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Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 11/02/2020

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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 put on their codpieces and fret over the innocence of teenage girls around David Bowie. Don’t get us wrong, we love this movie, but why does this charming children’s tale have a character named after the part of the anatomy responsible for transporting sperm? And why do so many sequences resemble sperm? And if all of these things are symbols for sperm, what does the Bog of Eternal Stench represent? We shudder to think…

Labyrinth (1986)

d. Jim Henson
w. Terry Jones

David Bowie
Jennifer Connelly
Brian Henson
Shari Weiser
Brian Froud
hundreds of puppeteers

Teenage Sarah journeys through a maze to recover her baby brother from a goblin king in this '80s coming-of-age fairy tale.

Things discussed in the show:

The Little Mermaid (Disney, Ursula, Ron ClementsJohn Musker, Jodi BensonSamuel E. WrightRene Auberjonois)

Babylon Berlin - Season 3 (Art deco, morphine abuse, noir, Henk HandloegtenTom TykwerAchim von Borries, Volker BruchLiv Lisa FriesLeonie Benesch)

Dark (Baran bo OdarJantje Friese, Louis HofmannKaroline EichhornLisa Vicari)

Mrs. Doubtfire (Chris Columbus, Robin WilliamsSally FieldPierce Brosnan)

Zoomer attention spans

The Devil all the Time (Antonio Campos, Donald Ray PollockBill SkarsgårdTom Holland)

Saw (James Wan, Cary ElwesLeigh WhannellDanny Glover)

Irreversible (Gaspar Noé, Monica BellucciVincent CasselAlbert Dupontel)

Children of the Corn

Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, Jordan Belfort, Leonardo DiCaprioJonah HillMargot Robbie)

The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, Steven Zaillian, Charles Brandt, Robert De NiroAl PacinoJoe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin)

Tenet (Christopher Nolan, John David WashingtonRobert PattinsonElizabeth Debicki)

Midsommar (Ari Aster, Florence PughJack ReynorVilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper)

Covid 19 talk

The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, Stephen ReaJaye DavidsonForest Whitaker)

Saved By the Bell (Sam Bobrick, Mark-Paul GosselaarMario LopezDustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies, Dennis Haskins, Tiffani Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley)

The Social Dilemma (Jeff Orlowski, Davis CoombeVickie Curtis, Tristan HarrisJeff SeibertBailey Richardson)

Rabbit Hole podcast (Kevin Roose)

The Matrix (Lana WachowskiLilly Wachowski, Keanu ReevesLaurence FishburneCarrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano)

The Terminator & Skynet (James Cameron, Arnold SchwarzeneggerLinda Hamilton)

Reply All QAnon episode #166 "Country of Liars"

PEN15 (Maya ErskineAnna KonkleSam Zvibleman)

Fraggle Rock and the social contract between Fraggle and Dozer (Jim Henson, Karen PrellGerard ParkesKathryn Mullen)

Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Michael Allin, Sam J. JonesMelody AndersonMax von Sydow, Queen)

Flesh Gordon (Michael BenvenisteHoward Ziehm, Jason WilliamsSuzanne FieldsJoseph Hudgins)

Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheetleaders (Howard Ziehm, Vince MurdoccoRobyn KellyTony Travis)

The Muppet Show (Jim HensonJack Burns, Frank OzRichard HuntDave Goelz)

Mia Sara

Return to Oz was directed by Walter Murch (Gill Dennis, Fairuza BalkNicol WilliamsonJean Marsh, Brian Henson)

The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, Christopher McQuarrie, Kevin SpaceyGabriel ByrneChazz Palminteri)

Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)

The Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)

The Phantom of the Opera

Evita (Tim Rice, Alan Parker, MadonnaJonathan PryceAntonio Banderas)

H.P. Lovecraft / The King in Yellow by Robert William Chambers & Carcosa

True Detective season one (Nic Pizzolatto, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, Tory Kittles)

Teenage girls protecting their virginity at all costs

Matthew 18:3 - “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

The Bog of Eternal Stench

The maiden, the mother & the crone

Michael Jackson was up for the role of the Goblin King

Phil Collins

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

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel, Marilyn BurnsEdwin NealAllen Danziger)

The helping hands

Surrealist film

Beauty and the Beast (1946) (Jean CocteauRené Clément, Jean MaraisJosette DayMila Parély)

Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta

Stevie Nicks' fashion

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars

Iggy Pop and The Stooges / Steve's theory that Bowie ruined Iggy Pop

Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes, James Lyons, Ewan McGregorJonathan Rhys MeyersChristian Bale)


Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Hero's Journey (Joseph Campbell)

Dungeon's and Dragons


M.C. Escher

Crossroads demons and Robert Johnson

The Dark Crystal (Jim HensonFrank Oz, David Odell, Kathryn Mullen)

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