Cult Film Club Podcast

On this episode of the Cult Film Club hosts Shawn, Paxton and Jaime finally take the plunge into the world of Asian cinema with the 1973 revenge flick Lady Snowblood.  We talk about the flick, how it had a huge impact on the flick Kill Bill, the famous theme song, and of course arterial blood sprays. 

Direct download: CFC_Episode_30_-_Lady_Snowblood.mp3
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This month on the Cult Film Club, hosts Paxton, Jaime and Shawn gear up for a podcast crossover of post-apocalyptic proportions as they welcome the Nerd Lunch crew into the clubhouse to talk about all three films in the original Mad Max trilogy. We stripped down the extras a bit to make way for an extended conversation on this triple feature packed into a dense yet fun conversation where we touch on the actors, the fan theories that connect the films, the amazing gonzo special effects and character designs, as well as the scores and a little bit of lead up to the recent Mad Max Fury Road.

This episode is part 1 of a crossover that continues in episode 196 of the Nerd Lunch podcast where we all reconvened to discuss Mad Max Fury Road.

Direct download: Cult_Film_Club_Episode_29_-_Mad_Max_Trilogy.mp3
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In episode 28 of the Cult Film Club, hosts Paxton, Shawn and Jaime finally tackle one of the most quintessential cult films of the past 30 years, 1984's Repo Man! Directed by outsider auteur Alex Cox, Repo Man centers on semi-nihilistic punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) who is reluctantly recruited into the seedy world of car repossession by repo lifer Bud (Harry Dean Stanton) and his cohorts at the Helping Hands agency. If learning the ropes, "stealing" back cars from deadbeat owners, and dodging violent Mod rock bands weren't crazy enough, Otto is also on the trail of a hot (literally, sweating balls hot) Chevy Malibu that is very possibly carrying a leaking neutron bomb, though it might also be the mobile sarcophagus for the decomposing bodies of four squid-like aliens. Figuring out how this car ties into his new girlfriend Leila, a couple of rival Latin repo men, and quite possibly time travel might be too much for Otto to handle without a frontal lobotomy.

In this episode we talk about the film, its place in cult history, the cast, and most importantly the punk rock soundtrack that elevates and even saved the film.

Direct download: Cult_Film_Club_Episode_28_-_Repo_Man.mp3
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In this episode of the Cult Film Club hosts Jaime, Paxton and Shawn dip their toes back into the horror genre to cover the batshit crazy 1991 Wes Craven ghetto adventure classic The People Under the Stairs.  We talk about the insane plot, how horror in the 90s invaded the ghetto, the actors and their ties to David Lynch's Twin Peaks, the lack of a substantial soundtrack and how adorable a tounge-less, mumbling creep living in the walls of a crazy house can be.

Direct download: CFC_Episode_27_-_The_People_Under_the_Stairs.mp3
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It's officially summer and to kick things off right, Shawn, Jaime and Pax decided to cover a flick that is all about summer vacation, the beach, and, well, Ping Pong! We're breaking tradition a little bit and covering a much more recent film, one that was released in 2014 and we think is destined to become a cult classic, Ping Pong Summer!

Written and directed by Michael Tully and starring Lea Thompson, John Hannah, and Susan Sarandon the film centers around 13 year-old Rad Miracle and his family on their annual summer trip to Ocean City Maryland for fun, sun, and Paul Revere-themed smorgasbords. Set in 1985, we follow Rad as he meets a new best friend Teddy Fryy, falls for the local funk punch swilling babe Stacy Summers, and makes an enemy out of Stacy's ex, Lyle Ace the local Ping Pong champion. Can Rad master his break dancing moves, win the girl, and beat Lyle in a one-on-one winner takes all table tennis match before the summer is over?

In this episode we talk about the film, the cast, the amazing soundtrack & score, as well as why we think that it's a shame that the film didn't do all that well in the box office.

Direct download: CFC_Episode_26_PingPongSummer.mp3
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Pax, Jaime and Shawn are back this month with the 25th episode of the Cult Film Club.  Since we've been sort of on a roll choosing some of our all time favorite flicks, we decided to cap that off with a look at the 1995 neo-noir flick, Hackers.  Directed by Ian Softley, and starring Johnny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Fisher Stevens, and Matthew Lillard, the film follows Dade Murphy (aka Crash Override, aka Zero Cool) (Miller) as he transfers to a new school and is finally able to legally use a computer again after being busted as a child for one of the largest computer cracks in history.  He quickly gets in tight with a gang of fellow hackers and falls for his digital enemy Acid Burn (Jolie), all while a renegade IT security officer (The Plague) plans to bilk his company out of millions.  After a fellow hacker unwittingly discovers the Plague's plan, it's hacker against hacker in this fast-paced, visually stylistic thriller that is equal parts awesome and 90s cheese.

Direct download: Cult_Film_Club_Episode_25_-_Hackers.mp3
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On this episode of the Cult Film club hosts Jaime, Pax and Shawn finally cover their first romantic comedy (FINALLY, RIGHT?!) as they take a trip to 1987 to revist the Andrew McCarthy & Kim Cattrall masterpiece Mannequin.  Okay, so it's not a masterpiece, but it's a helluva lot of nostalgic fun and we have a great time talking about the actors (James Spader especially), the insane plot, the rad soundtrack, and a janitor who was very possibly caught fapping at the end of the film.  So grab a bag of popcorn, sit back in a comfy chair and listen to us discuss Mannequin!

Direct download: CFC_Episode_24_-_Mannequin.mp3
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On this episode of the Cult Film Club hosts Pax, Shawn and Jaime take a cue from the wintery season and break out an underappreciated childhood favorite, Young Sherlock Holmes.  Directed by Barry Levinson (Diner, Wag the Dog) and written by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, Goonies, Home Alone), the film stars a cast of young unknowns including Nicholas Rowe as Holmes and Alan Cox as Watson.  The film was one of the many spectacular teen/action films produced by Steven Spielberg in the 80s (Goonies, Poltergeist, Gremlins, and Back to the Future), and it's notable as being the one major failure, though this is due less to its quality than its failure to find its audience.  Filled with cutting edge special effects work the film is also notable for featuring the first fully rendered CG character created by the fledgling CG animation studio Pixar.  Does the film still hold up?  That's what the hosts try and figure out as they discuss the plot, the actors, the special effects, and the where the movie stands in the pantheon of Sherlock Holmes adaptations.

Direct download: Episode_23_-_Young_Sherlock_Holmes.mp3
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