Cinemental

Cinemental

A few friends discussing film, TV and anything else we run into. We have guests pick films for us to watch and then we talk about them , too.

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November 1, 2021 99 min

Writer/Artist Dennis Calero rejoins us to discuss, well, more compare and contrast the 1931 classic Universal monster film, "Dracula." However, Dennis asked that we listen to film with the new 1999 Philip Glass score featuring Kronos Quartet as well as viewing the Spanish language version filmed simultaneously with the original, using their sets and shooting at night. A very interesting situation to discuss and we know how ...

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! IN this second half of our discussion with writer James Ninness, we go spelunking with the ladies of "The Descent", the Neil Marshall-directed film from 2005. Besides being painfully claustrophobic at times, this movie utilizes some aspects of the found-footage genre very effectively. See what we all thought of this 'underground' horror movie. (see what I did there?) Enjoy!

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Friend of the show, and occasional guest, writer James Ninness joins us this Scare-a-mental month with one of my two favorite films of all-time, "Alien." We dive deeply into why we all think what we do about this sci-fi/horror masterpiece. pretty much says it all. Enjoy!

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In the second half of our discussion with Starlight Runner'd CEO, Jeff Gomez, we watch and assess Panos Cosmatos' "Mandy." A true career pivot for Nic Cage and a powerful film which draws an slight comparison with "From Dusk 'til Dawn"? You better just listen in as two of our hosts have never seen this one before. Get ready for a ride. Enjoy!

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After overcoming another lengthy computer issue, we return with the first of a slew of new episodes to help celebrate the Halloween season. First up, our old pal, Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner rejoins us with a couple of his favorite horror films. First up, the modern masterpiece that is "The Exorcist." It has been and will remain on of the scariest films ever created and you should listen into Jeff's thoroughly m...

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We are in full-blown 'Scare-A-Mental mode, and will be posting new horror movie episodes all month long. First up, special guest Writer/Artist/Creator Dean Haspiel drops one of the most polarizing sequels of all time into our laps. The second sequel to one of the most celebrated horror films ever, William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist III." We've all seen it, and we all have our own thoughts. Listen in and see wh...

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In the second half of our discussion with Writer/Composer/Director Darren Callahan, we chat about the second of two Mario Bava films from the sixties. Despite the bizarre title, "Kill Baby Kill", this one is more gothic in feel and much more reminiscent of the Hammer Studios films of the time. Listen in now to to part two of our Bava dissection and see what we like and don't like about this field of cinema. Enjoy!

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Well, It's that time of year again. When the leaves change and the autumnal breeze brings a chill down one's spine. That's right, I'm talking about SCARE-A-Mental! Lot's of great horror films to digest this year and spit back out for you to ingest and hopefully discover something new. First up, screenwriter/musician Darren Callahan rejoins us with the first of two films by the great Mario Bava, a legend of Itali...

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In part 2 of our discussion with Writer/Artist and friend of the show Jerry Ma, we buy a ticket and jump onboard the Korean film, "Train to Busan." Was this film the next evolutionary step for the "zombie film"? Was this just a fortuitous meeting of the "zombie" genre and Korean filmmmaking? Could it jump-start this over-played genre? Listen in and see what we think of this hi-octane entry into the world of ...

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My old pal, writer/artist and entrepreneur Jerry Ma returns to the show, bringing with him a modern kung-fu film with a personal connection.  "The Paper Tigers" is an stunning example of what can be done these days with very little budget and a solid story. How good was it , though? I guess you'll just have to listen in and see what we thought of it. Enjoy!

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We have dealt with some kung-fu movies in our recent past, but this is our first Bruce Lee film.  Friend and filmmaker, Scott Klein takes us down "The Way of the Dragon". A film which has no connection with "Enter the Dragon", but has a Dragon-based title nonetheless. Yay, marketing. However, even if you're not a fan of these kinds of films, there is still the mighty impressive final fight between (then) non-act...

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Well, the time has finally come. Friend and filmmaker, Scott Klein returned to Cinemental and he deemed it was time to watch "The Karate Kid." I had never seen it, I know, I know...I'm probably the last person my age on earth who hasn't seen this 80s stalwart. I'll be honest, I was fine with it, really, but...rules are rules and now I've seen it and if you are interested in what I thought about it, well then...

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For the second film in his visit with us, Writer/Director/Producer Ben Rock brings us one of the underwater monster films from the Summer of 1989, the one that holds the distinction of having one of, if not THE, greatest movie trailers of all-time, "Leviathan." (Go ahead, go to YouTube here and watch it, I'll wait.) Enjoy!

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Screenwriter/Director/Producer and all around cinephile Ben Rock returns to Cinemental bringing with him of the single most beautiful films ever shot and one of my all-time favorites, The Coen Brothers' "Miller's Crossing".  We enjoy a rare moment of given enlightenment in a film we all enjoy and that I feel is the pinnacle of the Coen Bros. ouevre. So sit back and enjoy.

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So, after a few days off for some much needed R&R we have returned, revitalized and with a host of new episodes to enrich and enhance your good living. We start off with the 2nd part of or our visit with author/musician/critic Raymond Benson as he takes us on a trip , and I mean trip...in a very well-known Yellow Submarine. An animated musical featuring one of the best-known bands ever, The Beatles. Originally skeptical about t...

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It's been 52 years since the state of New York was invaded by an event that drew nearly half a million people and changed music festivals forever. It also introduced the world to some absolutely amazing music. In this  anniversary episode featuring special guest, author and film critic Raymond Benson we dig into the Rock documentary that really defined the genre. Enjoy!

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With enlightened thanks to the amazing Patrick J Kennedy, we have witnessed the cinematic wonderland experience that is Russ Meyer's "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls." Saying this was nothing like what I expected is the understatement of the year. Everyone should take the time to experience this piece of cinema history with a screenplay co-penned by legendary film critic,  Roger Ebert. An incredible snapshot of a bygone ...

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So, with visiting writer/producer/editor Patrick J Kennedy we dig into yet another John Cassavetes film. This time around, it's "Killing of a Chinese Bookie." The amazing Ben Gazzara leads this one. How will we feel about this second entry into our fascinating trip into the heart of the library of this legendary auteur? guess you'll just have to listen to find out. Enjoy!

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In part two of our 100th episode conversation with writer James Ninness, we discuss his follow-up in a pandemic two-fer, Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys." Is it perfect? Find out what we think, it's real easy. All you have to do is listen. Enjoy!

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Well, boy howdy! We have reached the 100th episode of our show! There are a lot of thanks to pass around here, but I think we'll save that for our FB and Twitter feeds. So, one of favorite guests, making his 4th appearance (!) author/screenwriter James Ninness graces our presence for this very special episode featuring one of all of our favorite films, Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men." A pretty dark tale that stra...

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