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BSP Episode 331: The Longest Yard

September 22nd, 2014 · Tony · No Comments

Join the gang as they discuss the 1974 film The Longest Yard.

  • Directed by Robert Aldrich
  • Written by Keenan Wynn (screenplay) and Albert S. Ruddy (story)
  • Starring Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Bernadette Peters

Let’s start this summary out with a warning. Do not, under any circumstances, confuse this film with the 2005 film of the same name starring Adam Sandler. The Sandler version stars Nelly and is miserably awful. Then again, The Burt Reynolds version ain’t exactly Citizen Kane but still has the effervescent charm and bushy moustache of Burt Reynolds. The Longest Yard tells the story of Paul “Wrecking” Crewe, an NFL player convicted of drinking and driving who begins a football team behind bars at the behest of the evil and football-obsessed warden. Hilarity ensues.

Worth noting:

  • Sausagefest is still coming. Don’t forget to donate. Ask Siri for a reminder if you’re into that sort of thing.
  • Part of the Recently Dead Guy series because of the recent death of Richard Kiel.
  • Why are football players given a pass? This movie has modern parallels.
  • You need an appropriate amount of gut hang over your pants. Listen to learn more.
  • Let’s talk about how much the NFL sucks.
  • The Longest Yard doesn’t hold up well and really shows its age.
  • The possible Green Acres update in Seattle and possible jealousy over Seattle being the most awesome place ever.
  • An alternate explanation for Lord of the Rings. Minds blown.

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • David
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Back Seat Box Office #204

September 20th, 2014 · Jeff Bailey · 1 Comment

One host flyin’ solo. Be gentle, true believers. Congrats to Cougron for the perfect score and , as always, enjoy the episode.

Donate to Sausagefest!

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Lilly and her family need your help (Brittney’s video)

One guy throwing darts:

Jeff
1. The Maze Runner
2. A Walk Among the Tombstones
3. This Is When I Leave You
4. No Good Deed
5. Dolphin Tale 2

Art’s House

Jeff: Zero Theorem

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BSP Episode 330: Boogie Nights

September 15th, 2014 · Tony · No Comments

Join the gang as they discuss the 1997 film Boogie Nights.

  • Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Starring Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Heather Graham, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, Luis Guzmán

Boogie Nights is the 1997 breakout success from Paul Thomas Anderson, famous for his long, dramatic movies about the human condition (Magnolia, The Master, and There Will Be Blood followed Boogie Nights in fulfilling PTA’s dream of bleak and strange worlds in a 2+ hour running time). Considered maybe one of PTA’s best movies, Boogie Nights tells the story of Dirk Diggler, based loosely on the real-life story of John Holmes, a busboy in L.A. who turns into a porn star in the ’70s, ends up with a drug habit, and turns to crime on some poor advice from “friends” who are energetic and sniffle a lot.

Worth noting:

  • Sausagefest is still coming. Don’t forget to donate. Because bewbs.
  • Starting off with football talk because it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
  • The consensus is that the movie is well acted, technically brilliant, and receives bonus points for having Luis Guzmán.
  • The upsides of global warming and global destruction!
  • Neil Degrasse Tyson has a soothing mustache.

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • David
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Back Seat Box Office 203

September 13th, 2014 · Jeff Bailey · 3 Comments

Congrats to Cougron for the perfect score and enjoy the episode.

Donate to Sausagefest!

Help Support Lilly’s Pediatric Cancer Treatment

Lilly and her family need your help (Brittney’s video)

Picks-a-rama

Jeff
1. A Dolphin Tale 2
2. No Good Deed
3. Guardians of the Box Office
4. Let’s be Cops
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Art
1. A Dolphin Tale 2
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. No Good Deed
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
5. Let’s Be Cops

Art’s House
Jeff: The Skeleton Twins
Art: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

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Back Seat Book Club – Book Twenty-Four: American Psycho

September 13th, 2014 · Scott · No Comments

Author: Bret Easton Ellis

Published: 1991

Random House

Plot Summary - Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated, intelligent. He works by day on Wall Street earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. His nights he spends in ways we cannot begin to fathom. He is twenty-six years old and living his own American Dream.

Quick Thoughts:

  • White People Problems.
  • Everybody Got AIDS an’ Shit.
  • It’s all a metaphor for society.
  • Name Dropping.
  • No characters, barely.
  • Scott Writes a better sequel.
  • Dick Measuring by proxy stereos.
  • 80′s nostalgia that’s still relevant and applicable. for once.
  • not picky enough about the murdering and cannibalism.

Recorded: 07/28/14

“All it comes down to is this: I feel like shit but look great.” 

Next Time: Seconds by Brian Lee O’Malley

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BSP Episode 329: Awakenings

September 8th, 2014 · Tony · No Comments

Join the gang as they discuss the 1990 film Awakenings.

  • Directed by Penny Marshall
  • Written by Steven Zaillian
  • Starring Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard, Julie Kavner

Awakenings is the tearjerking offering from Penny Marshall all about what it means to get your life back and then lose it again, plenty of sad stuff especially now that Robin Williams is gone. Awakenings tells the story of a doctor who uses a drug on catatonic patients to make them mobile again, only to find that the drug has a limited window of time to work and thus all the patients eventually go back to their previous state. Based on Oliver Sacks’s book of the same name, Awakenings was nominated for three Academy Awards and garnernered high praise among critics. Also tissues. Mountains and mountains of tissues. Because tears. Tears, I say!

Worth noting:

  • Sausagefest is still coming. Don’t forget to donate. Because bewbs.
  • Sadly, this is a Recently Dead Guy podcast with the tragic passing of Robin Williams.
  • This one is a weepy movie. Brace yourself.
  • Spielberg was at one time attached to this movie and the movie retains that feeling.
  • Robin Williams and Robert De Niro are great actors. We’re just going to keep restating the obvious because it’s true.
  • Do the ice ball challenge for a good cause!

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
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Back Seat Box Office #202

September 5th, 2014 · Tony · 4 Comments

When a 15 is the highest score, summer is officially over. For those wondering, we are still a weekly podcast. Enjoy the show!

Donate to Sausagefest!

Help Support Lilly’s Pediatric Cancer Treatment

Lilly and her family need your help (Brittney’s video)

 

Jeff
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. TMNT
3. The Identical
4. If I Stay
5. Let’s Be Cops

Art
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. TMNT
3. If I Stay
4. Let’s Be Cops
5. As Above, So Below

Art’s House
Jeff: Frontera
Art: God Help The Girl

 

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BSP Episode 328: Guardians of the Galaxy

September 3rd, 2014 · Jolie · No Comments

Join the gang as they discuss the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy.

  • Directed by James Gunn
  • Written by James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
  • Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Peter Serafinowicz

Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest Marvel offering and a departure from their typical symphony of explosions that happen while superheroes walk away from them slowly in slow motion. In Guardians, director James Gunn—a St. Louis native—takes on a third tier comic book franchise with almost entirely new characters and takes a stab at doing a Marvel movie like one has never been done before. The results are epic: critically acclaimed, financially successful, and a well-rounded movie that can be enjoyed as an action adventure, a comedy, or both. Packed with stars and with perfect casting of Chris Pratt as the lead, Guardians tells the story of an unlikely band of characters, brought together to keep a powerful orb out of the hands of evil. You know, typical comic book stuff.

Worth noting:

  • Gencon wrap-up: apparently, that guy didn’t actually die.
  • Donate to Sausagefest! Lots of perks available, including some lovely movie posters (donated by Jolie who is in Seattle but still takes the time to write hilarious and awesome show notes for you… you’re welcome.)
  • Bold opinions: David says it’s the best of the Marvel movies, hands down. It’s well loved all around.
  • Also, Darrell is Groot. Because Groot.
  • Highly accessible!
  • Rocket is awesome even without a back story!
  • This movie felt effortless and didn’t take itself too seriously which is why the story flowed so well and why it was better than other comic book movies.
  • Also a big thumbs up to the soundtrack packed with cheesy rock goodness.

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • David
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Back Seat Box Office – No Show This Week Again

August 30th, 2014 · Jeff Bailey · No Comments

Real life got in the way this week so next week will be a double shot episode.

Picks:

Jeff

1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. TMNT
3. As Above, So Below
4. If I Stay
5. Let’s Be Cops

 

Art’s House:
Jeff picks Last Weekend
Father Beast picks The Congress

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Back Seat Box Office #201

August 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Bailey · 3 Comments

Congratulations to Cougron for his high score of 23 this week. And thank you Tad for your TWO voicemails.

Help Support Lilly’s Pediatric Cancer Treatment

Lilly and her family need your help (Brittney’s video)

Jeff
1. If I Stay
2. TMNT
3. Guardians
4. Sin City 2:
5. When The Game Stands Tall

Art
1. If I Stay
2. Sin City 2
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. TMNT
5. When The Game Stands Tall

Art’s House
Jeff: Love Is Strange
Art: To Be Takei
Father Beast: Leprechaun : Origins

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