November 20, 2020

Episode 177 - THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

I wish I could tell you that The Shawshank Redemption was the greatest movie ever made, and just leave it at that. I wish I could tell you that...but podcasting is no fairy-tale world. A theatrical disappointment that found a second life on TV and home video, the film has earned its classic status with great storytelling and disarming sentimentality in depicting hope's hard-fought battle against despair.

We hope you enjoy the mononymous Barm (aka Tyler Neufeld) in his WWWW debut. We hope our love and gratitude fill this special Shanksgiving episode. We hope you have many reasons to give shanks, too. We hope.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Written and directed by Frank Darabont
Produced by Niki Marvin
Based on the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, and James Whitmore

October 30, 2020

Episode 176 - SCREAM 2

Sequels suck! Or do they? That's just one pillar in the tantalizing metatextual framework of Scream 2, a sly, sneaky, savage whodunit that builds upon the foundation of its trope-savvy predecessor. The redux uses a wealth of suspenseful setpieces and hilariously knowing dialogue to create a fine-tuned cinematic ouroboros that's always several steps ahead of audience expectations.

Daren Sprawls inexplicably returns from our first encounter with the Woodsboro gang to discuss the commodification of horror violence, debate the relative merits of movie sequels, and go deep on another soundtrack of eclectic '90s tunes. 

Scream 2 (1997)
Directed by Wes Craven
Produced by Cathy Konrad and Marianne Maddalena
Written by Kevin Williamson
Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jerry O’Connell, Jamie Kennedy, Timothy Olyphant, Elise Neal, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jada Pinkett, Omar Epps, Liev Schreiber, and Laurie Metcalf

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