- Mon, 20 January 2020
This week we're back with a guest host to discuss one of the most successful sequels ever! James Cameron writes, directs, but surprisingly he *doesn't* star in this coming-of-age tale of illegal immigration and corporate eugenics.
Thanks to the strong female lead played by Sigourney Weaver, an excellent score and tight editing, this is also responsible for serious consideration of hard sci-fi on the awards circuit. We hope you enjoy the episode (and the record breaking plot synoposis!)
Thu, 19 December 2019
Home Alone is one of the best John Hughes movies ever. Chris Columbus directs this excellent script by one of the best screenwriters the 1980s ever saw, featuring an up-and-coming
Tue, 10 December 2019
Jimmy Stewart stars in this perennial Christmas classic about the meaning of Christmas and the promise of a New Year
Premiering in 1946, this film was not immediately successful at the box office - despite this, it's considered one of the all-time greatest films! This is by far the oldest movie we've covered on the podcast, so gather round the phonograph while we put on our kerchiefs!
Wed, 4 December 2019
It's weird to think about this but without Elf, we might not have Iron Man. Thanks to Jon Favreau and an incredible Will Ferrell, this movie takes the traditional Christmas subject matter and successfully spins a new take on the classic legend!
Mon, 25 November 2019
It seems like every year, we get another interpretation of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale. There are some which are book-to-screen adaptations, some which adapt plays, and then there are those like Scrooged which modernize and reframe the tale. However, none in this category have done it *quite* as well as this!
Bill Murray is joined by Karen Allen in this excellent 1988 classic directed by Dick Donner - join us to find out if what we saw was just a hallucination brought on by alcohol!
Wed, 20 November 2019
A Christmas Story is one of those special, truly cherished holiday traditions. The movie has to be seen at least once, whether or not by accident. Maybe you're in the waiting room of a hospital (because you were dared to stick your tongue to a metal pole in sub zero weather) or maybe you're passing the time at home (while cleaning your mouth out with soap).
Either way, it's the best movie we could think of to kick off a round of holiday movie episodes this season!
Sun, 27 October 2019
Late Night Edition
Thu, 17 October 2019
We are bending the definition of horror movie tonight as we release our take on what is arguably one of the cultiest classics ever to horrify audiences!
Jason Lively and Steve Marshall are a couple of fraternity pledges who unwittingly release a plague of ... space leeches? Featuring a brilliant performance by the legendary Tom Atkins, this is by far one of the most unique movies to grace our Horror Movie Month!
Mon, 7 October 2019
Today, we celebrate the father of all modern slasher films, responsible for one of the most successful and terrifying horror franchises ever. He's been to space, he's been to hell, and when he went to New York, he came back with more than just a T-Shirt!
That's right fans, we're talking about: Friday the 13th!
Tue, 1 October 2019
Halloween is an institution. We've talked about the first, we've talked about the remake, now it's time to talk about the newest installment: 2018's Halloween!
This picks up the story with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) as she goes full prepper, waiting for the day Michael Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to finish what he started so long ago.
Buckle up, everyone - it's gonna get bloody!
Mon, 12 August 2019
In the top 5 break-up movies of all time, High Fidelity must rank in either the first or second spot. This film (based on an excellently adapted Nick Hornby novel) captures nearly every stage of grief as Rob (John Cusack) attempts to cope with relationship issues, especially as he seeks closure with his previous "Top 5 All Time" most painful breakups.
In addition to a killer soundtrack, the cast features a totally manic Jack Black, an utterly tranquilized Todd Luiso, and an epic appearance by Tim Robbins!
Mon, 22 July 2019
This movie divides people. Either you liked it, or you didn't. Either you "get it" or you don't. That's fair to say about *most* films but this one is special.
Nicolas Winding Refn is becoming more well-known now, but when Drive was released late in 2011, he was completely unknown in the states. Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan star alongside Bryan Cranston and Oscar Isaac in this visually stunning adaptation of a novel by James Sallis.
Join us as we talk about Drive, the Driver, what drives us, what we like to drive, driver's ed, driving... okay, okay, enough
Mon, 8 July 2019
Continuing our epic restart in traditional 5th Wall style, we're rolling out with one of the most successful toy-inspired movie franchises of all time!
The Eighties were a magical time for disappointing plastic toys - the Transformers were the top of the line and made everything else seem like a knock-off. Due to this impressive build quality and successful supporting cartoon series, Hasbro had a hit and quickly capitalized on this with a high stakes movie featuring some very surprising names (Orson Welles and Judd Nelson in the same movie??)
Download this episode, recline, rotate, invert, and recombine - but most importantly, ROLL OUT!
Wed, 26 June 2019
We started with Ghostbusters, what better movie to pick for getting back into the swing of things!
This film landed in 1989 and showed off the many technological advancements that were possible when the studio has a hot hot hit on their hands and wants a bigger slice of the pie! Luckily for us, GB2 had the right mix of heart, soul, (and funk) to survive the sequel cash-grab stigma.
Plug in, sit back, relax as we discuss the best (and worst) things about sequels - featuring a throwback guest, Cody Nesbitt!
Thu, 13 June 2019
Two. Deux. Dos. Duece.
This is the re-beginning! The re-birth! We have missed this so much, and after many tries, much coordination and cajoling, we finally sat down and started the much anticipated season 2!
This episode is full of catch-up and conversation as we try to recapture the magic of what we had. We had a great time doing this and we hope you enjoy coming back to us!
Tue, 31 October 2017
Happy Halloween! What better way to get in the spirit of festivities than with some good old fashioned transformation horror! Only in this case, the costume is permanent :)
John Landis has done some amazing work over the years, and even so, this film can stand with them all - it has aged incredibly well, thanks to the quality visual effects and cinematography. If you have not seen this before, do yourself a favor and rent or buy it TODAY!
Mon, 23 October 2017
Sometimes, you should stop while you're still ahead, and other times, you should just start over. It's rare that a filmmaker does both simultaneously - in this instance, it led to one of Clay's favorite "... of the Dead" zombie flicks: Diary of the Dead!
George A Romero's handheld approach to this fresh look at his classic world of blood and gore was pretty well received by fans and critics alike. With some clever editing and some very key real-world footage from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, Romero again proves himself a very capable storyteller with his 2007 release.
Mon, 16 October 2017
As far as sophomore efforts go, The Devil's Rejects is a great example of learning from past mistakes. It's also a great example of how great a well-timed gamble can pay off when studios bet on new talent.
Rob Zombie follows up House of 1000 Corpses with this brilliant homage to road-terror / grindhouse films, starring Sid Haig, Sheri Moon-Zombie, and Bill Moseley. Most people ignored this film when it came out (to their detriment), so we talk about all the reasons they were wrong!
Mon, 9 October 2017
We've lost a lot of great talent in the recent years. Blondes, brunettes, redheads, Gunnar Hansen sliced and diced without discrimination. Thanks to Tobe Hooper's excellent work behind the camera and the extremely convincing work of the actors (especially Marylin Burns!), the Texas Chain Saw Massacre has persisted as one of the most terrifying and excellent standards of horror!
That's right everyone: HORROR MOVIE MONTH IS BACK!
Mon, 31 October 2016
We think it's safe to say that if SOMEONE had to say "the Zed word" (Why not? Because it's ridiculous!) it had to be George A Romero. Thanks to this 1978 classic (and it's offspring!), there is a huge zombie craze. We have parodies, we have satire, we have social commentary, and we have one of the most successful and intense dramas on television (and not to mention, marathons of zombies lurching towards the screen).
Who would have thought that this beloved "indie" film would blow the doors off (literally)?
Tue, 18 October 2016
This week, we ask the question: if you believe something enough, can it become real? Then we ask "How can mirrors be real if our eyes aren't real?"
John Carpenter has done some great work over the years, and according to Brandon, this movie was one of them! Starring Sam Neill and Jurgen Prochnow, In the Mouth of Madness will make us question our own reality!
Tue, 11 October 2016
You might think Fright Night is one of those films that you had to be there to appreciate at the time, but it holds up well enough to qualify for a major remake starring an A-list actor! We keep things classy, and for the first hour, blood-free!
This movie served as the launchpad for the writer/director Tom Holland, who would go on to create one of the most memorable horror franchises: Child's Play!"
Tue, 4 October 2016
We are back! It's October and that means it's time for our 3rd annual Horror Movie Month! We aren't cool enough for a treehouse, and we can't do a FearFest like AMC, so let's split the difference and start it off with The Shining!
Released in May 1980, this had all the hallmarks of a summer movie tentpole: elevators full of blood, a drunk who falls off the wagon, and of course, twins!
Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's 1977 novel is one of the most popular King adaptations to date, and even though there are differences to be found, it's a fantastic example of what can go right when creative (and spiritual) forces collide!
Thu, 23 June 2016
We forgot to turn in our homework and had to pull a few extra late-night janitorial shifts but we are BACK with our second installment of higher education!
In 1998, two young actors won their first Academy Award for a screenplay that was started 6 years earlier. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are super stars now, but this film is a great example of just how talented these two actors are. Supported by a cast featuring heavyweights Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgard, and even Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting inspires, and it connects on a deep, emotional level, and if the stars not aligned, this film might have gone a very different direction!
Mon, 30 May 2016
With Animal House, we're kicking off College week! It's summer! Seniors are out of school and some are heading to a university. Juniors just became seniors, then realized they should have done better in 11th grade!
That divide is at the heart of Animal House - a truly classic film about the rigors, regrets, and recompense one might expect during their golden years of schooling!
Mon, 23 May 2016
Hard to believe it took us 72 episodes to get to such a classic, but honestly, it's one of those movies that you don't want to ruin with an amateur mistake, like letting Mike do the trivia.
Mon, 25 April 2016
And we're back! After a long hiatus due to various life events, we're back and on schedule, and what better way than to start with some solid comedy out of a little-known group called "Broken Lizard" ?
Super Troopers became a sleeper home rental hit after it was released in 2001. With a virtually unknown cast, the movie about a bunch of stoner cops on the Vermont highway has become a cult phenomenon and single-handedly propelled the careers of it's improv troupe through the past 15 years, producing a number of movies along the way (such as Beerfest and Slammin' Salmon).
Tue, 22 March 2016
Howard Stern is the controversial "shock jock" at the center of this biopic, and who better to portray Howard Stern than... Howard Stern! This movie actually sparked some pretty interesting discussion between our hosts and I think we all learned something important from this movie: how to properly say the call sign for WNBC in New York.
Say it with me: "Double yoooo ENNNNNNNNNNNNNN BEE SEE"
Perfect, and thank you for that memorable role, Paul Giamatti!
Mon, 14 March 2016
Larry Flynt - love him or hate him, you have to admit the guy has a point. We thought this film was especially important considering the recent publication change made by Playboy (now you HAVE to read it for the articles!)
Woody Harrelson was nominated for an Oscar after this performance, and surprisingly, his castmate Courtney Love was the only one to win for this film. We talk about this and more in this week's episode!
Mon, 22 February 2016
Episode 69 could only go to one of the king of irreverant one-liners (and waistbands, ho ho!) ever to grace to silver screen: Rodney Dangerfield! His 1986 comedy "Back to School" was one of the best examples of prolonged higher procrastination (heyyy!) we've ever seen. The supporting cast featured Sam Kinnison (included in the clip at the beginning) and Billy Zabka, not to mention a number of minor supporting roles filled by notable faces (hey I'd like to fill that role!).
Ok, I'm done with the terrible Dangerfield gags, just download and enjoy!
Mon, 15 February 2016
Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider are two detectives in the NYC narcotics department, and the streets are dry - nothings moving. In William Friedkin's 1971 classic cat-and-mouse, we're dropped into the middle of a seedy metropolis that looks cold and feels even colder.
This movie was almost never made, if not for the iconic car chase scene that it's known for!
Mon, 1 February 2016
Al Pacino experienced one of the most pronounced career growths during the 1990's, and many would credit this to his continued success to his early roles, in such classic films as Dog Day Afternoon and Scarface. In fact, just a year before, we see he is more than capable of working alongside talented young breakouts (Scent of a Woman), and he continues to show that here, opposite Sean Penn (himself nominated for a Golden Globe).
Welcome to Paradise!
Fri, 15 January 2016
Ladies and Gents, we proudly present to you one of the finest comedies of the 1980s! Arriving just 3 years under the 1990 deadline, Coming to America solidified Eddie Murphy's reign on a whitewashed Hollywood. Thanks to him, we were introduced to all the various stereotypes that feature so predominantly in his later films, including playing multiple roles in the same scene!
Tue, 5 January 2016
Welcome to 2016 everybody! We're kicking this new year off with a bang (courtesy of the enhanced blanks used in today's film)!
Die Hard is a classic action movie, and in the spirit of Christmas, we thought there's no better way to celebrate the holidays than giving this film the attention it deserves!
Bruce Willis stars as NYPD Officer John McClane, coming to visit his estranged wife Holly (played by Bonnie Bedelia). What they didn't count on was an unexpected visit from Alan Rickman's fantastic Hans Gruber. Good thing he left the stuffed bear in the limo!
Mon, 21 December 2015
This has been a great year for movies, and we want to thank everyone for listening with us all year long!
1995 was ALSO a huge year in movies, as we've mentioned this before. Did you know it was the year that Michael Bay made his major motion picture debut? That was 20 years ago, and it was also the film debut of Will Smith, in an attempt to revive the buddy-cop shoot'em-up genre.
Thankfully, Bad Boys launched an even better sequel, and Michael Bay was able to go on making ridiculous movies with even bigger budgets!
Tue, 8 December 2015
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino. It was touted as the matchup of the century, two icons, finally going head to head in a Michael Mann heist film. It should have broken box office records, except for the fact that the marketing screwed it up, really shafting a great film from earning the praise it deserved in its day.
1995 was a spectacular year for film, and this movie is one of the reasons why! Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Danny Trejo, Ashley Judd, William Fichtner, Henry Rollins, Al Pacino, even Natalie Portman!
Thu, 26 November 2015
It's Turkey time, and if you're like us, you've got a favorite movie you put on the TV instead of football! Well, with that in mind, we wanted to record a special Thanksgiving episode this year to celebrate the crazy travel problems we all seem to have on days like this!
John Candy and Steve Martin play a hapless traveling duo who are stuck in the endless feedback loop of the 1980's travel system. We think this is John Hughes best directorial feature to date, and hope you enjoy our episode!
Mon, 23 November 2015
Sometimes, when you're really sexually repressed, you will do depraved things in order to express your frustrations. Things like, oh I don't know, summoning a demon hell-spawn using a Barbie Doll, the combined computing power of the military industrial complex, and a freak lightning storm.
Seriously, Frankenstein would be proud. Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchel-Smith star in this classic coming-of-age story about two teens who create their very own Kelly LeBrock. We get Bill Paxton and Robert Downey Jr in some not insignificant parts, as well as some classic John Hughes gags. Give it a listen while I look at the camera >.>
Wed, 18 November 2015
This is it, ladies and gentlemen! This is the movie that thrust the talents of a truly amazing cast, crew, and director into the limelight. 1985 saw a number of really, truly spectacular films, but this one kicked off the new year!
The Breakfast Club is by far one of the most beloved coming-of-age stories - the 5 kids who made up detention that fateful morning allowed us all to take a good long look in the mirror and decide if we were going to accept our roles as the brain, the jock, the criminal, the princess, or the basket case... or if we'd admit that we're all in this together.
Tue, 10 November 2015
This is episode 59, and our kick off to John Hughes Month! Throughout November, we'll cover some iconic John Hughes movies, starting with this episode: Sixteen Candles!
This 1984 film was the world's introduction to Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, as well as John and Joan Cusack! John Hughes (may he rest in peace) definitely created some of the more iconic teenage dramas of the 1980s, so if you aren't familiar with any of the films we're covering, do yourself a favor and catch up!
Sat, 31 October 2015
Happy Halloween from all of us at the Walltower! We covered John Carpenter's breakthrough horror film Halloween last year and thought we would be remiss if we didn't take a fair look at Rob Zombie's 2007 remake.
The biggest difference is, of course, the humanization of Michael Myers. Sound off on Twitter or Facebook and let us know what you think!
Tue, 27 October 2015
I almost don't even want to write a description for this episode. In fact, I'd rather talk about something else. Did you know that Vin Diesel's movie The Last Witch Hunter (15%, rated just behind The Pacifier) isn't actually his worst reviewed flop?
According to RottenTomatoes, Babylon A.D. takes the cake at 6%. See Vin? It's all uphill from there! What a neat fact.
Wed, 21 October 2015
HAPPY BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY!
In this special episode, we're interrupting our Horror Movie Month to discuss one of the best sequels ever released, and one that predicted a number of important technological achievements (which came true!).
Anyways, enough of this, you know what it is, get to listening!
Tue, 20 October 2015
Guys, let's be up front about one thing: John Carpenter knows how to scare the pants off of you. He knows just how creepy something can be on screen, and with today's movie, he shows you that he knows just how shocking things can be on screen!
Kurt Russell is pretty much the ONLY star in this 1982 movie about a THING from ANOTHER WORLD! That's right, it's John Carpenter's The Thing!
Tue, 13 October 2015
Today is a special day. We let Clay pick a movie, and instantly regretted our decision. Today, dear listeners, you get to say "I told you so"
Return of the Living Dead was written AND directed by Dan O'Bannon (yes, the Dan O'Bannon that wrote Alien) and unfortunately for him, this movie didn't retain the same kind of cult that Alien did. Probably because Dan O'Bannon ain't no Ridley Scott.
In any case, we hope you enjoy this week's episode. We'll be over here, finishing our ribs. Oh, and SEND MORE PARAMEDICS!
Mon, 5 October 2015
Welcome to our second annual Horror Movie Month! First up on Ye Olde Chopping Blocke: SCREAM!
Wes Craven is the only logical jumping-off point here, considering his 1996 hit horror movie single-handedly revived the horror genre for the new millennium! Who can forget the opening scene with Drew Barrymore, or the unforgettable twist at the end? Simultaneously jump-starting the careers of Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard, Scream is one of the finest achievements of Wes Craven's career. We will miss him dearly...
Tue, 29 September 2015
There was a lot of doubt when the announcement came out about a reboot to the Batman franchise. It only takes the first viewing to know: Christopher Nolan is the fucking man!
Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, and Michael Caine star in this spectacular treatment of the World's Greatest Detective's origin story!
Tue, 22 September 2015
Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe.
Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger.
In this film noir, set in 1953, American audiences are introduced to two amazing Australian actors for the first time. Kim Basinger wins an Academy Award, and Kevin Spacey goes on to bigger and better things (doesn't he always?). LA Confidential is one of the finer movies in 1996 and we dissect it from top to bottom!
Tue, 15 September 2015
Evolution is one of those mis-understood movies, released in a competitive year and mis-handled in their promotions. It is one of the funnier movies David Duchovny has starred in, and the performances by Ted Levine (Mr. Skin Bag himself), Julianne Moore (hey, another Hannibal Lecter connection!), and Orlando Jones seem to elevate this forgotten gem from the turn of the century.
Oh, and Seann William Scott is in it, too. Tookie tookie!
Tue, 8 September 2015
Fight Club is one of those movies that became a cultural phenomenon and fortunately for us, it's not too late for Chuck Palaniuk (pronounced "Paula-Nick") to capitalize on this newfound fame.
David Fincher established himself with Se7en, and a few years later he really brings the house down with this flick. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in one of the most brutal (literally) commentaries on corporate lifestyles ever.
Tue, 1 September 2015
Michael Crichton has simulaneously had the most and least successful movie career of any author who made the transition from paper to film. On the one hand, we got amazing adaptations (Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain) and on the other, terrible drivel!
Where does The 13th Warrior fit? That's a good question! This week, we delve into the amazing mess of a blockbuster that caused legendary actor Omar Sharif to question his involvement in Hollywood. Antonio Banderas joins a bunch of vikings on their quest to exact vengeance (and that's how the plot really goes!)
Tue, 25 August 2015
This week, we revisit one of our favorite trilogies with Hot Fuzz! Find out why Brandon has terrible taste in Pierce Brosnan's James Bond films (it might shock you!).
Hot Fuzz was directed by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, and also stars Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton, and a plethora of aging British actors known for their more iconic roles in the past. This movie is an in-joke, wrapped in a reference, and packed with tropes, and it is DAMNED good!
Tue, 18 August 2015
We can't really say much else about Road House - everything has already been said! This is probably one of the cheesiest, corniest, most outlandish movies the Swayze has ever done, and yet, it is one of those classic nostalgia films that we keep watching... over and over... until Clay says we can stop.
Please. Send for help. I don't know how much longer I can stay sane...
Tue, 11 August 2015
This week, we're releasing an episode on an old favorite which has gone unwatched by too many secrets! I mean people. Too many people.
If you haven't seen this film, it stars Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Sir Ben Kingsley, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, Donald Strathairn, and Mary McDonnell. The cast list itself could have filled any epic movie at the time, but thanks to Phil Alden Robinson (In the Mood, Field of Dreams) we get a solid, well-written caper that is both funny and thought-provoking (especially considering the Wikileaks/NSA spying scandals).
Sun, 2 August 2015
Harrison Ford has been many people, but by far one of his most memorable roles (and most quoted) is his role as Dr Richard Kimble, aka the Man Who Nearly Made Jane Lynch Straight.
The movie itself is a remake of the iconic television show, but suffered none of the setbacks or failures to which many TV show remakes are prone (looking at you, Lone Ranger). Give this episode a listen, and then sound off on twitter or email us, let us know what you think!
Tue, 28 July 2015
1996 was Matthew McConaughey's year. He stars in this taut thiller based on the book by John Grisham. Samuel L Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Sandra Bullock, and Oliver Platt round out an exceptional cast, which comprises 6 Oscar Winners!
This is Joel Schumacher at his best, pulling out all the stops and really moving things along. While the plot of the movie is based on tragic events, the events, people, and set dressing are all superb and full of life. We found some great info and behind the scenes stuff for this episode, and marked it with a milestone: our first repeat guest!
Mon, 20 July 2015
It's been nearly a decade since Children of Men debuted in 2006. Alfonso Cuaron crafts a chilling near-future set in London, starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Not many people saw this film when it came out, and it has a cult-like following, but trust us: it's for good reason!
Not bad for a guy whose previous film was a Harry Potter movie!
Tue, 14 July 2015
We're breaking into the 40s with one of the biggest August blockbusters of all time: Guardians of the Galaxy! Join us for a deep discussion on the mechanics of a good soundtrack, how many different colors Zoe Saldana has been, and whether or not Clay knows anything about music!
Mon, 6 July 2015
It's hard to believe we've put out 40 episodes so far. Captain America: Winter Soldier is a great movie to bring us over the hill (no matter what Eric says).
Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, Robert Redford, ScarJo, and Anthony Mackie bring the movie to life in one of the most successful Marvel movies to date. The Russo brothers directed this sequel to the least successful Marvel movies to date and bring a great perspective to the MCU. If you haven't seen it yet, you probably should: it is without a doubt a huge precursor to Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Mon, 22 June 2015
Thor 2 is the most successful Thor movie to come out yet! It was also the 3rd lowest grossing Marvel Movie in the new MCU! Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Natalie Portman all reprise their roles and are joined by Rene Russo, Christopher Eccleston, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko from Lost)! Also, I just wanted an excuse to make people stumble over Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje :)
Depsite the box office performance, the movie was surprisingly entertaining and we provided a great analysis (if we do say so ourselves, and we do)!
Mon, 15 June 2015
Friends, this week we kick off our series on Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with one of the best movies to come out of it: Iron Man Three!
In this episode, we begin a new segment (which we will cleverly, and shamelessly, call "Quiz Show")! We will pit two hosts against one another in a battle of wits! Who will emerge the victor, and whom will emerge witless? Only time will tell!
Tue, 9 June 2015
Yes, loyal fans, it took us 36 episodes to get you a Kevin Smith movie, but damn if we don't have one of our all-time fan favorites! Wait, 36, is that including this one?
That's right, 37 episodes... IN A ROW! This week, we're exploring Clerks, 1994's indie fan favorite and the springboard that launched Kevin Smith's career. The fat man who loves Batman just wants to make movies for his friends, so sit back, kick up your feet, and let us do unspeakable things to your ear holes while we discuss Clerks!
Mon, 1 June 2015
Of all of the Martin Scorsese directed flicks, Casino is one of the all-time greats. The movie has some of the best mob actors of all time, and the script's flowing, F-bomb laden words have some of the snappiest delivery since Goodfellas.
We loved this movie, and not only because you see someone's eye pop out of his head. Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, and Don Rickles pull off some of the most memorable scenes in moden cinematic history.
Mon, 25 May 2015
We've released 35 episodes and now 4 of them are ALL ABOUT MARVEL!
The Avengers is one of the best all-time comic book movies ever released, both critically and commercially! We wrap up our Age of Ultron celebration this week with Joss Whedon's most high profile accomplishment yet.
Mon, 18 May 2015
We continue our string of Marvel movies with the last movie to be released before The Avengers: "Captain America: The First Avenger"
Chris Evans had enormous shoes to fill (at least, later in the movie) in bringing an aged, old-fashioned icon into the forefront of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thanks to strong direction, a well crafted story, and some foresight, Captain America is arguably one of the most entertaining movies to come out of Phase 1!
Sun, 3 May 2015
Thor! I don't think ANYONE thought this film would be one of the better Phase One movies, but we all agree: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, and Stellan Skarsgaard brought one of the most difficult-to-film comic characters to life. Oh, and Natalie Portman was alright too.
Join us for a breakdown of what it took to get this movie released in 2011!
Mon, 27 April 2015
Thus, we begin our Marvel movie release schedule!
Starting today, we kick off 4 weeks of Marvel episodes in order to celebrate the release of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron coming up 5/1/2015!
Iron Man was released May 2, 2008 - exactly 7 years to the DAY of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thanks to many failed rights exchanges, Iron Man kicks off the current hype train that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One.
Robert Downey Jr. is perhaps unanimously agreed upon as owning his role as Tony Stark. Jon Favreau brings us one of the finest examples of what a comic-book movie should be, and thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, and Terrence Howard (yes, even him), we have a fantastic supporting cast to fill the scenes.
Join us at the Walltower for some of the most fun we've had recording in a long time!
Mon, 20 April 2015
Half Baked is the ultimate stoner comedy! It was wildly unsuccessful but did serve as a stepping stone for Dave Chappelle's rise to fame. Regardless of your feelings on his comedy and personal issues, you can see a ton of influences that ultimately made their way into Chappelle's Show.
The cast and crew obviously enjoyed their time in the movie and it has a certain charm that we felt was special enough that it warranted the attention of our show. Plus, it's just plain funny!
Happy 4/20 everybody!
Wed, 15 April 2015
Maverick had all of the underpinnings of a series starter. Big names, quality set decorations, a respected director (Richard Donner) at the helm...
... unfortunately, more than one movie just wasn't in the cards. What we do have, though, is arguable a modern classic. It's Mel Gibson and Jodi Foster at their respective heights (Mel would go on to Braveheart, Jodie Foster to Nell). James Garner and James Coburn each ground the film with their solid performances, and a host of cameos pepper every scene for flavor.
This movie works on so many levels and we're breaking down all the great stuff behind the scenes to help explain why!
Mon, 6 April 2015
Today, we present episode 29: This is Spinal Tap is arguably the best rockumentary, mockumentary, shockumentary... You know what, it's a damned good movie! Rob Reiner directs Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer in this masterpiece of comedy and wit.
For 1984, this film was ahead of it's time. Famously, people who saw the movie later told Rob Reiner that he should have picked a more well-known band for his documentary!
Mon, 30 March 2015
Judd Apatow has been attached to some of the greatest comedies of modern cinema. We're going to talk about the man, the myth, the legend, and also Adam Sandler. Funny People is an interesting mix of comedy, heart, and tragedy. These elements are present in all of Apatow's work, and in this film he brings out some very honest emotions from the cast (including Seth Rogen, Jason Schwartzman, and Aubrey Plaza).
If you passed this movie up when it was out in the theater, give our show a chance to tell you what was missed!
Mon, 23 March 2015
Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, James Hong, Victor Wong, we can only be talking about Big Trouble in Little China!
1987 birthed a number of great movies, we've already covered a few on the show (Lethal Weapon, Hellraiser), not to mention cult classics like Princess Bride and Robocop!
What sets Big Trouble in Little China apart is one thing: John Carpenter! The master himself is the only one that could have pulled off a movie that was so obviously so far ahead of it's time!
Mon, 16 March 2015
In the year 2000, one man stands alone... because his battery died. Yes, that's right, Clay was unexpectedly absent for our episode this week, but never fear, we covered everything we wanted to in RECORD TIME! Go figure?
Gladiator premiered in summer of 2000, starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. We can thank Ridley Scott's epic movie for the resurgence of sword and sandals media we soon received, and appropriately, this movie set the bar!
Mon, 9 March 2015
Today, we bring you one of the most quoatable movies ever released! It's hard to explain exactly what makes this movie so great; is it the constant barrage of visual gags, or the "throw everything at the wall and see what sticks" approach to the dialogue? What is Airplane, really? It's a movie, but that's not imporant right now.
What IS important is that we had a great time talking about this movie and hope you'll check out all the great trivia we found out about this movie!
Mon, 2 March 2015
Jake (Dan Aykroyd) and Elwood (John Belushi) are two brothers who are on a mission from God. They are the only hope to save their Catholic home by raising money to pay for the back taxes owed on the property.
This movie is based on a Saturday Night Live skit and is in fact the first feature film to be produced based on such a skit. The film was wildly popular and is one of our personal favorites here at the Walltower.
Now, kick back, relax, and listen to your favorite music, whether that's Country OR Western!
Mon, 23 February 2015
We finish up our 2 part episode of Star Wars with some final notes on Empire Strikes Back, then move on to Return of the Jedi.
"Empire" and "Return" both debuted as number one box office hits when they were released and both grossed more than $200m at the box office. The largest difference between the films is that "Empire" was directed by Irvin Kershner, while "Return" was directed by Richard Marquand. Both films have a remarkable difference in tone and structure, and as such, there is a ton of information on both of these movies!
Mon, 16 February 2015
What can we say about Silence of the Lambs that hasn't already been said? Apparently, quite a lot! This Top 5 Oscar Winner was a Valentine's release, ensuring that the only people who went to bed satisfied that night were the studio executives! Just kidding, Orion Pictures went bankrupt by the end of the year!
Starring Jodie Foster (won for Best Actress) and Anthony Hopkins (won for Best Actor), this movie (won Best Picture) was directed by Jonathan Demme (won for Best Director) and is based on a Thomas Harris book (won for Best Adapted Screenplay).
With that out of the way, let's get to the main course... did anyone remember the Chianti?
Tue, 10 February 2015
It was inevitable. Clay mentions it EVERY TIME. With his return, we decided to go big or go home!
Star Wars premiered May 25, 1977. It was a box office smash in every sense of the term. That's not just us nerds talking: it remains one of the most successful franchises of all time (although Marvel is making a run at it!).
This is Clay's first episode back, so everyone make sure to critique him EXTRA HARD!
Mon, 2 February 2015
Cult movies often gain their reputation for very specific reasons. In this case, you might say this film puts the "Cult" in "Occult."
Clive Barker directs a British cast in 1987's Hellraiser. The film brings to light some of the most disturbing visuals in a million dollar film (that's right, it was made for less than $1m) but despite the low budget, the film has earned a reputation for shock and gore that modern films could be hard pressed to surpass.
Tue, 27 January 2015
First and foremost: we are NOT detailing the 2012 abomination.
With that out of the way, this week's episode is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. 1971, quite a year, but NOT so for this Golden Globe nominated film. Gene Wilder and a bunch of nobodies star in this classic children's tale of single elimination competition! Hard to imagine that Clockwork Orange was banned for copycat crimes while this work of art passed under the radar...
Mon, 19 January 2015
Swashbuckling! Buckled swashes! High adventure, pirate booty, and booby traps!
We could only be talking about The Goonies! For children of the 80s, this is required reading. Sean Astin and Josh Brolin are two brothers who lead their crew, "The Goonies" after the treasure of One-Eyed Willie, a pirate who was fabled to have stashed a large fortune along the coast. There's a ton of good stuff in this episode, guested by our good friend Derrick Kenerson!
Mon, 12 January 2015
We are back from our extended winter break and cannot wait to share with everyone the first episode of the New Year: The 5th Element!!
This movie stars Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, and Chris Tucker (not to mention Luke Perry at the height of his 90210 stardom) and spans thousands of years (and lightyears) during the course of the film. It's an instant classic and still looks amazing after 17 years!
Mon, 22 December 2014
It's the holidays, and among the endless 24 hour runs of "A Christmas Story" or the James Bond marathon, a glowing beacon of comedy calls out. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, which was released 25 years ago this month, stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, and features future stars Johnny Gilecki and Juliette Lewis, as well as one of Randy Quaid's most memorable roles!
Really, though, who puts a down payment on pools anymore? Just take a cash-out refinance to pay for that sucker!
Mon, 15 December 2014
One of the biggest action movies to come out of 1987 (and trust us, there is PLENTY of competition) was also, first and foremost, a CHRISTMAS movie! Mel Gibson dialed up his inner crazy for his follow up to Thunderdome with Lethal Weapon! Danny Glover stars alongside Mel, with notable appearances by Gary Busey and Tom Atkins. One thing is for sure, we are definitely NOT too old for this s#@%!
Mon, 8 December 2014
Our string of box office duds resumes with this 1994 classic! That's right, this film barely made back it's money, after being released not once, but TWICE!
Maybe next time they'll get a banker convict to do their books! Seriously though, Clay has NEVER seen the movie, and that was only the second surprise in our research.
This episode features a guest appearance from another fan (we pander, because we love!). Our friend Cody joins us to get into the meat of the movie and help us understand what it is we all love about this great film.
Mon, 1 December 2014
Back to the Future - what more can we say? We enjoyed talking about this movie because for all of us here in the Walltower, it's one of our all time favorite movies ever!
Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd star in a truly "modern classic" film, and there is some really interesting stuff that we found out about this movie. Check it out and feel free to share your experiences and opinions on Facebook or Twitter!
Mon, 24 November 2014
Movies which attain cult status are rare, and there is no surefire formula for creating one. Clue (1985) is the perfect example here! The cast has a list of stars that could put a modern blockbuster to shame, and yet this film did rather poorly at the box office in 1985.
Featuring a special guest commentator, Brandon, Clay and Jarod dissect the film, explore some trivia, and try to figure out what it is about Clue that made it such a cult phenomenon!
Mon, 17 November 2014
And we're back! 1994 was twenty years ago. Christian Slater had just started balding, so he was still attractive enough to be the leading man in one of the most amazing films written by Quentin Tarantino.
That's right, episode 11 is none other than True Romance! The cast has so many big names that it's amazing it was made for less than Julia Roberts' one-movie price tag (and she's one big name that ISN'T in this movie).
For his birthday, we let Jarod pick the film for review, so sound off on Facebook or Twitter and let us know if he picked a winner!
Mon, 10 November 2014
Baseball is America's sport, and there's nothing more American than Charlie Sheen (drugs and debauchery), Wesley Snipes (tax evasion), Dennis Haysbert (the concept of insurance), and Tom Berenger (aging badly)! We're joined by the hosts of the Dirty Sports Podcast, Joe Praino (@fixyourlife) and Andy Ruther (@AndyRuther), for one of the most classic sports comedies of all time!
Remember kids: Jesus saves, but Jobu hits curveballs!
Fri, 31 October 2014
Halloween is here! We're releasing (unleashing?) a very special episode on our loyal (unsuspecting?) fans just in time for the craziest holiday of the year! John Carpenter premiered this film in 1978, and subsequently changed October for everyone. Michael Myers has come back home, and nobody is safe!
Mon, 27 October 2014
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star in their first installment of the Cornetto (or Blood and Ice Cream) trilogy! The movie is one part romantic comedy and one part zombie flick, and with any other director it would have been a trainwreck, but thanks to the capable hands of Edgar Wright, the film turned out to be a defining moment for these three English louts. So sit back, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over!
Mon, 20 October 2014
Lucky number Seven! 1979 was a big year for a group of actors who got together with a relatively unknown director named Ridley Scott to film a science fiction-horror movie called "Star Beast!" This movie later became Alien, one of the most iconic and well crafted horror movies EVER (that's a fact... you can look it up!)
Mon, 13 October 2014
Episode 6 finds the 5th Wall in 1968, with George A Romero's classic zombie masterpiece Night of the Living Dead!
Clay brings the big guns on this second episode of Horror Movie Month with some deep knowledge of the genre (zombie films) and favorite subject (zombies)! If you watch The Walking Dead and haven't seen this movie, you're doing yourself a grave disservice!
Now remember, when you're boarding up a house, make sure you number the planks!
Mon, 6 October 2014
Today we kick off Horror Movie month with a discussion about one of the most classic horror movies ever made - with a twist. We're going to focus on the remake of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead, a truly fantastic take by Fede Alvarez, released in 2013.
Mon, 29 September 2014
The time has come for us to gush over one of our favorite films we've ever seen, Pulp Fiction! We found out some interesting stuff and we're going to share it with you, our lucky, deserving fans! Now say it with me... "What does Marcellus Wallace look like?"
Mon, 22 September 2014
This week we tackle Cabin in the Woods, a movie that hits all the right notes while it kills off every character in the film! Lots of great trivia in this one, so be sure to let us know what you think!
Tue, 16 September 2014
Blazing Saddles was released in 1974 - 40 years ago! We can safely say that it is one movie none of us (even Clay) saw in it's original theatrical run. We discuss some of the finer points of comedy and awkwardly dance around the various slurs that crop up in some of the quotes in this movie!
Sun, 7 September 2014
Episode 1 - That's a Big Twinkie...
Ghostbusters celebrates its 30th anniversary this year! Brandon, Jarod, and Clay delve into the amazing world of Ghostbusters, where we talk about everything from our first memories to the most obscure trivia we could find!
This is our "pilot episode" and as such, the audio is not as great as we'd like it - this is, however, corrected by episode 2!