Oct 20 2014

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.


Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time

It is October, which means I have to remind people that Waxwork and Waxwork II exist. These two movies are far from perfect, but they both have flashes of delight and brilliance that are worth your time. The first film centers around a wax museum, where patrons of the museum go missing when they step into the tableaus and find themselves inside the action of the scene. The second film inexplicably involves a time portal. The brilliant part is that both films have a very episodic structure, where individual characters are thrown into vastly different environments… which means the filmmakers use those segments to parody other horror movies. The films also make great use of cameos, including folks like John Rhys Davies, Patrick Macnee, Bruce Campbell, Marina Sirtis, and David Carradine. Oh, and did I mention that David Warner is in the first film? And that Zach Galligan did something other than Gremlins? Yeah, check these two films out. They’re fun.


Windy’s Pick of the Week: The Spiral Staircase

Dorothy McGuire stars in this early and eerie serial killer movie (with Ethel Barrymore as the older woman she cares for!). Someone is targeting young women with disabilities, and Barrymore is worried about her young caretaker who is also a mute. Early but effective special effects showing you the killer’s viewpoint are quite creepy in this pleasant whodunit. A good choice for a chilly fall evening!

Oct 16 2014

Episode 36: Metal as F*ck

0036 RockHello, dear listeners! This week, Windy and Melissa talk about ROCK MUSICALS! Because, clearly, we don’t talk about musicals enough!

If you’d like to drink along this week, well, you’ll need to BYOB, because we were drinking nothing but glorious water. We’d already killed a bottle of wine before the episode, and we were sleep deprived from the Minnesota Fringe Festival, so honestly, we couldn’t handle anything else. By the time you finish listening to the episode, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Show notes behind the cut!

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Oct 13 2014

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.


Windy’s Pick of the Week: Nehlle Pe Dehlla

Another Bollywood recommendation! This is the Bollywood “Weekend at Bernie’s” AND “Weekend at Bernie’s 2″ combined and thrown into an Bolly-blender of music and comedy and voodoo! I don’t what more I need to do to convince you – that really ought to be enough! It’s delightful and jaw-droppingly insane!


Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Red Rock West

I will admit, I hadn’t seen Red Rock West until a couple weeks ago. I hadn’t even heard of it, believe it or not, but I ran across it because I am currently on a mission to watch every Nicolas Cage movie. The exact reason I do stuff like marathon Nicolas Cage movies because I occasionally run into stuff like Red Rock West.

Red Rock West is a wonderful, twisty-turny neo-noir flick from 1993, starring folks like Lara Flynn Boyle, Dennis Hopper, J. T. Walsh, and of course Nic Cage. Cage plays an unemployed man who is travelling the barren rural Southwest looking for a job. When he is mistaken for a professional hitman, he takes the job… and then warns the target. Too bad that the real hitman soon shows up. The plot is loaded with surprises, the direction is deft and compact, and whole movie is a satisfying treat.

Oct 09 2014

Episode 35: Emotional Turgidity

0035 SirkThis week, dear listeners, we get down and dirty with the Birdchick (aka world-renowned birdwatcher and author Sharon Stiteler) for an episode all about film director Douglas Sirk! Now, don’t worry if you don’t know anything about Mr. Sirk’s films, because we do our very best to drunk-describe the awesome, plump melodramas that make up Mr. Sirk’s American ouvre.

Helping us on our journey was a lovely bottle of Lagavulin 16 scotch, which definitely gave us the right frame of mind to discuss 1950s melodramas.

And once again, we have to apologize for some sound issues. During the recording of this episode, we could have filled out a Audio Interference Bingo Card: a neighbor’s barking dog, police sirens, a small child, a chatty husband, an oscillating fan, a rainstorm, and a tornado siren. We were able to remove some of it from the episode, and and then work around the rest. Thus, the audio starts fine, and then slowly gets a bit burbly at the end.

Anyway, show notes behind the cut!

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Oct 06 2014

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.


Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Sholay

This Hindi film from 1975 is perhaps best described as what happens when Bollywood wants to make a Sergio Leone western. It’s also a musical, a comedy, a family film, and an allegory. While this film isn’t heard about much in the U.S. (and is even difficult to find on DVD), it is often cited as one of the greatest films of all time in India. It is also one of the highest grossing films ever in its home country (it was even shown in one theater continuously for five years). As such, it is the wellspring of many cinema traditions that you still see today in modern Indian films. The reason that Sholay is all these things is that it is an enormously entertaining movie. Definitely worth tracking down.


Windy’s Pick of the Week: Gotcha!

Do we all remember Gotcha!? Anthony Edwards (after Revenge of the Nerds, and before Top Gun… or E.R.) is his everyman-adorkable self as a college student going on a European trip. A chance encounter with a lovely and exotic Linda Fiorentino soon entangles him in Cold War-era espionage. Good thing he was super good at that stalking paintball game on campus!

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