Do you smell that? There’s something in the air. Must be the odor of Matt’s pot of anticipation boiling over as he kicks off his erotic thriller season with the quintessential Basic Instinct (1992). Directed by Paul Verhoeven from a script by Joe Eszterhas, this baby’s got it all: sex, drugs, violence, double entendres, punch dancing, Steven Tobolowsky, hoo-haw peek-a-boos, and Pizza Hut. Find out if Michael Douglas makes us moist, who history’s greatest “urophile” is, and where to locate the commode artistries this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Grab yourself a plate of melons and a heaping cone of fagabefe because this week, for our 69th episode, we invited the fabulously talented Bettina McKelvey and Emily Shahan from Toxic Shock and the brilliantly hilarious Kevin Clarke and Travis Vogt of The Conversation Pieces podcast to join us in analyzing the bafflingly mean-spirited ensemble scavenger-race comedy, Midnight Madness (1980). Incoherent conviction, chaotic activity, and an odd inability to remember who Harold is, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
If you’re looking for a movie that’s capital-A Art and capital-S Serious, look no further than Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film, The Sacrifice (1986). It is a dour, Bergmnanesque meditation on death and madness replete with stunning oners, extraordinary set pieces, and strong performances that Roger Ebert called, “not easy to watch,” and “long to sit through.” Join us as we discuss wine spritzers, Calgon bath supplement, and our hardest art yet, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
On paper, Rock & Rule (1983) sounds like an awesome movie. It’s an animated dystopian rock musical featuring the vocal talents of Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. On screen, however, it’s a cacophony of missed opportunities, bad writing, and poor animation. Join us as we discuss Mok’s masturbation practices, Canada’s milk bladder method, and eating out of the kitchen toilet this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Arsenal, fair listener! With Matt’s season of #hardart in full swing, he decided to take a turn for the absurd with Schizopolis (1996). It’s sort of like trying to explain Scientology using Meisner’s Repetition Exercise while wearing a blouse-y button up tucked in to pleated khakis. More or less. Join us as we struggle to summarize the plot, plan to scam the brick and mortar Amazon store, and ponder Steven Soderbergh’s hotness. Enthusiastic summary statement this week on Ex Rated Movies!
This week the Exes attempt to tackle Shane Carruth’s polarizing and ambitious sophomore film, Upstream Color (2013). Fantasy, romance, and horror meld to produce an emotional experience that depending on how hard your yoga class was, may or may not add up to a substantive whole. Is this the worst entry in the Babe franchise? Did Ryan pick it just because it has a sound engineer in it? What really happened on Oprah and Gayle’s camping trip? All this and an Air Bud reference this week on Ex Rated Movies