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Episode 171 - Miami Connection: LIVE!


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:39 PM

Actor Chris Geere of You’re the Worst joins Paul, June, and Jason to discuss the 1987 martial arts film Miami Connection. Recorded live from Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, they talk about the music band of ninjas, the connection to Miami, orphan beach, and much more.


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 12:33 AM

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:04 AM

I love that this henchman sets his look and then goes...

you know what I need... i nice loose noose to tie it all together.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:15 AM

June: "This is my kind of ninja movie."

I don't know why this didn't get more of a laugh from the crowd. It might have been one of my favorite lines from the show.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:16 AM

I can't fault Y.K. Kim for inserting this film trope into his masterpiece, but can we demand that Hollywood no longer have cops or henchman test a bag of cocaine in the dead center with a knife?

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I get what they are trying to communicate; they need to test if the product is pure... but does the buyer not have any concern that this bag will leak in transit? Just think of all that wasted nose candy!

In the end, I would totally respect the tester to simply cut the corner of the bag and then break out one of those potato chip clips to seal it up. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:21 AM

i love this movie!!!!

oh ninjas!






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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:22 AM

I haven't listened to this ep yet but holy shit if y'all aren't watching You're The Worst yet then WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIVES

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:31 AM

Wait until Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe hears that Jason doesn't think real ninjas wear white...

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:33 AM

I watched this movie last night, half distracted by work, and vacillated between bored and dumbfounded that everyone seems to love this thing. Then, this morning, I listened to the HDTGM episode, and all of a sudden I'm a convert. This might be the first time I've ever had the experience of hating a movie when I watched it only to later realise that I actually love it. Thanks, HDTGM!
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:41 AM

i'm just going to dump all of this in one post:

is jim's death scene not in the version released by drafthouse? i watched the version on youtube and it's in that and it's the best scene in the whole movie ..."piss jim .. piss .. dont die jim ... piss" .. and when the plane flies over head .. "oh no, jim's father" ... it's amazing. and in the version on youtube the hospital scene is after the credits so if you turned it off as they started you'd miss the fact that jim didn't actually die .. even though we just saw him die a slow, agonizing death ... it was perfect ... i love this movie!!!

i've never laughed so hard at a death scene (and that's saying alot after meet joe black) or at a character talking about being an orphan

i've seen lots of movies where groups of dudes go around knocking mail boxes over but i've never seen a movie where they erect one .. very badly. a gust of wind would blow it over.

and you gotta watch the doc on vice ... Y. K. Kim is basically a cult leader/guru now and the moment when Oats is given an update on Kim after plays his new song about Tae Kwon Do is as painful as watching david brent dancing

and i found this when i was looking for clips .. even kermit loves this movie



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:02 AM

View PostCakeBug Tranch, on 15 September 2017 - 05:33 AM, said:

I watched this movie last night, half distracted by work, and vacillated between bored and dumbfounded that everyone seems to love this thing. Then, this morning, I listened to the HDTGM episode, and all of a sudden I'm a convert. This might be the first time I've ever had the experience of hating a movie when I watched it only to later realise that I actually love it. Thanks, HDTGM!

I'm with you. I was really distracted when I watched it and actually broke it into two halves to finish it. I kind of liked what I paid attention to, but was so tuned out. I was lumping it in with low budget 80s action movies like Hard Ticket To Hawaii and Ninja Terminator. The episode is making me kind of excited to watch it again when I get the chance.

View Postfirsttimecallerlongtimelistenr, on 15 September 2017 - 05:41 AM, said:

and i found this when i was looking for clips .. even kermit loves this movie



How is Kermit's DVD collection organized? Irreversible next to Pee Wee's Big Adventure next to Audition? He has one Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie but Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning is nowhere near it.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:10 AM

I raced here to post as the episode was winding down because I thought they were going to just not talk about Uncle Song. I know they did briefly at the very end, but I don't think they did him justice.

This scene ...


... is one of the most outstanding pieces of shitty filmmaking I've ever seen. Uncle Song is kicking ass on the dine-and-dashers out in the parking lot. CUT TO: Dragon Sound pulling up in their convertible, seeing that Uncle Song is fighting, and leaping out of the car to help. CUT TO: Uncle Song nonchalantly walking back into the restaurant, having finished off his opponents off-screen, and then a full 8 seconds later, Mark, etc, come sprinting through the door, remarking about how awesome he was to have taken care of all of those guys on his own.

One - how far away did they park the car that they could see him fighting yet didn't actually reach him until after he had already come down from the action?

Two - when Uncle Song explains that "Taekwando isn't just kicking and punching ... Taekwando is right here [the heart] and right here [the head]" ... yeah, but you beat all those guys with your kicking and punching, though, right?

Three - I LOVE LOVE LOVE how, as they are running up, you hear about three seconds of footsteps off-screen.

This is some Monty Python-level filmmaking, and I lost my mind when I saw it.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:18 AM

View PostWhat's Its Mission?, on 15 September 2017 - 05:04 AM, said:

I love that this henchman sets his look and then goes...

you know what I need... i nice loose noose to tie it all together.

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I kept calling that guy "Willem" because he reminded me of the guy from Mallrats
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:23 AM

Fantastic Episode!

I think it becomes clear why his brother Yashito put him in charge of the Orlando coke market when you consider all the leadership and team building skills Jeff must have acquired at the "Colorado Outward Bound School."

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:31 AM

View Postshoptalkerman, on 15 September 2017 - 05:31 AM, said:

Wait until Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe hears that Jason doesn't think real ninjas wear white...


Not to mention Shinobi!

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:33 AM

View PostCameron H., on 15 September 2017 - 06:23 AM, said:

Fantastic Episode!

I think it becomes clear why his brother Yashito put him in charge of the Orlando coke market when you consider all the leadership and team building skills Jeff must have acquired at the "Colorado Outward Bound School."

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God damn it Cameron that was literally the ONLY C+O I came up with. Screencapped it and everything.

Well played, sir.
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:39 AM

View PostCakeBug Tranch, on 15 September 2017 - 06:33 AM, said:

God damn it Cameron that was literally the ONLY C+O I came up with. Screencapped it and everything.

Well played, sir.


Ha! If you have a better picture, feel free to post it. That's the best I could find online.
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:42 AM

Here's one other one that I came up with (better post it now before Cameron scoops me again!)

Paul mentioned that this movie was full of Bobos - Giant Michael Phelps, Only Oates, but was I the only one who saw someone more than a little familiar in our Dragon Sound drummer?

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 07:09 AM

View PostWhat's Its Mission?, on 15 September 2017 - 05:16 AM, said:

I can't fault Y.K. Kim for inserting this film trope into his masterpiece, but can we demand that Hollywood no longer have cops or henchman test a bag of cocaine in the dead center with a knife?

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I get what they are trying to communicate; they need to test if the product is pure... but does the buyer not have any concern that this bag will leak in transit? Just think of all that wasted nose candy!

In the end, I would totally respect the tester to simply cut the corner of the bag and then break out one of those potato chip clips to seal it up. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey


This could have been a great product placement opportunity for Tupperware. They could have cleaned up with the obviously untapped cocaine smuggling market with their handy resealable containers designed to keep the contents safe and fresh.
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 07:09 AM

What I want to know is, how much money is Dragon Sound making being the house band in that club? Right before he proposes their Genealogy.com World Tour, the drummer says he never wants to play that club again because the old band jumped them and Jeff is always there. Concerned, Mark tells him he'll have to find another job otherwise "how will [he] pay for school?"

I had a band when I lived in Orlando, and like the bikers in this movie, we typically got paid in beer - which we might even be expected to pay for if we drank more than our allotment.* How are these chucklefucks making enough money playing at one club (even if it's the "hottest" in all of Orlando) to put all of them through college? Follow up question: how much money is that club pulling that it can afford to pay their house band that much? No wonder those bearded yacht rockers were so pissed off that they got fired.

*Although, to be fair, we only did one or two songs about being friends for eternity or Tae Kwon Do so maybe that was our problem - we just didn't know our market...
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