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Now displaying: October, 2018
Oct 31, 2018

Bill speaks to author and musician Stephen Thrower about some of his contributions to film culture, from his earliest film criticism for Shock Xpress and his film journal Eyeball to the development of books like BEYOND TERROR: THE FILMS OF LUCIO FULCI, NIGHTMARE USA: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE EXPLOITATION INDEPENDENTS and MURDEROUS PASSIONS: THE DELIRIOUS CINEMA OF JESS FRANCO. Other topics include: Dr. Who, Roxy Music, POSSESSION, David Lynch, Ramsey Campbell, THE BROOD, Derek Jarman, DUFFER, Throbbing Gristle, DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE, hedonistic writing techniques, approaches to film scoring and how certain films can be analogous to drugs. 

Visit the official website of Cyclobe:
http://www.cyclobe.com/ 

Read Stephen Thrower’s essay “From Goblin to Morricone: the art of horror movie music”
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2011/aug/18/horror-film-movie-music

Read Stephen Thrower’s memorial essay on Jesús Franco:
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/apr/04/jesus-franco-dies-82-unique-vision 

Read Stephen Thrower Top 10 list for the 2012 Sight & Sound poll:
https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/sightandsoundpoll2012/voter/87 

Buy Stephen Thrower’s books BEYOND TERROR: THE FILMS OF LUCIO FULCI and NIGHTMARE USA from FAB Press:
https://www.fabpress.com/ 

Buy Stephen Thrower’s books on Jesús Franco, MURDEROUS PASSIONS and FLOWERS OF PERVERSION from Strange Attractor:
http://strangeattractor.co.uk/ 

Listen to the Daughters Of Darkness two-part podcast series inspired by NIGHTMARE USA:
https://diaboliquemagazine.com/nightmare-usa-part-1/ 

Listen to the audio from Stephen Thrower’s introduction to POSSESSION from the 2016 Kinoteka Film Festival:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMg-rQDNyEg

Oct 22, 2018

Bill speaks to artist and exploitation film preservationist Lisa Petrucci about her experiences in film culture, from childhood encounters with horror movies at the drive-in to running Something Weird Video. Topics discussed include: Mike Vraney, working at Michael Weldon’s original Psychotronic Store in the East Village, early 90s exploitation film fan culture, Reel Wild Cinema, the evolution of Something Weird’s customer base, screening sexploitation films for today’s audiences and how her dad came up with idea for G.I. Joe. 

Visit Lisa Petrucci's official website:

http://www.lisapetrucci.com/

Visit the official Something Weird Video website:

https://www.somethingweird.com/ 

Visit the official American Genre Film Archive website:

https://www.americangenrefilm.com/

Subscribe to the Something Weird Youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/SomethingWeirdDotCom

Buy Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art

https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Surrealism-Rise-Underground-Art/dp/0867196181/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1540033723       

Buy Kickass Kuties: The Art of Lisa Petrucci

https://www.amazon.com/Kickass-Kuties-Art-Lisa-Petrucci/dp/1595822526/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1540033665  

Buy Issue #12 of Grindhouse Purgatory:

https://www.amazon.com/Grindhouse-Purgatory-12-SPECIAL-ALL-SOMETHING/dp/1723309354/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1540033649 

Stream Something Weird movies on NightFlight Plus:

https://www.nightflightplus.com/playlists/Something%20Weird

Check out the new record Something Weird’s Greatest Hits:

https://sundazed.com/something-weird-greatest-hits-2-lp.aspx

Oct 8, 2018

Bill speaks to Peter Biskind about his various endeavors in film culture, from editing for publications like American Film and Premiere to writing books like THE SKY IS FALLING, DOWN AND DIRTY PICTURES and EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS: HOW THE SEX-DRUGS-AND-ROCK-‘N’_ROLL GENERATION SAVED HOLLYWOOD. Topics discussed include: Biskind’s work as a documentarian, Brandon Films, getting reprimanded by Francis Coppola, the development and reception of EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS, comic book movies and extremism in popular entertainment, Harvey Weinstein and having to axe a piece by Christopher Hitchens because of his insufficient notes.

Buy The Sky Is Falling  - How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism

https://thenewpress.com/books/sky-falling

Visit Simon & Schuster’s author page for Peter Biskind:

http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Peter-Biskind/1327513

Visit the official site for FilmColumbia 2018 film festival:

https://crandelltheatre.org/filmcolumbia/

Listen to the Movie Geeks United interview with Peter Biskind:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuDtq22AvsY&t=5s

Watch Peter Biskind discuss film and technology with Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater at SXSW 2001:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEzlQCIqkhk

Read Thunder on the Left: The Making of Reds -

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2006/03/reds200603

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