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Exploding Helicopter
Celebrating the cinematic art of helicopter explosion
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May 11, 2020 08:00 PM PDT

“You owe me a meatball sandwich.”

On this episode, Exploding Helicopter takes a look at one of the worst ever films by one of the one worst ever directors.

Yes, we’re diving headlong into one of Uwe Boll’s notorious videogame adaptations, FAR CRY (2008) only to ask, ‘Is it really that bad?’

To answer this important question we’re joined once again by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday who helps us look at a very memorable chopper fireball.

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Far Cry (2008)

Director: Uwe Boll

Cast: Til Schweiger, Udo Kier, Craig Fairbrass, Michael Pare

Plot: An ex-special forces soldier turned boatman is hired by a journalist to investigate a top-secret military base on a nearby island.

Episode 91.

 

April 20, 2020 08:00 PM PDT

“Must have been domestic.”

On this episode we win the clock back to the early Eighties to take a look at the cult martial arts movies KILL AND KILL AGAIN (1981).

We’re joined by Brett and Ty from Comeuppance Reviews to discuss what many people (just us, really) are hailing as the most influential film ever made (terms and conditions apply).

World domination through potato-based mind control, ninja armies and British cinema’s bizarre obsession with nunchuck censorship are just some of the topics we touch on. Plus, the film’s very exciting exploding helicopter action.

Episode 90.

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Kill And Kill Again (1981)

Director: Ivan Hall

Cast: James Ryan, Ken Gampu, Mike Mayer

Plot: Martial arts champion Steve Chase is hired to save the Nobel Prize winning scientist Horatio Kane, who has been kidnapped by a rich, evil genius named Marduk. Chase assembles a team of mercenaries who must overcome treacherous encounters on their way to the villain's stronghold and then fight for their lives after they themselves are captured.

March 31, 2020 08:00 PM PDT

“If you touch the fro, you got to go.”

On the new Exploding Golf Cart we take a look at a film often hailed by fans as a classic of the combustible cart genre, UNDERCOVER BROTHER (2002).

Is this blaxsploitation and spy movie spoof, a top of the leaderboard comedy, or does it miss the cut?

And does the exploding golf cart action live up to the hype? Join us on the first tee to find out!

Caddying for Will on this show is Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday.

Show notes

UNDERCOVER BROTHER (2002)

Directed by: Malcolm D Lee.

Cast: Eddie Griffin, Billy Dee Williams, Dave Chapelle, Denise Richards, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Plot: When a white faceless corporate despot tries to derail a black candidate's presidential campaign, Undercover Brother and his fellow secret agents come to the rescue.

Episode 89.

March 07, 2020 08:59 AM PST

“She’s the monster, I’m the robot.”


Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review the romantic comedy, meets Japanese kaiju movie, meets dark relationship drama, Colossal (2017).

They try to work what sort of film it is, and then look at a rare ‘slap-sticky’ exploding helicopter.

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Colossal (2017)

Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudekis, Dan Stevens

Plot: Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

Episode 88.

February 14, 2020 08:00 PM PST

“You want bread? See a baker.”For reasons lost in the mists of time, it used to be all the rage for action films to pair a martial artist with a rapper. 

So, on this show, we’re looking at one of curiosities of this odd action trend: China Strike Force (2000). A film that saw martial arts luminary Mark Dacascos teamed up with everyone’s favourite, sticky-up haired rapper, Coolio. 

Helping us review the film is Alex Rallo from One Perfect Headshot.

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China Strike Force (2000)

Director: Stanley Tong

Cast: Aaron Kwok, Norika Fujiwara, Leehom Wang and Coolio

Plot: After two elite cops witness an assassination, their investigation takes puts them on the trail of a local mobster with ambitious plans to set up a drug smuggling operation. 

Episode 87.

January 25, 2020 08:00 PM PST

“That’s okay, my wife’s a gorilla too.”

Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review the bonkers King Kong rip-off The Mighty Peking Man (1977). 

Among the topics of discussion are the films *ahem* unique special effects, the strange adult themed plot, and – of course – the spectacular exploding helicopter action. 

Episode 86

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The Mighty Peking Man (1977)

Plot: King Kong goes Hong Kong as a giant Himalayan beast tries to save a sexy Russia Tarzanette from a sleazy show-biz promoter.

Directed by: Meng Hua Ho  

Cast: Danny Lee, Evelyne Kraft, Chow Yun Fat (uncredited).

January 05, 2020 03:24 AM PST

“Aren’t you going to congratulate me – it’s my 20th birthday.”

It’s a very special episode of Exploding Helicopter as we take a look at Dragon Wars (2007), the film with most helicopter explosions in cinematic history.

To help us look at this piece film history we’re joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday. 

Show notes

Dragon Wars (2007)

Director: Hyung-rae Shim

Cast: Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Robert Forster

Plot: Once every 500 years, ancient mythical creatures come to Earth to wreak havoc and destruction. This time they must be stopped.

Episode 85. 

December 08, 2019 01:13 AM PST

“We’re only screaming to scare them.”

When you think of the great directors of Italian cinema you think of Fellini, Pasolini, Visconti, Antonioni, Rosselini and other people whose names end in ‘I’.

But on this show we’re reviewing Codename Wild Geese (1984) and celebrating one of the unsung heroes of Italian cinema – Antonio Margheriti. 

We’re joined by Matt Poirier from DTV Connoisseur to review the film and we discuss the eclectic cast, and it’s unusual and spectacular special effects.

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Codename: Wild Geese (1984)

Plot: A team of mercenaries go to the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia to overthrow a dictator who is also major opium manufacturer.

Cast: Lewis Collins, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef and Klaus Kinski.

Episode 84.

November 11, 2019 04:26 AM PST

“You know, when I was your age – I was a tough son of a biscuit eater - just like you.”

On this show, Exploding Helicopter takes a deep dive into the bonkers conspiracy thriller Amerigeddon (2016). 

After the United Nations engineers a military takeover over of the USA - yes, the same United Nations that struggles to organise a drinks reception in a wine bar – it’s up to one, lone, Texan family to lead the fight back. 

To help review the film Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday. They discuss the insane plot, some strange cameos, plus a truly unique exploding helicopter. 

Show notes

Amerigeddon (2016)

Plot: A global organisation aligned with the United Nations disables the United States' power grid and institutes Martial Law. Can a dedicated family of patriots save America and reclaim its freedom.

Stars: Dina Meyer, Diane Ladd, AnnaLynne McCord

October 20, 2019 06:03 AM PDT

“Oo-be-dooby-do, where are you?”

On this show Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review the bonkers Stephen King adaptation, DREAMCATCHER (2003).

They try to work just what the hell is going on in the plot, why Morgan Freeman has been dressed as an owl, before taking a look at the film’s exploding helicopter action.

Episode 82.

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Dreamcatcher (2003)

Director: Lawrence KasdanStarring: Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Sizemore, Donnie Wahlberg, Thomas Jane and Morgan Freeman

Plot: Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.

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