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.
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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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!!
On this week’s episode, we get into the festive spirit with 1993’s SON-IN-LAW, and nothing screams the holidays like a Thanksgiving-set Pauly Shore flick originally released on Fourth of July weekend. Cones will be cupped, grindage will be munched, and gigs will be weized, as The Weasel takes on Midwestern farm life, buuuuuuuudy! And–spoiler alert!–we may have a soft spot for the doofus.
As our Month of Horrors Extravaganza comes to an end, we take a look at David Cronenberg’s ooey-gooey remake of THE FLY from 1986, a film so gross that it nearly made our guest lose her lunch. And who can blame her? Bones are broken, limbs are dissolved with acid, and jaws are ripped clean off. And we haven’t even mentioned Jeff Goldblum’s mullet! Meanwhile, co-host Steve seems most horrified by the journalistic ethics on display, while Luke takes a liking to the name ‘Stathis Borans’. So grab a barf bag and enjoy!
Our Month of Horrors Extravaganza continues this week with 1992’s split personality thriller RAISING CAIN, directed by the divisive Brian De Palma. John Lithgow camps it up as the stupidly named Carter Nix and his multiple personalities. But which performance do we love more? The ineffectual husband? The leather jacket-clad, cigarette-smoking bad boy Cain? The Norwegian father with the laughable accent? Or the sensibly dressed and coquettish Margo? Somehow deadly sundials and Andrea from Beverly Hills, 90210 make their way into proceedings, but what proves most perplexing is the definition of the word ‘swarthy.’ We’re still baffled.