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Exploding Helicopter
Celebrating the cinematic art of helicopter explosion
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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.

August 17, 2018 01:17 PM PDT

“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.

Check out the Exploding Helicopter website or follow us on Twitter.

You can buy Ti's book, Born To Be Bad, where he interviews movie villains online or follow him on Twitter

Episode 63.

August 03, 2018 01:36 PM PDT

“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.

Check out the Exploding Helicopter website.....

....or follow us on twitter @chopperfireball

Episode 62

July 01, 2018 04:08 AM PDT

“Were you expecting an exploding pen?”

On this mini-episode, Will takes a look at Skyfall (2012), the last James Bond movie to feature an exploding helicopter.

Episode 61.

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