In the first of what we’re planning to be an annual series, we’ve decided to look back at movies that have crossed over from the “teens” to adulthood by turning twenty years old this year.
First up is the last year of the 90’s. A year where Y2K freaked everyone out, Shakespeare in Love won Best Picture at the Oscars (and made us collectively groan) and many films helped kick off a new influx of copycats – here’s looking at you, The Blair Witch Project.
For this episode, we’ve both chosen five films from 1999 that we feel are worth seeking out and it contains many a black comedy, a couple of films by established directors that seem like odd choices and a decided influx of Kirsten Dunst movies.
However, as always, we first talk about what we’ve been watching including ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, Charles Bronson vs. a constantly naked killer, Karyn Kusama’s DESTROYER, a bizarro effort from the director of the Sleepaway Camp sequels, Umberto Lenzi’s ALMOST HUMAN and much, much more!
There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues… except movies.
We’ve watched a whole slew of films in the last few weeks and want to tell you all about them as we tackle 18 movies as Josh checked out Alexandre Aja’s CRAWL, a bear has a picnic with humans, a duo of slasher flicks of suspect quality, two vacations courtesy of National Lampoon, some Jess Franco nunspoloitation, an Albert Pyun action movie that looks like Die Hard but isn’t, and Chris insisting on watching not one but three Lifetime movies involving pregnancy, abuse and psychosis. Plus more!
For the last thirty-plus years, we’ve been witness to many inventive, creative and groundbreaking music videos but now we here at GBW have decided that there can also be a disturbing and/or horrific side to them. This is why we’ve each decided to pick our five favourite horror-related music videos. Covering various genres and with such things as murderous kids, doom-laden movie clips and dark industrial sounds these videos are ones we think do the genre proud.
However, you’re not going to find Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on these lists because we both agree it’s the G.O.A.T. and it wouldn’t of been fair to all the other great videos out there.
But first we’re talking about what we’ve been watching and it includes a return to the black metal realm, some top-notch found footage, an inventive 80’s sci-fi flick, some more Jess Franco action, Lucio Fulci, and much more!
We’re addicts just looking for that next fix. We want it all the time. We’d do almost anything to have it. It’s a problem. We’re talking about movies.
For this episode of GBW, we’re talking 16 films of varying quality including art deco horror revenge by way of Vincent Price, a couple of made-for-TV movies from the 70’s that just don’t deliver, Chris continuing to search for a truly great 2019 horror film, Josh heading to prison for one of his favourite discoveries of the year and lots lots more!
Because “physical media is dead” (yeah, okay) we’ve decided to tackle another boutique label that’s been delivering the goods since 2009 in the U.K. before coming over to the North American shores in 2014.
If the movie is off-beat, cult, horror or something you won’t find outside of a Vinegar Syndrome release then chances are Arrow Video has put it out. From unleashing oodles of 80’s slashers on the unsuspecting public, giving older Italian and Japanese cinema the kind of respect it deserves and giving us gloriously colourful Mario Bava blu-rays – Arrow has it all!
Because of this, we’ve each chosen five titles we think are essential to pick-up from one of our favourite labels on the go today.
As usual, we kick things off with what we’ve been watching including Josh continuing his viewing of New York City set films to the tune of MIDNIGHT COWBOY, Chris gets pumped up about the most head shots he’s ever seen in a movie, there’s some disaster movie sequel goings-on, everyone loves John Candy, we get our GRUNT! THE WRESTLING MOVIE on, Chris finally thinks he’s at the end of his CHILDREN OF THE CORN run and more!
After a three week gap, your co-hosts Chris and Josh have returned with a plethora of films they’ve watched in the in-between time. In fact, we’ve got 19 movies to talk about to deliver you three hours of chat about action, horror and… syphilis?
In preparation for his upcoming New York trip Josh gives TAXI DRIVER a re-visit, we gave each other “homework” with two films involving bank robbers and prison, Chris gets even closer to his goal of never having to watch a CHILDREN OF THE CORN sequel ever again, JOHN WICK delivers the goods not once but twice, Chris gets all BOOKSMART, we both have our issues with THE RANGER, we form a punk band all because of disease spreading teenagers and so much more!
As two guys who have loved movies for as long as we can remember, we recently decided to try and pinpoint the exact moment that films went from being just something you would watch on television or go see with friends on the weekend to an outright obsession. What year made the biggest impact on us and threw us over the edge and what movies were involved in fueling this lifelong love of all things cinema?
For part two of this short series, your co-host Chris takes a look at the year that defined him: 1986. From viewing way more horror movies than a kid should during free movie channel weekends, to getting his first VCR, to discovering the joy of Melanie Griffith; this was truly a year filled with great films, killer creatures and a really dark basement.
We start off, as always, by talking about what we’ve been watching as we finally finish our Cheech & Chong journey (for now), Josh watches a bigfoot documentary that isn’t, Chris has a “revelation”, our man Cirio H. Santiago makes a triumphant return to the podcast, there’s a kick-ass heist, and much more!
As two guys who have loved movies for as long as we can remember, we recently decided to try and pinpoint the exact moment that films went from being just something you would watch on television or go see with friends on the weekend to an outright obsession, What year made the biggest impact on us and threw us over the edge and what movies were involved in fueling this lifelong love of all things cinema?
For this, the first of two back-to-back episodes, your co-host Josh takes a look at the year that defined him: 1981. It was a year filled with adventure, swords ‘n’ sorcery, car races, Ray Harryhausen effects, werewolves, a psychotic Rutger Hauer and more!
We start off, as always, by talking about what we’ve been watching and it’s quite a batch of flicks as we continue our Cheech & Chong torture, hit up a couple of slasher movies both new and old, mention the Purge not once but twice, Chris suffers through Isaac’s return, zombies, raiding tombs, stealing bodies, and so much more!
Why is that that guys like us who don’t follow them, watch them on TV, or participate in them tend to love watching the endless amount of movies about sports that have come out? Is it the second-hand adrenaline? The triumph of the underdog? Our attempts to seem macho by saying, “Dude, Friday Night Lights is rad!”? We’ll never know.
However, what we do know is, we dig sports movies and we’ve both picked five of them that we think you should check out. We’ve got some washed-up athletes, body checks, swinging for the fences and even a Luc Besson film. Yeah, Luc Besson.
To kick it off we talk about what we’ve been watching including Josh’s take on SHAZAM, yet another group of evil kids who love cornfields, a trip to the Matrix, Nicholas Cage being completely unhinged, Dolph Lundgren kicking demon ass, Antonio Banderas butt-biting and so much more!
Because we like taking chances and have a desire to be more niche than we already are it’s time, just like the last episode about Las Vegas, to try something new by focusing on a specific film company.
TriStar Pictures and their iconic flying pegasus logo has ushered us through many an entertaining movie and usually guaranteed fun genre-like pictures with the slightest of Hollywood sheen on them. Which is why we’re each picking our five favourite films to be released by the company. However, to get even MORE specific, we’re only covering the first fifteen years of their existence from 1984-1999.
But first we’re talking about what we’ve watched including Jordan Peele’s latest US, Ernest Borgnine bringing the late 80’s action, another visit to those murderous kids who love them some corn, Jess Franco tells us NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT, a documentary about one of the first kick-ass women in rock, the Crue dishing THE DIRT, and so much more!