Chaotic Neutral Film Commentary

Tron (1982)

Tron provoked some hilarious discussion between Matthew and Dean. For example: how many 5-year olds do you think you could defeat in hand-to-hand combat before succumbing to exhaustion? Matt thinks about 200. Dean thinks a lot on account of their undeveloped and terrible legs. The lads also discuss a skirt that Jeff Bridges had to wear on account of his crotch bulge. “Disney Deep” becomes a term, and the lads get into their memories of arcades and video games. Thanks again for the folks who made this episode possible by way of the Guild Bounty system!

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7-5: Game of Thrones “Eastwatch”

Jessica and Dean abandon the more comedic aspects of their routine and they dive deep into the ethics of Westeros. How much blood is on the hands of the characters we all care about? Is Dany just like every other lord in her pursuit of breaking the wheel? Is Jaime Lannister still handsome, brave, strong, and clever? Jessica and Dean also pivot into some of the weaker elements of the plot this week, and really go after some of the issues of travel times, character behavior, and wight abduction capers. Has this episode exposed the lack of direction from George R.R. Martin? Does the plotting feel a bit rushed? Thanks again to our our listeners for all their great content this week!

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Local Hero

Matthew and Dean go hard in the paint with the barn-burning Forsyth classic, Local Hero. The lads both admit that this flick wasn’t their cup of tea, and not because of bad film making, but more so because not a lot happens. With Local Hero, understated becomes plodding. The shining part of the film is Burt Lancaster and Wedge Antilles. Matt says he will watch it again, and Dean says he will just take Matt’s word for it. He’d [Dean] rather  watch Wicker Man (’73) instead. Special thanks again to listener Jo Pulcini for offering up the bounty to have this one covered.

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7-4: Game of Thrones “The Spoils of War”

Dean and Jessica are at odds with one another this week. What side will you fall on? Dean’s love affair with Jamie Lannister continues, and Jessica’s love/hate relationship with… well, EVERYONE continues. Jessica suddenly hates… Bronn? Well, don’t worry listeners we will all get to the bottom of that reason this week. Read: he is in her deadpool. Dean and Jessica also battle back and forth for the righteousness of things like incest, the Dothraki slave traders, how Jorah (pushing 60) killed a blood rider, and how Bran is now called… BRANDROID. There is no denying the fun that our glorious hosts had this week. Buckle up!

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Stand By Me

Matthew and Dean talk life, death, growing up, old friends, death some more, and the fleeting years of childhood. They also manage to toss some meaty “Stand By Me” into their existential sandwich. Join the lads for another romp through their childhood memories and the perspective of adulthood that only adults can have.

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7-3: Game of Thrones “The Queen’s Justice”

Don’t misbehave this week or your aunty will send you off to bed after she makes you take… a hot bath? You will likely be as confused as we were listening to Jessica describe this imagined punishment from her childhood. Dean and Jessica do get into the finer points of the Facebook group that will bring Cersei and Dany together, Jon’s expert level brooding, and Dany’s desperate need for a military strategist (and older lover) at Dragonstone. Another decisive victory for Team Cersei, and another romping sex scene involving the sister-loving, slick battle commander in Jamie.

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So You Want to Podcast? (Bonus Episode)

Another bonus freebie for our wonderful listeners, and this week are going totally off script to talk to, Rachel Clemetson. Rachel is a student at USF St. Pete., and reached out to Dean through one of his old friends from high school named, Bill. This podcast is another dive into the process of podcasting with plenty of tips to be had. Rachel is preparing to release her own podcast called “What’s My Major”, and she wanted to get some perspective from people who are already in the hustle. So Bill contacted Dean, Dean said “cool”, and then Rachel and Dean set up a time to talk via Skype. This episode was originally slated to be for members only, but in an effort to help Rachel network, we’ve decided to push it out to all of our listeners. If you’re a student, a parent of a student, or just someone who may want to start their own podcast — this episode is for you. Don’t forget to follow Rachel on social media via the links below. Thanks again for listening, and enjoy the show!

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Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Matthew and Dean had a blast with Bill and Ted’s. This week you are going to learn all about Ted’s sociopathic (and compound bulldozing) father, Bill’s hot step-mom, and how crappy (according to Dean) the historical dudes are. They also talk about the 80s as a genre unto itself. They talk about some Ranker 80s films and they challenge their nostalgia to see what they think is actually still good cinema all these years later. Finally, don’t miss out on their discussion about 80s rocker dude who is now fat with only beer in the fridge. Matt says it holds up. Dean, well – you’ll have to listen…

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7-2: Game of Thrones “Stormborn”

Dean and Jessica are both high on this week’s episode. They get into the finer points of the girl power scene, the Varys and Dany dance, as well as the campfire tales that Grey Worm and his Unsullied friends would tell of pleasing women despite their… shortcomings. In a shocking twist of character Jessica actually stands up for Ellaria Sand. Yes, you read that right. They also get into Yara’s complete and utter lack of having a look-out boy posted in the crow’s nest of their ship, but both Jessica and Dean agree to loving the boarding party battle and Euron’s big moment. Jessica and Dean both have advice for Jon “Audible” Snow, “Just run the play you called in the huddle!” Plenty of stand-out moments this week with a special shout-out to Grey Worm’s new film coming to Porn Hub this summer, “Unsullied No More.”

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Matthew’s first watch of Sunshine dates back to high school, and it was less interesting to him at the time then trying to cop a feel on his girlfriend. On a re-watch he was much less distracted by his hormones. He came to appreciate some of what the film set out to do. Dean had never seen Sunshine, and had plenty of good to say about it, right up until Pinbacker’s return from the dead as Space Freddy Krueger. Dean is on record as to saying that the final third of the film was so bad that it ultimately ruined the experience for him. Matthew was also hard on the third act, but didn’t get pulled into the “this ruined it for me” abyss that Dean swan-dove into. Did the final act of the film ruin the movie for you? Let us know!

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Visionaries of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

The recent passing of film legend George A. Romero inspired me to take another look at his groundbreaking debut, Night of the Living Dead.

Prior to this film’s conception, the idea of zombies was rooted in Haitian and Voodoo lore. Their appearance in early films was sporadic at best, often depicting them as mindless henchmen under the spell of some evil overlord as is the case in the 1932 classic, White Zombie, staring Bella Lugosi.

But it wasn’t until Romero and his writing partner, John A. Russo, came on the scene, that the idea of the modern zombie tale was born. These guys were true visionaries and responsible for many of the basic characteristics that we associate with zombies today. The idea that they gather in hordes, are driven by an uncontrollable urge to devour human flesh, and can only be taken down with a blow to the head, can all be traced back to this ghoulish classic.

I’d like to mention a few cool things that I managed to glean from a few sites and documentaries that I checked out recently, but first I wanted to say a few words about why this film is important to me. Read More

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