Episode #166: End of the World

July 25th, 2015
Do you think you're going to die?  Sure, we all do..  but how?  HOW?!?!
Whether it's monkeys or comet zombies or even the deadly Motaba virus, all have us in their apocalyptic cross-hairs.  How you cope with this information is entirely up to you.  You could fight back, go back in time or pop on down to the mall and finally nab those amazing shoes you always wanted but couldn't afford.  Ya know...the ones that are $300 FUCKING DOLLARS?!

Oh, and we made multiple references to the Clerks animated cartoon this episode, so here's a treat for you all:  Leonardo is caught in the grip of an Outbreak of Randal's imagination and Patrick Swayze either does or doesn't work in the new pet store

Here is a link for the original french film that inspired 12 Monkeys: La Jetee
  
  


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Episode #165: Epic-Sode VII: Das Boot

July 12th, 2015

In the past, our pursuit of the EPIC-sode has taken us from the foggy moors of Scotland to the history-laden shores of the Ganges.  Terrain that we’ve yet to explore in all its moist epic-ness (or epic moistness?) is on tap this week. 
Okay, it’s not so much terrain as an element (like Earth, Wind & Fire, not like the science-y element as it's a compound).  It can be harsh, intoxicating & cruel.  Is there a better setting to have an EPIC told in?  

The answer is no

Das Boot’s been on our radar ever since our inception, but seeing as neither of us had screened it, we wanted to keep it in our proverbial “Back Catalog” til a time arose when it might rise from the murky abyss and show us all what “Epic” really means.

Suffice to say:  We were not disappointed and neither shall you be.  

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Episode #164: Around the World in 80 Minutes

June 28th, 2015
Hop aboard to hear of international fare as your globe trottin' sluts cruise the world in our official Cinema Triforce "Self-Sustaining Hot-Air" balloon. (Get it?  'Cause we talk a lot and we're full of hot air...right?)

Tired of American movies & reality, we outsourced our topic to save money and sanity.  Our wanderlust took us from 中华 (China) to भारत (India) and finally came to a halt in Norge (Norway).  With such an eclectic blend of cinema, we had our work cut out for us.  We leave it to you to enjoy one hell of a fun episode.  Plus, we made extra effort not to spoil anything this week, so if you haven't - SCREEN these flicks ASAP.  


PS: Trollhunter IS on Netflix.  

PPS:  Happy Pride!!  Have a Coke & sing in perfect harmony, dammit!!  Actually, drink Pepsi - they are ethically a better company to support for sugar-water.
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Episode #163: Action I’d Rather Watch

June 14th, 2015
Carnage & chrome abound as we scream from the internet rooftop our love of the ever-evolving modern-day "Action" movie.  As children of the 70's & 80's, sometimes it's difficult for us avoid the obvious comparisons (we're looking at you, Jason Momoa Conan).  However, we can still be surprised, and this week's choices certainly knocked the wind outta all four of our lungs.
As a versus-style episode, this one is more about the strong suits of each to guide you toward what you might prefer (though you should have already watched both, you slackers).  Do Chris & I agree??  Listen & find out!  Then write in and tell what we said; we already forgot..  'cause we're busy watchin' these movies again.

Hardcore note:  The 'get outta my car' is from the Hoff.  Here is the full glory of that video for those who have missed his renaissance.  Also, here is a Henry Rollins clip that we almost used for that moment..  classic Hank.  Here is totally classic Winger for those interested.

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Episode #162: Storytelling Soundtracks

May 31st, 2015
You will need your boombox & a Maxell 3-pack 'cause it's time for the ultimate podcast mix-tape!  So crank your nostalgia meters to Eleven and come with us on a journey of soundtrack glory where love, loss & lust run rampant.  Oh, the things we'll do to your cochlear passages!!!

Okay, maybe that was a little wordy (and creepy)...  it's just that we're REALLY excited to finally be doing this episode!  We're soundtrack/score fanatics and it's easy to get carried away.

Just listen & you'll see.  We're wild for the tunes.

P.S.  While there were many to choose from, we ended up going with our good friend Rick James.  Don't worry Kiss OR Cee-Lo, we haven't forgotten you both.  Also, in our defense: Curtis Mayfield is just so damn awesome, we forgot that Kung-Fu was on Sweet Exorcist, and not Super Fly.  Our bad. 

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Episode #161: Remakes Carrie

May 17th, 2015
Carrie (1976) -vs- Carrie (2013)
With Crypticon just around the corner for us, we couldn't resist hopping back on the Remakes train.  From samurai to cowboys, vampires to...well...vampires, we've steered this labor-of-love locomotive across all parts of the globe.  Now it's time to steer it back in time for Senior Prom.  

Carrie has become virtually synonymous with the experience that is high school and the horrible times that many suffer during it.  From getting covered in pig's blood to "They're all gonna laugh at you," most are familiar with Carrie's tale of woe.  As a character more than a few of us relate to, it was inevitable it would be made again.  Nowadays, many discredit remakes without seeing them, but this time the new blood has some cool surprises under its puffy satin shoulders.  Try to calm your murderous rage long enough to see which version comes out on top.

 

 
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Episode #160: Dreamworks

May 3rd, 2015
Pixar indeed stands tall amongst the world of modern day animation.  Heck, we even dedicated a whole episode to their genius.  However, one must not overlook the competition that has steadily been catching up creatively over the years.  Since 1998, Dreamworks animation has delivered 30+ films that (with the exception of one) have turned quite a profit.  So it's obvious that there's an audience for animation beyond the safety of They-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.  

Dreamworks has made strides outside the "kid appropriate" box,as well as keeping in step with social progressive attitudes (from Hiccup being handicapped, to Gobber being gay).  Their trust in the modern audience has paid off and they won't be stopping anytime soon..

Dreamworks do in fact live up to their moniker and we couldn't be more pleased with the results.

PS: For those paying attention, here's the episode of Heat Vision & Jack that we named in the episode. 

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Episode #159: History on the Screen

April 19th, 2015
It's been little over a year since we last delved into history via cinema.  What was intended to be one episode evolved into a triptych of awesome (#102#103 & #105assisted in no small part by our friend Brandon.  Only one of those was history-based (102 about Malcolm X); all three movies come from U.S. history this time.  Plus, Selma is a nice answer to Malcolm X.

Trying to be brief, we were able to "stay on target" and cover our three choices without falling down the rabbit hole.  As in not talking so darned long..

We leave you with a nice MLK zinger, even if you skip this episode (but you know, um, don't...)  : 


 "We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

P.S.  Here is the Leeroy Jenkins clip.  His mistake is at about 0:25 and the specific reference is at about 1:00-1:10.  

Here is the Cheerios ad reaction.  If you won't sit through the whole thing - after the 1st part, skip to 4:47 where a black kid talks about how uncomfortable he is 'joking' with his white friends.

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Episode #158: Remakes, East vs. West II

April 7th, 2015
The Seven Samurai -VS- The Magnificent Seven
Alright cinephiles, we come at you this week with one of the most epic comparison episodes we've completed to date.

We have already professed our love for all things Kurosawa, it is High Noon time we highlight what many consider to be his tour de force AND the westernized version that came later.  Both are formidable in their own right, but at the end of the day, only one can stand triumphant as the master of all things Seven.  

Which one you ask?  Who was the victor in our summation?  Why, you've got to tune in and find out.  We don't even spoil in our episodes - so we're not spoiling the episode in our description.  I mean, REALLY!!

Music Corrections:  The Megadeth reference was actually for Holy Wars, not Hangar 18 (both great songs from a great album).  Also, in Top Secret:  the underwater bar fight ends in the Bonanza theme.  
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Episode #157: That Song & That Movie

March 21st, 2015
Some movies are married to certain songs.  Like marriage, even when it ends, the songs still call up very specific memories.  The movies themselves are not necessarily game-changers (though we dig 'em), but the song connection is groot-like; as in strong.  Guardians soundtrack, anyone?  That movie actually shares a song from one of these soundtracks.  

Though each of these movies were a big wave in their time, not everyone has seen them.  The crazy thing is they may still get the reference from hearing about it or seeing the scenes referred to in a TV show.  The 1st 2 tracks are not done all the time, but when you see the crowd banging their heads during the 3rd track at karaoke, the 3rd film will unlock the mystery of the strangers who each seem to know All the Right Moves.  

Alright gang, take off your pants (but leave the shirt & socks on), grab a razor & a gas can, and try not to honk in the car.  
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Episode #156: More Robot Than Robot

March 8th, 2015
With CHAPPiE hitting theaters this week, it seemed the perfect time to roll out our "Robotics" episode!  A topic that's captivated readers & audiences for generations, mechanoids gone monsters often reflect how humanity has or may go wrong.  Are these the droid movies you're looking for?  The answer is yes:  3 different decade & budget perspectives on the possibilities & the dangers that come with them.  
If you haven't already, go waaayy back to check out Frtiz Lang's masterpiece Metropolis
After that, check out Rahzel (who we referred to randomly) from The Roots.  After THAT, look at this alternate Short Circuit series trailer.
Correction:  we forgot to mention the actual skydiving movie the Short Circuit writing duo did - Drop Zone with Wesley Snipes.
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Episode #155.2: Talking Long & Hard

February 23rd, 2015
As promised, here's the "Cherry-On-Top", of what was our 80's Teens Rue the Day episode last week.  

We ended up engulfed in a haze of Leonard Cohen, acid wash jeans & corrupt high school principals with our 3rd selection; it's not everyday we get to chat about one of the greatest unsung & angst-ridden anti-heroes of the late 20th century:  Harry Hard-On.  

We cannot implore you enough to RUN and watch this movie.  Well cast, under appreciated & a very poignant pick of any "Coming-of-Age" film selection.  We adore this flick; so much so that we ended up dedicating a whole episode to its glory.

So, get your Chewlies Gum, some Surge, then rise up in the internet cafe and stab them with your compostable forks (or sporks, if that 's your flavor).  Also, reduce & reuse as much or more than you recycle. :)

Correction:  ROMAN Centurions, as opposed to the non-existent Russian Centurions.  It wasn't worth setting up again to re-record when we can rewrite our personal history here..
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Episode #155: 80’s Teens Rue the Day

February 8th, 2015
Okay, sure... kids saved the day countless times and we talked about that plenty, but what about when teens DIDN'T?  

What about those college kids who turned up the Heat on that Top Secret government project that almost opened The Doors to their own Tombstones?

Or when that Young Gun just needed a Few Good Men to Stand By Him to help Flat-line a couple of Firstborns in that Dark City of Santa Carla?  And hoo boy, some Sleepers will Rush in and do anything for love.  Oh, what a night that was...  You will be Blown Away.  

We had WAY too much fun this week, so we had to cut the episode in two.  We also kinda went overboard in our appreciation of what will end up being the 3rd film in our next episode.  

What's that?  What is it?  Well, you'll just have to tune in two weeks from now & find out.  It is a Gleaming jewel in pile of Non-Very Bad Things during the Legend-ary 80's.  Til then, we're confident you'll savor every nostalgia-soaked minute of this week's offering.

 

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Mini-Sode: Episode #69

February 1st, 2015

As mentioned last week, we're widdlin' down the episodes to ever other week, but that doesn't mean we won't deliver more content on occasion.

So, in that vein, we give you another youtube Mini-Sode comprised of some of the best parts from our second Arnold episode

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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Green Beret Marshmallows for Breakfast


  

Episode #154: Epic-sode VI: Ben-Hur

January 25th, 2015
Ben-Hur
Ever since the inception (cue the noise in your own head) of our "Epic-sodes," this has been on the table for obvious reasons.  Sweeping, grandiose & literally biblical in its scope and span, Ben-Hur was one of the first mega-million-epics.  

Holding Hollywood's first ever eight-figure budget, tens of thousands of extras and a climactic chariot scene that puts even modern CG movies to shame, Ben-Hur has established itself as an all-out fundamental pillar in the foundation of 20th century epic films.  

You can see why it'd be pretty silly if we skipped this one.

We chose this over The Ten Commandments, so you'll have to sate yourself on only one dose of das Heston.  We'll do it again - we're MANIACS!! 

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