Episode 17: Purgatory (1999) & The Long Ride Home (2003) (/w Rob Trench)

Consarn it, it’s Eric Roberts is the Man 17 and this dadburn episode features two classic, timeless WESTERNS featuring – you guessed it – ERIC ROBERTS! To avoid being dumfungled, we’re joined by writer and podcaster ROB TRENCH, who delights and entertains us as we look at the made-for-TNT supernatural western PURGATORY – with an all-star cast including SAM SHEPARD, RANDY QUAID, DONNIE “Donnie Don” WAHLBERG and ERIC ROBERTS. If that wasn’t enough star power, we follow it up with 2003’s THE LONG RIDE HOME starring RANDY TRAVIS as a mustachioed outlaw who is being hunted down by ERNEST BORGNINE. Also, ERIC ROBERTS is there! YEE-HAW!

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Rob Trench is a Toronto-based writer, podcaster and general man-about-town. He’s currently a Teaching Assistant/MA in Cinema Studies at York University, when not writing for sites like Scene Creek, The Seventh Art Magazine and From the Theatre. Keep up on his latest work over on Twitter @RobTrench.

His TOP 10 films of 2015 looked like this:

1. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
2. Carol (Todd Haynes)
3. The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
4. Hard to Be a God (Alexei German)
5. The Tribe (Miroslav Slaboshpitsky)
6. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson)
7. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
8. The Mend (John Magary)
9. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
10. Spotlight (Thomas McCarthy)


On this week’s ROBERTS REPORT we discussed:

With a new year comes plenty of new Eric Roberts news, starting with the enthusiastic response to the Lifetime movie STALKED BY MY DOCTOR which was airing regularly over the holidays. I’ve yet to see it, but I’ve been told by multiple sources that it features a delightfully unhinged Eric Roberts performance – and those are my favorite kind!

We’ll be fast-tracking that one onto the podcast, so look for it soon.


I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that both the ERITFM Twitter account and my own personal account was recently followed by the lovely and talented Eliza Roberts – wife and manager to Eric Roberts. I rather jokingly mentioned that I’m in the process of collecting the whole set of the Roberts family on social media. Yes. Joking.


Eric was recently interviewed for SMASHING INTERVIEWS MAGAZINE

Eric Roberts Interview: Catching Up with One of Hollywood’s Busiest Actors

Eric Roberts: I don’t know. IMDb tracks that for me. When I wonder what I’m doing, I go to IMDb and they tell me, or I go to my wife. I don’t really know what I have out there that’s still in the can because I’m always working, so I don’t keep track of what’s where.


Over at Christian Post


Christian Sports Coaches Facing Faith Oppression Highlighted in Upcoming Movie

The upcoming film “Prayer Never Fails” was birthed from the various news stories that have made headlines about sports coaches being ridiculed or fired for praying at games. The movie promises to showcase prayer at a whole new level.

“Prayer Never Fails” is from writer/director Wes Miller and stars Eric Roberts, Corbin Bernsen, Lorenzo Lamas, Nick Lashaway (“In Time”), and Minister Clifton Davis (“Any Given Sunday”).

Finally on this week’s Roberts Report..

Recently added to the ever-expanding Eric Roberts IMDB page is 2016’s THE SUMMONING directed by Alberto G. Rodriguez, who also directed the – topical – Western zombie film THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DEAD a few years back.

The IMDB plot summary says:

A law student, working on a century’s old murder case, discovers more than what she expected when spirits from the past begin to visit her, leading her towards an insidious truth that will place her own life in danger.

And don’t forget to continue our campign to get Eric on Game Of Thrones! CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CONGRESSMEN!

Break #1 –  “Main Theme From THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN” by Elmer Bernstein

Break #2 – “Once Upon a Time in the West” by Ennio Morricone

Break #3 – “Ecstacy of Gold” (Live) by Metallica

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