A long time ago, two like-minded writers met in college, discovered they were both "film freaks" and a lifelong friendship was born. While both having successful careers in television & film, they made sure that they get together every weekend and devour all the strange & bizarre cinema that is out there—biker flicks, goofy monster movies, Filipino jungle adventures, Turkish sci-fi rip-offs—you name it, they've probably seen it. Plus they have always kept a record of what they have watched and this journal lists them all—in order—and it covers decades.
This podcast will allow them to shine a light on certain genres and subgenres of film—and point listeners in the right direction to discover fun, freaky, fabulous, and offbeat "gems" of cinema.
Now playing: Film Freaks of the Week!
In this latest edition of Film Freaks Forever!, co-hosts Mark Jordan Legan and Phoef Sutton sit you down in front of a 1970s’ television set and turn you on to the amazing program that was ABC TV Movie of the Week.
Launched in 1969, The ABC TV MOW quickly became a ratings juggernaut and week in, week out, would provide some of the grittiest, well-made TV movies ever seen. Such seminal TV films such as Duel, Tribes, The Night Stalker, and Brian's Song thrilled home audiences. In this new FFF! Podcast, your loyal Film Freaks highlight three terrifically entertaining TV movies from the 1970's that are a little bit more under the radar. However, everyone from Cloris Leachman to Robert Culp to Edward G. Robinson show up in these TV flicks.
So put on your most comfortable bell bottoms, grab a Fresca and a big bowl of Funyuns, and let's go back to the wild 1970s—where you could watch some marvelous, socially aware, and damn powerful entertainment right from your very own bean bag chair!
Meet Your Film Freaks!
Phoef Sutton is a New York Times best-selling author. The winner of two Emmy Awards for his work on the classic television comedy “Cheers” and a Peabody Award for the legal drama “Boston Legal,” he also wrote for the cult FX show “Terriers.” As a screenwriter, his credits include “Mrs. Winterbourne” and “The Fan,” starring Robert DeNiro. He has written several movies for television, including “Darrow & Darrow,” “Past Malice,” and “Darrow & Darrow II.”
Phoef has also written plays and novels, among them Fifteen Minutes to Live and his “Crush” mysteries, Crush and Heart Attack and Vine, both of which received starred reviews from Kirkus. With Janet Evanovich he has co-authored Wicked Charms and Curious Minds. His most recent books are Colorado Boulevard (another Crush mystery) and From Away. He is also a frequent guest on the Writer's Bone podcast!
Together with his good friend Mark Jordan Legan he created the cult comedy “Thanks” and they are writing a number new pilots and movies. He lives in South Pasadena, California and Vinalhaven, Maine with his wife and two daughters.
Mark Jordan Legan has worked professionally in many fields of the entertainment business. As a professional television and film writer, he has worked for more than 20 years in Hollywood—writing for many sitcoms and selling pilots to NBC, CBS, FOX, and Disney. As a screenwriter, he has sold screenplays to 20th Century Fox, Universal, and Gold Circle Films. He co-created with Phoef Sutton the critically acclaimed CBS comedy about Pilgrims called “Thanks.” He also co-created with Mark Wilding the controversial terrorism satire “The Cell,” which landed him on the front page of The New York Times Arts & Leisure section ("The Funniest Script In Hollywood That Will Never Get Made.")
Mark was also a professional stand-up comedian for more than six years—performing at all the top clubs in New York City and Los Angeles, sharing the stage with the likes of Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Josh Fadem. He also became a successful radio personality with National Public Radio. For more than five years he wrote and hosted the weekly film segment "Summary Judgment" on the popular NPR program "Day to Day.” The segment proved so popular that the website Slate started filming a video version that ran on Slate V for years. Slate V also started producing Legan's video program, "The Worst Cinematic Crap That's Ever Been Made.”
Legan has appeared more than 300 times on the NPR airwaves as an in-house film historian/pop culture expert and currently writes, co-produces, and hosts the popular KPCC radio segment "The Binge," which highlights the best in streaming entertainment.