On this week’s episode, fair is fair as we take on 1985’s teen rebel cry THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN. Helen Slater plays the titular heroine, a modern-day Joan of Arc who simply wants the $608 owed to her family for a destroyed scooter. But after an accidental shooting, Billie Jean and her friends are forced to go on the lam, becoming media sensations in the process. Classism, sexism, feminism, child abuse, menstruation–no topic is too hot button for this film, resulting in one of the strangest and most ambitious teen flicks we’ve seen in awhile. Plus, it’s got a pretty sick Pat Benatar song, so we’re cool.
As co-host Luke zooms off to the Toronto Film Festival, Steve calls on some friends–no, family–to take on 2006’s much-maligned action sequel THE FAST & THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT, directed by Justin Lin. Lucas Black plays an American goober who is shipped to Tokyo and discovers the unique form of car racing known as drifting. But what happens when he locks heads with the Yakuza? And where the hell are Vin Diesel and Paul Walker? Wait, Han is here. We love Han. All is good.
On this week’s episode, a group of ragtag teenagers sneak into North Korea to save their imprisoned military fathers in 1988’s action-adventure THE RESCUE, a film that is currently in the running for the stupidest thing we’ve yet watched for this podcast. Re-read that synopsis! But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a whole lot of fun. And who knew that in the ’80s the DMZ was being guarded by only one boatload of inept soldiers? The more you know…
RAISING CAIN fans, take note! On this week’s episode, we head back to Brian De Palma country as we take on 1981’s political thriller BLOW OUT. John Travolta stars as a movie sound editor who accidentally records the murder of a potential Presidential nominee. But will our “ear witness” be able to solve this crime before he becomes the next victim? Or will De Palma put him through so many unrelated sleazy set pieces that he just sort of gives up? And will somebody tell John Lithgow to stop being so damn sexy?! We can’t even concentrate over here!!
On this week’s episode, we invite one of our favorite guests, the one and only Morgan, to take on the most Morgan of all films, 2016’s sci-fi thriller MORGAN, directed by Luke Scott. A genetically engineered human has had enough of being a lab rat and goes on a killing spree–although we’re most impressed by her ability to make a seasoned cast of character actors (Michelle Yeoh, Paul Giamatti, American’s Sweetheart Boyd Holbrook) turn in performances that would make a community theater blush. Oh, did we mention that she’s only five-years-old? And that a grown-ass adult falls in love with her?! She may have accelerated growth, but the excuse of, “She looks 19!” just doesn’t sit right with us. This was a movie released only two years ago. Just pointing that out.
On this week’s episode, we somehow manage to get even dumber than usual as we take on 1996’s family comedy THE STUPIDS, directed by John Landis(!). Tom Arnold stars Stanley Stupid, the patriarch of the world’s most simple-minded family. How stupid are they?!! Well, for starters, Tom Arnold is the patriarch. We kid! But what’s not funny is our guest’s obsession with Max Landis and certain indecent acts. May the Lloyd have mercy on our souls.
On this week’s episode, we head back to the movie theater to witness Jason Statham take on the mother of all sharks in 2018’s big-budget action spectacle THE MEG, directed by Jon Turteltaub. So is this film as much fun as the trailers would lead us to believe? Or are we looking at another tired JAWS rip-off? We’ll come up with some answers once we stop getting distracted by Statham’s abs. This may take awhile. We are very jealous.
On this week’s episode, we tackle the least-respected genre in film today–the video game adaptation–as we discuss 2007’s DOA: DEAD OR ALIVE, directed by Corey Yuen. Watch as four of the most beautiful women on the planet strap on bikinis, play volleyball, and kick a whole lot of ass in a movie tailor-made for pretty much every twelve-year-old boy on the planet. And we haven’t even mentioned Eric Roberts as the pajama-clad villain. So is this cheese-fest truly a tale of female empowerment? Or does the message get lost somewhere around the tenth close-up of a bikini-clad butt? All we know for sure is that it’s certainly the most faithful video game adaptation ever put to film.
Boiling summer temps got you down? Then come cool off with us as we take on 1999’s long-forgotten action-comedy CHILL FACTOR. Cuba Gooding Jr. and Skeet Ulrich star as a pair of mismatched working-class stiffs who are tasked with saving the world when they come in possession of a chemical bomb that will detonate if it gets above 50 degrees. Luckily, Cuba’s got an ice cream truck, and Skeet has the charisma of a cadaver. As temperatures rise and tempers flare, can this SPEED rip-off keeps it cool? And will we ever learn who the hell Skeet Ulrich is, anyway? Grab a cold beer and find out.
On this week’s episode, we head across the pond to tackle 1988’s Monty Python-esque comedy A FISH CALLED WANDA, directed by Charles Crichton. An all-star cast including Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, and Oscar winner Kevin Kline star in this very unique and very British caper farce, which surprisingly was one of the biggest hits of 1988. Has time been kind to a film whose gags revolve around everything from attempted homicide to infidelity to speech impediments? Or, much like Cleese’s distressingly sweaty head throughout this flick, is it all wet? One thing’s for certain: our guest this week sure loves a good dog murder. And don’t call us stupid!