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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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On a brand new ACTION PACKED episode of Eric Roberts is the Man we’re joined by Cinapse co-founder and editor Ed Travis to discuss Jesse V. Johnson’s 2017 throwback actioner THE BEAUTIFUL ONES from 2017. Does the film stack up to the films and filmmakers it constantly references, or did the distributor’s choice to abandon its intended black & white aesthetic undermine its intentions? Let’s find out!

Our guest this week is Ed Travis, co-founder and editor-in-chief of cinapse.co. Follow Ed on Twitter @Ed_Travis

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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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On this limb-shattering episode of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ? we’re heading to 1989 and a film that was in EVERY video store in the early 90s: BLOODFIST! Starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Billy Blanks and – of course – Vic Diaz, the film has Wilson’s character infiltrate an underground martial arts tournament to find out the mysterious circumstances behind his brother’s death. Sound familiar? It should! Let’s check it out!

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On this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS we’re taking a step back from Lo Wei’s attempts to launch Jackie Chan into superstardom and instead looking at the film that caught his attention in the first place: John Woo’s THE HAND OF DEATH! Not only does the film bring Jackie Chan together with the legendary director of THE KILLER and HARD BOILED, but it also features fellow Seven Little Fortunes alumni Sammo Hung (who was also the stunt co-ordinator), Yuen Baio and Yuen Wah! Check it out!

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On this episode of HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS? we’re discussing the 2014 abomination THE COBBLER, where Adam Sandler uses a magical sewing machine to literally allow him to walk a mile in someone’s shoes. It doesn’t go well. Featuring one of the most out there endings we’ve ever encountered, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Come check it out!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! On our first episode of 2021 we’re heading to the 54th Berlin International Film Festival to look at the Golden Bear-winning Turkish-German drama HEAD-ON from 2004. An intense, disturbing, film about two self-destructive Turkish immigrants in Germany who enter a marriage of convenience but end of falling in love makes for often challenging viewing, but is it a FORGOTTEN GEM? Let’s find out!

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On this special HOLIDAY edition of Cinema Fantastica we go all the way to Berlin, Germany and the 2016 Weihnachtsfilmfestival, which features a program of Christmas (and Christmas adjacent) films! Our two hosts put the Canadian anthology horror film A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY against the British killer Santa gorefest GOOD TIDINGS! CHECK IT OUT!

 

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Following the failure of NEW FIST OF FURY to launch the career of Jackie Chan, producer Lo Wei took another swing with the Chen Chi-Hwa-directed SHAOLIN WOODEN MEN from 1976. Featuring a story of revenge and intrigue, as well as the titular hallway of chain-operated wooden men, the film – thankfully – strays away from trying to recreate Bruce Lee’s persona and we get something closer to the Jackie Chan roles that would launch him to stardom. Closer… but not quite there. Check it out!

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On HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS? we look at the life and career of beloved oddball character actor Steve Buscemi, and on this episode we go all the way back to 1987 and Peter Ily Huemer’s neon-soaked noirish “thriller” KISS DADDY GOODNIGHT! Featuring Uma Thurman making her feature film debut, as well as forgotten Dillon sibling Paul Dillon, the movie is meandering, ugly and tedious, but manages to capture a uniquely grimy aesthetic at times. Also, STEVE BUSCEMI is in it! CHECK IT OUT!