For Veteran’s Day, Matt wanted to pick a movie that didn’t focus on war so much as it celebrated the troops. And while AFI avoidance sticklers may balk, Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H (1970) definitely fits the bill. Celebrated as fresh, bold filmmaking upon its release, the movie has aged relatively well, despite containing some problematic misogyny, racism, homophobia, and football. Join us as we knee-jerk against the boomer rebelliousness, tackle Ryan’s icky feelings towards the theme song, and imagine tasting pasty lipstick, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
To paraphrase an oft-credited Jay-Z quote, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) walked so that the Scream franchise could run. And while the film is unfortunately saddled with troubling 90’s styling, cringe-worthy dialogue, and some mediocre acting, the originality of its concept and the solidity of Craven’s direction elevate it to the unique status of probably not good, but respectable. Erik Blood and his titties join us once again to discuss the horror of corded phones, share some earthquake stories, and call out Matt’s giallo director bias this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Specializing in horror, Mike Flanagan has emerged as one of the genre’s smartest and most terrifying directors of the last decade. And while a movie about a haunted mirror might sound lame on paper, his first major effort, Oculus (2013), is an ambitiously complex exercise in dread, deceit, and dementia that foreshadows the integrity of his present-day work. Join us for some second level tent forts, a quick rundown on the death tax, and a surprising Hello Again reference this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Twenty five years before Get Out was released, Candyman (1992) managed to highlight the horror that exists in America’s racial and socio-economic disparities. While perhaps a bit unfocused and problematic by today’s standards, this movie’s excellent cast, sleek cinematography, and uncommon score conjure a mature and captivating spell that still manages to shock and disturb us today. Join us for an episode that includes Matt coming for Shonda Rhimes, Ryan doing some “good” troll work, and a whole hive’s worth of bee material, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
It’s October, the scariest month, which means it’s time once again for our annual Schlocktoberfest! We’re kicking off our celebration of all things spooky-ooky with John Carpenter’s lightweight yet underrated Christine (1983). On the surface, this movie is about a haunted car that kills people, but if you pop open the hood, you’ll find threads of repressed homosexuality and anti-materialism that give this well-crafted gem the horsepower it needs to go that extra mile. Join us as we fawn over Carpenter’s sturdiness, relive a Law & Order moment, and review an infomercial for the Venus II, this week on Hex Rated BOO!vies!
Hot stuff coming through! While it may be difficult to stomach and wildly problematic, The Boys in the Band (1970) remains a seminal landmark of queer cinema. William Friedkin’s adaptation of Mart Crowley’s play paints a sympathetic portrait of a group of gay men struggling to manage the hate they must endure, both from society and from themselves, in the pre-Stonewall era. It’s the final episode of Guest Fest 2019 and queer culture maven Matt Baume joins us to compare this movie with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, whip up a couple of blue whale cocktails, and discover our uniquely suited temperaments this week on Ex Rated Movies!
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Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh earned a screenwriting Academy Award nomination for Heavenly Creatures (1994). Our resident Oscar expert Darren Dewes not only knew that, he also knew the rest of the nominees for pretty much every other category that year! As well as who won!! He joins us this week to talk about Jackson’s heart-wrenching, visually-stunning masterpiece about the real life murder of Honorah Rieper (Parker) by her daughter and her daughter’s friend. Join us as we falsely anticipate Michael Nyman’s death, tackle our middle school teacher kink, and hear Darren’s story about The Piano (for the second time) this week on Ex Rated Movies!
While arguably not his best movie about teens with psychic powers, Brian De Palma’s The Fury (1978) definitely succeeds in delivering those deliciously stylish De Palma goods. Boasting fantastic set pieces, a terrific score by John Williams, and what is quite possibly the best ending in film history, this movie just plain rules. Bay is bae this week as the always wonderful gentlemen from The Suspense is Killing Us podcast join us to talk about Kirk Douglas’s strange spy craft, Elizabeth Taylor’s delightfully drunk demeanor, and Robert Loggia’s orange juice commercial on another Guest Fest 2019 episode of Ex Rated Movies!