Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Episode 62: Black Swan, Red Shoes

Tragic Ballerinas!

This week, in Faults in the Vaults, we strap on some ballet slippers and lose a grip on sanity with a pair of dance-centric dramas. We call in an understudy on Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (2010) in order to sing the praises and educate the masses on what is arguably the greatest Technicolor film ever made, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes (1948)!

We defend the honor and abilities of the uber-dreamy Ryan Gosling in The Mailbag! Josh digs up a great copy of the hilarious, but little seen, Lookwell!, the unsold pilot co-created by Robert Smigel and Conan O'Brien, starring the late Adam West for This Week in Torrents.

Mitch guides us around the crime-ridden ghetto of France to talk about La Haine (1995) in another edition of Where in the World Cinema? The Soapbox Rant wonders what happened to the multi-talented movie stars of old and when our collective expectations were lowered.

Also in this episode, drunken nights at Tonga Hut, more Real McKenzies music videos, BabbleVision, and even more great products from the good people at Raleigh Soapery!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Episode 61: The Usual Sushi Girl

The Soapbox Office Podcast
Heist Films w/a Twist!

Interview w/ Kern Saxton, director and co-screenwriter of Sushi Girl!

In this week's Faults in the Vaults, we shoot the Devil in the back and turn states' evidence on Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects (1995) and instead widen our cinematic palette and order up Kern Saxton's heist revenge film, Sushi Girl (2012)!

Title CardA trip to The Mailbag offers up some fun trivia tidbits from Chuck Russell's 1988 remake of The Blob. Mitch goes Slipping Through the Tracks to give a brief synopsis and history lesson on 1956's The Girl Can't Help It, Frank Tashlin's rocking musical comedy, featuring legendary performances from Little Richard, Eddie Cochran and more!

The Soapbox Rant attempts to navigate the murky waters of sexism and objective criticism in film.

Also in this episode, Adam West tributes,, a new commercial debuts, Mitch divulges TMI, and S.T.U.R.G.E.S. finally tallies the results and we announce the winners for our Raleigh Soapery prize pack giveaway!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Episode 60: Night of the Living Fly

Horror Remakes V2!

This week, Faults in the Vaults returns to discuss another pairing of classic horror remakes. We set traps and put David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986) out of its misery in order to resurrect Tom Savini's reimagining of George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1990)! We talk briefly with Tom Savini, legendary FX artist and director of NotLD '90!

In This Week in Torrents, Josh digs up a rare black and white workprint of Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal complete with different scenes, additional narration, and weird voiceovers! Mitch goes Digging Up The Docs in search of the fantastic, but hard to find Lumiere and Company (1995) where 40 internationally acclaimed filmmakers try that hand at short subject filmmaking using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumiere Brothers.

Recycled Cinema takes a look at Irwin S. Yeaworth's 1958 drive-in classic, The Blob along with Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont's viscerally brutal and imaginative 1988 remake.

Also in this episode, iTunes' 5 Star reviews, the debut of Babble-Vision, Trivia with Budds, and the best deals on the Internet from the good people at Raleigh Soapery!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Episode 59: Drinking and Drive-Ins- The Devils Candy

Ethan Embry Interview!

This week, Faults in the Vaults is side-lined once more for a special installment of Drinking & Drive-ins, where we kick back and revel in some of the very best cinematic exploitations around. This time we're joined by a very special guest host - the wonderful and talented Ethan Embry, here to talk about his work in 2015's metal-heavy midnight movie, The Devil's Candy!

Josh takes a turn Digging Up The Docs to present a glimpse into the life of a massive talent gone too soon in I Am Heath Ledger (2017), directed by Adrian Buitenhuis and Derik Murray. Mitch and Ethan gush about Russian cinema and the transcendent work of Andrei Tarkovsky in 1979's Stalker as part of Where in the World Cinema?
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We go Slipping Through the Tracks to discuss the work of Radiohead guitarist-turned film composer and frequent Paul Thomas Anderson collaborator, Jonny Greenwood, and highlight the 70's sonic vibes on the Inherent Vice (2014) soundtrack.

Also in this episode, a recap of our recent Real McKenzies gig, more Cheap Thrills talk, other tales from Ethan's career, and one final chance to win a slew of great products from the good people at Raleigh Soapery!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Episode 58: Nightcrawler Thrills

artDark Comedic Thrillers!

This week, Faults in the Vaults dives into the gritty world of independent thrillers, so listen as we terminate our business partnership with 2014's Nightcrawler in favor of the night of escalating mayhem in 2013's Cheap Thrills.

This Week in Torrents, Josh highlights the unobtainable second season of IFC's The Henry Rollins Show. Mitch gives the rundown on The Next Three Days, Paul Haggis' 2010 remake of the French escape thriller, Pour Elle aka Anything for Her, in another installment of Recycled Cinema.

The Soapbox Rant gets righteously indignant about bandwagon jumpers and the role of popularity in pop culture. Josh goes Slipping Through the Tracks to mourn another legend and bring attention to Chris Cornell's massive contribution to the soundtrack for Cameron Crowe's musically trendsetting film, Singles (1992).

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Also in this episode, more from The Mailbag, raging at the Multiplex, and a reminder about our latest contest where you can win exclusive Yoga Hosers collectibles and free products from the great people at Raleigh Soapery!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Episode 57: Drinking and Drive-In's- The Happening

podcastMichael Parks Tribute

This week we sideline Faults in the Vaults in order to celebrate, praise, and pay tribute to one if the greatest actors to ever grace the planet, Mr. Michael Parks. Last Wednesday we lost Michael and Mitch and I were lucky enough to work with the man on several projects.

In Drinking and Drive-In's, we cover one of the rare, over-the-top comedic roles that Parks ever took, the 1967 screwball comedy The Happening. Part old Hollywood, part new, this oddly touching movie is one of the rare examples of the changing of the guard that took place in late 60's cinema. If you're having trouble finding a copy of the film, look no further than this link.

Also in the episode we have the unique privilege of interviewing his son James Parks, a man who is an amazing actor in his own right and can currently be seen in AMC's The Son. We talk Parks' family history, inspirations, and James performs the Dylan Thomas poem that Michael made him memorize before he would sign off on his joining the acting world, "In My Craft or Sullen Art". Thanks for coming on sir.

In Slippin' Through the Tracks, we spotlight Long Lonesome Highway, the kinda-sorta soundtrack (and brilliant album) to the amazing 1969 show, Then Came Bronson. In Diggin' up the Doc's, we cover the Parks documentary that never was (but might still be) also titled, Long Lonesome Highway. For those interested in seeing the pitch-video we cover in the episode, here is the video.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Giant Size #3 Featuring Kevin Smith

Full Kevin Smith interview!

It broke out heart to edit down Kevin's interview to fit the show format, so we took this opportunity to release Giant Size #3! We interview the man himself at the historic Hollywood Improv Podcast Studio and talk about the entirety of his career with a strong emphasis on the all-too shittalked Jersey Girl!

Some added bonus stories not included in Episode 56 include tales of paparazzi on set, the fallout and redemption of Mallrats, and much, much more. We were absolutely honored the man took 90 minutes out of his time (right after performing Babble-On no less) so join us as we take a look at the career from one of the defining members of independent cinema, Kevin Smith!

Also in this episode, Mitch and Josh promote the brand new Soapbox Giveaway and detail how you can enter and win rare Yoga Hosers memorabilia and a slew of great products from Raleigh Soapery!

Coming up this Wednesday, look out for an all Michael Parks tribute episode.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Episode 56: Jersey Descendants

Kevin Smith Interview!

This week, Faults in the Vaults navigates the pitfalls of parenting with a pair of films centered around matriarchal tragedy and the men left behind to pick up the pieces for their families. We say Aloha to Alexander Payne's The Descendants (2011) in order to right a past wrong and call for the re-evaluation and redemption of Jersey Girl (2004)!

Hollywood ImprovIn celebration of the far too disrespected Jersey Girl, we speak to writer/director Kevin Smith about the genesis, execution, and history of the film. We interviewed Kevin at the world famous Hollywood Improv podcast studio and next week we'll be releasing the full, unedited 90 minute interview as Giant Size #3!

Soapbox OfficeThis Week in Torrents, Josh praises the hard work of anonymous content creators with an up-scaled and overhauled presentation of the classic 1993 episode of MST3K where they endured Manos:The Hands of Fate!

In another edition of Recycled Cinema, Mitch recalls the '80's comedy classic, Three Men and a Baby (1987) and its' original award-winning French incarnation, Three Men and a Cradle, written and directed by Coline Serreau!

Josh goes Slipping Through the Tracks with another great atmospheric score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis of The Bad Seeds for 2016's Best Picture nominee, Hell or High Water.

Also in this episode, Mitch and Josh unveil a brand new Soapbox Giveaway and detail how you can enter and win rare Yoga Hosers memorabilia and a slew of great products from Raleigh Soapery! #WashYourself

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Episode 55: Shutter Island Stay

Mystery Thrillers!

This week, Faults in the Vaults offers up a pair of mind-bending mystery thrillers where repeat viewings become absolutely essential to the understanding of events on screen. We take the earliest ferry off of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island (2010) in order to clue everyone into Marc Forster's stylishly surreal Stay (2005)!

The Mailbag once again goes intercontinental with a listener suggested showdown between Bob Fosse and Spike Lee! This Week in Torrents, Josh dusts off the long dead Sega CD to present the unreleased genius of Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors.

Josh goes Diggin' Up The Docs with Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's the Fantastic Four (2015) In another edition of Recycled Cinema, Mitch recalls Vanilla Sky (2001), Cameron Crowe's fascinating and inventive spin on Alejandro Amenabar's Spanish language original, Open Your Eyes (1997).

Also in this episode, Mitch and Josh continue their meteoric rise to the top, Bill Nye Saves the World, take a trip to the comic book store, and discuss great deals and opportunities for high seas piracy with the great products from Raleigh Soapery!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Episode 54: This Is The Rutles

Rock Mockumentaries!

This week, Faults in the Vaults turns its attention to two rock mockumentaries from two very distinct groups of comedy giants. We ship 1984's This Is Spinal Tap off to "Bitch School" in order to reminisce about the greatest British rock band that (n)ever was, The Rutles, in 1978's All You Need Is Cash...

Josh and Mitch delight in cracking open the Mailbag to spotlight some brand new hate mail.

This Week in Torrents, Josh waxes nostalgic for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and highlights an extended Director's Cut of Turtles Forever (2009)!

Where in the World Cinema? takes a trip to Merry Olde England in order to highlight 2009's In The Loop, the hilariously pitch perfect, but straight black political satire, a spin-off of the successful BBC series, The Thick Of It, from the creators of HBO's Veep and starring future 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi!

Mitch goes Slipping Through the Tracks to showcase Michael Kamen's fantastically eclectic jazz and samba-infused science fiction score to former Monty Python-alum, Terry Gilliam's brilliantly bizarre dystopian film, Brazil (1985).

Also in this episode, celebrity encounters at the workplace with everyone's favorite Beatle, legendary comedy drop-ins, food related shenanigans, and more fun uses for the handmade products from the good people at Raleigh Soapery!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Episode 53: Long Gone Durham

Big Screen Baseball!

Spotlight Interview w/ Martin Davidson, director of Long Gone!

This week, Faults in the Vaults grabs a pint and a hot dog as we head to opening day for a doubleheader double feature. It's baseball season here at the Soapbox Office Podcast, so Bull Durham (1988) gets struck out in favor of the long forgotten minor league underdog, Long Gone (1987)!

Long Gone has only ever been released on VHS & Laserdisc! Help us show HBO that there is a strong need to bring back the best baseball film ever made by signing our petition here!

The guys slide into the Mailbag to bring an unfortunate end to a Greek streak. With This Week in Torrents, Josh plays Easter Bunny and gives the gift of a free MP3/FLAC download of The Best of Waite Hoyt in the Rain, the legendary voice of Cincinnati Reds baseball!

Mitch and Josh gush over Netflix's The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014), the story of the Portland Mavericks and Bing Russell's rebellion against the professional baseball establishment in this edition of Digging Up The Docs.

Mitch returns to Recycled Cinema to remind listeners that remakes are not always a bad thing as he covers the entertaining family fantasy baseball film, Angels in the Outfield (1994) and its original 1951 predecessor.

Also in this episode, the guys argue their athletic abilities, detail the origins of their baseball fandom, regale with tales of motherly love with Sparky Anderson, discuss the resurrection of MST3K, and champion American made goods with the good people at Raleigh Soapery!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Episode 52: Losers Wanted

Comics on Film!

This week, Faults in the Vaults curves a bullet into the path of Timur Bekmambetov's Wanted (2008) in order to clear the names and rebuild the reputation of The Losers (2010)!

This Week in Torrents finds Josh highlighting an unaired television pilot for the Sam Raimi-created cult favorite, Darkman (1992)! The Soapbox Rant sets its sights on the Iron Fist (2017) haters!

Mitch goes Digging Up The Docs to honor the memory of the legendary Don Rickles with the wonderfully produced career retrospective, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007), directed by John Landis.

Slipping Through the Tracks makes a triumphant return as Josh selects a surprisingly classical theatrical score by John Frizzell and The London Metropolitan Orchestra for Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996).

Also in this episode, the guys bask in commercial success, continue to roll cameras for Lovett or Leave It, hang out with industry friends at Monsterpalooza, and ward off sewer monsters with the help of great products from Raleigh Soapery!