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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 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.   

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Episode 45 – Big vs. 13 Going on 30

Your wish is granted.  Our professor of fun, Sara Netzley, is back to discuss which one is at least slightly better: Big or 13 Going on 30

Big was released in 1988, which puts Roy and Sean at the same age of Josh Baskin.  Will this and the humor of Tom Hanks be enough to kick Jennifer Garner, with all her pluck and beauty, out of Jenna Rink’s custom dream house?  We ask if either film does more than buzz the cringe tower, and what about the Thriller dance scene choice?  The guys put on their best bedazzled tuxedos to join Sara in a fun episode.  We hope you enjoy it as much as the other old man MacMillan’s and Baskin’s FAO Schwartz display.

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Our next episode, #46, is 1979’s Being There with Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine.  We are joined once again by Jo (@jomccunephotography – IG) to discuss this multi-award-winning film. 

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Read more about the article Episode 44 – This is Spinal Tap vs. Best in Show
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Episode 44 – This is Spinal Tap vs. Best in Show

You Guest it, this is a cage match between two all-time great mockumentary films.  This is Spinal Tap is a documentary about the band’s American comeback tour that starts badly and builds momentum to what could be the band’s undoing.  Best in Show follows several dog owners as they prepare for the prestigious Mayflower Dog Show.  Both films are quality films, so we argue over which one we like just a little bit more. 

We are joined by Steve from both the 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.  We hope you enjoy the show!   

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Sean and Roy joined Steve for a retrospective X-Men (2000) episode

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Episode 43 – Predator

Predator was released on June 12, 1987, and Roy has been in love with this film since day one of its release.  Is this another occurrence of what Sean calls being mugged by nostalgia?  We unpack this and other discussions and disagreements over the quality of this sci-fi action masterpiece.

Predator gives many gifts to movie-goers of all ages.  The action and explosions are first rate.  We are treated to many of the best one-liners in action cinema history and the genius of Stan Winston and his team.  We see the magic of ‘Old Painless,’ the M-134 machine gun used by Blaine.  Though you do not get much of a back story on the soldiers, the squad of Dutch, Blaine, Mac, Hawkins, Billy, and Poncho are an all-time team.  Adding Dylan, pusher of pencils, adds to the joy as well. 

As our gift to the listeners (and ourselves), we are re-joined by Mike Scott.  He is the host of Adkins Undisputed and co-host of the Dana Buckler Show.  He has an encyclopedic mind for multiple genres of movies, but even without asking him, we have the utmost confidence that action is his favorite.  We thank Mike for joining us and look forward to future episodes with him as our guest. 

Kiki is also back.  She was on our Cuties episode.  She is a podcast free agent with a lot of good value for different genres of movies.  

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Read more about the article Episode 40 – Cuties
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Episode 40 – Cuties

Tonight we ask, can you judge a film by its poster? This is a film you’ve likely heard a lot about, likely from sources that haven’t seen it. Sean and Henno are joined by first time podcast guest Kiki to discuss the independent and award winning French film, from Maïmouna Doucouré, Cuties (Mignonnes) and the subsequent fallout from its notorious cover art revamp.

You can find Kiki and her art on Instagram @kikicovet 

Be sure to keep your podcatcher focused on Moving The Needle for fun new episodes.

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Read more about the article Episode 37 – Robocop vs. Starship Troopers
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Episode 37 – Robocop vs. Starship Troopers

We have a mega-versus this week, and we bring in an action movie expert to meet the challenge.  We welcome Michael Scott from both the Dana Buckler Show and Adkins Undisputed Podcast to help figure out which one of these Paul Verhoeven films is just a bit better.

Robocop and Starship Troopers are two Paul Verhoeven films made ten years apart.  Robocop is a look at crime-ridden Detroit and a new cyborg creation trying to reduce crime where the corporation who runs the police is worse than the criminals Robocop is trying to arrest.  Starship Troopers is about four high school friends who join the military and find out young that they are underprepared to fight an alien bug army of undetermined size. 

We are split evenly on the films.  We hope you do your part and reply to us with your pick. 

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Read more about the article Episode 36 – Bill and Ted Face the Music
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Episode 36 – Bill and Ted Face the Music

It’s been 29 years since the most excellent duo delivered us a movie.  Was it worth the wait, and how does the dearth of new movies recently skew what we think? 

We have no guest this episode.  Sean, Henno, and Roy discuss (not in order):

  • Changing out the medieval babes
  • Bill and Ted’s kids (including IMDb setting Roy up for failure by switching the actors’ names – by the way, it’s STILL wrong!)
  • Gush for Anthony Carrigan and William Sadler
  • Appreciation for keeping most of the cast together
  • The not very strong start
  • What didn’t feel quite right (watching a Bill and Ted movie)
  • How satisfying was the conclusion of the trilogy overall?   

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Episode 35 – 1941

After the Sugarland Express, Steven Spielberg directed two mega-successes, Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Combined, Jaws and Close Encounters earned almost $750,000,000 at the box office.  That is in 1970s money.  At this point, Universal, Spielberg’s clout could get anything made.  So why not make a comedy?  Surely, he can climb the comedy hill as well as suspense and science-fiction.  

Fast-forward to the late 1970s.  Spielberg decides to direct a comedy about further attacks by the Japanese in World War II.  This movie is loaded with talented writers and actors.   Robert Zemekis, Robert Stack, Bob Gale, Toshirô Mifune, Christopher Lee, Murray Hamilton, Lorraine Gary, John Belushi, Ned Beatty, John Candy, and much, much, more.  Spielberg is the hottest director leading one of the (if not the) finest casts in movie history.  

Contrary to popular opinion, this movie did not flop.  However, it was only a minor success.  We are re-joined by Carmelita (from our Blues Brothers episode) to grade and discuss what some consider a well-made film and one of us graded much lower (and everyone else in-between).  Be sure to give our 1941 episode a listen and let us know what you think!  

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Read more about the article Episode 34 – Limbo (1999)
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Episode 34 – Limbo (1999)

Every so often, we dive into art house cinema; and we are joined by our dear friend Steve from the Not Just Another Geek Pod Podcast to dive into a tale of turn-of-the-century Alaska.  This films stars one of Sean’s favorite actors, David Strathairn, so expect him to gush heartily about him.  Limbo also stars Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, and Kris Kristofferson, and is written and directed by John Sayles.

This film is worth the watch, but Roy has a problem with the way it ends.  He feels like Sayles owes the audience something that he doesn’t provide.  There is also a Gone Girl-like moment that changes the movie completely, and we talk about how well that decision works.  

We also ask if a 1990s-like indie movement would be good for Hollywood in the way low budget horror films work for studios like A24 and Blumhouse.  

**As of late August 2020, Limbo (1999) is not streaming anywhere for free.  All the major streaming rental services start at $3.99**

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