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Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 12/29/2020

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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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Total Movie Recall

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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Total Movie Recall

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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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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This week on the Total Movie Recall Holiday Special, Steve and Ryan visit the mopey, gothy early 90s when Generation X looked to the high school Gloom King Tim Burton to express their so dark vision of Christmas. Stop motion animation is such a labor intensive craft that creates beautiful visions that aren’t all that interesting, which is going to enrage a bunch of high school Wiccans that love this movie. It does look great, though.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

d. Henry Selick

Danny Elfman
Chris Sarandon
Catherine O'Hara
William Hickey
Paul Reubens

The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world." When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life -- he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

Things discussed in the show:

Babe Pig in the City

Beetlejuice (Tim Burton, Alec BaldwinGeena DavisMichael Keaton)

Dark Shadows (Johnny DeppMichelle PfeifferEva Green)

Dumbo 2019 (Colin FarrellMichael KeatonDanny DeVito)

Beetlejuice 2

Yule logs, holiday presents and the Krampus

Saturn and Jupiter aligning in 2020

Supernatural's final season (Eric Kripke, Jared PadaleckiJensen Ackles, Misha Collins)

Armageddon and kaijus

X-Files (Chris Carter, David DuchovnyGillian AndersonMitch Pileggi)

power ranking Young Sheldon episodes

Mom (Allison JanneyAnna FarisMimi Kennedy)

The internet turning on Chris Pratt

Johnny Depp & Amanda Heard drama

The Straight Story (David Lynch, John RoachMary Sweeney, Richard FarnsworthSissy SpacekJane Galloway Heitz)

Tom Cruise freaking out on staff not adhering to covid restrictions and Scientology

Mission Impossible 7 (Christopher McQuarrie, Vanessa KirbyTom CruiseHayley Atwell)

Mission Impossible Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie, Tom CruiseHenry CavillVing Rhames)

The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, Philip Seymour HoffmanJoaquin PhoenixAmy Adams)

Mission Impossible 3 (J.J. Abrams, Tom CruiseMichelle MonaghanVing Rhames)

South Park - The Pandemic Special

Cyberpunk 2077

Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Ralph FiennesAngela BassettJuliette Lewis)

The Mandolorian Season 2 (Jon Favreau, Pedro PascalGina CaranoGiancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Temuera Morrison, Amy Sedaris, Bill Burr)

Kathleen Kennedy

Star Wars - The Clone Wars (George Lucas, Tom KaneDee Bradley BakerMatt Lanter)

Star Wars - Rebels (Simon KinbergCarrie BeckDave Filoni, Taylor GrayVanessa Marshall)

Ahsoka Tano

Mandy (Panos Cosmatos, Nicolas CageAndrea RiseboroughLinus Roache)

James Cameron's Avatar films

The Town (Ben Affleck, Rebecca HallJon Hamm)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, Catherine DeneuveNino CastelnuovoAnne Vernon)

Jean-Pierre Melville

No Country for Old Men (Ethan CoenJoel Coen, Tommy Lee JonesJavier BardemJosh Brolin)

Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, Harry Dean StantonNastassja KinskiDean Stockwell)

Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian

Blood Simple (Joel CoenEthan Coen, John GetzFrances McDormandDan Hedaya)

The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, Bruce CampbellEllen SandweissRichard DeManincor)

Fargo season 4 (Noah Hawley, Chris Rock, Jessie Buckley, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw, Jack Huston)

MacBeth 2021 (Joel Coen, William Shakespeare, Denzel WashingtonFrances McDormandBrendan Gleeson)

The Naked Man (J. Todd Anderson, Ethan Coen, Michael RapaportMichael JeterJohn Carroll Lynch)

Black Mirror - Nosebleed Season 3, Episode 1 (Michael SchurRashida Jones, Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve)

Chinese social credit

Community Meow-Meow Beans - App Development and Condiments - Season 5, Episode 8 (Rob Schrab, Yvette Nicole Brown, Joel McHale, Jim Rash, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong, Jonathan Banks, Steve AgeeBrian Posehn, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim)

Disneyland during Covid

Oingo Boingo - "Little Girls" video

Cab Calloway

The Jungle Book (Disney, Wolfgang Reitherman, Phil HarrisSebastian CabotLouis Prima)

Stop Motion Animation

Goth Girls and the mall

Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson, Johnny DeppWinona RyderDianne Wiest)

Frankenweenie (Tim Burton, Winona RyderCatherine O'HaraMartin Short)

Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton, Linda Woolverton, Lewis Carroll, Mia WasikowskaJohnny DeppHelena Bonham Carter)

German Expressionism

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, Werner KraussConrad VeidtFriedrich Feher)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton, Roald DahlJohn August, Johnny DeppFreddie HighmoreDavid Kelly)

Corpse Bride (Tim BurtonMike Johnson, Johnny DeppHelena Bonham CarterEmily Watson)

Big Fish (Tim Burton, Daniel WallaceJohn August, Ewan McGregorAlbert FinneyBilly Crudup)

Sweeny Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton, John LoganHugh Wheeler, Johnny DeppHelena Bonham CarterAlan Rickman)

Pee Wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton, Phil HartmanPaul Reubens, Elizabeth DailyMark Holton)

Ed Wood (Johnny DeppMartin LandauSarah Jessica Parker)

Batman (Tim Burton, Bob Kane, Michael KeatonJack NicholsonKim Basinger)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Tim Burton, Eva GreenAsa ButterfieldSamuel L. Jackson)

The Holiday Movies the Made Us

Ray Harrihausen

Frosty the Snowman (Jackie VernonBilly De WolfeJimmy Durante)

Forbidden Zone (Richard Elfman, Gene CunninghamMarie-Pascale ElfmanVirginia Rose, Oingo Boingo, Danny Elfman)

Batman Returns (Tim Burton, Michael KeatonDanny DeVitoMichelle Pfeiffer)

Necromancy reindeer

Slenderman & Creepy Pasta

Beware the Slenderman documentary - the story of two 12-year old girls, who attempted to sacrifice one of their friends to Slenderman in a rutal attack

American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

The Satanic Panic

The Slender Man Movie (Sylvain White, Joey KingJulia Goldani TellesJaz Sinclair)

Bad Luck Brian

Next week: Cabin Boy