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Movies! They're madness, for me and you. They certainly are, at least, for writer, director, producer, and star of "Me You Madness," (2021), Louise Linton. Deadly annoying and agonizingly pretentious, it still manages to remain the worst thing of all: boring as hell. Combine Don Jr.'s coke-addled mania, the inhuman sociopathy of Stephen Miller, and…
 
EPISODE 100 BABY WHOOOOOO!!!!! Lewis and Nick have finally logged one hundred episodes, just as Aang the Avatar spent one hundred years in his iceberg. Speaking of which, the movie sucks! The boys took a big risk and it really did not pay off on this infamous critical bomb. Crappy writing, shoddy effects, explicit whitewashing, and a gaggle of awkw…
 
Lewis and Nick wrap up their ad hoc Bush month with "Team America: World Police" (2004) featuring their good old buddy Sal. A mindless, directionless piece of dumb-smart-guy satire, this musical puppet show does a disservice to both forms of media from which it borrows so liberally without offering anything of itself. Technical virtues aside, all p…
 
Mission Accomplished! A Christmas miracle! Lewis and Nick crack open the TV special "Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story" (2003). Nothing short of unadulterated propaganda for the then-burgeoning war on terror, the movie still manages to be as tedious as it is odious. Despite the inflammatory subject material, it's safe to skip this one--all of the juici…
 
Our unexpected trip through the Bush era continues with "Homecoming" (2005) from pod favorite Joe Dante. Being the sixth episode of the anthology series "Masters of Horror," the flick adds a spooky twist on issues such as the U.S. War on Terror, veterans reintegrating into society, and national interference in federal elections. Timely! Lewis and N…
 
Lewis and Nick are back after a brief break with a showstopper from Brian De Palma: "Redacted" (2007). An avant-garde anti-war piece, the film is comprised entirely of fictional diegetic footage. This truly singular work utilizes unknown actors to further heighten the blur of fact and fiction. Chalk up another one on BDP's list of bangers.Our Patre…
 
Friend of the show Lucas (@ OofMadonn) joins Lewis and Nick yet again to wish everyone a spooky Halloween! Halloween 6, that is: "The Curse of Michael Myers - The Producer's Cut" (1995). Halloween 6 is notable for being Paul Rudd's film debut as brat-cum-conspiracist Tommy Doyle, and one of the last films of Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis, perennia…
 
Lewis and Nick summon friend of the show Amanda to examine what is perhaps the ultimate 90's film, "Practical Magic" (1998). This adaptation of Alice Hoffman's 1995 novel focuses on early performances from Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as witch sisters. Snappy and charming, the episode also allows for plenty of digressions into contemporary paga…
 
In a Pro/Con first, Nick's brother Paul (IG: tiger.got.your.tongue) joins him and Lewis to discuss "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" (2004). A love letter to the series penned by James Gunn, its stellar cast and sharp writing give this goofy caper some heft. Even the monstrously unconvincing CGI comes across as cartoony rather than lame. Worst thi…
 
In a Pro/Con first, Maddie and Zoe of TMI Yacht Club Podcast join Lewis and Nick for the first FOUR-HOST Pro/Con episode! Everyone tucks in to "Feed" (2005), one of the more unsavory films discussed on the show. Perhaps one of the weirdest artifacts of the post-9/11 grossout horror wave, "Feed" what you get when a normie dudebro duo gorges on too m…
 
T (@ tgracchus1848) of the Machete y Mate podcast joins Lewis and Nick on a journey to the ancient world of 2010. Myspace was banished to Hades, having fallen in combat to Facebook; Obama's first term on Mount Olympus was in full swing; and the meme "Release the Kraken" was released on an unsuspecting internet. "Clash of the Titans" (2010), and its…
 
Mama mia, paisans! Pro/Con video game correspondent Hailey is back to review another misbegotten video game adaptation: "Super Mario Bros." (1993). Joining Lewis and Nick, the trio dive deep into the first live-action video game film. Bob Hoskins, Dennis Hopper, and Leguizamo The God are all in top form here, but a wonky dystopian fantasy tale that…
 
Guest month is truly in swing now as Lewis and Nick welcome Pro/Con's sports correspondent Jose (@ Guy42Mao) back onto the pod. Jose's pick "Escape to Victory" (1981) is a truly strange beast: a WWII period piece sports/war drama from John Huston. Solid direction, impressive production, and a memorably offbeat story can't offset a lackluster, meand…
 
At last, it's here--after having put it off for so long, Nick tactically engages with the Zack Snyder opus "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016). Lewis and special guest Cooper of the Machinic Unconscious Happy Hour podcast, veterans of the Batman v Superman institution, induct Nick into this unholy order of a movie that isn't actually that b…
 
Pro/Con's Carpenter Month ends with a bang! If only abolishing the police were so easy. Lewis and Nick watched the remake of "Assault on Precinct 13" (2005), a choppy, uneven adaptation of the 1976 original. A few memorable performances (namely Laurence FIsburne, Drea de Matteo, and John Leguizamo) can't salvage this mess. At least Leguizamo gets t…
 
Another Carpenter flick in the bag. Lewis and Nick plowed through "Village of the Damned" (1995), a striking film which makes a strong case against ever having children. This odd entry comes late in Carpenter's oeuvre, and has a few notably weird aspects: Christopher Reeve's final pre-accident appearance, a sizable flock of competent children actor…
 
Carpenter Month hits its first true speed bump, which goes by the name of "Black Moon Rising" (1986). Only tangentially related to Carpenter himself (who received a story credit), this awkward heist film has a smattering of clever sequences, but never really coheres into a solid story. With this in mind, listen along as Nick attempts to regale Lewi…
 
Pro/Con's quarantine hive mind has retconned August into John Carpenter Month! This week we review the underrated "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" (1982). A bizarre plot, a catchy jingle, and a pitch-perfect tone officially makes III the second-best Halloween film of the franchise. What makes III a true Pro/Con classic, however, is its nuanced …
 
The Master of Horror John Carpenter makes his Pro/Con debut! Unfortunately, it's pretty horrible. Lewis consoles Nick as he agonizes over the first Carpenter film he doesn't love, "Ghosts of Mars" (2001). Horny Jason Statham and a particularly campy Ice Cube, along with a couple of old school shootouts, make this film semi-watchable. Otherwise, for…
 
Lewis and Nick lindy hop back in time to the year 1941 as they recap Steven Spielberg's..."1941" (1979). This flick from Spielberg's early era sits at an odd moment in his career, and remains his only straight-up comedy. With a huge star-studded cast, show-stopping dance numbers, impressive special effects, and some genuinely hilarious bits, "1941"…
 
John Frankenheimer apparently predicted the future, because 1982's "The Challenge" is an eerily accurate depiction of the contemporary weeaboo. Scott Glenn plays Nick in another life as he stumbles his way to Japan, joins a secret samurai society, falls in love with the sensei's daughter, storms a brutalist/vaporwave evil stronghold, and wields a k…
 
Lewis and Nick dive deep into their consumerist-driven childhoods by reviewing "Godzilla" (1998) and reminiscing about its associated merchandise. A strange beast of the late 90's, Emmerich's would-be summer blockbuster can't live up to those golden halcyon memories of the Pro/Con boys.Our Patreon: www.patreon.com/pro_conMusic-"when the struggle it…
 
In a Pro/Con first, Lewis and Nick interview director Wych "Kaos" Kaosayananda. Wych directed the film "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever" as covered on Pro/Con in episode 50. After having heard the review, Wych reached out to the boys, and history was made. The trio discuss the trajectory of Wych's career, its highlights and lowlights, and where things st…
 
Pro/Con examines its oldest film to date, 1938's "You and Me" from seminal director Fritz Lang. A dud when released, this genre-bending rom com/musical/crime caper is something truly unique. Power couple George Raft and Sylvia Sidney lead a charming cast of ne'er-do-wells through the old-fashioned (and depressingly relevant) hellscape of retail wor…
 
Lewis and Nick continue their streak of straight-up good movies with returning Pro/Con champion Ang Lee's "Gemini Man" (2019). This flick is best described as "the love child of Brian De Palma and John Woo," making it the best possible version of a third Mission Impossible . Incredible action, solid performances, and a striking thematic undercurren…
 
Lewis and Nick continue their unsettling trend of enthusiastically appreciating the movies they recap with "Deacons for Defense" (2003), a retelling of the beginning of the titular organization. Director Bill Duke helms an incredible cast while employing a TV-movie budget to impressive effect. Sincerely moving, it is both regrettable and inspiring …
 
As America implodes in real time, Lewis, Nick, and special guest Lucas (@ OofMadonn) take a moment to return to the warm, ska-infused nostalgia of "Digimon: The Movie" (2000). A truly bizarre product, the flick isn't really one solid narrative, it's basically three TV specials stitched together. Some sharply animated sequences, a few truly hilariou…
 
Lewis and Nick examine the podcast-to-fash pipeline by discussing the biopic "Geronimo: An American Legend" (1993), written by arch-fascist John Milius. While this Revisionist Western exults in the less savory aspects of the Spartan-Zen ethos, it also explores the truly horrendous actions of the U.S. government against Native Americans through a cr…
 
Roll up your attributes, fill out your character sheets, and self-select into your chosen races (predicated upon skull shape)--it's time for a session of "Dungeons & Dragons" (2000)! The bane of geeks across the realm, it's nothing if not well suited to its source material. Hovering somewhere between "enthusiastic fan film" and "entertaining dreck,…
 
Martin Scorsese makes his big Pro/Con debut with "Boxcar Bertha" (1972). As Marty's second feature film, its roughly hewn aesthetic is a perfect match for its subject material. Leftist criminal exploitation film never looked so good, or felt so relevant to what's going on today.Our Patreon: www.patreon.com/pro_conMusic-"when the struggle itself bec…
 
Star Wars is dead; long live Star Wars. Friend of the show and subject matter expert Molly (@ mythofmadness) joins Lewis and Nick for an agonizing deep dive into "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker" (2019). Tune in to learn why Reylo is exactly the ship that this misbegotten trilogy needed; to stan Babu Frik (blessed be his name); and to…
 
Strap in and count down with Lewis and Nick as they review Brian De Palma's "Mission to Mars" (2000), a film that essentially amounts to being the Dudes Rock version of "2001: A Space Odyssey." Packed with a stellar cast and some classic BDP flourishes, it's good enough to make you forget it was based off of a Disney ride.Our Patreon: www.patreon.c…
 
Remember 2008? Lewis and Nick sure do, but if you don't, check out "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" (2008). Experience the thrills of low-hanging stoner and sex jokes. Feel the excitement of smug apolitical centrism. Relive the wonder of sir epic bacon himself, Neil Patrick Harris (random!!). A show-stopping performance by James Adomian …
 
Assistant Professor of German Paul (@ pdobryden) joins Lewis and Nick to discuss one of the most extraordinary figures of the film world, aristocratic failson extraordinaire Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck (real name). The product of a socialist mother and an anti-Communist father, Florian grew to become one of the most …
 
Lewis and Nick jump back to the 80's for a post-mortem on Hal Ashby's final film, the neon-soaked neo-noir "8 Million Ways to Die" (1986). What begins as an awkward genre piece ends up as one of the more singular movies ever featured on the podcast. From a bizarre shootout in an empty warehouse to a nuanced depiction of alcoholism to Andy Garcia's …
 
Okay, we got to the good non-Milius Conan. Join Lewis and Nick as they lustily gorge themselves on "Conan the Destroyer" (1984), a far more delectable meal than the 2011 reboot. Come for peak Schwarzenegger, stay for Grace Jones, Andre the Giant, Mako Iwamatsu, Wilt Chamberlain, and Tracey Walter all coming together to film a goofy, live-action D&D…
 
Join your Pro/Con boys as they review the contemporary 2020 documentary "RoboCop 3" (1993) and do everything in their power to talk about comics and shit instead. Truly awful, this entry in the illustrious RoboCop saga is a bonkers mishmash of screenwriter Frank Miller's Japanophile sensibilities and director Fred Dekker ripping off the first two f…
 
Our very first Patreon-exclusive episode demands an exceptional film, and "Ewoks: The Battle of Endor" (1985) certainly delivers. A direct sequel to 1984's "Caravan of Courage," "The Battle for Endor" is the more uneven film, yet the one that achieves greater emotional extremes--from camp to whimsy to sincere grief. Featuring space orcs, a sweet ca…
 
Take a backseat with Nick and listen to Lewis fanboying over Joe Dante and his 2003 film "Looney Tunes: Back in Action." A loving homage to all things Looney and Tuney, Dante also takes time to pack in as many references to classic science fiction as possible, and more than a few to the weirdo films of Classic Hollywood as well. Definitely one of t…
 
Ripped straight from the sensational pages of Jack London comes 1972's "The Call of the Wild," the classic tale of a dog gone, uh, wild. Director Ken Annakin [sic] adds an interesting stylistic flourish, somewhat reminiscent of a roughly cut nature documentary. The film is a fine adaptation of London's classic, faithful in both depiction and tone. …
 
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