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Episode 70: Frankenstein (1931)

 frankensteinThe first of two Halloween 2017 episodes goes back 86 years, to the early days of the Universal horror franchise, before horror was even thought of as a film genre, with 1931's "Frankenstein!" Directed by James Whale, produced by E.M. Asher and Carl Laemmle Jr., the film stars Colin Clive as Dr. Henry Frankenstein, Dwight Frye as Fritz, and in the role that made him a star, Boris Karloff as the Monster! This is the film where we get our image of what Frankenstein's monster looks like, and that's because of the genius of Make-Up Artist Jack P. Pierce, and the method of Karloff's take on the role of a lifetime! A true horror classic that everyone should see at least once!



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Episode 69: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

kungfuhustleThis episode is all about Stephen Chow's epic tale of love, fate, and heroes, 2004's "Kung Fu Hustle!" Directed, co-written, and starring Chow, the film also features Tze Chung Lam, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, and dozens of others! Follow fellow miscreants Sing and Bone as they try to join the infamous Axe Gang, going to far as to try to intimidate the denizens of Pig Sty Alley. Unbeknownst to them, or the rest of the Axe Gang, heroes and masters are hidden within day-to-day inhabitants of the tenement, and they almost literally explode into action when their home is threatened! An homage to American cinema, Warner Brothers cartoons, and Chinese musicals of the 60s (which were all set in the 30s and 40s), this is a stylistic experience like no other. And that's probably why, apart from Buddy, one of the reviewers loved it, and one of them didn't much like it at all! Tune in to find out who, and why. And, with Halloween coming up, find out what two classic horror films the guys will be reviewing for episodes 70 and 71!



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Episode 68: SuperCop - Police Story 3 (1996)

supercopReleased in 1992 in China, then in the United States in 1996, "SuperCop" is the third installment in Jackie Chan's incredibly successful Chinese film franchise "Police Story!" At Buddy's direction, Jeff and Chad head to the east to take in the first of two Chinese action comedies. Directed by Stanley Tong, and co-starring Michelle Yeoh, SuperCop finds Inspector Chan Ka Kui once again being called upon to stop crime, this time in the form of a drug lord about to escape from prison. Featuring the stunt work of Chan and Yeoh (all of the stunts, mind you), this film will make you gasp as you realize that all of the stunts were actually performed by Chan and Yeoh themselves (no CGI, no stunt people for them)! And while there was some dissatisfaction with the story elements, no one could fault the incredible agility and skill of the stuntwork in the film!



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Episode 67: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

misspettigrewIn the late 1930s, times were changing, and for Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand), that includes losing her position as governess. With no money, no clothes but what's on her back, what's a moral, upstanding woman to do? Seize the opportunties that come her way, and end up living a day quite unlike any she's ever experienced before! Throw in an American actress (Amy Adams) and her three suitors Phil (Tom Payne), Nick (Mark Strong), and Michael (Lee Pace), a fashion shop owner on the prowl (Shirley Henderson), and her target, a lingerie designer (Ciaran Hinds), you have the makings of a story unlike any seen since the time period the movie is set in! Directed by Bharat Nalluri, based on a novel by Winifred Watson, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a treat, although Buddy, Chad, and Jeff disagree on how delicious a treat it is. Plus, Buddy reveals the films he's going to be asking Chad and Jeff to watch from the world of Hong Kong cinema for the next two episodes!



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Episode 66: Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

mrshendersonSocialite Mrs. Henderson is recently widowed and trying to figure out what to do with herself. After trying several things appropriate to her status, she ultimately decides to open a theatre in London in the late 1930s, and bring Moulin Rouge-style to London. Soon, the city is under seige from Nazi bombers, but the show must go on! Directed by Stephen Frears and based on a novel by Sheila van Damm, this film tells the story of an out-of-place society woman and her attempt to bring to the theatre something that the country sorely needs, especially after entering World War II! Starring Dame Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Will Young, and Christopher Guest, this semi-biographical film shines a light on this odd philanthropic outing which was the first of its kind in London.



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