OPX 25: Exploring the Cannon Canon w/Guest Austin Trunick

Explosions! Big Action Stars! Big Dance Numbers! Catchy Titles! Ecetera! Do all of these prompts excite you? Then maybe you will be into Cannon Films, THE premiere movie studio of the 80’s and early 90’s! Not quite, but today at The Omniplex we have special guest Austin Trunick, author of The Cannon Film Guide Vol. 1, 2, and soon to be 3! Austin Trunick has conducted numerous interviews with various Cannon filmmakers and stars covering an oral history of this, and I cannot stress this enough, HUMONGUS library of films produced by this studio. Whether you’re just now learning about this amazing studio or you’re a long time avid fan, this interview will be sure to entertain. Have I sold you yet? Then listen on!

You can buy both volumes currently out of The Cannon Film Guide here:
The Cannon Film Guide Vol. 1: 1980-1984
The Cannon Film Guide Vol. 2 1985-1987

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You can find updates on Vol. 3 ofย  The Cannon Film Guide as well as fun random tidbits on Cannon Films on Austin’s Facebook and Twitter:
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OPX 24: A Film Left Unspinached (Keep Circulating the Tapes, Pt II)

The Omniplex is open, and so is this lost film canister full of spinach! While the larger conversation is on lost media (hard looking at you, HBO Max..) today we talk about the unearthed full-length animatic of Genndy Tartakovsky’s unmade animated Popeye movie. What would it have been? Why did it get cancelled? We are not here today to answer those very specific questions, but we take a good hard look at what’s there and what might’ve been if it had gone through final animation, voice, and possible producer notes. So come join us as we pop open this can of spinach!

While we aren’t going to provide a direct link to the film’s animatic, if you enter “Genndy Tartakovsky popeye animatic” into a search engine, you’ll find it easy.

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And here’s a screenshot of the Nintendo Switch Popeye game that has Playstation 2 quality graphics. (It’s not much better in motion…)
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OPX 23: Covid VII – Scorn in America

The Omniplex is open, and well, um… what can we say? All we can do is lift up the art that, be it good or bad, comforts us in hard times. This week we discuss The Bob’s Burgers Movie, Marmaduke 2022, Roger Ebert being horny on main, and Zephyr gets Morbed.

Go check out The Grey Rooms, a horror fiction podcast for which Zephyr is now a writer for the upcoming seasons 4 & 5! We are very proud of her!

While you’re at it, go check out Cinema From the Spectrum, where Austin is now editor in chief!

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OPX 22: Big, Blond, and Beautiful (Hairspray)

Everybody dance, The Omniplex is open!! This week, come with us to 60’s Baltimore, as we talk John Waters’ 1988 classic Hairspray! We briefly explore the partnership between superstar drag queen Divine and John Waters, and compare the 2007 musical remake, and what makes this a smart classic take on desegregation through the lens of the 80’s.

For further reading, we recommend watching the I Am Divine documentary, which can be watched for free on the Tubi or Kanopy apps.

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OPX 21: Nutcrackin’ Easter (Uncredited Jesus)

It’s Easter at The Omniplex! And what better way to celebrate than by talking about.. a Christmas movie?? Yup, this year instead of hiding eggs, you will need to hide your nuts, because this week’s movie is 2009’s Russian-Hungarian production The Nutcracker: The Untold Story (aka The Nutcracker 3D)! From us shaking our heads in disappoint at an otherwise fantastic cast (Nathan Lane, John Turturro..), and baffling at the unneccesary Nazi imagery, come join us as we take down this bad Christmas classic… for Easter.

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OPX 20: Backdoor Jesus (50 Shades of Clay)

Meet Clay Walsh. A man with ideas. Ideas about how to have a better dating life through deep deep misogyn- uh, we mean God. And a thousand yard serial killer stare SO hey, The Omniplex is open, and we’re here to talk about Old Fashioned, the second Pureflix staple after God’s Not Dead (though just as bad). Join us as we learn about dating, love, maybe some Jaysus? All through the lens of a simple carpenter (..but not THAT one, he is far far away from this movie).

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OPX 19: Covid VI – Omicronian Blues

We can’t believe we’re doing another one of these either. (Well… actually we can.) It’s another Covid cast, Omicron edition. This time our hosts talk Encanto, Don’t Look Up, Miracle Workers, Spiderman: No Way Home (don’t worry, very minimal spoilers), and much much much more! Remember.. be safe out there. Get vaccinated and boosted, and keep wearing your masks. (Editor’s note: This cast was recorded at the beginning of January, to put a time stamp on it.) If you would like to help Austin out, please send a few dollars his way by clicking this link. Even a little would mean a whole lot. ๐Ÿ™‚ poster-780 Visit our website at theomniplex.org! Like our Facebook page Follow us on Twitter Subscribe, rate, and review wherever you get your podcasts! Podcast Art by Amy Blue (shylostconfused) Logo Art by Albert Wiltfong using Marquee font “Glasses” by Jonathan Coulton is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0 Up next: Old Fashioned!

OPX 18: Such Sights to Show You w/Guest Peter Atkins

The Omniplex is open, and so are the gates of HELL! On today’s episode we welcome Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Wishmaster, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, and Hellraiser IV: Bloodline, of which he has recently released his original screenplay in paperback. We have a very laid back conversation with Peter about moviegoing, horror influences, love of novelizations, the writing process, and the rare instance where our guest interviews us!

You can buy Hellraiser Bloodline: The Original Screenplay at these links:
Paperback and Kindle
Retro Mass Market Paperback Edition

Read Austin’s Tie-Ins That Bind review of the book here!

Check out Peter’s other books here!

Check out all the other mentioned books at Encyclopocalypse Publications

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Twitter: @LimeyBastard55
Instagram: @LimeyBastard55
Website: peteratkins.blogspot.com/

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OPX 17: Pooh Corner

The Omniplex is open, but today we’d like to take you to the Hundred Acre Wood, to a little place called Pooh Corner. Since we’ve recorded this episode, A.A. Milne’s Pooh and his corner have gone into the public domain, but we are exploring all the myriad (probably/definitely copyrighted) ways that the original book has been adapted. So come sing the theme song with us! (Which one is up to you!)

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OPX 16: Safe

The Omniplex is open, and today we are paying homage to Todd Haynes’ 1995 film Safe. We get a little raw and open in this one as we talk a film that takes place in 1987, yet resonates.. a little too well. So! Let’s dive in, shall we?

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