Guest Co-Host: Samm Deighan

Czechtember continues with a look at Juraj Herz's The Cremator (AKA Spalovac mrtvol). Released in 1968, the year of the Prague Spring, the film stars Rudolf Hrusínský as Karl (or Roman) Kopfrkingl, a man dedicated to the idea of liberating the soul from the body through the practice of cremation.

Samm Deighan joins Mike to discuss collaborators and the madness that gripped the world in the 1930s and '40s.

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Buy The Cremator on DVD
Buy The Cremator by Ladislav Fuks
Watch This Way to the Cooling Chambers: Making The Cremator
Keep up with Samm Dieghan at Diabolique Magazine

"Mili's Carousel (Lovely Acrobatics)" - Zdeněk Liška
"A Well-Respected Man" - The Kinks



Special Guests: Patty Farmer

On this special episode, Mike talks with author Patty Farmer about her work including her latest books, Starring the Plaza and Playboy Laughs. Find out more at

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Special Guest: Peter Hames
Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Kevin Heffernan

Czechtember continues with a look at Pavel Jurácek's Case for a Rookie Hangman (AKA Prípad pro zacínajícího kata) from 1970. Very loosely based on the third part of 's Gulliver's Travels, the film tells the tale of Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) in the land of Balnibarbi, a surrealistic landscape where Lemuel has a hard time finding his footing, literally.

Kat Ellinger and Kevin Heffernan join Mike to discuss the malleability of Swift's satire and The Key to Determining Dwarfs, or The Last Travel of Lemuel Gulliver.

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Buy Case for a Rookie Hangman on DVD
Buy Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Buy The Czechoslovak New Wave by Peter Hames
Buy Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties by Jonathan Owen
Hear more of Kat Ellinger on the Daughters of Darkness podcast
Hear Kat's interview on the Supporting Characters podcast
Read Knot and Gender blog by Kevin Heffernan
Read The Crawling Eye Cult Media Blog by Kevin Heffernan

"The Flying Island" - Trevor Jones
"Laputa" - Trevor Jones



Special Guests: Steven E. de Souza, Kurt Fuller, George Linder, Rob Cohen
Guest Co-Hosts: Andrew Nette, Aaron Peterson


Set in the distant year of 2017, The Running Man (1987) is set in a dystopian world where reality television rules the airwaves and the most popular show pits criminals against muscle-bound, spandex-clad "stalkers". Based loosely on a novella by "Richard Bachman" (AKA Stephen King), the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards, a man framed as "The Butcher of Bakersfield" and thrown Running Man game, hosted by Killian (Richard Dawson), and featuring a cadre of killers including Jesse Ventura, Jim Brown, Professor Toru Tanaka, and more.

Andrew Nette and Aaron Peterson join Mike to discuss the film, its odd production history, and the resonance to today's world. We also discuss the work of Robert Sheckley and his influence on "people hunting people" films including The Million Game, The Price of Peril, The Tenth Victim and Freejack.

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Bonus Interview: Sven-Ole Thorsen

Outside the Cinema
The Kolchak Tapes
After Movie Diner
Proudly Resents

Music: "Planing the Escape" - Harold Faltermeyer
, screenwriter: 54:00

Music: "Running Man" - Casio Social Club
Kurt Fuller, actor: 1:43:00

Music: "Buzz Saw" - The Gee Cee's
George Linder, producer: 2:21:00

Music: "Running Man (Rework)" - Brain Inc
Rob Cohen, executive producer: 2:29:00

Music: "Running Man" - The Greatest Band of All Time
Discussion 2: 3:07:00

Outro Music:
"Running Man / Hunger Games Musical Spectacular" - Jon and Al Kaplan
"ICS Sponsors Credits" - Harold Faltermeyer

Buy The Running Man on DVD
Buy The Running Man by Stephen King / Richard Bachman
Buy The Running Man soundtrack by Harold Faltermeyer
Read more about Rob Cohen's The Hurricane Heist
Listen to the Remake this Movie Right! podcast
Buy books from Andrew Nette
Listen to the interview with Harold Faltermeyer on the Beverly Hills Cop episode
Listen to our episodes on Battle Royale, Death Race 2000, Series 7: The Contenders, Rollerball, Freejack, and Punishment Park



Special Guests: Jiri Menzel, Peter Hames
Guest Co-Hosts: Jonathan Owen, Samm Deighan

We kick off the first annual "Czechtember" with a look at the most-easily accessible films of the Czech New Wave, the charmingly disarming 1966 film Closely Watched Trains (AKA Ostre Sledované Vlaky or Closely Observed Trains). Co-written and directed by Jirí Menzel and based upon 's novella, the film stars Václav Neckár as Milos Hrma, a young man from a family of eccentrics. Not wanting to work too hard, he gets a job at the local railway station where he's mentored by the earthly Hubicka (Josef Somr) and Nazi-sympathizer Zednicek (Vlastimil Brodský).

Samm Deighan and Jonathan Owen (author of Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties) join Mike to discuss Menzel's subversive film and the way it plays with "sex comedy" themes against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

Peter Hames, author of The Czechoslovak New Wave: 1:28:00
Music: "Train Round The Bend" - The Velvet Underground
Jiri Menzel, director of Closely Watched Trains: 1:43:00
Music: "Down There By The Train" - Tom Waits

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Buy Closely Watched Trains on DVD
Buy Closely Watched Trains by Bohumil Hrabal
Buy Closely Observed Trains (the script)

"Jumping Someone Else's Train" - The Cure



Special Guests: Justin Bozung, Kate Buford, Preston Neal Jones
Guest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Elric Kane

The 1968 film by Frank and , The Swimmer (based on the short story of the same name), stars Burt Lancaster as Ned Merrill, a Connecticut executive who decides to head back home by swimming through the pools of his neighbors, a "river" which he names "Lucinda" after his wife. Along the way, Ned is met with drinks, laughs, reminders of his affairs that went sour, and maybe even reminders that what he pretends to be may be no more.

Elric Kane and co-host emeritus Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss the trouble production and ground-breaking ideas of The Swimmer.

Justin Bozung, author of an upcoming book on Frank Perry: 1:41:00
Kate Buford, author of Burt Lancaster: An American Life: 2:33:00
Preston Neal Jones, production assistant on The Swimmer: 03:16:00

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Buy The Swimmer on Blu-Ray
Read The Swimmer: A prophetic modernist fable set in a fading Eden by Michael Atkinson
Read An Analysis of "The Swimmer" by John Cheever by Rebekah Nydam
Watch Man Fed Up with Commute Swims to Work
Read The Swimmer by John Cheever

"Like Swimming" - Morphine
"Pool Party" - Two Man Gentleman Band



Mike joins Chris Stachiw on The Kulturecast as part of their theme month of controversial films. This time around they discuss Agustí Villaronga's 1986 film In a Glass Cage (AKA Tras el cristal) in which Günter Meisner plays Klaus, a Nazi stuck in an iron lung after a botched suicide attempt. He's visited by Angelo (David Sust) one of Klaus's victims who aims to re-enact the offenses Klaus performed against him and the other boys Klaus tortured and killed.

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Buy In a Glass Cage on Blu-Ray
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Special Guest: Andrés M. Koppel
Guest Co-Hosts: Jamey Duvall, Heather Drain

We're up all night to get lucky as we discuss the 2001 film from director and co-writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Intacto which stars Leonardo Sbaraglia as Tomás, a man who survives a plane crash and who may just be the luckiest man in the world. He's found by Federico (Eusebio Poncela), who introduces him to an underground world where luck is something of a commodity and the man who rules over this kingdom, Samuel Berg (Max von Sydow).

Co-hosts Jamey Duvall and Heather Drain discuss the film as well as other related movies like 13, Fearless, and The Cooler.

Interview: , co-writer of Intacto: 47:30
Music: "Get Lucky" - Daft Punk

Trailer: The Swimmer: 1:48:20

Outro Music: "Is It Luck?" - Primus

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Buy Intacto on DVD
Buy The Cooler on DVD
Buy Fearless on Blu-Ray
Buy 13 Tzameti on DVD
Buy 13 on DVD
Read about The Mist & The Maiden
Watch The Mist & The Maiden teaser (with English subtitles)