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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

011/05/17 Episode 74: National Lampoon's Going the Distance (2004)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch National Lampoon's Going the Distance (2004), aka Going the Distance, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser

Going the Distance - the Canadian movie, not the song by Cake - has three young male friends and two young female hitchhikers going the distance on a youthful road trip to Toronto. Nick, with the help of Tyler, Dime, Jill and Sasha, must stop Trish from dating Lenny even though Jill likes Nick. This occurs onstage during the 2003 Much Music Video Awards because the movie was produced in part by the Much Music Channel (now known as Much). VJ George Stroumboulopoulos appears and our heroes travel with 2002 Much Music Award winner Swollen Members. Dime even gets to hang out backstage with Avril Lavigne and the band Gob (lucky Dime!). The ending makes the whole movie feel like one long product placement for Much.

Then, in a final fit of ironic product placement, the movie was released on DVD in the United States as National Lampoon's Going the Distance. Carl and I must watch it, because we watch all the National Lampoon movies.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

10/29/17 Episode 73: The Hitchhikers (1972)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch The Hitchhikers (1972), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser.


Beverly and Ferd Sebastian made several drive-in/grindhouse/direct-to-video movies during the Seventies and Eighties, but the first I've heard of them was when I stumbled onto their YouTube channel. They've posted an extremely generous collection of their full-length movies like 'Gator Bait (1974) and Rocktober Blood (1984). Check them out, let me know what a Rocktober is and why they bleed.

At the end of the YouTube video for The Hitchhikers (1972), present-day Ferd and Beverly explain that they are now born-again and Beverly volunteers time saving greyhounds. They seem nice, as well as their kids, who appear in their movies, but it's hard to notice watching the nasty Hitchhikers. Misty Rowe plays a young hitcher who gets raped (and has a miscarriage), then joins a Charles Manson-type and his horde of thieving thumb-wavers. They live in a cool ghost town but want to steal enough money to move to Los Angeles. Why? You live in a cool ghost town. They're unpleasant people, even if the film ends with a smiley face graphic.

This episode has hosts Carl and Mike in the studio together.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

10/22/17 Episode 72: What Do You Say To A Naked Lady? (1970)

Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch What Do You Say to a Naked Lady? (1970), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser.

Candid Camera was (is!) a television juggernaut, omnipresent on both syndicated and prime-time television. It follows this formula: an unsuspecting bystander deals with outrageous behavior from a person or object; bystander reacts in a manner emotionally relatable to a television audience; prank and host are revealed; host tells bystander, "Smile! You're on Candid Camera!"; bystander reacts. This formula hasn't changed since its premiere in 1948.

The TV show began as a radio show called Candid Microphone, which is crazy to me since Camera is extremely visual. But that's even crazier is the theatrically-released X-rated movie version of Candid Camera called What Do You Say To A Naked Lady? (1970). Now, full-frontal nudity (ladies and gent) is added to its concocted scenarios designed to illicit mawkish reactions. My favorite is during the title prank, when one businessman offers the naked lady his coat.

The late Allan Hunt, creator and host of the radio, TV, and X-rated movie versions of Candid Camera, can't leave voyeurism alone. This is the only movie I've seen that includes footage of the test screening of the movie into the movie. Ultimately, it gives the film a structure, along with titled segments and original songs.

Oh, the songs! The talkative, narrative songs that explains what's going on! My second least favorite song from WDYSTANL? is about a tailor who touches the heinies of his customers; that song sounds derivative to Fiddler on the Roof, because, I'm imagining, all tailors are Jewish.

That leaves us to the humorous "rape" segment, where we watch a scripted scene of a camera crew filming a man making unwelcome advances to a woman in bed, interspersed with men leering at women. The accompanying song is done in the old-timey crooning style.

After the break, Joe Piscopo's classic Candid Radio bit.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

10/15/17 Episode 71: Spiderman Strikes Back (1978)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Spider-Man Strikes Back (1978), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser.

In between his animated shows from the Sixties and the Eighties, Spider-Man had his own live-action TV series on CBS, where Peter Parker was a bug-bitten college student freelancing at the Bugle. Columbia Pictures cobbled together episodes of The Amazing Spider-Man and released Spiderman Strikes Back (1978) worldwide. Spidey acts more like Superman. And, for a New Yorker, he doesn't complain once going to Los Angeles, where his final battle takes place on a studio lot. As Carl puts it, the Los Angeles production must had been really lazy.

Fans of Carl will enjoy this episode. The first half hour of the show has Carl holding court with Paul Brumbaugh, host of Mutiny Radio's most popular show, The Edge of Insanity.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

10/8/17 Episode 70: Speed Zone (1989)


Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Speed Zone (1989) aka Cannonball Fever aka "Cannonball Run 3," embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser.

This was supposed to be the threequel to The Cannonball Run (1981), but when that didn't happen, they made it anyway.

"It's no Cannonball Run 3, but it's close," says Carl on the podcast.

"Somebody made an unauthorized sequel and we have to watch it," says me.

Speaking of Carl, this podcast and Speed Zone, Carl lined up our podcast to the movie and posted it on YouTube. Check it out, after the break.

Monday, October 9, 2017

10/1/17 Episode 69: Old San Francisco (1927)


Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Old San Francisco (1929), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser.


Podcast begins more than halfway through show. I will be getting it reposted shortly. Consider this a lost episode. With Carl out, I'm joined by young San Francisco comedian Ashton Tate, as we watch Old San Francisco (1927), a pulpy tale of the City that begins in the 1600s and ends on a fateful day in 1906. Tenderloin heavy wants to buy the estate of once prestigious Spanish family. Winds up the bad guy is secretly Chinese and has a crazy secret cavern underneath Chinatown. Last scene is the '06 earthquake and the Great Fire, incorporating real footage.