Ep. 58: Elf

For our fourth annual Holiday Extravaganza, we’re re-watching Elf, the 2003 Will Farrell comedy hit that has become a must-see for many people each year.  Our feelings for Elf have deteriorated over the years, so we wanted to watch it again to see if there’s something we’re missing.  This is the first time we’ve watched a Christmas movie that neither of us are big on, and we know that many of our listeners do like this movie. As the spirit of the season dictates, we watched with a generous mind and an open heart.  Though we can’t say that it made much of a difference…

Share your thoughts!  Are we just being Grinches?  What do you love about Elf? If you’ve never liked it, how have you managed to stay under the radar so the Elf fanatics don’t forcibly decorate your house?  Let us know!

Ep. 54: Wayne’s World and Austin Powers

For most of the ’90s, Mike Meyers’ catchphrases were repeated ad nauseam everywhere from dorm rooms to boardrooms (We’re guessing.  We weren’t in a single boardroom in the ’90s, but you get it).  With Wayne’s World celebrating its 25th anniversary and Austin Powers celebrating its 20th, Nate and Ryan decided to watch both in their first ever Can We Still Be Friends Double Feature!

While watching movies you loved in middle school is always a risk, the lasting impact Meyers has had on comedy is always worth a revisit.

What’s your history with these movies?  After 20 years, is Dr. Evil funny?  Why has Wayne’s World become a classic?  Let us know!

Mentioned in this episode…

Hollywood Reporter’s oral history of Austin Powers

Sound Opinions interview with Penelope Spheeris

The Weird Origins of “That’s What She Said”

Ep. 31: Brazil (The Final Cut)

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Thirty years ago, Terry Gilliam triumphed over studio exec Sid Sheinberg to bring his version of 1985’s Brazil to theaters.  Gilliam’s final cut proved to be a truly unique piece of cinema and was perhaps the first and last time Gilliam would really see his vision for a movie fully realized.  Nate and Ryan have historically disagreed on this one, but Nate asserts that his bad memories of the movie were most likely due to a matter of watching it at the wrong time.

We’d love to know your thoughts on Brazil and Terry Gilliam.  Can you get that theme out of your head?  Is the ending too dark?  Do you actually prefer the Love Conquers All version?

Plus, give us your thoughts on our next movie, Nightmare on Elm Street.