January 27, 2022
Welcome back, finally, to a brand new, format-breaking episode! Our first of the new year! For this episode I'm joined by Zeke Perez as we discuss some of our favorite music releases of 2021.
On a technical note, there was a bit of a learning curve on this one. It was a bit more complicated to record and edit than usual, which is why it's fairly late. But I think it came together nicely and I think it's a fun episode. And this is only part one! Join us again in a couple days when I upload the last half of this monster-sized musical episode!
December 27, 2021
Zeke Perez makes his long overdue return to help me close out the year by discussing a pair of stylish French films from the 80s.
First up is Jean-Jacques Beineix twisty Diva (1981), followed by Leos Carax's sophomore film Mauvais Sang (1986). Both films were part of a filmmaking wave that would come to be known as Cinema du Look, films that favored style over substance. But as you'll see, these movies provide plenty of substance to talk about.
December 8, 2021
An into the night adventure full of pigeon arsonists, body-building helicopter pilots, the threat of imminent nuclear destruction, eternal love, and more character actors than you can shake a stick at. Plus the return of Rik Tod Johnson for a very special episode.
Rik joins me this week to revive one of our long-dormant writing projects, in an episode that also doubles as a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff podcast. We're talking Steve De Jarnatt's Miracle Mile, a film that flummoxed audiences in 1988. Were they right to reject this film en masse 33 years ago, or does this film earn its cult audience? Listen in to find out!
November 21, 2021
Returning champ J. Carlos Menjivar joins me today to discuss a pair of horror films from Mexico. Or at least, that was the initial plan, as it turns out the film I brought to the table wasn't a horror film at all, though it does deal with the supernatural.
Macario, from 1960, is a fantasy tale about a poor woodcutter who befriends Death. After discussing this fundamentally nice film, we drastically shift gears with 1977's Alucarda, an over the top film all about repressed nuns, demonic possession, and lesbian vampires!
J. Carlos Menjivar is host of the terrific Dial F For Film podcast, which can be found on the very same services you found this show!
November 7, 2021
We're back! Did you miss us?
Yes, the long national nightmare is over. After a month-long hiatus, The Incredible Two-Headed Podcast has returned with a brand new episode. This episode was recorded prior to October, and was intended to be the start of our Halloween series. We discuss the 2014 German oddity Der Samurai, and the 2017 Italian thriller Laplace's Demon. Along the way we also discuss a lot of the Halloween plans that never came to fruition, so go ahead and just ignore all that.
Starting with this episode the podcast will be moving to a biweekly format, to hopefully avoid these interruptions in scheduling.
October 3, 2021
We're back to finally wrap up Summer in the Shadows, and also ease into the October season. Joining us is returning guest Jacob Davison from the Eye on Horror podcast, here to discuss a pair of films that throw horror into the mix with film noir.
Up first, Jacob's choice, is Angel Heart, from director Alan Parker. We follow that up with my choice, Clive Barker's third (and so far final) film as director; Lord of Illusions.
September 12, 2021
It's the penultimate episode of our Summer in the Shadows series, and J. Carlos Menjivar is here to help us bring this baby home.
Together we discuss a couple of noir-infused films from Japan. First up is Akira Kurosawa's near-masterpiece Stray Dog, a very street-level view of post-war Japan. After that is Seijun Suzuki's gonzo crime flick Branded to Kill. Both great films, and I had a great time talking about them with Carlos.
You can, of course, find Carlos and his opinions about movies on the wonderful Dial F For Film Podcast, available from the very same service you found this podcast!
September 5, 2021
Old pal Rik Tod Johnson is back with us again as we near the conclusion to Summer in the Shadows.
He joins me for a discussion that is laser focused and tangent free. It's all noir all the time. Well, aside from the fact that our second film, Pennies From Heaven, isn't really a noir at all. But other than that we're on point. Well, aside from the long stretch where we discuss the films of Kevin Smith. Other than that, totally focused.
Oh what am I talking about. It's a rambling, random, tangent-filled 2 hours, as usual when Rik drops by. Come listen to us discuss the noir homage/spoof Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, and the depression era musical drama Pennies From Heaven.
August 29, 2021
Marianne L'Abbate from Make Mine Film Noir becomes perhaps the quickest return guest we've ever had to discuss a pair of pandemic-focused noirs from 1950. First up, Panic in the Streets from Elia Kazan, starring Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Zero Mostel, and Jack Palance. After that, The Killer That Stalked New York, starring Evelyn Keyes, William Bishop, and Charles Korvin.
It's a couple hours of lighthearted escape from the drudgery of our daily lives as we discuss a couple movies about deadly contagions!
Find Marianne and her writings at MakeMineFilmNoir.blogspot.com and you can follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @TwoHeadedPod
August 24, 2021
We're back in the shadows this week, for a special crossover event with J. Carlos Menjivar of Dial F For Film. Over on Dial F, Carlos it's been the Summer of Kubrick, which this week dovetails nicely with Summer In The Shadows as we discuss Kubrick's early, little-seen noir, Killer's Kiss.
To round out the episode we also discuss Orson Welles' troubled, frequently brilliant noir film The Lady From Shanghai.
Check out Dial F For Film wherever you get your podcasts. And follow the show online @DialFPodcast on twitter and instagram!