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Exploding Helicopter
Celebrating the cinematic art of helicopter explosion
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September 22, 2017 09:23 AM PDT

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt your threat.”

On this episode Will is joined by Todd Liebenow from the Forgotten Filmcast to review Sixties mystery thriller Arabesque (1966).

Among the topics of discussion, Stanley Donen’s psychedelia-inspired direction, the awkward chemistry between Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren, and what on earth the plot’s meant to be about.

They also take a look at one of cinema’s earliest exploding helicopters where the whirlybird is destroyed by the unconventional use of a ladder.

Episode 48.

September 08, 2017 11:03 PM PDT

“What do you say we play a little Bangkok rules?”

On this show Will injects Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday with a lethal virus and blackmails him into reviewing Escape From LA (1996).

They try to figure out what the hell John Carpenter was attempting with this film and whether this it accurately predicts the American of 2017.

And we of course examine the film’s futuristic exploding helicopter action.

Episode 47.

August 26, 2017 01:52 PM PDT

“Let’s kill ‘em all.”

On this show Will and Dara bravely take on Courage Under Fire (1996).
Among the topics of discussion, the film’s Rashomon-influenced structure, Matt Damon’s coming of age performance, and the stunning sight of Lou Diamond Phillips' jockstrap.

They also attempt to tackle the thorny philosophical question of whether you can explode an already exploded helicopter.

Episode 46.

August 02, 2017 09:13 AM PDT

“I thought Christmas only came once a year.”

Will is joined by Joe Scaramanga of the Now Music Fan Blog to review The World Is Not Enough (1999).

Pierce Brosnan’s third outing as 007 is regularly ranked as one of the worst ever Bond movies. But does the film deserve its reputation? Or was it an ambitious attempt to rejuvenate the formula that paved the way for the Daniel Craig era?

They also discuss James Bond’s licence to kill helicopters, and two chopper fireballs which leave our reviewers shaken but unstirred.

Episode 45.

July 02, 2017 01:05 AM PDT

“Blimey! I thought I smelled cabbage.”

On this show Will and Dara dig out their thick-rimmed glasses, crushed velvet flares, and anachronistic social attitudes to review Austin Powers In Goldmember (2002).

Does Mike Myers’ spy spoof comedy hold up? Did Jimmy Savile ruin this film? How to swear in Japanese, and a surprisingly heartfelt appreciation of the life and works of Susannah Hoffs.

Oh, and not to forget a review of a truly awe-inspiring exploding helicopter.

Episode 44.

May 12, 2017 11:47 AM PDT

“Season’s over a55hole!”

Will and Dara don their climbing gear and attempt to reach the summit of Sylvester Stallone’s action career, Cliffhanger (1993).

On their route to the top they discuss the merits of John Lithgow’s robbery plan, the film’s bizarre lurch into stoner dude comedy, and the legend that is British TV hardman Craig Fairbrass.

They also examine the film’s classic exploding helicopter action sequence which sees Stallone and Lithgow engage in a fistfight on an upside-down chopper dangling from a mountain.

Episode 43.

April 14, 2017 07:00 AM PDT

“It’s a documentary, it’s all really happening.”

Exploding helicopters are almost exclusively found in the action genre. But on this show we’re reviewing that rarest of all aviation animals: an exploding helicopter in an art house movie.

Will is joined by Helen from the Flixwatcher Podcast to review Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004). So get ready for matching tracksuits, childish adults, and popular songs sung in a foreign language.

Episode 42.

March 23, 2017 01:18 PM PDT

“You’re either SWAT or you’re not.”

Will and Dara take a look at SWAT (2003) the big screen reboot of an old, long forgotten, Seventies cop show.

After a considered discussion of the film’s puzzling structure and Hollywood’s approach to reboots, they try to answer such important questions as who likes Jeremy Renner and why Michelle Rodriguez always wears vests.

Episode 41.

March 01, 2017 08:58 AM PST

"Imagine the future, because you're not in it."

Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to look at the cult classic Stone Cold (1991). It marked the movie debut of the former American footballer turned actor Brian Bosworth.

In time honoured fashion, he plays a maverick cop who plays by his own rules trying to bring down a biker gang run by Lance Henriksen. The result is one of the most explosive films ever committed to celluloid. And more importantly it features a truly legendary exploding helicopter.

Episode #40

January 21, 2017 01:49 AM PST

“They hate us, because they ain’t us.”

Will and Dara take a look at one of the most controversial films of recent times, The Interview (2014).

They try to work out how on earth this film caused a diplomatic storm, an embarrassing email scandal, and how it became a totem for free speech.

They also take a look at what could be one of the greatest exploding helicopters of all-time.

Episode 39.

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