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Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 11/09/2020

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Total Movie Recall

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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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, 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, 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, Steve and Ryan wonder why kids are scared of the stupidest boogeymen. The Leprechaun haunted Ryan for his entire childhood, waiting in dark corners, making it unable for him to pee in the middle of the night. If only he had watched the movie when he was seven years old, and seen how stupid, unscary, unwitty, and half-assed this boring, lazy movie is, he wouldn’t have wasted another second being scared. The Leprechaun can’t even be bothered to turn limericks into dirty rhymes. Nantucket! It rhymes itself!

Leprechaun (1993)

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Warwick Davis
Jennifer Aniston
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Dan O'Grady steals 100 gold coins from a leprechaun while on vacation in Ireland. The leprechaun follows him home, but Dan locks the him in a crate, held at bay by a four-leaf clover. Ten years later, J.D. Redding and his daughter, Tory, rent O'Grady's property for the summer. When their new neighbors accidentally release the leprechaun, he goes on a murderous rampage to reclaim his gold.

Things discussed in the show:

The words "Cop Salon" sounds better than "Cellar Door"

Donnie Darko

Tolkien (Dome Karukoski, David GleesonStephen Beresford, Nicholas HoultLily CollinsColm Meaney)

The difference between New Mexico, North Dakota and Los Angeles, California

Badlands (Terrence Malick, Martin SheenSissy SpacekWarren Oates)

Carrie (Brian De Palma, Stephen King (novel), Lawrence D. Cohen, Sissy SpacekPiper LaurieAmy Irving)

Coal Miner's Daughter (Michael Apted, Thomas Rickman, Loretta Lynn, Sissy SpacekTommy Lee JonesLevon Helm)

The Invisible Man (#metoo, Leigh Whannell, Elisabeth MossOliver Jackson-CohenHarriet Dyer)

The Vow (NXIVM, Anthony AmesSarah EdmondsonBonnie Piesse, Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim, Mark Vicente)

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (Lisa Bryant, Michael ReiterAnnie FarmerShawna Rivera)

Scientology vs. NXIVM

Jonestown and Jim Jones

Justin Beiber and Kanye West leading the next wave of sexy young Christians

Cobra Kai season 2 (Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Josh Heald, William Zabka, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Ralph Macchio, Jacob Bertrand, Xolo Maridueña, Courtney Henggeler)

The Karate Kid (John G. Avildsen, Robert Mark Kamen, Ralph MacchioPat MoritaElisabeth Shue)

Rocky (John G. Avildsen, Sylvester Stallone, Talia ShireBurt Young)

Last of Us (Bruce Straley, Neil Druckmann, Troy BakerAshley JohnsonHana Hayes)

Krav Maga vs. MMA vs. Shotokan Karate vs. Boxing vs. Muay Thai

Avatar The Last Airbender (Michael Dante DiMartinoBryan KonietzkoZach TylerJack De SenaDee Bradley BakerDave FiloniLauren MacMullanMae WhitmanDante BascoMichaela Jill Murphy) (

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Joss Whedon, Sarah Michelle GellarNicholas BrendonAlyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield Ford)

The Boys (Garth Ennis, Eric Kripke, Karl UrbanJack QuaidAntony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, Nathan Mitchell, Colby Minifie)

Lovecraft Country (Misha Green, Jonathan MajorsJurnee SmollettCourtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Michael Kenneth Williams)

Sundown Towns

Ratched (Ryan MurphyEvan Romansky, Sarah PaulsonFinn WittrockCynthia Nixon)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos FormanLawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, Jack NicholsonLouise FletcherMichael Berryman, Ken Kesey, Scatman Crothers, Danny DeVito)

Nip/Tuck (Ryan Murphy, Dylan WalshJulian McMahonJoely Richardson)

Glee (Ian BrennanBrad FalchukRyan Murphy, Lea MicheleJane LynchMatthew Morrison)

American Horror Story (Brad FalchukRyan Murphy, Lady GagaKathy BatesAngela Bassett, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O'Hare)

Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky, Axel JodorowskyBlanca GuerraGuy Stockwell)

Q&A (Sidney Lumet, Edwin Torres (book), Nick NolteTimothy HuttonArmand Assante)

Nick Nolte / Gary Busey Impractical Jokers

Joe Bob Briggs at the Drive-in and Monstervision

The Verdict (Sidney Lumet, David Mamet, Paul NewmanCharlotte RamplingJack Warden)

Dog Day Afternoon (Frank Pierson, Al PacinoJohn CazalePenelope Allen)

Serpico (Sidney Lumet, Peter Maas (book), Waldo Salt (screenplay), Al PacinoJohn RandolphJack Kehoe)

Rumpelstiltskin (Mark JonesJoe Ruby, Max GrodénchikJohn DuceyKim Johnston Ulrich)

Child's Play (Tom Holland, Don Mancini, Catherine HicksChris SarandonAlex Vincent, Chucky)

My Buddy doll

Killer Klowns From Outer Space

Nightmare on Elm Street - Freddy's Dead The Final Nightmare (Rachel Talalay, Wes Craven, Robert EnglundLisa ZaneShon Greenblatt)

Tremors (Ron Underwood, Kevin BaconFred WardFinn Carter)

Leprechaun 2 (Rodman Flender, Warwick DavisCharlie HeathShevonne Durkin)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell, Richard Curtis, Hugh GrantAndie MacDowellJames Fleet)

Leprechaun 4 in Space (Brian Trenchard-Smith, Warwick DavisBrent JasmerJessica Collins)

Leprechaun 5 in the Hood (Rob Spera, Warwick DavisIce-TAnthony Montgomery)

Roger Corman

Troma Entertainment

Transmorphers (Leigh Scott, Matthew WolfAmy WeberShaley Scott)

Friends (David CraneMarta Kauffman, Jennifer AnistonCourteney CoxLisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer)

Horrible Bosses (Seth Gordon, Jason BatemanCharlie DayJason Sudeikis)

Dan Quayle


The I.R.A. (Irish Republican Army)

Lucky Charms

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

Four Leaf Clovers and fairy folk

Next week: The Return to Oz