It’s no secret that we love to stare into the cold, dark abyss of existential dread. However it may come as a surprise that our guest this week, that rakish bon vivant John Coons, is also bedfellows with cruelty, manipulation, and meaninglessness. His pick, I Heart Huckabees (2004), is a whimsical examination of life, what it means, and the things we tell ourselves to get through it. Boasting a fantastic cast giving excellent performances and a Jon Brion score that ranks among his best, this film asks the tough questions as only a twee, mid-aughts, deconstructed film can. Join us as we discuss Jude Law’s vomit, Isabelle Huppert’s leg hair, and Jason Schwartzman’s kombucha farm this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Guilt can make you do some crazy things. And in the case of Rebecca, the protagonist from Womb (2010), it can motivate you to grow a clone of your dead lover inside your body and then raise that clone as if it were your child. Things grow complicated from there. Set on a frigid northern European coast that’s primarily populated by pasty people in chunky knits, this film forces the viewer to grapple with all the icky, squicky details of cloning and what its invention could mean for the soul of humanity. Jessica Baxter joins us for an episode full of mud-smeared windows, Game of Thrones characters, and baby ass specialists this week on Ex Rated Movies!
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Steel yourself for a shot of Malort because this week we received a transmission from Brian and James of A Piece of Pie: The Queer Film Podcast! And said transmission is all about the sexy gay thriller, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Gorgeously shot and immaculately cast, this movie shows how far one man will go to perpetuate a false persona. Join us as we discuss Matt Damon’s hard femme look, Jude Law’s totes naked tush, and Philip Baker Hall’s hard boiled wee wee speech, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
After an extended break, your favorite exes are back! And we’re kicking off an entire season of guest-filled episodes with the multi-talented musician/producer Erik Blood! His pick for Guest Fest 2019? It’s Robert Altman’s fantastic neo-noir fool’s journey, The Long Goodbye (1973). Based on the Raymond Chandler novel and starring Elliot Gould before he was Ross and Monica’s dad, this sometimes-funny, sometimes-shocking detective story is pure Altman with its overlapping dialogue, gorgeous cinematography, and committed performances. Join us for some great cat acting, a peek into Courtney Love’s video rental habits, and a Jimmy Stewart impression that’s worse than our own, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
For the penultimate episode of our season of bad gay movies, Matt opted to take the silly/stupid route and chose the 80’s slasher homage, Frat House Massacre (2008). And while the movie contains plenty of shirtless fratheads paddling each other’s bare bottoms, Ryan remains unconvinced that the movie actually qualifies as gay. We’re pledging Delta Ipselon Elpha this week as we lament the movie’s joylessness, become enamored with a door, and dream up some dating app profiles for the democratic presidential candidates, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Velocity equals speed. Therefore, the title of this week’s movie, The Velocity of Gary (1998), implies that Gary goes a certain speed. How fast does Gary go? Where is Gary going? Or perhaps most importantly, why is Gary the title character? This star-studded, lackluster fiasco answers none of these questions as it slowly carves out a gaping hour-and-forty-minute-long donut hole in our lives. Join us as we analyze Vincent D’Onofrio’s kissing technique, provide some questionable shading for Salma Hayek’s character, and mock Matt’s back stock of replaceable bidet tubes, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Due to our complete immersion into the genre of bad gay movies this season, the Overton window of what defines an acceptable movie has shifted. And while we may now think that this week’s selection, The Trip (2002), is a bland-but-fine romance, we’re still wiggin’ out over the generic insults, the lack of chemistry between leads, and the terrible terrible wigs! Wig sins notwithstanding, this movie boasts a strong supporting cast, some decent cinematography, and a star-studded soundtrack. Join us as we envision an Alan and Plant comic series, slather some love on Alexis Arquette, and slide into an imaginary producer’s chair, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Extended explorations into the mines of Bad Gay Movie Mountain can have unintended consequences, such as lowered quality expectations and alcoholism. We begin to exhibit symptoms of both these side effects as we tackle the objectively crummy yet (relative to the rest of this season) comparatively competent, Into the Lion’s Den (2011). Tied with Chinatown and Mulholland Drive for Matt’s favorite movie of all time, this toothless thriller/horror about a small group of city gays discovering a deadly manifestation of rural homophobia struggles to capture or explore the paranoid fear of the promising premise. Join us for an ASMR-off, a lot of time with Johnny’s cadaver, and slurred words out the wazoo this week on Ex Rated Movies!
When a homogeneous group of privileged white gays decide to spice up their milquetoast mountain getaway, Matt and Ryan find themselves in the strange position of relating to the spacey caricature of a yoga teacher. 3-Day Weekend is one of those earnest dramas that desperately tries to be an updated Boys in the Band, but winds up being a tragic amalgamation of forgettable characters, questionable motives, awkward blocking, Lilith Fair-fodder music, green-screened-lookin cinematography, and atrocious attempts at humor. Join us this week as we love on Liza Minelli, hate on Grandpa Joe, and put the E in yogi this week on Ex Rated Movies!