Rank #1: Episode #121 - "The Pope of Greenwich Village" Movie Review (5/24/2019)
Ryan and Dave travel back in time to 1980's New York with Stuart Rosenberg's influential crime drama, which stars Mickey Rourke as he rode the wave of the hottest period of his career. While overshadowed by New York gangster films like "Goodfellas" since its release, it's a well-executed genre piece that boasts Julia Roberts's brother's most fun performance. Also, Ryan and Dave play a fun game of "straight person and fuck-up" buddy team-ups of multiple genders and generations, while Dave gets maximum enjoyment out of Mickey Rourke's authentically enraged tantrum scene where Rourke gives a fridge a little taste of the future boxer's power game; unfortunately for his fight career, he forgot that people, unlike fridges, punch back. Next week, Ryan's next pick explores the depths of man's greed in a Humphrey Bogart classic - "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"!
Rank #2: Episode #120 - "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" Audio Commentary (5/17/2019)
Whaaaaat? ANOTHER commentary? So soon after the last one?! You bet your ass! Friend of the show Iggy couldn't make it to this one, unfortunately, but Ryan [Schwarzenegger] and Dave [Schwarzenegger] talk over James Cameron's 1991 sci-fi/action bonanza that revolutionized special effects and an entire genre as we know it. Ryan dishes on facts ranging from connections between T2 and Zack Snyder's "Justice League" to the missing pieces that comprise the "T2: Special Edition" extended cut, while Dave simply enjoys the film like a kid again after not having seen it since it was in theatres. Also, Ryan speculates on Jesse Ventura's jealousy over seeing Arnold stealing his mini-gun gimmick from "Predator". Next week, Dave's next pick is Mickey Rourke at his peak - "The Pope of Greenwich Village"!
Rank #3: Episode #119 - "Capote" Movie Review (5/3/2019)
Ryan and Dave are joined by special guests Ryan Capote and Dave Capote to shine a spotlight on "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller's 2005 biopic hit about the making of Truman Capote's seminal work "In Cold Blood", starring Phillip Seymour-Hoffman in perhaps his greatest role. From Capote's illustrious career as a writer to his fearless social reputation, no issue or theme is untapped by your hosts, and not without an unhealthy amount of Capote impressions that has to set some kind of podcast record for tastelessness. Also, Ryan tries out his brand new impression of Canadian psych celebrity Jordan Peterson, while Dave shares his secret recipe for a successful Capote impression that anyone can try! Next week, longtime friend of the show Iggy returns for the first time in over a year to help review Ryan's next pick - "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"!
Rank #4: Episode #118 - "True Lies" Audio Commentary (4/26/2019)
Ryan and Dave wage Crimson Jihad on your aural receptors with another *award-winning audio commentary, this time for James Cameron's romantic comedy/action classic. From the origin of Cameron's "Lightstorm Entertainment" logo to the late great Bill Paxton's onscreen ease with sleaze to the iconic striptease that puts Demi Moore's to shame, your hosts talk about whatever comes to mind as they watch in real time. So sync up by clicking "Play" on both the podcast and your DVD, and join these two meatballs as they make observations both obvious and weird. Next week, an old-fashioned review is in order for Dave's next pick - "Capote"!
*no awards have been won... yet.
Rank #5: Episode #117 - "Gummo" Movie Review (4/12/2019)
Ryan and Dave rummage through the riffraff aftermath of the devastating 1974 tornado in Xenia, Ohio, with this provocative film debut from "Kids" writer Harmony Korine. Populated with authentic people of the region and only a couple recognizable actors (including indie darling Chloe Sevigny), the story runs the gamut of human drama, from poverty to drug abuse to racism to sexual abuse to everything else you can think of that might afflict a downtrodden Middle American town. It's disturbing, it's hilarious, but mostly it's just REAL. Also, Dave pines for the good old days of unsupervised childhood adventure, while Ryan finally stops confusing "Gummo" with the claymation character "Gumby". Next week, your hosts celebrate more James Cameron brilliance with another audio commentary, this time for his 1994 action classic "True Lies"!
Rank #6: Episode #116 - "The Terminator" Movie Review (4/5/2019)
Nice night for a talk! Ryan and Dave are a couple cans short of a six-pack as they travel back to 1984 to revisit James Cameron's emergence into the big time, a little itty bitty indie sci-fi thriller with a massive Austrian Oak as its star. As a longtime fan since childhood, Ryan has loads of geeky factoids about the film, the series and Cameron's overall career (and tries to give some deserved love to unsung writer Gale Anne Hurd as well), while Dave ponders the implications of what cyborg modifications and future automation might do to us as a species (including the horrific concept of a "Cosby-Bot"). Next week, Dave's next pick brings us into the world of Larry Clark - "Gummo"!
Rank #7: Episode #115 - "Eraserhead" Movie Review (3/29/2019)
Ryan and Dave explore the foreboding cosmos which makes up David Lynch's visionary dreamscape as they tackle his feature film debut from 1977. Produced during an era of body horror and surrealist experimental cinema (see also: David Cronenberg), Lynch burst onto the scene in a most auspicious way when he told the story of an oddly-coiffed young fellow (Jack Nance) coming to terms with sex, fatherhood and his own existence. Which really undersells how weird the whole thing is. Also, Dave rips into Lynch's outspoken advocacy for Transcendental Meditation [TM](TM), while Ryan tries to identify what the baby in Eraserhead actually is (with some help from a wonderful BBC comedy series). Next week, another filmmaker's origin story is chronicled with Ryan's next pick, this time the King of the World himself, James Cameron - "The Terminator"!
Rank #8: Episode #114 - "Watership Down" Movie Review (3/22/2019)
Ryan and Dave tumble down the rabbit hole for a look at the 1978 film adaptation of Richard Adams's landmark fantasy adventure. From its indelible influence on pop culture to its anthropomorphic similarities to George Orwell's "Animal Farm" to its surprisingly brutal and bloody violence, it's a roughly animated classic that holds up fairly well in an era of 3D-animated domination. Also, Ryan makes the case for how a storyline in "The Walking Dead" is a direct ripoff of Adams's story, while Dave salivates over thoughts of rabbit stew. Next week, the weirdness of David Lynch takes over for Dave's next pick - "Eraserhead"!
Rank #9: Episode #113 - "The Island of Dr. Moreau" Movie Review (3/16/2019)
Ryan and Dave whip out their intellectual machetes to hack their way into Marlon Brando's tropical island of misfit toys. Needless to say, thar be madness that way. And on top of that, they also bring a bonus review of the documentary based on the origins of the movie (before Hollywood vanity and vindictive executives got their petty claws into it), "Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau". Combined, it's a fascinating tale of hubris, absurdity, pettiness, unexpected brotherhood and just how crazy Hollywood can be. Also, Dave shows off his knowledge about genetic engineering, while Ryan ruins his flow every time with ill-timed wisecracks. Next week, Ryan's next pick continues the anthropomorphic theme - "Watership Down"!
Rank #10: Episode #112 - "Nineteen Eighty-Four" Movie Review (3/8/2019)
Ryan and Dave consult the authority on authoritarianism, George Orwell, for director Michael Radford's adaptation of the famed author's frightening 1949 novel, which conceived a world where the very thoughts in your head could be criminalized. Set to a soundtrack by Eurythmics. Because the '80's. John Hurt is fantastic as rebellious hero Winston Smith, and the most well-known of Liz Taylor's husbands makes for quite the terrifying inquisitor. Also, Ryan and Dave share nutty/scary factoids about North Korea, the modern day "Eastasia", if you will. In addition, Ryan clears up confusion over whether anybody in Canada could actually be prosecuted just for being a transphobic douchebag, while Dave searches far and wide to come up with an example of discrimination against white people for the color of their skin. It's like a rare Pokemon, but you too can see it if you're in JUST the right place at JUST the right time! Next week, Dave's fascination with animal/human hybrid stories leads your hosts to... "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (yes, THAT one)!