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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2/26/17 Episode 38: The Oscar (1966)



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In The Oscar (1966), Frankie Fane is a piece of shit back-stabbing womanizer, and, as it goes, is nominated for Best Actor at this year's Oscars. As he sits in the audience on Oscar night, his bitter friend watches. "You finally made it, Frankie!" the friend narrates in the second person, "Oscar night!"

The bitter friend is played straight and serious by Tony Bennett. Milton Berle also plays it straight as Frankie's agent. Both can't carry dramatic roles, which is my way of saying they can't act at all. Lead Stephen Boyd grunt acts his way through the melodrama.

A product of the mid-1960s, this movie is stuffed with steakhouse cocktails, shirtless male nudity, and writing a check to buy a house, which co-host Carl points out on the podcast.

We recorded this episode 2 hours before the 2017 Oscars telecast.

After the break, it's the SCTV parody, The Nobel.

Monday, February 20, 2017

2/19/17 Episode 37: The Inglorious Bastards (1977)



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I'm familiar with director Enzo G. Castellari. He directed the amazing 1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982). But I'm not his only fan; there's Quentin Tarantino. He famously bought the rights to Castellari's The Inglorious Bastards (1977) to direct his own film, Inglorious Basterds (2009). There's even a DVD extra about that on the Basterds disc. It's another obscure film I've read about that I can now watch on YouTube, which is the point of this podcast.

Shadow of the Basterds aside, Bastards is a good film. It's a Dirty Dozen knock-off about escaped American military prisioners who, seconds from escaping to Switzerland, help the good guys fight the bad guys. Fred Williamson is in peak form in this movie, despite what co-host Carl thinks of his acting.

Monday, February 6, 2017

2/5/17 Episode 35: Stone Cold (1991) and The Gail Force of Love (2016)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch Stone Cold (1991), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in separate browser.

Jay Austin Graham (NSFW Podcast), Anthony Medina (Brainwash capo), Sweet Gail (SF comedian), and host Mike Spiegelman spend Superbowl Sunday watching a movie starring an American American Football Player (the Boz). We also watch a documentary on Sweet Gail, called "The Gail Force of Love," embedded after the break.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

01/29/17 Episode 34: The Mission (1999)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch The Mission (1999), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, host Mike Spiegelman and special guest Pam Benjamin watches a film from one of the best Hong Kong directors today, Johnnie To.

A master of all genres, To has released some wild comedies during New Year's like Love on a Diet (2001, fat suit comedy), Fat Choi Spirit (2002, mah jong comedy), and Help!!! (2000, hospital comedy), all of which I've seen at the 4-star Theatre in San Francisco. I decided to go with his breakthrough gangster classic instead, The Mission, just because it's amazing and it's available on YouTube.

Monday, January 23, 2017

01/22/17 Episode 33: Hitler's Folly (2016)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch Hitler's Folly (2016), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

The story of our movie begins with animator Bill Plympton releasing a free full-length movie on YouTube and ends with the AV Club calling it one of the 20 worst movies of 2016 (#12, in fact). Anyone expecting animation will be disappointed watching this unwatchable 68-minute live-action mockumentary called Hitler's Folly (2016). It answers the question, "What if Hitler was an animator?" Co-host Carl and Mike Spiegelman have never asked that question but they watch it. They then watch clips from their old New Jersey public access show, Fish Burgers. Finally Carl plays a 1994 recording of Spiegelman's stand-up act which vexes present-day Spiegelman.