“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“The password is big blue wrecking crew”
On this show we’re joined by author, podcaster and bad film aficionado Ti Singh to review American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990).
Among the exciting topics of discussion, villains without a plan, expert marksmen who can’t shoot straight, and the majesty of Steve James (who isn’t even in this sequel).
Oh yes, we talk about it all and more, including the exploding helicopter action.
“Try to stay dead this time.”
On this show Will and Dara attempt to unscramble the DNA of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sci-fi thriller, The 6th Day (2000).
Along the way they decode the film’s surprisingly solid science fiction ideas, ponder Arnie’s Noughties film career, and the strange documentary career of Michael Rapaport.
And they of course dissect the film’s futuristic exploding helicopter scene.
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"Never get out of the boat."
In a break from the usual programming, Will travels upriver alone on this show to review Apocalypse Now (1979).
On the journey, he considers how the film's uncanny parallels to a package holiday - albeit, one with a little light homicide thrown in.
“Next time we’ll take a cruise.”
On this show Will is joined by Doug Tilley from Eric Roberts Is The Man to review the bizarre faith-based martial arts movie Lasko: Death Train (2005).
The film sees its hero, a peace-seeking monk, recruited into a secret paramilitary group dedicated to protecting the church. Along the way he has to fight terrorists, a deadly virus, and some truly horrendous dubbing. And there’s also two stone cold classic exploding helicopters.
“Band aids and butterbeans, we’re online.”
On this show Will is joined by DJ Valentine from Simplistic Reviews to review the new Netflix action-comedy Game Over, Man! (2018).
Among the topics of discussion, the film’s Die Hard pastiche, what on earth Daniel Stern is doing in this, the off-colour humour, and – of course – the exploding helicopter action.