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 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 & some gas, 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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Episode #153: Our Helen Keller Tribute

January 18th, 2015
Disabilities be damned this week as we deliver an episode complete with comedy, romance & swashbuckling bravado.  We try to be the Three Wise Sluts (though there are only 2 of us - & we're not apes exactly).  We wanted to cover a wide range with our salute, and what with the heavy subject matter, we hope you approve of our selections.  As all were products of the later 80's, "political correctness" was an underdog; filmmakers/comedians were able to skirt the lines of bad/good taste with, shall we say, broader strokes.  
Let's just hope that we do these justice.  Please do offer suggestions if you feel these did not hit the topic just right.  Also, here is a link to the prison play sketch we referred to for Richard Pryor.  
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Episode #152: In A Word: Interview

January 11th, 2015
We were tempted to churn this episode out a couple of weeks ago, when a certain hackneyed debacle was the topic of much discussion.  As it turned out, the theater ban lasted less than a week, so it didn't matter (in this country).

We didn't want to spend the entire episode in the Pitts, so what would've been an episode comprised of our sluttish commentary on censorship, cyber-terrorism & entertainment ethics morphed into a much more upbeat chapter for our "In A Word" series.  

So just sit back, relax and come along as we Weave this good ole' fashioned Cruise in your mind.  Also, we made wild Rice.  There's no clever (& short) link for Anne Rice.. sorry.

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Episode #151: Flubisode Part III: Flubs with a Vengeance

January 4th, 2015

It's a new year and we all know what that means:  It's time for another Cinema Slut Gag Reel/Blooper Reel!

It was a fun 2014 (as you will hear this week).  We bring you our 3rd collection of outtakes, gags, B-sides & various other flubs we had along the journey that was this year.  

Now don't go thinking that just because we make (quite) a few mistakes, that means we are NOT the Aquilonian gods of podcast renown & sluttish wonder.  Far from it.  We are destined to wear these jeweled crowns upon our troubled brows til time ceases to be...  or at least until we decide to take 'em off.  

This one is especially long for a flubby.  With that in mind, maybe break it up over 2 listens if you wish.  There are some choice moments, there just happen to be many of them that stacked up this year.  Next week we risk getting political.  Until then, enjoy our folly to make you jolly.

(Here's the Key & Peele clip to which we were referring)

Also, here are the clips from Smallville with Terence Stamp and Julian Sands.  We were both right..
 

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This Pod Intentionally Left Blank

December 28th, 2014

Dear You,

We have spent the final week of our first two years compiling deleted & flubbed material as a break from the norm; those actually took some time to organize.  What we opted to do this time around was to take an actual week off.  We both worked our days jobs (even on the holidays), then spent some quality time revisiting Christmas films as our families are not near Seattle.  Of course we watched Die Hard.  If you haven't, listen to Episode 44 or 128 for some seasonal talk.  
The file is merely the opening track from Oingo Boingo's last album in '94 as we were talking about Burton/Elfman last month.  
We will likely do a Flubisode this coming week or so.  That is our podcast version of deleted scenes & gagreel material; check out episodes 48 & 98 for examples.  Until then, enjoy your respective holidays or hopefully at least some time off of work or school or both.  Thanks for another year of listening!!  We'll be back next Saturday as 2015 commences our 4th year...
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Episode #150: TOLKIEN-SODE III: The Fellowship of the Ring

December 21st, 2014
Well folks, here it is - Our last Tolkien-sode.  The road does not go ever on as we say goodbye to Peter Jackson's LOTR movie adaptations.  Fellowship was the first taste of amazing for many of us.  For almost 50 years we were waiting; hoping beyond hope that someone talented enough could come along, rally like-minded enthusiasts and give a silver-screened face to characters that we treasured & loved.

What's our take on it?  Well, that's why ya gotta listen.  Worry not: we won't kill you with spoilers.  Especially in our talk of The Battle of the 5 Armies.  We have your best interests at heart.

And...  we may have lied at the beginning:  If you whip up enough of a frenzy, we may get around to the Rankin-Bass adaptations sometime.  No frenzy, no Sir Theodore as Gollum.  We'll just watch 'em ourselves & NOT tell you why we love them..  so there.  

Who knows.  We don't.  We just do what our Rice Krispies tell us to. 
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