August 23, 2021
Marcus and Matt do a second take (RIP to the lost recording) on John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness and pick each other's brains on their view about what this movie has to say about the nature of reality, mass hysteria, and popular fiction writers.
How much of this movie "is really happening right now"?
August 16, 2021
We welcome Kelly J. into the Haven't Seen It lair to break down Blow Out, Brian De Palma's 1981 treatise on conspiracy, ambiguous character motivations, and what a man (Jack Terry, played by John Travolta) does when he has in his possession hard evidence of a very consequential political crime.
Is Travolta the "good guy" in this movie, or is he just fulfilling male protector tropes as he tries to rescue the damsel (Nancy Allen) in distress? Also, what is the Bechdel test? Does this movie pass it?
August 9, 2021
I've been banging the drum for Big Fan for awhile now, and I was curious to see if Matt would a) like it as much as I do and b) like it for the same reasons I did. We come together for a great conversation about levels of fandom, (truly) unexpected conclusions, and a deep dive into the psychology of Paul Aufiero (played by Patton Oswalt in a great performance), the main character here who is kind of a dim bulb but also somehow contains many layers of thought and action.
August 2, 2021
We're joined by Jordan Breen to discuss Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight, what it means to call something "camp", and when all of us collectively realized how insane it was that people used to routinely smoke indoors.
July 26, 2021
We dive deep into Man on the Moon, the 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic starring Jim Carrey and a rogue's gallery of notable actors and comedy figures. Method acting, the heavily debatable career and life of Kaufman, what makes this work so well as a biopic ... we cover alot here.
"Moses went walking with the staff of wood
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Newton got beaned by the apple good
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Egypt was troubled by the horrible asp
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Mister Charles Darwin had the gall to ask
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah" - REM, "Man on the Moon"
July 19, 2021
Summer jobs are supposed to suck, right? Well, sometimes they do. But sometimes they also end up being where you make unforgettable friends, fall in love, learn about your feelings, and contemplate suicide because the radio won't stop playing that one fucking song. Is Adventureland a parody of 80's movies, an 80's movie itself, or a combination of both? The depiction of Ryan Reynolds's character may hold the answer ...
July 12, 2021
We crunch the numbers and chat about Knowing, Alex Proyas's 2009 science fiction (?) entry into the world of numerology, predictive texts, and the determinism vs. randomness debate. It's also no small potatoes that this is our first Nicolas Cage movie. How well behaved were we towards Cage? Does this movie fit into a genre? How much of this movie is available to be interpreted, and how much of it seems like it's trying to send a concrete message?
July 5, 2021
In this episode, we're joined by Jeffrey Walker (aka Marcus's Dad) for a far reaching discussion on Star Trek in all of its forms, what it means to us, and why we've all been too hard on William Shatner even though it will never not be fun to mock him. We get into our various thoughts on the original series, Next Gen, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, Picard, and yes, Discovery. We also cover the movies at length. High points, low points, reinventions, retreads, and the substantial downgrade that was "Ricardo Montalban to Benedict Cumberbatch". If we all had one episode of any series and one Trek movie to take with us to a deserted island, what would we pick? Pull up a chair and settle in, because this thing gets delightfully nerdy.
ft. Jeffrey Walker aka Marcus's Dad
June 28, 2021
This week on the podcast ... put that coffee down! Coffee is for closers only. Do you think I'm fucking with you? I am not fucking with you. I'm here from downtown.
We jaw about Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet's smash hit character study of salesmanship that wonderfully navigates the nature of conflict, human frailty, human audacity, and sharp tongued fights between characters.
June 21, 2021
Marcus and Matt dip their toes into the seedy world of salesmanship and chat about Boiler Room, Ben Younger's first time foray into writing and directing a feature film. What works about it and what doesn't? How does Boiler Room stack up against other prominent sales and finance-themed movies like Wall Street, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Wolf of Wall Street ... and how have the protagonists in these movies evolved over time, if at all?