"Blade of the Immortal" (2017)


Everyone has a Japanese anime/manga phase, right?  Maybe?  No?  Fine, whatever, but we did - at some point - we, as in, Mr. Mark Alan Heiliger, Chad Philip Peter and guest Matt "Lank" Hingstman.  The fellas check out a live action film adaptation of one of Chad's favorite Japanese comic books, "BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL"!

Here's a hint: the movie isn't as exciting as the title - but our conversation MIGHT be!

"*batteries not included" (1987)


Guest Matt "Lank" Hingstman brings an old favorite of his, "*batteries not included" (sic), and forces Mark and Chad to watch it while at gunpoint.  A small scuffle promptly followed, the dust settled, and Jessica Tandy was all that remained.  Or not.  Maybe none of this happened.  Maybe you don't exist.  Maybe, just maybe.

Performers of note: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Pena, Michael Carmine, Dennis Boutsikaris

"Phoebe In Wonderland" (2008)


Today the guys tackle a... children's film?  Or is this a movie for parents?  We can't decide.  The movie is 2008's "Phoebe In Wonderland", starring Elle Fanning in one of the more incredible child actor performances possibly ever.  Mark and Chad also talk "SOLO"... if you're into that sort of thing.

Performers of note: Elle Fanning, Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Pullman, Campbell Scott

"Ace in the Hole" (1951)


Kirk Douglas will live forever.  No, seriously, he's 101 and still putting on one-man shows in Los Angeles.  But 67 years ago he was busy starring in "Ace In The Hole", a noir(ish) morality tale from director Billy Wilder.  Mark claims this is one of his top films "of all time", and naturally Chad's never seen the movie.  Typical.

Performers of note: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Richard Benedict.

"The Void" (2016)


Chad and Mark are back!  The guys discuss work-life balance, wondering what it is, and what it means to be a creative person with no time to be creative.  They also flip the script with Chad bringing a movie he's never seen - yet Mark had.  This week's film is a 2016 micro-budget indie called "The Void".

Performers of note: Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers, Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong, Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski.

"The Last Of Sheila" (1973)


Woof - Mark and Chad have been BUSY with work, but they managed to carve out a little time for some movie lovin'.  Which movie exactly?  Chad has no clue.  It's Mark's pick this week, and with him he brings the 1973 murder mystery, "The Last Of Sheila".

Performers of note: Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, James Coburn, Joan Hackett, James Mason, Ian McShane, Raquel Welch and Herbert Ross.

"American Teen" (2008)


It took us 53 episodes to finally tackle a documentary!  53!!!  So join Mark and Chad as they take a gander at a mostly forgotten documentary from 2008, "American Teen".  They guys discuss general ethics surrounding what it means to be a documentarian - how much should a crew get involved with its subjects, etc.  One might say they enjoyed their time with this one.

Performers of note: Nanette Burstein, Jake Tusing, Megan Krizmanich, Colin Clemens, Mitch Reinholt, Hannah Bailey.

"Lord of Illusions" (1995)


Mark's movie pick for the week comes from the disturbed mind of Clive Barker.  "Lord of Illusions" is a movie that seemingly never left obscurity - so of course we're here to dig it up!  Chad's never seen it, so the guys sit for a minute to watch what, apparently, is the Director's Cut of the film (according to Mark).

Performers of note: Scott Bakula, Famke Janssen, Kevin J. O'Connor, Daniel von Bargen, Joel Swetow, J. Trevor Edmond

"Apollo 13" (1995)


Sweet Jesus, this week's movie might be the smallest, most unheard-of indie film you've absolutely never heard of.  Made with cardboard set pieces and definitely shot on an iPhone, Mark and guest Brian Finifter try to make sense of 1995's indie darling: APOLLO 13.

Performers of note: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton (aww), Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan.

"Dredd" (2012)


It's a crowded house for our 50th episode.  Steve Phelan joins Mark and Chad to review 2012's cult hit(?) "Dredd" (originally titled "Dredd 3D", but that's a dumb title).  There's not much to discuss - Chad and Mark love this movie.  Steve hasn't seen it.

Performers of note: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, and Domhnall Gleeson (in a thankless role).

“Wings of Desire” (1987)


Dreams do come true.  Eventually.  We welcome ourselves back from an impromptu holiday vacation, which we don’t even refer to in the show, because this episode was recorded before Christmas 2017 (as is the next episode as well).

Ahem.  Where do we begin with this week’s exploration into 1987’s Wings of Desire?  Well, for one, it’s an awesome film.  Arty, stylish, slow, but cool.  So cool that it was eventually remade into a Meg Ryan / Nicolas Cage tearjerker.  Typical.

“Brick” (2005)


Hey, unless you’re living under a rock, you might have heard it’s Star Wars week.  To celebrate the coming-of-age of The Last Jedi‘s director, Rian Johnson, Mark and Chad are here to celebrate the earliest work of the man, 2005’s acclaimed indie Brick.

Performers of note: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, Matt O’Leary,

“Top Secret!” (1984)


Falling in line with the Zucker Brothers’ history of slapstick comedy, “Top Secret!” is no exception to the rule.  It’s a movie that eluded Chad for the duration of its existence… Yet, somehow, it’s one of Mark’s treasured favorites (he gives it a 9 out of 10 star rating).  The boys sit back, relax and try to figure out if there’s an actual story to this thing, or if it’s only a ploy for sight gags.  Oh, and it’s the first movie Val Kilmer ever did (according to imdb).

Performers of note: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, Christopher Williers, Michael Gough, Harry Ditson, Jim Carter, Omar Sharif, Eddie Tagoe, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

“Three Colors: Red” (1994)


The guys deep dive back into the world of European art-house cinema, again looking back to the works of director Krzysztof Kieslowski (we first tackled his “The Double Life of Veronique” in the 4th episode of this podcast!)).  “Three Colors: Red” falls within Chad’s top-10 favorite films OF ALL TIME, for reasons mostly unknown to even him, but it remains largely unknown from the populist world at large.  

Performers of note: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Benoît Régent, Zbigniew Zamachowski.

“The Punisher” (2004)


This is as good a week as any to talk about 2004’s rendition of “The Punisher”, considering Netflix just released their own version of “The Punisher” TV series last week.  This week, Mark presents the movie to Chad, whom has never seen ANY of the Punisher installments over the years.  The two of them dive deep into the state of comic book movies, and make an effort to introduce everyone to our slight format change. 

Performers of note: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Will Patton, Ben Foster, Rebecca Romijn, Roy Scheider (RIP), Samantha Mathis, Kevin Nash, Laura Harring, Eddie Jemison, John Pinette (RIP).

“Legend” (1985)


Mark and guest Ashley Long (sans Chad, was out of town) take a look at Ridley Scott’s much maligned fantasy epic, “Legend” (The Director’s Cut, specifically).  Ashley stews of fond memories of the film, while Mark doesn’t quite feel it was “directed by a human being”.

Performers of note: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty, Robert Picardo

“One Dark Night” (1982)


Mark finally gets his Halloween wish – he and Chad tackle a movie that at least falls into the horror film genre this time.  “One Dark Night” seems to have disappeared from public view since it’s release in 1982.  How we stumbled across it, only Chad knows (he totally judged the blu-ray by its awesome cover, and bought it without having seen it).

Performers of note: Meg Tilly, Melissa Newman, Robin Evans, Leslie Speights, Elizabeth Daily, Adam West, Tom McLoughlin.