Episode 150: Runaway Train

In this episode, we take a look at the 1985 action thriller from Cannon Films, Runaway Train.  It scored three Academy Award nominations and won Jon Voight a Golden Globe for Best Actor. It was based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa.  It was nominated for Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.  Critics loved it. BUT IT WAS A CANNON FILM THO.  Why bad air? Certainly not.

Episode 149: Goin’ Coconuts

In this episode, we take a look at the 1978 Donny and Marie Osmond movie, Goin’ Coconuts!  It’s a little bit of that one episode of the Brady Bunch when they went to Hawaii and a little bit of the Beatles’ film, Help, but with 100% more wholesome 1970s Osmond goodness.  Megan was a little disappointed in the level of goons, but we were very impressed at Marie Osmond’s scream queen abilities.

Episode 148: Rubber

Hey everybody!  We’re back…  and we’ve got another pick from the Bag of Destiny.  This time it’s the 2010 film, Rubber, in which a tire comes to life, falls for a girl and murders a lot of people by blowing their heads up a la Scanners.  It’s weird and exists for no reason.  Does this mean there’s nothing to talk about?  Certainly not.

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 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.)