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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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 #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...

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Episode #204: Sequel-sode I Hot Tub Time Machine & others

February 10th, 2017

Moviegoers are drowning in sequels, reboots, origins, and recycled ideas.  Sometimes it feels right, sometimes it's too soon (lookin' at you, Spider-Man!!).  Sometimes a sequel is a huge gamble after too much time has passed.  On the other hand, some franchises won't let a year go by without another installment (Speed & Anger-ous, anyone?).  Looking specifically at the Hot Tub Time Machine movies, we also cover a handful of titles that are abound in recent times.  

Franchises mentioned:  Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Zoolander, Mad Max, Indiana Jones, Planet of the Apes, Terminator, and Pirates of the Carribbean.  Alright, 2 handfuls.

Links:  

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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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Episode #201: Stranger Things Spoiler-sode

January 1st, 2017

GUEST HOST:  CHRIS FRED!!!

The whipped cream on top of our last episode, we delve way past Balrog territory on the Stranger Things tip.  If the title is not enough - WARNING!!  Do NOT listen to this episode unless you have finished the 1st Season of the show currently available.  

What else to say?  We get to be clear on why we dig this action...  Happy 2017, people!

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Episode #199: The Last ______

December 5th, 2016
  • The Last Dragon
  • The Last Unicorn

Two Titans hang out at the same bus stop this week as we look into the staying power of the 1980's.  Whether you wanted to kick someone in the face - or just ram a magical horn through their face, there were options to exorcise those demons.  Can they face the modern moviegoer?  Or can modern moviemakers ever hit the same mark?  Listen and find out!!

Note:  DeBarge had been around since 1979.  Oops.

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Episode #197: TVsode II

November 7th, 2016
It's TV Time again!!!  Join Matt as he acts like your personal TV guide.  Television has been a great asset in learning the highs and lows of making serial entertainment.  Modern media (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) has learned from many of those lessons and started with a bang.  Even Youtube is making original content.  What a great time to absorb tons of visual fluff!!  Staycations are now a possibility to catch up on your queue and binge some new shows at home.  The quality of the home entertainment flood has increased drastically in the last decade or so.  TV isn't necessarily in its death throes, but it is closer than some desire we imagine.  Slip your shoes off & enjoy some joy over the babble box.  

 

Our twitter is @CinemaSluts if you wanna find us there!!

 

Just for you peeps - Matt looked up the writers for Supergirl after all:  half of 18 are women.  Shane Black only wrote the 1st 2 LW films (3 & 4 were character writing credits).  We discussed Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale.  He & Thandie Newton were in W (Powell & Rice), just in case you haven't had enough political input this year (wink wink nudge nudge).

 

Correction:  Death style contractors are not a thing; Death STAR contractors was what he meant to say (as in Clerks - also applies to the thankless jizzmopper job).

 

Links:   Pursuit of Happyness,  TombstoneYoung Guns.
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Episode #195: Still Scary

October 7th, 2016

GUEST HOST:  BOB FOSTER!!


  • Poltergeist (1982)

We did an episode about movies that were a bit scarier than intended.  As one grows up, some things don't affect us the same way, and we scoff at what bothered our child brains.  There are those few films, however, that continue to probe into our psyche and push our instinctual fear buttons in some form or other.  When a flick can still make you uncomfortable as an adult, that is quite a feat.  

Poltergeist was the 1st title to pop into this on our master list as it still kicks so much hinder!  Since we turned into babble fish over this masterpiece, you'll just have to wait until a few Saturdays for the next installment to round out this discussion on things that remain potent after plenty of other stories have attempted to stack up.  There was even a remake in the last year, and for those who have seen it - don't worry, we don't spend too much time on it...

**Here is the site where you can buy the t-shirt with the design used in the thumbnail:

http://theycutthepower.com/category/t-shirts/poltergeist-1982

After recording, Matt looked at the CinemaSins post for Poltergeist.  We assure you, he had 5-6 of the same thoughts independent of that video.  Great minds, eh?  We also assure you that we are open.  
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Episode # 189: TVsode I

July 23rd, 2016

What's this you ask??  It's a bit o' TV Time!!

While setting up for a delayed episode, we opted to give you a slice of what we watch when we aren't doin' flicks for you lovely folks.  The majority of these shows are in fact Netflix original content, as they have been leading the pack in creating original ideas and remaking a thing or two that failed.  There are some cable shows mentioned also that Matt recently finished (Echo Base didn't quite get to finishing SOA together).  This decade is fast becoming a new Golden Age of television-style serial shows.

INTRO/OUTRO:  Death Bed Confession - get their stuff on iTunes, Spirit, Google Play, Pandora.  Awesome band from Denver!! 

BTW, Chris & Matt are working through the 3rd Season of Arrow.  Chris couldn't get through the Flash, but Matt really dug it (it's worth getting through the 1st half for the 2nd half of the 1st season).  Like Netflix, the 2 shows have different tones, so it doesn't feel like the same show with different costumes (except the certain writing moments when it does ;) ).  

EDIT 8/21: Matt finished Arrow S3 - a nice ramp-up over the season; he almost gave up, glad he didn't.  He also finished Stranger Things & it is greeeaaaatt!!!  Stick it through for the 2nd half.

Here is Rachel Bloom's video:  F*ck Me Ray Bradbury

Here is the filthy Deadwood vid:  CS

Thankfully, someone also put the Robot Chicken clips together: White Wine

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Episode # 186: Marvel Chapter 2 - X-Men 1st Class

June 10th, 2016

Morevel!!  MorX-Men!!  

This week, we take you down the path where the Fox lives.  As it lives, it chokes out so much potential from various franchises & series.  Is it better now than it was when they took hold of Xmen nearly 20 years ago (we know, right?!) ?  Put on some leather & spandex and tune in to find out...  We will say up front that the newer Xmen films have managed to attach new faces to characters that we can love (Lawrence, Fass & Mac).

Apocalypse thoughts.  Matt had fun and liked Oscar Isaac's performance better than the trailers.  Characters were under-used; if we look at ladies, Civil War did it better.  His take was that Marvel lapped itself in the month of May, but really they lapped Fox.  

While spending less than Marvel for CA Civil War (see our thoughts in the write-up for the last episode below), it made about 1/3 in its opening weekend.
LINKS:
Matthew VaughnKick Ass.  Nicholas Hoult:  Mad Max Fury Road.
Kevin BaconTremorsWhite Water SummerMystic RiverFootlooseFlatliners (also Oliver Platt)
Michael Fassbender:  Prometheus12 Years a Slave.

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Episode # 185: Marvel Chapter 1 - Spiderman 2

May 31st, 2016

Whelp - so much for the short discussions for the moment.  We had to break up the Marvel talk into 3 episodes, as looking over the studios took up some time.  Stay tuned for more over the next month.

Spiderman 2 was a powerful followup to a movie that shook the earth with staggering numbers for its theater run.  Was it big, listen bud - it made 114 of 137 million back by the 1st weekend!!  X-men did 54 of 75 million 2 years before on its opening.  Don't let their standing reputations undo the frantic success of their comparative openings. This one made 114 of 200 million its 1st weekend & easily cleared the budget since then.  How well does it hold up?  Listen in & hear how we see it after more than a decade.  

As for Civil War:  David & Matt both felt it was a great movie that managed to balance the characters (even new ones) pretty well.  The new Spiderman was fantastic & definitely Matt's favorite representation thus far.  Black Panther is awesome, Boseman knocked that outta the park (catch that 42 reference, hey - we covered that in episode 159).  Keep it up, Marvel proper.  Apocalypse:  we'll hit that next episode...

Links

Sam Raimi:  The GiftArmy of DarknessEvil Dead 2.
Kirsten Dunst:  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindInterview w/the Vampire
Alfred Molina:  Dead ManCoffee & Cigarettes.
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Episode #184: Star Wars: Jedi

May 15th, 2016
Return of the Jedi

We close the book on the SW saga (the parts that matter most to us, that is).  At least until new stuff comes out.  We love Mads Mikkelsen you may remember (did you hear that Mads Episode?), so Rogue One may require a segment in the future not so long ago.  We continue to talk about the fandom surrounding this trilogy.  One thing we didn't mention was the change of the original ewok song, which we love!

Have a SW story you'd like to share?:  Email us (cinemasluts@gmail.com) or post on the Cinema Triforce page on Facebook.  

If the Wars ain't your thing, sweat it not.  Next Week - we tread into Marvel territory for a bit.  Strange that they're both Disney properties now...  so far, that hasn't mattered.  Maybe George Lucas provided the perfect lesson for leaving your art alone once it is out in the world..  the story is no longer yours, and the public responds compared to the source material - not the author.

The only episode referenced here is Batman for Billie Dee Williams.

Here's the Robot Chicken clip:  Best of Boba 
Here is the 7-Up guy that sounds like Vader:  the Uncola

Also, here's an auralnauts clip:  Ep 3 Revenge of Middle Mgmt
   We mentioned the vader sessions in this section, but linked it on the Hope/Empire episode (as these were going to be a single episode before we got to a'ramblin').  

While we're mad with hyperlink power, here more auralnauts:  Kylo Ren Outtakes

A hardcore note for the hardcore listeners:  Matt realized while editing that David was doing a yoda impression, not Miss Piggy (also Frank Oz) - though the Pulp Fiction line was still out there!  It's Baby Time!! Baby Baby Time!!!
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Episode #183: Star Wars: Hope & Empire

April 30th, 2016

Episodes IV & V  (VI will be the next episode)

Finally what some of you have been waiting for - a look at the sleeper hit series of the 70's & 80's.  Even those who have avoided seeing Star Wars films cannot deny how enTRENCHed they are in the social psyche.  Apparently they mean so much to us that we couldn't wrangle them into a single episode!

This may feel a bit different, as there is a significance beyond just viewing the films.  With this & the upcoming episode, we discuss some of the social phenomena along with personal experiences surrounding the films.  

With few small exceptions, we actually don't spoil it for those who may opt to watch them after hearing us babble on about them..  we won't FORCE anyone to see them, of course.  

Naturally, we used as many opportunities to include songs from the late great Prince - a terrible loss to powerful, lasting music coming from a man unafraid of looking and being exactly what he wanted..

Here is the video for the song we used in the outro - ragtime cantina.

Here is the link for Vader Sessions.
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