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Episode 82 — Double Team


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#1 July Diaz

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 12:00 AM

Owen Burke of Owen & TJ Read the News joins Paul, June, and Jason to discuss Van Damme & Rodman in 1997’s Double Team. They cover everything from the tiger tipping off Mickey Rourke at the amusement park, to Rodman’s basketball zingers, to the cyber monks, to being saved from a colosseum explosion with the help of a Coke machine. People of Los Angeles, make sure to get tickets for the added 10pm LIVE How Did This Get Made? on Friday, March 14th at Largo! Get tickets at www.largo-la.com Also, grab yourself a copy of Paul’s comic book Aliens Vs. Parker now available at www.amazon.com!

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 12:08 AM

I didn't know Van Damme & Rodman made a porno...ba dum tssshh

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 12:48 AM

Best Coke product placement ever.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 01:24 AM

I don't know what the fuck this was, but it makes me laugh uncontrollably every time I see it. I can't wait to finish this batshit crazy movie, and listen to the ep!

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 03:55 AM

I have a big omission for you. During the shoot out at the amusement park, Stavros grabs his kid, picks him up, and uses him AS A HUMAN SHIELD! If he had left his kid on the ground, he would have never been killed.

Plus I thought it was funny when Stavros' wife was clawed by a tiger and then almost simultaneously shot in the back.
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Posted 11 February 2014 - 07:06 AM

Is anyone else having trouble listening to the podcast on iTunes? It plays for five or ten minutes, then just stops. Very frustrating! Is this happening to anyone else?

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:46 AM

This film was released a year after Space Jam. The financial success of that (over $230 Million) must be the only reason Rodman was in this. Rodman's involvement is definitely why it's named Double Team, a name that really doesn't even make sense other than being a basketball term. Since it's Rodman, it could just as reasonably be named Box Out, Rebounding Champion, or 7 PPG.

Time machine idea: Mid-90's Dennis Rodman crossover boxing film named Box Out.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:02 AM

a mid-90s produced movie that is basically the proto-spring breakers with rodman as alien and taking place in mexico in the 80s called Don't Eat The Worm

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:06 AM

Great headshot Owen, nailed it.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:15 AM

View PostHandinpants, on 11 February 2014 - 08:46 AM, said:

This film was released a year after Space Jam. The financial success of that (over $230 Million) must be the only reason Rodman was in this, which is why it's named Double Team.

Actually, it only came out about 4 and a half months after "Space Jam", so I'm sure that one thing had nothing to do with the other. Remember, this was also during a time when Shaq inexplicably had a film career, even though his films did nothing but fail. Speaking of which, HDTGM needs to do "Steel". "The LEGO Movie" (also featuring Shaq) was a better "Superman" tie-in than "Steel". Hell, "The Lego Movie" would be fun for this show, in a good way.
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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:19 AM

I have 3 ommisssions.

1: JCVD comes back to rodman's weapon shop (or whatever) and shoots the lock off to get inside. why the hell was the place where hundreds of weapons stored secured only with a pad lock?

2: why did he need to workout with the furniture in his room? that was a pretty nice island with a lot of luxuries. there's not a gym there? that one guy that hated him was pretty buff and obviously worked out; or did he also hump his bathtub?

3: if people in the colony need to be in their rooms during the air drop and pick up, then how does JCVD know where to go to hitch a ride on the plane? he would have no idea what side of the island the plane would be, nor would he have known enough info for that plan to work; unless he's left his room a few times, but he never did.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:44 AM

What was doing me in with this film was the name of Rodman's character, "Yaz". Because every time I heard his name, I kept on thinking about this fucking song.



See, same hair, ambiguous sexuality. Perhaps she backed out, and Rodman filled in.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:44 AM

View PostPlanBFromOuterSpace, on 11 February 2014 - 09:15 AM, said:

Actually, it only came out about 4 and a half months after "Space Jam", so I'm sure that one thing had nothing to do with the other. Remember, this was also during a time when Shaq inexplicably had a film career, even though his films did nothing but fail.


Even more baffling.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:50 AM

A tidbit to report. You know how you guys keep mentioning in the review that this feels like it should be a Bond film? Well, I was watching your review of Judge Dredd, which stars the amazing Max Von Sydow, so I started looking up his IMDB. Yeah - his "Bond" contribution was playing a villain named Stavro (Stavros?) in the 1983 independent Bond film "Never Say Never Again." Perhaps that's a leap, but I thought it was interesting.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:53 AM

View PostRoy Corder, on 11 February 2014 - 09:19 AM, said:

I have 3 ommisssions.

1: JCVD comes back to rodman's weapon shop (or whatever) and shoots the lock off to get inside. why the hell was the place where hundreds of weapons stored secured only with a pad lock?

2: why did he need to workout with the furniture in his room? that was a pretty nice island with a lot of luxuries. there's not a gym there? that one guy that hated him was pretty buff and obviously worked out; or did he also hump his bathtub?

3: if people in the colony need to be in their rooms during the air drop and pick up, then how does JCVD know where to go to hitch a ride on the plane? he would have no idea what side of the island the plane would be, nor would he have known enough info for that plan to work; unless he's left his room a few times, but he never did.



2. Because I believe he wanted to keep up the pretense that he was injured, and also so he could train in the tub to hold his breath, which might have seemed suspicious. Although, the question would have to be asked...why didn't they have ANY kind of surveillance on the rooms themselves? Just trust in the thumb print thingy, but dont care what they get up to otherwise?

3. Clearly he was watching the movie as it was being made, Spaceballs style. In the first scene where we see him getting his plan ready, he was mimicking what was going on with the plane and the box (sending what? I get they would need to receive supplies, but what do they need to send out? they deal in information via computers...) with the cigarette and the lighter so he could know how long each thing took...but no way to know what was actually happening, unless he was also watching footage of it going down, or following some evil spy guys twitter sheet who was live blogging it. I guess a case could be made that you would hear the plane, so kind of know where it was, but how would he know they would even have a box of cargo that gets skyhooked out?

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:58 AM

The, "I'm not interested in your sex life," line confused me too. Then I realized he was actually responding to Rodman's line, "the last guy who made fun of my hair is still trying to pull his head out of his ass." So I don't think it was a random comment on Rodman's sexuality, it was just a really poorly written joke with a pointless pause for laughter.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:58 AM

View Postjdavid33, on 11 February 2014 - 09:50 AM, said:

A tidbit to report. You know how you guys keep mentioning in the review that this feels like it should be a Bond film? Well, I was watching your review of Judge Dredd, which stars the amazing Max Von Sydow, so I started looking up his IMDB. Yeah - his "Bond" contribution was playing a villain named Stavro (Stavros?) in the 1983 independent Bond film "Never Say Never Again." Perhaps that's a leap, but I thought it was interesting.


Von Sydow played the ultimate recurring Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in NSNA.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:34 AM

Omission

A somewhat clever (not really) basketball pun you missed was when Rodman says, "I don't play with the bad boys anymore." Which was actually a reference to his spell with the "Bad Boy" Pistons of the 1980's. When the movie was made he had moved on to the Bulls

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:56 AM

Omission/Correction:

While it's true that Rodman has been married three times [including Carmen Electra (1998-99)] when you mentioned some of his flamboyancy, you forgot the time he famously wore a wedding dress as a publicity stunt to sell his autobiography, Bad As I Want to Be.

Bad As I Want to Be came out in 1996, for the sake of argument- a year before this film was released, so a joke about questioning his sexuality makes a lot of sense.


*I live in Illinois and was part of the Chicago Bulls-love that was inescapable at the time and remember all to vividly some of Rodman's antics.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 11:36 AM

I thought it was strange that before Van Damme kicks the guy out of the cargo plain he asks the guy if he has a parachute. Presumably this is to show that Van Damme has some sort of moral compass. But even if the people do have parachutes, wouldn't they just land in lasers?