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12/24/17 Episode 81: More Movies Released on Christmas Day



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch a bunch of movie trailers of movies released on Christmas Day, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.

You hate your family by Christmas Night you want out. Knowing you'll watch anything in a theater to shed the holidays, Hollywood releases mostly shite films on Christmas Day. Ira Emsig rejoins host Mike Spiegelman as they watch two dozen more trailers to movies released on December 25th. The films ranged from the good (The Sting), the bad (Cheaper by the Dozen), and the ugly (Cheaper by the Dozen 2).

12/17/19 Episode 80: It Couldn't Happen Here (1987)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube Vimeo podcast and watch It Couldn't Happen Here (1987), aka The Pet Shop Boys movie, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.

Carl and I think outside the YouTube box this episode as we watch our first movie on Vimeo. (That's right, Vimeo has full-length movies now, it's not just uploads of art projects.) Carl says the Pet Shop Boys made this movie to avoid touring and make some more home video moolah. Neil and Chris (aka the Boys) walk, bicycle and drive all over an English Seaside Town, meeting nuns, priests, serial killers, ventriloquists, and whatever passes as English Humour. Occasionally they sing along to the background music (Neil does, Chris is the silent one). It enjoyable, even if Neil and Chris act otherwise.

12/10/17 Episode 79: My Science Project (1985)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch My Science Project (1985), aka Not Weird Science or Real Genius, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.



The less I reveal about My Science Project (1985), the more enjoyable this misfire of a motion picture will be. Let me instead say this about its writer and director, Jonathan Betuel. Ready Player One rips off Betuel's screenplay to The Last Starfighter (1984). And two, his last movie Theodore Rex (1995) is still on YouTube and should be watched first

12/3/17 Episode 78: Revolution (1968)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Revolution (1968), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser.

As Carl points out in this episode, director Jack O'Connell was lucky. He was at the right place at the right time. He had his cameras filming San Francisco during the fuzzy cute side of The Summer of Love. He interviewed hippies like the volunteers at The Free Store and the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic. He shot footage in the Haight-Ashbury District, Inner Sunset, the adjacent Golden Gate Park, and the nudie beach west of that.

My only complaint is that O'Connell never left the Haight. I get this was marketed and released as a exploitative cash-grab aimed for a national theater-going audience piqued by filthy hippies, but I'd had like to see the rest of the politically-active City during '67, like the Castro, Fillmore, and Chinatown Districts. Some interviews did take place elsewhere. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen spoke from where I guess had to be either a Russian Hill or North Beach outdoor bistro and Chief of Police Thomas J. Cahill talked from behind his desk.

Carl and I are joined by George D-Smith. I first read about this film from Steven Puchalski's film guide Slimetime and his Shock Cinema Magazine (subscribe today). O'Connell expanded the documentary as The Hippie Revolution (1996) and revisited hippie proxy Louise "Today" Malone. She recounted how the Summer of Love got less cute and fuzzy. Hippie Revolution is embedded after the break.

11/26/17 Episode 77: Summer Job (1989)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Summer Camp (1989), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser.

Movie Goer: One for Summer Job.
Ticket Vendor: We're not hiring right now.
Movie Goer: No, I'm here for the movie Summer Job.
Ticket Vendor: You'll have to speak to the manager.

Summer Job - a title so generic, I still refer to it as "Summer Camp." For a title of a teen sex comedy, however, it's genius. It immediately telegraphs its premise of college coeds working in a scenic location. Here, it's a Miami racquetball resort, and the kids come from everywhere. One goes to a "fancy" school in San Francisco, another goes to UC Berkeley, so there's the Bay Area representing. We see a surfer who walks out of her house, grabs her surfboard, and hitchhikes to the Florida resort. Later she says she's from Hawaii.

Seems that for one crazy summer, the staff and guests tan poolside, play pranks, and oogle and grope everyone. It's a creeper paradise, but standard for the genre.

Another standard is the original motion picture soundtrack. Not only does Summer Job has dozen of inspirational montage-ready songs, it top-bills a band called "Orkestra" who they play poolside at the end. It's an inspirational song about how we are all winners (I prefer Traxx's final song myself). The characters dance to the cameras, we see one more topless woman, and the movie ends. 

Special guest on the episode is Adam Spiegelman, host of the cult movie podcast Proudly Resents, and my brother. His show is a big influence on mine. He made a supercut of all his Christmas movie episodes, check it out.

(And, if you enjoyed Movie Goer and Ticket Vendor, check out my sketch group at the 2018 SF Sketchfest.)