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The East Meets the West Ep. 10 – Shaolin Hellgate (1980) and They Call Me Trinity (1970)

Posted by on Apr 14, 2021 in East Meets West | 0 comments

The East Meets the West Ep. 10 – Shaolin Hellgate (1980) and They Call Me Trinity (1970)

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/27996/the-east-meets-the-west-ep-10-shaolin-hellgate-1980-and-they-call-me-trinity-1970.mp3 The parallels between Shaw Brothers films and Spaghetti Westerns continues to amaze us! Through no conscious intent, both films we cover on today’s episode delve into religion as a major theme throughout. In the Shaw Brothers film, Shaolin Hellgate (aka Heaven and Hell – 1980) guest starring The Venoms, we find a psychedelic mashup of a bunch of things, but to simplify it, it’s like West Side Story meets Dante’s...

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Then Is Now Podcast Episode 42 – Ron Marz

Posted by on Apr 8, 2021 in Then Is Now, Then Is Now Podcast | 0 comments

Then Is Now Podcast Episode 42 – Ron Marz

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/27640/then-is-now-episode-42-ron-marz.mp3 As many listeners already know, we strive on this show to present cool pop culture of the past to a new generation who may have missed out on those things. Comic books have been around for about 90 years, and are still going strong. Most modern audiences are familiar with the Marvel and DC movies that have been popular for the last decade, as well as the various superhero shows on TV and on streaming services. Comic books are one thing that have never left the...

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The East Meets the West Ep. 9 – Shaolin Daredevils (1979) and Boot Hill (1969)

Posted by on Mar 30, 2021 in East Meets West | 0 comments

The East Meets the West Ep. 9 – Shaolin Daredevils (1979) and Boot Hill (1969)

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/27113/the-east-meets-the-west-ep-9-shaolin-daredevils-and-boot-hill.mp3 On today’s episode, Patsy the Angry Nerd and I discuss the Shaw Brothers film, Shaolin Daredevils (aka The Daredevils) from 1979 another Chang Cheh directed film which once again unites all of the Venom Mob, and the Spaghetti Western, Boot Hill (1969) – the third in the trilogy directed by Guiseppe Colizzi and Starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer who reprise their roles as Cat and Hutch. Through no purposeful planning, we are finding more...

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Then Is Now Podcast Episode 41 – Bob Eubanks

Posted by on Mar 25, 2021 in Then Is Now, Then Is Now Podcast | 0 comments

Then Is Now Podcast Episode 41 – Bob Eubanks

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/26809/then-is-now-episode-41-bob-eubanks.mp3 As we continue to introduce younger listeners to all the cool Pop Culture stuff of the past that they may have missed out on, TV Game Shows are certainly on that list! Game shows from the 60s to the 80s were wildly popular throughout those decades, and viewers of those shows have fond memories of them to this day. The Price is Right, Match Game, Family Feud, Hollywood Squares, Let’s Make a Deal, and the $20,000 Dollar Pyramid are just a few shows that are considered...

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Then Is Now Podcast Episode 40 – The Abominable Dr Phibes with William & Damon Goldstein and Derek M Koch

Posted by on Mar 20, 2021 in Then Is Now, Then Is Now Podcast | 0 comments

Then Is Now Podcast Episode 40 – The Abominable Dr Phibes with William & Damon Goldstein and Derek M Koch

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/26476/then-is-now-episode-40-the-abominable-dr-phibes-with-william-damon-goldstein-and-derek-m-koch.mp3 50 years ago on May 8th, 1971, a movie came out that was not your average horror picture; a blend of horror, humor, and music put together in a way that it seems perfectly natural and yet unlike any movie before it. It’s a tale of revenge by a man driven insane because of the death of his wife, and the fantastic and horrific ways in which he exacts his revenge, told in a story that’s shrouded...

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Then Is Now Podcast Episode 39 – Exploit This!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2021 in Then Is Now, Then Is Now Podcast | 0 comments

Then Is Now Podcast Episode 39 – Exploit This!

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/26096/then-is-now-episode-39-exploit-this.mp3 It’s always fun when you can find a new series of films, or even a genre, that you didn’t know existed. I’m sure some of our listeners have heard or even seen exploitation films, but I’ll bet a vast majority of you don’t know what one is, or you may not even know that you’ve already seen one! Exploitation is a unique and fascinating genre that pretty much goes back to when film cameras were first invented, and while there are still exploitation films being made...

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Then Is Now Podcast Episode 38 – Crisis on Infinite Earths

Posted by on Mar 5, 2021 in Then Is Now, Then Is Now Podcast | 0 comments

Then Is Now Podcast Episode 38 – Crisis on Infinite Earths

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/25396/then-is-now-episode-38-crisis-on-infinite-earths.mp3 On our Dungeons and Dragons episode, we discussed how Role Playing Games never really disappeared from our Pop Culture, and in fact are thriving. The same can be said for Comic Books. While early comics can be traced back to 18th century Japan, comic books as we now know them first truly became popular in the 1930s. The term comic book comes from the fact that newspaper comic strips (also known as funnies) were compiled into books early on. This later...

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Then Is Now Podcast Episode 37 – Happy Days Crossover with These Days Are Ours podcast!

Posted by on Feb 27, 2021 in Then Is Now, Then Is Now Podcast | 0 comments

Then Is Now Podcast Episode 37 – Happy Days Crossover with These Days Are Ours podcast!

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/24956/then-is-now-episode-37-happy-days-crossover.mp3 Since the beginning of Then Is Now, I’ve been talking about pop culture that is disappearing from our collective consciousness. One of my go to lines has always been that people should know who Fonzie is. Arthur Fonzarelli, aka The Fonze, was a HUGE part of our pop culture for several decades, but if you ask a kid today who Fonzie is, they don’t know! And that’s very sad. Fonzie was a character on the famous sitcom, Happy Days, and remains as one of the...

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The East Meets the West Ep. 8 – Magnificent Ruffians (1979) and Ace High (1968)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2021 in East Meets West | 0 comments

The East Meets the West Ep. 8 – Magnificent Ruffians (1979) and Ace High (1968)

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/24691/the-east-meets-the-west-ep-8-magnificent-ruffians-and-ace-high.mp3 On today’s episode, Patsy the Angry Nerd and I cover the Shaw Brothers film, The Magnificent Ruffians from 1979, once again uniting all of the Venom Mob; and Ace High from 1968, the sequel to God Forgives…I don’t, starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer who reprise their roles as Cat and Hutch. In Magnificent Ruffians, a cruel Kung-Fu Master, living in the early 20th century, when Kung-Fu warriors became scarce due to modern weaponry,...

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Then Is Now Podcast Episode 36 – It Follows (2014)

Posted by on Feb 19, 2021 in Then Is Now, Then Is Now Podcast | 0 comments

Then Is Now Podcast Episode 36 – It Follows (2014)

https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/24531/then-is-now-episode-36-it-follows-2014.mp3 While many Horror movies tend to re-use common tropes and over and over again, there are those rare ones that manage to not only come up with an original idea, but also take those tropes and turn them on their ears. It Follows, a horror movie from 2014, manages to do all that as well as present a multi-layered film that delivers chills and horror with maximum effect. It has been described as not only influenced by John Carpenter’s films, but also a kind of mix...

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