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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.

Sep 28, 2017

A listener's question about the role of masculinity in the thriller and much of the media I tend to cover lead to this episode. As part of the question I also cover permissiveness around misogyny in the genre film community and review the much-maligned Odette Springer documentary Some Nudity Required in...


Sep 21, 2017

"Various disguises are regrettable but necessary
if you're going to make it through the day. " - Rob Wright, Nomeansno

Perfect Blue - 1997 - Satoshi Kon

Chameleon Street - 1989 - Wendall B Harris 

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Sep 14, 2017

I talk a little about a grim Bill Lustig classic before discussing what information struck me anew while embarking on a John Carpenter marathon last weekend. Then I talk a little about crime fiction and the obligation of crime non-fiction. 


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Sep 7, 2017

"That is to say: Toward the accomplishment of an aim which in wantonness of atrocity would seem to partake of the insane, he will direct a cool judgment sagacious and sound. These men are madmen, and of the most dangerous sort…" Herman Melville, Billy Budd

Robbery - 1967 - Peter Yates

The Friends of Eddie Coyle - 1973...