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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Film Discoveries of 2015 - The Podmax Podcast

MJ Melby, a golfer who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, must deliver the mail in a post-apocalyptic world while being pursued by a jet ski riding gang called the smokers. While in hiding he becomes enamored with a member of the Lakota tribe. If he builds it, will he get the girl and win the U.S. Open?

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Smash Palace (1981)
This New Zealand made film is my favorite film discovery of the year due to how little I knew of it. I managed to acquire it in a lot of laserdiscs I had purchased earlier in the year and the cover made nothing special of the film but the plot sounded interesting enough so I kept it. Smash Palace tells the story of a man and his failing marriage. As fissures in their relationship grow he becomes more irrational in his actions culminating to a fantastic end. As simple as the story is, the film is engrossing in its portrayal of each perspective making it hard to find any one person at fault. I’m being as vague as possible as I think the less you know, the more riveting the experience. Seek this gem out!
Joe (1970)
A pre-Golan Globus era Cannon Films picture. Joe is a John G. Avildsen (Rocky, Karate Kid, and Lean on Me) film starring Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick and Susan Sarandon in her debut film. Interesting in tone as you see the gap between the upper class and the working class being bridged by their disdain of the 1960’s hippie counter culture. Definitely a memorable film if for the ending alone.
The House With Laughing Windows (1976)
Despite the title that screams giallo, this is anything but typical. Stefano, a young man is commissioned to restore a controversial painting in the local church of a rural town. While restoring the painting the towns folk begin to act strange implying there is something more to the painting than they are letting on. This is one film that really stood out to me because of its use of atmosphere. This is not a film that falls back on gore and nudity to capture its audience but instead builds its unsettling tension through its locations, camera movement and sound.
Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)
I usually don’t like to describe movies by making comparisons but I think in this case it’s the best way to explain the film without giving it away while at the same time telling you everything you need to know. Imagine if you took that 80’s Reeses commercial, the one where that girl is walking down the sidewalk jamming out on her headphones enjoying an open jar of peanut butter and bumps into the guy eating chocolate giving us the immortal line “You got your chocolate on my peanut butter. You got your peanut butter on my chocolate”, now take the peanut butter and the chocolate and replace them with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.
Big Guns (1973) aka No Way Out aka Tony Arzenta
After recently diving head first in the Poliziotteschi genre I found myself awash with bell bottom jeans, moustaches, guns, bottles of JB and car chases. While these are all good things, the genre does start to blend together and after a while Maurizio Merli and Franco Nero films almost become indistinguishable… almost. Big Guns, which is the title that I saw it under, set itself apart from the other euro crimes that I have been gorging on. Something about Alan Delon’s performance really elevated his character from a righteous force, typical of the genre, to a man using his skills to overcome the odds and get justice for his family.
Ninja Terminator (1985)
Do you like ninja films? Do you like Richard Harrison? Do you like getting two things for the price of one? Then this film is for you. The name Godfrey Ho should be enough to sell you one this movie but if it isn’t here are a few reasons why you need to see this.

Richard Harrison.
Awkward sex scenes.
An Asian gentleman wearing a blond wig for no apparent reason.
Dramatic removal of said wig.
Stolen music from Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd
Two movies cut together to make one incoherent movie.

This movie is a hot mess in all the best ways. So don your best camouflage ninja outfit and go heavy on the eyeliner in preparation for this Godfrey Ho masterpiece

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