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Pandemic Picks: The Nice Guys

You will all have favourites out there, favourite actors, favourite directors, favourite writers. It’s natural that you gravitate towards certain people, with actors it’s because you probably identify with him or her more, or just that you like their performances. Directors and writers though are a little different, you don’t like the people themselves necessarily, but you like their style, their techniques, their voice. For me I love Shane Black and will watch anything that he does and for the most part I love everything he has written or directed. What really appeals to me about Shane Black is the way he can switch very quickly and almost effortlessly between hilarious comedy to serious drama. Not only that but he manages to subvert clichés by setting up what looks to be a cliché situation and then turns it completely on its head.

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Pandemic Picks: Airplane!

Today’s Pandemic Pick is the classic comedy film Airplane! Surely I’m not serious… I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley. I promise that is the only time I’ll say that in this article… maybe. Airplane! is one of those films that everyone has either seen or at least knows some of the jokes from. It’s considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comedy films of all time. But what is it that makes it such a great comedy?

The film is the brainchild of the writing team of brothers David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams, they based the film on a real disaster movie that they had caught on late night TV called Zero Hour about the pilots of a commercial flight getting food poisoning and a ex-World War II pilot is forced to take over. Sound familiar? Because that is pretty much the exact plot of Airplane! It’s hard to imagine that there is a film out there with the same plot as this zany comedy that played it straight.

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Pandemic Picks: Schitt’s Creek

With the final season wrapping up, I hope that you are unlike me.  You, the clever viewer, have been watching and enjoying this gem of a show for years.  You’re not a crazy person like me. Schitt’s Creek is, of course, your favorite show. No?

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Scarlett Johansson: Rough Night (2017)

A new month means a new subject for our retrospective series, and this month we’ve chosen ScarJo. That’s right. We’re following the varied career of Scarlett Johansson. First film on the docket: Rough Night, a movie that tests her comedic acumen and finds her wanting. It’s not like her performance is bad, it’s just that she has nothing to do and doesn’t have any moments that really push her to do anything anyone in the world would consider funny. We had a rough time with Rough Night, folks.


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Episode #285 – The Meaning of the Tree of Life

This week on the podcast have we got the double feature for you! It’s Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, two films which go surprisingly well together and complement each other in some crazy-amusing ways. Let the madness and wonder take a hold as we deal with Dinosaurs and Corporate Pirates.

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Episode #282 – Chucky Dundee 2

This week on the podcast it’s just Bryan and Chewie talking about two sequels that don’t hold up nearly as much on rewatch. That’s right, they’re talking about Child’s Play 2 and Crocodile Dundee 2. Out of the two, the Child’s Play sequel fares better, but it’s interesting how each continues their respective “franchise.” A fun episode all around, and one you won’t want to miss!

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Episode #273 – A Fish Called Wanda (Mini Episode)

This week it’s a more intimate podcast as Bryan and Chewie talk about A Fish Called Wanda…all from the comfort of their marital bed! The film sports a stellar cast, including John Cleese, Michael Palin, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Kevin Kline, who practically steals the show. An overall fun romp, the likes of which don’t get made today.

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Episode #213 – The Big Sick

This week we’re joined by special guest Diego Mariscal to talk about The Big Sick, starring Kumail Nanjiani. It’s an excellent film and we have quite a difficult time coming up with a bad thing to say. Don’t waste another minute and watch this movie…AND listen to this episode!

 

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