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The Kulturecast is a weekly podcast where movies are reviewed both new and old, those involved with making the films are talked to, and cinema tangents are gone on.

The Kulturecast is a weekly podcast where movies are reviewed both new and old, those involved with making the films are talked to, and cinema tangents are gone on.

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The Kulturecast is a weekly podcast where movies are reviewed both new and old, those involved with making the films are talked to, and cinema tangents are gone on.

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English

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Episodes

The Kill-Off

2/17/2021
We continue Noiruary with a Jim Thompson adaptation that is next to impossible to find, primarily because it's never been released on DVD: The Kill-Off. The film takes place in a seaside New Jersey town that has fallen on hard times and features even harder people. It's a slice of salacious Americana that only Jim Thompson could have written. Wake Up Heavy's Mark Begley joins Chris to talk about the performances, the lack of physical releases, and other Jim Thompson adaptations. You can...

Duration:00:50:13

Night Falls (Noche Avanza)

2/12/2021
We continue Noiruary, our all noir month programmed by Pulp Serenade's Cullen Gallager, with another film that breaks with traditional noir tropes: Night Falls (Le Noche Avanza). Starring Pedro Armendariz, he plays Marcos, a celebrity jai alai player with a massive ego who gets himself into some hot water with mobsters and femme fatales. Not only does it break with noir conventions but it also features a stunning performance from Armendariz. On Seagal's Trevor Gumbel joins Chris once again...

Duration:00:28:56

The Sound of Fury

2/11/2021
We kick off Noiruary, our all noir month programmed by Pulp Serenade's Cullen Gallager, with a film that feels oddly prescient in 2021: The Sound of Fury. Starring Frank Lovejoy and Lloyd Bridges, the film follows Lovejoy as a man down on his luck who falls in with a charismatic criminal and then gets in way over his head after a kidnapping goes awry. The film features imagery that's particularly hard to watch in 2021 and a message that still resonates over 50 years later. On Seagal's Trevor...

Duration:00:44:39

Can of Worms

2/5/2021
We end DCOM month with not only an early entry into the Disney Channel Originals filmography but one that continues with the genre trappings: Can of Worms. Starring Michael Schulman and Erika Christensen, it follows Michael as a teenager who is convinced he's not from Earth only to get more than he bargains for when he sends a distress signal into space. The animatronics are worth the price of admission alone, along with an interesting turn by Malcolm McDowell. Screenwriter Richard Hatem,...

Duration:02:01:44

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century

2/4/2021
We near the end of DCOM month with a look at one of the true classics of the DCOM pantheon: Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. Starring Kirsten Storm as the titular character, the film follows her adventures both in space and on Earth as she tries to uncover a secret that could spell doom for her space station home. It's not only a film that features a strong female protagonist but also a message about finding yourself and standing up for what you believe in. Without a Mouse's Tim Henton,...

Duration:03:18:06

The Bill & Ted Trilogy

1/29/2021
We take a break from Disney Channel Originals to do our first joint podcast with The Projection Booth to talk about one of the greatest film trilogies of all time, and it just happens to be about time: The Bill and Ted Trilogy! The Projection Booth's Mike White and film critic Josh Steward join Chris to talk about all three films, the tv show, the cartoons, and so much more. Along the way, they'll be joined by Bill Sadler (Death), Alex Winter (Bill), and screenwriter Chris Matheson to...

Duration:04:05:42

Camp Rock

1/22/2021
As we near the end of Disney Channel Originals Month, we take a look at a film that may exist solely to sell tons of CDs: Camp Rock. Starring Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, the film follows Demi Lovato as Mitchie, a talented young singer who attends the titular camp to further her musical training. At the camp, she learns to find herself and becomes romantically entangled with one of the Jo Bros. Wake Up Heavy's Mark Begley and The Projection Booth's Mike White join Chris to talk about...

Duration:00:52:39

Smart House

1/19/2021
Continuing on with Disney Channel Originals Month, we take a look at a film that was not only ahead of its time but also is shockingly relevant in 2021: Smart House. Starring Katey Sagal and Kevin Kilner, the film features Sagal as PAT, a house-based AI that attempts to ingratiate itself to a new family that has moved into. It's similar to so many things but yet manages be both simultaneously entertaining and prescient. The host of Scary Stories We Tell Jess Byard joins Chris to talk about...

Duration:01:00:16

Teen Beach Movie

1/19/2021
With 2020 in the past, let's talk about the first theme of 2021 with Disney Channel Original Movies and a film that pays homage to musicals of the past: Teen Beach Movie. Starring Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell as two best friends who get trapped inside a surfer musical and have to play their parts and figure out how to escape. Not only does it hew close to the source material but it also manages to be entertaining in its own right. Host of The Projection Booth Podcast Mike White joins Chris...

Duration:00:40:18

2020 All Wrapped Up

1/14/2021
With the year that was 2020 now somewhat in the rearview mirror, we take a look at the insane year that it was. From the pandemic to the loss of the movie theater industry to much more, it's been a wild year on all accounts. Scary Stories We Tell's Jess Byard joins Chris to talk 2020, what things made their list, and so much more. You can follow Chris Stachiw at @Casualty_Chris and the Kulturecast @kulturecast. The music is Tigerblood Jewel's The Bayou. You can also subscribe to the...

Duration:01:38:42

Freaky Friday (2003)

1/12/2021
While Body Swap December might be over, there's still one loose end to tie up with a remake of a remake of a remake: Freaky Friday. Starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis as daughter and mother, the two get body swapped by outside forces and must figure out how to switch back before it becomes permanent. It's the most basic of basic body swap movies and one that suffers due to how generic it is. Host of We Played This Tim Henton joins Chris to talk about the film, Disney's love of...

Duration:01:04:07

18 Again!

1/7/2021
We end Body Swap December with a film that features an octogenarian taking over his grandson's body by accident: 18 Again!. Starring George Burns and Charlie Schlatter as Jack and David Watson, a grandson, and grandfather who accidentally switch bodies after Jack's 81st birthday. It somehow manages to be the most sincere body swap film of the month. First time guest host Mark Begley of the Wake Up Heavy podcast joins Chris to talk about the film, the entire month's programming, and why...

Duration:01:10:27

Freaky

1/5/2021
We continue Body Swap December with a look at one of the few new films to actually come out of 2020: Freaky. Coincidentally also a body swap film, it follows Kathryn Newton as a nebbish high schooler who accidentally swaps bodies with a local serial killer hellbent on staying in her body forever. Originally titled Freaky Friday the 13th, it's a mash-up of every body swap trope imaginably plus a heavy-handed dash of horror fan service to boot. Scary Stories We Tell's Jess Byard and The...

Duration:00:57:54

Vice Versa

12/14/2020
We continue Body Swap December with a film starring two of the biggest names in the '80s as another father/son duo who swap bodies, this time with a large age difference between the two: Vice Versa. Starring Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage, the pair are a father and son who swaps bodies due to magical occurrences and must find out how to switch back while also living each other's lives. It's Like Father Like Son but with more charismatic leads and less hair metal. On Seagal's Trevor Gumbel...

Duration:00:50:21

Mr. Go

12/8/2020
If you're expecting a film about a gorilla that plays baseball to be a light-hearted romp in the vein of Airbud, think again folks because Mr. Go has more to offer than a few guffaws. Starring Sung Dong-il and Xu Jiao, it's a tonally mismatched tale of a gorilla, the girl who teaches him baseball, and the manager who exploits them both. It's not your typical animal playing sports film, not at all. Award-winning director Maggie the Odd joins Chris to talk about the film, it's comparison to...

Duration:01:07:34

Like Father Like Son

12/4/2020
We kick off Body Swap December with a look at a film that features Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron swapping bodies: Like Father Like Son. Starring the aforementioned duo, they get body swapped through a magical bottle of hot sauce and must figure out a way to swap back and grow as father and son. It's the first in a long line of '80s body swap films featuring icons of the decade. Pulp Serenade's Cullen Gallagher and screenwriter Richard Hatem join Chris to talk the film, Kirk Cameron, and '80s...

Duration:01:01:33

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

12/1/2020
We end Fantasy Film November with one of the greatest film trilogies of all time, not just in the fantasy genre: The Lord of the Rings. Starring one of the greatest ensemble casts ever; the trilogy follows the adventures of Frodo Baggins as he and the rest of the Fellowship attempt to thwart the dark lord Sauron from taking over Middle Earth. Not only is the trilogy a technical masterpiece, but it also manages to adapt one of literature's most famous tales. The Projection Booth Podcast's...

Duration:02:55:02

Legend (1985)

11/20/2020
We near the end of Fantasy Film November with one of Tom Cruise's early efforts where he is completely overshadowed by one of the greatest living actors of all time, Tim Curry: Legend. Starring the aforementioned Cruise and Curry, the film follows Cruise as Jack, a woodland fairy tasked with saving a princess and the world from Curry's menacing yet charismatic Darkness. The film is remembered for Curry's performance and the amazing makeup by Rob Bottin and little else, unfortunately. On...

Duration:00:51:49

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

11/18/2020
We continue Fantasy Film November with a Disney film that not only happens to be a fantasy film but also based on one of the most important video games of all time: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as the titular character who must save his kingdom from a threat from within that could destroy the entire world through the use of the Sands of Time. It's not the worst video game movie ever made, but it's definitely not the best. We Played This Podcast's Tim Henton...

Duration:01:07:39

Babe: Pig in the City

11/16/2020
We continue Fantasy Film November with a sequel to the original Babe that shirks all conventions of typical sequels by going completely off the wall and putting the titular pig in the big city in Babe: Pig in the City. Starring a boatload of talented voice actors, it follows Babe as he is transplanted to the city due to unfortunate circumstances and must figure out a way to save the family farm. It's not at all what you're expecting in the best way possible. The Projection Booth's Mike White...

Duration:01:07:16