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TMR 037 – Amelie

Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 09/07/2020

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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, we find a new zest for life in 2001’s Amelie. Steve gets wistful recalling his time working in a porn shop, and Ryan reveals his ignorance about Paris. But is it ignorance? Don’t we kind of all know what Paris is really like? Smelly and smoky and rude? Not according to Amelie. Paris is a place of magical realism, true love, and tastefully decorated porn shops.

Amelie (2001)

d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Audrey Tautou
Mathieu Kassovitz
Jamel Debbouze
Isabelle Nanty
Dominique Pinon

"Amélie" is a fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making. Shot in over 80 Parisian locations, acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("Delicatessen"; "The City of Lost Children") invokes his incomparable visionary style to capture the exquisite charm and mystery of modern-day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingenue.

Things discussed in the show:

The vast emptiness of Kansas and Nebraska

Paranoia and smoking weed at psych rock shows

Smoke Signals (Chris Eyre, Adam BeachEvan AdamsIrene Bedard)

Young Guns 2 (Geoff Murphy, Emilio EstevezKiefer SutherlandLou Diamond Phillips)

A Man Called Horse (Elliot Silverstein, Richard HarrisJudith AndersonJean Gascon)

Billy Jack (Tom Laughlin, Delores TaylorClark Howat)

Top Gear (Jeremy ClarksonRichard HammondJames May)

Death Race 2000 (Paul Bartel, David CarradineSylvester StalloneSimone Griffeth, Roger Corman)

Ford V Ferrari (James Mangold, Matt DamonChristian BaleJon Bernthal)

Newsies (Kenny Ortega, Bob TzudikerNoni White, Christian BaleBill PullmanRobert Duvall)

Bad Education (Cory Finley, Hugh JackmanRay RomanoWelker White)

The Principal (Christopher Cain, Frank Deese, Jim BelushiLouis Gossett Jr.Rae Dawn Chong)

Thoroughbreds (Cory Finley, Olivia CookeAnya Taylor-JoyAnton Yelchin)

Les Miserables (Tom Hooper, Hugh JackmanRussell CroweAnne Hathaway)

Van Helsing (Stephen Sommers, Hugh JackmanKate BeckinsaleRichard Roxburgh)

The Prestige (Christopher Nolan, Christian BaleHugh JackmanScarlett Johansson)

Knives Out (Rian Johnson, Daniel CraigChris EvansAna de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, George Lucas, Daisy RidleyJohn BoyegaMark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Benicio Del Toro, Frank Oz)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Gareth Edwards, Felicity JonesDiego LunaAlan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas, Daisy RidleyJohn BoyegaMark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o)

Star Wars: Clone Wars (Dave Filoni, George Lucas, Tom KaneDee Bradley BakerMatt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein)

Star Wars: Rebels (Dave Filoni, George Lucas, Simon KinbergCarrie Beck, Taylor GrayVanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr., Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, Dee Bradley Baker)

Brick (Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-LevittLukas HaasEmilie de Ravin)

Looper (Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-LevittBruce WillisEmily Blunt)

I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, Steven Rogers, Margot RobbieSebastian StanAllison Janney)

Da 5 Bloods (Spike Lee, Delroy LindoJonathan MajorsClarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Mélanie Thierry, Chadwick Boseman)

BlacKKKlansman (Spike Lee, Charlie WachtelDavid Rabinowitz, Alec Baldwin, John David Washington, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Adam Driver, Topher Grace)

Conan the Barbarian - 2011 (Marcus Nispel, Thomas Dean DonnellyJoshua Oppenheimer, Jason MomoaRon PerlmanRose McGowan)

Robert E. Howard

Conan the Barbarian- 1982 (John Milius, Arnold SchwarzeneggerJames Earl JonesMax von Sydow)

Conan the Destroyer (Richard Fleischer, Arnold SchwarzeneggerGrace JonesOlivia d'Abo)

Red Sonja (Richard Fleischer, Arnold SchwarzeneggerBrigitte NielsenSandahl Bergman)

Arnold Schwarzenegger getting drop kicked

Ultimate Beastmaster (David BroomeSylvester Stallone, Tiki BarberRafinha BastosLuis Ernesto Franco, Terry Crews, Chris DiStefano, Charissa Thompson, C.M. Punk)

Awake: The Million Dollar Game Show (James DavisRussell RopeIkechukwu Mbagwu)

Manic pixie dream girls / Natalie Portman

City of Lost Children (Marc CaroJean-Pierre Jeunet, Ron PerlmanDaniel EmilforkJudith Vittet)

Delicatessen (Marc CaroJean-Pierre Jeunet, Marie-Laure DougnacDominique PinonPascal Benezech)

Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson, Tom CruiseJason RobardsJulianne Moore, Patton Oswalt)

Home Alone

Suspiria 1977

Sweeping the Streets documentary

Sacré-Cœur, Le Pigalle, The Moulin Rouge

Yellow vest protests in Paris

Bart in Paris (The Simpsons)

Timothee Chalamet

Brigitte Bardot

Edward Hopper paintings

Travelocity Gnome

Gnome Liberation Front

Paddington 2 (Paul King, Ben WhishawHugh GrantHugh Bonneville)

Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears, Steven Knight, Chiwetel EjioforAudrey TautouSophie Okonedo)

A Very Long Engagement (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Sébastien Japrisot, Audrey TautouGaspard UllielJodie Foster)

High Fidelity

Irreversible (Gaspar Noé, Monica BellucciVincent CasselAlbert Dupontel)

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