Junkfood Cinema

The Summer of 1987 series continues on and this week heads to a dark place. A Canadian suburb?   ...yes

Modern Rogue's Jason Murphy joins us for a deep dive into The Gate. The Gate is the answer to every heavy metal horror movie that painted metal as the catalyst for evil. Because this time, metal saves the day! It has as much heart as an Amblin film, astoundingly creepy special effects, and managed to trounce Ishtar at the box office--released the same weekend--despite having a fraction of the budget.

All this plus, we chat about what Larry Cohen's Doctor Strange would have looked like, get alarmingly comfortable with Double Team, and make some very exciting show-related announcements.

You got ears? We got demons! Enjoy!

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT

A long time ago, in a galaxy far removed from good taste. It's Junkfood Cinema: The Podcast!

As Brian and Cargill trek through the Summer of 87, they visit planet Brooks and go to plaid while juggling their thoughts on Spaceballs! How did the biggest Star Wars parody of all time manage to completely avoid resembling the story structure of Star Wars but at all? Is it among Brooks' best films? Has nostalgia colored over the rough edges?

All this, plus the guys quote their favorite lines like crazy and merchandise the hell out of Junkfood Cinema. Download, listen, and share to adequately show off the size of your schwartz!

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 2:37am EDT

Summer of 87 stops for a spell in a little Rhode Island town as Brian and Cargill discuss the wickedly fantastic Witches of Eastwick.

Did Jack Nicholson ever come back from this role? Does the film's feminism hold up? And, wait, George "Mad Max" Miller directed this with a score by John Williams?!

All this plus, how the dangerously insane producer Jon Peters tried to mix witchcraft with...aliens? Gather round the movie cauldron and Cher a witches brew with Junkfood Cinema!

 

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 1:28am EDT

We ain't got time to preamble, this is one of the big tentpole movies of 1987 and one of the biggest reasons we're doing our Summer of 87 series: Predator.

Brian and Cargill discuss the cast, structure, effects, and music of one of the greatest action films of all time. They also contemplate whether Shane Black was kidnapped by Joel Silver, chat about how Jean-Claude Van Damme was almost in this movie, and figure out that...Krull is part of the Predator universe?

All that, plus more impressions than you can immediately blast out of your mind with a shoulder-mounted laser cannon. Download this episode and share it so it doesn't remain invisible. Oh, and don't forget to GET TO DA CHOPPAH!!!

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 3:20am EDT

In honor of the late, great Powers Boothe, and because Brian had never seen it, Junkfood Cinema's Summer of 87 series makes a detour with Extreme Prejudice. An unfairly obscure Walter Hill mercenary western, Extreme Prejudice boasts a cast and crew that reads like a JFC-specific IMDB. Written by John Milius, scored by Jerry Goldsmith, produced by Vajna and Kassar and we haven't even reached the cast! Boothe, Nick Nolte, Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside, Maria Conchita Alonso, Rip Torn, William Forsythe, Tiny Lister....we just got dizzy.

Themes of honor, friendship, and trusting men above agency, Extreme Prejudice is a fantastic mashup that is half Peckinpah and half...Predator?

Draw down on this week's episode and terminate your boredom with extreme...well, you get the point.

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 12:22am EDT

JFC may be based in Austin, Texas, but that doesn't mean we don't love doing things the Chicago way! One of the best movies of 1987, period, Brian De Palma's The Untouchables is a master class in crafting legend out of fact. Apparently De Palma's man crush on Alfred Hitchcock was matched only by his infatuation with Al Capone.

The guys talk cast, crew, and the many possible casting multiverses while Brian just cannot stop doing his Sean Connery impression. Sorry about that.

Don't keep this episode a secret, tell everyone (including the boss)! Download, listen, and share!

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 1:38am EDT

Suit up, masters of the mystic arts! This week, One Junky Summer hits some familiar targets. Another sequel, and another Cannon Film? Hell yes! Brian and Cargill fight their way out of paradise in American Ninja 2: The Confrontation!

(a.k.a American Ninja 2: Super Ninjas, a.k.a American Ninja 2: F### It!)

Full disclosure, American Ninja 2 is not the best film JFC has ever covered, but it is among the most hilariously misguided and irresistibly entertaining. The guys discuss the weird ninja movie phenomenon, what signature JCVD role should have gone to Michael Dudikoff, and they also discuss that time Buck Rodgers tried to pick up Cargill's mom?!

Confront your reservations and download one of our most fun shows to date!

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Direct download: Junkfood_Cinema_Episode_138.mp3
Category:cult movies -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

The heat is back on...so make sure to store your cupcakes in the fridge.

This week Brian and Cargill head back to L.A. with Axel Foley as One Junky Summer heads into sequel territory once again. On paper, Beverly Hills Cop 2 shouldn't work. Despite Tony Scott at the helm, it cuts back on the action, is edited with a chainsaw, and strips the slobs vs. snobs appeal of the first.

However, the comedy is strong, the music is fantastic, and the freaking Spurs don't have a bench as deep as the villain pool here. Download and listen as they guys explain just how the Axel F this flick manages to succeed.

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

Cargill expected Project X to fit in perfectly with JFC's Summer of 87 retrospective, Brian however did not expect to be so emotionally affected by the story of Matthew Broderick and a chimp named Virgil.

Turns out, Project X is one of the most perfect Junkfood movies of all time! Not simply because it is beautifully shot, powerfully moving, and expertly written, but also because it features a gathering of stellar performers and creators that could only aptly be described as a Junkfood Cinema reunion.

Join the guys as they go positively ape shit over Project X!

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

Welcome to prime time, Junkions! Junkfood Cinema slashes its way through The Summer of 87 as Brian and Cargill battle it out with The Dream Warriors! Is it safe to call A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 the best horror sequel of the 80s? What makes it hold up so well? How badass is John Saxon? Oh, we can answer that last one right now: all of it. All of the badass.

Download, listen, share, and get ready to Dokken out all over the place!

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 1:04am EDT

One Junky Summer trucks on, and this week we wrestle with a longstanding challenge. For years, Brian has wanted to cover Sylvester Stallone's macho-piece Over the Top, but Cargill couldn't get over his distaste for it. There was however no avoiding Over the Top when discussing the junkiest flicks of 1987. Plus, returning guest (and Alamo Drafthouse programmer) Greg MacLennan threatened to fight the hosts if they didn't bring him on to cover it.

Will Cargill fail to meet Brian and Greg halfway? Or, like Lincoln Hawk's trucker hat, can this episode finally turn Cargill around? Listen to find out!

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

One Junky Summer returns as we kick off our season-long retrospective of the best genre films of 1987! First up, the flick that redefined buddy cop cinema: Lethal Weapon. Sure, it's a spectacular, hilarious, and quotable action comedy...but it's also an intensely dark foray into the scarred psyche of Vietnam vets?!

Brian and Cargill delve into the darkness, the extended director's cut of the movie, and the cavalcade of actors who were offered the role of Riggs before Mel. Download, listen, and share before we all become too old for this s#%*!

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

Make no mistake, the alien invasion has begun. Luckily it appears the invaders are only interested in robbing banks, stealing sports cars, and listening to heavy metal.

It's a close encounter of the weirdest kind as Brian and Cargill uncover 1987's The Hidden. Michael Nouri and Kyle Maclachlan (two years before Twin Peaks) star in this oddball buddy cop movie about what it means to be human...well, what it means to be a human in the excess-obsessed 80s.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

Writer/TV personality Jason Murphy joins us again for this very special bonus installment of Junkfood Cinema. We dug deep and uncovered a true gem. You've seen it, you love it, but you somehow forgot about it immediately after its 1994 release. 

You wanted someone to jog your memory of this lost classic? Your wish is our command!

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

Grab your toothbrush, your swimsuit, and a whole mess of body bags, because we're heading back to Crystal Lake! This time, counselors Brian and Cargill are joined by author/screenwriter/TV personality Jason Murphy (The Modern Rogue, The Black Goat Motorcycle Club) as they dissect one of the most imperfect, but interesting entries into this or any slasher franchise.

Beyond the patchwork Jason vs. Carrie conceit that stood in for the first, failed attempt at Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is one of the most important and controversial films of the series. Listen as the guys chat about what New Blood introduced to the franchise, the MPAA gutting of the kills, and the bizarre controversy of a supposedly-deceased cast member?

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

Hold on to your skulls, Junkions! Brian and Cargill continue through their March Madness series with David Cronenberg's Scanners. It may not be the granddaddy of psychic killer movies, but it's at least the daddy.

And yet for as much as they love it, the guys come to the mind-blowing realization that Scanners is a deeply flawed film remembered more for a meme than for its story. However, the performances (namely Ironside's), effects, and unique signpost along Cronenberg's evolution as a filmmaker safeguard Scanners' reputation as a cult classic.

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 1:51am EDT

It's the third anniversary of Junkfood Cinema and Brian and Cargill are bugging out as they welcome director/previous episode subject Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Everly) to join their discussion of the most Fulci-esque Argento movie of all time: 1985's Phenomena (aka Creepers).

Can't decide if you want a serial killer giallo or a movie about a girl who can communicate with insects or a Donald-Pleasence-wheelchair-detective mystery or a revenge flick? No need! Phenomena hits the crazy button and unleashes all those movies in its third act! It's the film that may very well have coined the term bugnuts.

But wait, this episode has a third act twist! A live tasting of the junk food pairing, and it's...horrifying. Check out Joe's podcast The Movie Crypt and make sure to see his latest film Mayhem when it is released in a theater near you!

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 12:19am EDT

Welcome to March Madness, our month-long celebration of mental thrillers and physic killers! To kick things off, Brian and Cargill haunt your dreams as they run alongside Dennis Quaid through the Dreamscape.

That's right, 1984's other movie about a killer invading people's dreams that also happens to be 1984's other Kate Capshaw movie involving ripping out a man's heart! As much as the parallel thinking of the era lead to many oddball similarities between Dreamscape and other films of the year, at least one modern sci-fi thriller would not exist without it! Don't sleep on this, download our new episode now!

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 1:04am EDT

Last week, we lost a titan. An actor/director whose name was heard in countless previous episodes and, were we to have a Mt. Junkfood, his face would be etched in stone. Brian and Cargill run down their lists of favorite Bill Paxton performances. Cargill compares Frailty to Night of the Hunter while Brian has some issues with Twister that won't seem to blow over.

Rest in peace, Bill. The game may be over, but you definitely won it.

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

This week, Brian and Cargill come out of their shells to explain in absurd detail, the full T.U.R.T.L.E power of 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Dark as the comic at points, dopey as the cartoon at others, featuring some of Jim Henson's best work and edited by...Sally Menke(?), TMNT is a criminally underrated superhero film that tastes better on revisit than a slice of Domino's pizza.

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

Welcome back to the podcast that is just...so cool. This week, Brian and Cargill take on 60 cops, 40 agents, 30 mobsters, and about 1,000 bullets to find True Romance. They discuss the movie's origins, its dizzying cast list, and how it appeared at the nexus point of independent 90s cinema.

When it comes to Tony Scott films, we cover every conceivable aspect... froma diddled-eyed Joe to damned if I know. 

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 10:45pm EDT

Your favorite prophets of the cinematic wasteland invite you to join Denzel Washington on a pilgrimage to save what little of humanity remains after the great war tore a hole in the sky. Brian and Cargill discuss the beauty and brilliance of The Book of Eli, a discussion containing more than a few revelations.

Ashes to ashes, Dorito dust to Dorito dust.

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

This week, on the podcast with zero cool, Brian and Cargill invite you to hack the planet! Hackers is a time capsule of a movie that, while laughable in its wholly inaccurate depiction of hacker culture, is spectacular and thrilling in its similarly inaccurate depiction of the internet. As The Plague says, "there is no right and wrong, there is only fun and boring." We tend to agree.

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 11:59pm EDT

Celebrate Rex Manning Day with Brian and Cargill! They discuss the inescapable 90s charm of Empire Records (from the director of Pump Up the Volume) as well as share their own stories of minimum wage hijinks. Damn the man, save the Empire!

Direct download: Junkfood_Cinema_Episode_122.mp3
Category:cult movies -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

Cargill and Brian would like to welcome you to The Rock! We take pleasure in gutting the notion that this 1996 actioner is basic, trashy, and/or brainless. The Rock is a uniquely structured spectacle that houses a wildly subversive political tone and one of cinema's most fascinatingly complex villains. All that, plus Brian can't stop doing a Sean Connery impression. Losers whine about their best, winners download and share this episode.

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

Brian and Cargill are joined by Austin author/filmmaker Owen Egerton as they all spend one night in the 1980 haunted house masterpiece The Changeling. Subtle at points, starkly terrifying at others, and featuring one of the most heartbreaking opening sequences in cinema, The Changeling was a groundbreaking movie that influenced generations of horror, including Owen's latest film The Axe Murders of Villisca.

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Category:cult movies -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

Brian and Cargill usher in 2017 with a sneaky new episode of the podcast with far too many secrets...or at least secret sauces. They discuss the phenomenal cast of Sneakers, its ultra cool James Horner score, and where it sits in the Robert Redford spy trilogy. We could tell you more about this episode, but then we'd have to kill you.

Direct download: Junkfood_Cinema_Episode_119.mp3
Category:cult movies -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

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