Sunday, December 24, 2017

It's a Wonderful Life - 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 It's a Wonderful Life, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 61: It's a Wonderful Life


We're wrapping up the year with a trip to scenic Bedford Falls as Bob 'Moviebob' Chipman joins us for a discussion of Frank Capra's enduring Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life. Listen in as we explore angelically-induced alternate realities, unhealthy courtships, and one podcaster's vendetta against little Zuzu. Warning: Contains explicit language and spoilers. Hot dog!



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Think you can lasso the moon for us? Do you have strong feelings regarding the ethics of colorization? Want to know the going rate for a shack in Pottersville? Leave a comment below and keep the conversation going.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Goldfinger - 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 Goldfinger, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 60: Goldfinger


In our newest episode, the honeymoon is over as Tim forces Corinne to watch yet another James Bond movie, with MovieBob joining them again to face the toxic masculinity of the popular 007 outing Goldfinger. We discuss the metaphorical and nearly literal emasculation of Bond, compare the greedy title villain to a certain head of state, and suggest that more casting decisions should be contingent on wrestling matches. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and a choice of hats: duck or projectile. Also pleased be advised that we do discuss sexual assault as a theme in the film, something that's almost a given with James Bond by this point.



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Does planning heists make you hungry for some Denny's? Would you follow Auric Goldfinger on Twitter? Did James Bond ruin your marriage? Leave a comment below and keep the conversation going.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Carrie - 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 Carrie, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...



Episode 59: Carrie



Kevin Lynch from Salem Horror joins us again as we discuss the first movie adapted from the works of Stephen King, the high school horror story Carrie. We describe our first experiences reading King's work, explore the film's depiction of trauma and abuse, and imagine a superhero team of King protagonists. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and sexual ventriloquism.



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What was the first Stephen King story you read? Want to weigh in on whether that dress was pink or red? Have any prom horror stories you'd like to share? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Movie In-Jokes: Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

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.

As Halloween approaches, we see that our old hockey-mask clad friend Jason Voorhees exists in a bigger and even scarier world than we imagined as revealed by these two references in the (sort-of) final Jason film, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Frankenstein - 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 Frankenstein, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 58: Frankenstein



In an episode we created with our own hands, we try to use our (criminal) brains to analyze the original Universal horror classic Frankenstein. We debate the responsibilities and motives of Henry Frankenstein, discuss the story's erasure of women from the act of creation, and point fingers at the film's true villains. Warning: Contains strong language, spoilers, and the old "disappearing cat trick."



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Do you know what it feels like to be God? Want to offer safety tips for lakeside flower tossing? Did we successfully acquit the creature of murder charges? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Blade Runner - 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 Blade Runner, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 57: Blade Runner


We're taking the ultimate cinematic empathy test as we watch the 1982 science fiction noir Blade Runner. Listen in as we discuss the sociological implications of using replicants as slave labor, identify changes in the various releases of the movie, and reflect on what an asshole Rick Deckard is. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and bored voice-overs. Also please be advised that we do discuss a scene of sexual assault that occurs in the film.



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Do you think Deckard is a replicant? Would you like to describe only the good things that come to your mind about your mother? Why aren't you helping that tortoise? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rope - 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 Rope, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...



Episode 56: Rope


This episode we're throwing a very special dinner party in honor of the Master of Suspense as we take a look at Alfred Hitchcock's underrated suspense thriller Rope. Listen in as we discuss the film's groundbreaking use of long takes, explore the story's controversial gay subtext, and ruminate on the very timely theme of taking responsibility for one's views and statements. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers and armchair psychological diagnosis.



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Do you want to get something off (or out of) your chest? Have you ever strangled a chicken? Do you think Mrs. Wilson deserves to keep her job? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Double Indemnity - 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 Double Indemnity, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 55: Double Indemnity


We've got a new episode wrapped in tissue paper with pink ribbons around it as we watch the 1944 film noir classic Double Indemnity. We comment on the movie's influence on the dark visual style of the genre, debate the misogynist and feminist implications of the femme fatale archetype, and delve into the metatextuality of Barbara Stanwyck's wig. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and the murderous smell of honeysuckle.



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Is the little man in your stomach keeping you up about this movie? What supermarket chain would you patronize for a secret rendezvous? Want to sell us a comprehensive accident policy? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Speed - 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 Speed, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...



Episode 54: Speed


In our latest episode, Chris and Sarah hop on board for a breakneck conversation about the 1994 action hit Speed. Along the way, we discuss the film's episodic story structure, ponder alternate casting choices for the story's heroes and villain, and appreciate the maniacal laughter of Dennis Hopper. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and buses that violate the laws of physics.



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Any public transportation horror stories you'd like to share? Would you risk getting on any form of motorized vehicle with Keanu Reeves? Really, what was with that ugly-ass jacket? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Episode 53: Kevin Lynch of Salem Horror


In our newest episode, we sit down with Kevin Lynch, the founder of Salem Horror, to discuss the upcoming Salem Horror Fest, a celebration of the macabre being held this fall in our haunted hometown, Salem, Massachusetts. We talk about the appeal of horror movies, explore their value in expressing societal fears in turbulent times, and comment on Salem's reputation as a Halloween hot spot. We also touch on some of the films screening at the festival, which range from classic chillers such as Night of the Living Dead to modern horrors such as Get Out. Warning: Contains explicit language and childhood horror movie trauma.



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Do you like scary movies? Want to tell us how you became a horror fan? Need advice on planning a trip to Salem this fall? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Who Framed Roger Rabbit - 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 Who Framed Roger Rabbit, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 52: Who Framed Roger Rabbit


Chris and Sarah join us as we try to solve that classic cinematic mystery, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Digging beneath the gags and guffaws of this groundbreaking mix of animation and live-action, we investigate its clever use of film noir conventions, uncover the movie's racial subtext, and count the passive-aggressive attacks on former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and eye daggers.



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Is there a vital clue we overlooked? Want to confess any lustful thoughts about playing pattycake with toon characters? Need to contribute your two bits to our shave and a haircut? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Predator - 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 Predator, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...



Episode 51: Predator


In our latest episode, Corinne and Tim get dropped into a meat grinder but still manage to bring back a trophy or two as they watch the iconic action/monster movie Predator from 1987. Tim laughs at Arnold Schwarzenegger's cursing, Corinne re-imagines the movie with Jesse Ventura cast as the hero, and both discover the answer to the age-old question: How many future governors does it take to kill an alien? Warning: Contains language, spoilers, and a broke dick dog.



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What personal totem do you carry into battle? What is up with Schwarzenegger's beard? Does anyone out there love poor Poncho? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

King Kong (1933) - 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 King Kong, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...



Episode 50: King Kong (1933)


Holy mackerel, what a show!! We've reached episode 50 and what better way to mark this milestone that to watch a monster classic like the original King Kong from 1933? Listen in as Tim waxes nostalgic about his childhood as an ape, Corinne expresses concern for the welfare of both Fay Wray and her onscreen counterpart Ann Darrow, and both discuss the lasting impact the movie has had on both the development of special effects and cinema in general. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and plesiosaurs pretending to be snakes.



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Looking forward to Kong taking on Godzilla again? Have a view on which monsters should serve as our Savior Kong's twelve apostles? Want to describe the gruesome punishment that Carl Denham so richly deserves? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Fantastic Planet - Supplement

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Episode 49: Fantastic Planet / La planete sauvage


In this episode, Corinne, Polly, and Tim are off their leashes as they explore the bizarre alien landscape of René Laloux's animated sci-fi masterpiece Fantastic Planet AKA La planete sauvage. The resulting discussion touches on the political symbolism of the film's story, Laloux and artist Roland Topor's amazing animation work, and the proper treatment of household spiders. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and foggy recollections of Twilight Zone episodes.



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Do you enjoy dressing your pets in strange, demeaning clothing? Is radioactive cheese your hors d'oeuvre of choice when hosting religious orgies? Want to weigh in on cephalopod headwear? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Misery - 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 Misery, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...


Episode 48: Misery


Hey you dirty birds! In our newest episode, Corinne and Tim stave off cabin fever by talking about Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's novel Misery. Topics discussed include how Misery might be perceived as a Christmas movie, personal examples of fandom rage, and why it's never a good idea to plan a winter visit to Colorado in a Stephen King story. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and... oh Paul!



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Have some Misery Chastain fan fiction you'd like to share? What manuscript would you like to throw on the barbecue? Want to explain why you're Stephen King's number one fan? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.