January 24, 2023

Episode 209 - THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY

The world has changed. It's been two decades since The Lord of the Rings trilogy redefined everything about epic cinema, and we're kicking off a new year of podcasting with an episode to match the scale and ambition of Peter Jackson's classic imagining of the seminal fantasy saga. 

Because though some of what was has been lost, there are still many who remember, including our own fellowship of Alyssa Renzi, Barm, and Sean Davis, who each join us to pontificate on their personal favorite entry of the trilogy. It's a LOTR lovefest that's nothing short of...precious.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Two Towers (2002)
The Return of the King (2003)
Directed by Peter Jackson
Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien
Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Viggo Mortenson, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Sean Bean, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, David Wenham, Brad Dourif, John Noble, Ian Holm, and Andy Serkis


December 17, 2022

Episode 208 - NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION

It's that time...Christmastime is here...and we're saying hip hip hooray to the holiday hijinks of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. No yuletide tradition is safe from the film's combination of sardonic wit and slapstick hysteria, creating the perfect storm of holiday stress that feels exhaustingly relatable to this day.

But don't despair - there's still plenty of genuine Christmas spirit too! Our buddy Jake Beal returns to offer his perspective on the highs and lows of all our cherished holiday rituals. Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the Tylenol?

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Directed by Jeremiah Chechik
Written by John Hughes
Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, John Randolph, Diane Ladd, E.G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, William Hickey, Mae Questel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Randy Quaid


November 19, 2022

Episode 207 - AIRPLANE! / AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL

Happy Planes-giving! First, we're serving up a heaping helping of hilarity with Airplane!, the classic spoof from the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker comedy team. Then we're back for seconds - literally - with Airplane II: The Sequel, a continuing send-up of overwrought '70s disaster flicks.

Spoof movie superfan Josh Lee returns to save the day and land this episode safely. Surely you'll see he's serious about his love of these frantically funny films. (And don't call us Shirley!)

Airplane! (1980)
Written and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker
Starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Stephen Stucker, Lorna Patterson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
Written and directed by Ken Finkleman
Starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, Chad Everett, Rip Torn, Chuck Connors, John Vernon, Sonny Bono, and William Shatner

October 14, 2022

Episode 206 - THE MONSTER SQUAD

Under-appreciated in its time, The Monster Squad rose from '80s obscurity to become a cherished favorite of the cult movie crowd, as well as a key influence on other stories featuring kids fighting a supernatural threat. Striking a perfect balance between frights and frivolity, it's a screamingly clever and silly tale co-scripted by high concept wunderkind Shane Black.

Alisha Carderella is in the goddamn club as we celebrate the true spirit of spooky season. This episode's got nards!

The Monster Squad (1987)
Directed by Fred Dekker
Written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker
Starring Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Brent Chalem, Ryan Lambert, Michael Faustino, Ashley Bank, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr, Jon Gries, Leonardo Cimino, and Tom Noonan


September 16, 2022

Episode 205 - A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

A League of Their Own is sports history, social history, and cinema history all rolled into one. It's also a rollicking crowd-pleaser that remains a fan favorite thanks to its deep bench of memorable characters and a comedic snap called up from classic sitcoms.

There's no crying in podcasting when Amy Ambler joins us to reminisce about the queen of all baseball movies, and the many ways its empathetic calls for equality still resonate today.

A League of Their Own (1992)
Directed by Penny Marshall
Written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel
Starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Anne Ramsay, Megan Cavanagh, Bitty Schram, David Strathairn, John Lovitz, Garry Marshall, and Bill Pullman

August 25, 2022

Episode 204 - WARRIORS OF VIRTUE

A half-forgotten entrant in the '90s anthropomorphic hero team craze, Warriors of Virtue put its own dreamlike spin on the TMNT/MMPR formula with a healthy dose of Daoist philosophy and wuxia wire-fighting wizardry. 

Confused by the concept of kung fu kangaroos? Do not think thoughts! Just do the right thing and come along with us on this campily wholesome ride.

Warriors of Virtue (1997)
Directed by Ronny Yu
Written by Michael Vickerman and Hugh Kelly
Starring Mario Yedidia, Angus Macfayden, Marley Shelton, Chao-Li Chi, Dennis Dun, Michael J. Anderson, Tom Towles, and suit performers Jack Tate, Don W. Lewis. J. Todd Adams, Adrienne Corcoran, and Doug Jones

July 15, 2022

Episode 203 - TOYS

It's good to know what you're getting into with Toys, a surprisingly adult-oriented movie built around the childlike whimsy of Robin Williams in an especially impish performance. It's an elaborate and impractical contraption that dazzles with stunning visuals and zany comedy, even as it departs from its family-friendly roots early and often.

Kev Young joins us for this Christmas in July special to talk about misdirection, mischief, and the militarization of our youthful fascinations!

Toys (1992)
Directed by Barry Levinson
Written by Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin
Starring Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack, Robin Wright, LL Cool J, Arthur Malet, Jamie Foxx, and Donald O’Connor