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Ep. #36-Monkey Shines



On this week’s episode, we tackle 1988’s truly nutso horror flick MONKEY SHINES, directed by the granddaddy of suspense, George A. Romero. What happens when a quadriplegic with anger issues is paired with a cute Capuchin that is undergoing sinister lab experimentation? Well, one could say monkey trouble, but we’re above such cheap puns here at SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?! Monkey see, monkey do, monkey kill a whole bunch of people! OK, seriously, we’ll stop now. But it takes a special film to combine adorable monkey antics with brutal murders and graphic sex scenes. Yeah, you’ll have to listen to this one to believe it.


Ep. #35-Crash (2005)



On this week’s episode, Oscar Month comes to a close as we tackle 2006’s Best Picture winner CRASH, a film often cited as the worst to ever receive the Big Prize. Has time been kind to the racially-charged ensemble drama? Or does it deserve the ridicule and scorn? Sandra Bullock hurls ethnic slurs, Ludacris gets involved in human trafficking, cop Matt Dillon sexually abuses innocent motorists, and everyone at SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?! collectively utters “WTF?!”


BONUS EPISODE-2018 Oscar Predictions



This week, we’re bringing you a special bonus episode of SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?!, as Luke, Steve, and three of their favorite guests tackle the 2018 Oscar nominations. Can GET OUT win the big prize? Will Gary Oldman finally get some Oscar love? And can someone please explain to us what the heck ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. is doing here?!! Seriously, that movie is a pile. So break out the ballots and get ready to win those office Oscar pools. Trust us, we’re pros.


Ep. #34-Love & Friendship



On this week’s episode, we continue to celebrate everything Oscars by tackling 2016’s LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, Whit Stillman’s comedy of manners that seemed to tick off all the Oscar boxes: Critically-acclaimed writer/director; period piece; big castles; fancy costumes; English countryside; Jane Austen. So why, then, did it get the shaft come awards season? And did it deserve its fate? Spoiler alert: Co-host Luke does not have kind words for the Academy.


Ep. #33-Beyond Rangoon



It’s Oscars month here at SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?!, and we kick things off by discussing 1995’s BEYOND RANGOON,  a white savior-thriller whose awards prospects were pretty much dashed the moment director John Boorman decided that audiences should view the violent political uprising in 1980’s Burma through the eyes of a near-comatose Patricia Arquette. Can our heroine overcome personal tragedy? Or does all this pesky genocide keep getting in the way? Some countries are sooooo selfish.


Ep. #32-Baahubali: The Beginning



On this week’s episode, Summer Blockbuster!?! meets Bollywood as we take on 2015’s Indian epic BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING, a film that is 90% CGI and 100% batshit insane. Will our hero ever discover that he is the long-lost son of the titular, all-powerful warrior? It might be a whole lot easier if he would stop singing, dancing, desecrating sacred religious monuments, sexually degrading women, and decapitating complete strangers. And that’s just the first half of this film! Michael Bay, eat your heart out.


Ep. #31-200 Cigarettes



On this week’s episode, we celebrate the new year by taking on 1999’s New Year’s Eve comedy 200 CIGARETTES. An all-star cast parties like it’s 1981 as everyone from Ben Affleck to Dave Chappelle to Christina Ricci try to find some approximation of love before the clock strikes midnight. Can Paul Rudd and Courtney Love(!) take their friendship to the next level in a coffee shop bathroom? Will a delusional Kate Hudson ever realize that Jay Mohr is super gross? Can Casey Affleck be anything other than skeevy? And why is Elvis Costello being labelled a necrophiliac? Hell, we haven’t even mentioned the attempted sexual assault that is played for laughs. Maybe there is a reason why this sucker was released in February…


Ep. #30-Surviving Christmas



On this special holiday edition of SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?!, we take on 2004’s SURVIVING CHRISTMAS, a yuletide comedy that was apparently so subversive the studio found it necessary to release it two weeks before Halloween–or, more likely, ashamed and embarrassed. And who can blame them? Ben Affleck plays a seemingly coked-up advertising exec who rents James Gandolfini and his family for Christmas in order to overcome a crappy childhood. What to make of a Christmas comedy that starts with a suicide and then proceeds to offend every minority in existence? And did we mention mom Catherine O’Hara somehow winds up an amateur porn startlet? Yes, we discovered something even more excruciating than forced holiday family time. You’re welcome.


Ep. #29-Die Hard



On this week’s episode, we take on a film that helped to define what a summer blockbuster truly is, 1988’s action classic DIE HARD. Yes, we know this goes against everything this podcast stands for, but it’s the holiday season, and we’re in a giving mood. Plus, who thought it was a good idea to release a Christmas flick in July? So strap on in and prepare yourself for terrible Alan Rickman impressions, bloody foot fetishes, and lots of Twinkie talk.


Ep. #28-Justice League



On this week’s episode, we flip the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?! formula on its head as we tackle a behemoth of a film that was tailor-made for mindless air-conditioned consumption but instead released just in time for the holidays–2017’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. We bring in the biggest comic book nerd we know to determine if DC has struck cinematic gold or simply disappointed audiences once more. Ben Affleck’s hair plugs, Jason Momoa’s pecs, Amy Adams’ self-respect–nothing is off the table as we serve up our own brand of…uh, justice. Spoiler alert: Someone gives this the highest rating in the history of our podcast. Also: SPOILER ALERT! THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR JUSTICE LEAGUE!!