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Load Bearing Beams
61 minutes | May 28, 2021
Is this the most forgotten movie we've ever covered? Probably. But if you don't listen to this episode, we'll make fun of you, dweeb.
62 minutes | May 14, 2021
77. Wild Wild West
Laci and Matt unpack the movie and music career of Will Smith, the biggest movie star of his generation, and the notorious disaster that is 1999's Wild Wild West. Is this movie really the calamity everyone says it is? Listen to find out.
28 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
76. Mortal Kombat (1995)
We prepare to enter the tournament that is the 1995 adaptation of Mortal Kombat. Time stamps: What are our relationship dealbreakers when it comes to both food and movies? [2:04] Is Homer Simpson the most iconic TV character of all time? [08:43] We react to the Oscars [09:55] Matt returned to the movie theater for the first time in 14 months and immediately regretted buying popcorn [20:08] Laci tries to name Mortal Kombat characters [23:22]
63 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Call in the Insane Clown Posse, because this episode is twisted. Please forgive the audio issues on this one. :(
78 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
74. Godzilla (1998)
It's Roth v. Stokes in this episode. The gloves are off. Fisticuffs. A brawl for all. A royal rumble. Malice at the Palace. We got a donnybrook on our hand, folks, because Laci thinks the Roland Emmerich-Matthew Broderick Godzilla (1998) is the worst movie Load Bearing Beams has ever covered, while Matt thinks it is merely bad. Who will prevail? Matt's brother Elliott and sister Maggie stop by eventually (at the 1 hour, 4 minutes mark) to help settle the whole ordeal. Other topics covered include: Laci and Matt have both now received the COVID vaccine Matt suspects a boomer is sending him conspiracy theory videos in response to his advocacy for the vaccine on Facebook The history of the Godzilla franchise Why neither Laci nor Matt cares for Matthew Broderick The Green Day song "Brain Stew" Why Independence Day is good but Godzilla is bad Why this Godzilla is bad, but still probably the best American-made Godzilla movie (Yes, it's better than the 2014 Gareth Edwards movie, is what we're saying.).
71 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Elvis was a hero to Laci, but he never meant s*!@ to Matt. When your two hosts first started dating, Laci asked Matt a fundamental question: "Are you an Elvis person, or a Beatles person?" Matt thought it was a nonsensical question. What kind of person would choose Elvis over the Beatles? His future wife, that's who! And so. We were going to pick an Elvis Presley movie for this episode and use it as a springboard to talk about Elvis in general, and see if Laci could persuade Matt to warm up to him. But, after watching a four-hour documentary on the man and doing a deep dive into his music, we decided to skip the feature film and just talk about Elvis. You'll love this episode so tender, you will! The discussion covers: Elvis Presley: The Searcher - HBO documentary Why we're always bummed when our favorite podcasts have guests Sexual assault allegations against Marilyn Manson, a person we inexplicably talk about a lot on this show but now must recognize as a piece of shit Non-fungible tokens Death certificates Our 2013 trip to Graceland Why Laci feels judged by infants, dogs, and Billie Eilish
77 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
A very cranky Matt and Laci discuss the 2009 man-playin'-God thriller Splice. Topics covered include: TV vs. movies, bioethics, children, parenting, Koko the gorilla, plus an extensive breakdown of this movie's opening credits.
57 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
71. Weekend At Bernie's
Celebrate this weekend with your very-much-alive-thank-you pals Laci and Matt, who are discussing the 1989 comedy classic Weekend At Bernie's (1989).
70 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
70. Red Dragon
Because he saw Red Dragon (2002) before he saw The Silence of the Lambs, a young and idiotic Matt thought it was just plumb terrific, and so he and his bride review it on this episode, which features extension discussion of the entire Hannibal Lecter/Thomas Harris universe (except for the television show Hannibal).
49 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
2nd Triennial Quarterly Claptrap
This one's a jazz set, a lazy river. Let the conversation take you where it's gonna take you, ya know? Topics covered: Waterparks Whether or not talking about food is interesting The merits of the Foo Fighters The TV show The Crown The merits of a system of government wherein the head of state and head of government are separated
54 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Another of Laci's faves is a cult classic from the '90s: 1999's Jawbreaker, the tale of three popular girls who accidentally murder their friend and then clumsily cover it up while also navigating the minefield that is high school. But about half of this episode is Matt explaining why he is disgusted by candy and how hard it was for him to watch this movie given the prominence of the titular Jawbreaker.
48 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
68. The General
Deploy your cowcatcher and join Laci and Matt as they unpack Buster Keaton's action-comedy classic, The General (1927). Often considered the greatest of all silent films, it is undoubtedly an impressive technical achievement... but can the jaded and cynical people of today enjoy a movie like this 100 years later after it was made? Listen and find out.
47 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
67. Dumb And Dumber
Your favorite podcast hosts who are married to each other and talk about movies that they loved when younger but haven't seen in a long time and are concerned might not hold up to the scrutiny and cynicism that is aging return to discuss the classic 1994 comedy Dumb and Dumber. Matt's distaste for 1990s Jim Carrey has been well explored on this show, but will he be won over this time around? Or will Laci have to eat a headless parakeet and admit that the film just isn't very good? You could cut the tension with a knife, folks.
53 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
Laci and Matt unpack the movie Network (1976), a movie that predicted that one day, the television news would be kind of silly. Can you even imagine?
48 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
The First Ever Triannual Quarterly Claptrap
Laci and Matt didn't watch a proper Load Bearing Beams movie for this episode, so they instead reflect on all the TV and movies they've been watching recently: Munich, The Post, JFK, Nixon, Spotlight, The Simpsons, Futurama, Disenchantment, I Know That Voice, High Score PLUS: Two separate stories about being scammed A story about Laci's appearance at a meeting of the New Orleans Historical Landmark Commission Laci has a fantasy wherein she talks her way out of a mental institution. Matt's favorite and least favorite movies that Laci has picked, and Laci names her favorite and least favorite movies that Matt has picked for the show
39 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
65. The Witches
Are you ready to get twisted? Wicked? Witch-tisted? Some of those? Then grab your woz-blomkers and fiz-tizzlers and mouse-growsers and dog droppings and catch this quintessential "child's horror" film, 1990's The Witches.
42 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
64. Child's Play
I've heard of a doll, but a killer doll??!! We examine 1988's Child's Play, the debut entry in the eternal Chucky franchise about an expensive doll inhabited by the spirit of a voodoo-practicing serial killer.
45 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
It's the movie that broke Matt Stokes: 1994's "family" "comedy" Clifford, in which a man in his mid-thirties, Martin Short, plays a 10-year-old boy. Can you imagine??? Matt and Laci have a fierce argument over this cult classic.
34 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
(RERUN) 41. Dude, Where's My Car? (Listener Choice!)
Hey people, our new episode about the movie Clifford (the one where Martin Short plays a child) will be out on Monday (Aug. 3). Until then, enjoy this classic from the archives.
61 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
62. My Man Godfrey
Laci and Matt examine the great screwball comedy My Man Godfrey (1936), a film in which Carole Lombard gives what Matt calls one of the great comedic performances in the history of film. Is he right, or is he just a snooty snobby snob who pretends to like old things? If you don't like old movies, we also have a lengthy discussion of whether or not Maggie Simpson is a character, and how she would rank among the great Simpsons characters if so. That discussion can be found at minute 49.
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