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Thursday, August 17, 2017

8/13/17 Episode 62: Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)



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I have a "Skidoo!" rule for bad movies. The rule decrees that if you know a famous director for just the director's flops, you owe it yourself to watch the rest of the director's films. Like I've seen Skidoo (1968) enough times to seek out other Otto Preminger pictures, like Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) and the first twenty minutes of Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) every time it airs on TCM. If you enjoyed our O.C. and Stiggs episode, why don't check out the other films by Robert Altman?

The exceptional Billy Wilder, who casted Preminger in Sunset Boulevard (1950), made a lot of great movies - like Sunset Boulevard - but I can see bad movie fans watching this episode's film and no other Wilder film. Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) was a misguided sex comedy aimed at adult audiences, like Showgirls (1995) or A Night in Heaven (1983). Dean Martin, going meta as Vegas singer Dino, meets a songwriter with a scheme. Songwriter hires a prostitute (Kim Novak) to play his wife, and offers Dino a night with her in exchange of singing one of his songs. OK, then.

This rare movie is now on YouTube, which is what we celebrate on this podcast. I first saw this twenty years ago at the Roxie in San Francisco. My friend Steve said something very profound to me. He said, "Man, you can bounce a quarter off of Kim Novak's ass."

Programming note: Carl and I never finished the movie, promised to return to it, but I doubt we will.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

8/6/17 Episode 61: "Tougher Than Leather" (1988)



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I know the lyrics to most Run-DMC songs, but I can't remember this movie, and co-host Carl and I just watched it the other day. Poorly directed by Def Jam Records head Rick Rubin (he acts in it, too), Tougher Than Leather has the group solving the murder of their friend, I think. Run-DMC perform a bunch of numbers with the late Jam Master Jay, the young Beastie Boys do a number, as well as Slick Rick (Slick Rick is 38 minutes into the movie, if you want to skip ahead). Rubin, the director, places the camera on the counter, have his actors hover within frame, and act. Run-DMC had appeared earlier in Krush Groove (1985), another movie about Def Jam Records.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

7/30/17 Episode 60: "Give My Regards to Broad Street" (1984)



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My brother Adam and I once convinced our father to take us to the New York City premiere of Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982). At the end of the film, he said to us, "Jesus Christ, why didn't that guy just fucking kill himself?"

Not sure if my late father would have the same sentiment for the hero of Give My Regards of Broad Street (1984), Paul McCartney's own rock star "day in the life" comedy. It plays as an opposite to The Wall. Whereas poor Pink gets consumed by shallow nihilism, Paul is just shallow. Pink lost his working-class father in the war, Paul is an evergreen rich Brit fondly remembering dancehall days.

Someone stole Paul's master tapes! If they don't find it by the end of the movie, the record company goes under! But, it was just a dream (spoiler!), and Paul enters Abbey Road Studios. The end. Play the video game (shown after the break).

Co-host Carl points out Every Important Musician who shows up and jams with Macca and later we rate who is the biggest asshole from the Beatles. #3 might surprise you! (It's Paul.)

Monday, July 24, 2017

7/23/17 Episode 59: Battle Beyond The Stars (1980)


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Comedian Nicole Love joins me in the studio to watch a film that's not Star Wars (1977) but has the same plot. 

Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) is known among Star Wars fans and Roger Corman fans as "that Star Wars knock-off produced by Roger Corman." Infamously it was released theatrically shortly after the premiere of Empire Strikes Back

Robert Vaughn, George Peppard and John Saxon star and none of them look thrilled. Saxon's the bad guy, Peppard's The Cowboy, and Vaughn sits on a throne bathed in blue light (see screen grab above)

The spaceship corridors scenes remind me of TV shows like Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Battlestar Gallactica, and Sealab 2021. Also, there's a lot of scenes that take place in spaceship corridors.. Recommended for fans of science fiction and hallways..

Saturday, July 22, 2017

7/16/17 Episode 58: National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995)


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Imagine National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) as the head of an ouroboros. Its body begins with school sex comedy knock-offs like Porky's (1981) and Revenge of the Nerds (1984), then the endless shit like Loose Screws (1985) and National Lampoon's Dorm Daze (2003). At the little tip of the tail, the tip that the head devours is National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995), where high schoolers replace frat boys, and a yellow school bus replace the frat house. This theatrically-released movie (notable for a latter-day NL film) updates the after-school special story line of high school seniors visiting Our Nation's Capitol. Film was shot in Canada and the cast are squeaky-clean 90s grungesters. And what the cast: Matt Frewer (Max Headroom), Tommy Chong (winkingly as himself), and Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) might had held my interest back during a decades-old basic cable viewing, but now I can see a young Jeremy Renner and Twilight Princess voice talent Tara Strong. The director's next movie was Kids in the Hall: Brian Candy (1996), God bless him.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

7/9/17 Episode 57: Koyaanisqatsi (1982)



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The plot to this movie is hard to describe, but allow me:

After watching his partner (Christian Bale) get murdered by two pairs of identical twins (Bette Midler, Shelley Long), FBI triple agent (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has a choice: retire in the country with his wife Shelby (Jennifer Lawrence) or stop the twins' murder spree. His choice decides the fate of the twin's latest target, international cricket player, Mayor Bobby Schulze (Air Bud). Shot entirely on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank in two days.