46: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, Wes Craven)

October 31st, 2019

For our Halloween episode this year, we're looking back at a classic 1980's horror movie, featuring one of the iconic modern movie monsters: the cheery, Christmas-colored Fred Krueger. Yes, it's Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street.

We begin with a quick, glowing, non-spoiler review of Bong Joon Ho's Parasite from Cesar, while C.J. talks a bit about Lethal Weapon.

During the show, we mention our friend and former guest, Jason Swoboda, who has started his own podcast called Heroic Nonsense. Give it a listen.

Real-time fact checking isn't our strongest suit, so here are a few notes related to our discussion:
(1) The Thomas Jane Netflix movie based on a story by Stephen King is 1922.

(2) New Line Cinema was actually founded in 1967. The studio was in the midst of a "devastating financial slump" (from Wikipedia) when A Nightmare on Elm Street was released. The resulting success from Craven's film and its sequels earned New Line the nickname "the house that Freddy built."

(3) Yes, it was Patricia Arquette who co-starred in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

(4) While incredibly successful for New Line, the film was number 40 at the box office in 1984, bringing in a domestic gross of $25.5 million. In comparison, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter made $32.9 million the same year.

Thank you for listening, and have a happy and safe Halloween!!!

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45: The Blob (1958, Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.)

October 23rd, 2019

It creeps and leaps and glides and slides across the floor... It's our episode on The Blob, the original cult classic starring a young Steve McQueen! We begin with Cesar's take on Takashi Miike's most recent film, First Love (Hatsukoi); and C.J. briefly discusses two recent rewatches from 1985: House and Clue. Following our main discussion, we've included a quick bonus conversation about Todd Phillips' Joker.

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44: The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder)

October 3rd, 2019

This week's topic is Billy Wilder's THE APARTMENT, a movie that manages to be both hilarious and heartbreaking, often times in the same scene. Cesar begins with brief recommendations of the current run of X-Men comics and Tazza: One-Eyed Jack, while C.J. talks about recent rewatches of both Stardust and Upstream Color.

As usual, this is a spoiler-filled discussion. If you haven't seen The Apartment, seek it out and enjoy it before hitting play on this episode.

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43: Stand By Me (1986, Rob Reiner)

September 18th, 2019

With IT: CHAPTER TWO leading the box office this Labor Day, Cesar chose another Stephen King adaptation, Rob Reiner's 1986 ensemble kids movie classic, STAND BY ME. The conversation begins with a few recommendations; Cesar talks about finding great award-winning shorts on Kanopy, and C.J. talks briefly about Blake Edwards' EXPERIMENT IN TERROR. We also touch on Disney's decision to release episodes for their new streaming service weekly, instead of in season blocks.

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42: The Matrix (1999, The Wachowskis)

August 26th, 2019

This episode covers THE MATRIX, a genre mash-up of science fiction, martial arts, comic books, and Japanese Animé, from the Wachowskis. Cesar chose this title before the news broke that Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, and Lana Wachowski would be returning for a fourth Matrix movie, which is set to begin production sometime next year. So, while this may seem timely on our part, it is unintentionally so.

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41: The Nice Guys (2016, Shane Black)

August 19th, 2019

Returning from a nine-month haitus, C.J. Talbott and Cesar Alejandro are back to discuss Shane Black's seventies-set comedy, THE NICE GUYS.

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40: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987, John Hughes)

November 23rd, 2018

Just in time to kick off the holidays, we're joined by another former co-worker, Jason Swoboda, to talk about PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES. Shockingly, this happens to be a first-time watch for both C.J. and Cesar.

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39: The Wailing (2016, Hong-jin Na)

October 31st, 2018

For Halloween this year, we chose THE WAILING, a terrifying South Korean thriller from director Hong-jin Na. Being a first-time watch for both of us, much of the discussion is spent trying to work out our own feelings on this ambiguous story of a mysterious disease plaguing a small village, the cause of which may be supernatural.

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38: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984, W.D. Richter)

October 29th, 2018

Sticking in the eighties after our last episode, this week's movie is the 1984 cult classic, THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION.

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37: Predator (1987, John McTiernan)

October 17th, 2018

We're looking forward to Shane Black's THE PREDATOR, so we decided to go back to the 1987 original for Episode 37. Our love of this film shines through with every minute of discussion, including a few terrible Schwarzenegger impressions.

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