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.
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This just in: we love James L. Brooks's 1987 nuanced dramedy Broadcast News! Ryan drops the word paradigm, Matt drops the word arboreal, and the hashtag #respex is born. It's a vocab-expanding episode of Ex Rated!
It's a miracle! William Peter Blatty's Exorcist III from 1990 is almost as good as the first one! But is it a horror or a thriller? Join us for an episode of wild speculation regarding westerns, gushing adoration of Brad Dourif, and a music bed of actual Raymond Scott music!
"Lady Gaylord" by Raymond Scott from Manhattan Research Inc.
© Gateway Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Reckless Night Music LLC and Irwin Chusid
For episode 5 we watched the 1986 gymnastics flop, American Anthem. An hour and forty-five minutes of our lives we can never recoup. Join us as we regret our educational choices and sully Michael Crichton's good name on this installment of Ex Rated.
Who's ready to be bummed out! It’s Atom Egoyan’s 1997 masterpiece, The Sweet Hereafter. How do you pronounce Sarah Polley’s name? When do gay jokes go too far? And, how exactly did MySpace work anyway? All this and more on episode 4 of Ex Rated!
We watched Damien Chazelle's 2014 jazz drumming fantasia Whiplash for our third episode. Join us as we unpack Hollywood's redhead problem, point out some crummy CGI, and wonder what Gary Larson has been up to.
In episode 2 we examine Brian De Palma's 1975 gothic horror musical, The Phantom of the Paradise. Matt insults David Lynch, Ryan insults Joseph Gordon Levitt, and we both have a good cry. Ex Rated, we have ice now!
In our first episode, we discuss Claire Denis's 1999 film about French legionnaires getting all sweaty in Djibouti, Beau Travail. We reveal our origin story, butcher some French names, and invite Jessica Walter to join us! It's the premiere of Ex Rated!