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A film podcast dedicated to the underdogs — the disasters, the bombs, the much maligned! So sit back, grab a beer, and enjoy!

A film podcast dedicated to the underdogs — the disasters, the bombs, the much maligned! So sit back, grab a beer, and enjoy!

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A film podcast dedicated to the underdogs — the disasters, the bombs, the much maligned! So sit back, grab a beer, and enjoy!

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English


Episodes

Stuart Saves His Family – In Need of an Intervention

1/22/2021
Stuart Saves His Family is a textbook example of how not all sketches are meant to be made into films. If it's not the worst Saturday Night Live adaptation, it's certainly close. Based on Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley, as well as an in-character novel by Al Franken (the movie's star), the film never seems to understand what made Smalley work in the first place. Worse, it's not at all funny. It wraps him in a realistic world, full of realistic and often depressing family...

Duration:01:31:53

MacGruber – Pound Some...

1/15/2021
MacGruber, which is a riff on the old jack-of-all trades television character MacGyver, is one of the more perplexing Saturday Night Live adaptations. I don't say that in a bad way. It's more because it takes a truncated skit (generally 30 seconds) and turns it into an unabashed, hard R, gross out gag, lowbrow yuck fest. That conceit can be a lot when stretched over 90 minutes. If that sounds terrible, and some may certainly find it to be, we don't blame you; but it's actually a lot of...

Duration:01:29:20

Blues Brothers 2000 – We're on a Mission from Pod

1/8/2021
Blues Brothers 2000 should have never happened. Period. It's an uninspired rehash of one of the great 80s comedies. There is nothing new here; thus, there was no reason for revisiting the titular brothers. Oh, and lest we forget that one of them—John Belushi—tragically passed away in 1982. Without his oversized and all-consuming personality, there is an undeniable void that's never filled. The magic is gone. And no matter how many fake brothers you insert into the mix, it's not going to...

Duration:01:33:39

New Year's Eve – F**k Bon Jovi

1/1/2021
New Year's Eve sucks. I'm sorry, but it's the truth. Like the holiday itself, it's an exercise in excess—boasting an A-list cast, yet giving them nothing to do. It's mind-numbingly stupid and obscenely scripted. The fact that it expects you to like these characters is, in itself, anger-inducing. You will hate these people. All of them, but especially Bon Jovi—who inexplicably doesn't play himself. Instead, he's a sappy musician named Jensen. Honestly, the only way to get through it is to...

Duration:01:27:24

It's a Wonderful Life – Hee Haw!

12/25/2020
It's a Wonderful Life is a legitimate classic. It's aired every year around the holidays, and its message is as inspiring now as it was when it was released in 1946. It's a timeless tale of a man who feels his life has been unfulfilled. He's missed out on the world travels he swore he'd take; he's missed out on college to bailout his father's fledgling savings and loan; and he was unable to serve in World War II due to a childhood injury. Despite those opportunities lost, George Bailey...

Duration:01:53:50

Santa's Slay – Grandpa Got Run Over by a Hell Deer

12/18/2020
Santa's Slay is exactly what the title implies. Santa Claus—played by WCW and WWE's Bill Goldberg—is big, angry, and not very keen on spreading Christmas cheer. Rather, he opts to spend the holidays igniting "Yuletide fear." That's the movie. Literally, that's it. Santa Claus is an asshole, who's hell bent on revenge. Why? Well, he was only nice because he lost in a game of chance to an angel who just happened to be out wondering the frozen tundra. I'd go deeper, yet there's no reason to....

Duration:01:11:22

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Fresh Out of Fairy Dust

12/11/2020
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is everything wrong with modern-day cinema. It takes a classic property—in this case, both a beloved ballet and story—and turns it into a paint-by-numbers adventure tale. Folks, this is a literal CGI-invested hellscape of banal ideas and idiotic plot. Worse, it's essentially a template that Disney has beaten to death—think Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland or The Chronicles of Narnia. One of those at least did its property justice. Point is, we've treaded...

Duration:01:55:28

Tango & Cash – Armed and Definitely Dangerous

12/4/2020
Tango & Cash is a the cinematic manifestation of all the 80s muscle-bound mayhem rolled into one messy package. It's a part serious, part satirical, part nonsensical tale of dueling cops forced into an uneasy partnership. And as much as it clearly doesn't work, it somehow is a hell of a lot of fun. Pairing two of the decade's iconic stars, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell, as the titular duo, Tango & Cash was meant to be a mega hit. To a degree, it was; it earned $120.4 million on a...

Duration:02:00:58

Bullet to the Head – Brawn, Booze, and Bullets

11/27/2020
Bullet to the Head is a throwback to a simpler time; an era when men were men, off-color jokes were plentiful, and the amount of heroic quips was only surpassed by the body count. Serving as Sylvester Stallone's late mid-life crisis, Bullet to the Head is an unapologetic homage to the action films of yesteryear. This makes all the more sense when you consider that director Walter Hill perfected this template with 48 Hrs., a mismatched buddy classic. Some may argue that formula doesn't...

Duration:01:27:45

Judge Dredd – We are the Law

11/20/2020
Judge Dredd—which is based on the character from 2000 AD, a weekly British comic—is a sadly generic action film that fails to grasp the subversive nature of its character. The titular judge—and the system in which he serves—is written as a commentary on the overly aggressive tactics of American law enforcement. The movie, despite nailing the look and feel of Mega-City One and its characters, plays it much more straight forward. Sylvester Stallone, the literal Judge Joseph Dredd, is meant to...

Duration:01:44:53

Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot – Literally, Please Stop

11/13/2020
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is Sylvester Stallone's attempt at an action comedy. Suffice to say, it's firing blanks. Co-starring Estelle Getty (Sophia on Golden Girls), it was a spin on the overused trope of mismatched/buddy cops. The conceit is a Hollywood staple, but rarely has it been used to such disastrous effect. Stop! is a Saturday Night Live skit exhaustively stretched to fill an hour and a half film. It is rarely funny—with in-jokes that become derivative within its first 15...

Duration:01:28:22

Over the Top – It's Like a Switch

11/6/2020
Over the Top is an 80s treasure. Set amidst the backdrop of long-haul trucking and arm wrestling, it's a patently absurd film about a father reuniting with his son. More important, though, it's oozing with machismo and righteous tunes. It's honestly all the best things about the decade rolled into one undersized, sweat-infused, cut-off shirt. And it must be seen. Produced by the legendary B-movie assembly line Cannon Films, Over the Top embodies much of their spirit. For one, it thinks...

Duration:01:24:09

The Stephen King Roundtable

10/30/2020
Much of our "Flops that Go Bump in the Night" series has been dedicated to adaptations of the great Stephen King's work. Those films have varied in quality, but none have attained the utter madness of the four films we chose for our last installment. For this final horror-inspired episode, we stared down rampaging machinery, fueled by an all AC/DC soundtrack and a hefty amount of sugar boogers, with Maximum Overdrive; we gorged ourselves with cursed pies and bad product placement with...

Duration:02:02:21

The Mist – Took John Lee!

10/23/2020
The Mist is an experience that will stick with you. Though it is small in scale, primarily set inside a supermarket in a remote Maine town, there are huge emotional stakes. Thus, it is another fine interpretation of Stephen King's writing. Directed by Frank Darabont—who'd previously helmed King's The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile—the pedigree of this one was all but assured. And, like those other two, it is exceptional. It's well casted—Marcia Gay Harden as religious zealot Mrs....

Duration:01:33:22

Doctor Sleep – Shine On

10/16/2020
As we referenced on our last pod—Dreamcatcher—adaptations of Stephen King novels range wildly in their quality. Doctor Sleep, fortunately, continues their recent upward trend. As a sequel to The Shining, Stanley Kubrick's beloved 1980 film, as well as a translation of King's source, it had big shoes to film. It does so more than admirably. Credit to director Mike Flanagan for that seamless combination. Flanagan, a rising star in the horror genre, was handed the reigns to Doctor Sleep after...

Duration:01:21:59

Dreamcatcher – A Bad Case of Alien Hemorrhoids

10/9/2020
Dreamcatcher is based on a novel by Stephen King. King is indisputably this generation's most prolific writer of horror. Unfortunately, for too long, the film's based on his novels weren't up to snuff. Dreamcatcher certainly falls into that category. It's filled with laughable dialogue, slapstick scares, and a near nonsensical plot. In short, it's a mess. But it shouldn't have been. Its cast is excellent, featuring Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Timothy Olyphant, and Damian Lewis in the lead...

Duration:01:45:39

Wes Craven's New Nightmare – The Master Returns

10/2/2020
Wes Craven's New Nightmare came only a decade after the original, yet somehow—in that short span—it missed the height of the character's popularity. Freddy Krueger, for a time, transcended the screen. Toys, a TV show, and halloween costumes flooded the marketplace. Yes, Freddy Krueger, the burned, sadistic child molester, was even on a children's bubble gum. So, quite unfortunately, by the time New Nightmare arrived, the franchise had declined both critically and commercially. The horror...

Duration:01:19:36

Dukes of Hazzard – A Class-E Felony

9/25/2020
The Dukes of Hazzard was one of many TV shows to be adapted in the early and mid-2000s. Some were good, most were not. Dukes falls into the latter category. But it shouldn't have. Helmed by Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar and starring Johnny Knoxville, Sean Williams Scott, Burt Reynolds, and Jessica Simpson (amongst many other notable names), the ingredients were there. Yet despite its talented cast and director, it's a painfully unfunny update that mostly runs on fumes. The script,...

Duration:01:29:28

Idiocracy – We've Got What Listeners Crave

9/18/2020
Idiocracy presents us with a glimpse of a fairly dismal future—one full of idiots and societal decay. That may sound depressing on the surface, but Idiocracy was written and directed by Mike Judge (creator of Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill, and writer/director of Office Space). Thus, it is a satirical look at a not-so-bright America in the year 2505. As Judge's follow up to Office Space, one would assume it would've been highly touted. Not so. Fox, who distributed the movie due to a...

Duration:01:23:45

Wild Wild West – So Many Spiders

9/11/2020
Oh Wild Wild West, how did it go so wrong? Will Smith was literally crushing it in the years leading up to the epic Western misfire. He'd embodied the cool renegade cop with Bad Boys; he'd conquered invading lifeforms twice with Independence Day and Men in Black (MIB); and he'd even bested corrupt federal agents in Enemy of the State. Wild Wild West was meant to be yet another high in his meteoric rise—particularly since it reunited him with the director of MIB, Barry Sonnenfeld. Alas, it...

Duration:01:11:39