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The Godfather: The Greatest Movie Ever?

I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse: an episode devoted to the Corleone family and their impact on movie history. Our guest on this episode is film critic Jerry Roberts, who cites “The Godfather” as his all-time fave. But is it the all-time best film? Let’s talk!

The episode can be heard here.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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The Bootleg Files: The Hitler Videos

BOOTLEG FILES 614: “The Hitler Videos” (viral video parodies based on the 2004 film “Downfall”).

LAST SEEN: They’re all over YouTube.

AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: None.

REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: Hijacking copyrighted material for fun, although some argue this qualifies as fair use.

CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Nein!

If you’ve ever spent time on YouTube, there’s an excellent chance that you’ve stumbled over a series of videos featuring an uber-irritated Hitler confronting pop culture inanity. These videos have achieved the unlikely result of turning the most horrible person of the 20th century into the most outrageous buffoon of the 21st century.

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Jamaica: The Land of Film

For the past century, Jamaica has been the setting for scores of classic films. On this episode, we are joined by Peter Polack, author of “Jamaica, The Land of Film,” who discusses the role played by this Caribbean gem in filmmaking from the silent movie era through today’s digital age.

The episode can be heard here.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at the Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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I Love You, Daddy (2017)

If anything of value emerged from the career-killing isolation imposed on Louis C.K., it is the good fortune of saving audiences from having to pay to witness his horrendous feature “I Love You Daddy,” which was yanked out of circulation by its distributor as news of the non-funnyman’s sexual peccadilloes came to light.

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The Bootleg Files: Bat Pussy

BOOTLEG FILES 613: “Bat Pussy” (early 1970s porn flick).

LAST SEEN: At this year’s Fantastic Fest.

AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: On VHS and DVD.

REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: A rather inane violation of copyright protection.

CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Actually, there is a newly restored Blu-ray edition.

During the 1960s, DC Comics began to flex its litigation muscles when it discovered creative artists were borrowing its beloved Batman character without clearing permission. The company forced Andy Warhol to withdraw his “Batman Dracula” film, which was only being presented in art exhibitions and not theaters, while director/producer Jerry Warren fended off DC Comics’ lawyers after he put forth “The Wild World of Batwoman.” The threat of lawsuits also helped to keep several Philippines-based productions with their own unauthorized Batman characters from being imported across the Pacific, including the now-lost 1967 “Batman Fights Dracula.”

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Jean Seberg Leaves Us Breathless

Jean Seberg was one of the most enchanting yet elusive figures in 1960s cinema. On this episode, filmmaker and biographer Garry McGee recalls Seberg’s life and career, from her unsteady overnight stardom via Otto Preminger’s “Saint Joan” to her crowning glory in the French New Wave to the harassment from J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death.

The episode is now online.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at the Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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The Bootleg Files: Braverman’s Condensed Cream of Beatles

BOOTLEG FILES 612: “Braverman’s Condensed Cream of Beatles” (1974 film essay).

LAST SEEN: A copy can be found on Veoh.

AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: None.

REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: The Liverpool lads had it pulled.

CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Unlikely.

A few weeks back, this column dug up “The Compleat Beatles,” a popular documentary on the Fab Four that can only be seen today via unauthorized online postings or out-of-print VHS videos and laserdiscs. Today, the Beatles are back with another once-ubiquitous film that has also been removed from commercial release. But whereas “The Compleat Beatles” offered a traditional straightforward nonfiction film approach, today’s offering is something much more fanciful.

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Michael Legge: Ghoul’s Night Out

Underground film icon Michael Legge is celebrated for his distinctive horror-comedy films that mix the macabre with wonderfully droll silliness. On this episode on “The Online Movie Show,” the Massachusetts-baed creator of such brilliantly batty films as “Working Stiffs,” “Honey Glaze,” “Brain Drainer,” “My Mouth Lies Screaming” and “Monochromia” – as well as his foray into serious horror, “Evan Straw” – discusses his remarkable career and previews his upcoming film “Crawlers.”

The episode can be heard here.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at Platinum Wolfe Studios.