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All Units

All Units is an anatomy of the thriller. Every two weeks Sean McTiernan creates a double bill in the hopes of exploring and understanding another aspect of thriller cinema.

Every other week, Calling All Units will answer questions from listeners, the host and, if necessary, the authorities.

If you keep a running list of movies you want to watch, prepare for it to get much, much longer.

Aug 17, 2017

I answer some questions about depressing media, watching habits and ways to watch before discussing the technology that is the fight scenes in Destruction Babies. 


Aug 10, 2017

The Nickle Ride - 1974 - Robert Mulligan

The Bad Sleep Well - 1960 - Akira Kurosawa


Aug 3, 2017

I cover a couple of loose units: Focus and Hidden City. Both provide different angles on surveillance and recording equipment on Dossier 51's take on surveillance. Then I answer some questions and admit to using a fidget spinner. 

Jul 26, 2017

“A microphone which responds unevenly or to less than the full range will alter the sound of the instrument, though this effect may be desirable in some cases” - Microphone Techniques For Music, Sound Reinforcement

711 Ocean Drive - 1950 - Joseph M Newman

Dossier 51 - 1978 - Michel Deville


Jul 20, 2017

I briefly eulogize genuine legend George Romero before talking about how the word "influence" and the way talking about film can be engineered to be inaccessible. Then I answer a listener question about thrillers and pacing.