Back to the Balcony
An amused second look at movies and culture from the last century.
info_outline Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 09/22/2023
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Bob Kerr returns with a new kind of horror, 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Funny as always but there's also an interesting segment about whether The Terminator movies are the source of everyone's anxiety about AI. Jimmy's not worried but then he's still getting over the shock of moveable type. That's a really smart joke.
info_outline License to Kill VS Casino Royale - The Best James Bond 09/08/2023
License to Kill VS Casino Royale - The Best James Bond Chris Jarvie and Ryan Schnider join Jimmy to decide the best James Bond movie of all time, 1989's License to Kill or 2006's Casino Royale. Weird fact: License to Kill has nothing to do with Bond's license and outside of the card game taking place there, Casino Royale has nothing to do with the casino. Where do they get these names?
info_outline Breaking Away (1979) 08/25/2023
Breaking Away (1979) Quick, name another movie where bicycle racing played a major part? Yeah, Jimmy and Mario couldn't either. Mind you, Mario contends this isn't a sports movie, it's a coming of age movie. Jimmy's not so sure. Special guest engineering by Len Perdic.
info_outline A Star Is Born Vs. Tropic Thunder 08/11/2023
A Star Is Born Vs. Tropic Thunder What's the best movie about show business? Chris Wuergler thinks it's 2018's A Star is Born. Barry Carter disagrees, he says it's 2008's Tropic Thunder. You couldn't get two movies that were further apart yet they both make a convincing argument. And Jimmy will say? Listen to find out.
info_outline Murder By Death (1976) 07/28/2023
Murder By Death (1976) This could very well be the companion episode to the one we did a couple months ago about the movie Clue (with Dave Sokolowski). This time Mario Bernardi praises Murder By Death and Jimmy finds it's not the comic gem he remembers. Whose right? You may be surprised.
info_outline 100th Anniversary Show 07/14/2023
100th Anniversary Show We know our 100th anniversary was a couple years ago but thanks to Covid we had to put off our big celebration - until now! So much fun, so many great memories - plus ice cream cake and champagne. Stories, insights, jokes - even a quiz. What a great way to kick off season 8.
info_outline Mighty Ducks (1992) Vs. Slap Shot (1977) 06/30/2023
Mighty Ducks (1992) Vs. Slap Shot (1977) The gloves come off when comedians Gerry Hall and Chris Jarvie try and decide what's the greatest hockey movie of all time. Both are big sports fans - which begs the question why talk about the most under-represented sport in cinema history? According to Wikipedia, there's more films about bull fighting. Funny episode.
info_outline Silence Vs. The Departed 06/16/2023
Silence Vs. The Departed Guests Joel Van Vliet and Allie Moore insisit that Martin Scorsese makes the most intense movies - they just can agree about which one is best. Joel says it's 2016's Silence, Allie says it's 2006's The Departed. So essentially a movie about priests in Japan is more intense than a movie about infiltraters in the police and gangs of Boston. Jimmy doesn't say much in this one - they do all the work for him. Our most fast paced episode.
info_outline Clue (1985) 06/02/2023
Clue (1985) Comedian Dave Sokolowski considers Clue a great movie because it so seamlessly builds on the characters of the board game. Jimmy thinks that's a liability. Funny for what it is or not funny because of what it is? Give it a listen and tell us what you think.
info_outline Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery Vs. Moonraker 05/20/2023
Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery Vs. Moonraker This shaped up to be a cakewalk deciding which was the best spy spoof movie of all time. Instead, things got turned around in one of our funniest episodes with guests Ryan Sim and Mitch McBeaudry.
info_outline Fahrenheit 451 (1966) 05/05/2023
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) Is it about books or TV or censorship or ridiculous ideas? Mario Bernardi and Jimmy go back in time to talk about the movie based on a book they had to read in high school. While they don't reveal how they did when tested on it you get a pretty good idea based on their discussion. Surprisingly insightful.
info_outline Lawnmower Man Versus Star Wars - A New Hope 04/21/2023
Lawnmower Man Versus Star Wars - A New Hope Patrick Coppolino and Kristian Reimer join Jimmy to determine once and for all which movie has the worst special effects. Patrick Coppolino makes a pretty convincing argument for 1992's The Lawnmower Man. Kristian Reimer makes a surprisingly convincing argument for every tampered version of 1977's Star Wars - A New Hope. Most shocking reveleation: Patrick has never seen Star Wars.
info_outline A Day at the Races (1937) 04/07/2023
A Day at the Races (1937) Will anybody remember the Marx Brothers in fifty years? That's just one of the things Jimmy and guest Mario Bernardi ponder as they talk about a movie that isn't even the best Marx Brothers movie. So why not talk about their best? According to Mario, it's only for one reason: Tuttsi-fruittsi. If that doesn't mean anything you definitely have to give a listen. Fun and you might even learn something about some comedians who deserve to be remembered.
info_outline The Bodyguard (1992) 03/24/2023
The Bodyguard (1992) Once in a great while a movie comes along that makes Jimmy appreciate how good Love Story was. Chris Wuergler does it again with The Bodyguard, part Whitney Houston music video, part Kevin Costner trying to remember how many emotions he knows.
info_outline The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 03/10/2023
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Okay, it's a sexist comment but would you really expect Chris Wuergler to bring us 1994's The Shawshank Redemption? Traditional wisdom is women don't want to see a movie that doesn't have women in it but Chris has a deep and abiding affection for this one. Jimmy is hard pressed to disagree and Phil goes missing in action for a while.
info_outline Johnny Dangerously (1984) 02/24/2023
Johnny Dangerously (1984) Comedian Larry Smith tries to convince Jimmy there's something beautifully funny about the movie Johnny Dangerously even if it's not great art. It's fascinating how two individuals can look at the same thing and see two different things. A funny look at a movie that may or may not be funny.
info_outline Spaceballs Versus Shaun of the Dead 01/27/2023
Spaceballs Versus Shaun of the Dead And now for something entirely different - that isn't Monty Python. Mitch McBeaudry and Ryan Sim face off to determine the best movie parody of all time. Is it Spaceballs or Shaun of the Dead? Or something entirely different (that still isn't Monty Python). Give a listen and then let us know your candidate.
info_outline Die Hard (1988) 12/16/2022
Die Hard (1988) It's a Christmas miracle! That's guest Chris Jarvie's explanation for all the insanity in 1988's Die Hard, a movie requiring millions of dollars worth of destruction to repair a marriage and help a cop learn to kill again. What a heart-warming Christmas movie.
info_outline Trains, Planes and Automobiles (1987) 12/02/2022
Trains, Planes and Automobiles (1987) Planes, Trains and Automobiles is one of the most beloved holiday movies that everybody forgets. People generally forget it but when you bring it up they go, "Oh yeah, I really like that movie." It's such a perfect movie that even Jimmy is hard pressed to disagree with guest Mario Bernardi.
info_outline The Jerk (1979) 11/18/2022
The Jerk (1979) The Jerk was either ground-breaking or destroying. Guest Mario Bernardi is of two minds, he remembers it with fondness from his youth but finds much to cringe about today. Did it show us the Steve Martin we'd later come to love? Download to find out.
info_outline Nothing But Trouble (1991) 11/04/2022
Nothing But Trouble (1991) Having plummed the quality level with Howard the Duck, it was thought all but impossible to find anything worse this side of Ed Wood. Then along comes Bobby Knauff with Nothing But Trouble. Blew the budget making it slick, just forgot to make it worth watching - but that's just Jimmy's opinion.
info_outline My Cousin Vinny (153) 08/12/2022
My Cousin Vinny (153) My Cousin Vinny pits Jimmy's notorious dislike for leaps of logic and guest Scott Faulconbridge's equally notorious willingness to enjoy anything that's put in front of him. Interesting sidebar about why comedy doesn't get enough respect from the movies.