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Cinema Smorgasbord – We Do Our Own Stunts – Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1978)

On this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS we’re going back in time! Back before SNAKE IN THE EAGLE’S SHADOW or DRUNKEN MASTER, when Lo Wei reluctantly gave Jackie Chan permission to – finally – make the kung fu comedy he always wanted. The result was HALF A LOAF OF KUNG FU, which Lo Wei immediately shelved until the international success of Jackie’s Yuen Woo-ping-directed films made him rush it into cinemas. How is it? Listen and find out!

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 – 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 – We Do Our Own Stunts – Spiritual Kung Fu (1978)

On this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS, we continue our chronological look at the career of Jackie Chan and – surprise – Jackie is famous now! After the massive success of Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master, Jackie returns to Lo Wei who decides to dust some unreleased Jackie features off the shelf and rush them into cinemas. The first is the supernatural kung fu comedy SPIRITUAL KUNG FU, which features five bright white “ghosts” in red fright wigs (who arrived on a meteor) teaching Jackie the five style fists, while a murder mystery plays out in the shaolin temple! Features Jackie shoving living animals down his pants and ghost busting (via urination). CHECK IT OUT!

Cinema Smorgasbord – Eric Roberts is the Man – Top Gunner (2020) (/w Nick Spacek)

On a brand new episode of ERIC ROBERTS IS THE MAN we’re on a highway to the mockbuster danger zone with 2020’s TOP GUNNER, which was originally meant to be released alongside TOP GUN: MAVERICK until that film got pushed back two whole years! Filled with CG jets and not a lot else, is it worth your time? Maybe! We’re joined by The Carnage Report’s Nick Spacek to discuss Billy Joel, werewolves, redemption stories and – of course – all the latest Eric Roberts news. CHECK IT OUT!