It’s Always Sunny at the Ammunition Depot

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Just upstream from the mouth of the Cape Fear River is a restricted military base, occupying thousands of acres of sprawling and undeveloped wetlands. Within it runs miles and miles of railway that leads to nowhere.

The base is Sunny Point, also known as MOTSU, and the story of its creation begins with three catastrophic explosions in the early and mid twentieth century. Read More …

Cucalorus 2017 Part 2

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Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman are executive producers on the new film Infinity Baby, in which Offerman’s character is head of a company struggling to deal with hundreds of immortal three month old babies.

This film was screened at the 23rd annual Cucalorus Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina. We discuss it as well as other selections, including documentary The Work about group therapy in Folsom State Prison, the caper comedy A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, and the local documentary Black Beach/White Beach examining the racial divides of two different biker weeks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Read More …

Cucalorus 2017 Part 1

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We published this show late Thursday night after the first full day of films at the 2017 Cucalorus Film Festival, in its 23rd year out of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The episode covers two blocks of short films, including interviews with Straws filmmaker Linda Booker and The Collection filmmaker Adam Roffman.

We also examine the feature Bernard and Huey, starring Jim Rash, and the southern U.S. premiere of The Misogynists. Read More …

I’m a Firestarter, Twisted Firestarter

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This month we watch and talk about the film that built the movie industry in Wilmington, North Carolina. Firestarter starred a young Drew Barrymore, and was based on a novel by Stephen King. It was produced by Dino De Laurentiis who went on to found DEG, which present day is now EUE/Screen Gems. Read More …

Hurricane Prep Party

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With Texas reeling from hurricane Harvey and hurricane Irma on track to be one of the most powerful storms ever on record, we spend this episode rhapsodizing about hurricane prep in coastal North Carolina. Towards the end we talk a little bit of hurricane trivia. Stay safe! Read More …

Stuff in the Water

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Shipwrecks. Rocket engines. U-boats. Atom bombs. Regular bombs. There’s a lot of stuff in the water off the Carolina Coast and beyond, and we talk about them in this episode. Read More …

History Break at Greenfield Lake

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You might think Greenfield Lake is filled with water, but it is in fact filled with history. And that green stuff on top? Extra history. In this episode we fill out the backstory of Wilmington’s once and future playground. Read More …

A One Tree Hill of Beans

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With the One Tree Hill convention hitting Wilmington this weekend (May 5 – 7, 2017) we decided to tackle the pilot episode of this teen drama, which made made it to nine seasons and featured plot lines about feelings, and things in your heart, and emotions, and also basketball. Read More …

Don’t Need No Permit To Hermit

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The Fort Fisher Hermit was born in the 1890s, lived through the Great Depression, was committed to a mental institution by his in-laws, and ultimately became a local celebrity and tourist attraction on Pleasure Island. Read More …

98 Percent Monkey By Volume

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With a new King Kong movie in theaters, we look back at the 1986 film “King Kong Lives,” filmed largely in Wilmington, NC, out of Dino De Laurentiis’ freshly minted film studio. This movie didn’t kill at the box office, but it did kill some careers. Read More …