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We're a small group of film fans dedicated to celebrating the cinematic art of exploding helicopters. You may not have noticed before, but helicopters in films have a curious tendency to blow-up. Often in bizarre circumstances.

For too long, this phenomenon has remained undocumented, under-researched and unappreciated. But we’re determined to change that.

We're attempting to catalogue every chopper fireball that’s been captured on celluloid. We want to eulogise those films which show innovative, imaginative and ingenious helicopter explosions. As well as point the finger at those directors who dishonour the genre with poorly executed whirlybird conflagrations.

As the world’s only scholars of helicopter explosions in film, we take our work seriously. We make no apology for the irreverent approach we may take to the rest of movie.

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  • Exploding Helicopter - Zero Dark Thirty
    Exploding Helicopter - Zero Dark Thirty “If you lie to me I hurt you.” On this show Will is joined by Ben Dadds from Top Film Tip for an enhanced interrogation of Zero Dark Thirty (2012). They unpick the controversy around the film’s depiction of torture, what story Kathryn Bigelow was trying to tell, and a considered discussion as to who among the cast wears the worst wig. They also examine the film’s exploding helicopter action which “really gets the helicopter hormones going”. Episode 49.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - Arabesque
    Exploding Helicopter - Arabesque “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt your threat.” On this episode Will is joined by Todd Riebenow from the Forgotten Filmcast to review Sixties mystery thriller Arabesque (1966). Among the topics of discussion, Stanley Donen’s psychedelia-inspired direction, the awkward chemistry between Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren, and what on earth the plot’s meant to be about. They also take a look at one of cinema’s earliest exploding helicopters where the whirlybird is destroyed by the unconventional use of a ladder. Episode 48.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - Escape From LA
    Exploding Helicopter - Escape From LA “What do you say we play a little Bangkok rules?” On this show Will injects Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday with a lethal virus and blackmails him into reviewing Escape From LA (1996). They try to figure out what the hell John Carpenter was attempting with this film and whether this it accurately predicts the American of 2017. And we of course examine the film’s futuristic exploding helicopter action. Episode 47.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - Courage Under Fire
    Exploding Helicopter - Courage Under Fire “Let’s kill ‘em all.” On this show Will and Dara bravely take on Courage Under Fire (1996). Among the topics of discussion, the film’s Rashomon-influenced structure, Matt Damon’s coming of age performance, and the stunning sight of Lou Diamond Phillips jockstrap. They also attempt to tackle the thorny philosophical question of whether you can explode an already exploded helicopter. Episode 46.
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  • The World Is Not Enough
    The World Is Not Enough “I thought Christmas only came once a year.” Will is joined by Joe Scaramanga of the Now Music Fan Blog to review The World Is Not Enough (1999). Pierce Brosnan’s third outing as 007 is regularly ranked as one of the worst ever Bond movies. But does the film deserve its reputation? Or was it an ambitious attempt to rejuvenate the formula that paved the way for the Daniel Craig era? They also discuss James Bond’s licence to kill helicopters, and two chopper fireballs which leave our reviewers shaken but unstirred. Episode 45.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - Austin Powers In Goldmember
    Exploding Helicopter - Austin Powers In Goldmember “Blimey! I thought I smelled cabbage.” On this show Will and Dara dig out their thick-rimmed glasses, crushed velvet flares, and anachronistic social attitudes to review Austin Powers In Goldmember (2002). Does Mike Myers’ spy spoof comedy hold up? Did Jimmy Savile ruin this film? How to swear in Japanese, and a surprisingly heartfelt appreciation of the life and works of Susannah Hoffs. Oh, and not to forget a review of a truly awe-inspiring exploding helicopter. Episode 44.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - Cliffhanger
    Exploding Helicopter - Cliffhanger “Season’s over a55hole!” Will and Dara don their climbing gear and attempt to reach the summit of Sylvester Stallone’s action career, Cliffhanger (1993). On their route to the top they discuss the merits of John Lithgow’s robbery plan, the film’s bizarre lurch into stoner dude comedy, and the legend that is British TV hardman Craig Fairbrass. They also examine the film’s classic exploding helicopter action sequence which sees Stallone and Lithgow engage in a fistfight on an upside-down chopper dangling from a mountain. Episode 43.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
    Exploding Helicopter - The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou “It’s a documentary, it’s all really happening.” Exploding helicopters are almost exclusively found in the action genre. But on this show we’re reviewing that rarest of all aviation animals: an exploding helicopter in an art house movie. Will is joined by Helen from the Flixwatcher Podcast to review Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004). So get ready for matching tracksuits, childish adults, and popular songs sung in a foreign language. Episode 42.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - SWAT
    Exploding Helicopter - SWAT “You’re either SWAT or you’re not.” Will and Dara take a look at SWAT (2003) the big screen reboot of an old, long forgotten, Seventies cop show. After a considered discussion of the film’s puzzling structure and Hollywood’s approach to reboots, they try to answer such important questions as who likes Jeremy Renner and why Michelle Rodriguez always wears vests. Episode 41.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - Stone Cold
    Exploding Helicopter - Stone Cold "Imagine the future, because you're not in it." Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to look at the cult classic Stone Cold (1991). It marked the movie debut of the former American footballer turned actor Brian Bosworth. In time honoured fashion, he plays a maverick cop who plays by his own rules trying to bring down a biker gang run by Lance Henriksen. The result is one of the most explosive films ever committed to celluloid. And more importantly it features a truly legendary exploding helicopter. Episode #40
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