October 15, 2019
Whhhaaaaaaaaaattt?????? Bong Joon-ho was on last week, and now this week, we're joined by legendary filmmaker Takashi Miike!?!?!?!?!? How did we get so lucky? The answer: Fantastic Fest. The film festival is the gift that just keeps on giving, and for the next couple of months, we're gonna drop a whole batch of rad chats that we had in Austin, Texas.
Honestly, though, never in a million years did we think we would be lucky enough to sit down and chat with Takashi Miike. The man has made some of our favorite films, and his latest movie ranks high among those. "First Love" sees Miike return to the yakuza sub-genre, but it's nothing like his previous films. The movie is a brilliant blend of action, violence, comedy, and heart. You know the saying, "We laughed, we cried, we did all that crap." Why did Miike return to gangland violence? What keeps him cranking out these films? Where does he want to go next? All will be answered in this latest ITMODChatCast.
Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren. Be on the lookout, later in the week, because we're bringing you a Bonus Conversation with actor Tom Atkins. That's a big "Whoa" as well.
October 10, 2019
The ITMODChatCast Channel will never be the same again! This week we begin our series of conversations held in Austin, Texas, as part of the Fantastic Fest Film Festival, and we're kicking it all off with a deep thematic discussion with a legendary filmmaker - Bong Joon-ho. Of course, we're massive fans of his work. Movies like "The Host," "Snowpiercer," and "Okja" are near and dear to our hearts, but we think "Parasite" might not only be his greatest work but a culmination of everything he's had to say so far. And we're not alone in that thinking. "Parasite" won the Audience Award at Fantastic Fest, and it's the first Korean film to ever win the Palme d'Or.
You can follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalkersiren. "Parasite" opens in select theaters on October 11th and will open much wider in the following weeks.
October 1, 2019
This week we close out our TIFF coverage with Max Winkler, the director of the new bare-knuckle brawler drama "Jungleland" starring Charlie Hunnam and Jack O'Connell. The film recalls the macho crime cinema of the 1970s, so naturally, that's where our conversation begins, but before you know it we're celebrating the great gift that is "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword." Max is a big-time movie geek, and delighted in sharing his influences with us, and was also happy to challenge our notion of likable characters. That's right, folks. You're not going to want to miss this episode.
Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and you can follow the host @MouthDork on all social medias.
September 24, 2019
The planet is on the brink of destruction. Humanity needs to wake up to the devastation they're perpetrating. Who has the power to slap us into action? The Bardem Brothers?? Documentarian Alvaro Longoria follows Javier Bardem and Carlos Bardem as they travel to the Arctic to aid Greenpeace in bringing awareness to the dwindling majesty of the globe's largest continent. "Sanctuary" explores how celebrity and social media can be weaponized, and why the world desperately needs our attention down south. We talk to Longoria right before the film screened at TIFF, and probed his optimism regarding Earth's seemingly apocalyptic fate.
Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @WBDass.
September 17, 2019
This week we return to the Sundance Film Festival to bring you this fascinating conversation with documentarian Irene Taylor Brodsky. Her new film "Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements" follows her son as he learns Beethoven's Sonata No. 14 while adjusting to a cochlear implant. The film is a deeply personal exploration of deafness as experienced by Brodsky's son as well as her two parents. Fearless and generous filmmaking at its finest.
"Moonlight Sonata" is now playing in select theaters, but will eventually air on HBO. Be sure to follow the film on Twitter @VermilionFilms, and you can follow the podcast @ITMODCast. You can also follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren.
September 10, 2019
This week we head back to the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, Va to partake in the annual GenreBlast Film Festival. As always, the experience offers a unique insight into the craft and selling of a film. We were very grateful to sit down with actor/producer Jerry G. Angelo to discuss his latest performance as the nightmarish serial killer at the center of "Artik." The film just landed on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, and you will not want to miss it. Angelo cuts a mean figure, but we found him to be nothing but charming, informative, and generous with his time. We discuss the headspace required to inhabit such a brute and the challenges of capturing a character with a limited budget equalling limited time.
You can follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork and @theturtledork. While you're hanging out on Twitter, you can also follow Jerry @JerryGAngelo.
September 3, 2019
From the moment we met Clay McLeod Chapman at the Chatanooga Film Festival, we knew we wanted to have him guest on the show. The man is a master storyteller cracking his way through every medium imaginable: books, children's literature, comics, podcasts, and film. We are in awe of his talent, and we're desperate to make him our new BFF. We spoke to Chapman the week after his "Absolute Carnage" spin-off comic "Separation Anxiety" hit the stands, and we dive deep into his new horror novel "The Remaking" due out on October 8th from Quirk Books. Chapman wears his influences on his sleeve, and he's all-too-happy to discuss them while we fawn at his feet.
Please follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @WBDass. You should also track Chapman and his many adventures @claymcleod, and be sure to pre-order "The Remaking" wherever fine booksellers reside.
August 28, 2019
This week we're lucky enough to have both the director and star of "Frances Ferguson" joining us in The Dork Cave. Bob Byington and Kaley Wheless have a unique creative relationship; having workshopped the hero of their story well before having a story for her to fill. In this conversation, we explore the joys and challenges of spearheading a production, the method of balancing the comic with the tragic, and the nervous excitement of finally unleashing your story upon the world. Put this empathetic oddball character piece on your radar, and make sure to follow the film on Instagram at francesfergusonfilm.
Of course, you can also follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork and @WBDass.
August 21, 2019
This week it's Red State vs. Blue State as we dive into the exceptional, satirical slasher "Tone-Deaf" from writer/director Richard Bates Jr. We here at ITMOD are massive fans of Bates' previous work, and we're happy to report that "Tone-Deaf" is easily one of our favorite films of the year. What a treat it is to talk to Bates about his new film as we discuss the influences behind it, the challenges of casting the picture, and the way he balanced a variety of genres to produce this rad mash-up.
Be sure to check out the film when it lands in theaters this Friday, and follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast. If you're feeling extra generous, you can even follow the hosts @MouthDork & @WBDass.
August 14, 2019
How do you like your superhero cinema? Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry? Dorks! There are more than 31 flavors out there!! You do not have to settle for the three tastes you've been spoon-fed for decades. Thankfully, fellow comic book nerds Zach Lipovsky & Adam B. Stein are here to serve up a radically new scoop of superhero cinema for folks craving a little variety. Their new film "Freaks" is a fascinating spin on marvelous mutants, and you will not want to miss out when it drops on September 13th. Fresh from the Fantasia Film Festival, we chat with the directors about the joys of updating spandex theatrics for modern audiences, the challenges faced when casting their script, and the thrill of working with Bruce Dern.
Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @ITMODCast, and follow the hosts @MouthDork and @WBDass.