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.

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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. I know, it’s a cheat, we’re scoundrels. However, if there is one film that will make you rethink sending that new necktie to dear old dad this June, it’s The Stepfather. Terry O’Quinn (with hair no less) stars in a slow-burn, entirely unsettling family horror/drama that Mike Brady definitely does not want you to see. Give the episode a listen to find out whether father actually knows best, and why we tend to think The Stepfather is the best! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #35 Directly

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My Bloody Valentine

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 seek to sever all joy from their designated season. These won’t always be Christmas horror, but they will always be sinfully delectable. First up, we park the car on February 14th and spend some quality time with My Bloody Valentine. This Canadian gem gave us a plethora of major miner frights and taught us that an engine block can double as an oven. Life may be like a box of chocolates, but MBV proves that box also contains plenty of death. Enjoy, and mark your calendars for the next bloody installment of this latest series! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #34 Directly

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Killer Joe

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 feature enough Matthew McConaughey goodness to warrant discussion. There’s even one ingredient in this casserole that is only at all palatable because of our eponymous feast founder. Grab your forks and dig into the final course of McGenreHey! Warning (without context): The boop is a thing. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #33 Directly

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Lone Star Movie

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 this southern-fried noir that spans time and operates on so many fascinating levels. One of Cargill’s favorite films, Lone Star is a captivating exploration of myth, especially of the preference of myth over truth, and how Texas is particularly prone to uplift the legend while burying the ugly facts. Oh, and it’s a film in which Matthew McConaughey plays…Chris Cooper’s father? Download, listen, and return to the scene of the crime with us! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #32 Directly

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Frailty

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 star/director Bill Paxton) was convinced demons were L-I-V-I-N amongst us and had to be destroyed. Download the episode to hear us heap a sacrilegious amount of love on this sadly underappreciated thriller. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #31 Directly

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Reign of Fire

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 didn’t it take off with audiences the way it should have? And how did this film potentially plant the seeds for the current McConaissance? All that, plus (in case we were coy about it before)…DRAGONS!!! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #30 Directly

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Fallen Movie Denzel

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 the cop-versus-demon flick Fallen. And now that we’ve touched upon it,  we might actually be possessed by it. Only time will tell. Happy Halloween, Junkies! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #29 Directly

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Demon Knight Tales From the Crypt

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 this is one of our favorite horror films of any decade. If you’ve been putting off seeing this film, make tonight your demon night and then join us as we not only pay blood tribute to the greatness of the movie, but also discuss its slow, painful slog through development hell. It’s (Dick) Miller time and things are about to get in-Zane! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #28 Directly

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In the Mouth of Madness

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, and what fast food item’s very existence similarly tests the boundaries of human sanity. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #27 Directly

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Event Horizon

It’s here! It’s finally here! It’s Schlocktober around the Junkyard and that means it’s time to talk some horror! Cargill and I delve into the genre’s most maligned decade and return to this timeline with several underrated 90s horror flicks in tow. First up, fittingly, is Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon. During the episode, we figure out that Sam Neill’s character here is The Anti-Grant and determine beyond a shadow of a doubt what is really the problem with…Hellraiser: Bloodline? Yeah, you’ll just have to listen to the show to figure out how the hell we got there. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #26 Directly

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Cargill and I close out our two-part two-step through the weird and wonderful world of oddball musicals from the late 70s/early 80s. If you thought Donald Pleasence singing “I Want You So Bad” in Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was the most bizarre offering we had on our playbill, just wait until you see what we’ve got for you this week. Devils, transvestites, and bike-curious 50s superheroes are all scheduled to appear before the final curtain call. Uncover your ears, junkies, Can’t Stop The Musicals Part 2 is upon you! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #25 Directly

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Sgt. Pepper

Cargill and Brian serve as grand marshals as they lead a parade of weirdness through your brain streets. In the first movement of their two-part schlock symphony, the guys delve into some of their favorite bizarre musicals from the late seventies and early eighties. This initial trio of flicks takes them from the Heartland to Skatetown all the way to The Village, people. Strike up your bandwidth and join the junk masters as they wax melodious on this first batch of singing, dancing oddities. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #24 Directly

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Death to Smoochy

Comedy is probably the most taste-variable of film genres, and never was that fact thrown more sharply into focus than when folks were listing their favorite Robin Williams movies in the wake of his untimely death. So many different titles to choose from! Turns out, Cargill and I share an abiding affinity for one of Williams’ most maligned films: Death to Smoochy. Now that some time has passed, we felt it appropriate to honor the great Robin Williams by delving into all the things we love about this darkly absurd oddity. We also examine the roots of the film’s ice cold reception and the slowly pervading cult appreciation it has since garnered. We can’t necessarily change your mind about Death to Smoochy, but maybe we can make a dent. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #23 Directly

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Galaxy Quest

Wrapping up our curated series on sci-fi comedies, Cargill and I warp to a seldom trekked sector of the filmic universe. Setting our phasers on geek-out, we expound upon the various merits of the underrated Galaxy Quest. We discuss the movie it almost was, the deeper themes of hero worship and the complex nature of niche fame, and then we issue you, the listener, a very strange homework assignment. Because how can anyone enjoy a podcast that doesn’t involve homework, right? RIGHT?! By Grabthar’s Hammer…what an episode. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #22 Directly

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Time Bandits

Charles Dickens once called procrastination the thief of time. Respectfully I must disagree with Ol’ Charlie, because clearly the Time Bandits are the real thieves of time.It’s right there in their name. Continuing on our journey across the temporal map of great sci-fi comedies, Cargill and I splashdown into a dark and wonderful Terry Gilliam film that’s supposedly for children. We will recount our favorite scenes, discuss the film’s turbulent production and completely change the way you hear the movie’s closing song. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #21 Directly

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Big Trouble in Little China

Continuing through our month-long series of sci-fi comedies, Cargill and I decide to take a few cues from good ol’ Jack Burton. So this week, we’re broadcasting from our own Porkchop Express and talking to anyone who’s listening about the triumphant weirdness of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China. Now we aren’t saying we’ve been everywhere and seen every film, but we do know Big Trouble is a pretty amazing flick and a man would have to be some kind of fool to believe we’re all alone in that opinion. If you’ve paid your dues, and if you were born ready, join us for an in-depth chat about one of the greatest genre-bending cinematic rides of all time. It may not shake the pillars of heaven, but you can bet your mullet it’ll be a whole lot of fun.   You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #20 Directly

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Buckaroo Banzai

Having emerged from our Summer vacation, Cargill and I hit the ground running so fast that you’d think we had oscillation overthrusters strapped to our backs. In honor of my overwhelming crush on all that is Guardians of the Galaxy, we have curated our first ever ongoing series here at JFC. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be examining our favorite sci-fi comedies from years past. First up, we go gallivanting into the 8th dimension with the likes of none other than Buckaroo Banzai himself. What is it about this weird cinematic goulash that has remained so indelible to cult audiences for decades? What behind-the-scenes circumstances may have affected the film’s acceptance by the mainstream? Where the hell is our sequel already?! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm) and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #19 Directly

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The Last Man on Earth

Last weekend, Cargill and I did something we had never done before. (Watch good movies?) QUIET YOU! The good folks at Minneapolis’ CONvergence foolishly agreed to host the first ever live broadcast of Junkfood Cinema! Despite the ‘cast falling on July 4th, we sashayed around expectation and opted not to discuss Independence Day. Instead, we devoted our main topic to the late, great Richard Matheson. We chat about our favorite films based on his works as well as break down all three filmic versions of I Am Legend. We finish things off with a few questions from the audience, (people actually showed up, crazy right?), which leads to a nearly orgasmic conversation about the Thai actioner Born To Fight. Seriously, that film makes Gymkata look like…Gym…nada. Burn. If you weren’t able to listen live, please enjoy this cached audio of Junkfood Cinema Live! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #18 Directly

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Under Siege

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 gives his Slop 10 of “Die Hardlies” while Cargill…well…grimaces mostly. You may or may not believe which films make the cut. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #17 Directly

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Elvis Presley King Creole

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 he breaks down how the shifts in Elvis Presley‘s onscreen performances mirror the shifts in rock-n-roll culture through the 50s and 60s. For my part, I go all fainting Bobby soxer over my love for King Creole and reveal how many times I’ve been to Graceland. All this, plus the reveal of which Elvis movie was intended to feature a talking camel. A little less conversation, Mr. Presley? Oh no, I think we need a lot LOT more. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Landon (@landonspeak), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #16 Directly

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