The Phantom

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Join me as I am joined by Olly to watch SLAM EVIL with the oddly still watchable comic book movie from 1990s. No, not The Rocketeer. No, not The Shadow. No, not Dick Tracy. Yes: The Phantom! We argue over the cowl and discuss other costume matters. We praise the cast and, especially, the amazing art direction and cinematography, and the seaplanes… but not necessarily the overall mise-en-scene. A certain actor comes in for criticism as well as some of the stunts.

We agree the film lacks a certain punch despite having many punches and that it could nevertheless have done with a sequel, but not with those box office numbers. We compare it to its contemporary comic book movies, the new crop of comic book movies, romantic comedies, James Bond movies, Indiana Jones movies, Frazier, Due South, and Monkey Island video games.

I’m watching the streaming version free on Amazon Prime; Ollie is watching a PAL version and tries to keep in sync. Cue up the first frame of black after the studio logo.

Star Wars 8: The Last Jedi

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Join Drew and me for a rollicking adventure following all your favorite characters from The Force Awakens (except the ones who died) where they… uh… try to escape the First Order and try to get Luke to return to civilization, and ride some llama-dogs at a racetrack, and some of them eventually meet for the first time… What is this movie about?

I guess we praise the acting and set design and dialog but sort of not? We compare it to Phantom Menace and Harry Potter.

Note: I failed to ensure my microphone was set up correctly, so my side is recorded thru the built-in microphone. Luckily, Drew does most of the talking because he’s the expert and also he understands what’s going on most of the time.

We’re watching on Blu-ray. Start right after the Lucasfilm logo on the countdown.

The Long Kiss Goodnight

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Join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs as I join him and Jimmy B to talk about The Long Kiss Goodnight. It’s a Shane Black thriller about mommies and memories set at Christmas, so it’s perfect for April of 2018, AKA the Year With No Spring.

We’re watching it on various devices. Cue up the first frame of black after the studio logo.

Drop the Pilot! “Evel Knievel pilot”

Sam Elliot as Evil KnievelJimmy B is back, and this time we’re having a look at the pilot for the 1974 action/mystery/comedy(?) Evel Knievel, named for the world’s greatest motorcycle jump daredevil, Evel Knievel. He’s played here by the fine and mustacheless Sam Elliot, and oh my god does he look like Scot Bakula. Wow. It’s uncanny. Good theme song. Nothing else of substance.

My Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle… Awesome fun.

The Truman Show

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Join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs as I join him to talk about The Truman Show. We love the film and praise nearly every aspect of it. I regard it as a nearly perfect film and try to rewrite it as a comedy. We muse about the different levels of meaning, whether or not Truman is crazy (John: it’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you; me: oh he’s nuts) and why a TV studio with its own ocean doesn’t have any working boats. We wax poetical about the art design, writing, and cast, if not the acting (me vs Laura Linney; John vs Jim Carey). It’s a great film that speaks to us personally. After all: all the world’s a stage and all the people merely players. You can tell people I said that. I don’t think anyone has made that observation before. We hardly say word one about director Peter Weir, so here it is: he’s great.

On a related note: please consider reaching out to John and helping him get thru some medical and personal difficulties.

We’re watching it on Netflix and DVD. Cue up the first frame of black after the studio logo.

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

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Join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs as I join him to talk about Groundhog Day. We praise the acting, the plotting, and the locations. We compare it to Edge of Tomorrow, Goethe’s Faust, Scrooged, and falling in love. I explain my head canon that makes it all work for me. And we try to decide what would make it better in general.

We’re watching streaming versions . Cue up the first frame of black after the  Columbia logo.

Star Trek 79 “Turnabout Intruder”

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Space: the final frontier. Our five-year ten-episode mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Olly and I overcome communications issues, swap bodies, and have a look at the final episode of Star Trek! We discuss Shatner’s acting, the challenge of doing a body swap episode, the likelihood of fooling the bridge officers, the fact that Spock never met a mutiny he didn’t like, and much, much more.

I’m watching the Netflix streaming version; Olly is watching something else; and we kind of stay in sync. Start at 0:00:00 on the countdown.

Running commentaries that you listen to while you watch the movie.