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  1. ChunkStyle

    Episode 224: Starcrash: LIVE!

    I am glad you reminded me of this because it was one of the funniest things in the movie to me. The ship WAS just right there out of frame. Thor couldn't take off because Akton had sabotaged the ship. But Stella and Elle made no attempt whatsoever to get inside. As soon as Thor said that he had taken over the ship they immediately went to the option of lying in the snow for as far as they knew the next thousand years. It makes me think that it is a known thing in this universe that locking your keys inside your spaceship is pretty much the absolute worst thing that can happen to you.
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    Episode 224: Starcrash: LIVE!

    The Count came so close to nailing his protection plan for his ultimate weapon of doom with the two levels of defense. Level 1 is some sort of psychic space monster that can destroy the minds of every person aboard any approaching ship and are so effective that even robots succumb to their attack. Only someone like Akton who has whatever power or ability is convenient to the plot at that moment can make it through their defense. Level 2 is some cave men. So an A for the concept but a C- on the execution of the idea.
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    EPISODE #223 - Disclosure (1994)

    We actually did have an office that was kept open for traveling executives to use when they were in town but it wasn't luxurious. But if Donald Sutherland stands to personally make 100 million dollars from the corporate merger (which is how I took what he said in the movie, not that the company was worth 100 million) then he might be the kind of guy that would demand a luxurious office waiting for him at every branch.
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    EPISODE #223 - Disclosure (1994)

    In the corporate world there can essentially be an unlimited number of VPs within the company. At my old job the head of our office was a VP but the only people under him in the corporate structure were in our office. The VPs have control of their own little kingdoms but not necessarily company-wide authority. It was odd that they chose the Seattle office for the merger and not wherever the corporate headquarters were but I guess you could say it makes since if Corridor was their crown jewel and they wanted to show that off as part of the merger. As for the future of Michael Douglas at DigiCom after he survived the ouster attempt and got passed over for the promotion again he can go into a mode known as "resting and vesting". He has his stock options which presumably will be very valuable from the merger. He just has to hang on at the company long enough for those options to mature then he cashes in and he is out the door.
  5. ChunkStyle

    EPISODE #223 - Disclosure (1994)

    My job has a ton of overlap with DigiCom so there were certain details about this movie I found very funny. The biggest one being that the entire premise of the movie would have never happened. As soon as they found out there was a critical manufacturing problem with Arcamax Michael Douglas would have had his ass on a plane to Malaysia so he wouldn't be around to get sexually harassed. It was also funny that the Kato Kaelin guy was apparently one of the lead developers of the VR system but also the one who is doing failure analysis on CD-ROM drives. Hopefully the Conley company did their due diligence and know if they lose Kato DigiCom is worthless. But Conley should have killed the deal even after the Arcamax problem was solved. No way they should purchase a company where it is possible to make major manufacturing changes and the head of manufacturing is completely in the dark. DigiCom's Product Lifecycle Mangement (PLM) system gets an F. I'm just putting all of this out there because I hope to get hired as a consultant for the Disclosure remake.
  6. ChunkStyle

    EPISODE #223 - Disclosure (1994)

    I think one of the best examples of why this is a good HDTGM movie is that a crucial plot point is a factory that we essentially never visit has changed from a Level 7 to Level 5 air handler. This movie could have been truly great if it been tweaked so that the sexual harassment was a contrived plot where everyone was a conspirator (including his wife and kids) to give Michael Douglas the crucial motivation to solve the Arcamax problem.
  7. The villain of this movie is without question Lizzie's father. He thinks Marsha Mason is being a terrible mother so his response is to walk out of Lizzie's life forever? Dude is trash.
  8. ChunkStyle

    Episode 218 - Deadfall (w/ Chelsea Peretti)

    Which love triangle had the most explosive energy? Joe, Diane, and Eddie? Or Joe, Donut Shop Girl, and Pizza Guy (Nick Vallelonga). The thing I want to focus on is how little money Diane was given at the end of the movie. Her part in the con was the most insane in that Mike Donan thought a quick glimpse of a woman that looked Joe's mother would make Joe take specific predictable actions leading to the successful con. But Diane had to move to another town for who knows how long before Joe got there and establish a relationship with the most insane character ever captured on film. And then manipulate Eddie to the point that she could drive him to attack Lou at just the right moment. In addition to having to seduce Joe as well. Diane was basically doing all of the heavy lifting for a ridiculous plan and then at the end she got what looked like 2% of the take. Peter Fonda walked off with the same amount for doing almost nothing. Unequal pay is a serious societal problem and nowhere worse than in Deadfall.
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    Episode 217 - Jaws 3-D

    One thing that was very clear from this movie is that Dr. Morgan absolutely picked the right career path to be a marine biologist. She had a HUGE joyous reaction to finding out that both dolphins had survived. That was about a minute after seeing her coworker Control Room Fred eaten alive in front of her not to mention seeing the body of FitzRoyce in the shark's mouth. I'd say her reaction to the baby shark dying was also a lot stronger than towards any human tragedy that happened. I definitely thought LGJ was the owner of the park not just the administrator. I am pretty sure one of the reporters at the start of the movie called him an eccentric entrepreneur. My absolute favorite part of the movie was when they added what sounded like a lion's roar for the shark.
  10. Did it ever say in the movie that Patrick was 12? If so I missed it. If the movie was set in 2017 when it was shot and Patrick's real dad died in Iraq in 2006 and there is a memory of fishing with him when he was 3 then Patrick is at least 14 right? That isn't the most important detail in the movie but it does play a part in my bigger question. What has Patrick's media diet been that Plymouth is the world he created in his game/mind? Obviously he has had a very rough life but for a middle schooler to come up with that scummy noir world I think he's got to be almost completely filling it from movies and books and maybe other games. So maybe if the step dad had taken an interest and steered him to some more age appropriate material he'd still be around.
  11. I legitimately loved this movie when I was a kid. It was somewhat shocking to see it with adult eyes and find out the production values were like a step and a half above Miami Connection. I don't know if special effects models have ever looked more their actual size than they did in this movie. Did they make extra small models to try and save money? I'll use this movie with my son in place of walking uphill in the snow to and from school "back in my day" stories. I had Hercules and he gets The Avengers. Where does the Hera and Minos team rank in the pantheon of dumb villains? Hercules appeared to be 100% content to plow fields for the rest of his life and was no threat to interfere with their plans or stop the spread of evil in any way. All they had to do was not kill his mom with a giant robot bug and they'd have been fine.
  12. Was anyone else bothered by the name China Doll? I feel like China is the one place where that name definitely doesn't work. Nobody was calling Mei Gan China Hands. If I understand the plot of this movie (15% chance of that, and only after reading a plot synopsis) Belloq hired Sean Penn for this mission solely because he looked like China Doll's ex-lover. Belloq wanted the jewels in addition to the opium that he had all along and thought the way to get them was through China Doll's heart. So what led him to that conclusion? During their pillow talk after the 11 major and 9 minor positions China Doll said something like "You're alright but my ex-lover was really something and if I ever found anyone that even looked like him I'd do anything. Here let me show you a picture of him."???
  13. I have a question about the end of the movie that they didn't bring up on the podcast. Was the reveal that Sam was writing in her mother's handwriting supposed to read only as a sweet tribute to her mother? Or was it supposed to raise doubt about which persona was actually controlling Sam's body? I would say tonally at that point it didn't feel sinister. But it also felt like the only reason to bring up the handwriting earlier in the movie was to go out on an ambiguous ending that leaves the audience guessing. But maybe I am the only one guessing.
  14. There is one other connection to Wolverine in this movie that they didn't mention. Kate Beckinsale's character was obviously some kind of early Weapon X prototype with an adamantium skeleton. I lost count of how many high speed impacts she suffered that would have killed or at least crippled any normal person. For her they maybe caused a wince and then she was right back in action.
  15. I know that he was portrayed as a villain and an extremely unsympathetic character but I think there is one thing we all have to admit; Uncle Jonas' teaching methods work. Mathias seemed nearly omniscient compared to the cops chasing him AND he was a successful doctor to boot. Education starts at home......with coffee beans.
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