The Spirit leans against a wall with Arthur the Cat

Cinemosity 119 – The Spirit

The white footprint of The Spirit gives way to the black outline of the rest of his body, save for the shock of red that is his tieCinemosity starts by talking about the sad passing of Alan Young and Burt Kwouk. There’s talk about awards shows and various performances including Rihanna and Madonna (one was great, one wasn’t) and news on some interesting film casting. There’s also going to be a new Halloween movie, and a Fruit Ninja movie. God help us.

And to round out Comic Book Movie Month we say FUCK YOU COMIC BOOK MOVIE MONTH with a weary look at Frank Miller’s THE SPIRIT. Adapting one of his favorite comics, Frank Miller attempts to ape the style and content of the vastly superior Sin City and not much else. But there’s pretty ladies! It’s complete nonsense. Hoping for a palate cleanse the next movie is the 1960 pro-horror classic EYES WITHOUT A FACE! If you have Hulu Plus it’s on there as part of the Criterion Collection. Enjoy and we’ll see you next week!

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Cody Rhodes wrote a really nasty tweet about Colt Cabana. Now he's quit WWE. What's good Cody?

Retro Superplex 32 – Six Man Scramble

A red cross featuring the WWE logo and the title of the "Extreme Rules" PPVIt’s the all ‘rasslin’ episode and Justin and Martin have a lot of business to take care of! WWE Extreme Rules just happened and the guys review the not so-extreme results. Wow did that cage match ever die huh? Also on the show comes reviews of Lucha Underground, which was perhaps their weakest show, well, ever. There was also a decent NXT this past week. Also thoughts on the departure of Cody Rhodes from WWE, where’s he going to go? Why did he print out a statement, take pictures of it and post it on Twitter? Also, he took a shot at Colt Cabana on Twitter in 2014 when CM Punk did the Art of Wrestling podcast so Cody, what’s good?

Retro Superplex returns later this week with whatever they damn well please. Thanks for listening!

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Vlad Radinov, doing his job as ring announcer for CHIKARA

Retro Superplex 31 – Vlad Radinov Returns!

 

Chikara-logoMartin and Justin are joined by their first repeat guest, the Party Tsar himself: Vlad Radinov! The in-ring voice of CHIKARA, Vlad is a Russian Ring Announcer extraordinaire. Vlad joins the show to talk a multitude of things including Chikara’s British tour as they celebrate ANNIVERSARIO! They run down some of the top matches and chat about other recent goings-on at CHIKARA such as The Infinite Gauntlet and some of the creepier occurrances that have created some of the new alliances we are seeing in the CHIKARA ring. There is also a great deal of chat about Vlad’s incredible sense of style, his jackets and furs that are the envy of all other wrestling ring announcers! A wonderful guest who will be on again! For all of your CHIKARA needs go to CHIKARAPRO DOT COM! Also check out their Youtube Channel where they’re currently running recap videos helping you stay up to date with the various storylines currently taking place at CHIKARA events!

THEN, Martin and Justin go back to the story about Street Fighter V being outsold by Pokken Tournament and the decisions Capcom made which led to this underwhelming commercial performance. Can Capcom make a comeback? Also, hear about the more encouraging news that came out of their recent investors conference!

Retro Superplex will be back on Tuesday looking at NXT, Lucha Underground and WWE (Not So) Extreme Rules and more!

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: Cyberball!
Martin: WCW Great American Bash 1992

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In this unofficial Turkish film using the likenesses of Spider-Man, Captain America an El Santo we see Cap looking angrily at Spiderman while El Santo body presses one of his doppelgangers

Cinemosity 118 – 3 Dev Adam (Turkish Captain America and Spider-Man)

Captain America stands in front with El Santo on one side and Spiderman swinging in for the other. This poster is not representative of the movie at all.It’s another superb Cinemosity and though news was a little dry this week, there’s still plenty to enjoy, rage over, and GUINEA PIGS! Shane Black speaks out about Iron Man 3 and how Marvel made him change his villain from female to male, Warner is going to make another woman-centered DC movie with Harley Quinn in it, and Fox has a bunch of new shows that nobody is going to watch. The tremendous article about Blac Chyna mentioned in the show is after the break, A Lethal Weapon TV show? We’re too old for this shit.

To continue COMIC BOOK MOVIE MONTH you will be submitted to 3 DEV ADAM (AKA THREE GIANT MEN), the utterly bizarre Turkish Marvel comics ripoff with a side of Mexican Lucha Libre. Turkey produced this utterly incomprehensible disaster of a movie where Spider-Man is a cackling villain who traded in his spider powers for a gun, knife and a cheap pleather belt. He is opposed by bootleg versions of Captain America and…. legendary Mexican pro wrestler El Santo! How this pairing came about God only knows, but 3 DEV ADAM is an experience unlike any other and you can see it for free on Youtube. It’s probably more entertaining than Batman v Superman. You can watch the whole movie after the break if you missed it! It’s Goddamn bonkers.

Comic Book Movie Month concludes with THE SPIRIT! It’s available on Hulu for free so have fun with that one!

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Alex RIley bugs out his eyes, clearly expressing his deep-seated RAGE

Retro Superplex 30 – RAGE

Alex Riley stands with arms crossed in his ring gearAlex Riley has been released by WWE. Martin is beside himself. Where will his rage go? How will he unleash his rage upon the world without this platform? This episode is dedicated to Alex Riley but more importantly, it’s dedicated to expression of RAGE.

More views on last week’s NXT and Lucha Underground highlight the show, why does Lucha Underground have to be so damn good every week?! It’s almost too much. Plus, who is Lorenzo Lamas’ “lord”?! Plus RAW continues to be the McMahon show and there’s a PPV this weekend or something? Meh. Also, some interesting news on the sales of Street Fighter V and how they compare unfavorably to another fighting game that you’re probably not expecting! Bet it caused some RAGE though.

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A lone space marine takes on demons from all sides

Retro Superplex 29 – Loadsa Stuff!

A PACKED episode of Retro Superplex that took super long to get ready because of how long it is, not due to any other sort of lateness or anything. SO anyway, this show includes such topics as Nintendo‘s complete idiocy in regards to the NX and their customer base in general, and Bethesda‘s bizarre decisions made with DOOM. Then there is a TON of comic movie talk as Martin and Justin take us through what they loved about Captain America: Civil War and also the odd decision by Fox to let reviews release for X-Men Apocalypse considering how mediocre they say it is. We’ll be back with some rasslin tomorrow!

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: Tecmo World Wrestling
Martin: Crytek’s Ryse for Xbox One and PC

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Nicolas Cage plays the Ghost Rider in this shot which is pre-special effects, showing Cage's real head surrounded in lights to simulate the reflection of flames on his clothes and his face is painted up like Baron Samedi

Cinemosity 117 – Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

The Rider stands, fire shooting out of his head, the Rider's signature chains arcing in front of himSorry we’re late but there’s been a lot to talk about! There’s some glorious Blac Chyna pettiness, babies, Sharon and Ozzy Osborne broke up, oh and fuck Woody Allen!

Zen ow-er moo-VEE dis week is Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, pardon excuse moi, ZE SPIREET OF VONGANCE! Jahnny Blaaaze ‘as ‘idden ‘imself away from de world in Eastern Europe but he must become ze ri-dah again! It stars Nicolas Cage at ‘is beaucoup crah-zeh as he must rescue a child from the clutches of evil! It also stahs Idris Elbah who ‘as a tres bien Fronch accent! Sacre merde dis film is weird mon ami!

Next episode is the bizarre Turkish bootleg superhero movie THREE GIANT MEN AKA 3 DEV ADAM where Captain America must team up with legendary Mexican Luchadore El Santo to battle an evil Spider-man and his gang of thugs. Really. And the costumes would make the most incompetent cosplayer blush. You can watch it for free on Youtube!

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Former WWE wrestler Damien Sandow stands in the ring, holding the roles and looking fierce.

Retro Superplex 28 – Eric Who?

A poster advertising the CHIKARA show Distant Future advertising the many wrestlers taking part in the Infinite GauntletRetro Superplex EX PLUS ALPHA is here with all things worth hearing about in the world of professional wrestling! Mariposa and Sexy Star had the most brutal match yet in the second season of LUCHA UNDERGROUND, which is no mean feat! The Ring of Honor Global Wars iPPV happened this past Sunday and you’ll hear about the most note-worthy events from the show that heavily involved the BULLET CLUB. Martin talks about CHIKARA and their double-header at the Wrestle Factory including the continuing machinations of NAZMULDUN! The videos that help explain the Missile Assault Man storyline are after the break. Then in WWE news Dana Brooke is on the main roster now and WWE released some folks, plus Ryback is acting a fool on social media. Oh and Eric Young, bleh whatever.

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Kalgan in the film Space Mutiny, played by John Phillip Law

Space Mutiny – The Best of Kalgan

 

MST3K and bad movie aficionados in general have heard of SPACE MUTINY, one of the worst sci-fi movies of all time. Much is made of Reb Brown’s nutty performance or how much of the spaceship looks like sewage treatment plant. But one cannot overlook one of the shining stars of this film: John Phillip Law’s unhinged performance as the villainous KALGAN.

John Phillip Law did not come to Space Mutiny as some talentless hack, the man already had 25+ years of acting experience. He starred alongside Jane Fonda in the sci-fi classic Barbarella, appeared in the cult horror film The Spiral Staircase and had a long stint on soap opera The Young and the Restless. Even as the scenery chewing Kalgan this is a man with genuine talent and a strong instinct for performance. Even as he stands by and watches other characters’ actions you can still see him acting, reacting, and immersing himself in the role. John knew he was in a low budget dud, though probably not anticipating the cult status it would later achieve, and he is clearly having a great time playing Kalgan. The bulging eyes, the maniacal laughter, he is a 80’s cartoon villain taken human form and this should be celebrated.

Space Mutiny is a glorious mess made all the more entertaining by a very game John Phillip Law. Sadly he passed away in 2008 after battling pancreatic cancer. In this small way we want to pay tribute to the man that brought this fabulous villain to the screen.

Shotzi Blackheart comes flying off the top rope towards Brittany Wonder

Retro Superplex 27 – Brittany Wonder

Brittany Wonder poses in her Ms. Marvel cosplayAs if having Thunderfrog from CHIKARA was not enough this week, Martin and Justin also talked to Hoodslam’s greatest asset: “Ultra Girl”Brittany Wonder! The polar opposite to CHIKARA in many ways, Hoodslam is for grown ups and insist that you “don’t bring your fucking kids!” Brittany Wonder is the current holder of the Best Athlete in the East Bay Golden Fanny Packs and one of the top stars in the “The Accidental Phenomenon” that comes out of Oakland the first Friday of every month.

Brittany Wonder joins the guys for the entire show and does not hold back, whether it’s talking about her infamous match with Shelley Martinez (link NSFW!) or her opinions on intergender wrestling. Being that Brittany almost entirely wrestles men in Hoodslam she was the perfect person to weigh in on a subject of intergender wrestling that so far has been dominated by a bunch of dudes. Learn how Brittany Wonder helped Martin’s views on the subject to evolve perhaps understand how much politics play into keeping men and women out of the ring together. Brittany also has awesome stories and gives a little bit of insider knowledge for those not in the know about the very, very, very inside jokes that are such a big part of Hoodslam. Brittany Wonder is so fun and she already has an invitation to basically crash the show whenever she darn well pleases.

Sorry the sound quality isn’t the best, Brittany’s roommate doesn’t know how to take care of his microphone.

Next week we’ll be talking the Hoodslam show, Martin’s day of CHIKARA fun and more ‘rasslin goodness!

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RETROMENDATIONS!
Brittany: Oddworld Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exodus
Justin: The ENTIRE METROID FRANCHISE because WHAT THE FUCK NINTENDO?!
Martin: Breakin’! It came out 32 years ago this week!

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The Fantastic Four stand together, looking concerned.

Cinemosity 116 – Fantastic Four (1994)

We saw the Met Gala pictures! We don’t do an entire show like last year but that’s because we have SO MUCH MORE! Kerry Washington is having another baby! All of those Tony nominations for Hamilton! Space Jam 2!? Jack Ryan has been recast again? That girl that’s in everything is going to be Lara Croft in a new Tomb Raider. Yeah those got less exciting towards the end. BUT then hear of the amazing Fantastic Four (1994) which was literally made without the intention of anybody ever actually seeing it!

Yes, before Marvel got their shit together at the movies they threw their IPs around like Zack Snyder throwing around his fast/slow/fast/slow explosions. Roger Corman was given $1 million and told to make a FANTASTIC FOUR (1994) movie that would allow the rights not to revert back to Marvel but to not attempt to make anything even remotely entertaining. Well thankfully Fantastic Four (1994) (the year is for the SEO so shush) is very entertaining, just not in any way possibly intended by anybody involved. This film is a dire mess full of terrible special effects, very shaky romantic relationships, and an increasingly unhinged Doctor Doom where it appears as though the actor genuinely lost his mind during shooting. Yeah, this thing is real and no, I don’t know why Arrested Development decided to make it into a joke movie in that last season. You can watch it after the break because of course that shit leaked out.

Comic Movie Month continues next week with GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE!

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Thunderfrog poses in the entry way after making his triumphant return to Chikara after more than a year away

Retro Superplex 26 – ThunderFrog!

Thunderfrog poses with his mighty hammer and his newly won Young Lions Cup Retro Superplex Ex Plus Alpha has another fantastic guest this week, the mighty amphibian God, the hammer weilding THUNDERFROG! Thunderfrog talks to Martin and Justin about his rebirth after his murder back in 2014 and his quest to bring goodness and light to CHIKARA. He discusses his Young Lions Cup win at National Pro Wrestling Day and his battling through the ranks to go home with more gold! How will he deal against the evil, dark force that is the veteran Hallowicked when he wrestles him in Reading PA?? Can he prevail over 32 other competitors to win a Golden Opportunity in the Infinite Gauntlet at The Distant Future in Philadelphia, PA? A magnificent interview with one of the boldest personalities in all of CHIKARA!

 

Then Martin and Justin talk about WWE FASTLA- I MEAN PAYBACK which was like Vince Russo sneaked in and booked an episode of Raw complete with some of the worst finishes you have seen. BUT IT’S A NEW ERA FOLKS! That’s why Raw the next night was full of Stephanie McMahon and Shane disappeared after five minutes. And what the hell was going on with that main event? Roman Reigns is still the dumbest wrestler in the world.

Get hype because Retro Superplex Double Impact will have a guest too, one of Hoodslam’s greatest assets “ULTRA GIRL” BRITTANY WONDER! It’s a big week folks! Join us on Thursday!

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Samantha is reacting angrily, her face contorted as it shows signs of decay

It Came From the Indies – Eric England

Samantha's decaying face is shown, a tear of blood rolls down her cheekEric England is an up and coming director who is probably best known right now for his zombie allegory CONTRACTED, one of the most misunderstood horror films of all time. Cutting his teeth on the likes of Madison Country and Roadside, Contracted was his first film out of his comfort zone and it’s onwards and upwards from here on! Eric talks about his early years, how he has developed as a filmmaker and how he has challenged himself by going outside of the horror genre altogether.

We also talk about Contracted Phase 2, the sequel that he was basically forced out of and how the resulting movie ended up being an utter disaster. An interesting and definitely a cautionary tale about dealing with some producers. Not all of them! But the ones that want to make a quick zombie-fest sequel to your allegorical horror movie, yeah those ones.

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Prince looks over his shoulder into the camera with purple lights shining behind him

Cinemosity 115 – The Prince Episode

Prince performing during his Nude Tour in 1990Sorry for the delay on this one but this wasn’t easy to put together. As soon as we knew Prince had passed on we knew we had to dump whatever else we were doing and do an episode focussed on the artist. This is largely unedited, raw and emotional. Prince was not merely a performer, he was so much more than that. He was an inspiration, he was a man proud of his blackness and inspired generations to own their ancestry and to be themselves. So many artists that came after him we wouldn’t even have it wasn’t for Prince and the pain that has been felt at his passing has been a profound one. Not just because 2016 has claimed yet another beloved famous figure but because of what he meant the to the black communities he helped. Hear as we talk not just about his incredible talent and his amazing music but also the philanthropic side of the mad that so few knew about. Hear stories of how he used his money to help many in need but that he never talked about.

Then our movie is PURPLE RAIN which caused Prince’s career to absolutely explode into the stratosphere and defined an entire decade of music and style. A reminder that though we have lost him, we still have his many creations and the legacy left by his immense generosity that will be touching lives for decades to come.

We also speak about the sad passing of Joanie Laurer AKA Chyna of WWF fame. Taken from us so soon at the age of 45 we speak a little about how she became the Mia Farrow of WWE and how she never recovered from how she was treated.

Not an easy show but hopefully it might help ease the pain a little much like it did for us to record it. See you next week for Comic Book Movie Month.

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Lucha Underground wrestler Sinestro stands with the hearts of his former tag partners in his hands, their bodies rendered to dust.

Retro Superplex 25 – Officer Warren Barksdale

Retro Superplex Ex Plus Alpha comes to you this week recorded like at Philly new coolest hangout spot Amalgam Comic and Coffeehouse where you can enjoy fine beverages, baked goods, and have all your comic needs fulfilled!

barksdale1We recorded at Amalgam because our special guest was CHIKARA rookie and dedicated lawman OFFICER WARREN BARKSDALE. We talk about how difficult it is to balance being a cop and a professional wrestler and what inspired him to take on these two very demanding professions. He talks about how it felt to debut at National Pro Wrestling Day and which professional wrestlers he thinks need to be on the recieving end of some JUSTICE! Other important topics include does he ever do wrestling moves on perps? Also, is it handy to have some sort of topical cream on hand when wrestling Fire Ant? A great chat with Officer Warren Barksdale, an up and coming wrestling competitor who you can see wrestle at Live at First Energy Stadium ’16 and as part of the Wrestle Factory double-header Whisper House and The Distant Future. You can also check out every show CHIKARA has ever recorded by subscribing to Chikaratopia!

Catrina stands, smirking with Sinestro standing in the background with his former partner's hearts in his hands

We also talk about NXT, the heart-ripping carnage of Lucha Underground, and whether anybody is going to care about WWE Payback this Sunday.

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Guile combs his impressive flattop hair after winning a fight

Retro Superplex 24 – Squirrels

The guys are back with DOUBLE IMPACT. After touching on the heartbreak of Lucha Underground it’s on to some video game stuff. GUILE is the next challenger to be added to Street Fighter V before the end of March! He can do some crazy-looking stuff!

Guile activates his V-trigger and his muscles expand violently

Martin also got a bit of time in the DOOM multiplayer open beta and managed to come away without proclaiming that life as we know it is over. There’s also some messed up shit like a DOA 5 season pass that costs $92.99 and Snapchat gave us a blackface filter for 4/20. On the other hand, hoops mode is coming to Rocket League! That’s going to be sweet. Next episode Ex Plus Alpha will be recording live from Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in North Philadelphia with special guest from CHIKARA: Officer Warren Barksdale!

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: Micro Machines for NES
Martin: SUPERHOT. It’s the most innovative shooter I’ve played in years.

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