Episode #275: Dark Crystal, Age of Resistance

November 25th, 2019

As the day of gluttony arrives, we bring a binge of the new series based on 1982's The Dark Crystal from Jim Henson.  Plenty of modern attempts have fallen way short of previous incarnations or installments of a franchise/story.  Hoping for the best, this show blew Matt's cursed mind!  After so much time, capturing the majesty & creating a larger plot with a similar blend of awe and fear was not likely, yet it was done with gusto.  Come listen to the gushing, plus the idea for a follow-up episode where we'll dig deeper into what this show represents on various levels.

Episode #274: Flubisode VI

November 11th, 2019

do we need a subtitle?  or any explanation?  it is goof-ups & gaffs.  I will note that a big random noise that happens was in a clip titled "the fall of soda mountain" as a big stack of 12-packs toppled over.

Of note from the previous episode:  the only time over years of Halloween-ish episodes, i've never spoken out about the candy danger thing... then the 1 time I do, at least 2 states have multiple instances of actual razors, pot candy, and maybe poison!!  What are the friggin' odds?!

Episode #263: Franchise-Fest

June 11th, 2019
  • Bride of Chucky/
  • Godzilla (2014)/
  • Terminator/

It is often said that Hollywood has no new ideas (have you used your Movie Pass/A-List to see indie films?!), so we leaned into that for this episode!  Even those who will avoid the new installments or reboots can enjoy a look at the times "when they were good."  This grouping accidentally became a nice mix of a brand new concept that still feeds Hollywood writing rooms, a reboot that spans 60 years back to the original, & a turning point where some fans gave up on a franchise after 10 years and 4 movies.  Hidey ho, let them fight, laundry day - yes.

Links:  Freddy v Jason, The CrowHalloweenDune, LOTR: Fellowship, 2 Towers, Return o' KingRogue One, ExpendablesLast Samurai (also has Shawshank Redemption), InceptionBatman Begins, Dark Knight (also has Dark City)  Kick-AssOldboy, Fright Night, Arnold episodes I & IILast Action HeroTerminator Genisys (has T2 link), TombstoneAliens, Planet Terror, The Rock.

Episode #249: Our SNIKT to Stan I

November 20th, 2018
  • The Wolverine

Welp - We reckon it's bound to happen that Marvel movie talks run long.  It happened before & here we are again.  The good news:  you're gonna hear a lot about Stan Lee's good works over the next 3 weeks.  The bad news:  you'll have to wait to see what the other 2 movies are (though it shouldn't be hard to guess).  Enjoy our 1st of 3 excavations into the Major Man of Marvel that has brought us so much joy, entertainment, and thought-provoking narratives through superhero allegory.  This one ends abruptly as it was SUPPOSED to just be 1 episode..  we opted out of further recording to just push this baby out before the other triplets come.

Links:  Ottman, Hurt Locker (Beltrami)

Notes:  Matt hit a triple-oopsie with Ben Foster, messing up the title for Panic Room - which is also Leto, not Foster, then mixing up Firewall with Hostage.  This is why we take notes so we don't screw up on the fly!  The Total Recall we are cutting down is the remake, not the original.  This IS Rila Fukushima's 1st film!  ooh ooh - Matt also screwed up the shakuhachi flute for the shamisen that the Yoshida Brothers use.  Negative points all around!

Episode #242: Unsung Heroes I

August 13th, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

  • Ghostbusters I & II (Ernie Hudson)
  • Train to Busan (the conductor)
  • Terminator Genisys (multiple actors)

 A new idea that we hope to garner at least a few episodes from, we look at a particular character or group of characters (if necessary) to maybe shine a new light on some characters that may not be the leads but are still significant if not amazing within the flick.

There aren't many links as we skimmed the info for these movies, but we did mention Ghostbusters & T2.   

NOTES:  Funny thing - the actor portraying the T-1000 was a fave of Matt's:  Byung Hun Lee!!  We couldn't get a copy of the movie in time, so we had to shoot from the hip for that one.  He certainly would have noticed given the chance to see it this week.  

Episode #240: Flubisode V Sector II

July 15th, 2018

More screwups, need we say anything else?

Matt finally made another flub mix track for the end as well!!

Episode #237: Stranger Things 2

June 4th, 2018

Stranger Things was a mammoth of a series when it debuted.  It seems most saw the 2nd season when it appeared, the the hubbub quickly died down despite it doing a pretty durned fantastic job in creating another strong arc for the characters we've come to love & some noobs as well.  We wanted to dig deeper than Matt's last TVsode when he almost scratched the surface with a drive-by thumbs up for ST 2.  Really looking at the overall structure, it deserves far more credit than it got for changing it up without becoming something else.

Links:  IT, TVsode III.

Episode #236: Love Battle

May 19th, 2018
  • Ex Machina
  • True Romance

Movies with unique takes on 2 people who are fascinated with each other while up against the odds.  Pat Benatar was right.  Take it in, folks!!

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 #210: Remakes for Debate III

May 5th, 2017

Death Game (1977) versus Knock Knock (2015)

It should be noted up front that the Sluts LOVE John Wick (& #2!).  Here is that episode as evidence.  Not sure how it wasn't mentioned, to be honest.

Right, right - onto the actual episode description.  Matt compares a remake with a different name.  Were they distancing themselves from the original (like Disney from the original Tron?) despite having many from the old film as producers?  The old title does kinda sound like a slasher title...  
If nothing else, these might sell themselves with women invading homes as the plot.  Some who have seen the older film may want to defend it, but we'd be curious if it feels the same to watch it today after 40 years.  Does the new version offer a different feel, or enough of a similar feel?  Tune in & find out!

Notes:  When he said Medea, he meant the Greek tragedy, not the modern comedy movie tragedies.

Links:  coming soon. (grin)

Episode #202: Inheritance I’d Rather Watch

January 15th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!

 Greedy (1994) vs. Brewster's Millions (1985)

 

 If you don't play the lottery, one of the likeliest windwalls you can receive is money from relatives.  Death is a serious & usually sad thing, yet it has been a device for comic movie plots more than once.  Today we bring you 2 such examples from different decades. Who will come out on top when it comes to bickerin' over bullion?  

Links:  Michael J Fox - Back 2 Futures.   John Candy Episode. Clue (Michael Lynn)
          Kubrick Episode (Spartacus).  Schwarzenegger 1 (K-Cop) & 2 (Twins).  Chris made a vid summary of the 2nd Arnold-isode.  View it here!  Share it - more views!!

Notes:  

So I Married an Axe Murderer actually came out in between the Wayne's World movies (same year as #2), not before.

Siobhan Fallon Hogan has about 60 roles, but Matt stands behind his statement of mostly forgotten characters despite great performances.

Here's a trailer for a newer 'film' that Joyce Hyser was in:  TURN DOWN YOUR VOLUME :)

Art of Revenge.  For all you 3rd Eye Blind fans...

Also, Lin Shaye was the character actor Matt was trying to think of... not to be confused with Linda Hunt.

Johnathan Lynn (Greedy) in fact directed Distinguished Gentleman that had some similarities to a part of Brewster's Millions.

Episode #200: Stranger Things

December 18th, 2016

GUEST HOST:  CHRIS FRED!!!

As we officially ring in our 2nd 100th episode we chose to talk some TV that blew our friggin' child minds!!  Being a child of the 80's is not at all required for the show, but boy howdy does it add a thing or two if you are.  As many things from our youth featuring young actors age poorly, this is a great modern capture of that era - so you get to see something 80's with amazing performances, music, fx, etc.  Oh, good, freaky times.

Not much else to say.  We say enough in the episode.  Listen & find out!  Also, get Netflix:  they are overflowing with original tv/movie goodness.

Coming next:  a Spoiler-sode for Stranger Things!!

Episode #181: Epic-sode IX Lawrence of Arabia

April 3rd, 2016

ONE MAN...    ONE MATCH...   ONE CROSSFADE TO ONE SUN...

Peter O'Toole is Hollywood royalty, notorious both on and off screen.  Sit down with us as we talk about the movie that started it all.  As long movies from earlier eras go, some get too self-indulgent and don't necessarily have the writing to hold up in modern times.  If they do, the casts don't always have the performance to make it all work.  See our discussion of Ben Hur as an example.  We can still comfortably claim before it comes out that the original will be better than the upcoming remake with 300-style yelling added.  
 
Lawrence of Arabia lives up to its hype.  Is it lengthy?  Yes, but rings & potters taught us to sit for long periods again..  This is an amazing feat in presenting a world not looked at much in films at the time (how much Africa or African culture was in Casablanca?), yet is somewhat universal and still important in seeing how we argue and fight, sometimes over small differences. 
Maurice Jarre: School Ties, Ghost, Fatal Attraction
Peter O'Toole:  Lion in Winter
For those who really want to know:  Matt didn't watch the Alec Guinness version of Great Expectations in school...

For those who love math:  IX is correct, as we accidentally labelled 2 episodes as IV; now it is your fault for not telling us for nearly 2 years!!

Episode # 179: Resurrection I’d Rather Watch

February 29th, 2016

Flatliners vs. The Lazarus Effect

Some tales are told constantly in film:  the star-crossed lovers, the underdog sports team, the guy who invented Islam (Zuckerberg or Al Gore, can't remember).  Why beat a dead horse when you can just Bring it Back to Life?!  1990 dukes it out with 2015 to see who is better at loving the dead.  

Here is the link for Joe's Falling Down Episode with us.

Here are links for Kiefer: Phone Booth, Lost Boys, and Young Guns.  
Kevin Bacon: full links on Episode 186.  Julia Roberts: Confessions of a Dangerous MindCloser, and Hook.

Episode # 175: Dark Comedy Duo

January 10th, 2016

Funny is funny and dark is dark, but can they hang out together?  The 80's and 90's brought us a definitive YES a few times.  Making death or deviance comical is no small thing, especially considering how few examples there are of this evil recipe being cooked so nicely in the years since these flicks.  Shaun of the Dead is dark and funny, but also has legitimate zombie action and drama in it.  Plus, we covered it in episode 2!

Beyond succeeding then, these movies are still funny and the production value holds up too.  Are they alone?  Has anything competed for the title in the last 20 years?  So I Married An Axe Murderer has this flavor, but is there a post-2000 equivalent?  Tell us all about it.  That is, after you listen to us tell you all about these 2 delights!!

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