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“You know who I pray to? Joe Pesci. Two reasons: First of all, I think he's a good actor, okay? To me, that counts. Second, he looks like a guy who can get things done. Joe Pesci doesn't fuck around. In fact, Joe Pesci came through on a couple of things that God was having trouble with.” ― George Carlin 5:30 - The Other Two (seasons 2 and 3) 9:00 - Seal and The Buggles (live) 13:30 - New trailers for The Flash and Dune 2 and Asteroid City (2023) 18:15 - Star Trek: Picard (season 3) 22:35 - Magnum Force (1973) 29:50 - My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Streaming movies are dead. Don’t believe me? To prove it, we decided to each pick our favorite new streaming service film - and we all rolled snake eyes. At least we have a theory why. What’s that theory? Well duh, that’s why you need to listen to the show! 3:20 - NYT The Ballad of Deep Fake Drake (podcast) 9:25 - Stanley Cup playoffs 14:30 - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) 22:40 - Direct to Streaming Movies 31:00 - AKA (Netflix) 37:00 - Prey (Hulu) 38:30 - Quasi (Hulu) 46:30 - Honey Boy (Amazon)
Does anyone remember the 1990 Bill Murray comedy called Quick Change? Because if you speak to any casual film-watcher about it, they’ll just ask “what’s that?” For the uninitiated, Quick Change is a reasonably funny, if imperfect, heist comedy that Bill Murray made in between Ghostbusters 2 and What About Bob? He produced and co-directed it, to boot, which makes it sort of a vanity project. Plus, it had a very strong supporting cast of established names like Geena Davis, Randy Quaid and Jason Robards. And in July of 1990 it came and went like a fart in the wind, becoming a very weird career blindspot for Murray. Your MagHuge crew all saw it opening weekend, and we have vague memories of being entertained… but Quick Change is mostly a hazy memory now, asking to be rekindled as a reminder that it even exists at all. Enjoy. 5:15 - Yellowstone spinoffs: 1883 and 1923 14:30 - Tetris (Apple, 2023) 20:00 - Schmigadoon! (Season 2: Schmicago) 23:20 - Death Wish (1974) 33:30 - Quick Change (1990)
For some reason Brian, the guy who goes to all the new movies all the time, also has some inexcusable holes in his cinematic history. This week we rectify yet another of his oversights as we use the show to get him to see 2012’s Dredd, starring Karl Urban. 6:10 - The Mandalorian (Season 3) 9:40 - Star Trek and Klingons 12:30 - Picard (Season 3) 17:55 - Renfield (2023) 23:00 - Dredd (2012)
This week we look at movies you would not believe aren’t based on comic books. They have all of the color, all of the action, but they’re ORIGINAL for Christ’s sake. What a novel idea! 3:15 - Trump Indictment 10:35 - Weird History Food (YouTube) 17:35 - Muse and Evanescence (Live) 23:30 - Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023) 29:1 5 - The Mandalorian (Season 3, Disney+) 36:30 - Movies NOT based on comic books
Movies based on TV shows weren’t really a big thing until they got supercharged in the 90’s, once studios ran out of ideas. That’s the whole magilla this go-round. From movies that were continuations of a popular series, to faithful re-creations that hewed to the original, to the ironic comedies that had some fun… we got it all right here in this podcast. Literally dozens of shows and movies pulled from literally minutes of online searching to bring you as many adaptations as we could fit in under 30 minutes…the good, the bad and the downright stupid! 3:50 - Depeche Mode (Live) 18:15 - The Highwayman (NBC, 1987) 28:55 - John Wick Chapter 4 (2023) 34:15 - The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) vs. Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (2022) 39:54 - Movies based on TV shows
Episode 259 - Strange Days

Episode 259 - Strange Days


The 90s were a time of burnout, nihilism, and everything else we love about 20-something GenX. In that spirit, we present another mid-90s cyberpunk downer in the form of Strange Days, starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis and Angela Bassett. Jack in (or whatever your preferred type of jack may be) and join us reliving bad memories of a movie where people relive other people’s bad memories! 4:00 - The Consultant (Amazon) 8:30 - The King’s Man (2021) 14:00 - Hello tomorrow! (Apple TV+) 18:30 - Babylon (2022) 27:55 - The Avengers (1960’s series) 45:20 - Strange Days (1995) Here’s the conversation between Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz
Our big dumb exploration of Frat Pack Cinema of the 2000's continues with a look back at the '04 sports-comedy classic, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a wacky dodgeball movie starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller…but really, why would you? Easily one of our top picks from the Naughty Aughties, this is one that shouldn't work but ends up out-classing most of the competition. And it gave us all THE OCHO! 3:00 - NYT The Daily Podcast: A.O. Scott is quitting film criticism 4:27 edit out eric 6:20 - Star Trek Online 10:50 - Picard (season 3) 14:20 - Shock Waves (1977) 19:55 - Hansel and Gretl Witch Hunters (2013) 23:20 - Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023) 29:30 - Dodgeball (2004)
Episode 257 - Cobra

Episode 257 - Cobra


In 1986, Sylvester Stallone was arguably the biggest star on the planet. Rocky, Rambo, Rhinestone… well, forget Rhinestone, but those other two killed it at the box office. So how to follow that kind of iconic success? Why not make an ultraviolet cop movie with good ol’ Cannon Films called Cobra? It’s an unbelievably mindless and blatant riff on the better (if equally proto-fascist) Dirty Harry about a rogue cop who takes the law into his own hands and kills a bunch of whack-a-doodle domestic terrorists after they go on a murder rampage in his city. Sure, there might be an actual story buried in there somewhere, but who cares? We get car chases, gun fights, explosions and Stallone dropping one-liners like he’s Schwarzenegger or something. Cobra may be a cult classic now, but watching it again is like seeing a parody of every 80s tough guy flick cranked to 11.
How do you start an intro about a band like the great and powerful DEVO? Like that. Just like that. Like what I just did right there. Once you get through that though, you need to talk about how they’re the inspiration behind so much techno, punk rock, art rock, and just smart assery of Generation X. If you’ve never listened to anything other than their one enormous hit, let us introduce you to the magic of DEVO. Playlists (best we could do with what they offer): Apple Music - Spotify - 0:00 - Intros 4:20 - Knock At the Cabin (2023) 9:58 - Cocaine Bear (2023) 15:50 - The 'Burbs, Wayne’s World, Real Genius 21:44 - DEVO 28:25 - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) Satisfaction Uncontrollable Urge (also Dev2.0 version) Jocko Homo Gut Feeling / Slap Your Mammy Mongoloid 39:47 - Duty Now for the Future (1979) Smart Patrol / Mr DNA The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprise Devo Corporate Anthem Wiggly World 46:39 Freedom of Choice (1980) Freedom of Choice Girl U Want Mr B’s Ballroom 52:50 - New Traditionalists (1981) Workin’ In A Coal Mine (beautiful world target ad and swiffer whip it) Through Being Cool Jerkin’ Back ‘n’ Forth (live) Going Under Toni Basil - Be Stiff 59:17 - Oh, No! It’s Devo! (1982) Out of Sync That’s Good Speed Racer Explosions 1:04:48 - Shout (1984) Dare to be Stupid Are You Experienced? Here to Go 1:07:12 - Total Devo Baby Doll in Swedish Some Things Never Change 1:09:34 - Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace 1988 Jocko Homo It Doesn’t Matter To Me 1:02:51 - Smooth Noodle Maps (1990) Post Post-Modern Man 1:13:20 - Hardcore DEVO Theme From Doctor Detroit I Need A Chick 1:15:30 Something for Everybody (2010) Fresh Step Up Later Is Now What We Do Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man) Watch Us Work It
What if Robert Downey Jr, Sally Field, Elizabeth Shue, Whoopi Goldberg, Carrie Fisher, and Kevin Kline made a movie and everyone forgot it? Did you remember Soapdish? We’re betting your reaction was something on the order of “Oh yeah, huh. That was a movie I guess.” We pull this 1991 comedy out of the drawer and give it a spin. See what we think! See if you agree! Also, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Because movies. And The Last of Us. Because clickbait. 0:00 - Intros 3:00 - Salvage One (1979) 8:00 - The Last of Us (HBO) 12:30 - Star Trek Picard (Paramount+) 21:00 - Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James 25:50 - Marc Maron From Bleak to Dark (HBO) 28:15 - Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) 35:30 - Soap Dish (1991)
Are you ready for another Lost VHS Classic, kids? Well you’re in luck, because today we’re gonna have a go at the 1982 Steve Martin/Carl Reiner comedy, The Man With Two Brains! What is The Man With Two Brains, you ask? Well, we’ve seen it and we still aren’t entirely sure. On the surface it is a send-up of 50’s B-movie horror/suspense tropes about a mad scientist, a gold-digging femme fatale, and a brain-swap machine. If you have no idea what any of that means, it’s cool. Just know this is another wacky romp from the team that brought you The Jerk! It’s Kathleen Turner’s follow up to her breakout role in Body Heat! It’s Merv Griffin as… Merv Griffin! And it’s 100% niche cinema, which is why you should listen! Into the mud, scum queen! 4:04 - Muppets Benoit Blanc Rainbow Connection 5:45 - I Know That Voice 10:15 - Justin Roiland is out of Rick and Morty and everything else. Also Hogwarts Legacy 16:55 - Perpetual Grace LTD 19:55 - War of the Worlds and other shows that shouldn’t have kept going 22:05 - The Peripheral 23:45 - Cunk on Earth 26:30 - Dead to Me 28:45 - Star Trek Strange New World 34:15 - The Man With Two Brains (1983)
This week we watch your Dad’s favorite movie. Back before the Internet let us talk to our favorite introverts, conspiracy theorists and secessionists, men watched movies about men doing manly things with other men in a man’s world… but Fight Club was a splash of cold water that said, “Wake up - you’re living a lie.” This week we dig into why this film still works, why it was ahead of its time in some of the worst ways, and some of the odder theories behind what this film really means. 0:00 - Intros 7:45 - The Wandering Earth 2 14:20 - Neil Hamburger stand up comedy 17:20 - Snowball Express (1972) 22:15 - Legend of Vox Machina 29:30 - Fight Club (1999)
From the Better Late Than Never File comes our look back at Season 3 of the greatest show on television, The Boys! It may have taken 6 months for all of us to finally watch it, but so what? We've got jobs and stuff, ya losers! What matters is we've seen it, we loved it, and now we'll yammer on about Butcher, Homelander, Soldier Boy, and the rest of the gang in all their violent, bloody, psychologically damaged glory! It's a spot-on satire of our modern age, and we're damn well here for it. 3:40 - Mel Brooks History of the World Part II 6:40 - The Pale Blue Eye (Netflix) 10:15 - Willow (Disney+) 15:05 - White Noise (Netflix) 23:00 - The Umbrella Academy Season 3 26:40 - Hunters (Amazon) 29:45 - War of the Worlds (2019 series) 33:50 - The Boys: Season 3 (Amazon)
Do you remember Video Stores? We sure do - because we’re old as F@%$. They used to be everywhere, a ubiquitous strip mall fixture purveying all manner of niche movie titles in every genre, rented in a format known as a “videocassette” tape that you could take home and play in your VCR machine. This was back in the 80s and 90s when physical media was how we consumed our entertainment, when giant homogeneous corporations finally squeezed out the Mom ‘N Pop stores and killed all the joy in life with nothing but New Releases. But their hubris would be their undoing, as a Jetson-like future of streaming technology and à la carte on-demand choice finally became reality and killed the scrappy video store for good. Once a bustling weekend hub of every neighborhood, the video store is now a faded legend of the distant past. And we salute them all. 5:30 - Mayor of Kingstown (Paramount+) 9:35 - Star Trek Voyager 15:00 - Paddington (2014) 19:55 - The Fabelmans (2022) 24:30 - The Last of Sheila (1973) 28:45 - The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) 32:30 - Digital Killed the Video Store
Excelsior, bitches! Recently, Eric tried to binge-watch ALL of Marvel Phase 4 - a 2-year chunk of movies and TV shows. Then, to make it seem like there was a reason for this insanity, he pitched it as a show. We go through all 50 hours & 21 minutes of it - in an episode that, as we recorded it, felt only slightly longer. 0:00 - Intros 8:56 - WandaVision (2021) 12:10 - The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) 15:30 - Loki season 1 (2021) 19:05 - Black Widow (2021) 21:50 - What If...? (2021) 25:20 - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) 30:55 - Eternals (2021) 35:07 - Hawkeye (2021) 38:25 - Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) 41:35 - Moon Knight (2022) 44:45 - Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) 48:25 - Ms. Marvel (2022) 51:55 - Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) 55:08 - She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022) 58:15 - Werewolf by Night (2022) 59:55 - Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) 1:03:38 - The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)
Daniel Craig’s now-iconic movie detective Benoit Blanc is back in the latest mystery bonbon from writer-director Rian Johnson, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. This one, as you may have deduced from the title, is the sequel to 2019’s equally fun deconstruction of classic whodunits, Knives Out. Again stacked with an impeccable cast, Johnson’s latest is another razor-sharp, eat-the-rich satire cocooned inside an affectionate homage to the likes of Agatha Christie. Or the board game Clue. Or perhaps The Beatles? There’s a LOT going on here, and we get to it in our very SPOILERIFIC review. As Benoit Blanc says so concisely in the movie, It’s just dumb! 0:00 - Intros 4:20 - God of War: Ragnarok 7:25 - High on Life 13:55 - Grand Theft Auto 4 19:07 - Star Trek Timelines 20:21 - Petticoat Junction 25:10 - Derry Girls 30:19 - Glass Onion SPOILER conversation
It’s that time of year again, where we take a long amount of time off and let things slide. That means we have a LOT of new stuff to talk about! Movies, TV shows, concerts, plays… we did a lot of stuff in the last weeks of 2022, and it’s time to dish. Check out what we checked out - it’s a freshitstravaganza! 0:00 - Intros 6:00 - Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) 17:00 - Black Adam (2022) 22:50 - White Noise (2023) 30:50 - Rick and Morty season 6 35:15 - Violent Night (2022) 40:00 - 1899 (Netflix) 43:50 - Fleishman is in Trouble 47:30 - Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio 54:20 - Willow 1:02:00 - Moulin Rouge! (touring) 1:06:15 - To Kill a Mockingbird 1:12:00 - Daredevil Link to the SNL Avatar “Papyrus” sketch:
Christmas music is evergreen, and so is this episode from Black Friday of 2017. Once again, Brian subjects the rest of the MagHuge crew (and you!) to his insane taste in christmas music! Click the link to play the home game! Here's a link to the Awesome/Bad Christmas playlist: | 0:00 - Introductions | 2:50 - The Punisher | 4:03 - Hockey Music | 6:55 - The Punisher again, and the other Marvel Netflix shows | 12:57 - Murder on the Orient Express | 14:57 - The Good Place | 18:10 - Thanksgiving plans | 22:52 - Butter Day | 26:16 - Black Friday | 32:19 - When should the Christmas decorations go up? | 33:20 - Christmas Music! | Clips: | Scratching The Itch - Sex Cult Girl | Rush Coil - O Holy Night | Kool & the Gang - Fresh / clip from Bridesmaids / Beside - Change the Beat | Tyler Bates - The Punisher | Stompin Tom Connors - The Hockey Song | Warren Zevon - Hit Somebody | Rick and Morty - True Level | Imagine Dragons - Believer | Theme from “The Good Place” | Mentos Jingle / Outkast - So Fresh and So Clean / Devo - Fresh | Thousand Foot Krutch - Jingle Bell Rock | KJ-52 - It's Christmas Time | Joseph Spence - Santa Claus Is Comin to Town | Run-DMC - Christmas In Hollis | Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You | Otis Redding - White Christmas | Mannheim Steamroller - Deck The Halls | Mannheim Steamroller - Carol of the Bells | Woody Phillips - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy | Sarah McLachlan - The First Noel / Mary Mary | Bing Crosby - White Christmas | Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters - Mele Kalikimaka | John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over) | Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time | Ringo remembers Christmas 1979 | No Doubt - Oi To The World | Shonen Knife - Space Christmas | The Cocteau Twins - Winter Wonderland | The Cocteau Twins - Frosty The Snowman | Justin Bieber ft. Busta Rhymes - Drummer Boy
What could possibly make the perennial Charles Dickens holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” even better? Why, add The Muppets, of course! And it’s right there in the friggin’ title! We end 2022 with a Bah Humbug look at “The Muppet Christmas Carol” turning 30 - a true banger starring Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, along with your favorite Muppets to bring some festive cheer. We call it “The most accessible version of A Christmas Carol ever made!” Damning praise indeed! Plus, we’ve got a bunch of other stuff we’ve been watching to close out the year in true MagHuge style. Ho ho ho. | 0:00 - Intros | 7:40 - The Menu (2022) | 16:00 - Strange World (2022) | 22:25 - The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022) | 28:00 - Year of the Rabbit (Britbox) | 31:10 - The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
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