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42. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind / The Color Purple

It's a Steven Spielberg double-header as Laci and Matt pit their cherished, beloved load-bearing beams against one another. First up: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) whose title, we all know, refers to a physical interaction with an alien. We all know this. Then it's The Color Purple (1985), whose title, as we all know, refers to naturally occurring purple. We all know this. Time stamps: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (9:43) The Color Purple (33:16) Do you want us to...


41. Dude, Where's My Car? (Listener Choice!)

Get shibby with us as we discuss Dude, Where's My Car? (2000) and all its fascinating and devastating implications. What can the continuum transponder tell us about the effects of quantitative easing? How could Jesse and Chester have used Bayesian probability theory to determine where to first look for their car? And wouldn't this movie be better if these two nice fellas were just boyfriends the whole time? Come on, guys. Do you want us to talk about YOUR movie? Leave a review of our...


40. Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York is a life-affirming romp about how gosh-darn fun it is to make gorgeous works of art! (Maybe we misread it.) Topics covered include mourning Philip Seymour Hoffman, traveling for work, how buying a house is basically buying a burning building that will smell, whether a nice person can be a great artist, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and constructing your own reality on social media. Time stamps: Synecdoche, New York: 03:00 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless...


39. Parenthood

After a month away, Load Bearing Beams returns to talk 'hood... parenthood, that is! Ron Howard's 1989 feature warmed audiences' hearts everywhere, but how does it hold up today? Then Laci and Matt give real talk about child rearing, pregnancy, and the perpetual exhaustion that comes with being a parent, as well as the movies and TV shows that accurately show all of this. Finally, they discuss Terms Of Endearment, James L. Brooks's 1983 Oscar-winning classic about mothers, daughters, and...


38. The Godfather Trilogy (Listener Choice!)

Brother Of The Show Elliott Stokes hops aboard to discuss all three of Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather films. Do you want us to talk about YOUR movie? Leave a review of our podcast on iTunes, and in your review give us the name of your load-bearing beam and why it's so important to you. Website: www.loadbearingbeams.com Twitter: @LoadBearingPod YouTube: LoadBearingBeams


37. Little Nicky / Slums Of Beverly Hills

Matt and Laci watched Little Nicky (2000) and Slums Of Beverly Hills (1998) two weeks ago and barely remember them. Still, they bravely trudge ahead and discuss their feelings on revisiting the two films after more than ten years. PLUS: Thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story, more debate about the merits of the Foo Fighters, and an examination of when phone calls became the worst. Time stamps: Little Nicky (15:48) Slums Of Beverly Hills (29:30) Do you want us to talk about YOUR movie?...


The Best Of Load Bearing Beams!

Due to a family emergency, Laci and Matt weren't able to record a new episode this week, so instead we present seventeen short clips from the podcast that are just plum terrific. They are: "John Williams Loves a Buffet" (from Hook) "Is Jim Carrey Funny?" (from The Grinch) "Shouldn't Young Doc Brown Recognize His Future Self?" (from Back to the Future Part II) "Farting Your Dinner" (from Nacho Libre) "Matt hates The Goonies" (from The Goonies) "We're not impressed with Vada's poem at...


Avengers: Infinity War (a.k.a., The Lost Episode)

We lost most of this episode, but we salvaged a debate about whether or not the Foo Fighters are good and included a 20-minute bonus review of Avengers: Infinity War and Matt's thoughts on the weirdness of how voice-over narration is used in the 1996 film Matilda. Time stamps: Foo Fighters [09:20] Avengers: Infinity War [14:55] Do you want us to talk about YOUR movie? Leave a review of our podcast on iTunes, and in your review give us the name of your load-bearing beam and why it's...


36. Nacho Libre (Listener Choice!)

Friend Of The Show Caleb Hogan joins the show live in studio to discuss his Listener Choice (because he's a Listener as well!) movie: 2006's Nacho Libre. Jack Black plays Ignacio, a friar in rural southwestern Mexico who longs to be a luchador. But that makes this movie sound much more conventional than what it is, because, really, it's just Napoleon Dynamite, but in Mexico instead of Idaho, and with a monastery instead of a high school, and with lucha wrestling instead of silly...


35. A League Of Their Own / City Lights

In an episode Laci calls "A City Of Their Own" and Matt calls "A Light Of Their Cities," the Dangerous Dyad discuss 1992's baseball picture A League Of Their Own and 1931's alienation picture City Lights. A League Of Their Own starts right off with the annoying wrap-around modern story that then flashes back to the action you bought your ticket for. Why do so many movies do this? Does League overcome this tiresome trope? Then, City Lights is for many people a gateway drug into silent...


34. Corky Romano (Listener Choice!)

In 2001, Corky Romano rode a wave of movie vehicles led by Saturday Night Live alumni whose titles were the first and last names of their fictional protagonists. The movie was not a success. It derailed Chris Kattan's career. It has a 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the most poorly reviewed movie covered on the podcast. But is it actually that bad? Could the critics have been correct? Or is there something more to this movie? Is it, perhaps, what Laci calls a cucumber? Listen and...


33. Duck Soup / Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

In an episode Laci calls, "Ace Soup" and Matt calls, "A Detective, Duck!" the Cromulent Couple once again wade into the uncertain world of comedy. Comedy is hard to discuss. You either find something funny or you don't. Case in point: Duck Soup (1933), an 85-year-old movie that Laci, having never seen a Marx Brothers movie, found utterly hilarious. And case in counter-point: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1995), a movie heretofore unseen by Matt that is comparably new, yet seems incredibly...


32. Friday (Listener Choice!)

Friday (1995) is a slice-of-life comedy from the mid-nineties that has spawned a million quotes and memes repeated ad infinitum. It's one of those movies that's hard to appreciate afresh. But Matt had never seen it, and Laci hadn't seen it in a long time, so at a listener's behest, they watched and talk about. To make a long story short: It's really funny, and actually really deep. We recommend this oral history of Friday from Complex. Do you want us to talk about YOUR movie? Leave a...


31. Beavis & Butt-Head Do America / The Pick-Up Artist

Guys: things used to be weird. In 1996, Beavis & Butt-Head Do America earned $61 million at the box office. Matt loved it as a teenager, and still loves it as an adult. But it leads to perhaps the biggest divide Laci and Matt have ever had on this podcast, as she is physically repulsed by it. What exactly is going on here? Then, in The Pick-Up Artist (1987), a film helmed by accused serial sexual predator James Toback, Robert Downey, Jr. is a sexual predator. But he's charming! So we...


30. Léon: The Professional (Listener Choice!)

Listener Polliwogwannabe suggested Luc Besson's 1994 classic Léon: The Professional, a film Laci mistook for a kids movie about a cartoon mouse. Turns out she had actually seen it before, because it fits right into her mid-nineties canon of thrillers featuring antiheroes in dark clothing who like to talk about pop singers. Matt had never seen it. WHAT DID WE THINK? Only one way to find out: By reading this sentence—we loved it! But you should still listen. Time stamp: Léon: The...


29. Interview With the Vampire / The Maltese Falcon

In an episode Laci calls "The Black Bird Interviews" and that Matt calls "Vampires Of Malta," the Peerless Pair discuss 1994's vampire/journalism film Interview With the Vampire and 1941's detective/raptor movie The Maltese Falcon. Topics covered include Tom Cruise's career, Kirsten Dunst vs. Natalie Portman, the Twilight Saga, and Humphrey Bogart's mouthpiece. Time stamps: Interview With the Vampire: 06:39 The Maltese Falcon: 36:26 Website: www.loadbearingbeams.com Twitter:...


28. The Bucket List (Listener Choice!)

A Listener joins us to talk about his Choice! Friend Of The Show Wade Hymel makes his triumphant return to LBB to discuss 2007's The Bucket List, a movie about death and the meaning of life. And that's what this episode is—a mediation on mortality, self-actualization, and the strange arc of human life, from infancy to mature adult to immature elderly person. Wade is technically a listener, so this fits into the whole scheme of Load Bearing Beams. Not gonna lie: This episode goes to some...


27. Rocky / Welcome To the Dollhouse

In an episode Laci calls "Rocky House" but that Matt calls "Rockin' At the Dollhouse," Laci and Matt discuss the feel-good movie of all time, Rocky (1976) and the feel-bad movie of all time, Welcome To the Dollhouse (1996). What follows is weirdly intense discussion about mortality, bullying, and happiness. Also: Matt's senior class trip to Disney World sucked. Time stamps: Rocky: 06:08 Welcome To the Dollhouse: 22:37 Website: www.loadbearingbeams.com Twitter: @LoadBearingPod


26. The Goonies (Listener Choice!)

The Goonies (1985) is a movie beloved by many, but not by us. A listener suggested we watch it and reappraise it. We have many thoughts. For one, why do they even need a map when they just seem to fall down a coupla holes and land in a pirate ship? Anyway, just listen. ALSO: Uninformed Oscar predictions. Time stamps: Uninformed Oscar Predictions: 03:00 The Goonies: 08:52 Website: www.loadbearingbeams.com Twitter: @LoadBearingPod


25. Ever After / X-Men

In an episode Laci calls "Ever Men" but that Matt calls "X1: X-Men Ever After," the pair discuss Ever After (1998) and X-Men (2000), two movies that, to everyone's surprise, are both pure delights! Ever After, Drew Barrymore deploys a most unconvincing British accent to play the French commoner Danielle de Barbarac who pulls off a most sinister rouse and pretends to be the Comtesse de Lancret! Love ensues. Good movie. In X-Men, Hugh Jackman/Jack Hughman finds himself caught up in a war...