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Episode 48: Oceans Eleven

Greg decides to step far away from minimal cast movies and shows Lauren 2001’s Ocean’s Eleven. In this ensemble heist film, we discuss the lack of depth and motivation for the bulk of the cast, point out the numerous weak spots in the plot where things should have fallen apart and, together we try to cut the cumbersome number of 11 thieves down to a more manageable number. Music by

Duration: 00:48:01

Episode 47: Arsenic and Old Lace

Lauren shows Greg the slapstick dark comedy Arsenic and Old Lace starring Cary Grant. Together our hosts discuss the hilarious series of added complications for the protagonist Mortimer and how in one evening he tries to juggle his new bride, one brother who believes himself to be Theodore Roosevelt, another brother who is a homicidal psychopath, a pair of murderous aunts, and several corpses. Music by

Duration: 00:52:42

Episode 46: Cube

Greg shares with Lauren a Sci-Fi, Drama from 1997 called Cube. Together, we pick apart many topics including possible plot inspirations from the Twilight Zone, unnecessary villain plot twists, how watching someone do math does not make for an entertaining movie, and we give our suggestions for how this movie with a great initial premise could have been made better. Music by

Duration: 00:48:17

Episode 45: Dead Calm

For Lauren’s October pick, she and Greg watched 1989’s Dead Calm. Through this suspenseful movie with a minimalist cast, our hosts discuss the projectile physics of toddler dummies, Greg’s undying love for Billy Zane, how to spot a psychopath at sea, and for the first time ever, we are forced to take an episode intermission. Music by

Duration: 01:01:23

Episode 44: The Twelve Chairs

Greg shows Lauren his favorite deep cut for Mel Brooks films The Twelve Chairs. In this treasure hunt set in 1920’s Soviet Russia, our hosts discuss what they imagine the division of riches would be amongst the main characters, how gold fever quickly drives several characters to absolute madness and both Lauren and Greg share their infatuation towards a very young and sexy Frank Langella. Music by

Duration: 00:56:25

Episode 43: Benny and Joon

Lauren shows Greg one of her favorite romantic comedies Benny & Joon starring Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson. Our hosts talk about the legal side of letting your crazy family members play high stakes poker, the painfully taxing toll of physical comedy on the human body, and Lauren and Greg have their first on air fight over the mental state of Sam. Music by

Duration: 00:57:30

Episode 42: James Bond Anthology

Lauren finally earns her secret agent status as she sits through six James Bond films. Together our hosts pick apart nonsense plot lines with confusing motivations, the depictions of and merits that make a good Bond Girl, hopeful changes for the future of the Bond franchise and Lauren give her opinion on which Bond is best. Music by

Duration: 01:16:02

Episode 41: Clueless

Lauren takes Greg back to school with 1995’s cult classic comedy Clueless. Together our hosts discuss why Cher totally deserves an A in Debate class, how it is simultaneously okay yet not okay to date your Step-brother, the film’s manufactured teen culture, and Lauren and Greg share their personal stories of when they got their drivers licenses. Music by

Duration: 01:16:43

Episode 40: Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Greg shows Lauren Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, a horror movie with a comedic twist. Through the film we examine how the shifting perspectives of the film help portray different character biases, Jangers the plot device dog, and why you should take extra care when tackling people near a wood chipper. Music by Come talk movies with us on Twitter @MovieDateNight or Facebook

Duration: 00:52:22

Episode 39: Angels in the Outfirned and Secret of NIMH

For our second Kids Double Feature Lauren and Greg share with each other Angels in the Outfield and The Secret of NIMH. In these somewhat dark and confounding films, we explore last minute anti-smoking messages, the faulty logic of rodents and their inexplicable magical amulet, and together we ask the question: How many Angels does it take to rig a baseball game? Music by

Duration: 01:00:37

Episode 35: World’s Greatest Dad

Greg shows Lauren 2009’s dark comedy World’s Greatest Dad starring Robin Williams. They talk teenage over-compensation, posthumous popularity and its benefits for the living and together explore the unbreakable bond of love between a father and son, even if the kid is a giant douche bag. Music by

Duration: 01:03:15

Episode 32: Dark City

Lauren gets Greg to Tune in to 1998’s Noir Sci-Fi film Dark City. Talking points for this confusing tale include Keifer Sutherland’s sexual breathing techniques, Rufus Sewell’s unhealthy obsession with the beach, and together our hosts explore the Mandela Effect, or did they? Music by:

Duration: 01:04:46

Episode 31: Airheads

In honor of an upcoming cinema holiday Greg chose 1994’s Airheads starring Brendan Frasier, Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler. Together Lauren and Greg discuss reasons why you should never give a complete stranger a gun, the missed anarchy connection of the film and Greg attempts to explain how you can pluralize The Lone Rangers. ROCK AND ROLL! Music by

Duration: 01:09:03

Episode 27: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

In our first foreign language film, Lauren and Greg explore the fantastic French film about comic book heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec who gives our hosts plenty to talk about including: ancient Egyptian escape hatches, the physics of skull impalement and how to train your pterodactyl. Get your ham and bread sandwiches and enjoy this adventurous romp through the turn of the 20th century. Santé!

Duration: 01:01:10

Episode 26: Demolition Man

Mellow Greetings, in our anniversary episode, Greg and Lauren watch one of his top 5 favorite movies, 1993’s Demolition Man. As our hosts talk about this action/comedy, they dissect the flat characters with awkward dialogue, fantastic yet flawed future tech, and discuss a plethora of fan theories for how this future fits into both the real world and cinematic histories. Be well. Music by

Duration: 01:01:28

Episode 25: Gremlins

In our first Viewer’s Choice episode, Greg and Lauren watch and discuss 1984’s Gremlins. Aside from questioning whether or not this counts as a Christmas film, our hosts also discuss derailed plotlines, the switching off between super dark then family friendly scenes and we fully dissect the 3 rules of owning a Mogwai and their countless loopholes. Music by

Duration: 01:05:57

Episode 22: Iron Jawed Angels

For Lauren’s November pick, she goes both historic and political with Iron Jawed Angels, as she educates Greg about the climatic last push for Women’s Suffrage in America. Discussions include makeup tips from the 1910’s, a pointless love arc with Patrick Dempsey, and how to get arrested for doing absolutely nothing wrong. Pin on a yellow rose and ‘Don’t keep them in doubt’. Hurrah and watch for suffrage! Music by

Duration: 01:18:40

Episode 21: Rebecca

For her Halloween pick, Lauren goes to the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock with his award winning film Rebecca. Together we discuss how to deal with an extremely overbearing housekeeper, the hot and cold personality of Sir Lawrence Olivier and the immense power and influence of a character who isn’t even in the film. Music:

Duration: 01:11:35

Episode 20: Poltergeist

In our first horror episode, Greg sits Lauren down to watch 1982’s Poltergeist. Lauren and Greg try to analyze the psychology of the Freeling family, they also question the bad decision making of everyone involved, explore the mysteries of the Meat Dimension and try to determine the difference between a haunting and a poltergeist. Music:

Duration: 00:53:43

Episode 18: The Goodbye Girl

For this week’s Movie Date Night, Greg shares with Lauren one of his favorite romantic comedies, Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl (1977). In this episode our hosts discuss the legalities of a single mother and daughter sharing a sublet with a strange man, smart mouthed child actors, shoehorned romance arcs, an offensively gay portrayal of Shakespeare’s Richard III, and the odd structural beats of this film which won Richard Dreyfuss his Oscar. Music:

Duration: 00:56:10

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