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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.

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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 with the film’s post-production and wide ranging influences: from Kanye West, to Beyonce, to MGMT and beyond!

Your hosts are Cinema Smorgasbord regulars Doug Tilley (@Doug_Tilley) and Liam O’Donnell (@LiamRulz), but they are joined on this adventure by the always wonderful and incisive Julia Marchese!

Julia is a filmmaker, actor, writer, film programmer and podcaster. Julia’s first film was Out of Print, a documentary about the importance of revival cinema and 35mm to culture. The film has played all over the world in film archives, art house cinemas and universities. The 35mm print of the film is now housed at The Academy Film Archives. Her next project is a short film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story “I Know What You Need”. She is the co-host of Horror Movie Survival Guide, a weekly podcast that takes a deep dive into a different horror film each week, focusing on how to become the final girl. You can follow her on her social media platforms

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On this episode of HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS? we continue our journey through the career of Steve Buscemi with the hilarious Armando Iannucci-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!

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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!

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On the PREMIERE episode of WILD IN THE STREETS: A EUROCRIME PODCAST we’re looking at the two films which kick off Roberto Curti’s essential book Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980: 1968’s Bandits in Milan, as well as 1968’s Bandits In Rome! The first film takes a documentary approach to a real-life incident that took place in Milan, Italy in 1967 while the second film starts John Cassavetes as a bandit with a heart of gold who is locked away while his partner goes on a violent rampage. What did we think? Listen and find out!

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On this episode of FORGOTTEN GEMS? we’re looking at the winner of the 1978 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, Marco Ferreri’s BYE BYE MONKEY (aka CIAO MASCHIO) starring Gerard Depardieu! You might think a film about a grown (french) man adopting a baby chimp after finding it nestled in a giant animatronic King Kong would be loads of fun, but BOY is it not! It’s cynical, often irritating and very unpleasant, so let’s talk about it!

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Our look at the filmography of the great John Singleton continues with two of his mid-period films, starting with the often-brutal historical drama ROSEWOOD from 1997, followed by the coming-of-age comedy-drama BABY BOY from 2001. Also, we had already recorded this and Liam deleted it. HEAR THE WEARINESS IN OUR VOICES. Enjoy!

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Welcome to the PREMIERE episode of JODOWOWSKY, a light-hearted, chronological look through the career of actor, writer, poet, playwright, novelist, editor, comics writer, musician, puppeteer, mime, painter, and so much more.. Alejandro Jodorowsky!

In this episode we look at our hopes for the podcast (as well as some concerns) and then discuss Jodorowsky’s early short films, before coming back from a break to discuss his first feature length movie FANDO AND LIS.

Your hosts are Cinema Smorgasbord regulars Doug Tilley (@Doug_Tilley) and Liam O’Donnell (@LiamRulz), but they are joined on this adventure by the always wonderful and incisive Julia Marchese!

Julia is a filmmaker, actor, writer, film programmer and podcaster. Julia’s first film was Out of Print, a documentary about the importance of revival cinema and 35mm to culture. The film has played all over the world in film archives, art house cinemas and universities. The 35mm print of the film is now housed at The Academy Film Archives. Her next project is a short film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story “I Know What You Need”. She is the co-host of Horror Movie Survival Guide, a weekly podcast that takes a deep dive into a different horror film each week, focusing on how to become the final girl. You can follow her on her social media platforms

juliamarchese.com

Films covered on this episode:

La Cravate (1957) (aka Les têtes interverties)

Teatro sin fin (1965)
Available to view here on Archive.org.

Fando and Lis (1968)
Check out MUBI.com for streaming versions of a number of Jodorowsky’s films, including FANDO AND LIS, EL TOPO, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN and more!

A big shout-out to Joel St. Julien (@JoelStJulien) for the theme music!

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Our look at the filmography of John Singleton continues, starting with the 1993 romantic drama POETIC JUSTICE (with Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur), followed by the gritty action film FOUR BROTHERS from 2005. Before that, we also chat about the Singleton-directed music video for Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time”! Check it out!

Here’s the video for Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time”, directed by John Singleton!

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Put the bunny down and listen to the latest episode of How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?: The Films of Steve Buscemi! This time we’re looking at one of Buscemi’s most high profile roles, the action blockbuster CON AIR from 1997 starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich! We chat about summer movies, look at Steve Buscemi’s ten favorite films and go off on many more trademark tangents. Check it out!