In this episode, we take a look at the first of our Bag of Destiny picks, the 2008 Mike Myers comedy, The Love Guru! Pro: it was better than we thought it was going to be. Con: it was still really bad and our expectations were incredibly, incredibly low. DAMN YOU SCOTT
In this episode, we take a look at the 2016 indie horror film, Bad Ben! It’s the first of several movies in the Bad Ben series by the film’s director (and star) Nigel Bach and he does a bang up job of making a low budget paranormal found footage horror flick that hits all the right notes of both that genre and the everyman style of YouTube vlogging. Megan has declared him her number two BFF and wants to consume some sort of cheese covered snack food with him. #NACHOSWITHNIGEL
In this episode, we take a look at the 1986 horror comedy film, Night of the Creeps! This alien invasion/monster movie/b-movie love letter by writer/directer Fred Dekker hands down provides us with the finest performance ever turned in by Tom Atkins. Many thanks to our friend Adam from Canada for suggesting this one to us!
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In this episode, we take a look at the 1959 Roger Corman black comedy horror film, A Bucket of Blood! What happens when beatniks go bad? What happens when art crosses a line? What happens when you give a guy like Roger Corman a small amount of money and an even smaller amount of time to make a horror movie? A Bucket of Blood, that’s what! Despite the low budget and lack of resources, there’s actually a really interesting movie in there that with better talent and more time probably could have been something really great, not just a dead cat covered in modeling clay.
In this episode, we conclude our discussion of the 1980 musical comedy, The Blues Brothers, and finish up our month (plus one week) of Dan Aykroyd movies! We pick up where we left off, discuss more of the music and Chicago’s finest landmarks, plus we include a tribute to the many dearly departed actors and musicians who appeared in this film (there’s a lot of them).
In this episode, we tackle our definitive Dan Aykroyd Month movie, The Blues Brothers! We actually talk so much we had to split this one in two… so you get an extra week of Aykroyd next time. It’s hard for two Chicago natives not to wax poetic about the Blues Brothers because we both basically grew up in this city, surrounded by these places and these things. Also, it’s a music movie, so you gonna get some Eric music talk, too.
In this episode, we take a look at our penultimate movie in Dan Aykroyd Month, one that Megan hates and Eric finds oddly compelling, the 1991 horror comedy Nothing But Trouble! It’s weird and gross and bizarre and somehow House of 1,000 Corpses-like but without any of the charm of that movie and somehow every dude stand-up comic Megan knows LOVES this thing. Also, John Candy is a lovely, lovely woman.
In this episode, we continue Dan Aykroyd Month with the 1987 homage to Jack Webb’s classic police procedural, Dragnet! Aykroyd is a huge fan of Webb and his work, which is quite evident in this movie, and there’s a pretty great cast doing pretty great work in there as well… it’s just that the actual plot of the film is really, really dumb. Great Art of Noise song? Check. Superb attention to detail from the original TV show? Check. Likeable Tom Hanks and deadpan Dan Aykroyd doing things they’re good at? Check. Dumbest plot that ever dumbed? WHY
In this episode, we take a look at the 1983 Dan Aykroyd nerdy guy turned pimp film, Doctor Detroit! Our feeling is that this movie reads more like a series of sitcom episodes and less like a full fledged movie, but it has some high points including an A-Team of super capable escorts, the frenetic energy of Aykroyd and a tour of Jane Byrne’s Chicago on film. Eric is a little disappointed by the whole thing, but Megan thinks if you haven’t seen it, maybe give it a look.