After a wildly successful television show and two equally successful movies, Jim Henson arguably reached his creative pinnacle with The Dark Crystal (1982). This high fantasy spectacle is a sumptuous cornucopia of imaginative design, meticulous craftsmanship, and mad puppet skills. Doing it for real never looked so good! Join us as we discuss made-up languages, bug faces, and Tim Burton’s unusual dating scheme this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Question: if a destitute, privileged, old slut crashed at your place and drank all your liquor for five months, would you kindly endure her eccentricities or would you grind her spirit into a paste by breaking things, yelling a lot, and wiping mashed potatoes on your pants? Perhaps watching A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), which tackles this very scenario, will help you decide. Streetcar virgins Travis Vogt and Kevin Clarke join us this week as we deliberate Big Bird’s age, impersonate both young and old Marlon Brando, and reference The Simpsons until our wazoos wear out this week on Ex Rated Movies!
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Look. Everyone knows we were bound to cover Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) eventually. And though it took over 2 years and more than a hundred episodes, that day is here. Based on a real life murder and filmed in only 10 long takes, this highly watchable experiment is a fantastic gem despite the fact that it probably wouldn’t even rank among Hitchcock’s top ten films. We’re airing all the dirty laundry this week as we discuss poultry choking as gay euphemism, axe-hacked sharks, and blumpkin spice lattes this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Perhaps more workmanlike than visionary, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) layers Tim Burton’s signature aesthetic over Stephen Sondheim’s classic horror musical. And while Matt and Ryan might disagree on whether or not that combination is successful, they definitely come together when it comes to receiving a hot lather, straight razor pampering. Join us as we entertain a listener’s suggestion for opening banter, pitch some product placement for Pagliacci Pizza, and butcher some Ray Liotta impressions this week on Ex Rated Movies!
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Jan Švankmajer’s Alice (1988) tosses Lewis Carroll’s classic heroine into a disturbing realm of secondhand desks, lonesome corridors, and bug-eyed skeletons. More ew-what-is-that “wonder” than oh-what-a-pretty-garden “wonder”, this imaginative eye-gluing classic is a mesmerizing stop-motion spectacle that is as somber as it is unsettling. Follow us down the rabbit hole as we talk synthesizer soundtracks, ASMR nightmares, and Eastern Europe’s favorite cat and mouse team this week on Ex Rated Movies!
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Are you a straight man with violent urges and don’t know what to do with them? Well, 20th Century Fox’s big budget Fight Club (1999) has the perfect anti-capitalist message for YOU! While certainly problematic, David Fincher’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel subtly undercuts it’s own message of reclaiming masculinity through anarchy with style and aplomb. We dig into it along with ice tubes, sleddy things, and Homework: The Video Game, this week on Ex Rated Movies!
If you’re in the mood for a no-frills genre thriller with an Australian accent, look no further than the nautical but not-erotic, Dead Calm (1989). Starring a sun-kissed Nicole Kidman, a perfectly serviceable Sam Neill, and a mostly shirtless Billy Zane, this gorgeously shot tale of a traumatized couple enduring another trauma delivers the entertainment goods. Join us as we take a deep dive into poop decks, rave orgies, and dick poppers this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Practically brimming with merits, Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man (2009), boasts impeccable production design, an exquisite score, and refined performances. Based on the Christopher Isherwood novel of the same name, this movie elegantly portrays a day in the life of a closeted gay man struggling with loss, depression, and alienation. And Ryan doesn’t like it one bit! Find out why as Matt kicks off his Ryan’s Wrong season this week on Ex Rated Movies!
Now that January 2019 has tumbled through the choke point of the hourglass, we return to our regularly scheduled programming with the terribly-titled, French New Wave-referencing, real-time homo-romance, Paris 5:59: Théo and Hugo (2016). Similar to Weekend yet wholly singular, this film manages to capture those ineffable feelings that come with a newfound attraction without censoring the hot sex that can spark it. Join us as we discuss our kitchen sink drama proclivities, the banality of civilization, and BFE this week on Ex Rated Movies!