Episode #319 More Halloween Sequels I‘d Rather Watch

October 27th, 2021

Halloween 4 vs. Halloween 5

Dusting off the brain for memories of movies one hasn't videed in decades is an interesting experience.  Join Matt this week as he remembers the good, the bad, and the deadly from his horror vhs days.  It can be a curse to own & watch so many movies because people expect you to remember everything; it can also be a blessing to drown out the bad movies among the good ones.  Where do these 2 movies rest on that scale??  Jack in and discover.

BTW:  Halloween Kills recommendation - err, not really.  Go check it out, form your own opinion. At minimum, it should be said that the 2018 film has more going for it.

Episode #318: Halloween Sequels I‘d Rather Watch

October 12th, 2021

Halloween II vs. Halloween III

The 80's & the home video market that came with it was ripe for creating franchises, with horror leading the pack.  While many action, cartoon, & fantasy sequels were relegated to only being released on home video, many of the horror sequels in fact went through the theater.  The initial 4 Halloween sequels at least had a theatrical release (you can look up the rest - we can't do EVERYTHING!!).
Check your candy for razor blades (actually referred to in 1 of these flicks!) while listening to this episode talking about one of the most infamous horror series of all time that continues to thrive as we speak.

Here is the City of Geek page with a video review of Halloween '18.

Notes:  Box office for H III - 14 million on a 2.5 budget.  #II made 25 million on the same cost.  The original made 47 million on just over 300,000!!
Ratings for I, II, & III:  77%, 65%, & 50%.  A harsh decline, but many wanted more out of both sequel films.  Matt feels that some of them forget how bad a lot of the acting is in the 1st Halloween too.

Episode #317: Real Murder I‘d Rather Watch

September 20th, 2021

Black Dahlia vs. Summer of Sam

It's an episode about killings, see?  Put on a hat & smoke a lot of cigarettes while listening.  A novel episode with 2 movies that are not Matt's favorites: hopefully you'll find his ability to discuss a movie of value, whether or not he loves them... 

Notes:  STEVE Park was the actor Matt couldn't remember from Fargo.  Terence Blanchard has scored a lot of television, Matt meant movies were mostly Lee.

Episode #316: Theatre Flicks I’d Rather Watch

August 22nd, 2021

Noises Off vs. Game 6

We did an actors playing actors episode in our 1st year; Matt thought it'd be fun to look at a couple more in this vein after finally getting his own copy of Noises Off.

Have at it!!

Episode #315: Summer Travel I’d Rather Watch

August 5th, 2021

Midsommar vs. Summer Rental

What people seek in sitting down to a movie varies from person to person, & sometimes it depends on how our day/week/year is going.  Like comfort food, comfort tv/movies are familiar & safe when our day to day may not always be that.  When you feel the need:  indulge!!

Which is our plan in this episode looking at
movie versions of The Cure vs. Presidents of The United States of America
as opposing methods of making us happy, if at least forget about our day

Note:  Richard Crenna from Summer Rental died in 2003, bringing death toll of crew to 4.

Episode #311: Asian Celebration III

May 25th, 2021
  • Commando 2 (India)
  • Journey To The West (China)
  • Ashfall (Korea)

Our tribute to AAPI Heritage Month, dig into a variety pack of entertainment from companies that Disney doesn't own!!

Links for Byung Hun-Lee:  Red 2 (contains link to G.I. Joe), Terminator Genisys (also link for Train to Busan), The Good, The Bad, & The WeirdOld Boy.

Episode #310: Tolkiensode IV

May 4th, 2021

Hobbit I

A departure from our default stance of slobbery love, Matt gets into some unflinching critique of a beloved director.  Tune in for tea!!

Here's an eagle link, though not what Matt was looking for.

Episode #309: Franchise Battle

April 19th, 2021

Rambo Last Blood vs. Terminator Dark Fate

Another chapter of what we plan to do a lot this summer:  have movies duke it out for our preference!  It's Sly v Arney...  2019 gave us new installments of franchises from the 80's; were they rockin?  Were they rotten?
Let us tell you!! 

Episode #308: Stupid I’d Rather Watch vol 2

April 5th, 2021

Nacho Libre vs. Blades of Glory

Aiming for some light episodes after a heavy year, we're gonna see how much fluff we can cover over the summer.  This is your first installment.  Although it's technically the second time we've done it.  See link below.  But like - you know - AFTER you listen to this one.  Or before works, we guess.  Who's still reading at this point?!

Episode #307: Smallaxe IV & V

March 15th, 2021
  • Alex Wheatle/
  • Education/

    The 2nd half of this series discussion, we have a foot in historical and the other in fictional - though based on historical policy & patterns.  Then Matt gives his assessment of the entire series, followed by some spouting off about vaccines & masks a bit.  As with the series, the goal is hope.  Hope that the worst is behind us & we'll learn from the hardest times we all faced.  Take care world; meanwhile we'll try to scrounge up some fun flicks to go over next time!  <3 

Episode #306: Small Axe I-III

March 2nd, 2021
  • Mangrove
  • Lovers Rock
  • Red, White, & Blue

Another episode featuring the mighty Steve McQueen, this time doing a chapter-based serial!  In our 1st episode we cover 3 of 5 stories told, 2 of which are based on historical figures in England's recent history of racial conflict.  Have at it!!

Episode #305: Badasses of Humanity

February 15th, 2021
  • Malcolm & Marie/
  • Beauty Shop/
  • Moonlight/

The fight to survive is usually envisioned as physical, but what about the fight in our heads?  The distance, the connections, the gestures; these things get us by as well.  This episode we look at 3 examples of connection & struggles between people.  Have at it, lovelies!!

Episode #304: Punishing Nazis-sode I

February 1st, 2021
  • Green Room/
  • Iron Sky/
  • Inglourious Basterds/

Sometimes the real life drama can boil over & you need to ease the tension in your mind.  Sometimes when we touch, the honesty's too much.  So... watching nazis get shot might turn your day around!!

How 'bout it?!

LINKS:  3 Degrees of Anton Yelchin (has Fright Night link), Star Trek Beyond (has Cloverfield Paradox link), Blade, Shadow of the Vampire, Hateful 8 (has other Tarantino links), Alita: Battle Angel, Ocean's 11 (has Fight Club link where other Pitt movies are linked), Capt America Civil War, X-Men Days of Future Past (has 1st Class link where other Fassbender links are), Mr. Nobody

IMDB ratings:  70/59/83.  Maybe should be 78/64/86.  

Episode #303: Tremors Franchise

January 17th, 2021
  • Tremors 2/
  • Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell/
  • Tremors: Shrieker Island/

In our 1st year we covered the original Tremors.  Is there value in the sequels?  Have a listen!

Art Credit:  Steven Luros Holliday 
- it can be purchased here:  https://slhdesign.bigcartel.com/

Links:  Tremors, X-Men 1st Class (+ all Kevin Bacon links), Napoleon Dynamite.

Episode #302: Flubisode VII

January 5th, 2021

We mess up.  We record everything.  We save our mistakes to reassemble them about once a year, for entertainment (hopefully).

You - you listen... 

happy 2021!!

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