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Almost every movie you love is secretly insane. Cracked Movie Club is here to show you why! Join co-hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson (plus special guests) for a journey through the secrets, strangeness, and fan theories behind movies you’ll never see the same way again. And every month focuses on one director’s work, building a case for exactly why Hollywood’s greatest minds are weirder than you ever thought possible.

Almost every movie you love is secretly insane. Cracked Movie Club is here to show you why! Join co-hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson (plus special guests) for a journey through the secrets, strangeness, and fan theories behind movies you’ll never see the same way again. And every month focuses on one director’s work, building a case for exactly why Hollywood’s greatest minds are weirder than you ever thought possible.
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Almost every movie you love is secretly insane. Cracked Movie Club is here to show you why! Join co-hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson (plus special guests) for a journey through the secrets, strangeness, and fan theories behind movies you’ll never see the same way again. And every month focuses on one director’s work, building a case for exactly why Hollywood’s greatest minds are weirder than you ever thought possible.

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Episodes

Uncle Buck

11/30/2017
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John Hughes month concludes on Cracked Movie Club! By 1989, John Hughes was closing out a decade of wild success with teen comedies and had been steadily branching out into more adult-oriented fare, most of which starred John Candy. Hughes kept that train rolling with Uncle Buck, starring Candy as the titular uncle who has to care for his brother’s kids after a family tragedy. Out of the surprisingly few films of which Candy was the star, Uncle Buck was the most successful, and its...

Duration: 01:02:15


Planes, Trains and Automobiles

11/23/2017
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John Hughes month continues on Cracked Movie Club! There’s no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than by watching John Hughes’ 1987 film Planes, Train and Automobiles, his first adult-centered feature after a string of teen angst hits. Although not a big hit when it was released, the movie has gone on to be arguably Hughes’ best liked film, as well as one of the best liked films of its two stars, Steve Martin and John Candy (Candy’s terrible mustache notwithstanding). On this week’s...

Duration: 01:03:43


Ferris Bueller's Day Off

11/16/2017
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John Hughes month continues on Cracked Movie Club! In 1986, John Hughes was on a roll that had suddenly transformed him from a screenwriter of adult-oriented comedies to the king of teen angst movies. He kept that train rolling with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a movie he pitched and wrote in a week about a high school senior who skips school for the day and takes his girlfriend and his wet blanket best friend on a series of hijinks through Chicago. Meanwhile, they are pursued by the...

Duration: 01:06:21


Sixteen Candles

11/9/2017
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John Hughes month continues on Cracked Movie Club! In 1984, after writing a string of successful comedies, Hughes made his directorial debut with Sixteen Candles, which launched the careers of 80s it-girl Molly Ringwald, John and Joan Cusack, and that weird guy who would go on to play the janitor in The Breakfast Club. On this week’s episode, Tom is joined by guest host Bridgett Greenberg and Cracked’s Kristi Harrison as they discuss the numerous amazing but often-overlooked performances...

Duration: 01:03:51


The Breakfast Club

11/2/2017
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John Hughes month begins on Cracked Movie Club! Back in the 1980s, John Hughes changed the idea of a teen movie from a bunch of dopey kids dancing on the beach to a bunch of mopey kids talking about their depressing, broken lives (and also dancing). No other film more perfectly exemplifies this than 1985’s The Breakfast Club, Hughes’ hit film about five misfits sharing a Saturday detention together, which set a template for teenage dramedy that Hollywood still follows to this day.On this...

Duration: 01:00:19


Halloween

10/26/2017
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John Carpenter month continues on Cracked Movie Club! In 1978, a young independent filmmaker named John Carpenter was approached to direct a movie called The Babysitter Murders, about a group of teenage girls being stalked by a killer. A title change and a William Shatner mask later, Halloween was released, launching Carpenter into the mainstream (or as close to the mainstream as he ever got) and setting the template for slasher films (and unabashed cash-ins) like Friday the 13th and A...

Duration: 01:20:04


The Thing

10/19/2017
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The year was 1982, and John Carpenter was white hot. Coming off a string of successes like Halloween and Escape From New York, Universal Studios approached him to direct a remake of Howard Hawkes’ The Thing From Another World. The result was The Thing, a landmark sci-fi horror film that set the bar for practical special effects, creature design, and tin-can tension. And everyone hated it.This week, Tom is joined by Cracked’s David Christopher Bell and comedian David Huntsberger as they...

Duration: 01:08:54


They Live

10/12/2017
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As the 1980s drew to a close, John Carpenter released They Live, an indictment of Reagan-era politics, a sharp critique of the economic disparity in America, and also a movie about Rowdy Roddy Piper wearing a pair of magic sunglasses.On this week’s episode, Tom is joined by guest host Bridgett Greenberg and comedian Matt McCarthy as they discuss the surprisingly still-relevant themes of They Live, John Carpenter’s ongoing quest to discredit any and all forms of authority, and the legendary...

Duration: 01:06:29


Escape From New York

10/5/2017
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John Carpenter month begins on Cracked Movie Club! Way back in 1981, John Carpenter was an emerging low-budget horror director with a few modest successes to his name when he released his dystopian action masterpiece Escape From New York, the movie that launched Kurt Russell’s career as an action star by casting him as the most objectively ridiculous character in cinema history on a mission to rescue the president from the prison island of Manhattan.This week, Tom is joined by guest host...

Duration: 01:06:39


Strange Days

9/28/2017
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Kathryn Bigelow month continues on Cracked Movie Club! In 1995, Bigelow released Strange Days, her vision of a near future in which people can record their everyday lives, and buying and selling those recordings has become the most popular form of entertainment. Meanwhile, civil unrest reaches a fever pitch after one of those recordings captures the murder of a prominent black entertainer at the hands of the LAPD. In other words, Bigelow’s predictions were absolutely correct.On this week’s...

Duration: 01:16:45


Point Break

9/21/2017
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Kathryn Bigelow month continues on Cracked Movie Club! On a special live episode recorded at UCB Sunset, Tom and Abe are joined by Cracked’s Soren Bowie and Carmen Angelica as they discuss 1991’s Point Break, Kathryn Bigelow’s first major studio success and the movie that launched Keanu Reeves’ action career. Listen as they discuss the film’s themes of duality, its expertly directed action sequences, and whether or not Johnny Utah is secretly some kind of robot.

Duration: 01:03:12


Zero Dark Thirty

9/14/2017
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Kathryn Bigelow month continues on Cracked Movie Club! After making her major studio comeback with The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow was working on a follow-up film with screenwriter Mark Boal about the decade-long unsuccessful hunt for Osama Bin Laden when news broke that Bin Laden had been killed by a team of American operatives. Obviously this was a much better ending for a movie, so Bigelow reworked the entire project into what would become Zero Dark Thirty, a film that challenged...

Duration: 01:05:46


The Hurt Locker

9/7/2017
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Kathryn Bigelow month begins on Cracked Movie Club! It seemed like the only movie anyone was talking about in 2009 was James Cameron’s Avatar, but as awards season approached, Cameron’s movie about big blue aliens was struck down by Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker – a gritty, tension-filled snapshot of the Iraq war containing breakout performances by its then-unknown stars Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie. The film earned Bigelow the Academy Award for Best Director, marking the first...

Duration: 01:13:12


The Dark Knight Trilogy

8/31/2017
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Christopher Nolan month concludes on Cracked Movie Club! In the mid-2000s, Christopher Nolan resurrected a Batman film franchise that had lain dormant since 1997’s Batman and Robin, a movie bad enough to kill any superhero forever. Nolan’s idea of a Batman “grounded in reality” was such a success that his Dark Knight trilogy grossed $3 billion worldwide and simultaneously revived and forever ruined the superhero genre.This week, Tom and Abe are joined by Cracked’s Associate Producer of...

Duration: 01:11:41


Interstellar

8/24/2017
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Christopher Nolan month continues on Cracked Movie Club! In 2014, Matthew McConaughey took to the stars to save his family from a life of eating exclusively corn-based meals. The result was Interstellar, a film that’s simultaneously Christopher Nolan’s homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey and his own version of a dense sci-fi epic with cool robots.This week, Tom and Abe are joined by returning guest and recurring master of Cracked podcasts Alex Schmidt as they discuss the incredible lengths...

Duration: 01:11:51


Memento

8/17/2017
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Christopher Nolan month continues on Cracked Movie Club! Today, Christopher Nolan is one of the most famous commercial filmmakers in the world, but back in the year 2000, nobody knew who the hell he was. That all changed with the release of Memento, a psychological thriller written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan about a man struggling to solve a murder after being stricken with a rare form of amnesia that prevents him from making new memories. The movie's uniquely disjointed narrative...

Duration: 01:04:12


Inception

8/10/2017
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In 2010, Christopher Nolan pissed off Batman fans around the world by taking a break in between Dark Knight movies to make an original film about dream thieves. Inception went on to become a genuine phenomenon, grossing only slightly less money than either of Nolan’s Batman sequels and becoming the subject of countless message board arguments that pop up across the internet to this day. And it almost starred James Franco.This week, Tom and Abe are joined by Cracked’s Head of Video Cody...

Duration: 01:04:59


The Prestige

8/3/2017
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Christopher Nolan month begins on Cracked Movie Club!Magic. Obsession. Fake beards. David Bowie. 2006’s The Prestige is everything you could want from a Christopher Nolan movie, in that it’s a wildly entertaining film whose logic collapses upon repeat viewings. Made just after Nolan had hit the big time with his 2005 Batman reboot Batman Begins, The Prestige pits Hugh Jackman and Cristian Bale against each other as rival magicians in turn of the century London, competing over who can do a...

Duration: 01:16:49


Jaws

7/27/2017
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In 1975, a plucky young director named Steven Spielberg saw his first big success with the release of Jaws, a movie about a shark eating a bunch of wealthy beachgoers in a resort town in New England. Paradoxically being the least “Spielberg” of his films while simultaneously being one of the most famous films ever made, Jaws presented a huge early challenge to the director in the form of an intensely difficult shoot due to a number of factors, not the least of which was the fact that most...

Duration: 01:13:41


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

7/20/2017
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​In the early 1980s, Steven Spielberg embarked on a mission to tell the story of his parents’ divorce through the lens of a wrinkly alien puppet with skeletal crab fingers and the voice of an old lady dying of emphysema. After being rejected by one studio for being “too Disney” (the early 80s were a time when Hollywood would give a hard pass to the words “Spielberg” and “Disney”), Spielberg finally got to bring his vision to life in 1982 with E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. The story of a...

Duration: 01:04:32

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