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Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 09/14/2020

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This week on Total Movie Recall, we go to the suck. Steve develops a thousand yard stare reserved for veterans of nightmare wars and mediocre podcasts. Ryan chalks up another point in the Irresponsible Father column, reflecting on his father’s prudent decision to let him watch this vision of insanity at a tender age yet again. If you listen to this episode, you can go to my house and fornicate with my sister. Full Metal Jacket (1987) d. w. based on his novel Starring: as as as as as as as Stanley Kubrick's take on the Vietnam War follows smart-aleck Private Davis,...

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This week on Total Movie Recall, we watch the first Manic Pixie Dream Girl ever on screen, who is not a girl at all, but is most decidedly a woman. It’s the perfect post-2020 movie, and not just because of the constant suicides. It’s twee and precious and we absolutely loved it. Harold & Maude (1971) d. w. Music by: Starring: Cult classic pairs Cort as a dead-pan disillusioned 20-year-old obsessed with suicide and a loveable Gordon as a fun-loving 80-year-old eccentric. They meet at a funeral, and develop a taboo romantic relationship, in which they explore the tired...

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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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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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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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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, we watched the Sophie’s Choice of talking pig movies — Babe: Pig in the City. You might remember it as a sweet children’s fantasy movie about cute talking animals, but that’s just your brain trying to protect you from the harrowing nightmare that is this film. Dogs are hung from chains and drowned in front of us. Crippled Jack Russell Terriers are killed and teased with the sweet release from their worldly limitations, only to be cruelly pulled back into their wheelchair prison. Ryan and Steve started this movie as boys, but left it as men. Depressed, traumatized men.

Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

d. George Miller

Magda Szubanski
Elizabeth Daily
Mickey Rooney 
James Cromwell
Mary Stein

When Babe accidentally puts farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) in traction, the debtors come looking for their payments. In order to pay their debt, Mrs. Hoggett (Magda Szubanski) sends Babe off across the ocean to the city to demonstrate his talents as a sheep herder. Along with his friends, Babe meets a lot of new friends and gets into new adventures.

Things discussed in the show:

Mad Max Fury Road (George MillerBrendan McCarthy, Tom HardyCharlize TheronNicholas Hoult)

Lorenzo's Oil (George MillerNick Enright, Nick NolteSusan SarandonPeter Ustinov)

True History of the Kelly Gang (Justin Kurzel, Shaun Grant, George MacKayEssie DavisNicholas Hoult)

Chopper (Andrew Dominik, Eric BanaSimon LyndonVince Colosimo)

MacBeth (Justin Kurzel, Todd Louiso, Jacob Koskoff, Michael FassbenderMarion CotillardJack Madigan)

Assassins Creed (Justin Kurzel, Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper, Michael FassbenderMarion CotillardJeremy Irons)

Tomb Raider (Roar Uthaug, Alicia VikanderDominic WestWalton Goggins)

Super Mario Brothers (Annabel JankelRocky Morton, Bob HoskinsJohn LeguizamoDennis Hopper)

Dark Waters (Todd Haynes, Mark RuffaloAnne HathawayTim Robbins)

Erin Brockavich (Steven Soderbergh, Susannah Grant, Julia RobertsAlbert FinneyDavid Brisbin)

Waiting for Guffman (Christopher GuestEugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Parker Posey, David Cross)

A Mighty Wind (Christopher GuestEugene Levy, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard, Ed Begley Jr.)

Best in Show (Christopher Guest, Fred WillardEugene LevyCatherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Michael McKean, John Michael Higgins)

This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, Christopher GuestMichael McKean, Harry Shearer, Tony Hendra)

Party Girl (Daisy von Scherler Mayer, Harry Birckmayer, Parker PoseyOmar TownsendAnthony DeSando)

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

All of Me (Carl Reiner, Steve MartinLily TomlinVictoria Tennant)

The Jerk (Carl Reiner, Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, Bernadette PetersCatlin Adams)

Palm Springs (Max Barbakow, Andy Siara, Andy SambergCristin MiliotiJ.K. Simmons)

The Lonely Island

Popstar Never Stop Never Stopping (Akiva SchafferJorma Taccone, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack)

Hot Rod (Akiva Schaffer, Pam Brady, Andy SambergIsla FisherIan McShane)

Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, Danny Rubin, Bill MurrayAndie MacDowellChris Elliott)

Happy Death Day (Christopher Landon, Scott Lobdell, Jessica RotheIsrael BroussardRuby Modine)

Happy Death Day 2U (Christopher LandonScott Lobdell, Jessica RotheIsrael BroussardPhi Vu)

Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, Tom CruiseEmily BluntBill Paxton)

Tenacious D

Avatar the Last Airbender (Michael Dante DiMartinoBryan Konietzko, Zach TylerJack De SenaDee Bradley Baker, Dave Filoni, Lauren MacMullan, Mae Whitman, Dante Basco, Michaela Jill Murphy)

David Filoni (Star Wars Rebels & Star Wars Clone Wars)

Dragonball Z (Piccolo, Goku, Krillin, Vegeta, Gohan, Hercule, Bulma)

Regular Show (J.G. QuintelWilliam SalyersSam Marin)

Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (George MillerGeorge Ogilvie, Terry Hayes, Mel GibsonTina TurnerBruce Spence)

Babe (Chris Noonan, Dick King-Smith (novel), George Miller (screenplay), James CromwellMagda SzubanskiChristine Cavanaugh)

Contact (Robert Zemeckis, Jodie FosterMatthew McConaugheyTom Skerritt)

Mommie Dearest (Frank Perry, Christina Crawford (book), Frank Yablans (screenplay), Faye DunawayDiana ScarwidSteve Forrest)

There Will be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-LewisPaul DanoCiarán Hinds)

Garth Ennis - The Punisher

Frank Miller - Sin City

German Expressionism

Metropolis (Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, Brigitte HelmAlfred AbelGustav Fröhlich)

John Wayne Gacy

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg, Harrison FordKate CapshawKe Huy Quan)

Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg, Liam NeesonRalph FiennesBen Kingsley)

Sophie's Choice (Alan J. Pakula, Meryl StreepKevin KlinePeter MacNicol)

James Cromwell & PETA

W. (Oliver Stone, Stanley Weiser, Josh BrolinElizabeth BanksIoan Gruffudd)

Next Week: Scarface