Episode 22: The Peacekeeper

Peacekeeper

On this episode, my buddy Chris Prentice is back to discuss Dolph Lundgren’s next film, 1997’s The Peacekeeper.  In this direct-to-video action thriller, Lundgren plays Major Frank Cross, a rebellious Air Force pilot assigned to protect the president’s “football” – a briefcase containing access to nuclear strikes!  Yet when a group of terrorists steal the football, it’s up to Lundgren to get it back!  The Peacekeeper was Lundgren’s first film with fledging production house, Nu Image, a partnership that is still continuing to this day.  Why is Montel Williams in this movie?  Just how suave and renegade is Lundgren’s Frank Cross character?  How do the special effects hold up today, especially the Mount Rushmore sequence?  What similarities do The Peacekeeper and George Clooney’s The Peacemaker have in common?  And what is with Lundgren chewing gum in his movies?  Join us as Chris and I take a look back at The Peacekeeper!

Major thanks to Chris Prentice for coming back!  Please feel free to rate and review the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever else you go to subscribe!

Episode 21: Interview with Steve Latshaw, writer of COMMAND PERFORMANCE

On this special episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with screenwriter Steve Latshaw.  Latshaw co-write the rock ‘n roll action classic Command Performance alongside Dolph Lundgren, which Lundgren also directed and starred in!  In Command Performance Lundgren plays a rock and roll drummer who becomes a one-man army when terrorists take over a rock concert in Moscow!  With well over 30 writing credits to his name and experience working alongside some of the biggest action stars, Latshaw sure had plenty to say regarding the ever-changing landscape of action cinema.  In addition to taking me through the script-writing process, Latshaw also helped answer these burning questions: How the genre has evolved over the years? How has Lundgren managed to stay relevant? How did Lundgren and Latshaw work to make sure that Command Performance pumped originality into the traditional Die Hard-trope?  How does Lundgren’s generosity extend beyond the film sets?  And what projects does Latshaw have lined up for the next year?  Join us as we answer these questions and many more!

Major thanks to Steve Latshaw for his time.  Please feel free to rate and review the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever else you go to subscribe!

Episode 20: Interview with Vince DiCola, composer of ROCKY IV

On this special episode I had the privilege and honor to speak with legendary composer Vince DiCola, the man behind the music of Rocky IV!  Vince and I chat the inspiration and thought process that went into developing Rocky IV’s iconic score, the instruments used to create Ivan Drago’s chilling entrance in the film, scoring the animated Transformers movie in 1986, and each of these film’s scores’ enduring legacy 30 years later!  We also discuss his upcoming show “An Evening with Vince DiCola” taking place on September 20, 2018 at the famous Whiskey a Go Go in West Hollywood!  Tickets can be purchased here.  If you’re in the area, please check it out!

Major thanks to Vince DiCola for his time!  Also, special shout out to Chris Prentice for his question contributions.  Please feel free rate and review the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you go to subscribe!