Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wild Sunset Blvd Ep 58

Ending the trilogy of action with William Holden. After visiting the careers of Steve McQueen and Sam Peckinpah, episode 58 covers the life of William Holden and the films Sunset Blvd. and The Wild Bunch.

He cast a huge shadow over Hollywood. Holden was the biggest box office star of the 1950’s. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1953 for his role in Stalag 17. From good looking leading man in the 40’s to grizzled character actor later in his career, William Holden's career is the stuff of legend.

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Sunset Blvd.

The Wild Bunch

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Straw Getaway Ep. 57

After a bit longer than expected hiatus, 15 Minute Movie Podcast is back with a new episode. This is episode two in my trilogy. Episode 56 featured the movies of Steve McQueen. His most memorable films are of course with director Sam Peckinpah. 

Episode 57 is all about the drunken, coke fueled life of Sam Peckinpah and the movies Straw Dogs and The Getway.

This episode almost marks a slight change the format. Instead of doing the introduction and three films, I'm switch to an introduction and two films. Each episode takes from 6-8 hours to research and write. I don't have the time to do that much research on every episode so for now, I'm scaling back. 

Also, instead of being a weekly podcast, I'll going to 1-2 episodes a month. My personal and work life have become too busy to dedicate that much time to the podcast. I feel really bad about having to scale back. The choice was either to scale back or quit and I just didn't want to quit.

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Straw Dogs

The Getaway

Friday, December 6, 2013

Papillon of the Bullitt Escape Ep. 56

With a mix of masculinity and sensitivity, Steve McQueen was the king of cool. One of the top grossing stars of his day, he helped define a generation. His appealed equally to men and women. An actor, father, race-car driver and certified anti-hero, McQueen rose above his humble beginnings to become a film icon and still one of the most famous movie stars ever.

Episode 56 covers the life and career of Steve McQueen and the films The Great Escape, Bullitt and Papillon.

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The Great Escape



Friday, October 25, 2013

Nightmare serpent house Ep. 55

Horror month continues with a spotlight on director Wes Craven. His has influenced horror more than any other modern director. Craven is one of the few directors that be credited with reviving a genre, not just once but twice. 

Highly educated, Craven initially resisted getting typecast as a horror director but once he fell into genre he constantly worked to expand the boundaries of what horror and slasher films could be. 

This episode I cover the life of Wes Craven and the films The Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Serpent and the Rainbow.

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The Last House on the Left

A Nightmare on Elm Street

The Serpent and the Rainbow

Thursday, October 17, 2013

13 Blood Christmas Ep. 54

October is horror month. The next three weeks is all about horror. First up is slashers. Riddled with rules that must be followed to classify as a slasher film, the genre dates back to an 1800's theater movement.

The genre kicks off with John Carpenter's Halloween but you can find slasher films as far back as the 1920's. As films progressed, German krimi films helped build the genre. Then Peeping Tom and Psycho were released and things really started to take off. Those films would be incredibly influential and create a slew of films that would build on each other until the independent film Halloween came out and the slasher genre officially took off.

This episode I cover the history of slasher films, Bay of Blood, Black Christmas and Friday the 13th.

Ep. 24 - John Carpenter Halloween 
Ep. 8 - Giallo

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Bay of Blood

Black Christmas

Friday the 13th

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Box Office Bombs Part II Ep. 53

After a summer of box office hits and misses, I thought it was time to once again cover some of the greatest box office failures of all time.

I did this way back in episode 12 and covered the films Battlefield Earth, Cutthroat Island and Waterworld. This episode I’ll cover the epic failure of Cleopatra, the hubris of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate and the rotten egg that is Howard the Duck.

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Heaven's Gate

Howard the Duck

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Here comes the magnificent Belinda Ep. 52

The first listener suggested episode covers the life and career of Jane Wyman. She was a singer, dancer and tv and film actress. She started her career in the 30’s and worked steadily for 20 years. In the 80’s she saw a career revival thanks to her successful role as Angela Channing on Falcon Crest. Wyman had starred in 83 movies, two successful TV series, and was nominated for an Academy Award four times, winning once.

Thanks to Scott Clicker from Married with Clickers for suggesting Jane Wyman. She was great fun to research and find out about.

This episode I cover the films Johnny Belinda, Here Comes the Groom and Magnificent Obsession.

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Johnny Belinda

Here Comes the Groom

Magnificent Obsession