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Episode 131 – Frankenstein

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FrankensteinWell after promising to get to this film for a few months, we finally managed to watch the 1931 Frankenstein! Adapted from Mary Shelly’s book, this movie basically defines what Frankenstein’s Monster will look like for the rest of film history. Boris Karloff has the star making role in this James Whale directed classic. Alison Anderson joins us after having watched Young Frankenstein so she can finally get where a whole bunch of the jokes came from!

Next up, we are going to follow Boris Karloff (sort of) to  Arsenic and Old Lace!

Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein poster Rating: 7.9/10 (58,296 votes)
Director: James Whale
Writer: John L. Balderston (based upon the composition by), Mary Shelley (from the novel by), Peggy Webling (adapted from the play by), Garrett Fort (screen play), Francis Edward Faragoh (screen play), Richard Schayer (scenario editor)
Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Boris Karloff
Runtime: 70 min
Rated: Passed
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Released: 21 Nov 1931
Plot: An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Episode 130 – Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Into the Spider-VerseWe decided we needed to watch the 2019 Oscar Winner for Best Animated Film, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse! Melissa had not yet seen it so Patricia Wick returns as our expert to talk about the film that may have just been the best film of 2019, period. While not officially a part of the MCU, Spider-Verse fits extremely well in that universe and, in some ways, even tops it.

Next up, we swear we are actually going to watch Frankenstein!

Green Book (2018)
Green Book poster Rating: 8.3/10 (192,369 votes)
Director: Peter Farrelly
Writer: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco
Runtime: 130 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Released: 16 Nov 2018
Plot: A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

 

Episode 129 – Green Book

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Green BookAs has been our annual tradition, we are taking a look at this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture! For this episode, Melissa and Tim had both not yet seen the film. That means Patricia Wick joins us as our expert as we watch Green Book. This movie has some issues. It isn’t horrible but it definitely has some…problems. So as much as three white people can, we try to unpack this movie about racism that might just have some problems because it may be a little bit racist.

Next up, we’re going to watch another Oscar winner for 2019 – the Best Animated Film of the Year – Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse!

Green Book (2018)
Green Book poster Rating: 8.3/10 (192,369 votes)
Director: Peter Farrelly
Writer: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco
Runtime: 130 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Released: 16 Nov 2018
Plot: A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Episode 128 – Mad Max: Fury Road

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Mad Max: Fury RoadFor the second time, we are watching a Max Max movie! This time it’s Mad Max: Fury Road. In what is essentially one super long car chase, we get to watch Charlize Theron be a bad ass and a blind guy play a flame throwing guitar. It’s pretty great. Alee Baker joins us as a first time viewer of this explosive action film that may not have re-defined the action genre but sure as hell pushed the limits of it.

Next up, we said we’d be watching Frankenstein but that’s a lie! Instead, we are going to watch the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Picture: Green Book!

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road poster Rating: 8.1/10 (774,301 votes)
Director: George Miller
Writer: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Runtime: 120 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 15 May 2015
Plot: In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

 

Episode 127 – The Great Race

The Great RaceWe followed Peter Paul from The Princess Bride to this farce by Blake Edwards. The Great Race stars Falk, Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Keenan Wynn as they race across the world. Along the way, they get into a bar fight, escape a polar bear, and meet up with another version of Jack Lemmon! Our newbie for this film is…Melissa! Hard to believe there are any films she hasn’t seen but this was one of them. Join us for the silliness!

Up next, we are going to take another road trip with Mad Max: Fury Road!

The Great Race (1965)
The Great Race poster Rating: 7.3/10 (14,690 votes)
Director: Blake Edwards
Writer: Arthur A. Ross (screenplay), Blake Edwards (original story), Arthur A. Ross (original story)
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk
Runtime: 160 min
Rated: Passed
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sport, Western
Released: 14 Oct 1965
Plot: In the early 20th century, two rivals, the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate, engage in an epic automobile race from New York to Paris.

Episode 126 – The Princess Bride

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The Princess BrideOK, we finally get to watch The Princess Bride! As one might expect, it was a challenge to find someone who hadn’t seen the movie but with a little work, we found Megan Ealain, who agreed to join us and watch the movie for the first time! If you’ve never seen this 1980’s fantasy/comedy gem before, you should definitely do so before you listen to the episode. If you have seen it before (more likely), you can enjoy our stories about the film and even Tim’s story about meeting one of the actors!

Next up, we are going to follow Peter Falk to The Great Race!

The Princess Bride (1987)
The Princess Bride poster Rating: 8.1/10 (356,813 votes)
Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: William Goldman (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest
Runtime: 98 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Released: 09 Oct 1987
Plot: While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

Episode 125 – F for Fake

Our latest episode was a bit of a last minute audible as we lost a guest due to weather. So Tim became our guinea pig to watch F for Fake, a “documentary” about hoaxes by Orson Welles. This kind of wacky film takes a look at a few different fakers, including the filmmaker himself. It is very new wave and so very Orson Welles in every sense of the word. Probably the best way to enter the world of this film is knowing as little as possible.

Next up, we really do talk about The Princess Bride!

F for Fake (1973)
F for Fake poster Rating: 7.8/10 (13,082 votes)
Director: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach
Writer: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory
Runtime: 89 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Documentary
Released: 12 Mar 1975
Plot: A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Episode 124 – This is Spinal Tap

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This is Spinal TapWe are sticking with comedy for just a bit longer as we watch the classic heavy metal mockumentary, This is Spinal Tap! Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer play the members of a rock band whose popularity is on something of a downward slide. Rob Reiner is the director of a film that is mostly improvised and still manages to have a story arc. It’s a super funny movie and Allison Anderson joins us to see it for the first time!

Next up, we are going to try to find someone who has never seen The Princess Bride!

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
This Is Spinal Tap poster Rating: 8.0/10 (N/A votes)
Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner
Stars: Rob Reiner, Kimberly Stringer, Chazz Dominguez, Shari Hall
Runtime: 82 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Music
Released: 02 Mar 1984
Plot: Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

Episode 123 – Clue

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ClueThis episode, we take a look at the best film ever based on a board game (and it isn’t close) – Clue! The movie has a stellar comedic cast and while it was something of a box office failure, it has become a huge success on home video.  Tom S Tea joins us to watch the film for the first time and they enjoy this delightfully campy romp through a mansion filled with multiple endings and a stellar comedic cast! We hope you enjoy figuring out whodunnit with us!

Next up, we follow Michael McKean to This is Spinal Tap!

Clue (1985)
Clue poster Rating: 7.3/10 (68,811 votes)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Writer: John Landis (story), Jonathan Lynn (story), Jonathan Lynn (screenplay)
Stars: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd
Runtime: 94 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 13 Dec 1985
Plot: Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.

Episode 122 – Young Frankenstein

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Young FrankensteinJust in time for the day after Halloween! We finish off our trip through the films that are arguably Mel Brooks’ best with Young Frankenstein! This satirical homage to the classic Universal horror movies (but especially Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein) may be one of Brooks’ least madcap films but it is still a comedic masterpiece. Gene Wilder heads up a stellar cast that really chews scenery in black and white!

Next up, we’ll follow Madeline Kahn to Clue!

Young Frankenstein (1974)
Young Frankenstein poster Rating: 8.0/10 (132,846 votes)
Director: Mel Brooks
Writer: Gene Wilder (screen story and screenplay), Mel Brooks (screen story and screenplay), Mary Shelley (based on characters in the novel "Frankenstein" by)
Stars: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn
Runtime: 106 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Comedy
Released: 15 Dec 1974
Plot: An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.