Episode 23: Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa) / Bad Magic (1998, John & Mark Polonia)

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This week Andrew and Matt soak up the essence of 20th century commercial filmmaking as Akira Kurosawa crafts the template for a zillion action movies about lone badasses with Yojimbo, starring the greatest ever Japanese thespian of dramedy and slicing off dudes arms with swords: Toshiro Mifune. Goons with novelties are dispatched hilariously and all works out most satisfactory.

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Then it’s down past the end of the other spectrum to a spectrum somewhere in the bowels of hell with .

The Polonia Brothers

The Polonia Brothers are possibly the most amateurish, zero budget horror movie makers (“movie” is really a stretch here, this is only an hour long) whose videos somehow inexplicably found their way to shelves. Beyond any budgetary or suspension of disbelief our feeble human minds can comprehend, we were somewhat driven to Lovecraftian madness by the knowledge that movies like these can have their own imdb pages, and that Feeders was somehow the 1996 Blockbuster “most rented independent title.” Only in the 90s?

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The 20+ year saga of The Polonia Brothers is indeed a strange one and listeners can expect more where that came from in future episodes!

NEXT WEEK:

GOOD MOVIE: HOUR OF THE WOLF (1968, INGMAR BERGMAN)

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BAD MOVIE: CALIGULA (1979, TINTO BRASS)

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