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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 .



Monday, March 13, 2017

3/12/17 Episode 40: King Kung Fu (1976)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch  King Kung Fu (1976), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

Comedian Norm Hazzard joins me to watch the very 1970s King Kong Fu (1976). You think it would be a parody of all things Kung Fu and King Kong but it's also a loving take-down of Wichita, Kansas. There's a clever song about Wichita, and it's shot all over town. There's the minor league baseball field, the Sedgewick Zoo, the (now abandoned) amusement park, and a climatic battle on top of the city's tallest building, the  still-standing Wichita Holiday Inn. The director's the guy in the gorilla suit.

Norm and I figured this was the second film at double feature grindhouses, but we were too optimistic. In fact, after being shot in 1976, the movie was finished in 1987, released on DVD in 2007, and was just featured at the 2016 Tallgrass Film Festival, with a panel of the producer and the actors who played Rae Fey and Herman. Question for Herman, did the gorilla really blow you?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

3/5/17 Episode 39: Loose Screws (1985)


Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch Screwballs II  aka Loose Screws (1985), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

I fucked up right out of the gate with this podcast. I fucked up the name of our guest, even though, as Los Angeles comedian Scott Kidd (DromeTVputs it, "it's only two syllables." I fucked up the movie selection, playing Loose Screws (1985) when in fact I wanted to watch Screwballs (1983). And, later, I mistook Gimme A F (1984) for Up The Creek (1984) .

But if you think I'm a fuck up, you should meet the gang from Loose Screws. If you've seen Screwballs, you've already have. Psychotronic Video Guide describes Screwballs as "this stupid Porky's rip-off set in the 60s," while Loose Screws is "this stupid teen comedy, a sequel to Screwballs." (VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever also calls Loose Screws "this stupid sequel to Screwballs.") This stupid sequel is set in the present day, with break dancing and portable video cameras (more on those later). Character names change, Howie Bates becomes Hugh G. Rection, Melvin Jerkovski is now Marvin Eatmore.

The movie plays like an endless riff of the girl's locker room scene from Porky's (1981). Guys want to watch naked women. Guys hatch scheme. Women get naked. Guys ogle women. For example, the nerd creates a formula that dissolves bathing suits. Nerd pours it into girls' swimming pool. Bathing suits dissolve and women get naked. Marvin swims deep in the pool, looking up at the women. As Scott puts it: "Or, you can just talk to a woman."

The final half hour the film gives up, presenting numerous stage shows. The guys go onstage and  spray whipped cream on naked women. A woman strips onstage during the summer school's anniversary show (?). It's very dream-like, to the point, I thought I was watching my life flashing before my eyes and my life was just topless scenes from Loose Screws.

Oh, and the kid with the video camera videotaping topless women? That's us, the audience.

It was the first time Scott Kidd and I met, and he was the perfect guest. Check out his show, Jack Jimminy: Porn Extra.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch The Oscar (1966), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

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.