We’re off for the next two weeks – but stay tuned for the epic 3-hour season finale dropping in December!
Michael comes on the show to talk about the Star War. Specifically, two live-action made-for-tv Ewok movies. Did you know that two original live-action Star Wars movies were made in the mid-80’s after Return of the Jedi? Noah didn’t!
We discuss these lesser-known pieces of Star Wars media and how they compare to both the prequels and more recent Disney products. They function as self-contained children’s movies, but have a refreshing lack of mindless nostalgia references which makes them interesting in light of more recent Star Wars movie trends. And while the production quality is (obviously) lower, they have an originality and willingness to go in a different direction that the recent movies have sorely lacked.
Outro Music: Return of the Jedi Victory Celebration
“Commodity” – Ewoks: Caravan of Courage & Ewoks: Battle for Endor
Ben talks about Monster Zero, a Godzilla movie his mother created a bootleg copy of from a VHS tape borrowed from a grocery store video rental chain. He watched it over and over again as a child, and from this humble beginning came a lifelong affection for Godzilla and other kaiju.
Monster Zero features most of the staples of a typical Godzilla movie: terrible dubbing, rubber-suit monsters, great set design, overly long and ponderous dialogue scenes, and so on. But it stands out in Ben’s memory for how profoundly odd it is. The plot begins with a race of aliens from Planet X that want to borrow Godzilla and Rodan from the people of Earth. Much of the movie takes place in outer space, and it just gets weirder from there.
Outro Music: Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult
“Men in Rubber Suits” – Monster Zero
This weeks’ guest Classy Cassie saw The Fast and the Furious in theaters with her parents when she was about eight. What’s more remarkable is that Cassie and her parents went on to see every Fast and Furious movie together in theaters since, marking that afternoon in the year 2000 as the beginning of a now twenty-years-running family ritual.
We discuss the appeal of ‘comfort food’ action movies, how this movie is like taking a time machine back to the year 2000 (oppressive beauty standards, unbearably awful popular music, pre-CGI special effects, a have-it-both-ways combination of simultaneous female empowerment and objectification), and just how goshdarn young Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez look.
The episode was filmed outside so there’s more than the usual amount of background noise – just pretend all the car noises are there on purpose to fit the subject of the episode and you should be fine.
“Family (obviously)” – The Fast and the Furious
Outro Music: Watch Your Back