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Recent Episodes of The Pink Smoke podcast


Ep. 143 Amatuer & Pulp Fiction

Ep. 143 Amatuer & Pulp Fiction

All episodes are made available to Patreon subscribers, the most determined and unsparing of all audiences, one week before their general release. {www.patreon.com/thepinksmoke} The Cannes Film Festival, May 1994. Two independent American crime films featuring guns, gangsters, torture, redemption, stylized artificial dialogue, quirky comedy, a cool soundtrack, a main character who dies and is resurrected and a criminal's kept woman with an Anna Karina haircut made their debut at the southern tip of France. One of them went on to conquer the world and become one of the most beloved and imitated films of the ensuing 30 years. The...

Episode 4 June 2024 1h, 23m and 55s


1974: Fifty Years Later / The Education Of Sonny Carson

1974: Fifty Years Later / The Education Of Sonny Carson

1974 was a landmark year for film, a convergence of exciting international cinema and the original voices of New Hollywood that still resonates 50 years later. In our new series we invite a different guest for each episode to choose a 1974 movie to talk about, ranging from giant blockbusters to minor cult curios and everything else in between. One of the more neglected films of the year was The Education of Sonny Carson, the coming-of-age tale of an inner city kid who moves from life with a street gang to fighting for survival during a stretch in prison. Directed by The Mack's...

Episode 21 May 2024 1h, 2m and 26s


1974: Fifty Years Later / Young Frankenstein

1974: Fifty Years Later / Young Frankenstein

1974 was a landmark year for film, a convergence of exciting international cinema and the original voices of New Hollywood that still resonates 50 years later. In our new series we invite a different guest for each episode to choose a 1974 movie to talk about, ranging from giant blockbusters to minor cult curios and everything else in between. Despite the domination of Coppolas, Polanskis and Cassaveteses, 1974 really belonged to Mel Brooks. Nearly 50 at the time, the legendary comedy writer had risen from his Borscht Belt origins to release two classic films in one year, 1974's #1 box office smash Blazing Saddles and trailing...

Episode 7 May 2024 1h, 19m and 8s


Summer Movie Preview 2024

Summer Movie Preview 2024

A Pink Smoke tradition resurrected: our once annual Summer Movie Blockbuster Preview Extravaganza returns from the dead as we train a beady and judgmental eye on all that Hollywood has to offer over an increasingly marginalized and marginal summer blockbuster season. Even if audiences no longer flock (in droves!) to big budget star-studded special effects spectaculars the way they used to, it’s still worth considering what the immediate future holds for le cinema du multiplex. Hosts John Cribbs, Martin Kessler and Christopher Funderburg are joined by Pink Smoke copache Marcus Pinn to discuss Fall Guys, Deadpools, Borderlandies, the ways in...

Episode 30 April 2024 2h, 49m and 48s


Ep. 142 Fallout: Season 1

Ep. 142 Fallout: Season 1

“War… war never changes…” Attention wastelanders, time to strap on the ol’ power armor and grab a rusty gauss rifle, we’re headed into (and out) of Vault 33 to explore the new streaming TV series based on the massively popular open-world RPG Fallout video game series. Host Christopher Funderburg is joined by fellow fans of the video game series, screenwriter Tom Vaughan and critic Stephanie Crawford, to discuss the 8-episode first season of the new show from executive producer Jonathan Nolan (who also directed a few episodes.) They talk about how to adapt a video game into a different kind of narrative...

Episode 14 April 2024 1h, 45m and 59s


1974: Fifty Years Later / The Towering Inferno

1974: Fifty Years Later / The Towering Inferno

Episodes are made available to Patreon subscribers one week before their general release. {www.patreon.com/thepinksmoke} For the first episode of our new series 197:4 Fifty Years Later, we’re joined by the first guest ever to appear on the podcast, the peerless man of le cinema Brian Saur. The Pure Cinema and Just the Discs podcast impresario selected for our conversation to discuss one of the most maligned and neglected Best Picture nominees of all-time, the ne plus ultra of blockbuster disaster films, The Towering Inferno. Star-studded cast featuring Steve McQueen (at the height of his box office power), Pa...

Episode 9 April 2024 1h, 6m and 16s


1974: Fifty Years Later. (Introduction to The Series)

1974: Fifty Years Later. (Introduction to The Series)

Episodes are made available to Patreon subscribers one week before their general release. {www.patreon.com/thepinksmoke} 1974 was a landmark year for film, a convergence of exciting international cinema and the original voices of New Hollywood that still resonates 50 years later. In our new series we invite a different guest for each episode to choose a 1974 movie to talk about, ranging from giant blockbusters to minor cult curios and everything else in between. In this introductory episode, hosts Christopher Funderburg and John Cribbs discuss the idea behind the series and their relationship to movies from the year 1974. They go over...

Episode 2 April 2024 27m and 27s


Ep. 141 The Beast

Ep. 141 The Beast

In this episode, host Martin Kessler welcomes John Arminio of the Popcorn Eschaton! podcast to discuss Kevin Reynolds' underappreciated 1988 war film The Beast. Set during the second year of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, it follows a Soviet T-55 tank unit who lose their way in the mountains following a savage attack on a Pashtun village and the vengeful mujahideen soldiers tracking them, committed to destroying "the Beast."  Kessler and Arminio dig into this "holy grail of tank movies" and how it smartly deals with themes of revenge and mercy, the Islam faith, Pashtunwali, overcoming language barriers and humanizing both sides...

Episode 13 February 2024 59m and 33s


Ep. 140 Year In Review 2023

Ep. 140 Year In Review 2023

The Pink Smoke brigade is back to discuss the movies of 2023. Hosts Martin Kessler, John Cribbs and Christopher Funderburg look back on a year replete with above-average horror films, new works from tenured auteurs and theoretical physicists battling it out at the box office with living dolls. The conversation naturally digs into their personal favorites, including two animated masterpieces, a kaiju showpiece, a surprising amount of mainstream and direct-to-streaming releases, and a new bona fide classic from Brazil. Support our Patreon: www.patreon.com/thepinksmoke The Pink Smoke site: www.thepinksmoke.com Movie Kessler on X: twitter.com/MovieKessler The...

Episode 19 January 2024 2h, 13m and 42s


Ep. 139 Aground & Dead Calm

Ep. 139 Aground & Dead Calm

All episodes are made available to Patreon subscribers, the most tender and violent of all audiences, one week before their general release. Support our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepinksmoke Hosts Christopher Funderburg & John Cribbs are joined by filmmaker & pulp paperback aficionado Steven Sheil to discuss semi-legendary, semi-forgotten crime fiction author Charles K. Williams. The group looks at a pair of nautical thrillers, Aground & its sequel Dead Calm (most famously adapted into the Billy Zane/Sam Neil classic (& also unsuccessfully adapted in yet another Orson Welles production debacle.)) Following the story of a no-nonsense charter boat captain & the charming, irrepressible...

Episode 2 January 2024 1h, 41m and 18s

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