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Matinee Manatees

A movie review and relaxation podcast for movie lovers who'd like some help falling asleep. Sluggishly hosted by everybody's favorite podcast hosts: a sedate pair of half-ton aquatic mammals who love movies and wax comedic and pedantic about them for hours on end. Come with and drift along? Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

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The Mummy (1999)

We're back, and for the cold season we're going straight to Morocco-dressed-as-Egypt for 1999's The Mummy, directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Arnold Vosloo.  Float along as the manatees discuss mummification hangovers, better ways to prevent resurrections, and yet another spec script!  Sam is sleepy and creates a band.  Ben gets mad about camels and game of thrones.  Neither knows anything about history.  Enjoy!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

3hr 46mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Mean Girls (2004)

This month was our very first patron request, and it's a good one! 2004's Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams was, for some of us, a very special movie... in that we'd heard most of its most memorable lines quoted at us long before actually seeing it. But how does this high school teenage comedy hold up to an adult audience? Actually, surprisingly well. Get in, losers, we're going floating! (Remember that? Do you remember that quote? Do you remember when they said that?)--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

3hr 26mins

1 Mar 2018

Rank #2

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Twilight (2008)

For February, home of the most weirdly forced romantic holiday of the year, we watch one of the most weirdly forced romantic movies in recent memory: 2008's Twilight! Starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Twilight was pretty obviously geared towards a different target audience, but we tried to give it a fair shake. Includes: practical advice for hiding immortality, the science behind Vampire (baseball) Bats, obligatory rants on abusive relationships, and why this movie makes one manatee feel old.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

3hr 48mins

1 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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Hellboy (2004)

For arguably the spookiest month of the year, the manatees watched the really-more-action-fantasy-than-horror movie Hellboy, directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, and Doug Jones. And, spoiler, they really liked it. Also in this episode: the manatees discuss casting picks for the Hellboy reboot (Aubrey Plaza for Liz!), Ben attempts to bully Sam for being a slightly different kind of nerd than he is about Star Wars, and even more fawning appreciation for practical effects.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

4hr 11mins

16 Oct 2017

Rank #4

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

We're back with an old favorite, 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, directed by Steve Barron and starring Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, and some very endearing foam-rubber puppet suits.  It's basically an overall silly, nostalgic romp, and we're here for it.  The manatees discuss the logistics of setting up teen cult hideouts, early 2000's fighting games, comic books in general, and the difference in romantic relationships with fish people vs amphibian people.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

4hr 56mins

23 May 2020

Rank #5

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The Fifth Element (1997)

This month the manatees are revisiting 1997's The Fifth Element, directed by Luc Besson and starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich!  Ben and Anthony discuss age appropriate relationships, the logistics of murphy appliances, and the problem of too many Chris's to eventually solve that age old riddle: what do you mix with breath, sweat, sand, and matches to make lasers? (Hint: it's smoochin'.)  Come float with us!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

3hr 38mins

2 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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Willow (1988)

Our patrons have spoken!  The winner of this quarter's sword-and-sorcery poll is 1988's Willow, directed by Ron Howard and starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, and Patricia Hayes.  It's a fun little fairy tale and it makes very little sense and that's a lot of fun.  The manatees discuss the rules of magic, best wizard voices, and what even is a possum.  Have a listen, stay indoors, be safe, we love you.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

3hr 38mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Jumanji (1995)

Do you guys remember Jumanji?  The first one, from 1995?  Directed by Joe Johnston, starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt and David Alan Grier? With Matinee Manatees alums Kirsten Dunst and Jonathan Hyde? Well, we like it. Float along for bonus tips on mystical board game speedrunning, bad car repair praxis, and possible alternative podcasts hosted by monkeys.  For free!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

3hr 19mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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Evolution (2001)

The manatees finally start watching movies from this millennium with 2001's Evolution, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, and Seann William Scott. It doesn't super hold up, but, y'know, whatever. Ben rants about Evolution... and vaccines... and the shape of the earth. Sam theorizes about Seann William Scott's career trajectory. Both provide a tantalizing glimpse into the military strategies of a manatee nation united. It's a good time all around.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

3hr 19mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Of all of the retellings of the Robin Hood legend, 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner stands apart, though not necessarily for the best reasons. The manatees dive in to unravel the movie's many mysteries: castle maintenance, Morgan Freeman's magical powers, vanishing dogs, and Alan Rickman's starring role in a completely separate movie. Y'all remember this one?--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

4hr 30mins

17 Jan 2018

Rank #10

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Batman Forever (1995)

Matinee Manatees is a year old, and to celebrate our 1st birthday, we're doing a super-sized three-host episode! (It's an experiment, we'll see how it goes.) We're hanging out with Joel Schumacher again for his infamous 1995 classic Batman Forever. Listen for tips on the best places to get recruited into a supervillain gang, advice on how to trick-or-treat properly, similarities between the Riddler and Mark Zuckerberg, and whether crowns or tiaras go better on manatees. Also, we talk about Batman. A little.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

5hr 51mins

14 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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Interview With The Vampire (1994)

We're back on our vampire kick with 1994's classic(?) Interview With The Vampire, written by Anne Rice, directed by Neil Jordan, and starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, a young Kirsten Dunst, and Antonio Banderas for like a hot minute. As a free bonus, you'll also get the manatees' grim prediction of when the book series may have jumped the shark, Sam's long war with films' portrayal of piano playing, and a summary of Ben's spec script for a vampire cowboy movie. FOR FREE!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

5hr 56mins

15 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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The Lost Boys (1987)

We're back at it with the vampire thing! Joel Schumacher's famous/infamous The Lost Boys (starring Kiefer Southerland, Jason Patric, Dianne Wiest and BOTH COREYS) is both a huge influence on virtually every vampire movie that came after it AND possibly the most 80's thing we've ever seen. But is it any good? The manatees dive right in and ask the really tough questions, like: Are DVDs really better than VHS tapes? Is the abandoned analogy in this movie about drug use or coming out of the closet? Would it be feasible for a modern vampire to subsist entirely on nazis? And, would you still even want to be immortal if they fed on poop instead of blood? (The movie brought it up, not us!) Float along under the boardwalk with us to lovely Santa Carla, California for 1987's summer classic: The Lost Boys.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

4hr 41mins

5 May 2018

Rank #13

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The Crow (1994)

This month the manatees are checking out Brandon Lee's tragic last film, The Crow. Directed by Alex Proyas and starring Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Bai Ling, Tony Todd, and featuring the triumphant return of Michael Wincott, the guy with the voice from Robin Hood! Discussion points include whether or not Shelley shoulda been the Crow, Sting (the wrestler, not the singer), alternate casting (Tommy Wiseau!), a spec script for a fifth sequel written by yours truly, and the practicality of pooping out bullets.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

3hr 57mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

Ben finally convinces Sam to watch one of his favorite movies, John Carpenter's Big Trouble In Little China, starring Kurt Russell and Dennis Dun! But does it hold up?Also featuring the swan song of Ben's old microphone, which you can hear dying even as the episode progresses, and a half hour spiral on additional movie recommendations, the problems with CGI, and why 80s movies continue to hold a special place in one manatee's heart.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matinee-manatees/support

4hr 18mins

4 Aug 2017

Rank #15