This week, as Pride Month comes to a close, we take on a landmark film in the gay cinema canon, 1990’s LONGTIME COMPANION, directed by Norman Rene. The first mainstream movie to tackle the AIDS epidemic, we discuss if this gentle ensemble drama still holds up today, and if it deserves to be discovered by a whole new generation. Spoiler alert: it does.
This week, we take on 1997’s extremely bizarre true-life tale BUDDY, directed by Caroline Thompson. Rene Russo plays an animal-loving socialite who accepts a gorilla into her home. Once grown, she dresses it in a three-piece suit and basically forces it to become her servant, in a move co-host Luke describes as “a stunning critique on capitalism and the class system.” A horror film posing as family entertainment, there is much to discuss here, including rollerskate-wearing chimps and Buddy’s love of lipstick and lingerie. Did we mention this movie is bizarre?
This week, we take on 1984’s STREETS OF FIRE, directed by Walter Hill, a film that opens by helpfully describing itself as a “rock fable.” Without the guidance, it would be hard to know what the hell to label this thing, a genre mash-up including everything from dystopic wastelands to ’50’s greasers to western showdowns to ’80’s rock opera to hard-boiled film noir. The ride is a bumpy one, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its pleasures, including a kick-ass soundtrack and an impressive visual aesthetic. Unfortunately, it also has lead Michael Pare, an actor so terrible that naturally co-host Luke can’t help but defend him. Tonight is what it means to be dumb.
This week, prepare yourself for a super-sized episode as we discuss Tom Green’s divisive 2001 comedy FREDDY GOT FINGERED. Marvel as two grown men spend over two hours discussing the merits of a film in which an elephant is brought to climax and shoots its load all over Oscar-nominee Rip Torn. Co-host Luke is in absolute Heaven discussing this one. It is indeed a journey.
This week, the fountain of youth wreaks havoc on the lives of Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, and Goldie Hawn in 1992’s dark comedy DEATH BECOMES HER, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Streep plays a vain, aging actress trapped in a loveless marriage who takes a magical potion that renders her forever young, only to discover that immortality comes at a price. Meanwhile, Willis screams, Hawn vamps, and co-hosts Luke and Steve try to figure out if this effects-heavy satire earns its newfound cult status–not to mention question Zemeckis’s talent and Streep’s acting abilities. The hot takes come fast and loose in this one.
This week, we take on the movie everyone seems to be talking about: ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, the four-hour behemoth currently streaming on HBO Max. Yes, we are aware this isn’t a summer film, but we covered the 2017 original, plus we are gluttons for punishment. So what did two guys who are the furthest thing from comic book fans think of Snyder’s ultimate version? Is this the one that finally won us over? Is Snyder a misunderstood genius? Does this film have a Nick Cave needle-drop? You may be surprised by a few of the answers. Co-host Luke sure does love a big epic soap opera, even when it is masquerading as a superhero flick.
This week, a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach will change the lives of four best friends forever in 1989’s SHAG: THE MOVIE, directed by Zelda Barron. It should come as no surprise that this dance-centric film was hoping to ride on the coattails of DIRTY DANCING to box office victory, but instead found that you need more than choreography by Kenny Ortega to truly impress moviegoers. Yet there is more going on here than meets the eye, including a welcome female sensibility and an easy-going charm courtesy of its talented cast. Also there is waterboarding with Wild Turkey. And ear-frenching. So much ear-frenching. At the very least, it allows co-host Steve to break out his Southern accent again, which is always welcome.
This week, nuclear war meets teen comedy as we take on 1986’s ill-conceived THE MANHATTAN PROJECT, directed by Marshall Brickman. Christopher Collet stars as a high school genius who steals some plutonium from John Lithgow and uses it to create an atomic bomb for the science fair. Yes, you read all of that correctly, a film whose premise could rank as one the dumbest things we have encountered on this podcast–and also what makes it kind of charming. Too bad it’s so thematically inept and, well, bone-deep stupid, although Lithgow’s innate sexiness makes the proceedings somewhat more palatable. The man is an Adonis, plain and simple.
This week, SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?! celebrates Valentine’s Day by taking on one of the least romantic romances ever filmed: 1986’s UNDER THE CHERRY MOON, directed by Prince. The pop icon followed up his smash hit PURPLE RAIN with a black-and-white homage to screwball comedies that plays like a giant middle finger to critics and fans alike. Those expecting musical performances should look elsewhere, as this movie is far more concerned with its unlikeable leads trading lame barbs. Naturally, co-host Luke loved it. He truly has no shame.
This week, we conclude our discussion on the 2020 summer movie season by taking on a film we still can’t believe got a theatrical release, no matter how small: INFAMOUS, directed by Joshua Caldwell and starring the one and only Bella Thorne. The noted thespian plays a fame-thirsty, white trash Floridian who hooks up with a local ex-con and goes on a crime spree across the U.S., adding as many followers to her Instagram as she does zeros to her bank account. But as the film bravely asks, at what cost? All of this is simply a jumping off point for co-hosts Luke and Steve to discuss their thoughts on OnlyFans, social media, and the limitless appeal of former Disney stars gone bad. They have never sounded older or crankier.