Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day PosterSo we tried to record and upload our Groundhog Day episode on actual Groundhog Day, but well… epic fail on our part.   At least, we made it to the same month.

Movie Synopsis:   Bill Murray plays a cynical weatherman named Phil  who is tasked with covering the Groundhog Day festival in Punxatawney PA.   Everything seems normal at first.  He covers the festival and has to stay in the town for an extra day due to a freak snow storm.   However, he wakes up the next day and its… Groundhog Day again.  He goes to sleep the next night and its… groundhog day again.   The day is repeating itself over and over and over and only Phil can tell.

This is Bill Murray’s best role, in my opinion.   He gives some depth and character to  a role that much have been quite challenging due to the flow of time in the movie (movies are usually filmed out of order).     This is a classic that everyone should see  more than once.   It  ironically stands up to multiple viewings quite well.   If you haven’t seen this, shame on you! Seriously, where have you been? Not knowing about this movie means you have a hole in your soul and you never even realized it!

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Red Sonja

Red Sonja Movie PosterRed Sonja is an eighties fantasy movie about a red haired chick killing evil people with swords while getting hit on by the govenator.   Pretty sweet right?   In all honesty, this movie is terrible.   The dialogue is stilted, the acting is amateurish, and the special effects weren’t that impressive in 1985.   But for some reason, I love this cheesy movie to bits.   It’s got a lot of heart, and despite its many flaws its a fun ride.

Just a quick warning:   If you’re planning on watching this movie with kids around, there is a random female  topless scene.   It’s weirdly random even for a topless scene.   However, the edited for TV version is just fine for kids to watch.   I watched it all the time as a kid and I am mostly a non warped human being.

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Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice Movie PosterToday’s episode was requested by Monica G who wanted ‘something by Tim Burton’.   So not only are we giving you today’s episode Beetlejuice, we’re giving you The Corpse Bride as the next episode! A whole month of Tim Burton!

Beetlejuice is a 1988 comedy/horror film by the infamous Tim Burton.   It tells the story of a young married couple who die and  are stuck haunting their former home.   Yuppies buy their house, the ghost couple want them out, and wackyness ensues! There’s also a creepy and disgusting  pedophile Micheal Keaton who wants to marry a super emo teenaged Winoa Ryder.

This is one of our shorter episodes, but eh, sometimes you don’t know if a movie will make a great podcast until you try.

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Princess Bride

Princess Bride DVD CoverTalking about the film The Princess Bride is hard.

It’s not that it’s a particularly deep film with all of this hidden subtext.   In fact, it’s a pretty straight forward film of swash buckeling adventure where true love conquers all and the heroes ride off into the sunset at the end. This film isn’t good because it’s wrapped in a crunchy shell of childhood nostalgia.   It’s actually good.   And when films are  actually good, they’re very very hard to make fun of.

And here at the Fantasy Movie Podcast we’re all about making fun of things.

That’s the main reason why we put off podcasting about this movie.   We tried to make a go of it this episode, and I’m not sure how well we pulled it off.   How do you think we did listeners?

Thanks for requesting this film Sylvia!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

Cowabunga dudes and dudettes!

To make up for the missed week last month, I’m releasing this episode a week early.   The next episode will come two weeks from this one.

Prepare yourself for a ninja explosion of epic proportions as we review the 1990 live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie!

Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie PosterActually, I feel like we short changed this movie.   Prior to recording, I felt like we could wring a lot more discussion out of it.   Oddly enough, for a movie with guys in rubber turtle costumes doing martial arts, it’s surprisingly straight forward.   The plot more or less boils down to – bad ninjas show up and bring down Americas youth, good turtle ninjas come and stop them, and pizza is awesome.

It’s still a really enjoyable movie though, and has held up quite well over the years.   Many of the jokes are still funny, the practical special effects have aged well, and the choreography is top notch.

In this episode, we also learn a new and interesting way to use a blow-dryer.

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The Dark Crystal

I apologize for the podcast being released a week late.   I don’t have an excuse beyond me being confused about what week it was; oops.   I’m going to attempt to release another episode next week to make up for the lost time.   We have several recorded, it’s simply a matter of me editing the darn things.

Dark Crystal Movie PosterThis  episode is a  special request from listeners Monica G and Tora-chan.   We review the 1982 fantasy movie The Dark Crystal.   The Dark Crystal is an all puppet movie directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz.   Although this is a typical nostalgia geek movie, neither Melanie nor I had seen this movie prior to reviewing it.

The plot goes like this; Two good puppets who are the last of their puppet race must set forth on a perilous journey to defeat other evil and less pretty puppets and restore peace to their world.

Melanie also makes me admit that if  Bill Murray and I  were the last humans on earth I would utilize him in repopulating the earth. Thanks a lot for asking that Mel.

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The NeverEnding Story

By special request from Emmy Kay, this week we’re reviewing the 1984 fantasy film The Neverending Story.

The Neverending Story DVD CoverThe Neverending Story is about a young boy named Sabastian who steals finds a fantasy book called the Neverending Story.   The book majorily breaks the fourth wall and starts to talk to him as if its real.   Which means that you are listening to a podcast about a movie about a kid who doesn’t know he’s in a movie  who reads a book about another kid who doesn’t know he’s in a book.

But whose listening to YOU dear listener?

DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN.

There’s no little intro skit this week, because Melanie is gone and not answering my emails. I think it’s safe to assume she’s joined a technophobic cult that believes in  becoming  one with  the land and venerating the radish.   I had heard her say many times “To eat radishes is to be close to god”.   Little did I know how far reaching her beliefs were.   She shall be missed.

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Willow

Willow Movie PosterWillow is a 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard and starring Warwick Davis.   Willow is a young farmer who goes on a quest to save a baby’s life from an evil queen who believes the child is destined to overthrow her.   Along the way, he makes friends with a quirky cast of characters and finds the inner strength to become a hero.

What can be said about Willow? It’s a cult classic that’s been on our ‘to do’ list since first deciding to do a podcast.   The film holds up very well and is still a joy to watch with adult eyes.   If you’ve never seen this film, by all means look it up.   It’s readily available and is even on Netflix’s Instant Watch service.

We were both rather sick when we recorded this episode, but we only sound slightly froggish.

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Hook

Hook! Hook! Where is the Hook?!

Hook Movie PosterArrrrgh mateys! Ye be listening to our review of the 1991 fantasy movie Hook!   In this movie there be the scallywags Robin Williams as Peter Panning and that scurvy dog Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook. Swab the poop deck and be ready to eat a parrot! Arrrrrgh!

Ok, enough of that.

Hook is the story of a grown up Peter Pan who has forgotten everything about Neverland.   One day Captain Hook shows up and kidnaps his kids and he must regain his former glory to save them.

The movie was directed by Steven Spielburg and seems to get ragged on a lot by the internet.   But you won’t see that from here!   We both have rather fond memories of the movie and Roofio’s mysteriously dyed hair. In fact, if I ever meet Dante Bosco in real life, I vow to say, “Roofio you’re alive!”  Then he’d be like, “What the %$#@&* is wrong with you?! That was decades ago!”  Yeah, it’d be so worth it.

Also, I have trouble counting whores in this episode for some reason.

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth Movie PosterOur first podcast ever! Today we’re going over the 1986 Fantasy movie directed by Jim Henson, The Labyrinth.   This is one of our favorite movies of all time, so it’s a good fit to be our first episode.   Listen to us discuss the movie’s themes, symbolism, and the effect of David Bowe’s bulge on our developing psyches.

This was our first podcast and the audio quality is not so great. Please, don’t give up on us quite yet. I did eventually figure out what all of these knobs and buttons actually do in subsequent podcasts; more or less.

 

Links:
The Official M.C Escher Website

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