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“It’s all in the grind Sizemore.” On this show we’re taking a look at Ridley Scott’s war epic BLACK HAWN DOWN (2001). As the events the film depict fade from memory, how does it play today? What point was the film trying to make? And how in the hell has Ridley Scott only ever made one film with exploding helicopter. We ask many questions on this sh…
 
“What’s going on here? I’m lost.” On this show we review Michael Winner’s FIREPOWER (1979). A film where the plot is almost as bonkers as the cast. We’re joined by Nick Rehak to try and work out what on earth is going on and discuss the exploding helicopter action. Show notes Firepower (1979) Directed by: Michael Winner Cast: James Coburn, Sophia L…
 
“Never blame a mountain for what it does.” On this episode we take a look at one of the last films of the Seventies disaster movie cycle, the rock climbing catastrophe HIGH ICE (1980). Joining us to discuss the film is disaster movie enthusiast Fred Andersson from Schmollywood Babylon. We marvel at the film’s tremendous antagonist, its annoying kid…
 
“The past is attacking us.” If you’ve ever wondered what a film that pitted soldiers from 16th century feudal Japan would fare against the military technology of the 21st century would look like, then wonder no more. You just need to check out SAMURAI COMMANDO: MISSION 1549 (2005). We discuss time travel, samurais, and the sixteenth century explodi…
 
“I welcome you warmly to the land of toy cars.” On this show we take a look at the surprisingly dark children’s animation THE TAYO MOVIE – MISSION: ACE (2016). We’re joined by Nick Rehak to discuss abandonment issues, post-traumatic stress, militarised violence and unchecked authoritarian rule. And, of course, the exploding helicopter action. Show …
 
“I’d say there’s two ways of doing that – no way and no how.” On this exciting new episode of Exploding Jet Ski we finally tackle the Citizen Kane of exploding jet ski cinema, WATERWORLD (1995). To review a film of such profound artistic importance there was really only one man to call, jet ski film aficionado Mark Hofmeyer. Show notes Waterworld (…
 
“Nobody ever asks how many you saved.” We take a look at the new Scott Adkins film ONE SHOT (2021), one of the most ambitious action film in recent years. And who better to help us review the film than action auteur Alex Rallo from Head Exposure and Kinemotions. Warning! This podcast contains views about the career of Isaac Florentine that some lis…
 
“If something’s lost – it can be found.” On this episode, Will is joined by Nick Rehak to take a look at the big screen adaptation of the hit computer game franchise UNCHARTED (2022). *Be warned this is a film review WITH spoilers* Episode 119. Show notes Director: Ruben Fleischer Cast: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas Plot: Street-smar…
 
“It’s not religion – it’s the onset of senility.” We take a look at one of the last films made by the legendary Cannon Group, FIFTY/FIFTY (1992) before the company went belly up. The film stars Robocop and Ted Stryker as a pair of bickering mercenaries hired by the CIA to overthrow a meddlesome dictator. We’re joined by Cannon aficionado Austin Tru…
 
“What do you know about dancing?” You don’t find many exploding helicopters in musicals and romantic dramas, but we’ve managed to find the one film that features a chopper fireball alongside the dance numbers. So, on this episode, we’re reviewing the most unique film we’ve ever tackled: DANCIN’ – IT’S ON! (2015). Helping us make sense of this cinem…
 
“They call him Gojira, you moron!” No fictional character has appeared in more films with an exploding helicopter than Godzilla. So, on this show, we’re looking at the Big G’s controversial appearance in Roland Emmerich’s GODZILLA (1998). Show notes Godzilla (1998) Director: Roland Emmerich Cast: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno Plot: French nuclear te…
 
“It’s a great plan - if it was 1985.” As The Expendables 4 cranks into gear, we thought it was a good time to take a look at the last entry in the pensioner-led action franchise. Our special guest on this episode is author, filmmaker, and bad film aficionado Timon Singh. Show notes The Expendables 3 (2014) Director: Patrick Hughes Cast: Sylvester S…
 
“Let me guess – you saw that work on Inspector Gadget?” On this show we take a look at the bizarre attempt to turn Jim Belushi into a James Bond-style action hero. We’re joined by Matt Poirier from the DTV Connoisseur who helps us try and understand how everyone’s second favourite Belushi has managed to maintain a forty-year screen career and discu…
 
“When I asked for your advice, I didn’t mean you should actually speak.” After 6 years of podcasting, Exploding Helicopter is pleased to finally have a guest who actually knows what they’re talking about. So, on this show, we’re joined by nuclear weapons expert and host of The Super Critical Podcast, Tim Westmyer, to review THE SUM OF ALL FEARS (20…
 
“Sometimes you gotta shoot a hostage.” Is Kevin Costner the greatest actor of all-time? Or is he more like a jar of peanut butter you find at the back of the kitchen cupboard? These are among the many important questions we ponder as we review Big Kev’s coastguard drama THE GUARDIAN (2006). Our guest on this show is Kevin Costner aficionado – and W…
 
"At sunset - all birds look black." In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed and the newly independent state of Russia was ready to embrace those familiar symbols of Western capitalist decadence: big macs, blue jeans and, of course, action films. So, on this show, we’re reviewing Russia’s first attempt at an American-style action film: RED MOB (1992). Sh…
 
“Black – just like the heart of the space programme!” When the world zigs left, Exploding Helicopter likes to zag right. So, with Godzilla vs Kong stomping around in cinemas, we naturally headed straight for The Asylum’s mockbuster take on the film, APE VS MONSTER (2021). We’re joined by Nick Rehak to look at the film’s surprisingly interesting plo…
 
“No risk, no reward.” Revenge is a dish best served in celluloid. Or so thought legendary Hong Kong director Jing Wong after he had a falling-out with Jackie Chan. The resulting, score-settling film was HIGH RISK (1995), a 100 minute-long takedown of the acclaimed martial artist. Helping Will investigate the beef behind the backstory is Alex Rallo …
 
“There’s never a cop around when you need one.” When you boil it all down, Charlton Heston was known for two types of films, biblical epics and science fiction sagas. So, on this show, we’re hurtling into the near future to review a film about a plague hit Earth, THE OMEGA MAN (1971). Joining us to review the film is a woman who always dresses for …
 
“Welcome to the revolution!” Over the years, Dolph Lundgren has starred in plenty of big budget action films like Universal Soldier and The Expendables films. Now, Exploding Helicopter could have reviewed one of the Swedish muscleman’s more prestigious outings, but that’d be boring. Instead we’re looking at the under-the-radar classic, Bridge Of Dr…
 
“Just for the record, I ain’t the least bit happy about this.” What? They made a sequel? Yes, it’s absolutely true. Christopher Lambert may have escaped a futuristic prison in Fortress (1992), but he couldn’t escape the lure of the DTV sequel Fortress 2: Re-entry (2000). Joining Will to review the film is That Sequel Guy, follow-up film specialist,…
 
“Sure I like kids - but I’m not here to start an orphanage.” On this special episode of Exploding Forklift we take a look at a film often hailed by forklift fireball film fans as one of genre’s best: CODE NAME: VENGEANCE (1987). We review this vintage video store action movie and make an in-depth examination of the exploding industrial loader actio…
 
“Since when did you start wearing underpants?” Hard as it may be to believe now, but there was a time when audiences were happy to see Mel Gibson as the lead in a light-hearted romantic action comedy. So, on this show, Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review BIRD ON A WIRE (1990), a film that was made at a more innocent time…
 
“All we wanted was a bigger – healthier tomato.” On this show Will and Nick take a look at the low budget comedy spoof ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES (1978). They take a look at the film’s scattershot approach to humour and an exploding helicopter that’s surprisingly real and first to be destroyed by a popular salad item. Show notes Director: John D…
 
“Of course the wolf flies.” On this show we’re joined Jay Cluitt from the Deep Blue Sea podcast to review Rampage (2018). We discuss genetically modified monster movies, whether science can explain Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s accent, and the wolf based exploding helicopter action. Show notes Rampage (2018) Director: Brad Peyton Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naom…
 
“Can anyone douse the fire of truth?” We make a return to the world of Bollywood action cinema to review BAAZI (1995), a film that could, most politely be described as, being ‘inspired’ by Die Hard. Not to mention borrowing scenes from half-a-dozen other action films. Our guest on this show is Asim Burney from the Khandaan podcast. We try and pin d…
 
“No more Mr Nice Guy.” We’re joined by Doug Tilley from Cinema Smogasbord to discuss Sam Raimi’s Darkman (1990). We discuss the film’s origins and inspirations, its place in the development of superhero movies and its subsequent comic book adaptation. Oh, and we also look at the spectacular exploding helicopter action. Show notes Darkman (1990) Dir…
 
“There goes my safety record” We’re joined once again by Brett and Ty from Comeuppance Reviews to shine a light on one of the undiscovered gems of DTV action: CRACKERJACK 2 (1997). We discuss the film’s (sadly) unsuccessful attempt to turn Judge Reinhold into an action movie film star, the weird world of unlikely DTV action heroes, and the explodin…
 
“We’re lions – and that ain’t ever gonna change.” On this show we’re joined by Todd Gaines of Bulletproof Action and Letterboxd fame to review ANGEL HAS FALLEN (2019). We discuss the most surprising entry in the Has Fallen franchise and one of the few films where we get to see the Presidential helicopter blown up. Show notes Director: Ric Roman Wau…
 
“Free hots dogs for life. No drinks.” On this episode Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to take a look at the buddy cop genre parody THE OTHER GUYS (2010). They also take a look at a very special and unique exploding helicopter. Show notes Director: Adam McKay Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L Jackson, …
 
“Meat Inspectors – don’t even fart.” On this show Exploding Helicopter pays tribute to one of its favourite actors, Brian Dennehy, who died earlier this year. We’re joined by the DTV Connoisseur himself, Matt Poirier to reminisce about our favourite Dennehy performance and take a look at his vigilante cop thriller THE LAST OF THE FINEST (1990). Sho…
 
“My name is Alice and I remember everything.” We return to the world of video game adaptations once again to take a look at Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004). Guesting on this show is Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday. Show notes Director: Alexander Witt Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Iain Glen, Jared Harris Plot: Alice wakes up in the Rac…
 
“That’s what we call women empowerment.” On this show we make another visit to the world of Indian action cinema to take a look at TIGER ZINDA HAI (2017). Once again Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday joins us to help review the film. Show notes Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) Plot: When a group of Indian and Pakistani nurses are held hostage in Iraq by a …
 
“You’ve lived through the collapse of vaudeville and burlesque.” On the episode we take a look at the volcano-themed, disaster film WHEN TIME RAN OUT… (1980). A notorious critical and commercial flop, the movie has now passed into legend as the film that killed off the Seventies disaster genre. Helping Will to review the film is When Time Ran Out s…
 
“Can I hitch a ride to the liquor store?” Helicopter explosions in films are very much an international phenomenon and on this episode we cast our cinematic eye on the Swedish cop thriller MAN ON THE ROOF (1976). To discuss the film we’re joined by Anders and Jonas from the Pod Hard podcast to discuss the film’s strange blend of gritty social reali…
 
“You owe me a meatball sandwich.” On this episode, Exploding Helicopter takes a look at one of the worst ever films by one of the one worst ever directors. Yes, we’re diving headlong into one of Uwe Boll’s notorious videogame adaptations, FAR CRY (2008) only to ask, ‘Is it really that bad?’ To answer this important question we’re joined once again …
 
“Must have been domestic.” On this episode we wind the clock back to the early Eighties to take a look at the cult martial arts movies KILL AND KILL AGAIN (1981). We’re joined by Brett and Ty from Comeuppance Reviews to discuss what many people (just us, really) are hailing as the most influential film ever made (terms and conditions apply). World …
 
“If you touch the fro, you got to go.” On the new Exploding Golf Cart we take a look at a film often hailed by fans as a classic of the combustible cart genre, UNDERCOVER BROTHER (2002). Is this blaxsploitation and spy movie spoof, a top of the leaderboard comedy, or does it miss the cut? And does the exploding golf cart action live up to the hype?…
 
“She’s the monster, I’m the robot.” Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review the romantic comedy, meets Japanese kaiju movie, meets dark relationship drama, Colossal (2017). They try to work what sort of film it is, and then look at a rare ‘slap-sticky’ exploding helicopter. Show notes Colossal (2017) Directed by: Nacho Vigal…
 
“You want bread? See a baker.”For reasons lost in the mists of time, it used to be all the rage for action films to pair a martial artist with a rapper. So, on this show, we’re looking at one of curiosities of this odd action trend: China Strike Force (2000). A film that saw martial arts luminary Mark Dacascos teamed up with everyone’s favourite, s…
 
“That’s okay, my wife’s a gorilla too.” Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review the bonkers King Kong rip-off The Mighty Peking Man (1977). Among the topics of discussion are the films *ahem* unique special effects, the strange adult themed plot, and – of course – the spectacular exploding helicopter action. Episode 86 Show …
 
“Aren’t you going to congratulate me – it’s my 20th birthday.” It’s a very special episode of Exploding Helicopter as we take a look at Dragon Wars (2007), the film with most helicopter explosions in cinematic history. To help us look at this piece film history we’re joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday. Show notes Dragon Wars (2007) Direc…
 
“We’re only screaming to scare them.” When you think of the great directors of Italian cinema you think of Fellini, Pasolini, Visconti, Antonioni, Rosselini and other people whose names end in ‘I’. But on this show we’re reviewing Codename Wild Geese (1984) and celebrating one of the unsung heroes of Italian cinema – Antonio Margheriti. We’re joine…
 
“You know, when I was your age – I was a tough son of a biscuit eater - just like you.” On this show, Exploding Helicopter takes a deep dive into the bonkers conspiracy thriller Amerigeddon (2016). After the United Nations engineers a military takeover over of the USA - yes, the same United Nations that struggles to organise a drinks reception in a…
 
“Oo-be-dooby-do, where are you?” On this show Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to review the bonkers Stephen King adaptation, DREAMCATCHER (2003). They try to work just what the hell is going on in the plot, why Morgan Freeman has been dressed as an owl, before taking a look at the film’s exploding helicopter action. Episode 82…
 
“Salami, cheese, pickles in a barrel.” On this show Will is joined by Todd Liebenow from the Forgotten Filmcast to review the Seventies conspiracy thriller The Domino Principle (1977). They try and work out who’s out to get them while taking a look at an exciting exploding helicopter. Show notes The Domino Principle (1977) Director: Stanley Kramer …
 
“Not bad for a tin man.” On this episode Will is joined by Chris Kavinsky from Bulletproof Action as they travel back in time to the video store era to review T-Force (1994) They discuss one of the high points of the PM Entertainment catalogue and why their films continue to enjoy a cult reputation today. And, of course, they look at an exploding h…
 
“Nice house. Cool view. Great scotch.” Heist films follow a largely identical template. A group of misfit individuals are brought together to execute a seemingly fool-proof plan, only for the whole enterprise to go disastrously wrong. So, given the plot of TAKERS (2010), it seemed only fitting that Exploding Helicopter regulars Will and Dara teamed…
 
"I've waited so long for you to pull my trigger." On this show we're looking at a historic film. GOLGO 13: THE PROFESSIONAL (1983) is the very first animation to incorporate CGI. Not only that, the groundbreaking specials effects are used to explode a helicopter. Amazing! Who thought Exploding Helicopter podcast could be so educational? To review t…
 
“We already had our Vietnam. Now you’re going to have yours.” We mark the 10th anniversary of Exploding Helicopter by taking a look at one of the classics of the exploding helicopter genre, Rambo III (1988). We reflect on the last decade of gyratory destruction before getting stuck into Sylvester Stallone’s headband and mullet action. There’s incre…
 
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