Scott and Lee review the Wachowskis’ randian allegory (we were surprised to) Speed Racer
Scott and mysterious racer Lee take on Speed Racer, a super stylized live action movie based on the classic cartoon, written and directed by the Wachowskis. Featuring bee catapults, racer-sexuals, Rocky IV, Roger Allam’s exquisite villainy, accessible objectivism, a smidge of science, and a dash of politics.
Scott and Lee review The Car, a 1970s horror movie about a murderous vehicle that won’t take no guff. An excellent movie whether you like your metaphors car shaped or not.
Scott and alcoholic deputy Lee review The Car, a 1970s era horror film about a killer car terrorizing a small town. The Car’s thirst for blood won’t be denied, so we don’t! Featuring an emoting car, Ronny Cox’s alchoholism, serious character development, native americans as normal people, and the prestigious Alex award that Lee totally didn’t make up.
This episode also introduces our new segment The Wheel of Metaphors! Since art can mean whatever you want it to mean, we let fate take the wheel (pun intended) and tell us what the movie really meant.
Scott and Lee check out Tucker and Dale vs Evil, where we learn that hillbillies are people to.
Scott and shy hillbilly Lee review Tucker and Dale vs Evil, an unlikely, but well executed, combination of comedy and horror. Leave your prejudice at the door as we explore stereotypes, movie dogs, douchey teens, kill-billies, football (?), nail gun safety, and beer based first-aid.
If you write enough fiction and you spend enough time analyzing fiction in all its forms, you start seeing certain patterns and rules that make stories memorable. We might not know it at the time, but stories stick with us because of elements that often lurk hidden in the background. One of those elements is character motivation and interaction.
Scott and Lee do their thing with Starship Troopers, starring super pilot Denise Richards. Plus Jake Busey’s hanging around.
Scott and laser grunt Lee watch Starship Troopers, Paul Verhoeven’s sarcastic tracer shot at military worship and Robert A. Heinlein’s book. We take on promotion by combat, rampant militarism, desensitization to violence, gymnastic dominance, metaphors, egalitarian society, space combat, pirate parties, super pilots, Starship Troopers the musical, the problem of beautiful women bothering you all the time, Lee’s upcoming Starship Troopers fan fic, terrible sequels, and Ducktales cannon.
Scott and Lee review Constantine, and incidentally a couple of other Keanu Reeves movies.
Scott and chain smoking hunter of the arcane Lee review Constantine, a movie based on the comic series of similar name. We discuss the merits of guitar riffs, bible sequels, and Keanu Reeves’s acting chops.
Scott and Lee save Robot and Frank, a slow metaphor heavy film about memory loss in the not to distant future
Scott and forgetful jewel thief A. Lee review Robot and Frank, the touching story of mental decline, robots, and hipster douchebags getting what they deserve. Featuring robot masturbation, memory loss, minor Big Hero 6 spoilers, and Lee being a giant prick about my hope for the future.
We put our hats on backwards and review Over the Top, featuring The Smasher, classism, and suspicious double eliminations.
Scott and work-a-day trucker A. Lee review Over the Top, Stalone’s finest and only-est arm wrestling feature film. A heart warming redemption story with a dash of coming of age thrown in for good measure.
Also The Smasher, the secret constitution, and John Grizzly!
One of the things we love seeing here at Save the Movies is the subversion of expectations. Heck, we’re four episodes into this podcast, and it’s safe to say that all of these films subvert expectations, some in simple ways, some in larger ways. If you take away one truth from this site, it’s this: it’s cool to do the unexpected. There’s an added bit there which says, only if you do it well. Continue reading “The Art of Subversion”