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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4/23/17 Episode 46: Rock & Rule (1983)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch Rock & Rule (1983), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

Co-host Carl tells me Rock & Rule (1983) never got a proper American theatrical release (it played in Boston). Americans did see it, thanks to bootleg copies, HBO airings, video store placements, and now YouTube. It's one of those science-fiction yarns that start with title cards setting up the world. You see, in the future, an evil superrocker kidnaps a young singer and it's up to her unlikable band members to save her. How unlikable are her bandmates? So unlikable I mistook the guitarist for a drummer.

Carl and I are joined in the studio with Hatch, Roman Leo, and George D-Smith

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

04/16/17 Episode 45: North (1994) and My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch North (1994), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

North (1994) flopped. No one ever said, "One for North, please!" North what? It's a boy's name? And the boy divorces his parents and travels the world to find new parents? And Bruce Willis plays the Easter Bunny? Those were the Four Questions that guest Danny Dechi and I asked as we watched this on Easter Sunday.

The premise of this podcast is to watch cult movies I've read about. The late Roger Ebert gave North such a toxic review  that he quoted his own review for the title for his one-note collection of bad movie reviews, I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie.

Speaking of Quentin Tarantino movies, Quentin Tarantino directed a short film back when rockabilly bars were a thing. A chunk remains of My Best Friend's Birthday (1987). A talkative DJ (Tarantino) talks about music, does coke, talks about music, and hires a prostitute as a birthday present for his best friend. We never finished it, but it's posted after the break.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

4/9/17 Episode 44: Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)


Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1948), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

More like Laughs Love Andy Hardy, am I right? No, I'm incorrect. Love Laughs occurs after WWII and has the statuesque Dorothy Ford from Abbot and Costello's Jack and the Beanstalk. The Andy Hardy movies play like a family sit-com with young Mickey Rooney being as energetic and charismatic as Michael J. Fox in Family TiesLaughs seemed like the last of the series until a 16th one was made during the 1950s. Guests Drew Harmon, Carl, and I think we're watching the Love Finds Andy Hardy (1942) with Lana Turner for a decent chunk of the podcast (It's one of the many missteps throughout the live broadcast). .

Saturday, April 8, 2017

4/2/17 Episode 43: Breakfast of Champions (1999)



Listen to Let's Watch a Full-Length Movie on YouTube while watching Breakfast of Champions (1999). Start with the podcast. Since embedding of the movie has been disabled, please enjoy this multi-part musical "story" of Bruce Willis' other vanity project, Hudson Hawk (1991).

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There have been four movie adaptations of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. novels (I'm not including television specials and plays). The two decent ones, Mother Night (1996) and Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) are grounded in the horrors of World War II. As for the other two, well, one's the terrible Jerry Lewis film Slapstick (of Another Kind) (1982) (see LWAFLMOYT Episode 10, with my brudder) and the other is the terrible Bruce Willis film, Breakfast of Champions (1999).

It would be a Cop Out to call Breakfast of Champions the worst movie Bruce Willis ever made. It's the worst movie adaption of a Vonnegut novel ever made, too. The novel had the author narrating and doodling a shaggy dog story about his recurring characters bouncing inside a vacuum. Half the book is Vonnegut talking to himself. The title is a copyrighted slogan for cereal. None of it's filmable. So how did director Alan Rudolph's movie adaption of an unfilmable novel do?

"Breakfast of Champions is unwatchable," began Owen Gleiberman's review in Entertainment WeeklyI wanted a second opinion so I'm joined by film critic and comedian Vince Manici (FilmDrunk, Frotcast podcast). Vince points out that in a bad indie film, every character is quirky. He also shit-talks Nick Nolte's three-piece suit.

More Hudson Hawk after the break.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

3/26/17 Episode 42: Joy of Sex (1984)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch Joy of Sex (1984), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

It's the ultimate boys' slumber party as comedians Carl, FC Sierra, Mean Dave and I, host Mike Spiegelman, watch the ultimate girls' slumber party movie, Joy of Sex (1984). It's a decent horny teen comedy aimed for teenage girls from the director of Valley Girl (1983). Sex bombed when (if) it was theatrically released and has appeared on cable and video stores since but honestly this is the first chance I've got to see it, thank you, YouTube.

This is the third podcast in a series watching National Lampoon movies. As Carl brings up, the magazine had developed a movie based on the eponymous sex manual and then paid money to remove their name from the finished product.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

3/19/17 Episode 41: Troll (1986)


Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch  Troll (1986), aka Troll 1, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

Troll 2 (1990) is considered the "best worst movie," at least according to the documentary Best Worst Movie (2009). I haven't seen either, but I have seen the first Troll (1986). It's so charming and well-cast. It has the mom from Lassie, an angel from Charlie's Angels, Sonny from Sonny and Cher, SNL power couple Brad Hall and Julie Louis-Dreyfus, and a lost and confused Michael Moriarty. The horror comedy is part of the so-called PuppetCore movement that brought us such puppet-as-monster movie franchises like Gremlins, Ghoulies, Critters, House, and, as co-host Howard Stone insists, Tremors. Also, I made up the term PuppetCore.

A family moves into a San Francisco apartment (movie was shot in Italy) and their daughter immediately gets possessed by a troll. Sorta like Inside Out but the daughter gets immediately possessed by a troll.

Last ten minutes of Troll is after the break.

Check out my brother Adam Spiegelman interviewing Troll 2 cast member George Hardy on Adam's podcast, Proudly Resents .