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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (BONUS EPISODE)

12/15/2017
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SPOILERS for this bonus mini-episode! Matt and Laci, fresh from having seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, share their thoughts with each other. Matt's a huge Star Wars fan, Laci until had recently had never seen the original movies but is a big fan of The Force Awakens... what did they think? Again, please do not listen if you haven't yet seen this movie. We SPOIL the porg out of this film. SPOIL SPOIL SPOIL Darth Vader is Luke's father!

Duration: 00:32:40


18. How The Grinch Stole Christmas / The Empire Strikes Back

12/14/2017
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Matt is finding it very difficult to think of anything other than Star Wars two days before The Last Jedi comes out, so the gang revisits the Star Wars saga by looking at The Empire Strikes Back (1980), widely considered the best film in the series. BUT FIRST it's Ron Howard's Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), a movie that takes the Grinchverse and expands it into directions you never knew you wanted... because you didn't want them. Yeah, this movie's actually very boring...

Duration: 00:49:18


17. What About Bob? / Crimes & Misdemeanors

12/4/2017
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Let's talk What About Bob: In this Frank Oz picture from 1991, Bill Murray plays Bob, and he is just so silly but you can't help but love him, the scamp! And Richard Dreyfuss is his cranky therapist who can't get his family to see how annoying his patient is, because the patient has followed his family on their vacation, see, but even though this is highly inappropriate and predatory behavior, Dreyfuss's family is charmed out of their very seats by Bob and his antics. We are all Richard...

Duration: 01:03:06


16. Jurassic Park III / My Girl

11/17/2017
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Laci and Matt return, if not better than ever then at least not diminished, to discuss the films Jurassic Park III (2001) and My Girl (1991). First up, it's Jurassic Park III, a movie selected by Matt because he loves the first Jurassic Park and this one also has dinosaurs on an island, so it'll do. The Roth-Stokeses assess this movie and its place in the larger Jurassic canon, especially when compared with Jurassic World. Then it's My Girl. What can you say about My Girl? This is a movie....

Duration: 00:45:14


15. Buffy The Vampire Slayer / Citizen Kane

10/20/2017
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Buffy is a beloved TV show to many, but it doesn't mean s**t to Laci, who prefers the 1992 film [05:55] of the same name. It's the tale of a Chosen One cheerleader doing battle against the occult and being courted by 56-year-old Luke Perry. What about this movie so spoke to Laci as a young person, and how does she feel about it now? And how funky is your chicken? Then: Citizen Kane (1941) [20:30] is generally considered to be the greatest English-language film ever made. Matt has seen it...

Duration: 00:57:43


14. Napoleon Dynamite / Blade Runner

10/6/2017
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As an October hurricane heads for their house, Laci and Matt turn their attention to Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and Blade Runner (1982), a set of movies about inscrutable men and the women who can't help but love them. First, Laci and Matt tackle Napoleon Dynamite [03:10], a movie about which Laci no longer knows how she feels, but which Matt calls "not unenjoyable." But does this collection of awkward quirks ultimately amount to something more than Mad Libs: The Movie? And is the secret to...

Duration: 00:46:27


13. A Little Princess / Red Dawn

9/22/2017
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We welcome Sara and Steve Jones to discuss A Little Princess (1995) [02:00] and Red Dawn (1984) [29:00]. We ran the gamut of topics in this episode: guerilla warfare, survivalism, what makes us cry in movies, chimney sweeps, the Ramayana, the Cold War, Jeff Goldblum's daughter from The Lost World: Jurassic Park, amnesia, Harry Potter, and much more. And is that Ser Davos, the Onion Knight, as the titular little princess's father? It is! Enjoy!

Duration: 01:06:55


12B. It

9/8/2017
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It (1990) is an annoyingly-titled movie* about the bond among a group of children in the 1950s and their whimsical adventures. In other words, it's computer engineered to aggravate Matt. In our discussion of this chronicle of the Losers Club and their battles against an evil alien clown-spider, we discuss, among other things, trypophobia, 90s Friday-night sitcoms, Laci's adolescent desire to be the girl who hangs out with the guys, and what it means for a topic to be Buzzfeed-y. Also, we...

Duration: 00:37:30


12A. 2001: A Space Odyssey

9/6/2017
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Like the home video release of 1990's It, we're splitting this episode into two VHS tapes. In cassette 1 we discuss Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), one of Matt's favorite movies ever. Laci knew nothing about it, but was assured by her husband that its many puzzlebox mysteries would pay off in the end. Do they? We also discuss what predictions about the future got wrong and get to the bottom of whether or not we're all living in a computer simulation.

Duration: 00:37:51


11. All The President's Men / True Romance

8/23/2017
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Your married co-hosts debate Laci's grand unifying theory of movies. Must the movie have stakes? How big must these stakes be? (Big.) And can the stakes get bigger than they are in All the President's Men (1976) [05:52], in which the president's top aids are tied to a burglary operation via reporters' digging? Together, we dig in. Then we fall in love with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in True Romance (1993) [29:30]. Awwwwww! Also: What's up with Quentin Tarantino?

Duration: 01:01:56


10. Drop Dead Fred / Dawn Of the Dead

8/9/2017
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Drop of the Fred with the Sickness in this spooktacular examination of childhood mental illness and mindless consumerism. That's right, it's 1991's Drop Dead Fred (Rotten Tomatoes score: 9%) and 1978's Dawn Of the Dead! Again, Drop Dead Fred [02:48] has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 9%. Nine! Its reputation is far worse than any other movie covered on this show. Is it really that bad? Why is Laci is so fond of movies with silly stop motion effects? Is this movie actually a nuanced look at...

Duration: 01:00:02


09. Knowing / Clueless

7/26/2017
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What do we really know? Is the future predetermined? Are human beings really free? These questions and more are addressed and resolved in the two movie selections Load Bearing Beams, episode 9: Alex Proyas's Knowing (2009) [03:30] and Amy Heckerling's Clueless (1995) [32:10]. Matt argues that even though Knowing is lumped in with the terrible cash-in movies of Nicolas Cage's later career, it's actually a thrilling and thought-provoking film. Is he right? And could anything be scarier...

Duration: 00:51:14


08. Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban / GoldenEye

7/12/2017
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LBB welcomes its first guests: romantically entangled young power couple Sam Hall and Wade Hymel. Sam and Wade join Matt and Laci to discuss their own load-bearing beam movies. Sam's selection is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) [02:13]. But even though she is the guest, Matt seizes the pulpit to go on at length about the Harry Potter books—despite this being a podcast about movies. The gang muddles through Matt's gasbaggery to get to the bottom of whether or not Prisoner...

Duration: 01:27:18


07. Death Becomes Her / Spider-Man 2

7/5/2017
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More fliffity-floo! Laci presents one of the best comedies ever made about an aging stage actress who takes a de-aging potion and then gets murdered by her husband but she can't die so she sticks around and continues her feud with a rival who took the same potion: Death Becomes Her (1992) [02:00]. Why were movies like this so appealing back in the early nineties, and why don't they get made anymore? This is yet another of Laci's movies to feature bodies doing hilariously bendy things they...

Duration: 00:56:41


06. Master & Commander / Now & Then

6/28/2017
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It's our highly-anticipated Ampersand Episode! Laci & Matt take a look at the historical seafaring epic Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) [02:55], and Laci puts aside her prejudice against blondes to embrace Paul Bettany's performance as Charles Darwin Stephen Maturin, then conducts some in-depth research into the number of Russell Crowe characters whose names begin with the letter J. Next, the pair takes a look at Girl Stand By Me Now & Then (1995) [39:53], a movie...

Duration: 01:10:30


05. Beetlejuice / Films of Tim Burton

6/16/2017
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Are you ready for some whimsy? The show takes a deep dive into the films of Tim Burton after Laci picks Beetlejuice (1988) as her load-bearing beam and it leads to a sprawling conversation about how much fliffity-floo any one human being can tolerate.

Duration: 00:46:47


04B. The Craft

6/11/2017
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We all just want to fit in. We all know what it's like to feel like the outcast. We all accidentally summon tropical snakes with our minds. And we all miss 1996. So crank up the Our Lady Peace and join us for part B of our two-parter with "The Craft," a coming-of-age story about the travails of four teenage witches who use their magical witch powers to do witchcraft (but no wizardry).

Duration: 00:25:59


04A. Jaws

6/9/2017
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You're gonna need bigger ears to hear this gem of a half episode! In part A of episode 4, our hosts dive in to the world of "Jaws," (1975) which is not the name of the shark but still a weird thing to identify about the story (As Laci points out, it's like calling a slasher movie "Wrist."). What is it about this obscene bloodbath that made such a charmer for families, the original summer blockbuster? Was Quint (Robert Shaw) an anti-war pacifist? And are sharks really that scary? (They...

Duration: 00:28:36


03. Alien / The Breakfast Club

5/30/2017
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In space, no one can hear Matt and Laci scream at each other about the movie Alien (1979) [2:40]. Why are these intergalactic space travelers so blasé about their magical trip through outer space? What's up with Jonesy the cat? Will protocol save us all in the end? Will anybody back on Earth miss the crew members of the Nostromo after they're eaten by the alien [spoiler alert]? Our hosts then move on to dig into The Breakfast Club (1985) [41:33]. And who could quarrel with this movie's...

Duration: 01:13:03


02. Hook / Halloween

5/23/2017
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Like many born in the 1980s, Laci is (or was) a big fan of Steven Spielberg's "Hook" (1991) [02:35]. Matt saw it when he was four years old and is revisiting it for the first time. Does the movie hold up? Find out the answer to that and hear unparalleled insight into such fascinating topics as: (1) Did Julia Roberts interact with a single other member of the cast? (2) Why does Neverland look like a Disney World attraction? And (3) Why do all John Williams scores sound like eating at a...

Duration: 01:16:13

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