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Rob Zombie movies are a lot like Rob Zombie songs - except it’s easier to understand the words. Maybe that’s an oversimplification. But that’s okay, because if there’s one virtue to a Rob Zombie film, it’s that they’re overly simple. This week we talk about the wacky, dark, violent oeuvre of Rob Zombie as filmmaker, dishing on what we thought of the movies of his we were able to find for free. There’s a lot of good stuff in there. Maybe that should have been the title of this podcast. If you’ve wanted to dip your toes into the Zombiewaters before, this is a great place to start. And if you’re an old hand at his work, the comments section is right down there. Speak your truth! | 0:00 - Intros | 6:30 - Hammer Films: The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Mummy (1959), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974), The Gorgon (1964) | 15:45 - American International Pictures: The Raven (1963) | 18:39 - Chicago (2002) | 23:00 - David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020) | 28:30 - Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) | 33:54 - Staged (2020) | 39:00 - Rob Zombie Films: House of 1000 Corpses (2003), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Grindhouse (2007), Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009), The Lords of Salem (2012), 31 (2016), 3 from Hell (2019) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | The Cranberries - Zombie | Rob Zombie - Dragula | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | David Whitaker - Main Title - Vampire Circus | MC Hammer - Here Comes the Hammer | Catherine Zeta-Jones, Susan Misner, Deidre Goodwin, Denise Faye, Ekaterina Chtchelkanova, Mya Harrison & Taye Digge - Cell Block Tango - Chicago - Original Motion Picture Sountrack | David Byrne - Lazy (Live) | David Byrne - I Dance Like This (Live) | David Byrne - Hell You Talmbout (Live) | Fanfare Ciocărlia - I Am Your Gummy Bear | Clip from Borat 2 | Lambeth Wind Orchestra - Alex Baranowski - Music from Staged | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Rob Zombie - Well, Everybody’s F**king in a U.F.O.
When you sit down to a movie called Killer Klowns From Outer Space, you pretty much know what to expect. This cult B-movie from 1988 is both a glorious tribute and giant middle finger to the classic alien invader movies from the 50’s we all loved as kids. Only this time, it’s murderous Klowns™ who have landed on Earth to harvest humanity for food! Played with tongue firmly in cheek, this film by special effects wizards The Chiodo Brothers is not scary or tense at all (and barely even funny most of the time, if we’re truly honest). But it IS way more inventive than any movie titled Killer Klowns From Outer Space has any right to be. And for that alone we salute it. Plus, it has what we consider to be one of the greatest theme songs of all time by fave L.A. punk icons, The Dickies! So sit back and get a pie in the face with our big, stupid podcast celebration about yet another crap movie we may actually kinda like. | 0:00 - Intros | 4:33 - Judy (2019) | 8:55 - Innerspace (1987) | 13:25 - Song Exploder (Netflix, 2020) | 16:30 - Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) | 19:50 - Staged (2020) | 23:50 - Phantasm (1979) | 28:30 - Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | The Dickies - Killer Klowns | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Renee Zellweger & Sam Smith - Get Happy | Jerry Goldsmith - Gut Reaction - Innerspace soundtrack | Leslie Odom Jr., Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton - Wait for It | Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Angry Inch | Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Wig In a Box | Lambeth Wind Orchestra - Alex Baranowski - Music from Staged | Horror Movie Theme Orchestra - Phantasm | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Clips from Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) | John Massari - Killer Klown March
Episode 156 - Supergroups

Episode 156 - Supergroups

2020-10-1201:14:15

Remember...The Nuge’ll taint ya! A long time ago, music was performed by people with instruments. That led to people who were really good at playing them. And that led to Supergroups: Collections of the best performers who are the finest in their own bands, teaming up to make what was hoped would be an even bigger musical success. Think Avengers with Les Pauls. This week, we go over some of the biggest names in the genre. | 0:00 - Intros | 6:00 - South Park Pandemic Special (2020) | 8:30 - National Treasure (2004) | 14:15 - Watchmen (2009) | 18:25 - Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional (2015) | 20:22 - The Good Place | 23:00 - Grand Theft Auto V (2013) | 26:30 - Smartless (podcast) | 28:35 - Archer | 30:45 - Risky Business | 35:00 - Supergroups | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | The Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Primus - South Park Theme | Trevor Rabin - National Treasure Suite | Tyler Bates - Rescue Mission - Watchmen | Clip from Colin Quinn Unconstitutional | David Schwartz - The Good Place Opening Music | Grand Theft Auto V Theme | Scott Sims Mel Young JG Thirlwell - Archer Theme Song | Tangerine Dream - Love On A Real Train | Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Old TIme Rock & Roll | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song | Emerson Lake & Palmer - Eruption | Electronic - Idiot Country | Electronic - Disappointed | Electronic - Getting Away With It | Staind - It’s Been A While | Damn Yankees - Coming of Age | Velvet Revolver - Sucker Train Blues | Velvet Revolver - Slither | Audioslave - Show Me How to Live | Prophets of Rage - Prophets of Rage | Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike | Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Helpless | The Traveling Wilburys - End of the Line | Highwaymen - The Last Cowboy Song | The Lords Of The New Church - Open Your Eyes | The Lords Of The New Church - Dance With Me | Lard - The Power of Lard | Pigface - Bitch | Pigface - F**k it up (Did You Ever Get the Feeling?) | Pigface - Suck | This Mortal Coil - Kangaroo | FFS - Collaborations Don’t Work | The Brides of Funkenstein - Disco To Go
Episode 155 - Fant4stic

Episode 155 - Fant4stic

2020-10-0501:04:34

You don’t get to hire a guy for his artistic vision, subvert his work, and then blame him for the result. That’s what happened with 2015’s “Fantastic Four,” or as it was stylized on so many Denny’s menus at the time, “Fant4stic.” What was originally conceived as a gross, body horror drama got reverse-engineered into a bad Avengers clone - because nobody wants action figures of The Thing who is constantly in pain. (Except us!) We’ll be talking about the continuing failures of all the Fantastic Four films this week - but we come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. Fant4stic is not good. It is, however, worth looking further into why its audacious concept didn’t (or wasn’t allowed to?) work. Here is the Bob Chipman pitch for how to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU: https://youtu.be/VehLxh5wCU8 | 0:00 - Intros | 3:05 - An American Pickle (2020) | 7:05 - Staged (2020) | 9:20 - Enola Holmes (2020) | 16:54 - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) | 19:45 - Ratched (2020) | 25:24 - Fantastic Four | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Fantastic Four The Animated Series Theme | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Michael Giacaccio and Nami Melumad - The Pickle Empire Strikes Back - An American Pickle | Lambeth Wind Orchestra - Alex Baranowski - Music from Staged | Daniel Pemberton - Enola Holmes (Wild Child) | Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas theme | Leonard Bernstein - Danse Macabre, Op 40 | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass - Fantastic Four Main Theme | Shaggy - Boombastic | Fantastic Four Theme Song (1967)
Episode154 - Heathers Vs. Mean Girls Two cliques enter, one clique leaves... Welcome to the High School Movie Grudge Match Thunderdome! We pitch 80’s black-comedy classic Heathers against 00’s teen classic Mean Girls in a head-to-head battle for ultimate Snark Supremacy! How Very. That’s So Fetch. Oh, and ⅔ of our crew had never actually watched Mean Girls before, but all of us have been quoting Heathers for decades so it’s okay. Was our Genx-X bias shattered by the popular Millennial challenger? F*#& me gently with a chainsaw, you’ll just have to listen to this podcast and find out! | 0:00 - Intros | 4:24 - Raw Deal (1986) | 9:55 - The Umbrella Academy Season 2 (Netflix, 2020) | 15:55 - Legion | 18:55 - Star Trek: The Next Generation | 26:05 - Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo, 2020) | 28:30 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Kimmy vs. The Reverend (Netflix, 2019) | 31:27 - Mean Girls (2004) vs. Heathers (1989) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Pierre Henry - Psyche Rock (Fatboy Slim Malpaso Mix) | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Galuten Bahler - Brains and Trains - Raw Deal | Clip from Raw Deal (1986) | Clips from Commando (1985) | Clip from Total Recall (1987) | Clip from Kindergarten Cop (1990) | Jeff Russo - The Umbrella Academy | Clip from Doctor Who s6e8 “Let’s Kill Hitler” | Jeff Russo - Run - Legion | Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek The Next Generation Theme | Naughty By Nature - O.P.P. | Secret Course - Super Mario Sunshine | Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Opening Theme | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Clips from Mean Girls (2004) | David Newman - Martha Dumptruck - Heathers | Big Fun - Teenage Suicide (Don’t Do It) | Syd Straw - Que Sera, Sera | Sly & The Family Stone - Que Sera, Sera | Boomkat - Rip Her to Shreds | Clips from Heathers (1989)
Some movies are all sizzle and no steak, sad to tell you. We have a theory: Awesome Trailer = Awful Movie. And by our math, this formula is correct about 92% of the time. So here is our salute to the pitfalls of movie marketing! It’s the campaigns that got us excited to see a film opening weekend. And how most of these ended up being giant disappointments, along with the few rare times we hit the Awesome Trailer/Awesome Movie jackpot! Plus a few we totally knew would suck but we went anyway! We aren’t mad at the hype machine so much as mad at ourselves for always taking the slick, glossy, technicolor packaging at face value. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us 100 times, we’ll likely go see the next movie anyway because we are suckers who never learn. | 0:00 - Intros | 7:04 - Dolemite is my Name (2019) | 10:20 - Pure (HBO Max, 2020) | 12:10 - Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (2020) | 14:45 - Gangster Movies on DVD (Hard Boiled, Infernal Affairs, Sexy Beast, The Untouchables, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre) | 26:45 - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) | 31:00 - Class Action Park (2020) | 36:09 - Movie Hype! (featuring Batman, Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, Star Wars, Marvel, and many more!) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Fountains of Wayne - Bright Future In Sales | Clip from Outfoxed (2004) | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | The Dead Milkmen - Life Is Shit | Craig Robinson - Dolemite | Altered Images - I Could Be Happy | Clip from Pure s1e1 | Dead Kennedys - Police Truck | Joo Rita - Red Car Boogie Hard Boiled | Ennio Morricone - On the Rooftops - The Untouchables | Clip from The Untouchables (1987) | John Williams - Duel of the Fates | Class Action Park trailer | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Public Enemy - Don’t Believe the Hype | Trailer for Batman (1989) | Trailer for Dick Tracy (1990) | Prince - Batdance | Teaser for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace | Daft Punk - Derezzed
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins is a big-budget studio actioner that arrived to theaters everywhere with a giant thud in the Fall of 1985 and quickly fell into pseudo-obscurity. We’re not even really sure what about this film baffles us the most. Was it the utter abandonment of all the sex and violence that made the original series of pulp novels so much fun? Maybe the not-even-cool-for-its-time casting of a white dude as a Korean martial arts master? Perhaps the hour long training montage? Or the incomprehensibly thin plot and casual misogyny? Possibly the loud, repetitive hero theme any time the audience starts to nod off? Perchance the criminally underused Wilford Brimley? Yes, this would-be All-American blue collar answer to James Bond - even made by several key people who had worked on actual Bond entries - was supposed to kick off a whole new series of movies. Until it tanked at the box office. HARD. We go off about all that’s wrong with Remo Williams in this occasionally cogent look at one of the more forgotten artifacts of Reagan-era cinema! Here is a link to the Auralnauts Star Wars video we referenced:https://youtu.be/BwsMYJdmutQ | 0:00 - Intros | 7:15 - Auralnauts - STAR WARS Reimagined: The Empire Strikes Back | 11:00 - Harley Quinn (animated, 2019) | 16:25 - Marvel Cinematic Universe | 20:50 - The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2019) | 26:45 - Red Dwarf | 32:45 - Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Craig Safan - Main Title - Remo Williams The Adventure Begins | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Clip from Auralnauts - STAR WARS Reimagined: The Empire Strikes Back | Jefferson Friedman - Harley Quinn TV Show Main Theme | Ludwig Göransson - The Mandalorian (Theme) | Ian Hu, Mark Lambert - Red Dwarf Theme | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Clips from Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins | Tommy Shaw - Remo’s Theme (What If)
Greetings, our excellent friends. When you don’t have any movie theaters, or George Carlin, or any new ideas at all really, can you still make a good movie? Can you take Keanu Reeves, who has spent the last 25 years trying to shed his surfer idiot image, and bring him back to that same persona with any credibility? Can you justify getting the band back together? Do they get better? Do they? Find out in our most heinous spoiler review of unnecessary Gen-X nostalgia-bait Bill & Ted Face The Music! PS: We REALLY wanted to like this movie. Honest. But we're obviously all three dead inside. | 0:00 - Intros | 8:20 - The Prestige (2006) | 13:00 - High Score (Netflix, 2020) | 20:30 - The Manchurian Candidate (Condon, 1959 / Film, 1962) | 23:20 - In Search of the Last Action Heroes (2020) | 29:20 - Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Power Tool - Two Heads Are Better Than One | Clip from Outfoxed (2004) | The Dead Milkmen - Life Is Shit | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | David Julyan - The Prestige | Amir Khan, Katrina Kaif - Malang Song - DHOOM3 | Theme from High Score (Netflix) | Nitzer Ebb - Join In The Chant | David Amram - The Manchurian Candidate | clip from In Search of the Last Action Heroes | Trailer for I Come In Peace (1990) | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Mark Isham - Welcome To The Future (Whoa) - Bill & Ted Face the Music | Mark Isham - Dennis Caleb McCoy | Walmart commercial with Bill & Ted | clip from the Bill & Ted TV series | Wyld Stallyns - Face The Music | Wyld Stallyns - That Which Binds Us Through Time: The Chemical, Physical And Biological Nature Of Love; An Exploration Of The Meaning Of Meaning, Part 1
Ben Folds Five is a trio of dudes who, back in the 90s, gave us great music that was not quite pop, not quite punk, but something gloriously in between. With front man Ben Folds banging the keys on his piano, along with Robert Sledge on fuzzed-out bass, and Darren Jessee on drums, they created a very distinctive lo-fi, guitar-free sound that is a weird blend of jazz, rock, pop and punk that the band itself once self-described as “Punk for Sissies.” And that’s as apt as anything else we can muster. We are still big fans of their first 4 classic 90’s albums, with songs that alternate between cheeky and funny to dark and introspective - and sometimes even both simultaneously. Yes, Ben Folds Five is truly part of the soundtrack of our lives and we salute them! This is also the fabulous sesquicentennial celebration episode of The Magnificently Huge Podcast! So buckle up for some extra fun… Here’s a link to “The Last Broadcast”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqE5Nz5unco&feature=share | 0:00 - Intros | 3:22 - High Score (Netflix, 2020) | 13:30 - The Regrettes | 18:40 - Late Night with Seth Meyers | 23:40 - The Last Broadcast | 29:15 - The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) | 34:20 - The Umbrella Academy season 2 (Netflix, 2020) | 39:12 - Ben Folds Five | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Ben Folds Five - Narcolepsy | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Theme from High Score (Netflix) | Genesis Does commercial | The Regrettes - Hot | The Regrettes - Seashore | The Regrettes - I Don’t Like You | The Regrettes - Dress Up | Clips from The Last Broadcast | Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli - Geralt of Rivia | Joey Batey - Toss A Coin To Your Witcher | Jeff Russo - The Umbrella Academy | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Ben Folds Five - One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces | Ben Folds Five - Brick | Ben Folds Five - Philosophy | Ben Folds Five - Battle Of Who Could Care Less | Ben Folds Five - Song for the Dumped | Ben Folds Five - Selfless, Cold And Composed | Ben Folds Five - Kate | Ben Folds Five - Twin Falls (live at Club Quattro, Tokyo 2-26-96) | Ben Folds Five - For Those Of Y'all Who Wear Fannie Packs | Ben Folds Five - Naked Baby Photos - 11 - Satan Is My Master (live at Ziggy's, Winston-Salem, NC 8-12-95) | Ben Folds Five - Army | Ben Folds Five - Don’t Change Your Plans | Ben Folds Five - Mess | Ben Folds Five - Erase Me | Ben Folds Five - Draw a Crowd | Fear of Pop - I Paid My Money | Fear of Pop - In Love | Ben Folds Five - Underground
Set phasers to OMG, because it’s a whole show about random Star Trek trivia you didn’t even know you wanted! That’s right, we found 20 amazing Clickbait facts (well, okay, maybe more like five, let’s not push it) about the Star Trek universe - from TOS to Discovery - that will blow your mind and leave you more exhausted than a good pon farr… because The INTERNET! For example, did you know that Picard’s middle name is Luc? We sure didn’t! Until now… Ha, made you click, sucka! | 0:00 - Intros | 5:33 - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) | 10:45 - Rising Sun (1993) | 12:56 - Black Rain (1989) | 19:12 - Things that require an audience in the age of Covid (America’s Got Talent vs The Democratic National Convention) | 31:40 - Star Trek Clickbait Facts | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Michael Giacchino - End Credits - Star Trek | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Carter Burwell - The Book - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | Toru Takemitsu - Yakuza Pursuit - Rising Sun | Hans Zimmer - Black Rain Suite | America’s Got Talent theme song | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | The Firm - Star Trekkin’ | Beastie Boys - Sabotage | Beastie Boys - Paul Revere | Alexander Courage - Star Trek Main Theme
Episode 148 - Logan's Run

Episode 148 - Logan's Run

2020-08-1701:14:37

Logan’s Run from 1976 is perhaps the most Super 70’s sci-fi epic ever made. Especially since Star Wars came along barely a year later and changed movies forever. But for a brief, shining moment in the early 1970’s we had a good run of films that presented gritty, dystopian futures... that still looked like they were set in the early 1970’s. With obvious scale-model cities, disco fashion, bean bag chairs, shag carpet, and enough macrame to choke a horse, Logan’s Run is fascinating because it is an expensive (for its time) studio extravaganza of a far-off future which still managed to look cheap and dated. Yet here we are, still talking about it over 4 decades later. That’s gotta count for something, right? Oh, and don’t trust anyone over 30. | 0:00 - Intros | 4:55 - Revolt (Netflix, 2017) | 12:27 - Legion | 16:38 - NHL Hockey in the time of COVID | 21:10 - The Go-Go’s (2020) | 27:50 - Drive In Movie (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980) | 35:20 - Death Becomes Her (1992) | 40:20 - Logan’s Run (1976) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Motörhead - Enter Sandman | Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now? | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Bear McCreary - Theme from Revolt | Jeff Russo - Run - Legion Season 1 (OST) | Roy Ayers - Aragon - Coffy (OST) | Stompin’ Tom Connors - The Hockey Song | The Go-Go’s - Club Zero | The Go-Go’s - Beatnik Beach (1978) | John Williams & London Symphony Orchestra - Finale - Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back | Alan Silvestri - Death Becomes Her | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Clips from Logan’s Run (1976) | Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run | Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark | Jerry Goldsmith - The Dome / The City / Nursery - Logan’s Run | Clip from THX 1138 | Pink Floyd - Run Like Hell | Neil Young - Old Man | Foreigner - Cold As Ice | The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary | Alphaville - Forever Young | Gary Numan - Down In the Park | Living in a Box - Living in a Box | The Black Eyed Peas - Let’s Get It Started
This round we dare to tackle the burning question: How many Highlanders can there actually be? The answer might surprise you. But one thing is certain, we were shocked - SHOCKED! - to learn that MagHuge team member Brian had never before seen Highlander, a definitive cult classic of trash 80s cinema. How does that happen? So we had a Gathering to get a fresh perspective on one of the most iconic geek movies ever made. It’s got immortal warriors with weird accents (Sean Connery, Christopher Lambert & Clancy Brown) battling it out across the centuries to win some vague plot Macguffin called The Prize, all set to a rockin soundtrack by Queen. What more do you need? So which of us loses their head first? Dare kin bee oanlee whun... | 0:00 - Intros | 7:17 - Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017) | 15:20 - Greyhound (2020) | 20:00 - The Americanization of Emily (1964) | 22:30 - Angie Tribeca | 25:50 - The Wrong Missy (2020) | 31:23 - Highlander (1986) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Queen - Princes of the Universe | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | John Williams - Canto Bight - Star Wars The Last Jedi | Blake Neely - I’ll Always Be Looking For You - Greyhound | Johnny Mandel - Emily | Clip from Angie Tribeca (s1e2) | STRFKR - Never Ever | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Spinal Tap - Stonehenge | Queen - I Want It All | Queen - Gimme the Prize (Kurgan’s Theme) | Queen - New York, New York | Queen - Who Wants to Live Forever | Queen - A Kind of Magic
Episode 146 - Margin Call

Episode 146 - Margin Call

2020-08-0301:06:22

This week, we’re taking a look at a small, mostly overlooked film about the housing bubble crash of 2009. Why? First, because while “The Big Short” was certainly a good film, this is more about the mechanics of what sank our economy and the kinds of people who made those decisions. Second, and more importantly, right now we’re on the brink of a major economic collapse and it pays to be mentally prepared for disaster. With an all-star cast of players at the tops of their game, and a script that moves like a breeze through difficult technical economics, we three will tell you all the reasons you need to watch this film on your next Amazon Prime binge. (Which, if you’re still under quarantine, probably starts in about 10 minutes.) | 0:00 - Intros | 9:14 - Cannonball Run II (1984) | 18:00 - Speed Racer (2008) | 25:40 - Man Seeking Woman | 28:06 - The Imagineering Story (2019) | 31:09 - Star Trek: Voyager | 36:00 - Margin Call (2011) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Flying Lizards - Money | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Ray Stevens - Cannonball | Menudo - Like a Cannonball | Ali Dee and the The Deekompressors - Go Speed Racer Go | Photay - Reconstruct (feat Seafloor) | Theme from The Imagineering Story | Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek Voyager (Main Title) | Buddy Hackett - Shipoopi | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Nathan Larson - Margin Call | Cardi B - Money
If an 80's kid didn’t have HBO growing up, they knew someone who did and watched the hell out of it. But let’s go back further, to the 70's and the early days of cable television when it was still limited and kind of pricey. You certainly couldn’t get unedited, commercial-free movies on your television. Until HBO, that is. Back in the day, Home Box Office was KING and made cable a necessity. Before the era of the VCR they pioneered satellite broadcasting and 24/7 programming. Plus, we got Skinemax late-nite nudie flicks - which led to lesser rivals Showtime and The Movie Channel - and kickstarted a slew of groundbreaking television you couldn’t find on regular networks. Think Sopranos, Deadwood, Westworld, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Shameless, Battlestar Galactica,The Wire and beyond... all the must-see TV of the last 25 years peppered with a heavy dose of Hollywood beamed directly to your living room 24 hours a day. Yeah, the entertainment you stream so easily now on your phone? That all started with HBO. | 0:00 - Intros | 4:30 - Charlie’s Angels (2019) | 13:37 - Overlord (2018) | 18:45 - The Old Guard (2020) | 27:50 - 30 Rock - A One Time Special (NBC) | 31:05 - Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga (2020) | 33:35 - Palm Springs (2020) | 36:26 - HBO | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Bazuka - Dynomite | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey - Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels) | Jed Kurzel - Arrival - Overlord Music from the Motion Picture | Volker Bertelmann & Dustin O’Halloran - The Old Guard | Jeff Richmond - 30 Rock Theme | Will Ferrell & My Marianne - Jaja Ding Dong | Cast of Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga - Song-A-Long | Cornbread Compton - Race to the Cave | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | HBO Feature Presentation Music | Negativland - The Playboy Channel | Joe Pizzulo - White Lines - 1st and Ten | Tina Turner - The Best
Episode 144 - Back to the Future Roads? Where we’re podcasting we don’t need roads! That’s right, this time we go Back to the Future with Marty and Doc in a very accidental 35th Anniversary Celebration of the biggest movie from 1985! Yep, it’s the classic time travel incest comedy with the world’s most tricked-out Delorean that spawned two sequels, a cartoon show, a theme park ride, and now this podcast! So set the flux capacitor to 1.21 jigawatts and rock out to some Huey Lewis and the News as we wax nostalgic about one of the most (almost) perfect Hollywood blockbusters ever made! | 0:00 - Intros | 5:11 - Elfstones of Shannara (book, Brooks, 1982) | 5:46 - Danger 5 | 11:43 - Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, (Book, Montefiore 2003) | 14:15 - Stranger Things (Netflix) | 18:45 - Don’t (ABC) | 21:05 - The Vast of Night (2019) | 24:25 - Devolver Direct 2020 | 30:44 - Back to the Future (1985) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | The Outatime Orchestra - Back to the Future | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Dario Russo - Danger 5 Theme | Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein - Stranger Things Theme | Promo for “Don’t” | Erick Alexander & Jared Bulmer - music from The Vast of Night | Clip from Devolver Direct 2020 | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Alan Silvestri - 1.21 Jigowatts | Alan Silvestri - Skateboard Chase | Huey Lewis & the News - The Power of Love | Alan Silvestri - DeLorean Reveal | Huey Lewis & the News - Back In Time | Clip from #JustForLaughs with John Mulaney
Why are vampire movies all the same? Either they’re romance movies where a bored woman gets swept off her feet by a posh zombie, or they’re supervillains who drink blood, can’t go outside, and may or may not have reflections, hate garlic, or squeal when holy water touches them. We honestly don’t answer this question this week - we just complain about what’s wrong with them. We also talk about the most egregiously bad vampire movies, the ones that actually work, and what we thought of the musical “Hamilton” - which isn’t a vampire movie, at least not yet. | 0:00 - Intros | 4:55 - Hamilton (2020) | 11:59 - Missile Command: Recharged (Atari, 2020) | 14:06 - Cunk on Britain | 26:23 - Vampire Movies | 31:04 - Shadow of the Vampire (2000) | 34:20 - Dracula (John Badham, 1979) | 41:16 - The Hunger (1983) | 48:32 - Near Dark (1987) | 50:42 - Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) | 55:50 - The Lost Boys (1987) | 1:01:17 - Let The Right One In (2008) | 1:06:17 - The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | The Birthday Party - Release the Bats | Monty Python - The Spanish Inquisition | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Lin Manuel Miranda & Cast - My Shot - Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording | Missile Command: Recharged Official Trailer | Clip from Cunk on Britain - Episode 4 | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Susan Sarandon - Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me | James Salvatore - The Woods - Shadow of the Vampire Soundtrack | John Williams - Opening And Storm Sequence - Dracula | Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead | Tangerine Dream - Caleb’s Blues - Near Dark Original Motion Picture Soundtrack | Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL - Only Lovers Left Alive | Gerard McMann - Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys) | Johan Söderqvist - Let the Right One In | Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)
By the Power of Grayskull! We open up the Listener Mailbag to grab a suggestion (Thanks!) and tackle one of the most iconic bits of 80’s pop culture ever - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe! The genius of it all is that Mattel (home of Barbie and Hot Wheels) figured out how to syndicate a 30-minute infomercial for toys by disguising it as a daily cartoon adventure that was part Conan the Barbarian, part Flash Gordon. And kids ate it up to the tune of over $1-billion. By 1987 the bottom dropped out, just in time for a Masters of the Universe movie from the schlockmeisters at Cannon Films! Sadly, the ill-conceived project was a huge flop (sorry, Dolph Lundgren), mostly because it ignored what made the source material so popular in the first place. Yet He-Man’s legacy remains. Join us as we talk toons, toys, and possible new feature films. Then repeat your daily mantra: I HAVE THE POWER! | 0:00 - Intros | 7:34 - Robocop 2 (1990) and Robocop 3 (1993) | 10:20 - The Death of Stalin (2017) | 13:30 - Floor is Lava (Netflix, 2020) | 15:23 - The Eternal Cylinder and Bugsnax | 19:30 - Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) | 23:30 - Watchmen (HBO, 2020) SPOILER DISCUSSION | 33:15 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Shuki Levy, Haim Saban - “He-Man’s Theme” | The Dead Milkmen - Life Is Shit | Nitzer Ebb - Join in the Chant | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Basil Poledouris - Drive Montage - RoboCop | Christopher Willis - Moscow, 1953 - The Death of Stalin | The Eternal Cylinder - Official Strange New World Trailer | Kero Kero Bonito - Bugsnax | Ollie & Jerry - Electric Boogaloo | Lunachicks - Spoilt / Joss Stone - Spoiled / Monty Python - Spam | Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - A Stronger, Loving World - Watchmen Vol. 03 | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Eminem - Venom | Bill Conti - Masters of the Universe Main Theme | SlackCircus - Fabulous Secret Powers Original ‘Fabulous Secret Powers’ video from slackcircus: https://youtu.be/FR7wOGyAzpw Original ‘Cancelled “He-Man movies | 1989-2018’ video from Supervoid Cinema: https://youtu.be/GiuJlnJZ9lU
The Cold War came to an end in 1989. A year later, Hollywood gave it a grand send-off with an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s breakout techno-thriller, The Hunt for Red October. Set in 1984 at the height of US-Soviet tensions, the movie slaps a fresh coat of paint on the classic Cold War tropes to do for submarines what Top Gun did for jets. The chase is on to find a rogue USSR nuclear sub trying to defect to the USA before the Motherland can blow it out of the water. Director John McTiernan was fresh off his insane run of stone cold 80’s classics Predator and Die Hard, and here turns in his third consecutive winner. Starring Sean Connery, Sam Neill, Tim Curry, James Earl Jones, and Scott Glenn - plus Alec Baldwin in his breakout role as the first (and best) Jack Ryan - The Hunt for Red October is a taut, fun ride from start to finish and the perfect coda for an era. So let’s take a deep dive on it, shall we? | 0:00 - Intros | 4:35 - Gerry Anderson’s Stingray (1964) | 12:10 - 7500 (2019) | 17:45 - Videogame announcement substitutes for E3 (Guerrilla Collective, PC Gaming Show, Future Games Show) | 24:27 - Crazy World (2014) | 30:20 - The Hunt for Red October (1990) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Basil Poledouris - Nuclear Scam - The Hunt for Red October | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Gerry Anderson’s Stingray - Opening Titles | Gerry Anderson’s Stingray - Aqua Marina | Trailer for Crazy World | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Basil Poledouris - Kaboom!!! - The Hunt for Red October | Basil Poledouris - Hymn to Red October (Main Title) - The Hunt for Red October
Question: Between the original 1987 version of Robocop and the 2014 reboot of Robocop, which is better? And why is it the original 1987 version? We’re diving into the universe of OCP’s most controversial crime fighting machine. We look at how such a goofy concept of a half-robot, half-human, all-crime fighter could have so much wit and black comedy in the middle of the Reagan era. We’ll also tear into it’s reboot, which had significantly better effects, higher budget, a cast of brilliant actors, and became a neutered, bland, tiresome cash grab. Because that’s what we do. | 0:00 - Intros | 4:32 - Get Shorty (Series, Epix 2017) | 8:50 - Terminal (2018) | 12:00 - Team America: World Police (2004) | 18:33 - Ninja III: The Domination | 21:55 - Homecoming (Amazon) | 25:00 - Robocop | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Sleaze Boys - Robocop | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Antonio Sanchez - Breezy - Get Shorty (Original Television Soundtrack) | Alexina - Silent Killer - Theme from the motion picture Terminal | America Fuck Yeah - Team America World Police | The End of an Act - Team America World Police | Freedom Isn’t Free - Team America World Police | Derka Derk (Terrorist Theme) - Team America World Police | Sally Zapulla - Love Bites - Ninja III: The Domination | Janelle Monáe - Goldfinger | Janelle Monáe - Tightrope | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Basil Poledouris - Drive Montage - RoboCop | Basil Poledouris - Anvil of Crom - Conan the Barbarian | Basil Poledouris - End Credits - RoboCop
1999 was arguably the last big watershed movie year, one brimming with a crazy number of now-recognized classics that helped push cinema into the next millennium. That’s it, that’s our thesis. 1999 was crazy full of unique studio movies that would likely never see a green light in today’s franchise-driven climate: The Matrix; Office Space; Fight Club; Sixth Sense; American Pie; Being John Malkovich; Three Kings; Magnolia; Eyes Wide Shut; and more. The films are weird, personal, periodically profane, and often darkly funny. And their legacy remains. | 0:00 - Intros | 7:12 - Homecoming (Amazon) | 10:50 - The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Gibbons) | 13:45 - Sports in the age of COVID-19 | 19:30 - Dave Made A Maze (2017) | 23:10 - Fast Five (2011) | 28:30 - Thank God It’s Friday (1978) | 35:46 - 1999: the year in movies | 52:11 - The Mummy (1999) | 58:25 - Fight Club (1999) SPOILERS | 1:09:10 - Office Space (1999) | Clips | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Prince and the Revolution - 1999 | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / B-Side - Change the Beat | Clip from Homecoming s1e1: Mandatory | Battlebots Reboot Theme | Clip from Battlebots s3e1: It’s Robot Fighting Time! | Tandemoro - Pinball (from Dave Made A Maze) | Brain Tyler - Fast Five | Love & Kisses - Thank God It’s Friday | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Spybreak! - Propellerheads | Jerry Goldsmith & Orchestra - The Mummy | The Dust Brothers - Homework | Lunachicks - Spoilt / Joss Stone - Spoiled / Monty Python - Spam | Perez Prado and His Orchestra - Mambo No. 8 | Trey Parker and Matt Stone - Uncle Fucker | Ricky Martin - Livin’ la Vida Loca
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