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Brothers and life-long cinephiles Nick and Harry Nordlinger explore the full spectrum of film history, with an eye for the esoteric, the strange and the sublime.

Brothers and life-long cinephiles Nick and Harry Nordlinger explore the full spectrum of film history, with an eye for the esoteric, the strange and the sublime.
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United States

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Brothers and life-long cinephiles Nick and Harry Nordlinger explore the full spectrum of film history, with an eye for the esoteric, the strange and the sublime.

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English

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(650) 823-3126


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Soviet Sci-Fi part 1: pre-Tarkovsky

12/9/2018
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The first part of our three-part history and analysis of Soviet Science Fiction films. In this episode we begin in the silent era with Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924) and Cosmic Voyage (1935) and then blast off into the space race with Road to the Stars (1957), The Silent Star (1960), Planet of Storms (1962), and Ikarie XB-1 (1963) These films shine with the hope of a united communist Earth, where no matter what side of the iron curtain you call home we are all joined under the glory of the...

Duration:01:04:30

spotlight: Make Out With Violence and the Early Days of Netflix Streaming

11/29/2018
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The first installment in a new series of mini episodes called spotlight, wherein Nick and/or Harry take a look at a particular theme (film/director/genre/etc.) that wouldn't otherwise be featured in a regular episode. In this inaugural episode Harry takes a look at the 2009 indie horror comedy Make Out With Violence, while also reflecting on the days when Netflix offered a bevvy of bizarre low budget indie films available to stream.

Duration:00:16:25

Tales from the Crypt

10/29/2018
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Happy Halloween kiddies! We celebrate the season by paying tribute to EC comics, a horror brand as notorious as it was influential. We follow the brand's legacy from Amicus pictures, to Stephen King, to HBO. Come down into the Crypt of Terror with us. The morgue the merrier! Chapter 1: Low Culture (3:18) Chapter 2: Amicus (25:55) Chapter 3: King and Romero (49:30) Chapter 4: Little House on the Scary (1:16:45)

Duration:01:40:17

Halloween Grab Bag

10/29/2018
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In this special Halloween episode of Grab Bag we discuss Ruby (1977), Pin (1988), Don't Look Up (1996), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and the long awaited Terrifier (2017). We also discuss the rise and fall of J horror, the myriad Frankenstein adaptations and the complete lack of a great clown horror masterpiece.

Duration:00:59:51

Animated Tolkien

9/16/2018
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In this episode we go back to some of the earliest adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world and explore the evolving world of 1970's American animation. Chapter 1: There and Back Again (10:00) Chapter 2: Bakshi's Big Trip (37:00) Chapter 3: A Tale of the Hobbits (1:07:17)

Duration:01:29:29

grab bag: Deadly Trilogy of Hell

8/10/2018
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In this grab bag episode Nick and Harry discuss Hell House LLC (2015), Trilogy of Terror (1975), Fragment of an Empire (1929), and suprise hit The Deadly Spawn (1983).

Duration:00:32:21

Lupino's Lens

7/31/2018
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In this episode we study the films of Ida Lupino, the first woman to direct movies within the 1950's Hollywood system. We discuss both the ahead of its time feminism and decade representative conservatism that make up her work. Chapter 1: Mardis Gras (3:35) Chapter 2: Ida on the issues (11:50) Chapter 3: Morality Plays (48:06)

Duration:01:13:51

The plodding...the plodding...the plodding...

6/29/2018
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Get out the pálinka, the paprika, and the patience as we discuss long-take auteur Béla Tarr's 7 hour study of spiders, muddy walks, and tango, tango, tango!

Duration:01:05:00

Roeg's Psychedelia

5/31/2018
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We are fairly split in our discussion of British cinematographer turned director Nicolas Roeg, prompting the first official “cinematic showdown.” Listen as we debate and discuss some early seventies psychedelia and decide for yourself. Chapter 1: Performance (3:50) Chapter 2: Walkabout (37:15) Chapter 3: Don't Look Now (57:40) Chapter 4: The Man Who Fell To Earth (1:19:20)

Duration:01:41:13

soundbites: Unchained Melody

5/15/2018
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In this episode of "soundbites" Nick covers the cinematic origins of an American soul standard, from Chino state prison to Demi Moore's pottery wheel.

Duration:00:21:40

Liquid Sky, The Key To Heaven

4/27/2018
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In this episode we discuss the 1982 cult classic Liquid Sky. A hip New Wave masterpiece, drenched in neon, pulsing to the sound of wild synth beats and ripe with social criticism, literary depth and aesthetic perfection. Chapter 1: Me and My Rhythm Box (1:55) Chapter 2: Infrared and Neon (10:00) Chapter 3: Pleasure Victim (27:00) Chapter 4: Napoleon in Rags (42:00)

Duration:01:12:15

soundbites: Roy Orbison in the Films of David Lynch

4/15/2018
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In this mini episode of soundbites Harry discusses how David Lynch uses the music of Roy Orbison to great effect. Spoilers for Blue Velvet and Mulholland Dr.

Duration:00:14:02

Ealing

3/31/2018
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Across the pond, to Ealing street, to discuss the little London studio that could. We explore vignette horror, whiskey parties, cockney pride, and the failed heist hijinks of young Alec Guinness. Prologue/Chapter 1: Ealing Green (1:38) Chapter 2: The Structure of the Universe (10:00) Chapter 3: Rationing Sucks (31:36) Chapter 4: Genuine Class (54:10)

Duration:01:41:03

Van Peeble's Baadasssss Song

2/28/2018
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In this episode we explore the first three films of revolutionary black filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, from his French period through his contentious Hollywood days and finally to his infamous portrayal of a mythical male prostitute on the run. Chapter 1: Man in the Mirror (1:31) Chapter 2: There Goes the Neighborhood (19:40) Chapter 3: Name Your Weapons (34:53) Chapter 4: Leroy (52:00)

Duration:01:20:13

soundbites: Foul Owl

2/14/2018
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We're launching a new inter-series feature called soundbites, in which Harry and I take turns making individual, essay-format episodes about music and sound curiosities from film history. We hope these tidbits tide you over between the big discussion episodes we produce monthly. In this first episode of "soundbites" Nick discusses an odd rock knockoff that arose out of Sidney Poitier's famous detective film In the Heat of the Night (1967).

Duration:00:14:40

El Diablo Mexicano

1/26/2018
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In this episode we head down south... to HELL! As we discuss Mexican Satanic Horror Movies. We discuss the campy holiday kids movie Santa Clause (1959), the horror b-movie disaster Curse of the Doll People (1961), 70's nunsploitation films Satanitco Pandemonium (1975) and Alucarda (1977), and modern day sexual satanic thriller Here Comes The Devil (2013), all in our quest to discover what makes Satan's grasp so damn appealing.

Duration:01:24:43

The Arctic

12/28/2017
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In celebration of winter we explore films of The Arctic, specifically those which portray the native peoples of that region, from Nanook of the North, through the unfortunately short career of Alaskan actor Ray Mala, to the films of Iñuk director Zacharias Kunuk. Chapter 1: Allakariallak (7:39) Chapter 2: Agnasquiac (23:26) Chapter 3: Atanarjuat (45:45) Chapter 4: Ethan (1:18:08)

Duration:01:31:19

How do you watch Burst City?

12/2/2017
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A seminal Japanese punk film entertains and then annoys us, calling into question our strictly attentive approach to film-viewing. We investigate the film's component parts in a brief survey of experimental film, cyberpunk, and early music video aesthetics, and try to imagine scenarios and spaces where Burst City (1982) would best fit. Chapter 1: How do you watch Experimental Film? (2:35) Chapter 2: Cyberpunk vs. Japanese Cyberpunk (13:55) Chapter 3: How do you watch Burst City? (20:11)

Duration:00:33:30

Slashers part 3: an American genre (1979-1989)

10/30/2017
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The third part of our three-part extensive history and analysis of the Slasher genre. In this episode we examine the mood of the eighties, spend a long night in the woods, have a few nightmares, and finally cull the good from the bad. Chapter 1: What's Your Damage? (4:00) Chapter 2: A Long Night at Camp Blood (16:38) Chapter 3: Beyond the Wall of Sleep (1:18:20) Chapter 4: The Good, the Bad, and the Ok (1:29:03)

Duration:02:19:58

Slashers part 2: the turning point (1974-1978)

10/5/2017
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The second part of our three-part extensive history and analysis of the Slasher genre. In this episode we start with the apocalyptic carnage of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, journey through Black Christmas, the first true slasher, and several other "madonna theory" films, stop in with Wes Craven's cannibal family in The Hills Have Eyes, and finally arrive at John Carpenter's genre defining slasher masterpiece Halloween. Chapter 1: Head Cheese (6:38) Chapter 2: The Madonna...

Duration:02:18:12