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  1. 1 hour ago, DanEngler said:

    Are you a Stitcher Premium subscriber? All episodes older than six months are moved behind the dreaded paywall and require a subscription.

    If I sign into my Stitcher Premium account and search for "comedy bang bang 198" (or 199 or 200) I get the desired episode.

    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. 13 hours ago, grudlian. said:

    I've always preferred the original. Just barely but I do.

    I've never really liked how much the monster talks in it. There was a lot of Christ imagery in it which I felt was overdoing it. Maybe that's more in keeping with the book, but I guess I'm not concerned with maintaining accuracy to the source material in this case.

    I'd put Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein as the two best Universal monster movies. At least of the originals. Of the sequels I have seen, Bride is the only one I think close to the original (unless we count the Spanish language Dracula).

    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.

  3. 20 minutes ago, sycasey 2.0 said:

    I voted a soft no, but that's mostly because I haven't seen the other classic Universal horror movies (including Bride of Frankenstein, which many people say is better than this). I'm just not sure if this is the one to go in the space capsule. I was impressed by a lot of this movie, including Karloff's performance and Whale's visualization of the world.

    The ending definitely bugged me because it seemed lame and abrupt, but now I've learned that it was tacked-on by the studio so that's more forgivable.

    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).

  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. On 4/4/2020 at 6:20 AM, RyanSz said:

    I'm near the end of this and in my opinion is really good, especially given that Lovecraft adaptations are more miss than hit. Stanley was the perfect choice for director and it makes me really want to see him make his version of The Island of Dr. Moreau because he shows he is really able to create dread and terror in a film. The color work in this film was amazing as it should have been, which further amplified the tone of the movie and its subject matter. Cage's Cage-isms in the early to mid part of the film seemed out of place at times but otherwise it was a solid performance, very much in line with the previously stated Mom and Dad and Mandy.

    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.

  8. On 3/21/2020 at 3:29 AM, GrahamS. said:

    Here’s the thing: HDTGM actually does GOOD movies. I liked this film as well. A lot, for what it is. It got good reviews. I liked Face/Off. it got even BETTER reviews and they did a show on it.

    I definitely think this film is bonkers enough for the HDTGM treatment. Plus, if the do an episode on it, itwill get more people to see it (and the film got a pretty limited release).

    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.


    On 3/20/2020 at 11:15 PM, Omaxem said:

     the fx aren't amazing, but the budget probably wasn't that big and they use them well


    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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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.

  12. I'm going for Shaun of the Dead.


    All three of these movies are excellent, and Shaun isn't necessarily better than the other two -- it's pretty much impossible to compare. But, out of these three, Shaun is the one that's both the director's best and the subgenre's best. Magnolia is not Paul Thomas Anderson's best movie (I think that's Boogie Nights), and besides, PTA is already represented. Zodiac is probably David Fincher's best movie, but it's not the best serial killer movie or the best detective movie. Shaun, however, is both Edgar Wright's best movie and the best zombie movie ever made. I mean, sure, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead are more culturally relevant, but I've always felt George A. Romero is stylistically a pretty pedestrian filmmaker, and his characters are only interesting as metaphors, not as people. Wright tells a story about people you can get invested in, as well as using the zombie genre for an original metaphor, precursing the wave of movies about directionless twentysomethings. It's also funny, suspenseful and full of kickass zombie violence.


    It's also on the extremely short list of great horror comedies. It would probably be the best one ever if it weren't for Bride of Frankenstein; the only other three that come close are The Old Dark House, Evil Dead 2 and An American Werewolf in London.

  13. Yes!


    I was twelve when I first saw Scream, which is probably the best age for it, because you're still looking forward to the life that the main characters are living. Horror is often more effective when it's about your future. I think that's one of the reasons Scream became a huge deal for my generation. As did, in my group of friends at least, its many imitators; to me, Urban Legend was just as good. Of course, I now see that Urban Legend is nonsense, but I am grateful to Scream for starting the wave of teen movies that played such a big role in coloring my pre-teen life.


    As a Dutch person, I look at American movies from somewhat of an outsider's perspective, but they're so influential on the Dutch pop cultural experience that they feel very familiar as well. Weird things about American culture -- pancakes for breakfast! asking a date to the high school prom! baseball! -- don't stop being fascinating, but they also feel trusted. There are movies that make this exoctic culture feel close and palpable, like a good Western really makes the old West feel lived in. To me, Scream is one of those movies, filled with little details that give its world a sense of reality, making it really matter when people get killed.


    By the way: it's funny that Amy mentions Slumber Party Massacre as an example of a trashy 80s slasher movie, because it was written by feminist activist Rita Mae Brown as a parody of slasher movies, and directed as a straight horror film by Amy Holden Jones. It's more a Cabin in the Woods than a Scream, though.

  14. Amy saying that she only remembers characters being "dumber than dumb" is kind of odd because the movie itself directly comments on this. The characters had been selected in advance by the unnamed organization and were prepped to play their roles by unwittingly using mind-altering substances


    Just because the movie acknowledges that the characters are dumb, and that's the point, doesn't make it less annoying if you don't like dumb characters, I suppose.


    I don't care much for Cabin in the Woods, partially because it's much too pleased with itself. It's clever, but not as clever as it thinks it is, and not all that funny or scary. Plus, a huge part of it is the idea that the stock characters of horror are the virgin, the whore, the athlete, the scholar and the fool, which is dumb because no, they're not. I can't think of a single slasher or spam-in-a-cabin film that has those exact five characters.

  15. The final girl being a virgin (which is part of the plot of Cabin in the Woods and the more recent The Final Girls) is an example. In Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis' character might be relatively demure, but there's no indication that teens are being punished for breaking any of the rules laid out by Scream. Michael Myers is just an indecipherable malevolence who kills anyone in his path. Friday the 13th (which I admittedly haven't seen and only heard about) DOES explicitly have a killer punishing camp counselors for screwing around rather than doing their job to save a mentally challenged kid from drowning, but the final girl isn't a virgin and still triumphs in the end. I suppose the different movies got conflated together.


    Scream never says you have to be a virgin to survive, just that you need to stay away from sex during the movie, which works for Halloween and Friday the 13th. We don't know if the final girls in those films are virgins, but they certainly don't have sex during the plot, as many other characters do.

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  16. Infernal Affairs.


    It's never a good sign when a remake adds fifty minutes. You already have a perfectly good story, beginning, middle and end, and then you're adding more to it? That's like the opposite of how a writing process should work! It's reverse editing. It's stretching out a tight jumper. The Departed is fine, but a bit of a waste of time.

  17. Yes.


    I don't love The Breakfast Club (for many of the reasons Amy mentions), but I think it's too iconic and too unique not to go in.


    It's so associated with typical 80s pop culture that we tend to forget just how unique it is. What else is like The Breakfast Club? John Hughes' other teen movies are comedies. The Breakfast Club has funny moments, but I wouldn't call it a comedy. It's a character driven drama about people getting to know each other that's set mostly in one location; it's the closest thing we have to a teenage version of My Dinner with Andre. (It would make for a good double bill: start with Breakfast, finish with Dinner. You'll know all about reaction shots by the end.)


    The fact that its politics are so dated is part of what makes it worth preserving. Nowadays, it's hard to imagine someone making a movie about five very different kids who learn that they're not so different after all, and make them all white kids, most of whom enter a heterosexual relationship. And then there's all the uncomfortable ideas about gender. But it's good to remember just how different the world was back then, and look at (and celebrate) the changes we've made; a classic piece of pop culture is often a great history lesson.

  18. Voting no. One thing that barely came up in the conversation was the matter of action scenes. I don't think The Avengers has a single good action scene -- the one memorable shot is the long take of The Avengers assembled, which has no reason to be a long take other than showing off, and it's not even that impressive as it's mostly computer generated (and obviously a fake long take that's really full of cuts). And, okay, Hulk smashing Loki.


    There's nothing in the entire current Marvel universe that can match the train scene from Spider-Man 2. Now that's a 21st century superhero movie that I'd vote yes on. Raimi's first two Spider-Man films were the blueprint for most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe we're living in now, and their combination of action, adventure, comedy and soapy drama still works better than pretty much all of the MCU's output. (Same goes for The Incredibles, which might be the best superhero movie ever made.)


    If there's ever going to be a Raimi Spider-Man episode, it's probably less likely to go in if The Avengers is already in there. Which I guess is a bad reason to vote no, but it's a secondary reason; I would have voted no anyways.

  19. Yes from me.


    Tommy Wiseau may have invented the 21st century shared cinematic universe. When the Flash appeared in Batman v Superman, it reminded me of Lisa's mother's part in The Room. She talks about her personal problems, then goes away; into her own story, that we don't get to see. (Perhaps Tommy wanted to make a spin-off in which her story is explored. Probably not.) Lisa's mother, the drug dealer, the couple who come in to have sex; all of them have their own story in the Roomiverse. A story that's not necessarily relevant to the main plot, but it's still going on. Just like in real life. Not everyone you meet is relevant for you; most people are side characters who just walk in and out of your life story. You sometimes wonder how they ended up, but you usually don't care enough to find out. Still: they all have their own story. Where most movies try to remove everything that's not clearly relevant, The Room keeps all those things in, suggesting a world far bigger than The Room.