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  1. You forgot to cite the critic... "...five stars" Leonard Maltin
  2. I've been sick all of last week and wasn't able to participate, but I'm looking forward to this. I remember really liking Idlewild when I originally saw it
  3. I had three weddings left in 2018 to DJ and this was my plan for this weekend. Then I got an emergency call asking if I could DJ this weekend. so I'm working the next three Saturdays. I'm so ready for wedding season to be over with. on a semi-related note, I worked as a "model" yesterday, filling in background shots, laying in a hospital bed, etc. for a marketing company who were taking pictures of a hospital remodel. I have so much respect for photographers who do this kind of work. All I was doing was sitting around for the most part and it was draining. I can't imagine trying to make pictures of a hospital look interesting LOL
  4. EvRobert

    Duck Soup

    There's a (possibly apocryphal) story that when Edmund Gwenn (Santa Claus/Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th St) was on his deathbed, a friend came to him and said "oh this must be difficult for you Teddy" to which he responded "not as difficult as dying", which is possibly a reference to something a Shakespearean actor named Edmund Kean had said, from which we derive "dying is easy, comedy is hard". I think that is why so few comedies have won the Academy Award for best picture. We know what scares people, we know what thrills people, we know what makes people cry (for the most part) but what makes people LAUGH? I have friends that loath Family Guy but adore Kevin Smith movies. I have friends that HATE Kevin Smith movies but love South Park. I have friends that don't like South Park but love King of the Hill. I have friends that don't like King of the Hill but enjoy Bob's Burgers. Some people like Big Bang theory and some people like Community. As someone who writes and performs mostly in theater and whose training is in comedic theater, comedy is DIFFICULT. That is why it is easier and faster for me to write a full dramatic play than it is to write a comedy. What I find funny others may not. I think this is also why you see so few comedies on "bad movie podcasts", it's easier to call out drama or horror or suspense that doesn't work or is crazy. Comedy is supposed to be a little insane. What that all has to do with Duck Soup? Well I think Duck Soup is deserving, in fact I would have it higher than 60. Of all the films I've seen I would actually place it easily top 10 maybe even top 3. Why? Because The Marx Brothers and specifically Duck Soup is still influencing me today. One of my least produced (mainly because I don't know how to market it and so I don't), but favorite plays I've written, is a 3-man comedy called "The Way Out West Gang Rides Again" in which I steal the hat swapping bit from this movie and elements from The Marx Brothers Go West (they do something similar in that movie too, but with wallets I believe). But I also incorporate the rapid fire word play, the stopping and looking at the audience, etc. This comedy still works today. It's not just wordplay, it's not just slapstick, it's not just fast moving hands or mimicry (ala the Mirror scene). It is ALL OF IT plus there is a non-specific but slightly political message that can still be found, if you want to find it. Firefly could be an idiot who got promoted to power, but he could also Mussolini or he could be Donald Trump, or he could literally just be an idiot and there is no political connection there. That's what makes it smart comedy to me. The whole thing JUST WORKS. It influenced comedic filmmakers for generations and still does. The Beatles influenced their contemporaries and still influence people today that's what makes them great. Those that influenced The Beatles, you don't hear much about today. The Marx Brothers influenced contemporary comedians of their time and continue to influence modern comedians. You see their fingerprints on Hope and Crosby, on Woody Allen, on Mel Brooks, on Matt Groening, on Seth McFarland, on Monty Python, on H. Jon Benjamin and Loren Bouchard and on this writer. When I'm working on a comedy and I'm stuck, I don't watch Airplane or Caddyshack or Groundhog Day (as good as those are), I watch The Marx Brothers (and Jim Henson, Hope and Crosby)
  5. EvRobert

    Duck Soup

    Not a movie, but Hogan's Heroes and Get Smart, every Saturday morning before cartoons
  6. I might be able to be on tonight too, trying to remember my Rabbit user name...
  7. EvRobert

    Episode 199.5 - Minisode 199.5

    Not a parent, but I'll be honest, as a single person, who isn't in any kind of relationship, in his 40s, I have lots of married friends, but I spend almost no time with them. Even my D&D Group, our DM just had a kid in..Feb or March and we had one or two sessions after that but none since because new baby! (they have 3 kids under 5). I get it, no one is complaining (at least that I know of), For my birthday, I usually go out for breakfast (birthday Breakfast was always a big thing for me as a kid), go to work, respond to some texts.
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    The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006)

    I have seen this and can attest to it's awfulness.
  9. EvRobert

    HDTGM in DC

    Oh I wish I wasn't halfway across the country, I would take this in a heartbeat. I love LPOL and of course HDTGM whoever gets this is in for a treat
  10. EvRobert

    Celebrate #HDTGM200 !!!

    I had to stop reading last night because of that
  11. Also, I liked this movie but it reminded me, weirdly, of blues Brothers and more specifically BB2K. Not because of story or WTFness, but becaue the music is SO much better then the story around it.
  12. When I was working as a radio DJ back in the mid 90s-early 00s, my radio station never got money, but we'd get so much free stuff in the mail to try and entice us to play Band X on Label Y's music. I got tee-shirts, CDs, hats, concert tickets, backstage passes. We never had to disclose because it wasn't "cash" it was "promotional material"
  13. EvRobert

    Celebrate #HDTGM200 !!!

    Me too! I was like "JASON!" I can't remember a show I've been happier to see him on with the possible exception of The Good Place
  14. EvRobert

    Celebrate #HDTGM200 !!!

    What was your first episode of HDTGM? The Punisher with Patton Oswalt and Lexie Alexander. I was part of a different message board (Oleg Rules! If you get that you're one of my peeps) where we bonded over bad 80s and 90s action movies. One day this crazy (I say with love) German guy recommended that ep and I loved it, but I wasn't quite on the podcast train yet. Sometime later, I discovered it again (I'm not sure how, probably due to my love for The League and my own [and continued involvement in] Fantasy football and the joke that I was the Andre of our league) and I listened to their ep on Cobra and totally fell in love. Favorite catchphrase? Give me your baby A clip or moment that you'll always remember? (timestamps are nice ) I don't remember the episode, but Jason talking about his love of Gilmore Girls for the first time. That lead me to the Gilmore Guys podcast and now Good Christian Fun. The episode you revisit the most Cobra The movie that you loved or hated watching Confession, I rarely watch the films unless I know them already and want to revisit or something really grabs me, but I do listen to every episode. Hudson Hawk made me realize how much i love that movie. Same with Rad How HDTGM fits into your weekly routine I'm a wedding DJ mostly, and that means I spend a lot my Saturdays traveling, sometimes for hours, to get to a wedding job plus an hour or two to set up. Knowing I have an hour or two of Paul, June, and Jason to keep me company every other week is a...well it's almost a blessing. What the show has meant to you after all these years or any sappy stuff I don't talk about this a lot, but from May 2016 to May of 2017, I was homeless. I was working two jobs, trying to get back on my feet but as I'm sure many of you know it's hard to get back on your feet. I was living mostly in hotels, but sometimes in my car. And knowing that I had HDTGM, Paul, June, Jason, and their guests helped get me through some dark times. I remember sitting in my car, in a parking lot of a Wal-Mart waiting for my job at a restaurant to start and listening to Rad I believe it was, and just founding so much joy in that episode. Thanks to Musical Mondays, I joined the board (Just before the High School Musical week, iirc). Thank you Paul, June, Jason, and all the behind the scenes crew of HDTGM.