The DTV Digest
Episode 112 - The Spy, The Robbery, Freeway

Episode 112 - The Spy, The Robbery, Freeway

July 2, 2020

This week Mike, Rich and Steve take a look at the new espionage thriller set during WW2, THE SPY (Spionen), starring Ingrid Bolso Berdal as real life starlet Sonja Wigert. The Short Shot this week is the excellent THE ROBBERY*, which was either shot in one take or seamlessly edited to appear so. And out DTV Throwback is a film I've forever been meaning to catch up with, the cult classic FREEWAY starring Reese Witherspoon and Keifer Sutherland. Enjoy!

*In order to watch THE ROBBERY, you will need to register (for free) at https://bestshortfilms.discover.film/browse 

Episode 111 - Valhalla-The Legend of Thor, Odin’s Nine, Vikingdom

Episode 111 - Valhalla-The Legend of Thor, Odin’s Nine, Vikingdom

June 26, 2020

This week Mike and Rich get their berserker on with three films based (loosely) on Norse mythology. We start out with recent release VALHALLA: THE LEGEND OF THOR and follow it up with our Short Shot, RISE OF THE MASK: ODIN'S NINE. Finally, our DTV Throwback is the very unique VIKINGDOM - where else are you going to see a buddy act between Craig Fairbrass with Jon Foo??

So grab your horned helmet and take a listen!

 

Episode 107 - The Platform, Code 8, Interface, Deadly Instincts

Episode 107 - The Platform, Code 8, Interface, Deadly Instincts

May 25, 2020

For this episode, Mike and Rich are joined by Tom Jolliffe and Will Bentley as they check out two recent acquisitions by Netflix, the Spanish horror/sci fi move THE PLATFORM and CODE 8, starring Robbie and Steven Amell. Code 8 is a feature length adaptation of a short which also starred Robbie Amell, which you can see HERE. Out Short Shot this week is INTERFACE, from director Ben Ramsay (Blood and Bone). Normally at this point we would link to the short itself, but as it's a pay-per-view, we've linked to the trailer and suggest you listen to what we have to say about it before renting it. 

Finally we take a look at DEADLY INSTINCTS, aka Breeders, where an alien is on the loose in tunnels beneath a Boston university (available on Amazon Prime).    

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Episode 106 - Proximity, Nightfire, Shadow Fury

Episode 106 - Proximity, Nightfire, Shadow Fury

May 17, 2020

This episode sees Mike and Rich tackle a new alien abduction movie, PROXIMITY, in which a NASA scientist tries to figure out why he was abducted by aliens and trying to keep one step ahead of shady Men In Black types.

Our Short Shot this week is NIGHTFIRE, which you can find on Amazon Prime, so the attached link will take you to the trailer. At 40 min, its also probably the longest short film we've covered here.

Finally, our DTV Throwback is another one of Rich's obscure discoveries, SHADOW FURY. As far as we can tell this is currently out of print in the UK so we're linking to a copy we found on YouTube instead. 

 

Episode 104 - Trick, The Perished, The Dark Recess, Rage

Episode 104 - Trick, The Perished, The Dark Recess, Rage

May 3, 2020

In this episode Mike, Rich and special guest Tom Jolliffe check out the latest slasher movie, TRICK, starring Omar Epps, and the Irish supernatural thriller THE PERISHED

As Tom is a screenwriter and film-maker in his own right, we thought it would be remiss not to take a look at one of his films in our Short Shot slot, so we cover THE DARK RECESS, which can be found on Amazon Prime.

And finally, our DTV Throwback is a film by KNB founder Robert Kurtzman, THE RAGE, which...well check out the episode to find out about that one (the film itself is also available on Amazon Prime).

Shameless plug - look out for Tom's latest effort, RETURN OF THE TOOTHFAIRY coming in June!

 

Episode 101 - APPARITION, NO PLAN NO GAIN, FIRESTORM

Episode 101 - APPARITION, NO PLAN NO GAIN, FIRESTORM

April 1, 2020

In this episode Mike, Rich and Will take a look at the spooky APPARITION, in which someone develops a APP (geddit?) to communicate with the dead. Our Short Shot is another film by director Godfrey Ryckewaert, NO PLAN NO GAIN - please also check out the BEHIND THE SCENES which shows how they managed the awesome stunts in that! Finally our DTV Throwback is FIRESTORM, the movie which really should have launched the action career of Howie Long. Check it out, let us know what you think!

Episode 099 - In Search of the Last Action Heroes - Mom Fight - Soldier

Episode 099 - In Search of the Last Action Heroes - Mom Fight - Soldier

March 8, 2020

This episode sees Mike and Rich tackle a documentary about the action genre - IN SEARCH OF THE LAST ACTION HEROES, a very good chronicle about how it developed during the 80's and the VHS era.

 

Next up is the Short Shot, MOMFIGHT, in which two mothers fight over the last remaining action figure in the toy store.

Finally we take a look at Kurt Russell in the awesome SOLDIER, at the time the most expensive movie to wind up Direct To Video!

Tune in to hear what we think about all of this!

Episode 097 - Giant Killer Ants - What Did Jack Do? - Demon Wind

Episode 097 - Giant Killer Ants - What Did Jack Do? - Demon Wind

February 16, 2020

This week we welcome back Will Bentley, sitting in for Rich, as we cover the heavy metal creature feature, GIANT KILLER ANTS - don't let the unimaginative title put you off, listen to our review! We also cover David Lynch's WHAT DID JACK DO? in our Short Shot and wind up with the obscure DTV Throwback that is DEMON WIND. Hope you enjoy!

Episode 096 - Sword of God, The Gunslinger, Kill Ratio

Episode 096 - Sword of God, The Gunslinger, Kill Ratio

February 6, 2020

In this week's episode, Mike and Rich take a look at the art-house medieval thriller, SWORD OF GOD, a Polish film about two knights intent on converting an island of savages to Christianity - albeit by very different means. Our Short Shot is THE GUNSLINGER, western pastiche about a young woman entering a town to show off her quick-draw! And our DTV Throwback is KILL RATIO, directed by Paul Tanter, who also made the awful (imho) Downing Street Seige and the brilliant Once Upon a Time at Christmas. Which camp will Kill Ratio fall into? Take a listen and find out!

 

 

Episode 095 - Invasion Planet Earth, Kill Mode, Booms and Blades, Crackerjack

Episode 095 - Invasion Planet Earth, Kill Mode, Booms and Blades, Crackerjack

January 27, 2020

This week, Mike and Rich tackle a couple of sci-fi movies. First up is INVASION PLANET EARTH, which takes the Independence Day premise and it delivers a very British take on the genre and on a much smaller budget! Then we have KILL MODE, from the Netherlands, who it turns out are not lacking in a bit of spectacle.

Our short shot this week is BOOMS and BLADES by Godefroy Ryckewaert - if you like what you see, be sure to check out his many other shorts.

Finally in our DTV THROWBACK section we take a look at CRACKERJACK, starring Thomas Ian Griffith and Christopher Plummer. Although I'd enjoyed some of Griffith's other films, I'd never seen this one - take a listen to hear what I thought of this "Die Hard in a Ski Resort"!

Enjoy the show!

PS - Kill Mode, it turns out, is a prequel to an earlier film called MOLLY (2017)- if this ever becomes available in the UK we'd love to check it out!

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