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No Time to Die

No Time to Die

Join me and my long-lost guest and Bond aficionado Martin (AKA Faldor) as we look deep into Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond.

We compare the film to other spy films, the Fleming books, Knives Out, the work of Vladimir Putin, and other Bond films, which I struggle to remember, especially SPECTRE, despite doing TWO commentaries for it. We praise its action set pieces and its treatment of Bond’s psyche, especially Craig’s Bond, which really does feel like a whole character, albeit a somewhat dull one.

We try to figure out what motivates Lucifer Satan–I mean Lyutsifer Safin. We talk about how we ignore Q being gay and Moneypenny being ignored and the troubling character of Nomi. I gush over Ana de Armas as Paloma. Martin gushes over M and the three–count ’em: THREE–Aston Martins (but not really).

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

Friday the 13th (1980)

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Friday the 13th

And we’re back! Barely ten months after our last commentary, Jimmy B and I dive right back in with another horror classic. This time, we examine the slasher flick that started it all (by ripping off Halloween). We get to the bottom of my distaste for horror movies (it’s really just a distaste for slasher movies where the kills are the point) and the point of this movie (the kills).

We compare this to all the other films in the series, other slasher films, other horror films, Bugs Bunny cartoons, Meatballs, and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.

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

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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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.