This stop on the Studio Ghibli meets stop motion adventure takes the infamous final act turn. Two of the most divisive movies in their series. The burden of expectations. First, Tales from Earthsea takes a popular fantasy series of fiction and distills it down until its basic elements before distilling further until it’s not really distilling so much as just creating something entirely different with the same character names. Goro Miyazaki handles the expectations of the family name. Then, Tim Burton fans recon with the lightning in a bottle of previous stop motion films bearing his name. An honest look at Corpse Bride as the show attempts to view it with fresh eyes. Continue reading
A front for murder. Sweeney Todd (The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) finds Mr. Todd and Ms. Lovett making pies. No one asks Anthony Stewart Head to sing. Meanwhile, things are much different in the world of Cold Fish. The ever-changing rules of Sion Sono.
Last will and testament films. Tributes to monsters of sound-stage cinema. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. Rebel against that morality club. Eric and Michael finally talk to each other about Elvira. The reality of goth chick valley girl. A deeper look at Elvir’s character. Another look at Vampire. Cassandra Peterson. Movie Macabre and horror hosting. Shock value. Elvira’s sex appeal and how she gets away with it. The misunderstood teenager. Michael met Eric at an IHOP. Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow. Six degrees of Tim Burton. A darker, more sinister exception. The one off Christina Ricci. The cast. The Christopher Lee metal album. The origins of the Sleepy Hollow film. Film noir levels of convoluted plot. A more honest intentioned look at the Burton rehashing. Where it gets no better. The Headless Horseman. All things beheading. Science vs faith, I guess. Continue reading
Double Feature sci-fi day, featuring…two David Cronenberg cinematographers or something. Rob Zombie’s The Blob. Chuck Russell’s The Blob. Mark Irwin. The rebellious youth! Sleigh Bells 2010 album Treats. How critics and mothers responded to slashers in the 80s. Garden Till Massacre. Why Eric is in love with the character of The Blob. Eavesdropping on exposition. The Evil Hazmat Team. Leaving somewhere to go. Peter Suschitzky. Danny Elfman returns. Damon Albarn and DRC. Michael J Fox, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close and ten other names you haven’t seen in fifteen years. Obvious similarities and obvious differences between Mars Attacks and Edward D Wood Jr movies. Mars Attacks trading cards. Stop motion and all that could have been. Continue reading
A show about old films disguised as a show about new films. Glen or Glenda! Credit movies. Why are Edward D Wood Jr movies so bad? Surrounding yourself with weirdos. Jeffrey Jones and The Amazing Criswell. Juliet Landau is amazing. Martin Landau. Elvira. A different look at Ed Wood. An honest look at Bela Lugosi. Honoring an old technique. Maurice Lamarche. Writings and pornography. The Church of Ed Wood. EDWJ writes your movie! Nosferatu, Dracula, and Shadow of the Vampire. John Malkovich plays F W Murnau like he’s Count Orlok. When conspiracy is ok! Questioning what’s real. Directors narrate silent films. Why people should care about german expressionism. Vampires then and now. The original “don’t show the monster.” Icons. Udo Kier. Continue reading
Myth and Legend. More cannon than ever before! More airquotes than any podcast has dared to present! Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. The Danny Elfman Tim Burton marriage. Alec Baldwin is not a senator. The Amazing Criswell. Why Double Feature doesn’t really do comic book films. Casting against obvious common assumption. The character of Beetlejuice as a combination of Tim Burton’s personal interests. Tax money should not go to the living dead. Stop-motion and other early Burton attractions. Why is a knowledge of magic important in filmmaking? The Beetljuice Animated Series. SAND BEETLE WORMS. Clive Barker and Candyman. Eric’s accidental 3am trips to cabrini green. An update on the state of cabrini green in Chicago. Snopes: The Film. Candyman taking a more professional look at legend. Candyman shows up and…what is he wearing? Creating legend as a scapegoat. Evading responsibility through myth. Continue reading
Fish out of water double billing. Eric’s declining health? A controversial stance on Tim Burton. The elements of a Burton film. Danny Elfman. Michael’s Burton-Fantasty-Theory. Vincent Price. The 13th Ghosts of Scooby Doo. Mormonism. Johnny Depp: The Target Superstore of cinema. The classic age of monster and horror films. Building suburbia in Edward Scissorhands. Should men play God? Of course they should. Is The Brother From Another Planet blaxploitation? Cheap and effective special effects. Exposition in science fiction. Silent roles. A collection of characters. Sam the Bellhop. Authenticity. Continue reading
Unlikely 80s films / Men in grey suits. David Lynch! Arthur Penn? Calling out nonsense that happens all the time in movies. Penn Jillette’s radio show. High concept dark comedy. The dual role. Buying the trick. VHS quality causes mass confusion. Asking to be killed. Bible salesman. James Randi. Killing your partner every night. Dowsing as a metaphor. Psychic surgery. Desert Bus! Bullshit! Why is this not on DVD? Who is Pee Wee? Tim Burton. Directors who do one-offs. The styles and genres. Theatrical irony. Psychics and hot readings. Films within films. Continue reading