This week, we take on the movie everyone seems to be talking about: ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, the four-hour behemoth currently streaming on HBO Max. Yes, we are aware this isn’t a summer film, but we covered the 2017 original, plus we are gluttons for punishment. So what did two guys who are the furthest thing from comic book fans think of Snyder’s ultimate version? Is this the one that finally won us over? Is Snyder a misunderstood genius? Does this film have a Nick Cave needle-drop? You may be surprised by a few of the answers. Co-host Luke sure does love a big epic soap opera, even when it is masquerading as a superhero flick.
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 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!!