Episode 55 – Demolition Man Vs The Fifth Element


Grab your Multipass, and brush up on your shell game as we discuss Demolition Man versus the Fifth Element. Aging action heroes from the past, resurrected to bring peace to the future while occassionally reflecting, on what exactly is worth saving here on Earth. From Chris Tucker to Bill Hick… Denis Leary, there’s a lot to unpack here and we hope this episode brings you joy joy feelings.

This week we are joined by Ben from the Film Floggers podcast as well as Jeanie, returning to share her perspective on these very very male movies.

You can find Ben here : https://filmfloggers.buzzsprout.com/
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Episode 54 – Old
Old - 2021

Episode 54 – Old


We are back with our second new release film discussion of the modern MTN era (the other was ‘On the QT’ when Once Upon a Time in Hollywood released in theaters).  This time, it’s the M. Night Shyamalan thriller, ‘Old.’  There is lots to unpack here.  We ask why we constantly see Shyamalan’s films knowing many of them are underwhelming.  Is Night simply a master of creating trailers?  Should he collaborate with better writers or directors, and if so, whom?  We have a lot to say about his ego sabotages much of his films.    

We are joined by Steve, host of the currently on a semi-annual break, Not Just Another Geek and Not Just Another Disney podcasts.  Sean, Roy, and Steve worked together at a movie theater over 25 years ago, and they have podcasted together over 100 times.  Steve is one of the nicest people in the world, but that may not help M. Night Shyamalan tonight.   

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Episode 53 – Dead Alive/Braindead
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Episode 53 – Dead Alive/Braindead


We are re-joined by Jo to discuss Peter Jackson’s 1992 (1993 in the U.S.) tour-de-force gore-fest, Dead Alive.  This movie is hard to find (unless you shop on eBay, are willing to take it from YouTube, or you’re a pirate), but it is available if you do the work.  If you haven’t seen it, most of us think you’re missing out.

This film has both past horror references and is referenced by many as well.  We have a mother who smothers her son, zombies, stop-motion animation, violence, gore, gag-inspiring moments, and so much more.  If you love blood, gore, fun and interesting characters, and gross-out moments, this film is for you.    

We hope you enjoy the show!  If you feel moved, please write us a review on your pod-player of choice. 

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Episode 54 is going to be a discussion about M. Night Shyamalan’s new release, Old.  Is this another good M. Night picture or an intriguing trailer wasted?  We welcome back Steve from @notanothrpod on this episode.

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Episode 52 – Armageddon


We want to thank you for your patience while we enjoyed a little Summertime fun. 

We are back with Sara Netzley, our Dr. Fun, to watch 1998’s Michael Bay film, Armageddon.  This movie is action-packed.  The question is, did they pack a colon or a film?  How many of us are going to rate this film like a vicious life-sucking bitches from which there is no escape?  Are we going to discuss the merits of animal crackers vs. cookies?  Maybe.  We are certainly going to converse about the terrible jokes (for example, calling Stamper’s team The Wrong Stuff) and the frightening lack of pushback while one roughneck discusses underage girls.  Sean also unloads on Harry’s dressing down of the scientists because his Dad was a rocket scientist for many years (and we don’t get in the way of his rant by reminding him that it’s a movie). 

Our panel puts the testy in Test of Time.  We hope you listen and enjoy it!

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Our next episode, #53, is Peter Jackson’s 1992 gore-fest, Dead Alive (AKA Braindead).  We are joined once more by Jo (@jomccunephotography – IG) to discuss the film. 

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Episode 51 – Speed 2 vs. A Good Day to Die Hard


If you listened to our Speed vs. Point Break episode, you heard us kick around the concept of what if chose two terrible sequels instead.  Well, here is the result.  Mike from the Adkins Undisputed Podcast and the Dana Buckler Show joins us to answer this.  We are debating which is worse: Speed 2: Cruise Control or A Good Day to Die Hard, AKA Die Hard 5.  We kicked around some other stinkers, but this one felt right to try first.

As you know, Speed 2: Cruise Control left a wake of weak ticket sales, and it was more destructive to the studio’s books than the cruise liner crashing through St. Martin.  Some notable names, including Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman, passed on this film.  A Good Day to Die Hard was successful, but who mailed it in more: the editor(s), writers, or Bruce Willis?  Jai Courtney doesn’t escape criticism either.  We hope you enjoy the process as we decide which one really, really sucks and sucks even worse. 

Thank you for listening!  On Episode 52, we welcome back Dr. Sara Netzley, journalism professor by day and writer by night, to cover her pet film: Armageddon. 

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Episode 50 – The Sting
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Episode 50 – The Sting


This episode we also ask: “Two for Paul Newman?”  Don’t worry, we’ll explain. 

It’s been a long time between episodes.  Our apologies for seeming like we were on hiatus.

For Episode 50, we chose the granddaddy of con man films, George Roy Hill’s, The Sting.  Lead by Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw, this film is a revenge con game with the goal to financially cripple Shaw’s Doyle Lonnegan, the mobster who murdered the partner of Redford’s Johnny Hooker and gain some revenge against him.  Newman’s Henry Gondorff, also an former acquaintance of Hooker’s deceased partner, helps Hooker set up an elaborate a horse gambling con.  Will everyone stay on task and cheat Lonnegan of his pretty, pretty money?  If you do not know, you need to catch up on this classic film immediately and listen to our commentary.

As the granddaddy of con man films, we discuss some of The Sting’s influence on future cinema.  We discuss some of the Depression-era slang.  We discuss Hooker’s situation in more detail because there was a lot to unpack with his character.  We explore the best reasons to have three A-list stars as a viewer.  This was a big studio picture, and we do our best to discuss the best of it. 

Thank you for listening!  If you have a minute, please write us a review.  Our next episode, Mike Scott of Adkins Undisputed is back again to ask which is worse: Speed 2: Cruise Control or A Good Day to Die Hard.  

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Episode 49 – Point Break vs. Speed
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Episode 49 – Point Break vs. Speed


After multiple attempts by Roy to shoehorn 1991’s ‘Point Break’ vs. Ben Affleck’s, ‘The Town,’ into one of our shows, HBO gives him the ultimate assist by playing ‘Point Break’ and 1994’s ‘Speed’ back-to-back one Saturday night. 

Since our ‘Starship Troopers’ vs. ‘Robocop’ episode, we don’t dare spell action anymore without M-I-K-E-S-C-O-T-T.  Mike is the host of the most complete Scott Adkins podcast (absolutely anywhere), ‘Adkins Undisputed,’ and hosts the 20th Century Movie Club on the ‘Dana Buckler Show.’  He is a wealth of action (and many other genres) knowledge, and we love having him on to discuss films with us.

When we first introduced our Vs. series, the purpose was having to make a tough choice between two beloved movies.  Between Keanu vs. Keanu, Hopper vs. Swayze, and Bullock vs. Petty, there are so many categories to help pick your winner.  We can’t wait to read what you think.  Thanks for listening!

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Episode 48 – Spy
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Episode 48 – Spy


As the film states, “well-behaved women seldom make history,” so we invited two of our favorites on to discuss 2015’s, Spy.  Jo usually joins us for art films, but this time she joins us for a comedy.  Jo’s past episodes are The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Oldboy, and Being There.  Carmelita is also back for more fun with us.  She was with us for, Blues Brothers, Boughs of Folly, and 1941.  As always, we are gifted beyond measure with wonderful guests, and they shine throughout the episode.

Since Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy’s movies were a letdown.  Spy came out on the heels of Tammy, a film where Roy, who chose Spy as his pet film, said he didn’t laugh for over an hour.  The marketing for Spy was ineffective as well.  They made it look more like another heaping helping of McCarthy fat jokes instead of the female-empowering film that It’s no surprise that our panel is once again somewhat far apart over their approval (*cough* Henno, *cough*), but this movie was a hit. 

Over the episode we discuss how much fun Jason Statham was and what a pleasant surprise Miranda Hart was.  We are almost 100% on the casting.  This movie is so fun to quote as well.  So, clutch your crazy cupcake toggle necklace, grab your rape whistle, and join us on this fun episode!

And no, we do not refrain from using the term thunderc**t. 

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Episode 47 – Pumped Up Jams
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Episode 47 – Pumped Up Jams


We are back with another musical hit squad show!  Kyle, who has been in the co-host chair with us several times over the years, suggested we discuss songs that pump us up.  Sean presents an interesting wrinkle by offering songs that motivates him during Pelton interval training.  Will different musical protocols mean peaceful discord among the group?  If you listen to us, you know that isn’t possible.  Be sure to stay for Kyle’s second song, and let us know what you think of it.  Trust us.  It’s worth it.

Thanks for listening!  Please consider giving us a five-star review, so more people get the word about us. 

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Episode 46 – Being There
MTNpod - Being There

Episode 46 – Being There


We are back!  We are joined again by Jo to discuss 1979’s, “Being There.”  Adapted from the novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this film is a satire about a developmentally disabled and sheltered gardener who is forced to leave the only home he ever knew and almost instantly becomes an advisor to the Washington elite.  In his travels, the wife of a high-powered financier and trusted advisor to the president of the United States bumps into him, and he cultivates the best out of his new friends.  If you have not seen this film, it is streaming on HBO Max in March 2021. 

We have so much to say about Chance and the Rands.  We explore his autism, how and possibly why the Washington elite took to him, learning cultural norms from television, and if we should consider him a Christ figure.  We do not go deeply into the changes between the book and film, but we make it part of the discussion.

Jo has been a guest on our show many times over both Moving the Needle periods.  She is also on our “Oldboy” and “Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” episodes.   

Thanks for listening!  Please consider giving us a five-star review, so more people get the word about us. 

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