Episode 147: B-Fest 2019

In this episode, we talk about this year’s edition of B-Fest, a 24 hour movie marathon of dubious cinematic achievements that takes place at Northwestern University!  We made it through most of the lineup (until Megan needed to leave for sanity related reasons) and it was overall a fairly painless experience.  Did you go?  What were your high points and low points?

Episode 145: Cinema Supercollider Christmas Special

In this episode, we take a look at various Christmas specials from the 60s, 70s and 80s! Some of them are cheesy, most of them are cheery and a few of them were downright weird. Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate such things!

Episode 144: The Lemon Drop Kid

In this episode, we take a look at the 1951 Bob Hope classic, The Lemon Drop Kid!  It’s got capers and Christmas and the first film appearance of the song Silver Bells.  If you like old dolls and comedy schtick, you might consider this one for a holiday movie watch.

Episode 143: Walk Hard – The Dewey Cox Story

In this episode, we take a look at our December Bag of Destiny pick, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story!  Megan thought Eric would hate it because of the style of comedy, but she sort of remembered the actual movie experience incorrectly, and Eric really liked it.  It’s actually a pretty well crafted parody of the rock biopic and easily the best thing the Bag has gifted us.

Episode 142: Nutcracker in 3D

In this episode, we take a look at a true holiday trainwreck, Nutcracker in 3D! Nothing says heartwarming tale like a confusing mess of CGI with overt holocaust themes and toys being burnt up in ovens. A SHARK IS ELECTROCUTED FOR LAUGHS. We can’t even with this one.

Episode 141: Leatherheads

In this episode, we take a look at our November Bag of Destiny pick, the 2008 old timey football movie, Leatherheads! It’s a perfectly adequate movie that has a certain charm to it, but it’s nothing special.  Sort of like restaurant meatloaf – filling, but not very flavorful.  If you like George Clooney, you’ll probably have a decent time.

Episode 140: Skidoo

In this episode, we take a look at the 1968 Otto Preminger LSD fueled film, Skidoo! Eric loves this mess, Megan found it pretty bewildering.  It’s full of a bunch of middle aged stars getting hip to the hippies of the counter-culture and jokes straight from the Jackie Gleason Show.  Acid trips are less confusing.  Also, Megan incorrectly identifies the director of Sunset Boulevard (it’s Billy Wilder, but the famous quote is about Cecile B. DeMille.)

Episode 139: The Spanish Prisoner

In this episode, we take a look at the 1997 David Mamet con game film, The Spanish Prisoner!  It’s a lesser known Mamet property that uses Steve Martin in a serious role as a bad guy and Campbell Scott as a boy scout inventor duped by Martin’s smooth operation.  The movie’s plot twists and turns in the usual way for a con game, but it’s an enjoyable ride.  Also, GO WATCH GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.  Seriously.

Episode 138: The Blackcoat’s Daughter

In this episode, we take a look at the 2015 supernatural/psychological horror film, the Blackcoat’s Daughter!  We’re kind of split in our opinion of this one – Eric liked it and thinks it’s a movie that more people need to see, but Megan found it kind of brutal and slow and unpleasant. It’s one of those films that’s more interesting to think about after the fact, though your mileage may vary.