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    EPISODE 384 — Numbers Cannot Lie

    That would be an episode for the ages. If we can't have that, though, I would take a crossover linking Atherton and June with the Don DiMello/Golly 'verse from episodes 274 & 300 . It got really close in this one, and I can only imagine how incredible it would have been if Andy Daly had been in the studio.
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    EPISODE 120.5 - Minisode 120.5

    I had heard that about Saving Christmas when it was released. I guess I was being a bit facile when I made the above comment, but I really do despise Kirk Cameron and I'd love to hear June demolish one of his garbage movies. Fireproof sounds like a good candidate.
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    EPISODE 120.5 - Minisode 120.5

    I wasn't going to give that creep any of my money, so I haven't seen it yet. I might do it for the podcast, though. Might.
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    EPISODE 120.5 - Minisode 120.5

    Oh my god, could it please be this? Please? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4009460/
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    EPISODE 120 - Masters of the Universe

    Yeah, I binged on it back then, but I really want to mainline some SCTV.
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    EPISODE 120 - Masters of the Universe

    That is one short-fingered vulgarian you got there.
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    Guests I'd Love To Hear of HDTGM

    I just tracked that down and listened. I might have a new favorite episode. Amazing.
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    EPISODE 120 - Masters of the Universe

    Can I live in Montreal? I had the best sandwich I've ever eaten there in 1998, and I've been chasing that high ever since.
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    EPISODE 120 - Masters of the Universe

    I'd move to Canada today if it meant the complete runs of SCTV and Kids in the Hall on demand.
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    Guests I'd Love To Hear of HDTGM

    I thought Paul F Tompkins was great on the Lake Placid/Deep Blue Sea episodes, and would like to hear him on an in-studio ep. Lauren Lapkus would be great. I'm surprised she hasn't been on already. I'd also like to hear Joe Lo Truglio sometime.
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    Boat Trip (2002)

    Or the perfect live show.
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    EPISODE 120 - Masters of the Universe

    Upon relistening, I noticed that Jason and Paul made a glancing comparison of He-Man to Conan. They joked about the similarity between the two. That triggered a memory that the original He-Man action figures were prototypes for an abortive Conan toy line. In fact, I thought that origin story was common knowledge. I'm glad I checked before committing to that idea. What actually happened is that Mattel, reeling from the decision not to produce a line of toys for Star Wars (they balked at the then seemingly excessive licensing fee of $750K) created their own IP with the hopes of grabbing some of the market. The initial toys were designed in late 1980 and went into production in 1981 for delivery in 1982. At pretty much exactly the same time, Mattel entered into negotiations with the company that owned the rights to the Conan character, Conan Properties International (CPI). CPI shared production materials with Mattel in 1980, and in 1981, an agreement was signed allowing Mattel to create a toy line for the upcoming Conan film. In January 1982, Mattel requested the contract be terminated. In 1983, the He-Man toys hit the market. Obviously, CPI cried foul. They went to court contending that Mattel had stolen the ideas and visuals of the Conan project, developed the toys, then severed the licensing agreement in order to market the toys as their own IP. Incredibly, Mattel won the lawsuit, seemingly by claiming that the He-Man IP drew inspiration from multiple sources, had been developed independently if concurrently with the Conan line, and was distinct enough to be easily differentiated from Conan. And thus we have a team of very good lawyers in what I have to imagine were terrible Reagan's-first-term suits and haircuts to thank for this awesome episode of HDTGM.
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    Beautiful Creatures (2013)

    I know how much of an entitled, out of touch jerk this is going to make me sound like, but here goes. When my wife and I moved back in 2007, we decided to skip getting cable or satellite TV and just switch to streaming services. This caused us to become active seekers of video entertainment, rather than passive consumers of it. The negative side of this is that we are always late to the party. We are a season behind the culture as a whole, since we're waiting for things to hit Netflix (obviously things are better with Amazon's streaming video). By the time we get to most things, any spoilers have already been spoiled, plotlines have been resolved, and everybody else has moved on. But this set up also insulates us from most of the real dreck that's out there. I had no idea that this terrible movie existed, because it came and went while I was under an effective media blackout. In fact, while I knew on an intellectual basis that there was a long train of Twilight knock-offs put there, I had no experience with just how bad this stuff really is. I still don't know if we made the right decision. I feel like there are huge blind spots in my engagement with the culture, but if stuff like Beautiful Creatures is what's behind that veil, maybe the trade off is worth it. I realize all this doesn't add to the conversation, but I'm on the road, out of my time zone and not at the top of my game. Thanks for indulging me.
  14. I ran across this on SyFy this afternoon and was shocked not to find it listed here already. This is some sort of utterly bewildering Twilight knock-off set in the deep South. The cast includes people like Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Margo Martindale, and Jeremy Irons (there I go, saying three serious things and then a joke). It is bizarre, overwrought garbage with a thick coat of fake southern accents. It would be perfect for HDTGM.
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    What film got you into the podcast?

    It was Winter's Tale that got me hooked. My wife and I were about to leave on a vacation that involved a 10 hour flight. I can't sleep on planes, so I usually load up with podcasts and audio books and try not to fidget too much. We had both thought the movie looked terrible, based on the trailer, so when I noticed that this hitherto unknown podcast was going to discuss it, I grabbed it. When we got back two weeks later, I downloaded the entire run.
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