On this week’s episode, we take on 2004’s Sundance sensation GARDEN STATE, directed by and starring Zach Braff as an angsty struggling actor suffering from a mid-midlife crisis who must confront his past when he returns home for his mother’s funeral. There’s also an epileptic, lying Manic Pixie Dream Girl played by Natalie Portman; veiled anger at the working class; a butt-ton of anti-depressants; one giant infinite abyss; and enough indie quirk to smother a dozen hipsters. And we haven’t even mentioned the Shins-laden soundtrack. So does this film deserve its status as the whipping boy of the early 21st century indie scene? Well, one of our guests doesn’t call it “Garbage State” for nothing.
On this week’s episode, we take on 1947’s yuletide classic MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, in which the New York Supreme Court decides once and for all if there is indeed a Santa Claus. Meanwhile, we discuss our personal Christmas favorites, the temperament of senior citizens, rampant holiday consumerism, the perils of Imagination Nation, and hey, what the hell happens with all those letters sent to Santa, anyway?
This week, as we head into the holiday season, we take on 1984’s yuletide horror comedy GREMLINS, directed by Joe Dante. Little green monsters. Murder. Mayhem. Death by microwave. Yep, the staples of a classic Christmas genre flick are on full display. So does this movie still hold up 34 years later? Is Gizmo as cute as we remember? And, wait, what did Phoebe Cates just say about her dead father? Strap on in for some Looney Tunes-inspired lunacy sure to give children everywhere nightmares until St. Patrick’s Day.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, we take on 1991’s John Hughes-penned road trip comedy DUTCH, in which Ed O’Neill travels across the country to bring home his girlfriend’s bratty teenage son for Turkey Day. And nothing screams the holidays like child abuse, Marxism, thieving prostitutes, homeless shelters, fireworks, and horny teens. Yeah, this movie is real freakin’ weird, to the point that its summer release date seems relatively sane in comparison. So grab a turkey leg and a warm gun and spend Thanksgiving with SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?!
On this week’s episode, Shakespeare meets high school–remember when that was a trend?!–as we take on 2001’s “O”, director Tim Blake Nelson’s controversial take on “Othello.” Mekhi Phifer stars as Odin, star player of his prep school’s basketball team and the envy of the duplicitous Hugo, played by the consistently bedhead-addled Josh Hartnett. How far will Hugo go to take down Odin? Why is there a hawk flying around at all of these games? What’s with the doves? Why the hell was Julia Stiles in every one of these movies? And we haven’t even mentioned this film’s stunning critique of race relations in the early 2000’s. Perhaps Shakespearean tragedy wasn’t meant for a high school setting.
This week, our Month of Horrors Extravaganza comes to an end as we tackle 2006’s spelunking gore-fest THE DESCENT, directed by Neil Marshall. When six thrill-seeking friends take on an unexplored cave system, they battle more than just claustrophobia as they come face-to-face with some very pissed off gollums who seem to have an appetite for lying, cheating, one-dimensional, emotionally damaged individuals. Will our intrepid heroes make it out alive? Or will the obnoxious and reckless Holly ruin everything? Seriously, screw Holly. So take a listen and come explore Cave Sarah with us. (That came out dirtier than we wanted. It makes sense in the context of the film, we swear.)
As the latest HALLOWEEN makes its ways into theaters, why not take a step back in time and see how Hollywood tried to destroy one of the greatest slasher series of all time with 2002’S HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION, directed by Rick Rosenthal. Michael Myers is back, and he’s entering the digital age by targeting a group of dumbass college kids who are part of a live online streaming show investigating the Myers homestead. Yep, this is the one where Busta Rhymes breaks out kung fu on old Mikey, but we’re far more distracted by the details, as we muse on everything from spice racks to equality in the culinary world to gasoline-laced cappuccinos. Anything to avoid the stupidity in the foreground.
Our Month of Horrors Extravaganza continues this week as week take on 1976’s DEEP RED, from giallo master Dario Argento. When pianist David Hemmings witnesses the murder of a young woman, he takes it upon himself to become an amateur sleuth and find the killer. But who could it be? The sexy journalist covering the story? His perpetually drunk best friend? The ghost of a dead child? A bird? Seriously, coherent storytelling is not this film’s best friend. But there are some gruesome kills, and the music is, as described by our guest, “Super Mario Bros. meets Trans-Siberian Orchestra,” making it the greatest soundtrack of all time.
On this week’s episode, we kick off our Month of Horrors Extravaganza with 2003’s JEEPERS CREEPERS 2, directed by human piece of garbage Victor Salva. In this very stupid sequel to the not-half-bad original, our old pal The Creeper is back, and he’s ready to feast on a bus full of high school boys who apparently are returning home from a basketball game where they were skins. Or it’s quite possible they are all just too dumb to understand how shirts actually work. Regardless, the ick factor is high with this one, and not for the reasons anyone intended.
On this week’s episode, fair is fair as we take on 1985’s teen rebel cry THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN. Helen Slater plays the titular heroine, a modern-day Joan of Arc who simply wants the $608 owed to her family for a destroyed scooter. But after an accidental shooting, Billie Jean and her friends are forced to go on the lam, becoming media sensations in the process. Classism, sexism, feminism, child abuse, menstruation–no topic is too hot button for this film, resulting in one of the strangest and most ambitious teen flicks we’ve seen in awhile. Plus, it’s got a pretty sick Pat Benatar song, so we’re cool.