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On this episode of JodoWOWsky, be prepared to live the most wonderful experience of your life! It’s Alejandro Jodorowsky’s legendary acid western EL TOPO, and after seeing it you’ll never be the same. Liam, Julia and Doug break down the history of the film and their experiences with it before delving into the film proper, splitting it into three parts for easier consumption. We finish with a look at Jodorowsky’s comic book follow-up THE SONS OF EL TOPO. Enjoy!

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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Beware! They are still at large! On this episode of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ it’s 1974’s SAVAGE SISTERS, a wonderfully cartoonish (sorta) women-in-prison film full of outrageous humor, double crossing and – of course Vic Diaz as ONE EYE. Gloria Hendry, Cheri Caffaro and Rosanna Ortiz play the titular characters, with Sid Haig, Eddie Garcia and John Ashley (who also produced) as their often ridiculous foils. What did we think? Listen and find out!

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We’re taking another journey through time and space to the film festivals around the globe on another episode of Cinema Fantastica! This time we’re headed to the controversial Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas to check out two Japanese films that played in the 2010 iteration: Sion Sono’s COLD FISH and Yoshihiro Nakamura’s GOLDEN SLUMBER! Check it out!

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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 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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On the latest episode of PRAISING KANE we’re looking at Sidney Lumet’s 1975 masterpiece DOG DAY AFTERNOON, and along with it the 2014 documentary THE DOG which focuses on the real-life inspiration for the film. We take a look at some of the differences between adaptation and reality, Al Pacino (of course), the effect the film had on the real-life “Dog” and much more. Check it out!

THE DOG is currently available to watch free (with ads) on Tubi in the U.S.

Also check our the recent Carol Kane interview on The Huffington Post.

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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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CINEMA FANTASTICA returns with a look at the 2001 Slamdance Film Festival! In this episode we pit Bong Joon-ho’s debut feature BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE against the German Beatles-adoring coming of age film PAUL IS DEAD! Two very worthwhile films, but WHICH REIGNS SUPREME? Listen and let us know!

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On this episode of Cinema Smorgasbord presents Cinema Fantastica we travel back to the 1977 Sitges Film Festival and two extreme, and extremely memorable, horror films that played to a jury that included Dario Argento! First up is the grimy Wes Craven family-takes-on-irradiated-cannibals film THE HILLS HAVE EYES, before we pivot to the surreal Satan-loving Nunsploitation masterpiece ALUCARDA. Best of all, you get to decide which film wins! Check out our social media and VOTE VOTE VOTE!