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  1. Also, Zorin dies falling from the Golden Gate Bridger, which is not necessarily a death sentence considering that people have lived from that fall. Hopefully, the producers of new Bond films will realize this and bring Walken back.

    I hate to be that guy, but I think that the people who survived a fall from the Golden Gate Bridge all fell from the clearance height of about 220 ft, not the tower height of 746 ft. However, Zorin was a genetic marvel, and he might have had a parachute somewhere on his person, so hell yeah, let's say he survived and bring him back. Or, they had another one of him all along, made from the same genetic material. I don't care how they do it, but I agree with you, they really should bring Walken back.

  2. Re Corrections & Omissions: The most laughably implausible part of 'View to a Kill' is when Max Zorin manages to guide a full size blimp down into the hills of Silicon Valley, sneaking up behind a completely unaware Tanya Roberts, and literally plucking her from the earth. This was despite her being warned from afar by Bond and even seeing the airship before she is actually taken.


    I also loved the movie poster in which Bond is standing in a shooting stance near the peak of one of the Golden Gate Bridge's towers (the artist even took away the handrails), balancing on a cylindrical suspension bridge cable. This feat is even bested by Tanya Roberts behind him who is also balancing on the cable but needs only one foot planted for balance. Her other foot is left dangling in the wind. The image is more laughable with Bond aming his Walther PPK pistol straight ahead while the evil Zorin is hanging out of a blimp behind him, Uzi submachine-gun in hand. Apparently Zorin can sneak up on anyone in that airship.


    Enjoyed the podcast review. One of y'all's best!



    I kept laughing at the length of Bond's shin in this poster. Then I noticed that it is the same width as Tanya's waist, and now I am appalled. But if you just focus on Bond's shin, it is really funny.

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  3. The film title, but not the plot, was based on the Ian Fleming short story, "From a View to a Kill," but the film producers dropped the word "From" out of the title. It appears that the short story is about Bond traveling from Versailles to a duel with an assassin. Maybe the title of the story meant that Bond was going from a view (i.e., the view of Versailles) to a kill (the death of the assassin) AND that the journey was being taken with the intention of making a kill or from the perspective of making a kill. However, given that the film is not about one particular journey to make one particular killing, the first interpretation of the title does not work for the movie--hence dropping the word "From.".

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  4. Roger Ebert may have been wrong about the defect in Zorin's microchip plot. In an article by Joe Fay, entitled, "Target Silicon Valley: Why A View To A Kill Actually Made Sense," posted on October 8, 2012, on the IT website "The Register," the author wrote, "By 1984, when filming of A View to a Kill was underway, the chip business was worth $24bn and US firms accounted for between 50 to 60 per cent of this. It’s fair to assume that much of that was designed, if not completely manufactured in the Valley." Who should you believe, Ebert or this other nerd? Now, I'm going to try to find a retrospective look at the movie on a blimp website. Maybe that will also challenge the doubters.

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  5. I don't think I've ever gotten so many laughs out of HDTGM, not even during No Holds Barred. Between the Monkey Shines callback from Jason and Paul ("As long as the butterflies are credited properly") to the fire truck discussion, to the bit about the contractors who make the map tables...

    Strongly agree. I love when they go down rabbit holes like pasta robot, "Sleepaway Camp" opening, monkey rights. The butterfly discussion is an instant classic rabbit hole. I also love when they go into character, like the Pacino/cab driver or Hello, Lauren bits in the "88 Minutes" ep or Kroll's imitation of the costumers in "Justin to Kelly" or the phone call about the band sticker on the shovel in "Jack Frost." The map table contractors might be my favorite imagined dialogue ever.

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  6. Also, how did Q's K-9 knockoff make it up the stairs? and with no arms or anything, is that a supposedly super high tech surveillance drone which is totally dependent on doors having been left open a crack? If Bond had just shut the damn bathroom door, the climax would have been the sad little robutt doggy repeatedly ramming the door feebly.


    I don't ever remember watching any other Roger Moore Bonds before, so not sure if its normal, but I'm kinda surprised no one called out the stupid ass faces he made throughout the entire movie.

    Moore's over-expressive eye work and other facial contortions were a vestigial acting technique from all his roles in the silent film era. By the way, the crazy ladder truck bit was also popular before talkies were invented.


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    wait. are you lumping Deer Hunter and King of New York in with Country Bears and Kangaroo Jack? what universe do you live in?

    No. I was saying that the good agent suggested roles in movies 1, 3, and 5; and the bad agent suggested roles in movies 2, 4, and 6. It's a split personality thing. But since you asked, I live in a universe narrated by Morgan Freeman.

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  8. "A View to a Kill" is basically Walken doing a great Walken imitation, surrounded by a pretty bad movie. I would put this Walken performance almost up there with "Seven Psychopaths," "Suicide Kings," "Biloxi Blues," and "Annie Hall." His smile right before he dies is an AWESOME choice. I might take Walken and Barden as the best Bond villains. By the way, check out Walken's IMDB. WTF? "The Deer Hunter," "Balls of Fury," "King of New York," "The Country Bears," "Domino," "Kangaroo Jack," etc.? My theory is that Walken has two agents, one who went to NYU film school and one who is illiterate and hates him.

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    So you hate anything that is massively popular and mainstream basically? That to me was the obvious takeaway from these comments. The Thin Red Line was one of the only films you mentioned liking that I can immediately recall, though I never saw it.


    I enjoy movies, but wouldn't ever consider myself a harsh critic, I am honest about it. I take a movie for what it is, so if I end up finding some childrens movie 20 minutes in on a sunday morning, I might watch the rest and say "that was good for what it was", and I wont compare it to movies like the Godfather or Citizen Kane. If I watch some Scorcese movie and the whole thing is just laughable, I am honest about that, and at the end of the day I do truly enjoy a 'good' bad movie to drink a few beers and make fun of with friends


    Yeah, I was really crabby when I wrote that. I agree with your approach. I can enjoy a Fast & Furious or a Bond movie for what it is. I tend to watch Jaws whenever it's on, and I'll rush to out to the next Star Wars movie. But I get frustrated when a movie seems to be elevated beyond entertainment if that is all it is. For example, it doesn't bug me that "Titanic" was successful because people seemed to keep it in perspective as pure entertainment. I grew up during an era of movies like "Five Easy Pieces," "Harold & Maude," "Carnal Knowledge," "The Last Detail," "Save the Tiger"--truly thoughtful movies. Then Jaws came along and changed everything. That's ok, but let's make our movies work a little harder before we call them "great." By the way, these are just an old man-child's rantings, and I hate when someone presents opinion as fact, so I fully recognize that I could be wrong about everything (except that I DO know that this all used to be farm land as far as the eye could see, and know it's just apartments and strip malls). Stan, thanks for your respectful reply and tolerance.

  10. and.... his name is spelled Matt Dillon. I thought most HDTGM fans were movie buffs, so this caught me off guard. Maybe the crowd is the opposite, people who don't like movies and therefore like to watch only the bad ones


    I like the medium, but I think that most movies are dumb. I also think that movie consumers, the industry, and even many critics tend to reward dumb movies, which suppresses the market and resources for smart movies. Therefore, I appreciate things like HDTGM and MST3K that help people view movies with more of a critical eye--while also making us laugh. I loved "Love" but hated "Gravity". I was mesmerized by "The Thin Red Line," but detested "Saving Private Ryan." I was fascinated by "Gummo" and "Toad Road," but just irritated by "Pulp Fiction" (meaningless, faux clever), "Gladiator" (bloated, formulaic revenge pic that ignored the amazing intellectual legacy of Marcus Aurelius) and "Forest Gump" (disingenuous glorification of stupidity). Also, I never want to see another movie written by someone who has read Syd Field or "Save The Cat." Have you seen the amazing "Werckmeister Harmonies"? Probably not, because all the theaters were showing "Gladiator," which won the Oscar that year! Aaaaaaarghh!

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  11. Quasar, you had me at novitiate nun. This gem is now on Netflix. It's beautiful. It was definitely worth taking an intermission from Raid 2 to watch this. Also, if you always want to know what is in the vicinity of the five or six feet above a character's head, this movie is for you. In all honesty, five stars.

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  12. Speaking of Christopher Walken, doesn't it seem a bit risky to cast him in a live broadcast of a children's story? If he forgets a line, he might lapse into an improvisation like, "I'm . . . I'm gonna . . . eviscerate you . . . Lost Boys . . . with my hook . . . one by one . . . until one of you Benjamin Button fucks . . . tells me where Peter Pansy is hiding his cross-dressing ass and that angel dust--[corrects himself and finally raises his voice] fairy dust, goddammit!"

  13. Happy Thanksgiving. I didn't want to start a new thread, so I am putting this here. I am very thankful for HDTGM, Paul, June, Jason, the interns, the engineers, and bad movies, of course, but I am also thankful for this board and all the regulars who post throughout the week. You make me laugh and often introduce me to other entertainment I didn't know about. My Thanksgiving resolution is: Now that I have figured out how to "like" a post on my phone, I will show my appreciation more often. I hope you all have a great day and watch a turkey with family and friends.

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  14. It's expiring on Netflix DECEMBER 1st so I had to check it out.


    And pause it after 10 minutes so I can strongly support the other comments: this movie is absolutely amazing. In 10 minutes, we have Keanu doing taichi to relax, Takeshi Kitano responding in Japanese to an English conversation, Keanu trying to go incognito by putting on a wig and make-up (Cloud Atlas style), the worst ADR punchline ("Next time try to knock baldie" to a bald henchman Keanu just killed) and an absolutely incomprehensible opening title card that tries to explain the nonsense that will follow (I read it 3 times and still cannot comprehend what they were trying to say).


    It's just SO bad and SO hilarious, I cannot believe it hasn't a HUGE following like Howard the Duck already....


    PS: It also has a Paul Scheer look-a-like! What else?

    Thank you, tib20011, for the tip about Johnny Mnemonic on Netflix. I watched it last night and fell in love with it. It is an insane, (unintentionally) hilarious mess. It's a perfect 10 HDTGM movie. Everyone who can hear my voice, if you have not seen Johnny Mnemonic, watch it on Netflix this weekend while you still can!

  15. "The Night They Saved Christmas" (1984): Jaclyn Smith and her kids try to help Santa stop an oil company from blowing up Santa's home by telling the oil company exec where the oil is really located (i.e., at a different polar site where drilling will not interfere with Santa's Christmas-related activities). Art Carney plays Santa (straight up, not a "Twilight Zone" rummy Santa) and Paul Williams plays an elf. It was made for TV, but I think the whole movie is on YouTube. This thing gets pretty dark at times. When this was broadcast, my girlfriend (now my wife) and I were seniors in college and had just moved in together. We were spending our first Christmas together. We cuddled up to watch the network's Jaclyn Smith Christmas offering, and we essentially got Shell Oil shelling Santa until Paul Williams abducts some kids to convince the only permanent Charlie's Angel to get on a snowmobile and--I can't remember all this, but her husband in it is Paul Le Mat at his least charismatic. That was 30 years ago, and that movie still pisses me off!

  16. Not to be a Negative Nancy, but: worst audience questions ever. Fantastic episode otherwise.

    As with Jason and June, the real audience could not be there, so Paul had to get a guest audience. In retrospect, choosing the studio audience from " The Big Bang Theory" was probably a mistake.
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