Check The Back Shelf vol. 1 - Django versus the Japanese Mafia: A look at 1972’s YAKUZA WOLF (Starring Sonny Chiba)

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. . . "

When essayist, Charles Caleb Colton uttered this famous quote, he could not have known how well it would apply to so many modern-day situations, as a film enthusiast it immediately makes me think of the explosion of films that arrived in the wake of Sergio Corbucci's seminal 1966 Italian western, DJANGO. Corbucci's gritty tale of a coffin-dragging, post-Civil War Union soldier who wanders into a conflict between warring factions in a nearly deserted border town, was such a success in its native country, that dozens of unofficial Django films were produced …

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Back ShelfMatthew Essary
In Appreciation of Weird Al

Aw, man…. The podcast covered UHF recently. I loved that movie so much as a teenager. That summer was insane for movies (it was the summer of BATMAN and the third INDIANA JONES film after all), but I still managed to see UHF in a theater.

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Chris Hooker
Video Store Memories Part 2: Electric Boogaloo

Back in 1980, I was an eleven-year-old kid growing up in suburban North Florida when video stores began to emerge. It’s odd thinking back on them; a part of life that came, dominated, and went, as I hope I will be able to say about Facebook before I shuffle off this mortal coil.

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Chris Hooker
Video Store Memories Part 1: Ryan Remembers

I still remember going with my dad to the electronics store to get our first VCR on a Saturday morning sometime in the early 1980’s when I was around 7 or so. My dad was set on a top loader before we left, but the salesman talked him into a front loader and assured him that these are the latest models and work well. It was a very huge GE model and was still not even cable ready.

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Ryan Acree