BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (2018)

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BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (2018)

A review by Adam Lovett

Writer/Director: Drew Goodard
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Cynthia Erivo, Lewis Pullman, Cailee Spaeny, Shea Wigham

“Shit happens, get the whisky.”

Let’s be clear, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE is a movie made by movie lovers for movie lovers. That simple. The type of pulpy goodness that grooves me made by a filmmaker fluent in the language of cinema.

Right from the extended opening static shot that sets it all in motion its clear we are in the hands of professionals. Unashamedly B-movie fodder, it’s a playful, stylish neo-noir tale full of characters that talk like they are in a movie without being meta…except for when they slyly are.

Packing a vibrant Hitchcockian quality that’s like i...

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First Man (2018)

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FIRST MAN (2018)

A review by Adam Lovett

Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Shea Wigham, Patrick Fuggit, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll, Lukas Haas

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

This is what the cinematic sensory experience is all about. I’ve studied the moon landing all my life. I’ve read biographies on Neil Armstrong. ’I’ve watched hours of archival footage through documentaries. My imagination has been fueled by it since I was a child but I never ever expected to actually LIVE it!

In FIRST MAN I feel like I was thrust as close to the white knuckle reality of what it felt like to be in a Gemini or Apollo capsule...

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Film Frak: The Podcast#28: THE VENOM OF MANDY

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Film Frak: The Podcast#28: THE VENOM OF MANDY

Welcome to Film Frak: Episode 28

Well you frakkers it’s October and you know what that means. It’s the month of horror. Sure we cover some other genres this show as the month has only just begun but of the nine flicks discussed 4 are new horror titles that achieve varying degrees of success or failure.

Aptly as a bonus Jon also deep dives into the traumatic nightmare of mental illness that is the console video game HELLBLADE.

We hope you have a frightfully ghoulish all hallows month full of things that go bump in the night. If you’re doing the 30 for 30 horrortober challenge would love to hear about some of the titles your screening.

Here’s the break...

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FILM FRAK PODCAST INTERVIEW SPECIAL: THE JAWS 43RD ANNIVERSARY STARRING JOE ALVES

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Film Frak Podcast Interview Special: The JAWS 43rd Anniversary Starring Joe Alves

Continuing our 43rd anniversary celebration of Spielberg’s JAWS that started with writer Carl Gottlieb, we are honored to welcome Production Designer extraordinaire Mr. Joe Alves to the Film Frak podcast.

That’s right the artist responsible for building the mechanical shark nicknamed Bruce in the original film as well as JAWS 2 is here. The man who Directed JAWS 3-D chats with us about his contributions to the trilogy of oceanic terror for Halloween.

This is another of those bucket list conversations especially when factoring in that the man also discovered then built the famous Devil’s Tower model for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KI...

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Film Frak Podcast Interview Special: Starring The G-Man

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Film Frak Podcast Interview Special: Starring The G-Man aka Allan Gitlin

Another short one, this time Film Frak interviews Florida based comic, stand-up, actor and web personality The G-Man.

With a workman like approach to the jobs we chat briefly about his career to this point.

Thanks for the chat G-Man.

You can follow The G-Man on Facebook or visit his website for further information.

 

 

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Film Frak: The Podcast#27: THE ALPHA BLACKKKLANSMAN

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Film Frak: The Podcast#27: THE ALPHA BLACKKKLANSMAN

Welcome to Film Frak Podcast 27. As the final credits of the Summer roll we get a mixed bag of surprises, expectations met and disappointments.

Jon takes a hit of the latest Spike Lee Joint and I travel back 20,000 years for some 3D puppy therapy. There’s also 80’s throwback horror, apocalyptic exploitation, killer Nazi dolls, a monster smash and a monster chew. An Aussie western and an Aussie surfing coming of age film all to explore this episode.

So here’s the line-up…

On this episode we talk:

  • BLACKKKLANSMAN
  • ALPHA
  • THE DOMESTICS
  • SUMMER OF 84
  • PUPPETMASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH
  • RAMPAGE
  • SWEET COUNTRY
  • BREATH
  • THE MEG

Until next month, as always we enco...

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Film Frak Podcast Interview Special: starring Sandy Helberg

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Film Frak Podcast Interview Special: starring Sandy Helberg

Sandy Helberg’s had a hell of a life so far. Remember the plastic surgeon named Dr. Schlotkin in SPACEBALLS? That’s Sandy Helberg!

Over his four-decade career Helberg has become a Mel Brooks regular. He’s worked with the likes of Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Dabney Coleman along with Laurence Olivier and Barbara Streisand. He’s written for hit TV shows as well as appearing in many too….and he was in THIS IS SPINAL TAP.

That right there was more than enough to fire us up for this entertaining and revealing Film Frak chat...

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Film Frak Podcast Interview Special: Starring Jennifer Strickland

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In this short, enjoyable Film Frak interview we spend a few moments with upcoming Actress Jennifer Strickland.

Based out of California we talk about Jennifer developing a taste for theatre early on. How after some of that “life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans” detouring she is looking to a future of stage and screen again.

Other than her thespian passions Jennifer also shares her on-going contributions to charity organizations like The Paul Walker Foundation. .

Film Frak thanks Jennifer for taking the time to chat and look forward to hearing about her future success.

You can follow Jennifer Strickland on Facebook

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Film Frak: The Podcast#26: SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

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Film Frak: The Podcast#26: SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

Welcome to Film Frak Podcast 26. Fear not Frak listeners, after a month’s hiatus we are back and all charged up for some serious movie talk with episode 26. One of us also found the time to perfect making that instantly iconic clicking noise that ties in with one of this month’s entries. (You will have to listen to the show to find out which one.)

Since you last tuned in we’ve managed to check off 27 titles from the 2018 watch lists. Some of which we would just rather not talk about so we grabbed some piano wire and went for the jugular leaving the top 10 cinema releases that left an impression in the month of July.

What’s remains is a genre hopping concocti...

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Film Frak Podcast Interview Special: The First Thing We Do…Starring Bertram Gibbs

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Film Frak Podcast Interview Special: The First Thing We Do…Starring Bertram Gibbs

Author Bertram Gibbs writes the kind of character driven pulp crime fiction that harkens back to the old masters while maintaining a distinct contemporary voice all its own. A voice that gives Film Frak its very first exclusive with an impromptu announcement about Mr Gibbs latest creation.

A fellow cinephile and lover of all things story we start our interview talking about Bert’s latest novel, THE FIRST THING WE DO…. It isn’t long though before the inevitable happens as it always does when a pair of film obsessed junkies first meet, we go off topic and talk movies...

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