A Film By...

A Film By...

A Film By... is a podcast created and hosted by Brad Koszo and Jeff Johnson. Together, they wax intellectual about Hollywood's biggest film directors, their underrated movies, and the things we love about them.

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October 26, 2021 44 min
Alfred Hitchcock's body of work proves he's the master of suspense! Brad and Jeff discuss his first American film, Rebecca; a gothic romantic thriller. Listen along as they talk about comparison's to a recent episode topic Crimson Peak, their favorite Hitchcock films, the Netflix remake, and more!
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Troubled writer Roger Cobb moves into his deceased aunt's haunted home for some much needed solitude. What he gets are terrifying visions, nosy intrusive neighbors, and a few demons to battle! Welcome to our discussion about House! Dave and Docking Bay 77's own Dayton Johnson stop by to talk about the film's connection to Friday the 13th, monster ex-wives, and what motivates a haunted house to attack!
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October 15, 2021 48 min
Be afraid. Be very afraid! Jeff Goldblum's horrifying Brundlefly is on the loose this episode! Jeff, Brad and Scott talk about the FX, insect politics, and the late Vincent Price's reaction to this remake. Will they crown it the best horror movie of 1986? Listen now to find out!
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October 12, 2021 43 min
Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg's successful career has spanned more than half a century. Regarded as the originator of the body horror genre, his work is known to be strange, cerebral, and limit-pushing for it's visuals and effects. Join us, as we enter... Videodrome!
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October 5, 2021 58 min
Ouija Boards... harmless fun, or a gateway to the Devil? Dave and Scott are back to argue the point with Jeff, and discuss the good and the bad of Witchboard! Join us for a "spirited" conversation about possession, psychic mediums, progressive entrapment, and the lovely Tawny Kitaen!
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September 28, 2021 43 min
Guillermo del Toro has a reputation for the fantastical. He's danced with the darker heroes of comics with Blade and Hellboy. He's softened our hearts with oddities in Pan's Labyrinth and his Oscar-winning The Shape of Water. In 2015, del Toro offered Crimson Peak; a haunted house thriller that weaves a gothic ghost story into a macabre romance.
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September 21, 2021 35 min
They're baaaaaack! Jeff, Brad, and Dave discuss Poltergeist II: The Other Side. Their house may have vanished into oblivion, but the evil spirits are still relentlessly pursuing Carol Anne and her family. Not sure you want to listen? Just remember Kane's haunting demand, "Let...me in..."
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September 14, 2021 39 min
15 years after Earth, humanity's last hope...is Titan A.E.
Don Bluth was Disney royalty before moving on to form his own independent animation company. Brad is joined by special co-host Dayton Johnson to discuss Bluth's ambitious sci-fi fantasy Titan A.E., as well as his impressive body of animated work!
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September 7, 2021 49 min
Number Five is alive! Join Jeff, Andrew and Scott for an interesting conversation on the merits of Short Circuit. The guys go old school on their Nintendo faceoff picks. Fisher Stephens' cringeworthy performance, Guttenberg's lack of cool, and Alley Sheedy's intelligence are debated, while the question of "Who's Johnny?" is thoroughly ignored!
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Comedy legends Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito team up for an unlikely murder plot in the dark comedy Throw Momma From The Train! Jeff is joined by regular 1986 contributor David Burns to discuss DeVito's feature directorial effort with the memorable Anne Ramsey in her final role.
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August 24, 2021 57 min
Rodney Dangerfield is going back to school! Our Special Correspondent Jenna joins Jeff, Brad, and Dayton to talk about campus life, Sam Kinison's memorable role, Oingo Boingo, and the hilarity of 80's college movies.
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August 17, 2021 39 min
No place to run. No reason to hide. Kevin Costner delivers another powerhouse performance both on the screen and behind the camera with his third directorial effort, Open Range. Brad and Jeff discuss the stellar cast, the gorgeous cinematography, and the satisfaction of a simply told story.
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Happy Friday the 13th! Jeff and Dave are celebrating the birthday of Jason Voorhees with a special Friday release episode to talk about Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives!
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August 10, 2021 61 min
Right in time to celebrate it's 35th anniversary, we're talking about the 1986 animated classic, Transformers: The Movie! The shock of our favorite characters dying, the epic soundtrack, and the impressive cast are just a few things discussed. David gets nostalgic, Jeff talks Arcee's awesomeness, and Scott picks a fight with...Judd Nelson?
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August 3, 2021 49 min
You have a red, white, and blue American right to eat cotton candy and ride roller coasters! So says Kevin Costner's charming but dangerous escaped convict character Butch to 8 year-old hostage turned partner, Buzz. Clint Eastwood's crime drama A Perfect World is the slow burn road movie you need to see, or see again. Hop in the Ford, crack open some RC Cola, and enjoy the ride!
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July 27, 2021 46 min
In 1986, it was Michael Mann that first introduced us to the demented Dr. Hannibal Lecter amid the slick synth sounds of the 80's in the thriller, Manhunter. Dayton Johnson fills in as host to talk with Brad Koszo about the mostly unknown, but stellar cast, the signature look of a Michael Mann film, and the comparisons between Mann and director Brett Ratner's adaptions of the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon.
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July 20, 2021 53 min
After The Sixth Sense shocked a generation of movie goers, we've come to expect thrills, chills, and mind-bending twists from M. Night Shyamalan. With his 2015 "found footage" style comedic thriller, The Visit, he delivers exactly what we want!
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July 13, 2021 49 min
G'day, mates! Jeff, Andrew, and Scott take a short walkabout to discuss Crocodile Dundee! From the wilds of the Australian Outback to the wilds of New York city, Paul Hogan's iconic crocodile poacher delivers on love, laughs, and adventure.
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July 6, 2021 47 min
Jeremiah Johnson, Tootsie, 3 Days of the Condor, The Firm. Filmmaker Sydney Pollack was truly one of the greats! In 1974, he stepped outside his comfort zone to direct The Yakuza; a neo-noir drama that showcased Robert Mitchum is his last leading role.
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June 29, 2021 61 min
It's another super-sized episode! Jeff welcomes immortal co-hosts Brad, Dayton, Scott, and Andrew back to 1986 for Highlander. Get ready for a great discussion on sword fights, Queen's epic soundtrack, theories on the Immortals, and why haggis is never a good choice!
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