Cinematic Oblivion

Cinematic Oblivion
Brothers and life-long cinephiles Nick and Harry Nordlinger explore the full spectrum of film history, with an eye for the esoteric, the strange and the sublime.

grab bag: Quarantine 2020
Apr 30 • 74 min
It’s been a while. We discuss what’s kept us entertained and sane in Shelter-In-Place including the gory, gutsy guerrilla action film Deadbeat at Dawn (1988) Guy Maddin’s odes to his city and ours in My…
outings: Noir City 2020
Feb 18 • 55 min
You can find me in the back of the Castro theater drinking whiskey and cherry Coke yelling at people to get off their phones before the third Mexican noir starts.
Top Ten of the Twenty-Teens
Jan 16 • 78 min
We promise to only be this basic once every ten years.
grab bag: Halloween 2019
Oct 31, 2019 • 48 min
In this year’s Halloween episode of Grab Bag Harry revisits some horror movies we didn’t used to like very much and reveals that we were right about one of them and wrong about another, Nick discusses his new Giallo concept bar and cocktail menu, and we…
Barker’s Books of Blood
Oct 30, 2019 • 98 min
Sweets for the sweet, it’s our official Halloween special. Listen as we discuss horror fantasy’s finest imaginer, Clive Barker, and his brief career in film, as well as the trademarks of his work, including sadomasochistic inter-dimensional travelers,…
Profecy of the Black Spider
Oct 20, 2019 • 37 min
The Earth shall tremble. Graves shall open. They shall come among the living as messengers of death and there shall be the “nigths” of terror. Continuing our October horror rituals, we examine the ineffable minimalism of Andrea Bianchi’s zombie shadow…
Furankenshutain tai Baragon
Oct 11, 2019 • 53 min
We turn our October attention to one of the least conventional iterations of the Frankenstein monster all in the interest of discussing Nick’s favorite and most expensive toy.
Dude Bros at the Balboa: an interview with Michael Rousselet
Oct 3, 2019 • 97 min
The Dude Bros are coming to the Balboa Theater here in San Francisco on October 23rd for a Rewind Wednesday VHS screening of Cinematic Oblivion’s favorite slasher comedy Dude Bro Party Massacre III! Two of the directors, Tomm Jacobsen and Michael…
snippet: Remembering Sid Haig
Sep 29, 2019 • 4 min
R.I.P. Sid Haig 1939-2019
Soviet Sci-Fi part 3: post-Tarkovsky
Apr 28, 2019 • 71 min
The third part of our three-part history and analysis of Soviet Science Fiction films. In this episode we focus on the science fiction films of the USSR’s final years including grey, colorful, and silver tones all in the wake of Andrei Tarkovsky’s…
outings: Unnamed Footage Festival 2019
Mar 10, 2019 • 72 min
Our report from an oblivionated weekend at the historic Balboa theater under the curation of the Overlook Hour. We briefly review the history of found-footage and then discuss such diverse representatives of the subgenre as The Midnight Swim, La…
outings: Noir City 2019
Feb 20, 2019 • 49 min
We briefly review and analyze such classics as Pickup on South Street (1952) and Kiss Me Deadly (1955) from our recent outing to Noir City at the Castro Theater, during which we discovered that we are total amateurs at this whole “liking…
Soviet Sci-Fi part 2: Tarkovsky
Jan 28, 2019 • 78 min
The second part of our three-part history and analysis of Soviet Science Fiction films. In this episode we focus on the two science fiction contributions of Soviet auteur Andrei Tarkovsky, Solaris (1971) and Stalker (1979), and…
grab bag: Midori Sour
Jan 12, 2019 • 63 min
A sickly sweet cocktail of various ingredients, Harry and Nick reunite after two weeks apart to discuss the 90’s films of Brian De Palma, the video art of Jan Svankmajer, Ryan Trecartin, Alan Resnick, and the “wayward circus child” sub-genre,…
Soviet Sci-Fi part 1: pre-Tarkovsky
Dec 9, 2018 • 64 min
The first part of our three-part history and analysis of Soviet Science Fiction films. In this episode we begin in the silent era with Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924) and Cosmic Voyage (1935) and then blast off into the space race with Road to the Stars…
spotlight: Make Out With Violence and the Early Days of Netflix Streaming
Nov 29, 2018 • 16 min
The first installment in a new series of mini episodes called spotlight, wherein Nick and/or Harry take a look at a particular theme (film/director/genre/etc.) that wouldn’t otherwise be featured in a regular episode. In this inaugural episode…
Tales from the Crypt
Oct 29, 2018 • 100 min
Happy Halloween kiddies! We celebrate the season by paying tribute to EC comics, a horror brand as notorious as it was influential. We follow the brand’s legacy from Amicus pictures, to Stephen King, to HBO. Come down into the Crypt of Terror with us….
grab bag: Halloween 2018
Oct 29, 2018 • 59 min
In this special Halloween episode of Grab Bag we discuss Ruby (1977), Pin (1988), Don’t Look Up (1996), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and the long awaited Terrifier (2017). We also discuss the rise and fall…
Animated Tolkien
Sep 16, 2018 • 89 min
In this episode we go back to some of the earliest adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world and explore the evolving world of 1970’s American animation. Chapter 1: There and Back Again (10:00) Chapter 2: Bakshi’s Big Trip (37:00) Chapter 3:…
grab bag: Deadly Trilogy of Hell
Aug 10, 2018 • 32 min
In this grab bag episode Nick and Harry discuss Hell House LLC (2015), Trilogy of Terror (1975), Fragment of an Empire (1929), and suprise hit The Deadly Spawn (1983).
Lupino’s Lens
Jul 31, 2018 • 73 min
In this episode we study the films of Ida Lupino, the first woman to direct movies within the 1950’s Hollywood system. We discuss both the ahead of its time feminism and decade representative conservatism that make up her work. Chapter 1:…
The plodding…the plodding…the plodding…
Jun 29, 2018 • 65 min
Get out the pálinka, the paprika, and the patience as we discuss long-take auteur Béla Tarr’s 7 hour study of spiders, muddy walks, and tango, tango, tango!
Roeg’s Psychedelia
May 31, 2018 • 101 min
We are fairly split in our discussion of British cinematographer turned director Nicolas Roeg, prompting the first official “cinematic showdown.” Listen as we debate and discuss some early seventies psychedelia and decide for yourself. …
soundbites: Unchained Melody
May 15, 2018 • 21 min
In this episode of “soundbites” Nick covers the cinematic origins of an American soul standard, from Chino state prison to Demi Moore’s pottery wheel.
Liquid Sky, The Key To Heaven
Apr 27, 2018 • 72 min
In this episode we discuss the 1982 cult classic Liquid Sky. A hip New Wave masterpiece, drenched in neon, pulsing to the sound of wild synth beats and ripe with social criticism, literary depth and aesthetic perfection. Chapter 1: Me and My Rhythm…
soundbites: Roy Orbison in the Films of David Lynch
Apr 15, 2018 • 14 min
In this mini episode of soundbites Harry discusses how David Lynch uses the music of Roy Orbison to great effect. Spoilers for Blue Velvet and Mulholland Dr.
Mar 31, 2018 • 101 min
Across the pond, to Ealing street, to discuss the little London studio that could. We explore vignette horror, whiskey parties, cockney pride, and the failed heist hijinks of young Alec Guinness. Prologue/Chapter 1: Ealing Green (1:38) Chapter…
Van Peeble’s Baadasssss Song
Feb 28, 2018 • 80 min
In this episode we explore the first three films of revolutionary black filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, from his French period through his contentious Hollywood days and finally to his infamous portrayal of a mythical male prostitute on the run. …
soundbites: Foul Owl
Feb 14, 2018 • 14 min
We’re launching a new inter-series feature called soundbites, in which Harry and I take turns making individual, essay-format episodes about music and sound curiosities from film history. We hope these tidbits tide you over between the big discussion…
El Diablo Mexicano
Jan 26, 2018 • 84 min
In this episode we head down south… to HELL! As we discuss Mexican Satanic Horror Movies. We discuss the campy holiday kids movie Santa Clause (1959), the horror b-movie disaster Curse of the Doll People (1961), 70’s nunsploitation films Satanitco…
The Arctic
Dec 28, 2017 • 91 min
In celebration of winter we explore films of The Arctic, specifically those which portray the native peoples of that region, from Nanook of the North, through the unfortunately short career of Alaskan actor Ray Mala, to the films of Iñuk…
How do you watch Burst City?
Dec 2, 2017 • 33 min
A seminal Japanese punk film entertains and then annoys us, calling into question our strictly attentive approach to film-viewing. We investigate the film’s component parts in a brief survey of experimental film, cyberpunk, and early music video…
Slashers part 3: an American genre (1979-1989)
Oct 30, 2017 • 139 min
The third part of our three-part extensive history and analysis of the Slasher genre. In this episode we examine the mood of the eighties, spend a long night in the woods, have a few nightmares, and finally cull the good from the bad. Chapter 1:…
Slashers part 2: the turning point (1974-1978)
Oct 5, 2017 • 138 min
The second part of our three-part extensive history and analysis of the Slasher genre. In this episode we start with the apocalyptic carnage of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, journey through Black Christmas, the first true slasher, and several other…
Slashers part 1: prototypes (1200 BC - 1973)
Sep 21, 2017 • 98 min
The first part of our three-part extensive history and analysis of the Slasher genre. In this episode we start all the way back in the BC’s with Greek and Shakespearian tragedy, work through the melodramatic pre-code “old dark house” films, foray into the…
The Many Nested Stories of Saragossa
Aug 25, 2017 • 52 min
In this episode we go six layers deep discussing stories within stories from Wojciech Has’ 1965 epic
Aug 11, 2017 • 116 min
We go full oblivion on this episode as we delve into the little known world of Osterns, Soviet westerns from the 60’s and 70’s. Not only do we discuss this underappreciated genre and it’s history, but we also review a total of SEVEN movies! We cover…
Kabuki Masks
Jul 28, 2017 • 66 min
Everything is some kind of metaphor as we talk about existential thriller Hell High (1989), silly Japanese ghost movie Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968), American classic western Stagecoach (1939), and stylistic Italian slasher…
Muscle Monsters
Jul 12, 2017 • 66 min
We get all pornographic in this one discussing the Japanese erotic thriller Muscle, the french art porno La Bete, as well as some more standard fare such as the 80’s horror movie I, Madman and the heartfelt sci-fi classic Silent Running.
The Eyes Of My Mecha Wraith
Jul 12, 2017 • 53 min
In this episode we discuss the mind numbingly boring Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla, the devastating and nerve wracking Eyes Of My Mother, the silly and quintessentially 80’s movie The Wraith, and our new favorite independent comedy Dude Bros Party…
Classic Episode- Mandy Lane’s Long Lonely Summer
Jul 12, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode we focus in detail on the wildly underappreciated teen slasher All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, and try to decipher why we find it so haunting and nostalgic.