Yeah, we know. 2018 was a real crappy year for movies. But that’s not going to stop us from our annual tradition of trying to predict the Oscar winners. Will Luke once again dominate? Can Morgan possibly pull ahead and take the lead even though she has the gall to defend BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY? Will Steve explain his continued hatred for EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE? And what is with Josh’s obsession of BOOK CLUB? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you win your office pools. So grab your ballots and take a listen.
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It’s February and love is in the air, so we kick things off by tackling quite possibly the most cynical romantic comedy ever produced, 2004’s LITTLE BLACK BOOK, directed by Nick Hurran. Brittany Murphy stars as a Carly Simon-obsessed career woman who begins to suspect that her boyfriend is keeping secrets, so she does what any sane person would do: pretend to be someone else, befriend his exes, and basically destroy the lives of everyone around her. Oh, and did we mention this film is also a critique of trashy daytime talk shows? And has one of the most insane twists we’ve ever seen? Things get weird, and we’re not just talking about co-host Steve’s creepy obsession with Murphy’s co-star Julianne Nicholson.
This week, a war between angels in Heaven makes its way to earth in 1995’s ridiculous gore-fest THE PROPHECY, directed by Gregory Widen. God only knows how a slew of respected character actors got roped into this silliness, but if you ever wanted to see Christopher Walken as the archangel Gabriel play the trumpet with a gaggle of adorable moppets, or Viggo Mortensen threaten to shove feces into the mouth of Virginia Madsen, or Eric Stoltz french kiss a corpse, you could do a lot worse. Hell, this film so inspired our guest that he literally breaks into song. Heavenly forces are indeed at work here.
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.