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Our guest, fellow podcaster and friend Tom Zielinski's guilty pleasure pick this week was something I had seen pieces of over the years but never sat down and watched all the way through. I have now. Give a quick listen as we discuss my media consumption for the week and this forgotten (gem?) film from the late 80s.
Friend of the show and fellow podcaster, Tom Zielinski joins us for the first of two episodes, First off, we dive into a real mind-bender of a flick, "Vanilla Sky, " a  Cameron Crowe remake of a Spanish film ( which also stars Penelope Cruz, in case you're interested). Thisis a film which deserves much discussion. And probably several viewings, but we do our best to break it all down for you. Listen now at
So, for the first time in Cinemental history, we are down one man! Due to circumstances beyond out control, we had a guest bow out last minute and we put out the call to our previous guests and lo and behold, writer/Artist Dennis Calero answered the call. Without, two movies to discuss, we chose to dig into two events of recent days: "Zack Snyder's Justice League" & "Godzilla vs. King Kong". We hope you like it! Enjoy!
In the 10 intervening years between his "Night of..." and "Dawn of the Dead" films, George A. Romero made four features. The third of which was 1973's "The Crazies". Combining the rawness of the 'night' and the clear evolution of his style leading directly to films like "Martin" and and eventually "Dawn". Director, writer and composer Darren Callahan joins us for the second part of his visit as we discuss the original "The Crazies". Cause as we all know, any day with a Romero film in it, is usually a good day.
It may not be perfect, but no one can deny that the film screenwriter/composer/director Darren Callahan brings us this week is definitely unique. A completely new take on how we may become infected during a 'zombie' apocalypse is thought-provoking and may just make you ponder language in a new way after you watch it. One of Steve's personal choices for heavily underrated horror films. And Stephen McHattie is just a wonder to behold.   Listen now at
Starlight Runner CEO and film producer Jeff Gomez returns with another film for us to dig into and this one will blow your mind! Come take a listen as we discuss "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" a musical based upon a Broadway play directed by and starring the writer/creator of the stage production. A combo you  might not think would work out so well, but here transforms itself into one of my favorite viewing experiences since we started this show.
After a short hiatus, we're back with very special guest and CEO of Starlight Runner, Jeff Gomez. Join us as we jump into the first of two socially impactful film choices from Jeff and we start in New York City in the late 1960s with the John Schlesinger classic, "Midnight Cowboy." Listen in and find out why this film is still so important today.
If not the greatest musical of all-time, certainly the greatest musical, adventure-fantasy of all-time! 1939's "Wizard of Oz is quite simply, a wonder. I'd find it awful difficult to find someone who hasn't seen it, at the very minimum knows the story. Deirdre Brooks re-joins the team to discuss one of her, and our favorite films ever.   View all posters we discuss at
Writer /actor Stephen Gevedon returns for a second part of our conversation about film. For the second half of the show we spent in rousing discussion about art and what that means exactly, as we dive into Michaelangelo Anonioni's valentine to London in the 60s, "BlowUp". We dig a little bit  into  'If a tree falls...' territory. Fun! Listen in for another rambunctious recording. Posters we discuss can be seen at
For this week's episode we are especially lucky to have made the acquaintance of actor/writer Stephen Gevedon who, amongst a long and varied career, co-wrote and starred in one of our favorite horror films "Session 9".  Stephen sat down with us to discuss that film and another of his favorites, the Francois Truffaut new-wave classic, "The 400 Blows".  Listen in as we pretend to know what the fuck we're talking about in the first half of a rousing film conversation with a consummate pro. View posters we discuss at
For the second half of special guest Mike Wickliff's visit, he chose to introduce us to a film we had never even heard of, George C Scott's follow-up film to "Patton". A movie about a guy who thinks he's Sherlock Holmes and just so happens to run across a psychiatric doctor named Watson and they go on a little adventure. It also just so happens to be the source of a certain band from Minnesota that shares the same name. Crazy! Posters we discuss can be see at
With one of the most  visually innovative concept films I've ever experienced, return guest Mike Wickliff brings us "Dave Made A Maze". Trust me when I tell you you have NEVER seen a  film like this.  All cinephiles should take the 89 minutes and watch this movie simply for the production design and concept alone. But what about it as a an actual movie? That, my friends, you have to listen in for! View the posters we discuss at
For the second part of our conversation with Writing/Artist power couple Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner, we address the directing debut of of screenwriter/director Shane Black, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang". A modern L.A. noir with a spectacular cast and filled with Black's typical sing-song dialogue and delivery by a bunch of consummate professionals. Check out our takes on this very unique buddy/crime flick and find out if if it's worth your time or it should get the big kiss-off. Posters we discuss on the show can be viewed at
This weeks episodes feature a return guest and a brand new one. All in the same show! Entertainment powerhouses Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner join us for a deep dive (see what I did there) into the Irwin Allen classic, "The Poseidon Adventure".  We go bottom to top, (or is it top to bottom?) on this epic from the golden age of disaster films. We also discuss car shopping and porn. Posters we discuss can be seen at
In the second part of our visit with writer/artist Dennis Calero, with his guilty pleasure, he brings us quite possibly one of the most maligned films in cinematic history, "Xanadu". Join us as we chat about what exactly lies at the heart of this roller disco musical fantasy. Did we mention that Olivia Newton-John is in this? And Gene Kelly? Posters we discuss are posted at
In this week's show we step into a world of adventure with Writer/Artist Dennis Calero as he explains to us why "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" is his favorite entry in this legendary series of films. Everyone we know has seen this one, so no one's gonna be shocked by anything we have to say, but listen in as we discuss the foundations and all of our own feelings about this action-packed epic & adventure featuring everyone's favorite fedora-wearing treasure hunter. Posters we discuss on "Down the Tubes" are posted at
Podcaster/Writer/Artist Mike Dolce brings us his guilty pleasure this week, a little movie some of you may have heard of, called "House". This is not the Japanese horror film, but the 1985 horror/comedy featuring a turn by such 80s stalwarts as Richard Moll and George Wendt, and that's on top of the film's lead, the greatest American hero himself, William Katt. Do we think it holds up? Well, maybe you should listen in and hear for yourself. Posters we discuss on the show can be viewed at
Joining us this week is fellow podcaster, writer, artist and all-around creative type, Mike Dolce and he brings with him a couple of really disparate film choices. Something we love and respect. First off, we jump into "Charlie Wilson's War" a film about the Texas congressman who accomplished something spectacular when he figured out a way to fight a war without almost anyone realizing he was doing it. Based upon reality, his network of good 'ol boys and his charming demeanor proved some of his greatest assets in his quest to help the people of Afghanistan. Posters we discuss can be seen at
In my own knowledge of cinema, it's always a little surprising when a guest brings us a movie I have honestly never even heard of before, especially when it sports a cast of this magnitude and was (almost) released in my lifetime. However, Award-winning Writer/Artist Dean Haspiel did just that with this week's episode. A little film from 1967 called "The Incident". A gritty, dark and subversive film about a NYC subway car filled with folks who just wanna get home and are forced to endure a night none of them will ever forget. Give it a try, if you can track it down. It's an experience YOU won't soon forget. Posters we discuss can be viewed at
Writer/Artist and all-around good guy and chooser of amazing films, Dean Haspiel returns to Cinemental, bringing with him a truly classic in every sense of the word. The dynamic stage play turned film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" If you've never seen this one, like we hadn't, well...let's juts say you should probably listen in . Posters we discuss can be viewed at
Part two of our film discussion with writer/pal James Ninness takes us to a deep, dark place in American cinema history. That's right. The 80s buddy/cop dramedy. And we don;t just go in for any old one, we shoot straight to the top (or is it bottom) of the pile with the ultimate expression of this genre, "Tango & Cash"! Starring two of Hollywood's biggest stars at the time, what could possibly go wrong? The (Very few) posters we discuss are at
Writer and friend of the show, James Ninness returns to Cinemental bringing with him Martin Scorsese's modern crime classic, 'The Departed". A (little-known) remake of a Honk Kong film from 2002 ( Infernal Affairs - highly recommended), but does this powerhouse cast deliver the goods in a way that both pays respect to the original and stand on it's own? Check out the show to see what we think. Posters we discuss on Down the Tubes can be viewed at
This week we deliver part two of our discussion with comics maestro, Peter Tomasi as he brings in the subversive film, "The End". Featuring the first onscreen pairing of Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise. Listen in to see if this largely forgotten black comedy still holds up and What we all thought about it. Posters we discuss available to view at
After a week off for a little R&R, we return with a bang. Literally! Award-winning comics and screenwriter Peter Tomasi joins us to discuss the always stunning Sergio Leone western epic, "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly". Having only seen this for the first time last year, (I know, I know) I looked forward to return viewing and was not disappointed. Listen to to what else we thought about this visual juggernaut. Check out posters from our "Down the Tubes" segments at
This week on Cinemental, our guest is the often imitated but never equaled or surpassed, writer, artist and legend, Howard Chaykin. He brings to our attention to discuss two classics from the 30s starring the lost entirely too soon Carole Lombard, First up, "My  Man Godfrey" and amazing touchstone with the great William Powell. Secondly, we discuss "Nothing Sacred", a movie with a great story, but with a male lead that lacks the same chemistry as Powell/Lombard, who at one time were married IRL.
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Created by
Steven Hoveke, Hassan Godwin, Latham Conger III
Podcast Status
May 31st, 2020
Latest Episode
May 7th, 2021
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Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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