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Cinema Smorgasbord – George Kennedy is my Copilot – The Gambler (2014)

On this episode of GEORGE KENNEDY IS MY COPILOT we’re checking out a rare mid-80s George Kennedy commercial for York Heating and Cooling as well as Rupert Wyatt’s 2014 remake of the James Toback-written THE GAMBLER, which features the final role of George Kennedy! We discuss Mark Wahlberg’s attractiveness, the joys(?) of gambling, whether we would rather have a stereo system or black & white television and SO MUCH MORE! You gotta check it out, you just gotta!

Cinema Smorgasbord – JodoWOWsky Part 14 – The Technopriests (1998-2006)

It’s the long awaited return of JodoWOWsky and on this episode we’re headed back to the comic book Jodoverse with the eight-volume Incal spin-off THE TECHNOPRIESTS, originally published from 1998 until 2006. Written by Jodorowsky with art from the immortal Zoran Janjetov, with color from Fred Beltran it follows the journey of Albino, the Supreme Technopriest, and his journey through the Technopriest hierarchy which – surprise – becomes a galaxy-spanning epic of mind-melting proportions. We also with Alejandro Jodorowsky a very happy 95th birthday and take a look at all the latest Jodorowsky news. JOIN US!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Praising Kane – Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984)

For our first episode of Praising Kane (the world’s finest Carol Kane-related podcast) of 2024 we’re DOUBLING UP, first with an episode of Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre from 1984 adapting SLEEPING BEAUTY with an all-star cast including Christopher Reeve, Beverly D’Angelo, Bernadette Peters and – of course – Carol Kane! We then get into our feature OVER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, an early film from Cannon Films directed by Menahem Golan and starring Elliott Gould and Margaux Hemingway. Carol Kane plays a demure Jewish teacher with a WILD SIDE. We also chat about the recent Sundance premiere of Kane’s new film BETWEEN THE TEMPLES. HOORAY!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Cinema Smorgasbord Sells Out – Barbie (2023)

On this INAUGURAL episode of CINEMA SMORGASBORD SELLS OUT we’re getting mainstream as HELL as we dig into the most zeitgeisty film of 2023, Greta Gerwig’s colorful box office smash BARBIE! No more obscure Filipino exploitation movies or Jodorowsky rarities, we’re talking about something everyone has seen for once and – damn it – we’re gonna enjoy it. We touch on our personal history with Barbie dolls (and Barbie media), whether Barbie works as a children’s film, how we get enjoyment out of films that anger the “right” people and SO MUCH MORE. Listen, friends!

Cinema Smorgasbord – How Do You Do, Fellow Kids? – Vibes (1988)

HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS? (the world’s finest Steve Buscemi-themed podcast) returns with its first episode of 2024 with a surprising early Buscemi role in the 1988 psychic-themed comedic adventure film VIBES starring Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum and Peter Falk! It’s weird as hell! We also chat about Steve Buscemi’s recent birthday, listening to terrestrial radio, Bad Bunny (and his music video for “Baticano” starring Steve Buscemi), the recent cancellation of MIRACLE WORKERS and SO MUCH MORE. Listen and tell your friends!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Further Reeding – The System (1964)

New year, new episode of FURTHER REEDING, a podcast all about the life and career of actor Oliver Reed! On this episode we’re joining Reed and all his seaside buddies as they take in (and take out) the tourist trade in 1964’s THE SYSTEM (also known by the confusingly titled THE GIRL-GETTERS in the US). Directed by regular Reed collaborator (and notorious scumbag) Michael Winner, it’s a fascinatingly layered drama with a star making performance from Reed in the lead. BUT IS IT ANY GOOD? Listen and find out!

Cinema Smorgasbord – The Cinema Smorgasbord Holiday Special – Tokyo Godfathers (2003) & The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)

It’s the Cinema Smorgasbord HOLIDAY SPECIAL (with a touch of Cinema Fantastica) where we’re once again traveling to the 2021 edition of the Weihnachtsfilmfestival (Christmas Film Festival) in Berlin, Germany where we’re checking out 2003’s TOKYO GODFATHERS and THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW from 2020. Enjoy and we’ll be back in the new year, jerks!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Wild in the Streets – Killer Cop (1975)

On this episode of WILD IN THE STREETS, oddball cop Rolandi (Claudio Cassinelli) is trying to track down those responsible for a fatal hotel bombing but finds himself in the midst of a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top. It’s the politically charged poliziottesco-crime film KILLER COP from 1975, directed by Luciano Ercoli (best known for his 1970s gialli like DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS) and starring Cassinelli, Arthur Kennedy (as a well-meaning judge assigned to the case), Franco Fabrizi, and Bruno Zanin. While not as action packed as some of the Eurocrime classics we’ve covered thus far, it still has its share of gunplay and suspense – even if it doesn’t quite live up to its title. CHECK IT OUT!

Cinema Smorgasbord – 200th Episode Celebration – Real Genius (1985) & Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

It’s the 200th episode of Cinema Smorgasbord, a podcast devoted to obsessively examining the careers of underloved and underappreciated actors and directors. Since we started in 2020 we’ve created over a dozen sub-podcasts devoted to such diverse topics as the careers of Paul Bartel (Bartel Me Something Good), Dick Miller (You Don’t Know Dick), Steve Buscemi (How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?), Jackie Chan (We Do Our Own Stunts), Oliver Reed (Further Reeding), George Kennedy (George Kennedy is my Co-Pilot) and many more, and we can’t thank you enough for joining us on this wonderfully strange trip. On this episode we decided to do something a little different, starting with a lighthearted chat about our thoughts on the podcast as a whole over these last few years, before discussions on two of our favorite, formative films from the 1980s; starting with Martha Coolidge’s brainy comedy REAL GENIUS (picked by Doug) and ending with the Tim Burton-directed delight PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (picked by Liam). We finish with an announcement of what’s coming in 2024, so stick around, jerks!