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    Verotika (2019)

    RLM also did a review. Talk about a crossover that I would LOVE with HDTGM! Their review is here
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    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

    Paul mentioned in the "400 Blows" episode of "Unspooled" that he's never seen this film. OH MY! They HAVE to do this movie. It is so great/terrible/great! One of my favorites and (to quote Paul) "it makes NO sense".
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    Episode 246 - Swordfish: LIVE!

    Has John Travolta silently snuck his way into becoming the new Nick Cage? Considering some of his roles that I've seen recently...I'm kind of enjoying the unbridled insanity. And what is his most unfortunate facial hair + head hair combination? Battlefield Earth Swordfish Killing Season The Fanatic something else?
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    The Dark Backward (1991)

    It's like a cross between Brazil, Repo Man, some sort of Cronenberg film, and Garbage Pail Kids.
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    Shoot 'em Up (2007)

    Paul mentioned this film on an episode of "Unspooled" so thought I'd try to resurrect the recommendation again.
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    The Dark Backward (1991)

    Holy Moly! I stumbled across this movie last night because it's streaming for free on Prime and Adam Rifkin interests me. IT IS INSANE! I think this would blow the HDTGM? gang's minds. Would love to hear them talk about it.
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    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    I want to keep it on the list, but I have no idea where. I found it to be a cruel movie filled with...not hateful characters, but characters I definitely did not want to be around. And yet it was so compelling. One of those films I'm very glad that I watched, but I think I might never want to go through that experience again. Ouff, this movie. I am more of a person who goes to film for a bit more escapism and I don't really prefer a lot of melodrama; but when so compellingly written and performed such as in this film, it's really difficult to resist.
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    Halfway There Special

    It was a good episode looking back. As far as a top horror list a top 15 for me might be (this is off the cuff, so don't hold me to it) : The Bride of Frankenstein Alien Halloween Nosferatu ('22) The Thing ('82) Night of the Living Dead Dracula ('31) Cat People ('42) Evil Dead 2** Dawn of the Dead ('78) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Exorcist Frankenstein Jacob's Ladder Re-Animator Non-American mentions: Susperia, Audition, Godzilla, The Wicker Man (if you can find a longer cut) **In a just world, this scene alone would have made Bruce Campbell as celebrated as much as Buster Keaton:
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    Repo Man (1984)

    One of my favorite movies of all time. It's not just a fun good "not-really-bad" film, like some of the F&F franchise. RepoMan is a wonderfully fantastic cult/midnight movie. That said, they could cover a lot of Criterion movies. Especially "The Lure", just so we could hear their minds explode at how nuts that movie is.
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    Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)

    Bumping this up. I just watched it for the Junkfood Cinema podcast* and it would be perfect for HDTGM treatment. Best theme song since "Never Too Young To Die!". yor!...Yor!...YOOOOOR! (*a lot of movies JFC has covered would!)
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    To Kill A Mockingbird

    I agree that it belongs on the list. Somehow I grew up not having read the book nor having seen the film. Like Paul and Amy, I always looked at it as a "homework movie". What a delightful film! That's why I like this podcast. It gives me the excuse to watch many of these films that I've missed. Regarding their discussion on the accents: I live in Boston and have family in the Georgia and Texas. In all of those places I have several close people to me who have fought and trained themselves to get rid of their childhood/cultural accents in order to distance themselves from the stereotype associated with those accents. So, for me, it's not unrealistic that Atticus Finch might have worked to have a more polished accent in , say, law school or something. My favorite example is Jonathan Harris who payed Doctor Smith on the original Lost in Space. He was born and raised in The Bronx, NY. When asked about how he got rid of his accent he replied in that Doctor Smith voice, "I worked very hard at it, my dear boy."
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    I'm a little surprised that Manhunter didn't come up in the episode. Anthony Hopkins' take on Lector was quite different from Brian Cox's version of the character; yet Manhunter is such an interesting flick regardless.
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    I remember the movie really being very shocking and disturbing at the time it came out. I left the film ill to my stomach, which seems almost silly compared to modern cinema. Yet, watching it again, it still manages to disturb me. While I'd argue that this is more "thriller" than "horror", the pure lack of representation of either on the list have me voting "yes". That aside, this film definitely holds up to the test of time. I like Paul and Amy's discussion about the direction, and how it's very adept because we don't notice it. Also enjoyed comparison of the darkness of SotL vs. the bleak nihilism of "Se7en". Very astutely noticed, that!
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    This movie left me with a disturbed and gross feeling. I loved it. As far as remaining on the list, I have somewhat the same attitude that they took on the podcast. I don't mind that it's there (I voted "yes"), but wouldn't cry to see it go. Separating art from the artist is so damn complicated. I can not stand abusive men, yet I still listen to James Brown, Miles Davis, and The Beatles. And if that makes me a hypocrite, then I'm am genuinely disturbed by that. At the very least, as an admittedly weak rationalization, I'm hoping I can enjoy Polanski films made before any allegations; because Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, and Repulsion are all films worth watching and studying. And to Paul's point, a movie is a collaborative art form. Even in the auteur era, tens to hundreds of people work on films, and their incredible work should not be diminished because of the detestable actions of the perceived figurehead. Honestly, it's not too difficult for me to separate art from the artist. That's one of the reasons I hate biopics. I care more about the actual piece or art than the douche that made it. I think it was Marc Maron who said something like, [heavily paraphrased] "Almost all the people who make interesting art are terrible humans."
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    Episode 40 - Let The Right One In vs. Let Me In

    Catching up on older episodes during the (permanent?) hiatus. I definitely go with the original and am glad it made it in. Both A&D make good points, but A was really reaching and nitpicking at points (and after this and the Pennies episode, I fear for her life choices). This episode makes me really bummed that we're going to not get new ones, as far as we know. The show is simultaneously everything that was both great and frustrating about the show. One of the weirdest things is that in the extras of the re-make, they never once mention the original film. They talk about it as a strict adaptation of the novel, even though there clearly are scenes that are shot-for-shot the same. That's so strange.