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81 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
A Wedding (Episode 152) - Hot Date with Dan & Vicky
Robert Altman's Chicago set A Wedding from 1978 tells the story of two families and the lavish and chaotic day they marry off young Dino (Desi Arnaz Jr.) and Muffin (Amy Stryker). An all star cast of 70's luminaries, including Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Mia Farrow, Lillian Gish, Dina Merrill, Vittorio Gassman and Geraldine Chaplin, is joined by some background players who would later become stars in their own right. Look closely for Windy City actors Laurie Metcalf, John Malkovich, Jeff Perry, Gary Sinise, Joan Allen, George Wendt and Dennis Franz! Dan and Vicky discuss this comedy with it's ensemble of 48 speaking parts and Altman's trademark improv sensibilities. Also on deck is some recently seen including Alex Garland's Men, 1955's Bad Day at Black Rock, Girl Interrupted, Icelandic fable Lamb, Hulu's Candy, and Prime's The Boys season 3. Check us out at hotdatepod.com Or visit us on social media: FB: Hot Date Podcast Twitter: @HotDate726 Insta: hotdatepod
82 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
Purple Noon (Episode 151) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
The Patricia Highsmith novel The Talented Mr. Ripley has been adapted twice for the screen - most recently in 1995 in a star studded version by director Anthony Minghella. But the novel's first filmed version came in 1960 from two time Oscar winning director Rene Clement. Called Purple Noon in an ode to the vibrant Italian sky over Sicily where the story was set and shot, Clement's version casts Alain Delon as the sinister Tom Ripley and Maurice Renot as rich playboy Dickie (called Philippe in this film). Dan and Vicky discuss the moody French classic as well as lots of recently seen including the new Dr. Strange, the return of the The Kids in the Hall, 1945's The Seventh Veil, Spielberg's West Side Story, the new Firestarter and the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in Shudder TV. Take a listen also for details on Dan's trip to wine country in California and Vicky's unfortunate tumble in Chelsea. Hot Date 151: Purple Noon. Leave us some feedback, follow us on social media and visit our website at hotdatepod.com.
87 minutes | May 20, 2022
Picture It! - Top Ten Best Picture Winners (Episode 150) - Hot Date with Dan & Vicky
For our milestone 150th show, we offer our Top Ten lists of our favorite Best Picture Winners of all time. From ribald comedies to dark thrillers to ripped from the headlines dramas, Dan and Vicky honor those honored with the most prestigious film award in the world. But our hosts don't stop there! They talk about some recently seen including Nic Cage's The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Finnish horror movie Hatching, Amazon's sci-fi show Outer Range, Netflix's The Guilty and some NY theater picks. You'll also hear in real time what happened to Hot Date's guest host for this episode -- yes, we were supposed to have a guest but...well, just listen! hotdatepod.com FB: Hot Date Podcast Insta: @hotdatepod Twitter: @HotDate726
82 minutes | May 6, 2022
Red Lights (Episode 149) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
Off of the critical success of his 2010 film Buried (which trapped star Ryan Reynolds inside a coffin for 90 minutes) director Rodrigo Cortes had the clout to attract Sigourney Weaver, Robert DeNiro, Cillian Murphy, Toby Jones and Elizabeth Olsen to his next project. 2012's Red Lights is the story of a duo of supernatural debunkers who meet their match in a celebrity psychic with a dangerous past. Dan and Vicky discuss the Spanish/Canadian thriller along with some recently seen. Hear what Vicky had to say about Russian Doll season 2, Killing Eve season 4, the Fathom Screening of Singin' In The Rain and the Ti West horrors The Roost and Sacrament. Dan talks about his recent surgery and the films Last Night in Soho, 1986's Eyes of Fire, Spider Man: No Way Home, and Everything Everywhere All At Once. hotdatepod.com Follow us on social media and leave us your feedback. https://www.facebook.com/hotdatemoviepodcast Twitter: @HotDate726 Insta: hotdatepod
72 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
Dawn of the Mummy (Episode 148) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
Filmmaker Frank Agrama, mostly known today as the producer of family friendly fare like the Robotech TV and video game series and a Heidi miniseries, got his start with more adult material like the 1981 horror film Dawn of the Mummy. Taking over direction from fired original director, Armand Weston, Agrama shot the grisly feature in his home country of Egypt with mostly American actors and an Italian crew. Dan and Vicky discuss the mummy/zombie hybrid thriller along with lots of recently seen like Marvel properties Moon Knight and Morbius, Ti West's X, 1983 lost Canadian thriller Siege, Netflix's Murderville and Disney's Better Nate than Ever. Check out Hot Date 148, follow us on social media and leave us some feedback. hotdatepod.com
75 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Picnic (Episode 147) Hot Date with Dan & Vicky
1956's Picnic, adapted from the Pulitzer and Tony award winning stage play by William Inge, gave director Joshua Logan the chance to realize the grand picnic of the title on actual locations in Kansas. But the filming was not without it's headaches. With two insecure lead actors, tornadoes that threatened to shut production down, and thousands of extras to corrall, Picnic could have been mess. But it went on to be a box office success and win two Academy Awards. Dan and Vicky discuss the classic drama along with some recently seen selections including Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2022, The Batman, 1960's Flesh and the Fiends, Hulu horror Fresh, Ti West's X, and Dexter: The New Blood. Take a listen and leave us some feedback or a star rating. hotdatepod.com
76 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
Cronicas (Episode 146) Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
With the powerhouse producing team of Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron behind it, 2004's Ecuadorean drama Cronicas had an easy time being chosen as that country's submission for the Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards. It didn't get that honor but still had the star power to guide it to international acclaim. John Leguizamo, performing fully in Spanish for the first time in his career, leads a stellar cast that includes Leonor Watling, Damian Alcazar, Jose Maria Yazpik and Alfred Molina. Dan and Vicky visit this indie gem as well as catching us up with some recently seen including the Affleck/Damon epic The Last Duel, 2022 horror film The Cursed, Spielberg comedy romp 1941, 1959's The Young Philadelpians, Bo Burnham Inside and 2019 Dutch road rage thriller Tailgate. Check out our new podcast artwork (!), leave us feedback on the episode on your favorite podcatcher, and visit our website at hotdatpod.com.
74 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Who Killed Teddy Bear (Episode 145) Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
1965's Who Killed Teddy Bear mixes spasmodic dance sequences, lewd phone calls, predatory lesbians, incest, and Sal Mineo in short shorts to create one of the strangest films to come out of the swingin' sixties. It's directed by Joseph Cates and stars Mineo, Juliet Prowse, Jan Murray, and Elaine Stritch. Dan and Vicky discuss this odd film along with lots of recently seen like 2022's Death on the Nile, Marry Me, 1983's The Keep, Spielberg's Bridge of Spies from 2015 and the Showtime doc We Need to Talk About Cosby. Check out Hot Date 145: Who Killed Teddy Bear and leave us a star rating, review or feedback. hotdatepod.com
90 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
So Dark The Night (Episode 144) Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
The unique 1946 film noir So Dark The Night gave actor Steven Geray his first and only chance to play the lead in a film. Up until then, and for years after, he was a reliable and memorable supporting player in films like Spellbound, Gilda and All About Eve. Geray had fled his homeland of Hungary after his pointed impersonations of Hitler and Mussolini on the European theatre circuit drew the threatening attention of the Italian and German governments! Your hosts Dan and Vicky discuss the Jospeh H. Lewis directed psychological drama along with some recently seen. They break down the latest Scream film as well as 2021's Werewolves Within, 1977's Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Visconti's Death in Venice, Omen ripoff Holocaust 2000 and recent stand up from Aziz Ansari. Take a listen to Hot Date 144, leave us some feedback, drop us a star rating and visit our website for more: hotdatepod.com
88 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde (Episode 143) Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
In the early 70's Hammer Studios, Britain's premier production house for horror and fantasy films, was at a crossroads. The Hammer name connoted class, style and a certain elegance but the new wave of horror was grittier and more explicit. Playing against The Exorcist and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hammer films could almost appear quaint. So Hammer pivoted and started making films like 1972's Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde in response. Still using trained British talent and adapting classic texts, this new period for Hammer saw a push towards more nudity (mostly female) and more visceral violence. Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde was advertised as giving viewers "the sexual transformation of a man into a woman...before your very eyes!" A bold claim - not entirely true - but part of Hammer's attempt to draw in more exploitation hungry crowds. Dan and Vicky discuss the film - their first stab at a Hammer film - along with lots of recently seen including 355, The Red Shoes, Jakob's Wife, Rock and Roll High School, The Humans and Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn. Check out Hot Date 143, leave us some feedback or a star rating and visit our website at hotdatepod.com.
92 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
The Commitments (Episode 142) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
1991's The Commitments was a departure for filmmaker Alan Parker. Traditionally an explorer of the darker reaches of human interaction (Angel Heart, Mississippi Burning), the film was instead a serio-comic look at the making of a band in working class Dublin. Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle, Parker and his casting team scoured Ireland for actors who could convince as musicians or musicians who could carry the dramatic demands of the script. He came up with a motley crew of actual singers (Maria Doyle, Glen Hansard) and exciting novices (Andrew Strong, Angeline Ball). Dan, Vicky and special guest/Commitments mega fan/Hot Date listener Theresa Sullivan discuss the crowd pleaser along with a bunch of recently seen. Hear what your hosts thought of Spiderman: No Way Home, Don't Look Up, 2021's Nightmare Alley, horror films Censor and Boys From County Hell, the new King's Man film, Spielberg's War Horse, and Denzel Washington/Frances McDormand starrer Macbeth. Hot Date 142: The Commitments with special guest and long time friend Theresa Sullivan will have you singing! Leave us feedback or a star rating and visit hotdatepod.com
82 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Putney Swope (Episode 141) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
For our final Hot Date of 2021, we chose Putney Swope, written and directed by Robert Downey Sr. As an indictment of corporate greed, the advertising business and race, the film was Downey's reaction to working for years in a production company whose main client was a powerful ad agency. There were no takers for the movie from the major studios so Downey turned to independent producer and distributor Don Rugoff, who placed the film in his art houses across the country and turned it into a major underground hit. Dan and Vicky discuss the film, along with lots of recently seen including Sex and the City follow up And Just Like That, NBC's Annie Live, Disney's Encanto, House of Gucci, Being the Ricardos, 1992's Glengarry Glen Ross, 1974's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Spielberg's West Side Story, and a bunch of Hammer horror. Ring in the New Year with Hot Date 141: Putney Swope and leave us some feedback or a star rating. hotdatepod.com
83 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Bad To The Bone: Top Ten Movie Villains (Episode 140) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
We're back again with another of our famous Top Ten List episodes. This time we're looking at our favorite movie villains. Those despicable, pathetic, misguided, attractive movie characters - some based on real people - we love to hate from films spanning the last century. Dan and Vicky also check in on some recently seen like The Eternals, Nobody, The Deep House, Antlers, tick...tick...Boom, and Red Notice. Have a listen and come up with your own list of movie villains. Send them to us on our social media pages and check out our website hotdatepod.com.
74 minutes | Nov 20, 2021
Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (Episode 139) Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
A negative pickup for Universal Pictures to cash in on the 3D trend partially initiated by the company's own Jaws 3, low budget sci fi epic Metalstorm failed to spark at the box office. Of the many quirky elements of the film, it's bombastic orchestral score sticks out as belonging to a different movie. Composed by Band's brother Richard, the music gives the film a gravitas that the chintzy special effects, languid pace and bad acting don't. The film stars soap star Jeffrey Byron, Australian Mike Preston, the late Kelly Preston, genre fave Tim Thomerson and Night Court's Richard Moll. Dan and Vicky give their thoughts on Metalstorm as well as recently seen items including Halloween Kills, The French Dispatch, Spielberg's The Sugarland Express, black Western The Harder They Fall and 1980 slasher Prom Night. For tickets to Dan's show A Sherlock Carol visit: asherlockcarol.com Don't forget to leave us feedback on our social media pages and visit our website at hotdatepod.com.
77 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Brighton Rock (Episode 138) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
1948's Brighton Rock, based on the novel by Graham Greene, was a controversial hit in England where critics felt it reached new levels of depravity and on screen violence. It also met the ire of novelist Greene himself, who was denied the opportunity to adapt his own book - that task fell to playwright Terrence Rattigan - and given zero influence in casting decisions. Greene was vocal about his dislike of Richard Attenborough in the lead role of Pinkie Brown and Hermione Baddeley as crusader Ida Arnold. After seeing the completed film, however, he relented and agreed both actors were well cast. Dan and Vicky take a look at this classic, much heralded British crime noir along with recently seen films and tv shows including Mike Flanagan's Midnight Mass, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, The Green Knight, No Time to Die, and Hulu comedy series Pen15. Leave us feedback on our socials and visit our website at hotdatepod.com.
70 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead (Episode 137) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
A star studded cast highlights the crime drama Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, director Gary Fleder and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg's entry in the 1990's spate of talky neo noir thrillers. This is has Andy Garcia, Treat Williams, Christopher Walken, Fairuza Balk, Christopher Lloyd, Bill Nunn, William Forsythe, Josh Charles, Jack Warden, Steve Buscemi, and Gabrielle Anwar. Dan and Vicky discuss the film and it's unfair reputation as a Pulp Fiction clone. They also talk the Tony Awards, Dan's new play A Sherlock Carol (https://asherlockcarol.com/), and lots of recently seen including Everybody's Talking About Jamie, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, A Classic Horror Story, The Chair, and Y The Last Man. Check out Hot Date 137, leave us some feedback and stop by https://www.hotdatepod.com/!
72 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Blood of the Vampire (Episode 136) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
1958's Blood of the Vampire had all the earmarks of a Hammer film without actually being one. Hammer regular Jimmy Sangster was brought in to write the script. The film very much echoed the style and flair of a Hammer film. And Hammer actress Barbara Shelley (Dracula, Prince of Darkness, Rasputin, Quatermass and the Pit) plays the female lead. It didn't fool British movie goers however where the film was less successful but found a healthy audience in the US where it ran for years on double bills with other B movies. Dan and Vicky sink their teeth into Blood of the Vampire as well as a ton of recently seen including Candyman 2021, Malignant, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, 1939's Goodbye Mr. Chips, 1971's Sunday Bloody Sunday, and Hulu's Only Murders in the Building. Check out Hot Date 136 and leave us some feedback. Visit our website at hotdatepod.com.
75 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Darling (Episode 135) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
Dan and Vicky chose the random Hot Date of August 21, 1965 and decided on the film Darling starring Julie Christie, in her Oscar winning lead performance, and Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey as the two men vying for her attention. Directed by John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Sunday, Bloody Sunday), it's a first time watch for our hosts. Along with the main feature, Dan and Vicky talk about some recently seen including The Night House, Don't Breathe 2, 1990's Wild at Heart, Free Guy, Protege, and 1986's Spanish horror film Anguish. Check out our website for all your Hot Date needs: hotdatepod.com
78 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Street Smart (Episode 134) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
A passion project for star Christopher Reeve, 1987's Street Smart became instead the auspicious introduction of film audiences to Morgan Freeman and Kathy Baker. Freeman, mostly known for his four years on PBS's Electric Company and a successful theater career, stepped into the spotlight and received an Oscar nomination for his work as vicious pimp Fast Black. Baker, also a renowned theater actress, gained notice in the film The Right Stuff before breaking out as Street Smart's sympathetic hooker Punchy. Dan and Vicky take a look at the New York set drama, along with lots of recently seen like the Red Riding: Year of Our Lord film series, doc Helter Skelter: An American Myth, Pink Flamingos, Jungle Cruise, The Suicide Squad, The Boy Behind the Door, Vivo and The Vigil. Check out Hot Date 134: Street Smart and leave us some feedback. Our website: hotdatepod.com
79 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Rollercoaster (Episode 133) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky
Two years after having the biggest blockbuster to date with Jaws and three years after the successful disaster pick Earthquake, Universal Studios pulled out all the stops with Rollercoaster, hoping to duplicate the earlier films' box office. They doubled down on Sensurround, the innovative sound system that immersed audiences in every creak, rumble and woosh of the titular ride and hired 70's everyman George Segal as the lead. The movie, however, did not connect with audiences, and was easily trounced at cinemas by George Lucas's first Star Wars film (or his fourth, depending on who you ask). Dan and Vicky return to their favorite film era, the 70's, for a dose of disaster and disco. They also catch us up on some recently seen including the Fear Street films on Netflix, the 1981 neo noir classic Body Heat, Gunpowder Milkshake, Zola, the new GI Joe universe film Snake Eyes, and some fun animal attack schlock. Listen to Hot Date 133 and leave us some feedback. Visit our website at hotdatepod.com.
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