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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 39 – Spaceballs vs. Galaxy Quest
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Episode 39 – Spaceballs vs. Galaxy Quest


This episode is a lot of fun.  Henno improved an idea Roy wanted to borrow from a friend on Facebook, which was: Change My Mind: Galaxy Quest is better than every Star Wars movie. 

We have no guest this week, but we discuss:

  • Who prefers Spaceballs over Galaxy Quest?
  • Tim Allen hate, but is it deserved?
  • Alan Rickman love because it is deserved
  • Is it ok to like Spaceballs because pre-teen us loves Spaceballs?
  • Is it ok to dismiss Spaceballs because it is not top-tier Mel Brooks humor?
  • Was Rick Moranis the only good thing about Spaceballs?
  • And much, much more!

In this season of Thanksgiving, we thank you so much for supporting our podcast.  If you feel moved to, please rate and review us. 

Our next episode is the controversial French film, Cuties.  Find out if the film is worthy of the negative attention Netflix received and still receives for putting it in their library.

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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. 

Connect with Michael:
Michael Scott
Adkins Undisputed
The Dana Buckler Show

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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?   

Thank you for listening!

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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 33 – Dodgeball vs. Baseketball  
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Episode 33 – Dodgeball vs. Baseketball  


Dude!  We’re 33 episodes in! 

This time, we dive into two sports fit for the Ocho: Dodgeball and Baseketball.  With two movies rife with mediocre characters (at best), we had to turn the MTN Batsignal on for a member of the world’s sexiest podcast, Bryan from the Salty Language Podcast, to pump up the appeal like White Goodman’s codpiece.    We argue over which is the better movie and if Ben Stiller’s performance is any good.  We make each other bleed each other’s blood while we hope nobody in the audience chooses none of you choose scenario number one. 

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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!

Please consider writing Moving the Needle a review on your podcast player, so we can reach out to a wider audience.   

Learn more about our guests:

Dan’s The DanMan Can blog  
Dan on Instagram
Amy’s Demystification Blog
Amy’s Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind Blog
Amy on Instagram
Amy on Twitter
PELT

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Read more about the article Episode 31 – Infectious Grooves 2: Eclectic Bugaboos
Infectious Grooves 2: Eclectic Bugaboos

Episode 31 – Infectious Grooves 2: Eclectic Bugaboos


This week, we double down on guests and go after more earworms.  We invite past guests Kristin from the How Was Your Week, Honey Podcast and Kyle from our first round of Moving the Needle.  This time, we create a new earworm vocabulary.  As for the hosts, the tables turn a little between songs that worked this time but not last time (and vice-versa).  Please join us for 12 fun and/or torturous songs, and let us know what you think! 

Did you enjoy our guests?  Here is how to find more of them.

Kristin on Twitter
How Was Your Week, Honey? on Twitter
How Was Your Week, Honey? Podcast
Kristin’s blog
Kyle on Twitter

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Read more about the article Episode 30 – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery vs. So I Married an Axe Murderer
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Episode 30 – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery vs. So I Married an Axe Murderer


This week, with the help of our “Journalism professor by day, TV reviewer by night” doctor friend, @saranetzley, we double-dip two of Mike Myers’ dual-role films.  First is the well-known and quoted British spy spoof.  The other is a cult classic that should be equally well-known and quoted, but somehow slipped through the cracks during its 1993 release. 

For at least two films and a great opening to the third, the Austin Powers films have delighted millions, been quoted often, and was a very popular Halloween costume in the late 90s.  So I Married an Axe Murderer is the Jan Brady of Mike Myers films.  Sandwiched between Wayne’s World and Austin Powers, SIManAM is the story of a beat poet who is terrified of marriage who might be dating Mrs. X – the lady who marries and kills her husbands.  You can argue that Jan eventually turned out to be the biggest catch of the three.  Will our panel agree SIManAM comes to the same conclusion?

Next episode: A yet-unnamed Earworms Part Two with @epic_lish and @kmaemaier

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