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Short Shots Ep 4 - Timothy J Cox - Jungle of Accounting, Camera Test, Miss Freelance

Short Shots Ep 4 - Timothy J Cox - Jungle of Accounting, Camera Test, Miss Freelance

May 9, 2021

Welcome to a belated Short Shots, the podcast where Mike and Rich focus exclusively on short films!

In this episode we look at three shorts featuring actor TIMOTHY J COX, a film-maker who has impressed us before with his work on Doll it Up and To Be Alone.

First up is THE JUNGLE OF ACCOUNTING, a fun pastiche of both old tv crime shows and office politics. Then in CAMERA TEST, an actor muses about the pointless assignment he is currently working on. We finish with MISS FREELANCE, in which a young woman of negotiable affection breaks some hearts and has her own tested.

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Episode 154: The Virtuoso, Without Remorse, The Ninth Passenger, Jack Walker, The BIke Thief, Batman: Other Worlds, Zulu

Episode 154: The Virtuoso, Without Remorse, The Ninth Passenger, Jack Walker, The BIke Thief, Batman: Other Worlds, Zulu

May 9, 2021

Mike, Rich and Steve check out THE VIRTUOSO, in which a professional assassin takes on the proverbial "one last job". Then we tune in to Amazon Prime for WITHOUT REMORSE, featuring Michael B Jordan for some Tom Clancy-inspired mayhem! Afterwards we try to figure out just who is THE NINTH PASSENGER, before rooting for fictional ex action star JACK WALKER to make a rousing come-back! Finally, we watch THE BIKE THIEF, hiding all sharp objects beforehand.

Our Short Shot is BATMAN: OTHER WORLDS, a very wry comparison between the different iterations of the Caped Crusader. We also talk about a similar themed short, BATMAN EVOLUTION, which we recommend you take a look at also!

Finally, in the DTV Throwback we check out ZULU on Amazon Prime. This is not the Michael Cain/Stanley Baker classic, rather a taut thriller set in Cape Town and stars Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker!

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Episode 153: Into The Labyrinth, Attack of the Unknown, Portal, The Oak Room, C600, Mercenary of Justice

Episode 153: Into The Labyrinth, Attack of the Unknown, Portal, The Oak Room, C600, Mercenary of Justice

May 2, 2021

In this episode Mike, Steve and Rich cross paths with Dustin Hoffman for the first time in DTV land with INTO THE LABYRINTH, an Italian procedural. We follow this up with ATTACK OF THE UNKNOWN, a lowbudget scifi effort starring Richard Greico. 

We follow this with PORTAL, another sci-fi, which has more artistic leanings but is lumbered with a title that doesn't make much sense when you see the film! Finally we hang out and share a few shaggy do stories at THE OAK ROOM!

Our Short Shot this week is actually two films: C600 and it's sequel, C600: INFILTRATION, concerning a malfunctioning android - or is it??

Finally, in the DTV Throwback we take a look at MERCENARY FOR JUSTICE, a Steven Seagal movie from 2006. Were we wise to do so? Check out our review to find out!

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Episode 152: I Blame Society, Fear of Rain, The Devil’s Machine, Forget Everything and Run, For the Sake of Vicious, Meet Jimmy, Satan’s Little Helper

Episode 152: I Blame Society, Fear of Rain, The Devil’s Machine, Forget Everything and Run, For the Sake of Vicious, Meet Jimmy, Satan’s Little Helper

April 20, 2021

For this horror filled episode Mike, Rich and Steve are joined by the wonderful JESSICA SCOTT who joins us to talk about our Short Shot and DTV Throwback...

But we start with five new films, commencing with the gonzo style I BLAME SOCIETY in which a young film-maker runs with the premise that she'd make a good murderer! We follow that with FEAR OF RAIN, a film which will definitely wrong-foot you, we think!

We move on to THE DEVIL'S MACHINE, a low budget British horror with a fascinating concept, and then the post apocalyptic not-zombie movie, FORGET EVERYTHING AND RUN!

Our final main review is the very vicious, FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS - this one really divided the panel, so be sure to listen to see who loved it and who hated it!

For our Short Shot we pop on our headphones for the fantastically creepy MEET JIMMY - we advise you do as well (pop on your headphones that is!).

Finally Mike, Jessica and Rich discuss 2004's SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER in which a young boy unwittingly aids a serial killer in his Halloween rampage!

You can check out Jessica's work HERE

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Episode 151 - Red Rage, Righteous Villains, Original Gangster, Gain, Wake of Death

Episode 151 - Red Rage, Righteous Villains, Original Gangster, Gain, Wake of Death

April 12, 2021

in this episode Mike, Rich and Steve review three films by writer/director Savvas D. Michael, collectively known as the Saints and Savages films.

We start off with RED RAGE, in which two assassins murder their way through the local drug trade. This is followed by RIGHTEOUS VILLAINS, in which two low life criminals are given a Mission from God!

The third film is ORIGINAL GANGSTER, which features one of the most memorable cameos in recent history! 

Our Short Shot is GAIN, starring Daniel Stizen as a bodybuilder obsessed with  building more muscle, at any cost. Click the link to watch the whole film!

Finally, in our DTV Throwback, we have WAKE OF DEATH starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a bouncer avenging the murder of his wife!

 

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Short Shots Ep 3 - Rage, Cash, Payload, ACTION C’S SPECIAL FORCE

Short Shots Ep 3 - Rage, Cash, Payload, ACTION C’S SPECIAL FORCE

April 10, 2021

In this episode Mike and Rich concentrate on a quartet of action shorts which have recently surfaced!

Starting off with German entry RAGE, in which a cop seeks vigilante justice in a garage. Then its off to Czech Republic for CASH, where a man is trying to pay a ransom in a junk yard and predictably things don't go to plan!

Our third film is PAYLOAD, from Portugal, in which an agent finds the people he's meant to be dealing with have all been killed before his arrival. 

Lastly from Vietnam is ACTION C'S SPECIAL FORCE No need for a synopsis, just watch it!

 

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Episode 150 - Nemesis, Rose: A Love Story, The Night, Shortcut, Escape From North Korea, Wolves of Wall Street

Episode 150 - Nemesis, Rose: A Love Story, The Night, Shortcut, Escape From North Korea, Wolves of Wall Street

April 5, 2021

To mark our 150th episode, we bring you what is probably one of our longest yet - clocking in at just over two and a half hours! 

This week Mike, Rich and Steve take a look NEMESIS, a London Gangster movie with a twist, in which Billy Murray stars as a self-exiled crime boss returning to London for some unfinished business. Then we take a look at ROSE: A LOVE STORY, a relationship drama with horror overtones.

Mike and Will then look at a pair of full-on horrors, starting with THE NIGHT, in which two Iranian ex-pats have a troublesome night in a hotel. Then we cover SHORTCUT, which feels like a John Hughes movie if he'd embarked on making horror films.

Our Short Shot is ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA, an 80's style parody very much in the style of Kung Fury and Cyborg: Deadly Machine - click the link to see the whole film!

For the DTV Throwback we are joined by DAVE WAIN and MATTY BUDREWICS from The Schlockpit and other endeavours (includiing some sterling work included on 88FILMS releases). They had chosen WOLVES OF WALL STREET which features a very game Eric Roberts and we talk at length about the career of director David Decoteau.

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Episode 149 - Michael Jai White! - Welcome to Sudden Death, Take Back, 3 Bullets, Blood and Bone

Episode 149 - Michael Jai White! - Welcome to Sudden Death, Take Back, 3 Bullets, Blood and Bone

March 26, 2021

It's about time we were able to do an episode specifically focusing on the wonderful Michael Jai White, and two new releases finally gave us the opportunity to do so!

Joining Mike, Rich and Steve this week is special guest MATT POIRIER, a fellow podcaster and author from the USA. This week we start off with WELCOME TO SUDDEN DEATH, a remake/sequel (its no longer clear which!) where MJW battles mercenaries inside a basketball arena. Next up is TAKE BACK, in which MJW takes more of a back seat to allow his wife Gillian White take the limelight, and to say see makes the most of the opportunity is an understatement! Check out our review for more info!

Our Short Shot, 3 BULLETS, is a little older than usual but stars MJW and features the likes of Bokeem Woodbine and Run Yuan (who also directs).

Rob Yuan also turns up in our DTV Throwback, BLOOD AND BONE, which not only contaiins amazing choreography by Larnel Stovall but features Eamon Walker as one of the best bad guys, and the always watchable Julian Sands making Enter the Dragon references!

Links for Matt Poirier: Follow him on Twitter @DTVConnoisseur. You can find his podcast on your favourite podcast streaming site. His blog can be found HERE. His book CHAD FROM ACCOUNTING is available from Amazon

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Episode 148: Pharaoh’s War, Russian Raid, Sentinelle, SAS: Red Notice, SOF vs Sci Fi, Legionnaire

Episode 148: Pharaoh’s War, Russian Raid, Sentinelle, SAS: Red Notice, SOF vs Sci Fi, Legionnaire

March 19, 2021

I was so excited about this action packed episode, I forgot to introduce the team! So, Mike Rich and Steve tackle a whole bunch of International action movies this week. We start with PHARAOH'S WAR - Mike Tyson and  Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Kickboxer Retaliation, Game of Thrones) feature prominently on the DVD cover but do they feature much in the film iteslf? Take a listen to find out!

Next up is RUSSIAN RAID, heavily influenced by Gareth Evans' film (hence the name) but does it stand up on its own merits? 

Off to France next, for SENTINELLE, starring Olga Kurylenko as a damages soldier seeking vengeance for a brutal attack on her sister. There a lot of negativity online about this film, but take a listen to see if we are in agreement! (Available on Netflix).

We then catch the, ahem, Eurostream train from London to Paris, which is promptly hijacked by Ruby Rose in SAS: RED NOTICE based on a novel by Andy McNab. This one promised a lot, but does it live up to expectations?

Our Short Shot is SOF Vs Sci Fi, in which a team of Spec Ops are pitted against zombies and a well-known alien hunter!

Finally, in our DTV Throwback we review Jean-Claude Van Damme's LEGIONNAIRE - soon to be re-released on Blu Ray and available on Prime.

 

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Episode 147: The Banishing, The Columnist, Bloody Hell, Container, Crossworlds

Episode 147: The Banishing, The Columnist, Bloody Hell, Container, Crossworlds

March 16, 2021

In this episode Mike, RIch and Steve take a look at Christopher Smith's (Triangle) latest film, THE BANISHING - a supernatural tale set on the eve of World War 2. Christopher Smith's films are known for having a twist in their tails - is this one any different?

Next we have a look at THE COLUMNIST, a film from The Netherlands which has garnered a lot of buzz following its festival showings last year. Now we get to pass judgement!

Our final main review is BLOODY HELL, a horror comedy about the perils of travelling to....Finland? Take a listen! Also check out my interview with the film's screenwriter and editor, ROBERT BENJAMIN!

Our Short Shot is CONTAINER, an intriguing tale of time travel as a lone scientist tries to send himself back in time without affecting the rest of the world. Click the link to see the whole film!

Finally, in our DTV Throwback we take a look at CROSSWORLDS, which has a very interesting cast including  Rutger Hauer, Jack Black and Josh Charles! As is usual, you can find this on Amazon Prime.

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