Junkfood Cinema

Junkfood Cinema Podcast

Junkfood Cinema. You’ve heard plenty of cyber banter on the “true classics,” on what’s popular in film now, and about projections for movies yet-to-come. Junkfood Cinema is a shame-free celebration of those films that have managed to slip through the cracks of time; the lost children of the medium.

These are films relegated to mainstream obscurity, and most even erroneously dubbed as “terrible.” To ravenous genre consumers like Brian Salisbury and screenwriter/novelist C. Robert Cargill, there is nothing more satisfying than gorging on cult and exploitation gems with the mad gluttony of a pre-dawn fourth meal.


  • This week, Cargill and I are walking on, walking on broken glass. That is to say we are treading dangerously over the broken shards of Die Hard ripoffs. John McClane not only made trouble for Hans Gruber, he distinctly altered the course of action cinema for years to follow. Brian...

  • This week, as Cargill roams the Himalayas in search of more discarded VHS copies of Skatetown USA, I am joined by FSR’s own Culture Warrior and soon-to-be-PhD Landon Palmer for a discussion of the deep-fried film oeuvre of The King himself. Almost-Dr. Palmer is definitely taking care of business as...

  • Fasten your safety belts, junkies, because this week’s episode…wait, no. Don’t fasten the seat belt at all. Get out of that car immediately! It’s sentient, it’ll destroy you! IT’S WHAT EVIL DRIVES!!! Luckily, what drives me and Cargill is our love for strange filmic subgenres, not the least of which...

  • This week, Cargill and I go outside the Actor’s Studio to examine the early horror films of one Mr. George Clooney, or as you may now know him: God-King of Hollywood. Back in the glory days, the all-or-nothing days, before bestriding the narrow world like a colossus, Clooney was a struggling...

  • For this week’s episode, Cargill and I explore the wonderful world of 1983’s Krull. We examine the movie’s glorious genre pastiche and undeniably rich character development, as well as spinning our own perspective on “the glaive problem.” We also explain how the structure and spirit of Krull makes it the...

  • On this week’s episode, in honor of the upcoming X-Men flick, Cargill and I mount our own exploration into alternate timelines as part of a new recurring series we’ve dubbed Movies of Future Past. For the inaugural foray, we imagine a universe in which George Lucas had actually acquired the...

  • Come along and ride on a different kind of fantastic voyage. This week, in honor of the release of Cargill’s second novel, “Queen of the Dark Things,” we discuss our favorite cinematic examples of urban fantasy. Whether in the form of dueling immortals, vengeance-seeking grunge rockers, or the full arsenal...

  • Last week, the film world lost a giant. Often called The Cockney Cagney, Bob Hoskins was an actor who didn’t just demand your attention on screen, he grabbed you by the throat, turned you upside down, and shook you until you could only applaud. Cargill and I do our best...

  • It was inevitable. We had been getting along too well. But here finally in our ninth episode of Junkfood Cinema, a line in the sand has been drawn. Cargill and I engage in a comparative examination of both versions of Man on Fire. That’s right, Tony Scott‘s gritty revenge vehicle...

  • This week, Cargill and I call down the thunder. Specifically, we discuss one of our absolute favorite exploitation revenge films from the 1970s: Rolling Thunder. Written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) pens this incredibly subversive Vietnam War parable about a man pushed back into a life of violence...

  • Vampires are timeless; by their very nature immortal. Still, Hollywood has so shat the coffin with vampire movies of late that the creeping shadow on the wall no longer belongs to Nosferatu, but rather to permeating audience apathy. But there was a time, gentle viewer, when the legacy of the...

  • Last week, the cult film world lost a true luminary. While you might not be terribly familiar with the name Everett De Roche, this staggeringly talented screenwriter is responsible for many of the absolute best Ozploitation films. On today’s episode, Cargill and I sit down to discuss our favorite flicks...

  • In this, well, rather unusual episode of Junkfood Cinema, Cargill and I delve into the backwards, topsy-turvy world of body swap movies. Whether via a fortune cookie, a birthday wish, or the totally possible act of physically trading faces, these films offer a variety of avenues for transcending one’s given...

  • In this installment of Junkfood Cinema, Cargill and I discuss one of our favorite under-appreciated actors: Michael Beck. For a very brief period of time, Beck was a rising star in Hollywood. His breakout performance in The Warriors placed him firmly on the map, only to see his career stall...

  • For this loving spoonful of Junkfood Cinema, Cargill and I find ourselves in the presence of true greatness. During SXSW, we were able to sit down with actor/writer/genre mainstay Dick Miller. Not familiar with Dick Miller? Actually, we’re willing to bet Mogwais to Terminators that you ARE familiar with Dick...

  • For this second helping of Junkfood Cinema, Brian and Cargill first chew on a very important issue: ironic film appreciation. Too often films like those that will appear on the menu of this podcast are viewed through the lens of arrogant snark. A dividing line needs to be drawn. In...

  • Unwrap the first bite of FSR’s newest, and possibly most ill-advised podcast: Junkfood Cinema. You’ve heard plenty of cyber banter on the “true classics,” on what’s popular in film now, and about projections for movies yet-to-come. Junkfood Cinema is a shame-free celebration of those films that have managed to slip...

  • It’s not often that movies find themselves double-covered for Junkfood Cinema, but that’s largely because we reserve double-coverage for our fudge-dipped Oreos…that we then dip in fudge…and then in rainbow cake frosting. Triple-double-covered Oreos notwithstanding, there are certain titles, such as 1992’s Stay Tuned, whose importance to the medium of...

  • Welcome back to Junkfood Cinema; we live our lives a quarter-pounder at a time. Speaking of, did you know that the word “franchise” isn’t always preceded by the words “fast food?” I know, we were just as shocked as you are. It appears it can also be used to refer...

  • Like any other type of art, the distinctions between good movies and bad movie are subjective. After all, one man’s nigh unwatchable stinkburger is one internet column’s entire reason for being; our two sugary scoops of raison d’être, if you will.  And then there are those bad movies which only...