This week, in what has to be one of our most convoluted setups to date, award-winning filmmaker Devin Sheridan joins us to talk about a multi-titled 1980’s Hong Kong action flick that neither of us have seen before called Above the Law (1986). And while this movie does have a plot, we all agree that the weaponized accessories, handcuff kung foolery, and Cynthia Rothrock (aka Cynthior Ragnarok) are what make this film a choice cut. Join us as we imagine Robert Shapiro in a Marcia Clark wig, a battle between a turtle and a squirrel, and a perplexing new name for the internet this week on Ex Rated Movies.
The Large Marge Sent Us Podcast-style childhood-shaping hits just keep on coming! This week we’re yammering on about a humble little time travel movie that goes by the name of Back to the Future (1985). Huey Lewis tunes and ginger discrimination not withstanding, this blockbuster soars on an updraft of unique performances, a rousing Sylvestri soundtrack, and a script that’s tighter than a parking space at Trader Joe’s. Immerse yourself in our bloviations on Billy Zane’s baldness, Doc Brown’s bribery, and Ryan’s basic-ass Letterboxd account this week on Ex Rated Moves!
In our continuing exploration of movies that shaped our childhood, a hat-tip to the Large Marge Sent Us podcast, we turn to the mid-80’s Disney channel staple, Flight of the Navigator (1986). While not exactly a stellar movie, this sci-fi mystery adventure is not the mortifying mess that Ryan feared it would be. And though the Exes might not agree on whether the ship looks like a sleek walnut or an unholy marriage between a cantaloupe and a bike helmet, they do concur that the Alan Silvestri soundtrack is totally cowabunga. Mashed skin-on figs, fraternal role-reversal, and hair inconsistencies out the wazoo this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Revisiting childhood favorites can be a delightful stroll down memory lane. Or, as in the case of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), it can be a squirm-inducing slog down embarrassment avenue. Insipid dialogue, inexplicable characters, and a feeble anticlimax all add up to a less-than-radical movie-watching experience, dude. Join us as we discuss Ryan’s garden party molestation, Matt’s mop infatuation, and the enduring relevance of pizza this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Conceived as an indictment of England’s criminalization of homosexuality, Victim (1961) tells the story of a vulnerable group of blackmailed homosexuals and the closeted barrister who puts himself on the line in the name of undoing the unjust law. Or if you’re feeling spicy: When the death of a sexy construction worker threatens to uncover Mel’s dirty little secret, he’s forced to take matters into his own hands to uncover the evil blackmailers who are terrorizing a marginalized community. Either way, this compelling drama is a gem. Handsome brutes, nightsticks, and a thorough pipe cleaning this week on Ex Rated Movies!
This week we’re talking about worms. Both the ones that make your smart phone work, and the ones that invade your personal space. We frame the latter discussion around the solid horror-comedy creature-feature gem, Tremors (1990). While basically just Jaws on land, this film boasts a committed ensemble cast, incredible practical effects from Amalgamated Dynamics, and a tightly written script that all adds up to an incredibly entertaining experience. Fritos, flat earthers, firearms, and more this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Our Schlocktoberfest comes to an end this week and we’re going out on one hell of a note. Beating the odds last week by grabbing the buck in our Pass the Buck game, Matt chose William Friedkin’s horror masterpiece The Exorcist (1973). This adult movie for adults is terrifying on multiple levels, and still manages to pack a wallop in the dread and angst departments. Join us for a discussion of its many merits, a prolonged reminiscence of Halloweens past, and a query into the exact nature of nougat this week on Hex Rated BOO!vies!
Taking a cue from the sweeties at the Large Marge Sent Us podcast, this season Matt is cruising down to nostalgia town and examining some movies that shaped his childhood. And since it’s still Schlocktoberfest, he’s keeping it creepy with the Tim Burton classic, Beetlejuice (1988). With top-notch production design, fantastic performances, and a killer score to boot, this movie continues to be a kooky gem that super duper holds up. AFI list comparisons, skeletal carpal tunnel, and the next step in our slow evolution into becoming a game show this week on Hex Rated BOO!vies!