Aisle of the Damned 09-23-15: Bye, Felicia!

Gimme that that that nut

Kent’s back from his vacation and we are ready to roll. A couple of white guys talk about the musical biopic/memoir Straight Outta Compton about the rise of NWA and 90’s gangsta rap. We also bitch and moan about the late summer/fall wasteland this year. Meanwhile, Kent took in Guy Ritchie’s lukewarmly received TV update The Man From U.N.C.L.E with Superman and a Winklevoss twin.

PLP – Pod Shots – The Killer Inside Me

In this episode, I am once again joined by Zack Kruse as we discuss the Michael Winterbottom film, The Killer Inside Me!  We discuss performance, cast, the book origins of film, the violence and the overal impression we received from this under the radar film.  It’s a good one, check it out, won’t you?

Music: Little Willie John – Fever

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PLP – Episode 93 – Movies About Old People Part 1


Welcome to the Plain Label Podcast!  In this episode we being our theme of movies about….Nebraska?  Alexander Payne films?  Actually it’s Movies About Old People and we begin with two films about Nebraska directed by Alexander Payne, About Schmidt and Nebraska.  It was an interesting conversation about one director, and why Rachel doesn’t like or is…uncomfortable with older people. Join us won’t you?

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Music: Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska

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Movie Noise: The Sweeney (2012)

Host Derek Coward talks about why he started watching but ultimately couldn’t finish 2012’s ‘The Sweeney’.

the sweeney

the sweeney

PLP – Pod Shots – Broken Arrow

In this episode, I am once again joined by resident John Woo fan and comic creator Shawn Pryor!  This time around we’re discussing a hollywood effort by John Wood, the 1996 film, Broken Arrow! It’s always a great time having Shawn on, be sure to give this episode a listen, it’s a good one! 

Music: Rod Stewart – Broken Arrow 

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PLP – Pod Shots – Masters of the Universe

In this episode, I am once again joined by Cameron Rice and this time we’re discussing a listener’s pick, the 1987 film Masters of the Universe!  It was a great time discussing why this film didn’t quite pan out the way many had hoped, and Cameron details why it isn’t as bad as you might think or remember.  It is always a great time talking movies with Cameron, check us out over at the podcast Filmographies if you haven’t and be sure to give this episode a listen, it’s a good one! 

Music: Bill Conti – Masters of the Universe Original Soundtrack 

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Wes Craven: Thanks


Being a horror fan is interesting. It can often feel like you’re an outsider, even among people who consider themselves cinephiles. There’s even a question on OKcupid about “Do you like scary movies?” I have always marked yes. Most of my matches say “no.”

Horror films are the boondocks of cinema. Often looked at as crude, socially unacceptable, pieces of junk. They’re mean, violent, and negative. And I love them.

The horror world lost of one its masters yesterday in Wes Craven. Craven was interesting even within the world of horror film directors. Mainly because he was somehow able to stay mainstream through his entire career. From making low down dirty exploitation films in the beginning during the late 60s and 70s. Creating a culture milestone with Freddy Kruger in the 80s and again with Scream in the 90s. Perhaps in the 00s he never hit Kruger or Scream levels again (even with Scream 4) but films like Red Eye and Cursed (A werewolf movie that I know not everyone loves, in fact most people think it’s garbage, but it has a werewolf giving someone the middle finger, so I have a soft spot for it.) still kept him around.

After the 80s many of the mainstream horror heroes really struggled, even Craven for a small period of time, but he was able to come back with Scream in a big bad way.

Even his films that didn’t work, had something interesting, if it were a performance, a certain shot, or one really haunting scene. Swamp Thing is not great, but the scene where Arcane’s assistant turns into a Pig Man is forever burned into my brain like so much trama. Serpent in the Rainbow has a ton of potential to be a classic, not quite there, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t nightmare moments.

Nightmare… I can’t truly speak on what a Nightmare on Elm Street, as a series and as a touchstone means for me. It’s everything. It’s what I strive for when I write my own horror scripts. It’s hard to articulate it. It’s one of those films I buy again and again with every new special feature or edition (along with Halloween and Evil Dead)


What it is about that series, that character, this creation by Craven that stuck in the cultures head, that buried itself deep? Craven hit on something, and he hit it out of the park. Eventually Kruger would become a self parody, a shadow of his former self, until Craven returned to the series, giving us one last look at the original Kruger (before a Freddy vs Jason film, I grant you), that scary, mean Kruger who gets a glee out of killing you. That Nightmare fuel.

Craven being a former English professor was something of a thinking man’s horror filmmaker. Sometimes that may have gotten in the way, but when it worked it worked. Last house on the Left being about the death of the 60s, Nightmare being about the divorce home of the 80s, etc.

To hear Craven talk about horror films was to hear someone talk about this low down dirty disrespected genre, with the eloquence and respect it deserves. We lost a voice that elevated the genre and tried to show everyone else why it was important and what it meant to be scared.


Thanks Wes.


William Friedkin Finale

IMG_6269On the last episode of or Friedkin run, we talk about why it is our final Friedkin episode. We then dive into the big studio the Hunted, before wrapping up with two indie plays to film adaptations “Bug” and “Killer Joe.”

What did we think of the Friedkin ride?

Then we announce our new director.

Aisle of the Damned 08-27-15: We’re so sorry, Uncle Alfred


WalkenUnfortunately we lost Yvonne Craig instead of the people associated with The Fantastic Four. But at least we get a patented Bryan rant about how terrible that movie is. Afterwards, we discuss some of our favorite movies that haven’t really gotten critical or audience respect over the years. (Hint, FF isn’t on the list.)

Spend your valuable back to school time with us as we discuss Alicia Silverstone’s virtual disappearance, Jessica Alba’s hotness vs. talent dichotomy, 90s bands in movies and Frank Langella’s surprisingly poignant turn as Skeletor. All this and less on Aisle of the Damned.


The Aquabats- Stuck in a Movie
Reel Big Fish- Take on Me

PLP – Episode 92 – Movies About Alcohol Part 2


Welcome to the Plain Label Podcast!  In this episode we conclude our theme of Movies About Alcohol with a discussion on the films Harvey, and The Verdict and this week we’re recording from Ploughshare Brewing in Lincoln, Nebraska!  Along with enjoying some fabulous brews, Rachel, Eric, Anelle, and Ploughshare owner Matt discuss the Jimmy Stewart classic film Harvey and the Paul Newman courtroom drama The Verdict!  Join us for a lively discussion and some tremendous beers at Ploughshare! 

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Music: Johnny Mandel – The Verdict Soundtrack

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