Friday, December 23, 2016

A Christmas Carol (1951) - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on A Christmas Carol, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 47: A Christmas Carol (1951)


It's time to visit Christmas past, present, and future with Corinne, Polly, and Tim as they watch the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol starring the incomparable Alastair Sim. The discussion includes a proposed duel to the death over whether Sim is the best cinematic Scrooge ever, speculation that Marley's ghost is trolling Ebenezer from beyond the grave, and the accidental slander of charities. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and a recipe for gin punch.



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Do you skewer small babies while in your cups? Want to hear the pudding singing in the copper? Did Tim actually say people should 'lick' the Facebook page? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

From Russia With Love - Supplement

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Episode 46: From Russia With Love


We have new orders from M to make contact with special guest Bob Chipman and discuss From Russia With Love, the second James Bond film. We'll talk about the film's reputation as one of the best of the Bond films, examine the movie's place in the evolution of the 007 franchise, and keep track of the series' racism, sexism, homophobia, and articles of clothing that Bond has people fetch for him. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and a totally gratuitous Romani wrestling match.



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Have your own island-based training camp you'd like to brag about? Do you have a match or do you prefer a lighter (until they go wrong)? Want kind of wine do you drink with fish? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

It Follows - Supplement

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Episode 45: It Follows


In our newest episode, Corinne, Rosie, and Tim get the unnerving feeling someone's right behind them as they discuss David Robert Mitchell's It Follows from 2015. Listen in as we speculate on the meaning and motives of the film's monster, note the influence of 1980s horror directors on Mitchell's style, and examine how the movie functions as a twisted coming-of-age story. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and Dostoyevsky quotes.



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Would you like to opine regarding the symbolic value of above-ground swimming pools? Any theories on the origin of the creature? Would you run away or pass it on? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Suspiria - Supplement

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Episode 44: Suspiria


The only thing more terrifying than the last ten minutes of our new episode on Dario Argento's Suspiria are the first seventy-two. Corinne and Tim discuss how the film incorporates elements of fairy tales, point out the futility of remaking the movie, and warn of the psychological hazards of watching an Argento film under the influence of pain medication. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and a random bat attack.



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How do you prefer to store your barb wire? Is there a particular vintage of possibly-drugged wine you'd recommend downing before bed? Have any dance school horror stories to share? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Carnival of Souls - Supplement

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Episode 43: Carnival of Souls


This episode Corinne and Tim accept an invitation to the dance and watch the cult horror classic Carnival of Souls from 1962. Listen in as they discuss feminist and LGBT interpretations of the film's story, speculate on the nature of the ghouls chasing heroine Candace Hilligoss, and detail the sad history of Saltair, the film's spooky centerpiece location. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and all the baths you want.



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Would you like to recommend some classics of organ music? Want to tweet at us about the spiritual restorative power of birds chirping? Do you just want to have someone hear you? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Magnificent Seven (1960) - Supplement

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Episode 42: The Magnificent Seven (1960)


Tim and Corinne are only two, but they podcast like two-hundred as they head south of the border to watch The Magnificent Seven from 1960. They compare this Americanized remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai to its Japanese source material, cringe at some of the "white savior" aspects of the story, and revel in the coolness of Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and a questionable Cajun accent.



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Do you know where we can find a better deal on lead? Have your own theories on what Robert Vaughn's character is running from? Would you have had an answer for Calvera? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Valley of Gwangi - Supplement

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Episode 41: The Valley of Gwangi


The wild West meets the Jurassic period as we ride into the hidden valley to lasso an episode on the cowboys vs. dinosaurs creature feature The Valley of Gwangi. We comment on how the story borrows from previous dinosaur movies, marvel at the detail and artistry of special effects master Ray Harryhausen's creations, and ponder if the film could serve as an alternate origin story for Devil Dinosaur. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and pedantry about paleontological accuracy.



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Do you think Gwangi's hidden valley contains a reservoir of salad dressing? Want to weigh in on whether stabbing a dinosaur with a flag means you've claimed it for your country? Have you or anyone in your family ever suffered from bad post-production dubbing? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Supplement

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Episode 40: Star Trek: The Motion Picture


The podcast ventures where it never has before: the Star Trek franchise, as Bob Chipman and Tim spend long periods staring at their viewscreen and watching Star Trek: The Motion Picture from 1979. The resulting discussion touches on the soporific reputation of the movie, the treatment of religion in the Star Trek series, and why you shouldn't replace the chemistry of a good cast with special effects. Warning: Contains explicit language and spoilers but alas... no Corinne (the movie put her to sleep).



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Did you, like Spock, succeed in finding the answers you were searching for? Have a favorite episode of the original Star Trek? Do you need to have your opinion heard... badly? Leave a comment below and keep the conversation going.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Romeo Is Bleeding - Supplement

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Episode 39: Romeo Is Bleeding


It's time to feed the hole as Corinne and Tim crack open the old photo album and have an extended flashback regarding Peter Medak's warped film noir Romeo is Bleeding. Topics discussed include the film's numerous plot holes, how to commit assault with a music score, and the mystery of why on Earth anyone would ever cheat on Annabella Sciorra. Warning: Contains explicit language and spoilers. Prosthetic arms are optional however.



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Have you ever had someone point your own gun at you like SOME KIND OF AN ANIMAL!?! Feel like having a maniacal chuckle at our expense? Want to share an anecdote about an unexpected toe amputation? Leave a comment below and keep the conversation going.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

12 Angry Men - Supplement

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Episode 38: 12 Angry Men


It's time for Corinne, Polly, and Tim to discuss the facts of the case regarding Sidney Lumet's classic legal drama 12 Angry Men. We'll argue over the motivations of each of the jurors, examine Lumet's visual tricks for heightening the film's tension, and look back at how disgusting men's rooms were in the 1950s. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and a switchblade (or two).



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Have any juror experiences you'd like to discuss? Was our episode was a miscarriage of cinematic justice? Do you think Fonda's walk around the room took 41 seconds? Leave a comment and keep the discussion going.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Beastmaster - Supplement

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Episode 37: The Beastmaster


So the idea was that Corinne, Tim, and walking non-sequitur Jay would sit down to talk about the 1982 fantasy cult classic The Beastmaster. But much like the film in question, the discussion goes spectacularly off the rails. As such, the giggle-afflicted conversation meanders around subjects such as the explosive potential of John Amos, whether being a man born of cow leads to sexual confusion, and what animal would be best to forge a psychic link with. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and udders.



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Do you have an animal you prefer to link with? Care to pontificate about Dar's sweet abs? Want to complain about how many of the characters' names we got wrong? Leave a comment and keep the discussion going.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Captain America: Civil War - Supplement

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Episode 36: Captain America: Civil War


It's time to pick a side as Corinne and Tim leap into the fray with the newest Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War. We debate the ethical positions of Team Cap and Team Iron Man, comment on the romantic tension between Captain America and the Winter Soldier, and impatiently await the inevitable Black Widow and Black Panther films to come. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and BUCKY!!!



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Do you think the podcast needs international oversight? Would you prefer that Cap leave future generations of the Carter family alone? Is there a Marvel hero that hasn't hit the screen you think deserves an origin movie? Leave a comment and keep the discussion going.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Movie In-Jokes: Cowboys and Aliens

One of the fun games when watching movies is to spot references, secret messages, and gags that filmmakers, film crews, and actors can slip into movies to pay tribute to films they love, have a bit of fun with their previous work, or give the cinematic equivalent of a shout-out. Here's a spotter's guide to these inside jokes.

This time we look at a clever form of product placement from Jon Favreau's much maligned Western-sci-fi flick Cowboys & Aliens.


Since the scene in question is in fact the last shot of the movie, note that it might be considered a SPOILER.



Saturday, April 30, 2016

Darling - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on Darling, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 35: Darling


Corinne and Tim delve into the mysteries of Darling, the year's trickiest horror thriller. We explore possible interpretations of the film's ambiguous storyline, examine the subtleties of Lauren Ashley Carter's performance as the title character, and comment on director Mickey Keating's cinematic influences. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and brandy (it's free). Also please be advised that during our discussion we do bring up sexual assault as a theme in the film.



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Have you heard weird stories about the building you live in? Do you think you're one of the good guys? What do you think is in that upstairs room? Leave a comment and keep the discussion going.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Fly (1986) - Supplement

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Episode 34: The Fly (1986)


Corinne, Rosie, and Tim conduct a highly unscientific experiment by discussing David Cronenberg's gooey remake of The Fly from 1986. When not averting our eyes from the film's grotesque visuals, we discuss Jeff Goldblum's quirky and awkward performance as Seth Brundle, the disturbingly visceral make-up effects, and the film's surprisingly nonjudgmental stance on reproductive rights. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and acidic regurgitation.



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Care to rhapsodize about the poetry of the steak? Think the current election needs an insect candidate? Do you feel that's way too much sugar for one cup of coffee? Leave a comment and keep the discussion going.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Movie In-Jokes: Die Another Day

One of the fun games when watching movies is to spot references, secret messages, and gags that filmmakers, film crews, and actors can slip into movies to pay tribute to films they love, have a bit of fun with their previous work, or give the cinematic equivalent of a shout-out. Here's a spotter's guide to these inside jokes.

This time, we revisit secret agent extraordinaire (and Quill's nemesis), James Bond as he discovers the truth about his literary origins in the much-derided 20th entry in the 007 series, Die Another Day.



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Batman - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on Batman, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 33: Batman


Bob, Corinne, and Tim prowl the dark alleys of Gotham to take on the cultural phenomenon that was Tim Burton's Batman from 1989. We discuss the controversial casting of Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader, compare the movie's depiction of the Dark Knight to his other TV and film appearances, and ponder the Batmobile-sized plot holes in its screenplay. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and speculation on the potential crime-fighting career of the Mooseman!



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You ever tango with Satan bathed in lunar illumination? Do you think the Keaton Batcave is the lesser for lacking a giant penny? Want to speculate on what Alexander Knox's legal fees for the inevitable sexual harassment litigation would amount to? Leave a comment and keep the discussion going.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Episode 32 Outtake: Melting Down the Man of Steel

While recording out last episode on Superman: The Movie, Ellie and I commented on the various sequels and spin-offs, eventually getting into a little debate about the merits of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.


I wrote about the movie a while back, but here we get Ellie's perspective. While brief, the discussion ran a bit too long for the episode and had to be trimmed down but we thought it would be interesting to present it uncut here as everyone gears up for the sequel, Batman v. Superman. Be advised if you haven't seen Man of Steel yet, we do get into some spoilers. Enjoy.



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Monday, March 21, 2016

Superman the Movie - Supplement

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Episode 32: Superman: The Movie


After nearly forty years, Ellie and Tim still believe a man can fly as they talk about the Man of Steel's first feature film outing, Superman: The Movie from 1978. We discuss the value of Superman as an symbol of optimism and decency in a cynical age, comment on the perceived religious metaphors in the Superman mythos, and Ellie describes her childhood encounter with the man himself, Christopher Reeve. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, truth, justice, and the American way.



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Want to discuss your favorite cinematic Superman? Can you read our minds? Are you interested in purchasing some beachfront property on Lex Luthor's new west coast? Leave a comment and keep the discussion going.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Creepshow - Supplement

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Episode 31: Creepshow


Don't tell the parents! Bob offers a comics history lesson and Tim deals with childhood trauma as they look at George Romero's Creepshow from 1982. Topics discussed include the warped moral code of horror comics, how Romero's social commentary seeps into the film's segments, and just what the hell that thing in the crate is. Warning: Contains explicit language and spoilers, but if you want cake you'll have to bring it yourself.



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Do you think Aunt Bedelia had it coming? Are you experiencing a nasty bug problem? Have any anecdotes about cheap items ordered from back page ads? Leave a comment and keep the discussion going.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Casablanca - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on Casablanca, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 30: Casablanca


For this Valentine's Day, Corinne, Chris, Sarah, and Tim are putting it on 22 as they grab a drink at Rick's and enjoy the charms of 1942's Casablanca. Listen in as we discuss the political dimensions of this classic romance, note how the film helped shape Humphrey Bogart's onscreen persona, and explore whether Casablanca itself symbolizes purgatory amidst the chaos of World War II. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and baby gurgling.



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Are you looking to negotiate a fair price for an exit visa? Do you have any requests for Sam the piano player? Think this movie needs more poodles? Leave a comment and keep the discussion going.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Thing - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on The Thing, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 29: The Thing


Corinne and Tim try to figure out who's who as they watch John Carpenter's version of The Thing from 1982. Listen in as we speculate on why the film failed critically and commercially during the busy summer of '82, comment on the film's themes of isolation and paranoia, and discuss the lack of women in the cast. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and some unorthodox chess strategy.



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Is it possible to discuss The Thing without sounding like a David Mamet play? Would you like to offer your views on 'Thing' physiology? Do you know where we can download a computer program that can predict doomsday to within a few hours?  Leave a comment and keep the discussion going.