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CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Batman Returns (1992)
Happy holidays, listeners! Every year, we take on an unconventional Christmas movie around the Yuletide season, and this time we (along with returning guest Mark Soloff of Blastropodcast) dip back to investigate Tim Burton's deeply strange, fascinatingly weird superhero flick Batman Returns! After Burton's first Batman revitalized the superhero movie as a pop culture phenomenon, he decided to get real strange with it in Batman Returns. Ostensibly, the film features a pitched battle between the Caped Crusade...

CONNICKUH SPECIAL: Memphis Belle (1990)
Every year, the Alcohollywood podcast takes the week before Christmas to celebrate the life and works of Sir Harry Connick Jr. - actor, musician, Renaissance Man.  Harry Connickuh, listeners! For this episode, we take our appreciation for Harry Connick Jr. all the way to the beginning - his breakout film debut in the 1990 WWII drama Memphis Belle. Connick joins a cavalcade of other young 90s stars (Matthew Modine, Sean Astin, Tate Donovan, Eric Stoltz, Billy Zane and more) as the crew of a B-17 bomber on it...

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
We only had time for one episode last month, so we're double-dipping this week by extending 00-vember into 00-cember! We move from Timothy Dalton to Pierce Brosnan with the 1997 007 flick Tomorrow Never Dies! Sure, Goldeneye revitalized the Bond franchise, introduced a stellar new Bond in Pierce Brosnan, and updated the secret agent to reflect more on his "sexist, misogynist dinosaur" nature. But then Austin Powers came out and made a bunch of money, so 007 had to get goofy again with his next adventure. An...


The Living Daylights (1987)
As a busy Thanksgiving month winds down, we realized that we haven't talked about a James Bond film for literally 200 episodes. To that end, we decided to get in a little 00-vember action with the severely underappreciated James Bond film The Living Daylights!  The first of Timothy Dalton's two films as 007 (a criminally short tenure), The Living Daylights is one of the most thrilling Bond pictures no one talks about. Sure, the story is a bit muddy and convoluted - a disorienting spy caper involving botched...

Interview with Olympia's Cast and Crew (Chicago International Film Festival)
As we continue to wrap up our coverage of the Chicago International Film Festival, it's important to take a look at some of the smaller stuff that came out of the fest, especially those set in the city the festival calls home. Gregory Dixon's vibrant, energetic indie coming-of-age dramedy Olympia is a rather fun breath of fresh air - the tale of a conflicted thirtysomething (writer/star McKenzie Chinn) struggling to make ends meet at a dead-end job, dealing with a dying mother in the hospital, and fighting ...

Episode 3 - True Grit
Howdy, listeners! Today we're saddling up and sucking back some moonshine to an old Western classic, 1969's True Grit! (NOTE: I have used my pun quota for this episode; the rest of this post is safe for consumption). Along with guest panelist Gavin, Jared and Clint tackle the impertinence of Mattie Ross, a little history of Oklahoma, and the nuances of a John Wayne performance, as they provide their signature drinking rules for this film....


HORROR OCTORBOR: Friday the 13th (1980)
Happy Alcohol-loween! We close out our Seven Deadly Sins edition of Horror Octorbor by going old-school for Wrath - the vengeance-filled slasher Friday the 13th! Sure, this is the one that doesn't have Jason in it - see our Freddy vs. Jason episode for our thoughts on the hockey-mashed butcher - but Mrs. Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) still has some bloody fates in store for the counselors at Camp Crystal Lake.  From Kevin Bacon's horny teen to, well, the less-famous fodder around him, Sean S. Cunningham's inaugur...

Interview with What They Had Writer/Director Elizabeth Chomko and Actor Robert Forster
While dysfunctional family dramas are arguably a dime a dozen, Elizabeth Chomko's Chicago-centric debut What They Had stands out substantially from the pack. A touching, heartfelt tale of a woman (Hilary Swank) who returns home to help her brother (Michael Shannon) and father (Robert Forster) care for her Alzheimer's-afflicted mother (Blythe Danner), What They Had is refreshingly nuanced, filled with strong, witty dialogue and incredible performances from its lead cast. While at the Chicago International Fi...

Interview w/The Price of Everything's Nathaniel Kahn
The world of contemporary art is a wild, wild thing - millionaires bidding incredible amounts of money to collect works from modern artists based on reputation, potential future valuation, or even (on occasion) the actual aesthetic value of the piece. In his upcoming HBO documentary The Price of Everything, filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect) takes an in-depth look at this strange mix of art and commerce, getting unfettered access to art collectors and the artists who themselves toe a precarious line be...


HORROR OCTORBOR: Single White Female (1992)
Horror Octorbor keeps a-chuggin' along this month, as we continue to break down the seven deadly sins! This week, we take a look at Envy in the context of 1992's erotic psychological thriller Single White Female! In the vein of other 90s domestic horror films like The Hand that Rocks the Cradle and Unlawful Entry, Single White Female explores the kind of dangers that could happen even in the safety of your home. Here, that's manifested in Hedy (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the mousy new roommate of recently-separ...

Interview with Beautiful Boy Writer/Director Felix van Groeningen
Beautiful Boy is the latest brick in Amazon Studios' foundation of establishing itself as the new Miramax - the home of middlebrow American indies featuring sad white people going about their lives. Sometimes they're great, like Jim Jarmusch's Paterson; other times, well, it's Woody Allen's latest thing or Life Itself. Beautiful Boy is closer to the Paterson end of the spectrum, a handsomely-made actors' showcase telling the real-life story of David (Steve Carell) and Nic Sheff (Timothée Chalamet), a father...

HORROR OCTORBOR: Species (1995)
Horror Octorbor keeps on chugging, as we keep exploring the seven deadly sins with our entry for Lust, Species! This 1995 sexy-alien chiller (courtesy of Dante's Peak and The November Man's Roger Donaldson) features Ghosts of Mars' Natasha Henstridge as Sil, a sultry alien-human hybrid from outer space who escapes Ben Kingsley's government facility to seek out a mate for her alien babies. In hot pursuit is a rag-tag team of scientists (Marg Helgenberger, Alfred Molina), an 'empath' (Forest Whitaker) and a s...


Interview with Trouble Writer/Director Theresa Rebeck
Novelist, screenwriter and Pulitzer-nominated playwright Theresa Rebeck is a woman of many hats - the latest of which is the director of the independent ensemble comedy Trouble. A film with modest ambitions but no small amount of charm, its tale of a small-town sibling rivalry is bolstered by tremendous performances from a more-than-qualified cast (Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman, David Morse, Julia Stiles, Brian D'arcy James, the list goes on).  For this special minisode of the podcast, Clint sat down for a ...

HORROR OCTORBOR: Thinner (1996)
(CONTENT WARNING: use of the word 'gypsy')  We explain the full context of its usage in the episode, and its ubiquity in the film itself makes it relatively unavoidable as a term. However, we understand its seriousness as a pejorative to the Romani people, and apologize in advance for anyone who might be offended.) Seven years in, and Alcohollywood is on its seventh Horror Octorbor! Some Kind of Goblin sets upon us a mission to explore films related to the seven deadly sins, so we're temporarily back to we...

Puss in Boots (2011)
Hey, we're back! Clint's wedding and subsequent marriage has kept us busy, but now we're answering some mailbags (however indirectly) with the 2011 DreamWorks picture Puss in Boots! The Shrek spinoff wisely dispenses with a lot of the obnoxious, dated pop culture references of its parent series, and focuses on the adorably blustering outlaw Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) as he embarks on a quest to steal some magic beans from Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris). Along the way, he has to rep...


Interview with 3100: Run and Become Director Sanjay Rawal
The Self-Transcendence Race in New York City is a grueling, unrelenting 3,100-mile race held every year around a single block in Queens - 60 miles a day, 52 days. There's no prize money, no corporate endorsements - each of the runners who travel from around the world to participate do it for the higher purpose of self-improvement and spiritual practice. The documentary 3100: Run and Become explores this race, contrasting it with other examples of world cultures using running as a spiritual practice - the Na...

Interview with Searching's Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian
For the latest On Tap minisode, we air an interview Clint conducted for the new John Cho computer-screen thriller SEARCHING - about a frantic father searching for his missing daughter by going through the clues on her laptop! Clint sits down with SEARCHING director Aneesh Chaganty and producer Sev Ohanian to talk about the origins of the project, the narrative possibilities of conveying narrative through technology, and the importance of telling stories from an Asian perspective....

This Must Be the Place (2011)
This week, we make a triumphant return to the mailbag, taking a listener request to discuss Paolo Sorrentino's ponderous arthouse quirk-fest This Must Be the Place! Consequence of Sound film editor Dominick Suzanne-Mayer joins us in this exploration of one of Sean Penn's stranger performances, as a washed-up Robert Smith-type rock star who returns to America to hunt the escaped Nazi who tortured his father during the Holocaust. Like a lot of Sorrentino joints (see also: The Great Beauty), This Must Be the P...


SHARK WEEK SPECIAL: Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002)
Happy Shark Week everybody! It's the most fin-derful time of the year, and since The Meg is foolishly coming out two weeks after Shark Week, we're celebrating instead with one of the craziest Sci-Fi Original Movie-level shark flicks out there - Shark Attack 3: Megalodon! Starring a pre-fame John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Megalodon sees a Playa del Rey beach resort beset by a giant, roving shark thought extinct - now revived with the power of blown-up stock footage. Along with a sexy paleontologist ...

Fantasia 2018: Interview with LIfechanger's Justin McConnell
Lifechanger is a sneakier, more fascinating thriller than it might seem at first glance - the tale of a man doomed to feed off and inhabit the bodies of those he encounters to survive. His psychology twisted up in the memories of those he impersonates, and his lingering obsession with an old flame (Lora Burke), the protagonist of Lifechanger turns the film into a fascinating reversal of genre conventions.  For our latest On Tap mini-podcast, we sat down with Justin McConnell, the writer/director of the shap...

InnerSpace (1987)
The main podcast is back, baby! Since Ant-Man and the Wasp has us thinking about all things shrinking, we decided to look at 1987's fun-sized adventure comedy InnerSpace! Film critic for HollywoodChicago.com (and now Alcohollywood!) Jon Espino joins us to dive into a movie from our 80s-kid childhoods - a Joe Dante romp of the finest order that sees hotshot pilot Tuck Pendleton (Dennis Quaid) shrunk down to a microscopic level and injected into the body of nebbish hypochondriac Jack Putter (Martin Short). To...


All the Queen's Horses (feat. interview with Kelly Richmond Pope)
(This review and interview originally ran as part of On Tap's previous run as its own separate feed. We're re-running it here in conjunction with All the Queen's Horses' release on Netflix.) This week for our On Tap minisode, Clint discusses the new indie doc from Kartemquin, All the Queen's Horses. Plus an in-studio interview with All the Queen's Horses director/producer Kelly Richmond Pope!...

The Misandrists: Interview with Director Bruce LaBruce
Arthouse queer enfant terrible Bruce LaBruce has crafted an interesting career as an underground director of gory, sexy, splatter-ific screeds on radical topics like terrorism, feminism, and gay liberation. His latest, The Misandrists (read our review here) is no exception; for this latest episode of On Tap, Theo Estes sits down with LaBruce to talk about the politics of his films, their bawdy B-movie inspirations, and the need for confrontational movies like these.  (We also pepper in a few updates about o...

Upgrade: Interview with Writer/Director Leigh Whannell
Alcohollywood's spinoff mini-cast On Tap returns! Every so often, we'll be providing you with exclusive interviews, reviews and festival coverage alongside the regular podcast. Hope you enjoy! To kick off our (semi-) inaugural installment, Clint reviews Leigh Whannell's upcoming sci-fi thriller Upgrade.  After losing his wife and the use of his limbs after a tragic attack, a man (Logan Marshall-Green) equips himself with an experimental technological upgrade to regain the ability to walk  - using his newfou...


Dunston Checks In (1994) LIVE from Hotel Moxy Chicago
For this episode, we crashed Hotel Moxy in downtown Chicago for their inaugural Moxy SoundOff Podcast Series, trapping ourselves in a little glass booth for the entertainment of our live audience. Since this live podcast took place in a hotel, and we've already done The Shining, we decided to tackle the second-greatest movie set in a hotel - Dunston Checks In! This kiddie caper set in an art-deco Manhattan hotel stars Jason Alexander as your classic overworked '90s dad, who must suddenly contend with a jewe...

On Deadly Ground (1994)
What does it take to change the essence of a man? This week, we find out (along with regular guest Derek Jarvis) as we dive into Steven Seagal's eco-friendly auteur explosion-fest, On Deadly Ground! Seagal's sole director credit, On Deadly Ground features He of the Ponytail as oil-fire specialist/secret military badass Forrest Taft, a fixer for evil petroleum exec Michael Jennings (Michael Caine, doing his damndest to sound American) in the Alaskan oil fields. After he uncovers a conspiracy to knowingly all...

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
Jared's been zapped into another dimension, so Jon Espino of The Young Folks and HollywoodChicago.com joins Clint to investigate the mysteries of Netflix's Super Bowl-marketed sci-fi disaster The Cloverfield Paradox! A previously-unrelated sci-fi thriller given the J.J. Abrams treatment, The Cloverfield Paradox turns Julius Onah's The God Particle into a confusing, meandering installment of Paramount's favorite clearinghouse for original sci-fi movies! Here, the crew of the Cloverfield Station (Daniel Bruhl...


Lost in Space (1998) w/Lauren Faits of She-Ra: Progressive of Power
Danger, Will Robinson! With Netflix's reboot of Lost in Space coming out today, we (along with Lauren Faits, co-host of She-Ra: Progressive of Power) decided to talk about the first time the classic sci-fi show got revamped: the 1998 film Lost in Space! Reverse-engineering the campy 60s TV show into a four-quadrant CG blockbuster, Lost in Space sees the Space Family Robinson (William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Lacey Chabert, Jack Johnson) hurtled into unknown space along with their Robot and cocky ...

Rat Race (2001)
Somebody once told us to watch the 2001 ensemble road comedy Rat Race - we ain't the sharpest tools in the shed, so we did it (along with our very own all-star, Theo Estes)! The latest in a long tradition of star-studded broad comedies featuring groups of A-list actors on a wacky cross-country race, like It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Cannonball Run, Rat Race follows a half dozen strangers (including Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Green, Jon Lovitz, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Rowan Atkinson) who are tapped by a wealt...

ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL: Grabbers (2012)
Erin go bragh, faithful listeners! This week, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day with our very own St. Patrick MacDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, as we down a pint and fight some beasties with the Irish horror comedy Grabbers! When a sleepy Irish town is beset by extraterrestrial octopods with a thirst for blood, the town must rally around an alcoholic local cop (Richard Coyle) and his straight-laced partner (Ruth Bradley) to fight them off the only way they know how - by getting piss drunk!   Much like previo...


OSCAR SPECIAL: The Shape of Water (2017)
It's Oscar season once again, and like we do every year, we do a deep dive into one of the Best Picture nominees! This time around, Michael Snydel of The Film Stage joins Clint (who's a little stuffy this episode, apologies in advance!) and Jared to talk about Guillermo del Toro's nomination-sweeping fantasy love story The Shape of Water! Set in a Cold War-era America filtered through del Toro's intricate dark-fantasy lens, The Shape of Water follows Eliza, a lovesick mute girl (Sally Hawkins) who falls for...

VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Happy Valentine's Day, sweethearts! Tighten your straps and practice your safe words, because we're getting kinky with 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey! The lovely Katie Rife (The AV Club) joins us to discuss Sam Taylor-Johnson's joyless adaptation of EL James' dangerously unsexy Twilight fanfiction novels detailing the dom/sub love affair between clumsy ingenue Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and brooding baby-billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). In between, we discuss issues of kink, consent, the dark ...

Apollo 18 (2011)
The Alcohollywood podcast is back after a month hiatus! We're moving to new episodes every two weeks, but we'll still bring you all the goodies you've come to expect. For this episode, we usher in 2018 with the found-footage horror flick Apollo 18, about a group of NASA astronauts at the height of the Cold War launching a clandestine moon mission to spy on the Russkies. What they find, however, is more than they expected... and, given the film's found-footage conceit, kinda hard to see. Join us (along with ...


CONNICKUH SPECIAL: My Dog Skip (2000)
Now that the holidays are over, it's time for the real reason for the season - Connickuh! Every year, we celebrate the life and works of Sir Harry Connick, Jr., he of the golden voice and chiseled jaw. This year, our old friend Derek Jarvis comes on the show to harken back to the 1940s with the Frankie Muniz boy-and-his-dog movie My Dog Skip! Based on the memoir by William Morris, My Dog Skip follows young Willie (Frankie Muniz, voiced by Connick as an adult) growing up in the 40s with his adorable Jack Rus...

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Tangerine (2015)
Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! For this unconventional Yuletide, we bring in our dear friend, actress Alexia Jasmene, to discuss one of Clint's favorite Christmas films - 2015's trans-centric dramedy Tangerine! Directed by Sean Baker (The Florida Project), Tangerine follows trans sex workers Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) on one unseasonably hot Christmas Eve in West Hollywood. Sin-Dee wants revenge on her cheating boyfriend/pimp Chester (James Ransone), whil...

Attack the Block (2011)
In anticipation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jodie Whittaker's imminent ownership of the TARDIS on Doctor Who, we brought on Allison Shoemaker (Debating Doctor Who, Podlander Drunkcast) to talk about the interstellar action-comedy Attack the Block! When a council estate comes under siege from pitch-black beasties from outer space, it's up to gang leader Moses (John Boyega), his group of streetwise toughs, and an innocent nurse (Jodie Whittaker) caught in the crossfire to stave off an alien invasion. Joe...


Creed (2015)
We step into the ring this week with Emmanuel Noisette of E-Man's Movie Reviews to talk about Ryan Coogler's hit 2015 boxing drama Creed! Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone (in a role that almost won him an acting Oscar - curse you, Mark Rylance!), is one of the most acclaimed and heartfelt sequels of all time. Charting the trajectory of Adonis "Donnie" Creed (Jordan) and his quest to fill his father Apollo's footsteps, Coogler and crew craft an incredibly heartfelt drama that also pai...

Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
This week, we strap on our guitars and talk about the forgotten 1980s musical drama Eddie and the Cruisers! Telling the fictional story of a one-hit wonder band in 1960s New Jersey, Eddie and the Cruisers follows the remaining members of the band (including Tom Berenger) trying to piece together their lives after the untimely death of frontman/visionary Eddie Wilson (Michael Pare). Equal parts The Day the Music Died, Bruce Springsteen and Jim Morrison, Eddie and the Cruisers is a bafflingly dull music biopi...

Space Camp (1986)
This week, playwright Dusty Wilson joins us for one of the most poorly-timed movies of all time, 1986's Space Camp! A Spielberg pastiche that's equal parts E.T., Apollo 13 and Porky's, Space Camp follows a group of teen misfits (including Tate Donovan, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson and a young Joaquin Phoenix) and their teacher (Kate Capshaw) as they learn the ins and outs of Space Camp. Thanks to some well-intentioned sabotage from a literal-minded robot (JINX, voiced by Frank Welker), the cadets find themse...


Escape from New York (1981)
This week, Jared and Clint strap on their eyepatches and impractically-sized Uzis for John Carpenter's sci-fi action flick Escape from New York! When the President (Donald Pleasance) crash-lands on the island prison of Manhattan, only one (inexplicably famous) prisoner can save him - Snake Plissken! Equipped with nothing but his wits and a bomb in his neck that will go off in 24 hours, Snake must survive the trash-filled streets of a dystopian New York City that's just a dumping ground for prisoners. Betwee...

Ralph Bakshi's Wizards (1977)
This week, Jared and Clint go it solo after their stint at the Chicago Podcast festival to talk about 1977's psychedelic animated flick Wizards! Directed by 70s animation guru Ralph Bakshi, Wizards launches you into a classic tale of post-apocalyptic good vs. evil: the diminutive Avatar (voiced by a guy doing a hell of a Peter Falk impression) against his evil brother Bloodwolf for the fate of a bombed-out planet. Throw in some busty faeries, existential burlap robots, and rotoscoped footage from other movi...

Trick 'r Treat (2007) - LIVE from the Chicago Podcast Festival
This week, we bring you a LIVE episode of the podcast, talking about the short horror anthology film Trick 'r Treat with special guest Ele Matelan (WildClaw Theatre)! Recorded at Chicago Theater Works as part of the 2nd Annual Chicago Podcast Festival, we take advantage of our 30-minute time slot to blitz our way through Trick 'r Treat's surprisingly fun short tales of candy and carnage. From deceptively sexy werewolves to the ghosts of dead children, to a demonic pump-kid with a burlap sack over his head, ...

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HORROR OCTORBOR 666: Exorcist II - The Heretic (1977)
This week, we close out Horror Octorbor 666 with our final piece of Satanic cinema - 1977's bizarre sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic! Journeyman film critic extraordinaire Jacob Oller joins us as we break down John Boorman's out-there followup to the William Friedkin classic, as young Regan (Linda Blair) teams up with a disgraced priest (Richard Burton) and a psychiatrist (Louise Fletcher) to chase the demon Pazuzu everywhere from Deepest Africa to Regan's childhood home from the first film. Along the way, w...

HORROR OCTORBOR 666: The Prophecy (1995)
HORROR OCTORBOR 666 continues apace with a look at the mid-90s Christopher Walken angel drama The Prophecy! Written and directed by Gregory Widen (known for writing all the Highlander and Prophecy movies, and well, that's it), The Prophecy tells the convoluted story of an angelic civil war, the little girl who might hold the key to some evil spirit (or something?), and the bland humans who dedicate themselves to stopping it. It's boring and full of pseudo-religious gobbledygook, not to mention some confusin...

HORROR OCTORBOR 666: The Devil's Advocate (1997)
HORROR OCTORBOR 666 continues, as we move down our list of devil-themed horror movies with the schlocky legal drama The Devil's Advocate! Jon Espino of HollywoodChicago.com and The Young Folks partners with us again to tell the story of Kevin Lomax (a ridiculously Southern Keanu Reeves), an unscrupulous Florida lawyer brought up to New York with his wife (Charlize Theron) to join the law firm of grimy legal titan John Milton (Al Pacino). It's two and a half hours of goofy CGI demon faces, complicated legale...


HORROR OCTORBOR 666: End of Days (1999)
Greetings, mortals! We drag back Some Kind of Goblin this year for our sixth horror theme month, HORROR OCTORBOR 666! It's all devil movies all month, baby! To start off, Scott Bufis of The Butter Hours joins us to talk about the crazy late-period Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle End of Days.  Ever wanted to see Arnie fight Satan, all while secretly playing a Bruce Willis character? Come see a blue-period Schwarzenegger get gritty as a disgraced, suicidal ex-cop forced to protect a young woman (Robin Tunney) f...

LIVE from PodSlam '17: Scooby-Doo Wrestlemania Mystery! (2014)
Are you ready to rumble?! This week, we're bringing you the recording of our LIVE episode from PodSlam '17, a wrestling-themed charity podcast marathon dedicated to Connor's Cure! Recorded at iO Chicago on September 23rd, Jared and Clint (along with special guest Randall Colburn of Consequence of Sound, The AV Club and elsewhere) break down the abject silliness of the WWE-Hanna Barbera collab Scooby-Doo Wrestlemania Mystery! Hear us entertain our live audience with the tale of Scooby and the Mystery Gang a...

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Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
This week, Grant of Chip and Ironicus, Sex Archie and History Honeys joins us for the 2003 semi-cartoon comedy Looney Tunes: Back in Action! In this Joe Dante-directed mix of live action and animation, Daffy Duck gets fired from the WB lot because he's tired of playing second fiddle to Bugs Bunny. Before long, they (along with hapless human co-stars Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman) find themselves wrapped up in a curious spy caper, as Fraser must save his spy-actor dad (Timothy Dalton) from the clutches of ...


Gaslight (1944)
This week, Theo of Twin Cinema (who covered this film on their show as well) joins us to talk about the classic 1944 psychological thriller Gaslight! When a young newlywed (Ingrid Bergman, in an Oscar-winning performance) moves in with her controlling new beau Anton (Charles Boyer) into her late aunt's home, she finds herself the victim of psychologically controlling behavior meant to keep her from suspecting her husband of criminal activities. It's a cracking noir with beautiful performances from Bergman a...

Repo Man (1984)
This week, we go do some crimes with regular guest (and director of The Plagiarist's latest show, Ubu II) Nick Freed as we talk about the 1984 punk cult classic Repo Man! Alex Cox's deliberately weird, anarchic joyride follows an aimless young punk (Emilio Estevez) who finds himself employed at an unscrupulous auto repossession company. Learning the ins and outs of the repo life with seasoned veteran Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), he runs afoul of a Chevy Malibu which - surprise! - has radioative alien bodies in...

Michael (1996)
Julia (Clint's co-host for our new releases spinoff On Tap) joins us this week to check another movie off Jared's wishlist - the quirky John Travolta vehicle Michael! Fresh off his Pulp Fiction success, Travolta leapt straight into this schmaltzy Nora Ephron rom-com, which gave him license to go full Adele Dazeem on a group of tabloid reporters (including William Hurt and Andie Macdowell) hoping to get a picture of a real-life angel - with wings and everything! It's kitschy and more than a little self-indul...


Rounders (1998)
This week, Clint antes up with guests Zach Powers (of The Revisionists) and Aaron J. Amendola (of VStheUniverse) to talk about the 1998 card-shark drama Rounders! Matt Damon plays a down-on-his-luck poker virtuoso/law student who gets dragged back into the world of underground high-stakes Texas hold 'em by his old friend Worm (Edward Norton), fresh out of prison with a huge gambling debt to repay. Will Damon choose the thrill of the cards over his law career and his bland, responsible girlfriend (Gretchen M...

Blazing Saddles (1974)
This week, we saddle up with The Next Picture Show's Keith Phipps to look back at the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy classic Blazing Saddles! Equal parts raunchy and deliciously subversive even today, Blazing Saddles is a beautifully acerbic parody of the classic Western, following a black sherriff (Cleavon Little) tasked with defending/offending the puritanical town of Rock Ridge, while scheming huckster Hedy ("Hedley!") Lamarr (Harvey Korman) plots the down's demise. It's a drop dead hilarious movie that still ho...

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (1987)
CW: Discussion of scenes of sexual assault from the film itself. For our 300th episode, the lovely Lauren Faits of the upcoming podcast She-Ra: Progressive of Power and Our Fair City joins us to talk about the cult 1987 anime film Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise! From the makers of Evangelion, Honneamise is an early example of the fluid animation and mature themes that would fuel the anime craze of the 90s in the US. Set in an alternate Earth in which two steampunk societies gear up for war, the ...


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1997)
Load up your red Caddy with booze, guns and a suitcase full of drugs, because we're headed to The City of Lights with Blastropodcast's Mark Soloff to talk about Terry Gilliam's bizarro Hunter S. Thompson adaptation Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas! Based on Thompson's free-wheeling quest for the American Dream in the early 70s, the film follows Thompson surrogate Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp, chewing as much scenery as he does cigarette filters) and his "attorney" Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) through casinos, acid...

SHARK WEEK SPECIAL: The Shallows (2016)
It's Shark Week once again this year, and we're celebrating with The Film Stage Show's Michael Snydel as we break down Blake Lively's cult summer hit from last year, The Shallows! Check our our custom cocktail and drinking rules as we talk about Blumhouse's micro-budget genius, CG sharks, and helpful seagulls named after 90s action stars. (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)...

Rawhead Rex (1986)
This week's episode sees the return of lovely recurring guest Ele Matelan (from Our Fair City, Starlight Radio Dreams and Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment), to help us unpack 1986's Rawhead Rex! Written by horror icon Clive Barker (a.k.a. Pervy Lovecraft) and based on his short story, Rawhead Rex sees the return of a goofy-looking hell demon to terrorize a small Irish village, with only an obnoxious American photographer and his sexy grey cardigan to stop it. Check out our episode, along with our custom co...


Donnie Darko (2001)
This week, we test our commitment to Sparkle Motion with Jon Espino of The Young Folks and HollywoodChicago.com as we revisit Richard Kelly's 2001 cult time travel teen drama Donnie Darko! The hit of the Hot Topic crowd in the early 2000s, for better or worse, we go back to this twisty, navel-gazing mixture of American Beauty and The Butterfly Effect to see if its profundities still hold up. Take a listen, and check out our custom cocktail and drinking rules! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as...

Unlawful Entry (1992)
This week, regular guest Derek Jarvis joins us to talk about the little-seen (but surprisingly effective) home invasion thriller Unlawful Entry! When a couple (Kurt Russell, Madeleine Stowe) narrowly survive a home invasion, they run into a shady cop (Ray Liotta) who seems all too willing to abuse his power to take over as man of the house. A creepy post-Rodney King erotic thriller about police brutality and white flight, we actually dug Unlawful Entry quite a bit. Check out our review, along with our custo...

How High (2001)
This week, we toke up with Shannon Campe (of the podcast Stage of Fools) and Zach Powers (also of Stage of Fools and The Revisionists) as we dig into 2001's stoner comedy How High! When Method Man and Redman get into Harvard by smoking the ashes of their dead friend, you know you're in for a baffling experience. Come check out our thoughts along with our custom cocktail and drinking game! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)  Related links: Cynthia Fuchs' revie...


The Baby (1973)
Theo of our spinoff show Twin Cinema joins us once again this week, as we grab our binkies and talk about the cult 1973 horror film The Baby! Following the efforts of a lonely social worker to wrest control of an infantilized adult from his mother (looking every bit like late-period Joan Crawford) and his two groovy femme fatale sisters, The Baby is one of the craziest films we've seen in awhile. Check out our episode, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Hu...

Tekkonkinkreet (2006)
Jared's kidnopped again this week, so Clint enlists the help of regular guest Grant (of Chip & Ironicus and Six Feats Under fame), as well as his lovely wife Alaina (the co-host of podcasts History Honeys and Sex Archie) to dig deep into the 2006 anime masterpiece Tekkonkinkreet! The fable of two contrasting orphans, Black and White, struggling to survive amid poverty and crime in the chugging, churning city of Treasure Town, Tekkonkinkreet is a wonder to behold, both visually and thematically. Take a liste...

Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982)
This week, we get comfortably numb with Masterpiece Reviews' Nick Freed as we dig into the meat, the pudding, and everything else related to 1982's psychedelic concept album adaptation Pink Floyd: The Wall! Telling the story of Pink (The Boomtown Rats' Bob Geldof) from childhood to adulthood, Roger Waters' adaptation of his own concept album - with the help of director Alan Parker and stunning animation by Gerald Scarfe - leaves us as entertained as we are baffled. Join us as we talk about the meat, the pu...


The Magnificent Seven (1961)
Saddle up, pardners; Marshall of our sister show Twin Cinema joins us this week to talk about the classic 1961 Western The Magnificent Seven! A remake of Akira Kurosawa's seminal Seven Samurai, the John Sturges-helmed remake follows a ragtag group of outlaws (Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, and more) hired to defend a meek village from some evil Mexican banditos. Along the way, we share our custom cocktail and drinking rules! (Thanks to our sponsor Field Notes as pa...

Videodrome (1984)
LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH! This week, Jared and Clint dive deep into the realms of the cathode ray tube as they discuss 1984's Videodrome, directed by David Cronenberg. This mid-80s sci-fi mindscrew about a mysterious TV signal that causes hallucinations in its victims is one of the Canadian auteur's weirdest and best. Check out out custom cocktail and drinking rules below! (Thanks to our sponsor Field Notes as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)...

The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
Jared and Clint go it solo this time around, as we take on the surprisingly dark and horrifying kid's film The Brave Little Toaster! Here, we muse on the existential underpinnings of life as a sentient appliance, and gasp in horror at all the rampant car murder. Enjoy along with our custom cocktail and drinking game! (Thanks to our sponsor Field Notes as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!) ANNOUNCEMENT: From now until September, we're emptying out the mailbag of all our remaining favorites and starting all o...


Hardcore Henry (2016) w/Leo Brady
Hot off the heels of Video Game Movie Month, we stumble upon another video game-y film for May - Hardcore Henry! Leo Brady of AMovieGuy.com joins us to talk about this bold, but flawed experiment in making a film mimic the frenetic perspective (and questionable moral center) of FPS games. Check it out along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules! (Thanks to our sponsor Field Notes as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)...

VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH LVL. 2: Street Fighter the Movie (1994)
This week, we finish off Video Game Movie Month Level 2 with the infamous 1994 fighting-game disaster Street Fighter The Movie, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia! Jon Espino of HollywoodChicago.com joins us to talk about the film's troubled history, Bison's muddy plan for world domination, and where all the street fights went. Take a listen and check out our custom cocktail and drinking rules! (Thanks to our sponsor Know Your Company as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!) Related links:  Polygon...

VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH LVL. 2: Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001)
Video Game Movie Month continues apace, as Wagnificent Mile blogger (and advocate for Illinois gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar) Lauren Faits joins us to talk about 2001's Lara Croft Tomb Raider! Angelina Jolie straps on a tank top, tight shorts and two giant video game-y pistols to track down the Triangle of Light to stop the Illuminati or whatever, with sexy pre-Bond Daniel Craig in tow. Enjoy with our custom cocktail and drinking rules! (Thanks to our sponsor Know Your Company as part of the Chicago P...


VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH LEVEL 2: Hitman (2007)
We're continuing VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH LVL. 2 with the 2007 film Hitman, starring Timothy Olyphant, Olga Kurylenko, and scores of anonymous Eastern European cannon fodder! Based on the classic stealth action game, Hitman shows us what happens when a production company shits out a lame cash-in on both a video game franchise, Jason Bourne films, and The Transporter. Even worse is poor Olyphant, a normally amazing actor forced to grit his teeth through mealy-mouthed expository dialogue. Find out what we thoug...

VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH LVL. 2: Warcraft (2016) w/Grant of Chip & Ironicus
This week, we take another month-long stab at video game movie adaptations with 2016's Warcraft! Grant of Chip & Ironicus, Sex Archie, Six Feats Under and History Honeys comes back on the show to explore Duncan Jones' ambitious, convoluted adaptation of the popular strategy game/MMO universe. Check it out with our custom cocktail and drinking game! (Thanks to our sponsor Know Your Company as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)...

Convoy (1978) w/Keith Phipps of The Next Picture Show
This week, Jared couldn't make it, but regular guest Julia steps in as co-host! We bring back The Next Picture Show's Keith Phipps to talk about the cult 1973 trucker romp Convoy - starring Kris Kristofferson and directed by Sam Peckinpah (and based on the hit... novelty song?). Fire up your CB radio and check out our great big convoy, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)...

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Nothing (2003) w/WildClaw Theatre's Ele Matelan
This week, the always lovely Ele Matelan of Our Fair City and WildClaw Theatre joins us once again - this time, we're talking about the cult Canadian sci-fi-dark-comedy Nothing, about a pair of losers (David Hewlett, Andrew Miller) who find themselves lost in a white void after hating the rest of the world away. Take a listen, along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)...

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL: Song of the Sea (2014) w/Pat 'Uber-Critic' McDonald
Erin go bragh, listeners! For Saint Patrick's Day this year, we found our own Saint Patrick - acclaimed Chicago film critic Patrick McDonald - and brought him on to help us talk about 2014's animated Song of the Sea! Tomm Moore's followup to his 2009 masterpiece The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea draws upon the Celtic myth of the 'selkie,' a mischievous seal-like nymph, to tell the story of a lost boy looking for his mute selkie sister. From its incredible animation style to its mythic storytelling, it's ...

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Guest House Paradiso (1999) w/James Thompson of Pop Culture Role Call
This week, James Thompson (now of the Pop Culture Role Call podcast) joins us once again to talk about a doozy of a movie - the British sitcom adaptation Guest House Paradiso (aka The Bottom Movie)! Skeevy hotel owners Richie (Rik Mayall) and Eddie (Adrian Edmondson) scheme, perv, and thieve their way through a series of tenants they don't like, eat poisoned fish, and even lift Simon Pegg off the ground with nothing more than a fishing pole and nipple ring! Yup, it's everything you'd expect a 90-minute Bri...

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13 Assassins (2010) w/Twin Cinema
This week, Marshall, co-host of our Youtube show Twin Cinema, joins us to talk about Takashi Miike's bloody Japanese samurai flick 13 Assassins! When an evil, sadistic lord threatens to usher shogunate-era Japan into a new time of war, an old samurai gathers a team of 13 ronin to stop him. Does the film's nonstop action at the end justify the long stretch of talking and walking in the beginning? Find out what we thought, and check out our custom cocktail and drinking game! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Again...

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OSCAR SPECIAL: Hell or High Water (2016) w/Jacob Oller
It's Oscar season once again, and Film Twitter impresario Jacob Oller (@JacobOller) joins us to talk about David McKenzie's hard-hitting crime thriller/neo-Western Hell or High Water! When two brothers (Chris Pine, Ben Foster) take to bank robbery to save their mother's farm in poverty-stricken west Texas, it's up to an old Texas marshal (Jeff Bridges) to bring them in. Hear our thoughts on this (and the rest of the Oscar field), along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules! (Thanks to our sponsor Card...

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The Fountain (2006)
This week, Darren Aronofsky aficionado (and regular guest) Derek Jarvis returns to help us unpack the psychedelic, time-hopping spiritual masterpiece The Fountain, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz as two lovers navigating the mysteries of the Tree of Life across three different time periods. The results are beautiful, deeply engrossing, and well worth a watch along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules! Related LinksThe Loose Canon Podcast - Podcast home of listener Caroline Fulford! (Thanks to ...

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ALCOHOLLYWOOD PRESENTS: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King (Part 5)
Full Cast and Credits at http://www.alcohollywood.com...

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VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL: William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)
"Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink. I drink to thee." - Juliet, Act 4, Scene 3 It's that lovin' time of year, listeners, and this time around we're celebrating Valentine's Day with Baz Luhrmann's flashy modern retelling of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes! Shannon of the Stage of Fools podcast and Mercy Street Theatre's Julia Rohed accompany us as we talk about Shakespearean language, unconventional film adaptations of the Bard, and Romeo and Juliet's utter l...

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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) w/Blake Goble of Consequence of Sound
Alcohollywood is back for 2017, and we've brought Consequence of Sound's Blake Goble out to sea to talk about Kathryn Bigelow's 2002 sub drama K-19: The Widowmaker, starring a wery Russian Harrison Ford and a not-so-wery Russian Liam Neeson as competing captains on a radioactive Russian sub at the height of the Cold War. Take a listen and enjoy our custom cocktail and drinking rules! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)...

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ALCOHOLLYWOOD PRESENTS: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King (Part 4)
At long last, Alcohollywood presents a project years in the making: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King! Chris Columbus’ unproduced 1985 screenplay comes to life in this full-cast radio drama with sound effects, original music, and voicework from your favorite Alcohollywood guests! In Part 4, Indy (Nick Freed) tries to mollify moon-eyed college student Betsy (Betsy Stone), who threatens to....kill herself if she can't be with Indy? Geez, this got dark fast. Enjoy! DISCLAIMER: This episode contains several unf...

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ALCOHOLLYWOOD PRESENTS: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King (Part 3)
At long last, Alcohollywood presents a project years in the making: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King! Chris Columbus’ unproduced 1985 screenplay comes to life in this full-cast radio drama with sound effects, original music, and voicework from your favorite Alcohollywood guests! In Part 3, Indy (Nick Freed) commiserates with Marcus Brody (Chris Bashen) about his potential next mission, and all the sidekicks he's lost along the way. Wait...lost? Like, Sallah and everybody? Geez, that's a gut punch. Take a l...

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ALCOHOLLYWOOD PRESENTS: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King (Part 2)
At long last, Alcohollywood presents a project years in the making: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King! Chris Columbus’ unproduced 1985 screenplay comes to life in this full-cast radio drama with sound effects, original music, and voicework from your favorite Alcohollywood guests! Part 2 sees Indy (Nick Freed) returning to his day job as a mild-mannered professor, only to face his greatest nemesis yet... angry students!   (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!) Ful...

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ALCOHOLLYWOOD PRESENTS: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King (Part 1)
At long last, Alcohollywood presents a project years in the making: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King! Chris Columbus' unproduced 1985 screenplay comes to life in this full-cast radio drama with sound effects, original music, and voicework from your favorite Alcohollywood guests! In Part 1, our story begins with rugged adventurer (and mediocre fisherman) Indiana Jones (Nick Freed) visiting Scotland to enjoy some much-needed recreation, only to become ensnared in a murder investigation involving g-g-g-ghosts...

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NEW YEAR'S SPECIAL: The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Theme Song: "Live Oak" by A Giraffe...

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CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Home Alone (1990) w/Shannon Campe of Stage of Fools
Happy holidays, listeners! For our Christmas episode this year, Shannon Campe of the Stage of Fools podcast joins us once again to dig into the 90s cult Christmas classic Home Alone, starring Macauley Culkin and directed by Chris Columbus! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!) Related Links: Buy Alonso Duralde's book Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas!...

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CONNICKUH SPECIAL: Bug (2006)
Harry Connickuh everyone! Every year, the week before Christmas, we celebrate the life and works of Sir Harry Connick, Jr. - this time around, returning guest Jane Dempsey joins us to talk about William Friedkin's Bug, adapted from the  Tracy Letts play! Here, Connickuh plays third fiddle to Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon as a pair of co-dependent strangers who shack up in an Oklahoma motel room to hide from the world, only to find themselves dealing with a strange bug infestation - that may or may not be ...

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Willard (2003) w/Julia Rohed of Mercy Street Theatre Company
This week, Julia Rohed of Mercy Street Theatre Company joins us to squeak about the 2003 remake of Willard, starring the ever-creepy Crispin Glover as an eccentric mama's boy who starts doling out his own brand of justice against those who wrong him - with the help of a few friendly rats. It's a surprisingly eccentric, Raimi-esque dark comedy with a wicked sense of humor, and we take it all in with our custom cocktail and drinking rules! Related Links:Get tickets to Mercy Street Theatre Company's Merry Chri...

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Sudden Death (1995) w/Pat Trek's Patrick O'Rourke
This week, Patrick O'Rourke of Pat Trek joins us to kick off December with the Jean-Claude Van Damme action film Sudden Death! Basically "Die Hard in a hockey stadium," Sudden Death features a disgraced fire marshal (JCVD) who has to save the Vice President and his own daughter from the clutches of a madman (Powers Boothe) holding them hostage during a Hawks-Penguins game. Featuring kick-fights with henchmen in penguin suits and the most industrious MacGyvered weapons, Sudden Death is a total blast - especi...

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The Manitou (1978) w/Jacob Oller
This week, fellow Chicago film critic Jacob Oller joins us to unpack the pure-strain craziness of 1978's The Manitou! When a woman finds a rapidly growing fetus-tumor on her back, her tarot card-reading boyfriend (Tony Curtis) and the Native American guy who hates it when you litter (Michael Ansara) join forces to exorcise an evil 400-year-old demon. Space lasers, noble savage stereotypes and earnestly goofy special effects abound, and we talk about it all with our custom cocktail and drinking rules! (Thank...

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The Night of the Hunter (1955) w/Filmspotting's Adam Kempenaar
This week, we lean into the everlasting arms of special guest Adam Kempenaar of Filmspotting as we discuss the Expressionistic style and intriguing moral center of Charles Laughton's acclaimed 1955 noir thriller The Night of the Hunter! ANNOUNCEMENT: For the month of January 2017, we'll be pre-empting new episodes of the podcast in favor of bringing you our long-awaited full-cast radio drama Indiana Jones and the Monkey King! Don't worry, our spinoff shows Twin Cinema and Alcohollywood On Tap will run as ...

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Safe (1995) w/Twin Cinema
This week, Theo Estes of our spinoff web series Twin Cinema (subscribe to our Youtube channel for new episodes every other week) joins us to get artsy with Todd Haynes' 1995 independent drama Safe, starring Julianne Moore! ANNOUNCEMENT: Look out later this week for the launch of our biweekly spinoff podcast, Alcohollywood: On Tap, which will cover new releases, independent films, and offer interviews and festival coverage! Subscribe on iTunes! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chi...

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Daylight (1996) w/Allison Shoemaker of Podlander Drunkcast
This week, Allison Shoemaker of The AV Club, Consequence of Sound and Podlander Drunkcast joins us to talk the 1996 Sylvester-Stallone-in-a-tunnel thriller Daylight! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)...

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MINISODE: CIFF Wrap-Up: The Handmaiden, Christine, and More / Interview with Kaleidoscope's Rupert Jones
In our second minisode covering the Chicago International Film Festival, Clint tells Jared about the latter batch of films he caught at CIFF 2016, including Park Chan-wook's latest The Handmaiden (with help from Consequence of Sound's Dominick Suzanne-Mayer), the Jim O'Heir-starring dark comedy Middle Man, and more! Also, Clint sits down for an interview with Kaleidoscope writer/director Rupert Jones about working with his brother Toby Jones, and the visual rhythms of psychological horror....

HORROR V. OCTORBOR: Dollman vs. Demonic Toys (1993) w/Dom Suzanne-Mayer of Consequence of Sound
We finish out our month-long breakdown of 'versus' horror movies this week with Consequence of Sound's Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, as we discuss the 1993 horror mish-mash Dollman vs. Demonic Toys! A sort of half-movie cobbled from stock footage from three different movies in the Full Moon Entertainment catalog - Dollman, Demonic Toys, and Bad Channels - along with a bit of new footage, this film sees Lilliputian space cop Brick Bardo (Tim Thomerson) and a human nurse shrunk down to 11 inches (Melissa Behr) team...

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HORROR V. OCTORBOR: Alien vs. Predator (2004) w/Grant of History Honeys and Chip & Ironicus
This week, Grant of History Honeys and Chip & Ironicus joins us once more for Horror V. Octorbor, continuing our month-long breakdown of 'versus' movies with Alien vs. Predator! Paul W.S. Anderson's limp, ill-advised match-up movie combining Fox's biggest sci-fi monsters forgets what made the other two series good in the first place, basically remaking Resident Evil in an ancient Mayan-Aztec-Antarctican(?) temple, complete with paper-thin characters and dated effects. Still, we have a good time with our cus...

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MINISODE: CIFF 2016 Preview - Reviews / Most Anticipated
In this special minisode, Clint breaks down his coverage of the 52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival for its opening weekend, including capsule reviews of A Quiet Passion, I, Daniel Blake, Paterson, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, and his most anticipated films of the fest!...

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HORROR V. OCTORBOR: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) w/Matt K of CinemaJaw
This week, we continue our month of 'versus' horror movies with the 2010 horror comedy Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, along with special guest Matt Kubinski of CinemaJaw! Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine star as a couple of rednecks who are mistaken for hillbilly killers by a group of college kids when they accidentally kidnap college girl Allie (Katrina Bowden), resulting in a gut-busting sendup of horror tropes centered around an adorable pair of comedic buffoons. Check out our episode, along with our custom cockta...

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HORROR V. OCTORBOR: Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
All month, we're celebrating our fifth Horror Octorbor by taking on a slew of 'Vs.' horror movies! To start off, actor Andrew Saenz (of the upcoming indie film El Algun Lugar) joins us to talk about Ronny Yu's 2003 sloppy horror mash-up Freddy vs. Jason. (Thanks to our sponsor Field Notes as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)...

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) w/The Nerdologues' Eric Garneau
This week, Eric Garneau of the Nerdologues comedy group and the podcasts Your Stories and Blank Cassette (and the manager of the comic book/games store Pastimes in Niles, IL) slaps on his cape and cowl to discuss the 1993 DC animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)...

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The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
This week, returning guest Derek Jarvis rides with us as we ride into the sunset to watch the 1976 Clint Eastwood Western The Outlaw Josey Wales! One of the more interesting revisionist Westerns of the 70s, Josey mixes up the white-hat do-goodery of the Old West with morally grey characters, vicious anti-heroes, and a frontier constantly beset with treacherous government officials and hordes of banditos who try to stop the titular outlaw (played by Eastwood) from just escaping the war and living his life. O...

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Zardoz (1974) w/Keith Phipps of The Next Picture Show
This week, Keith Phipps of Uproxx and The Next Picture Show comes back to the show to help us make sense of the 1970s John Boorman/Sean Connery mindscrew Zardoz! Set in the year 2293, Zardoz tells the tale of Zed (Connery, wearing a red diaper and thigh-high leather boots, and nothing else) a brutish Exterminator who finds himself in an isolated community of decadent immortals who can't die, and suddenly want his seed to make babies. The whole affair is a series of big, bold choices, many of which don't wor...

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Hot Fuzz (2007) w/Ben Kaye
This week, we're joined by friend of the show (and Actual British Person) Ben Kaye to review one of our most frequent requests - Edgar Wright's 2007 action-comedy Hot Fuzz! Wright's followup to Shaun of the Dead offers even more elliptical comedy and impeccably sharp visuals, as top cop Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is transferred to a sleepy British hamlet that is more sinister than it seems. Take a listen as we sing the praises of Timothy Dalton and make a few too many swan puns! (Oh, and check out our cust...

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The People Under the Stairs (1991) w/WildClaw Theatre
This week, Ele Matelan of WildClaw Theatre and Our Fair City joins us once again to talk about the Wes Craven home-invasion thriller The People Under the Stairs! One of those rare socially-conscious 1990s horror movies, Stairs follows a young boy named 'Fool' as he tries to rob his price-gouging landlords, only to learn they're leather-wearing psychopaths with a horde of vampiric zombie hostages in the basement. It's a curiously fun mixture of camp and creeps, and we've got a custom cocktail and drinking ru...

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The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
This week, our friend Jane Dempsey joins us to talk about the notorious 1990 flop The Bonfire of the Vanities, directed by Brian De Palma and (inexplicably) starring Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis! An adaptation of the biting satirical novel by Tom Wolfe, Bonfire opts to dull the edges off any salient points it wants to make about the uncaring nature of the bourgeoisie and make it a big, campy comedy about rich, adulterous Tom Hanks trying to beat an assault rap against a poor black youth. Oh, and Bruce Willis ...

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Tokyo Godfathers (2003) w/Grant of Chip & Ironicus and History Honeys
This week, it's Christmas in August as Grant of Chip & Ironicus (and the new history podcast History Honeys) joins us once again to talk about another anime - Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers! This hard-to-find holiday masterpiece follows a trio of charismatic hobos who stumble across a baby in the garbage, and the antics that ensue as they figure out what to do with it. The result is a fantastic blend of Kon's wry, dark humor and stunning animation, with a great big beating heart in the middle. Get in the ho...

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Primer (2004) w/Consequence of Sound
This week, Consequence of Sound: Film editor Dominick Suzanne-Mayer joins us to break down the mind-bending time travel microbudget indie Primer! Directed by auteur Shane Carruth with a budget of $7,000, Primer offers a twisty, inscrutable and compellingly sparse tale of two budding entrepreneurs who end up building a time machine, and the looping, branching timelines they inadvertently create with it as they increasingly try (and fail) to understand what they have constructed. It's one of the great indepen...

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Run Lola Run (1998) w/Patrick O'Rourke of Peaches and Hot Sauce
This week, Patrick O'Rourke of the Peaches and Hot Sauce podcast network joins us to talk about the independent timeline-jumping thriller Run Lola Run! The breakout film of director Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas), the film features a twenty-minute ticking-clock scenario in which Lola (Franka Potente) has to wrangle 100,000 marks to save the life of her boyfriend. Whenever she fails, she just says 'No!' and starts again, creating a whole new set of circumstances she has to overcome. The result is frenetic and fun,...

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Tetsuo the Iron Man (1989) w/Twin Cinema
This week, returning guest Theo (whose film review webseries Twin Cinema will be coming soon to the Alcohollywood Youtube Channel!) joins us to disassemble the cinematic mind-screw that is Shinya Tsukamoto's Tetsuo the Iron Man! Somewhere between the surrealism of Lynch and the body horror of Cronenberg, Tetsuo follows a terrified salaryman as his body is slowly supplanted with strange metal growths. We chat about the film's striking 16mm photography, the surrealist plot, and drill-does, while offering you ...

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250TH EPISODE: Roar (1981)
For our 250th episode, we take on one of the more insane films we've ever seen, as playwright Dusty Wilson and improviser Pat Niday joins us to talk 1981's Roar! The infamously bloody animal drama is essentially a home movie in which Tippi Hedren's husband (the Charles Manson lookalike Noel Marshall) convinces his family to make a film about them hanging out with their menagerie of lions, tigers and other big cats. It goes about how you'd expect - 70 crew members were injured on set - but the end result is ...

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Tommy (1975) w/Consequence of Sound
This week, we rock out with returning guest, Consequence of Sound's Nick Freed, to talk about the psychedelic 1975 rock opera Tommy! The product of Pete Townshend's musical genius, Ken Russell's frenetic direction, and (presumably) a whoollle lotta drugs, Tommy tells the tale of a 'deaf, dumb and blind kid' in post-WWII Britain who endures abuse and torment before finding his calling as a pinball wizard and leading a spiritual movement. The songs are crazy, the design is goofy, and we just couldn't get enou...

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In Bruges (2009)
This week, returning guest Derek Jarvis stops by as we break down the acerbic wit and tough-guy moralism of Martin McDonagh’s black crime comedy In Bruges! After a botched hit, the twitchy Ray (Colin Farrell) is sent to the medieval Belgian hamlet of Bruges with his partner Ken (Brendan Gleeson) by their inscrutable, temperamental boss Harry Waters (Ralph Fiennes). While there, they take in the sights, clash with the local populace, and occasionally gain an insight or two about the human condition. Of cours...

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John Wick (2014) w/Down in Front
This week, we go dog-avenging with Mike and Jessica of Down in Front as we check out the 2014 Keanu Reeves shoot-em-up John Wick! A straightforward but oh-so-stylish take on the action revenge thriller, the film follows Keanu's titular former hitman as he takes revenge on the mob family that unknowingly killed his dog and took his car. It's a ridiculous premise, but the pitch-perfect action staging and stylish direction make it a tremendously enjoyable bit of pulp, and gives Keanu a much-needed punch in the...

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FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL: The Adventures of the American Rabbit (1986) w/Consequence of Sound
Happy America, everybody! We're ringing in America's birthday with returning guest Blake Goble from Consequence of Sound, as we gawk at the strange neo-con kid's flick The Adventures of the American Rabbit! Based on an obscure piece of 70s pop art, the film sees a young, wide-eyed rabbit turn into a star-spangled superhero and defeat thinly-veiled Communist stand-ins, advocate for American values of kindness and fairness, and...play piano in a jazz band? The whole thing's a crazy mess, and we do our best to...

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SHARK WEEK SPECIAL: Shark Lake (2015) w/Down In Front
It's Shark Week, folks, and Joshua Harris from the Chicago riffing group Down In Front joins us this time around to talk about the 2015 schlockfest Shark Lake! Dolph Lundgren "stars" as Clint Gray, an ex-con exotic animal smuggler whose last-minute dumping of smuggled bull sharks into Lake Tahoe leads to a Jaws-like fracas that only he and stalwart policewoman Meredith can solve. Featuring shoddy CG sharks, beach-noir subplots that appear and disappear at will, and barely any Dolph Lundgren, this was one of...

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The Blues Brothers (1980) w/Pat McDonald of Chicago Film Tour
This week, Jared and Clint embark on a mission from God with special guest Pat "Uber-Critic" McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com and Chicago Film Tour (and the podcast Lou Dickman Weekly) as we check out the classic 1980 comedy The Blues Brothers! Following Jake and Elwood Blues as they 'get the band back together' to save the orphanage where they grew up, John Landis' cult hit is a celebration of 1980s Chicago and the urban blues scene while being a great absurdist comedy in its own right. Check out our thoug...

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In the Mouth of Madness (1994) w/Keith Phipps of The Next Picture Show
This week on Alcohollywood, Keith Phipps of The Next Picture Show joins us to talk John Carpenter’s 1994 Lovecraftian mind-bender In the Mouth of Madness! When grizzled/semi-New Zealander insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) is tasked with tracking down the missing horror writer Sutter Cane (get it? like Stephen King?), he finds himself in a metatextual nightmare where the lines between realty and fiction are intriguingly blurred. It’s a curiously effective mix of campy horror chills, impressive pr...

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HERE MAY BE DRAGONS: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS (2000) W/ONE SHOT PODCAST
This week, special guest James D’amato of the One Shot Podcast joins us to close out our dragon-filled May with the infamous 2000 flop Dungeons & Dragons! This bafflingly cheeseball adaptation of the classic RPG features a ragtag party of thieves (including a smug Justin Whalen and mincing Marlon Wayans), dwarves, mages and elves who must stop the evil machinations of the scenery-demolishing Profion (Jeremy Irons) and his attempt to seize power from the sleepy Princess Savina (Thora Birch). It’s an infamous...

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HERE MAY BE DRAGONS: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Our month of dragon movies continues with returning guest Julia and 2010's animated film How to Train Your Dragon! Dreamworks' surprisingly solid kid's film follows awkward Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his quest to tame and train his newfound dragon pal Toothless. It's a surprisingly solid kid's flick, and we've got a drinking game and custom cocktail for it - check it out! (Thanks to our sponsor The Second City as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)...

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HERE MAY BE DRAGONS: Dragonheart (1996)
Dragon Month (heretofore referred to as Here May Be Dragons, since it’s just a more awesome name) chugs along with returning guest Betsy Stone and 1996’s CGI-Sean-Connery vehicle Dragonheart! When an asshole king (David Thewlis) terrorizes the land, it’s up to a roguish dragonslayer (Dennis Quaid) and his snarky dragon pal (Connery) to save the day. Sub-PlayStation One CGI and semi-modernized Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves antics abound, which we break down for you along with our custom cocktail and drinking...

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DRAGON MONTH: Reign of Fire (2002)
This week on Alcohollywood, we start our May-long ode to legend’s greatest beasts with DRAGON MONTH! (We promise, we’ll take a break from theme months after this one.) Starting off, returning guest Todd Kuhns joins us to talk 2002’s post-apocalyptic dragon flick Reign of Fire, starring Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey! In the grim future of 2020 – presumably in the fiery wake of President Trump’s first term – dragons rule the earth, and humans are left to huddle in castles and reenact Star Wars in fro...

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APRIL SHOWERS: Purple Rain (1984) w/Consequence of Sound
This week on Alcohollywood, Blake Goble of Consequence of Sound joins us to pay homage to Prince in the wake of his tragic passing with his flawed-but-singular 1984 opus Purple Rain! Telling the tale of young Prince (played here, oddly, by late-twenties Prince already in his sexual-dandy outfits) and his struggle to get to the top of the Minneapolis music scene, Purple Rain is chock full of Prince’s thumping soundtrack, incredible concert sequences, and…some pretty unfortunate acting and a threadbare narrat...

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APRIL SHOWERS: Black Rain (1989)
This week, playwright Dusty Wilson joins us once again to keep the rain train a’rolling with 80s action-thriller Black Rain, directed by Ridley Scott! One of the most non-Michael Mann encapsulations of 80s gritty cheese, Black Rain follows hard-nosed Dirty Harry type Nick Conklin (Michael Douglas) as he tries to catch a yakuza murderer who slips from his grasp during a prisoner exchange to Osaka, Japan. The movie’s full of astounding cinematography, amusingly reductive depictions of Japanese culture, and a ...

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APRIL SHOWERS: Hard Rain (1998) w/The Butter Hours
April Showers continues with our guests Scott and Eric of The Butter Hours! Week 2 of our marathon of films with ‘rain’ in the title moves forward with the 1990s action-thriller Hard Rain, starring Christian Slater as a nosy armored truck driver who defends his cargo in a flooding rural town from a group of masermind criminals led by Morgan Freeman. Filled with inexplicable Christian imagery and sassy trap-setting Betty Whites, this ‘Die Hard during a flood’ film is a singular wonder. Check out our thoughts...

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APRIL SHOWERS: Rain Man (1988)
Now that Jared and Clint have escaped from Mars, they’re stuck on an Earth that perpetually rains! While they figure a way out of this conundrum, they’ll review movies with ‘Rain’ in the title all April, starting with 1988’s Best Picture winner Rain Man, starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman as a pair of mismatched brothers – one a selfish yuppie, the other an autistic savant – reconnecting amidst all manner of shenanigans. Despite inspiring a number of crass depictions of developmental disorders in Hollyw...

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MARCH ON MARS: The Martian (2015) w/Geek Girl Chicago
This week, Geek Girl Chicago herself Lauren Faits joins us as we finish up our month-long quest with last year’s Oscar Best Picture-nominee The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon as a smarmy botanist who has to Robinson Crusoe his way through Mars while stranded there after being left for dead. A wonderfully straightforward crowd-pleaser, The Martian manages to make science cool again by focusing on the methodical, analytical problem-solving, while miraculously keeping things entertai...

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MARCH ON MARS: John Carter (2012) w/Consequence of Sound
This week, Jared and Clint (along with Justin Gerber of Consequence of Sound‘s new show Gerber & Gerber) kick off week 4 of our Mars-centric March with Disney’s 2012 flop John Carter! Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs books no one remembers anymore, John Carter is a big shaggy dog of a movie in which Confederate soldier Carter (a totally-surfer Taylor Kitsch) is thrust into a fantasy Mars filled with red men, green men, white apes and blue blood. The film is one of Disney’s most notorious flops, but does th...

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MARCH ON MARS: John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2000)
As we continue Mars-ch on Alcohollywood, returning guest Craig (with a little help from new guest Alicia) joins us to talk John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars! An entertainingly cheesy change from the astronaut-based disaster movies that make up most Mars movies, Ghosts of Mars is late-career Carpenter at his most gonzo. Featuring a group of Mars cops (led by Natasha Henstridge and Jason Statham) and a band of criminals (led by professional lip-biter Ice Cube) fending off a group of possessed Martian ghosts who...


MARCH ON MARS: Mission to Mars (2000)
This week on Alcohollywood, Ele Matelan of WildClaw Theatre joins us as we continue our March full of Mars movies with the companion piece to last week’s Red Planet, Brian De Palma’s Disney-produced Mission to Mars! Telling the same story of a group of astronauts taking off for the Red Planet (Gary Sinise, Connie Nielsen, Tim Robbins and Jerry O’Connell) to investigate Don Cheadle’s doomed first mission, De Palma’s 2001-lite slog takes some hard left turns amongst its Disney-caliber safeness, and we’ll take...

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MARCH ON MARS: Red Planet (2000)
All of March, the Alcohollywood crew is blasting off to the Red Planet for five movies set on Mars! First up, Nick Freed of Consequence of Sound joins us to talk 2000’s Red Planet (namely, the movie where Val Kilmer threw a dumbbell at Tom Sizemore during filming). The Armageddon to Mission to Mars’ Deep Impact, Red Planet is a bizarre mix of 2001, Stealth and The Matrix in which a group of bro-y scientists crash-land on Mars to investigate a failed terraforming experiment, only to find themselves on the ru...

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OSCAR SPECIAL: Mad Max Fury Road (2015)
It's Oscar season, and this year the Best Picture nominee we're covering is the balls-to-the-wall action extravaganza Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth film in the ever-so-weird Australian post-apocalyptic action series! Special guest Theo joins us to talk George Miller's crowd-pleasing mix of practical effects, curiously effective visual storytelling, and incredibly dynamic action. It was a surprise hit in the Oscar nominations, but will Clint's effusive praise sway the slightly more skeptical Jared and Theo?...

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Jungle 2 Jungle (1997) w/Leah Pickett of Consequence of Sound
This week, Leah Pickett of Consequence of Sound and other fine publications joins us to delve into our second Tim Allen movie in as many months – 1997’s Jungle 2 Jungle! The American remake of a French comedy that Roger Ebert described as “one of the worst movies ever made,” J2J stars Tim Allen as, of all things, a selfish commodities broker who has to take his jungle-raised son to New York City and teach him the ways of the concrete jungle. Throw in gratuitous tarantula torture, icky stereotypes about nati...

VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL: The Holiday (2006)
Happy Valentine's Day to all you movie/booze lovers out there! This year's romcom is the listener-requested 2006 Nancy Meyers film The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as a couple of down-on-their-luck ladies who decide to swap houses for the holidays to recharge their batteries. Along the way, they meet some hunks, engage in some slapstick, and learn a little thing or two about Old Hollywood. Listen to us yammer on about one of the better romcoms we've had to cover on this show, and enjoy ou...

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Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
This week, we break bread (and boards) with returning guest Derek Jarvis as we check out Stephen Chow's cult kung-fu comedy Kung Fu Hustle! A wacky homage to everything from 40s jazz movies to Westerns to classic kung fu cinema of the 70s, Chow's blitzkrieg of high-flying antics, goofy CGI gags and incredible fight choreography from Yuen Wo Ping is something you simply have to see to believe. Along the way, we gab about the cross-pollination of Eastern and Western films, Stephen Chow's crazy sideplots, and ...


Constantine (2005) w/Meanwhile... Podcast
This week, James Thompson (of Geekspotting and the new Meanwhile... Podcast) joins us to take on Constantine, the comic-book adaptation of DC's Hellblazer! Transplanting the British supernatural private eye to LA, and turning him from an acerbic Sting lookalike to dour Keanu Reeves, the film nonetheless gives us oodles of visual style, androgynous Tilda Swinton angels, and a veritable bevy of Catholic creepy-crawlies. Thrill as we discuss Shia Labeouf's stammering (or lack thereof), the fact that Keanu has ...

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Galaxy Quest (1999)
This week on the podcast, Chicago actor and friend of the show Tom McGrath (@TCMcG) joins us to pay tribute to the late, great Alan Rickman with the 1999 sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest! A pitch-perfect parody/celebration of Star Trek and science fiction fandom that's way better than it has any right to be, Rickman's Spock-like Dr. Lazarus is just one great piece in this hilarious cult puzzle. Along the way, we give our drinking rules, show you the recipe for our custom cocktail (see below), and fill the air wit...

Redline (2009) w/Grant of Chip & Ironicus
This week on Alcohollywood, we switch gears with Grant from Chip & Ironicus (specifically Chipod Ironicast) to talk the crazy 2009 anime racing flick Redline! Unlike the last anime we watched (Satoshi Kon’s Paprika) Redline‘s uniquely concerned with the fast and the furious – fluid racing animation, a crazy anime story, broad alien characters and all of the jiggling robot boobs a 14-year-old weeaboo could ever hope for. It’s not subtle, and it might not even be good in the conventional sense, but it’s cert...


Beowulf (1999)
This week on the podcast, Clint and Jared go it alone as we dive into the deep dark recesses of 90s goth-action-horror with the 1999's Beowulf! "Based" on the 8th-century epic poem, this steampunk/Hot Topic goth retelling of the classic tale sees the Highlander himself, Christopher Lambert (channeling both Rayden and Roy Batty from Blade Runner) arriving at a mysterious post-apocalyptic outpost to help slay a mysterious creature besieging it. Along the way, he ogles Rhona Mitra's comely Kyra, poses incessan...

Sixteen Candles (1984)
Happy New Year, listeners! Since it's 2016, we thought we'd kick things off with John Hughes' cult comedy classic Sixteen Candles - you know, the one with all the racism and implicit date rape? Returning guest Julia joins us to take on yet another John Hughes movie and yet another high school flick (both subgroups of film that Jared has historically hated). Will he be turned around by the charmingly self-centered travails of sexually frustrated teen Sam (Molly Ringwald), insecure predator The Geek (Anthony ...

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Rocky IV (1985) w/Life is Like a Movie
Happy holidays, you reprobates! To ring in the Christmas season, we invited Sean Price from the Life is Like a Movie Podcast to talk about yet another unconventional holiday classic – so unconventional even the characters don’t know why it takes place on Christmas: Rocky IV! With Creed getting praise left and right, it’s weird to think that so much of the plot of that Oscar-caliber drama is dependent on this splendiferous piece of ’80s cheese, in which the Italian Stallion (Sly Stallone, also writing and di...


CONNICKUH SPECIAL: Angels Sing (2013) w/Blastropodcast
Harry Connickuh, everybody! This week, Mark Soloff of Blastropodcast and Our Fair City flies in from his home planet to celebrate the week before Christmas, where we sample another entry in the oeuvre of Renaissance man Harry Connick Jr.! This year, we’re melding Connickuh and Christmas a bit with 2013’s made-for-TV movie Angels Sing, in which cynical rad-dad Michael Walker (Connick Jr.) learns the true meaning of Christmas after getting a house at a steal from Weed Santa (Willie Nelson). That meaning, of c...

The Rocketeer (1991) w/Aaron J. Amendola of VStheUNIVERSE
This week, Chicago geek titan Aaron J. Amendola (of VStheUNIVERSE and Panels on Channels) graces our microphones to help us talk about the charming 90s comic book flick The Rocketeer! Based on the comic book, The Rocketeer follows stunt pilot Cliff Secord (Billy Campbell), who stumbles upon a rocket pack invented by Howard Hughes (Terry O'Quinn) and - who else - the Nazis! Joe Johnston's audition tape for Captain America: The First Avenger is a fun celebration of the Golden Age of Hollywood which stops jus...

The Wrong Guy (1997)
This week on the podcast, guest Nick Ostrem joins us to talk about the little-seen but widely under-valued 1997 Canadian comedy The Wrong Guy! Dave Foley (The Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio) co-wrote and stars in this cult caper about an oblivious, melodramatic account executive (Foley) who wrongly presumes he’s being wrongfully accused of his boss’s murder. Check the whole thing in full on Youtube, and join us as we discuss Nelson’s cowardice, the cultural power of the Barenaked Ladies, the dark implications ...


Ravenous (1999) w/Grant of Chip & Ironicus
As we all wind down from our Thanksgiving food comas, Grant from Chip & Ironicus joins us as we sink our teeth into 1999's cannibal-vampire-Western-dark-comedy Ravenous! When cowardly Sgt. Boyd (Guy Pearce) is transferred to an American Army outpost in the middle of nowhere after the Mexican-American War, he finds himself at odds with a sadistic wendigo (Robert Carlyle) who preys on him and the rest of the men in his camp. Check out our custom cocktail and drinking rules as we ask the big questions: Do wend...

The Little Rascals (1994)
This week on Alcohollywood, improv-esario Pat Niday joins us to talk 1994’s strangely modern reboot of The Little Rascals! Directed by Wayne’s World’s Penelope Spheeris, The Little Rascals takes place in a bizarre world where the idiosyncratic group of 30s delinquents somehow also grew up and were socialized in modern-day Los Angeles, and cause all manner of mayhem while also sort-of having parents? It’s all a bit confusing, and the terrible kid actors do little to help the matter; still, we’ve got a custom...

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The Running Man (1987)
NOTE: Technical difficulties meant that this episode ended up being recorded on laptop sound as opposed to our fancy equipment. It’s still listenable, but not up to our usual high standards. Thanks for your patience, and everything will be kosher next episode! This week, Dusty Wilson of Mercy Street Theatre Company joins us in our much-needed respite from critically-acclaimed dramas and spooky foreign films to kick back with the schlocky Arnold Schwarzenegger flick The Running Man! The Running Man beats Bat...


There Will Be Blood (2007) w/Wildclaw Theatre
This week on Alcohollywood, guest Ele Matelan of WildClaw Theatre (and our friend from Our Fair City) grabs a milkshake and sits down with us to talk about listener request and 2007 arthouse darling There Will Be Blood! Among one of the more contemplative films in Paul Thomas Anderson’s repertoire, TWWB tells the story of Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis, in an oft-admired and long-impersonated performance), an unscrupulous oil man who seeks to start and expand his oil empire from nothing. Full of gorgeou...

HORROR OCTORBOR!: The Devil's Backbone (2000) w/Consequence of Sound
(Thanks to our sponsor Emporium Arcade Bar, as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!) We’re finishing up HORROR OCTORBOR FOUR-BOR, our exploration of foreign horror films, with Guillermo Del Toro’s 2001 historical supernatural drama The Devil’s Backbone! Justin Gerber of Consequence of Sound joins us to talk about Del Toro’s spiritual sibling to his later film Pan’s Labyrinth, in which a group of orphans deal with the ghost of their deceased friend while the staff of the orphanage tries to navigate the precario...

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HORROR OCTORBOR! Martyrs (2008)
HORROR OCTORBOR FOUR-BOR continues this week, as we (along with ten-time guest Derek Jarvis) take a look at one of the most extreme foreign horror films around – 2008’s Martyrs! A shining, bloody example of the French New Extremity movement, Martyrs deals with a young victim of trauma (Mylene Jampanoi) and her supportive friend (Morjana Alaoui) as they confront the presence of a cult that seeks to find transcendence through extreme pain. The results are grossifying and not for the weak-stomached, but we’ve ...


HORROR OCTORBOR! Suspiria (1977)
Greetings mortals! HORROR OCTORBOR FOURBOR continues as we take on foreign horror films all month! New guest/filmmaker Jimmy Moore joins us this round to talk 1977's Italian horror flick Suspiria! Directed by horror icon Dario Argento, Suspiria is considered the poster child for the giallo film. Argento's classic stuns with bold, colorful cinematography and subtle eroticism, along with gory kills. Check out our episode as we talk witches, baby Udo Kier, and Blind Andy Samberg getting killed by a gargoyle al...

HORROR OCTORBOR! Three...Extremes (2004)
We’re continuing our HORROR OCTORBOR FOUR-BOR world tour of foreign-language horror films this week with returning guest Julia and the 2004 Asian horror anthology Three…Extremes! A triple feature of spooky shorts from Hong Kong (Dumplings, directed by Fruit Chan), South Korea (Cut, directed by Oldboy's Chan-wook Park) and Japan (Box, directed by Ichi the Killer’s Takashi Miike) feature a delightfully unsettling mix of scares. From an aging actress turning to a disgusting alternative remedy to keep her vital...

HORROR OCTORBOR! Let the Right One In (2008) w/CinemaJaw
It’s that time of year again, listeners – HORROR OCTORBOR! For our fourth installment of our annual dive into the depths of hell, we’re taking on all foreign-language horror, starting with 2008’s Swedish vampire masterpiece Let the Right One In! Matt K of fellow Chicago film podcast CinemaJaw joins us to talk about a smartly directed tale of a young outcast boy making the most unusual of friends in vampire Eli in 1980s Sweden. Check it out on Netflix and give our recap a listen, along with our custom cockta...


Big Fat Liar (2002) w/Shannon Campe
Ka-STANG! This week, fellow A Talking Cast!?!/The ‘Cast Next Door podcastress Shannon Campe joins us for another expedition into 90s/2000s kid cinema with Frankie Muniz’s Big Fat Liar! Muniz plays Jason Shepherd, a pathological liar whose short story assignment for class is stolen from unscrupulous, half-goatee-d Hollywood producer Paul Giamatti to make into his next hit film. With the help of Vaguely Funny Girl Character Amanda Bynes, Jason flies off to Hollywood to plan his revenge. Take a listen as we as...

Lisztomania (1975)
This week, Theo joins us once more to talk Lisztomania, the off-the-wall glam rock biopic of famed German composer Franz Liszt, played by The Who's Roger Daltrey! Lisztomania plays up the pseudohistorical tale of "history's first rock star" in typical 70s camp fashion. Get ready for giant fake dicks, robes made of piano keys, and Richard Wagner as Zombie Rock Hitler being defeated by the power of love; we sure weren't. Take a listen and check out our custom cocktail and drinking rules! (Thanks to this episo...

The Thief and the Cobbler: Recobbled Cut (2006) w/Twenty Questions Tuesday
This week on Alcohollywood, we invite returning guest David Rheinstrom (of Twenty Questions Tuesday and Our Fair City fame) for one last job before he departs Chicago for the wide world of San Francisco – the “Recobbled Cut” of the infamous animated labor of love The Thief and the Cobbler! Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s Oscar-winning animator Richard Williams’ magnum opus is an elegantly drawn piece of cinema that follows the titular double-act as they attempt to retrieve the Three Golden Balls from the evil Viz...


Stealth (2005)
This week on Alcohollywood, Jared and I fly solo (along with sentient Maillbot J4R.3D) as we check out the 2005 flop Stealth! In this notorious cross between Top Gun, 2001, and an Incubus music video, Stealth follows hotshot pilots Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx (fresh off his Oscar for Ray) as they contend with an experimental AI fighter (voiced by Prison Break's Wentworth Miller) who goes rogue after...getting hit by lightning? This two-hour epic is full of director Rob Cohen's particular tics, p...

Food of the Gods (1976) w/Our Fair City
This week on Alcohollywood, Clayton Faits of Our Fair City joins us to talk about the chintzy 1970s giant animal flick Food of the Gods! Adapted from a “portion” of the novel by HG Wells, Food of the Gods stars Starcrash alum (and walking LL Bean ad) Marjoe Gortner as a football player/survivalist who finds himself in the midst of an invasion of giant animals on a secluded island. With a little pluck and determination, Marjoe and the cast of mumbly supporting players must fight off giant rats, mealworms, ma...

Dredd (2012) w/Mercy Street Theatre
This week on Alcohollywood, Julia Rohed of Mercy Street Theatre Company joins us to talk the Karl Urban 2012 comic book movie/reboot Dredd! Fulfilling a mission he’s had (perhaps to an irritating degree) for the past 3 years, Clint finally gets Jared to watch Dredd, the most recent adaptation of the British comic strip after the 1995 Sylvester Stallone disaster. Does it hold up to the cult hype? Did it deserve the sequel fans never got? And how does a population that’s 96% unemployed buy all those drugs any...


A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
This week, returning guest Nick Freed joins us to talk 1988’s A Fish Called Wanda, the caper-comedy written by and starring John Cleese! When a group of thieves (Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and Thomas Georgeson) successfully steal a buttload of diamonds, the four quickly begin turning on each other, eventually wrapping a sheltered, middle-aged barrister (Cleese) into the larcenous fold. Check out our custom cocktail and drinking rules as we talk Curtis’ femme fatale, Palin’s stammer, and wh...

The Rock (1996) w/Nerd Outcast Podcast
While we continue to get our full-length radio drama production of Indiana Jones and the Monkey King up (listen to the trailer here!) for the 200th episode, we continue on to 201 with Michael Bay's 1996 explosion-fest The Rock! Featuring Michael Bay's signature excess and kineticism before many people got sick of it, The Rock stars Sean Connery and Nic Cage as an unlikely duo who need to stop a crazed former general (Ed Harris) from gassing San Francisco after holing himself up in the prison island of Alcat...

Big Trouble in Little China (1986) w/Grant of Chip & Ironicus
This week on Alcohollywood, Grant of Chip & Ironicus fame joins us to talk the 1986 John Carpenter cult classic Big Trouble in Little China! THRILL as Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) wryly smirks his way through a rescue mission in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, oblivious to his role as the film's sidekick! GASP as mystical Raidens and old mascara-d ghost-men kidnap green-eyed girls for demonic rituals involving mall escalators! We chat about all this and more, so give us a listen and check out our cust...


Space Jam (1996)
This week, our friend Betsy joins us to talk one of the more baffling nostalgia-fueled cultural phenomena of the 90s - Space Jam! Based on the best-sneaker-selling Super Bowl commercial, Space Jam contrives a situation in which Michael Jordan ("playing" himself) joins Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes for a high-stakes game of basketball against the Monstars, in order to keep them from being kidnapped and made into amusement park attractions. (Apparently the screenwriters of this film had never be...

FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL: National Treasure (2004) w/Blurry Photos
Happy birthday, America! To celebrate our nation’s birthday (and recent events have made us pretty proud to be an American), the Daves from the Blurry Photos Podcast join us to talk about the 2004 Nic Cage movie National Treasure. Part Indiana Jones movie, part Pirates of the Caribbean, part social studies filler movie, National Treasure follows adventurer Ben Franklin Gates (Cage) and his trusty crew as they work to stop evil Englishman Sean Bean from stealing the Declaration of Independence by… stealing t...

The Pest (1997) w/Nathan Rabin
This week on Alcohollywood, we make a double feature of “shitty 90s comedies Clint watched too often as a kid” by following Good Burger with the lamentable John Leguizamo vehicle The Pest! Guest (and author of You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me) Nathan Rabin joins us as we witness the irredeemably-shrill Pestario Vargas (Leguizamo) vamp, titter, and offend his way through a Most Dangerous Game-like scenario involving Jeffrey Jones as a Nazi human hunter. Along the way, Pest manages to reference every ...


Mr. Nanny (1993) LIVE at PodSlam '15 w/Nathan Rabin
This week on the podcast, we engage in our first LIVE episode of the show as part of the charity podcast marathon PodSlam ‘15, with special guest Nathan Rabin (author of You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me and every online movie review/thinkpiece you’ve ever loved)! Given that this was a wrestling-themed charity marathon, we decided to take on the baffling Hulk Hogan vehicle Mr. Nanny*, in which the mustachioed lunkhead plays a former wrestler turned bodyguard tasked with nannying/protecting the precoc...

Sorcerer (1977) w/Twin Cinema
This week on Alcohollywood, we get a bit more obscure with Theo from Twin Cinema as we discuss William Friedkin’s lost 1977 thriller Sorcerer! An unfortunate casualty of the end of New Hollywood and the beginning of the Star Wars era of special-effects blockbusters, this remake of the classic French film The Wages of Fear sees a group of disparate expatriates (including Roy Scheider) in a small South American hellhole, tasked with a dangerous mission to transport unstable nitroglycerin 200 miles to put out ...

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The Warriors (1979)
CAN YOU DIG IT, listeners? This week, returning guest Julia of Mercy Street Theatre Company bops with us as we watch Walter Hill’s 1979 cult gang thriller The Warriors! A pulpy, disco-tinged Greek epic about a beleaguered street gang from Coney Island lost on the wrong side of town after being framed for killing a prominent gang leader, the movie’s long on style and short on complexity. We found quite a bit to talk about, from apocalypse theories to the unfortunate Director’s Cut. Throw on your tight blue j...


Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
This week on Alcohollywood, playwright Dusty Wilson joins us to talk 1995’s Leaving Las Vegas, starring Academy Award-winning Nicolas Cage (in a role that gives his craziness some context and pathos) and Oscar-nominated Elizabeth Shue in one of her finest, most sensitive roles, as a drunkard and a prostitute who spend several weeks together in Vegas while the former drinks himself to death. It’s not the lightest material a drinking games/alcohol-based podcast can cover, but the complex psychology of its cha...

Hercules (2014)
I AM HERCULES! Just in time for Dwayne Johnson’s latest turn in Furious 7, this week returning guest Craig joins us to talk last year’s Rock-tastic adventure Hercules! Directed by Brett “I don’t have a style” Ratner, this sword-and-sandal epic remodels Herc as a flawed strongman with a coterie of badasses (including Ian McShane and Rufus Sewell) who help him build up the legend of Hercules so they can get money. However, when Lord Cotys (John Hurt) tasks them to take down an army of centaurs, Herc and crew ...

Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)
(NOTE: We switched to a new laptop this week, so some driver issues made the sound quality a bit less sweet this episode. We promise it’ll be repaired next week.) This week on Alcohollywood, we’re getting shibby with returning guest Nick Ostrem to talk the 2000 stoner comedy Dude, Where’s My Car? When perpetually-stoned Jesse and Chester (Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott, who never actually smoke anything in the film) try to track down their car, they stumble upon a mad chase between “hot chicks,” dud...


Back to the Future (1985) w/Geekspotting & Consequence of Sound
Great Scott! This week on Alcohollywood, Justin Gerber of Consequence of Sound and James Thompson of Geekspotting stop by to go back in time and learn the power of love with 1985’s Back to the Future! Bob Zemeckis' 80s sci-fi comedy classic sees slacker Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) jumping in a retrofitted DeLorean created by his creepily-close mad scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and zipping back to 1985, contending with 50s nuclear family politics, the prospect of getting back to his own tim...

Battle Royale (2000) w/Wildclaw Theatre
Konban wa, listeners! This week, Ele from Our Fair City and Wildclaw Theatre joins us to talk the Japanese cult film Battle Royale – the tale of a group of kids forced to participate in a punitive government program to punish bad students by making them fight to the death on a deserted island with random weapons. Of course, since the students have apparently not heard of this at all, what’s the point of Battle Royale if it doesn’t sufficiently scare people into doing better at school? Still, we have a lot o...

ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL: Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
Erin go bragh, listeners! We’re gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day along with returning guest David Rheinstrom of Twenty Questions Tuesday (and Our Fair City) as we tackle the 1959 Disney film Darby O’Gill and the Little People! The third in our unintentional trio of Robert Stevenson Disney musicals after Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Darby follows the titular character (Albert Sharpe), an old coot living in a quaint Irish village who finds himself in a series of folksy shenanigans. Involved are ...


Virtuosity (1995) w/Grant of Chip & Ironicus
Greetings, listeners! Grant from Chip & Ironicus and the Six Feats Under podcast network joins us in our new and improved Alcohollywood Labs 2.0 to talk the 1995 cyber-thriller Virtuosity! Years before they’d meet up in American Gangster, Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe face off in this cyber-thriller that sees an ex-cop convict with a robot arm (Washington) tracking down the anthropomorphized version of an AI serial killer named Sid 6.7 (Crowe, hamming it the hell up). What follows is all of the best, ...

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) w/Our Fair City
Greetings, listeners! Sorry about the long wait, but this just means you’ll get two episodes this week! Ryan Bond of Our Fair City joins us to talk about 1985’s Young Sherlock Holmes, written by Chris Columbus and directed by Barry “Men in Black” Levinson. Taking a Muppet Babies approach to literature's greatest detective, the film follows tween Sherlock and Watson as they solve a supernatural mystery involving a mysterious Egyptian cult, as well as solving the mystery of their changing bodies and his newfo...

OSCAR SPECIAL: Birdman (2014) w/Twin Cinema
OSCAR SPECIAL: BIRDMAN (2014) W/TWIN CINEMA  FEBRUARY 20, 2015EPISODES, GUESTS, NEW RELEASE, SPECIALS Happy Oscar season, listeners! This week, Jared’s been “kidnopped” by Keanu Reeves once more, so our special guest Theo from Twin Cinema drops in to help Clint talk Best Picture nominee Birdman, along with returning guest Andrew Saenz! The latest film by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu is a dizzying, one-shot wonder starring Michael Keaton as thinly-veiled Keaton allegory Riggan Thomson, a washed-up superhero...


VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) w/Consequence of Sound
Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers! This week, regular guest Julia and Leah Pickett from Consequence of Sound joins us to talk Sleepless in Seattle, the seminal Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan romantic comedy from 1993! This film (about a divorcee who finds himself the talk of female America after a particularly heartfelt radio call-in segment) features Hanks and Ryan at their prime, with some solid comedy as they try to navigate the precarious middle ground between practical relationships and the romantic notion of true lov...

Race with the Devil (1975)
This week on Alcohollywood, recurring guest Derek joins us from the basement to talk Satanic panic movies with Race with the Devil! This 1975 Peter Fonda-Warren Oates road thriller follows these two easy riders along a two-lane blacktop to evil, as they (and their girlfriends) must use the incredible powers of their RV to hold off an increasingly encroaching horde of Satanists who catch them spying on their latest sacrifice. A gonzo combination of the ‘devil’s cult’ and road movie genres of the 1970s, the f...

Legend (1985) w/Lair of the Unwanted
This week on Alcohollywood, we (along with Jason Soto of Lair of the Unwanted) finally take on our first Tom Cruise movie with the Ridley Scott fantasy Legend! Right off the heels of Jared’s appearance on the Blade Runner episode of the Nerd Outcast Podcast, we take on another 1980s Ridley Scott movie featuring unicorns and inhuman creatures. This time, though, we get to see a young, buck-toothed Tom Cruise battle a devilish Tim Curry (as literally the Devil) for the soul of his princess lover Mia Sara. Alo...


Detention (2011) w/Consequence of Sound
This week on Alcohollywood, we (along with Nick Freed of Consequence of Sound) face our greatest challenge as we take on the aggressively weird, hyperkinetic 2011 high school horror meta-comedy Detention! Music video raconteur Joseph Kahn (of Torque…fame?) self-financed this off-kilter, virtually indescribable tale of high school students, horror movie slasher villains, time travel, alien vegetarians, body swaps, man-fly hybrids, and Dane Cook in his most restrained performance. With its incredibly schizoph...

City Lights (1931) w/Twenty Questions Tuesday
This week on Alcohollywood, we strap on our bowler hats and grab our wobbly bamboo canes as we tramp it up with David Rheinstrom of Twenty Questions Tuesday with David & David and Our Fair City by watching the Charlie Chaplin silent classic City Lights! In this delightful classic, our beloved Tramp (Chaplin) finds himself falling in with a comely blind flower girl and an eccentric millionaire, all while navigating the harsh world of the big city. Ambitious, timelessly hilarious, and heart-wrenchingly sweet,...

The Princess Bride (1987) w/Geek Girl Chicago
This week, we dive into the Fire Swamp, cross a Sicilian with death on the line, and get out our six-fingered gloves along with Geek Girl Chicago as we check out Rob Reiner's 1987 classic fantasy-comedy The Princess Bride! The ultimate loving homage to the trappings of sword-and-sorcery fantasy romances, this adaptation of the William Goldman novel is probably one of the most beloved comedies of all time, and for good reason: the performances and script are spot-on, and the few hints of sneaking subversion ...


15 Minutes (2001)
Happy New Year, listeners! We’re breaking in 2015 with 15 Minutes – a poorly-timed, mediocre cop thriller from 2001 starring Robert De Niro and Edward Burns. The two play a homicide and arson cop, respectively, who have to track down two crazy Eastern Europeans who commit a series of serial murders in order to cater to the Jerry Springer-heavy nature of American notoriety and fame. The movie tries to juggle Michael Mann-esque high-octane cop action with Network-like satire of media, but becomes a bit too pu...

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Rare Exports (2010) w/Nightmare Gallery & Our Fair City
Merry Krampus, listeners! We’re celebrating Christmas by dipping back into the horror well with Daniel Lackey of The Nightmare Gallery and Ele Matelan of Our Fair City and WildClaw Theatre, as we dig into the Finnish horror flick Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale! A micro-budgeted curiosity from 2010, Rare Exports follows the travails of a small rural community in Finland who runs afoul of the historical Santa - now a homicidal, mute old man who’s more Hannibal Lecter than Kris Kringle. From herds of nude old ...

CONNICKUH SPECIAL: Copycat (1995) w/Burning Brigid Media
Harry Connickuh, listeners! For our fourth celebration of O He With the Golden Voice, we (along with Kat and Michael of Burning Brigid Media) bring you a drinking game, cocktail and perplexed review of 1995’s Copycat, starring Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter as an agoraphobic psychologist and a cop trying to track down a copycat serial killer. Connick Jr. is in it way less than we thought, playing a grubby hick serial killer whose presence haunts Weaver and inspires the film’s main villain, but his chippe...


Paprika (2006) w/Ironicus & Geekspotting
Konnichiwa, listeners! This week, we take on our first Japanese anime (on the show) with Grant of Chip & Ironicus and James of Geekspotting with Satoshi Kon's Paprika! This incredible, fascinating film follows the search for a stolen dream device, which is being abused to 'hack' into people's dreams and causing them to disappear and blur the lines between fantasy and reality. As the walls of the dream world begin to warp and collapse, it's up to the sprightly, powerful dream-warrior Paprika (and her more se...

The Postman (1997) w/Our Fair City and Blastropodcast
This week on Alcohollywood, Mark Soloff of Blastropodcast and Ryan Bond of Our Fair City join us to slog through the three hour apocalyptic Western-y flop The Postman, starring/directed by Kevin Costner! In this follow-up to his other sci-fi flop Waterworld, Costner plays a rugged drifter in a desolate, apocalyptic Oregon, who takes up the mantle of “Postman” in order to deliver mail to these post-apocalyptic shantytowns and rebuild America. While there are some neat ideas behind it, the film’s bloated budg...

Samurai Cop (1991)
This week on Alcohollywood, Nick Ostrem joins us once more to talk the surprising cult film Samurai Cop, the recently-unearthed 1991 action-comedy starring Robert Z’Dar and Matt Hannon! The film tells the incomprehensible tale of bug-eyed karate cop Joe Samurai (Matt Hannon), his aloof partner (Mark Frazer), and their attempts to break down the evil Japanese Katana gang. Samurai Cop is a whirlwind of laughable acting, stilted dialogue, stunningly bad cinematography and more untouched boobs than you can shak...


A Cry in the Dark (1988)
“A dingo took my baby!” is one of the most famous lines in film history, but how does the movie itself hold up? Theo joins us as we head to the Australian outback for the Meryl Streep/Sam Neill true crime drama A Cry in the Dark (Evil Angels in Australia)! The film follows the infamous Azaria Chamberlain case, in which a months-old baby girl was tragically lost and killed out in the outback, and their parents, Lindy (Meryl Streep, in one of her many Academy Award-nominated performances) and Michael Chamber...

Last Action Hero (1993) w/Nathan Rabin of The Dissolve
Special guest Nathan Rabin of The Dissolve grabs his golden ticket, jumps through the movie screen, and joins us to talk 1993’s meta-action flick Last Action Hero! In this ballsy, flawed, filmed-by-committee action-comedy, precocious movie buff Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien) gets Houdini’s magic ticket and jumps into the movie world of clichéd 80s action movie cop Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Though the film’s ambitions are high, Last Action Hero is definitely not without its flaws, including its te...

My Favorite Year (1982)
This week on Alcohollywood, we uncover a lost, forgotten cult gem with My Favorite Year! Based loosely on the early writing career of Mel Brooks and his encounter with Errol Flynn on the variety show My Show of Shows, the film swaps those two for Mark-Linn Baker (Cousin Larry from Perfect Strangers) and Peter O’Toole as the hammy lothario Alan Swann. While this film is one of the few films to have a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, we had a bit more of a complicated time with it, as Jared and Clint (and guest...


HORROR OCTORBOR III: Halloween III - Season of the Witch (1982)
Happy AlcoHolloween, listeners! We (along with guest Julia) wrap up Horror Octorbor this year with Halloween III: Season of the Witch, arguably one of the most divisive Part 3s in horror history! Instead of following the Michael Myers formula, John Carpenter and director Tommy Lee Wallace chose to try to make Halloween an anthology series with this installment - here, an evil Irish corporation hatches a scheme to summon the forces of darkness through kitschy Halloween masks, with only a dorky May-December c...

HORROR OCTORBOR III: Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) w/Forced Viewing
This week on Alcohollywood, we strap cameras onto some oscillating fans and bring along Daniel Lackey of Forced Viewing and The Nightmare Gallery to talk Paranormal Activity 3! This third entry in the found-footage ghost/demon/whatever(?) series has all the thrills and spills you expect from the series: passive-aggressive bickering between couples, small noises in the night, time-lapse standing near beds, and so much more. Even still, we dig into the nature of found footage, especially this series. We also ...

HORROR OCTORBOR III: The Omen III - The Final Conflict (1993) w/Consequence of Sound
HELL-o listeners! Justin Gerber and Randall Colburn of Consequence of Sound joins us as we continue our spooky look at the third part of different horror series with The Omen 3: The Final Conflict! This time, baby boy Antichrist Damien Thorn is all growed up (and played by a smirking Sam Neill), in a position of political power, and all set to cement his rule over mankind by preventing the birth of the Nazarene. Standing in his way, of course, are a cabal of comically clumsy clergy, Damien’s dunce of a dame...


HORROR OCTORBOR III: Saw III (2006)
"Hello, listener. I wanna play a game. All your life, you've wanted a custom cocktail and drinking game to one of the more insane entries to the Saw series. Today, this opportunity will be given to you. Clint and Jared of Alcohollywood (along with returning guest Dusty Wilson of Mercy Street Theatre Company) continue their month-long exploration of the third entry in a number of horror series with Saw III, in which Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) offers another series of karmic rust traps for yet another group of ungra...

HORROR OCTORBOR III: Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - Dream Warriors w/Our Fair City
Welcome to our third Horror Octorbor, listeners! For this third round of our comprehensive cacophony of creepy kinoscapes, we're taking on the third installment of a bunch of different horror franchises. This week, we're starting with Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors! Dream Warriors sees Nancy (Heather Langenkamp, all dead eyes and Susan Sontag hair) helping to defend a group of new teens/victims (including Patricia Arquette) from Freddy Krueger in a psychiatric hospital. Kat Evans and Ele Matelan ...

Wargames (1983)
WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY A DRINKING GAME? This week, returning guest Derek joins us to talk about WarGames! The mid-80s Cold War-paranoid/video-game thriller follows David Lightman (a baby-faced Matthew Broderick), an enterprising hacker who accidentally prods a new supercomputer into starting preparations for World War III. The film is a perfect time capsule for so many cultural fears we had in the 80s, from the terror of nuclear annihilation, the distancing effect of technology on war, and the linking of vi...


UHF (1989) w/Nathan Rabin of The Dissolve
This week on Alcohollywood, we’re getting weird once again with special guest Nathan Rabin (staff writer of The Dissolve and co-author of Weird Al: The Book)! This time, we take on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s only feature film, 1989’s UHF! The film is a distillation of Weird Al’s carefree, joyful, tongue-in-cheek parodic style, as slacker dreamer George Newman (Al) acquires a UHF station and fills it with all manner (or AL manner?) of off-the-wall programming. The result is messy, but delightful in its own way, a...

The Horse Whisperer (1998)
This week on Alcohollywood, guest Theo helps us get in touch with our feminine, middle-aged side with Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer! When little Scarlett Johansson gets injured riding her horse, which itself becomes traumatized and aggressive, career-woman working mom Annie (Kristen Scott Thomas) takes both of them to ‘horse whisperer’ Tom Booker (Redford), who offers his homespun wisdom and chaste masculinity to this erstwhile city family. The movie’s gorgeous, but it’s also three hours long, and th...

Hard Candy (2005) w/Ironicus of Chip & Ironicus
This week on Alcohollywood, guest Theo helps us get in touch with our feminine, middle-aged side with Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer! When little Scarlett Johansson gets injured riding her horse, which itself becomes traumatized and aggressive, career-woman working mom Annie (Kristen Scott Thomas) takes both of them to 'horse whisperer' Tom Booker (Redford), who offers his homespun wisdom and chaste masculinity to this erstwhile city family. The movie's gorgeous, but it's also three hours long, and th...


Sleuth (1972) w/Our Fair City
This week on Alcohollywood, David Rheinstrom of Our Fair City joins us as we get out our magnifying glasses and take a closer look at the 1972 dramedy-thriller Sleuth! Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine both got Oscar nods for their performances in this adaptation of the titular Anthony Schaffer play, in which an eccentric old crime novel writer (Olivier) invites his wife’s working-class new lover (Caine) for a Machiavellian game of wits they won’t soon forget. Both actors are in fine form, the twists are f...

Dune (1984) w/Our Fair City
This week, we see into the future with Ryan Bond of Our Fair City and Geek Bar Chicago as we dive into the convoluted world of David Lynch’s 1984 flick Dune! Because our listeners demanded, Jared and I watched the three-hour-long Alan Smithee cut of this adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert – somehow, this complex tale of political intrigue and religious prophecy 10,000 years in the future was both too complex and too over-explained. Still, we get into some great discussion of the ins and...

SHARK WEEK SPECIAL: Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Happy Shark Week, listeners! This time, Craig and Julia joins us to wear their shark-fin hats with the Renny Harlin shark shocker Deep Blue Sea! A sea of 90s faces (Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, LL Cool J) find themselves on the run from genetically-engineered sharks, whose brains have been artificially enhanced to find the cure for Alzheimer's. (Don't ask.) What results is an incredibly fun, but oddly goofy and fun flick complete with shitty character names (Carter Blake?), dubious scien...


150TH EPISODE SPECIAL: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) w/Our Fair City and Geek Girl Chicago
It’s our 150th episode, and Alcohollywood is bringing back Chicago-geek power couple Clayton Faits (of Our Fair City) and Lauren Faits (aka Geek Girl Chicago) to talk about Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade! In honor of our very first episode, where we covered Crystal Skull, we decided to look back on the third Indy film! Here, the titular adventurer (Harrison Ford) must beat the Nazis to an historical religious artifact with great power – sound familiar? Along the way, though, he learns a few lessons abou...

Clifford (1994)
This week on Alcohollywood, guest Nick of Three Brothers Theatre joins us to talk about yet another cinematic disaster – the 1994 film Clifford! Released unceremoniously in 1994 after being filmed in 1990, this abortive problem-child film sees Martin Short playing a precociously violent and demonic 10-year-old whose parents dump him on the unsuspecting Uncle Martin (Charles Grodin), whose life is completely destroyed over the next 90 minutes. Short’s creepy mugging and overblown schtick meshes poorly with t...

The Black Cauldron (1985)
This week on Alcohollywood, Nathan Roebbel of the Right Brain Project joins us as we dig into the Disney archives to take a look at the long-forgotten animated flick The Black Cauldron! The movie is an adaptation of an obscure Welsh-inspired fantasy book series following the adventures of a meek pig-keeper named Taran, who must fight off the Horned King (John Hurt) and destroy a magical cauldron that can create an army of the undead.  Released in 1985 after a contentious production process, the film isn’t d...


The Lost Weekend (1945)
This week on Alcohollywood, we’re staging an intervention by making a drinking game for a film about alcoholism! Returning guests Andrew and Julia join us to take on Billy Wilder’s 1945 classic The Lost Weekend, about an alcoholic writer (Ray Milland) who endures a rock bottom bender over the course of three days. The film takes an unflinching look at the morality and psychology of alcoholism, a first for a movie of this type. The film is helped along with some creative imagery and Miklos Rozsa’s unsettling...

The Visitor (1979) w/Geekspotting
This week on Alcohollywood, returning guests and Kat and James (from fellow podcast Geekspotting) join us to help us unpack the 1979 masterpiece The Visitor! A strange Italian mix of Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, and Star Wars, this crazy film follows the interstellar battle between good and evil, as represented by Old Space God (John Huston) and a petulant little hell child named Katy (Paige Conner). Featuring Lance Henriksen as a sadistic basketball team owner and Franco Nero as Space Jesus, this crazy Draft...

FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL: The Patriot (2000)
Happy birthday, America! We’re celebrating the Fourth of July in style here on Alcohollywood, as we take on Roland Emmerich’s American Braveheart, aka The Patriot! Returning guest Dusty Wilson comes back to indulge in this three hour long exercise in melodrama,  Mel Gibson crying faces, and slow motion flag waving (and flag stabbing). With a giant ensemble cast, and a suitably bombastic John Williams score, The Patriot cements itself as one of the most American movies a German has ever made starring two Aus...


The LEGO Movie (2014) w/Geek Girl Chicago
Everything is awesome this week, as we go down familiar territory with a FULL EPISODE treatment of Fresh Pour favorite The LEGO Movie! Geek Girl Chicago herself joins us to talk about this past spring’s surprisingly-great kid’s flick/Danish brick product placement, in which dopey Emmet (Chris Pratt) is dragged into an improbable and genre-savvy adventure to save the many realms of LEGO from the nefarious schemes of Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Along the way, we discuss our personal LEGO experiences, the f...

Quest for Fire (1981)
This week on Alcohollywood, we get in touch with our primitive side with returning guest Theo as we check out the stark prehistoric film Quest for Fire! A strange blend of speculative historical documentary and hero’s journey, the film follows a small group of Neanderthals (including Silver Bullet’s Everett McGill and Bunraku’s Ron Perlman) who must travel to find a new source for fire after it is lost. Along the way, they encounter apelike homo erectus, advanced homo sapiens (including a mesmerizing Rae ...

Bunraku (2011) w/Nathan Rabin of The Dissolve
This week on Alcohollywood, we’ve got a very special guest: Nathan Rabin, former head writer for The Onion AV Club and current contributor to The Dissolve! He joins us to talk about the the samurai western gangster musical film mash-up Bunraku! In a post-apocalyptic world without guns, a drifter (Josh Hartnett) and samurai (Gackt) must team up with a saloon owner (Woody Harrelson) to defeat a mob boss (Ron Perlman) for unknown reasons. What follows is a stylish, but ultimately schizophrenic exercise in styl...


Being There (1979) w/Our Fair City
This week on Alcohollywood, we take a break from video games, space cats and gangster lizards to take on something a little more sensitive – the 1979 Peter Sellers film Being There. One of his last roles, Sellers plays an unassuming, exceedingly ‘simple’ gardener named Chance, whose sheltered lifestyle is changed forever when his benefactor dies. Entering the harsh outside world, his tenuous grasp on reality and the nature of things manages to exert incredible influence on the people around him, including t...

VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH: Super Mario Bros. The Movie (1993)
For the month of May, we’re kicking off Video Game Movie Month, where every week we take on a new film adaptation of a video game! This week, we (along with guest Ryan Bond) wrap up Video Game Movie Month with the infamous film Super Mario Bros. The Movie! A completely wackadoo adaptation of the Nintendo game series featuring everyone's favorite plumbers, this film sees Mario (Bob Hoskins) and Luigi (John Leguizamo) becoming lost in a Blade Runner-esque dystopian dimension full of weird fungus, goth-club fa...

VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH: Cloak and Dagger (1984) w/CinemaJaw
For the month of May, we’re kicking off Video Game Movie Month, where every week we take on a new film adaptation of a video game! This week, Matt K from CinemaJaw joins us to talk about 1984’s video game-related film Cloak and Dagger! This one’s a bit different, as it’s not so much a video game adaptation as it is a tie-in for a failed Atari video game from the’80s, but we still think it counts. Young Davey (ET’s Henry Thomas) immerses himself in the imaginary world of Cloak and Dagger, only to find himsel...


VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH: Silent Hill (2006)
For the month of May, we’re kicking off Video Game Movie Month, where every week we take on a new film adaptation of a video game! This week, we've got a rogue's gallery of guests (from recurring guest Julia to playwright Dusty Wilson, to Grant of Chip and Ironicus) to talk about the 2006 horror game adaptation Silent Hill! When Rose (Radha Mitchell) steals her adopted daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) away to the abandoned town of Silent Hill to try to solve the mystery of her nightmares, they both end up ...

VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH: Wing Commander (1999)
For the month of May, we’re kicking off Video Game Movie Month, where every week we take on a new film adaptation of a video game! This week, we head into space with House-guest Nick Ostrem to talk about the 1999 space-sim adaptation Wing Commander! Based on the 90s space dogfight games of the same name, the film follows the fight to win a deadly future space war between the humans and the Kilrathi, a race of space cats so deadly they live in dense green fog to hide the shoddiness of their rubber suits. Fre...

VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH: Mortal Kombat (1995) w/Nerd Outcast Podcast
For the month of May, we’re kicking off Video Game Movie Month, where every week we take on a new film adaptation of a video game! To get us started, Chris from the Nerd Outcast Podcast joins us for Paul WS Anderson’s debut feature, Mortal Kombat, based on the bloody fighting game of the same name! Telling the tale of three warriors forced to enter a martial arts tournament that will decide the fate of the world, this film is cheesy as hell. However, it goes about its business in a recklessly charming way t...


Fish Story (2009)
This week on Alcohollywood, recurring guest Derek joins us as we check out one of the more unconventional listener requests we’ve been given – 2009’s Japanese dramedy Fish Story! The tale of an obscure punk song that ends up saving the world from a deadly comet, Fish Story is an anthology film featuring vignettes from 1975 all the way to the apocalyptic world of 2012, showing the different ways in which the song (and the story that inspired it) dramatically affects people’s lives. It’s quirky and offbeat, t...

Bicentennial Man (1999) w/Our Fair City
This week on Alcohollywood, Clayton Faits of Our Fair City and Chicago actor Andrew Saenz joins us to take a look at the Robin Williams science fiction vehicle Bicentennial Man! Adapted from the short story and novel by author Isaac Asimov, the film follows two hundred years of a robot butler (Williams) who strives to be human. This includes falling in love with the granddaughter of his original charge (Embeth Davidtz). Directed by Chris Columbus, the film is a bit of a sentimental slog of weepy scenes abou...

Silverado (1985) w/Our Fair City
This week on Alcohollywood, we saddle up with Our Fair City writer (and friend of the show) David Rheinstrom to take a look at Silverado, the 1985 ensemble Western written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan! The film stars Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Scott Glenn and Kevin Costner as a ragtag band of gunslingers who help each other deal with their personal demons and long-standing rivals, including Brian Dennehy as a corrupt sheriff and Jeff Fahey as an unhinged outlaw. Silverado has a great, fun energy to it wh...


The Watcher (2000) w/Kris Flanagan
In the wake of a horrifying kidnapping, Clint must go Jared-less for this week’s episode of Alcohollywood! Joined by grizzled detective (and previous guest) Max and special guest, comedian Kris Flanagan, the trio attempt to keep Jared alive by enduring and drinking to The Watcher, the 2000 serial killer thriller starring James Spader and Keanu Reeves (who was under duress for the making of the film, his signature literally having been forged on a contract)! This film, in which grizzled ex-cop Spader is chas...

The Magic Christian (1969) w/Consequence of SOund
Come and get it, listeners – Nick from Consequence of Sound comes back to continue our exploration of cinematic Beatles efforts with the strange, bizarre creature that is The Magic Christian! Based on a novel by Terry Southern, the film is a hippie-tastic, Pythonesque journey in which Peter Sellers’ obscenely rich social prankster adopts homeless Ringo Starr and takes him through one ham-fisted counterculture prank after another. The result is the kind of disjointed experimental film we saw a lot of in the ...

Time Bandits (1981) w/Geekspotting
This week on Alcohollywood, James and Ruben (our resident geek experts from the Geekspotting podcast) join us to check out Terry Gilliam’s feature-length debut, Time Bandits! Fed up with his dreary, gadget obsessed parents, young Kevin falls in with a group of dwarf thieves using a time map from God to steal riches throughout history. We’ve covered Gilliam before with our Brazil episode, and Time Bandits has just as much of Gilliam’s dark whimsy as many of his other early classics. Join us for our custom co...


ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL: The Secret of Kells (2009) w/Our Fair City
Erin go bragh, listeners! It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and Alcohollywood (along with guest Jeffrey Gardner of Our Fair City) has decided to buck the trend by talking about a good movie about Irish mythology – the animated film The Secret of Kells! A fictionalized account of the story of the Book of Kells (an illuminated account of the Four Gospels that is an integral part of Irish history and culture), The Secret of Kells utilizes a fascinating animation style that evokes traditional Irish art, and the i...

The Black Hole (1979) w/Blastropodcast
This week on Alcohollywood, Mark (from the classy science-y comedy podcast Blastropodcast) joins us with our look at Disney’s attempt to cash-in on the Star Wars craze, The Black Hole! A group of hapless scientists and astronauts exploring a black hole find a haunted house-ship occupied by Dr. Hans Reinhardt (Maximillian Schell, channeling Captain Nemo) and a bunch of robots. Once there, they find betrayal, mystery, laser gun fights and surprisingly un-Disney disembowelings – elements that make for a rather...

OSCAR SPECIAL: Gravity (2013) w/CinemaJaw
It’s Oscar season this week, and on Alcohollywood we’ve got Ry from our friends at CinemaJaw to help us talk about Best Picture nominee Gravity! Acclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men) gives us this simple-yet-strong tale of survival and faith in space, as astronauts Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) find themselves stranded in space after a cloud of space debris destroys their shuttle. The two must overcome obstacle after obstacle, as Cuaron sends his camera floatin...


Falling Down (1993)
This week on Alcohollywood, we dig into the grit and grime of Joel Schumacher’s 1993 thriller Falling Down! On a sunny Los Angeles day in the early 90s - in the face of poverty, scalding heat, and the boiling pot of post-Rodney King race relations – Bill “D-Fens” Foster (a powerful Michael Douglas) finally snaps and starts a long walk home, taking out his frustration on societal ills in the process. Meanwhile, an easy-going cop on his last day (Robert Duvall) finds himself the only one able to put together ...

VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL: Love Story (1970)
Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovers out there! Check out our drinking game and custom cocktail for 1970’s classic romantic film Love Story! It's the classic tale of a rich white kid (Ryan O’Neal) and a poor, spunky college student (Ali MacGraw) who fall in love and deal with the melodrama that ensues. Our regular Valentine’s guest Julia joins us for discussions of Ali MacGraw’s deadly disease, father/child relationships, and the ins and outs of Harvard Law. Love means never having to say you’re sober, s...

The Dinosaur Project (2012)
This week on Alcohollywood, we head for the land of the lost with the found footage flick The Dinosaur Project! Equal parts Cloverfield and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, the film follows a group of experts who head for a mysterious African island, hoping to find dinosaurs. Well, guess what they find? Despite the goofy premise, we actually had quite a bit of fun with The Dinosaur Project, since it commits itself quite well to the found footage gimmick and has a fair bit of visual style. The CGI is...


Ichi the Killer (2001)
This week on Alcohollywood, Clue guest Theo returns to us to check out the 2001 Japanese thriller Ichi the Killer! One of the most violent movies of all time, this film by acclaimed director Takashi Miike follows two violent men living in a depraved world of rape and violence – the stylish yet sadistic Kakihara (Thor’s Tadanobu Asano) and the emotionally unstable killing machine Ichi (Nao Omori). The film’s long for its subject matter at 130 minutes, and its narrative gets confusing, but it’s a movie that w...

Mean Girls (2004)
Welcome back, friends! We took a week off to rest, revitalize, and let Clint open his show (which you can see if you’re in the Chicagoland area) – now we’re back with the Tina Fey cult high school comedy Mean Girls! Recurring guest Lise ‘Kat’ Evans joins us as we dive into this well-regarded time capsule of 2000s culture and metahumor, featuring a pre-mummy Lindsey Lohan as a sheltered homeschooled girl entering the jungle of high school cold turkey at 16. There, she must contend with ‘mean girl’ Regina Geo...

Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
This week on Alcohollywood, we delve into the complex Godzilla mythology with 1964’s Mothra vs. Godzilla (aka Godzilla vs. The Thing)! This film pits the famous lizard against mystical island god Mothra over control of Mothra’s giant egg! Part of the great Toho tradition of weird rubber monsters fighting each other, it’s certainly an interesting, crazy ride to endure. Grant of Chip & Ironicus joins us as we talk about miniature ladies, noble savages, and the hard world of investigative journalism. We’ve als...


Pi (1998)
Happy New Year, listeners – it’s the start of another year for Alcohollywood! To kick off 2014, we (along with guest Derek) try to solve the mystery of 3.14 with the Darren Aronofsky film Pi. Pi follows Max (Sean Gullette), an obsessive New York recluse who dedicates his life to the pursuit of a numerical value that just might explain everything from the stock market to the nature of God. Or, is he just going insane from cluster headaches and auditory hallucinations? Aronofsky’s debut film is a crackerjack ...

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Jingle All the Way (1996)
Happy holidays, everyone – the Alcohollywood Christmas special episode is here! This time, guests Julia and Todd join us as we take on the 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger stinker Jingle All the Way, in which Arnold flexes his comedy muscles as a workaholic dad whose son’s love is contingent on the acquisition of the hot new Turbo Man toy. This ends up leading him on a merry last-minute chase through the Twin Cities, while crazy post office worker Sinbad is hot on his heels. The movie actually has its funny momen...

Popeye: The Movie (1980)
This week on Alcohollywood, we hit the high seas once again for the Robert Altman directed musical flop Popeye: The Movie! This 1980 mess of a film sees Popeye (a mumbling Robin Williams) enter the idyllic world of Sweethaven, only to fall in love with the wide-eyed Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall), adopt the adorable Swee’Pea, and fight off the blustering Bluto (Paul L. Smith). Altman’s signature cinematography, with its muted backgrounds and emphasis on wide shots, has its similarities to the original Max Fleis...


Black Lightning (2010)
Zdravstvuyte tovarisch! This week on Alcohollywood, we’re taking all you comrades for an Eastern bloc party with the 2010 Russian superhero flick Black Lightning! Produced by Timur Bekmambetov (of Night Watch and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter fame), this Russian love letter to blockbuster superhero movies sees Dima, a down on his luck college student, suddenly inherit a flying Volgo automobile modified by Cold War scientists using magic fuel. Slowly learning its powers, he uses it to become the superhero ...

Day of the Dolphin (1973)
All aboard this week on Alcohollywood, as we (along with guest Max) continue our double dose of dolphin movies with the George C. Scott vehicle The Day of the Dolphin! A sensitive story about a man and his dolphin masquerading as a '70s political thriller, this Mike Nichols film is the most dour treatment of a movie about talking dolphins anyone could expect. Scott plays Dr. Terrell, a grumpy marine biologist who develops a system for dolphins to understand and speak basic English, only for nefarious forces...

CONNICKUH SPECIAL: Dolphin Tale (2011)
Harry Connickuh everybody! This week on Alcohollywood, it’s our favorite time of the year, where we (along with Jeff Award-winning composer Trevor Watkin) celebrate the life and career of everyone’s favorite slack-jawed crooner, Harry Connick Jr.! This time, we’re heading into the drink with the 3D family event of 2011, Dolphin Tale. This film tells the true story of Winter (herself), a dolphin who lost its tail in a crab cage and must be given a robot tail by master inventor Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman). Al...


Fight Club (1999)
This week on Alcohollywood, our Disney princess Cherish joins us as we hit you as hard as we can with our review and drinking game of 1999’s cult hit Fight Club! This adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name follows an unnamed narrator (Edward Norton) who finds a release from his disaffected, postmodern life by falling in with radical soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). Together, they create fight clubs and rebel against the establishment, all the time creating something even more danger...

The Lady Vanishes (1938) w/Consequence of Sound
This week on Alcohollywood, guest Justin from Consequence of Sound joins us as we recover from last week’s terrible Oogieloves to cherish a true classic: the 1934 Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Lady Vanishes! The last movie he made before heading to America, The Lady Vanishes sees young bride-to-be Iris (Margaret Lockwood) and wan Englishman Gilbert (Michael Redgrave) stuck in a mystery about an old governess (Dame May Whitty) who has suddenly disappeared on a train. No one seems to know anything about her, ...

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012)
This week on Alcohollywood, Hausu and Mallrats guest Nick returns to help us endure the fresh, shiny hell that is 2012’s children’s movie flop The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure! “From the marketing genius behind Teletubbies,” as the trailer tells us, The Oogieloves introduces us to a hellish landscape in which three obnoxious, multicolored monsters (Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie) wander through Lovelyloveville to collect balloons from high place and drink junk food. Along the way, they encounter a num...


HORROR OCTORBOR: Dracula (1931) / Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Happy Alcoholloween everyone! Clint and Jared (along with returning guest Craig) polish off Horror Octorbor with their final double feature of a Universal classic monster movie and its modern counterpart! This time, we delve into the one that started it all: 1931’s Dracula, starring the inimitable Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, whose thirst for blood leads him to seek out a life in London. Then, we sink our teeth into 1992’s bold (if flawed) Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and s...

HORROR OCTORBOR: The Invisible Man (1933) / Hollow Man (2000)
This week on Alcohollywood, we (along with guest Max) unwrap the secrets of the 1933 James Whale classic The Invisible Man and the 2000 Paul Verhoeven slasher Hollow Man! Two wildly different tales of mad scientists who discover invisibility, the Universal classic follows Claude Rains as a sadistic chemist who goes on a murder spree in a 19th century village. Meanwhile, Hollow Man follows Kevin Bacon as an egotistical pervert who uses his powers to terrorize his hot neighbors in a SyFy Original Movie labora...

HORROR OCTORBOR: The Mummy (1932) / The Mummy (1999) (w/Biggest Fan Podcast)
This week on Alcohollywood, Brockett from the Biggest Fan Podcast joins us for this latest installment of Horror Octorbor, where we pair classic Universal monster movies with a modern adaptation! This time around, we get wrapped up in the 1932 Boris Karloff classic The Mummy and the 1999 Stephen Sommers-directed action-comedy The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser as Indiana Jones-lite Rick O’Connell! These two movies have wildly different tones. Whereas the Karloff Mummy is a more sedate, dramatic and suspense...


HORROR OCTORBOR: The Wolf Man (1941) / The Wolfman (2010)
The full moon is out, and this week on Alcohollywood we’re scaring up some strange (along with guest Jesse) for Week 2 of this year’s Horror Octorbor! This week, we’re looking at the 1941 Universal classic The Wolf Man, starring Lon Cheney Jr., and the 2010 Joe Johnston reimagining The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro! While the 1940s movie has quite a bit to love (fun performances, great makeup and prosthetics for the time), Johnston’s flick suffers from incredibly flat performances (especially from Del ...

HORROR OCTORBOR: Frankenstein (1931) / Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Happy hauntings, listeners – it’s Horror Octorbor once again at Alcohollywood! This year, we’re doing something a little different: taking the major Universal monster movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood and comparing them to a modern adaptation/reimagining and seeing how they stack up. We’re starting out this week with everyone’s favorite stitched-up modern Prometheus, Frankenstein – along with guest Nathan of The Right Brain Project, we resurrect both the 1931 James Whale classic (starring Boris Karlof...

Danger: Diabolik (1968)
This week on Alcohollywood, we're getting groovy with 1968's Dino de Laurentiis-produced Italian spy-sploitation flick Danger: Diabolik! Adapted from the Italian comic, the film sees Barbarella's John Philip Law as a leather-clad super thief with a hot girlfriend/accomplice, spending the movie stealing more and more elaborate goods while being chased by Italian policeman Jenko and gangster Valmont (played by Thunderball's Largo, Adolfo Celi). The whole thing is delightfully wacky, if a little empty, and Mar...


The Breakfast Club (1985)
Eat our shorts, listeners – this week, we’re headed to detention with The Breakfast Club! One of John Hughes’ most well-known efforts, this adolescent dramedy follows five teen stereotypes (played by Brat Pack regulars Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy) as they while away a Saturday afternoon in detention. While avoiding the bitter Vice Principal Vernon (John Gleeson), they cause trouble, learn more about each other, and mostly just smoke a lot of pot. Love it...

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)
This week on Alcohollywood, we dive headfirst (along with guest Emily) into the madness that is Dr. Seuss’ first and only live-action creative work, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T! A 1950s mix of musical comedy, Disneyesque whimsy and horrifying Seussian allegory, the film follows young Bart, an unfortunately untalented child who daydreams a nightmarish world run by his tyrannical piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker. His scheme is to keep his mother captive and schemes to hold a music concert for his 500-kid piano! I...

Sunset (1988)
This week on Alcohollywood, we (along with guest Derek) saddle up for the Hollywood historical western Sunset, starring Bruce Willis and James Garner (and directed by Blake Edwards of Breakfast at Tiffany’s fame)! This half-cocked whodunit sees an older Wyatt Earp (Garner) serving as a technical consultant for an early silent Western starring cocky Tom Mix (Willis), only for the two to get embroiled in a seedy murder mystery at the heart of the Golden Age’s seedy underbelly. Malcolm McDowell also stars as a...


Flash Gordon (1980)
This week on Alcohollywood, Our Fair City’s Lise ‘Kat’ Evans joins us as we hitch a ride on a phallic-looking spaceship to watch the 80s camp classic Flash Gordon! Adapted from the comic strips and film serials of the 1930s and 40s, this Dino De Laurentiis-produced bit of cheese follows intrepid football player/space adventurer Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones) and his erstwhile girlfriend Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) as they battle the forces of Ming the Merciless (Max Von Sydow) and befriend the Errol Flynn-esq...

The Protector (Tom Yum Goong) (2005)
This week, we’re kicking it up a notch with the 2005 Thai action flick The Protector (original name: Tom Yum Goong), starring Asian action sensation Tony Jaa! Jaa plays Kham, the last member of a tribe of elephant protectors, who must brave the big city of Sydney, Australia to rescue a pair of elephants that were cruelly stolen from him by the mob that controls an exotic food restaurant named Tom Yum Goong. The plot’s extremely thin and drags on way too long, but the real highlights of the film are Tony Jaa...

100TH EPISODE SPECIAL: Dr. No (1962) Commentary
We’ve made it to 100 (official) episodes! First of all, we want to thank each and every one of you for tuning in, giving us feedback, listening to the podcast and telling your friends – we hope for at least another 100 episodes of awesome drinking games and film breakdowns! This week, we’ve got a special COMMENTARY EPISODE for you – 1962’s Dr. No! In our ongoing quest to cover all the James Bond films, we chose this special episode to give a blow-by-blow commentary for the superspy’s very first outing, star...


Clue (1985)
This week on Alcohollywood, Jared and Clint (with guest Theo) take a peek at the 1985 ensemble board-game comedy Clue! Decades before Battleship, this board game adaptation sees the classic murder mystery game adapted into an Agatha Christie-esque murder-in-a-house whodunit. Headed by an ensemble of fantastic comedic actors from the 80s (Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Tim Curry, Leslie Ann Warren, Martin Mull and others), Clue is a hilarious and surprisingly bawdy caper with quite a bit o...

SHARK WEEK SPECIAL: Sharknado (2013)
Happy Shark Week everyone! This week, our chum Derek joins us for the Syfy Original Movie/Asylum creature feature Sharknado, featuring a killer cyclone full of sharks…and little else! This movie checks off all the boxes on the Asylum checklist:D-list stars/celebrities (Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard), sketchy/rubbery  CGI, a nonsensical script that just exists to deliver the gimmick, and so much more. Luckily, to survive these shark-infested waters, we’ve got a custom cocktail and drinking game rules th...

Batman: The Movie (1966) w/Blastropodcast
Holy libation*! This week on Alcohollywood, we set atomic batteries to power and turbines to speed with the 1966 film companion to the camp TV classic, Batman: The Movie! Join the Caped Crusader (Adam West) and his trusty sidekick Robin (Burt Ward) as they foil a dastardly plot to kidnap the world’s leaders, perpetrated by their combined Rogue’s Gallery of villains! Mark of Blastropodcast joins us as we take a closer look at this bit of 60s silliness, discussing such trenchant topics as the logistics of Bat...


Mallrats (1995)
This week on Alcohollywood, we head back into the 90s, land of Weezer, plaid shirts, and ripped jeans as we (along with guest Nick) revisit the 1995 mall comedy Mallrats! This flawed throwback to hard-R teen sex comedies is the second film from Kevin Smith, and his first (and only) attempt to write and direct a major studio picture. Watching the film, it’s not hard to see why – Smith’s overly verbose dialogue is mumbled out by an ensemble of half-baked ‘90s actors, the director’s limited visual style makes ...

Bingo (1991) w/Consequence of Sound
This week, Nick from Consequence of Sound joins us once again as we check out the 1991 dog-and-kid flick Bingo! When a preternaturally intelligent dog is run off the circus and makes friends with a precocious kid, only to have to chase him from Denver to Green Bay, Wisconsin after the family moves - it's Homeward Bound without the celebrity voices, and with a whole lot of prison shank fights and dog slaughter! A strange, baffling movie that represents everything weird about kid’s movies from the 90s, Bingo ...

4TH OF JULY SPECIAL: Air Force One (1997)
Happy birthday, America! It’s Independence Day once more, kids, and to usher in our nation’s birthday, we talk about (and drink to) Air Force One, along with guest Nick (from our NeverEnding Story and Independence Day episodes)! Wolfgang Petersen’s Die Hard on a Plane follows President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) being the only person who can stop a group of Kazakh hijackers from killing his family and the world in the process. In the meantime, we’re treated to a rollicking ride featuring a great cast ...


Time After Time (1979) w/BBE
This week on Alcohollywood, we’re joined by Nina and Bryan of Broken Brush Entertainment (along with fellow guest Edwina) to take a look at the 1979 sci-fi comedy/thriller Time After Time! Directed by The Wrath of Khan’s Nicholas Meyer, the film follows famed science fiction author H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) as he chases Jack the Ripper (David Warner) to modern-day 1979 San Francisco. There, the two of them engage in a battle of wits to bring the Ripper to justice, all the while getting a smitten bank te...

Theatre of Blood (1973)
This week on Alcohollywood, we honor the greatest playwright in literary history with the Shakespeare themed slasher-comedy Theatre of Blood! This 1973 comedy of terrors features horror icon Vincent Price as crazed Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart, who (along with daughter Diana Rigg and an army of loyal meths drinkers) unleashes a series of elaborate murders against the group of critics who spurned him for an award. The result is a fantastically campy, yet effortlessly stylish piece of 70s Gothic horro...

Sucker Punch (2011)
We’re prepping for Man of Steel with Zack Snyder’s previous film, the divisive Sucker Punch! A group of young girls (Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish) try to escape a nightmarish brothel and mental asylum by escaping into their imaginations to fight CGI monsters that… represent patriarchy, I guess? The film is a highly stylized exercise in half-satire. It feels like Snyder and crew threw every juvenile fetish a Hot Topic customer might want (skimpy schoolgirl outfits, Japanese ani...


The Thing (1982)
This week on Alcohollywood, Jared and Clint (and returning guest Craig) break down the whys, wheres and whos of John Carpenter’s 1982 classic The Thing! This gory spin on the 1950s monster movie The Thing from Another World, the film follows a group of Antarctic researchers (including Kurt Russell’s gruff MacReady) as they encounter a creature that can imitate them perfectly and wants to murder them, turning into all manner of grotesque beings along the way. The practical effects by Rob Bottin are incredibl...

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
This week the two of us round out Mystery Month with Nick of the music blog Consequence of Sound as we roll up for the 1967 TV special Magical Mystery Tour, written/directed by and starring The Beatles! One of the most misguided moves I've ever seen in my life, this day tripper is 52 minutes long, long, long of complete and utter nonsense; I've got a feeling the Fab Four just bedazzled a bus, gave a bunch of extras a ticket to ride and went on the long and winding road hoping the movie would start getting b...

Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
This week on Alcohollywood’s Mystery Month, we travel back in time to the days before the Hays code for 1933’s horror film Mystery of the Wax Museum! Intrepid reporter Florence (a speed-talking yet adorable Fay Wray) attempts to work out the secret behind a series of mysterious deaths in New York City. Her journey leads her to the newly opened wax museum led by the ever-so-tragic villain Dr. Ivan Igor (Lionel Atwill), and the thrills keep coming! The last major motion picture filmed in the rare two-strip Te...


Mystery Men (1999)
This week on Alcohollywood, Mystery Month continues with the 1999 superhero comedy Mystery Men! This campy tale of a group of misfit superheroes who attempt to save Champion City from the evil Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) is definitely interesting in concept - and helped by a great cast - but the script is incredibly spotty. Director Kinka Usher's schizophrenic direction and the poorly aged music and song choices don't help, but the film manages to find quite a few moments of self aware superhero c...

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)
This week, we continue Mystery Month with the 2010 wire-fu historical action flick Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame! In 7th century China, in the wake of a series of mysterious spontaneous combustions, Detective Dee (Andy Lau) is brought in to stop an assassination attempt of Empress Wu on the eve of her coronation. Director Tsui Hark and fight director Sammo Hung provide some great wire-fu action sequences among the convoluted plot that is typical of these kinds of Chinese epic modern fil...

Mystery Train (1989)
This week on Alcohollywood, we start Mystery Month, where all the movies have ‘mystery’ in the title!  Starting off, we talk about 1989’s Jim Jarmusch film Mystery Train, a strange and hip anthology film featuring three stories of people (both native and tourist) navigating Memphis, Tennessee on the same night. From a disaffected young Japanese couple seeking the home of rock stars, to a lost Italian woman trying to find her way, to a trio of locals out on a night of crime, the movie is an exercise in effor...


The Game (1997)
This week on Alcohollywood, we take on one of David Fincher’s lesser-known films, the 1997 thriller The Game! Uptight investment banker Nicholas Van Orton (a wonderful Michael Douglas) receives a 48th birthday present from his ne’er-do-well brother Conrad (Sean Penn) to participate in a service that turns his life into a thrilling ‘game.’ When the game starts to go too far, Nicholas is forced to fight for his life, while also trying to track down who’s behind these dangerous pranks. The film is wonderfully ...

The Third Man (1949)
This week on Alcohollywood, we grab our zithers and wander back to post-WWII Vienna for Carol Reed’s noir classic The Third Man! Starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles, the film follows writer Holly Martins (Cotten) who works to unravel the mystery behind the assumed death of his friend Harry Lime (Welles), finding romance, mystery and intrigue along the way. The film’s cinematography is second to none, and Anton Karas’ inimitable zither score has become one of the most recognizable pieces of music in cine...

Robot Jox (1990)
This week on Alcohollywood, we crash and burn with guest Derek as we talk about 1990's cult hit Robot Jox, directed by Stuart Gordon! In the far flung future, the Cold War still rages, but now territorial disputes are settled by gladiatorial robot fights. Achilles (Gary Graham) our illiterate hero, squares off against Alexander (Paul Koslo) for the territory of Alaska. Luckily, he is helped by his genetically engineered love interest Athena (Anne-Marie Johnson) and the flamboyant Tex Conway (Michael Alldred...


Jurassic Park (1993)
This week on Alcohollywood, Clint and Jared (along with our friend Mark of Our Fair City and Blastropodcast) take on the Steven Spielberg classic Jurassic Park, just in time for its release in 3D this weekend! The tale of a group of paleontologists, scientists and children who visit an island based attraction inhabited by newly cloned dinosaurs has captured imaginations for generations, and it's hard to argue against how fun and awe-inspiring the film's visuals are. It's quintessential Spielberg adventure o...

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Saddle up, partners, because we (along with returning guest Todd) head to the Wild Wild West (of Italy) for the 1964 spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars! Clint Eastwood plays The Man With No Name, a lone gunslinger with no allegiances and an eye for money, who wanders into a desert town besieged by gang warfare and decides to clean house. The film was a career-defining effort for both Eastwood and director Sergio Leone, who helped to define the spaghetti Western and its unique sense of dramatic, operatic...

Fantasy Mission Force (1982)
In this scattershot hero's journey, all manner of rented costumes are used to full effect as the Fantasy Mission Force encounters a group of Amazons led by a fey man in a tuxedo, Chinese Nazis driving American muscle cars, Asian Scotsmen, and many more strange horrors. Part of the charm (and the frustration) of the film is just how hyperactive it is, but if you can ride with the bizarre energy you can have a lot of fun laughing at it. While Jackie Chan isn't in it much, his fight scenes are as dynamic and s...


ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL: The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999)
Erin go bragh from Alcohollywood! To celebrate everyone's favorite drinking holiday, we invoke the luck of the Irish with the Hallmark TV special The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns, a three-hour epic slog starring Whoopi Goldberg and Randy Quaid! The movie follows a dumpy American visiting Ireland, falling in love, and interfering with the class warfare of magical Irish creatures. Along the way, we see a bevy of beloved Irish and Scottish actors shaming themselves, while terrible special effects and scho...

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
This week on Alcohollywood, we revisit the Coen brothers for the first time since our Big Lebowski episode, watching and drinking to the 2000 joyride O Brother, Where Art Thou? with our buddy Grant (of Chip and Ironicus and Let's Play Dungeons and Dragons)! A mythic melange of The Odyssey, Southern folklore, the Great Depression, and your standard road movie, the film follows a trio of escaped convicts (George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson) who embark on a journey across 1937 Mississippi to f...

Bedknobs & Broomsticks (1971)
This week on Alcohollywood, our Disney princess Cherish joins us as we visit the Mary Poppins carbon-copy follow-up Bedknobs & Broomsticks! Apprentice witch Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) takes in three obnoxious Cockney children, only to promptly drag them along on her grand adventure to win the war for the British using the dark arts - which, apparently, just involves 'substitutiary locomotion' to get ordinary objects to float and perform pranks on people. The film, despite its good intentions, interes...


OSCAR SPECIAL: Lincoln (2012)
The 2012 Oscars are upon us, and with that in mind we once again take on a Best Picture nominee! This time, it's Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the eponymous Emancipator. With a script by noted theatrical scribe Tony Kushner, the film depicts the ratification of the 13th Amendment in an almost procedural manner, with an excellent cast supporting a transcendent and sensitive performance by Day-Lewis. Despite its slow pace, and some occasional pacing and script issues, it's a ...

VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL: I Hate Valentine's Day (2009)
Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Alcohollywood! In lieu of our regularly scheduled programming, our friends Julia and Todd join us to take on the 2009 Nia Vardalos vanity project I Hate Valentine's Day! In this tragic misfire,  the My Big Fat Greek Wedding star plays a patently psychotic florist whose strict five-date system blows up in her face in the wake of a fling with a charming, down-to-earth restauranteur (John Corbett, her co-star from Greek Wedding). The humor falls flat, Vardalos' personali...

Felony (1995)
This week on Alcohollywood, we take on one of our more obscure listener requests – the mid-90s micro-budget action movie Felony! The film features a bevy of B-movie stars (Jeffrey Combs, Lance Henriksen, David Warner, Joe Don Baker) who shamble through this film without really knowing what they are doing! The convoluted story follows a cameraman (Combs) and a bunch of vaguely linked groups of people, all looking after a tape that might incriminate the villains somehow. The movie takes place in a magical lan...


Dante's Peak (1997)
This week on Alcohollywood, we're watching the 1997 disaster flick Dante's Peak, starring Pierce Brosnan and The Terminator's Linda Hamilton as a rockstar volcanologist and a small-town mayor, respectively, who attempt to escape a rampaging volcano terrorizing the small town of Dante's Peak. Basically Jaws with a volcano, the film is a cheesy rollercoaster ride, but not nearly as obnoxious as its volcano-film partner, Volcano. The effects hold up well, the stakes are clear, and the filmmakers actually go fo...

House (Hausu) (1977)
This week on Alcohollywood, we're getting weird with it! 1977's House (Hausu) is a wacky, sprightly, insane Japanese horror-comedy that follows seven teenage girls (all named after their chief personality trait) who visit an aunt's house for the weekend, only to be greeted with carniverous pianos, watermelon-based horrors, deadly mattresses, and spooky cats, all filmed with a colorful, cartoony edge by experimental film director Nobuhiko Obayashi. The result is incredible in its wackiness and childlike glee...

She (1982)
One award loss and one sprained ankle later, Jared and Clint return from Vegas to resume their duties as your humble hosts! This time, friend of the show Craig stops by to help us dissect and make sense of one of his favorite films - the 1982 post-apocalyptic Italian anomaly She! The film stars Conan the Barbarian's Sandahl Bergman as a sexy warrior goddess helping two be-permed schlubs find a girl captured by the garishly dressed Norks. This film is a schizophrenic nightmare that will either leave you roll...


Diamonds Are Forever (1971) w/John Campea of AMC Movie Talk (NMX Vegas)
Coming to you live from Las Vegas, Nevada, this episode of Alcohollywood sees Jared and Clint podcasting from the New Media Expo (recorded on Jan. 8th), joined by Editor-in-Chief of AMC Movie Talk John Campea, who graciously sits with us and gabs about Oscar nominations speculation (with which we make many wildly inaccurate guesses about what ended up being nominated). For the most part, however, we end up talking about James Bond's biggest Vegas vacation, Diamonds Are Forever! The start of the overt campin...

The 13th Warrior (1999)
Happy New Year, listeners! For 2013, we (along with Julia once again) are starting out the year with The 13th Warrior, the strange 1999 film starring Antonio Banderas as a Muslim who finds himself recruited to help stop a group of ‘demons,’ in true Beowulf style. Directed by both John McTiernan and author Michael Crichton, based on the latter’s novel Eaters of the Dead, the film is a muddled, dimly lit mess that is difficult to follow and unfortunately hard to look at. Despite some great practical effects, ...

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Brazil (1985)
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the folks at Alcohollywood! For the holiday season, we're tackling yet another unconventional Christmas film - the 1985 dystopian cult classic Brazil, directed by Terry Gilliam! In this 1984-on-crack world of  steampunk Britain, mild-mannered accountant Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) tries to track down the girl of his dreams while stymied by stunted bureaucracy, terrorist attacks and intrusive family and friends. The result is a wonderfully realized, dreamlike and endles...


2012 (2009)
It's the end of the world, and we feel tipsy - this week on Alcohollywood, we watch the Roland Emmerich disaster flick 2012 and figure out just how worried we should be about the coming Mayan apocalypse (Hint: not at all). Follow John Cusack and a bloated ensemble cast of international actors, all slumming it for cash, as they alternately engage in philosophical hand-wringing about the end of the world and evade one CGI sequence after another. Despite some engaging disaster porn, it's still pretty overlong,...

Little Man Tate (1991)
Harry Connickuh everybody! In celebration of that, we check in with Little Man Tate, the 1991 kid dramedy starring (and directed by) Jodie Foster. Foster plays Dede, a working class mom in New York who struggles to raise her little man, Fred Tate, a young genius, and the pressures of celebrity and achievement coming from the early-90s obsession with kid geniuses. Connick himself also stars (well, cameos) as a charismatic college student who teaches Fred the ways of pool and awkwardly walking in on someone h...

Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
This week on Alcohollywood, we check out the 1980s Danny Devito-directed comedy Throw Momma from the Train, starring DeVito as a schlubby mama's boy who, wishing the death of his mother (Anne Ramsey, The Goonies) gets mixed up in a Strangers on a Train-like bargain with his struggling writing teacher (Billy Crystal) to kill his mom in exchange for her lamprey-like ex-wife. The result is a surprisingly hilarious and darkly comic buddy piece, with Crystal and Devito giving career-high performances bolstered b...


Conan the Barbarian (1982)
This week on Alcohollywood, we praise Crom with our review and drinking game to 1982's Conan the Barbarian, the John Milius flick that put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map! This silent, episodic epic follows the eponymous barbarian (Schwarzenegger) on his quest for revenge against the warlord-turned-cult leader Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones), joined by his friends Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) and Subatai (Mongolian Sonny Bono). With a huge and bombastic score from Basil Pouledoris, fantastic camerawork, and an...

Hook (1991)
This week on Alcohollywood, we're ushering in the new Spielberg film (Lincoln) with one of his last films named after the surname of one of the main characters - Hook! This 1991 nostalgia misfire, starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman, explores what happens if Peter Pan wakes up and becomes a cynical workaholic lawyer who ignores his kids, complete with floppy '90s cellphone. When the nasty Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his kids to bait Peter to come back, Tinkerball (a distracted Julia Roberts) must ...

Skyfall (2012)
The name’s Bond….James Bond! This week, Alcohollywood is doing its first New Release with the latest James Bond film Skyfall, in which James Bond (Daniel Craig) deals with the specter (get it?) of his childhood and his empty life as a spy, all while melding the gritty Bourne-era Craig Bonds with more traditional elements. Here, an attack on M (Judi Dench) brings Bond back out of the shadows, in order to track down her potential killer and a list of undercover spies that is threatened to be released by flamb...