPLES. HOORAY! Read more

Episode 205 – Cinema Smorgasbord Sells Out – Barbie (2023)

On this INAUGURAL episode of CINEMA SMORGASBORD SELLS OUT we're getting mainstream as HELL as we dig into the most zeitgeisty film of 2023, Greta Gerwig's colorful box office smash BARBIE! No more obscure Filipino exploitation movies or Jodorowsky rarities, we're talking about something everyone has seen for once and - damn it - we're gonna enjoy it. We touch on our personal history with Barbie dolls (and Barbie media), whether Barbie works as a children's film, how we get enjoyment out of films that anger the "right" people and SO MUCH MORE. Listen, friends!Read more

Episode 204 – How Do You Do, Fellow Kids? – Vibes (1988)

HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS? (the world's finest Steve Buscemi-themed podcast) returns with its first episode of 2024 with a surprising early Buscemi role in the 1988 psychic-themed comedic adventure film VIBES starring Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum and Peter Falk! It's weird as hell! We also chat about Steve Buscemi's recent birthday, listening to terrestrial radio, Bad Bunny (and his music video for "Baticano" starring Steve Buscemi), the recent cancellation of MIRACLE WORKERS and SO MUCH MORE. Listen and tell your friends! Read more

Episode 203 – Further Reeding – The System (1964)

New year, new episode of FURTHER REEDING, a podcast all about the life and career of actor Oliver Reed! On this episode we're joining Reed and all his seaside buddies as they take in (and take out) the tourist trade in 1964's THE SYSTEM (also known by the confusingly titled THE GIRL-GETTERS in the US). Directed by regular Reed collaborator (and notorious scumbag) Michael Winner, it's a fascinatingly layered drama with a star making performance from Reed in the lead. BUT IS IT ANY GOOD? Listen and find out! Read more

Episode 202 – The Cinema Smorgasbord Holiday Special – Tokyo Godfathers (2003) & The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)

It's the Cinema Smorgasbord HOLIDAY SPECIAL (with a touch of Cinema Fantastica) where we're once again traveling to the 2021 edition of the Weihnachtsfilmfestival (Christmas Film Festival) in Berlin, Germany where we're checking out 2003's TOKYO GODFATHERS and THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW from 2020. Enjoy and we'll be back in the new year, jerks! Read more

Episode 201 – Wild in the Streets – Killer Cop (1975)

On this episode of WILD IN THE STREETS, oddball cop Rolandi (Claudio Cassinelli) is trying to track down those responsible for a fatal hotel bombing but finds himself in the midst of a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top. It's the politically charged poliziottesco-crime film KILLER COP from 1975, directed by Luciano Ercoli (best known for his 1970s gialli like DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS) and starring Cassinelli, Arthur Kennedy (as a well-meaning judge assigned to the case), Franco Fabrizi, and Bruno Zanin. While not as action packed as some of the Eurocrime classics we've covered thus far, it still has its share of gunplay and suspense - even if it doesn't quite live up to its title. CHECK IT OUT! Read more

Episode 200 – 200th Episode Celebration – Real Genius (1985) & Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

It's the 200th episode of Cinema Smorgasbord, a podcast devoted to obsessively examining the careers of underloved and underappreciated actors and directors. Since we started in 2020 we've created over a dozen sub-podcasts devoted to such diverse topics as the careers of Paul Bartel (Bartel Me Something Good), Dick Miller (You Don't Know Dick), Steve Buscemi (How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?), Jackie Chan (We Do Our Own Stunts), Oliver Reed (Further Reeding), George Kennedy (George Kennedy is my Co-Pilot) and many more, and we can't thank you enough for joining us on this wonderfully strange trip. On this episode we decided to do something a little different, starting with a lighthearted chat about our thoughts on the podcast as a whole over these last few years, before discussions on two of our favorite, formative films from the 1980s; starting with Martha Coolidge's brainy comedy REAL GENIUS (picked by Doug) and ending with the Tim Burton-directed delight PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (picked by Liam). We finish with an announcement of what's coming in 2024, so stick around, jerks!Read more

Episode 199 – Praising Kane – Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? (1983)

This is a Cinema Smorgasbord first! An episode of Praising Kane where one host NEVER FOUND HER in the film! Admittedly, tracking down Carol Kane in CAN SHE BAKE A CHERRY PIE? is a bit of a feat, especially when she's competing with the talents of Karen Black and Michael Emil at the core of Henry Jaglom's odd 1983 romantic comedy. Somehow she's in it less than both Larry David (who has a memorable scene) and ORSON WELLES, who appears on a television screen in some old footage. What did our hosts make of the film? I GUESS YOU'LL HAVE TO LISTEN AND FIND OUT. Bonus: All the latest Carol Kane news! Read more

Episode 198 – We Do Our Own Stunts – The Cannonball Run (1981)

Jackie Chan ends his first American excursion on this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS with Hal Needham's star-studded 1981 cross country race movie THE CANNONBALL RUN, where he plays a Japanese (?) race car driver who watches porn in his futuristic vehicle and also kicks the hell out of Peter Fonda for some reason. He's racing against a who's who of early 80s celebs, including - of course - Burt Reynolds and (Liam O'Donnell favorite) Dom DeLuise, as well as Farrah Fawcett, Roger Moore, Jamie Farr, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Adrienne Barbeau and SO MANY MORE. It's wild! We also chat about the latest Jackie Chan news and discuss Jackie's experience making the film (spoiler: it wasn't great) so CHECK US OUT! Read more

Your Hosts

    Doug Tilley

    Co-host of the No-Budget Nightmares and The Flight Stuff podcasts, as well as former co-host of Eric Roberts is the Fu**ing Man. He likes movies and stuff.

      Liam O'Donnell

      Founder of Cinepunx.com and co-host of the Cinepunx and Horror Business podcasts, as well as former co-host of Eric Roberts is the Fu**ing Man.