Episode #223: Wunderkind

November 13th, 2017
  • Leon (The Professional) (Natalie Portman)/
  • Firestarter (Drew Barrymore)/
  • I Am Sam (Dakota Fanning)/

Often times people speak up about annoying kids (why do you think we haven't done Six-String Samurai yet?! [Also, is there such a thing as too many parentheses?]), but do we always hear about kids when they do an amazing job?  The Triforce is here to fill that void for you by spanning the decades & genres in this episode.  Who did it best?  Take a listen, find out!!  

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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 #221: Stupid I’d Rather Watch

October 24th, 2017

The Jerk vs. UHF

Steve Martin & Weird Al:  2 titans of tenacity when it comes to bizarritudeyness.  These were in fact the 1st starring roles for each of these performers in a major motion picture.  It wasn't the original thought to get 2 movies that featured non-actors crossing over, but that's the way it happened!!  Who wore it better?  Adjust those rabbit ears & find out -

Episodes mentioned:  Planes, Trains, & AutmobilesMulanBlade Runner/Blood Simple/Harry & the Hendersons.

Here's the trivia vid on production of The Jerk.  Here's a nice tribute to The Jerk by Jack Black.

 

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Recommendation Post

October 12th, 2017

After coming home to a broken PC, we had to settle for this as a way to tide you over until we can record & edit our next episode.  Even this is a 2nd attempt to post this - technology is against us (again!!) at the moment.

1st: What we DON'T recommend.  As in - AVOID these sequels & such.

1. S. Darko - Here's to hoping Daveigh Chase gets better future roles.

2. Boondock Saints II - You don't realize how much you love Willem Dafoe until he's not there.

3. Carrie 2 - Marguerite Moreau is not worth it for this; watch the Wet Hot American Summer series/movie.

 

Also avoid Disjointed on Netflix unless you love Chuck Lorre (Big Bang Theory & 2 1/2 Men).  The PTSD genuinely discussed seems like a happy accident; the rest is just stereotypes and not a ringing endorsement of medicinal marijuana culture when people already think it is bogus.  Of course Kathy Bates is great:  just watch AHS seasons 3-5.  & Misery, of course!

2nd:  What we DO recommend.  As in - check it out whether or not we get to cover it proper!

1. John Wick 2 - we love the world expansion & the final set.  Plus, Morpheus!!

2. Logan - not a traditional sequel, rather the best attempt to give the character a solo film with the tone it needs.  We do stand behind The Wolverine (& Matt somewhat stands behind Origins)

3. 0ng Bak 2 - best of the 3 in our opinion! A nice followup to the breakout hit from Thailand, the international version of 2 has a huge fight segment where the rockin' music is removed halfway through to just give you fight sounds for a few solid minutes.  A talented fighter using every weapon you would want to see him brandish.

Check out some other recent Netflix shows. 

Big Mouth featuring Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, & Maya Rudolph - NOT for kids, but great adolescent humor going quite intentionally over the line.

Dear White People - similar to the need for the 2014 film to be seen before deciding what you think, the series does a good job presenting things that perhaps shouldn't still be issues.  It also shows divides within various groups over what is right/wrong in addition to how to deal with it.  See it, then consider how you feel about it.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend with Rachel Bloom - in the wake of episodes about suicide and eating disorders, this show is the best portrayal of mental illness Matt has run across.  Plus, it features musical numbers that kinda mock musicals.  Think peculiarity of Scrubs with greater stakes & chances taken.

Thanks for being patient with our temporary setback.  We have some material ready to go, will put something out as soon as possible & do a followup 1 week later rather than 2 to make up for the downtime.  Until then!!

Episode #220: Series v. Movie - To The Bone

September 23rd, 2017

You've heard about it & seen it or avoided it.  Or - you haven't heard about it much at all.  The point is - you should see it if you have not.  The 2nd part in our topic that doesn't get enough discussion, we follow suicide with eating disorders.  We're definitely finding a lighter clump of movies for our next episode...  For everyone's sake.  

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Episode # 219: Series v. Movie - 13 Reasons Why

September 9th, 2017

Does more time = better quality or depth of story?  Can you compare long-hand plotlines to something told over roughly 2 hours?  This week, our answer is yes.  Of course, the series details combined with the topic created a need for a 2-parter.  Next Episode:  To The Bone.

With an already long episode, we don't wanna bog you down here with a description, except to say:  If you're currently feeling on edge, we can't guarantee this discussion will help at the moment or that you should watch the show before maybe finding some help.  

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7 in the U.S.

The site below has a list of international #'s to call.

http://ibpf.org/resource/list-international-suicide-hotlines

Thanks for listening, we hope it does some good.  
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Episode #218: Get in the Ring

August 27th, 2017
  • Creed/
  • The Hurricane/
  • ???/

 Finally, the boxing episode you've all been waiting for!  3 variants on the sport of punch.  We even mixed in some stuff about living legends of boxing & how their representation stands up to some scrutiny.  

Links:  Here's the '74 Foreman Fight Highlights.  Here is Top 10 Ali Knockouts.  Here is the Costner Speech.  

 Notes:  Most important:  there are at least 7 statues of Harriet Tubman, some that have only appeared in the last decade.  Funny that Matt is so keen to mention his forgetting character names, as he used the name Carter instead of Porter for Payback.  Whoooopsy!  He also forgot to mention the strength of the Creed soundtrack that features Nas, 2Pac, The Roots, Future.

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Episode #217: Badass Shuffle

August 13th, 2017
  • Domino/
  • Bone Tomahawk/
  • Hardcore Henry/

Badass movies - need we say more?  Other than these are lesser known & often hated?

Notes - the tattoo was not real, and it sounds like this script became more of a fictional story with real people involved featuring elements of her experiences.  It spent 10 years not being made as a biopic script, so maybe it was a necessary change.

LINKS:  Keira Knightley: Pirates o' Carribbean, The Hole.  Kurt Russell: The Thing, Stargate (has all other links).  Richard Jenkins: Spotlight, Cabin in the WoodsBurn After Reading.  All Sharlto Copley links are in the Stargate link above.  Also Mentioned: Basic, A Serious Man.  For any digital color fans that missed it, here is our Color Filters Galore episode (which has Matt's favorite movie of all time!).

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Episode #216: Epic Epic-sode III Girl Kicked Hornet

July 29th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

This week we finish our Dragon Tattoo Trilogy of the extended Swedish films.  

Not much to say here - 

Some episodes mentioned: Kill Bill, Let the Right One In (Swedish version)

Here's the Blind Melon video that shows why we used it for the intro.

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Episode #215: Epic Epic-sode II - Girl Who Played w/Fire

July 15th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

Round 2 of our Swede-a-Thon in honor of Michael Nyqvist.  We reckon a nice asset to this sequel is a continuation of the tone without 'more of the same.'  Different police involved, different dynamic with our 2 leads, and a slightly different approach to our episode as we go into spoiler territory.  Those who listen to this episode should have already seen the 1st & 2nd film, so we take liberties that we normally avoid in discussing the finer details of the stories.

As there are no other movies we've covered related to the director, writer, or additional actors in the 2nd film, there are no links for this episode.  Links for Nyqvist & Noomi Rapace are in the previous episode description.  

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Episode #214: Epic Epic-sode I - Girl w/the Dragon Tattoo

July 3rd, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!! 

The modern era has made it far easier for movies to be seen worldwide.  Through that, audiences in the U.S. have better access than ever to see movies that have been remade from overseas.  This series of films is pretty darn sweet (so far - as Matt hasn't seen them all yet!).  Join us as we pay tribute to another god of the silver screen stripped away from us too soon... 

Links: Michael Nyqvist: John Wick, Girl in the Book.  Others mentioned - Flatliners, Mads Mikkelsen, Robin Hood, Prometheus, Grosse Pointe Blank.

Notes:  Okay, Matt was wrong about Colin & Mads pronunciation; he was right about William Baldwin (only so much to be proud of there).  We try to get it right, but can't always nail it in the moment.  Also - Ace of Base are Swedes, too!!

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Episode #213: Remakes - Manchurian Candidate

June 19th, 2017

1962 vs. 2004/

So many times a generation hates a remake because they are attached to the original.  Many times we have challenged that attachment.  This movie is a titan of its time; on IMDB it is ranked 80% compared to 66% for the remake - since we didn't mention it.  Rotten Tomatoes: 87 critic/78 audience; remake - 71 critic/64 audience, the original with a larger consensus of critic & audience agreement.  How does Matt's opinion align with the errday public?  Tune in to see!!  

 Links:  Angela Lansbury: Last Unicorn.  Johnathan Demme: Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia (also Denzel).  Denzel Washington: Bone Collector, Much Ado About Nothing, Book of Eli, Malcolm X.  Liev Schreiber: Spotlight.  Meryl Streep: Fantastic Mr Fox.  Jeffrey Wright: Casino Royale.

also mentioned: True Grit & The Quiet American.

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Episode #212: Shuffle of Death pt II - Labyrinth

June 3rd, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

Join us for the exciting conclusion of our death discussion.  Excitement for the movies, not for death & dead people.  You know what we mean, consarn it.  Labyrinth is a cornerstone of many a childhood.  As Matt was limited in his praise for The Last Unicorn (here's a link), you will find him unlimited in his love for this one.  

As we sadly witness the Muppet Show disappear as fast as it returned recently, we still have a strong catalog of Jim Henson creations to adore.  As a fantasy film, there is only a small amount of overt time references that help it retain potency.  We aren't saying it isn't drenched in 80's but hey, so is Blade Runner & that's timeless, right?  If you ever liked it, you will probably still dig it as an adult.  We would venture that kids growing up now will like it & each generation will come to gain respect for the fireball of beautiful ambiguity that is David Bowie.  We forgot to mention that his songs have been used almost 600 times in movies/television (probably a lot more in the next few years.)

We didn't speak of it, but the writing actually doesn't slant Sarah as a 'girl' character.  It is a teenager hanging onto youth.  The character could have been a boy with almost no alteration in the script, which is significant in making it a rather universal character because that aspect doesn't really affect their story.  Yet another subtlety in this movie that seems simple on the surface.   

LINKS:    Bowie: Prestige.  Jennifer Connelly: Stuck in Love (all links on that post). Muppet episode, Dark Crystal.  Trevor Jones: Last of the Mohicans (all links on that post).     Also, here's the Yankee Rose video!

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Episode #211: Shuffle of DEATH!!

May 21st, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

  • Frailty/
  • Red State/

 It's not always the answer to discuss the recently deceased, but sometimes you just dive in headlong to confront the loss.  Immediately after hearing about Powers Booth, Godfrey & Matt rewatched Tombstone.  It then became clear what we needed to do.  

These 2 films are connected beyond (now) dead actors by sharing a religious driving force behind terrible actions.  The 3rd movie that will in turn be its own episode next week is more about questioning reality.  You could also say it comes from Satan - so there's your religious tie-in.  

Links are forthcoming, as the need to get this episode out is the most important part.  Exhaustion wants your host to get away from the computer chair after massive bouts of editing & re-recording additional material. 

NOTES:  Here's the kangaroo puncher link.  Sweet ass!!  
Just to be crystal clear:  we love Christian Bale & have said so in multiple episodes.  Here we speak of him in Reign of Fire as the only source of talent at that moment for Matt.  If you doubt our love, here are links: Batman Begins, Dark Knight, American Psycho, The Prestige, Equilibrium.

LINKS:  Powers Boothe: Rapid Fire, Sin City, Tombstone (also Paxton).  Bill Paxton: Weird Science, Twister, True Lies, Near Dark, Aliens, Predator 2.  Matthew McConaughey: Mud, Dazed & Confused.  Kevin Smith: Clerks II, Dogma.

Here is the link to the full song for Seasons  (a great recent live version) that ended the episode: a beautifully crafted song.  RIP

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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)

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