In our final episode of “Season 2” we enlist Yakov Grinberg to help peel back some of the many layers within Tarkovsky’s 1979 masterpiece Stalker; a hard to describe — and equally hard to forget — meditation on the human condition, and the broader challenge of expressing the inexpressible.
Luke Christensen from Portland’s Hollywood Theatre joins us to talk about 2009’s “Moon” — Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey’s performances, Clint Mansell’s score, and the unique plot construction of this the artful, ponderous character study and mutual favorite of the hosts.
One of the lesser-remembered entries in Wes Craven’s oeuvre, The Serpent and the Rainbow is a bit less than the sum of its parts, sending Bill Pullman stumbling and snarking through Haiti in search of a substance that can turn men into zombies.
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Eran and Jesse talk about Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s landmark horror films that set such a high bar for the nascent Splatstick genre that they’ve yet to be dethroned thirty-plus years later. Groovy.
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Eran, Whitney and Jesse sit down for a chat about both the Stanley Kubrick and Adrian Lyne adaptations of Nabokov’s Lolita, and their respective approaches to the challenging source material.
Watch Lolita (1962):
Watch Lolita (1997):
Jesse and Whitney can’t get enough of talking about Hedwig: the characters, the songs, how it differs from the stage version, the difficult questions it raises, and those poor, poor Bilgewater’s patrons.
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With Eran back in the saddle with Jesse, and first-time co-host Jacob Henderson joining us as well, we talk about Paul Verhoeven’s visually amazing adaptation/sendup of Robert Heinlein’s military sci-fi classic, and along the way we just might find out what Eran thinks was the saddest piece of pornography he’s ever seen.
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Portland musicians and troublemakers The Cut 45 are here to kick off Season 2 with a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a frank discussion of whether or not you ever oughta reboot RoboCop. If you want more, you can also listen to our earlier RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3 episodes!