October 9, 2020

Episode 175 - RETURN TO OZ

If you thought tin men and flying monkeys were strange, let me tell you about Return to Oz, a film that doubles down on the inexplicable whimsy of L. Frank Baum's beloved books and the unrestrained darkness that pervaded children's fantasy films during the 1980s. It's nightmare fuel delivered with a sprightly, wholesome spirit. It's also a marvel of practical effects with enough imagination and offbeat humor to enthrall a whole new generation of weirdos.

Thank goodness we've brought our friends Brian Rudloff and Nate Tapp along to share their thoughts about uncomfortable creature suits, traumatizing imagery, and the dangerous truth about eggs. Join us as we embrace the odd in our journey back to Oz. After all, it can't be helped now!

Return to Oz (1985)
Directed by Walter Murch
Produced by Paul Maslansky
Written by Walter Murch and Gill Dennis
Based on The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Starring Fairuza Balk, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie, Matt Clark, Denise Bryer, Sean Barrett, Brian Henson, and Nicol Williamson

September 18, 2020

Episode 174 - MULAN

Let's get down to business as we flap our gums about Mulan, the mold-breaking animated classic that loaded the Disney canon with its strongest questioning of gender roles at the time. In several ways, it transmuted the traditional formula that sustained the studio's modern resurgence, while still remaining a reflection of deeply internalized storytelling (and brand) values. The result: a rousing and memorable film that's true to its complex heart.

Kevin Chu brings honor to our pod as we dig into some of the catchiest tunes in the Disney discography, discuss the movie's depictions of Asian culture, and show Mushu a little love. This episode will surely make a man/woman/person out of you!

Mulan (1998)
Directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft
Written by Rita Hsiao, Philip LaZebnik, Chris Sanders, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, and Raymond Singer
Starring Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer, James Hong, Jerry Tondo, Gedde Watanabe, Harvey Fierstein, Soon-Tek Oh, Pat Morita, George Takei, June Foray, and Eddie Murphy

August 28, 2020

Episode 173 - THE LITTLE RASCALS

Kids say the darndest things...when they're not acting out an adorable and sometimes unsettling microcosm of the adult world. That's what we see in The Little Rascals, a modernized take on the scrappy Our Gang serials that relocates the antics of unsupervised moppets to the suburbs of the late 20th century. It also happens to be a lesson on maturity, inclusion, and gender equity pitched at a kindergarten reading level.

Ariel Quist Sprawls helps us explore how a Depression-era staple made a lasting impact on a generation of '90s kids, and challenged us to recognize the necessity of personal growth and societal change. The struggle is real, but you don't have to worry: Everything's gonna be oh-tay.


The Little Rascals
(1994)
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Produced by Michael King and Bill Oakes
Written by Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur, and Penelope Spheeris
Based on Our Gang created by Hal Roach
Starring Travis Tedford, Bug Hall, Brittany Ashton Holmes, Kevin Jamal Woods, Ross Bagley, Zachary Mabry, Blake McIver Ewing, and Petey the Dog

August 7, 2020

Episode 172 - SPICE WORLD v. GLITTER

How far will you go to defend your fandom? That's the question on our minds in this star vehicle showdown between Spice World and Glitter, two oft-maligned movies that deserve their long overdue day in court. And we've got the perfect stans to give us the case for each, as Matt Steele stands up for his beloved Spice Girls, and Matt Palmer goes to bat for his number one, Mariah Carey.

The Two Gay Matts unite for the first time on WWWW, and engage in a musical debate full of heartfelt entreaties, stunning rebuttals, and #JusticeForGlitter (and for Sporty Spice, too). If you're not a Wannabe, you'll get with these Loverboys - and feel their passion for pop music queens!


Spice World (1997)
Directed by Bob Spiers
Produced by Uri Fruchtmann, Mark Rosen, and Barnaby Thompson
Written by Kim Fuller
Starring Melanie Brown, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Richard E. Grant, Alan Cumming, Claire Rushbrook, George Wendt, Mark McKinney, and Roger Moore

Glitter (2001)
Directed by Vondie Curtis Hall
Produced by Laurence Mark
Written by Kate Lanier
Starring Mariah Carey, Max Beesley, Da Brat, Tia Texada, Ann Magnuson, Eric Benet, and Terrence Howard

July 17, 2020

Episode 171 - HAPPY GILMORE


The Summer of Sandler strokes back with the cross-training classic Happy Gilmore. It's a film that helped solidify the Sandman's reputation as a sophomoric softie with a predilection for helping little old ladies and a knack for getting humiliated by cameo-ing celebrities. And not only that, it might've turned a generation of slackers into weekend hackers, and helped transform golf culture as we know it.

Jim Gallivan joins us for his first round of WWWW as we tee up all our favorite lines, and find out if Happy's sense of humor is still up to par...jackass!


Happy Gilmore (1996)
Directed by Dennis Dugan
Produced by Robert Simonds
Written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler
Starring Adam Sandler, Julie Bowen, Christopher McDonald, Frances Bay, Kevin Nealon, Allen Covert, Joe Flaherty, Richard Kiel, and Carl Weathers

July 2, 2020

Episode 170 - TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE


Marionette might makes right in the raunchy puppet satire Team America: World Police, which takes aim at big-budget action clich├ęs, Hollywood pomposity, and post-9/11 geopolitics. It's an indiscriminately edgy film that packs all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, yet also stands as a showcase of painstaking production design and visual effects. For this movie, commitment is clearly not a problem.

Andrew McNally has the I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. to guide us through some complex feelings about America, South Park, and cinematic provocations in this special 4th of July blowout. Fuck Yeah!


Team America: World Police (2004)
Directed by Trey Parker
Produced by Scott Rudin, Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Pam Brady
Starring the voices of Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Masasa Moyo, Daran Norris, Phil Hendrie, and Maurice LaMarche

June 19, 2020

Episode 169 - NICKELODEON GAMESHOW SHOWDOWN


Kiddie competitions clash in our Nickelodeon Gameshow Showdown! We're serving up a bracket of eight iconic TV contests full of elaborate sets, screaming studio audiences, and lots of slime. Only one game show can be the final champion, as we put our own competitive twist on Nick's most memorable efforts to expand the possibilities of playtime.

Our grand prize guest, Brian Rudloff, has the guts to take on this (physical) challenge, and makes a legendary mark on this wild and crazy episode!


Episodes included in this podcast:

Global GUTS - "Angel vs. Alexey vs. Ana" (1995)
Get the Picture - "Nick & Amy vs. Jason & Kelli" (1991)

Family Double Dare - "Texas Twisters vs. Virginia Dares" (1992)
Nick Arcade - "Gina & Derek vs. Quincey & Robert" (1992)

What Would You Do? - "Making Sound Effects" (1993)
Wild & Crazy Kids - "Wild Rivers Water Show" (1990)

Figure It Out - "11 Pounds of Watermelon/Sour Milk Signal" (1997)
Legends of the Hidden Temple - "The Metal Beard of the Egyptian Queen" (1995)