In 1975 William Friedkin went into the jungle with a film crew, an international cast, two trucks and an arsonist from Queens and came out with a masterpiece. A cinematic banquet for the eyes, the ears and the mind. So gas up your truck, grab some popcorn, a couple of cervezas, and a machete and join us for Sorcerer. Starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal and Amidiou. Music by Tangerine Dream.
Robert Wise was a Hollywood shapeshifter. His ability to move seamlessly from one genre to another, and another, and another is unparalleled. In this installment we discuss Mr. Wise's incredible career, with a focus on his 1949 Film Noir masterpiece The Set-Up.
Featuring: Feast for the eyes visuals, crackling dialog and wonderful performances, all wrapped up in a beautiful, "real time", 73 minute package. Starring Robert Ryan & Audrey Totter.
What do you get when you mix a small time thief with a high priced dominatrix? Well, not exactly Casablanca, but a classic movie love story nonetheless. With a little S&M thrown in for good measure. Hey, a girl's gotta make a living somehow, doesn't she? Join us for Barbet Schroeder's provocative film MAITRESSE. Starring Gerard Depardieu & Bulle Ogier.
And the EYES have it!!! X:THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES is this year’s offering for our annual Halloween Show!!
A mini classic directed by Roger Corman and Starring Ray Milland. So, grab your X-Ray Spex & some witches brew and join us! You ain’t seen nuthin’ like this one!!
Before you see Marty's longest movie check out his shortest. A 42 minute classic New York Story, written and directed by a couple of real New Yorkers (Scorsese & Richard Price). Join us for (Episode 20) "Life Lessons" starring Nick Nolte & Rosanna Arquette. It sounds as good as it looks!!
And if you just can't get enough of Vampires for this Halloween, here's our picks of some other Vampire flix. Dig in!
Las Vegas, 1971. There have been four mysterious, unsolved murders of young women. A maniac on the loose? Horror writer extraordinaire Richard Matheson spins a tale sure to make you believe in the impossible and send a chill down your spine while he's at it. Join us for The Night Stalker. Starring Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Carol Lynley, Claude Akins & Ralph Meeker. You'll wanna have your crucifix, mallet & wooden stake close at hand for this one.
Terror comes in many faces. Join us for Jack Clayton's ghostly masterpiece "The Innocents". Written By Truman Capote & Starring Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Pamela Franklin and the unbelievable creepy Martin Stephens. Leave the light on, it's OK.
Terrence Malick was born to direct movies. In 1973, with the aid of a young Martin Sheen and a young Sissy Spacek he created his first masterpiece, Badlands. A film that is collectively poetic, horrifying, majestic, funny and breathtaking. Join us for this amazing film.
"There are 8 million stories in the Naked City". And in Matt Scudder's world there are 8 Million Ways To Die. Join us for Hal Ashby's L.A. crime classic, starring Jeff Bridges, Andy Garcia, Rosanna Arquette, Randy Brooks & Alexandra Paul.
You all know Anthony Perkins in Psycho and Tippi Hedren in The Birds, but what do you know about Uncle Charlie? Join us for Episode 15, Shadow of A Doubt. A Hitchcock classic! Starring: Joseph Cotton,Teresa Wright, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge and Hume Cronin. Listen in and we'll fill ya in on "the man in the shadows".
Filmmaker David Cronenberg takes the fantastic & impossible and makes it into living, breathing "flesh" in VIDEODROME. Starring James Woods and Debra Harry. With mind blowing effects by Rick Baker and music by Howard Shore. Long live the new flesh!!
Eddie Coyle is a small time operator who's going to be moving into the "Big House" if he can't make some kinda deal fast. But, as the old saying goes "you know who your friends are on moving day". Join us for The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Alex Rocco, Joe Santos and Steven Keats. Directed by Peter Yates. Remember to watch your back!
The coolest of the cool, Steve McQueen stars in the high octane, crime drama The Getaway. Directed by the notorious Sam Peckinpah and co-starring the impossibly beautiful (and gun toting!) Ali MacGraw. Featuring: Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Bo Hopkins, Sally Struthers, Slim Pickens, Richard Bright and Dub Taylor. Screenplay by By Walter Hill, Photographed by Lucien Ballard and Music by Quincy Jones!!! Too good to be true? It ain't. Tune in & we'll fill ya in.
Albert Brooks takes love to sweepingly new neurotic heights!! And takes us, as well, behind the scenes of that beautiful sausage factory called Hollywood. In his triple threat (writer, director & actor) piece of cinematic comedy brilliance, Modern Romance. Also starring Kathryn Harrold, James L. Brooks, Bruno Kirby and George Kennedy "as himself". Join us for some laughs. After all, these days who doesn't need some laughs.
A story of a woman desperately trying to carve out a life for herself and her teenage son. "Directed with wit, sensitivity and intelligence... A gem!" said one critic. Proving the point that Mr. Scorsese ain't no "one trick pony". Join us for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, starring Academy Award Winner Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristoferson, Diane Ladd, Harvey Keitel & Jodie Foster.
Blaxploitation was a staple of the 1970's, and like all genres there are good ones (see Film Detour Episode 2) and bad ones. John Huston once said "We can make 'em BAD too, if that's what they want". Gordon Parks Jr. answered that clarion call with "Three The Hard Way", starring Jim Brown, Fred "The Hammer" Williamson & Fred Kelly. Join us, it'll make ya smile.
Warren Oates is one the great screen actors of all time. He's easily as good as Brando or De Niro. In The Shooting he leads a disparate party through the Utah Desert. Captured spectacularly by cinematographer Gregory Sandor, masterfully directed by Monte Hellman, co-starring the nastiest Jack Nicholson this side of the Pecos, a surly Millie Perkins and the quirky Will Hutchins. Make sure you pack a canteen full of water and your six gun. You're gonna need 'em.
Dustin Hoffman delivers his most explosive performance ever as an ex-con trying to go straight, in the classic crime drama Straight Time (1978). Brilliantly directed by Ulu Grosbard, this movie set the gold standard for all heist movies to follow. It also stars the great Harry Dean Stanton, a young Gary Busey, Theresa Russell and Cathy Bates. What else do you need? Grab your stop watch, hammer & goggles and get ready to grab some cash & jewelry! It's there for the taking.
Ride In The Whirlwind
Monte Hellman is the great unsung hero of filmmaking in the 1970's. A highly skilled writer, director, editor and photographer. A true Renaissance man, he made beautifully unconventional films in his unique and uncompromising style. In this two part series we focus on two "revisionist" Westerns made with Jack Nicholson. With Harry Dean Stanton and the beautiful & talented Millie Perkins. So pack your grub & saddle up with us for part one: RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND.
Here's an idea. Take Sean Connery (James Bond) , stripped down, long hair tied up in a braid, a Village People handlebar mustache, red bandoliers crisscrossing his bare, hairy chest, a red jockstrap, thigh high leather boots for an entire movie. Preposterous you say?
It might be if it wasn't written & directed by master filmmaker John Boorman and co-starring the beautiful and very intense Charlotte Rampling . Take a leap of faith. Join us for the amazingly trippy, upside down world of...
How many hard boiled detectives do you know who'd go out at three o'clock in the morning to buy their kitty its favorite brand of cat food? Only one. Philip Marlowe, played oh so languidly by Elliot Gould, in The Long Goodbye.
Expect the unexpected when veteran director Robert Altman brings Raymond Chandler's classic 1940's detective into the modern day (well, 1973 anyway). With brilliant performances by Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell, & and (**spoiler alert**) a young Arnold Schwarzenegger!
It's The HALLOWEEN Show!! When you were young what frightened you? Clowns? Your old crone first grade teacher? The thing under the bed? Being abducted by a coven of witches and sacrificed to Satan on a stone alter? Yes, obviously it was the latter.
So travel along with us to Whitewood. We'll be staying at the Raven's Inn (AKA Horror Hotel).Christoper Lee will be waiting to check you in! Remember: "Tricks or Treats come only once a year!"
In this corner, the "black private dick, that's a sex machine to all the chicks", SHAFT!!! In the opposite corner, the "hard to understand, what a hell-of-a man", SUPERFLY!!
John Knapich and Bob Muller discuss Blaxploitation in this 1970's SHOWDOWN! Two films, Two directors. Father pitted against Son, in an ALL OUT battle!! WHO will emerge VICTORIOUS?!!