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.


  • March is here, and while most turn their attention to college hoops, Cargill and I thought we’d inject ourselves with a very special strain of March Madness. All month long, we’ll be charting the boundaries of sanity and celebrating our favorite cinematic loons, kooks, and whackjobs. First up, we tangle...

  • This week the Junkfood squad honors Delroy Lindo...

  • Continuing this month-long celebration of our favorite black character actors, we raise our glasses–and our voices–to laud the great Samuel L. Jackson. Sure, the guy is a big star at present, but Jackson spent most of his career occupying (and spectacularly killing) character roles. You’ve probably seen several Sam Jackson...

  • Cargill and Brian continue exploring the work of their favorite black character actors....

  • The boys celebrate Black History Month starting with a look at Joe Morton....

  • In the grand finale of our “Debut Films” series, Cargill and I don our black suits, gather at the Junkfood Diner, and discuss the cultural and cinematic impact of Quentin Tarantino‘s explosive first feature, Reservoir Dogs. QT didn’t simply hit the ground running with a smart, engaging neo-noir, he also helped...

  • Cargill and I step into the ring to go a few rounds with another first film by a prominent director. This time, we spar with Walter Hill’s Hard Times. Charles Bronson plays Chaney, a drifter with iron fists who rolls into Depression-era New Orleans and teams up with local hustler...

  • Continuing through our exploration of the first feature films of prominent directors, Cargill and I arrive at the debut outing of one of my absolute favorite filmmakers: Michael Mann. In 1981, Mann brought us a gritty, savvy techno noir that starred James Caan as cinema’s coolest Thief. From the growling...

  • We’re starting 2015 at the beginning, or rather with beginnings…we’re starting at the beginning with beginnings. Confused yet? Great! All January long, Cargill and I will be discussing the first films of four celebrated directors. We’ll be reviewing these movies on their own merits, but also striving to discover the...

  • Well here it is, the end of our holiday horror series and, by extension, the end of 2014. You might say New Year’s Evil is the film to which Cargill and I have been counting down since our very first episode…you would be wrong, but you might say it. Still,...

  • ‘Twas a few nights before Christmas, and at JFC, Brian and Cargill were all but cackling with glee. Having eschewed Black Christmas, a far better flick, they decided to chat about a killer St. Nick. They chose to weigh in, and happily summarize, the baffling Silent Night, Deadly Night film...

  • Keeping things festive around these parts, Cargill & I continue to move across the calendar and celebrate our favorite holiday horror films. We leap ahead to June and pay a visit to The Stepfather. True to our nature as shady flimflamers, The Stepfather doesn’t actually take place on Father’s Day....

  • Well, it’s Christmas time at JFC, and that can mean only one thing: murder! No, we’re not talking about exploding turkeys or accidental candy cane impalement. It’s time to watch some ho-ho-horror movies! All this month, Cargill and I will be traversing the calendar and celebrating those horror flicks that...

  • Thanksgiving is done, and now it’s time to enjoy some leftovers! Here at JFC, that means compiling the leftovers of our McGenreHey series into one delicious climactic hodgepodge we’ve dubbed The McCasserole. These are the films to which we didn’t necessarily want to devote a whole show, but which each...

  • Continuing through McGenreHey, Cargill and I further prove the power of Matthew McConaughey by dissecting a movie in which he barely appears, but one in which his character’s presence is felt in every scene: Lone Star. John Sayles, henceforth known as the patron saint of Junkfood Cinema, writes and directs...

  • Cargill and I are still slow-rolling through our month-long celebration of our favorite genre films featuring Matthew McConaughey. And this week, McGenreHey slides into one top notch religious horror flick. McConaughey bookends the flick, regaling a bewildered Powers Booth with the story of how his father (played in flashback by...

  • Shed your shirts and fire up your…bongos… as Cargill and I begin Mc-Genre-hey, a month-long series on the great genre films of Matthew McConaughey. To kick things off, we’re taking a dragon-sized bite out of the post-apocalyptic masterpiece that is Reign of Fire. What makes this film so good? Why...

  • The good news is that Halloween is mere days away, Silver Shamrock! The bad news? Schlocktober has come to a close. Sad. However, Cargill and I have saved a truly great flick for the feature’s last gasp. For our final exploration of underrated 90s horror this month, we touch upon...

  • Continuing on our Schlocktober frolic through the underrated horror of the 1990s, Cargill and I accidentally traipse across a forgotten cemetery in the middle of nowhere and arouse Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight from its ancient slumber. Our fear subsides in seconds as we instantly recall the fact that...

  • Cargill and I once again stare into the illimitable carrion pit of underappreciated 90s horror, and what spills upward is our immutable shared affection for Madness. That is to say, John Carptenter’s In The Mouth of Madness. We discuss the film’s various narrative layers, its place among H.P. Lovecraft adaptations,...