An American Werewolf in London

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American Werewolf in London

Just in time to be a month late for Halloween, Jimmy B joins me to revisit the 1980s John Landis classic. It stars the Rick Baker & His Amazing Physical Effects, the Dr Pepper guy, and That Guy From The Madonna Movie Your Sister liked, plus Jenny Agutter.

We compare this to An American Werewolf in Paris, other werewolf movies, other Rick Baker movies, other Universal horror movies, Warren Zevon, and the Muppets (of course). Jimmy schools me on British bathrooms, kitchens. and TV.

We’re watching the Blu-ray, and we keep in synch. Cue up the first frame of black after the dedication.

Star Wars 9: The Rise of Skywalker

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Rise of SkywalkerJoin Drew and me for yet another rollicking adventure with all your favorite characters from all the Star Wars movies–because THEY ARE ALL HERE. How? Visions, dreams, memories, ancient magic, cloning, holograms, borrowed footage, deleted scenes, computer trickery, or some combination of the above.

We praise… well… some things. C3P0 jokes? Daisy Ridley? I like it better than Drew–mainly because I don’t remember a lot of what happened in the previous movies that is being contradicted here, so I praise JJ Abrams, which–surprisingly even to me–is not sarcasm. We compare it to Force Awakens and Last Jedi and Harry Potter, and Marvel movies. And we write an ending that would allow for a kick-ass animated series.

Note: The effect I was trying to think of was the Kuleshov effect.

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

The Princess Bride

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Join Jimmy B as he joins me to revisit one of the great family movies of all time.

This has been a long time coming, because my original commentary was a complete mess of nonsense. We unabashedly adore it and praise nearly every aspect. This is one in my pantheon of nearly perfect movies.
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Good Lord, have you started doing commentaries again??

Yes! Maybe! I don’t know! Jimmy made me do Gremlins!

Honestly, I’ve had a hard time finding films I’m interested in talking about or even watching. I spent the year watching a lot of TV shows and not many movies.

But mostly, I’ve been doing other nonsense like swing trading the stock market, which has been awesome! I’ve had an embarrassing amount of success this year, but it’s sapped my will to watch and talk about films.

I do intend to do a new commentary for The Princess Bride, which I royally botched the first time. And then there’s some more Marvel movies to talk about, and there’s more Star Wars coming. Oh! And a metric tonne of Disney films on Disney+.

Of course, if you’d just like to hear more of my meilfu mellifu melliflugous dumb voice, you can find several episodes of Drop the Pilot I never posted here, including an insane remake of The Munsters called Mockingbird Lane.

Gremlins (1984)

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Merry Christmas to all (again)! Happy holidays to those who don’t celebrate Christmas! Jimmy B is back to help me get off my duff and talk about another film. This time, it’s Joe Dante’s tale of Christmas cheer and mayhem (Well, Chris Columbus’s tale, really).

We talk about the effects, the acting, the fake snow, the ridiculous rules, and our deep love for this film. I don’t think it’s quite in the “nearly perfect” realm, but it’s close. Stay tuned for my attempt at a Scottish accent!

We’ve got our Bathroom Buddys and Peltzer Smokeless Ashtrays ready and are both watching on Blu-ray, so we stay in sync. Cue up the first frame of black after the Warner Brothers logo.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

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Merry Christmas to all! Happy holidays to those who don’t celebrate Christmas! A solemn welcome to those who don’t care for Muppets! Jimmy B is back for a look at one of his–and now my–favorite Muppet films. My-cocaine is Scrooge and Kermit is Bob Cratchit. Statler and Waldorf are ghosts. And the songs are middling but listenable.

We compare this extensively to the original novella by Charles Damn Dickens Himself, as well as to other Muppet movies and probably Shakespeare and Steel Magnolias.

Bonus: Year ago, I wrote this chilling mashup of A Christmas Carol and Jack the Ripper! Enjoy!

I’m watching it on streaming; he’s got the Blu-ray, and we keep in synch. Cue up the first frame of black after the Henson logo. RIP Jim Henson forever.

Solo

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Join Mehul and me as we are joined by Drew to have a trio look at Solo: A Star Wars Story, in which Chewbacca the wookiee befriends a bedraggled Imperial army deserter and coaches him along life’s rocky road, full of disappointments and betrayals.

We compare it to other Star Wars films, the books, the cartoons, the video games, Willow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, Avatar, Thor: Ragnarok, The Hunger Games, Serenity, Grand Theft Auto, Marvel universe films, and The Other Side of the Wind. We decide that it is Good and Unnecessary and fail to make any Cheers or marijuana jokes despite the presence of Woody Harrelson.

I’m watching the Blu-ray, and we stay in sync. Start after the Lucasfilm logo on the countdown.

Tysto update

Just a little update and apology for not posting more commentaries.

Bonus: I apologize over only the first half of 42 Shades of Gray‘s fun and clever “Point Break”. It’s a catchy song, and I’m happy to have chosen it and its podsafe freeness as my theme song for ten years…

PS I just threw him 20 bucks via Bandcamp…

Drop the Pilot: BAFFLED!

Jimmy is back for the greatest episode (two, actually) of Drop the Pilot of all*: Baffled!, starring Leonard Nimoy as a racing driver who has visions of murder. (Don’t they all, really? I mean, Jenson Button predicted 9/11.) Jimmy explains what’s happening, because I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING ON. Even the things I thought I understood were wrong. I guess you could say I’m truly Confused! and Bewildered!

* Of those that include me

Part One

Part Two

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