Cracked Movie Club

Cracked Movie Club

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Almost every movie you love is secretly insane. Cracked Movie Club is here to show you why! Join co-hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson (plus special guests) for a journey through the secrets, strangeness, and fan theories behind movies you’ll never see the same way again. And every month focuses on one director’s work, building a case for exactly why Hollywood’s greatest minds are weirder than you ever thought possible.

Episodes

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial  

​In the early 1980s, Steven Spielberg embarked on a mission to tell the story of his parents’ divorce through the lens of a wrinkly alien puppet with skeletal crab fingers and the voice of an old lady dying of emphysema. After being rejected by one studio for being “too Disney” (the early 80s were a time when Hollywood would give a hard pass to the words “Spielberg” and “Disney”), Spielberg finally got to bring his vision to life in 1982 with E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. The story of a young boy befriended a stranded alien sack of drooping flesh went on to become the number one movie of all time (a record that was not broken until Jurassic Park hit theaters eleven years later), and E.T. became one of the most beloved children’s characters despite the fact that E.T. scares the absolute shit out of most children.In this week’s episode, Abe and Tom are joined by Cracked stand-up and podcasting guru Alex Schmidt as they discuss all the whimsy, technical know-how, and armless children that went into making E.T. an instant classic. Along the way, they discuss how E.T. almost ate fistfuls of M&Ms, how Elliott was nearly scolded at school by Principal Indiana Jones, and how E.T. is apparently a plant. Like, a house plant. From outer space.

Jurassic Park  

Steven Spielberg month continues on Cracked Movie Club! Dinosaurs. Jeff Goldblum. A delightful old man in a linen suit. These are all key elements to the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, the biggest movie of all time (at the time). A movie so successful it changed movies. But Jurassic Park wasn’t the sure-thing success you might expect, because in the early 1990s, computer effects in movies were at a very rudimentary stage (think “cutscene from a Playstation 1 game”). Steven Spielberg and Co. knew that a dinosaur movie could be huge, but they had no idea how to actually createconvincing dinosaurs. And they only had two years and about a quarter of the budget of the latest Transformers movie to figure it out.On this episode of Cracked Movie Club, hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson are joined by Cracked writer David Christopher Bell as they discuss the technical wizardry and near-supernatural ingenuity that went into making Jurassic Park. From the insanely layered sound design of one of the industry’s most famous sound effects creators, to the gigantic robotic dinosaur that encountered a problem eerily reminiscent of the difficulties Spielberg experienced with a certain mechanical shark, to the near-miss casting of Jim Carrey, we cover every aspect of Jurassic Park worth dazzling your friends with at your next party.

Raiders of the Lost Ark  

It’s Steven Spielberg month on Cracked Movie Club! Back in the 1980s, everything George Lucas touched turned to gold (and action figures). As the newly crowned Prince of Hollywood, he had the power to make any movie he wanted. And the movie he wanted to make was… Indiana Smith, a treasure-hunting adventurer created as an homage to early Hollywood film serials like Zorro and Flash Gordon. Rather than direct the movie himself, Lucas went to his friend and fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg and talked him into making it, leaving Lucas free to kick back and share creative input from safely behind his beard while Spielberg put it all together to form something that could sell tickets (and action figures). 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark introduced the world to the strategically renamed hero Indiana Jones, kicking off a franchise that managed to last 27 years before completely embarrassing itself, which is almost certainly some kind of record.On this inaugural episode of Cracked Movie Club, hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson are joined by comedian Daniel Van Kirk as they discuss how poisonous snakes, punishing desert sands, an outbreak of what can only be considered a modern plague, and a grown man pooping his pants all came together to create Raiders of the Lost Ark. Along the way, they question whether Jones was ultimately a better name than Smith, the logistics of maintaining a puzzle tomb in the middle of a jungle, and whether a certain Disney prince made a depressing cameo appearance.

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