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  1. CaptainAmazing

    Episode 226 - Body of Evidence: LIVE!

    Been meaning to post Nathan Rabin’s breakdown of this movie for a while. Also, they really need to have him on the show some time. He’s basically the perfect studio episode guest.
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    Body of Evidence (1993)

    Here’s a good primer on it by someone they need to have on as a guest some time: https://film.avclub.com/my-year-of-flops-case-file-86-body-of-evidence-1798213010
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    The Godfather Pt. II

    A little disappointed that they didn’t talk more about the third one and what did and didn’t work about it. I have a lot of thoughts on it, but then again, it’s not the featured one.
  4. Nitpick: The Jason expert got one thing wrong, or maybe just firmly interprets it one way- After Jason’s mother is killed in the climax of the first movie, the only surviving counselor, at the point of total exhaustion, escapes into a canoe and falls asleep in it as it drifts out into he middle of the lake. She suddenly wakes up and- JASON’S DECOMPOSING BODY JUMPS OUT OF THE LAKE AND PULLS HER UNDER! Absolutely the best moment of the movie, IMHO. A true surprise kill. She wakes up in the hospital and is told that there was never any sign of any boy at the camp, so she concludes that he’s still out there. You could interpret that as her having imagined/dreamt/something elsed Jason jumping out of the water, but it’s a little weird to not even mention it as a possibility.
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    The Godfather

    I got chosen on this one (asked to pet the kitty). It was my first attempt, but I did indeed sound terrible. They cut out a part of me excitedly cooing over the cat, and that's fine.
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    HDTGM Drinking Game

    Just randomly thought of another good one: Drink when someone says something akin to "I didn't understand the part where..." and then someone, usually Jason, jokes "because that's the only part of the movie that didn't make any sense."
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    The Beach Bum (2019)

    I haven't seen it, but I read this about it and was under the impression that its sort of a parody of "the Egregiously Unconvincing False Genius trope." "The Egregiously Unconvincing False Genius trope involves a TV show or movie or book constantly trying to convince us that its characters are geniuses creating transcendent, incontrovertibly brilliant and undeniable art when the snippets of work we get to see and experience suggest they’re talentless phonies." Seems like it's also a parody of the troubled genius/genius slacker trope. Sounds like there's basically nothing likable or redeemable about McConaughey's character, yet everyone loves him and he gets laid like crazy.
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    Episode 224: Starcrash: LIVE!

    One thing I'm surprised they never got into is how so many things are ripped off from Star Wars, but then they’re flipped between good and evil. It's like the laziest possible way to make them "totally different." There's an all-black metallic character with no visible face that's more machine than man...but he's a good guy. There's a space empire, run by an emperor...but they're both good. There's a movement against this empire...but it's bad. I'm sure there's more, including more that get away from the whole empire thing, but it's been a while since I saw this movie.
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    Bonus Reel: Shea Serrano

    I'm intrigued by the whole idea of several high school movies happening in the same high school at the same time. Sounds like a good idea for a fan poster, though not really an Unspooled one. Off the top of my head, this is all happening in the cafeteria: -Mean Girls not letting Napoleon Dynamite sit with them -Bill & Ted jamming out with The Ramones to the disapproval of the principal from Rock 'n Roll High School -Three different versions of Peter Parker having a conversation
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    Bonus Reel: Shea Serrano

    Checked it out from the library several years ago because I'm a big Lucas fan. I enjoyed it. Not totally sure if I'd put it on the Top 100 list, but it's good. I'd say Graffiti is much more of a "teen movie" than a "high school movie." It takes place on the last night of the summer before two friends are supposed to go to college the next day. That's basically the absolute logical extreme of what you could technically call a high school movie. More than anything, it's a "Fifties movie," even though it takes place in the early 1960s. Really, the first year or two or even three of a decade are culturally more like the previous one.
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    Space Jam (1996)

    Just going to throw this out there:
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    EPISODE #223 - Disclosure (1994)

    I keep thinking about how a set of VR filing cabinets that are exactly the same as real ones is nihilistic to the point that it could have been a gag on Rick and Morty.
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    Conversation Topic—Overrated Award Winners

    My go-to on this topic is always Boyhood. It 100% got the attention it did because of the novel way of shooting it. There is essentially no plot, just "mildly troubled boy grows up in what feels like real time." Nothing about his story is film-worthy, save for about one child abuse-related scene that is not fun to watch for the obvious different reason. What little "plot" there is is dull and repetitive. At one point the movie openly acknowledges that the mom has dated "a parade of drunken assholes," essentially admitting how repetitive it has been. The boy gets more and more unbearably angsty, then gets to his late teens and starts to dial it back. It's basically real life with less drama, and what drama there is is achingly repetitive or painfully slow, and both go nowhere.
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    Episode 222.5 - Minisode 222.5

    The other thing about it that I’m surprised no one brought up: There’s a real chance that it was part of a payment to a scammer. They frequently want to be paid in gift cards, as cash and electronic payments are more traceable. If that’s the case, then either a scammer didn’t get paid/fully paid, or lost some of their ill-gotten gains. No big deal
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    Episode 222 - Unforgettable

    Yeah, I found it a pretty rough watch and even thought about saying “I’ve suffered an actual brain injury, but not one bad enough to enjoy this movie.” The random other fan I ran into later hated it as well. I really can’t understand why the hosts enjoyed it so much. Maybe it’s full of subtle terribleness that I missed, or maybe it’s just that much of an improvement over last week’s film.
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