Read it and Weep is a good podcast about books, movies, and TV hosted by comedian Alex Falcone. Each week, we discuss something from pop culture with an emphasis on blockbusters, failures, and nostalgia.
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There really aren't many good movies about Thanksgiving, and we already watched the Turkey-based horror movie Thankskilling. So the only thing left was to watch the 1995 family comedy/drama turned rom com in the last 15 minutes, Home For the Holidays. Hopefully we got this out in time for you to listen while you travel, at least back home from the holidays.
In preparation for the new live-action Netflix version, we dipped back into the anime pool and watched the movie Cowboy Bebop: A Very Long Cowboy Bebop Episode. It's cool looking and the music rules and there's a dog but for some reason we mostly talked about other stuff. This one was REAL tangent happy.
Rocky Horror month giveth and Rocky Horror month taketh a long time, with this week's The Rock movie that feels even longer than it's 2.5 hour runtime. It's a big swing and a miss, but we like big swings on this show so we dive deep into the Richard Kelly film and then talk kindof a lot about aliens.
We can never decide between TheRocktober and Spooktober on the show, so this year we're combining them into a horror / The Rock combo we're calling The Rocky Horror Podcast Show. First we kick things off with the newest movie that The Rock is badly cast in, Disney's Jungle Cruise.
Alex is in Portland this week recording his debut comedy album (Saturday Oct. 2nd at Mississippi Studios) so the boys talked about what it takes to make a hit and keep the band together with Thomas The Hank Engine's directorial debut about a group of one-hit one-ders.
In our final installment of our series on the Universal Monsterverse, we dig up the one real gem in mummy movie history, the one with Abbott and Costello. It's so completely weird and bonkers that I think I love it? I might love it? Who knows. My brain has been removed through my nose with a straw at this point. Do you know of a franchise that needs saving? A universe that needs creating? A mummy that needs meeting? Email us. nd next week we're talking about That Thing You Do to celebrate Alex recording his debut comedy album in Portland on October 2nd.
It's a bonus episode in our continued search for a good answer to the Universal Monsters Universe problem. We went all the way back to 1999 when Brendan Fraser and battled the mummy and everybody (but Alex) seemed to like it.
To round out the three most recent attempts at a Universal Monsterverse, we watched the 2020 low-budget Horror Film The Invisible Man. It's the best of the series so far but doesn't fit well into any universe. So we try again to fix it!
Space Jam is back and they've replaced Michael Jordan with LeBron James and the alien villians with a new, more sinistar evil to contend with: Warner Brothers themselves. That's right, it's a weird choice for WB to make themselves the villian but they're absolutely right, they did BAD.
We're back for the second half of our TNG discussion as Alex wrestles with all the enemies he made last week. This time we watched: S04 E01 - The Best of Both Worlds Part 2 S04 E21 - The Drumhead S05 E18 - Cause and Effect S06 E15 - Tapestry
It's part one of a two episode series in which I watch Star Trek for the very first time (not counting that porn parody you forced me to watch a few years back). Specifically we watched S02 E09 "Measure of a Man", S02 E16 "Q Who", S03 E16 "The Offspring", and S03 E26 "The Best of Both Worlds Part 1". We'll be back next week with four more TNG episodes!
Ezra told me that if I don't like this we're not friends anymore. Find out what happens! Mentioned in This Episode The movie is free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQG6FdnMmlQ Why 1999 is the year of movies: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-megaplex/ Are you gonna watch Eurovision? https://www.vulture.com/2021/05/eurovision-2021-streaming-usa-peacock.html
We're back to the classic season 4 format! We kick things off with a lively discussion of Star Wars Day and Blue Origin's space tourism business. Then we talk about the new Netflix animated film The Mitchells vs The Machines and then we cap things off with a brutal argument about the best family film of all time.
We're rounding out our month of Oscars preview with a recap of the remaining Best Picture nominations and filling out our predictions. Want to get in on the fun? Fill out your predictions in our Google form and you could win the only prize we know how to give out: an episode sponsorship. The person(s) with the most correct pick will get to subject us to whatever movie you choose (within normal limits). Get in now! https://forms.gle/ajHbnzX1dukKYfB57
It's officially Oscars season and we're kicking it off with two movies from Netflix with directors who write robotic, clever characters. Mentioned in this episode Orson Welles sells champagne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvxwf1jxdaM Vox explain the backstory to Mank: https://www.vox.com/culture/21618200/mank-citizen-kane-netflix-kael-auteur-welles-hearst
We committed ourselves to watching the entire unconscionably long re-edit of Justice League this weekend so you could get the inside scoop. It's BONKERS. And Anthony kinda liked it, so that's a little weird. Mentioned in this episode Anthony recommends this glowing review of the film. Alex does not. Anthony recommends this interview with Nick Cave and Billy Corgan.
It's time for the super adventures of Alex, Anthony, and Hunter. Just a group of guys who like to hang out and save the day. Anthony's picked our topic for these next few weeks so we're starting with books 1 - 6 of Watchmen, the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons about good guys gone bad. Plus in The Argument, what superhero would you actually like to exist in the real world?
Put on your best hoodie and wake up from a nap, it's the bi-coastal podcast event of the year! The News: Anthony gives us a report on a stranger than usual Golden Globes. The Homework: Hunter introduces us to the Italian slasher genre giallo. The Argument: What's the best slasher film of all time? Scream (1996) or Psycho (1960) Mentioned in this episode If you want to get weirder in the giallo world, Hunter recommends Deep Red (1975) The LA Times deep reporting on corruption with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-02-21/hfpa-golden-globes-2021
We're off on an adventure this week, an epic journey across time, the Midwest, and Middle Earth. The News: the first 3-d reconstructed dinosaur cloaca The Homework: The 1999 Disney/David Lynch movie The Straight Story about a long trip on a little mower. The Argument: What's the best epic journey movie: Lord of the Rings or Mad Max: Fury Road
This week is all about survival. Will Pi survive the wide ocean alone with a metaphor? Will Gina Carano survive being held accountable for her actions? And what is the best survival movie of all time? Mentioned in this episode Gina says terrible stuff, gets a movie deal Life After Pi documentary about the VFX company winning an Oscar then going out of business. Anthony recommends: Touching the Void
For our first ever magic special we've got world-traveling magician Billy Kidd to help us talk about the new special from Derek DelGaudio, In and Of Itself, which is a magic show but also kinda not. It's on Hulu and definitely worth a watch. We talk about what parts worked for us and which landed like a ton of golden bricks. Plus magic news, the best magic movies, and more than a little talk about the differences between comedians and magicians. Check it out before it disappears!
This week we're celebrating the wide world of space with three far out topics: The Mandalorian on Disney+, SpaceX's announcement of the first all private space mission, and an argument about what makes a good space movie.
Ezra's back with a group of Meat Buddy-voted topics but because he's such a generous soul, we actually took all three of the top vote-getters for kids shows: Magic School Bus Rides Again, the Netflix remake where Ms Frizz gets super hot, Paw Patrol, a show that set out to prove not all dogs are good dogs, and Gravity Falls where a legitimately good show just happens to be aimed at kids.
Season 4 just got a whole lot more topical with our first ever breaking news segment! Tune in now for: The News: Why are people who used to play online poker buying GameStop stock? The Homework: When you see the queen of diamonds you'll HAVE to listen to us discuss The Manchurian Candidate (1962). The Argument: Do you leave your water cup out? The Business: Anthony's mea culpa and commander
We've got another fun pile of topics as season 4 crawls on. Tell & Tell: Alex opens his wikihole for La Secchia Rapita and Hunter talks about the unfortunate journey of Pepe the Frog. The Homework: I know you've heard about The Wizard of Oz (1939) so we tried to find a few new ways to think about it. The Argument: Do you try to pronounce menu items you're not sure about? The Business: Alex's mom responds to "all that dick talk."
Over on our sister podcast Pack Your Mics we recorded a special bonus episode about the Netflix series Bridgerton. It features Ezra and Sarah and Chris and Tanya, so I thought you'd like to hear it in this feed. So if you like us or you like Bridgerton, check it out! WARNING: Contains major spoilers and innovative swearing
Like it or not season 4 is still happening. This week we've got three extremely strong topics for you. The News: Public television in Denmark released a new show about a man with a really long hog. Read more about it in the AV Club and watch all 14 episodes here. The Homework: We watched the new Pixar movie Soul (2020) and talked about watching animated people die. The Argument: How much noise would your neighbor have to make for you to ask them to turn it down. We'd love to know what you think of the format as it evolves PLUS we'd love to hear your suggestions for arguments to have. Drop us a line!
Season 4 is upon us! What a glorious day. We're breaking the show up a bit with a few different segments per episode with slightly different topics. This week we've got: The News: A discussion about the Warner Bros. decision to go day-and-date with streaming movies on HBO Max. The Homework: We wished for Wonder Woman 1984 and the Monkey's Paw gave us this crap. The Argument: Are TV watchers better off than they were 10 years ago? We'd love to know what you think of the format as it evolves PLUS we'd love to hear your suggestions for arguments to have. Drop us a line!
In our final final episode of the year, Ezra and I sat down for the Meat Buddy voted holiday movie, A Claymation Christmas plus a quick discussion about Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas for good measure. Hope you enjoy. Become a Meat Buddy to help decide Ezra's fate by going to meatreon.com. Mentioned in this episode Love Actually Joke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyN9E08vFSY Story Break Podcast https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/story-break/ (h/t Tom) Only Connect show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjA9uonZhDQ (h/t Clare)
Everybody's doing a year-end wrap up, but since the year was pretty crap, we each compiled a list of our 10 favorite things WE consumed this year, regardless of what year it was released. For the full lists, check out the episode page: https://read-weep.com/podcast/the-2020-weepies