My friend Stephen Bannister borrows his daughter’s microphone to return to the podcast so we can finish our discussion about Election (1999). Of course, I had to make him sit through an hour of me shaking my fist at these kids today (specifically, Instagram drummers) first.
Jeremy Herbert returns to finish up our revisitation of Modern Problems (1981), a zany comedy about a man who uses his newfound godlike powers to cause his ex-girlfriend’s date to hemorrhage blood from his face. Such hijinks!
Jeremy and some other very fine filmmakers are in the final moments of their crowdfunding campaign for a feature-length anthology of vacation-themed horror movies called Worst Laid Plans, and if you’re inclined to help talented people making cool things, please check the project out at https://igg.me/at/worstlaidplans/x#/
I’m joined by scholar of comedy and SNL historian Jeremy Herbert to discuss the Chevy Chase starring vehicle Modern Problems (1981) as well as the contrasting career arcs of Chase and rival John Belushi. Oh, and if you’re interested in the deep dive into Poppy that I mention, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/h-UZpM3C-T4 (and thanks to past guest Kat Whitacre for pointing me at that video).
Right now (assuming you listen to these on time), Jeremy and some other very talented filmmakers are raising money for a feature-length anthology of vacation-themed horror movies called Worst Laid Plans. You can get all the details and pitch in here: https://igg.me/at/worstlaidplans/x#/
Jennifer Keating “returns” (we’ve actually been spending 24 hours a day together for about a year now 😐) to finish our chat about The Little Mermaid (1989). Upon reflection, I guess it isn’t that surprising that I identify so strongly with a character who naively signs a predatory contract whose negative ramifications could hang over the rest of their life.
My life and shelter partner Jennifer Keating returns to talk about The Little Mermaid (1989), and we discuss the inescapable influence of Disney on our lives as well as the possible presence of naughty bits in the movies. If you want to examine Disney’s “knee” theory for yourself, you can find a comparison of the VHS and digital versions of The Little Mermaid here: https://youtu.be/Vc7X5up0GrE
And if you think I’m crazy when I mention the genie’s arm scene in Aladdin, feast your eyes on this:
Today I’m talking to the strange man in a film land, Jay Kay, host of Horror Happens Radio and all-around busy dude. We’re talking a little bit about Kenneth Brannagh’s Dead Again (1991) and a lotta bit about that festival life. We commiserate about our retail woes and share advice for burgeoning filmmakers, and I offer up a ton of clumsy-ass conversation segues over the course of our 2.5-hour conversation. Get comfy!
Speaking of filmmaking advice, Jay has partnered with Montclair Film to bring you an incredible opportunity for an intimate virtual Q&A with the folks behind five smash horror movies, including Stephen King’s 1922 and the best movie I saw in 2016, The Blackcoat’s Daughter. The event is called Digging into the Darkness, and you can sign up at https://montclairfilm.org/education/adult-classes/
Sean Temple is back to finish our revisitation of Requiem for a Dream (2000), and I find just so many excuses to out myself as a terrible filmmaker.
I’m releasing this special midweek episode so you can have a chance to watch Thorns, a short film created by Sean and his partner Sarah Wisner. You can watch Thorns through Valentine’s Day at the Reel Love Film Fest: https://watch.eventive.org/.../play/60062874757f9b009f10423e
And if you want to see documentary video of me in postproduction, check out this clip from Home Movies: https://youtu.be/pHYjmxPPIxg
Filmmaker Sean Temple returns to the podcast to talk about Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream (2000), which played a pretty formative role for both of us. This first half of our chat was recorded way back in the bygone year of 2020, before even the US presidential election, so if you kind of get the feel that I’m a dejected soul devoid of hope, well... that’s why.
I’m releasing this special midweek episode so you can have a chance to watch Thorns, a short film created by Sean and his partner Sarah Wisner. You can watch Thorns through Valentine’s Day at the Reel Love Film Festival: https://watch.eventive.org/reellovefest/play/60062874757f9b009f10423e