On this week’s episode, we take our first foray into the Jame Bond canon as we tackle 1989’s much-maligned LICENSE TO KILL, directed by John Glen. Timothy Dalton stars as the 007 agent, and this time, it’s personal, as he seeks revenge against the drug czar who left his best friend for dead after torturing him with a shark. We are not making this up. And here we thought this was supposed to be the gritty one. Throw in a diamond-sporting iguana, killer maggots, ninjas, an impossibly baby-faced Benicio Del Toro, and Wayne Newton as a lecherous television evangelist, and what you have could be one of the greatest films ever made. Well, we sure like it, anyway.
Monthly Archives: July 2019
It’s Triple Lindy time, baby, as we take on 1986’s collegiate comedy BACK TO SCHOOL, directed by Alan Metter. Rodney Dangerfield stars as a boorish but lovable business tycoon who enrolls in college to bond with his son and finally get the higher education he denied himself as a teenager. Wild and wacky shenanigans naturally ensue. Some even involve Kurt Vonnegut. What the man doesn’t find, though, is some damn respect from our co-host Luke, and frankly, the rest of us are appalled. The man is an institution!
This week, SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?! reveals their softer side as we take on 2003’s romantic comedy DOWN WITH LOVE, directed by Peyton Reed. An homage to the screwball comedies of yesteryear, Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor show off their flair for both verbal and physical comedy, which inspires both of our co-hosts to go into complete film nerd mode. Seriously, the degree to which Luke geeks out is borderline unsettling, although the biggest argument erupts over whether or not Mr. McGregor possesses that ever-elusive “edge.” Things get ugly.
This week, we head to the movie theater to check out the latest divisive thriller from Ari Aster, 2019’s MIDSOMMAR. The writer-director of HEREDITARY returns with more artsy horror, as a group of grad students heads to a small Swedish village for its annual mid-summer festival and discovers all sorts of bizarre and violent shenanigans. Grief, feminism, toxic masculinity, dance competitions, inbred oracles–all are present and accounted for, although whether they cohere into something substantial is certainly up for debate. The discussion gets heated. WARNING! THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR MIDSOMMAR!!