February 23, 2024

Episode 224 - HIGH FIDELITY

High Fidelity is anchored by the conceit of three dudes swapping sarcastic jokes while obsessing over pop culture and the past - obviously, something we know very little about. 

Andy Kim makes his podcasting debut (with a bullet!) to talk about this chronicle of heartbreak - and the road back to redemption - in what's sure to become one of our all time, top-five episodes about charmingly acerbic record store owners in romantic crisis.

High Fidelity (2000)
Directed by Stephen Frears
Written by D. V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, and Scott Rosenberg
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby
Starring John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Todd Louiso, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, Sara Gilbert, Lili Taylor, Joelle Carter, and Tim Robbins


January 26, 2024

Episode 223 - APOLLO 13

The thrilling true-life adventure of Apollo 13 is just the launchpad for a wide-ranging discussion, thanks to first-time guest Jeff Eckman and his passion for all things space exploration. In this episode, we deconstruct a disaster movie of the highest verisimilitude and celebrate human ingenuity in space and on set. Houston, we have a podcast!

Apollo 13 (1995)
Directed by Ron Howard
Written by William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert
Based on the book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger
Starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Kathleen Quinlan, and Ed Harris


December 15, 2023

Episode 222 - IT'S THE PEANUTS HOLIDAY BRACKET, CHARLIE BROWN!

'Tis the season for giving, and this year we're gifting listeners an entire bracket of Peanuts holiday specials! Charles Schulz's pals have celebrated a lot since their first iconic Christmas special. But has that initial outing ever been surpassed? Can elaborate paper valentines or dancing Easter beagles hold a candle to sadly slumping Christmas trees? And what the heck is a "Great Pumpkin" anyway?

And after we unpack these questions with special guest Brian Rudloff, we'll also unwrap real presents in this jam-packed, carefully-wrapped, ho ho holly, multi-holiday smorgasbord. Good grief!

Peanuts TV specials featured in this episode:

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975)
It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (1976)
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! (1986)
It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (1992)

November 30, 2023

Episode 221 - GOOD BURGER 2

Welcome back to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger 2, can we take your order? How about a bonus episode with the combo of Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell proving they've still got it after all these years?

We're still dudes making our own special sauce as we celebrate the origins of our podcast and enjoy some classic Nickelodeon silliness in this hangout episode. That'll be eight bucks.

Good Burger 2 (2023)
Directed by Phil Traill
Written by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Siefert
Starring Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Kamaia Fairburn, Alex R. Hibbert, Fabrizio Guido, Emily Hinkler, Elizabeth Hinkler, Anabel Graetz, Lil Rel Howery, and Jillian Bell 


November 17, 2023

Episode 220 - GREMLINS / GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH

It's time for another Thanksgiving twin bill, and this year we're getting gluttonous with Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. We're celebrating the sensibility of Joe Dante as he and his collaborators hurl a hearty 'nyah-nyah' at cherished American institutions from Christmas to capitalism.

Nate Tapp lifts up our holiday spirits in our anything-goes appreciation of these chaotic, cartoony classics. This is G1 and G2, people!

Gremlins (1984)
Directed by Joe Dante
Written by Chris Columbus
Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Polly Holliday, Dick Miller, Glynn Turman, Judge Reinhold, Corey Feldman, and Howie Mandel as the voice of Gizmo

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Directed by Joe Dante
Written by Charlie Haas
Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Picardo, Robert Prosky, Haviland Morris, Dick Miller, Gedde Watanabe, and Christopher Lee with Howie Mandel as the voice of Gizmo and Tony Randall as the voice of the Brain Gremlin

 

October 20, 2023

Episode 219 - SCARY MOVIE / SCARY MOVIE 2

Spooky season becomes spoof-y season with our frightfully funny double feature of Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2. These two Wayans-fueled installments created the blueprint for modern movie parodies with raunchy, sophomoric gags that pantsed everything and everyone in pop culture.

We say "Wazzuuuup!" to returning guest Kevin Taylor and find out if the no holds barred humor we loved in middle school gives us juvenile thrills or cringey chills.

Scary Movie (2000)
Directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans
Written by Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, and Phil Beauman; and Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
Starring Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Jon Abrahams, Shawn Wayans, Shannon Elizabeth, Lochlyn Munro, Dave Sheridan, and Marlon Wayans

Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans
Written by Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Alyson Fouse, Greg Grabianski, Dave Polsky, Michael Anthony Snowden, and Craig Wayans
Starring Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, David Cross, Tori Spelling, Kathleen Robertson, Christopher Masterson, Chris Elliot, and Tim Curry



September 22, 2023

Episode 218 - BLADE

Just as poorly-received pulp serials and campy eye candy threatened to drain the superhero genre of its box office life force, new blood appeared in the form of a human-vampire hybrid with a serious vendetta against so-called "suckheads." Based on a character from Marvel's 1970s horror titles, Blade not only reimagined its titular antihero, but also set a stylish new standard for comic book action movies in the next decade and beyond.

We're thrilled to welcome new guest Ryan Davis, who helps us debate the origins of pureblood vampires, explain the methodology behind a good GameFAQs walkthrough, and ponder why some MFers are always trying to ice skate uphill.

Blade (1998)
Directed by Stephen Norrington
Written by David S. Goyer
Based on characters created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan
Starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Sanaa Lathan, and Kris Kristofferson