Rank #1: Episode 33: Good Morning Vietnam - Moonstruck - For Keeps - w. Dave Itzkoff: January 15, 1988
TEENS GONE WILD: 1988! Fred is throwing keg parties! Jason is dressing up like Jesus! Dan is rocking out to “Fish Heads!” And, please, Danny Aiello, don’t preach, ‘cus Molly Ringwald is keeping her baby! While Robin Williams was tearing up Vietnam with his tour-de-force comedy stylings, Jason was tearing up Long Island with his Fat Albert impressions. Cher and Olympia Dukakis may have cleaned up at the Oscars, but the biggest clean up of 1988 was the one after Fred’s illicit house party. Is Randall Batinkoff the poor man’s Zach Galligan-as-Stanley-Kowalski? Dan sayeth so! And find out which Robin Williams performance is Williams’ biographer, Dave Itzkoff’s favorite, when Dave joins the boys for an in-depth discussion about the legendary actor’s legacy and his best-selling book, “Robin.” A La Familia!
Jan 13 2021
Rank #2: Episode 32: Scent of a Woman - Chaplin - Leprechaun: January 8, 1993
Throw on your most colorful vest, fill up that garbage can with some cheap, fruity alcohol and get ready to party like a bunch of Drama students in 1993! “I’m in the dark here!” That’s what both Al Pacino’s Colonel Frank Slade said in his Oscar winning performance in SCENT OF A WOMAN *AND* what Jennifer Aniston said after reading the script for LEPRECHAUN. (Don’t worry Jen, there’s this new Courtney Cox pilot for NBC that we think you’d be perfect for!) Before he was trying to snap villains out of existence as Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr. was trying to snap movie-goers out of a biopic-induced slumber as Chaplin. Endgame? More like End-PLEASE! But seriously, folks….
In the end, Pacino turns a blind eye, RDJ gives us the silent treatment, and Warwick Davis thanks his Lucky Charms for Episode 32 of Opening Weekend!
Jan 06 2021
Rank #3: Episode 31: The Exorcist - The Sting - Magnum Force: December 25, 1973
Heads will spin as the boys go back to the year of Dan’s birth to celebrate two Oscar nominated classics and one NRA-nominated classic for “Best Fetish Flick.” The only thing Dirty about this Harry is the way he drools over that big, big, stiff, gun. Mmmmm, yeah, that’s right, make his day. WAIT A MINUTE! Back to the episode: What’s more disgusting: the green bile spewing out of Linda Blair’s mouth or the smell of all those dirty ashtrays in the smoking section of Beefsteak Charlies? What sound does Jason find more disturbing: the noises coming out of Linda Blair’s mouth as she stares down Max Von Sydow or the noises coming out of his wife’s mouth as she stares down Robert Redford and Paul Newman? Swoon much? You said it, Harry! Mmmmm, now go take out that big, big piece of steel…grrrrrrrr. The Power of Podcast compels YOU to listen to Episode 31 of Opening Weekend!
Dec 30 2020
Rank #4: Episode 30: The Star Wars Holiday Special - 1st Annual Golden Sheila Awards
2020 has been a mind-numbing year, no doubt about it. But not even 4 years of Trump, a world-wide pandemic, murder-hornets, or raging fires across California can stand up to the bat-shit madness of 1978’s The Star Wars Holiday Special. In 1977, the biggest question in the galaxy was: will the Rebels escape and blow up the Death Star? In 1978, the biggest question was: will Carrie Fisher pass out drunk before or after she finishes singing to a room-full of Wookies? And if you thought Jar-Jar Binks was a questionable choice, wait until you watch an elderly Wookie grunt his way through virtual space porn. And then there’s Maude. No, seriously, there’s Maude. And Harvey Korman. And Art Carney. And Jefferson Starship. And…oh, crap, Carrie Fisher just passed out. Once the boys wipe the Bantha poo-doo off of their childhood memories (and Dan stops hiccuping), it’s time for self-reflection, personal inventory, and The First Annual Golden Sheila Awards! If you thought the line-up for The Star Wars Holiday Special was nutso, wait until you hear who drops in on the boys to celebrate their 30th episode together. Shalit be praised, it’s Episode 30!
Dec 23 2020
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Rank #5: Episode 29: Special Superhero Episode - Superman - December 15, 1978
Which after-school animated superhero had the coolest theme song? (Hint: it wasn’t The Sub-Mariner). Who gives the most heartbreaking performance of 1978: Glenn Ford as “Pa Kent” or the millions of kids crying as they try to make sense of the “Star Wars Holiday Special?” BAM POW THWAP! Dan is bitten by a radioactive spider and gains the transformative powers of venerable character actress, Linda Hunt....or Brad Bird....he’s not sure. Fred is belted by gamma rays and turns into a rage monster any time he hears Margot Kidder ask “Can you read my....” GRRRAAAAH!!!! FRED SMASH!!!! And Jason treks to the Fortress of Solitude where the ghost of Jor El guides him in unleashing his true super potential as.....Nick Nolte?WHAMO! KAPOW! HANDFART!!!! With great podcast, comes great responsibility.
Dec 16 2020
Rank #6: Episode 28: 48 Hours - The Toy - Airplane II: The Sequel - December 10, 1982
Jason, Dan, & Fred have Pac-Man fever this week as they go back to 1982 to grab their Atari joysticks, pop on some Journey and ponder some of life’s biggest questions, like: WHAT THE HELL WAS ANYONE INVOLVED IN “THE TOY” THINKING??? And if you thought little Scottie Schwartz buying a Black man in a department store was crazy, wait until you hear Nick Nolte call in to say hello to the boys on the Time-Phone. YES. WE HAVE A TIME MACHINE PHONE. JEALOUS, TERRY GROSS? Anyways, some other stuff happens with Eddie Murphy movies and Gene Shalit and Garfield cartoons, but, HOLY SHIT did we mention that Jackie Gleason lets his son BUY A BLACK MAN IN A DEPARTMENT STORE? And the guy who directed Superman let this happen? Not even Herve Villechaize’s heavy breathing can drown out the sounds of utter distaste and bafflement on Episode 28 of Opening Weekend!
Dec 09 2020
Rank #7: Episode 27: Rocky IV - Santa Claus: The Movie - November 27, 1985
It’s a hormonally fueled episode as 8th grade Fred rounds the bases at The Eagles Nest, 9th grade Jason spins a web of lies about that beautiful Senior in art class, and 7th grade Dan tackles the hardest choice of all: Ginger, Mary Ann...or Mr. Furley? Oh, and Burt Young PROBABLY gets a hand-job from a robot. DRAAAGO!!!!!!Sly battles Communism.Santa battles Capitalism.And the boys battle confusion as they try to figure out why any of this is happening. There’s No Easy Way Out, so throw in your snow shoes and leather jacket and get ready for Episode 27 of Opening Weekend!
Dec 02 2020
Rank #8: Episode 26: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - Three Men and A Baby - November 25, 1987
It’s November 25th, 1987 and the boys take PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES to see THREE MEN AND A BABY on Episode 26 of Opening Weekend
!If you thought Fred’s questioning of his sexuality reached a fever pitch with Hugh Grant on Episode 25, then wait until you hear him positively SWOON over Tom Selleck! Oh, the swooning!Which 1987 performance was more moving? John Candy’s ‘Del Griffith’ or Jason’s 85 year old Jewish Superman? Oy, the kvetching!Who was....wait....hold on....Dan, is that...CORN in your ass-crack??? Oh, the humanity. And the boys present a challenge to their listeners. Three words: Erotic Fan Fiction. Go Guttenberg or go home; it’s Episode 26 of Opening Weekend!
Nov 25 2020
Rank #9: Episode 25: Love Actually - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World - Looney Tunes: Back in Action - November 14, 2003
Romance is in the air for classic screen couples like Hugh Grant and his secretary, Paul Bettany and an animatronic tortoise, Alan Rickman and his secretary, Brendan Fraser and an animated duck, and Colin Firth and his maid! Love really IS all around!
Which was more harrowing? Russell Crowe’s sea battle with French sailors for the survival of his ship or Dan Matisa’s street battle with the children of Brazil for the survival of his backpack? Which is more surreal? Heather Locklear doing an impression of Britney Spears surrounded by miniature Yosemite Sams or Ron Perlman’s return as niche character “The Sayer of the Flaw”? And who gave the richer performance of “Christmas is All Around”? The great Bill Nighy or Dan’s sweaty palms?
So, if you really love Christmas, come on and let it snow (wtf?), because quick is the word and sharp is the action on Episode 25 of OPENING WEEKEND!
Nov 17 2020
Rank #10: Episode 24: A Nightmare on Elm Street - Oh, God! You Devil - No Small Affair: November 09, 1984
What’s that terrifying sound, like blades scraping against a rusty pipe? Is it Freddie Krueger or Dan’s imitation of Demi Moore singing? And speaking of nightmares, Fred’s PTSD-filled recollections of 7th grade school camping trips will make you never want to play trust exercises again (or sleep underneath him on the bunk bed) Will George Burn’s God let Jason off the hook for his hormone-charged property damage in 8th grade, or will his soul burn forever on a pile of of charred Victoria Principle cut-outs? Mondale/Ferraro ’84! It’s Episode 24 of Opening Weekend!
Nov 11 2020