’80s Metal

Adult filmmaker

My greatest fear for this episode of Someone Else’s Movie is that people will be very excited about it.

Adult material

That’s because Charlie Tyrell, whose excellent animated short My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes is currently shortlisted for an Oscar nomination (!), chose to talk about Heavy Metal, the 1981 anthology feature that was supposed to bring sexy sci-fi animation into the mainstream but failed to do so in a pretty spectacular way.

There’s a lot to talk about here, starting with the mismatch of filmmakers to the material — basically, Columbia Pictures asked Ivan Reitman and his Stripes writers to put the thing together on the cheap in Canada — and considering the film’s place within the larger SF/fantasy boom of its era. Also the weird sex. And, somehow, Dan Aykroyd’s Nothing But Trouble. Anyway, we got into all of it.

You can check it out in the usual places: Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play and Stitcher to listen right away, or stream the show on Spotify, or just download the episode directly from the web. Just don’t click on any green orbs or anything, I definitely didn’t put them there.

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