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Talking about the work of Don Hertzfeldt is like dancing about architecture. But we give it a go anyway with his emotional and ambitious feature length, It’s Such A Beautiful Day (2012). This episode also marks Ryan’s first foray into surly curmudgeonism as he rails against the government, the church, and leaf blowers. Join us as we go full get-off-our-lawn on Ex Rated!
In what can definitively be called our gayest episode yet, we welcome Kyle Getz and Mike Johnson of the Gayish podcast to the show to discuss the excellent documentary about Hollywood’s depiction of homosexuals, The Celluloid Closet (1995). Ryan admits his crush on Susie Bright, Matt’s displays his acting chops, and Kyle and Mike question their podcast-guesting choices. Ex Rated: We Survive!
This week we discussed Sarah Polley’s color-saturated exploration of romance and its pitfalls, Take This Waltz (2011). Why won’t Tom Hiddleston return our emails? Why would Ryan voluntarily watch a fat harvesting documentary? Why does Matt have a squid beak “down there”? Answers to these questions and a sensational plate-spinning act on this episode of Ex Rated
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) is a magnificent spectacle of a farce that delights as it dazzles. It’s our sincere pleasure to talk about it. You’re invited to be an earwitness to us imagining Tilda Swinton helming her own Disneyland-ride-based movie franchise and the lengths Matt will go in order to get a bootleg copy of Feist covering Leonard Cohen. Ex Rated: Blowing the lid off Big Eye since 2017.
Buckle up kids, we’re watching The American Astronaut (2001). It’s a criminally underrated cowboy space musical with daddy issues and an oddball sense of humor. Also discussed: the winning formula of sitcoms, Terry Gilliam’s rudeness, and Ryan’s latest phrenological diagnosis. It’s the first NAMBLA approved episode of Ex Rated!
Get out your hankies, it’s time to watch Starting Again aka Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story starring Joan and Melissa Rivers (1994). It’s a made-for-TV docudrama with a bad case of Julie and Julia syndrome. Also included: Ryan’s attempt to describe a langolier, Matt’s discovery that Animal Room is no Persona, and a guest appearance by Magnum Broadwater P.I. Ex Rated: We miss you, Joan!
For a healthy dose of giant robots fighting giant monsters, look no further than Guillermo Del Toro’s better-than-most blockbuster attempt, Pacific Rim (2013). Matt fawns over Charlie Hunnam, Ryan experiences a double event, and the English language fails weed eaters. Ex Rated: Our Nihilism’s Up!
If you like to see beautiful girls driving fast sports cars and breaking jockulatory-type he-men men’s spines then Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) is right up your alley. Apart from discussing the movie, we consider some future roles for Liv Tyler, speculate on Oprah’s unrequited love, and invent another crappy superpower. Ex Rated: Our motor never runs down, baby!
We’re back! Join us as we take a look at the Patton Oswald-starring existential dark comedy, Big Fan (2009). Is Jennifer Coolidge a suitable replacement for Ryan? How about McGruff the crime dog? Jerry Seinfeld, ’N Sync, and the ghost of Jumpin’ Joe DiMaggio are all invoked on this high stakes, season premiere episode of Ex Rated!