The FilmJerk Podcast

The FilmJerk Podcast

The FilmJerk Podcast is a uniquely curated journey through 1980s movies. From distributors barely remembered and films long forgotten (if ever known), to the biggest actors and filmmakers of the decade, The FilmJerk Podcast will entertain and inform listeners as it weaves through an exciting cinematic decade.

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October 14, 2021 51 min

On this episode, we discuss the career of one of best filmmakers to come out of 80s cinema: Scottish filmmaker Bill Forsyth.

Oh, you've never heard of him? Or you're only familiar with one of his films? Join us on a cinematic journey through the career of a filmmaker who regularly revisited themes of loneliness, isolation and alienation, and made them hilarious, touching and poignant.

The films discussed during this episo...

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On this very special episode of The FilmJerk Podcast, we talk not about a specific movie or filmmaker or actor or distribution company, but of a moviegoing concept that was huge in the 1980s but has all but disappeared from the movie-going landscape: the dollar house. AKA the discount house, the bargain house, and the second run theatre.

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As we conclude our multi-part miniseries, The United Film Distribution Company, one of the first distributors to be operated by a motion picture exhibition company, has become Taurus Entertainment, and will go on one of the worst runs of film releases any distribution company has ever had.

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We continue our multi-part miniseries on The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment, one of the first distributors to be operated by a motion picture exhibition company. This week, we talk about several of their biggest successes, including Mark L. Lester's Class of 1984, Richard Hiltzik's Sleepaway Camp, and the Gone With the Wind of zombie movies, George A. Romero's Day of the Dead.

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We begin a multi-part miniseries on The United Film Distribution Company and Taurus Entertainment, one of the first distributors to be operated by a motion picture exhibition company, who teamed with filmmaker George A. Romero to produce and/or distribute several of his most popular and enduring movies, including Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow.

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This episode completes a two-part miniseries on an interesting concept in examining genre movies in the 80s, Grounded Genre. Joining us for this miniseries is our very special guest Sarah Bullion, an award-winning director, producer and screenwriter who also spent ten years on sets as a prop master and second assistant director.

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This episode starts a two-part miniseries on an interesting concept in examining genre movies in the 80s, Grounded Genre. Joining us for this miniseries is our very special guest Sarah Bullion, an award-winning director, producer and screenwriter who also spent ten years on sets as a prop master and second assistant director.

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June 1, 2021 39 min

This week, we take a look back at the quick rise and even quicker fall of FilmDallas Pictures, which began its life as a Texas-based film investment company in 1983. After helping to produce two Oscar-winning films in 1984, they would take a leap of faith to become a film distribution company, only to be completely gone from the film industry by the end of 1988.

On this episode, we discuss Choose Me (1984, Alan Rudolph), Da (1988,...

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On this week's episode of The FilmJerk Podcast, we examine how one filmmaker, John Badham, would end up with the rare feat of having two hits movies, Blue Thunder and WarGames, released only three weeks apart.

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May 12, 2021 34 min

On this week's episode, we complete our dive into the Martin Scorsese Cinematic Universe of the 1980s, with the history behind his masterpiece Raging Bull, as well as a personal remembrance of the film by the host.

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May 4, 2021 25 min

On this week's episode, we continue our dive into the Martin Scorsese Cinematic Universe of the 1980s, with a look back at his oft-misinterpreted 1983 classic, The King of Comedy.

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April 28, 2021 23 min

This week, we continue our look back at the 1980s movies of Martin Scorsese, with a look back at After Hours, the last low-budget, small-scale, intimate movie he'd ever make.

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This week, we continue our look back at the 1980s movies of Martin Scorsese, concentrating on the movie that inarguably changed the direction of his career: The Last Temptation of Christ.

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April 7, 2021 34 min

This week, we start an irregular look back at the 1980s movies of Martin Scorsese, starting with what, for me, is his best film of the decade: The Color of Money.

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This week, we take a look back at a movie shot in 1980, and would sit on the proverbial shelf until it premiered on basic cable in 1984, becoming a cult film and inspiring an early 1990s music revolution.?Lou Adler's Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains.

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This week's episode takes a look back at the career of writer, director and actor Albert Brooks and his brilliant 1985 comedy Lost in America.

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This week's episode takes a look back at the career of Ralph Bakshi and his pioneering 1981 animated rock musical American Pop.

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March 3, 2021 30 min

This week's episode takes a look at the best movie in the John Hughes canon: 1987's Some Kind of Wonderful.

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February 25, 2021 33 min

This week's episode takes a look back at the short-lived 1980s distribution company Scotti Brothers Pictures.

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The titles discussed during this episode include:

Death of a Soldier (1986, Phillipe Mora)

Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989, Jean-Claude Lord)

Eye of the Tiger (1986, Richard C. Sarafian)

He's My Girl (1987, Gabrielle Beaumont)

In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro (1986, Raju Patel)

The Iro...

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February 18, 2021 51 min

This week's episode takes a look back at the 1980s movies directed by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson.

The titles discussed during this episode include:

...And Justice for All (1979, Norman Jewison)

Avalon (1990, Barry Levinson)

Bugsy (1991, Barry Levinson)

Diner (1982, Barry Levinson)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987, Barry Levinson)

High Anxiety (1978, Mel Brooks)

Inside Moves (1980, Richard Donner)

The Natural (198...

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