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Top Notch Nonsense Genre Film Podcast

Michael James Benson

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Welcome to Top Notch Nonsense. A genre film Review Podcast. This is a film review and comedy pod done by a husband and wife to introduce each other to cinema that challenges and infuriates you. Hosts: Michael James Benson @mjbcomedy Maranda Mobley Music By @rickwood Edited By Michael Benson and Ed Greer @edgreerdestroys. Art By Ed Greer
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In this episode, we get lost into the absurdly surreal world of Kiju Yoshida's Heroic Purgatory from 1970. Serving as Dustin's Lynchian avant-garde counter pick to our prior film, this one covers much of the same ground, focusing and drawing inspiration from the same student revolts that served as source material for Kichiku; only everything is a w…
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This week we have the another installment of the Master Director Series right here on Top Notch Nonsense. This time we are featuring Steven Soderberg. Ladies battling their worst instincts and others while popping pills and glaring at bad ex-boyfriends and stalkers. This week's films are Side Effects from 2013 starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Cather…
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What is there to say about what psychiatrists and scientists do to disturbed humans. These two truly TRIGGERED Michael. Very angry at the “Normals” in these movies. A couple of words about VHS 85, no one will save you, A Haunting in Venice. This week's films are David and Lisa from 1962 starring Keir Dullea, Janet Margolin and Howard Da Silva AND 1…
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In this special bonus episode of Genre Exposure, we've had a bit of a scheduling crisis making Jason unavailable to record. So Dustin takes to the microphone solo to chat more about Japanese Horror. We've decided to spin the prior filler episode in this style into its own series that for now will crop up during emergency situations like this. For t…
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They all hate each other. They all F**K each other; They nearly all are scared for each other when they all start to feel the demise. These 2 pictures are if Agatha Christie mystery story and a “Melrose Place” episode had seeeexxxxxxx….like most Giallos. This week's films are 1974's The Killer Reserved Nine Seats starring Rosanna Schiaffino, Chris …
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In this episode, we dive back into some cult Japanese cinema. Jason had been holding this one in his back pocket for a while now and couldn't resist springing on Dustin a cult classic that he was unaware of. Tune in to see how our feelings shake out on this one and join us for Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's Kichiku: Banquet of the Beasts from 1997. Jason cel…
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Two more movies that prove that De Niro can be a fascinating performer in twisty, convoluted, 21st century genre trash. This week's films are Hide and Seek from 2005 starring OBVIOUSLY, De Niro as well as Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen and Elisabeth Shue. PLUS, 2012's Red Lights with Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and De Niro. As always SPOILERS a…
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Are you going on a long trip? If so, this is the episode to put on because this is as long as the last Scorsese movie, so focus on the road or lay back on your couch. This episode goes over some of the most heartless/beloved young women characters we’ve covered on the podcast. This week's films are Heathers from 1988 starring Winona Ryder, Christia…
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In this episode, we dive deep into a film we've been eagerly anticipating but have held off till now to give this movie our undivided attention for a first watch. So join us as we check out Matthew Holness' Possum from 2018. Spoiler alert, there's nothing but praise from us this episode for a truly remarkable film. But before all that, we take anot…
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Early 90’s thrillers where you try to protect your lady but it’s VERY challenging. It's strange how much time is spent on dealing with people who don’t know how to handle their money, Happy Tax Month Everybody! This week's films are 1990's Pacific Heights staring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine and Michael Keaton as well as Unlawful Entry from 199…
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As always Spoilers abound and this is NSFW or for most audiences. Part 1 of a 4 part series covering the films of ‘rebel highway’ originally on Showtime. Dragstrip Girls is Directed by Mary Lambert of “Pet Cemetery” and “The InCrowd” fame. Motorcycle Gang is directed by John (“Conan The Barbarian”) Milius. Reform School Girls is directed by Johnath…
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In this episode, we dive back in for some horror. This time Dustin has selected a film that he feels has fallen through the cracks. So is it an under seen gem or wallowing in deserved obscurity? Tune in to find out as we delve into the story of one dysfunctional family's downfall set against the 80s as they struggle to free their family member from…
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As always Spoilers abound and this is NSFW or for most audiences. Murdered women are exposed in this ‘minor’ film from Sergio Martino and a huge cult classic film directed by Juan Piquer Simon. This week's films are 1975's Suspicious Death of a Minor directed by Sergio Martino staring Claudio Cassinelli, Mel Ferrer and Lia Tanzi. As well as 1982's …
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As Always Spoilers Abound and this is NSFW or for most audiences. Two movies on how not to treat your friend. One character drama which won the John Cassavetes Award at the 16th Independent Spirit Awards and the other dark comedy is a studio funded travesty with the biggest non drama stars in the world (circa early 2000s). This week's films are 200…
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In this episode, we return to an age where might makes right and swords clash. Jason's pick brings the topic of Paul Verhoeven to the show for the first time. So join us as we check out Flesh+Blood from 1985. We also talk our favorite Verhoeven flicks as we dig in with the movie, chronicling its twists and turns while debating what could have been.…
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As always spoilers abound and this is NSFW or for most audiences. John Waters delivers to us his 3rd double feature on the podcast, and we thank him for that. This week's films are Female Trouble from 1974 staring Divine David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pearce as well as Polyester from 1981 with Divine, Tab Hunter and David Samson. CREDITS: Artwork By…
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“Can you pinpoint what cheese wiz smells like?” This weeks films are 2006's Delivery and Clownado from 2019. As always spoilers abound and this is NSFW or for most audiences. Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By Michael Benson Produced By Michael Benson and Stephen LeFranc Hosts: Michael Benson and Maranda Mobley Cat: Pan @mjbcomedy on …
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In this episode, Jason dives into our vault of listener suggestions to dig out one of his favorite subgenres: the made for tv movie. So join us as we check out A Cold Night's Death from 1973, directed by Jerrold Freedman. While Jason praises the execution and stage-play like quality of the production, Dustin charts the many film connections held am…
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In this episode, love is in the air and for the special occasion of Valentine's Day, we return once more into the wild world of Nikkatsu's Roman Porno series. Dustin has selected a fitting companion piece for the block of films we covered last year and that leads us once again to the amazing star power of Naomi Tani paired with the direction of Mas…
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This week we have another Master Director Series, this time with the talented Danny Devito. Yeah THAT Danny Devito. This week's film feature Michael's favorite Robin Williams comedy performance, in Death To Smoochy from 2002 and the other film 2003's Duplex feature exhausted performances by Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller. Credits: Artwork By Ed Gre…
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Wholesome-ness with a twinge of sardonic nature...that's what we gulp down. Today's film are the 1995's The Brady Bunch and the sequel A Very Brady Sequel, with Shelley Long and Gary Cole. Credits: Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By Michael Benson Produced By Michael Benson and Stephen LeFranc Hosts: Michael Benson and Maranda Mobley …
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Being confronted with complicated morals can bring out the best and sometimes the worst in people, as seen here in these 2 pictures. This week's movies are Before and After from 1996 starring Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson and 2002's Changing Lanes with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. CREDITS: Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By Michael …
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In this episode, we dig into our first horror flick of 2024 for the show. This time, Jason wants to shine a spotlight and share some love for a little gem that he feels doesn't get discussed enough. So buckle up for the end of days as we check our Maurice Devereaux's End of the Line from 2007. Dustin weighs whether the film feels more like a Full M…
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Maranda and Michael delve into early 90's comedies revolving around the Italian family and the role of the head of the household. This week's films are I Love You To Death from 1990 starring Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, William Hurt and River Phoenix and 1991's Oscar with Sylvester Stallone. CREDITS: Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By …
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In this episode, rising from the ruins of 2023, we kick off the new year with a listener episode to start things right. So join us as we stick around in the 90's just a little longer to take our first stab discussing both Terry Gilliam and Robin Williams on the show. This time we're checking out The Fisher King from 1991. But before all that, we've…
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CLEARLY ARE THERE ARE SPOILER GALORE! We are dumbfounded and perplexed by these sci fi psychedelic semi-religious (satire?) movies. This week's films are 1979's The Visitor directed by Giulio Paradisi and starring John Huston, Mel Ferrer and Glenn Ford. As well as The Ninth Configuration from 1980 written and directed by William Peter Blatty starri…
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When women put their mind to something they can accomplish the stars. Michael was playfully pissed he watched The First Wives Club but liked Romy and Michele’s trip back to high school. This week's movies are The First Wives Club from 1996 with Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton and 1997's Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion starring Mir…
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In this special bonus episode of Genre Exposure, we do our usual and usher 2023 to a close with a final look back over the year. First, we reflect a bit on the podcast itself and go over some things we learned and struggled with during the year and highlight some of our favorite moments and share just a few regrets. After that, we leave the best of…
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AS ALWAYSSSSS NSFW and Spoilers Galore What you do during the winter break is try not to get killed... It's really good advice. This week's films are Black Christmas from 1974 starring Olivia Hussey and Keir Dullea. Also we talk about 1980's New Year's Evil starring Kip Niven, Roz Kelly, and Chris Wallace. Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edi…
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AS ALWAYSSSSS NSFW and Spoilers Galore This is another installment of our Master Director Series. This time it's the work of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The films we are focusing on this week are 1968's Hour of the Wolf & Shame Sadness and cruelty rein in these movies of heavy emotion. Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By Michael …
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In this episode, we wrap up the year and our discussion on movies about making movies with a quick trip to the 90s. So join us as we dig in a little on our conflicting opinions about 90s Horror and finally discuss the Elm Street franchise for a little as we check out Wes Craven's New Nightmare from 1994. Jason charts the web of connections as this …
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AS ALWAYS NSFW and Spoilers Galoreeeeee Maranda and Michael discover what it’s like. And also what a relationship with a cat person might be like. This week's films are both from 1942 and 1944 ! First, Cat People which is an American supernatural horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur. Then, Curse of the Cat People the follow up to the 1942 movie…
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Maranda and Michael wade into the world of angry & suave douchebags and nice guys who feel "bad" about the sex. Michael is also a bit bewildered and dense about polyamory and bisexuals. This week's films are 2001's Layover with David Hasselhoff and Deception from 2008 starring Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams Artwork By Ed Greer Mu…
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In this episode, we continue our exploration of movies about making movies. This time Jason's pick brings us back to the highly stylized world of Brian De Palma as we check out Blow Out from 1981. Between geeking out over all the gear porn and audio engineering, we also spend a lot of time highlighting the many cinematic features and real world inc…
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Humorous description... Maranda and Michael scream and shout... ANDDDDD Michael often is talking way too much and gets kind of a hint throughout that he needs to slow down quite a bit. I, Michael is writing this, realizes he will do better in the future with listening (ugh, what a dolt!) NOTE: The episode was originally recorded in February of 2023…
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Maranda and Michael deal with coming of age interacting with people who will be your friends during that consequential time in your life. This week's films are Old Enough from 1984 written and directed by Marisa Silver, staring Sarah Boyd, Rainbow Harvest, Danny Aiello and Alyssa Milano AND 1980's Little Darlings starring Tatum O'Neal, Kristy McNic…
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In this episode, we head into our last topic for the year and to have a little fun, we're going to be talking about movies about making movies. It all starts with Dustin's pick as he brings us our yearly dose of the world of Sion Sono with his yakuza send-up comedy epic Why Don't You Play in Hell? from 2013. Dustin charts the amazing star-studded c…
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Michael drives hard through 2 Fincher films with his lovely wife Maranda in tow. She'd never seen Seven so this was eye opening. This week's films are 1995's Seven with Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and John C. McGinley. As well as The Killer from 2023 with Michael Fassbender. Credits: Artwork By Ed Greer Music By Rick Wood Edited By …
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Maranda and Michael talk about bad spouses relationships in this two cinema picks. One from 30 years ago. One from this year. Michael tries out his Woody Allen impression. He was impressed by how good it is. Maranda is a bit annoyed by it. This week's films are Husbands and Wives from 1992 directed by Woddy Allen starting Mia Farrow, Sydney Pollack…
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In this episode, we dig into the mailbag of listener suggestions seeking some horror to keep the dwindling flames of our Halloween passion alive. This leads us to check out Zach Cregger's directorial debut Barbarian from 2022. Heads up that this is a film where the less you know going in the better, so if you haven't seen it and have made it this f…
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This week we fall head over heels for quick witted and seductive ladies who know how to charm and turn your head. The films from this week's episode are Once Bitten from 1985 with Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey, and Karen Kopins and 1989's Elviria: Mistress of the Dark Credits:Artwork By Ed GreerMusic By Rick Wood Edited By Michael Benson Produced By Mi…
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In this special bonus episode of Genre Exposure, strapped for time but not wanting to abandon a holiday tradition, Dustin sits down solo to record some thoughts about the films he has watched over the month of October. This ultimately leads him to highlight a quartet of J-Horror flicks that became the stand outs from his daily watching for Hallowee…
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Sometimes it's the content that kills. Sometimes its the actual physical TV. Hopefully you don't need to experience either. This week's films are 1992's 'Stay Tuned' staring John Ritter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones, and Eugene Levy and 'Terrorvision' from 1986 with Diane Franklin, Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov and Chad Allen Credits:Artwork By Ed Greer…
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In this episode, we continue our October celebration with more films set on or around Halloween. This time Michael pops back in for a special guest appearance, bringing with him our last film for the set. So join us as we dive back into the world of Jeremy Saulnier to check out his debut feature Murder Party from 2007. Jason celebrates the film's p…
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Michael and Maranda just into the fire of NSFW movies about boys striving to be independent men while family and class constantly on the path to tear you down. This week's films are Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker from 1981 directed by William Asher and starring Susan Tyrrell and Jimmy McNichol. As well as 1989's Society staring Billy Warlock directe…
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In this episode, we continue our October celebration with more films set on or around Halloween. This time Dustin's pick takes us to the end of the 90s for Rodman Flender's cult horror comedy Idle Hands. Dustin finds it hard to struggle against his love for the movie and trying to give anything close to an objective take. Meanwhile, Jason offers a …
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Maranda and Michael subject themselves to two of the worst, clunkiest and fallen down movies about what is better in real life-telling spooky sequences to your half witted buddies. This week's films are Campfire Tales from 1997's with James Marsden and Amy Smart and Campfire Stories released in 2001 staring Jamie-Lynn Sigler Spoiler Alert: They're …
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In this special super-sized bonus episode of Genre Exposure, we used the occasion of an October set Friday the 13th to discuss at exhaustive length the titular franchise. From favorite kills to the coolest incarnation of Jason Voorhees, we spill our guts and geek out over our deep love for Friday the 13th. Nothing fancy and we're not trying to rein…
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In this episode, we once more begin our yearly celebration of the Halloween season. This time we're back with another helping of flicks set on or closely around Halloween itself. Jason starts us of with, unsurprisingly, a bit of kids in peril. So join us as we check out Samuel Bodin's Cobweb from 2023. We present two wildly different takes on the f…
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Michael and Maranda Talk communicating with Satan through books in this double feature to kick off horror month of halloween. This week's episode titled "Reaching Out To Satan" features The Devil's Rain from 1975 directed by Robert Fuest staring William Shatner, Tom Skerritt and Ernest Borgnine. As well as 1999's The Ninth Gate with directed Roman …
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