Tag: The Apple

Episode 100: The Future Is Domes

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0100 The AppleDear listeners, we have made it to EPISODE 100! Be prepared to pump power by the hour, because this episode is all about an apex predator of bad movies: the glorious 1980 musical trainwreck, The Apple!

For this momentous occasion, we have been joined by former guests Pat Harrigan (from the Get Off My World podcast) and Eric Knight (of Vilification Tennis fame). Together, we surge with joy about this magnificent glitter bomb.

If you would like to drink along with our giggling, we recommend all of the following: Ali Sangiovese (Pat’s pick), Third Street Brewing Lost Trout Brown Ale (Eric’s pick), or a Two Gingers cocktail (which Windy made from Two Gingers whiskey, Two Gingers ginger ale, and a splash of lemon juice).

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Trailer Tuesday

Episode 73: Rextopia

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0073 Cinema RexWe have a special delight for you today, dear listeners! Today is the first day of CONvergence 2015, and so we have invited Eric Knight to talk about the 17 years he has spent running the incredible CONvergence movie room, Cinema Rex! CONvergence fans can hear about this year’s film selections (all dystopia themed) as well as learn about the history of the movie room. Those of you aren’t CONvergence nerds can also delight in learning about what goes into making the ultimate movie mixtape every year.

If you would like to drink along with us, we recommend either Maipe Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon or The Show Malbec. Both served us well while recording.

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Episode 50: Rock You Like a Muse

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0050 XanaduIn today’s very special episode, dear listeners, we celebrate our first year of podcasting with an episode all about XANADU! That’s right, friends, it’s all leg-warmers and ribbons and magical Olivia Newton John today! And for this grand event, we called up some fellow Xana-fans and former guests, namely Gordon Smuder (of the Puppet Forge and Transylvania Television) and Sharon Stiteler (aka Birdchick).

(In fact, Gordon is such a Xana-dude that he sent me an e-mail full of puns prior to recording the episode. What is Colridge’s favorite soft drink? Mountain Xana-dew. The sequel to Xanadu? Xanadeux. Colridge’s favorite Saturday Morning Cartoon? Xana-Scooby-Doo. Paul Atreides’ favorite musical movie? XanaDune. Frank Sinatra’s favorite musical movie? Xanadoobie-doobie-doo. And what do you smoke while watching Xanadu? A Xanadube.)

As you might notice while you listen to the episode, we have been drinking. If you want to join our inebriated joviality, we recommend Lagavulin 16. Or Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco. Or sake screwdrivers. Really, they all worked pretty well when we were recording. (hic)

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This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.

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Melissa’s Pick of the Week: The Apple

Let me start out by saying that I am under zero delusions that this is a good film. I’m just saying that, as a connoisseur of exquisitely terrible films of yesteryear, I have a deep love of The Apple.

If you don’t follow trends in cheeseball film appreciation, here’s the pitch: The Apple is perhaps the craziest film that ever crazied its way out of already-crazy Cannon Films. It lurched to life in 1980, just after the death of disco, meaning it was extinct at the moment it was born. It’s a musical (!) set in the distant future of 1994 (!!) where two naive Canadian folk musicians (!!!) get sucked into a sordid dystopia that is lead by an evil music corporation (!!!!). You can literally watch the budget evaporate during the running time of the film. And yes, I love it. I LOVE IT.

I mention the film this week because I first saw the film on New Year’s Eve several years ago, and to me, it’s perfect for exactly that (perhaps because there is SO MUCH GLITTER). May your 2015 be filled with strange delights.

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Windy’s Pick of the Week: Session 9

A movie completely dominated by its setting – the Danvers State Hospital, inspiration for Arkham Asylum, and known spooky-spot – this is the story of an asbestos-removal crew being slowly influenced by their surroundings. New father Gordon has bid on the removal job in part to help shore up his shaky marriage. But neither he nor his employees are prepared for the slow mind-bending power of a place so dominated by the past. The session 9 of the title refers to tapes of psychiatric sessions one of the employees finds and listens to. The reveal of that tape’s contents naturally dovetails with the climax of the slowly building tension. A quietly effective film.

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