…and some of the humor and politicosocial sentiments expressed therein may enjoy At Eye Level, our longest running podcast (since Summer of 2011, in fact!), where standup comic Matt G and “Doc” Savage (Third Eye Cinema, Weird Scenes) discuss current events from our own down to Earth, tongue in cheek absurdist and decidedly blunt perspective.
And here you thought you heard it all the first time around…
The last gasps of Connery and Moore! Dalton! Brosnan! Craig!
Hell, there’s even a nod to both versions of Casino Royale…
“There is no great genius without some touch of madness,” Aristotle once penned, as quoted by Seneca.
And in no case does this aphorism greater apply than with respect to the inimitable Klaus Kinski.
We’d previously addressed the cinema of Ian Fleming’s favorite son, a gritty MI6 man turned urbane jet setter and lounge lizard cum male fantasy figure (come on, who out there didn’t want to be Bond…or bag the plethora of global lovelies he made his way through in one epic adventure after another?) in our second season.
Our late Summer hiatus has dragged out longer than initially intended, but Louis and I have been in touch and agree we will return sometime later this year (or at worst, early 2017).
In the meantime, search the site for our 40 episodes to date – plenty of knowledge and comedy to enjoy in each and every episode…
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In the wake of the surprising worldwide success of the James Bond films,
moviemakers around the globe raced to put forth their own homegrown versions of M16’s favorite son.
Occasionally utilizing pre-existing detective/spy stories (Belgium’s Francis
Coplan, Germany’s Rolf Torring) but more often creating their own from
scratch, directors from such nations as Italy, Spain, Germany and France in
particular would release a flurry of pictures revolving around such recurring
characters as OSS 117, Kommissar X, Agent X 1-7, Jerry Cotton and even Lemmy Caution.
While American audiences would later thrill to the likes of Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen and James Coburn, one of the earliest “tough guy” actors of their vintage actually hailed from the UK.
Akira Kobayashi, Borderless Action films, Chusei Sone, Diamond Guys, Jo Shishido, Keiichi Ozawa, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Meiko Kaji, Nikkatsu, Nikkatsu noir, Pinky Violence, Seijun Suzuki, Sun Tribe films, Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine podcast, Yasaharu Hasebe, Yujiro Ishihara
Set up at the turn of the century, The Nikkatsu Corporation halted production during the war years, only to return with a vengeance in the mid-50s for a long run of genre-defining cinema.
From the “Sun Tribe” films of a new, more freespirited youth culture to a strong (if somewhat belated) Japanese take on Film Noir through to their famed “Borderless Action” films, Nikkatsu was the go to company for such internationally feted directors as Keiichi Ozawa, Yasaharu Hasebe, Chusei Sone, Koreyoshi Kurahara and the much beloved Seijun Suzuki!