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Dan and Vicky take you on a Hot Date through movie history! Each episode they'll choose a random month, day and year and discuss a movie released on or near that date. It could be a love fest, it could get heated, or it could turn into a threesome! You'll never know where the conversation may go on this wild and funny trip in Dan and Vicky's movie time machine. Come along on their Hot Date!






Right At Your Door (Episode 56) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Snapped up by Roadside Attractions at the Sundance Film Festival for 3 million dollars in 2006, director/writer Chris Gorak's first film and passion project Right At Your Door only managed to make it into 20 venues it's opening weekend. It would eventually deliver more than 2 million dollars in sales worldwide, enough to get him hired on the bigger budget science fiction/horror movie The Darkest Hour from Summit Entertainment. After two months away from the podcast, Dan and Vicky discuss...

Duration: 01:22:42

Under The Volcano (Episode 55) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Since the publication of Malcolm Lowry's novel Under The Volcano in 1947, Hollywood had tried in vain to adapt it for the big screen. Artists as varied as Joseph Losey, Luis Bunuel and Ken Russell attempted to corral the novel's stream of consciousness structure and penchant for flashbacks and monologues into an accessible narrative thread. When the property landed on John Huston's desk, his career and health were both on a downward slide. The 78 year old director suffered from emphysema...

Duration: 01:23:11

The Violent Men (Episode 54) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Prolific Polish American director Rudolph Mate found early success in Hollywood as an acclaimed cinematographer. For five consecutive years, from 1940-44, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Starting in 1950, he directed 26 films before his death in 1966, including well regarded films like D.O.A., When Worlds Collide, The Far Horizons, The 300 Spartans and this podcast's The Violent Men. Dan and Vicky tackle their first official Western on the podcast this...

Duration: 01:10:08

Soldier (Episode 53) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

By the time the script for Soldier landed with star Kurt Russell it had been kicking around Hollywood for almost 15 years. Russell, testing his status as a reliable and likable lead actor, asked for a reported 20 million dollars and a year to get in shape for the role. He was granted both. By all accounts, Russell earned his salary -- he spent 3 to 4 hours a day in the gym, completed most of his own stunts, and even acted through a nasty broken ankle for most of the shoot. The film,...

Duration: 01:18:18

Casino Royale (Episode 52) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Movie producer Charles K. Feldman (A Streetcar Named Desire, What's New Pussycat?) was in a bind with the rights to the first James Bond novel, Ian Fleming's Casino Royale. Albert Broccoli, Howard Saltzman and Eon Productions had beat him to the punch, releasing four successful Bond films with star Sean Connery, and using many of Casino Royale's best set pieces. Feldman felt the only feasible way to approach the story was in a psychedelic, satiric direction, hiring five directors and a...

Duration: 01:19:16

Sahara (Episode 51) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Humphrey Bogart, on loan from his home studio of Warner Brothers, would often show up to the set of Columbia's 1943's war film Sahara hung over and ready for battle -- both on and off camera. He was known to mix it up with Hungarian director Zoltan Korda, continually fighting over his character's dialogue. Bruce Bennett, who played Waco in the film, later told Korda that Bogart was using the conflicts as an opportunity to memorize his lines! The stellar supporting cast includes Dan Duryea,...

Duration: 01:16:22

My Bad! - Ten "Bad" Movies We Can't Help But Love (Episode 50) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

What do a killer whale, Lucy Lui, rampaging trucks and crystal skulls have in common? They all appear in the films on our Hot Date top ten lists. For our milestone 50th episode we're giving some love to movies that were box office flops, hated by critics, had troubled production histories or suffered from all of the above. A lot of people think these movies are stinkers but we're bringing them out of the shadows and wrapping them in a warm Hot Date embrace. You'll hear about big budget...

Duration: 01:25:49

Highlander (Episode 49) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Australian director Russell Mulcahy had only one previous narrative film credit on his resume, 1985's Razorback, when he landed the gig directing future cult classic Highlander. Razorback's atmosphere and muscularity and Mulcahy's experience with vivid short form filmmaking directing scores of music videos for the likes of Duran Duran, Elton John, Def Leppard and Human League, both played into him landing the gig. A flop on it's initial release, the film gave birth to a mini cottage...

Duration: 01:24:19

French Connection 2 (Episode 48) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

John Frankenheimer took over directing duties from William Friedkin for the sequel to the Oscar-winning 1971 film The French Connection. He got a reluctant Gene Hackman to return to star as New York City police officer Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle as well as Spanish actor Fernando Rey, the French connection himself. Shooting took place entirely in Marseilles, France. Dan and Vicky cover this prestige sequel from the seventies, comparing it to the original and discussing how the location switch...

Duration: 01:22:50

Blackmail (Episode 47) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Alfred Hitchcock ushered in the advent of film sound with 1929's Blackmail, which became England's first talkie. British producers, concerned they were lagging behind the Americans, who were already experimenting with sound in their films, convinced Hitchcock to film silent and talkie versions of Blackmail. Blackmail is the second Hitchcock film discussed on Hot Date after 1948's Rope and our first from the silent era. In addition to this classic suspenser, Dan catches us up on his newest...

Duration: 01:21:37

Fail Safe (Episode 46) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

It was an arms race at the 1964 box office between Fail Safe and the similarly themed Dr. Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick pressured Columbia Pictures, the studio that owned both films, to release his film first. As a result, Fail Safe, while critically lauded, suffered under the indifference of a paying audience who thought they had already seen the definitive Cold War movie with Strangelove. Little did they know how very different the two films were. The sweaty, sobering, scary Fail Safe...

Duration: 01:22:21

Cymbeline (Episode 45) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Michael Almereyda's Cymbeline from 2015 was his second Shakespeare adaptation and his second time working with actor Ethan Hawke. Hawke played the melancholy Dane in Almereyda's Hamlet from 2000. Here he plays the scheming sexual predator Iachimo and joins Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson, John Leguizamo, Delroy Lindo and Anton Yelchin in the star-studded cast. Dan and Vicky take on their first movie based on a Shakespeare play and Dan compares his experience doing Cymbeline in...

Duration: 01:22:38

Danny Deckchair (Episode 44) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Director Jeff Balsmeyer was an American film storyboard artist itching to make his writing and directing debut. His passion project was Danny Deckchair, a romantic comedy based on the real life adventure of California dreamer Larry Walters who tied helium balloons to a lawn chair to lift off into the sky over Long Beach in 1982. After ten years of shopping the idea around and having recently married an Aussie and relocated there, Balsmeyer made and set his film in Australia. Brit Rhys...

Duration: 01:16:01

Mogambo (Episode 43) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Director John Ford hadn't seen the film Red Dust when he agreed to direct its 1953 remake Mogambo but was intrigued by the challenge of bringing his skills with filming the wide open spaces of the American West to the African serengeti. For his male lead he chose Clark Gable, in desperate need of a hit in his middle age. Ava Gardner, who brought along contentious boyfriend Frank Sinatra to the African location shoot, and Grace Kelly, rumored to have started a torrid affair with Gable,...

Duration: 01:18:04

Perfume of the Lady in Black (Episode 42) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

With only a few documentaries and short films on his resume, Francesco Barilli embarked on his first narrative feature, Perfume of the Lady in Black in 1973 Italy. The film was inspired by research Barilli had been doing on voodoo rituals and cannibalism and had less in common with the traditional stalk and slash giallos Italy was pumping out at the time. He enlisted American expat Mimsy Farmer, who had moved to Europe when her acting career in the states seemed to be stalling, as his...

Duration: 01:23:53

I Went Down (Episode 41) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Released in Ireland in 1997 and here in the US a year later, I Went Down was one of the most successful Irish films of the year. It's story, about low rent Dublin mobsters trading barbs and gunfire, was a departure from the more serious IRA films being produced at the time. It has a star making turn from Brendan Gleeson, on the verge of breaking big in the worldwide box office with The General, Michael Collins and Mission Impossible 2, playing a character named Bunny Kelly, and a lesser...

Duration: 01:16:54

Death Becomes Them: 10 Memorable Death Scenes (Episode 40) - Hot Date With Dan and Vicky

For Episode 40, Dan and Vicky pick their favorite scary, shocking, sad, even funny death scenes from non-horror movies. There are some classics thrown in the mix and some you wouldn't expect so get that Kleenex ready. Filmmakers as varied as Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Brooks, John Carpenter and Werner Herzog get the spotlight. Dan and Vicky even provide a few honorable mentions that didn't make the final cut. It's wall to wall DEATH on Hot Date this week! As usual, they also get into what...

Duration: 01:16:52

Odd Man Out (Episode 39) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

We talk Odd Man Out, the classic 1947 British thriller from Third Man director Carol Reed. It stars James Mason as Johnny McQueen, the leader of an Irish revolutionary group who ends up running for his life after a botched robbery attempt. His love interest is played by Kathleen Ryan and the eccentric artist he runs into on his journey is Robert Newton. There's Hot Date talk of Irish accents, rich production design, the beauty of Robert Krasker's cinematography and the eccentric and...

Duration: 01:23:58

The Boys From Brazil (Episode 38) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Just in time for Halloween, Dan and Vicky discuss the 1978 horror thriller based on the Ira Levin novel, The Boys From Brazil. Notorious death camp doctor Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck) has come out of hiding in South America and gathered a group of Nazi colleagues for a nefarious plot that only famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) can stop. James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen, Rosemary Harris, Anne Meara, John Rubinstein and a young Steve Guttenberg round out the cast. In...

Duration: 01:27:44

Cobra (Episode 37) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

The original 2 hour cut of the Sylvester Stallone starrer Cobra was exceedingly violent and bleak, so much so that the MPAA insisted the film be cut to avoid an X rating. Initially resistant, Stallone and director/producer George P. Cosmatos gave in as much to avoid the dreaded rating as to challenge the highly tracking Tom Cruise movie Top Gun at the box office. Stallone had recent hits Rambo:First Blood Part II and Rocky 4 and was under pressure to produce another hit. The heavily...

Duration: 01:26:22

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