The Traumatic Cinematic Show: Ep. 57: Foxy Brown

Foxy BrownTo close out Black History month we at the TCPodcast studio decided since we’ve already tasted the modern throwback Blaxploitation film Black Dynamite we needed to also view one of the greatest and most copied films from the genre. Pam Grier plays the ever so sexy badass in this 1974 cult classic Foxy Brown and we get elbow deep in it. The trio invited 3 Black Geeks to join in and Chris Powell represents them and the East Coast verses MuGumBo’s Midwest style and DeMoss’s West Coast jingle. Tune in to find out where Wickliff was, see if DeMoss and Chris Powell start a coast to coast podcast war, and if Antonio Fargas is the Steve Buscemi of Blaxploitation films (spoiler alert: he totally is).

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Destroy All Monsters (1968)

As iconic images go, you could do a lot worse.
As iconic images go, you could do a lot worse.

For G-fans, this is the Big One, the culmination of all that came before. It’s easy to see why since Kaijû sôshingeki (“Charge” or “Invasion” or “Attack of the Monsters“; take your pick) hits the ground running with none of the drawn-out build-up we’ve come to expect from these flicks…especially those directed by Ishiro Honda. By the eleven minute-mark, Godzilla’s nuking the UN and his monstrous colleagues are reducing other major cities to scrap. By the end of the film, ten monsters engage the twice-defeated (yet inexplicably popular) King Ghidorah in a no-holds-barred brawl in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, which became legendary before the film’s premiere.

So the number one reason cited for out-and-out loving Destroy All Monsters is totally valid. Here, you really can get more monsters for your money and the scope of that Climactic Battle is mind-bending, both as a piece of cinema and as a technical landmark in film making history. Ten monsters, most of them actors in costumes, the rest puppets, all requiring some manner of off-screen puppeteers to keep up the illusion. It was a logistical nightmare of actors and wires and animatronics, all under hot lights, sixteen hours a day…but thanks to the magic of editing and shot composition, its made not only beautiful, but enduringly awesome.

For many G-fans, that fight alone ensures this film can do no wrong. For others, Destroy All Monsters can do no wrong because it was their introduction to Godzilla and his universe. A certain generation (the one right ahead of mine, in fact) grew up seeing this film on network TV, where it played with varying degrees of regularity until the 1980s. This was back in the days when there were only three networks and they bought up catalogs of cheap, old films to shore up their schedules. Continue reading Destroy All Monsters (1968)

The Traumatic Cinematic Show, Ep 56: Black Dynamite

Black DynamiteWilliam Bruce West (@WilliamBWest) joins the crew as we celebrate Black History Month with the 2009 retro blaxploitation extravaganza, Black Dynamite.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

"You sure got a purddy mouth..."
“You sure got a purddy mouth…”

Robert Lewis Stevenson was one of those rare good writers lucky enough to be famous in his own time. I may not like Treasure Island but a lot of people do and even more did at the time of its original publication. They got Stevenson over his inevitable Sophomore Slump (a Romance  named Prince Otto that not even English teachers read anymore) and on to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Among English language horror classics it has the benefit of being short and Stevenson’s Presbyterian countryman immediately seized on it for a parable for sin, full stop. Using it in sermons as A Cautionary Tale without the slightest of Spoiler Warnings helped to make the book a best seller. Stage adaptions sprang up immediately, becoming their own worldwide sensation. At least five film versions preceded this one, two of which are lost to us by the time of this writing.

So why ignore the three we have in favor of 1920’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Well, because this is the one I own. And it’s the one with John Barrymore in the title role(s). His name recognition alone should make up for everything…including the film’s problems. Great casting has carried it down through the decades but it shares more with Thomas Russell Sullivan’s stage adaption than with its Stevenson’s novel. Making this a prime example of how Adaption Decay bowdlerized good stories long before the dawn of cinema, and will probably continue to do so until the sun goes nova. So down your mysterious potion of choice, people. This will probably get depressing. Continue reading Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Drunk on VHS Podcast – Robots and Monsters

After months of playing message tag across several social media platforms, I finally dropped in on the Drunk on VHS Podcast and talked the ears off its estimable host, Moe Porne. Drunk on VHS is but one part of, your one stop shop for cult, horror and exploitation news, reviews, videos, opinion pieces and pop culture ephemera for those of a certain taste.

The Traumatic Cinematic Show: Ep. 54 – Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day
“Oh, God, they’re talking about us. Now I’m really worried. Aren’t you, Phil?”

A holiday so insignificant that most people forget when it even is but that didn’t stop the @TCPodcastCrew from featuring it for an episode. The guys discuss one of Bill Murray’s best films so tune in and find out if any of the guys see their shadow or if an early spring is on it’s way.

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