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  1. jjulius

    What happened to episodes 198-200?

    I have Stitcher Premium. It doesn't show up in the chronological list of all episodes. But I'm now seeing it appear if I search for it! (I usually don't, as the Stitcher search function has given crap results in the past when looking for a specific episode.) Thanks.
  2. The last episode made me want to go back and listen to some earlier Gillian Jacobs & PFT episodes, and I found Garry Unmarried (199) is missing from Stitcher, as well as # 198 and 200. Does anyone know what happened there?
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    Frankenstein

    Oh, neither of the movies is faithful to the source (though Bride is arguably more faithful, the blind man and the idea of creating a mate for the monster being big parts of the book -- in any case, that's wouldn't be what makes it the better film). The Christ imagery would have been absolutely shocking at the time. I just love how all out it goes.
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    Frankenstein

    I voted a soft yes, because I also think Bride is better. I don't think there's much of a debate over that; I don't know a single person who says the original is the best one. It's just the one that gave the American horror movie its cinematic style (Tod Browning's Dracula felt like a filmed play), so it makes the lists. But as far as I know, Bride is the clearest, most universally accepted case of a superior sequel there has ever been (perhaps sharing that place with 1934's Tarzan and his Mate).
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    Frankenstein

    The 1910 Frankenstein isn't lost! You can watch the whole thing here: If another person corrects you for calling the monster Frankenstein and says: "Frankenstein is not the monster, he's the doctor," you can correct that person right back, because in the book, Victor is not a doctor at all. He's a student of chemistry and does not get his doctorate. The Adam thing is from the book, where the monster says to Frankenstein: "I ought to be thy Adam." (He talks a lot in the book.) "Burgomasters" or "burgermeisters" still exist. In the English-speaking world, they're now called mayors. Young Frankenstein arguably takes most of its plot and characters from Son of Frankenstein, which is also the first movie in which Frankenstein has an assistant named Igor, brilliantly played by Bela Lugosi. They were so sure they wanted Lugosi for the role of the monster in the 1931 movie, they even had a poster made with his name on it. Though the artist didn't seem to know what Lugosi looked like, nor what the story of Frankenstein was about. Still an awesome poster.
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    Unghouled Suggestions

    Candyman! I feel like the current wave of socially conscious horror is at least in part a result of its influence. For a while it had the reputation of just another supernatural slasher, and people watching it now are often shocked at how smart and relevant (and great) it is.
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    Episode #245 - Money Plane

    I can't believe they didn't talk about my man J.R. Crocket and his amazing fake mustache. Other things I loved: the on screen text for the locations. At the museum is just says "art museum". At the Money Plane Terminal, it says "Money Plane Terminal. Undisclosed Location." Undisclosed to whom? The characters all know where it is, there's no plot point of having to figure out where the Money Plane takes off, and it seems to be just an airport: there's even other airplanes, presumably not related to the Money Plane scheme. The only people to whom the location is undisclosed is us, the audience. The opening narration is also great. "A job well done has three critical parts. 1: The team. 2: There's how things are, and how things appear to be. 3: Your plan A is only as good as your plan B." The last two statements are in no way 'parts of a job'. The movie literally forgets what its opening narration is supposed to be listing after one item.
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    Color Out of Space (2019)

    I think those moments feeling 'out of place' is what made them work so well. He's under the incluence of something from another world. If his performance felt right, it would have been wrong.
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    Color Out of Space (2019)

    I know they've done good movies, like Face/Off and Con Air -- but they're also both very dumb and crazy. Color Out of Space is not dumb and only crazy some of the time. I don't know. I'm sure they could make it funny, but it doesn't scream HDTGM to me. Yeah, the budget was tiny and Nicolas Cage was the only reason it could get made. He's a Lovecraft fan and wanted to make (and I quote director Richard Stanley, whom I interviewed about this) "something like Ordinary People", which I guess it is.
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    Color Out of Space (2019)

    I have to disagree. It's pretty good, and though it has some classic Cage freak-out moments, they don't have the 'what was he thinking?'-quality because his character literally goes insane. Yeah, him angrily reminding his family that the own alpacas, or furiously dunking fruit in the garbage can is crazy and funny, and it's supposed to be.
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    Episode 234.5 — Minisode 234.5

    Best Star Wars order: 4, 5, 6, Rogue One, 7, 8. That's all you need. (ROTJ isn't a good movie, no, but you need it to wrap up the first trilogy. TLJ is as good an ending as the franchise is gonna get.)
  12. Pinocchio's nose growing when he lies is not really a thing in the novel. The Fairy with the Turquoise Hair (known as the Blue Fairy in the Disney version) uses her magic to make his nose grow when he lies to her. It's not an natural function of his body, and it only happens once! (This is also true in Disney's version, by the way.) Also, in the novel, the log from which Pinocchio is carved is already talking before Geppetto starts working on it. It's not explained how it came to life, but the fairy or Geppetto's wish for a child had nothing to do with it.
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    The Types of Bad Movies That HDTGM Does

    Crank and Crank 2: just good movies that are crazy (though they don't really do those anymore).
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    Some Like It Hot

    Worldwide, Marilyn Monroe is definitely more iconic than James Dean. The only other American who is as iconic might be Charlie Chaplin. And with both of them, I'd say it's about the performance. When people hear Charlie Chaplin, they picture the Little Tramp; when people hear Marilyn Monroe, they picture her 'dumb blonde' character. With Monroe, the identification goes so far that many people think she actually was that person. Now that's great acting. I honestly think she's one of the most underrated comedians ever. As for her needing her lines to be written on notes all over the set: so did Marlon Brando. I like this anecdote from James Bacon about Monroe in Fritz Lang's Clash by Night in 1952, before she was a star: "I watched Marilyn spoil 27 takes of a scene one day. She had only one line, but before she could deliver it about 20 other actors had to go through a whole series of intricate movements on a boat. Everybody was letter perfect in every take, but Marilyn could not remember that one line... Finally she got it right and Fritz yelled: ‘Thank God. Print it.’ Later, in her dressing room, Marilyn confessed that she had muffed the line on purpose for all those takes: ‘I just didn’t like the way the scene was going. When I liked it, I said the line perfectly.'" Also, Some Like It Hot is way more of a jazz movie than La La Land, if only because it has more than a minute of jazz music in it.
  15. Correction: Pandora's Jar was, indeed, a jar. 'Box' is a 16th century mistranslation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora%27s_box#Etymology_of_the_%22box%22
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