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180: Eclectica 180 - Bad Times at the El Royale + City Hunter + Mandy

**Stan Lee is Fozzie Bear** Two mysterious drifters converge on a lonely podcast as Ryan and Graham review Bad Times at the El Royale. Drew Goddard's follow-up to The Cabin in the Woods has an enviable cast, but can it escape from under the big-chinned shadow of Tarantino? This week's Off the Shelf has a theme, and that theme is beloved human cartoon characters. Graham reviews Eureka's new Blu-Ray of Jackie Chan's City Hunter, while Mark considers the parallels between Tom Hardy and Nicolas...


179: Eclectica 179 - Venom + A Prayer Before Dawn + Bad Reputation + Night of the Creeps

**When Life Gives you Razor Blades** The grizzled and hard-hitting review team tackle Venom like washed up journalists in the Last Chance Saloon. Also, on this stealth 4-Panel takeover, we have a look at Thai boxing drama A Prayer Before Dawn, Joan Jett Documentary Bad Reputation and Night of the Creeps - a favourite of someone who isn't on the show this week. Mark also appears to talk about the troublesome history of Cinematic Dr. Who. If you enjoy this show, either this or any other week,...


178: Eclectica 178 - Hold the Dark + Horrors of Malformed Men + Absolution + The Captain

**"Here we see the Wild Billy Connolly..."** This week we're reviewing Jeremy Saulnier's Hold the Dark, and its icy Alaskan atmospherics are so persuasive Rob and Graham catch a cold out of sympathy. Fortunately a healthy Aidan is here to guide them through the Blue Ruin director's Netflix-distributed latest. In Off the Shelf there's a diverse range of entertainment options for a dark night in. Rob strikes gold with the gold-painted weirdos of Arrow Video's Horrors of Malformed Men, while...


177: Eclectica 177 - The Godfather + Rocky + Spirited Away + Eraserhead

**Alejandro Jodorowsky's Exciting Bus Journey** Are you into shame, but not in a weird sex way? If so, this is the Eclectica for you. Prompted by the recent re-release of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather", Rob, Aidan and Mick are looking at the original gangster saga (some of them, it turns out, for the first time), and asking what makes a favourite film anyway? The humiliation continues in Off the Shelf with the first blow landing on Mick - who until now had never watched "Rocky". The...


176: Eclectica 176 - Lucky + The Collector (1965) + The Nun (1966)

**Turtle or No Turtle** Graham and Aidan are in luck this week with, er, "Lucky" as Film of the Week. As the last lead role for the legendary Harry Dean Stanton, it's got pathos, humour and a very odd suggestion on what to do with a lollipop. Shane Black has a new film out as well in the form of "The Predator", which sends Mark off on a trek through his previous blockbuster work. Meanwhile, Off the Shelf has Graham captivated by Indicator's Blu-Ray of "The Collector", while Aidan gets...


175: Eclectica 175 - Chungking Express + Death Line + Witness for the Prosecution + Mr Vampire

All the leaves aren't quite brown yet, but the sky is definitely grey so it's the season for Aidan, Graham and Tim to revisit Wong Kar-Wai's international breakthrough hit "Chungking Express". Revitalising his career after the arduous shoot of "Ashes of Time", it's still one of the Hong Kong director's most beloved films - but how will our assembled reviewers cope with that Mamas and Papas earworm? The public gets what the public wants though, and in this case the public wants to hear Tim...


174: Eclectica 174 - Yardie + Miss Leslie's Dolls + Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji

**Drunken Sake Shenanigans** On this episode our Film of the Week is the hotly-tipped adaptation of a cult British novel about gangland youth, and although Graham is on hand to nurse Mick through his "Absolute Beginners" flashbacks, Idris Elba's directorial debut "Yardie" is a very different proposition. Bonus fact - star Aml Ameen was one of the kids on stage when Jarvis Cocker interrupted Michael Jackson's performance at the 1996 Brit Awards. After that we have two very different films for...


173: Eclectica 173 - Blackkklansman + Allure + Arcadia + Smithereens

**"On the Bigotry Hotline"** Graham and Sarah are in high spirits this week, which is good because the world's home entertainment companies trying to bring everyone down. While Sarah tackles grooming in Eureka Video's "Allure" and the destruction of the countryside in the BFI's none-more-BFI documentary "Arcadia", Graham seems to have the lighter option with Criterion's "Smithereens" - but there's a sting in that particular tale, and at least one unexpected cameo. Before all of that is our...


172: Eclectica 172 - Once upon a time in China + The Last Movie Star + A Gentle Creature + Apprentice to Murder

**The Millennial Retro of Slender Man** What happens when you introduce three newcomers to a well-known kung fu movie from the '90s? Join Sarah, Mick and Aidan as they get thrown into the deep end with Director's Lottery winner Tsui Hark's classic martial arts film which stars Jet Li as the legendary Wong Fei Hung - "Once upon a Time in China" (Part I, for those keeping count). After that it's time for a run down of our other featured films, and this week Sarah joins an octogenarian Burt...


171: Eclectica 171 - Heathers + The Third Murder + Von Ryan's Express + Fight Club

**The Legend of Cedric** Graham's been practising his terrible Jason Statham impersonation for a whole week, but in the end it's Mark who covers the Stath's shark-'em-up The Meg. Rob, Aidan and Graham, meanwhile, turn their attention to Michael Lehmann's cult classic Heathers, now back in cinemas for its thirtieth anniversary. Is it still so very, or has it accrued some damage? A full Off the Shelf sees Rob looking at an uncharacteristic film by one of his favourite directors - Hirokazu...


170: Eclectica 170 - Ant-Man and the Wasp + Flesh and Blood + The Last Warrior + Mazes and Monsters (1982)

**Paul Rudd Roulette** After a week's break the ant-icipation is growing for Graham, Mick and Andrew as they tackle Marvel's latest superhero offering - "Ant-Man and the Wasp". Will they make a big deal out of it and add to the positive buzz, belittle it with feeble size and insect puns (like the ones we're doing right now), or even do both? After that dramatic opening which is tantamount to a 4-Panel takoever, it's time for Off the Shelf which sees the gang out on their serious nerd faces...


169: Eclectica 169 - Hotel Artemis + Gotti + Doom Asylum + The Boondock Saints

**Jeff Goldblum's Massive Tricycle** So there's this hotel over in California where you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave - largely because you're still on the member's list. This week Aidan, Graham and Rob are booking into Drew Pearce's "Hotel Artemis" - which is an uncommon original screenplay in a summer of sequels, but does it live up to its extraordinary guest list? Oh, and if you're thinking "Hang on, Hotel Artemis wasn't the big release of last weekend", then...


168: Eclectica 168 - First Reformed + The Incredibles 2 + The Butterfly Tree + The Loneliest Planet

**Grumpy Old Dictators** It's a three-man show disguised as a two-man show this week as Rob and Graham invite Mark on for an exciting new feature where we take a different look at two of last week's big releases - "The Incredibles 2" and "Skyscraper". Before all of that though, there's a hilariously perverse piece of counter-programming thanks to our Director's Lottery, which this time has gifted us with Julia Loktev's minimalist hiking drama "The Loneliest Planet" - the box office takings...


167: Eclectica 167 - Mary Shelley + Black Peter + The Entertainer + Dark Crimes

**Sexy Guernica** After some technical problems the Eclectica gang manage to find the right lever switch to send 5,000 volts through their microphones while they maniacally scream "It's alive!" as they discuss "Mary Shelley". With Elle Fanning bringing the Frankenstein author to life and Haifaa al-Mansour supplying her "Abby Normal" brainpower in the director's chair, wait ... You know what? We've run out of Frankenstein references, so while we desperately scramble around for some new jokes...


166: Eclectica 166 - Sicario: Soldado + Space Truckers + Xtro

**You Have the Right to Remain Embalmed?** This week Graham embarks on a rogue operation to spy on "Sicario 2: Soldado", a mission that has been necessitated by defence cuts and CDC alerts (basically some of us were too ill or too broke to see it). After this clandestine outing Rob and Tim interrogate Graham to find out if the film lives up to its predecessor. We'll let you decide which one is the good cop. Meanwhile, Off the Shelf goes sniffing around the margins of late 20th Century...


165: Eclectica 165 - This is Spinal Tap + The Crimson Kimono + Underworld U.S.A + Scandal Sheet

**Killed By W.A.S.P.** For a Fuller podcast experience, join Ryan, Graham, and Aidan for Cinema Eclectica's Sam Fuller special, where the second half of the show is a deep dive into Indicator's new box set devoted to the great San Franciscan's work. Ryan immediately clicks (buddy-cop style), with "The Crimson Kimono", Aidan takes a trip to "Underworld USA", and Graham holds the presses for "Scandal Sheet". If you're as dedicated to the two-fisted tabloid noir auteur as we are, then this is a...


164: Eclectica 164 - Hereditary + Ocean's 8 + Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

**De-Gayed in the Final Draft** This week Ryan, Graham and Aidan must face a terrible horror that they've ignored for too long, and is now ready to harvest their souls … But before we talk about James Corden there's Ari Aster's hit debut "Hereditary" - which has been compared to The Exorcist, The Babadook and an obscure 1960s play (although the last one is just us). After whirling through a minority report on "Ocean's 8" faster than Sandra Bullock can rob a clothes store, Aidan and Graham...


163: Eclectica 163 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom + Dogged + No Way Out

**Chris Pratt's D.I.Y. S.O.S.** You've seen dinosaurs in a theme park, but what happens if they get out? Well, then the film would just be called Jurassic. That quibble aside, J.A. Bayona's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" makes some efforts to shake up the franchise - but will it leave Ryan, Tim and Graham similarly shaken? Elsewhere, there's a quick trailer watch with new films from Luca Guadagnino, David Lowery and Drew Goddard, as well as reviews of Eureka films' reissue of the classic...


162: Eclectica 162 - Pandora's Box (1929) + Black Venus + The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

**The Revenant: The James Brown Cut** Silence! It's a bad idea for podcasts, but as the BFI are reminding us with their re-release of GW Pabst's pre-talkie classic "Pandora's Box", it's a good idea for movies. So how will this icon of silent cinema (and the decades-old inspiration for the hairstyles of people going to 1920s-themed costume parties), fare with modern film fans? Off the Shelf also has another classic from BFI as Aidan jogs along with their reissue of Tony Richardson's "The...


161: Eclectica 161 - Solo: Star Wars Story + the Old Dark House + Death Smiles on a Murderer

**Vera Drake in 4DX** In a week that includes a new Star Wars film then that's what you have to do, which is why we can't ignore the release of "Solo: A Star Wars Story". Unfortunately Graham, Aidan and Sarah are all at very different levels of the Star Wars fandom, so what will they make of it? More importantly, who paid extra to see it in 4DX and was it worth it? After that it's business as usual with Off the Shelf, which this week is a chamber of horrors as Graham - our resident Universal...