This week, celebrate the joys of both Christmas and New Year’s as we take on 1983’s TRADING PLACES, directed by John Landis and starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. We take a deep dive into what is considered by many to be a comedy classic. How does it play in 2019 to two guys watching it for the very first time? We discuss everything from its racial politics to its portrayal of women to whether or not it actually made us laugh. We may be in the minority on this one.
On this week’s episode, we attempt to get into the Christmas spirit by taking on 1942’s HOLIDAY INN, directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. Despite featuring Irving Berlin’s classic tune White Christmas, it turns out that this film tackles all of the major holidays, from Easter to Thanksgiving to…Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, of which the less said, the better. But it certainly inspires a myriad of conversations, including couch surfing, hotel cleanliness, propaganda, censorship, 13 REASONS WHY and, uh, blackface, which plays a bigger role in this film than one could ever imagine. Yes, Christmas is in the air!
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?
This week, as we head into the holiday season, we take on 1984’s yuletide horror comedy GREMLINS, directed by Joe Dante. Little green monsters. Murder. Mayhem. Death by microwave. Yep, the staples of a classic Christmas genre flick are on full display. So does this movie still hold up 34 years later? Is Gizmo as cute as we remember? And, wait, what did Phoebe Cates just say about her dead father? Strap on in for some Looney Tunes-inspired lunacy sure to give children everywhere nightmares until St. Patrick’s Day.
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.