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    Episode 73: THE LOST WEEKEND

    I'm voting yes for the Lost Weekend. The movie has some issues, and I agree with Amy that this is certainly not Billy Wilder's best, but I still think it deserves to be in the Canon. Because while the movie could be a tad melodramatic at times, reaching Reefer Madness territory once or twice, overall it's a gut-wrenching and honest look at the horrors of addiction. It was super progressive for the time, and discusses addiction in a manner that stupid people in 2016 sometimes still can't wrap their minds around. I also love how it could sometimes look like a horror movie, even having the Theramin in the soundtrack occasionally, like alcoholism is a monster slowly destroying his life. And man do I love the scene where he tries to sell his typewriter for booze money. How harrowing. He's considering selling his tool to write, to feed his drinking habit which he claims helps him write. What a crazy vicious cycle. This was my first time checking out the movie, and while there are certainly issues, and it's not Wilder's strongest, I really liked it, and I think it certainly belongs in the Canon.
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    I saw this for the first time yesterday and it's crazy how every version of Robin Hood I've ever seen is just a blatant rip-off of this movie. Just great swashbuckling, Technicolor adventure, and once of the most charming adventure movies I've ever seen. Hell yes it belongs in the Canon.
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    Suggestion: Psycho vs. Halloween

    I suppose I just don't have a big enough appreciation for most slasher movies. They were never my thing. So I always lumped most of them in a different category than something like Halloween. I guess I didn't realize people thought of Nightmare on Elm street as canon worthy. And honestly I don't think I've seen Texas Chainsaw Massacre since like middle school, and wasn't a fan of it then, I should probably check it out again to see what I think of it now.
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    Suggestion: Psycho vs. Halloween

    Yeah I feel like there's no way Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street deserve to be in the Canon. I hadn't really thought of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, although I feel like if it was paired with either Psycho or Halloween it would lose without a chance. I know Psycho vs Halloween is a tough choice, but I feel like that's what the versus episodes should be.
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    Episode 70: BATMAN v SUPERMAN

    This one is super hard. In the end, both of these movies are so mired in nostalgia for me that's it's really hard to look at them both objectively. I revisited both, for like the fiftieth time each, and while I really love both movies and have really strong affection for them, I have to go with Superman. Batman was the closest the version of the character I enjoy has been portrayed in live action, since I think Mask of the Phantasm is my favorite. Batman gets the closest I've seen to portraying Batman in the way I want, but I think Superman nails the way I like Superman to be portrayed. So while personally I think I like Batman better, I think Superman succeeds more, and is a more concrete and well-made film, and more deserving of joining the Canon.