In honor of our two-year anniversary, this week we take on 1993’s artificial insemination comedy MADE IN AMERICA, another cinematic classic from Richard Benjamin, director of past episode highlights MARCI X and MILK MONEY. Whoopi Goldberg stars as a single mother who learns 18 years after the fact that–horror of horrors–her sperm donor was obnoxious white car salesman Ted Danson! And she may be falling in love with him! Let’s just say this is not a Spike Lee-level look at race relations in mid-90’s America, although Will Smith is around to to perpetuate offensive gay stereotypes. So just how bad is this movie? Wait until you hear co-host Luke’s rating, a first for our podcast. His hatred for the Benjamin is strong.
On this week’s episode, we tackle 1990’s superhero goof DARKMAN, directed by Mr. Evil Dead himself, Sam Raimi. Liam Neeson stars a brilliant scientist/liquid skin inventor who gets blowed up real good and becomes the disfigured vigilante known as Darkman, who will stop at nothing to thwart an evil real estate developer. Yes, that is indeed the plot of this film, which took five people to write. Think of it like BATMAN meets BREAKIN’, but with way more gore. It’s hard to hate any movie, though, whose plot hinges on something called The Belisarius Memorandum, which is only the fifth most ridiculous thing in this flick. We’ll have what Raimi is smoking, thanks.
To celebrate our 75th episode, we are going all the way back to 1937 to take on the classic domestic drama MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW, directed by Leo McCarey. When a pair of aging parents are forced to separate due to financial issues, they discover that their children are literally the worst people on the planet, and that the divide between generations may be impossible to bridge. How this film inspires an in-depth conversation about both the true definition of art appreciation as well as the origins of road head is beyond us, but that is pretty much par for the course for us here. Look, we’re not proud.
This week, the Big Top spells big trouble as we take on 1988’s beloved cult classic KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, directed by Stephen Chiodo. What happens when an alien race that resembles clowns invades a sleepy college town? Mayhem, kidnappings, decapitations and murder, of course! So does this film still hold up 30 years later? Or has time only strengthened our love for a film where a man is murdered with acid-filled cream pies? Not to tip our hats, but simply typing that sentence filled us with unbridled joy. Bring on the popcorn guns!
On the eve of co-host Luke’s nuptials to beloved frequent guest Morgan, we take on 1997’s “romantic” comedy MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING, directed by P.J. Hogan, in which Julia Roberts attempts to sabotage her best friend’s big day when she suddenly realizes she’s in love with him. Lives are shattered, hearts are broken, and somehow America’s Sweetheart comes out unscathed. Gross. But we’re far more interested in Morgan’s professed love of “women with big mouths,” Luke’s fear and disgust of hugging, and Steve’s resemblance to hot dog-eating champion Joey Chestnut. Yeah, things took a turn here. But congrats to Luke and Morgan!
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.
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?