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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.

Nov 29, 2018

"But time passed, and my motivations evolved." - Christoper Kemp, Floating Gold

Battles Without Honor and Humanity - 1973 - Kinji Fukasaku
Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima - 1973 - Kinji Fukasaku
Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War - 1973 - Kinji Fukasaku
Battles Without Honor and...


Nov 22, 2018

Dorohedoro is what it feels like to read comics for 25 years.

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Nov 15, 2018

"Just as the examples of necessary violence are innumerable, so are acts of brutality; since brutality always steps in to oppose violence-by which I mean, again, an uninterrupted dynamic that is life itself." - The Declared Enemy, Jean Genet

Penitentiary - 1979 - Jamaa Fanaka
Penitentiary II - 1982 - Jamaa...


Nov 8, 2018

I’m joined by Astrid Budgor to talk about three genre films from the early 80s that thrum with deep-seated disgust and fear of sex. This kind of thing often goes unaddressed in genre fiction criticism, aside from a “woah, weird!“, so I'm delighted we had this discussion. The three films are Scream For Help,...


Calling All Units - Three Sex-Repulsed 80s Genre Films

Nov 8, 2018

I’m joined by Astrid Budgor to talk about three genre films from the early 80s that thrum with deep-seated disgust and fear of sex. This kind of thing often goes unaddressed in genre fiction criticism, aside from a “woah, weird!“, so I'm delighted we had this discussion. The three films are Scream For Help,...