You Can’t Wake Up If You Don’t Fall Asleep - Asteroid City (2023) w/Aubrey Curtis and John Ferrer
Saucer Cinema
by Alex Rancourt
4M ago
Happy Holidays! On this final episode of 2023 I'm joined by Aubrey Curtis and frequent guest John Ferrer to talk about one of our favorite films of the year, Wes Anderson's Asteroid City. We touch on Anderson’s oft-misunderstood ouvre and continuing influence, navigate the film’s labyrinthine meta-commentary on the creative process, marvel at the ridiculously stacked cast, enjoy alien-themed hoedowns, and much more!  ..read more
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RERUN: Alien AB-duction - Visitors of the Night (1995) w/Mandee of Fake Movies
Saucer Cinema
by Alex Rancourt
5M ago
(Note: this is a “rerun” of a previous episode. For some reason a few podcast platforms won’t display the first couple episodes so I am re-uploading them again for newer listeners.) Our movie this week is the 1995 made-for-television film Visitors of the Night. Directed by Jorge Montesi, it stars Markie Post and Candace Cameron. Joining me to discuss this shockingly-not-a-Lifetime-movie offering is the ever-delightful Mandee from @fakemoviespodcast  ..read more
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Death Pancakes - Without Warning (1980) w/Bryan White
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by Alex Rancourt
5M ago
Happy Halloween! For this episode I am joined by Bryan White from the podcast Bring Me The Axe to talk about the 1980 sci-fi slasher flick Without Warning. We discuss the film's claim to fame as a precursor to 1987's Predator, the veritable rogues gallery of crusty character actors playing demented coots (Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Cameron Mitchell), b-movie gore, flying death pancakes and much, much more ..read more
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Drain Man - Super Mario Bros. (1993) w/John Ferrer
Saucer Cinema
by Alex Rancourt
7M ago
It’s another super-sized episode this week! Veteran guest John Ferrer returns to talk about inter-dimensional high jinks, sentient fungi, dinosaur people and more in 1993’s video game adaptation Super Mario Bros. We also delve into the film’s unusual development and chaotic production as well a strange and somewhat tenuous connection to UFO lore (hey, we have to justify covering this one somehow ..read more
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Bat Boy’s Sweet Face - UFOria (1985) w/Jody Beth LaFosse
Saucer Cinema
by Alex Rancourt
1y ago
For this episode I'm joined by writer Jody Beth LaFosse to talk about John Binder's charming 1985 comedy UFOria, starring Cindy Williams, Fred Ward, and Harry Dean Stanton. We discuss the film's struggle to find a proper release, its subsequent rediscovery and championing by critics, the stacked all-star country western soundtrack that contributed to the film being unavailable on home video, the allure of the desert for filmmakers and would-be prophets alike, the American fusion of entertainment and religion, and more!         ..read more
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Piece of Space Cake - Alien Intruder (1993) w/John Ferrer
Saucer Cinema
by Alex Rancourt
1y ago
Season 2 of Saucer Cinema begins now! Veteran guest John Ferrer returns to talk about the 1993 straight-to-video sci-fi thriller Alien Intruder, directed by Ricardo Jacques Gale and starring Billy Dee Willams and Tracy Scoggins.  Virtual reality, laser jail, alien trickster babes, lunkhead space cons, a surprising connection to a beloved 90's CBS family drama...there's lots to unpack here! And lastly, we dive into the wild filmography of PM Entertainment, the production company behind the film.     ..read more
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Knowledge-ology - Hangar 18 (1980) w/Jen Albright
Saucer Cinema
by Alex Rancourt
1y ago
Saucer Cinema’s Special Robert Vaughn Correspondent, Jen Albright (of the podcast Have You Seen this?), returns once again to discuss the lethargic 1980 UFO cover-up thriller Hangar 18, directed by James L. Conway and starring Darren McGavin, Robert Vaughn, and Gary Collins. We touch upon the UFO lore that (loosely) inspired the movie, contemplate Darren McGavin’s eyebrows, explore alternate endings, appreciate alien font design and creepy robot voices, vibe with unexpectedly gnarly gore scenes, and more! (Note: somehow the Megadeth classic “Hangar 18” and its memorable video did not come ..read more
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Freak 4 Frakes - Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction? (1995) w/Bitter Karella and Woosl
Saucer Cinema
by Alex Rancourt
1y ago
Saucer Cinema veteran (and recent Hugo Award nominee) Bitter Karella and newbie guest Woosl join me to dissect the infamous 1995 Fox TV special Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?, directed by Tom McGough and hosted by everybody's favorite Number One, Jonathan Frakes. We talk about the special’s dubious origins, media hoaxes and credulity, hugging celebrities, Klingon/goth kid encounters, unexpected trading card crossovers, Poppin' Fresh the Pilsbury Doughboy, and more ..read more
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Aliens To Some, Demons To Others - Signs (2002) w/Parker Bowman
Saucer Cinema
by Alex Rancourt
1y ago
Put on your tinfoil hats and swing away! Parker Bowman of the long-running podcast Junk Food Dinner joins me to talk about M. Night Shyamalan’s 2002 blockbuster Signs starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix.  We discuss the fascinating-if-checkered career trajectories of the movie’s director and controversial star, the power of quiet and minimalism in building suspense, aliens as metaphorical (and possibly literal) demons, downloading pre-release bootlegs in the early days of internet file sharing, and much, much more ..read more
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Contact High - Liquid Sky (1982) w/André Callot
Saucer Cinema
by Alex Rancourt
2y ago
Sex! Drugs! Fashion! Alienation! More drugs! Tiny UFOS! This week's movie is the cult classic Liquid Sky from 1982, starring Anne Carlisle and directed by Slava Tsukerman. Joining me to talk about the film is André Callot, a professor of Film and Digital Media Arts at the University of New Mexico.           ..read more
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