Episode #236: Love Battle

May 19th, 2018
  • Ex Machina
  • True Romance

Movies with unique takes on 2 people who are fascinated with each other while up against the odds.  Pat Benatar was right.  Take it in, folks!!

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Episode #235: Pre-Finity War

May 1st, 2018
  • Deadpool
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
  • mystery Marvel-icious treat

Feel the need for more comicbook movie discussion?  Hopefully, cause we sure did!!  Dig in as we load more Marvel onto our fork (with a dash of Fox in there, too!).  Are these 3 necessary before seeing Inifinity War?  No - but they are good examples of continued strength as Marvel keeps pushing heroes our way; also, all but Deadpool are almost surely in I-War.  

Something Matt forgot to mention aboot GotG2: overuse of single songs is a thing & was pushed with 1 especially - even as it applies to your story, don't overdo it!!  BUT here's a link to a fun sdtk video with The Hoff!

Other Links:  Ryan Reynolds: Van Wilder.  TJ Miller: Train ur Dragon.  Rhett Reese/Paul Wernick: Zombieland.  Tom Holkenborg (XL Junkie):  Fury Road.  Tyler Bates is also discussed in Dawn of the Dead & John Wick in the last 2 links here.

Kurt Russell: Bone TomahawkThe ThingStargate (has all other links).  Bradley Cooper: A-Team, Wet Hot American Summer.  Chris Pratt: briefly discussed in Jurassic World.

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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.

 

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Episode #231: Down with the Sillyness

March 3rd, 2018
  • Sundown (Bruce Campbell)
  • Freddy Got Fingered (Tom Green)
  • Rubber

 Get comfy as we bring you back to the softer side of Sears after a heavy previous episode.  We're bathing ourselves in stupid this week, dunking into the dumbness.  Join us a some talk about frivolity; a good amount of ado about nothing in 3 different shades!

Editorial Note:  Though it was a movie mentioned, it shouldn't go without saying that Micahel Angarano was the kid in Forbidden Kingdom.  We talked about him doing a FABULOUS job in Red State, so it was really young Michael we took issue with..  :)   

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Episode #229: Ready Panther 1

February 10th, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

  • Captain America: Civil War/
  • Message From The King/

As we before the wave of badassery that is Black Panther coming out next week, we chose to tip the meter back over to Marvel side after looking at some of the DC animated films.  We were gonna do a Michael B Jordan film, but we stumbled on another with Chadwick Boseman while searching.  What luck?!  So this episode is essentially a chunk of Chad, & next Saturday we'll follow up with a chunk of Chead(le).  Join us, won't you?

Next weekend, we'll hopefully have a few words to offer about the Black Panther flick also!!

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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!

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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!

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Episode #226: Wait - Is This Real?

January 2nd, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

  • Truman Show/
  • Golden Child/
  • Galaxy Quest/

 Our farewell to 2017 & welcome to 2018 is the longest episode yet.  Perhaps it was the escape that we all needed, so we soaked in it for a while.  Scowl at Matt for not having already seen all of these films before this week.  Hope the festive month was grand for everyone out there, thanks for another year with us!!

Notes:  As to outside budgets mentioned, Mallrats was 5 million (Clerks was under 30,000!); Jurassic Park was in fact nearly the same as Truman Show at 63 million.

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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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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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