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Showa Era Godzilla: Son of Godzilla (1967)

We continue our delightful dive into the Showa Era Godzilla films this week with the energetic Son of Godzilla. It’s a cheeseball film that delights in the silly antics of its titular character and only really manages to stumble when it comes to the human story. The costumes, props, puppets, and miniatures are in top form here and it’s hard to not watch this with a grin on your face. This one goes out to all you reporters out there who parachute to mysterious islands to find the big stories.


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Showa Era Godzilla: King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962)

Godzilla is such a pop culture icon that we thought it would be a great idea to dive into some of his more iconic outings this month on Behind the Hype, starting with the third film in the series: King Kong vs. Godzilla. Apart from one problem spot, the film is quite a delight and features everything fun you would expect from a showdown of two pop culture titans.


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Sion Sono: Guilty of Romance (2011)

We’ve reached the end of our month on Sion Sono and to wrap things up we’ve picked quite the heavy film: Guilty of Romance. There’s a lot to unpack with this film, about the role of women in Japanese society and the lengths they will go to break free from said pressures, or in some cases become consumed by them. As we were short a woman on this episode to give some perspective we tried to instead focus on the things we learned from the film and the themes that resonated with us versus trying to speak to Japanese culture and how it treats women.

Of course, with a filmmaker like this it’s worth looking into the themes he plays in and we found an interesting article to be our guiding star through this month.


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Sion Sono: Suicide Club (2001)

Due to some version confusion we had to push our review of Guilty of Romance to next week. In its place we’re going to talk about the movie that put Sion Sono on the map for western audiences: Suicide Club. It’s difficult to summarize the movie and do the horrific imagery and biting commentary justice, but we do our best. Just the opening few minutes of the movie should clue you in on the doozy of a film you’re about to experience.

Of course, with a filmmaker like this it’s worth looking into the themes he plays in and we found an interesting article to be our guiding star through this month.


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Sion Sono: Tokyo Tribe (2014)

Our Sion Sono retrospective continues with the rap opera Tokyo Tribe, a doozy of a film that starts out rough and then ends with one hell of a punchline. It features a cast of fascinating and colorful characters that sing their way through bouts of ultra-violence. It features perhaps one of the most fun and over-the-top villains we’ve seen yet on this podcast. And if that weren’t enough, it features the daughter of a satanic high priest kicking all kinds of ass with her banana-eating kid sidekick. Have we convinced you to watch the film yet?

Of course, with a filmmaker like this it’s worth looking into the themes he plays in and we found an interesting article to be our guiding star through this month.


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Sion Sono: Tag (2015)

We’re back from our break and we thought it would be a great idea to kick things off with a retrospective on director Sion Sono. You might remember him from our episode on Why Don’t You Play In Hell. Yeah, that guy. Anyway, we’re starting with his 2015 film Tag, featuring perhaps one of the most surprising openings to be put to film. Seriously, you might want to be sitting down for this one.

Of course, with a filmmaker like this it’s worth looking into the themes he plays in and we found an interesting article to be our guiding star through this month.

You sitting down yet? Good. Now watch out for the wind.


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That Wasn’t The F**king Plan: The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

We close out our month of That Wasn’t The F**king Plan with the best movie out of the four we talked about, although that’s not saying much: The Emperor’s New Groove. It’s a strange film in the Disney archive, fraught with all kinds of production drama. We talk a bit about what the original plan was, and then try to figure out where things went wrong. We also note how the film has a great third act and how Kronk probably should have been the star considering how much of the movie he stole from everyone else.

This also marks the end of Behind the Hype for 2020. We’ll be back a little bit later in the new year with more zany retrospectives that challenge how we think about films and the filmmakers who work on them.


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That Wasn’t The F**king Plan: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

You’d think that a movie about a filmmaker at war with himself that took ten years to make would be more interesting, but here we are. We’re discussing Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and let’s just say that we had a lot of issues with it. Are we talking about an unwatchable dumpster fire of epic proportions? No. Not even close. It’s just a very messy production that shows its seams at every turn and ends up being more boring than bad. If you like early Gilliam you won’t find much of him here and that’s a shame. The performances are good, but what would you expect from the likes of Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver? We talk about all that and more in this week’s episode.


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That Wasn’t The F**king Plan: Suicide Squad (2016)

This week in our month of “That Wasn’t The FF&#king Plan” we’re talking about the David Ayer film Suicide Squad. The David Ayer film Suicide Squad is what we’re talking about this week as we deep dive into films that weren’t part of the FF&#king Plan.” As we dive into movies that didn’t turn out the way they were planned, we thought it would be proper to talk about the David Ayer film Suicide Squad.

Okay, I think that hammers home the point that Suicide Squad takes forever to get out of its introduction and never gets fully out of its own ass. Oh yeah, we brought in our Matt Dykes to help us talk about the absolute “trash fire” film Suicide Squad. We have a lot of fun, but there’s no more time for these shownotes so just know we tear the movie a new asshole. Cheers.


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That Wasn’t The F**king Plan: Rise of Skywalker

That wasn’t the f**kin plan! This month is all about the screw ups, the garbage fires, the things that didn’t turn out the way they were initially intended. We’re kicking off this month with the garbage film Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker and diving into all the things that went wrong with it. Turns out there’s a lot. Now, before you – a Rise of Skywalker fan – get all huffy, we had one or two things that we liked about the film and we made sure to give those points their due. On the whole, however, we found the film to be bantha poo-doo. Enjoy our rant and may the force be with you!


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