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Episode 184 (technically episode 276 if you count bonus episodes) consists of something special - something we’ve never done before in the history of this show. A collaborative top ten list curated by the two individuals that started that show a decade ago. Normally, we fight and bicker but there’s just a little bit of that this time. Patrick Ripol…
 
For the first 10th anniversary special of Director’s Club, you get 6 hours and 45 minutes of me and Bill Ackerman talking about our 50 favorite films of all time. Granted, we did end up spending a little time before that revealing our favorites from 2020 as well, but for the most part you get to learn about what each of us think are all-timers when…
 
BE SURE TO LISTEN TO THE VERY END FOR A SURPRISE CAMEO! For the last official episode of 2020, I brought on two very special guests from one of my new favorite podcasts, Screen Drafts to talk about one of my favorite writer/directors, James L. Brooks. The great Clay Keller and Ryan Marker join me to discuss his entire filmography since it’s relativ…
 
It's cold, meat is carved and you're thankful it exists. That's all the justification we need for a special Thanksgiving episode of Tracks of the Damned where Patrick & Jim sat down and did an impromptu, research-free commentary track for The Evil Dead. You may not get to be with your family this year but sit down next to the hearth (don't forget t…
 
After being inspired by Patrick’s foray into commentary tracks with his great show as well as Mike White of The Projection Booth’s version of this on the new Arrow Blu-Ray, I decided it was time to give this a try with a little help from a friend. Erik Childress (of Movie Madness) joins me to talk about one of the great science fiction films of the…
 
We've cut off heads, double impaled lovers, went 3D, we ended things, we began them again, we went Frankenstein, we went Carrie, we went to Manhattan, we went to Hell, we went to Space we went Kaiju, what the hell is left to do? Do it all again! How do you remake a movie when the things the fans love about the series don't actually exist in that mo…
 
In contrast to the last episode, this time we cover the work of someone more recent and with a much smaller filmography. Since all four films touch upon similar themes, culminating in what's now considered a masterpiece, we chronologically cover the work of French filmmaker Celine Sciamma starting with Water Lillies and ending with Portrait of a La…
 
"Remember last year, when we were worried that Halloween in 2020 wouldn't feel like Halloween? 'We can't bob for apples, the season is ruined!' Well now some time has passed, it's October again and I haven't even seen an apple in 7 months." - Micah Bravo, host of Tracks of the Damned You think this year was a clusterfuck, you ain't see nothing yet.…
 
Every October, we try to go above and beyond the call of duty. For one of the most insane years in recent history, it only made sense to finally tackle another Italian horror master by the name of Lucio Fulci. I needed help with some very special returning guests by the names of Patrick Ripoll and Gabe Powers, both host their own shows on the Now P…
 
It took 17 years, three god-awful sequels, 18 spec scripts and meetings with every person who ever worked in Hollywood but we got here, we have arrived, grab your shit from the overhead bin because the plane has landed, Freddy Vs. Jason is upon us. A stupid idea inspired by only the most juvenile among the fanbases somehow, some way, turned out to …
 
Returning guest Bill Ackerman of Supporting Characters joins me to discuss the fascinating career of Bob Clark, best known for his work on two very different Christmas classics. However, we went a different route focusing mainly on his Vietnam horror gem, Deathdream as well as the film that kick-started an entire genre of sex comedies. No, not Loos…
 
He went to development hell and stayed there but now Jason is escaping to the one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism: SPAAAACE. Yes, since "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman but slasher" was apparently too monumental a task for New Line to tackle Sean S. Cunningham once again delayed Freddy Vs. Jason to boldly go where Hellraiser, Leprecha…
 
Welcome to a special bonus episode of Director’s Club, here to celebrate the work of filmmaker Amy Seimetz who I had the pleasure of talking with on two separate occasions. After the introduction, I present the most recent conversation I had with Amy about her new film She Dies Tomorrow which I had a very strong response to as you’ll hear. Then hal…
 
After Paramount squeezed all of the blood they could from their stone they sold that dry-ass stone to New Line with a shrug and a smile. They say the plan was always Freddy vs. Jason, but when Wes Craven threw a monkey wrench into the spokes of his old friend Sean Cunningham and, with no ideas and no real interest in anything but money, Cunningham …
 
Ever heard of a director named Steven Spielberg? Didn't think so. But maybe you did hear us talk about him about five years ago when we did a two-parter on the beloved blockbuster filmmaker. First we had Collin on to talk about films pre-Jurassic Park. Then we had Erik on to talk about films leading all the way to Munich. This time I recruited both…
 
It has been about nine years since this director was discussed on the podcast so when Keeping It Reel’s very own David J. Fowlie expressed interest in coming on the show and brought up the name Peter Weir, how could I resist being such a fan of this Australian director's work as you’ll probably recall from way back. Doing this recording certainly h…
 
If the quintessential quarantine experience is walking around your house bored doing nothing as you wait for the pizza you ordered to arrive, than The House of the Devil is the quintessential quarantine movie. Alternately thought of as brilliant and a total waste of time, Ti West's divisive modern classic may not have a quick pace but will it quick…
 
Parting can be such sweet sorrow, but it can also just be sorrow, no sweetness, nothing good about it whatsoever. As we close the book on the Paramount years of the Friday the 13th series we see that Frank Mancuso Jr. opted to go out not with a bang, or even a whimper, just a shrug, a gimmicky ad campaign and no fucks given whatsoever. Welcome to F…
 
So you get your X-Ray Vision but the truth is that after a week of staring at everyone's boobs and dongs nudity fails to do anything for you anymore. What are you going to use it for? Cheating at cards? Curing the sick? Hiding in a dingy Long Beach boardwalk doing insult comedy while dressed lake a blindfolded Pharaoh? If you said all three you mig…
 
With all that's going on in the world right now, it's been hard to focus on new content. I've been actively trying to put Google Docs together of books, resources, organizations and various links to help educate myself further even if that's not enough nor will it bring back the lives of the victims I've named at the top of the show. My hope is tha…
 
https://chicagobond.org/ https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd Just when you thought it was safe to have a psychic freakout at your parent's summer home! Some say this movie started as Freddy Vs. Jason, or as a Jaws rip-off, an attempt at an Oscar or an attempt to meet Federico Fellini but if there's one thing we can all agree o…
 
Before Boyle cleared out London, before Snyder tacked a mediocre remake onto a strong opening sequence, before Cronenberg went beyond the green door to ask for Marilyn Chamber's phone number, David Durston was there, making zombies who ran hella fast. Raconteur, TV writer, actor and possible gigantic liar (seriously, some of his life stories are wi…
 
Happy Memorial Day 2020. Wow what a year it's been so far. Before Patrick takes a leave of absence, I asked him to come on during my birthday month to discuss one of my favorite filmmakers, the legendary Billy Wilder. Perhaps you've heard of him? Our main reviews include Ace In The Hole & The Apartment but we certainly touch upon a lot of his work …
 
Here's some real truth for you: every time your neighbor is loud and annoys you through the walls, what they are doing is making a deposit. It's a deposit in your "be as loud and obnoxious as you want guilt-free" bank. You don't have to feel guilty about shouting at the TV while watching The Americans or for stomping around as you dance. When neigh…
 
1, 2, Patrick's coming for you...4, 3, check your RSS feed. That's right, Tracks of the Damned is back with another bonus episode, this one of the rare 2017 vintage. In it Patrick is joined by Tessa Racked of Consistent Panda Bear Shape to talk about the controversial and oh-so delightful A Nightmare on Elm Street Part Two. You take a newly-success…
 
WHY DID THEY MAKE HIM HAVE A WIFE?!! So I had a birthday this week and all I asked as a present from Patrick is to endure my weird sounds and movie talk for 75 minutes. Thankfully he obliged. Before we record our next official episode on Billy Wilder in a couple weeks, it was time to do a quarantine-cast free-form Popcorn Supper-style. We discuss o…
 
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end, it's true, but when that other beginning's end was the high point of the series since the beginning's beginning what can you expect from the new beginning, particularly it's end? Why, one of the most controversial choices of the franchise, of course! We've reached the love-it-or-hate-it sec…
 
So you saw Night of the Living Dead when you were 8, you brag to all your high school buddies about how your parents let you watch Martyrs, but trust me you aren't ready for this. Gnarly onscreen violence is one thing, but violent architecture? There's only one classic horror film that can make art deco scary: The Black Cat. Lugosi and Karloff toge…
 
Well it took us several weeks but we're finally here. We've had decapitations and double impalements and 3D yo-yos and now we've reached the thrilling conclusion of the Friday the 13th series and, with it, our commentary tracks. (Wait, they made HOW many more after this? Oh geez.) Yes, on this episode of Tracks of the Damned, the horror film commen…
 
Look there's nothing wrong with an overgrown octopus pulling down the Golden Gate Bridge, there's nothing wrong with adorable giant bunnies gobbling up the townsfolk, but what if you got something more? What if you saw a killer animal movie that really got under your skin? An early 70's AIP cheapie directed by someone mostly known for TV work seems…
 
Our first remote cast in quite awhile but we had an incredible time talking over Skype about one of the all-time greatest British filmmakers, Mike Leigh. We are joined by returning guest Regina Linn who is also a very talented theater actor in their own right. The main reviews are Life is Sweet and Another Year but we also dive deep into his most a…
 
Once, twice, three times a dopey slasher series but how are you gonna get the kids coming back to pay to see the same movie they already paid to twice before? The real answer is "Twice? Wait til you realize we can do this 8 more times!" but it's 1982, they don't know what they're sitting on yet. Instead they find a solution fitting their respect fo…
 
It's an age-old question. Why do we keep pushing on that bruise, tonguing that sore, why do we watch movies we know we hate, movies we know hate us? We don't know, but there are few more mainstream horror films more hateful than Rob Zombie's Halloween. Yes, kids, it's time to gaze into the abyss. Patrick may not like Rob Zombie's divisive 2007 rema…
 
It's slower than we'd like but the days are finally getting warmer, the clouds are beginning to part and that first lonesome call of the loon cracking across the valley indicates the summer must soon be here. Time for camp! Yes Tracks of the Damned, the horror film commentary track podcast, is returning with this bonus episode recorded in 2019 that…
 
Tracks of the Damned is back? We must truly be living in the end of days. Oh. Right. Well regardless, if we're all gonna be stuck in front of our TVs for the next two months than we might as well watch some movies together. So the plan right now is to go back into the crypt and dig up some old unreleased episodes and other archival material to rele…
 
This month, we are joined by the one and only Dave Canfield of ScreenAnarchy & Mindframes Podcast to discuss a truly fascinating filmmaker, Canada’s very own Guy Maddin. We try to get to the bottom of his visual aesthetics, discuss the nature of autobiographical filmmaking and praise several of his short films along the way. The focus this time is …
 
cross-posted at Voices + Visions What started back five years ago with 1985 continues. This time it’s one entire episode instead of split into two: all five and a half hours of an annual tradition co-starring yours truly, Collin Souter and Erik Childress as we run down nearly every film that came out thirty years ago. This time it’s all about 1990!…
 
Do not attempt to adjust your sets or turn the dial. Those voices you hear don't belong to neither Brad or Al, but original founders and returning hosts Jim and Patrick are back! Yes, after long debates, sleepless nights and several board meetings and PowerPoint presentations, your fearful leaders return to hosting duties. And they've returned with…
 
Brad and Al of the Director's Club finish things off as hosts with The Final Chapter of the Bergman 101, where we look at all of the efforts of Ingmar Bergman that made it to a movie screen. Even considering his earlier landmark films, Bergman's scope is wider here than ever: touching on theater, television, the opera, and even Hollywood (in "The T…
 
In this episode, the Director's Club hunts for the Riff Raff whose Hidden Agenda was to get the Angel's Share while the Wind Shakes the Barley as we look at the films of British director Ken Loach. Joined by "Fresh Perspective" host and founder of Cinema Femme Magazine, Rebecca Martin, we examine how he emerged from the tradition of the British "ki…
 
It's that time! Jim and Patrick return to Director's Club for the year-end spectacular. Alongside current co-host Brad Strauss, we three run down a long list of awards, discuss our 25 favorite films of the year, and read several listener-submitted lists all while reflecting on the movie year that was. Part One is all about handing out our awards an…
 
It's that time! For the 9th time, Jim and Patrick return to Director's Club for the year-end spectacular. Alongside co-host Brad Strauss, we three run down a long list of awards, discuss our 25 favorite films of the year, and read several listener-submitted lists all while reflecting on the movie year that was. Part One is all about handing out our…
 
It's time for a new take on a director previously covered by the Director's Club. We won't keep you in suspense - It's Brian De Palma Redux! Former DC host, Jim Laczkowski reprises his role in the spirited debate on the career of one of our more controversial subjects. We'll cover such horror staples as "Carrie" and "Dressed to Kill" as well as con…
 
It's been a while, but the Director's Club was spending some time putting together the Part Two of our Bergman 101 Project looking at all the films of the master director. This point of his career features some of the more legendary films of all time, and with the help of Film Discussion Group co-organizer Peter Richards, we not only look through a…
 
Hey all, Jim here. I wish I could explain what you're about to hear, but I really can't. But Patrick is recovering in the hospital after 40% of his body was eaten away by insects, so all I can do is direct you to this sound file, which captures his final moments before he succumbed to a demonic force. So listen, but listen with caution, lest the sa…
 
In this episode the Director's Club casts their attention to the wonderful worlds drawn by legendary animation Studio Ghibli - but not the director you expect! Because while director Isao Takahata was not as prolific as Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, he put together a remarkable run of films in his own right, ones which pushed anime into whole n…
 
The Director's Club wanted to do something special on what would have been legendary director Ingmar Bergman's 101st year, so we're putting together a three-part series we're calling Bergman 101, where we look at every full feature he made that had a theatrical release! In Part I, we see how he made his start with melodramas but soon branched out t…
 
Cross-posted from Voices + Visions: Another special bonus episode from the former host of this here show. So you might remember him as Arnie from Christine and that's where I first became aware of the terrific talent of one Keith Gordon. He's been on Voices + Visions / Director's Club a few times now, thus beginning a yearly tradition where we chec…
 
What happens when old-school Director’s Club meets the new? Join Brad, Al, alongside former hosts Jim + Patrick as they dive head first into the world of Tarantino, focusing on his latest creation, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. A film that no one else seems to talking about so we figured we should. Does everyone agree it’s one of his best? Only wa…
 
The Director's Club returns to the films of Robert Altman, looking at the ups and downs of his career after he nearly became exiled to Sweethaven due to the "Popeye" debacle. We explore how he worked his way back with innovative takes on theatrical material like "Secret Honor" and "Fool For Love", returned back to critical and popular attention wit…
 
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