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Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 11/16/2020

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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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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 acknowledge that The Wizard of Oz is, yes, a classic. However, it’s missing a certain je ne sais quoi, and we try to put our fingers on exactly what it needed. We conclude that classic, whimsical children’s film needed more childhood lobotomy, forced imprisonment, Queens pulling their own heads off, and Veruca Salt. Or Fairuza Balk? Potato potato.

Return to Oz (1985)

d. Walter Murch
Based on books by L. Frank Baum

Fairuza Balk as Dorothy
Nicol Williamson as the Nome King
Jean Marsh as Mombi
Piper Laurie as Aunt Em
Brian Henson as Jack Pumpkinhead 

Dorothy discovers she is back in the land of Oz, and finds the yellow brick road is now a pile of rubble, and the Emerald City is in ruins. Discovering that the magical land is now under the control of an evil empire, she sets off to rescue the scarecrow, the tin man and the cowardly lion with the help of her new friends.

Things discussed in the show:

Electroshock Therapy / Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

The Willies - Labyrinth - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Tik-Tok of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Ozma of Oz

PEN15 (Maya ErskineAnna KonkleSam Zvibleman)

Booksmart (Olivia WildeEmily HalpernSarah HaskinsKaitlyn DeverBeanie FeldsteinJessica WilliamsJason SudeikisLisa KudrowWill Forte)

Lady Bird (Greta GerwigSaoirse RonanLaurie MetcalfTracy Letts)

Is the expression "call a spade a spade" racist?

Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde

Superbad (Greg MottolaSeth RogenEvan GoldbergMichael CeraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseBill Hader)

Raised by Wolves (Aaron Guzikowski, Ridley Scott, Travis FimmelAmanda CollinAbubakar Salim)

Dune - 1984 (David Lynch, Frank Herbert, Kyle MacLachlanVirginia MadsenFrancesca Annis, Sting, Dean Stockwell)

Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott, Michael FassbenderKatherine WaterstonBilly Crudup, Danny McBride)

American Murder: The Family Next Door (Jenny Popplewell)

Lifetime made for TV movies

8 Inch Betsy - The Mean Days

Army Wives (Katherine Fugate, Brian McNamaraWendy DavisCatherine Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Terry Serpico, Sally Pressman, Kim Delaney, Drew Fuller)

Unsolved Mysteries

Rescue 911 (William ShatnerDavid TeschendorfGene Babb)

Last Podcast on the Left (Ben KisselMarcus ParksHenry Zebrowski)

My Favorite Murder (podcast, Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark)

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

Paradise Lost 2: Revelations

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

How The Satanic Panic and the novel Michelle Remembers ruined lives.

Siskel and Ebert hated this movie

The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, Judy GarlandFrank MorganRay Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton)

Flying Monkeys

Sucker Punch (Zack Snyder, Emily BrowningVanessa HudgensAbbie Cornish)

Veruca Salt

Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, Roald Dahl, Gene WilderJack AlbertsonPeter Ostrum)

The Waterboy (Frank Coraci, Tim HerlihyAdam Sandler, Adam SandlerKathy BatesHenry Winkler, Fairuza Balk, Clint Howard, Rob Schneider)

The Craft (Andrew Fleming, Peter Filardi, Robin TunneyFairuza BalkNeve Campbell)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, Ken Kesey, Jack NicholsonLouise FletcherMichael Berryman, Scatman Crothers, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Will Sampson)

Frankenstein (James Whale, Colin CliveMae ClarkeBoris Karloff)

PTSD, Soldier's Heart, Shell Shock

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

Invasion of the Triffids / Day of the Triffids (Steve Sekely, Howard KeelNicole MaureyJanette Scott, killer plants)

White Fang (Randal Kleiser, Jack London, Ethan HawkeKlaus Maria Brandauer, Bill Moseley)

George Lucas

The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon BrandoAl PacinoJames Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton)

The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, Al PacinoRobert De NiroRobert Duvall, Diane Keaton)

The Godfather Part III (Francis Ford Coppola, Al PacinoDiane KeatonAndy Garcia, Diane Keaton, Joe Mantegna, Talia Shire, Bridget Fonda, Sofia Coppola)

Apocalypse Now (John MiliusFrancis Ford Coppola, Martin SheenMarlon BrandoRobert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper)

Star Wars Clone Wars S4/E8 - "The General" (James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Dave Fennoy)

Alice in Wonderland

Commando (Mark L. Lester, Arnold SchwarzeneggerRae Dawn ChongDan Hedaya, Alyssa Milano, Bill Duke)

DMT (drug)

Punk archetypes (Rocksteady and Beebop, punks in the Toxic Avenger, Oingo Boingo, Sex Pistols)

Uncanny Valley

Se7en (David Fincher, Andrew Kevin Walker, Morgan FreemanBrad PittKevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow)

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Rainbow

Slayer - Reign in Blood

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Steven SpielbergDavid KoeppGeorge LucasHarrison FordCate BlanchettShia LaBeouf)

Pantera - Cowboys from Hell

Joel Silver

Pumkinhead (Stan Winston, Lance HenriksenJeff EastJohn D'Aquino)

Excalibur (John Boorman, Nigel TerryHelen MirrenNicholas Clay, Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart)

James Earl Jones

Garden Gnome


Alchemical Elemental beings (Gnomes, Sylphs, Salamanders, Udines)

Eastbound and Down (Ben BestJody HillDanny McBride, Steve LittleKaty Mixon)

Joseph Campbell

The Ramones - "Psycho Therapy" & "Teenage Lobotomy"

Dexter (James Manos Jr., Michael C. HallJennifer CarpenterDavid Zayas)

American Horror Story (Brad FalchukRyan MurphyLady GagaKathy BatesAngela BassettEvan PetersSarah PaulsonDenis O’Hare)

Babe Pig in the City

Oz the Great and Powerful (Sam Raimi, James FrancoMichelle WilliamsRachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi)

Next week: The Sixth Sense