Episode #149: Bad-Ass Women:Part II

December 14th, 2014
In the vault of Female Film Bad-Assery, there are those who reign supreme as queens amongst the gentry.  Ellen Ripley & The Bride... we have mentioned, but there are more.  The mountain is lofty, but its population is far from limited.

Two more women join the ranks of this already formidable matriarchal monarchy.  Resolute, deadly & realistic in their portrayal, both have shaped the criteria by which so many contemporary female protagonists are judged.  Keep to the right & aim for the knees as we bring you more Bad-Assdom.  

We referred to a site that broke down a scene in Silence of the Lambs.  Also, we called it by the wrong name.  Here is the link:  Every Frame a Painting
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Episode #148: Movies You Love to Hate

December 7th, 2014
You know them, but do you love 'em?

This week it's a stroll down that alley painted in stark black & white.  No ambiguity for these. oh no.  

More often than not reserved for conversations revolving around Pink Floyd albums (here's a clip about the new Floyd album) or political leanings, the adulation & venom are flung freely in discussions like this week.  One can be either for or against these flicks, there are no Swiss in this mix.   No doubt many of you have bore witness to just such "discussions."  

So, put some milk on to boil, then stir in a couple'a spoonfuls of this episode to warm you on this chilly December night (or whenever/wherever you may listen).

PS: We snaffu'd a bit during recording:  It's Mike White from Gentlemen Broncos and Jerusha Hess is MARRIED to Jared Hess.  She's NOT his sister.
  
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Episode #147: Remakes Across the Ocean

November 30th, 2014
Abre Los Ojos -vs- Vanilla Sky

Whether Chris may be aware of it or not, we've turned in a great many "Remake" episodes.  However, only a handful of these are of an international flavor.  This week we do a remake that began in Spain. 

Usually remakes in another country create a different style, so both can be appreciated for their own flavors.  We're not talkin' Amazing Spider-Man territory, we mean noticeably different approaches to a story.  Still want Penelope Cruz but not Tom Cruise?  Try the original..

It's not often that we can do two films where an actor plays the same character in both.  Please send us suggestions of when this was done in other remakes - cinemasluts@gmail.com.   We do have a similar remake box we've yet to unwrap for you, but until then...  

Listos?  Ahora, escuchan y disfrutan por favor.  
 
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Episode #146: The Fall of Anthony Michael Hall

November 23rd, 2014
Submitted for your consideration:  A Grade-A Brain with a penchant for awkward vacations, nocturnal emissions and crust-off PBJ's.  

Now add two parts Iron Man and a dash of gothy-pirate.  Stir counter-clockwise & let sit for ten years, and what you have is a goulash fit only for a madman.

A goulash served exclusively in the Dead Zone.  


B T Dubs - here's a small clip from Community with AMH, we couldn't find longer sections.  but he is in the 1st Season Xmas episode.  It is on Amazon streaming :) .
Corrections:  Curly Sue (not Peggy Sue) was a John Hughes flick we were mentioning.  Also, Matt was wrong about Erika Eleniak from Under Siege:  she was on Baywatch, the next best thing to being a playmate..
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Episode #145: Epic-sode V: Gandhi

November 16th, 2014
The horror is finally behind us, blood-drenched listeners.  After enduring six weeks of terror, dread & disgust, how about something to cheer you & raise your spirits?

Sort of...

While it has been said that nothing is perhaps more horrific than actual torrid history, we also find jewels of hope & achievement woven within these same homespun threads.

Mohandas K Gandhi, "Mahatma" or "Bapu" to his friends, was one such jewel.  In 1982, Richard Attenborough delivered his 15 years-in-the-making magnum opus unto the world.  

It inspired, enchanted, & incited.  This feat is indeed worthy of a "Saga" classification.  Epic, we might say.  We did say.  Stop listening to what we're saying..  we mean, listen to all that we say.  We have microphones
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Episode #144: Horrific Shuffle

November 8th, 2014
Yeah sure, it's November, but we're still gonna deliver one more HORROR-TASTIC episode since you've all been such good listeners.  We thought we'd end this debacle of debauchery & devilry Triforce style and set the player to RANDOM this week.  A mixed bag of treats.

However, we may have paid the price for such reckless abandon.  We thought to ourselves "Ello, we think we oughta fly about;" though we glimpsed such wondrous sights from this vista (demonic cats AND Proto-Otho), we may have flew a bit too close to the sun.  


Music note:   The theremin version of Sleepwalk is from this Youtube user:  TheHillabeans .  She has quite a selection of theremin tunes if you want to seek her out.  
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Episode #143: Messin’ with the Genre

November 1st, 2014
GUEST HOST:  JOE
Like William Shatner, horror has gone to such extremes that it now can refer to itself.  Like Leonard Nemoy, though it tries to deny it, it is often best when it just admits what it is according to the audience.  Through that, now horror can toy with the audience because so many things have been effectively set in stone.  We lined up 3 movies that have done this in the last decade, each with a different approach, different budget, and different levels of exposure and success.  

Once it is pointed at, some of these definitive moments can be quite funny to most people (not just us demented folk who always laugh at horror).  These films go so far as to cover a particular person in blood each time something happens.  Forget bullets, there is a bucket that has your name on it!  Enjoy the cinema slaughter.

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Episode #142: Remakes For Ever - Dracula

October 26th, 2014
1931  vs.  1992 *  vs.  2014

It is the ultimate eternal face off!!  Those who thought Dracula was dead were deceiving themselves.  It was just a matter of when.  With many different faces surrounded by black & red capes over the decades, the appeal of the concept crystallized by Bram Stoker will live forever in some form or other.  As the 'other' category of Dracula is punched this year, we felt it was our duty to check out the new blood (insert The Who clip here) to see how it measured up.  Can it cut it??

As the weeks of October blow away, we couldn't go without this comparison.  For those who enjoy the horror, we have 2 more weeks!!  For those who don't, please listen to our earlier episodes in the meanwhile.  

*Notes:  the adult film screening we briefly refer to had friends in it; it isn't like we're gonna start a series about it...

The legitimate trailer is up top for 1992, but we did find one comparable to the antics of the 1931 trailer.  See that here.  Also, here are a few moments from the promised Looney Tunes Dracula sketch.
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Episode #141:Friday vs. Elm Street

October 19th, 2014
They say "Third time's a charm."  So in this 3rd week in our celebration O' de Horror, we slashed through the pretentious red tape and gave you what you wanted.  Or at least, what we know you would've screamed for, had we not done it.

Whether it be Beatles vs. Elvis, Vans vs. Chucks or even Zepplin vs. Floyd (Don't ask us...that's too hard) there's always that question.  

For those of us fortunate enough to experience the 80's...in any version (formative years or otherwise) we salivated over this question like kids striving to make their Halloween candy last til Christmas.  It broke down social walls, established alliances & made us all yearn for that night when we would all file into a darkened midnight theater, turn our respective "Taste" dials down to ZERO and savor the succulent joy of the slaughter.

Plus, here is our Charity of the Week.

*Episode Image Note*  This week's image is taken from the amazing art of Tom Pollock Jr.  If you enjoy, head over to this site & give props.  

*correction:  Matt meant Paul Rodgers with Queen, not Roger Daltrey.
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Episode #140: You Had To Be There

October 11th, 2014
It is week #2 in our month-long celebration of Horror in film.  This week we're wrought with found footage and Catholic conundrums.  The topic:  Frightening for the Time.

The accolades (and criticisms) of many of a film are tied to the respective time of their release.  The Wizard of Oz bombed when originally released, yet is consider a technicolor marvel in retrospect.  Stay tuned, because we plan on having a whole episode dedicated to the topic of "Bombed on Release" 

Most horror films are without a doubt a reflection of their era, since so much of what society finds frightening is drawn from contemporary events & surroundings.  Many lesser known films ran your expectations off the road (Sleepaway Camp, anyone?), but these drove a stake into the heart of previous films and now live forever in pop culture.  They are not our favorites, but they cannot be ignored, Dan...


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Episode #139: Remakes for Debate: Fright Night

October 5th, 2014
Fright Night
1985 -VS- 2011

All Hallows Eve-tober is upon us and we have Tricks & Treats-a-plenty for the coming weeks.

We kick off week #1 in true Triforce style with a "horrific" chapter for our Remake series.  While neither of us can attest to being dyed-in-the-wool "Horror Flick Fanatics," we nonetheless have a deep-seated appreciation for most things ghastly, gross & ghoulish.

 So enough proselytizing...WELCOME TO FRIGHT NIGHT!  TWICE!!!


Music Plug:  We found 2 remixes for Married with Children used in this episode.  The 1st is by J4yThr3e, who has some cool original tracks (a lot like DJ Krush).
 The 2nd is by Dope The Mean Child, who does some cool mashups & pop-culture instrumentals.  Check out their pages for some nice beats.  Otherwise, sorry about the other soundtrack earworms we put in there (we aren't sorry).  

  

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Episode #138: Body Swap

September 27th, 2014
Sometimes a good idea can be done too often.  We decided to call in the SWAP team for this mission.  We know a few of these have been cranked out in recent years, but we opted to savor a slice of the old skool.  Especially since the most recent attempts at this have kinda...well...sucked.  So we only mention Freaky Friday as something that we can't really watch..

It's not often we get to access the AWESOME that is Dudley Moore OR pre-drama Tom Hanks.  While this week may be a bit heavy on 80's cliche, take solace in knowing that we saved you from a lot...LOT worse.  After all, 2 films gave us quite a bit to chew on..

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Episode #137: Date Night II: Bad Date Night

September 20th, 2014
It can be hard to sort out what to watch on a 1st movie date.  This is your short list of what NOT to watch, as the night will end in heated debate.  A followup to our Date Night episode some time back (Episode 70), these movies are awesome, but have veeeerrrryyy touchy subjects.  Spanning 3 decades, this group deals in different age groups & types of issues.  There is also a timely U2 reference for the people with I-Phones.

Note:  we skipped over the actor for young Isaiah - Mark John Jeffries.  He was in Haunted Manson, Get Rich or Die Tryin', and Notorious.  He was excellent in Losing Isaiah playing a child with mental issues being born a 'crack baby.'  Barely uttering more than 1 word at a time, he breaks your heart multiple times. 

 Also, the Lone Wolf McQuade reference was a personal one about Matt mistaking David Carradine for Scott Glenn, but he took for granted that Chris wouldn't see the mistake to tag up on it.  Enjoy!
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Episode #136: Connery, Best Worst & End

September 14th, 2014
GUEST HOST:  CONRAD

This is also called 'Connery Corner with Conrad,' mainly because that's his name & he was the one who suggested it.  Sadly, the Matrix struck him down this week before we could finish.  This is only 1/3 of the episode intended.  He will return next week to finish out this concept that will likely spawn future episodes.  For now, you are blessed with our lengthy discussion of:

Zardoz
Even if you hate this movie, I think it's worth the time to see what we value in watching it.  So many good and/or crazy ideas that didn't fit together...
Also included are some deleted moments from the last few months, plus some impressions cut out of previous episodes.  Tune in next week for the exciting conclusion.  Can you guess what the best & end films are?  There may be help in the episode.  Go ahead, click that link.  Skin that smoke wagon & see what happens.  
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Episode #135: Magic I’d Rather Watch

September 7th, 2014

The Prestige vs The Illusionist.

2 movies about magic from the same year.  It was moments like these we thought of when we started the "I'd Rather Watch" series.  Hollywood will play it safe so many times, but once in a while they take a chance 2 or 3 times simultaneously.  Thriller vs. Drama.  Each has portions of both, but obviously lean further in one direction
One is flashy, one is artsy.  
At the time, it is feasible that many picked 1 & abandoned the other (especially with modern theater prices).  Did you watch the other when it came out on video?  Is that what we recommend...  perhaps.  Listen & see.
Hey, wanna watch the Illusionist now?  Click here.
For what it's worth:  we make a number of historical references that may have discrepancies.  Please verify our information if it interests you; we don't claim to get everything right.  We are doubting ourselves, just CYA for things we didn't look up in our research this time.  
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