Horror Octoberfest – The Hand (1981)

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The radical rascal Oliver Stone’s second directorial foray is this monotonous, psychogalvanic thriller. Given his political leanings, one can be forgiven for assuming this is a biopic on the Mano Blanca death squad in Guatemala. Firstly, the inciting incident in which comic book artist Joe Lansdale’s (Michael Caine) extremity is decorked like a champagne bottle is alternately ghastly (the blood spray on the rear of the truck is too delayed though) and campy because of the cleanliness of the disembodiment and the tawdry prosthetic for his stump (in fairness, a twitchy lizard tail is more conspicuous because of its limited mobility).

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Mysterious Skin

Based on Scott Heim’s acclaimed novel of the same name, Greg Arraki’s 2004 film Mysterious Skin is a tough and disturbing watch, but also an incredible cinematic experience. It tells of two boys Neil (a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Brian (Brady Corbet) who are sexually abused by their baseball coach, and how these terrible actions affect them for the rest of their lives, alternating between their boyhood (1981) and their adulthood ten years later.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 289 – The Final Curtain

Try to choke back the tears as Shouts From the Back Row ends its run after seven years of movie and television discussion. Gill, Robin, and TK reunite one last time for a retrospective where we look back on almost 300 episodes of podcasting. How far we’ve come! Click here to download the episode.

Shouts From the Back Row’s theme music was composed and performed by Vince Nitro!

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 288 – The Bucket List

It’s the penultimate episode of Shouts From the Back Row! And on this show, Gill, Robin, and TK are finally crossing off some items from their movie and TV bucket lists as they fill in the glaring omissions in their pop culture knowledge. TK hasn’t seen The Godfather trilogy! Robin has never watched Game of Thrones! Gill hasn’t see a single episode of The Sopranos! Until now, that is! Click here to download the episode!

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 287 – The Pantheon

Shouts From the Back Row only has a very limited number of episodes left, so Gill, Robin, and TK decided to go back to their Pantheon of Films to talk about some of their favourite movies of all time. They each chose a film from their Pantheon lists for their fellow podcasters to watch, and now they’re doing to discuss them. TK chose the Frank Capra classic farce Arsenic and Old Lace, Robin picked the groundbreaking zombie movie Dawn of the Dead, and Gill opted for what he considers to be one of the most underrated Westerns of all time: Tombstone. Click here to download the episode!

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 286 – Summer 2017 Catch-up

The boys are back! After a long summer break, Gill, Robin, and TK return to Shouts From the Back Row with a big announcement: the podcast is coming to an end. August marks seven years since we started recording this show, and so it seemed like an appropriate way to send it off as well. For the rest of August, we’ll be diving into some fun topics to celebrate seven years and nearly 300 episodes of the podcast, and this week the guys are giving their thoughts on all the summer blockbusters! Click here to download the episode!

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Castor’s Underrated Gems: Dragnet (1987)

Before 21 and 22 Jump Street popularized the gimmick of updating dated, melodramatic television shows of yore into self-effacing, comedic ore, 1987 gave us a skewering of the 1950’s police procedural Dragnet. Since the template was relatively novel, I can imagine nostalgic Baby Boomers being apoplectic about their beloved crime drama being “bastardized” into a big-screen spoof.

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Twin Peaks: The Return (Episode 1)

I must confess to the fact that I’m a Twin Peaks newcomer. I haven’t seen any of the previous episodes but I’ve been recapped on the Laura Palmer murder mystery and the ensuing oddities from friends. Having said that, I’m still a devout fan of David Lynch’s oeuvre of idiosyncratic surrealism (The Elephant Man, Dune and Blue Velvet being my personal choices for his magnum opuses).

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The Reviewinator: Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Johnny Depp created one of the most iconic protagonists in cinema history with his off-the-wall portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003 that earned him an Oscar nomination. Sadly, the sequels did little more than rehash the same old shtick ad nauseam. It didn’t help that many of them had plots so convoluted that audiences just gave up trying to figure out what they were about. But great characters are what draw crowds back into movie theaters. With overstuffed 2nd and 3rd entries, and a pointless 4th entry, we now come to the 5th (and final?) entry with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 286 – Sir Roger Moore, Powers Boothe, and Michael Parks

The past few weeks have seen the passing of three very notable actors: Sir Roger Moore, Powers Boothe, and Michael Parks. Three iconic actors with three very different careers, these three gentlemen are paid tribute on this episode of Shouts From the Back Row as Gill, Robin, and TK list their favourite roles from a trio of cinematic greats. Click here to download the episode!

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