In honor of everyone’s eternal love for the first two Superman movies, I joined AYTIWS theme song writer and friend to all sentient life Jon Cross in his After Movie Diner to discuss these seminal examples of the superhero sub-genre. We owe them more than we can ever say, so consider this yet another way of paying it forward…apart from my own reviews on the subjects, of course.
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“Lingering odors of machine oil contrasted sharply with the taint of harness dressing and leather. Yet, somehow, through all that reek of human beings and their associates – dogs, machines and cooking – came another taint. It was a queer, neck-ruffling thing, a faintest suggestion of an odor alien among the smells of industry and life. And it was a lifesmell. But it came from the thing that lay bound with cord and tarpaulin on the table, dripping slowly, methodically onto the heavy planks, dank and gaunt under the unshielded glare of the electric light.”
With these words, John W. Campbell began a story that would chill spines and inspire movies long after his death: Who Goes There? A story of scientists trapped in Antarctica, facing all the hostile ravages of nature and the with a shape-shifting alien monster they foolishly freed from the ice. Filmed in 1951 as The Thing from Another World, the story reached even more once- and future horror fans, including a young man named John Carpenter, who’d go on to redefine what “horror” meant to American moviegoers in the late 70s. Hot off the success of Halloween and Escape from New York, Carpenter uped stakes to British Columbia (taking Escape from New York’s star, Kurt Russell, and future They Live star Keith David with him) to film the coldest damn sci-fi movie of Summer, 1982. (To this day the opening shots of glacial mountains are enough to freeze all but the hottest naughty bits.) Despised by critics and ignored by fans during its initial release, The Thing became one of the first films to find a second life on home video once VCR’s grew cheap enough for standard-issue humans to afford. Can the Traumatic Cinematic Crew find fault with a film that scarred the bejesus out of all three of us as a child? Or is this cult classic classic enough to pass even our hot-wire tests?
Seven days have passed and here we are once again offering you an update of pop culture of the last week. In this episode the Traumatic Trio continued their trek down the Road to Days of the Dead and have invited a haunter and costumer Nick Tyson to walk a couple of miles in their shit kickers. Tune in a find out what the NSA has been listening to, what DeMoss hates this week, and if Wickliff saved any lives. You too could be the next monster scaring children into the arms of religion and I believe Nick has helped show us the way.
It has been an amazing week for The Traumatic Cinematic Show. We have given away a box of t-shirts to fans that interact with us (Our Facebook Group, Page, and Twitter) and had two winners of the contests we have hidden deep within special secrete shows. So far Corey Miller from3WizemanProductions and Tony Troxell @IndianaGeeking. Hopefully these two gentlemen will be sending us some pictures of them wearing their prizes (AND NOTHING ELSE!) There are still some golden tickets out there folks. They could be in old episodes, they could be in current episodes, one could be in today’s episode?!
7 days, 168 hours, 10,080 minutes later we have a new full week of Traumatic Cinematic. Shows are ending, weddings are red, and we need a new doctor in the house! The Traumatic Trio is at it again reflecting on the past and predicting the future of pop culture and the events we find current. Listen in and meet the lovely and wit filled firecracker Sara Brooke writer of Horror and author extraordinaire. Careful while listening to this sirens song for her magic is potent and melody is intoxicating. You will probably wish the boys gone and spend some time alone with just the voice of our dear guest.
It was a real pleasure having Sara on the show and I think her fans and our Trauma Fans alike will enjoy this episode. Remember there is several ways you can listen to this show. You can subscribe to the show via iTunes using this link or you can just search Traumatic Cinematic on iTunes. Also you can use the player at the top of this post to stream it or download the mp3. Lastly you can subscribe to our RSS Feedor listen via Spreaker (which is a really great site!)
For a moment there, around 2004, everyone was talking about “Kung Fu Hustle” – the eccentric martial arts comedy from writer/directer/star Stephen Chow. If only we’d known, at the time, that Kung Fu Hustle was but the tip of an iceberg Chow, and long time comedic collaborator Ng Mang Tat, had spent years building for themselves in their home market of Hong Kong. With assistance from action choreographer Siu-Tung “Tony” Ching, Chow and Tat reunited in 2001, to combine Kung Fu movies with the inspiration sports comedies Hollywood like to crank out in the 80s and early 90s. The result of their mad experiment in genre cross-pollination Shaolin Soccer, kicks the ass of every so-called “spoof” Hollywood’s produced in the last twelve years, combining gut-busting laughs with ball-busting action and just the littlest touch of a love story. It’s a feel-good film for all ages…but did it manage to worm its way into the Traumatic Cinematic crew’s black, chitinous hearts? Listen and find out. Unless you’re playing for Team Evil.
We have packed this episode edge to edge with current event goodness! Given that two out of three of us are based in Indianapolis this show might be a little local this week with Memorial Day and the Indy 500 race. Mike had the opportunity to check out Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, we discussed how the new Xbox One will bring and end to television, Lucas and Spielberg gambling with billions, He-Man never laid She-Ra but possibly Smurfette, Thankskilling pulled from Netflix, Doctor Who’s season finale, Sunscreen on private parts drinking in the 500 snake pit, special friend a segment in Human Centipede, Monos the Hands of Felt, Superman, and much much more.
“I’ve heard complaints… but I can’t remember what they were about” –MuGumBo
Sometimes the film you bought on a whim from the Wal-Mart bargain bin turns out to be a hidden treasure. You know you have something special but you can’t know just how special unless you share it with others. That is the story of this weeks film folks. No “Universal or Disney” media engine behind this title pouring millions into distribution and advertising. Nope the only thing that attracted me to Dead and Breakfast was its title, cheap price, and cover. I found it years ago and have shared it with many many people. Now I have shared it with the TCPodcast crew and hopefully with those of you at home. Witty hip-hop narration wrapped tight with a tongue in cheek humor drives this modern zombie flick into future cult status.
We’re not shy about our love of Terry Gilliam around here. So join the Traumatic Cinematic crew as we journey into a desert so damn real one must soak oneself in dangerous drugs just to get a handle on it. From the mind of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and the dark heart of the early-70s comes a saga of desperation, death and debauchery, filmed as only a former Python could. As your attorney I advise you to listen to this show with a friend and partially intoxicated. Turn it into a drinking game and every time Mr. DeMoss makes an obscure reference take a drink (please don’t do this, you will die! – M) This is the first show recorded fully with the new recording equipment so if it sounds terrible (or maybe amazingly good) blame it on the hardware, not the operator. Unlike the first 67 shows this one has 2 count them TWO intermissions which means double the audio fun!
The trio have been re-united and the formula has been locked in! Things at the Traumatic Cinematic studios are really picking up with the sudden way of listeners from the multiple new venues where our show is available. Welcome one and all and please come back! There is lots here and we really want to interact with your brain!
It has been a fast 7 days yet that is plenty enough to fill this show seem to seem with amazing relevent pop culture information. We lost one half of the 80′s one-hit-wonder band Kriss Kross, watched some awesome TV (like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones), discuss how The Great Gatsby needs more modern tones along with cell phones, and if aliens are the new zombies! Mike shared some awesome new trailers with the crew which are all listed in Mike’s Notes and find out what the guys think about Netflix’s new series Hemlock Grove. There is so many reasons to check this show out so find one and DO IT YOU CHEEKY MONKEY!
Keep your Percy Jacksons, your Eragons, and your Wardrobes. The Traumatic Cinematic Podcast is going over the Wall and into the head of modern comic book god Neil Gaiman as we discuss the 2007 adaption of his graphic novel Stardust. How did we (good comic book and fantasy nerds all) miss a film that looks this good, never mind this weird? How and features such a heavy-hitting cast (Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Mark Strong, Ricky Gervais, Peter O’Toole, Robert! Fucking! De Niro!) not make boats of cash? Why was this not an instant fantasy classic in its own time, or ours? And should it be? Come with us as we explore the directorial debut of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn and find out of this film bewitched us or turned us all into frogs.