Cinema Oblivia

17
Mar

Episode 41: Ninja III The Domination

Flashdance + The Exorcist + Poltergeist x Ninjas = Ninja III The Domination. Cannon made a lot of crazy films in their time, but this just might be their craziest! Norm from A Question of Character and Anthony Abatte return once more to discuss this legendary train-wreck. And we also use AI to hypothesize a potential Ninja IV!

3
Mar

Episode 40: Revenge of the Ninja

The ninja cannot be stopped! Anthony Abatte returns to discuss the FAR superior sequel to Enter The Ninja. But he's not alone, Norm from A Question of Character is with him! There was simply too much awesome in this movie for one guest to discuss!

17
Feb

Episode 39: Enter The Ninja

Ninjas were just as much a part of 80s pop culture as big hair, neon, and growing economic disparity, but why? Enter The Ninja, that's why!

While not solely responsible for the ninja craze of the 80s, this flick had a lot to do with it! I'm joined by Anthony Abatte to talk about this utterly mediocre flick, and its bizarre influence on pop culture.

3
Feb

Episode 38: Never Too Young To Die

Gene Simmons is a genderfluid drag performer/terrorist who wants to poison Los Angeles with radioactive waste. Only George Lazenby's son, John Stamos, and his partner Vanity can stop him.

It's a hell of a cast for a hell of a movie, 1987's Never Too Young To Die.

Matt Kucick returns to discuss this amazing gem of 80s cheese, and we also discuss our dream cast for a sequel/remake that damn well should happen!

 

Content Notice: This film uses some very outdated terminology to discuss intersex people, and we bring it up quite a bit.

20
Jan

Episode 37:Dead or Alive (1999)

Takashi Miike broke through big in 1999 with Audition, but for me, his best movie of that year (he made, like, six) is Dead or Alive, a gonzo bonkers crime drama with one of the craziest beginnings in film history, which is then completely trampled by one of the most apeshit endings of all time. Diamon Feit agrees with me, and he joins me to talk about this underrated work in Miike's insane and impressive oeuvre.

Content Warning: Like, literally everything you can think of and some stuff that you probably can't even imagine.

 

6
Jan

Episode 36: The Principal

Jim Belushi beats up inner city youths with a baseball bat because he wants them to study algebra in this problematic classic.

Norm from A Question of Character returns to discuss Belushi's unlikely run as an action star, the film's questionable racial politics, and the movie's dope as hell rap song, "Set It Off."

23
Dec

Episode 35: Coonskin

Coonskin was animator Ralph Bakshi's first real bomb, attracting far more controversy for its racially charged content than box office. Emmett Watkins Jr. bravely joins me today to talk about this controversial cult classic that's problematic with a capital P, but absolutely fascinating.

Content warning: Lots of discussion on racial issues and homophobia, with descriptions and clips of scenes that some might find disturbing.

9
Dec

Episode 34: Race With The Devil

Warren Oates and Peter Fonda just wanted to hop in their RV and take their wives on a ski trip. But a group of murderous Texan satanists had other ideas in Race With The Devil, the nearly forgotten horror/car chase hybrid flick!

Certified Texan Anthony Abatte joins me to talk about this (literal) cult classic, and if Texas really has bands of roving satanists who hunt down tourists in RVs.

He said no, but I'm still not sure.

25
Nov

Episode 33: The Visitor

*cue Visitor theme music*

Joe Odber returns to Cinema Oblivia to delve once again into ancient aliens, albeit in a slightly roundabout way.

The Visitor is a film made by madmen that makes no sense. It's kind of brilliant. It's kind of stupid. It's all kinds of indescribable. John Huston is in it though! And Shelley Winters! What the hell!

We try to parse it out as much as possible. I think we failed though.

*cue Visitor theme music again and again and again*

 

11
Nov

Episode 32: Manhunter

Making a return appearance on Cinema Oblivia, Brian Ashcraft joins me to talk about Michael Mann's masterpiece (a Mannterpiece, if you will), Manhunter.

It's the least known Hannibal Lector film, but it's probably the best, thanks to amazing performances, stunning direction and cinematography, amazing music, and truly, a showstopping career-making performance by Chris Elliot.

Okay, he has one line in one scene, but still.

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