Author page: Doug Tilley

Cinema Smorgasbord – George Kennedy is my Copilot – Death Ship (1980)

All aboard the DEATH SHIP! On this episode of GEORGE KENNEDY IS MY COPILOT we’re sailing the high seas with Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso and a boat possessed by NAZIS in the 1980 Canadian supernatural horror film DEATH SHIP! It’s full of propaganda-inspired freakouts, literal blood baths and George Kennedy yelling at people. We also chat about a series of Midas commercials from the early 80s featuring Lee Van Cleef, including one where he faces off against – you guessed it – George Kennedy. ENJOY!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Eric Roberts is the Man – Hard Luck Love Song (2020)

There’s been so much Eric Roberts news lately: from the recent release of Michael Flatley’s BLACKBIRD, to his appearance in the trailer for Damien Chazelle’s upcoming BABYLON (which will be discussed on the NEXT episode), to a recent scary encounter at the Roberts’ residence, and we’ll talk about it ALL with writer and Carnage Report co-host Julie Holland! After all the news we’ll dig into 2020’s HARD LUCK LOVE SONG, featuring Michael Dorman, Sophia Bush, Dermot Mulroney, RZA and ERIC ROBERTS! It’s based on the song “Just Like Old Times” by Todd Snider, which gets us thinking about other movies based on songs and SO MUCH MORE. Check it out!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Forgotten Gems? – Boys Meets Girl (1984)

On the return (for the final time?) of FORGOTTEN GEMS? we’re watching Denis Levant and Mireille Perrier in Leos Carax’s feature debut BOY MEETS GIRL from 1984. Equal parts dark comedy, and tragic (sometimes surreal) romance, the film brings two recently jilted lovers together (eventually) despite the omnipresent distractions of tap dancing, music, pinball, and just trying to exist in your early 20s. It’s stirring, odd, and captivating, but did we understand any of it? Listen and find out!

Cinema Smorgasbord – You Don’t Know Dick – The ‘Burbs (1989)

On this episode of YOU DON’T KNOW DICK we’re joined by the Hit Factory Podcast’s Aaron Casias to discuss Joe Dante’s beloved 1989 dark comedy THE ‘BURBS, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Rick Ducommun, Carrie Fisher and – of course – Dick Miller! We discuss our history with the film, the themes explored in Joe Dante’s films, whether the film’s ending works, and SO MUCH MORE. Check it out!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Cinema Fantastica – Bad Black (2016) & Cold Hell (2017)

On this episode of Cinema Fantastica we’re traveling to the 2017 Beyond Film Festival in Los Angeles, California and pitting the 2016 Ugandan action film BAD BLACK against the 2017 German-Austrian slasher COLD HELL. From the creators of the worldwide cult sensation WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX?, BAD BLACK has a similar mix of microbudget action, comedy and drama, accompanied by the ever-present commentary from a video joker, while COLD HELL pits a Turkish immigrant (an incredible Violetta Schurawlow) working as a taxi driver against a religious fanatic targeting women in Austria. Which film will reign supreme? Listen and find out!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Wild in the Streets – Violent City (1970)

We’re getting WILD IN THE STREETS with Charles Bronson and Telly Savalas in the New Orleans-set Eurocrime classic VIOLENT CITY from 1970. The plot involves Bronson’s retired assassin Jeff Heston getting revenge on those who left him for dead, including the woman he loves (played, naturally, by Jill Ireland). Sergio Sollima’s VIOLENT CITY features some dynamite action sequences, some terrific performances and some disturbing misogyny that left us – wait for it – conflicted. It also features a wonderful soundtrack from Ennio Morricone, that the movie takes great advantage of. CHECK IT OUT!

Cinema Smorgasbord – How Do You Do, Fellow Kids? – Pete Smalls is Dead (2010)

We’re back on our Steve Buscemi bullcrap with IN THE SOUP director Alexandre Rockwell reuniting with some of the cast of the film (including Buscemi, Seymour Cassel and Carol Kane) to make the neo-noir comedy PETE SMALLS IS DEAD, which stars Peter Dinklage as an ex-screenwriter and a tremendous Mark Boone Junior as his impossibly slovenly friend. The pair head to LA to get some cash for Dinklage’s stolen screenplay, while paying tribute to their recently deceased friend Pete Smalls (Tim Roth). It’s overstuffed, and needlessly confusing, but has a parade of familiar faces that keeps things lively. We also chat about private detectives, Steve Buscemi’s biggest box office hits and MORE. Check it out!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Praising Kane – The Games of Countess Dolingen (1981)

We continue our chronological look at the career of Carol Kane on PRAISING KANE with the surreal 1981 French drama THE GAMES OF COUNTESS DOLINGEN, partially based on the works of Unica Zürn (with a bit of Bram Stoker thrown in for good measure). A complex, twisting and often quite shocking film, it puzzled and intrigued our hosts who came away from it with two very different perspectives, and sparked a conversation about how much knowledge (or research) should be expected from an audience before watching a film. It’s more fun that that sounds! CHECK IT OUT!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Whatever Happened to Vic Diaz? – Savage (1973)

On this episode of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ? we’re checking out the Phillipines-shot blaxploitation classic SAVAGE! from 1972, directed by Cirio H. Santiago and starring James Iglehart and Carol Speed! It’s full of explosions, knife throwing, inconsistent facial hair and a soundtrack full of jazz flute, so you KNOW it’s good. We also talk about our tricky history with the blaxploitation genre and, of course, all things Vic Diaz. CHECK IT OUT!