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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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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.

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.

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 the 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

Slashers part 1: prototypes (1200 BC - 1973)

9/21/2017
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The first part of our three-part extensive history and analysis of the Slasher genre. In this episode we start all the way back in the BC's with Greek and Shakespearian tragedy, work through the melodramatic pre-code "old dark house" films, foray into the dark avenues of the psyche in the mid-sixties "psycho" subgenre, and finally hop across the Atlantic to bask in the lush violence of Italian Giallos. Chapter 1: Theater of Blood (2:57) Chapter 2: Old Dark Houses (20:28) Chapter 3:...

Duration:01:38:27

The Many Nested Stories of Saragossa

8/25/2017
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In this episode we go six layers deep discussing stories within stories from Wojciech Has' 1965 epic The Saragossa Manuscript.

Duration:00:52:30

Osterns

8/11/2017
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We go full oblivion on this episode as we delve into the little known world of Osterns, Soviet westerns from the 60's and 70's. Not only do we discuss this underappreciated genre and it's history, but we also review a total of SEVEN movies! We cover The Firey Miles (1957), White Sun of the Desert (1970), The Elusive Avengers (1966), The Bodyguard (1979), At Home Among Strangers (1974), The Sixth (1982), and Dauriya (1972). Strap in for this two hour episode full of Bolsheviks, Cossacks and...

Duration:06:27:27

Muscle Monsters

7/12/2017
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We get all pornographic in this one discussing the Japanese erotic thriller Muscle, the french art porno La Bete, as well as some more standard fare such as the 80's horror movie I, Madman and the heartfelt sci-fi classic Silent Running.

Duration:03:19:58

The Eyes Of My Mecha Wraith

7/12/2017
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In this episode we discuss the mind numbingly boring Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla, the devastating and nerve wracking Eyes Of My Mother, the silly and quintessentially 80's movie The Wraith, and our new favorite independent comedy Dude Bros Party Massacre 3.

Duration:02:02:20

Classic Episode- Mandy Lane's Long Loney Summer

7/12/2017
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In this episode we focus in detail on the wildly underappreciated teen slasher All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, and try to decipher why we find it so haunting and nostalgic.

Duration:01:15:57