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RoboCop (1987)

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robocopJoin me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs for Paul Verhoeven’s shoot-em-up classic (no not that one, and no not that one–okay he made a LOT of shoot-em-ups) RoboCop. This is the 1987 one, not the remake that is definitely terrible even tho we didn’t see it.

It’s the heartwarming tale of a simple law enforcement officer caught in the strange machinations of a major corporation and finding love, laughter, and many, many bullets. We discuss its relevance to today (timely!), it’s similarity to traditional stories (Frankenstein, Pinocchio, and Showgirls), and how close this came to being a terrible movie.

We’re watching the Blu-ray. Cue up the first frame of black after the Orion Studios logo fades and start with the countdown.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

IMDbAge of UltronJoin me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs for a dive into the second Avengers film. We compare it to other Marvel films, Frankenstein, and Barb Wire. We praise nearly every part of it but come out feeling like it largely missed the mark.

We’re watching the Blu-ray. Cue up the first frame of black after the Marvel Studios logo fades and start with the countdown.

Super 8

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John Pavlich and I open up J J Abrams’ mystery box and like what we see, if only because it reminds us so much of all the films we loved from our childhood. We heap praise all over the place, repeated forgive it its sins and excesses, and try to nitpick anachronisms.

We compare it to other J J Abrams films, Steven Spielberg films, The Explorers, The Goonies, Aliens, and Alf.

Bonus: we manage to keep it clean.

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

Tremors

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John Pavlich is back for another horror-comedy romp, this time with Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward vs sand worms. We revel in the B-movie cheesiness that works better than most A movies. We compare it to the sequels, Jaws, Maximum Overdrive, and other slasher and siege films.

We speculate on the biology of the creatures and their closest living relatives. We analyze set-up and payoff. We mark the points of Val’s character arcs (two of them!).

We’re watching the Blu-ray version. Start the film after the Orion logo on the countdown.

Show some love to John Pavlich

My thoughts and sympathies go out to John Pavlich in a time of hardship on the loss of his mother. His Sofa Dogs podcast is one of the first commentary sites on the Web. We bonded over Firefly and Community and a lot of crazy movies, and he’s always a bright spot in my movie watching/commentary listening pastime.

He deserves your attention for a moment if you can give him some support during this difficult time.

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Silence of the Lambs

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Join me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs to get inside your head and figure out your weaknesses and use them against you. We analyze the unusual structure of the movie, play with different ways of looking at it, and try to figure out who the real villain is. (Chilton. It’s Chilton.)

We compare the film to other Hannibal Lector movies, Hitchcock and De Palma films, The X-Files, other horror movies and psychological thrillers, and YouTube videos. I complain about some fundamental aspects of the film despite loving it and do an impression of Lector and screaming lambs. John indulges me patiently and explains the parts I don’t understand.

NOTE: We’re explicit again for some repeated dialog.

We’re watching the Blu-ray version. Start the film after the Orion logo on the countdown.

Reservoir Dogs

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Join me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs to have a look at Quentin Tarantino’s other finest masterpiece. We discuss the indie film cred, the music, the dialog, the performances, and the inspirations.

We have a terrific time with it, and praise it thoroly–especially the cinematography–but find fun things to gently nitpick. We debate Mr. Pink (not really) and the timeline (not really). We compare it to Tarantino’s other films, Unknown (2006), The Killing, Kansas City Confidential, and Hamlet.

NOTE: I don’t think this commentary is explicit. It’s hard to remember, tho, because the movie has about 6000 f-bombs.

We’re watching the DVD version. Start the film after the Miramax logo on the countdown.

Pulp Fiction

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Join me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs to have a look at Quentin Tarantino’s finest masterpiece. We discuss the narrative structure, the characters, the themes and motifs, and the feet.

We compare the film to Tarantino’s other films, the films and books he pays homage to, and Robert Rodriguez’s films. We try to figure out which sequence is the weakest and why some scenes are even in the movie. I think I spot Teague Chrystie‘s apartment. And we copyright a Beverly Hills horror movie idea.

NOTE: This commentary is explicit. Altho we don’t get silly like Jimmy I did on Predator, John repeats some of the more offensive dialog, including the N-word.

We’re watching the DVD version. Start the film after the Miramax logo on the countdown.

Evil Dead (2013)

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Join me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs once again, this time for a look at Fede Alvarez’s remake of Sam Raimi’s silly-fun 1981 horror flick The Evil Dead. This one is serious, flatter, and way better made (altho I still prefer the original). Thrill to the blood and mud! Squeal at the shout-outs to the original! Listen as I fail to fully interpret the film makers’ intent! (In my defense, it’s not on screen.)

I’m watching an HD version from DVR. Start the film after the Film District logo and before the Haunted House logo on the countdown.

Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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Join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs and me as we delve into the historical drama of the youth, life, and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. We examine the issues of the day and the difficult moral decisions that Lincoln faced, such as the “peculiar institution” of slavery and when to try to kill the vampire who murdered his mother. We compare the film to superhero movies, the mockbuster Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies, and more. John likes the film but my initial enthusiasm has gradually waned, altho I still like the acting and most of the action.

We’re watching the Blu-ray. Start the film on the countdown after the Dune Films logo.