In part two of our discussion with Chicago radio legend and pop-culture podcaster (Word Balloon podcast), John Siuntres, we jump into a little film called "Grace of my Heart". Alison Anders' quasi-biopic based (loosely) on the life of Carole King. A young songwriter makes her way through the music business, wanting only to be able to singe her own songs, but is steered towards creating for others and must find her way back to the one thing she loves the most. Listen in to see what we thought of this almost mockumentary. Enjoy!
Epic interviewer John Siuntres, host of the WordBalloon Podcast makes a triumphant return to Cinemental and with him he bears great gifts. The John Boorman film adaptation of the Donald Westlake novel "The Hunter", 1967's Point Blank. Lee Marvin stars as Walker ( film version of the book's character, Parker) a man betrayed and left for dead who has returned from the 'dead' to reclaim the money he feels is owed him. Listen in a see what we think about this flick. Enjoy!
In part two of our discussion with Writer Alex Segura jr., we dip our toes into the shallow waters of Warren Beatty's 1990 adaptation of the classic newspaper comic strip featuring the original hard-boiled detective, "Dick Tracy." Showcasing an amazing cast and stellar prosthetic makeup effects, the world of DT is re-created in a visual tour-de-force that leaves, well....a little something to be desired. Tune in to hear what we really think. Enjoy!
I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. Author Alex Segura, jr. joins us this episode and brings us one of the all-time great films. Francis Ford Coppola's gangster masterpiece, "The Godfather - Part II." The middle chapter of the Corleone saga and considered by many to be the greatest sequel of all-time. Listen in as we discuss and see what we think about it.
So, with Writer/Artist Bob Fingerman's visit we got to watch the amazing 70s classic "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3". And then...we watched this...movie. This anomalous 80's horror entry has a stunningly dubious story. Pieced together from...well, just listen in as we explain. It's truly an experience you will never forget.
Our return week chugs on along with the first of two train-themed films that were brought to us by our guest, the amazing writer/ artist Bob Fingerman. First up, "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" starring the late, great Walter Matthau in a real zipper of a movie. Some gun thugs take over a NYC subway car for a million dollar ransom and Matthau, a supervisor of sorts for the NYT and ex-cop gets involved with the process. A truly unsung classic from the mid-70s. Listen in to hear what we thought of it.
You know , when we laid out the bare bones for this podcast we invited folks to bring us their guilty pleasures as their second film choice. So, in a way you could say we brought this upon ourselves. Guest Mike O'Neill lays it down on why he still loves "Howard the Duck" and why you should too. I'm just not sure we're all buyin' it. Listen in and see what happens as the Latham train mildy derails.
We return from a short break, after celebrating our first year in existence. A new friend joins us, Mike O'Neill who works in the film industry in NYC in the locations dept. He brings to us a new favorite of his, the neo-classic mega-actioner that has launched a franchise as well as the second resurrection of Keanu Reeves. See how it all begins in this inaugural entry to the film series. Listen in to see how we feel about it.
For the second part of writer/artist/raconteur Dean Haspiel's visit, he delivers unto us a cautionary tale wrapped in the shiniest paper imaginable. With an absolutely mesmerizing performance by the chameleon James Franco, and a bunch of Hollywood next-gens, this film is nothing that I expected and I would hope after hearing our discussion you'd give it a chance as well. Check it out and enjoy.
Writer/Artist and friend of the show Dean Haspiel returns to Cinemental with two more polarizing films to discuss. First off, a little-known (at least by us) film by John Huston starring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor called "Reflections in a Golden Eye". An interesting tale of a closeted military man in the American south in the late 60s. It's a film worth viewing to make your own decisions about it for sure, but regardless you probably will not forget it. Listen in and enjoy!