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Testing the strength of friendships one terrible movie at a time.

Testing the strength of friendships one terrible movie at a time.
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Testing the strength of friendships one terrible movie at a time.




They Called This a Movie Episode 50 - Deadly Prey (1987)

In Vietnam, he was the best... He still is! It's our 50th episode and, boy, do we have a very special episode for you this week. With Rambo: Last Blood releasing this week, we decided to take a look at a knockoff of the original First Blood with Deadly Prey. And it's pretty amazing. Kick back and listen to our episode on this hidden gem. We talk about Ted Prior's shorts, Colonel Hogan's descent into cartoon villainy, and debate whether or not one particular moment in this film is the...


They Called This a Movie Episode 49 - Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

How do you stop a killer who is already behind bars? Find out on this week's episode of They Called This a Movie. This week, Dan and Mark hold down the fort as Anthony is on vacation, so the inmates running the asylum decide to get all up in some Gerard Butler goodness, with 2009's Law Abiding Citizen. Settle in for more Philadelphia talk, some talk about how Dan feels disappointed in not seeing more of Gerard Butler, and more. You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play...


They Called This a Movie Episode 48 - Funland (1987)

Welcome to the abusement park... get it? This week, while crazy clown Pennywise terrorizes the Losers' Club one last time in Derry, we decide to check out a true anomaly: 1987's Funland. We use the word "baffling" a lot, and this one may redefine that. It's not quite a character study of a man going through a nervous breakdown and it's not quite a hilariously offbeat comedy that doesn't mind pushing a few buttons. In a way, it tries to do a bunch of things and succeeds at none of...


They Called This a Movie Episode 47 - Mannequin: On the Move (1991)

And we can build this thing together Stand this stormy weather Nothing's gonna stop us now... And nothing should stop you from listening to this week's podcast, as we cover Mannequin: On the Move. It's an episode where Dan is absolutely baffled by Mark and Anthony's enjoyment of this film. So kick back and relax as we cover how well the film represents Philadelphia, how much we fall in love with Kristy Swanson all over again, and just how much Dan disliked this week's movie. You can...


They Called This a Movie Episode 46 - Mission of Justice (1992)

Out of Uniform... Out of control. This week, Angel Has Fallen, a film that probably no one asked for, hits theaters this week. Rather than trying to find another Gerard Butler movie to watch (God forbid), we watched another action movie, which also happens to be a second sequel of sorts. It's Mission of Justice, otherwise known as Martial Law III. Maybe you haven't heard of Mission of Justice; well, neither had we, but lets just say we had an absolute blast with this one. Listen as we...


They Called This a Movie Episode 45 - Serenity (2019)

McConaughey. Hathaway. And a fish called Justice. This week on They Called This a Movie, we decide to head deep into the McConaughaissance with this year's box office flop, Serenity. This one is a truly baffling movie, so listen to us dissect this thriller, as we discuss the laughable age gap, the crazy implications that come with the unnecessary twist, and whether or not this movie should have witches. You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Podcasts. If you want to see...


They Called This a Movie Episode 44 - Lost Treasure of the Maya (2008)

Amazon Prime giveth, and Amazon Prime taketh away. This week, the live action feature film adaptation of Dora and the Lost City of Gold hits theaters, and rather than spend the time to watch a competent Indiana Jones ripoff like Tomb Raider or Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, we dug deep and found Lost Treasure of the Maya, otherwise known as No Bad Days, which doesn't make any sense. This one is a tough one to get through, which explains the short runtime for this week's...


They Called This a Movie Episode 43 - Masters of the Universe (1987)

WE HAVE THE POWER! It's all beefcakes, stage actors, and ruined childhoods, as They Called this a Movie heads back to 80s Saturday morning cartoons to cover one of the most disappointing adaptations of all-time. With Hobbs and Shaw in theaters this week, we tried to tie in this week's movie, but instead, we pivoted and watched Masters of the Universe, the 1987 film starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man. Listen as we break down the film, discussing the deviation from the cartoon all the kids...


They Called This a Movie Episode 42 - Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003)

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day. And then, we recorded a podcast. Last week, the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Cats dropped like a lead balloon. So, that got us thinking about the last time a celebrity dressed up like a cat for a worldwide audience. Unfortunately, that made us have to watch the 2003 adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. Listen to our latest episode as we try to avoid discussing this...


They Called This a Movie Episode 41 - Starcrash (1979)

From a vast and distant galaxy... A Space Adventure for all time! Or it's just your run-of-the-mill budget Star Wars film. July 20th marks the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, and to help celebrate, we decided to sit down and watch Starcrash, an Italian-produced film that has absolutely no similarities to any current Disney-owned properties. Join us as we get together to discuss the crazy backstory of actor Marjoe Gortner, praise the voicework of the southern-twangy space robot, and...


They Called This a Movie Episode 40 - The Sandlot: Heading Home (2007)

You're killing me, Smalls! This week, we decided to jump right in to America's pastime with the second sequel to a beloved sports film, as the MLB celebrates its Midsummer Classic, the 2019 All Star Game. You might be thinking: The Sandlot was a perfect movie. It doesn't need a sequel. But you're forgetting it had neither Luke Perry nor time travel, idiot. Kick back and listen from the nosebleeds, as we delve into the complete lack of empathy we have for the main character, how little...


They Called This a Movie Episode 39 - Invasion U.S.A. (1985)

No one thought it could ever happen here... This week, we're ringing in the nation's birthday with xenophobia, big guns, and denim. Lots and lots of denim. A group of terrorists invade the United States, hell-bent on tearing at the very fabric of this great nation. We're talking guys with guns blowing up neighborhoods, churches, and even shopping malls. Luckily, the terrorists didn't count on one man: Matt Hunter. Sit back and listen as we discuss Invasion U.S.A., this week's celebration...


They Called This a Movie Episode 38 - Dolls (1987)

The toys are back in town. This week, we have a thematic double feature, as both Child's Play and Toy Story 4 face off for box office supremacy. Rather than watch any movies from those respective series, we decided to split the difference and watch Stuart Gordon's killer toy movie, Dolls, from 1987. Spoiler alert: we all, more or less, enjoyed this movie. Listen as we discuss the quality of stop-motion animation, the over-the-top performances, and how we feel we'd fare in a fight with a...


They Called This a Movie Episode 37 - Amanda and the Alien (1995)

Amanda always knew she'd fall in love, she was just hoping for something human. It's an alien-filled weekend as Men in Black: International hits theaters. By all accounts, it sounds like it could be a future They Called This a Movie entry, but for this week, we decided to track down a little seen made-for-cable movie starring Baywatch star, Nicole Eggert. This is one of our more divisive movies, as our opinions range across the spectrum. Some of us hate this one, while others desperately...


They Called This a Movie Episode 36 - Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Break out the short shorts and head towards the swimmin' hole. This week, They Called This a Movie is headed to summer camp! Rather than watch a movie based on a new release, we decided to welcome the season of pools, sunburns, and cookouts with one of the most infamous summer camp movies of all-time: the 1983 slasher Sleepaway Camp. Listen as we discuss this crazy movie, as we tackle everything from its problematic ending to its over-the-top performances and discuss how much we had a...


They Called This a Movie Episode 35 - Kraa! The Sea Monster (1998)

Big Alien. Bat Attitude! It's time to get comfortable as we sit back and watch some guy in a rubber suit destroy a small city. Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters this week, and while the original kaiju may have progressed past miniatures and costumes, we throw it back to some classic monster movie aesthetics with Kraa! The Sea Monster. We discuss everything from Alison Lohman's career to the low-budget nature of the film and even speculate on why this movie feels like two movies...


They Called This a Movie Episode 34 - Kazaam (1996)

Let's green eggs and ham it up this week as we dive deep into the world of genie movies. With Dan on vacation this week, Mark and Anthony get together to discuss Kazaam, the 1996 film starring Shaquille O'Neal, while the live action remake of Aladdin sets to hit theaters. We discuss everything from the overt racism of the film, how Shaq's natural charisma is wasted in the movie, and just how baffling it is that this was written and directed by the original Starsky. We also dive into the...


They Called This a Movie Episode 33 - Raven (1996)

For years the government paid him to kill. Now he is self-employed! This week's episode of They Called This a Movie takes a page from John Wick 3, and takes a look at another contract killer. Sort of. We watched, Raven, a direct-to-video action movie from 1996 starring Bandit himself, Burt Reynolds. Burt Reynolds plays Raven, the best mercenary in the world as he seeks out revenge on the government officials that almost killed him. It's a cold-blooded killer on a mission to best the forces...


They Called This a Movie Episode 32 - Double Dragon (1994)

It's time to sit close to the television, set it to channel 3, and pop in that little gray cartridge, because this week we're throwing it all the way back to the days of the original NES system. If this podcast doesn't work at first, take it out, blow on it, and plug it back in. With Pokémon's Detective Pikachu set to hit theaters this week, we kick (get it?) back with some cheesy martial arts "fun" with the 1994 film Double Dragon, based on the classic beat-em up game of the same name. We...


They Called This a Movie Episode 31 - Avengers: Endgame (2019)

This. Was. Inevitable. And We. Are. They Called This a Movie. (NOTE: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS) This week, we take a break from punishing ourselves to talk about a little indie flick called Avengers: Endgame. Ever heard of it? Yes, even though we watched the Italian exploitation flick, Endgame, last week to help us prepare, we couldn't resist spending this week talking about the juggernaut that Marvel unleashed on box offices. Thanks to a pretty weak release schedule this week,...