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).  

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Episode #194: & Now More News - part II

September 25th, 2016

GUEST HOST:  JOE OLSON

  • Spotlight

Were you wondering why we did not get into newspapers?  It was a result of the subject matter for this movie.  We already spent many hot minutes talking about Good Night & Good Luck alongside The Social Network.  Then we got super deep for the 3rd one featured here..   As always, we strive to avoid spoilers - so you can listen to this without seeing Spotlight to hear some reasons for finding it.  Anything we talk about is in the basic description for it, and we get into the overall topic of modern media and how we absorb our news.  It's kinda fascinating.  You doubt us?  Well listen: we defy you to not learn a lil' sumthin'.

 

If you haven't listened to the previous episode, some of the references to the other 2 films may feel a bit strange.  This one stands alone, but hey! - you should be listening to ALL our quality programming!!  :)  

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Episode #191: Flubisode IV - Live Free or Flub Hard

August 15th, 2016

The time for mistakes is upon you!!  Never heard us screw up, you say?  Well then, you have more episodes to seek out on the Podbean.com page!

As the struggle of schedules, guests, and locations continues, it seemed the right moment to hit you with an overdue Flubs episode.  The clips here go all the way back to episode 152, so you've got plenty of Chris & David along with some guest host bits from the last year & change.  

Just to keep us honest, there were only 88 clips to be wrangled into this tasty mess-up meal.  Don't spoil your dinner and tell your friends!  But tell them to listen to other episodes before listening to this one...  This isn't the place to nurture a new person's love for us.  

For those who adore the fails & extras - here are the 1st 3 flubisodes: 4898151.

- One of the longest 'unknown noise' moments is actually stomach grumbling, just in case anyone imagines something more sinister.

Here's a clip for most of us who don't know/remember who the hell Robert Vaughn is: Magnificent Seven  Vaughn speaks at 1:30.  
also - here's an interview & some lawyer commercials:  Vaughn 2

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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!!
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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.

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Episode #176: Sound Check-isode

January 17th, 2016

- No particular movies, but there is a moment or two about Star Wars (no spoilers) -

Along with Star Wars, we spoke of a few things out at the end of the year.  Catch some smatterings/recommendations for CreedThe RevanentThe Hateful 8.   
A degree or two from a flubisode, we spent some time making sure the new setup worked after a bad audio file made our job super hard in editing.  This episode is essentially a spontaneous conversation, but also a peak into how it makes sense that we do this podcast about movies (and maybe not some of the provocative things we discuss here..) .  We gave it an introduction so you don't feel like you were dropped in the deep end.  The 'outro' risked being as long as the original file once we got going!  
The same love went into putting this together, so we hope it feels like it belongs among the rest.  Enjoy!
Not quite deleted material, not quite behind the scenes, you may yet come away with some value from listening to our ranting.  Heck, you're here and read along this far, right??
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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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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 #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: 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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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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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 #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 #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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Episode #130: Remakes for Serious

August 3rd, 2014
BATMAN
Adam West -VS- Michael Keaton

It's been 75 years since the Dark Knight first breached the collective consciousnesses of the world.  Now, eight decades, multiple re-brandings & tens of thousands of pages later, the crusade of the caped continues.

For those of us who adore film, the lore of the Worlds Greatest Detective has also born some choice pieces; two of which are the highlight of this week's episode.  While we reached our own conclusion regarding the fate of this bout, remember this doesn't make us "Right."  

That's the wonderful thing about Batman:  no matter what medium or version you prefer him in, he's still frekkin BATMAN...  and he's so F#$%ing tough (that's right).

P.S. : Here be the Grayson trailer we mentioned in the episode.  AWESOME! 
 

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