Author page: Doug Tilley

Cinema Smorgasbord – Eric Roberts is the Man – Blackbird (2018/2022)

After an interminable wait, “Lord of the Dance” Michael Flatley’s passion/vanity spy thriller BLACKBIRD is FINALLY HERE, and it’s really something! On this episode of ERITFM we’re joined by writer/podcaster Matti Price to discuss the ins and outs of Flatley’s folly, including a villainous turn from Eric Roberts is an unrepentant weapons dealer who is – shock – also engaged to Flatley’s old flame. Yep, it’s a remake of CASABLANCA, except terrible! All this and all the latest Eric Roberts news and tweets. Can you RISK missing it?

Cinema Smorgasbord – Praising Kane – Laverne & Shirley (Season 8, Episode 8) & Strong Medicine (1981)

On this episode of PRAISING KANE we’re once again doubling up, starting with an episode of the eighth season of LAVERNE & SHIRLEY which is without Shirley, Lenny or Squiggy.. but we do have dog murder, Charles Fleischer and not much else, except Carol Kane as a streetwise fortune teller. We follow that with the 1981 film adaptation of Richard Foreman’s avant-garde play STRONG MEDICINE, steeped in the subject matter championed by his Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Hear us struggle with material we’re woefully out of step with! All that and the latest Carol Kane news. CHECK IT OUT.

Cinema Smorgasbord – George Kennedy is my Copilot – Cool Hand Luke (1967)

LISTEN UP, MULLETHEADS! On this episode of GEORGE KENNEDY IS MY COPILOT we’re finally covering the film that nabbed George Kennedy his Oscar: it’s 1967’s COOL HAND LUKE! Featuring a slew of recognizable faces (Strother Martin! Dennis Hopper! Harry Dean Stanton! Joe Don Baker!), an unforgettable lead performance from Paul Newman and a great Lalo Schifrin score, it’s a key anti-hero film of the late 60s that helped launch the New Hollywood movement. But this episode is mostly about doing the most outrageous George Kennedy impressions possible. We also listen to George’s Oscar speech, so you know you’re in for a good time. LISTEN!

Cinema Smorgasbord – The Cinema Smorgasbord Holiday Special – Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) & Scream For Christmas (2000)

It’s the 150th episode(!) of Cinema Smorgasbord, and we’re celebrating the end of 2022 with a HOLIDAY SPECIAL! And what better way to say goodbye to another banner year than with two relatively-seasonal, shockingly different movie picks? We start with the coming-of-age comic strip adaptation FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES  (aka A HOLIDAY FEAST) (starring Skyler Gisondo, Joe Pantoliano, Addison Timlin and Madison Iseman) and move right into the microbudget horror comedy(?) SCREAM FOR CHRISTMAS (starring nobody you’ve heard of). We also discuss some of our favorite holiday-themed films, discuss our hopes for 2023 and SO MUCH MORE. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Cinema Smorgasbord – How Do You Do, Fellow Kids? – Ghost World (2001)

The world’s most beloved Steve Buscemi-themed podcast returns with an episode all about Terry Zwigoff’s adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ GHOST WORLD, starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson and – of course – Steve Buscemi! We talk about the difficulties of adapting (non-superhero) comics, how the film compares to the source, how our opinions on the film have changed since we first saw it and SO MUCH MORE. All that and the latest Steve Buscemi news. CHECK IT OUT.

Cinema Smorgasbord – Whatever Happened to Vic Diaz? – The Boys in Company C (1978)

On this episode of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ? we’re heading into the jungle with Filipino thespian Vic Diaz in the 1978 Vietnam war drama THE BOYS IN COMPANY C, starring Stan Shaw, Andrew Stevens, and Craig Wasson. Similar in structure to Full Metal Jacker (and featuring R. Lee Ermey in a very similar role), it’s a sometimes odd, sometimes hard-hitting look at a controversial war that also includes a whole lot of soccer for some reason. It’s pretty good, and very different than the usual fair we cover on this podcast. CHECK IT OUT!

Cinema Smorgasbord – We Do Our Own Stunts – The Fearless Hyena (1979)

On this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS Jackie Chan’s relationship with Lo Wei comes to an end.. sort of.. with Jackie’s directorial debut THE FEARLESS HYENA! Filled with fights (choreographed by Jackie), and featuring perhaps his best performance of the era, it’s a film that owes a lot to his recent successes (with SNAKE IN THE EAGLE’S SHADOW and DRUNKEN MASTER) but also shows his growing confidence and range as a martial artist and creative force. We trace the film’s history, how it affected Jackie’s relationship with Lo Wei, and go through what we’ll be covering in the first few months of 2023. CHECK IT OUT!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Wild in the Streets – Madness (1980)

On a brand new episode of WILD IN THE STREETS, we’re going One Step Beyond with Warhol superstar Joe Dallesandro in the sleaze-filled home invasion thriller MADNESS from director Fernando Di Leo. Featuring plenty of uncomfortable nudity and most of the soundtrack to Caliber 9, MADNESS has hunky Joe terrorizing a married couple (along with the wife’s seductress sister) while trying to uncover some stolen riches stashed in their fireplace. All that, a giant poster of John Travolta that looms menacingly over the proceedings. Is it any good? Listen and find out!