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Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 08/16/2020

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Total Movie Recall

Ah, the good ole days of passing around R rated spank tapes. This movie is so trashy, it gave Charlie Sheen HIV. (1998) d. Starring: When teen debutante Kelly fails to attract the attention of her hunky guidance counselor, Sam, she cries rape, igniting a scandal that results in his arrest. Sam appeals to Ken, a hack personal-injury lawyer who has never handled a case that couldn't be helped by a prop neck brace. Soon, a second victim, Suzie, comes forward, and Detective Duquette discovers that the unfolding case is far from what it seems. Things discussed in the...

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Total Movie Recall

Remember the innocent 90s, when white directors thought they had the N-word pass for some reason? What do you think their “woke” movie would look like? Probably like this, where the N-word is replaced by horrific rape and Mexican jokes. This proto-edgelord movie was looked at as such a good time romp that it was considered the perfect vehicle to transition from the hit network show ER to the big screen. What a simpler time… From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) d. w.  (story),  (screenplay) Starring: On the run from a bank robbery that left several police officers...

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Total Movie Recall

This week on Total Movie Recall, we try to decide whether this is a charming, unique film about staying true to yourself, or a nightmarish descent into the insanity that comes with living in a barren, desolate landscape like rural Idaho, where the Uncle Ricos of the world keep subterranean dungeons for unsuspecting Debs. This might say more about where our heads are at right now than about this beloved comedy. Napoleon Dynamite (2004) d. w. ,  Starring: In small-town Preston, Idaho, awkward teen Napoleon Dynamite has trouble fitting in. After his grandmother is injured in...

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Total Movie Recall

This week on Total Movie Recall, these two born-insecure honkies break down the seminal Blaxploitation movie of 1975 and do a pathetic job of trying to reconcile its progressive vision of black empowerment with the misogyny of the pimp game. It gets complicated. Dolemite (1975) d. Story by: Starring: Dolemite is released from jail after being wrongfully convicted to take on rival pimp Willie Green, corrupt police officers who framed him and even the mayor! With the help of his friends: Queen Bee (the madame of his brothel), Creeper (the heroin addict Hamburger Pimp), Reverend...

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Total Movie Recall

This week on Total Movie Recall, things get Freudian as they did for every little boy who stared confusedly at Jessica Rabbit and wondered what was happening to them. Handsome, chiseled leading man Bob Hoskins soldiers on in spite of the bleeding ulcer all that booze gave him, and Christopher Lloyd goes to eleven with his unhinged, terrifying performance. Did hentai exist before this movie? Because it sure as hell did after it. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) d. Starring:   Down-on-his-luck private eye Eddie Valiant gets hired by cartoon producer R.K. Maroon to investigate...

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Total Movie Recall

This week on Total Movie Recall, we take a hard pivot from all the toxic masculinity of weeks past and Steve shows his gentle, romantic side. Somehow, Ryan makes this about his sad sack heartache but in the end, everybody calms down and moves on with a nice mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. The Princess Bride (1987) d. w. Starring: A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Based on the...

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Total Movie Recall

This week on Total Movie Recall, Ryan stares out the window of his furniture-less modernist home at the endless, uncaring ocean while Steve sleeps on the floor with his hand gripped around his pistol. The pseudo-philosophy of this movie seems deeper than it is because it’s endlessly reflected in all the glass buildings of Michael Mann’s uber-masculine vision. Sure, it may be pretentious, but that’s the point, and if you’ve got a problem with that, I will take you down, because we ain’t exactly doin’ thrill-seeker podcasts with “Born to Lose” tattoos on our chests. (1995) d....

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Total Movie Recall

This week on Total Movie Recall, two white guys talk about hip hop culture in a totally convincing way when they put on their mustard-colored overalls to go to the House Party. Steve, a sentient walking issue of Pitchfork, schools Ryan on the infinite subgenres of hip hop while Ryan, to no one’s surprise, gets a little weepy at touching father-son relationships. House Party (1990) d. Starring:   Kid decides to go to his friend Play's house party, but neither of them can predict what's in store for them on what could be the wildest night of their lives. Things...

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Total Movie Recall

This week on Total Movie Recall, the pressures of competing at a professional level with all the concussions, cocaine, infidelities, and painkillers almost make Steve request to be traded during the free agency period after he and Ryan bicker about Oliver Stone’s divisive 1999 film, Any Given Sunday. Does Steve’s complete lack of interest in professional sports bring this episode to a screeching halt? Yes. Can you tell who’s writing these summaries yet? Probably. Any Given Sunday (1999) d. Starring: Four years ago, DAmato's (Al Pacino) Miami Sharks were at the top....

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Total Movie Recall

This week on Total Movie Recall, Steve and Ryan discover that there’s actually an antidote to getting punched really, really hard. The cultural divide proves too much for Ryan in this wild, fantastic, hallucinatory Kung Fu epic of many names. The story is incomprehensible, the fights are nonsensical, but Steve still finds it defensible, while Ryan finds the editing reprehensible. There’s no reason for this rhyme. Kung Fu Cult Master (1993) d. ,  Starring: Set during the Yuen Dynasty, many sects compete for possession of the two golden swords which contain the secret to...

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This week on Total Movie Recall, Steve and Ryan light a candle for all the former child stars doing porn and robbing gas stations and lament the end of trashy 90s television — the genital warts of American society. We watched The Cable Guy and discovered that Americans would rather have their comedic heroes talking out of their rectums than critiquing our dumb media consumption. Put on your Doc Martens and pop in your Mazzy Star mix CD because we go back to a morally murky time — the 1990s.

The Cable Guy (1996)

d. Ben Stiller
Writer. Lou Holtz Jr.

Jim Carrey
Matthew Broderick
Leslie Mann
Jack Black
Janeane Garofalo

Oddball cable installer Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey) attempts to strike up a friendship with customer Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick) by offering him premium channels at no cost. When Steven rebuffs Chip's frequent need for companionship, Chip goes from a mildly eccentric acquaintance to a full-fledged psycho stalker. Though it's increasingly apparent to Steven that the cable guy is dangerous, convincing his friends, family and the authorities of that is another matter entirely.

Things discussed in the show:

Free will / tabula rasa

F is for Fake (Orson WellesGary Graver, Oja KodarFrançois Reichenbach)

Brain Smasher... A Love Story and Andrew Dice Clay vs. William Shakespeare (Albert Pyun, Teri HatcherYuji Okumoto)

Daisey Ridley

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

The Last Dance (Phil JacksonMichael JordanDavid Aldridge, Chicago Bulls)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Glenn HowertonRob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito)

Hurlyburly (Anthony Drazan, Sean PennKevin SpaceyChazz Palminteri)

Space Force (Steve CarellGreg Daniels, John MalkovichBen Schwartz)

Veep (Armando Iannucci, Julia Louis-DreyfusTony HaleAnna Chlumsky)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, Peter SellersGeorge C. ScottSterling Hayden)


Hannah - 2011 (Joe Wright, Saoirse RonanCate BlanchettEric Bana)

David Lynch

Little Women - 2019 (Greta Gerwig, Saoirse RonanEmma WatsonFlorence Pugh)

Anne of Green Gables (Megan FollowsColleen DewhurstRichard Farnsworth)

Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, Adam DriverScarlett JohanssonJulia Greer)

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Uncut Gems (Benny SafdieJosh Safdie, Adam SandlerJulia FoxIdina Menzel)

Batman Forever (Joel Schumacher, Val KilmerTommy Lee JonesJim Carrey

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (Tom Shadyac, Jack Bernstein, Jim CarreyCourteney CoxSean Young)

The Mask (Chuck Russell, Jim CarreyCameron DiazPeter Riegert)

The Ben Stiller Show (Judd ApatowJeff KahnBen Stiller, Andy DickJaneane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk, John F. O'Donohue, David Cross)

Permanent Midnight (David Veloz, Ben StillerMaria BelloJay Paulson)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufman, Jim CarreyKate WinsletTom Wilkinson)

Jenny McCarthy

Sonic the Hedgehog (Jeff Fowler, Pat CaseyJosh Miller, Ben SchwartzJames MarsdenJim Carrey)

In Living Color (Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim CarreyKelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Tommy Davidson, Jamie Foxx, Damon Wayans, Jennifer Lopez)

Justin Beiber

Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, Tom CruiseNicole KidmanTodd Field)

Matthew Broderick 1987 car accident

Daybreak (Aron Eli ColeiteBrad Peyton, Colin FordAlyvia Alyn LindSophie Simnett)

The Warriors (Walter Hill, Michael BeckJames RemarDorsey Wright)

WarGames (John Badham, Matthew BroderickAlly SheedyJohn Wood)

Project X (Jonathan Kaplan, Matthew BroderickHelen Hunt)

The Menendez Brothers

The Andy Dick Show (Andy DickPaul HendersonLacy Livingston, Ashton Kutcher, Jason Biggs)

The Sarah Silverman Program (Dan HarmonRob SchrabSarah Silverman, Laura SilvermanBrian Posehn, Steve Agee, Tig Notaro, Justin Roiland, Ron Lynch)

The Jerry Springer Show (Jerry SpringerPeter A KellySteve Wilkos)

Trial By Murder / The Jenny Jones Show

The OJ Simpson trial

Our scary future of deepfakes

Sleepless in Seattle (Nora Ephron, Tom HanksMeg RyanRoss Malinger)

Turner & Hooch (Roger Spottiswoode, Tom HanksMare WinninghamCraig T. Nelson)

Mtv news / Tabitha Soren / Kurt Loader / Matt Pinfield

Liquid Television

Cable Guy soundtrack (Primative Radio Gods, Silverchair, Toadies, Porno For Pyros, Cracker, Cypress Hill)

Singles soundtrack (Alice in Chains, Chris Cornell, Paul Westerberg, The Lovemongers, Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Paul Westerberg,  Jimi Hendrix, Screaming Trees, Smashing Pumpkins)

Gift (Jane's Addiction, Perry Ferrel)

Next week: Raising Arizona