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On this episode of Cinema Fantastica we’re traveling back to 1984 and the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival in Boston, Massachusetts – one of the longest running genre film festivals in the United States! This iteration was an all-night science fiction movie marathon, and we’re putting two genre classics against each other: Roger Corman’s unnerving X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES from 1963 vs Saul Bass’ environmental sci-fi/horror PHASE IV from 1974! WHICH FILM WILL REIGN SUPREME? Listen and find out!

Find out more about the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival right here.

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After helping him get out of his previous contract (and some messy business with some Triads) Jackie Chan owed martial arts superstar Jimmy Wang Yu some big favors, and he started paying up by appearing briefly in the truly bizarre 1983 action/comedy FANTASY MISSION FORCE. Despite a plot structure that (loosely) copies The Dirty Dozen, FANTASY MISSION FORCE throws in amazons, Nazis, vampires, ghosts, Brigitte Lin, musical numbers, Mad Max-style cars and lots and lots of explosions. There’s even a few kung fu fights for good measure, It’s far from boring, but is it any good? Let’s find out!

Read Thorsten Boose’s article Ninjas & Fighting Fists: Sonny Chiba and Jackie Chan together in one film? right here

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On this very special episode of GEORGE KENNEDY IS MY COPILOT we’re joined by the Swedish writer and George Kennedy-enthusiast Anders Landby to discuss his work covering the career of George Kennedy, his Instagram page devoted to George Kennedy, our favorite Bigfoot movies, and the proper way to pronounce “Smorgasbord”! Luckily he also joins us to discuss a rare 1980s PSA featuring George Kennedy as well as the totally bizarre sasquatch/alien/zombie sci-fi/horror film DEMONWARP from 1984. It’s a whole lot of fun, so stop what you’re doing and LISTEN!

Our special guest today (all the way from Sweden!) is the wonderful Anders Landby. Follow his essential ThatGeorgeKennedyGuy Instagram page right here: https://www.instagram.com/thatgeorgekennedyguy/

Check out Sarah Jane on Twitter @FookThis, as well as the White Slaves of Chinatown YouTube page. And check out her writing over at the Austin Chronicle right here.

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On this episode of BARTEL ME SOMETHING GOOD (the world’s finest Paul Bartel-themed podcast) we’re tackling Paul Bartel’s final directorial feature, the sadly abused (and semi-unavailable) bunker comedy SHELF LIFE from 1993! Born out of a stage-play by stars O-Lan Jones, Andrea Stein, and Jim Turner, Bartel turns it into a wildly visual phantasmagoria of rituals, re-enactments and hormonally confusing games, with a typically wicked sense of humor. Check it out!

While currently not available on streaming services, some kind soul has uploaded a version to YouTube that is (as of this recording) the best quality yet released:

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WILD IN THE STREETS returns with the first entry in Fernando Di Leo’s Milieu Trilogy: the hard hitting 1972 classic CALIBER 9 (aka MILANO CALIBRO 9)! Featuring Gastone Moschin as Ugo Piazza, a small time gangster fresh out of jail being hunted down by his former associates for stealing $300,000 that he swears he doesn’t have, it’s tough as nails and features a memorable jazz-flute tinged score by Luis Enríquez Bacalov and the Italian progressive rock group Osanna. It also features the great Mario Adorf in a gloriously unhinged performance as Rocco. CHECK IT OUT!

Watch the Milano Kalibro Kobe commercial (featuring Enzo G. Castellari) here:

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Check out Chad’s Medici Podcast here (https://medicipodcast.com/about/) as well as his podcast Pre-Stonewall here https://shows.acast.com/pre-stonewall/about

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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!

Here’s the behind-the-scenes segment on Jackie making DRAGON LORD from the TV program YOU ASKED FOR IT