It's appropriate that our 31st episode releases on the 31st and to celebrate Halloween, we've invited special guest Siskoid (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery, The Fire and Water Podcast Network) to help us talk about a trio of spooky movies by auteur directors with passion for art direction. But that isn't the connection.
00:05:08 - Review of Beetlejuice
00:22:43 - Review of The Crow
00:45:24 - Review of Hellboy II: The Golden Army
01:11:01 - Guessing the Connection
00:02:40 - Review of The Candidate
00:21:44 - Review of Die Hard 2
00:35:40 - Review of Burn After Reading
00:55:53 - Guessing the Connection
Michael catches up with Erik to get his thoughts on The Cocoanuts, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Moana.
Come and see the violence inherent in the system as David, Evan, Michael, and Dave are joined by Nerd Lunch's Jeeg to talk about rotten real estate, rabid rabbits, and ridiculous roosters.
00:01:25 - Review of The Cocoanuts
00:21:09 - Review of Monty Python and the Holy Grail
00:33:27 - Review of Moana
00:55:58 - Guessing the Connection
Evan wasn't able to join us for the previous episode, so he and Michael caught up to get Evan's thoughts on Red Dawn, White Nights, and Devil in a Blue Dress.
00:04:10 - Review of Red Dawn
00:29:53 - Review of White Nights
00:49:56 - Review of Devil in a Blue Dress
01:06:44 - Guessing the Connection
Dave, David, Evan, and Michael are joined by the one and only Jeff Somogyi (Down the Rabbit Hole, Talkin' Chopp) to talk about time travel, killer robots, and what could possibly connect those things to Samuel L Jackson's torturing Michael Sheen. It's very funny.
00:02:15 - Review of The Terminator
00:32:24 - Review of Austin Powers
00:52:34 - Review of Unthinkable
01:18:46 - Guessing the Connection
Evan takes the hosting chair and picks his first set of movies. Can you figure out what a trainload of zombies has to do with Hawaii and Elvis before Dave, David, Michael, and special guest Paxton Holley do?
Mystery Movie Night celebrates its 25th episode with a discussion of angels, authority figures, and Albuquerque. After a brand new, custom-made theme song (written and performed by Michael's brother Matt May), Erik leads the gang through wacky space opera, high school hijinks, and cartoon superspies. Are these movies any good? What's the secret that connects them? Tune in and find out!
00:02:55 - Review of Barbarella
00:23:55 - Review of Ferris Bueller's Day Off
00:55:22 - Review of Looney Tunes: Back in Action
01:23:23 - Guessing the Connection
We're all about baseball, brigs, and Buster Keaton on this episode. Michael, Dave, David, Erik, and Evan discuss a trio of '90s movies and what it is that connects them all.
00:01:44 - Review of Major League
00:26:45 - Review of A Few Good Men
00:44:35 - Review of Benny & Joon
01:08:00 - Guessing the Connection
David, Erik, Evan, Michael, and Dave discuss princesses, pyramids, and pecs.
00:01:15 - Review of Atlantis: The Lost Empire
00:19:47 - Review of 10,000 BC
00:36:18 - Review of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
00:56:13 - Guessing the Connection
Dave, David, Erik, and Michael are joined by our brand-new, regular co-host Evan Hanson (who was a guest on Episode 20, if you're keeping track). Lots of diverse opinions as we talk about James Bond, Joey Ramone, and Almond Joy.
00:01:33 - Review of Operation Kid Brother
00:14:23 - Review of Rock 'n' Roll High School
00:35:26 - Review of Hudson Hawk
00:57:03 - Guessing the Connection
Erik, Michael, Dave, and David wrap up the year talking about sewers, Sweetums, and sweaters.
00:01:39 - Review of The Third Man
00:18:09 - Review of The Muppet Movie
00:50:56 - Review of Ed Wood
01:12:15 - Guessing the Connection
Yipee-Ki-Yay, Melon Farmers! Dave, David, Erik (he's back!), and Mike are joined by special guest Evan Hanson to talk robots, Russians, and Roy Rogers. Additional discussions include favorite Jack Ryans and "Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?"
00:00:45 - Review of AI: Artificial Intelligence
00:23:17 - Review of The Hunt for Red October
00:43:00 - Review of Die Hard
01:10:03 - Guessing the Connection
David, Michael, and Dave are joined by special guest Rob Graham to talk about Gales, Goblins, and Goro. And after learning what connects them all, we reveal our favorite '80s fantasy movies.
00:00:56 - Review of The Wizard of Oz
00:17:56 - Review of Labyrinth
00:42:26 - Review of Mortal Kombat
01:16:25 - Guessing the Connection
Michael, Dave, and David are joined by Kay (Hyperspace Theories, Fangirlblog.com) to talk over a trio of Alfred Hitchcock movies with a second connection.
00:02:00 - Review of Jamaica Inn
00:12:52 - Review of Rebecca
00:32:22 - Review of The Birds
00:55:19 - Guessing the Connection
Lots of cool guests on this one as Dan Taylor and Ron Ankeny (Starmageddon, N3rd World) and Paxton Holley (Nerd Lunch, Cult Film Club, Hellbent for Letterbox) join Dave, David, and Michael to talk grunge, guns, and gigawatts.
David, Dave, and Michael are joined by their mother, sister, and wife (respectively) Diane, who also happens to be the creator of the Mystery Movie Night concept. Together, the gang reconsiders a couple of maligned superhero movies and a family classic.
00:04:21 - Review of Batman and Robin
00:27:10 - Review of Shrek
00:40:07 - Review of The Amazing Spider-Man
01:12:33 - Guessing the Connection
Michael, Dave, and David are joined by very special guest Jeff Somogyi (Nerd Lunch Presents Down the Rabbit Hole) to talk about some divisive movies. We question Lee Marvin's murder skills, M Night Shyamalan's storytelling skills, and Billy Zane's... Okay, we don't question anything about Billy Zane, but there may be another element or two in The Phantom that make us wonder. Check out the great discussion and see if you can guess the secret connection between the movies before it's revealed.
00:02:19 - Review of Point Blank
00:34:54 - Review of The Phantom
01:03:20 - Review of The Village
01:47:00 - Guessing the Connection
Erik, David, Dave, and Michael discuss Robert Preston's cons, Barry Sonnenfeld's creatures, and where Mulan fits into the Disney canon. And of course, the top secret connection that ties them all together.
00:00:49 - Review of The Music Man
00:30:45 - Review of Men in Black
00:54:28 - Review of Mulan
01:11:00 - Guessing the Connection
Mystery Movie Night turns one year old this month as David, Dave, Erik, and Michael talk about the original Ghostbusters flick, Peter Jackson's King Kong remake, and the surprise hit of 2014: The Lego Movie. We loved one of them and were evenly divided on the other two.
Ghostbusters discussion starts at 00:02:00
King Kong discussion starts at 00:31:00
The Lego Movie discussion starts at 01:02:30
Erik, David, Dave, and Michael discuss Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead (1981), Damon Wayans in Blankman (1994), and Laika's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline (2001). Even more surprising than the movies' secret connection is which one we liked the best.
Mark, Erik (returning from his summer hiatus), Dave, David, and Michael discuss Midnight Run starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, Primal Fear starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton, and The Bone Collector starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
Sadly, Mark couldn't join us this episode, but Erik leads Michael, Dave, and David in a discussion about classic '50s scifi, '90s teen comedy, and a Disney "masterpiece." Is Forbidden Planet as good as it is influential? Is 10 Things I Hate About You a worthy heir to the John Hughes legacy? Does The Lion King live up to its reputation? And what do all of these movies have in common? Tune in to find out. Plus: Our favorite Disney animated features!