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Exploding Helicopter
Celebrating the cinematic art of helicopter explosion
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June 17, 2019 10:00 PM PDT

“We already had our Vietnam. Now you’re going to have yours.”

We mark the 10th anniversary of Exploding Helicopter by taking a look at one of the classics of the exploding helicopter genre, Rambo III (1988).

We reflect on the last decade of gyratory destruction before getting stuck into Sylvester Stallone’s headband and mullet action.

There’s incredibly bad Russian accents, an analysis of movie villains through the decades, and a dissection of four top quality exploding helicopters.

Episode 77.

Show notes

Rambo III (1988)

Director: Peter MacDonald

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Kurtwood Smith

Plot: Rambo mounts a one-man mission to rescue his friend Colonel Trautman from the clutches of the formidable invading Soviet forces in Afghanistan.

May 18, 2019 01:16 PM PDT

“Release the copper choppers.”

On this episode we venture into the world of animated exploding helicopter action when we review The Lego Movie (2014).

We’re joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to discuss the film’s blend of comedy, action and social critique.

And, of course, we look at the rare animated exploding helicopter action.

Episode 76.

April 22, 2019 01:52 AM PDT

“Japanese proverb say, bird never make nest in bare tree.”

On this show Will is joined by Richard Kirkham from Kirkham A Movie A Day to review You Only Live Twice (1967).

They discuss the film’s highs (and many lows), and examine the first fully formed appearance of Blofeld in the Bond universe.

They also take a look at the film’s outstanding aerial helicopter battle as 007 fights four Spectre choppers in the iconic ‘Little Nellie’.

Episode 75

Show notes

You Only Live Twice (1967)

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Cast: Sean Connery, Tetsurô Tanba, and Donald Pleasance

Plot: Agent 007 and the Japanese Secret Service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.

Find Richard at Kirkham A Movie A Day: http://kirkhamclass.blogspot.com/


March 31, 2019 09:00 PM PDT

“Next time we’ll take the titanic.”

On this episode of Exploding Airship we take a look at one of the classics of the genre, The Hindenburg (1975).

Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to discuss the film’s conspiracy thriller plot, it’s sprawling cast, and – of course – the exploding airship action.

Episode 74.

Show notes

Director: Robert Wise

Cast: George C Scott, Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith, William Atherton, Charles Durning.

Plot: A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames.

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.

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