Episode 56 – Goodfellas vs. Boogie Nights


This week, we lined up two great Hollywood films for your listening pleasure, 1990’s, “Goodfellas” and 1997’s, “Boogie Nights.”  Tonight, we are joined again by Steve from both the Not Just Another Geek and Not Just Another Disney podcasts. Both films explore the concepts of family, loyalty, and hubris. But is they share an ethos as well? 

Sean and Henno sent Roy home to get his fu**ing shine box this week, and what an episode he missed! 

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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 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 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 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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Read more about the article Episode 35 – 1941
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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!  

Thank you for listening!

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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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Read more about the article Episode 32 – Almost Famous
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Episode 32 – Almost Famous


Almost Famous turns 20 this year, and Roy is very excited.  He is a shameless Cameron Crowe fan.  We welcome two new guests to Moving the Needle 2.0: Dan, who is a film blogger and musician who joined us for the Mad Max episode in May 2015.  He was also a co-host on his former Criterion-focused film podcast, Focus on Film.  Amy, a rock & roll insider, is both a chronic illness and entertainment blogger.  She joined Roy as a guest even further back in Roy and Sean’s earlier podcast, Synesthesia.  They were great guests separately, but they are exponentially better together!

Sean and Roy open the show and introduce the movie, but they happily become shaded like the t-shirt after.  We interweave discussions about the movie with Henno’s, Dan’s, and Amy’s stories about famous musicians they know and life on the road.  They discuss band rifts as well.  Roy was never much of a concert guy, but he tells a story about the last concert he may ever go to. Join us for some really cool road stories and split opinions about the quality of the movie.  We thank you for listening!

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Amy’s Demystification Blog
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Episode 29 – Oldboy


This fortnight, we are back with another movie to read!  This time, it’s Chan-wook Park’s 2003 Korean revenge thriller, Oldboy.  Jo suggested we discuss this film, so she comes back for the second straight show.  We are so glad she returned!

Oldboy gave us a lot to talk about.  We discuss revenge, justice, and guilt.  Is the protagonist a world-class villain, and is the protagonist really the antagonist?  Because this is fiction, we have fun with all these aspects.  As of June 2020, there are many free options to watch this wonderful film.  Take advantage and come and join us!

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