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Week 55 – This podcast will self destruct in 5 seconds – Mission Impossible and Space 1999

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The show that launched not only a sequel a decade and a half on, but an equally popular movie series two full decades thereafter, the tropes and score of Mission Impossible have been used, referenced and celebrated throughout popular culture well past any similar series’ shelf life.

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Week 54: Eddie Romero, Gerardo de Leon and the horror of the Phillippines

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If you’re going to talk Sam Sherman and American International Pictures, Roger Corman and Hemisphere Pictures, there’s simply no way you can avoid discussion of the cult cinema of the Phillipines.

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Week 53 – Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick – the films of Joe Don Baker

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Only in the 70’s could a beefy, drawling television character actor change gears and morph into not only an action hero, but even some measure of sex symbol to an audience bedazzled by an aging, Vegas Elvis and the good humored down home charm of Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson…

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Week 52 – Easy Ridin’ with Cap – the films of Peter Fonda

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One of New York’s own, scion of an acting dynasty that includes his famed father, controversial sister and indie film regular daughter, Peter Fonda walked a very different path from the man who raised him, in short order becoming the figurehead of a generation.

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Week 51 – Esperanto, Molestation, Spiders, Satan and the Klan – the “other” career of William Shatner

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A man of contradictions whose name’s literal derivation is “from the shadows”, yet is one of the most recognizable, well beloved cultural icons of our time.  A Canadian actor, nearly all of whose performances were both lensed and based in the States. A “singer” whose recordings consist of hilariously bombastic theatrical spoken word readings…mostly of popular hits of the day.  A persona noted for his onscreen virility, despite spending the better part of same busting out of every suit he’s seen in, right from the dawn of the 80’s.

Beloved and mocked in equal measure by cultish fanboys and mainstream audiences alike, oft imitated but never paralleled, we could only be referring to one man: the legendary William Shatner (née Schattner).

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Week 50: Radley Metzger – a dash of Euro Chic

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Born in the Bronx at the dawn of the Great Depression, a young man falls in love with film…and specifically the burgeoning European arthouse cinema coming in from celebrated critical darlings all over France, Italy and even Sweden, whose loftier and more visual (if not downright highbrow) approach to film would later inform his own strange career.

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Week 49: …Io, Emmanuelle – an exploration and overview of the global Em(m)anuelle filmic phenomenon

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At the very dawn of the 1960s, a then-typically “Anonymous” book of erotica appeared on the shelves of the more specialized and discreet booksellers and bodegas of Paris.

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Week 48: Watch Out, Baby…It’s Eddie Constantine

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A Russian-Pole cabaret singer and contemporary (and collaborator!) of Edith Piaf, Eddie Constantine made his fame in the bohemian Left Bank of Paris…first as a proto-Serge Gainsbourg chanteur…but more famously, as the unlikely star of a long running series of generally hard boiled neo-noir (but just as often, self-mocking and comedically oriented!) crime pictures.

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