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Episode 062: The Films of Bill Forsyth

On this episode, we discuss the career of one of best filmmakers to come out of 80s cinema: Scottish filmmaker Bill Forsyth.

Oh, you've never heard of him? Or you're only familiar with one of his films? Join us on a cinematic journey through the career of a filmmaker who regularly revisited themes of loneliness, isolation and alienation, and made them hilarious, touching and poignant.

The films discussed during this episode (all directed by Bill Forsyth):
That Sinking Feeling (1979)
Gregory's Girl (1981)
Local Hero (1983)
Comfort and Joy (1984)
Housekeeping (1987)
Breaking In (1989)
Being Human (1994)
Gregory's Two Girls (1999)

Episode 061: Dollar Houses

On this very special episode of The FilmJerk Podcast, we talk not about a specific movie or filmmaker or actor or distribution company, but of a moviegoing concept that was huge in the 1980s but has all but disappeared from the movie-going landscape: the dollar house. AKA the discount house, the bargain house, and the second run theatre.

Episode 060: The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment - Part Three

As we conclude our multi-part miniseries, The United Film Distribution Company, one of the first distributors to be operated by a motion picture exhibition company, has become Taurus Entertainment, and will go on one of the worst runs of film releases any distribution company has ever had.

Episode 059: The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment - Part Two

We continue our multi-part miniseries on The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment, one of the first distributors to be operated by a motion picture exhibition company. This week, we talk about several of their biggest successes, including Mark L. Lester's Class of 1984, Richard Hiltzik's Sleepaway Camp, and the Gone With the Wind of zombie movies, George A. Romero's Day of the Dead.

 

Titles covered during this episode:

1990: The Brox Warriors (1983, Enzo Castellari)
Choke Canyon (1986, Chuck Bail)
Day of the Dead (1985, George A. Romero)
Double Exposure (1987, Nico Mastorakis)
Flanagan (1985, Scott D. Goldstein)
The Jigsaw Man (1983, Terrence Young)
Retribution (1987, Guy Magar)
Sleepaway Camp (1983, Robert Hiltzik)
Terminal Entry (1988, John Kincaide)

Episode 058: The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment - Part One

We begin a multi-part miniseries on The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment, one of the first distributors to be operated by a motion picture exhibition company, who teamed with filmmaker George A. Romero to produce and/or distribute several of his most popular and enduring movies, including Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow.

The movies discussed on this episode include:

Class of 1984 (1982, Mark L. Lester)
Creepshow (1982, George A. Romero)
Dawn of the Dead (1978, Geroge A. Romero)
Death Screams (1982, David Nelson)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977, John Landis)
Knightriders (1981, George A. Romero)
Lion of the Desert (1981, Moustapha Akkad)
Mother’s Day (1980, Charles Kaufman)
Q: The Winged Serpent (1982, Larry Cohen)
The Sinful Bed (1973, Ralf Gregan)
Sitting Ducks (1980, Henry Jaglom)
Tintorera: Killer Shark (1978, René Cardona Jr.)

Episode 057: The Grounded Genre of 80s Movies - Part 2

This episode completes a two-part miniseries on an interesting concept in examining genre movies in the 80s, Grounded Genre. Joining us for this miniseries is our very special guest Sarah Bullion, an award-winning director, producer and screenwriter who also spent ten years on sets as a prop master and second assistant director.

Episode 056: The Grounded Genre of 80s Movies - Part 1

This episode starts a two-part miniseries on an interesting concept in examining genre movies in the 80s, Grounded Genre. Joining us for this miniseries is our very special guest Sarah Bullion, an award-winning director, producer and screenwriter who also spent ten years on sets as a prop master and second assistant director.

Episode 055: FilmDallas Pictures

This week, we take a look back at the quick rise and even quicker fall of FilmDallas Pictures, which began its life as a Texas-based film investment company in 1983. After helping to produce two Oscar-winning films in 1984, they would take a leap of faith to become a film distribution company, only to be completely gone from the film industry by the end of 1988.

 

On this episode, we discuss:

Choose Me (1984, Alan Rudolph)
Da (1988, Matt Clark)
The Dirt Bike Kid (1985, Hoite Caston)
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, Herbert Babenco)
Man Facing Southeast (1986, Elisio Subiela)
Night Zoo (1988, Jean-Claude Lauzon)
Patti Rocks (1988, David Burton Morris)
The Right-Hand Man (1987, Di Drew)
Spike of Bensonhurst (1988, Paul Morrissey)
Subway to the Stars (1988, Carlos Diegues)
The Trip to Bountiful (1985, Peter Masterson).

Episode 054: Blue Thunder and WarGames

On this week's episode of The FilmJerk Podcast, we examine how one filmmaker, John Badham, would end up with the rare feat of having two hits movies, Blue Thunder and WarGames, released only three weeks apart.

Episode 053: Raging Bull

On this week's episode, we complete our dive into the Martin Scorsese Cinematic Universe of the 1980s, with the history behind his masterpiece Raging Bull, as well as a personal remembrance of the film by the host.

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