Episode # 177: 3 Degrees of Paul Gleason

January 30th, 2016
Paul Gleason has had a slew of little character roles, but some movies gave him a bit more time to shine as a character you almost always hate, or are meant to hate.  We've already looked at 2 of those in Die Hard and Johnny Be Good.  This charismatic villain of the 80's gained so much infamy, that one of his last films (our 3rd) capitalizes on showing him to a new generation.  

Like Eddie Murphy's stand-up comedy of the 80's, the writing/jokes of Trading Places hasn't all aged well.  What is fascinating, though, is a movie from 2002 trying to get just a bit more mileage out of the same dated material - it is almost a movie that would sympathize with the bully Alpha house from Revenge of the Nerds.  Maybe they needed more scenes with the Paul of Gleason - 
Among the strangest common factors is that suicide comes up in all 3 of these comedies; not a trigger warning or anything, just a bizarre occurence..
There is some obvious tribute to Lemmy from Motorhead & David Bowie.  Since this recording, we also lost Alan Rickman, and Glenn Frey from the Eagles.  Hit that link above to hear our discussion of Die Hard, and we tossed a Frey song under this episode.  Love your idols, give them money at conventions or go see them live:  that's where they get more money from us than their studios do.  Support what you love!  

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??

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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