Episode #231: Down with the Sillyness

March 3rd, 2018
  • Sundown (Bruce Campbell)
  • Freddy Got Fingered (Tom Green)
  • Rubber

 Get comfy as we bring you back to the softer side of Sears after a heavy previous episode.  We're bathing ourselves in stupid this week, dunking into the dumbness.  Join us a some talk about frivolity; a good amount of ado about nothing in 3 different shades!

Editorial Note:  Though it was a movie mentioned, it shouldn't go without saying that Micahel Angarano was the kid in Forbidden Kingdom.  We talked about him doing a FABULOUS job in Red State, so it was really young Michael we took issue with..  :)   


Episode #230: Ready Panther 2

February 17th, 2018


Hotel Rwanda 

Maybe the most serious we've allowed ourselves to get, as this movie is based on actual events.  Though not an easy watch, it is of great importance that people know this story as a part of the larger chapter in our history where so many were murdered & no one came to their aid.  Chock full of strong performers, this is somewhat relevant to Black Panther in ways we did not anticipate.  

We also give a brief response to Black Panther in this episode.  Go See It!!

LINKS      Cheadle as Captain Planet, also pt II, pt III, & pt IV (which we didn't even know about!!!).  The Slap Trailer.  Also, here is a Slap spoof Trailer.   Matt could not find the Hotel Rwanda Featurettes on YouTube.


Episode #229: Ready Panther 1

February 10th, 2018


  • Captain America: Civil War/
  • Message From The King/

As we before the wave of badassery that is Black Panther coming out next week, we chose to tip the meter back over to Marvel side after looking at some of the DC animated films.  We were gonna do a Michael B Jordan film, but we stumbled on another with Chadwick Boseman while searching.  What luck?!  So this episode is essentially a chunk of Chad, & next Saturday we'll follow up with a chunk of Chead(le).  Join us, won't you?

Next weekend, we'll hopefully have a few words to offer about the Black Panther flick also!!


Episode #228: Better Than BvS pt II - Dark Knight Returns

January 26th, 2018

This week we add a cowl to the cape in the 2nd half of our animated DC discussion.  Frank Miller has been a part of the public fabric since Sin City & 300, but the Dark Knight Returns didn't get the big screen treatment in the same way.  Matt discusses the 2-part animated films from 2012/2013 that present a marvelous depiction of Miller's dark take on the caped crusader.  So check it out - Mikey!!  The rest of you too!


Episode # 227: Better Than BvS pt I - Superman Doomsday

January 15th, 2018

As superheroes are in the driver's seat for modern movie theater goers, so has the cartoon world reached a Renaissance in legitimacy for movie and series format.  Special effects have reached a near zenith where you'd expect a live-action version to be the best experience.  Is it though?  Over the next 2 episodes, Matt is here to tell you the answer is no.

Doomsday appeared in an interesting time slot:  before Iron Man & Dark Knight melted our child brains & created the superhero film series market, the need for capes & fancy suits had slept for almost 2 decades.  Our Sidelined Superheroes episode looked at the lack of lasting hype for Batman Begins in 2005.  Both DC titans had been dormant since the 90's except for tv, and cartoons are for kids, right?  Not anymore...

Next episode we'll do both parts of The Dark Knight Returns from 2012!


Episode #226: Wait - Is This Real?

January 2nd, 2018


  • Truman Show/
  • Golden Child/
  • Galaxy Quest/

 Our farewell to 2017 & welcome to 2018 is the longest episode yet.  Perhaps it was the escape that we all needed, so we soaked in it for a while.  Scowl at Matt for not having already seen all of these films before this week.  Hope the festive month was grand for everyone out there, thanks for another year with us!!

Notes:  As to outside budgets mentioned, Mallrats was 5 million (Clerks was under 30,000!); Jurassic Park was in fact nearly the same as Truman Show at 63 million.


Episode #225: Hulu Shuffle

December 16th, 2017
  • The Hero/
  • Colossal/
  • Nerve/

You want new stuff?  You want things you can easily find?  You want minimal relation between the movies?  Well - all those things are placed before in this episode!!  3 movies that Matt had not seen prior to recording, an adventure for all.  Were they all good? All bad.  strap in & hear the results.

LINKS:  Hick, Natural Born Killers, Tombstone, 21 Jumpstreet, 500 Days of Summer.  

PS - Trance was the Danny Boyle movie Matt was trying to think of...

art modified for thumbnail:  X Inn Interior by Stoyan Stoyanov


Episode #224: Turkey vs Reindeer

December 3rd, 2017

It's a Holiday Surprise!!  I mean, 2 of 'em, technically..

Anyhoo, enjoy a comparison episode about the monthly meals that seal up each year.  We would have done this before T-gives but didn't think of it in time.  Whoops!  2 vastly different films go head to head in this episode - 2 movies Matt had never seen, which was exciting.  Burn & log, have some nog, and tune in for this winter wonder-sode.

Links:  Holiday episodes - Pre-Season Warmup, Xmas in July.  Technically Misery has winter so there must be xmas in there somewhere!  The Iron Man 3 episode has all RDJ episodes done prior, including Weird Science in the Anthony Michael Hall episode (that episode has Edward Scissorhands too) !  
Holly Hunter: Copycat, Incredibles, Raising AZ.  Dylan McDermott: In the Line of Fire, Automata.  Charles Durning: Hudsucker Proxy, Muppet Movie.  Also - Short Circuit for the Guttenbergians out there - in Automata link ABOVE.  Also mentioned:  Fright Night, Gremlins, Sequel-sode (Hot Tub Time Machine 2)


Episode #223: Wunderkind

November 13th, 2017
  • Leon (The Professional) (Natalie Portman)/
  • Firestarter (Drew Barrymore)/
  • I Am Sam (Dakota Fanning)/

Often times people speak up about annoying kids (why do you think we haven't done Six-String Samurai yet?! [Also, is there such a thing as too many parentheses?]), but do we always hear about kids when they do an amazing job?  The Triforce is here to fill that void for you by spanning the decades & genres in this episode.  Who did it best?  Take a listen, find out!!  


Episode #222: Epic-sode XI: IT (mini-series)

October 28th, 2017

*Some broad comparisons to the 2017 movie as well, but not full-on or any spoilers.

It's amazing how much we can appreciate (& forgive) something we watched growing up until it is done better.  Ooops - episode spoilers!  It's not quite hatorade, but there may be some critiques of this 90's television mini-series when scary on tv was pretty safe.  We hope you'll find the deeper look at it almost as entertaining as the series itself was.  Perhaps more entertaining?  Who knows?  You will; after you listen...

 Links:  Carrie (writer).  Sling Blade (Ritter).  Legend, Clue, Rocky Horror (Curry).  Airborne (Seth Green).  


Episode #221: Stupid I’d Rather Watch

October 24th, 2017

The Jerk vs. UHF

Steve Martin & Weird Al:  2 titans of tenacity when it comes to bizarritudeyness.  These were in fact the 1st starring roles for each of these performers in a major motion picture.  It wasn't the original thought to get 2 movies that featured non-actors crossing over, but that's the way it happened!!  Who wore it better?  Adjust those rabbit ears & find out -

Episodes mentioned:  Planes, Trains, & AutmobilesMulanBlade Runner/Blood Simple/Harry & the Hendersons.

Here's the trivia vid on production of The Jerk.  Here's a nice tribute to The Jerk by Jack Black.



Recommendation Post

October 12th, 2017

After coming home to a broken PC, we had to settle for this as a way to tide you over until we can record & edit our next episode.  Even this is a 2nd attempt to post this - technology is against us (again!!) at the moment.

1st: What we DON'T recommend.  As in - AVOID these sequels & such.

1. S. Darko - Here's to hoping Daveigh Chase gets better future roles.

2. Boondock Saints II - You don't realize how much you love Willem Dafoe until he's not there.

3. Carrie 2 - Marguerite Moreau is not worth it for this; watch the Wet Hot American Summer series/movie.


Also avoid Disjointed on Netflix unless you love Chuck Lorre (Big Bang Theory & 2 1/2 Men).  The PTSD genuinely discussed seems like a happy accident; the rest is just stereotypes and not a ringing endorsement of medicinal marijuana culture when people already think it is bogus.  Of course Kathy Bates is great:  just watch AHS seasons 3-5.  & Misery, of course!

2nd:  What we DO recommend.  As in - check it out whether or not we get to cover it proper!

1. John Wick 2 - we love the world expansion & the final set.  Plus, Morpheus!!

2. Logan - not a traditional sequel, rather the best attempt to give the character a solo film with the tone it needs.  We do stand behind The Wolverine (& Matt somewhat stands behind Origins)

3. 0ng Bak 2 - best of the 3 in our opinion! A nice followup to the breakout hit from Thailand, the international version of 2 has a huge fight segment where the rockin' music is removed halfway through to just give you fight sounds for a few solid minutes.  A talented fighter using every weapon you would want to see him brandish.

Check out some other recent Netflix shows. 

Big Mouth featuring Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, & Maya Rudolph - NOT for kids, but great adolescent humor going quite intentionally over the line.

Dear White People - similar to the need for the 2014 film to be seen before deciding what you think, the series does a good job presenting things that perhaps shouldn't still be issues.  It also shows divides within various groups over what is right/wrong in addition to how to deal with it.  See it, then consider how you feel about it.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend with Rachel Bloom - in the wake of episodes about suicide and eating disorders, this show is the best portrayal of mental illness Matt has run across.  Plus, it features musical numbers that kinda mock musicals.  Think peculiarity of Scrubs with greater stakes & chances taken.

Thanks for being patient with our temporary setback.  We have some material ready to go, will put something out as soon as possible & do a followup 1 week later rather than 2 to make up for the downtime.  Until then!!

Episode #220: Series v. Movie - To The Bone

September 23rd, 2017

You've heard about it & seen it or avoided it.  Or - you haven't heard about it much at all.  The point is - you should see it if you have not.  The 2nd part in our topic that doesn't get enough discussion, we follow suicide with eating disorders.  We're definitely finding a lighter clump of movies for our next episode...  For everyone's sake.  


Episode # 219: Series v. Movie - 13 Reasons Why

September 9th, 2017

Does more time = better quality or depth of story?  Can you compare long-hand plotlines to something told over roughly 2 hours?  This week, our answer is yes.  Of course, the series details combined with the topic created a need for a 2-parter.  Next Episode:  To The Bone.

With an already long episode, we don't wanna bog you down here with a description, except to say:  If you're currently feeling on edge, we can't guarantee this discussion will help at the moment or that you should watch the show before maybe finding some help.  

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7 in the U.S.

The site below has a list of international #'s to call.


Thanks for listening, we hope it does some good.  

Episode #218: Get in the Ring

August 27th, 2017
  • Creed/
  • The Hurricane/
  • ???/

 Finally, the boxing episode you've all been waiting for!  3 variants on the sport of punch.  We even mixed in some stuff about living legends of boxing & how their representation stands up to some scrutiny.  

Links:  Here's the '74 Foreman Fight Highlights.  Here is Top 10 Ali Knockouts.  Here is the Costner Speech.  

 Notes:  Most important:  there are at least 7 statues of Harriet Tubman, some that have only appeared in the last decade.  Funny that Matt is so keen to mention his forgetting character names, as he used the name Carter instead of Porter for Payback.  Whoooopsy!  He also forgot to mention the strength of the Creed soundtrack that features Nas, 2Pac, The Roots, Future.