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Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 11/29/2020

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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, our bodies go through some changes that we don’t know how to deal with as we take in a John Landis double feature with Thriller & An American Werewolf in London. We really just need somebody to talk to about it. What’s that, Dad? You’re busy? Okay, I’ll just go on the internet and learn some deeply ingrained, problematic attitudes about Michael Jackson, Nazi monsters and Van Morrison tantric sex cults.

d. John Landis
Special Effects: Rick Baker

The Making of Thriller (1983)
Michael Jackson
Ola Ray
Vincent Price

The Making of “Thriller” is a behind the scenes look at the King of Pop and his groundbreaking and Grammy award-winning video.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)
David Naughton
Jenny Agutter
Griffin Dunne
John Woodvine

David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. David survives with a bite, but Jack is brutally killed. As David heals in the hospital, he's plagued by violent nightmares of his mutilated friend, who warns David that he is becoming a werewolf. When David discovers the horrible truth, he contemplates committing suicide before the next full moon causes him to transform from man to murderous beast.

Things discussed in the show:

The Reagan '80s

Leaving Neverland (Dan Reed, Wade Robson and James Safechuck)

Brazil's love of Michael Jackson

Tom Petty - "Mary Jane's Last Dance"

Social media grief poachers

Kurt Cobain's death (Nirvana)

C+C Music Factory

Wahlburgers (Paul WahlbergDonnie WahlbergMark Wahlberg)

Corey Feldman and Macaulay Culkin's relationship with Michael Jackson

Bubbles Movie cancelled (The Black List)

Jackson family:

Gary, Indiana


Fantasia (Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse)

Most expensive music videos: Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson - "Scream" & "Black & White" / Madonna / Guns & Roses - "November Rain"

Roger Corman


The Pizza Underground

Moldy Peaches (Adam Green & Kimya Dawson)

Adam Green's Aladdin (Adam Green, Jon WileyMichael CummingsYasmin Green, Natasha Lyonne, Har Mar Superstar, Macaulay Culkin, Zoë Kravitz, Regina Spektor)

West Side Story (Jerome RobbinsRobert Wise, Ernest Lehman, Natalie WoodGeorge ChakirisRichard Beymer)

James Kochalka Superstar - "Show Respect for Michael Jackson"

Dance in pop music: Arianna Grande, Cardi B - "WAP," Lady Gaga

The Chiodo Brothers did the titles for Thriller

The Crow (Alex Proyas, James O'Barr, Brandon LeeMichael WincottRochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson, David Patrick Kelly)

Helicopter accident on the set of Twilight Zone The Movie

Twilight Zone The Movie (Joe DanteJohn Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, John Larroquette, Scatman Crothers, John Lithgow)

Eddie Murphey won't work with John Landis

Trading Places (John Landis, Timothy HarrisHerschel Weingrod, Eddie MurphyDan AykroydRalph Bellamy)

Beverly Hills Cop (Martin Brest, Eddie MurphyJudge ReinholdJohn Ashton)

Marlin Brando traumatizing an actress with butter

Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci, Marlon BrandoMaria SchneiderMaria Michi )

Planet of the Apes - 1968 (Franklin J. Schaffner, Charlton HestonRoddy McDowallKim Hunter)


Butthole Surfers

Weird Al Yankovic - "Eat It" - "Fat"

Superbowl Halftime shows with Michael Jackson, Prince and Janet Jackson

Franz Liszt

Beach Boys

Raiders of the Lost Ark soundtrack

MC Hammer & Vanilla Ice

Slayer and Pantera are just as hard as Elton John

Blue Moon (song)

The oldies station. Nirvana, Ice Cube and Wu Tang Clan are grandpa music.

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult

How Spotify algorithmic playlists work

The Matrix (Lana WachowskiLilly WachowskiKeanu ReevesLaurence FishburneCarrie-Anne MossHugo WeavingJoe Pantoliano)

Scarface and Blondie

Waukegan, IL celebrities Ray Bradbury & Jack Benny

Martian Chronicles & Something Wicked This Way Comes

Homeboy Sandman

Jehovah's Witnesses

Black Cat, White Cat (Emir Kusturica, Gordan Mihic, Bajram SeverdzanSrdjan 'Zika' TodorovicBranka Katic)

Time of the Gypsies (Emir KusturicaGordan Mihic, Davor DujmovicBora TodorovicLjubica Adzovic)

Yugoslavian werewolves

Kentucky Fried Movie (John Landis, David ZuckerJim Abrahams, Evan C. KimBong Soo HanBill Bixby)

The Blues Brothers (Dan AykroydJohn Landis, John BelushiCab Calloway)

Three Amigos! (Steve MartinLorne Michaels, John Landis, Chevy ChaseMartin Short)

Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett, Karen Walton, Emily PerkinsKatharine IsabelleKris Lemche)

Sid and Nancy (Alex Cox, Gary OldmanChloe WebbDavid Hayman, Sid Vicious, Nancy Spungen)

Bridgette Bardot

The Slaughtered Lamb Pub

Wuthering Heights

Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah, David Zelag Goodman, Dustin HoffmanSusan GeorgePeter Vaughan)

Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, Irvine Welsh, Ewan McGregorEwen BremnerJonny Lee Miller)

H.P. Lovecraft & Stephen King

Castlevania 2 Simon's Curse - "What a horrible night to have a curse"

"See You Next Wednesday" the fake porno

Lycanthropy in Dungeons & Dragons - werebears, werecats, wererats

Airplane! (Jim AbrahamsDavid Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Robert HaysJulie HagertyLeslie Nielsen)

The Company of Wolves (Neil Jordan, Angela Carter, Sarah PattersonAngela LansburyDavid Warner)

The Muppet Show (Jim HensonFrank OzRichard Hunt, Jack Burns)

Nazi Werewolves & Vampires

Seinfeld (Larry DavidJerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-DreyfusMichael Richards, Jason Alexander, Wayne Knight, Jerry Stiller)

Grindhouse Werewolf Women of the S.S. trailer (Rob Zombie, Udo Kier, Sheri Moon Zombie, Tom Towles, Sybil Danning, Bill Moseley, Nicolas Cage)

Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich (Eric Kurlander)

Overlord (Julius Avery, Jovan AdepoWyatt RussellMathilde Ollivier)

Dead Snow (Tommy Wirkola, Jeppe Beck LaursenCharlotte FrognerJenny Skavlan)

Tantric cults

Noam Chomsky

After Hours (Martin Scorsese, Joseph Minion, Griffin DunneRosanna ArquetteVerna Bloom)

Princess Diana

Van Morrison - "Moondance"

One Irish Rover - Van Morrison documentary

Dumpster Diving for VHS

The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, William HoldenErnest BorgnineRobert Ryan)

Star Trek The Next Generation (Gene Roddenberry, Patrick StewartBrent SpinerJonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Wil Wheaton)

The Big Labowski (Joel CoenEthan CoenJeff BridgesJohn GoodmanJulianne MooreSteve BuscemiDavid HuddlestonPhilip Seymour HoffmanTara Reid)

Barely Legal Corrupted

Wolverine's adamantine foreskin

Next week: Children of Men