Episode 85 – Praising Kane – The World’s Greatest Lover (1977)

On this episode of PRAISING KANE we're back in the silent era with Carol Kane, but this time in a broad Mel Brooks-ish comedy! Gene Wilder directed, wrote and starred in 1977's THE WORLD'S GREATEST LOVER, a silent-era chuckler about a baker (Wilder) who travels to Hollywood in order to become the next Rudolph Valentino, despite an unfortunate collection of nervous tics. It's plenty wacky, and awfully corny, but does it hit the mark or fall flat? Listen and find out!Read more

Episode 84 – Forgotten Gems? – What Happened Was… (1994)

On Forgotten Gems we look at festival favorites that have been cast aside or fallen out of favor. On this episode we're looking at the 1994 Sundance sensation WHAT HAPPENED WAS..., which won the Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. Directed, written and starring Tom Noonan it examines one painfully awkward date between two co-workers (the other played by an amazing Karen Sillas) and the confrontations and revelations that occur throughout their evening. Spoiler alert: our two hosts have VERY differing opinions on the qualities of this movie! Check it out.Read more

Episode 83 – Wild In The Streets – Almost Human (1974)

We're getting Wild In The Streets with Umberto Lenzi's gleefully exploitative 1974 crime thriller ALMOST HUMAN (aka THE DEATH DEALER, aka Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare). Featuring a stand-out slimy performance from Tomas Milian, the film follows small-time scumbag Giulio Sacchi as he goes on a spree of murder and mayhem throughout Milan while tough cop Walter Grandi (Henry Silva) is hot on his trail. It's filled with chaos and bloodshed, but is it fascist? Let's talk about it.Read more

Episode 82 – Cinema Fantastica – Giallo (2009) & Macabre (2009)

On this episode of Cinema Fantastic (a trip to the genre film festivals around the world) we're traveling to the 2009 London Frightfest in London, England to check out two ultra-violent heavy-hitters: Dario Argento's GIALLO and The Mo Brothers' MACABRE. The tenth anniversary of Frightfest, 2009 marked a big expansion in terms of the festival, which featured plenty of unique, international offerings. Was Argento's Adrien Brody-starring thriller a return to form? Did The Mo Brothers (Killers, Headshot) succeed with their Indonesian spin on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre? Who reigns supreme? Let's find out!Read more

Episode 81 – We Do Our Own Stunts – Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin (1978)

On a landmark episode of WE DO OUR STUNTS we continue our chronological look at the career of Jackie Chan with his first great movie: 1978's SNAKE & CRANE ARTS OF SHAOLIN! Directed by Chen Chi Hwa (who would later collaborate with Jackie on POLICE STORY), the film is about a marital arts student (played by Jackie) who is guarding "Eight Steps of the Snake and Crane", a martial arts manual. Filled with excellent choreography and a sarcastic sense of humor, we're inching ever closer to the combination of kung-fu and comedy that would turn Jackie into an international star. Check it out! Read more

Episode 80 – Eric Roberts is the Man – Just What the Doctor Ordered (2021)

It's not only the return of ERIC ROBERTS IS THE (bad word) MAN, it's also the return of the STALKED BY MY DOCTOR SERIES with 2021's JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED. A return to the heady days of the original STALKED films, this time we have Dr. Albert Beck hiding out in an abandoned house.. but not for long! We also talk at length about a newly launched Eric Roberts-related podcast that WE ARE ANGRY ABOUT, the latest Eric Roberts tweets, and SO MUCH NEWS. We're joined on our journey by musician and podcaster Mike Paulshock, who discusses his love for the STALKED series and its lead actor: ERIC ROBERTS. Time to start listening!Read more

Episode 79 – You Don’t Know Dick – The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

On YOU DON'T KNOW DICK we look at the films and TV work of the beloved character actor Dick Miller! On this episode we're joined by writer, producer and podcaster Scott Weinberg to discuss the legendary Roger Corman cheapie horror-comedy THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS! We look at the history of the legendarily threadbare production, the various remakes and tributes (including the celebrated musical!), and - of course - the flower-chomping performance by Dick Miller! CHECK IT OUT!Read more

Episode 78 – How Do You Do, Fellow Kids? – Billy Bathgate (1991)

What's Steve Buscemi up to in the 1991 star-studded gangster film bomb BILLY BATHGATE? Not much! Despite a big budget, an incredible cast (Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis and.. uh.. Loren Dean!) and Tom Stoppard handling the script, it's a lifeless and predictable slog. On this episode of HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS? we try to work out what went wrong, the moments we liked and, of course, we look closely at the Steve Buscemi content. CHECK IT OUT.Read more

Episode 77 – Forgotten Gems? – Maria Full of Grace (2004)

On the latest episode of FORGOTTEN GEMS? we're traveling back to 2004 to check out Joshua Marston's much lauded (particularly for its lead performance by Catalina Sandino Moreno) drug smuggling drama MARIA FULL OF GRACE. But aside from that dynamite lead, does the film hold up to our older - and somehow even MORE cynical - eyes? And does it even matter? Lots of talk about the drug war, hypocrisy, and all that good stuff. Check it out!Read more

Episode 76 – Praising Kane – Valentino (1977)

Ken Russell tackles the life of "the great lover" Rudolph Valentino in 1977's VALENTINO, an occasionally inspired bio-pic that fixates (and speculates) on the silent film star's much-discussed sexuality. On the latest episode of PRAISING KANE we're looking at the film, its stars, and whether or not it's Ken Russell-y enough to deserve rediscovery. Of course we also look at the performance of the great Carol Kane as Valentino's first wife (and Fatty Arbuckle beau) Jean Acker. CHECK IT OUT.Read more

Episode 75 – Whatever Happened To Vic Diaz? – Firecracker (1981)

Billed as "the screen's first erotic kung-fu classic", FIRECRACKER stars RAW FORCE's Jillian Kesner as a butt-kicking karate expert who travels to Hong Kong (actually the Philippines) to track down her journalist sister who recently vanished. Featuring topless fight scenes, stick fighting and, of course, Vic Diaz as "Grip". Essentially a remake of TNT JACKSON (which director Cirio H. Santiago would remake again in 1992 as ANGELFIST), FIRECRACKER is extremely silly, but is it any fun? Listen to the latest episode of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ and find out!Read more

Episode 74 – Cinema Fantastica – Coherence (2013) & Why Don’t You Play In Hell (2013)

On this rip-roaring episode of Cinema Fantastica we're traveling to the 2014 (premiere) edition of the Chattanooga Film Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee to pit two festival favs  against each other: James Ward Byrkit's low budget sci-fi mindbender COHERENCE vs Sion Sono's epic tribute to filmmaking (and "mankind's greatest achievement") WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? Which movie reigns supreme? Listen and find out!Read more

Episode 73 – Wild In The Streets – Execution Squad (1972)

On this heart-racing episode of WILD IN THE STREETS we're looking at the seminal 1972 poliziottesco film EXECUTION SQUAD (aka La polizia ringrazia)! The film takes a surprisingly balanced look at the war between cops and criminals in Italy in the early 70s, with a sympathetic police commissioner (Enrico Maria Salerno) battling both violent psychopaths, as well as a group of vigilantes (the EXECUTION SQUAD) taking vengeance into their own hands. CHECK IT OUT!Read more

Episode 72 – We Do Our Own Stunts – To Kill With Intrigue (1977)

On this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS, a chronological Jackie Chan podcast, Jackie is still stuck in Korea with Lo Wei who is determined to make him a star. His next attempt is 1977's TO KILL WITH INTRIGUE, an often baffling revenge film featuring Hsu Feng as a memorably sadistic villain who falls in love with Jackie's Lei Shao-feng! There's plenty of other twists and turns and both odd AND impressive martial arts. Check it out!Read more

Episode 71 – JodoWOWsky Part 3 – The Holy Mountain (1973)

Nothing in your education or experience could prepare you for Alejandro Jodorowsky's THE HOLY MOUNTAIN and on this episode of JodoWOWsky we're going long on one of the strangest, most unique, most transformative films ever made. We start by discussing Jodorowsky's career post-El Topo and the preparation for - and influences on - THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, before we dive into the film proper, discussing our thoughts, interpretations and feelings about each section. We finish off with the film's post-production and wide ranging influences, from Kanye West, to Beyonce, to MGMT and beyond! Read more

Episode 70 – How Do You Do, Fellow Kids? – The Death of Stalin (2017)

On this episode of HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS? we continue our journey through the career of Steve Buscemi with the hilarious Armando Ianucci-directed 2017 comedy THE DEATH OF STALIN. Adapted from a French graphic novel, the film deals with the political maneuverings that kick into gear following the sudden death of Joseph Stalin in 1953. Featuring an all-star cast, including Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs and, of course, Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev. CHECK IT OUT!Read more

Episode 69 – Eric Roberts is the Man – Facade (1999)

On the latest ERIC ROBERTS IS THE MAN: REDUX we're joined by author/director Jeremy Herbert to watch 1999's FACADE! It's filled with crime, obnoxious noises, "comedy", and so much more. We also chat about Steven Seagal, DISNEY ADULTS, the monsterverse, dog spies and, of course, all things Eric Roberts! CHECK IT OUT!Read more

Episode 68 – Forgotten Gems? – Central Station (1998)

After that last episode of FORGOTTEN GEMS? we were feeling a little down, so to pick up our spirits we decided to watch a film that is only PARTIALLY miserable: the Golden Bear winning Brazilian-French film CENTRAL STATION from 1998. Featuring death, despair, and - rather improbably - hope, it includes an incredible (and Academy Award nominated) performance from Fernanda Montenegro. BUT IS IT ANY GOOD? Let's find out!Read more

Episode 67 – Praising Kane – Annie Hall (1977)

Well, here's something a bit different. We were both dreading having to talk about ANNIE HALL on the latest episode of PRAISING KANE (Liam even wanted to skip this episode entirely), so instead, we spend the first half of the episode talking about why we almost skipped it (yes, it's because of Woody Allen), our frustrations with separating art from artist, and how we personally deal with films that have been poisoned by the actions of people involved. After the break we shift gears to give our general thoughts on the film and, of course, Carol Kane's performance within. Check it 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.