Week 78: A wink and a smile with a fist to follow: the Good Ol’ Southern Charm of Burt Reynolds

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Like him or not, Burt Reynolds left a formative decade in cowboy films and television to become one of the biggest box office draws (and objects of female lust) of the 70’s.

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Weird Scenes Week Zero Special: Memos from the Frontlines Coronavirus supplement 

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And now for something completely different…

With the ever worsening community spread and resulting hibernation lockdown we’re all facing globally, business as usual is proving to be decidedly unusual…if not pretty much impossible.

Don’t worry, though, we’re not going anywhere…and in the meantime, we’ve pulled together this missive from the bunker, a transmission from our underground cavern fortress at the end of the world as we knew it.  And because it’s us, you know we can’t take all of this shit too seriously: or as Valeria said to Conan, “two fools who laugh at death.”

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Week 77: Calling All Browncoats!

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Back at the dawn of the millenium, still riding high and flush with the runaway
success of Buffy (and to a lesser extent, its weird spinoff Angel) and not
long before his foray into comics as writer of one of the bigger X-Men titles,
Joss Whedon struck gold of a sort with perhaps the most viral and notable of
his fan favorites: Firefly.

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Week 76: Coffy is the Colour – the Films of Pam Grier

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One of the most recognizable names in blaxploitation, and we’re not even talking about one of the guys.

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Week 75: The Quiet Cool of Steve McQueen

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With a colorful background and love of fast living, his real life exploits put to shame anything seen in his films.

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Week 74: We’ll Always Have Paris – the films of Humphrey Bogart

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Born right here in NYC at the very cusp of the Fin de Siecle, Christmas Day 1899, Humphrey DeForest Bogart came from a moneyed family as the scion of an early feminist suffragette. Intended to be brought up in “proper society”, he blew his shot at Yale by tossing the headmaster into a local pond – his penchant for two fisted belligerence and a taste for strong, even “difficult” women present from an early age. “I wouldn’t give you two cents for a dame without a temper,” he once said…

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Week 73: Cops, mobsters, heroes, monsters, cowpokes and kung fu – the wild career of John Saxon

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Born in Brooklyn, the former Carmine Orrico started out as an old school studio contract player, starring in healthily budgeted but forgettable films alongside the likes of Mamie Van Doren, Esther Williams, Sal Mineo, Fay Wray, Jimmy Stewart, Fabian and Sandra Dee as a succession of JDs, teen idols and romantic interests, before carving out something of a niche in film and television westerns.

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Week 72: An Actor’s Actor – Al Pacino

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Born in, of all places, Harlem and raised in the Bronx, forced to leave an already broken home when he made the choice to pursue acting, Al Pacino was born tough and lived it as well (being known as both a troublemaker and fighter in school)

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Week 71: The Muscles From Brussels: An Evening With Jean Claude Van Damme

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From a local child prodigy in karate and competitive bodybuilding to one of the first and most influential kickboxing film stars, tonight we talk a man who supposedly inspired the entire Mortal Kombat series, whose oft referenced but seldom imitated balletic approach to full contact martial arts is positively legendary.

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