Ep. 7 -- Weekend of 2/12/1999 -- The Nicholas Sparks Academy of Racism (MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE)The #1 Movie Podcast add
On Valentine's Day weekend 1999, audiences flocked to see the first of what would be many film adaptations from acclaimed romance novelist Nicholas Sparks with the Robin Wright Penn/Kevin Costner vehicle MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE. This saccharine story of cliches and casual sexism is an unbearable mess, which is why half this episode is dedicated to exploring the numerous allegations against Sparks that he is, according to a court filing, a giant fucking racist and homophobe who supposedly harassed the Jewish headmaster of his religious K-12 school and encouraged the bullying of LGBTQ students.
Join us as we haphazardly describe the plot of a movie none of us could keep our eyes open during, and then regale in the downright horrendous accusations we read straight from the source complaint.
Ep. 6 -- Weekend of 2/5/1999 -- PAYBACK, Part OneThe #1 Movie Podcast add
What if Mel Gibson were a bad person? It's hard to picture, but that's what he plays in PAYBACK, the "dynamite hit" studio-butchered remake of POINT BLANK where you get to "root for the bad guy!" We talk about the life and career of writer/director Brian Helgelund, Mel Gibson's torture fetishism, and his terrifying screen charisma that makes us still kind of like him despite literally everything.
Ep. 5 -- Weekend of 1/29/1999 -- The Matthew Lillard Appreciation Society (SHE'S ALL THAT)The #1 Movie Podcast add
Rounding out January, the existentially dull SHE'S ALL THAT is salvaged by a showstopping performance from Matthew Lillard, whom we wax poetic about for roughly 10 minutes -- and we swear this was recorded before the Shaggy meme got started! We also rag on the Weinsteins, dig into M. Night Shyamalan's curious ghostwriting career, and catch up on what happened to the tailend Gen X stars who disappeared into voice acting obscurity.
Ep. 4 -- Weekend of 1/22/1999 -- Water Sucks (VARSITY BLUES, Part Two)The #1 Movie Podcast add
For two weeks in a row VARSITY BLUES took America by storm. But hell if we're going to watch that thing again. Instead we looked at another football comedy still hanging on the charts that weekend: Adam Sandler's record-breaking THE WATERBOY.
Ep. 3 -- Weekend of 1/15/1999 -- VARSITY BLUES, Part OneThe #1 Movie Podcast add
This week, the boys hit the gridiron as they tackle Brian Robbins' sports comedy/drama VARSITY BLUES, starring James Van Der Beek and Jon Voight, which ruled the box office for a full two weeks in January 1999. Is it a touchdown, or does Robbins get picked on his first throw? Tune in to find out!
Ep. 2 -- Weekend of 1/8/1999 -- A CIVIL ACTIONThe #1 Movie Podcast add
This week, Brad, Nick and James talk about A CIVIL ACTION, a legal drama directed by Steve Zaillian that was based on a 1986 pollution case that happened just a few towns over from where they record this podcast in Massachusetts. Does it do the situation justice? Is John Travolta totally made of plastic? And why is Robert Duvall so damn good in this movie? Tune in to find out!
Ep. 1 -- Weekend of 1/1/1999 -- PATCH ADAMSThe #1 Movie Podcast add
In the inaugural episode, the boys take on the existential dread of the Robin Williams vehicle 'Patch Adams,' which was #1 at the box office the same day the Euro was adopted. Is it a bad movie worthy of its creepy reputation, or is it... good?