Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Episode 27: Harry Torino

Old Timer Vengeance!

This week, Faults in the Vaults takes a look at two films dealing with what happens when old white men are pushed too far. We're driving Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino (2008) to the scrap yard in order to seek vengeance for Harry Brown (2009).

Our good friends at Raleigh Soapery return and contribute a question about awkward movie going experiences in this week's Mailbag. The guys discuss the pros and cons of Stranger Things in this edition of The Soapbox Rant. In Diggin' Up the Docs, the Herzog discussion streak alive as Josh highlights his brand new film, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016).

Mitch goes Slipping Through the Tracks this week with a selection from earlier in the career of popular German composer, Hans Zimmer, specifically his work on John Boorman's South-East Asian political drama, Beyond Rangoon (1995). And in the new segment, Recycled Cinema, Mitch briefly discusses frequent Zimmer collaborator -- Christopher Nolan's 2002 remake of Erik Skjoldbjærg's 1997 Norwegian crime thriller, Insomnia.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Episode 26: The Master Rapture

Religious Cult Films!

Steve Johnson, the living special FX legend behind many of your favorite films including Ghostbusters, Big Trouble in Little China, and more drops in to talk about last week's feature Innocent Blood! Listen to his amazing stories from Innocent Blood and spread the word for his current Kickstarter campaign for his book series, RUBBERHEAD: Sex, Drugs, and Special FX!

This week, Faults in the Vaults takes a look at two films dealing with the struggles of belief and how people can be led astray. We cast doubt onto Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master (2012), in order to preach the gospel of Michael Tolkin's The Rapture (1991).

Elsewhere, discussions of newly acquired VR tech, Josh's new project Other Fish, and yet another Herzog discussion breaks out after digging once more into The MailbagThis Week in Torrents has Josh presenting his personal archive of assembled footage of Cleveland's Ghoulardi, the classic late night horror host and father of Paul Thomas Anderson.

Josh goes Slipping Through the Tracks this week with a selection from the career of long-time David Lynch collaborator, Angelo Badalamenti, specifically his score for Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 1995 surrealist sci-fi fantasy, La cité des enfants perdus (City of Lost Children).

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Episode 25: Animal Blood

John LandisJohn Landis!

This week, the Soapbox Office celebrates a mini-milestone and Faults in the Vaults takes aim at the works of director John Landis. We're finally expelling those criminal miscreants from 1978's Animal House in order to shed some (sun)light on 1992's horror/comedy, Innocent Blood.

Elsewhere in the episode, a Soapbox Office FAQ, we reintroduce our robot assistant S.T.U.R.G.E.S. to new listeners and finally reveal the history and meaning of the phrase "See You Next Wednesday"...

A letter drops into The Mailbag from Sam regarding the best and worst of Australian cinema. Diggin' Up the Docs has Josh showcasing a portrait of manic depressive genius musician/artist, Daniel Johnston in Jeff Feuerzeig's 2005 The Devil and Daniel Johnston. Mitch goes Slipping Through the Tracks this week with an offbeat selection highlighting the little praised and forgotten early works of the great Elmer Bernstein, namely his score for the notorious Robot Monster (1953).

john landisAlso, a brand new segment gets introduced in the form of Recycled Cinema, which attempts to remove some of the stigma associated with the word "remake". Up first, F.W. Murnau's immortal silent horror Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror (1922) gets a profoundly beautiful and tragic update by living legend Werner Herzog in Nosferatu, the Vampyre (1979).



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Episode 24: Hearts of Burden, Dreams of Darkness

Chaotic Filmmaking Docs!

This week, Faults in the Vaults heads deep into the jungles and the depths of the human psyche in order to analyze a pair of documentaries on the chaotic nature of filmmaking. Specifically, we're taking a look at Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (a 1991 document of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now) and Burden of Dreams (a 1982 document of Werner Herzog's Fitzcaraldo).

Elsewhere in the episode, Mitch shakes open The Mailbag once more to read aloud some fan follow-ups to a previous episode (Ep.22: Heavy Rock & Rule). In This Week in Torrents, Josh picks a PBS broadcast of American Masters featuring George Lucas and his associates discussing his work in the field of filmmaking.

Title CardIt's Josh's turn to go Slipping Through the Tracks as he tells the story behind the great Bernard Herrmann's unused score for Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain (1966). Also, Josh explains the show's absence and recaps this month's SDCC while Mitch explains his fear of coyotes. Plus, Herzog impressions!



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Episode 23: Wayneheads!

Metal Comedy Galore!

This week, Faults in the Vaults heads into the pit to discuss a pair of headbangin' comedies from the 1990's. We're declaring that the party is over for 1992's Wayne's World in order to fight for some air-time on behalf of 1994's Airheads

For the first time on the podcast, we had the honor of interviewing the writer of our featured movie. That's right, in the latest edition of the The Soapbox Spotlight we have Airheads! writer Rich Wilkes on the show!

Elsewhere in the episode, This Week in Torrents highlights the long sought after Mexican TV edit of Evil Dead 2, featuring scenes never before seen on any release.

Mitch goes Slipping Through the Tracks this week to discuss the many subgenres of heavy metal that comprise the soundtrack to Harmony Korine's Gummo (1997). And in Total Recast, like Uatu the Watcher, Mitch & Josh wax hypothetical about cinematic could have beens. This time, the guys imagine worlds in which other SNL skits had reached the blockbuster success of Wayne's World...



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Episode 22: Heavy Rock & Rule

Canadian Animated Rock!

This week, in Faults in the Vaults, what better way to celebrate the freedoms of this great America then by discussing a pair of animated fantasy films from the Great White North?! O Canada! That's right, we're steering our starship away from the anthology film, Heavy Metal (1981) in order to set a course for the lesser seen, Rock & Rule (1983)!

Elsewhere in the episode, Josh brings attention to an industrious fan who has strung together all the cut scenes from South Park's The Stick of Truth video game to form it's own movie in This Week in TorrentsThe Soapbox Rant has the guys all fired up about the House of Mouse.

Josh goes Slipping Through the Tracks in order to throw a spotlight on an impressive score from the great Alan Silvestri. Specifically, his work on the film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). And in Total Recast, Mitch and Josh once again, wax hypothetical about cinematic casting scenarios that could have been. This time, the guys imagine some animated franchises that never were.




Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Episode 21: Mannhunter

Soapbox Office
Michael Mann Magnificence!

This week's Faults in the Vaults takes a look at a pairing of crime thrillers from the prolific oeuvre of the director. Specifically, we're sticking to the discipline and walking out the door on 1995's Heat in order to pick up the old scent of 1986's Manhunter!

Mitch emerges from the depths of The Mailbag with a question about films that make you cry. In Diggin' Up The Docs, Josh forays into the world of the Beat movement with Chuck Workman's The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999).

The Soapbox Rant stokes the fires as the guys make time to take down generational coveting. Mitch takes a turn Slipping Through the Tracks and chooses to champion composer Elliot Goldenthal's genre-bending score to Julie Taymor's Shakespeare adaptation, Titus (1999).

Soapbox OfficeAnd in Total Recast, Mitch & Josh wax hypothetical and ponder some cinematic casting scenarios that could have been. This time, Mitch imagines a Pacino-less Heat, while Josh finds himself a different Midnight Cowboy.