Alcohollywoodactive
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Alcohollywood
Every week, join Clint and Jared (and selected guest panelists) as they discuss, disseminate and make drinking rules for films both good and bad. Sit down with each film's signature cocktail and enjoy!
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Alcohollywood's spinoff mini-cast On Tap returns! Every so often, we'll be providing you with exclusive interviews, reviews and festival coverage alongside the regular podcast. Hope you enjoy!

To kick off our (semi-) inaugural installment, Clint reviews Leigh Whannell's upcoming sci-fi thriller Upgrade.  After losing his wife and the use of his limbs after a tragic attack, a man (Logan Marshall-Green) equips himself with an experimental technological upgrade to regain the ability to walk  - using his newfound powers to track down the men who killed his wife. It's lean, bloody and immensely entertaining, with more than a few neat tricks to spice up its bone-crunching action and enticingly rendered near-future world.

Along the way, Clint sits down with Whannell to discuss the conception of the film's cyberpunk world, choreographing intricate fight scenes, and finding the perfect voice for Upgrade's all-powerful technology. Take a listen!

(To read Clint's full review of Upgrade, head over to Consequence of Sound.) 

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For this episode, we crashed Hotel Moxy in downtown Chicago for their inaugural Moxy SoundOff Podcast Series, trapping ourselves in a little glass booth for the entertainment of our live audience. Since this live podcast took place in a hotel, and we've already done The Shining, we decided to tackle the second-greatest movie set in a hotel - Dunston Checks In!

This kiddie caper set in an art-deco Manhattan hotel stars Jason Alexander as your classic overworked '90s dad, who must suddenly contend with a jewel-thief orangutan loose in his hotel. Luckily, his adorable kids (including Eric Lloyd from The Santa Clause) have already befriended Dunston, and they set out to stop his former master (Rupert Everett) from... stealing stuff, I think?

To our great shock and horror, we ended up liking Dunston Checks In a lot more than we expected. Come listen to our astonished, modest praise of this slapsticky kid's flick, and check out our custom cocktail and drinking game here!

(Thanks to our sponsor Second City Training Center as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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What does it take to change the essence of a man? This week, we find out (along with regular guest Derek Jarvis) as we dive into Steven Seagal's eco-friendly auteur explosion-fest, On Deadly Ground!

Seagal's sole director credit, On Deadly Ground features He of the Ponytail as oil-fire specialist/secret military badass Forrest Taft, a fixer for evil petroleum exec Michael Jennings (Michael Caine, doing his damndest to sound American) in the Alaskan oil fields. After he uncovers a conspiracy to knowingly allow their new super-rig to blow up just so they can keep the rights to Native American land, Taft teams up with perpetually useless Native representative Masu (Joan Chen) to bludgeon, explode, and gun down every single one of Jennings' mercenaries - you know, for Mother Earth.

On Deadly Ground is suffused with a healthy dose of Steven Seagal earnestness, gross native mysticism, and a hamfisted environmental message that would make Greenpeace execs wrinkle their nose. (Don't forget the incredible non sequitur bar fight that suddenly turns into a treatise on toxic masculinity.)

It's a crazy, crazy ride, so take a listen and check out our custom cocktail and drinking game!

(Thanks to our sponsor Overcast as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

Related links: 

Get your free tickets to our live show at Hotel Moxy, as part of the Moxy SoundOff Podcast Series - Monday, May 14th at 4pm!

Nathan Rabin's piece on Steven Seagal's alt-right novel The Way of the Shadow Wolves

Clint's piece on the goofy running of Steven Seagal and others at Crooked Marquee: "Chariots of Flail: Tracking the Goofiest Runs in Cinema History"

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Jared's been zapped into another dimension, so Jon Espino of The Young Folks and HollywoodChicago.com joins Clint to investigate the mysteries of Netflix's Super Bowl-marketed sci-fi disaster The Cloverfield Paradox!

A previously-unrelated sci-fi thriller given the J.J. Abrams treatment, The Cloverfield Paradox turns Julius Onah's The God Particle into a confusing, meandering installment of Paramount's favorite clearinghouse for original sci-fi movies!

Here, the crew of the Cloverfield Station (Daniel Bruhl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Ortiz, Chris O'Down, David Oyelowo, Ziyi Zhang, Aksel Hennie) run a Large Hadron Collider in space to solve the world's energy crisis. Once they fire it up, though, they find themselves in another reality with the Earth gone, a mysterious visitor (Elizabeth Debicki) stuck in the wall, and all kinds of crazy dimension-warping shenanigans. 

That sounds really cool, right? Unfortunately, it becomes a boring slog of flat characters, confusing technobabble and some arbitrary connections to the rest of the otherwise-solid Cloverfield universe. Still, Clint and Jon soldier on for your pleasure - listen and check out our custom cocktail and drinking game!

(Thanks to our sponsor Overcast as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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Danger, Will Robinson! With Netflix's reboot of Lost in Space coming out today, we (along with Lauren Faits, co-host of She-Ra: Progressive of Power) decided to talk about the first time the classic sci-fi show got revamped: the 1998 film Lost in Space!

Reverse-engineering the campy 60s TV show into a four-quadrant CG blockbuster, Lost in Space sees the Space Family Robinson (William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Lacey Chabert, Jack Johnson) hurtled into unknown space along with their Robot and cocky pilot Don West (Matt LeBlanc) after traitorous Dr. Smith (Gary Oldman) sabotages the ship. It's got everything you expect from the 90s - shitty techno remixes of the original theme, annoying CG space monkeys and pre-Youtube teen vlogging!

Clint thinks it has its charms (including Oldman, the bubbly, neon-soaked production design and the rousing Western-tinged score by Bruce Broughton); Jared and Lauren are...less than convinced by the hokey script and flat performances. 

Does it deserve its status as the film that finally sunk Titanic from its 15-week reign at the box office? Or should we just wait for the Netflix show instead? Find out, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game!

(Thanks to our sponsor Simplecast as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop! Use the promo code CHICAGO to get 50% off your first three months.)

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Clint's piece on the Netflix reboot of Lost in Space for Consequence of Sound

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Somebody once told us to watch the 2001 ensemble road comedy Rat Race - we ain't the sharpest tools in the shed, so we did it (along with our very own all-star, Theo Estes)!

The latest in a long tradition of star-studded broad comedies featuring groups of A-list actors on a wacky cross-country race, like It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Cannonball Run, Rat Race follows a half dozen strangers (including Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Green, Jon Lovitz, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Rowan Atkinson) who are tapped by a wealthy benefactor (John Cleese) to race from Las Vegas to Silver City, New Mexico, where $2 million awaits them. From there, it's a madcap chase to the finish line as they run into murderous taxi drivers, cows on hot-air balloons, and charter buses full of Lucille Ball cosplayers.

Between Smash Mouth cameos, tongue studs and Mr. Bean in a motion picture, Rat Race is early-aughts as hell, but there are a few charms here and there. But hey, you never know if you don't go, and you'll never shine if you don't glow - so listen to our podcast, and check out our custom cocktail and drinking rules below!

(Thanks to our sponsor Backblaze as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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Erin go bragh, faithful listeners! This week, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day with our very own St. Patrick MacDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, as we down a pint and fight some beasties with the Irish horror comedy Grabbers!

When a sleepy Irish town is beset by extraterrestrial octopods with a thirst for blood, the town must rally around an alcoholic local cop (Richard Coyle) and his straight-laced partner (Ruth Bradley) to fight them off the only way they know how - by getting piss drunk!  

Much like previous podcast subject Attack the BlockGrabbers is deeply indebted to the droll horror-comedy humor of Edgar Wright, and manages to find its own charms within that level of sincere imitation. Check out our thoughts, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game, below!

(Thanks to our sponsor, The Second City Training Center, as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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It's Oscar season once again, and like we do every year, we do a deep dive into one of the Best Picture nominees! This time around, Michael Snydel of The Film Stage joins Clint (who's a little stuffy this episode, apologies in advance!) and Jared to talk about Guillermo del Toro's nomination-sweeping fantasy love story The Shape of Water!

Set in a Cold War-era America filtered through del Toro's intricate dark-fantasy lens, The Shape of Water follows Eliza, a lovesick mute girl (Sally Hawkins) who falls for an  man-like fish creature (Doug Jones) imprisoned in an American military research facility by the evil Strickland (Michael Shannon). Along with her band of outsiders and misfits, Eliza schemes to break the fishman out of the facility and get him home. 

Opinions vary on whether this is one of del Toro's mythic masterpieces or a flawed blend of mish-mashed tones and influences, but it makes for an intriguing discussion all the same. Check out our episode, as well as our custom cocktail and drinking game!

(Thanks to our sponsor Simplecast as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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Happy Valentine's Day, sweethearts! Tighten your straps and practice your safe words, because we're getting kinky with 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey!

The lovely Katie Rife (The AV Club) joins us to discuss Sam Taylor-Johnson's joyless adaptation of EL James' dangerously unsexy Twilight fanfiction novels detailing the dom/sub love affair between clumsy ingenue Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and brooding baby-billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). In between, we discuss issues of kink, consent, the dark underbelly of Christian and Ana's relationship, and the film's troubling absence of dong. Also, some fun Mad Libs of one of the book's steamier segments!

Enjoy our episode, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game below!

(Thanks to our sponsor Overcast as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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This Week in Academia: Meg Barker's "Consent is a grey area? A comparison of understandings of consent in Fifty Shades of Grey and on the BDSM blogosphere."

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The Alcohollywood podcast is back after a month hiatus! We're moving to new episodes every two weeks, but we'll still bring you all the goodies you've come to expect.

For this episode, we usher in 2018 with the found-footage horror flick Apollo 18, about a group of NASA astronauts at the height of the Cold War launching a clandestine moon mission to spy on the Russkies. What they find, however, is more than they expected... and, given the film's found-footage conceit, kinda hard to see. Join us (along with returning guest Nick Freed) as we plant our flag in this forgotten relic of the post-Paranormal Activity era, and see if it's got the right stuff. Check out our custom cocktail and drinking game below!

(Thanks to our sponsor Overcast as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

Related links: 

The brilliant space-race documentary For All Mankind, in HD on Youtube in full!

The full speech Nixon would have given if the Apollo 11 mission failed, featured in the film

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The News Reel: Episode 116 (with Clint Worthington) (CUTPRINTFILM) A few weeks back, I got to speculate wildly on the future of the Disney/Fox merger, [...] The post Weekly Roundup (Week of January 22, 2018) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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The director of the upcoming foodie doc 42 Grams talks about the project’s origins and the serendipity and luck involved in documentary filmmaking. 42 Grams, [...] The post 42 Grams: Director Jack C. Newell on Capturing the Lifetime of a Restaurant appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Francis Lee’s tender, heartfelt debut film is as sweet a love story as you’ll ever see, bolstered by two terrific young performances and Lee’s sensitive, [...] The post REVIEW: God’s Own Country appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Jack C. Newell’s fly-on-the-wall doc about a Chicago chef on the rise effortlessly blends haute cuisine food porn with a tale of chef as temperamental [...] The post REVIEW: 42 Grams appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week was a little lighter on the film writing front, but I still got a lot done. (I was gonna see 12 Strong as well [...] The post Weekly Roundup (Week of January 15, 2018) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Brian Taylor’s devious intergenerational murder-comedy is just as crazy as the delightfully wacko Nicolas Cage performance at its center. Nicolas Cage is an acting maniac [...] The post REVIEW: Mom and Dad appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Another week, another rundown of that sweet, sweet content! Here’s what I was up to this week in terms of film writing.  REVIEW: PHANTOM THREAD [...] The post Weekly Roundup (Week of January 8, 2018) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Despite an assured and confident lead performance from Annette Bening, this treacly biopic of Gloria Grahame’s final days offers little true insight. With awards season [...] The post REVIEW: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Paul King’s delightful, charming followup to the first Paddington is a lovely ode to family, friendship, ingenuity – and, of course, marmalade. In a world [...] The post REVIEW: Paddington 2 appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s sumptuous, elegant psychodrama about fashion, obsession and ego (allegedly) gives Daniel Day-Lewis’ career a fitting swan song. Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is [...] The post REVIEW: Phantom Thread appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Presto, week one of Alcohollywood’s written content is underway! I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out so far. With that in mind, I thought [...] The post Weekly Roundup (Week of January 01, 2018) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Now that awards season is around the corner, everyone’s talking about their top ten films of this past year. With so many smart, insightful critics [...] The post Our Next Top 10 Films of 2017 appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Scott Cooper’s nihilistic acid Western is as self-serious as it is unrelentingly brutal, for both good and ill. The Western is a genre rife for [...] The post REVIEW: Hostiles appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Karen Lynn Weinberg, director/producer of Kartemquin doc Keep Talking, discusses the origins of the project and the challenges of revitalizing an endangered language. ​ Keep [...] The post Keep Talking: Director/Producer Karen Lynn Weinberg on the Healing Power of Language appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Karen Lynn Weinberg’s intriguing, powerful doc emphasizes the vital link between language, culture and well-being. The history of America is replete with historical traumas. Whether [...] The post REVIEW: Keep Talking appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Now that the holidays are over, it’s time for the real reason for the season – Connickuh! Every year, we celebrate the life and works of Sir Harry Connick, Jr., he of the golden voice and chiseled jaw. This year, our old friend Derek Jarvis comes on the show to harken… Continue reading The post CONNICKUH SPECIAL: My Dog Skip (2000) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! For this unconventional Yuletide, we bring in our dear friend, actress Alexia Jasmene, to discuss one of Clint’s favorite Christmas films – 2015’s trans-centric dramedy Tangerine! Directed by Sean Baker (The Florida Project), Tangerine follows trans sex workers Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) on… Continue reading The post CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Tangerine (2015) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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In anticipation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jodie Whittaker’s imminent ownership of the TARDIS on Doctor Who, we brought on Allison Shoemaker (Debating Doctor Who, Podlander Drunkcast) to talk about the interstellar action-comedy Attack the Block! When a council estate comes under siege from pitch-black beasties from outer space, it’s up to… Continue reading The post Attack the Block (2011) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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We step into the ring this week with Emmanuel Noisette of E-Man’s Movie Reviews to talk about Ryan Coogler’s hit 2015 boxing drama Creed! Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone (in a role that almost won him an acting Oscar – curse you, Mark Rylance!), is one of the… Continue reading The post Creed (2015) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we strap on our guitars and talk about the forgotten 1980s musical drama Eddie and the Cruisers! Telling the fictional story of a one-hit wonder band in 1960s New Jersey, Eddie and the Cruisers follows the remaining members of the band (including Tom Berenger) trying to piece together their lives after… Continue reading The post Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, playwright Dusty Wilson joins us for one of the most poorly-timed movies of all time, 1986’s Space Camp! A Spielberg pastiche that’s equal parts E.T., Apollo 13 and Porky’s, Space Camp follows a group of teen misfits (including Tate Donovan, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson and a young Joaquin Phoenix) and their teacher (Kate Capshaw) as… Continue reading The post Space Camp (1986) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Jared and Clint strap on their eyepatches and impractically-sized Uzis for John Carpenter’s sci-fi action flick Escape from New York! When the President (Donald Pleasance) crash-lands on the island prison of Manhattan, only one (inexplicably famous) prisoner can save him – Snake Plissken! Equipped with nothing but his wits… Continue reading The post Escape from New York (1981) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Jared and Clint go it solo as we discuss 1977’s psychedelic animated flick Wizards! Directed by 70s animation guru Ralph Bakshi, Wizards launches you into a classic tale of post-apocalyptic good vs. evil: the diminutive Avatar (voiced by a guy doing a hell of a Peter Falk impression) against his evil brother Bloodwolf… Continue reading The post Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards (1977) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we bring you a LIVE episode of the podcast, talking about the short horror anthology film Trick ‘r Treat with special guest Ele Matelan (WildClaw Theatre)! Recorded at Chicago Theater Works as part of the 2nd Annual Chicago Podcast Festival, we take advantage of our 30-minute time slot to blitz… Continue reading The post Trick ‘r Treat (2007) – LIVE at the Chicago Podcast Festival appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we close out Horror Octorbor 666 with our final piece of Satanic cinema – 1977’s bizarre sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic! Journeyman film critic extraordinaire Jacob Oller joins us as we break down John Boorman’s out-there followup to the William Friedkin classic, as young Regan (Linda Blair) teams up… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR 666: Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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HORROR OCTORBOR 666 continues apace with a look at the mid-90s Christopher Walken angel drama The Prophecy! Written and directed by Gregory Widen (known for writing all the Highlander and Prophecy movies, and well, that’s it), The Prophecy tells the convoluted story of an angelic civil war, the little girl who might hold… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR 666: The Prophecy (1995) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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HORROR OCTORBOR 666 continues, as we move down our list of devil-themed horror movies with the schlocky legal drama The Devil’s Advocate! Jon Espino of HollywoodChicago.com and The Young Folks partners with us again to tell the story of Kevin Lomax (a ridiculously Southern Keanu Reeves), an unscrupulous Florida lawyer brought… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR 666: The Devil’s Advocate (1997) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Greetings, mortals! We drag back Some Kind of Goblin this year for our sixth horror theme month, HORROR OCTORBOR 666! It’s all devil movies all month, baby! To start off, Scott Bufis of The Butter Hours joins us to talk about the crazy late-period Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle End of Days.  Ever wanted… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR 666: End of Days (1999) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Are you ready to rumble?! This week, we’re bringing you the recording of our LIVE episode from PodSlam ’17, a wrestling-themed charity podcast marathon dedicated to Connor’s Cure! Recorded at iO Chicago on September 23rd, Jared and Clint (along with special guest Randall Colburn of Consequence of Sound, The AV… Continue reading The post LIVE at PodSlam ’17: Scooby-Doo Wrestlemania Mystery! (2014) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Grant of Chip and Ironicus, Sex Archie and History Honeys joins us for the 2003 semi-cartoon comedy Looney Tunes: Back in Action! In this Joe Dante-directed mix of live action and animation, Daffy Duck gets fired from the WB lot because he’s tired of playing second fiddle to Bugs… Continue reading The post Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Theo of Twin Cinema (who covered this film on their show as well) joins us to talk about the classic 1944 psychological thriller Gaslight! When a young newlywed (Ingrid Bergman, in an Oscar-winning performance) moves in with her controlling new beau Anton (Charles Boyer) into her late aunt’s home,… Continue reading The post Gaslight (1944) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we go do some crimes with regular guest (and director of The Plagiarist’s latest show, Ubu II) Nick Freed as we talk about the 1984 punk cult classic Repo Man! Alex Cox’s deliberately weird, anarchic joyride follows an aimless young punk (Emilio Estevez) who finds himself employed at an unscrupulous… Continue reading The post Repo Man (1984) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Julia (Clint’s co-host for our new releases spinoff On Tap) joins us this week to check another movie off Jared’s wishlist – the quirky John Travolta vehicle Michael! Fresh off his Pulp Fiction success, Travolta leapt straight into this schmaltzy Nora Ephron rom-com, which gave him license to go full Adele Dazeem on… Continue reading The post Michael (1996) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Clint antes up with guests Zach Powers (of The Revisionists) and Aaron J. Amendola (of VStheUniverse) to talk about the 1998 card-shark drama Rounders! Matt Damon plays a down-on-his-luck poker virtuoso/law student who gets dragged back into the world of underground high-stakes Texas hold ’em by his old friend… Continue reading The post Rounders (1998) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we saddle up with The Next Picture Show‘s Keith Phipps to look back at the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy classic Blazing Saddles! Equal parts raunchy and deliciously subversive even today, Blazing Saddles is a beautifully acerbic parody of the classic Western, following a black sherriff (Cleavon Little) tasked with defending/offending… Continue reading The post Blazing Saddles (1974) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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CW: Discussion of scenes of sexual assault from the film itself. For our 300th episode, the lovely Lauren Faits of the upcoming podcast She-Ra: Progressive of Power and Our Fair City joins us to talk about the cult 1987 anime film Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise! From the makers of Evangelion, Honneamise is an early example of… Continue reading The post Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (1987) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Load up your red Caddy with booze, guns and a suitcase full of drugs, because we’re headed to The City of Lights with Blastropodcast‘s Mark Soloff to talk about Terry Gilliam’s bizarro Hunter S. Thompson adaptation Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas! Based on Thompson’s free-wheeling quest for the American Dream… Continue reading The post Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1997) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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It’s Shark Week once again this year, and we’re celebrating with The Film Stage Show’s Michael Snydel as we break down Blake Lively’s cult summer hit from last year, The Shallows! This surprising hit from niche production company Blumhouse sees Nancy, a lone medical student (Blake Lively), lost 200 meters from… Continue reading The post SHARK WEEK SPECIAL: The Shallows (2016) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week’s episode sees the return of lovely recurring guest Ele Matelan (from Our Fair City, Starlight Radio Dreams and Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment), to help us unpack 1986’s Rawhead Rex! Written by horror icon Clive Barker (a.k.a. Pervy Lovecraft) and based on his short story, Rawhead Rex sees the return of a goofy-looking… Continue reading The post Rawhead Rex (1986) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we test our commitment to Sparkle Motion with Jon Espino of The Young Folks and HollywoodChicago.com as we revisit Richard Kelly’s 2001 cult time travel teen drama Donnie Darko! The hit of the Hot Topic crowd in the early 2000s, for better or worse, we go back to this… Continue reading The post Donnie Darko (2001) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, regular guest Derek Jarvis joins us to talk about the little-seen (but surprisingly effective) home invasion thriller Unlawful Entry! When a couple (Kurt Russell, Madeleine Stowe) narrowly survive a home invasion, they run into a shady cop (Ray Liotta) who seems all too willing to abuse his power to… Continue reading The post Unlawful Entry (1992) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we toke up with Shannon Campe (of the podcast Stage of Fools) and Zach Powers (also of Stage of Fools and The Revisionists) as we dig into 2001’s stoner comedy How High! When Method Man and Redman get into Harvard by smoking the ashes of their dead friend, you know… Continue reading The post How High (2001) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Theo of our spinoff show Twin Cinema (and recurring guest) joins us once again this week, as we grab our binkies and talk about the cult 1973 horror film The Baby! Following the efforts of a lonely social worker (Anjanette Comer) to wrest control of an infantilized adult (David Manzies) from his… Continue reading The post The Baby (1973) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Jared’s kidnopped again this week, so Clint enlists the help of regular guest Grant (of Chip Ironicus and Six Feats Under fame), as well as his lovely wife Alaina (the co-host of podcasts History Honeys and Sex Archie) to dig deep into the 2006 anime masterpiece Tekkonkinkreet! The fable of… Continue reading The post Tekkonkinkreet (2006) w/History Honeys appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we get comfortably numb with Masterpiece Reviews’ Nick Freed as we dig into the meat, the pudding, and everything else related to 1982’s psychedelic concept album adaptation Pink Floyd: The Wall! Telling the story of Pink (The Boomtown Rats’ Bob Geldof) from childhood to adulthood, Roger Waters’ adaptation of… Continue reading The post Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Saddle up, pardners; Marshall of our sister show Twin Cinema joins us this week to talk about the classic 1961 Western The Magnificent Seven! A remake of Akira Kurosawa’s seminal Seven Samurai, the John Sturges-helmed remake follows a ragtag group of outlaws (Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, and… Continue reading The post The Magnificent Seven (1961) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH! This week, Jared and Clint dive deep into the realms of the cathode ray tube as they discuss 1984’s Videodrome, directed by David Cronenberg. This mid-80s sci-fi mindscrew about a mysterious TV signal that causes hallucinations in its victims is one of the Canadian auteur’s weirdest… Continue reading The post Videodrome (1984) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Jared and Clint go it solo this time around, as we take on the surprisingly dark and horrifying kid’s film The Brave Little Toaster! Here, we muse on the existential underpinnings of life as a sentient appliance, and gasp in horror at all the rampant car murder. Enjoy along with our… Continue reading The post The Brave Little Toaster (1987) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Hot off the heels of Video Game Movie Month, we stumble upon another video game-y film for May – Hardcore Henry! Leo Brady of AMovieGuy.com joins us to talk about this bold, but flawed experiment in making a film mimic the frenetic perspective (and questionable moral center) of FPS games. Check… Continue reading The post Hardcore Henry (2016) w/Leo Brady appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we finish off Video Game Movie Month Level 2 with the infamous fighting-game disaster Street Fighter: The Movie, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia! When a group of aid workers are taken hostage by the villainous Cobra CommanderM. Bison, only the brave men and women of G.I.JoeColonel Guile and… Continue reading The post VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH LVL 2: Street Fighter The Movie (1994) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Video Game Movie Month continues apace, as Wagnificent Mile blogger (and advocate for Illinois gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar) Lauren Faits joins us to talk about 2001’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider! Angelina Jolie straps on a tank top, tight shorts and two giant video game-y pistols to track down the Triangle of Light to… Continue reading The post VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH LEVEL 2: Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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We’re continuing VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH LVL. 2 with the 2007 film Hitman, starring Timothy Olyphant, Olga Kurylenko, and scores of anonymous Eastern European cannon fodder! Based on the classic stealth action game, Hitman shows us what happens when a production company shits out a lame cash-in on both a video game franchise, Jason Bourne… Continue reading The post VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH LEVEL 2: Hitman (2007) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we take another month-long stab at video game movie adaptations with 2016’s Warcraft! Grant of Chip Ironicus, Sex Archie, Six Feats Under and History Honeys comes back on the show to explore Duncan Jones’ ambitious, convoluted adaptation of the popular strategy game/MMO universe. Check it out with our custom cocktail… Continue reading The post VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH LEVEL 2: Warcraft (2016) w/Grant of Chip Ironicus appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Jared couldn’t make it, but regular guest Julia steps in as co-host! We bring back The Next Picture Show‘s Keith Phipps to talk about the cult 1973 trucker romp Convoy – starring Kris Kristofferson and directed by Sam Peckinpah (and based on the hit… novelty song?). Fire up your CB radio… Continue reading The post Convoy (1978) w/Keith Phipps of The Next Picture Show appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, the always lovely Ele Matelan of Our Fair City and WildClaw Theatre joins us once again – this time, we’re talking about the cult Canadian sci-fi-dark-comedy Nothing, about a pair of losers (David Hewlett, Andrew Miller) who find themselves lost in a white void after hating the rest of… Continue reading The post Nothing (2003) w/WildClaw Theatre’s Ele Matelan appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Erin go bragh, listeners! For Saint Patrick’s Day this year, we found our own Saint Patrick – acclaimed Chicago film critic Patrick McDonald – and brought him on to help us talk about 2014’s animated Song of the Sea! Tomm Moore’s followup to his 2009 masterpiece The Secret of Kells, Song of the… Continue reading The post ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL: Song of the Sea (2014) w/Pat ‘Uber-Critic’ McDonald appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, James Thompson (now of the Pop Culture Role Call podcast) joins us once again to talk about a doozy of a movie – the British sitcom adaptation Guest House Paradiso (aka The Bottom Movie)! Skeevy hotel owners Richie (Rik Mayall) and Eddie (Adrian Edmondson) scheme, perv, and thieve their way through… Continue reading The post Guest House Paradiso (1999) w/James Thompson of Pop Culture Role Call appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Marshall, co-host of our Youtube show Twin Cinema, joins us to talk about Takashi Miike’s bloody Japanese samurai flick 13 Assassins! When an evil, sadistic lord threatens to usher shogunate-era Japan into a new time of war, an old samurai gathers a team of 13 ronin to stop him. Does… Continue reading The post 13 Assassins (2010) w/Twin Cinema appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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It’s Oscar season once again, and Film Twitter impresario Jacob Oller (@JacobOller) joins us to talk about David McKenzie’s hard-hitting crime thriller/neo-Western Hell or High Water! When two brothers (Chris Pine, Ben Foster) take to bank robbery to save their mother’s farm in poverty-stricken west Texas, it’s up to an old… Continue reading The post OSCAR SPECIAL: Hell or High Water (2016) w/Jacob Oller appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Darren Aronofsky aficionado (and regular guest) Derek Jarvis returns to help us unpack the psychedelic, time-hopping spiritual masterpiece The Fountain, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz as two lovers navigating the mysteries of the Tree of Life across three different time periods. The results are beautiful, deeply engrossing, and well… Continue reading The post The Fountain (2006) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Alcohollywood presents a project years in the making: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King! Chris Columbus’ unproduced 1985 screenplay Indiana Jones and the Monkey King comes to life in this full-cast radio drama with sound effects, original music, and voicework from your favorite Alcohollywood guests! In Part 5, Indiana finally goes… Continue reading The post ALCOHOLLYWOOD PRESENTS: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King (Part 5) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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“Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink. I drink to thee.” – Juliet, Act 4, Scene 3 It’s that lovin’ time of year, listeners! This time around, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with Baz Luhrmann’s flashy modern retelling of William Shakespeare‘s Romeo + Juliet! Shannon of the Stage of Fools podcast and Mercy Street… Continue reading The post VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL: William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Alcohollywood is back for 2017, and we brought Consequence of Sound‘s Blake Goble out to sea to talk about Kathryn Bigelow’s 2002 subdrama K-19: The Widowmaker! This movie stars a Russian Harrison Ford and a not-so-Russian Liam Neeson as captains of a radioactive sea boat that runs into a bit of trouble. Take… Continue reading The post K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) w/Blake Goble of Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Alcohollywood presents a project years in the making: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King! Chris Columbus’ un-produced 1985 screenplay Indiana Jones and the Monkey King comes to life in this full-cast radio drama with sound effects, original music, and voice work from your favorite Alcohollywood guests! In Part 4, Indy (Nick… Continue reading The post ALCOHOLLYWOOD PRESENTS: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King (Part 4) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Alcohollywood presents a project years in the making: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King! Chris Columbus’ unproduced 1985 screenplay Indiana Jones and the Monkey King comes to life in this full cast radio drama with sound effects, original music, and voice work from your favorite Alcohollywood guests! In Indiana Jones… Continue reading The post ALCOHOLLYWOOD PRESENTS: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King (Part 3) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Alcohollywood presents a project years in the making: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King! Chris Columbus’ un-produced 1985 screenplay Indiana Jones and the Monkey King comes to life in this full-cast radio drama with sound effects, original music, and voice work from your favorite Alcohollywood guests! Part 2 sees Indy… Continue reading The post ALCOHOLLYWOOD PRESENTS: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King (Part 2) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Alcohollywood presents a project years in the making: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King! Chris Columbus’ un-produced 1985 screenplay Indiana Jones and the Monkey King comes to life in this full-cast radio drama with sound effects, original music, and voice work from your favorite Alcohollywood guests! In Part 1, our… Continue reading The post ALCOHOLLYWOOD PRESENTS: Indiana Jones and the Monkey King (Part 1) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Happy New Year, listeners! We’re ringing in 2017 (along with Mercy Street’s Danielle Stack) with 2016’s critically acclaimed The Edge of Seventeen, the John Hughes-flavored coming-of-age comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as a particularly surly teenager navigating the rocky waters of adolescence, with occasional help from her take-no-prisoners teacher (played with… Continue reading The post NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL: The Edge of Seventeen (2016) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Happy holidays, listeners! For our Christmas episode this year, Shannon Campe of the Stage of Fools podcast joins us once again to dig into the 90s cult Christmas classic Home Alone, starring Macauley Culkin and directed by Chris Columbus! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the… Continue reading The post CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Home Alone (1990) w/Shannon Campe of Stage of Fools appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Harry Connickuh everyone! Every year, the week before Christmas, we celebrate the life and works of Sir Harry Connick, Jr. This time around, returning guest Jane Dempsey joins us to talk about William Friedkin’s Bug, adapted from the  Tracy Letts play! Here, Connickuh plays third fiddle to Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon… Continue reading The post CONNICKUH SPECIAL: Bug (2006) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Julia Rohed of Mercy Street Theatre Company joins us to squeak about the 2003 remake of Willard, starring the ever-creepy Crispin Glover as an eccentric mama’s boy who starts doling out his own brand of justice against those who wrong him – with the help of a few friendly rats. It’s… Continue reading The post Willard (2003) w/Julia Rohed of Mercy Street Theatre Company appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Patrick O’Rourke of Pat Trek joins us to kick off December with the Jean-Claude Van Damme action film Sudden Death! Basically “Die Hard in a hockey stadium,” Sudden Death features a disgraced fire marshal (JCVD) who has to save the Vice President and his own daughter from the clutches of a… Continue reading The post Sudden Death (1995) w/Pat Trek’s Patrick O’Rourke appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, fellow Chicago film critic Jacob Oller joins us to unpack the pure-strain craziness of 1978’s The Manitou! When a woman finds a rapidly growing fetus-tumor on her back, her tarot card-reading boyfriend (Tony Curtis) and the Native American guy who hates it when you litter (Michael Ansara) join forces… Continue reading The post The Manitou (1978) w/Jacob Oller appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we lean into the everlasting arms of special guest Adam Kempenaar of Filmspotting, as we discuss the Expressionistic style and moral center of Charles Laughton’s 1955 noir thriller The Night of the Hunter! ANNOUNCEMENT: For the month of January 2017, we take a month off of the podcast in favor of… Continue reading The post The Night of the Hunter (1955) w/Filmspotting’s Adam Kempenaar appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Theo Estes of our spinoff web series Twin Cinema (subscribe to our Youtube channel for new episodes every other week) joins us to get artsy with Todd Haynes’ 1995 independent drama Safe, starring Julianne Moore! ANNOUNCEMENT: Look out later this week for the launch of our biweekly spinoff podcast, Alcohollywood: On Tap,… Continue reading The post Safe (1995) w/Twin Cinema appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Allison Shoemaker of The AV Club, Consequence of Sound and Podlander Drunkcast joins us to talk the 1996 Sylvester-Stallone-in-a-tunnel thriller Daylight! (Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!) LISTEN HERE OR DOWNLOAD: THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Tunnel Vision We made a sporty, glowy… Continue reading The post Daylight (1996) w/Allison Shoemaker of Podlander Drunkcast appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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It’s our second minisode covering the Chicago International Film Festival! Clint tells Jared about the latter batch of films he caught at CIFF 2016, including Park Chan-wook’s latest The Handmaiden.* Other films include the Jim O’Heir dark comedy Middle Man; Rebecca Hall’s great turn as Christine Chubbuck in the drama Christine; and the Disney documentary The Eagle Huntress! We… Continue reading The post MINISODE: CIFF 2016 Wrap-Up: The Handmaiden, Christine, The Eagle Huntress and More / Interview with Kaleidoscope’s Rupert Jones appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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We finish out our month-long breakdown of ‘versus’ horror movies this week with Consequence of Sound‘s Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, as we discuss the 1993 horror mish-mash Dollman vs Demonic Toys! A sort of half-movie cobbled from stock footage from three different movies in the Full Moon Entertainment catalog – Dollman, Demonic Toys, and Bad Channels –… Continue reading The post HORROR V. OCTORBOR: Dollman vs. Demonic Toys (1993) w/Dom Suzanne-Mayer of Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Grant of History Honeys and Chip Ironicus joins us once more for Horror V. Octorbor, continuing our month-long breakdown of ‘versus’ movies with Alien v Predator! Paul W.S. Anderson’s limp, ill-advised match-up movie combining Fox’s biggest sci-fi monsters forgets what made the other two series good in the… Continue reading The post HORROR V. OCTORBOR: Alien vs. Predator (2004) w/Grant of History Honeys and Chip Ironicus appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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  In this special CIFF 2016 preview minisode, Clint covers the 52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival for its opening weekend. That’s right, this time we’re armed with press credentials, and we get to see movies early for free! Check out our short reviews of A Quiet Passion, I, Daniel Blake, Paterson, and The… Continue reading The post MINISODE: CIFF 2016 Preview – Most Anticipated, Reviews of Paterson, A Quiet Passion, I, Daniel Blake, and More appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we continue our month of ‘versus’ horror movies with the 2010 horror comedy Tucker and Dale vs Evil, along with special guest Matt Kubinski of CinemaJaw! Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine star as a couple of rednecks who are mistaken for hillbilly killers by a group of college kids when they… Continue reading The post HORROR V. OCTORBOR: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) w/Matt K of CinemaJaw appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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All month, we’re celebrating our fifth Horror Octorbor by taking on a slew of ‘Vs.’ horror movies! To start off, actor Andrew Saenz (of the upcoming indie film El Algun Lugar) joins us to talk about Ronny Yu’s 2003 sloppy horror mash-up Freddy vs Jason. When Camp Crystal Lake’s most murderous goalie faces off against… Continue reading The post HORROR V. OCTORBOR: Freddy vs. Jason (2003) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Eric Garneau of the Nerdologues comedy group and the podcasts Your Stories and Blank Cassette (and the manager of the comic book/games store Pastimes in Niles, IL) slaps on his cape and cowl to discuss the 1993 DC animated film Batman Mask of the Phantasm! **Special thanks also go to… Continue reading The post Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) w/The Nerdologues’ Eric Garneau appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, returning guest Derek Jarvis rides with us as we ride into the sunset to watch the 1976 Clint Eastwood Western The Outlaw Josey Wales! One of the more interesting revisionist Westerns of the 70s, Josey mixes up the white-hat do-goodery of the Old West with morally grey characters,… Continue reading The post The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Keith Phipps of Uproxx and The Next Picture Show comes back to the show to help us make sense of the 1970s John Boorman/Sean Connery mindscrew Zardoz! Set in the year 2293, Zardoz tells the tale of Zed (Connery, wearing a red diaper and thigh-high leather boots, and nothing else) a brutish… Continue reading The post Zardoz (1974) w/Keith Phipps of The Next Picture Show appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we’re joined by friend of the show (and Actual British Person) Ben Kaye to review one of our most frequent requests – Edgar Wright’s 2007 action-comedy Hot Fuzz! Wright’s followup to Shaun of the Dead offers even more elliptical comedy and impeccably sharp visuals, as top cop Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is transferred… Continue reading The post Hot Fuzz (2007) w/Ben Kaye appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Ele Matelan of WildClaw Theatre and Our Fair City joins us once again to talk about the Wes Craven home-invasion thriller The People Under the Stairs! One of those rare socially-conscious 1990s horror movies, Stairs follows a young boy named ‘Fool’ as he tries to rob his price-gouging landlords, only to… Continue reading The post The People Under the Stairs (1991) w/WildClaw Theatre appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, our friend Jane Dempsey joins us to talk about the notorious 1990 flop The Bonfire of the Vanities, directed by Brian De Palma and (inexplicably) starring Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis! An adaptation of the biting satirical novel by Tom Wolfe, Bonfire opts to dull the edges off any salient points it… Continue reading The post The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, it’s Christmas in August as Grant of Chip Ironicus (and the new history podcast History Honeys) joins us once again to talk about another anime – Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers! This hard-to-find holiday masterpiece follows a trio of charismatic hobos who stumble across a baby in the garbage,… Continue reading The post Tokyo Godfathers (2003) w/Grant of Chip Ironicus and History Honeys appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Consequence of Sound: Film editor Dominick Suzanne-Mayer joins us to break down the mind-bending time travel microbudget indie Primer! Directed by auteur Shane Carruth with a budget of $7,000, Primer offers a twisty, inscrutable and compellingly sparse tale of two budding entrepreneurs who end up building a time machine, and the… Continue reading The post Primer (2004) w/Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Patrick O’Rourke of the Peaches and Hot Sauce podcast network joins us to talk about the independent time-jumping thriller Run Lola Run! The breakout film of director Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas), the film features a twenty-minute ticking clock scenario in which Lola (Franka Potente) has to wrangle 100,000 marks… Continue reading The post Run Lola Run (1998) w/Patrick O’Rourke of Peaches and Hot Sauce appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, returning guest Theo (whose film review webseries Twin Cinema will be coming soon to the Alcohollywood Youtube Channel!) joins us to disassemble the cinematic mind screw that is Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo the Iron Man! Somewhere between the surrealism of Lynch and the body horror of Cronenberg, Tetsuo follows a terrified salaryman as his… Continue reading The post Tetsuo the Iron Man (1989) w/Twin Cinema appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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For our 250th episode, we take on one of the more insane films we’ve ever seen, as playwright Dusty Wilson and improviser Pat Niday joins us to talk 1981’s Roar! The infamously bloody animal drama is essentially a home movie in which Tippi Hedren’s husband (the Charles Manson lookalike Noel Marshall)… Continue reading The post 250TH EPISODE: Roar (1981) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we rock out with returning guest, Consequence of Sound‘s Nick Freed, to talk about the psychedelic 1975 rock opera Tommy! The product of Pete Townshend’s musical genius, Ken Russell’s frenetic direction, and (presumably) a whoollle lotta drugs, Tommy tells the tale of a ‘deaf, dumb and blind kid’ in post-WWII Britain who… Continue reading The post Tommy (1975) w/Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we go dog-avenging with Mike and Jessica of Down in Front as we check out the 2014 Keanu Reeves shoot-em-up John Wick! A straightforward but oh-so-stylish take on the action revenge thriller, the film follows Keanu’s titular former hitman as he takes revenge on the mob family that unknowingly… Continue reading The post John Wick (2014) w/Down in Front appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Happy America, everybody! We’re ringing in America’s birthday with returning guest Blake Goble from Consequence of Sound, as we discuss the strange kid’s flick The Adventures of the American Rabbit! Based on an obscure piece of 70s pop art, the film sees a young, wide-eyed rabbit turn into a star-spangled superhero. He defeats… Continue reading The post FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL: The Adventures of the American Rabbit (1986) w/Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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It’s Shark Week, folks, and Joshua Harris from the Chicago riffing group Down In Front joins us this time around to talk about the 2015 schlockfest Shark Lake! Dolph Lundgren “stars” as Clint Gray, an ex-con exotic animal smuggler whose last-minute dumping of smuggled bull sharks into Lake Tahoe leads to a Jaws-like… Continue reading The post SHARK WEEK SPECIAL: Shark Lake (2015) w/Down In Front appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Jared and Clint embark on a mission from God with special guest Pat “Uber-Critic” McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com and Chicago Film Tour (and the podcast Lou Dickman Weekly) as we check out the classic 1980 comedy The Blues Brothers! Following Jake and Elwood Blues as they ‘get the band back… Continue reading The post The Blues Brothers (1980) w/Pat McDonald of Chicago Film Tour appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, returning guest Derek Jarvis stops by as we break down the acerbic wit and tough-guy moralism of Martin McDonagh’s black crime comedy In Bruges! After a botched hit, the twitchy Ray (Colin Farrell) is sent to the medieval Belgian hamlet of Bruges with his partner Ken (Brendan Gleeson) by… Continue reading The post In Bruges (2009) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, Keith Phipps of The Next Picture Show joins us to talk John Carpenter’s 1994 Lovecraftian mind-bender In the Mouth of Madness! When grizzled/semi-New Zealander insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) is tasked with tracking down the missing horror writer Sutter Cane (get it? like Stephen King?),… Continue reading The post In the Mouth of Madness (1994) w/Keith Phipps of The Next Picture Show appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, special guest James D’amato of the One Shot Podcast joins us to close out our dragon-filled May with the infamous 2000 flop Dungeons Dragons! This bafflingly cheeseball adaptation of the classic RPG features a ragtag party of thieves (including a smug Justin Whalen and mincing Marlon Wayans), dwarves, mages… Continue reading The post HERE MAY BE DRAGONS: Dungeons Dragons (2000) w/One Shot Podcast appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Our month of dragon movies continues with returning guest Julia and 2010’s animated film How to Train Your Dragon! Dreamworks’ surprisingly solid kid’s film follows awkward Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his quest to tame and train his newfound dragon pal Toothless. It’s a surprisingly solid kid’s flick, and we’ve got… Continue reading The post HERE MAY BE DRAGONS: How To Train Your Dragon (2010) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Dragon Month (heretofore referred to as Here May Be Dragons, since it’s just a more awesome name) chugs along with returning guest Betsy Stone and 1996’s CGI-Sean-Connery vehicle Dragonheart! When an asshole king (David Thewlis) terrorizes the land, it’s up to a roguish dragonslayer (Dennis Quaid) and his snarky dragon pal… Continue reading The post HERE MAY BE DRAGONS: Dragonheart (1996) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we start our May-long ode to legend’s greatest beasts with DRAGON MONTH! (We promise, we’ll take a break from theme months after this one.) Starting off, returning guest Todd Kuhns joins us to talk 2002’s post-apocalyptic dragon flick Reign of Fire, starring Christian Bale and Matthew… Continue reading The post DRAGON MONTH: Reign of Fire (2002) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, Blake Goble of Consequence of Sound joins us to pay homage to Prince in the wake of his tragic passing with his flawed but singular 1984 opus Purple Rain! Telling the tale of young Prince (played by late-twenties Prince already in his sexual dandy outfits) and his… Continue reading The post APRIL SHOWERS: Purple Rain (1984) w/Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, playwright Dusty Wilson joins us once again to keep the rain train a’rolling with 80s action-thriller Black Rain, directed by Ridley Scott! One of the most non-Michael Mann encapsulations of 80s gritty cheese, Black Rain follows hard-nosed Dirty Harry type Nick Conklin (Michael Douglas) as he tries to catch a yakuza murderer… Continue reading The post APRIL SHOWERS: Black Rain (1989) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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April Showers continues with our guests Scott and Eric of The Butter Hours! Week 2 of our marathon of films with ‘rain’ in the title moves forward with the 1990s action-thriller Hard Rain. The film stars Christian Slater as a nosy armored truck driver who defends his cargo in a flooding rural town… Continue reading The post APRIL SHOWERS: Hard Rain (1998) w/The Butter Hours appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Now that Jared and Clint have escaped from Mars, they’re stuck on an Earth that perpetually rains! While they figure a way out of this conundrum, they’ll review movies with ‘Rain’ in the title all April! This week starts with 1988’s Best Picture winner Rain Man, starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman… Continue reading The post APRIL SHOWERS: Rain Man (1988) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Geek Girl Chicago herself Lauren Faits joins us as we finish up our month-long quest with last year’s Oscar Best Picture-nominee The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon as a smarmy botanist who has to Robinson Crusoe his way through Mars while stranded there after being left for… Continue reading The post MARCH ON MARS: The Martian (2015) w/Geek Girl Chicago appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Jared and Clint (along with Justin Gerber of Consequence of Sound‘s new show Gerber Gerber) kick off week 4 of our Mars-centric March with Disney’s 2012 flop John Carter! Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs books no one remembers anymore, John Carter is a big shaggy dog of a movie… Continue reading The post MARCH ON MARS: John Carter (2012) w/Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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As we continue Mars-ch on Alcohollywood, returning guest Craig (with a little help from new guest Alicia) joins us to talk John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars! An entertainingly cheesy change from the astronaut-based disaster movies that make up most Mars movies, Ghosts of Mars is late-career Carpenter at his most gonzo. Featuring a… Continue reading The post MARCH ON MARS: John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (2001) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, Ele Matelan of WildClaw Theatre joins us as we continue our March full of Mars movies with the companion piece to last week’s Red Planet, Brian De Palma’s Disney-produced Mission to Mars! Telling the same story of a group of astronauts taking off for the Red Planet (Gary Sinise,… Continue reading The post MARCH ON MARS: Mission to Mars (2000) w/WildClaw Theatre appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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All of March, the Alcohollywood crew is blasting off to the Red Planet for five movies set on Mars! First up, Nick Freed of Consequence of Sound joins us to talk 2000’s Red Planet (namely, the movie where Val Kilmer threw a dumbbell at Tom Sizemore during filming). The Armageddon to Mission to Mars’ Deep… Continue reading The post MARCH ON MARS: Red Planet (2000) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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It’s Oscar season, and this year the Best Picture nominee we’re covering is the balls-to-the-wall action extravaganza Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth film in the ever-so-weird Australian post-apocalyptic action series! Special guest Theo joins us to talk George Miller’s crowd-pleasing mix of practical effects, curiously effective visual storytelling, and incredibly… Continue reading The post OSCAR SPECIAL: Mad Max – Fury Road (2015) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Leah Pickett of Consequence of Sound and other fine publications joins us to delve into our second Tim Allen movie in as many months – 1997’s Jungle 2 Jungle! The American remake of a French comedy that Roger Ebert described as “one of the worst movies ever made,” J2J stars Tim Allen as, of… Continue reading The post Jungle 2 Jungle (1997) w/Leah Pickett of Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Happy Valentine’s Day to all you movie/booze lovers out there! This year’s romcom is the listener-requested 2006 Nancy Meyers film The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as a couple of down-on-their-luck ladies who decide to swap houses for the holidays to recharge their batteries. Along the way, they meet… Continue reading The post VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL: The Holiday (2006) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we break bread (and boards) with returning guest Derek Jarvis as we check out Stephen Chow’s cult kung-fu comedy Kung Fu Hustle! A wacky homage to everything from 40s jazz movies to Westerns to classic kung fu cinema of the 70s, Chow’s blitzkrieg of high-flying antics, goofy CGI gags and… Continue reading The post Kung Fu Hustle (2004) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, James Thompson (of Geekspotting and the new Meanwhile… Podcast) joins us to take on Constantine, the comic-book adaptation of DC’s Hellblazer! Transplanting the British supernatural private eye to LA, and turning him from an acerbic Sting lookalike to dour Keanu Reeves, the film nonetheless gives us oodles of visual style, androgynous… Continue reading The post Constantine (2005) w/Meanwhile… Podcast appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on the podcast, Chicago actor and friend of the show Tom McGrath (@TCMcG) joins us to pay tribute to the late, great Alan Rickman with the 1999 sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest! A pitch-perfect parody/celebration of Star Trek and science fiction fandom that’s way better than it has any right to be,… Continue reading The post Galaxy Quest (1999) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we switch gears with Grant from Chip Ironicus (specifically Chipod Ironicast) to talk the crazy 2009 anime racing flick Redline! Unlike the last anime we watched (Satoshi Kon’s Paprika) Redline‘s uniquely concerned with the fast and the furious – fluid racing animation, a crazy anime story, broad alien… Continue reading The post Redline (2009) w/Grant of Chip Ironicus appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on the podcast, Clint and Jared go it alone as we dive into the deep dark recesses of 90s goth-action-horror with the 1999’s Beowulf! “Based” on the 8th-century epic poem, this steampunk/Hot Topic goth retelling of the classic tale sees the Highlander himself, Christopher Lambert (channeling both Rayden and… Continue reading The post Beowulf (1999) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Happy New Year, listeners! Since it’s 2016, we thought we’d kick things off with John Hughes’ cult comedy classic Sixteen Candles – you know, the one with all the racism and implicit date rape? Returning guest Julia joins us to take on yet another John Hughes movie and yet another high school… Continue reading The post Sixteen Candles (1984) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Happy holidays, you reprobates! To ring in the Christmas season, we invited Sean Price from the Life is Like a Movie Podcast to talk about yet another unconventional holiday classic – so unconventional even the characters don’t know why it takes place on Christmas: Rocky IV! With Creed getting praise left and right,… Continue reading The post CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Rocky IV (1985) w/Life Is Like a Movie Podcast appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Harry Connickuh, everybody! This week, Mark Soloff of Blastropodcast and Our Fair City flies in from his home planet to celebrate the week before Christmas, where we sample another entry in the oeuvre of Renaissance man Harry Connick Jr.! This year, we’re melding Connickuh and Christmas a bit with 2013’s made-for-TV… Continue reading The post CONNICKUH SPECIAL: Angels Sing (2013) w/Blastropodcast appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, Chicago geek titan Aaron J. Amendola (of VStheUNIVERSE and Panels on Channels) graces our microphones to help us talk about the charming 90s comic book flick The Rocketeer! Based on the comic book, The Rocketeer follows stunt pilot Cliff Secord (Billy Campbell), who stumbles upon a rocket pack invented by Howard Hughes… Continue reading The post The Rocketeer (1991) w/Aaron J. Amendola of VStheUNIVERSE appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on the podcast, guest Nick Ostrem joins us to talk about the little-seen but widely under-valued 1997 Canadian comedy The Wrong Guy! Dave Foley (The Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio) co-wrote and stars in this cult caper about an oblivious, melodramatic account executive (Foley) who wrongly presumes he’s… Continue reading The post The Wrong Guy (1997) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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  As we all wind down from our Thanksgiving food comas, Grant from Chip Ironicus joins us as we sink our teeth into 1999’s cannibal-vampire-Western-dark-comedy Ravenous! When cowardly Sgt. Boyd (Guy Pearce) is transferred to an American Army outpost in the middle of nowhere after the Mexican-American War, he finds… Continue reading The post Ravenous (1999) w/Grant of Chip Ironicus appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, improv-esario Pat Niday joins us to talk 1994’s strangely modern reboot of The Little Rascals! Directed by Wayne’s World’s Penelope Spheeris, The Little Rascals takes place in a bizarre world where the idiosyncratic group of 30s delinquents somehow also grew up and were socialized in modern-day… Continue reading The post The Little Rascals (1994) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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NOTE: Technical difficulties meant that this episode ended up being recorded on laptop sound as opposed to our fancy equipment. It’s still listenable, but not up to our usual high standards. Thanks for your patience, and everything will be kosher next episode! This week, Dusty Wilson of Mercy Street Theatre… Continue reading The post The Running Man (1987) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, guest Ele Matelan of WildClaw Theatre (and our friend from Our Fair City) grabs a milkshake and sits down with us to talk about listener request and 2007 arthouse darling There Will Be Blood! Among one of the more contemplative films in Paul Thomas Anderson’s repertoire, TWWB… Continue reading The post There Will Be Blood (2007) w/WildClaw Theatre appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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(Thanks to our sponsor Emporium Arcade Bar, as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!) We’re finishing up HORROR OCTORBOR FOUR-BOR, our exploration of foreign horror films, with Guillermo Del Toro’s 2001 historical supernatural drama The Devil’s Backbone! Justin Gerber of Consequence of Sound joins us to talk about Del Toro’s spiritual sibling… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR! The Devil’s Backbone (2001) w/Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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HORROR OCTORBOR FOUR-BOR continues this week, as we (along with ten-time guest Derek Jarvis) take a look at one of the most extreme foreign horror films around – 2008’s Martyrs! A shining, bloody example of the French New Extremity movement, Martyrs deals with a young victim of trauma (Mylene Jampanoi)… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR! Martyrs (2008) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Greetings mortals! HORROR OCTORBOR FOURBOR continues as we take on foreign horror films all month! New guest/filmmaker Jimmy Moore joins us this round to talk 1977’s Italian horror flick Suspiria! Directed by horror icon Dario Argento, Suspiria is considered the poster child for the giallo film. Argento’s classic stuns with bold, colorful cinematography and subtle… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR! Suspiria (1977) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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We’re continuing our HORROR OCTORBOR FOUR-BOR world tour of foreign-language horror films this week with returning guest Julia and the 2004 Asian horror anthology Three…Extremes! A triple feature of spooky shorts from Hong Kong (Dumplings, directed by Fruit Chan), South Korea (Cut, directed by Oldboy‘s Chan-wook Park) and Japan (Box, directed… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR! Three…Extremes (2004) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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It’s that time of year again, listeners – HORROR OCTORBOR! For our fourth installment of our annual dive into the depths of hell, we’re taking on all foreign-language horror, starting with 2008’s Swedish vampire masterpiece Let the Right One In! Matt K of fellow Chicago film podcast CinemaJaw joins us… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR! Let the Right One In (2008) w/CinemaJaw appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Ka-STANG! This week, fellow A Talking Cast!?!/The ‘Cast Next Door podcastress Shannon Campe joins us for another expedition into 90s/2000s kid cinema with Frankie Muniz’s Big Fat Liar! Muniz plays Jason Shepherd, a pathological liar whose short story assignment for class is stolen from unscrupulous, half-goatee-d Hollywood producer Paul Giamatti to… Continue reading The post Big Fat Liar (2002) w/Shannon Campe appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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  This week, Theo joins us once more to talk Lisztomania, the off-the-wall glam rock biopic of famed German composer Franz Liszt, played by The Who’s Roger Daltrey! Lisztomania plays up the pseudohistorical tale of “history’s first rock star” in typical 70s camp fashion. Get ready for giant fake dicks, robes made of piano… Continue reading The post Lisztomania (1975) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we invite returning guest David Rheinstrom (of Twenty Questions Tuesday and Our Fair City fame) for one last job before he departs Chicago for the wide world of San Francisco – the “Recobbled Cut” of the infamous animated labor of love The Thief and the Cobbler!… Continue reading The post The Thief the Cobbler: Recobbled Cut (2006) w/Twenty Questions Tuesday appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, Jared and I fly solo (along with sentient Maillbot J4R.3D) as we check out the 2005 flop Stealth! In this notorious cross between Top Gun, 2001, and an Incubus music video, Stealth follows hotshot pilots Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx (fresh off his Oscar for Ray) as they contend with… Continue reading The post Stealth (2005) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, Clayton Faits of Our Fair City joins us to talk about the chintzy 1970s giant animal flick Food of the Gods! Adapted from a “portion” of the novel by HG Wells, Food of the Gods stars Starcrash alum (and walking LL Bean ad) Marjoe Gortner as a… Continue reading The post Food of the Gods (1976) w/Our Fair City appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, Julia Rohed of Mercy Street Theatre Company joins us to talk the Karl Urban 2012 comic book movie/reboot Dredd! Fulfilling a mission he’s had (perhaps to an irritating degree) for the past 3 years, Clint finally gets Jared to watch Dredd, the most recent adaptation of… Continue reading The post Dredd (2012) w/Mercy Street Theatre Company appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, returning guest Nick Freed joins us to talk 1988’s A Fish Called Wanda, the caper-comedy written by and starring John Cleese! When a group of thieves (Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and Thomas Georgeson) successfully steal a buttload of diamonds, the four quickly begin turning on… Continue reading The post A Fish Called Wanda (1988) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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While we continue to get our full-length radio drama production of Indiana Jones and the Monkey King up (listen to the trailer here!) for the 200th episode, we continue on to 201 with Michael Bay’s 1996 explosion-fest The Rock! Featuring Michael Bay’s signature excess and kineticism before many people got sick of it, The… Continue reading The post The Rock (1996) w/Nerd Outcast Podcast appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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While the 200th episode is still in post-production (check out the trailer for our fully-produced radio drama production of Indiana Jones and the Monkey King in the episode!), we decided to give you a minisode State of the Podcast address this week! Within, we talk to youse guys about the state… Continue reading The post Minisode 199a – Geek Bar Recap, Episode 200 Trailer, and State of the Podcast Address! appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, Grant of Chip Ironicus fame joins us to talk the 1986 John Carpenter cult classic Big Trouble in Little China! THRILL as Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) wryly smirks his way through a rescue mission in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, oblivious to his role as… Continue reading The post Big Trouble in Little China (1986) w/Grant of Chip Ironicus appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, our friend Betsy joins us to talk one of the more baffling nostalgia-fueled cultural phenomena of the 90s – Space Jam! Based on the best-sneaker-selling Super Bowl commercial, Space Jam contrives a situation in which Michael Jordan (“playing” himself) joins Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes… Continue reading The post Space Jam (1996) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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It’s Shark Week once again! Our regularly-scheduled Dredd episode has been co-opted since we forgot we made Shark Week an annual tradition; this week, Clint and Jared go it alone to get chummy with Sharks in Venice! A SyFy Original Movie of the Sharknado mold, this film sees puffy-faced Stephen… Continue reading The post SHARK WEEK SPECIAL: Sharks in Venice (2008) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Happy birthday, America! To celebrate our nation’s birthday (and recent events have made us pretty proud to be an American), the Daves from the Blurry Photos Podcast join us to talk about the 2004 Nic Cage movie National Treasure. Part Indiana Jones movie, part Pirates of the Caribbean, part social studies filler movie, National Treasure follows adventurer Ben… Continue reading The post FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL: National Treasure (2004) w/Blurry Photos appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we make a double feature of “shitty 90s comedies Clint watched too often as a kid” by following Good Burger with the lamentable John Leguizamo vehicle The Pest! Guest (and author of You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me) Nathan Rabin joins us as… Continue reading The post The Pest (1997) w/Nathan Rabin appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, dude Clint and dude Jared team up with Twin Cinema‘s very own dude Theo to talk 1997’s Nickelodeon buddy comedy Good Burger! A relic of a more innocent time when kid’s show sketches got their own movies and Nickelodeon was a major cultural force, Good Burger weirdly mixes the… Continue reading The post Good Burger (1997) w/Twin Cinema appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, Right Brain Project Artistic Director Nathan Robbel joins us to talk 2012’s The Raven, the movie that (arguably) started/solidified John Cusack’s Nicolas Cage-like turn into schlocky, campy side projects. When someone starts killing people in 19th-century Baltimore in gruesome ways inspired by the works of Edgar… Continue reading The post The Raven (2012) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we dredge up our lost episode from a couple weeks ago – we originally did a minisode in its stead, but we can finally bring it to you for your listening pleasure! Today, returning guest Derek joins us to talk The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,… Continue reading The post The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on the podcast, we engage in our first LIVE episode of the show as part of the charity podcast marathon PodSlam ‘15, with special guest Nathan Rabin (author of You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me and every online movie review/thinkpiece you’ve ever loved)! Given that… Continue reading The post Mr. Nanny (1993) LIVE at PodSlam ’15 w/Nathan Rabin appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we take advantage of our repaired Alcohollywood Laptop©, along with returning guest Todd, to check out 1995’s French steampunk fantasy The City of Lost Children! Directed by Amelie’s Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the film takes place in an Expressionist fairy-tale in which a cantankerous mad scientist captures children… Continue reading The post City of Lost Children (1995) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Hello listeners! This week, we’re minisoding it for the first time ever due to a variety of factors (namely Clint’s brand-new laptop dying, thus delaying our release of our Hand that Rocks the Cradle episode). So, get ready for a little aperitif of things to come, including some pretty exciting announcements, explanations, and… Continue reading The post EPISODE 190 – Minisode w/Fury Road, News, Announcements! appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Fresh Pour is back! Every week, Clint takes a look at one or two new releases – just a short look at what’s being released in theaters, along with some drinking rules for your own perusal. Mad Max: Fury Road dir. George Miller Warner Bros. Pictures If you asked the… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Fresh Pour is back! Every week, Clint takes a look at one or two new releases – just a short look at what’s being released in theaters, along with some drinking rules for your own perusal. Hot Pursuit Dir. Anne Fletcher Warner Bros. Pictures It must be really hard to… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Hot Pursuit (2015) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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One of the perennial conflicts of being an amateur film critic (who’s mostly doing this for the love of the game) is champing at the bit to head down to Sundance or SXSW, but having neither the time nor the money to actually make it work. Luckily enough for me,… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Chicago Critics Film Festival 2015 appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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G’day, listeners! This week, we head down under once more to take on Yahoo Serious’ 1988 cult comedy Young Einstein! Telling an intentionally anachonistic and inaccurate version of Albert Einstein’s life story, the film recasts him as a goofy Australian bushman (Serious) who travels to Sidney to make his name after… Continue reading The post Young Einstein (1988) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Fresh Pour is back! Every week, Clint takes a look at one or two new releases – just a short look at what’s being released in theaters, along with some drinking rules for your own perusal. Avengers Age of Ultron Dir. Joss Whedon Marvel Studios By now, it’s hard to… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Avengers – Age of Ultron (2015) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we get a bit more obscure with Theo from Twin Cinema as we discuss William Friedkin’s lost 1977 thriller Sorcerer! This remake of the classic French film The Wages of Fear sees a group of disparate expatriates (including Roy Scheider) in a small South American hellhole.… Continue reading The post Sorcerer (1977) w/Twin Cinema appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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CAN YOU DIG IT, listeners? This week, returning guest Julia of Mercy Street Theatre Company bops with us as we watch Walter Hill’s 1979 cult gang thriller The Warriors! A pulpy, disco-tinged Greek epic about a beleaguered street gang from Coney Island lost on the wrong side of town after being… Continue reading The post The Warriors (1979) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, playwright Dusty Wilson joins us to talk 1995’s Leaving Las Vegas, starring Academy Award-winning Nicolas Cage (in a role that gives his craziness some context and pathos) and Oscar-nominated Elizabeth Shue in one of her finest, most sensitive roles, as a drunkard and a prostitute who… Continue reading The post Leaving Las Vegas (1995) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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I AM HERCULES! Just in time for Dwayne Johnson’s latest turn in Furious 7, this week returning guest Craig joins us to talk last year’s Rock-tastic adventure Hercules! Directed by Brett “I don’t have a style” Ratner, this sword-and-sandal epic remodels Herc as a flawed strongman with a coterie of… Continue reading The post Hercules (2014) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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(NOTE: We switched to a new laptop this week, so some driver issues made the sound quality a bit less sweet this episode. We promise it’ll be repaired next week.) This week on Alcohollywood, we’re getting shibby with returning guest Nick Ostrem to talk the 2000 stoner comedy Dude, Where’s… Continue reading The post Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Great Scott! This week on Alcohollywood, Justin Gerber of Consequence of Sound and James Thompson of Geekspotting stop by to go back in time and learn the power of love with 1985’s Back to the Future! Bob Zemeckis’ 80s sci-fi comedy classic sees slacker Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) jumping… Continue reading The post Back to the Future (1985) w/Geekspotting Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Konban wa, listeners! This week, Ele from Our Fair City and Wildclaw Theatre joins us to talk the Japanese cult film Battle Royale – the tale of a group of kids forced to participate in a punitive government program to punish bad students by making them fight to the death… Continue reading The post Battle Royale (2000) w/Wildclaw Theatre appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Erin go bragh, listeners! We’re gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day along with returning guest David Rheinstrom of Twenty Questions Tuesday (and Our Fair City) as we tackle the 1959 Disney film Darby O’Gill and the Little People! The third in our unintentional trio of Robert Stevenson Disney musicals after… Continue reading The post ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL: Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) w/Twenty Questions Tuesday appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Greetings, listeners! Grant from Chip Ironicus and the Six Feats Under podcast network joins us in our new and improved Alcohollywood Labs 2.0 to talk the 1995 cyber-thriller Virtuosity! Years before they’d meet up in American Gangster, Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe face off in this cyber-thriller that sees… Continue reading The post Virtuosity (1995) w/Grant of Chip Ironicus appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Greetings, listeners! Sorry about the long wait, but this just means you’ll get two episodes this week! Ryan Bond of Our Fair City joins us to talk about 1985’s Young Sherlock Holmes, written by Chris Columbus and directed by Barry “Men in Black” Levinson. Taking a Muppet Babies approach to… Continue reading The post Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) w/Our Fair City appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Happy Oscar season, listeners! This week, Jared’s been “kidnopped” by Keanu Reeves once more, so our special guest Theo from Twin Cinema drops in to help Clint talk Best Picture nominee Birdman, along with returning guest Andrew Saenz! The latest film by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu is a dizzying, one-shot wonder… Continue reading The post OSCAR SPECIAL: Birdman (2014) w/Twin Cinema appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers! This week, regular guest Julia and Leah Pickett from Consequence of Sound joins us to talk Sleepless in Seattle, the seminal Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan romantic comedy from 1993! This film (about a divorcee who finds himself the talk of female America after a particularly heartfelt radio… Continue reading The post VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) w/Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, recurring guest Derek joins us from the basement to talk Satanic panic movies with Race with the Devil! This 1975 Peter Fonda-Warren Oates road thriller follows these two easy riders along a two-lane blacktop to evil, as they (and their girlfriends) must use the incredible powers… Continue reading The post Race with the Devil (1975) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we (along with Jason Soto of Lair of the Unwanted) finally take on our first Tom Cruise movie with the Ridley Scott fantasy Legend! Right off the heels of Jared’s appearance on the Blade Runner episode of the Nerd Outcast Podcast, we take on another 1980s… Continue reading The post Legend (1985) w/Lair of the Unwanted appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we (along with Nick Freed of Consequence of Sound) face our greatest challenge as we take on the aggressively weird, hyperkinetic 2011 high school horror meta-comedy Detention! Music video raconteur Joseph Kahn (of Torque…fame?) self-financed this off-kilter, virtually indescribable tale of high school students, horror movie… Continue reading The post Detention (2011) w/Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we strap on our bowler hats and grab our wobbly bamboo canes as we tramp it up with David Rheinstrom of Twenty Questions Tuesday with David David and Our Fair City by watching the Charlie Chaplin silent classic City Lights! In this delightful classic, our beloved… Continue reading The post City Lights (1931) w/David of Twenty Questions Tuesday appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Clint takes a look at one or two new releases that come out each week –just a short look at what’s being released in theaters, along with some drinking rules for your own perusal. Inherent Vice dir. Paul Thomas Anderson Warner Bros. Pictures Paul Thomas Anderson’s no stranger to the… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Inherent Vice (2014) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Clint takes a look at one or two new releases that come out each week –just a short look at what’s being released in theaters, along with some drinking rules for your own perusal. Selma dir. Ava DuVernay Paramount Pictures In a year that has been particularly trying for the… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Selma (2014) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week, we dive into the Fire Swamp, cross a Sicilian with death on the line, and get out our six-fingered gloves along with Geek Girl Chicago as we check out Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic fantasy-comedy The Princess Bride! The ultimate loving homage to the trappings of sword-and-sorcery fantasy romances,… Continue reading The post The Princess Bride (1987) w/Geek Girl Chicago appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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From intergalactic journeys to save the world to intimate portraits of a child growing up (often in the same film), 2014 has been a hell of a year for movies. Lament the saturation of CGI-laden franchises, reboots and superhero films all you like, but some fantastic, revelatory works of cinema came… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Top 10 Films of 2014 – The Strong Stuff appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Happy New Year, listeners! We’re breaking in 2015 with 15 Minutes – a poorly-timed, mediocre cop thriller from 2001 starring Robert De Niro and Edward Burns. The two play a homicide and arson cop, respectively, who have to track down two crazy Eastern Europeans who commit a series of serial murders in… Continue reading The post 15 Minutes (2001) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Merry Krampus, listeners! We’re celebrating Christmas by dipping back into the horror well with Daniel Lackey of The Nightmare Gallery and Ele Matelan of Our Fair City and WildClaw Theatre, as we dig into the Finnish horror flick Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale! A micro-budgeted curiosity from 2010, Rare Exports… Continue reading The post CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Rare Exports (2010) w/Nightmare Gallery Our Fair City appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Annie Dir. Will Gluck Sony-Columbia Pictures Updating and modernizing established, popular works is always an uphill battle, especially when those works are so closely associated with the era in which they were made. The original 1977 Annie musical-turned-film played heavily with the original’s New Deal-era rejection of rampant capitalism by… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Annie (2014) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Harry Connickuh, listeners! For our fourth celebration of O He With the Golden Voice, we (along with Kat and Michael of Burning Brigid Media) bring you a drinking game, cocktail and perplexed review of 1995’s Copycat, starring Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter as an agoraphobic psychologist and a cop trying… Continue reading The post CONNICKUH SPECIAL: Copycat (1995) w/Burning Brigid Media appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Konnichiwa, listeners! This week, we take on our first Japanese anime (on the show) with Grant of Chip Ironicus and James of Geekspotting with Satoshi Kon’s Paprika! This incredible, fascinating film follows the search for a stolen dream device, which is being abused to ‘hack’ into people’s dreams and causing them… Continue reading The post Paprika (2006) w/Ironicus Geekspotting appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, Mark Soloff of Blastropodcast and Ryan Bond of Our Fair City join us to slog through the three hour apocalyptic Western-y flop The Postman, starring/directed by Kevin Costner! In this follow-up to his other sci-fi flop Waterworld, Costner plays a rugged drifter in a desolate, apocalyptic Oregon,… Continue reading The post The Postman (1997) w/Our Fair City and Blastropodcast appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, Nick Ostrem joins us once more to talk the surprising cult film Samurai Cop, the recently-unearthed 1991 action-comedy starring Robert Z’Dar and Matt Hannon! The film tells the incomprehensible tale of bug-eyed karate cop Joe Samurai (Matt Hannon), his aloof partner (Mark Frazer), and their attempts to break… Continue reading The post Samurai Cop (1991) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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“A dingo took my baby!” is one of the most famous lines in film history, but how does the movie itself hold up? Theo joins us as we head to the Australian outback for the Meryl Streep/Sam Neill true crime drama A Cry in the Dark (Evil Angels in Australia)!… Continue reading The post A Cry in the Dark (1988) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Special guest Nathan Rabin of The Dissolve grabs his golden ticket, jumps through the movie screen, and joins us to talk 1993’s meta-action flick Last Action Hero! In this ballsy, flawed, filmed-by-committee action-comedy, precocious movie buff Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien) gets Houdini’s magic ticket and jumps into the movie world of… Continue reading The post Last Action Hero (1993) w/Nathan Rabin of The Dissolve appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Big Hero 6 dirs. Dom Hall and Chris Williams Walt Disney Pictures Now that Disney owns Marvel (on its way to owning every major studio and property under the sun), it was inevitable that they’d adapt a Marvel comic property into a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. After all, it’s… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Big Hero 6 (2014) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Interstellar dir. Christopher Nolan Paramount Pictures At this point in the film-release hype cycle, the Christopher Nolan backlash is in full swing, as has the Christopher Nolan backlash backlash. After The Dark Knight Rises had more of a lukewarm response than most Nolan films, audiences have started to pick up on… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Interstellar (2014) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we uncover a lost, forgotten cult gem with My Favorite Year! Based loosely on the early writing career of Mel Brooks and his encounter with Errol Flynn on the variety show My Show of Shows, the film swaps those two for Mark-Linn Baker (Cousin Larry from… Continue reading The post My Favorite Year (1982) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Happy AlcoHolloween, listeners! We (along with guest Julia) wrap up Horror Octorbor this year with Halloween III: Season of the Witch, arguably one of the most divisive Part 3s in horror history! Instead of following the Michael Myers formula, John Carpenter and director Tommy Lee Wallace chose to try to make Halloween an… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR III: Halloween III – Season of the Witch (1982) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Nightcrawler Dir. Dan Gilroy Open Road Films From Zodiac’s lonely, shy Robert Graysmith, to End of Watch’s lovably loyal meathead cop, to Prisoners’ tic-filled, troubled Detective Loki, to Enemy’s dual role earlier this year, Jake Gyllenhaal’s made a cottage industry of playing twitchy, intense obsessives in law enforcement or journalism… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Nightcrawler (2014) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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In this special minisode, Clint (along with  guest Julia) gives you his coverage of the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival! From stark genocide documentaries and gripping political dramas to tongue-in-cheek giallo comedies, CIFF 2014 had a lot to offer, as Clint reviews and ranks 12 of the festival’s lineup of… Continue reading The post MINISODE: CIFF 2014 Coverage appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we strap cameras onto some oscillating fans and bring along Daniel Lackey of Forced Viewing and The Nightmare Gallery to talk Paranormal Activity 3! This third entry in the found-footage ghost/demon/whatever(?) series has all the thrills and spills you expect from the series: passive-aggressive bickering between… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR III: Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) w/Forced Viewing appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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HELL-o listeners! Justin Gerber and Randall Colburn of Consequence of Sound joins us as we continue our spooky look at the third part of different horror series with The Omen 3: The Final Conflict! This time, baby boy Antichrist Damien Thorn is all growed up (and played by a smirking… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR III: The Omen III – The Final Conflict (1981) w/Consequence of Sound appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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“Hello, listener. I wanna play a game. All your life, you’ve wanted a custom cocktail and drinking game to one of the more insane entries to the Saw series. Today, this opportunity will be given to you. Clint and Jared of Alcohollywood (along with returning guest Dusty Wilson of Mercy Street… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR III: Saw III (2006) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Welcome to our third Horror Octorbor, listeners! For this third round of our comprehensive cacophony of creepy kinoscapes, we’re taking on the third installment of a bunch of different horror franchises. This week, we’re starting with Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors! Dream Warriors sees Nancy (Heather Langenkamp, all dead eyes… Continue reading The post HORROR OCTORBOR III: Nightmare on Elm Street 3 – Dream Warriors (1987) w/Our Fair City appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY A DRINKING GAME? This week, returning guest Derek joins us to talk about WarGames! The mid-80s Cold War-paranoid/video-game thriller follows David Lightman (a baby-faced Matthew Broderick), an enterprising hacker who accidentally prods a new supercomputer into starting preparations for World War III. The film is a perfect… Continue reading The post WarGames (1983) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we’re getting weird once again with special guest Nathan Rabin (staff writer of The Dissolve and co-author of Weird Al: The Book)! This time, we take on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s only feature film, 1989’s UHF! The film is a distillation of Weird Al’s carefree, joyful, tongue-in-cheek parodic… Continue reading The post UHF (1989) w/Nathan Rabin of The Dissolve appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Clint takes a look at one or two new releases that come out each week –just a short look at what’s being released in theaters, along with some drinking rules for your own perusal. No Good Deed Dir. Sam Miller Screen Gems The home invasion thriller is one of the… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: No Good Deed (2014) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, guest Theo helps us get in touch with our feminine, middle-aged side with Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer! When little Scarlett Johansson gets injured riding her horse, which itself becomes traumatized and aggressive, career-woman working mom Annie (Kristen Scott Thomas) takes both of them to ‘horse whisperer’ Tom… Continue reading The post The Horse Whisperer (1998) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, we cross our legs as we watch the two-person pedophile-revenge film Hard Candy! Grant of Chip Ironicus and Nick of Three Brothers Theatre join us to talk about this two-person home invasion/revenge thriller, in which a pedophile (Patrick Wilson) gets more than he bargained for when… Continue reading The post Hard Candy (2005) w/Chip Ironicus appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Clint takes a look at one or two new releases that come out each week –just a short look at what’s being released in theaters, along with some drinking rules for your own perusal. The November Man Dir. Roger Donaldson Relativity Media Pierce Brosnan’s Bond films were no great shakes… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: The November Man (2014) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This piece was written as a part of Forgotten Films’ 1984-a-thon, a blogathon involving several film crit blogs and the 1984 films they love. Here, Clint waxes philosophical about 1984’s Palme d’Or winner, Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas. (Check out the other entries from this and other great film blogs at… Continue reading The post 1984-a-Thon: Paris, Texas (1984) appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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This week on Alcohollywood, David Rheinstrom of Our Fair City joins us as we get out our magnifying glasses and take a closer look at the 1972 dramedy-thriller Sleuth! Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine both got Oscar nods for their performances in this adaptation of the titular Anthony Schaffer play, in… Continue reading The post Sleuth (1972) w/Our Fair City appeared first on Alcohollywood.
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Dirs. Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller Dimension Films Mark my words – 2014 is going to be known as the Year of Delayed Sequels to Frank Miller Comic Book Film Adaptations, Starring Eva Green And Her Breasts. First, 300: Rise of an Empire… Continue reading The post FRESH POUR: Sin City – A Dame to Kill For (2014) appeared first on Alcohollywood.