Episode 20 – Freddy vs Jason

Scott and doomed narcoleptic Lee watch Freddy vs Jason, just in time for Halloween (give or take a month). A surprisingly well constructed crossover that is a better Batman vs Superman than Zach Snyder could ever dream up.

Featuring: the girl from Destiny’s Child, unnecessary monologues, how to make Godzilla boring, mundane serial killers, Jason gets his Groove Back, Stubbs gets snubbed, Goosebumps, ignorance as a writing crutch, running and crapping your pants at the same time, aliens vs slasher villains, desperate stupid plans, flying elbows, artisanal murder, and respect for source material.

Episode 19 – Sunshine

Scott and Lee watch Sunshine, a movie with so much potential…

Scott and asshole with a point Lee watch Sunshine, a sci-fi movie from Danny Boyle (yes that Danny Boyle). We dive into why Sunshine is good sci-fi, and wonder why the ending is so awful. Boyle flirts with sun worship, and we all get burned.

Featuring: Lee’s beef with Danny Boyle, Lee’s beef with grimdark, Lee’s beef with The Core, really just Lee complaining a lot. Also good sci-fi vs bad sci-fi, how to pronounce Cillian, The Core in reverse, the most important spaceship crew member the astrologer, space dust, void alerts, Jurassic Park fan fiction, benign space dementia, The IT Crowd, and Slim Pickens

Episode 18 – Cast a Deadly Spell

Scott and world weary private dick Lee watch Cast a Deadly Spell, an HBO joint from the early 90s. Magical chocolate meets noir peanut butter in this surprisingly good urban fantasy. Also tons Lovecraft lore before it was in literally (figuratively) everything.

Featuring: H.P. Lovecraft, people at cons who believe in magic, kung fu masters, industrial thaumaturgy, taunting the elder gods, The Maltese Falcon film and book, passive aggressive Batman, spoilers for The Automatic Detective, gargoyle nards, elder god outsourcing, and our tv show idea ‘Just Kidding, Cthulhu!’

Episode 17 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Scott and anthropomorphic chicken Lee (and Sally!) watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Phil Lord’s first animated movie, but not his last. He also wrote the excellent Lego Movie, the tv show Clone High, and a bunch of other stuff that’s probably also amazing.

Featuring: Sally peeking through windows, jokes on jokes, olive helmet texture, food furries, watching TV at work, wonderful A. Lee Martinez books, Mr T., Ayn Rand again (we might be secret Objectivists), and gasp takes.

Check out Sally Hamilton’s freelance graphic artist services. She’s quite good!

Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets

If there’s one thing we love talking about here at Save the Movies, it’s movies that we feel are underappreciated and unloved. Our selection varies wildly in that regard, and it usually comes down to some film either Scott and / or I feel gets a bit of a raw deal in terms of common wisdom. Maybe it’s because of the always awesome LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea). Maybe it’s because it’s a flawed masterpiece (Speed Racer). Maybe it’s because one of us really, really loves classic pulp (Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow). And maybe it’s because it’s a decent giant snake movie with a few interesting elements (Anacondas: Hunt for the Blood Orchid).

The reasons are always subjective. The films we choose spoke to us in some way, and we’re all-too-happy to discuss them with a more appreciative angle than usually expected.

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Episode 16 – MCU Part 2 – MCU gets weird

Scott and Marvel aficionado Lee (and Adrienne) talk MCU movies post-Winter Soldier through pre-Guardians 2

Part 2 of our review of the MCU is here. Scott and Lee and Adrienne skim from Guardians 1 all the way to Guardians 2 (almost). We get into the deep end of comic book movies, and Lee’s boundless knowledge of all things comic book.

Featuring: Lee talking a lot about comic books.

This episode brought to you by Copper Key Designs. If you are selling a home in the DFW area, stage your house and sell faster.

Episode 16 – MCU Part 1 – Odintown

Scott and Lee and Adrienne talk MCU! Marvel needed saving apparently.

We’re back after our longest hiatus yet! Hopefully we won’t make a habit of it.  Scott and special agent Lee (and first guest ever, Adrienne!) get all opinionated about the MCU. Part 1 covers Iron Man through Winter Soldier chronologically.

Featuring : Our first guest!, Nick Cage saving comic book movies, Red Skull as plucky underdog, lot’s of Lee gushing about Man Thing, and Odintown in the touristy section of Asgard.

This episode brought to you by Copper Key Designs. They didn’t pay us or anthing, but.. baby steps. If you are selling a home in the DFW area, consider home staging to make the process faster and more profitable.

Episode 15 – Anacondas: Hunt for the Blood Orchid

Scott and Lee watch Anacondas and feel some sympathy for the snakes.

Scott and adorable capuchin monkey Lee watch Anacondas: Hunt for the Blood Orchid. It’s a formulaic monster movie that we strip mine to find traces of writing gold and diversity silver.

Featuring Captain Handsome and his stabby knife, damned attractive actors, consumerism, Hollywood’s hatred of science, snake racism, Borneo being a real location, and believable conflict.

Episode 14 – The Campaign

Scott and Lee watch The Campaign and are finally forced to talk politics. Goodbye blissful ignorance.

After a long break, we’re back! Scott and Lee watch the Campaign, a satirical (?) treatment of modern american politics with Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakas. The Campaign is a hard movie to classify. It’s not exactly a typical Will Ferrell comedy, and little too accurate to be funny sometimes.

Featuring: The exponential progress of technology, sweet sweet ignorance, the double down from KFC, how good Anchorman 2 clearly is, demagoguery(of course), Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero, goat blowjobs, realistic Batman, and Nazi hipsters.

Episode 13 – Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Scott and Lee talk about Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and lament what the expanded universe could have been.

Scott and mad scientist Lee watch Kerry Conran’s only movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. We dive deep on this one into what makes a character believable. Lee goes on at length about how much he likes and is inspired by old pulp stories. Also Kerry Conran, if you ever kickstart anything, I will give you money!

Featuring: Emoting!, how to make a proper homage, media juggernauts, Monster Squad, the genesis of Scott writing an article, Sepia tones, Polly Perkins comics, me am play god, lying with statistics, Hot Shots part Deux, objectivist independence, the island of Dr. Thoreau, british serials, and why we enjoy the wheel of metaphors.