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.
Eric has declared July to be Dan Aykroyd month! In this episode, we take a look at Aykroyd’s last team up with John Belushi in the 1981 black comedy, Neighbors! Audiences were unhappy with the duo playing against type and the studio freaked out about it, adding a lot of stuff in – including one of the most aggressive comedy music soundtracks in movie history – to make sure people knew they were supposed to laugh. There’s some good bits in there, but they’re few and far between.
In this episode, we take a look at the 1959 giant monster movie, Attack of the Leeches! Shot over the course of eight days by Roger and Gene Corman, this film is basically the equivalent of that dinner you make from the leftover stuff in your fridge because you just happen to have it on hand and it’s gonna go bad if you don’t use it up. We learn that dynamite solves all scientific problems, Megan has a thing for late 1950s swim trunks and if you remove the actual giant leeches from this picture, you have a fairly decent Tennessee Williams play. ALSO: Megan’s on the hunt for Thunder in Paradise fan fiction. If you find it (or write it), send it to us at email@example.com – for serious.
In this episode, we take a look at the 1980 movie musical and attempt at biblical allegory, The Apple! It’s not a masterpiece, to be sure, but it’s full of campy goodness and holographic sparkles and big dumb fun. The songs aren’t great and the lyrics aren’t subtle, but somehow it’s still a little confusing as to what the hell is happening. All we can say is… DO THE BIM
In this episode, we watch The Manipulator, a 1971 film that shows Mickey Rooney as a man unhinged, tormenting a kidnapped woman with bad dialogue and bizarre acting choices. Penned and directed by Yabo Yablonsky (I wish we made that name up, but we DID NOT), The Manipulator shows actors trapped in weird material that most film students grow out of by graduation. Eric liked it, Megan’s seen things like it too many times in acting class to recommend it.
In this episode, we take a look at the snake sci fi movie that sounds like air escaping from a tire, Sssssss! It’s chock full of actors who had/would have careers bigger and brighter than this film would suggest, including Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict and Reb Brown, in his movie debut. It’s no Stanley, but if you like movies where people are hell bent on creating their own special rice of pipple, you might want to check it out.
In this episode, we take a look at the 1989 wrestling movie starring Hulk Hogan, No Holds Barred! It’s a lighthearted romp filled with violence, murder and masturbation jokes. Also, stop trying to make “jockass” a thing, big bad.
In this episode, we take a look at the 1994 action adventure movie about men hunting men, Surviving the Game! Ice T stars as a guy that is tired of your bullshit and also of a bunch of dudes hunting him; everyone else is trying their best, especially a particularly clear-eyed Gary Busey who does a stunning Monologue for Young Actors performance.