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Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 01/04/2021

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This week on Total Movie Recall, Ryan gets his hipster comedy credentials revoked after Steve makes him pay $3.99 to watch the 1994 not-so-classic comedy, Cabin Boy. Ryan simply cannot understand the cache this movie has in the “alt-comedy” world, or as he likes to call it, the “non-comedy” world (now that’s funny!). Steve would explain it, but you just, like, don’t get it man.

Cabin Boy (1994)

d. Adam Resnick

Chris Elliott
Ritch Brinkley
James Gammon
Brian Doyle-Murray
Brion James
Melora Walters
David Letterman
Andy Richter
Ricki Lake

Nathanial Mayweather is a spoiled rich kid whose plans for a ritzy Hawaiian cruise backfire, finding him lost at sea with a gang of salty old sailors. When his crusty cabin mates get a whiff of his highfalutin attitude, they give him every rotten chore on the boat -- and take him on an absurdist adventure through Hell's Bucket!

Things discussed in the show:

Will Farrell

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Glenn HowertonRob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito)

Late Night with David Letterman

Klonopin and coffee or Codeine and syrup

The dumb politics of 2020: QAnon and conspiracy nonsense

Idiocracy (Mike JudgeLuke WilsonMaya RudolphDax Shepard)

Apocalypse Now - "The Final Cut" (Francis Ford Coppola, John Milius, Martin SheenMarlon BrandoRobert Duvall)

George Lucas constantly meddling with old Star Wars films

Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, Harrison FordRutger HauerSean Young)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Fax BahrGeorge Hickenlooper, Dennis HopperMartin SheenMarlon Brando)

Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero, David EmgeKen ForeeScott H. Reiniger)

Brazil (Terry Gilliam, Jonathan PryceKim GreistRobert De Niro)

Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick, Matthew ModineR. Lee ErmeyVincent D'Onofrio)

Democracy in Chicago

While We're Young (Noah Baumbach, Ben StillerNaomi WattsAdam Driver)

The Doom Generation (Gregg Araki, James DuvalRose McGowanJohnathon Schaech)

Bug (William Friedkin, Tracy Letts, Ashley JuddMichael ShannonHarry Connick Jr.)

Tangerine (Sean BakerChris Bergoch, Kitana Kiki RodriguezMya TaylorKarren Karagulian)

The Florida Project (Sean BakerChris Bergoch, Brooklynn PrinceBria VinaiteWillem Dafoe)

Kubrick v. Akira Kurisawa v. Jodorowski v. Scorsese

David Byrne's lyrics

Dawn of the Dead (Zack Snyder, George A. RomeroJames Gunn, Sarah PolleyVing RhamesMekhi Phifer)

Brick (Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-LevittLukas HaasEmilie de Ravin)

28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, Alex Garland, Cillian MurphyNaomie HarrisChristopher Eccleston)

Day of the Dead (George A. Romero, Lori CardilleTerry AlexanderJoseph Pilato)

Land of the Dead (George A. Romero, John LeguizamoAsia ArgentoSimon Baker, Dennis Hopper)

Diary of the Dead (George A. Romero, Michelle MorganJoshua CloseShawn Roberts)

The Pest (Paul Miller, John LeguizamoJeffrey JonesFreddy Rodríguez)

The Walking Dead (Frank DarabontAngela Kang, Andrew LincolnNorman ReedusMelissa McBride)

Monkey Shines (George A. Romero, Jason BegheJohn PankowKate McNeil)

The Great (Tony McNamara, Elle FanningNicholas HoultPhoebe Fox)

Werner Herzog and finding the deeper truth in documentary

The White Diamond (Werner Herzog, Graham DorringtonDieter Plage)

Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog)

The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn, Elle FanningChristina HendricksKeanu Reeves)

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

Mr. Beast, Twitch streamers, mystery boxes from the dark web

Dybbuk box

Star Trek's utopia

The Vow (NXIVM, Anthony AmesSarah EdmondsonBonnie Piesse, Mark Vicente)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Noelle Stevenson, Aimee CarreroMarcus ScribnerKaren Fukuhara, Keston John)


Conflict in scenes through love not anger

Steven Universe (Rebecca Sugar, Zach CallisonDeedee MagnoMichaela Dietz)

Snowpiercer (Bong Joon Ho, Chris EvansJamie BellTilda Swinton)

Buffy the Vamire Slayer (Joss Whedon, Sarah Michelle GellarNicholas BrendonAlyson Hannigan)

Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, Toshirô MifuneTakashi ShimuraKeiko Tsushima)

Dungeons & Dragons

Gummi Bears

Battlestar Galactica (Glen A. LarsonRonald D. Moore, Edward James OlmosMary McDonnellJamie Bamber)

Janusz Kaminski

Get a Life (Chris ElliottDavid MirkinAdam ResnickBob ElliottRobin Riker)

Bob Odenkirk

Married... With Children (Ron LeavittMichael G. Moye, Ed O'NeillChristina ApplegateKatey Sagal, David Faustino)

Tim Burton

Death to Smoochie (Danny DeVito, Adam Resnick, Robin WilliamsEdward NortonCatherine Keener)

Terry Gilliam / Monty Python animation

Absurdist, Surrealist dreamscapes

Home Improvement (Carmen FinestraDavid McFadzeanMatt Williams, Tim AllenEarl HindmanTaran Noah Smith, Jonathan Taylor Thomas)

Napoleon Dynamite (Jared Hess, Jon HederEfren RamirezJon Gries)

The Naked Gun (David Zucker, Jerry ZuckerJim Abrahams, Leslie NielsenPriscilla PresleyO.J. Simpson)

Black Sheep (Penelope Spheeris, Fred Wolf, Chris FarleyDavid SpadeTim Matheson)

There's Something About Mary (Bobby FarrellyPeter Farrelly, Cameron DiazMatt DillonBen Stiller)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Nathan Juran, Kerwin MathewsKathryn GrantRichard Eyer, Ray Harryhausen)

A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès)

Handsome Boy Modeling School (Dan the Automator, Prince Paul, Róisín Murphy (of Moloko), Del the Funky HomosapienJ-LiveSean LennonMiho Hatori (of Cibo Matto), Mike D (of the Beastie Boys) and Don Novello (as Father Guido Sarducci)

Wet Hot American Summer (David Wain, Janeane GarofaloDavid Hyde PierceMichael Showalter, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Ian Black, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper)

Mr. Show with Bob and David (David CrossBob Odenkirk)

Next week: The Devil's Advocate