Merry Christmas everyone! It’s time once again for our annual “July at Christmas” episode, where we take a break from Christmas to discuss something equally near and dear to our hearts: Obnoxious jingoism! And also video games! Inspired by our discussion of Four Christmases, this year we turn our attention to one of our favorite sports documentaries.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters isn’t just a film about competitive Donkey Kong. It examines what drives and obsesses men to lie, cheat and con their way to victory. Billy Mitchell can cling to a high score for twenty years through sheer cult of personality, but what happens when Steve Wiebe, a legitimate contender, emerges to challenge his record? How far will one clique go to keep potential newcomers away? And how can such an attitude rot a community from the inside out? These are the questions King of Kong grapples with, and we hope you’ll join us as we discuss all of it!
Happy December to one and all! This week on the podcast, we present to you a Stocking Stuffer we recorded back in August. J5 went digging around the Lost Media Wiki and turned up Cranberry Christmas! This is an animated special sponsored and produced by the Ocean Spray cranberry juice company, featuring songs and narration from the one and only Barry Manilow! To our knowledge it has aired only once, and as this podcast bears out, there is probably a very good reason why.
This episode takes a weird turn into pitching Christmas specials sponsored by other corporate entities, and whether or not Cranberry Christmas could have stood to be a little bit more craven in its ambitions. Also in this episode, Joe and J5 read a listener email and wish Santa would bring them more. Enjoy!
Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and that can only mean one thing… It’s time for our third annual Shane Black Friday!
Libby Cudmore joins us to help navigate all the bizarre twists and turns of Renny Harlin’s 1996 action yarn The Long Kiss Goodnight. National treasure Geena Davis plays a recovering amnesiac who suddenly, violently discovers her former life as a trained assassin, and Samuel L. Jackson plays the low-rent detective helping her get to the bottom of things. There are explosions and gunfights and it’s all very silly. Also it’s a Christmas movie. Shane Black wrote this, so of course it’s a Christmas movie!
This one has been a long time coming. Our celebration of all things Bob Clark—known around these parts as CLARKSGIVING—comes to an end with perhaps the greatest Christmas movie of them all: A CHRISTMAS STORY!
On this episode, our friends Booker and Jessie join us for a discussion of one of the true kings of holiday cinema. The adventures of Ralphie Parker and his quest for that elusive Red Ryder BB gun have become an American institution in the form of TV marathons, museums and, yes, a cash-in sequel or three. But what makes this film endure where so many other wannabe Christmas classics simply don’t? When exactly does the film take place? Who would want to live down the street from that house? We dig into all of that and more!
Happy November, friends! It’s time to pack up Home for the Horrordays for another year. But fret not, because we have one last bit of horror goodness up our sleeves. Ten years before A Christmas Story, Bob Clark directed a little horror movie called Black Christmas, which would go on to inspire decades of slasher cinema. Halloween, My Bloody Valentine, Scream and countless others owe some sort of debt to Black Christmas. And with a brand new remake on the horizon, we thought it would be fun to dedicate an entire month to the Christmas offerings of Bob Clark. Welcome to CLARKSGIVING!
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year! No, it’s not Christmas just yet. It’s time to go Home for the HorrorDays! Join us as we dip into some spoooky Christmas-themed horror movies for your listening and viewing pleasure…
This week, we’re revisiting the saga of the Caldwell family with Silent Night Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! Somehow, Ricky “Santa Claus Killer” Caldwell survived the last film, and what’s he got to show for it? Oh nothing much, just his EXPOSED BRAIN IN A JAR WHERE HIS SKULL USED TO BE. No biggie. This film also features a blind psychic who can sense Ricky’s thoughts, and somehow never manages to do anything interesting with that. For real, SNDN3 is kinda the pits.
It’s finally here! We conclude Vaughn-a-thon this week with Vince Vaughn’s other holiday offering: The $100 million comedy spectacle Fred Claus! What happens when St. Nick’s deadbeat brother Fred gets arrested for grifting donations away from Salvation Army Santas? Nick bails him out on the condition that he come work for him at the North Pole. And then there are some shenanigans involving Kevin Spacey. Yes, it’s all very unpleasant.
Anywho, also in this week’s episode, Joe breaks out some Fred Claus marketing materials, Brad gives the Santa Talk to his dog Charles, and we ponder the difference between the Claus family and your average pack of vampires.