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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!

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!
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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!






The Hidden Fortress (Episode 66) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Inspired by the theatrical Noh dramas he loved so much, Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress became a cultural and financial touchstone in 1958. Despite being dismissed in Japan as a lesser Kurosawa effort, it nonetheless became a top moneymaker and made a successful transition to US shores in late 1960. It stars the incomparable Kurosawa regular Toshiro Mufine and a great supporting cast including Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, and Misa Uehara. Listen to your Hot Date hosts Dan and...


The Velocity of Gary (Episode 65) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

The Velocity of Gary was only director Dan Ireland's second directing assignment. He was primarily a film producer before that, co-founding the Seattle International Film Festival and producing movies for John Huston, Ken Russell and Bernard Rose, many through his role as head of acquisitions at 80's indie house Vestron Pictures. The film marked his second collaboration with star and producer Vincent D'Onofrio after 1996's biopic The Whole Wide World. D'Onofrio enlisted famous friends Ethan...


Millions (Episode 64) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Director Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs, Slumdog Millionaire) has said his inspiration for Millions, the only PG rated film in the filmmaker's oeuvre, was to take a complete left turn from his previous film, the violent infection thriller 28 Days Later, and challenge himself to paint with a different tonal brush. Essentially a fantasy for children with real adult themes at the center, Millions stars the impressive kid actors Alex Etel and Lewis Owen McGibbon as brothers Damien and Anthony and James...


The Lady Vanishes (Episode 63) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Hitchcock's second to final British film before he returned to the UK in 1972 to make Frenzy, The Lady Vanishes broke UK box office records to become the highest grossing British film to date. It was also the first and last time Hitchcock worked with leading man Michael Redgrave. As this was Redgrave's first feature, the renowned theater actor insisted on rehearsing scenes while Hitchcock preferred to only rehearse camera moves and keep the acting more spontaneous. Despite the conflict,...


Godzilla, King of the Monsters (Episode 62) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

In 1954, Japanese film production company Toho was looking to cash in on the monster movie mania inspired by the American film Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. They conceived of Godzilla, named Gojira locally, as a way to announce the power and independence of the Japanese film industry post World War II but also as a metaphor for the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by American weapons of war. The film was a huge hit and American producers were eagerly looking for a way to translate...


Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond (Episode 61) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Elia Kazan had meant to direct Tennessee Williams' original screenplay, Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, with Julie Harris as his leading lady back in 1957. But Kazan dropped the project and it wouldn't become a film until character actress Jodie Markell secured the rights and directed the film in 2007 with Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans, Ann-Margret and Ellen Burstyn starring. Dan and Vicky discuss their first Tennessee Williams film and if it was worth the wait. They also talk about their...


Can't Stop the Movie Music! (Episode 60) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Hot Date 60 will be music to your ears -- movie music that is. Dan and Vicky offer their top ten lists for favorite movie soundtracks and scores. A misunderstanding about the topic yielded some fascinating results -- Dan did mostly movie scores and Vicky mainly stuck to movie soundtracks. There are even some movie musicals thrown in for good measure. No titles revealed in this synopsis so it's all a surprise just waiting for you to listen! In addition to their top tens, hear what Vicky...


Last Tango In Paris (Episode 59) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Censored and banned around the world for it's frank depiction of the anonymous sexual relationship between a middle age hotel owner and a 19 year old actress, Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango In Paris nonetheless went on to gross nearly 100 million dollars and return tarnished star Marlon Brando to the top of the list of the world's greatest actors. His co-star Maria Schneider however was not as lucky. She continued to act but dealt with years of addiction and depression and passed away...


Breaking The Waves (Episode 58) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

Emily Watson had never acted for the camera before her career making and Oscar nominated turn in Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves. The 1996 film was the first film von Trier made after founding the film movement Dogma 95 which set down specific rules for any film created under the banner - namely, no filming on built sets, no use of post-dubbed music and no CGI. With Breaking the Waves, von Trier adhered to none of those rules and in turn created what many feel to be his most successful...


The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (Episode 57) - Hot Date with Dan and Vicky

An all star cast populates the tiny fictional island of Gloucester Island, MA in 1966's The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming. Alan Arkin, Carl Reiner, Eve Marie Saint, Jonathan Winters, Brian Keith, Theodore Bikel and John Phillip Law appear in the Cold War comedy, actually shot in Northern California. Along with a discussion of this madcap caper, Dan and Vicky, coming to you from Washington, DC, talk about what they've been watching recently. Vicky brings up TV shows The...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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