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    The Core (2003)

    This movie is an absolute must for the podcast. It is totally bananas and makes no sense and has such terrible "science" that it is laugh out loud funny. If I remember correctly, they make up a new element called "unobtainium" which is indestructible under high pressure and converts heat to electrical energy and they make their ship out of that to explain how they're supposedly able to tunnel down to the core of the Earth. Then at one point, they just get out of the ship and start walking around. It is so, so bad! From IMDB: The Earth's core has stopped spinning. Disasters are appearing all over the world: Birds acting crazy, powerful thunderstorms, 32 people die within seconds of each other when their pacemakers quit working. Dr. Josh Keyes and his crew of five (total members: 6) go down to the center of the Earth to set off a nuclear device to make the Earth's core start spinning again or Mankind will perish.
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    Episode 167 - Chopping Mall: LIVE!

    You know you listen to HDTGM a lot when you listen to a new episode, hear one of the audience members ask a question, and think, "Wait...isn't that the same Brie (sp?) from the Furious 7 episode that 'likes that Groot guy'". (Pretty sure it is. Went back to listen to Furious 7 again and that woman's name IS Brie (sp?) as well...)
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    Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

    I second this! This movie is insane.
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    Episode 161 - The Fate of the Furious

    I wish this episode had gone on longer. There was so many crazy aspects to this movie that I think you guys could have easily talked for 3 hours about it. 1) I highly doubt that old taxis in New York are self-driving. Certainly not that many. 2) I don't think you can remote start a car that is turned off. If there's no power running to the car, how would she control them? You can't hack into a computer that isn't running, so why would this work on cars? Unless she somehow got control of all of the remote activation frequencies? But those only work within 50 feet or so of your car, and she was much further away than that. 2b) Couldn't the cars with people in them just turn the power off to stop them? 3) Did Jeep Grand Cherokee PAY for that product placement? If so, that is a weird marketing choice. To have a remote controlled death machine that can be hacked into and controlled by someone else (as this movie will have us believe) with your brand labelled on it, doesn't seem like a great way to inspire confidence to potential consumers of that vehicle. 3) How did she know the cars would "rain" down? There isn't an altitude sensor in GPS, is there? Those cars could have just as easily been at street level and her comment would have made no sense. 4) That EMP pulse supposedly knocks out electrical equipment, but then there is a ton of electrical equipment, including a helicopter in that base that they immediately start to use, so that EMP seemed pretty darn selective. 5) That submarine was mounted up on dry land. How the hell did she even launch it that quickly? 6) Water is a lot more dense than air, so I have my doubts that a submarine could build up as much speed as those cars, and certainly not in such a short distance, to be able to chase them. If you google "how fast can a submarine go?", the top result says: This is why, even in 2014, most submarines and torpedoes can't go much faster than 40 knots (~46 mph). Higher speeds are possible, but it requires so much power that it's not really feasible (torpedoes only have so much fuel). 7) Charlize Theron's character's whole motivation was non-existent. She wants "them" (who?) to know they will be held accountable (to whom? to do what?) The woman needs to sit down and write out a mission statement. 8) If you blow up a submarine with nuclear material on it, that is very much still a nuclear catastrophe. Tyrese is right; they should get the hell out of there. 9) Why did they even bring Ramsey into this franchise?! She's supposedly one of the best hackers on the planet, and yet she's constantly having tech mansplained to her by Ludacris (who was just a mechanic in the 2nd movie) and then by freaking Jason Statham in this one. REALLY?! They made Jason Statham come up with the brilliant plan to use the program that Ramsey herself built?! And then Ramsey just says "oh that's brilliant" or whatever. That is bananas. Don't get me wrong. Still thoroughly enjoyed the movie and can't wait until it comes out on blu-ray and I can watch it again, but this movie made even less sense than Furious 7.
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    Episode 160 - The Lake House: LIVE!

    The part that bugged me the most, which I don't remember them talking about in the HDTGM episode is how is he getting his actual mail?! Are all his electricity bills and what-not being transported to the future as well? Or is the mailbox sentient enough to distinguish bills and other personal correspondence from the letters to her? If not, he must be getting dunned like crazy and have so many late payment charges on his accounts! Unless perhaps he has pre-authorized payments and online billing set up for everything (though not entirely sure that would have been an option in 2004). I would have loved to see that scene in the movie though! Customer Service Representative: "What can I help you with today, Sir?" Keanu Reeves: "I need to set up a pre-authorized payment plan because my mailbox is a magical time portal and all my paper bills keep getting sucked into the future. Please don't shut off my power for non-payment! *achoooooo!*"