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Exploding Helicopter
Celebrating the cinematic art of helicopter explosion
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March 14, 2019 11:18 AM PDT

“Wait a minute, didn’t Snow White have seven dwarves?”

Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to find out what happens when you cross a buddy cop film with a Bollywood musical when they review Dhoom 2 (2006).

They discuss the film’s over the top action sequences, dance numbers, and its chaotic efforts to incorporate every known genre (except horror) into one movie.

And, of course, they take a look at the film’s spectacular exploding helicopter.

Episode 73.

Show notes

Dhoom 2 (2006)

Director: Sanjay Gadhvi

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Summary: Mumbai cops Jai Dixit and Ali Khan pursue a mysterious international super-criminal known only as Mr A. Their hunt takes them around the world as they try to stop the master thief taking down his next target.

February 21, 2019 01:11 AM PST

“How much is an Arabian horse?”

On this show Will is joined, once again, by Dara to look at the biographical war drama Lone Survivor (2013) starring Mark Wahlberg.

They discuss the film’s brutal depiction of conflict, whether this is biography or hagiography, before swerving off for an examination of Mark Wahlberg’s musical career.

And, as always, there’s a review of the film’s exploding helicopter action which features a unique chopper fireball.

Episode 72.


Show notes

Director: Peter Berg

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch

Plot: Biographical war drama, based on the eponymous 2007 non-fiction book by Marcus Luttrell. Set during the war in Afghanistan, it dramatizes the unsuccessful United States Navy SEALs counter-insurgent mission Operation Red Wings, during which a four-man SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team was tasked to track down a Taliban leader.

January 31, 2019 12:48 AM PST

“All this? For an over-sized crocodile?”

On this special episode Exploding Helicopter travels back in time to 1959 to look at the very first film to feature an exploding helicopter: Behemoth The Sea Monster aka The Giant Behemoth.

To review this historic moment, Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday.

They discuss the film’s creature feature thrills, the odd chemistry between the stars, and cinema’s first helicopter explosion.

Don’t miss this episode of Exploding Helicopter as we witness history in the making.

Episode 71.

January 10, 2019 01:10 AM PST

“The prince of Venezuela. Who do you think I mean?”

Joining Will in the jail of his own creation (the Exploding Helicopter podcast) is Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday. They’ve been locked up behind microphones to review the military prison flick The Last Castle (2001).

They take a look at the film and its over-elaborate exploding helicopter.

Episode 70.

Show notes

The Last Castle (2001)

Directed by: Rod Lurie

Starring: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Delroy Lindo


December 19, 2018 01:53 AM PST

“I’m sorry, I don’t speak English.”

On this show Will is joined Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review the infamous action adventure SAHARA (2005).

They discuss how and why this film became one of Hollywood’s most notorious flops, the surreal plot, and a unique exploding helicopter.

Episode 69.

November 30, 2018 01:52 PM PST

“Expect the unexpectable.”

On this show Will and Dara abandon Hollywood for Wakaliwood and Uganda’s very first action film, the cult sensation, Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010).

They discuss the filmmakers unique take on action cinema, the genius of the video jockey, and try to work out exactly who did kill Captain Alex?

They also look at the exploding helicopter action which could be the best or worst they’ve ever seen.

Episode 68.

November 09, 2018 12:19 PM PST

“I now pronounce you man and knife”

We’re joined by Heather Baxendale-Walsh from the MILFcast to review action ensemble extraordinaire The Expendables 2 (2012).

Among the topics of conversation, the series’ fluctuating tone, what today’s teenagers make of 70-something action stars, and who the hell is going to be in a future Expendables reboot. 

They also look at the film’s exceptional exploding helicopter which sees a motorcycle repurposed as a surface to air missile. 

Episode 67.

October 19, 2018 01:56 PM PDT

“I said, goddamn what a rush.”

On this show Will is joined by Jeanette Ward from The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl to review one of the all-time great exploding helicopter films, Broken Arrow (1996).

They discuss the film’s “Woo quotient”, John Travolta’s extraordinary performance before taking a little detour to discuss classic nineties erotic serial The Red Shoe Diaries.

They also examine the film’s four spectacular helicopter explosions.

Episode 66.

September 28, 2018 12:12 AM PDT

“Dinner out is a go.”

On this show Will and Dara carry out an in depth interrogation of Spy Game (2001).

Among the topics of discussion, when does your relationship status justify a prison break, Tony Scott’s hyperkinetic directing, and whether the craft of espionage is just opening your eyes and looking at stuff.

They also discuss a chopper fireball that deserves to be in the exploding helicopter hall of shame.

Episode 65.

September 09, 2018 06:48 AM PDT

“I have a message for New York. Central Park is mine.”

On this show, Exploding Helicopter is looking back at the Rambo inspired Eighties curio THE PARK IS MINE (1986).

Tommy Lee Jones plays a troubled Vietnam veteran who launches an armed takeover of Central Park after he’s pushed too far.

Joining Will to review the film is Rich Nelson from the Betamax Video Club. They discuss the film’s First Blood inspirations, questionable policing tactics, and try to figure out just what Tommy Lee Jones is protesting about.

And, of course, they take a look at the film’s exploding helicopter action.

Episode 64.

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