Saturday, August 29, 2015

Martian Drive-In Podcast 68 - Pitch Black Strange Days For the Hugo Awards

In this one, I go from the late-era cyberpunk of Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days, starring Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett to the gritty working class future of Pitch Black starring Vin Diesel and Radha Mitchell to the current Hugo Award/ Sad/ Rabid Puppies imbroglio which I discuss with Janice Gelb. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Martian Drive-In Podcast 67 - The Mumblecore Special - Safety Not Guaranteed - The One I Love.

This time, we have a couple of low budget but extremely well made mumblecore movies for you. A 2012 movie about a classified ad placed by a time traveller - Safety Not Guaranteed starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass, then we go to 2014 for a great little two hander about marital infidelity, counselling and dopplegangers - The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Martian Drive-In Podcast 66 - Space Truckers Come to Frogtown

This time around, something very much lighter. Two B-Science Fiction movies, one from the 1980s, the 1988 post-apocalyptic fun of Hell Comes To Frogtown starring the late Roddy Piper, Sandahl Bergman and William Smith and then to 1996 for the working-class space opera, Space Truckers starring Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff and Debi Mazar. Frogs and square pigs for everyone.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Martian Drive-In Podcast 65 - Gattaca / Ant-Man

For 65 we go from 1997's story of genetic engineering and human determination GATTACA starring Ethan Hawk and Uma Thurman to the latest movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Martian Drive-In Podcast 64 - Ex Machina Advantageous.

For 64 I look at two smaller, recent (2015) science fiction films that have a lot more to say that any 250 million dollar blockbuster you could name. First Alex Garland's AI film Ex Machina starring Domnhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander and then Jennifer Phang's tale of the future of work, women and humanity Advantageous starring Jacqueline Kim and James Urbaniak.

Both fine movie, both well worth watching.

Martian Drive-In Podcast 63 - The Best of Christopher Lee

This time around, to honour the life and career of cinema's coolest Dracula, I look at the five best Christopher Lee movies, in my subjective viewpoint. If you want to argue or disagree, please do. 

Martian Drive-In Podcast 62 - Live At Continuum 11

This time around Grant Watson and I recorded live at Continuum 11 - the Melbourne annual science fiction convention. Nominally we were supposed to talk about The Age Of Ultron but we ended up at Adam Sandler, Orson Welles and other subjects of interest. Also, I presented Grant the box of goodies he won by being part of the Patreon Campaign.
Grant's own Patreon campaign for his movie writings is FictionMachine so go and support him too.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Martian Drive-In Podcast 61 - Killer Klowns From Project Moon Base.

For this one we look at silly movies. The low-budget low-brow space adventure Project Moon Base (1953) with a script by Robert Heinlein and the Chiodo Brothers' 1988 labor of love Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Commie spies and poisonous Pagliaccis. 

Martian Drive-In Podcast 60 - The Many Lives Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

This time around, I take a big bite out of one of the big time monsters of cinema and look at the cinematic and televisual history of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a conflicted man, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde where I talk about Donald Pleasance's singing voice, the parallels between Scottish geography and the Jekyll-Hyde thing and many other things.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Martian Drive In Podcast 59 - Mysterious Island (of) Wyrmwood

This time we go from giant crabs to zombie-powered utes. First off, Paul White (friend of the podcast) asked me to look at 1961's Mysterious Island starring Michael Craig, Herbert Lom, Joan Greenwood and some groovy Ray Harryhausen stop-motion monsters. Then I hit the 2014 Australian indie zombie flick Wyrmwood- Road Of The Dead starring Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey and Leon Burchill. 
I also announce the winner of the Patreon subscriber raffle and talk about stuff.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Martian Drive In Podcast 58 - The Island of The Circus Of Horrors

For 58 I look at one of the worst Michael Caine movies ever, a horror movie based on a Peter Benchley novel, 1980's The Island then to an old favourite of mine, the 1960 colour horror film, Circus Of Horrors starring Anton Diffring and Donald Pleasance. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Martian Drive In Podcast 57 - The Time Travelers Final Programme

Blasts from the past this time around. The Ib Melchior directed drive-in science fiction movie from 1964- The Time Travelers starring Preston Foster and Philip Carey and then to the groovy post apocalyptic world of 1973's The Final Programme directed by Robert Fuest and starring Jon Finch and Jenny Runacre.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Martian Drive In Podcast 56 - Deep Rising Leopard Man

This time around the movies are varied. First we have Stephen Sommers' 1998 monster flick Deep Rising starring Treat Williams and Famke Janssen then we flick back to 1943 for the Val Lewton/ Jacques Tourneur classic The Leopard Man starring Dennis O'Keefe and Margo, 
Also there's feedback!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Martian Drive In Podcast 55 - The Dreamscape Of This Island Earth.

This time around, it's off to space and into the human mind with the classic 1955 Universal SF movie This Island Earth starring Rex Reason and Faith Domergue and then to 1984 for the psychic drama Dreamscape starring Dennis Quaid and Kate Capshaw.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Martian Drive In Podcast 54 - Count Yorga vs Blacula.

This time, it's the early 1970s and Count Yorga, Vampire is becoming LA's number one undead pimp while Prince Mamuwalde (Blacula) is looking for the reincarnation of his dead wife in Watts. 
Count Yorga Vampire (1971) starring Robert Quarry and Blacula starring William Marshall are the topic of monologue this time around.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Martian Drive In Podcast 53- The Innocents and The Infinite Man

This time around we go from supernatural horror to time travelling romcom, starting with Jack Clayton's 1963 classic atmospheric horror film The Innocents starring Deborah Kerr, Martin Stephens and Pamela Franklin then we hit the second decade of the 21st Century with the Australian comedy romance The Infinite Man starring Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall and Alex Dimitriades.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Martian Drive In Podcast 52 - The Time Machine/ The Birds

To celebrate the life and career of  Rod Taylor I take a look at his two best genre films: 1960's The Time Machine directed by George Pal and 1963's The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

I also talk a bit about why Rod Taylor was such an iconic actor to this particular film buff.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Martian Drive In Podcast 51 - White Worm Death Line

For the fifty first podcast I look at a couple of British horror flicks of yesteryear. First we have the totally crazy Ken Russell joint from 1988 The Lair Of The White Worm starring Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi then we go back to 1972 for the quirky but effective horror film Death Line a.k.a. Raw Meat starring Donald Pleasance Norman Rossington and Christopher Lee.