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53 minutes | 13 hours ago
A Low Down Dirty Shame
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are celebrating our very first b-movie bonus episode of the year with a… Well, not a paragon of ‘90s action goodness, per se. More of a middling example of guns going pew-pew in a movie. It’s the Keenen Ivory Wayans film from 1994, A Low Down Dirty Shame. Not only is this our first b-movie bonus episode, it’s our first four person “roundtable” show. This time, we’re joined by returning guest Johnny SoCal and first-time guest Greg Vander Velde. We’re thrilled to have them both on. This film is a good example of the sort of generic action movie that was produced during most of the ‘90s. Many of them feel like they were stamped out of a giant roll of films by a large cookie cutter. They’ve got many of the same qualities: An entire small nation’s supply of bullets shot at every single character, Troublesome objectification of women (who can still give as good as they take), An antagonist that you’re going to struggle to remember even before the end credits start rolling, and Production quality that’s, well, it’s fine. It’s just fine. On the plus side, this one has the distinction of hardly having a single white person in the entire cast. That’s a welcome change, and was unfortunately novel back when it was made. I mean, I love me some Terminator 2, Speed, and Mission: Impossible, but diversity was not really a hallmark of this era. This one is a b-movie for a reason, though. We’ll give it this: it’s got a hell of a lot of heart. It’s apparent that every single actor wanted to make this a great film, and that helps immensely. Where the story may falter, the enthusiasm of its creators makes up for its shortcomings. Keenen Ivory Wayans plays it cool, Salli Richardson-Whitfield keeps you guessing, and Jada Pinkett Smith is just a straight-up bad-ass. A b-movie it may be, but it’s a worthy addition to our catalog. (Recorded on January 11, 2021) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: A Low Down Dirty Shame - IMDb A Low Down Dirty Shame trailer - YouTube Avatar: The Last Airbender - IMDb The Legend of Korra - IMDb A Brief History of Nickelodeon Slime | NickRewind - YouTube Keenen Ivory Wayans - IMDb Lethal Weapon - IMDb Lethal Weapon 4 - IMDb Jada Pinkett Smith - IMDb Michael Bay - IMDb Jurassic Park - IMDb Eat Pray Love - IMDb Hero's journey - Wikipedia Catwoman - IMDb Halle Berry - IMDb Gotham - IMDb (Jada Pinkett Smith did not, in fact, star as Selina Kyle in this show. Sean could not have been more confidently wrong in this episode.) The Matrix Reloaded - IMDb Léon: The Professional - IMDb Samuel L. Jackson - IMDb Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - IMDb Brooklyn Nine-Nine - IMDb Parks and Recreation - IMDb The Office - IMDb Schindler's List - IMDb Life Is Beautiful - IMDb The Lion King - IMDb Forrest Gump - IMDb True Lies - IMDb The Mask - IMDb Speed - IMDb The Flintstones - IMDb Dumb and Dumber - IMDb Four Weddings and a Funeral - IMDb Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles - IMDb Clear and Present Danger - IMDb Speed 2: Cruise Control - IMDb Willem Dafoe - IMDb Doctor Who - IMDb Eimanne El Zein The Room - IMDb Rubber - IMDb Paranormal Activity - IMDb Friendster - Wikipedia ICQ - Wikipedia Follow Johnny: His Instagram profile! Follow Greg: His Instagram profile! Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
50 minutes | 5 days ago
Killing Them Softly
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are, well, we’re not killing anybody, softly or… hardly? That’s for damn sure. I mean, Brad Pitt may be cool and all, and he makes a goatee look halfway decent, but the dude’s character is a straight-up contract killer in this one. We don’t support that. Anyway, this week it’s all about the 2012 film from Andrew Dominik, Killing Them Softly. And let’s talk about Pitt’s performance. It’s entrancing. It’s quiet. It’s menacing in its kindness and grotesque in its violence. It’s also quite the thing to juxtapose next to his Jeffrey Goines character in 12 Monkeys. Have there ever been two more disparate people? … None are springing to mind. Hats off to this wonderful person. He’s been a real, self-made (arguably thanks to a great many talented people along the way) actor. He’s got humble beginnings growing up in Springfield, Missouri, and now he’s one of the most well-regarded actors of his time. It’s remarkable to see someone who knows what he’s capable of and is still willing to make relatively small films like this one. It goes to prove how humble and dedicated to his craft he is when he’s willing to take these non-flashy roles, although it’s still impossible to take your eyes off him. Okay, enough gushing about this wonderful man. Onto the film! Killing Them Softly boils down to being about the consequences a few men face after getting caught up in a robbery, and not being too smart after the event. Rule number one of robbing anyone: don’t run your damn mouth about the score afterwards! Should be pretty obvious, right? There’s no shortage of stupid people out there and the stupidity of one of these characters ruins the good time everyone was having. What’s got to happen when the ledgers of powerful, violent people dip into the red? Well, someone’s got to balance those scales (I’ll stop mixing metaphors now). Pitt’s called in to take care of the mess these foolish thieves have gotten themselves into. In this case, “take care of” doesn’t mean a stern talking to; people are going to die. In sometimes spectacular, slow-motion fashion. It’s a simple film—there’s a robbery and then there are killings. Cause and effect. Doesn’t get much more straightforward than that. However, the film elevates this story with amazing visuals, some superb sound work, and acting that’ll knock your pants off. It may not be for everybody, but if you’re cool with violence and a slower-moving plot, this is definitely your cup of tea. (Recorded on December 29, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Killing Them Softly - IMDb Killing Them Softly trailer - YouTube Brad Pitt - IMDb Ray Liotta - IMDb Requiem for a Dream - IMDb Scoot McNairy - IMDb Ben Mendelsohn - IMDb Vincent Curatola - IMDb The Joker | Batman Wiki - Fandom The Dark Knight - IMDb Ford Fiesta - Wikipedia Kick-Ass - IMDb John Wick - IMDb James Gandolfini - IMDb Subway Fight | John Wick 2 - YouTube How Killing Them Softly Micro Shotgun Works In Real-Life And Yes, It Works! - SHOUTS The Flash - IMDb Arrow - IMDb Supergirl - IMDb Flash saving people from a derailing train | The Flash - YouTube The Boys - IMDb The Incredible Crash Dummies - IMDb Crash Dummies for sale - eBay Andrew Dominik - IMDb Pulp Fiction - IMDb John Travolta - IMDb Samuel L. Jackson - IMDb Bruce Willis - IMDb I Shot Marvin in the Face | Pulp Fiction - YouTube (Serious violence warning on this one if you’ve never seen Pulp Fiction before.) Richard Jenkins - IMDb Greig Fraser - IMDb Dune - IMDb 25th Hour - IMDb The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - IMDb Saw - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
47 minutes | 12 days ago
Blade Runner 2049
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are trying to find out if we’re actually the love children of some freaky human-robot coupling in the Denis Villeneuve film from 2017, Blade Runner 2049. It’s not often that you get a sequel that’s arguably just as good or even better than its predecessor. What other films can you say that about? The Godfather: Part II? The Empire Strikes Back? The Dark Knight? This one is sitting in some pretty rarified air. The first Blade Runner film was a marvel and pushed the science fiction genre forward. Its sequel not only does the same, but it’s damn beautiful to boot. We’ve got “K,” a replicant blade runner, who’s tasked with rounding up and retiring, i.e. killing, renegade replicants. A routine retiring leads him to a pretty shocking discovery: is K actually the child of our old pals, Rick Deckard and Rachael? How would that even work? Rachael is not a human being. Giving birth to any sort of life form should be impossible. Right? Hey, if that was the case, then we wouldn’t have this remarkable film to talk about. K’s got quite the mystery to suss out. Along the way, he stumbles on the insane machinations of a large, global corporation, uncovers memories that may or may not be his own, and learns about a growing underground resistance movement (another sequel, anyone?). It’s riveting and played with more depth by Ryan Gosling than you would expect from a robot. I mean, his character’s the robot. Not Ryan Gosling. We don’t mean to imply he isn’t human. We still want to be best friends with him one day and we’re not going to blow our chances here. It’s all set in a future Los Angeles that seems bleak, oppressive, and yet, not far off from reality. It looks as if L.A. and someplace like Tokyo or Seoul joined and became one super-city. If this is the future that’s in store for us, then what a curious ride it’ll be. Hey, at least we’ll have flying cars. This film sounds amazing. It looks flawless (and earned cinematographer Roger Deakins his first Oscar win). It’s got a brilliant story and staggering performances. I can’t think of any other adjectives to describe this one. It’s just wonderful and worth a watch. (Recorded on December 28, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Blade Runner 2049 - IMDb Blade Runner 2049 trailer - YouTube Love Actually - IMDb Valentine's Day - IMDb Ryan Gosling - IMDb Blade Runner - IMDb Judge Dredd - IMDb Dune - Wikipedia Westworld - IMDb Westworld Season 1 Opening Credits - YouTube Adamantium | Marvel Database - Fandom Cylon | Battlestar Galactica Wiki - Fandom Cyberman | Tardis - Fandom MPC Replicating Rachael in Blade Runner 2049 – fxguide Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - IMDb Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - IMDb Galaxy Quest - IMDb Edward James Olmos - IMDb Gaff’s origami | Off-world: The Blade Runner Wiki - Fandom Barkhad Abdi - IMDb Deep Water - IMDb Jurassic Park - IMDb Robin Wright - IMDb Dave Bautista - IMDb Guardians of the Galaxy - IMDb Dwayne Johnson - IMDb John Cena - IMDb (Sean called the wonderful John Cena “Michael Cena” and he couldn’t feel worse about that. Oops!) Lennie James - IMDb Batman | Batman Wiki - Fandom Bubble Boy - IMDb Denis Villeneuve - IMDb Tenet - IMDb Christopher Nolan - IMDb Sicario - IMDb Prisoners - IMDb Arrival - IMDb WALL·E - IMDb Elvis Presley - Wikipedia Marilyn Monroe - Wikipedia Frank Sinatra - Wikipedia Dunkirk - IMDb Blade Runner 2049 Threesome Sex Scene: How Did They Make It? - Vulture Roger Deakins - IMDb Spinner | Off-world: The Blade Runner Wiki - Fandom Batmobile | Batman Wiki - Fandom Voight-Kampff test | Off-world: The Blade Runner Wiki - Fandom Follow Us:
54 minutes | 19 days ago
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are hunting down a cadre of murderous, doomed robots in the 1982 film from Ridley Scott, Blade Runner. This film is set in 2019, a time that, I think it’s safe to say, most of us have lived through. We’re familiar with what 2019 actually was: mostly meh, but hey, at least there wasn’t a rampaging virus ruining everyone’s time and a bunch of dumb butts who think wearing masks is a rights issue. This film missed the reality mark quite a bit, technology-wise. We don’t have flying cars, super photo enhancers, or robots so real that they’ve pretty much passed the Turing test. It sure would be a lot cooler if we did. Who doesn’t watch a film like this one and think, “Dang, it would be so great if I could just take a nap on a long car ride. I could if I had one of those automated, flying cars!” Maybe it’s okay that we don’t have all those things, though? Flying cars would be amazing, but who out there wants to be killed by a robot with a grudge? I can safely say that’s not how I want to go out (I’m hoping for death by puppies). We’d end up having to entrust our safety in the blade runners. They appear to do a dang good job of dispensing all the rogue replicants, but it seems like living in this future is a tough task. It’s pissing rain all the time, bleak mega-cities are what people call home, and I’d bet the wealth disparity is off the charts. It’s a freaking dystopia! Even Harrison Ford can’t make me want to live in this world. Still though, it’s a damn good film that encourages deep thoughts and fun conversation. It’s truly impressive how well this film still holds up many decades after its release. It set the bar high for science fiction films and has rarely been outmatched. This one is a classic that everyone should see at least once. (Recorded on December 21, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Blade Runner - IMDb Blade Runner trailer - YouTube Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Wikipedia Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - IMDb How I Met Your Mother - IMDb Broken Toe: Symptoms, Recovery, and More - Healthline Unbreakable - IMDb Candyman - IMDb Ridley Scott - IMDb Hampton Fancher - IMDb The resolution war: is cinema falling behind home entertainment on innovation? - Screen Daily Batman - IMDb Smallville - IMDb Brightburn - IMDb Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - IMDb Turing test - Wikipedia Fatman (2020) - IMDb Mel Gibson’s alcohol abuse and legal issues - Wikipedia Lethal Weapon - IMDb Computer Chips | Robot or Not? - The Incomparable The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - IMDb The Matrix - IMDb The Matrix 4 - IMDb Willow - IMDb Jack - IMDb Patch Adams - IMDb I, Robot - IMDb Voight-Kampff test | Off-world: The Blade Runner Wiki - Fandom Edward James Olmos - IMDb GoldenEye - IMDb Avengers: Endgame - IMDb Home Improvement - IMDb ThanosDidNothingWrong - reddit A Quiet Place - IMDb A Quiet Place Part II - IMDb Wall•E - IMDb Jordan Cronenweth - IMDb Jeff Cronenweth - IMDb Fight Club - IMDb The Social Network - IMDb Gone Girl - IMDb The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - IMDb David Fincher - IMDb Roger Deakins - IMDb Blade Runner 2049 - IMDb The Secrets Behind The Eyes of ‘Blade Runner’ - Film School Rejects Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile!
44 minutes | a month ago
The Hunt for Red October
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are on the trail of a potential underwater madman. We’re trying to avoid nuclear catastrophe in a tense race against time with the 1990 film from John McTiernan, The Hunt for Red October. What a way to kick off the ‘90s, right? This is a suspenseful film about a Soviet Union submarine captain trying to defect because his country was responsible for the death of his wife. This is no easy task to accomplish, especially in 1984, when this story is set. International relations between the U.S. and the Soviets was strained, to say the least. We’ve got a defecting captain and a two warring sides who don’t really know what the hell is going on with this man’s sub. Is he going to attack the U.S.? Is he trying to screw over the Soviets by giving up all their closely held secrets? Either way, Marko Ramius, played by peak-awesomeness Sean Connery, is in a tough position. This guy just wants to make it to safety alive, and he does it with such a calm, debonair attitude. “Oh, these subs are firing torpedoes at my sub? Ain’t no thang, we’ll just juke out these explosive life-enders and keep going on our merry way.” If I could learn how to keep as calm as he does under intense pressure, I’d probably be able to do anything. This is the first Jack Ryan movie, and it’s amazing. It set the standard for films starring relatively unassuming office workers who find themselves trying to save the world. A young Alec Baldwin stars as Ryan, a stable counterpart to Ramius. The confidence these two men possess is needed in a film that’s chock-full of other people who are just freaking the hell out all the time. It all makes for a compelling and exciting film that holds up and will continue to be an excellent film. The technology we see here is certainly obsolete, but a superb film doesn’t stop being great just because we have iPhones now. This one is top-notch and you’d do yourself a favor to see it. (Recorded on December 14, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: The Hunt for Red October - IMDb The Hunt for Red October trailer - IMDb Sean Connery - IMDb Alec Baldwin - IMDb Tom Clancy - Wikipedia (What do you know, Clancy didn’t have a military career. Dude apparently had truly terrible eyesight. Minus one podcast point for Sean who said he did.) Jack Ryan (character) - Wikipedia John Grisham - Wikipedia Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - IMDb The resolution war: is cinema falling behind home entertainment on innovation? - Screen Daily Big Game - IMDb Jack Ryan (film series) - Wikipedia John Krasinski’s super muscly muscles - Train Mag Emily Blunt - IMDb The Office (U.S.) - IMDb The Rock - IMDb RED - IMDb RED 2 - IMDb The 13th Warrior - IMDb Arnold Schwarzenegger - IMDb Vilnius, Lithuania - Wikipedia Stellan Skarsgård - IMDb Galaxy Quest - IMDb Tim Allen - IMDb Scott Glenn - IMDb Daredevil - IMDb The Right Stuff | More Movies Please! - Libsyn Sam Neill - IMDb Sean Bean - IMDb Tim Curry - IMDb Deep Blue Sea - IMDb LL Cool J - IMDb Samuel L. Jackson - IMDb Jaws - IMDb Sharktopus - IMDb Sharknado - IMDb A Quiet Place - IMDb A Quiet Place Part II - IMDb 'Matrix 4,' 'Dune,' 2021 WB Slate Debuting on HBO Max and in Theaters - Variety Gaffer (filmmaking) - Wikipedia Dr. No - IMDb Highlander - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
47 minutes | a month ago
Guess who’s back? Johnny’s back! And this time he’s trying to take over the entire show. It’s a mutiny! A coup d’état even! We shan’t let him get away with this. Nay, say we! We shall fight him on the beaches, we shall fight him in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight him in the hills; we shall never surrender! … Nah, we actually invited him back because it was so much fun talking with him last time about Inside Man. This time we’ve secured him for one of our B-movie bonus episodes! We’re talking about a pretty dang Finnish film that also happens to star Samuel L. Jackson. It’s the Jalmari Helander film from 2014, Big Game. What do you do when you’re a little Finnish boy who finds the President of the United States of America trapped in an Air Force One escape pod that’s crash-landed deep in the snowy woods of your homeland and immediately have some crazed terrorists and a bloodthirsty Secret Service member hunting you down? Well, you trek through dense forests, hike up snowy mountains, and get dangled from military-grade helicopters. You do everything you can to save the President. You shake loose the boy you once were and become the man you’ve always dreamt of becoming! Seriously, all that crazy stuff does happen. And it… is… amazing. If we ever find ourselves trapped in the frozen Finnish wilderness, we’re going to look for someone with a bow and arrow strapped to their back and determination burning in their heart. You’re guaranteed to make it out alive that way. When it comes to our monthly B-movie episodes, there’s only one question we’re trying to answer by the end: is this movie brilliant or a blunder? We’ll leave it to you to listen to the episode to find out. (Recorded on July 16, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Big Game - IMDb Big Game trailer - YouTube Inside Man | More Movies Please! - Libsyn Samuel L. Jackson - IMDb Onni Tommila - IMDb 300 - IMDb Survivor - IMDb 15 surprising things you didn't know about 'Survivor' - Insider Dr. Evil - Wikipedia Battle of the Bastards | Game of Thrones - Fandom Halo - Wikipedia Sharktopus | More Movies Please! - Libsyn Snakes on a Plane | More Movies Please! - Libsyn First Blood - IMDb Virgin birth of Jesus - Wikipedia Sean referred to this as the “immaculate conception” and he couldn’t have been more wrong. Sorry, Baby Jesus. The Matrix - IMDb Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - IMDb Nuke Town Escape | Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - YouTube Yeti Cooler Lethal Weapon - IMDb Iron Man 2 - IMDb The Evil Dead - IMDb Evil Dead II - IMDb Army of Darkness - IMDb Evil Dead - IMDb The Core - IMDb The Dark Knight Rises - IMDb Dexter - IMDb Captain America: The Winter Soldier - IMDb Hawkeye - Fandom Follow Johnny: His Instagram profile! Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
44 minutes | a month ago
Sorry to Bother You
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are becoming horse-people—yes, freaking horse-people—in the thought-provoking, subversive 2018 film from Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You. It’s safe to say that this film wasn’t quite what we expected it to be. Did it seem like it would be an intelligent piece of satire that does what all good satire is capable of—shining a bright, damning light on a major problem with the world? You better believe that’s exactly what it was. Did it give any indication that Armie Hammer was turning human beings into strong, tireless horse-people for increased corporate efficiency? Nope! I can’t think of a single trailer that gave that particular tidbit away. That’s okay, though! If a trailer made for “mainstream” audiences gets more people watching this important film, then that’s a good thing. We should all be more aware of and empathetic towards the lives of our fellow human beings. And anyway, what film studio out there is going to risk losing money by showing off horse-people penises? Don’t hold your breath. The actual film, though… What a fascinating condemnation of corporate culture. It’s not making any attempts to hide the ass-kissing and moral depravity that seems to be required of a person who’s worth billions of dollars. It’s clear that we’re seeing analogs of the Zuckerbergs and Bezoses (Bezosi?) of the world in the Steve Lift character. You know, the greediest, most powerful, downright evilest human beings of modern society. This film depicts the backstabbing that corporate culture can demand and doesn’t flinch away from that horror. It’s saying you have to sacrifice pieces of your humanity if you want to “succeed” at life. Oh, and you’d better be a white person, or at least sound like one. Really, this film should be required viewing for, well, anyone with a soul. It can be tough sometimes, but that’s not a good enough reason to skip it. Challenging yourself is a good thing to do! Give this one a try and then remember that we’re all in this together. Let’s always have each other’s backs. (Recorded on December 07, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Sorry to Bother You - IMDb Sorry to Bother You trailer - YouTube Boots Riley - Wikipedia Why is Mr. Blank’s name bleeped out in Sorry to Bother You? | Evelyn Shaller-Auslander - Medium (This is an interesting take on Mr. _______’s name and identity. I don’t know if it’s the truth, but it’s damn intriguing.) Charlie Kaufman - IMDb Michel Gondry - IMDb Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - IMDb Godzilla - IMDb Sharknado - IMDb Danny Glover - IMDb Roger Murtaugh is too old for this shit - YouTube Maverick - IMDb Lethal Weapon - IMDb Sorry to Bother You Ending, Explained: Boots Riley Explains Equisapiens - Thrillist (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) | Bestie Boys - YouTube Office Space - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
52 minutes | a month ago
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are making friends with a couple of giant squid aliens from outer space in the 2016 film from Denis Villeneuve, Arrival. Now this is the sort of sci-fi we can get behind! Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of fun to be had with your various Stars, both Wars and Trek, but those are so fantastical that it’s nearly impossible to find anything real in them to latch onto. Granted, giant, Pringles-shaped alien crafts filled with the aforementioned squid beings aren’t any easier to relate to, but there’s still so much reality happening outside those ships in this film. With this one, we get to follow the journey of real people, with real lives. Heck, one of the characters is a university teacher. Doesn’t get much more real than that. It becomes less “science fiction” and more of just a story about a woman learning a new language, and one that alters her understanding of time. Also, there just so happens to be aliens. This is a dazzling film, with big ideas and a huge heart at the center of its story. Still, it almost feels like what happens to Louise, Ian, Colonel Weber, and the rest of the planet could actually happen to you and me. Sure, it’d be the most remarkable, mind-breaking event to ever take place, but maybe it could actually happen. Would we learn to speak the nigh inscrutable alien circle language with the seeming ease and expertise that Louise exhibits? Maybe yes, maybe no. Would learning such a language allow us to see both the present and the future concurrently? That’s a bit harder to agree with. Would certain nations in the world completely overreact to the presence of alien beings and try to destroy them out of ignorance and fear? Oh, most definitely. There will always be awful humans. What we can say with great certainty is that this film is worth your time. It’s got an amazing story that invites deep thought and extended debate, as shown in this episode. The sound design is captivating, lush, and booming. The cinematography is staggering in its ability to depict these towering alien creatures and also echo the turmoil inside Louise. This is a must-see film, made by one of the greatest living directors. (Recorded on November 30, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Arrival - IMDb Arrival trailer - YouTube Uncut Gems - IMDb SYFY Independence Day - IMDb Eric Heisserer - IMDb Doctor Who - IMDb The Matrix Oracle Scene - YouTube How the short story that inspired Arrival helps us interpret the film’s major twist - The Verge David Tennant - IMDb Matt Smith - IMDb The Fires of Pompeii | Doctor Who - Wikipedia Heptapod | Alien Species - Fandom 'Arrival' Production Designer Reveals How to Create an Entirely New Type of Flying Saucer - Hollywood Reporter Michael Stuhlbarg - IMDb The Kangaroo Story | Arrival - YouTube Denis Villeneuve - IMDb Prisoners - IMDb Enemy - IMDb Sicario - IMDb Dune - IMDb Christopher Nolan - IMDb Steven Spielberg - IMDb Bradford Young - IMDb A Most Violent Year - IMDb Pawn Sacrifice - IMDb Selma - IMDb Roger Deakins - IMDb Blade Runner 2049 - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
73 minutes | 2 months ago
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are ruining our damn lives by not knowing when to just freaking stop with our good friend and special guest, the inimitable Landon Coats! This week, we’re talking about the 2019 film from the Safdie Brothers, Uncut Gems. Ugh, I need to take a shower. This movie isn’t going to leave you feeling bright, chipper, and clean by the end of it. I mean, content warning: if you or someone you know suffers from a debilitating addiction issue, then this film may not be for you. That is, unless watching someone spiral all the way down the bottomest of rock bottoms is an effective deterrent for you. If that’s what you need, then this one could be your saving grace. It sure is something to watch another human being do everything they can to ruin their life. All shown over an agonizing two hours and fifteen minutes. Except it’s more tragic than that—Howard Ratner clearly isn’t able to control himself. It’s obvious he doesn’t like getting beat up, pissing off his family, or losing more money in a matter of hours than most people will make in an entire year. Who would enjoy that? Yet, he continues to throw away whatever life-saving breaks he’s given. The guy has a serious gambling addiction, and it’s everyone around him who has to suffer the most. He gets a quick (albeit dreadful) out at the end of the film. This is a tough watch, and yet, it’s one of the most rewarding films of the year. It’s a complex depiction of a side of humanity that none of us want to ever witness. We turn away and hide from addiction because it’s uncomfortable to deal with. Unless you turn this film off, there’s no turning away from Adam Sandler’s character. The Safdie brothers deserve every good thing that happens to them for their work in crafting this gruesome masterwork. However, it’s clear that Sandler is the star of this film, no doubt about it. There should be no end to the praise he receives for his exhausting, complex, deep performance. It’s a damn shame that he wasn’t given even an Oscar nomination for his performance because it was the best of the entire year. Our hats are off to him. This is a difficult film to watch, but if you can stomach it, you’re going to witness something special. This is an experience. (Recorded on November 16, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Uncut Gems - IMDb Uncut Gems trailer - YouTube Can’t Lie on the Internet | State Farm - YouTube Adam Sandler - IMDb Daniel Day-Lewis - IMDb Steven Soderbergh - IMDb Let Them All Talk - IMDb Punch-Drunk Love - IMDb Hubie Halloween - IMDb Billy Madison - IMDb That's My Boy - IMDb Murder Mystery - IMDb The Ridiculous 6 - IMDb Sandy Wexler - IMDb Taylor Lautner - IMDb Pixels - IMDb 100% Fresh - Netflix Little Women - IMDb Josh Safdie - IMDb Benny Safdie - IMDb Greta Gerwig - IMDb Songbird - IMDb Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - IMDb Will Ferrell - IMDb Gal Gadot Leads a Star-Studded Cover of John Lennon's “Imagine” - YouTube Darius Khondji - IMDb Good Time - IMDb Midnight in Paris - IMDb Se7en - IMDb Amour - IMDb The high-tech secret behind the stunning cinematography of “Uncut Gems” - Input Kevin Garnett - IMDb Dick Grayson | Batman Wiki - Fandom Frozen - IMDb The Lord Of The Rings' Fellowship Actors All Got The Same Tattoo - Screen Rant Paul Thomas Anderson - IMDb Philip Seymour Hoffman - IMDb Lando Calrissian’s amazing yellow top in Rise of Skywalker Spanglish - IMDb Reign Over Me - IMDb Funny People - IMDb Jesse Eisenberg - IMDb The Social Network - IMDb The Master - IMDb WatchMojo A24 Follow Landon: His website! His Vimeo profile! His Instagram profile! His Twitter profile! Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
59 minutes | 2 months ago
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are lying to our dear Nai Nais about their impending death— No, shhh! Don’t tell them about it. They don't know they’re going to die. It’s the 2019 film from Lulu Wang, The Farewell. Talk about an intriguing dilemma at the heart of this film. Clearly, it’s about a cultural difference, but does that make it any easier to come to a good answer? If you knew that your beloved grandmother was dying, and soon, would you make the decision not to tell her? Is it right to keep information like that from her? It is her life, after all. What right does anyone have to keep news like this from someone else? But therein lies the rub—depending on where you’re from, keeping that news from someone could make all the sense in the world. Why subject someone you love to grief, pain, and possibly even regret when they don’t have to face those emotions? Would it actually be a kinder act to keep them unaware of their impending death so their final days can be happy? Hell if I know. We’re from the U.S.A. As Billi says in this film, keeping that sort of information from someone here is surely illegal. In China, though? That’s a whole different thing. I suppose the best thing you could do, no matter where you live, is to just treasure whatever time you have with the people in your life. That’s the best message to be taken from this film. We never get to have enough time with the ones we love, but we can choose to fill that time with love. It sucks like hell when we lose those we hold dearest in our hearts. There’s no denying that. We should all strive to be more like Billi: find the strength we need inside us, surround ourselves with those that mean the most to us, and love them with every we’ve got. (Recorded on November 23, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: The Farewell - IMDb The Farewell trailer - YouTube Audio Hijack - Rogue Amoeba Radio Disney Awkwafina - IMDb Crazy Rich Asians - IMDb Jumanji: The Next Level - IMDb Uncut Gems - IMDb Adam Sandler - IMDb Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens - IMDb Bad Boys for Life - IMDb Ouroboros - Wikipedia Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt's Creek Farewell - IMDb Schitt's Creek - IMDb The Hashtag That Changed the Oscars: An Oral History - The New York Times Filmmaker Lulu Wang Based 'The Farewell' On Her Family's Real-Life Lie - NPR Arnold Schwarzenegger - IMDb Jingle All the Way - IMDb 52% of young adults in the US are living with their parents. That's the highest share since the Great Depression. - CNN Reservoir Dogs - IMDb Emmanuel Lubezki - IMDb Terrence Malick - IMDb The Revenant - IMDb Olympic Cupping: Why Swimmers Are Doing It - Time The Farewell - Rotten Tomatoes Toy Story - Rotten Tomatoes Paddington - Rotten Tomatoes Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are pissing off L.A. tough guys, disposing of bodies, and maybe starring in a big-time Hollywood movie with the 2005 Shane Black film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. We all want to be in the pictures, right? I mean, who out there doesn’t? Imagine seeing your name up in lights and having crowds of adoring fans around you, asking for your autograph. You could find yourself in front of a camera lens and acting opposite a legend of the biz. You could be up there with Bogart, Garland, and all the rest. Show me someone that isn’t attracted to that sort of life and I’ll show you someone who’s lying. I mean, The Kinks even made a song about it, yeah? Celluloid Heroes. Even rock stars are singing about it. Erm, wait… That one had a pretty sad message, I think. How did it go? “You can see all the stars as you walk along Hollywood Boulevard. Some that you recognize. Some that you’ve hardly even heard of. People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame. Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.” Okay, maybe we shouldn’t aspire to put ourselves through that sort of near-definite torment. Sure, it would be cool to be flown out to L.A., hobnob with all the good-looking, Southern California people, and be put up in a fancy hotel for a while. Maybe you’ll even be shown around by a private investigator named “Gay Perry.” He might even look vaguely like Val Kilmer. Wouldn’t that be swell? It happened to Robert Downey, Jr.’s character in this film. Harry had a pretty good thing going on. Pretty good, that is, until he lost a finger and had his balls zapped with what amounted to a car battery. Look, you win some and you lose some. At least he got to reconnect with an impetuous and knockout dame. Things ended up going pretty well for him, all things considered. Still, though, he also got shot in the chest. That’s not too great. Nobody wants to end up in the hospital because they need to have a bullet removed from their body. Look, all we’re saying is this movie is really well-done. The writing is the sort of Shane Black perfection you’ve come to expect from him, there’s masterful acting happening, and the story is just so damn fun. It’s a modern telling of the hard-boiled detective novels everyone should indulge in at least once in their lives. They’re fun as hell. They make life more enjoyable, like this movie does. Makes you wonder, Maybe dreaming of being a Hollywood movie star isn’t so bad? I mean, The Kinks also sang, “I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show, A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes. Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain, And celluloid heroes never really die.” That ain’t too bad. (Recorded on November 09, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - IMDb Kiss Kiss Bang Bang trailer - YouTube Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - IMDb Frosty the Snowman - IMDb National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - IMDb Jingle All the Way - IMDb Die Hard - IMDb Home Alone - IMDb RATED-R Home Alone | Corridor Digital - YouTube (The always great Corridor Digital guys made Home Alone R-rated and it is gruesome and amazing.) Iron Man | Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki - Fandom Robert Downey Jr. - IMDb Iron Man - IMDb Robert Downey Jr.’s Incredible Comeback from Addiction - American Addiction Centers The True Story Behind Tim Allen's Mugshot And His Drug-Trafficking Past - ATI Home Improvement - IMDb Tim Allen - IMDb Galaxy Quest - IMDb Last Man Standing - IMDb Ally McBeal - IMDb Shane Black - IMDb Lethal Weapon - IMDb Zodiac - IMDb Our Top 5 Favorite Movies, Part 5 | More Movies Please! - Libsyn Val Kilmer - IMDb Tombstone - IMDb u/OfficialValKilmer - Reddit Michelle Monaghan - IMDb The Long Kiss Goodnight - IMDb Corbin Bernsen - IMDb Boy Meets World - IMDb The Emperor's New Groove - IMDb Scrooged - IMDb The Nice Guys - IMDb Iron Man 3 - IMDb Thor: The Dark World - IMDb Guy Pearce - IMDb Lawless | More Movies Please! - Libsyn The Proposition | More Movies Please! - Libsyn Ben Kingsley - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Jingle All the Way
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are trampling neighbors, kicking asses, and blowing people up in this month’s festive B-movie bonus episode. We’re joining Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1996 film from Brian Levant, Jingle All the Way. Man, screw Sinbad. That guy’s nothing but a world of trouble. I mean, who the heck screws another father over for a toy, threatens to explode him with a bomb, and nearly kills a kid? All in pursuit of a Turbo Man action figure? Not cool, man. Not cool. I’m calling it here first—that guy is a menace and can go screw. If you ever see him walking down the street, you’d better find a doorway to duck into. Otherwise, you may be assaulted. Maybe. I mean, who knows? The guy’s probably a sweetheart, but his character in this film is a monster! I get it, you want to get your kid the hottest toy of the holiday season, but maybe you shouldn’t have waited until Christmas freaking Eve to do it? Maybe possibly? For that matter, what the heck is up with Arnold in this film? He pulled the same nonsense! Sure sure, there’s a lot of comedy and pratfalls to be had here, but let’s get down to the real issue: these fathers are neglecting their families and resorting to desperation, dishonesty, and violence. There was also a potential case of grand theft toy on display. How do you break into a neighbor’s home and try to steal the action figure they got their kid? That’s low, man. Maybe you should have done what they did and went shopping for toys earlier in the year. Sure, some of you may be thinking, “Hey guys, this is just a kid’s film. No need to get so up in arms over a fun bit of fiction. Get into the holiday spirit instead!” To that, we say, “Maybe you’re missing the bigger picture here!” This is a stark and damning portrayal of the horrors of the modern capitalist system in America. What, a man has to work his ass off all day, every day just to provide a decent life for his family, has to get into literal fights with other people in the hopes of claiming a neat toy, and gets into many harrowing scrapes with the law? And we’re just supposed to be okay with that? We say HELL NO to that! Down with that twisted vision of the present. This is a dark and distressing film about one man’s dogged pursuit to earn the love of his wife and son in a society that only wants to drive its boot heel deeper into our collective necks. We shouldn’t just accept this treatment! We should dream of a brighter, happier future for us all, and not just The Man. But hey, you’ve got Arnold’s always amazing accent, a drunk reindeer, and a happy ending, so I guess everything’s okay by the time the credits roll. There’s always that. Jeez… (Recorded on November 02, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Jingle All the Way - IMDb Jingle All the Way trailer - YouTube Power Rangers - Hasbro Corner Bakery Cafe Tickle Me Elmo - Wikipedia Furby - Wikipedia Mall of America Jingle All the Way 2 - IMDb Arnold Schwarzenegger - IMDb Sinbad - IMDb Phil Hartman - IMDb Rita Wilson - IMDb Jingle All the Way - Rotten Tomatoes Will Arnett - IMDb Mr. Olympia | Arnold Schwarzenegger - Wikipedia Thanos | Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki - Fandom Sharknado - IMDb Jake Lloyd - IMDb Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
56 minutes | 2 months ago
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are learning hard life lessons during the holidays: it’s all about love and family, don’t you know? We’re doing it with the festive Richard Donner film from 1988, Scrooged. This ain’t yo granddaddy’s Christmas Carol, no siree! Nah, this is the cool, hip, kickin’ ‘80s version of the classic Charles Dickens story. We’ve got greased-up tv company executives, the cutting-edge technology known as the VCR, and enough Christmas ghosts to keep you feeling the holiday cheer for weeks. Even after one of them keeps kicking our dear Bill Murray in his jingle bells, too, if you know what I mean… Hey, when it’s Carol Kane doing the kicking, you just tell yourself that you’re okay with it. Oh, did I mention that the wonderful Carol Kane is in this movie? And Bill Murray! And Karen Allen! And freaking Robert Mitchum! C’mon, does it get any better than that? This film is a veritable who’s who of amazing actors. Alfre Woodard’s in this one, too, for crying out loud! Maybe some of you will feel put off by the thought of watching yet another version of a story you probably know like the back of your hand. Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, fetch me a big turkey and all that. You’d be wrong, as dead wrong as the Ghost of Christmas Future. This is a fresh take on that tale and it’s a blast. This is peak ‘80s Bill Murray here, folks, and he’s chugging along on all cylinders. You’ve got to love him. If you’re looking to spice up your holiday movie watching, go no further. Give it a watch or Lee Majors may try to murder you with Mrs. Claus and a bunch of elves. Yes, you read that right. (Recorded on October 26, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Scrooged - IMDb Scrooged trailer - YouTube Bill Murray - IMDb Carol Kane - IMDb Gotham - IMDb The Princess Bride - IMDb Richard Donner - IMDb Superman II - IMDb (Richard Donner was also, and probably more famously, the director of the first Superman movie.) Lethal Weapon - IMDb Ladyhawke - IMDb Ebenezer Scrooge - Wikipedia Caddyshack - IMDb Beverly Hills Ninja - IMDb Aladdin - IMDb A Goofy Movie - IMDb John Glover - IMDb Smallville - IMDb André the Giant - IMDb Lou Ferrigno - IMDb Danny Elfman - IMDb Tim Burton - IMDb Batman Returns - IMDb Lee Majors - IMDb Machete Trailer from Grindhouse - YouTube Chris Pratt - IMDb Bruce Willis - IMDb Die Hard - IMDb Fast and Furious 9 Headed to Space, Confirms Michelle Rodriguez - Collider Rob Reiner - IMDb Robert Zemeckis - IMDb (Sean mistakenly said that Robert Zemeckis made The Shawshank Redemption. He was totally wrong about that—Frank Darabont directed it. Still an amazing movie, though.) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - IMDb Richard Pryor's Widow Calls His 1980 Fire Incident a Suicide Attempt - People Bobcat Goldthwait - IMDb Karen Allen - IMDb Alfre Woodard - IMDb Seinfeld - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
40 minutes | 2 months ago
It’s a Wonderful Life
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are realizing that we’ve got it pretty good after all. Sure, we’ve got some debt and bankers aren’t ever doing us any favors, but life is still worth living in the Frank Capra classic from 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life. I want to get something out of the way right at the beginning: Potter’s a jerk. Just a straight-up, stone-cold, heartless bastard. He’s very frustrating to watch and doesn’t appear to have any redeeming qualities by the end of the film. He’s just a miserly, bitter old fool. He’s a great antagonist, though, I will say that. I can’t think of another film villain that is so deserving of all the ill will that’s aimed at him. Yeah, I know, we should all get in the Christmas spirit. Being able to forgive others is an essential and good quality to have. I get it, but look, forgiveness should still be earned and Potter wouldn’t hesitate to step on your neck if it meant making more money. My advice? Spend your time and forgiveness on someone who deserves it. Like George Bailey, for instance. Now there’s a stand-up fella. Does he have his flaws and shortcomings? Who among us doesn’t? He’s been dealt some unfortunate cards in life—he’s also been dealt some really great cards (I’m looking at you, Mary)—but he still does what’s right. He had great dreams and wanted to be a different person, but he understands that there are people who depend on him. Despite the disappointments he’s had in life, he’s always there for them. More importantly, he’s like every one of us: he’s still human. He’s got his troubles and sometimes things get to be too much for him. We’ve all felt overwhelmed in our lives. The important thing to remember is life is worth living and there’s always someone out there who wants you to keep going. You’re never without someone cheering you on. For George, it was his family, his town, and dear Clarence. This is a lovely movie and a classic for a reason. If you haven’t seen it, then give it a watch. It lives up to its reputation. If you’ve already seen it (and possibly many, many times), then give it another watch. It’s a heartwarming story about learning to love yourself. Also, remember to ring a bell the next time you see one. (Recorded on December 14, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: It’s a Wonderful Life - IMDb It’s a Wonderful Life trailer - YouTube Hallmark Channel November Christmas - IMDb Sam Elliott - IMDb John Corbett - IMDb My Big Fat Greek Wedding - IMDb Mr. Potter - Wikipedia How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Wikipedia National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - IMDb Christmas Vacation | More Movies Please! - Libsyn Beverly D'Angelo - IMDb Godfellas | Futurama - IMDb The Big Bang Theory - IMDb Jacob Marley - Wikipedia The End | The Beatles - Wikipedia Harry Potter - Wikipedia Clarence Odbody - Wikipedia Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) - Wikipedia Father of the Bride - IMDb Father of the Bride Part II - IMDb Die Hard - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
50 minutes | 2 months ago
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are dealing with the family—oh, the terrible family—and trying not to go absolutely insane during the holidays in the 1989 film from Jeremiah Chechik, Christmas Vacation. It’s the most! Wonderful time! Of the year! Unless you’re Clark Griswold, that is. Let us all thank our lucky stars that we don’t have to risk falling off our roofs, getting stuck in our attics, or dealing with an Uncle Eddie. At least, I’m hoping your holidays don’t involve any of those things. If they do, then you have our sincerest condolences. Nobody should have to live a single day like Clark, much less several. It’s such a dang shame for him, too. Here’s a hard-working man who only wants to give his family a happy, memorable Christmas. Instead, all he gets in return is numerous near-death experiences. Clark Griswold is all of us in 2020. Is he without his faults? Heck no. The man sank away his entire year-end bonus on a pool before he ever got the cash, inadvertently terrorized his admittedly yuppie-punk neighbors way too often, and could have burned down his house with the 25,000 Christmas lights he strung up. That’s not even mentioning his clear anger management issues. Oh, his poor wife. She’s a saint for supporting him through all the craziness that he brings upon his family. Still, through all the dry turkey-eating, cat-killing, squirrel-chasing, boss-kidnapping, sewer-exploding insanity, the Griswolds keep the true meaning of Christmas in mind. It’s all about spending time with your loved ones, even if you do wish you could kick them out of the house for good. (Also, Sean said this was the second Vacation movie in the opening. He couldn’t have been more wrong about that. This is actually the third Vacation movie. That guy should get his film lover’s certification taken away. Posthaste!) (Recorded on October 19, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Christmas Vacation - IMDb Christmas Vacation trailer - YouTube National Lampoon's Vacation - IMDb Doctor Who - IMDb Doctor Who - IMDb Looney Tunes - Wikipedia Johnny Galecki - IMDb Juliette Lewis - IMDb Beverly D'Angelo - IMDb Chevy Chase - IMDb Randy Quaid - IMDb Brian Doyle-Murray - IMDb Doris Roberts - IMDb Julia Louis-Dreyfus - IMDb Seinfeld - IMDb Caddyshack - IMDb Fletch - IMDb National Lampoon - Wikipedia Dennis the Menace - Wikipedia The Rocketeer - IMDb Acme Corporation - Wikipedia Cool Runnings - IMDb South Coast Plaza - Wikipedia (South Coast Plaza is indeed the most profitable shopping center in the United States. Go California?) Toys "R" Us - Wikipedia Homer's Triple Bypass | The Simpsons - IMDb It’s a Wonderful Life - IMDb Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure - IMDb Caddyshack - IMDb Caddyshack II - IMDb The VelociPastor - IMDb Birdemic: Shock and Terror - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
53 minutes | 3 months ago
The Night Before
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are kicking off the holidays with hilarity and cheer! We’re giving our beloved Christmas traditions one final hurrah before having to accept that we’re old adults now in the 2015 film from Jonathan Levine, The Night Before. Right off the bat, I need to make clear that you should not, under any circumstances, do anything that Seth Rogen did in this film. I mean, who in the world takes that many drugs before a night out on the town with your three best friends? A bit of drugs seems handleable, but dude was not doing so well. Let this be a lesson to you, kids: enjoy your drugs responsibly, and please don’t vomit in the middle of any churches on Christmas Eve. You’ll make Baby Jesus sad. Nah, what you should do is spend time with your good buddies. I mean, that’s what the holidays are really all about, yeah? Spending time with the ones you love, eating some delicious cookies, and going all out getting to the completely kick-ass Nutcracker Ball that you’ve been dying to find for years. Seriously, be like Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s friends in this one. Sure, they were pretty danged selfish about their own messy lives, but they got him to the party by the end, and they had a memorable time doing it, too. If you don’t make the time and effort to be a pal, then you could very well miss two of the most important things a human being could experience: Meeting Miley Cyrus. Realizing you need to get your nonsense together so you can be with the person you’re supposed to be with. Otherwise, it could just slip through your fingers and then you’ll be stuck with an aimless, sad sack of a man who spends all his time pining for the woman he couldn’t hold on to. Nobody wants that to happen. Be the best friend ever and make the holidays this year worth celebrating! (Recorded on October 12, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: The Night Before - IMDb The Night Before trailer - YouTube Joseph Gordon-Levitt - IMDb Seth Rogen - IMDb Anthony Mackie - IMDb Michael Shannon - IMDb Randall Park - IMDb Tracy Morgan - IMDb Moana - IMDb The Shining - IMDb Grady Twins | Stephen King Wiki - Fandom Playing the Piano Scene | Big - YouTube Scrooged - IMDb Die Hard - IMDb A Christmas Carol - IMDb A Christmas Carol - South Coast Repertory It's a Wonderful Life - IMDb Ilana Glazer - IMDb Home Alone - IMDb ”Happy Trails, Hans” scene | Die Hard - YouTube Saving Private Ryan - IMDb Forrest Gump - IMDb Love Actually - IMDb Dwayne Johnson - Instagram Miley Cyrus - IMDb Lorraine Toussaint - IMDb …Baby One More Time | Britney Spears - YouTube The Big Bang Theory - IMDb Lizzy Caplan - IMDb Mindy Kaling - IMDb James Franco - IMDb Wrecking Ball | Miley Cyrus - YouTube Hannah Montana - IMDb Robert Pattinson - IMDb Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - IMDb The Shape of Water - IMDb Arnold Schwarzenegger - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
54 minutes | 3 months ago
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are dusting off their finest pin-striped suits and concocting a foolproof plan to win big with this week’s episode. It’s the 1973 film from George Roy Hill, The Sting. Is there anything better than a Paul Newman-Robert Redford team-up? This one and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid goes to show us all that those two make some serious magic when they’re on-screen together. We love their work and wish they could have co-starred in at least one more film, but sadly ’tis not in the cards for us. We’ll always have those two, though. They’re satisfying enough. In this film, we’ve got one of the greatest cons ever set to film. Who doesn’t love to pull a fast one over on ol’ Robert Shaw? If you’re anything like Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker, then you’re going to delight in taking advantage of him. Did he have it coming? Well yeah! Dude killed Johnny’s good friend, Luther Coleman. Of course he had it coming, and he deserved a hell of a lot more. He lost a bunch of money; Luther lost his life. How is that fair? What a damn shame. Amid all this is a con artist story like you dream about. This is one of those classic films that so many others have tried to emulate. Most of them aren’t successful. It’s hard enough to capture lightning in a bottle once, and it’s danged near impossible to do it twice. The significance of The Sting reverberates throughout film history. Without it, we’d miss out on so many other thrilling stories. We loved watching this film unfold, sometimes getting conned ourselves. It’s the sort of story that film lovers want to experience. If you enjoy watching a great movie with a stellar cast, confident writing, and wonderful direction, this is sure to be a good one for you. (Recorded on October 05, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: The Sting - IMDb The Sting trailer - YouTube Wilhelm scream - Wikipedia Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - IMDb Raiders of the Lost Ark - IMDb The Terminator - IMDb Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - IMDb Paul Newman - IMDb Robert Redford - IMDb Robert Shaw - IMDb Ocean's Eleven - IMDb Ocean's Twelve - IMDb Ocean's Thirteen - IMDb Confidence - IMDb Ocean's 11 - IMDb Ocean's 8 - IMDb Scott Joplin - Wikipedia Baby Driver - IMDb The Invisible Man - Art of the Title The Invisible Man | More Movies Please! - Libsyn Galaxy Quest - IMDb Lassie - Wikipedia John Wick - IMDb Lawless - IMDb Kipper tie - Wikipedia The Big Bang Theory - IMDb Maverick - IMDb Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - IMDb 25th Hour | More Movies Please! - Libsyn Shiiiiiit | 25th Hour - YouTube MARVEL’s Avengers Review for PlayStation 4 - Gaming Cypher Steven’s mask in this game review is just the best thing that’s ever been done. Treat yourself to this excellent video! The French Connection - IMDb Serpico - IMDb WALL·E - IMDb Hunt for the Wilderpeople - IMDb Inception - IMDb The Sting - Rotten Tomatoes The Sting II - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
49 minutes | 3 months ago
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are welcoming the lovely and fun as hell Eimanne El Zein as our special guest. We’re going to need all the help we can get because we’re trying to figure out just what the hell is going on with Tommy Wiseau in one of the most famous of all bad movies, 2003’s The Room. I mean… I don’t even know where to start with this thing. How does one write about what may be a legitimate terrible movie masterpiece? Do you try to peel back whatever fetid onion layers this movie may actually have and find something worthwhile underneath? Do you say “HELLS NAH!” to prospect of subjecting yourself to an hour and thirty-nine minutes of a man being torn apart? Do you wonder just what happened in your life to get you to the point where you’re spending your time watching this film so you can discuss it at length with a couple other people on a movie appreciation podcast? I mean, just what happened? Did you sell your soul to the devil and this is your punishment? Are you trapped within a sadistic computer simulation? Or rather, are you doing the good, honest work of trying to figure out the true mysteries of the universe by watching this movie? Seriously, why else could something like this exist? It’s got to be some sort of coded message sent to humanity from a hyper-intelligent, benevolent alien being. Perhaps that’s actually it. Tommy Wiseau isn’t a terrible filmmaker! He’s a creature from the stars who’s sending us this message in the hopes that we’ll puzzle it out and save us all from certain doom. There’s clearly no other explanation for anything that happened in this mess of a film. We’re not meant to groan while watching The Room. No, instead we’re supposed to use this film as a motivator to help us all live better, healthier, happier, more inclusive lives. All for the sake of the planet. Thank you, Tommy. (Recorded on August 06, 2020 | There are occasional audio oddities happening in this episode. They’re rare and shouldn’t affect the wonderful conversation.) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: The Room - IMDb The Room (fan-made) trailer - YouTube Tommy Wiseau - IMDb The Room Viewer & Participation Guide - Screen Rant The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made | Greg Sestero - Goodreads Adrian! | Rocky - YouTube You Are Tearing Me Apart! full scene - YouTube “The Room” Talking Johnny Bobble Head – Tommy Wiseau This is the bobble head that Eimanne shows off during the episode. It’s such a wonderful, silly thing. The Disaster Artist - IMDb Ed Wood - IMDb Army of Darkness - IMDb Full House - IMDb Best F(r)iends: Volume 1 - IMDb Mars Attacks! - IMDb Mars Attacks! | More Movies Please! - Libsyn Jurassic Bark | Futurama - IMDb Palm Springs - IMDb Follow Eimanne: Eimanne’s Instagram profile! Eimanne’s website! Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
54 minutes | 3 months ago
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are crashing into armored cars and knocking off downtown banks in the classic, electric Michael Mann film, Heat. We’re pretty astounded that this film is now as old as it is (and will only continue to get older because that is indeed, perhaps unsurprisingly, how time works) considering how timeless it is. Sure, there are still pagers shown in this movie and the cops would never be able to make it to the downtown bank that’s being robbed because there’s so much more traffic there now, but it still somehow feels evergreen! Let’s put that down to the magic of filmmaking. In a movie that’s nearly three hours long, it’s amazing how engrossing and energetic it still feels. Is it any wonder why when it stars so many phenomenal actors? I mean, you’ve got your De Niros, your Pacinos, your Kilmers and Judds and Brennemans. And then you throw them all on the screen together, sometimes even at the same time? It doesn’t get any better than this movie! And we haven’t even gotten to the intense action sequences. Seriously, the opening armored car robbery and the bank robbery that happens midway through are still some of the best pieces of action that have ever been put on film. If you can, make sure to watch this one with great speakers. You’ll feel like you’re living in the movie and also probably upset your neighbors. The sound design in Heat is on another level. The bank robbery scene is a great example of how the audio in this film elevates every other moment in it. There’s a reason why this film and that particular action scene is still so well-loved. We think it’s due in large part to its realistic sound design. ‘90s era Los Angeles has also never been shot better than it was by Dante Spinotti in this film. There’s a certain glittering realness to how everything looks that just isn’t easy to achieve anymore. We loved every moment of this film. (Recorded on May 14, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Heat - IMDb Heat trailer - YouTube Pager - Wikipedia Here’s what that ancient technology know as the “pager” looks like for those of you who are somehow still younger than us relatively young folks. Reservoir Dogs - IMDb Dennis Haysbert - IMDb Leon: The Professional - IMDb Dante Spinotti - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
54 minutes | 3 months ago
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are selling some highly illegal moonshine and doing our damned best to stay away from the creepiest Guy Pearce we’ve ever seen in the 2012 film from John Hillcoat, Lawless. Have you ever seen something so terrifying, so gut-wrenching, so deep-down disturbing that you wonder how you’ll ever be able to sleep without nightmares again? Well, if you don’t want to experience that, then make sure to avoid looking at Guy Pearce in this film. He’s taking creepy to a whole new level in this one. From his horrid haircut to his no eyebrow-having face to his assault on, well, everyone, he’s just, as John Ralphio would say, the WOOOOORST! I mean, the good ol’ Bondurant boys just want to make some illicit alcohol out in the forests of Virginia and sell it to the locals. Is that so bad? Come on, Prohibition’s on. People need to get booze into their bodies somehow! Why can’t it be a trio of enterprising capitalists like them? Cracking down on them for breaking just a little teensy law is… You know what? I’m just going to say it. It’s downright un-American. They’ve got their own thriving small business going. They’re pulling themselves up by their bootstraps, as the most out of touch and harmful among us like to say. They’re what we all strive to be. And yet, they’re getting hassled by the law at every turn. Their distilleries are raided and blown up. Their throats are sawn open. Poor Shia LaBeouf can’t even give the girl he’s sweet on a nice sundress in peace. All because they wanted to reach a little way above their lot in life… What a damn, cryin’ shame. [Editor’s note: none of this is to say that we’re supporting the manufacture and distribution of the “harder” drugs out there. Just because those previous paragraphs made it sound like we condone breaking the law doesn’t mean we want there to be heroin flooding the streets or anything. Sheesh.] If you’re a fan of the film, The Proposition, then you’re likely to enjoy this one. We did a previous episode on that one (find the link to it below). They share the same director and screenwriter, so you know this one’s going to be good and intense. Also, this one’s a lot less dusty. The’s some amazing cinematography and sound. This one was designed so well that you’re likely to feel you’re actually living in the 1930s. It’s a gritty story with some real heart. Oh, and it’s got Tom Hardy. What more could you ask for? (Recorded on September 28, 2020) Links to Stuff We Mentioned: Lawless - IMDb Lawless trailer - YouTube The Proposition | More Movies Please! - Libsyn Prohibition in the United States - Wikipedia Homer vs. the 18th Amendment | The Simpsons - IMDb John Hillcoat - IMDb The Proposition - IMDb Nick Cave - Wikipedia Tom Hardy - IMDb Jason Clarke - IMDb Shia LaBeouf - IMDb Guy Pearce - IMDb Iron Man 3 - IMDb The King's Speech - IMDb Memento - IMDb Ravenous - IMDb The Count of Monte Cristo - IMDb The Time Machine - IMDb L.A. Confidential - IMDb Gary Oldman - IMDb Robert Pattinson - IMDb The Rover - IMDb Twilight - IMDb Even Stevens - IMDb Mia Wasikowska - IMDb The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - IMDb Iron Man - IMDb Gangster Squad - IMDb Jessica Chastain - IMDb Benoît Delhomme - IMDb The Road - IMDb Follow Us: Give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Our Libsyn site! Our Instagram profile! Our Twitter profile!
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