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Grab yourself a plate of melons and a heaping cone of fagabefe because this week, for our 69th episode, we invited the fabulously talented Bettina McKelvey and Emily Shahan from Toxic Shock and the brilliantly hilarious Kevin Clarke and Travis Vogt of The Conversation Pieces podcast to join us in analyzing the bafflingly mean-spirited ensemble scavenger-race comedy, Midnight Madness (1980). Incoherent conviction, chaotic activity, and an odd inability to remember who Harold is, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
If you’re looking for a movie that’s capital-A Art and capital-S Serious, look no further than Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film, The Sacrifice (1986). It is a dour, Bergmnanesque meditation on death and madness replete with stunning oners, extraordinary set pieces, and strong performances that Roger Ebert called, “not easy to watch,” and “long to sit through.” Join us as we discuss wine spritzers, Calgon bath supplement, and our hardest art yet, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
On paper, Rock & Rule (1983) sounds like an awesome movie. It’s an animated dystopian rock musical featuring the vocal talents of Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. On screen, however, it’s a cacophony of missed opportunities, bad writing, and poor animation. Join us as we discuss Mok’s masturbation practices, Canada’s milk bladder method, and eating out of the kitchen toilet this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Arsenal, fair listener! With Matt’s season of #hardart in full swing, he decided to take a turn for the absurd with Schizopolis (1996). It’s sort of like trying to explain Scientology using Meisner’s Repetition Exercise while wearing a blouse-y button up tucked in to pleated khakis. More or less. Join us as we struggle to summarize the plot, plan to scam the brick and mortar Amazon store, and ponder Steven Soderbergh’s hotness. Enthusiastic summary statement this week on Ex Rated Movies!
This week the Exes attempt to tackle Shane Carruth’s polarizing and ambitious sophomore film, Upstream Color (2013). Fantasy, romance, and horror meld to produce an emotional experience that depending on how hard your yoga class was, may or may not add up to a substantive whole. Is this the worst entry in the Babe franchise? Did Ryan pick it just because it has a sound engineer in it? What really happened on Oprah and Gayle’s camping trip? All this and an Air Bud reference this week on Ex Rated Movies
Set in an out-of-time lesbian fantasia, The Duke of Burgundy (2014) is an aesthetically lush treat that yields copious intellectual rewards upon analysis. While it may display some artistic sensibilities and kinky sex play, at its heart it’s just a movie about two people trying to make it work. Join us as we dream up our sitcom opening and play a hearty (and kinda gross) game of Would You Rather. All this and some sentient goo this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Continuing his tradition of sporadically choosing movies with single-letter titles, Ryan’s pick this week is the francophone thriller about political unrest in Greece in the 60’s, Z (1969). While it may sound like a snoozefest on paper, this movie rapidly becomes an engrossing procedural about a lone, steely magistrate fighting for justice in the face of a vile and corrupt government. You know, like today! Dildonic batons, the potato lobby, and the origin of the Futurama theme this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Put on your appliances and whip up some steamed asparagus because this week Matt and Ryan are taking a trip into the druggy and stylish world of Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010). Flavorfully directed by Panos Cosmatos this acid-fueled voyage hypnotizes with it’s stunning visuals and marvelous synth score. Join us as we give a shout out to heshers, edge players, and grammar astronauts this week on Ex Rated Movies!
The Grifters (1990) is a well-written neo-noir that comes with a stellar performance from Anjelica Huston and a hearty endorsement from Matt’s mom. It’s a movie that gets richer with every viewing and boasts a veritable who’s who of 90’s character actors. Stephen Tobolowsky!, Frances Bay! Pat Hingle! They’re all here. Join us as we mispronounce Annette Benning’s character’s name and ponder alien methods of eating an orange this week on Ex Rated Movies! #ThemsTheAppples