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Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 08/23/2020

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Total Movie Recall

This week on Total Movie Recall, we learn that while some stories never end, mothers do, and that’s the beginning of how a serial killer is made in this unflinching look inside the mind of one disturbed little boy. Hang in there with us, listen to this, and watch it again and try to tell us you didn’t witness a psychotic break as this poor boy retreats inside the dark fantasies of his mind. The Neverending Story (1984) d. w. ,  Music by  Starring: as Atreyu as Bastian as The Childlike Empress as Teeny Weeny On his way to school, Bastian ducks into a bookstore to...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This week on Total Movie Recall, Steve and Ryan stare into the eyes of a childless middle age and watch 1987’s Raising Arizona. Steve has a good laugh watching what he sees as a silly, light comedy and Ryan is gripped by yet another existential crisis watching a moving meditation on fatherhood, adulthood, leaving the reckless ways of youth behind, the crushing weight of responsibility, and conquering your demons. Oh to have the weightless, carefree, burdenless mirth that Steve enjoys! We should all be so lucky.

Raising Arizona (1987)

writers/directors: Joel CoenEthan Coen (The Coen Brothers)

Nicolas Cage
Holly Hunter
Trey Wilson
John Goodman
William Forsythe
Sam McMurray
Frances McDormand
Randall "Tex" Cobb

Fast-paced farce about an unlikely pair who go to extreme lengths to have a child. When an incompetent robber marries a policewoman, they discover that they are infertile. In order to appease his wife's longings for a child, the man steals one of a set of quintuplets, but mayhem ensues when the child's rich father sends a rabbit-shooting bounty hunter after the kidnapper.

Things discussed in the show:

King of the Hill (Greg DanielsMike Judge, Kathy NajimyPamela Adlon, Brittany Murphy)

Werner Herzog on Los Angeles

Steve and His Cars (short documentary by Adam Snow)

The Cabin in the Woods (Joss WhedonDrew Goddard, Kristen ConnollyChris HemsworthAnna Hutchison)

The Art of Self-Defense (Riley Stearns, Jesse EisenbergAlessandro NivolaImogen Poots)

Fight Club (David Fincher, Chuck Palahniuk (novel), Jim Uhls (screenplay), Brad PittEdward NortonMeat Loaf)

Heathers (Michael Lehmann, Daniel Waters, Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty)

What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement, Kayvan NovakMatt BerryNatasia Demetriou, Taika Waititi, Mark Proksch, Nick Kroll)

The Mandalorian (Jon Favreau, Pedro PascalCarl WeathersRio Hackford, Dave Filoni, Gina Carano, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (George Lucas, Tom KaneDee Bradley BakerMatt Lanter, Dave Filoni, Brian O'Connell, Ashley Eckstein)

Star Wars Rebels (Simon KinbergCarrie BeckDave Filoni, Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr., Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar)

Thor Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, Chris HemsworthTom HiddlestonCate Blanchett)

Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, Roman Griffin DavisThomasin McKenzieScarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson)

Eagle vs Shark (Taika Waititi, Loren TaylorJemaine ClementCraig Hall)

Boy (Taika Waititi, James RollestonTe Aho Eketone-Whitu)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi, Sam NeillJulian DennisonRima Te Wiata)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel CoenEthan Coen, George ClooneyJohn TurturroTim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter)

The Big Labowski (Joel CoenEthan Coen, Jeff BridgesJohn GoodmanJulianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid)

Miller's Crossing (Joel CoenEthan Coen, Gabriel ByrneAlbert FinneyJohn Turturro)

Barton Fink (Joel CoenEthan Coen, John TurturroJohn GoodmanJudy Davis)

Blood Simple (Joel CoenEthan Coen, John GetzFrances McDormandDan Hedaya)

The Raising Arizona soundtrack - "Down In The Willow Garden" by Arthur Gorson and performed by Holly Hunter / "Goofing-Off Suite" by Pete Seeger / "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" sung by John Goodman and William Forsythe in the car.

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

Epic Levels (Steve's D&D comedy hip hop project)

The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, Bruce CampbellEllen SandweissRichard DeManincor)

Moonstruck (Norman Jewison, John Patrick Shanley, CherNicolas CageOlympia Dukakis)

Con Air (Simon West, Scott Rosenberg, Nicolas CageJohn CusackJohn Malkovich)

Fargo (Joel CoenEthan Coen, William H. MacyFrances McDormandSteve Buscemi)

Da Five Bloods (Spike Lee, Delroy LindoJonathan MajorsClarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr.)

Macbeth (Joel Coen, William Shakespeare, Denzel WashingtonFrances McDormandBrendan Gleeson)

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