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  1. RyanSz

    Ep 254 - Love’s Labour’s Lost

    Yeah his directing credits are weird in that he does these very dedicated adaptations, but then seems to be clearly wanting to add a new wing to his house by doing stuff like Artemis Fowl. With Thor at least he was working with characters based around Norse mythology which in my mind seems more in his wheelhouse of theatrical adaptations, unlike other directors who have tried to go out of their known comfort zone like Wes Craven directing Music of the Heart or Francis Ford Coppola doing Jack.
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    Ep 254 - Love’s Labour’s Lost

    As an English major who is not a fan of the Shakespeare's comedies (I'm a tragedies fan), I've definitely had my fill of the guys plays, but apparently not Branagh who I honestly think wishes he was born in Shakespeare's time just so that he could have had a chance to work with the guy. That's not to say the work he puts out is bad, but he's very much the actor that Alan Rickman was lampooning in Galaxy Quest, who would do a mainstream series like Harry Potter or Jack Ryan, all while bemoaning the fact that he was doing so given that he was a classically trained actor. The fact that he's now apparently moved onto Agatha Christie's bibliography, I can only imagine the ideas he has running through his head in order to keep that mustache and accent going.
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    HDTGM All-Stars

    2 appearances: Laurie Davidson - Vampire Academy, Cats 2 appearances: Ian McKellen - The Shadow, Cats
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    Dolittle (2020)

    Just to show what a sandpaper handjob 2020 has been, even though this was a bomb that lost Universal, which I thought this was originally a Disney flick, $100 million at the box office, it is still the sixth highest grossing movie of the year. I get how it could get the cast that it had with multiple Oscar winners and big names doing voices, but holy shit their salaries really had to add on to the budget along with Downey's huge paycheck and all of the CGI, but at least try to make something that resembles a movie. In concern to the accent, Downey basically agreed to do the movie hearing the pitch for it, then Googling "weirdest Welsh Doctor" and finding a picture of this doctor from the 1800s who was a neo-Pagan who thought he could talk to nature, sent that pic to the director who thought it looked cool, and then said he would do the movie. He is literally the Family Guy joke of how Ben Affleck developed his English accent.
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    Episode 253. Cats

    Well this episode and this forum has really fucked with my browser algorithm as this is the link that was recommended to me when I opened a new tab. https://getpocket.com/explore/item/why-cats-show-you-their-butt-according-to-science?utm_source=pocket-newtab
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    Episode 253. Cats

    I'm not a fan of musicals but I can understand why and how this got the cast and budget that it did as it was from the world record holder for longest running Broadway play that has won God knows how many awards and by all accounts is a pretty well regarded piece, but holy hell it's clear that's where all reason or thought ended with this movie. It is also clear having seen the final result that they should have stuck with practical costumes for the cast as it was in the theatrical production because the CGI is clearly someone's attempt at turning the world against actual cats in an attempt to get rid of them. Also, I know having actually seen what the musical Cats is about, which is fuck all, I can honestly say that another batshit Andrew Llyod Webber musical, Starlight Express, makes infinitely more sense and logic with a defined plot. If you don't know what Starlight Express is, it's literally a musical about toy trains racing to see who is the fastest train in the world and the cast wear roller skates throughout the entire performance and actually race on a track built onto the stage. THAT makes more sense than this shit show.
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    The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)

    It's basically that Carrie's dad who abandoned her and her mother, got another chick pregnant decades later and so the lead girl of this is Carrie's half-sister. It's basically the same link made in Jason Goes to Hell: the Final Friday where the demonic spirit powering Jason Voorhees is hunting after a familial host to be its new body as Jason's father got another woman pregnant after he left his wife Pamela and grew a family with the new woman.
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    Episode 252 - Governor Gabbi

    I have to assume that's why prior to Gabbi getting elected every stupid character mentioned at least once that the two other candidates were horrible and wished for another option. So carrying the logic of that being the shared sentiment of voters everyone just took a gamble and voted on a person who A) they never heard of before and B ) had absolutely zero campaign promotional material put out such as junk mail, commercials, or phone calls. I mean those other two had to have been fucking awful for such a thing to have happened.
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    Episode 252 - Governor Gabbi

    Yeah Prez was one of those random DC series that was brought back for a short revival during one of the recent relaunches along with stories like Dial H, Jonah Hex, and Legends of Tomorrow. Hex at least ran for a couple years but after a while DC wanted to reincorporate him into the modern DC continuity and kind of had to go meta with the storytelling and the series was shortly ended after that.
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    Episode 252 - Governor Gabbi

    This. I tried watching more than 30 minutes and couldn't because the ADR was almost purposely bad. It was like they were trying to ape an early Godzilla film and ended up just being overly offensive with it. Seriously, Tommy Wiseau has a better understanding of ADR work than this film student.
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    Tammy & The T-Rex (1994)

    The amount of leeway the dick ex-boyfriend is given in this movie is fucking insane, he literally barges in past Tammy's parents and they barely yell at him and seem more upset Paul Walker had snuck in through her window.
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    Episode 252 - Governor Gabbi

    Yeah I live just south of Sacramento, got my Bachelors at Sac State, and have worked in and around the city for years, and I couldn't even place where they filming half the time. I also had to look up the minimum age for Governor as it seemed too young for a college student to be able to run and was shocked to see it was 18 and that one of the biggest economies in the world could have a Ben Wyatt situation on its hands. I can't remember where I read it but another issue was that the crews were also pretty mixed so it became an issue of understanding one another and everyone just ended up talking over each other trying to get things done and you couldn't hear what was being said in front of the camera. It also allowed directors to hire whichever actors that they wanted and not have to worry about a language barrier as it would just be ADR'ed to match the marketplace it was being released in. Overall I hated this fuck of a movie and the dubbing made me really appreciate the quality work that's done on actual movies. I actually believe this might be the most successful form of what I call nepofilmaking where family members basically work together to get each other credits to look better on resumes. It's almost like giving a fighter a total tomato can to fight in order to beef up their record so that other, bigger promotions can offer them bigger paydays, hoping the beefed up fighter can actually keep winning. I've seen this a couple times on IMDB, usually with kid actors who start popping up in a few movies a year playing the same type of role. Yet looking through the filmography you see it's made up of a bunch of movies made at home that meet some kind of criteria to be listed on the site.
  13. Given the fact that the show is talking about books and comics more in mini-eps, I would love for Paul and Jason to discuss the LoEG books that came after the first three which were published by a DC imprint, and became utterly batshit insane that features a psychotic James Bond, Harry Potter as the anti-christ who fires lightning from his dick, and so much more.
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    Episode 251.1 — Minisode 251.5

    Am I losing my mind or is everyone in this movie horribly dubbed? It's like an early version of an AI was tasked with writing a movie and wrote this script after being told to make it part lesson on voting and part study in how humans interact with one another, and to make no one's voices match whoever is supposed to be talking. Also I'm waiting to hear Jason's thoughts on the friend who scraped flour off Gabbi's arm with a tortilla chip and then ate the chip.
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    Trailer Talk

    Yeah the Chainsaw series is probably more notable for the amount of big names or soon to be big names that have been in it, 2 had Dennis Hopper who is batshit insane, 3 had Viggo Mortensen in one of his first roles, 4 definitely needs to be covered by HDTGM as it is beyond next level insane and has Renee Zellwegger and Matthew McConaughey, and the remakes had Jennifer Biel and Jordanna Brewster in them. The remakes are actually pretty good as they were ones to kickstart the horror remake crazy of the early to mid 2000s so they weren't watered down dreck trying to cash in on a known commodity, and even the recent Texas Chainsaw 3D that kind of does what the recent Halloween did by retconning all of the other sequels isn't terrible. The series clearly leaned into the "doesn't have much story so go full crazy gore and jump scare" aspect of slasher and while it works okay the films as a whole are much to write home about.
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    Trailer Talk

    Having worked in a prison for almost seven years now, I can attest to the fact that an obsession can develop in people who committed heinous crimes and their victims who got away, so that tracked well for me with this film. As for worst run in slasher franchises, Halloween is bad with 4-6 and then Ressurection, but it's got stiff competition. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4-6 which while having creative as hell kills the lore behind who Freddy was grew to such insane heights it was awful. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has as muddled a timeline as the Halloween series with most being of the so-bad-they're-good level. While not technically a slasher, the Hellraiser series really loses steam after the third film. Leprechaun really only got interesting with the two Hood entries in it. Surprisingly, the Wrong Turn series is pretty solid for a series that was all straight-to-video/streaming after the first film and even though later entries are mocked nonstop, the Friday the 13th franchise is pretty solid up until Jason Takes Manhattan. The Child's Play franchise is also consistently good outside of the mediocre third film and Seed of Chucky, while the last two are better than they have any reason to be as straight-to-streaming, and were a big part of the renewed interest in the series leading to the remake being made. Also if you're looking for great comedy podcast centered on horror, check out In Voorhees We Trust with Gourley and Rust. Matt Gourley and Paul spend an episode discussing each Friday the 13th film in detail, though a few episodes have some guests as well. They just started covering the Nightmare series a couple weeks ago and I think they did Halloween through their Patreon.
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    Trailer Talk

    I loved how they created a realistic sense of what an actual final girl would be going through after such a traumatic event, which has become a great sub-genre in horror novels and is now starting to segue in film. Since they apparently filmed both films back to back I'm wondering if this whole trilogy is in the same night, which could make it flow a bit smoother as it can create a town known for a dark spot in its past having to deal with it once again decades later. And while Laurie did have her plan set in place, even the best laid plans are never completely without holes, like her son-in-law opening the fortified door which made it easier for Michael to get into the house, or the obsessed doctor doing what he did at a couple different points to kick this whole thing off. I'll be interested to see how they explain Michael's escape from the end of the first film, which will hopefully be better than how his survival was explained for the end's of 4 and 5. And even if this isn't as spectacular as the last one, I can easily say it will still be miles ahead of latter half of the original series, which I just rewatched this last week for my annual horror film binge, and good lord do they not hold up. The only positive that came from those was that they created a new scream queen in Danielle Harris.
  18. And considering that this was Connery's final live action film role and the fact that he chose this over doing LOTR, which cost him nearly half a billion dollars given the offer that was made to him.
  19. Yeah it's a real toss up between this and Dream Child for worst in the original series. By this point Freddy was just a cartoon version of what he started out as and it was clear there was nothing left in the tank, which thankfully led to Wes Craven coming back with the fantastic New Nightmare. What's more insane is the lead character from this returns in the second Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash comic series but is revealed to now be in an incestuous relationship with Freddy while working with him to give him the full power of the Book of the Dead.
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    Trailer Talk

    See I have high hopes for it as it's still the same creative team writing and directing the two sequels, which should create consistency which has always been the big problem for this franchise. The issues I saw people having with the last one were basically built upon 5 decades of literally hundreds of slashers being released since the original Halloween came out changing what people expect of the genre, to the point I read reviews were calling the last film boring and not enough gore/violence, which is mind-boggling considering it had one of the highest body counts in the entire franchise while the original had a body count of five and most of those were not gory in favor of building dread and terror to also work within the budget. So now that the reboot basically got the build up out of the way and considering this one looks like to be in the same vein as the original Halloween 2 where it takes place immediately after the prior film, I'm hoping this is just ramping up everything that worked in that movie. But again with how much they focused on bringing back actors, props, and effects from the first film, how did they not get Paul Rudd to come back as Tommy, especially after he's said he'd like to play the part again?
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    Trailer Talk

    I'm very interested in seeing this as the reboot was fantastic, the only thing I'm not liking is that they didn't bring back Paul Rudd as Tommy Doyle.
  22. Quick correction, this wasn't Ice-T's film debut as he was in the first Breakin' as well as the third film in the trilogy, Rappin'. He was the only person to appear in all three films so he is essentially the Brock Simpson of the Breakin' universe. Another person that was in the film was Christopher Denis, who was the long time Superman impersonator in front of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood and one of the subjects of the great documentary Confessions of a Superhero. IIRC he said when he was trying to get into acting he did a lot of work as an extra on movies hoping to get noticed as a lookalike of Christoper Reeve to get bigger parts, only to then turn to dressing as Superman and getting paid for photo ops with tourists.
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    The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)

    The only decent thing about this was the final massacre, though it's been decades since I've watched it so I'm sure the CGI is horrible as hell. I am still pretty shocked about how Sue Snell from the original film is handled in this final act, basically discarded without a second thought and turned into a pretty grim piece of the set. Also considering how Zachary Ty Bryan has been in the new recently for similarly douchey behavior, along with other roles he's had since Home Improvement ended, this seems like he was just acting like himself rather than doing a character in a film or show.
  24. George C. Scott after Patton, Dolphins that speak English in Dolphin voices, and the same Dolphins being used for political assassinations. This needs to be done.
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    Ep 250 — Under the Cherry Moon

    And in regards to what June was talking about the parental content sticker, it was Darling Nikki that Tipper Gore overheard her daughter singing the lyrics to and that caused her to get together with wives of other politicos and formed the Parents Music Resource Center and pushed for a hearing in front of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, which included a good number of husbands of PMRC members, about either warning the public about "porn rock" as it was called by them, or outright banning it. This led to Frank Zappa, Dee Snyder, and John Denver appearing as opposing witnesses at the hearing to argue against the potential censorship and first amendment violation that could occur from the hearing. It then culminated in Uncle Luke from 2 Live Crew helping to create the parental advisory sticker that adorns albums with content not designed for children. It also led to record companies creating those shitty as hell "clean versions" of albums where the dirty words or sex parts were just blanked out of the song.
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