Ep. 34 - Twenty Years Later: PSYCHO and LITTLE VOICE

December 7, 2018

On December 4, 1998 the world was exposed to the great pipes of LITTLE VOICE and the sound of one man's passionate solo love in Gus Van Sant's remake of PSYCHO. Our mainstream release starring Vince Vaughn as the classic Norman Bates character was reviled upon release, and while we may not surprise you with our focus on the sound design of this film (for when do we not spend ten minutes talking about that when it comes to cinema?) we may with a bit of a defense for this experiment. And that surprise continues with our forgotten film as the late 90s Miramax Oscar bait branding gives way to the always great man slut Michael Caine.

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Ep. 33 - Eight Years Later: TANGLED and BURLESQUE

November 27, 2018

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Eight years ago on November 24, 2010 the world let its hair down at the movies with Disney's TANGLED and some poor bastard's BURLESQUE. The former may now be the little sister to FROZEN but at the time it was another major animated hit for the company that would soon own every IP, while the latter was a not-so-successful flick at the box office for Cher's no longer animated face. However this Christina Aguilera starring film does offer some valuable lessons even now: like how completely asexual women dancing erotically in minimal clothing can be. It really is quite a feat that we recommend you not try at home... unless you are superfan Jairo who is probably doing just that right now.  As for the rest of you, spend your time clicking these links below:

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Ep. 32 - Forty Years Later: THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL

November 22, 2018

On November 17, 1978 stern, disapproving fathers everywhere were coming to terms with the fact that their sons were absolutely, positively DORKS. For Ralph Bakshi was bringing her hybrid animation adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's THE LORD OF THE RINGS to the big screen while George Lucas was cashing a (hopefully) big check to see his Star Wars universe adapted to a television variety hour now known infamously as THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL. One of these is an earnest but lesser attempt to get a fan property right, while the other shows absolute disdain for its subject matter. So which one do you think we end up talking about more to celebrate this Thanksgiving? Find out with a listen on this great Life Day or just click for spoilers at the links below:

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Ep. 31 - Three Years Later: LOVE THE COOPERS and JAMES WHITE

November 12, 2018

We continue the Hollywood tradition of celebrating Christmas on early November weekends by taking a trip back to November 13, 2015 when LOVE THE COOPERS and JAMES WHITE hit the silver screens with decidedly different examinations of families in crisis. In the former, the top new box office opener stars Diane Keaton and John Goodman as parents of a large star-studded family on the verge of their last Christmas together due to an impending divorce; and in the latter Christopher Abbott must come to terms with the fact that his mother played by Cynthia Nixon is dying. As one SOBER CINEMA critic on this very episode puts it: "it felt like I was dying and I wish I was." You most likely will feel the same if you click the links below:

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Ep. 30 - One Year Later: A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS and LADY BIRD

November 5, 2018

Much like Hollywood and your obnoxious neighbor, once Halloween is over... the Christmas season begins. One year ago on November 1, 2017 A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS rang in the holiday two months early, and Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut LADY BIRD opened in limited release and immediate Oscar consideration. And although the BAD MOMS sequel would go on to gross $130 million worldwide, strangely it may be our forgotten film as people (monsters) may be unaware that there even was a sequel to spotlight the greatness of Kathryn Hahn. However the Saoirse Ronan starring Best Picture nominee stayed in the pop culture conversation with overwhelming praise... and a small degree of backlash provided from one of our hosts. So join us as we put Mila Kunis and Laurie Metcalf in the podcast gladiator ring to determine The Ultimate Bad Mom.

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Ep. 29 - Eleven Years Later: DAN IN REAL LIFE and BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD

October 31, 2018

On October 26, 2007 Steve Carrell betrayed his on-screen brother Dane Cook and America cheered for DAN IN REAL LIFE, which opened second to SAW 424, at the box office. The nation was not so kind to similar antics from Philip Seymour Hoffman when he tried to pull the same shit with Ethan Hawke in Sidney Lumet's final film BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD which opened on the same day. Some things are expected of a sitcom star taking the leap to big screen romantic lead that would be beneath the greatest actor of his generation. Nothing is beneath us though as we tackle the appropriate amount of thrusting in an opening sex scene, meet cutes with eyebrows on fleek Juliette Binoche, and the joys of being called Chico by a threatening Michael Shannon. Also click ALL OF THESE LINKS, thanks:

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Ep. 28 - Thirty-Five Years Later: ALL THE RIGHT MOVES and THE RIGHT STUFF

October 29, 2018

We've seen FIRST MAN. And now thirty-five years later we finally get around to the three plus hours to see if we have THE RIGHT STUFF. That's obviously doubtful to our listeners, and perhaps even more so is if we have ALL THE RIGHT MOVES, the other and initially more successful film released on October 21, 1983. Both films look at expected masculinity of their time, which is why we forgive them for not living up to the manliness of THE Nasty Hellcat. Find a real hero, not these astronauts or Tom Cruise, at the links below:

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Ep. 27 - One Year Later: HAPPY DEATH DAY and BAD LUCKY GOAT

October 27, 2018

We compare the hellish existence of THE Nasty Hellcat against another cursed creature in BAD LUCKY GOAT... and also an attractive white college girl being punished by movie geeks for the ultimate sin of not having seen GROUNDHOG DAY in HAPPY DEATH DAY. On Friday, October 13 2017, this light slasher horror film opened to $26 million while our forgotten but charming foreign film starring a dismembered goat made $170.

One hundred. AND seventy dollars.

Do we right this wrong and choose the forgotten film over the mainstream success? And can THE Nasty Hellcat's life become even more cursed? Find out on this episode or at the links below:

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Ep. 26 - Eighteen Years Later: MEET THE PARENTS and BAMBOOZLED

October 24, 2018

On October 6, 2000 the world was introduced to the awkward humor of Ben Stiller explaining the process of milking a cat to Robert De Niro in MEET THE PARENTS and the continued exploration of race in America from Spike Lee in BAMBOOZLED. And as usual this great country found the idea of milking a cat more palatable (who wouldn't???).  We attempt to discuss these films with as much respect as three white dudes (a rarity in podcasting really) can while talking about intimate moments with house pets. For more of that, check out our social media presence at the links below:

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Ep. 25 - Eight Years Later: THE SOCIAL NETWORK and CHAIN LETTER

October 20, 2018

As we are probably one of the most popular producers of online content, we feel it is our responsibility to celebrate the anniversary of David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's classic THE SOCIAL NETWORK. However this was not the only film on the end of anonymity released on October 1, 2010... for our forgotten film on this episode is THE Nasty Hellcat selected slasher flick CHAIN LETTER. One film should have won Best Picture and the other is the usual vengeance tour from one of our co-hosts and "friends" to force us to waste precious minutes of our lives. Speaking of which, here's all of our social media links:

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