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    Ep 250 — Under the Cherry Moon

    I was listening to this episode while driving, and I nearly had to pull off the road when Jason name-checked "Sexy Motherfucker" as also being a Prince song. I certainly don't think that's his "best" song, but it's certainly one of my favorites, it's just so over the top raunchy even for Prince, I laugh out loud every time I hear it (or even think about it, to be honest.)
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    Episode 246 - Swordfish: LIVE!

    Yeah I want to co-sign this, and I actually like that movie (overall). His character in that movie sucks and should be ashamed of himself. I guess I still have a soft spot for Grosse Point Blank though, never really stopped to think about Cusack's actual performance there (it's been a while).
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    Episode 246 - Swordfish: LIVE!

    Hi! Yeah, I'm glad it wasn't just me who had that reaction. Like, there are two black characters in this whole movie and you do that to one of them? I don't know how that could have been a good look even in 2001. Mega Yikes.
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    Episode 246 - Swordfish: LIVE!

    Oh, and regarding a Finnish guy named Torvalds who is apparently "the world's greatest hacker", did somebody on the writing staff actually do a tiny bit of research? (Sure, the character didn't curse as much as Linus, but it sure felt like a shoutout.) Though I will add, just stuffing in a reference like that, much like conveniently panning over a copy of Neuromancer in the little girl's bedroom (?), does not automatically give your shitty movie any credibility by association.
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    Episode 246 - Swordfish: LIVE!

    *obligatory "long time listener, first time caller" intro* Well, we watched this movie last night and I had to finally create an account here to unload my thoughts. ...And wow. I haven't listened to the whole episode yet, but right away I was 100% Team Jason: I wish I hadn't seen this movie, it is garbage. And to be fair, I unironically like Hackers, because while it is very stupid and cheesy, they at least tried to depict some of the hacker counter-culture ethos and it is kinda fun (granted it was like they machine-translated it from English to Chinese and back, but they tried). This movie, on the other hand, felt like it was just attempting to be as cruel and mean-spirited as possible at all times, not to mention criminally stupid, e.g. jumping off the cliff. I thought I was going crazy with the volume leveling being nuts, glad that wasn't just my imagination. Also, I'm glad somebody (Paul?) mentioned The Matrix, because at some point while watching I turned to my wife and said, "THIS MOVIE IS TRYING SUPER HARD TO BE THE MATRIX, RIGHT?" (caps to depict me trying to talk over the insane noise). It's like they saw that movie and Hackers and took away all the wrong ideas. And since I haven't been able to finish the podcast yet, I must ask: are we going to address the Halle Berry hanging scene? Was that really necessary? I (sort of) got Travolta's villainous "put the hacker in insanely stressful situations" schtick, but watching this in 2020 just feels horrible. It's even worse than the terribly aged crypto-fascist undertones of Travolta taking on terrorism By Any Means Necessary™. In a movie full of stupid and tacky ideas, those beats seem particularly gross. I guess the soundtrack was cool though, pity it's associated with this steaming pile.