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Where the Long Tail Ends is a website dedicated to finding old, obscure and possibly awful films that are adrift in the sea of pop culture.






Still Watching the Skies: Episode 37 "Quatermass and the Pit & Prince of Darkness"

Robert, Nat, and Cody are feeling a little devilish and we bring you the fiendish pairing of QUATERMASS AND THE PIT alongside John Carpenter's PRINCE OF DARKNESS.

Duration: 01:30:19

Still Watching the Skies: Episode 36 "Zardoz"

Cody, Robert, and Nat wrap up year three of the podcast by pondering John Boorman's 1974 film ZARDOZ. Of which, the only thing we can be truly sure of is that ZARDOZ somehow exists. We also do some catching up and preview year four. Tagged by NCH Software

Duration: 01:22:19

Still Watching the Skies: Bonus Episode "Star Wars 40th Birthday"

Robert and Cody note that it's the 40th birthday of STAR WARS and decide to celebrate the occasion. We decided to take a look at three key influences in TRIUMPH OF THE WILL, THE HIDDEN FORTRESS, and THE DAM BUSTERS. Tagged by NCH Software

Duration: 01:15:21

High & Low Brow - Trapped!

And we're back! Well, this took us a little longer to post this episode, only because James is now an international man of mystery. James went on a trip to Canada and so we had to plan around that monumental excursion. If you want to know what James was up to in Canada, you are in luck. You've got an hour of notes to open the show delivered in the kind of meticulous detail we all expect of Mr. Gilham. Trapped! It's been a while since we've had an episode where we have had two films that...

Duration: 01:46:48

Still Watching the Skies: Episode 35 "Space is the Place"

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Duration: 01:33:56

High & Low Brow - Aliens

And we're back! What, did we just record two shows in one week? Did we just become best friends? That's right dear listeners, it is the shockingly early return of High and Low Brow. Since we needed to re-record our last episode, we decided to get the jump on this episode and record both episodes back-to-back-to-back-to ... I think I lost track there. This fun little episode is brought to you by James' guilt, as he somehow has never seen the film Killer Klowns from Outer Space. So, in a...

Duration: 01:10:37

High & Low (Brow) - Film Noir


Duration: 00:56:50



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Still Watching the Skies Bonus Episode "Twin Peaks: The Return"

It's happening again. No, that gum you like isn't coming back into style, but rather Twin Peaks has returned. As weird, funny, frightening, and wonderful as ever? You'll have to listen to Robert and Cody talk about both the old and new incarnation of Twin Peaks to find out what they think.

Duration: 01:10:46

Still Watching the Skies: Episode 34 "It Came From Outer Space & Creature from the Black Lagoon"

Robert, Nat, and Cody are joined by Sean Gerber of Superhero News to talk about one of the preeminent science fiction directors of the 1950s, Jack Arnold, and his first two science fiction movies, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Both these movies were released in 3D and both were big hits. We take a deep dive into both films. If that's not enough, Cody quizzes Sean Gerber on the current state of superhero films and the rest of the 2017 line up. If you have any...

Duration: 01:44:12

High & Low (Brow) - Hauntings


Duration: 01:11:07

Still Watching the Skies: Episode 33 "Lifeforce"

Cody, Robert, and Nat have visited some strange places in our explorations of science fiction films of the past. We can now add the strange, wild world of Cannon Films to the places we have visited with 1985's LIFEFORCE. And that's not all. We weren't able to make it to the Patio Theater's Sci-Fi Spectacular this year, so instead we decide to come up with our own unofficial marathon. Listen to what films we select, how we play off each other, and how we bring the Still Watching the Skies:...

Duration: 01:05:41

Still Watching the Skies: Episode 32 "The Quiet Earth"

Nat, Cody, and Robert have delved into a few little known gems in the past, and we're pleased to add 1985's THE QUIET EARTH by Geoff Murphy to that list. It's a quasi-remake of THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL, which we covered all the way back in Episode 8, but with its own unique spin and willingness to sidestep some of the traps that the earlier film fell into. Also, we open the mailbag and in response to the Episode on THX 1138 we rank all of George Lucas's films.

Duration: 01:23:47

Still Watching the Skies: 2017 Passover Special "The Dybbuk"

In an effort to really explore the long tail of rare films, and to go beyond the predominant holidays, Robert and Nat are pleased to present for your Passover listening pleasure THE DYBBUK. It's a little out of our usual bally-wick, we don't often sit down to watch 1937 Jewish fantasy films from Poland in Yiddish, but as you can tell from that description it's a very unique film.

Duration: 00:51:24

Still Watching the Skies: Episode 31 "THX 1138"

Robert, Nat, and Cody are joined by Paul Hermann of the Marvel Studio News and Blaster Canon podcasts to discuss George Lucas's first feature film THX 1138 and everything that led up to it. THX 1138 was met with little interest by the general public in 1971, but it turns out that we had a lot to say about it with discussions ranging from what kind of government was Lucas trying to describe, to auto-erotic CGI inserts, to preserving films as historical documents, to the common threads that...

Duration: 01:54:48

Still Watching the Skies: Episode 30 "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension"

John Lang, John Reineke, and John Almirall activate the oscillation overthruster this month for a visit with 1984's cult film THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION. Some may not think it's a big deal, but rocking with the Hong Kong Cavaliers strikes us as a good time. We wrap things up with listener mail and list off some of our favorite weapons from science fiction films.

Duration: 01:03:34

Still Watching the Skies: Episode 29 "Them!"

This month, Nat, Cody, and Robert journey back to the 1950s and a Warner Bros. double feature of Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century and Them!. Plus a look back at some of our favorite movies of 2016.

Duration: 01:11:44

Still Watching the Skies: 2016 Christmas Special "Secret Santa II"

Robert, Nat, and Cody are joined by returning guests Jim Laczkowski of Voices & Visions and Angela Fabbrini as we throw our second annual Secret Santa party. Who gave what to whom is the mystery of the episode as we take turns discussing five movies especially chosen for their recipients by their secret Santas. It's a diverse bunch this year with Eric Rohmer's Christmas set MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S, Lily Tomlin and Art Carney teaming up to solve a 1970s neo-noir mystery in THE LATE SHOW, Blake...

Duration: 02:10:40

Still Watching the Skies: Episode 28 "Westworld"

Robert, Nat, and Cody are joined by John Bierly of Peace Fund Radio to sit down and hash out some vacation plans. In particular, the Delos Corporation has a nice setup with Roman World, Medieval World, and WESTWORLD (1973). There's a lot to do there with brothels, bank robberies, saloon fights, jail breaks, and showdowns with robot gunslingers all on the table. What can go wrong? As a bonus, we also discuss HBO's current WESTWORLD series in spoilerific detail.

Duration: 01:29:47

Still Watching the Skies: Episode 27 "Dead Man's Letters"

This month, Cody and Robert, minus Nat, take a trip to the Cold War and to the former Soviet Union with Tarkovsky protege' Konstantin Lopushansky and experience nuclear holocaust through DEAD MAN'S LETTERS. Also discussed is Denis Villeneuve's ARRIVAL and Marvel's latest hit, DOCTOR STRANGE.

Duration: 00:53:42

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