July 16, 2021

Episode 189 - WWF vs. WCW: THE MONDAY NIGHT WAR

Stop us if this sounds familiar: impossibly muscled heroes in tights do battle with colorful villains, their operatic exploits unfolding over years and decades of serialized, heavily mythologized storylines. Even jabronis know that professional wrestling is as "fake" as any superhero comic - and just essential to the canon of American childhood. Never was this clearer than the late '90s heyday of the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling, two brash companies whose head-to-head showdown for TV wrestling supremacy catapulted the artform to new heights of popularity, creativity, and controversy. 

Cody Stallings tags in to give us a crash course on the WWF-WCW rivalry, as we grapple with its most shocking swerves and fiercest feuds in this pay-per-view-length episode. And that's the bottom line, 'cause WWWW said so!

Matches discussed in this podcast:
WCW Bash at the Beach 1996 - The Outsiders vs. Sting, Lex Luger, and Randy Savage
WWF Survivor Series 1997 - Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
WWF King of the Ring 1998 - The Undertaker vs. Mankind (Hell in a Cell)
WCW Thunder, April 26, 2000 - Jeff Jarrett and Eric Bischoff vs. Diamond Dallas Page and David Arquette

June 25, 2021

Episode 188 - THE WEDDING SINGER

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to revisit the Summer of Sandler! This time, our celebration has a decidedly romantic bent, as we untangle the mysteries of life, love, and local entertainers through the lessons of The Wedding Singer. It's an ouroboros of nostalgia that entangles our affection for '90s icons like Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore with a valentine to the omnipresent pop culture of the '80s.

Lindsay Mead keeps the party going in our ongoing tribute to the Sandman - and to the co-stars that shine just as bright in this feel-good retro romp. It's another WWWW love-fest...WHOOP-A-DEE-DOO!

The Wedding Singer (1998)
Directed by Frank Coraci
Written by Tim Herlihy
Starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Matthew Glave, Angela Featherstone, Ellen Dow, and Billy Idol

June 4, 2021

Episode 187 - TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY

Like a robot foot crushing the skull of an obsolete lifeform, Terminator 2: Judgment Day demolishes the mold of blockbuster sequels. It's a sleek, sexy upgrade jam-packed with iconic imagery, pitch-perfect performances, and groundbreaking special effects. An impressive achievement in every way, it set a standard for action dramas--not to mention gun-toting mama bears and cyborg father figures--that's endured for three decades.

Daniel Borders-Ashe joins us to talk about all things Terminator, and takes us on an emotional thrill ride that'll melt even the coldest metallic heart. So say "Hasta la vista" to your preconceptions, and 'cast with us if you want to live!

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Directed by James Cameron
Written by James Cameron and William Wisher
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton, and Edward Furlong

May 14, 2021

Episode 186 - THE PARENT TRAP (1998)

If remakes are like cinematic offspring, then 1998's The Parent Trap is full of youthful exuberance. Already notable for launching the acting career of Lindsey Lohan and the directorial career of Nancy Meyers, the film is determined to be a spunkier, more worldly version of its forebear, while sneaking in a complex adult romance alongside its tween twin hijinks.

Jenny Rudloff joins our WWWW family - and it's like discovering a long-lost sibling as we get together (yeah, yeah, yeah) to discuss the movie's queer subtexts and question the parenting strategies in this mischievous Disney flick.

The Parent Trap (1998)
Directed by Nancy Meyers
Written by David Swift and Nancy Meyers & Charles Shyer
Based on Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kastner and The Parent Trap (1961)
Starring Lindsey Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Lisa Ann Walter, Simon Kunz, and Elaine Hendrix

April 23, 2021

Episode 185 - The Dubbies From Home


From our home office to yours, it's the seventh edition of our year-in-review spectacular! 2020 was a weird year for everyone - including the film and TV industry - but there's still plenty to celebrate among the movies, shows, podcasts, and people that helped lift our spirits. It's comfies and casuals only at this award extravaganza...it's the Dubbies From Home!

This year's program of awards:

  • Most Watchable Performances
  • Worthiest Watches
  • Best Comeback
  • Most Unnecessary Throwback
  • Future WWWW Candidate
  • Most Nostalgic Moment
  • Best New Oldie
  • Best Performance by a Guest
  • Best Original Song in a Feature Film by a WWWW Guest
  • Spicetime Achievement Award
  • Best Original Song in a WWWW Episode
  • Best Performance by a Co-host
  • Best WWWW Episode of 2020

April 9, 2021

Episode 184 - THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE

Before Michael Bay, before Beast Wars, there was...The Transformers: The Movie. Dismissed in its time as a toyetic cog in a corporate moneymaking machine (which it is, to a certain extent), the film endures as a cult classic for many reasons: its anime-influenced visuals, an over-the-top rock soundtrack, and an emotional ruthlessness you don't expect from a cartoon about alien robots that fold into boomboxes.

That being said, The Transformers is still peak 1980s in all its loud, colorful excess. John Parton returns to discuss one of his prime cinematic passions, and transforms our perspective on this keystone of '80s nostalgia. Let's roll out!

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Directed by Nelson Shin
Written by Ron Friedman
Based on The Transformers TV series
Starring Peter Cullen, Judd Nelson, Robert Stack, Lionel Stander, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Idle, Frank Welker, and Orson Welles

April 1, 2021

"Episode 184" - JOEL SCHUMACHER'S BATMAN FOREVER


When an auteur filmmaker's ambitious vision is compromised by the Hollywood studio system, what's the right thing to do? Demand a do-over, of course! And thanks to years of persistent pleas from fans everywhere, we finally get to experience our generation's defining DC comic book movie event the way its creator intended.

That's right, we have seen the Schumacher Cut of Batman Forever... What? Were you expecting something else?

Guests from our theatrical cut episode Gensho Tasaka and Eric Wheeler re-enter the Batcave to debate all the changes, from the Flying Graysons singing an Icelandic sea shanty to the controversial inclusion of Mark Hamill as the Joker in that weird nightmare sequence. Brian Rudloff and Sam Stovold also join the roundtable, bringing not-so-trivial expertise from their own Batman Forever podcast (bafflingly titled Marvel Star Wars Explorers). 

Holy April Fool's Day, Batman! We wish! 

#ReleaseTheSchumacherCut