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Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 11/23/2020

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This week on Total Movie Recall, Steve holds Ryan’s hair back while he cries and dry heaves and rocks back and forth like his cat just died, because there has never been a movie more perfectly designed to make him cry like The Sixth Sense. Misunderstood children? Check. Put-upon mothers just trying their best? Check. An exasperated but committed psychologist just trying to figure out how to reach this kid? Double check. Get your tissues for this one.

The Sixth Sense (1999)

d. M. Night Shyamalan

Bruce Willis
Haley Joel Osment
Toni Collette
Donnie Wahlberg
Mischa Barton

Young Cole Sear is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe. As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable.

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YouTube prank channels

Aokigahara, the Japanese suicide forest

Bloody Mary



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Mean Girls (Mark Waters, Tina Fey, Lindsay LohanJonathan BennettRachel McAdams )

Donnie Darko

Big Mouth (Jennifer FlackettAndrew GoldbergNick KrollJohn MulaneyJessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Jordan Peele, Jenny Slate)

Raised by Wolves (Aaron GuzikowskiRidley ScottTravis FimmelAmanda CollinAbubakar Salim)

Cult of Apollo, Ra and other sun gods

Warhammer 40k and the God Emperor

Event Horizon (Paul W.S. Anderson, Laurence FishburneSam NeillKathleen Quinlan)

Sunshine (Danny Boyle, Alex Garland, Cillian MurphyRose ByrneChris Evans)

Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey

Heavy Metal magazine

Metropolis (Fritz Lang, Brigitte HelmAlfred AbelGustav Fröhlich)

German Expressionism

The Boys season 2 (Garth EnnisEric KripkeKarl UrbanJack QuaidAntony StarrErin MoriartyDominique McElligottJessie T. UsherLaz AlonsoChace CrawfordTomer CaponKaren FukuharaNathan MitchellColby Minifie)

Radicalized shooters (Kyle Rittenhouse, Dylann Roof)

Utopia (Gillian Flynn, John CusackAshleigh LaThropDan Byrd, Desmin Borges, Christopher Denham, Javon 'Wanna' Walton, Farrah Mackenzie

Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)

Ulysees' Gaze (Theodoros Angelopoulos)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (George Lucas, Ewan McGregorLiam NeesonNatalie Portman)

Losing and gaining weight as an actor (Kumail Nanjiani)

Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, Jake LaMotta, Robert De NiroCathy MoriartyJoe Pesci)

Cape Fear (Martin Scorsese, Robert De NiroNick NolteJessica Lange)

White Men Can't Jump

Armageddon (Michael Bay, J.J. Abrams, Bruce WillisBilly Bob ThorntonBen Affleck, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi, Owen Wilson)

Child psychology and ghosts

What's more scary, basements or attics

Battlestar Galactica (Glen A. LarsonRonald D. Moore, Edward James OlmosMary McDonnellJamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Katee Sackhoff, Michael Hogan)

Home Alone

Cask of the Amontillado (Edgar Allen Poe)

The Cabin in the Woods (Joss WhedonDrew GoddardKristen ConnollyChris HemsworthAnna Hutchison)

Alfred Hitchcock

Muriel's Wedding (P.J. Hogan, Toni ColletteRachel GriffithsBill Hunter)

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

Knives Out (Rian Johnson, Daniel CraigChris EvansAna de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer)

The Shining (1980, Stanley KubrickStephen King, Jack NicholsonShelley DuvallDanny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers)

Paste Magazine

DJ Bruce Willis and his band Bruno

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Rolling Stones

Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, John TravoltaUma ThurmanSamuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Rosanna Arquette, Eric Stoltz, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken, Kathy Griffin)

Moonlighting (Glenn Gordon Caron, Cybill ShepherdBruce WillisAllyce Beasley)

Die Hard (John McTiernan, Bruce WillisAlan RickmanBonnie Bedelia)

The Fifth Element (Luc Besson, Bruce WillisMilla JovovichGary Oldman, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry)

Sin City (Frank MillerQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Rutger Hauer, Brittany Murphy, Nick Offerman, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood)

The Expendables (Sylvester Stallone, Jason StathamJet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Charisma Carpenter, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke)

South Park Quarantine Special - Mickey Mouse has sex with a bat

Questlove of The Roots

Michael Cera

James Newton Howard soundtrack

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

The Frighteners (Peter Jackson, Michael J. FoxTrini AlvaradoPeter Dobson)

Dr. Sleep (Mike Flanagan, Stephen King, Ewan McGregorRebecca FergusonKyliegh Curran)

Get this ghost gone:

Jacob Marley (A Christmas Carol)

Moaning Myrtle (Harry Potter)

Slimer (Ghostbusters)

Casper the Friendly Ghost vs. John Wayne Gacy

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)

Large Marge (Pee-wee's Big Adventure)

The Booberries Ghost vs. Count Chocula

Jesus as a ghost (Luke 24:36-51)

Ghost (Jerry Zucker, Patrick SwayzeDemi MooreWhoopi Goldberg)

Stir of Echos (David Koepp, Kevin BaconZachary David CopeKathryn Erbe)

Blair Witch Project

Next week: Thriller & American Werewolf in London