52 minutes | Jun 1, 2023
Season 8 Episode 7: Avatar: The Way of Water (with Special Guest!)
James Cameron has spent so many years making movies underwater it's shocking that he hasn't grown gills by now. This long-awaited sequel to his blockbuster Avatar (over a decade, so it better be good!) finally surfaced in 2022. Can't really say it's better than the original, but it's definitely "wetter"! We have those big blue digital cat people living in their psychedelic jungle for a while, and then they migrate to these nifty coastal villages and make friends with whales and stuff. There's enough crazy creatures under the sea to give Jacques Cousteau a boner. If he wasn't dead. If you even know who the heck Jacques Cousteau was. Doesn't matter. But, you will definitely learn a whole lotta science stuff, marine biology and human evolution from my highly intelligent guest, David Franklin. I'll make some jokes, he'll make some sense, and at some point we might even mention the Avatar movie. Ready to take a deep dive?
64 minutes | May 7, 2023
Season 8 Episode 6: The Tommyknockers/The Langoliers
As a seasoned horror fan who grew up reading Stephen King books, I've always tried to watch every single film adaptation ever made from his stories. Over the years the violence and gore quotient of the average horror movie increases relative to the tolerance of the viewer's stomach. Before this turns into a math and biology lesson, I just mean to say it takes a lot to scare or shock us these days, right? After all, once you run out of vampires, vengeful prom queens and rabid dogs, even the imagination of King gets stretched a little thin coming up with new frights to unleash upon us. The terrors in the two stories I talk about here are a bit far-out, leaning more toward science fiction than horror, and it doesn't help that they were both made for television in the early 1990s, where visual effects were barely learning to crawl and the screen was still a square! Now I'm getting into geometry, and that's not the topic here! The Tommyknockers and the Langoliers, whatever the heck those are, were not Stephen King's finest hour. They were, in fact, 8 hours of sitting in front of the idiot box (remember, television = commercial breaks every 15 minutes, get your calculators out...). You'd have to be a fairly hardcore King fanatic to have sat through these two miniseries, so let me dilute them down for everyone else. And, for those of you who don't like horror, don't worry. The only reason you should be afraid to watch these movies is because they kinda suck.
41 minutes | May 5, 2023
Season 2 Episode 9: Return Of The Jedi
The original (and arguably, the best) "conclusion" to the Skywalker saga (lookin' at you, Episode IX!), 1983's near-perfect Star Wars episode VI (that's "6" to anyone unfamiliar with Roman numerals in this day and age) was a pretty satisfying wrap-up to the cliffhanger ending of The Empire Strikes Back. After a 3 year wait, we finally got to see the fate of our heroes and were introduced to some new, dreaded characters to boo at (Jabba, The Emperor, Ewoks). While somewhat lacking in imagination (another Death Star? Really?), and peddling in soft-core space porn (Slave Leia), Jedi ultimately delivered the goods and remains an essential part of our favorite space adventure franchise. With or without "Yub Nub". Join me, and I will complete your training. This podcast is a blast. Or maybe...it's a trap!
39 minutes | Apr 15, 2023
Season 2 Episode 8: Logan's Run (with Special Guest!)
Imagine a world where nobody lives beyond age 30. There'd be no me, for one thing, so that world already sucks! However, if you've somehow managed to live longer than that, you just might remember seeing this 1976 visionary sci-fi classic starring Michael York. What? Never heard of him? Shame on you! Just because he didn't play Iron Man or Thor doesn't make him irrelevant. He did play Austin Powers' boss, though. This movie, while kind of dated and futuristic at the same time, was quite a blast and lucky to have come out a year before Star Wars. Now hurry up and see it. Run, Runner!
62 minutes | Apr 15, 2023
Season 8 Episode 5: And Another Thing! (with Special Guest!)
So, here's the Thing. Again! Why? Well, not only is it still my all-time favorite scary movie, it's also a favorite of my frequent guest Quan Ngo (who just might be my all-time favorite scary dude!) I barely skimmed over this 1982 John Carpenter classic in one of my early episodes, along with its really-not-bad 2011 prequel, so here we take a deep dive into both movies, explore some interesting theories, crack a bunch of jokes, and who knows what else! Now that we've broken the ice, time to dig up some fun while the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. Listen carefully, 'cause this podcast is a monster!
28 minutes | Mar 11, 2023
Season 2 Episode 6: Total Recall
Definitely the best movie Arnold Schwarzenegger has ever done without playing a cyborg. Just a regular guy, with a fake identity and a fake wife played by Sharon Stone. In fact, it's hard to tell if any of it is real at all! But who cares, Total Recall is a total blast! Haven't seen it? No problem! Listen to this podcast and you'll have a fake memory that's even better than the real thing. Or you'll be lobotomized. See you at the party!
32 minutes | Mar 11, 2023
Season 2 Episode 7: Alien3
What? Another Alien episode already? Couldn't it wait? No. Well, I couldn't. Alien3 was not a commercial success, like its predecessors, and it was a major downer thanks to director David Fincher's bleak vision and proclivity for KILLING MAJOR CHARACTERS from the previous movie in his opening act! Not unlike my proclivity for SPOILERS. Ah, too late. Well, if you saw the first two Alien flicks, this is still a ride worth taking. Just don't expect a lot of aliens, or guns, or hair, and you'll love it. So, if you want to hear all the fascinating behind-the-scenes revelations and have some laughs, crash land right here and I'll salvage what I can!
41 minutes | Mar 10, 2023
Season 8 Episode 4: Yor: The Hunter From The Future (with Special Guest!)
If you believe there's such a thing as truth in advertising, this movie will put an end to any such delusions. First of all, he's not from the future. He's a caveman in a loincloth. There's no time travel other than the time it takes for this crappy movie to be over. AND...on the poster we see our hero Yor shouting up at these bright, shiny UFOs in the sky, like he's at some outdoor E.L.O. concert produced by Steven Spielberg. Do we actually see these spaceships in the movie? Of course not. I bet the poster had a bigger budget than the film itself. Oh, and I didn't even mention the theme song...an affront to the art of music and yet pretty darn catchy...what's the deal with this flick? And a better question: why do I watch it so often and own it on blu-ray? Maybe there are answers to be found within this podcast. Even if there aren't, it's pretty hilarious and I even suckered my buddy Professor Dave Chan into watching it and engaging in conversation about it, knowing full well he's got much better things to do. What a sport! One thing's for sure: YOR gonna laugh when you hear this!