Black and White in Shade of Grey:
The Career of John Frankenheimer
In one of their earliest episodes, Tom and Derrick promised they were going to do an episode about one of their favorite directors. And now, five years later, an hour-long celebration of the man behind "The Paranoia Trilogy" is here! The Guys Outta Brooklyn talk about why they love John Frankenheimer, discuss their favorite films from his career (and their least favorite), and recommend the films you need to see to begin your Frankenheimer education. Plus the return of The Bagel in the Briefcase! You don't want to play a game of solitaire, so get to clicking!
Spanish Leather and American Blood:
The Mytic West of Sergio Leone
The Guys Outta Brooklyn continue to celebrate great, great men in 2011 by turning their sights on an Italian director who wanted to express his frustration with the American Western, and ended up revolutionizing cinema worldwide! Join Tom and Derrick as they discuss the all-too-small body of work of Sergio Leone, from The Dollars Trilogy to his handful of uncredited turns behind the typewriter and camera to his grand crime epic Once Upon a Time in America. The guys also spend some time discussing the other great filmmaker of the modern Western: Sam Peckinpah. They also talk about how Leone taking a chance on the television actor Clint Eastwood was integral to his success, and answer listener mail about anime and whether certain superheroes are inherently ludicrous. You can make fun of our mule... or you can get to clicking!
Hail to the Chin! A Bruce Campbell Celebration
The Summer of Great, Great Men begins here! Join Tom and Derrick as they spend the next three months celebrating some of the great, great men they admire, starting with a freewheeling discussion about a man like no other (and a man who shares the same birthday as Tom... look, it was either Bruce or Uwe Boell, so shut up!), the Chin himself! The Guys Outta Brooklyn discuss Bruce Campbell's entire career, dissecting all of his hits on the big and small screens, and try to explain why Campbell deserves to be revered as a true genre movie icon. Plus Tom and Derrick discuss their recent travels to such places as Pulp Ark and Larry Fine's Birthplace, somehow end up in a digression where they sing the praises of Doctor Who's Rory, and manage to sing from memory the theme song for Jack of All Trades! It's groovy, baby, so get to clicking!
Beyond Magnums and Six Guns:
A Celebration of Clint Eastwood
The Summer of Great, Great Men continues as the Guys Outta Brooklyn celebrate the man who has become both an iconic star and a revered director: Clint Eastwood! Join Tom and Derrick as they discuss their favorite Eastwood films, explain why the man has endured for so long, and dispute the feeling that he's not a good actor. Plus, actors playing minorities they're not, more monkey talk, and Gina Gershon gets all lesbian on us. You don't want Sondra Locke to return to the big screen, so get to clicking!
His Word and Who He Gave It To:
A Celebration of Sam Peckinpah
Throughout their broadcast history, Derrick and Thomas have made reference to a particular director they revere as one of the greatest of Great, Great Men. And now they've finally gotten around to devoting an entire episode to the man who embodied the esthetic of the outsider, a man who felt at home in times of trouble and strife, the man for who the phrase "Man's Director" was coined: Sam Peckinpah. Join the Guys Outta Brooklyn as they discuss the career of one of their favorite filmmakers, his turbulent life, and speculate on how he would thrive in a later era of Hollywood. Plus, why Tom feels The Grifters is not true to the Jim Thompson book, Derrick goes off on a rant concerning the state of screenwriting today, and what episode wouldn't be complete without impromptu singing? You know you want to leave your house — and your ears — justified, so get to clicking!
Watercolor with Blood and Bullets:
The Career of Kathryn Bigelow
The Boys From Brooklyn are back to induct the first woman into their Hall of Great, Great Men as they celebrate the artistic-yet-genre career of Kathryn Bigelow. Join Tom and Derrick as they examine her whole ouvre, from the existential biker film The Loveless to the cowboy / vampire thriller Near Dark to her Academy Award-winning war flick The Hurt Locker. Along the way they examine the televisual train wreck that was Wild Palms, discuss the impact her original career as a painter had on her moviemaking, and debate whether she's hotter than Linda Hamilton! All this plus the problems of basing your films on current events, what do you do when Juliette Lewis and / or Illeana Douglas asks you if you want to hit it, spokespeople for Jewish Hotness, and gratuitous Martin Scorsese! You know, Kathryn doesn't look all that pleased with you, so get to clicking!
Not All Bad Dogs Howl at the Moon:
The Career of James Woods
We celebrate the latest inductee to our Hall of Great, Great Men by discussing one of the greatest sunuvabitches of all time! We examine James Woods' life, dissecting some of The Boys Outta Brooklyn's favorite roles, and figuring out why he's one of the most enduring character actors of all! Plus, Sean Young sends out creepy dolls, Jack O'Halloran stands alone, and the perils of Celebrity Corner. You know you're bored enough to end all existence, so get to clicking!
The Gentleman with Blood in His Teeth:
A Celebration of Christopher Lee
It's time to induct the latest member of our Hall of Great, Great Men! Just in time for his 90th birthday, the Boys Outta Brooklyn raise their glasses to honor the great Christopher Lee! Join Tom and Derrick as they explain why this is one of the most remarkable actors they've ever discussed, and not just because of his defining horror film roles! If that's not enough, they struggle to explain the plot of one of Lee's weirdest films, the insane Scream and Scream Again! Plus, Tom sings heavy metal, Derrick suspects the word "Huguenots" is dirty, and writing talk. You know the world will hear from us again, so get to clicking!
The Molotov that Smiled:
The Career of Ernest Borgnine
The Boys Outta Brooklyn commemorate the passing of the star of such films as The Wild Bunch, From Here to Eternity, and Escape from New York by inducting him into the Hall of Great, Great Men. Hear Tom and Derrick discuss a wonderful career that saw Ernest Borgnine play heroes and villains, goofs and tough guys, main characters and supporting guys, all with his trademark wolf's grin. Plus Eurocrime Expendables, what Snake Plissken and Jack Burton have in common besides being played by Kurt Russell, and a double feature of movies made when William Shatner was living in his van. You know you don't want to ride that train, so get to clicking!
Infinite Stories in His Truck:
The Career of Larry Cohen
For the first of two — that's right, two — episodes, The Boys Outta Brooklyn welcome back Dread Media maven and patriarch of the First Family of Better in the Dark, Desmond Reddick, just in time to induct one of the greatest guerrilla filmmakers of all time into The Hall of Great, Great Men. From his first film, the bizarre psychological crime flick Bone, to the Telephone Trilogy, Tom, Derrick, and Des dissect and discuss Larry Cohen's career as both a director and screenwriter. Along the way they explain how Cohen always stayed true to his maverick esthetic, never letting being fired or banned from shooting in the city he loved stop him from making the movies he dreamed of. Plus, tales of focus group marketing, alien emo Jesus, and Fred Williamson is The Hulk! You know you gotta pay the cost to be the boss, so get to clicking!
The Fist of Water, the Will of Iron:
The Life of Bruce Lee
In this episode, The Guys Outta Brooklyn honor one of the most influential figures in the history of genre movies and martial arts: Bruce Lee. Tom and Derrick discuss the philosophy and career of this remarkable man, who managed to change the face of cinema after starring in only four movies (and yes, we do discuss that thing that claims to be his fifth film). You know it's Chinese boxing time, so get to clicking!
The Garage of International Wonders:
An Appreciation of Ray Harryhausen
Tom and Derrick say farewell to one of their heroes by inducting the great special effects animator Ray Harryhausen. Join the Boys Outta Brooklyn as they discuss their favorite moments from his films, and why there's something that makes stop-motion animation better than CGI. Plus, the horror of the pentapod and Honey Boo Boo! You don't want to be terrorized by the giant ostrich thingy, so get to clicking. (And don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow.)
The Badass with the Bladed Heart:
The Career of Danny Trejo
It's time for the latest induction into the BITD Hall of Great, Great Men. This time we honor Danny Trejo, a man who is great both on and off screen! Join the Guys Outta Brooklyn as they celebrate the Mexican character actor who shows great character in his personal life as well. Plus, we review Machete Kills, come up with a movie teaming Trejo with Michael Cera, and Tom answers the deathless question: If he was a Time Lord, which companion would he ride with? You know BITD don't twitter - no, wait, we do @BITDShow, so get to clicking!