On this week’s episode, we tackle another ’80’s cult oddity: Robert Greenwald’s XANADU, a roller skating disco musical from 1980 that arrived about a year after disco officially died and is shockingly short on singing. But it sure has roller skating. So much roller skating. And Gene Kelly in what is arguably the most embarrassing swan song in film history. At least Olivia Newton-John is on hand as a neon-emitting Greek muse who pretty much crushes everyone’s dreams. Yeah, this is a confused film. So, naturally, co-host Luke loved it. He should be ashamed.
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On this week’s episode, we hitch a ride to Crazy Town as we take on 1984’s cult curiosity THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION, directed by W.D. Richter. ROBOCOP himself Peter Weller stars as the titular adventurer, just your average neuroscientist/rock star/samurai warrior trying to save the universe from an evil alien race hellbent on revenge. Or something. Honestly, this film is incoherent, but that certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. Co-host Luke sure loves it, anyway. Or maybe he just has a crush on Perfect Tommy. Really, we can’t blame him. So grab your oscillation overthruster and take a listen!
On this week’s episode, we’re talking all about SOLO–no, not the new STAR WARS spin-off, but the 1996 low-rent action flick starring Mario Van Peebles as the titular robot. When an android designed to be a top secret military weapon suddenly grows a conscience, he naturally goes on a violent killing spree, the irony of which is completely lost on the filmmakers. But it’s in the name of the weak and exploited, including an adorable moppet, so we’re cool with it. Plus, Adrien Brody pops up as a totally gnarly scientist, and William Sadler is on hand to both chew and devour the scenery as the dastardly villain. Basically, it’s the greatest thing ever. Eat your heart out, George Lucas.
As DEADPOOL 2 snarks its way into theaters this weekend, we take on another Ryan Reynolds flick that was completely ignored by audiences in the summer of 2015: the stupidly named thriller SELF/LESS, directed by Tarsem Singh. When terminally ill billionaire Ben Kingsley has his consciousness transferred into the body of Reynolds, he discovers that going against nature has its consequences. But then he looks in the mirror, and he’s ok. Or not. Somehow flame throwers play a crucial role in the proceedings, which delights all of us here at SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?! more than it probably should. Hey, it’s better than GREEN LANTERN, that’s all we’re sayin’.
On this week’s episode, in honor of Mother’s Day, we take on 2014’s religious family comedy MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, directed by The Erwin Brothers. What’s a harried mother to do when her obvious clinical depression is getting the best of her? How about a crazy night out with the girls?! Balls will be bowled, kidnapping schemes will be foiled, and stereotypes will be reinforced, all in the name of the Big Guy upstairs. We even brought on a mother/daughter tag team as our guests, who will probably never speak to us again after being subjected to this poison love letter. Happy Mother’s Day!
On this week’s episode, SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?! celebrates its one-year anniversary by taking on another comedic catastrophe from MARCI X director Richard Benjamin: 1994’s MILK MONEY, in which a horn-dog 12-year-old boy attempts to set up his father with the prostitute he has hiding in his tree house. And did we mention the potential lovebirds are played by the seriously sexy Ed Harris and Melanie Griffith? Yes, this is a film that actually exists. Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.
On this week’s episode, steamy eroticism meets social commentary as we take on Stanley Kubrick’s controversial final film, 1999’s EYES WIDE SHUT. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman portray a status-obsessed couple whose marriage hits a rough patch, resulting in a journey of self-discovery that includes everything from masquerade orgies to sultry sailors to underage prostitutes–and no, this is not a documentary. Can matrimony survive upper-class monotony? Something tells us this isn’t in heavy rotation in the Kidman-Urban household.
On this week’s episode, we’ve got something truly horrifying for your Friday the 13th: JOHN CARPENTER’S GHOSTS OF MARS, a film so bad that we actually kind of feel bad that Carpenter insisted on including his name in the title. An eclectic cast featuring Ice Cube, Natasha Henstridge, Pam Grier(!), and Jason Statham(!!) take on an ancient and evil spirit that is inhabiting the bodies of the citizens of Mars and forcing them to dress like extras in an Insane Clown Posse video. Can they stop the madness before an all-out Juggalo revolution occurs? Will Statham say a single line of dialogue that doesn’t include mention of his own manhood? And can Grier stop hitting on every woman within a ten-mile radius?! This is from the guy that made the original HALLOWEEN. Let that sink in.
On this week’s episode, Dana Carvey plays a bumbling private eye suffering from short-term memory loss in 1994’s film noir “spoof” CLEAN SLATE. What do you get when the director of the Whitney Houston vehicle THE BODYGUARD and the creator of THE GOOD WIFE combine forces to make Carvey into a sexy leading man? A comedy that is ironically forgettable. And we haven’t even mentioned the clumsy dog with no depth perception. Yeah, it’s that kind of movie.
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.