Episode #284: Racing-sode

April 8th, 2020

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

  • The Wraith
  • Rat Race
  • One Crazy Summer

A chill episode about wacky movies; 2 slices of 80's with cheese & a millennial approach to ensemble road movies.

LINKS:  Sherilyn FennThrashin' (also Rad),  Nick Cassavetes/J Peter RobinsonBlind Fury,  Randy QuaidXmas Vacation, Breckin MeyerGo,  Cuba Gooding JrBoyz in the Hood (has links for Outbreak, Losing Isaiah),  Amy SmartButterfly Effect, Wayne KnightJurassic Park,  John PowellEvolution, Shrek, I am Sam,  John CusackHigh Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank (also Young Guns for Sheen), Being John Malkovich, Hot Tub Time MachineJoel MurrayGod Bless AmericaWhoopi Goldberg/Demi Moore/Jerry ZuckerGhostCurtis ArmstrongRisky Business, Bobcat Goldthwait:  Scrooged (also God Bless America above). 

Also, here is the Robot Chicken Boba Fett sketches.

Episode #279: Action Shuffle

January 28th, 2020
  • Widows/
  • Alita: Battle Angel/
  • Wonder Woman/

Our 1st shuffle-sode of the decade!!  With varying levels of financial success, all 3 of these movies are tremendous to us.  May they all gain the notoriety they deserve as quality entertainment.

 - The Sia song is actually from Wonder Woman, not Alita, so watch THOSE credits with your kids!

Episode #271: Grab Bag

September 30th, 2019
  • Maze Runner
  • Simpsons Movie
  • The 'Burbs

Have no fear of something new - it's just another way to say "Shuffle-sode."  This time the flicks were truly grabbed out of a bag, so it seemed appropriate.  As we hope to start fires in your mind for movies to shove in your eyes, Matt enjoyed a newly kindled flame this episode.  See how these 3 decades brought their entertainment game...

Links:  Gremlins, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Poltergeist, Basic Instinct, Secret of NIMH, Total Recall, Executive Decision, Mulan, Cloud Atlas, *League of Their Own (*has links for Big, Explorers, L.A. Confidential*), Blues Bros, Goonies, Lost Boys, Last Unicorn, Magnolia. 

Episode #268: Into The Lego-verse vol II

August 19th, 2019
  • Lego Batman
  • Lego Movie:  the 2nd Part

Rounding out last week's episode, we look at the rest of an unofficial trilogy: one that will be altered when the 2nd Lego Batman (& likely 3rd Lego Movie) come out.  Dig in - 

Note: The budgets in fact increased with every movie, so Batman had more money than the initial Lego Movie.  The sequel financially performed the worst of the three.

Episode #267: Into The Lego-verse vol I

August 12th, 2019

We dive into the mighty world of Lego as it has bled into our visual entertainment as well as getting stepped on & lost under beds around the globe.  'Nuff said - just listen!

Note:  Matt was wrong as this wasn't traditional stop-motion with physical Lego pieces, it's more like South Park with digitized versions of practical designs (blocks) animated that way.

Links:  Wet Hot Amer. Summer, Zack & Miri, Passengers (has Guardians 2 episode link, Guardians (+ 22 Jump st), 1m Ways to Die in West, Krull, Red (+Batman Begins, Excalibur, A-Team,  Morgan Freeman links), Wes Anderson episode.

Episode #259: Movie Theatah Roundup I

April 15th, 2019
  • Wandering Earth
  • Green Book
  • Arctic
  • Alita Battle Angel
  • Captive State
  • Gloria Bell
  • Us
  • Hotel Mumbai
  • Shazam
  • Hellboy

Bite-sized glimpses of flicks in theaters at the moment as Matt maximizes his A-List membership.  Trying this on as a once-in-a-while departure, so let us know what you think!!

 

Notes:  Just under $6 million of the total earnings for Wandering Earth was U.S. ticket sales, not $2 million.  It still deserves more of our money...   
As a modern comparison of current film budgets - Creed II, a boxing movie, spent the same amount of money as Hellboy.  

Episode #252: Stocking Stuffer-sode

January 6th, 2019

A Plot:  Mixed Nuts


B Plot:  Batman Returns

C Plot:  Creed

D Plot:  Into the Spiderverse

A tasty treat to sum up the remainder of 2018 for the Sluts.  1 movie is the focus, but the others are touched upon for recommendation or due credit purposes.  Not an epic-sode, other movies really needed to be in there to give it some heft.  May the new year bring you what you deserve & more lovelies!!!

LINKS:  the Jerk, Planes Trains & AutomobilesChumscrubberHickClue, Manchurian Candidate, Spotlight, the Hurricane, Company of Wolves (also has link for Dangerous Liaisons).

Episode #251: Our SNIKT to Stan III

December 17th, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

  • Logan

Do we need to say anything else?!  The answer's NO, Bub.

ARTWORK:  lordmesa.com.  Check out their other amazing stuff!!

Links:  *Hugh Jackman - Days o Future Past (has link to 1st Class), Prestige, The Fountain (ep 36 is spoiler-sode in same month), Swordfish.   
*Marco Beltrami - The Wolverine, Carrie, The Thing, Die Hard (& this episode), Hurt Locker, Red Eye, I Robot(also Chappie), Flight of the Phoenix, Hellboy (has link for X2), 
*The Lookout & Minority Report for the writer.

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 #248: Afro Samurai

November 5th, 2018

This series finds a few ways to be outside of the box.  Some severe imagery, novel fusions of era/genre, topped with unique characters of both original & traditional design.  The combination may not suit all, but those who enjoy it are likely to be in deep.

To show the degree of approval, Matt has argued this series over Cowboy Bebop as he doesn't enjoy Eddie; it was argued in return that attempting to have all characters be the cool characters doesn't always work.  He does need to watch Bebop again, though.  

LINKS:  (coming soon)

This link is a quick read on the predator dynamic with deer populations & wolves.  We could find the local town version of the situation.

https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib/VA01000195/Centricity/Domain/16656/Deer_%20Predation%20or%20Starvation%20Key.pdf

Episode #234: No Ghosts Nor Shells

April 15th, 2018
  • Delirious (2006)/
  • Battle Royale/
  • Under The Skin/

To avoid an episode getting into Ghost in the Shell that many may avoid, we opted instead to look at other movies with some of the leads in them.  As a slapdash assortment, these 3 movies actually bounce off each well during the episode - which was nice!  Enjoy...

Note:  The Silenced was the Korean film Matt was struggling to think of.

 

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 # 227: Better Than BvS pt I - Superman Doomsday

January 15th, 2018

As superheroes are in the driver's seat for modern movie theater goers, so has the cartoon world reached a Renaissance in legitimacy for movie and series format.  Special effects have reached a near zenith where you'd expect a live-action version to be the best experience.  Is it though?  Over the next 2 episodes, Matt is here to tell you the answer is no.

Doomsday appeared in an interesting time slot:  before Iron Man & Dark Knight melted our child brains & created the superhero film series market, the need for capes & fancy suits had slept for almost 2 decades.  Our Sidelined Superheroes episode looked at the lack of lasting hype for Batman Begins in 2005.  Both DC titans had been dormant since the 90's except for tv, and cartoons are for kids, right?  Not anymore...

Next episode we'll do both parts of The Dark Knight Returns from 2012!

Episode #207: Hatorade Xtreme Flavor: Transformers

March 25th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  CHRIS FRED!!

Featured Art:  Jeffrey Veregge.  Buy T-shirts with some of his art here!!  https://shop.fingersduke.com/collections/jeffrey-veregge?page=1

The intended 1st segment for the previous episode, the venom was in buckets which led it to become its own beast.  After hundreds of movies, we finally let loose on a flick from the Bay shelf - the only one we can really stand to talk about (other than the rock, here's that episode link!).  With so much love for the original Transformers movie (that link here!) & series, we were so PRIMEd to love it.  Alas, Mizzle Bizzle makes it hard to enjoy anything retooled with his equipment.  Chris also give almost 2 cents on Equilibrium, & 6 or 7 cents on Apatow.  

Links:  Bay - The Rock.  John Turturro - Coens II, III.  Tyrese Gibson - Flight of Phoenix

Notes:  Matt was wrong about F7.  It was in the top 10 highest-gross of all time, which we still think is a bit sad.  It wasn't the U.S. that thought so, however - we were about 20% of the total in ticket sales.  Action as a uniform medium for an international audience heavily affects the modern blockbuster market.  The main reason we won't see another Independence Day film:  no one cared in the overseas market...   Here's the top 100 to make you happy and sad.

Matt meant to mention the Audi-geddon in Capt. Amer. Civil War.  Nearly every car in it is an Audi, but at least you have to look to notice...

Episode #203: Animal-sode

January 29th, 2017
  • Mr. Pig/
  • Zootopia/
  • The Beaver/

Adding an animal to a movie usually pushes a button that puts us at ease, as do cartoons and puppets.  This episode looks at all those things!!  It is also an adventure through having 3 movies unseen before this week.  It's not often a great idea, but it brought together 3 totally different approaches to storytelling.  It also led to some examples of how writing can limit or cripple important moments.

Though Matt forgot to say it, Mr. Pig was his favorite, through remarkably cheaper in its budget.  Big does not always mean best.

Links:  Danny Glover: Lethal Weapons & Predator 2.  Maya Rudolph: MacGruber.

J K Simmons: Spider-Man 2, Burn After Reading, The Gift, The Ref.

Jodie Foster: Silence of the Lambs.  Anton: Anton Yelchin Episode.  also Fright Night.

Mel Gibson: (LW above) Payback, Braveheart, Road Warrior.  

Jennifer Lawrence: X-Men 1st Class.  Joel Murray: God Bless America, Scrooged.

Michael Giacchino: Super-8, 50/50, Incredibles

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