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Podcast #20: Tanya’s Island (1980)

In Podcasts on April 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Guys, I know what this looks like. I'm here to tell you: this is exactly what's happening.

This week we welcome our friend David Bertrand of the Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre to the studio / bedroom for a viewing of the oft-overlooked Canadian tax shelter classic Tanya’s Island Although mostly taking place on an unnamed island (actually Puerto Rico), Canadian money and ‘talent’ was used in this tale of a dream-like love triangle between a beardo, Prince protégée Vanity and a giant fucking (literally) cave-dwelling ape. Although we struggled to identify the Canadian identity of this erotic classic, we struggled even more with trying to wrap our minds around its many intricacies. The shortest episode of Why Does It Exist? thus far, -perhaps, but certainly the densest and most thought-provoking.

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David Bertrand is a writer, filmmaker, musician and Renaissance man who has run a funky movie theater out of his Montreal apartment for the last two years. The adventure is ending in mid-May, so you have but a scant few weeks to make the best out of Blue Sunshine!

Music this week provided by Alice & The Intellects. The song ‘Make it Better’, off their album Balloon Ride, can be downloaded for free at their Bandcamp.

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Podcast #19: Tomorrow Never Comes (1978)

In Podcasts on April 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Behind the scenes peek: if there's a poster here instead of a hilarious picture, I probably forgot the DVD at Dan's.

After a brief (yet predictable) MIA spell for Dan, Why Does It Exist? returns for a month-long foray into the exciting world of Canuxploitation and more specifically of tax-shelter films from 1978 to 1982. Capital Cost April begins in full swing with Tomorrow Never Comes, a Montreal-shot hostage thriller that essentially plays out like a low-wattage Dog Day Afternoon with 100% more cans of Molson Export. A whispery, roast-beefesque Oliver Reed leads negotiations with the unhinged Stephen McHattie as he holds his ex-girlfriend (Susan George of Straw Dogs infamy, wailing hysterically as always) hostage. Lots of character actors are trotted out to give exposition, everybody sweats a whole bunch and the rebellious spirit of 1978 Laval is stamped out in favour of non-descript suburban nonsense.

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Featured music this week are selections from Montreal supergroup Quatro’s newest EP, Les éclairs me donnent la vie. You can listen to and purchase it here.