Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Hudsucker Proxy - Supplement

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The Hudsucker Proxy

The future is now and as we leave 2020, the future can't get here fast enough. We're ringing in the new year with the Coen Brothers' idiosyncratic homage to Hollywood comedies of yesteryear, The Hudsucker Proxy. Listen as we fall (fail) into the verbal, narrative, and literal circles of the screenplay, examine the film's simultaneously idealistic and cynical look at American industry, and decode the symbolism in the movie's sterling production design and costuming. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and an extruded plastic dingus.

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Santa Claus: The Movie - Supplement

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Santa Claus: The Movie

What to our wandering eyes should appear? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a weird attempt at a Christmas franchise? We're trying to stay off the naughty list as we watch the 1985 yuletide family film Santa Claus: The Movie! Listen as we discuss how the film serves as a superhero origin story for Kris Kringle, explore the film's confused portrait of Christmas commercialism and capitalism, and decry the fat-shaming of Santa. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and bad Bane impersonations.

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What do you want from Santa this year? Have any horror stories of dangerous toys you got for Christmas? Know where we can score some magic reindeer cocaine? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Monday, November 30, 2020

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Supplement

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Episode 106: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Our license to kill is renewed as Bob Chipman returns to discuss George Lazenby's sole outing as 007, the divisive On Her Majesty's Secret Service. We compare Lazenby's take on James Bond to Sean Connery's, debate whether Telly Savalas is the best Blofeld, and speculate on what audiences thought of the movie's notorious ending. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and the birth of a new Bond villain... Goldbum!!! 

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Is there a better bobsledding action scene in cinema? Is there a better Bond girl than Diana Rigg? Does anyone else hold a cigarette that way? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Fantasy Casting: Psycho

In our latest edition of Fantasy Casting, we follow up our previous episode on Psycho with special guest Kyle Brunet by presenting our selections for who we would like to see star in a modern version of the film. Listen as we poach actors from the Spider-man movies, discuss the complications of increasing the story's diversity through casting, and continue the age-old debate of whether the film really needs that psychologist character. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and no Vince Vaughn.

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What modern actor has the range to play Norman Bates? How do you feel about changing about the race and gender of Psycho's characters? Can we ever truly get enough Steven Yuen? Leave a message and keep the conversation going.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Psycho - Supplement

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Episode 105: Psycho

60 years ago, the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock created a film that would slice its way into the memories of filmgoers everywhere and redefine the horror genre, paving the way for the slasher film as we know it: Psycho. Kyle Brunet joins us again as we discuss the startling impact of this seminal suspense film, explore Hitchcock's techniques to shock and terrify his audience, and note the unusual promotional and marketing gimmicks for the production. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and a disdain for shot-for-shot remakes.


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Do you have any motel stay horror stories that will keep us up nights? Have you ever had the chance to visit the Psycho set at Universal Studios? Do you want defend Van Sant's "reimagining"? Leave a message and keep the conversation going.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Family-Friendly Horror - Supplement

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Episode 104: Family-Friendly Horror

It's October again and time for some serious horror movie watching! But what if you have little ones and are looking for some gentler scares for the kids? Worry not because we've brought back Chris and Sarah, hosts of the Creating Geeks parenting podcast, to help us select some perfect movies to share with the family for the Halloween season. Listen as we discuss traumatic childhood cinematic experiences, the edginess of family films from the 1980s, and ways to get your children into the classic Universal monster movies. Warning: Contains explicit language, mild spoilers, and memories of terrifying TV show themes.

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Who doesn't love kids' horror movies? What films would you recommend showing kids for Halloween? Were you traumatized by scary movies as a child? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Running Man - Supplement

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Episode 103: The Running Man


We're gunning for the big cash and prizes as we try to keep pace with Arnold Schwarzenegger by watching another of his 1980s sci-fi flicks, The Running Man. Listen as we examine how the film was transformed from Stephen King's grim novella into a Schwarzenegger action vehicle, uncover the stinging satire hidden beneath the movie's colorful blockbuster surface, and contemplate how the film makes its viewers complicit in the dystopian system it depicts. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and a chance to win the home version of America's favorite game show.


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Do you have a favorite game show? How fast can you run from opera-singing, lightning-wielding weirdos? Can you tell us what ICS stands for? Leave a message and keep the conversation going.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Fantasy Casting: The Fantastic Four

 

Introducing Fantasy Casting, a new feature in which we suggest our preferred actors for films, including adaptations and remakes, that have not yet reached a theater near you. With the acquisition of 20th Century Fox by Disney, the film rights to the Fantastic Four have returned to the Marvel banner and the introduction of comics' First Family into the MCU is inevitable. So it's clobberin' time as we propose the best cast to bring this iconic superhero property to life. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and fighting words.

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Who would be your ideal Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, or Ben Grimm? Who's the best director to tackle these cosmic-powered heroes? Prince Namor; with ankle wings or without? Leave a message and keep the conversation going.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Pitch Black - Supplement

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Episode 102: Pitch Black


We're using our enhanced vision to take a good look at the 2000 sci-fi monster flick Pitch Black. Listen as we examine the film's revamping of a classic western plotline, navigate the dramatic pitfalls of "cool" characters, discuss the career trajectories of lead actors Radha Mitchell and Vin Diesel, and speculate on the life cycle of the movie's photosensitive creatures. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and raspy mumbling.

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Are you interested in future adventures for Richard Riddick? How many menthol Kools would you trade for night vision? What troublesome actor do you think the studio wanted to cast as Riddick? Leave a message and keep the conversation going.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Clue - Supplement

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Episode 101: Clue


We're rolling the dice on one of the first motion pictures based on a board game, a film that would transcend its reputation as a box office bomb to become a cult classic: Clue from 1985. Listen as we discuss the pros and cons of the film's multiple ending gimmick, investigate the story's backdrop of red scare paranoia and 1950s American hypocrisy, and marvel over the cast's amazing comedic chops. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and several red herrings, all of them communist.


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Which of the film's endings do you prefer? Does one plus one plus two plus one equal six? Would you pay to see a horror movie adaptation of Candyland? Leave a message and keep the conversation going.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Episode 100: The Shining (Commentary)


We've reached episode 100 and what better way to celebrate than to offer our views on one of the most debated motion pictures of all time? We're getting lost in the hedge maze of Stanley Kubrick's iconic horror film The Shining, and to up the ante, we're making this our first audio commentary. Watch the movie with us as we identify differences between Stephen King's novel and Kubrick's adaptation, ponder the film's apparent discrepancies and continuity errors, and debate the morality of Kubrick's directing methodology. Cue up your copy of the movie and listen for our countdown to start. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers (obviously), and all work and no play.


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Would you like to hear us do more film commentaries? Do you have your own theories on the nature of the Overlook Hotel? Have a premonition about what our next episode will be? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

The Shining - Supplement

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Supplement

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Episode 99: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea



In this episode we face nurse sharks, a relatively large squid, and Kirk Douglas' bare chest as we take a cruise with Disney's live-action classic adventure 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Along the way, Tim discusses Walt Disney's quest for revenge over the loss of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit while Corinne reminisces about Disney World's clunky Nautilus ride. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and bad James Mason impersonations.


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Do you sympathize with Nemo's war against that hated nation? At what size would you consider a squid to be giant? Got a whale of a tale to tell us, lads? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Midnight Run - Supplement

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Episode 98: Midnight Run


We all may be stuck at home at the moment but for this episode we're taking a cinematic road trip as we watch Midnight Run from 1988. We discuss the film's mix of crime and comedy, the conflicted morality of De Niro's bounty hunter character, and our different reactions to Danny Elfman's bluesy score. Meanwhile Corinne shares her legal expertise (courtesy of Law and Order) and Tim notes which members of the cast have been squashed by King Kong. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and celebratory donuts.



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Do you have any cross-country travel adventures you'd like to share? If you were our accountant, what kind of business venture would you strongly advise us against? What do you think Jack would have named his coffee shop? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Boston Science Fiction Marathon SF45 - Supplement

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Episode 97: Boston Science Fiction Marathon SF45


Once again we're staying up all night as we keep pace with the big closing event of the annual Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, the brain-melting 24-hour Sci-Fi Marathon! During this year's stellar movie line-up, we'll expose unsafe experimental practices, explore the role of giant animals in food supply research, and go on the run with super-powered families. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and pop culture-inspired coffee maker naming conventions.



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What would you serve with Soylent Green? How do you think science should deal with global food shortages? What's the best kind of movie to close out a looooong movie marathon? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Best of 2019 - Supplement


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Episode 96: The Best of 2019


It's that time again; in our first episode of 2020 we take a look back at the past year to point out our favorite films of 2019. Along the way we discuss movies so devastatingly effective we'll think twice before seeing them again, box office disappointments of 2019 that deserved a bigger audience, and the sophomore efforts of several impressive horror auteurs. Which films will make the cut? Find out here. Warning: Contains explicit language, mild spoilers, and stoned sexagenarians.



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Is there a movie we didn't mention that you think deserved some attention? Should fun movies get more critical consideration? Does 1917 qualify as a horror movie? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.