Accio some pod lube and lower your Expecto-tions, we’re heading to Hogwarts this week to talk about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). This Alfonso Cuarón-helmed entry in the franchise features time travel, shadow/light interplay, and some Miller’s Crossing level exposition. Also, in store: Ryan makes a case for divination, Matt questions Malfoy’s “dickitry”, and we both summon our patronuses. Patroni? Whatever. It’s a magical fairy land this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Very few American institutions have had the broad social appeal of The Muppets. Jim Henson’s creations have brought their offbeat yet warmhearted sensibilities to almost every branch of our culture. And that includes movies! Ryan’s pick this week, his favorite from The Muppet franchise, is The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984). Join us as we ponder Kermit’s filing status, Miss Piggy’s feminist leanings and our own showering habits. Peoples is peoples this week on Ex Rated: Here Comes the Bagel!
It’s a new year and we’re ringing it in with the UberEats McDonald’s of horror movies, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986). This cheeky, meta installment of the franchise manages to poke fun at the horror movie genre while simultaneously exemplifying the 80’s slasher flick. What’s the most temperate month in America? Do you need a certificate to operate U-Scan technology? Is there anything east coasters don’t bitch about? We delve into all this and more on this New Year’s Day episode of Ex Rated!
Feeling yuley? Nothing says, “jolly holiday spirit” like masculine fragility. This week, for our Christmas episode, we watched the Swedish glacial drama with actual glaciers, Force Majeure (2014). Gather ‘round and hear us spin some heartcooling yarns of cowardice, insecurity, and nihilism. We also talk about skiing. Like, a lot. It’s a very special Ex Rated! Oh, He’s on Game of Thrones?
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! We’re back and we’re kicking off season 6 (aka The Season of Matt’s Franchise Faves) with the under-appreciated Superman reboot, Superman Returns (2006). Cons: length and problematic actors. Pros: Parker Posey and Brandon Routh’s crystalline blue eyes. We delve into the nitty gritty and wind up with a film all over us so you don’t have to! It’s Ex Rated: R.I.P. Kevin Spacey.
Don’t ask why or how but it’s time for our 50th episode! Half of 100! Two 25’s! The big L! However you want to think about it, we decided to celebrate by talking about some movies you might have actually seen.We spun the AFI Roulette wheel and after two vetoes landed on Tootsie (1982) and Pulp Fiction (1994).
It’s a double feature that tenuously hangs together on a thread of excellent screenwriting and Lynne Thigpen. Lemon slices, morning burgers, and more on this episode of Ex Rated Movies!
In an episode that’s sure to make you blush, Matt and Ryan get all hot and bothered by the gorgeous yet ominous thriller, Stranger by the Lake (2013). Is Jay Z a prude? Which zoning permit should you apply for when opening a bath house? What’s Matt going to buy for his white elephant party? All this and a game of AFI Roulette! It’s a truly HitchCOCKian episode of Ex Rated: I Hosed Out for This?!
This week, we asked Kevin Clarke of Punch to Kill and The Conversation Pieces podcast to come on and talk about a movie of his choosing! With this newfound power, he chose John Hugh’s heartfelt lesson in empathy, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987) and in so doing, taught us a lesson about ourselves. Join us as we discuss the decor in Daniel Day-Lewis’ shoe repair shop, acknowledge the angry mob outside Matt’s apartment, and grill Kevin on Mousetrap. Ex Rated: It’s His Butt!
What if your therapy became art? Marwencol (2010), asks this question when Mark Hogancamp’s homemade therapies capture the interest of the art world. This engaging documentary is as heartwarming as it is unconventional. Join us as we discuss the creative process, double quarter pounders, and murder. Ex Rated Movies: Which Matt Fisher?!