September 17, 2021

Episode 192 - FIGHT CLUB

Whether you consider it a haymaker of socio-political satire or a manual for radicalizing restless young men, Fight Club clearly knows how to land some punches. Grimy yet seductive, the movie has become startlingly prescient in presenting what once seemed like an extreme response to economic and spiritual crisis. It's too bad the rules say we can't actually talk about it...

Sean Davis meets us at a very strange time in our lives, as we give a blow-by-blow of the mischief, mayhem, and (subliminal?) meanings of Fight Club.

Fight Club (1999)
Directed by David Fincher
Written by Jim Uhls
Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk
Starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Jared Leto, and Meat Loaf

August 26, 2021

Episode 191 - NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

In 2004, Napoleon Dynamite was something rarer than a liger and more precious than a working time machine: a nationwide word-of-mouth hit. Its deadpan humor, quirky characters, and tacky aesthetics add up to an infinitely quotable 95 minute-mixtape of wholesome Americana and nostalgic ephemera. And along the way, it becomes an emotionally rewarding journey of surviving teenage exasperation, embarrassment, and slack-jawed boredom. Lucky!

We listen to our hearts as Jack Stovold helps make all our wildest podcast dreams come true. It's probably the best episode we've ever done.

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Directed by Jared Hess
Written by Jared and Jerusha Hess
Starring Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Haylie Duff, Shondrella Avery, and Diedrich Bader

August 6, 2021

Episode 190 - BOY MEETS WORLD

The standard-bearer of ABC's famed TGIF lineup throughout the '90s, Boy Meets World served up a weekly dose of warmth, wackiness, and wholesome teen romance. But even then, we knew that the show's real love story wasn't Cory and Topanga - it was Cory and Shawn, a bestie bromance for the ages. Toss in the gang's textbook co-dependency with mentor figure Mr. Feeny, and this is a sitcom steeped in playful psychological shenanigans.

Manny Lozano helps us pick up on the obvious-in-retrospect signals as we spend quality time with this formative family sitcom, and find that its heart and humor still resonate more than two decades later.

Boy Meets World (1993-2000)
Created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly
Starring Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle, Betsy Randle, William Russ, Lily Nicksay, Lindsay Ridgeway, Anthony Tyler Quinn, Trina McGee-Davis, Matthew Lawrence, Maitland Ward, and William Daniels

Episodes featured in this podcast:

"Teacher's Bet" (aired 11/19/1993)
"Chick Like Me" (aired 1/31/1997)
"Cult Fiction" (aired 4/25/1997)
"It's Not You...It's Me" (aired 10/17/1997)
"And Then There Was Shawn" (aired 2/27/1998)
"Brave New World" (aired 5/5/2000)

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