This week we discuss 1997’s Grosse Pointe Blank, starring John Cusack as a hit man, Dan Aykroyd as an evil hit man, and Minnie Driver as his love interest (Cusack’s not Aykroyd’s– that would be weird). We’re joined by Andrew Parker of Dork Shelf to get to the bottom of this funny, somewhat unscrupulous, action-infused romantic comedy. Oh, and it has a great soundtrack– just try and get Blister in the Sun out of your head after listening to this episode.
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This week we watched the much anticipated 2014 film They Came Together. Packed full of silliness and absurdity, this self-reflexive parody includes an ensemble that reads like a list of your favourite comedy actors. Helmed by David Wain and written by Wain and Michael Showalter, the geniuses that brought you Wet Hot American Summer, it may be the romantic comedy genre parody to end all parodies. There’s no more jokes left, guys.
This week we welcome special guest Dan Gorman, from the podcasts See You Next Wednesday and Time Bandits on the Modern Superior network.
Join us this week as we discuss the newly released 2014 film Obvious Child. Friends, we couldn’t wait to see this film and were not disappointed – in fact, we engage in the kind of gushing normally saved for the fares of Moonstruck, The Apartment, or in Alia’s case, The Housesitter. Not many of these come along in this genre, (women in four of the major creative roles? Holla!), and this is definitely a big fat present; a present that unselfconsciously covers heartbreak, foolishness, mistakes, hopeful romance and most wonderfully of all, centers on a really funny woman. We laughed, we cried, and laugh/cried, and gosh darn it were emotionally involved from the get go. This episode includes spoilers galore, so you should all just go out and see this movie. Just go, like, right now. Don’t be stupid.
Check out our latest episode as we discuss the 2012 film The Five Year Engagement. Romantic comedies set around weddings or wedding planning are pretty much old hat– does this Jason Segel/Nicholas Stoller vehicle do anything to refresh the genre? Is it furthering outdated, sexist notions of marriage, or is it boldly suggesting that weddings just aren’t that important? We don’t agree on a lot this episode, but we can all agree that Princess Diana is a pretty great super-hero costume.
Join us for our latest episode where we discuss the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story, that boasts vintage Hollywood cache with the likes of Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and the very funny Katharine Hepburn. While the film revived Hepburn’s career in Hollywood, it is still to this day a top ranking film on many major lists of the all-time best romantic comedies… which shows that a lot of people are surprisingly okay with some light domestic abuse. That aside, Jimmy Stewart as a romantic interest (and playing drunk) is delightful– and he didn’t sock anyone. Just sayin’.
Note: Please try to ignore the intermittent clanging during the podcast, unfortunately it’s the heater in the apartment we record in– it’s getting cold in Toronto.
It’s Hallowe’en and we’re happy to present the last episode in our month of spooky rom-coms, the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick. What’s better than Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer as a fun-lovin’ witch coven? We’re not sure if there is anything better. In our version Jack Nicholson probably wouldn’t have stolen the show, but it is bewitching how he goes from confusingly vulgar to super attractive within very little time. Late ’80s Nicholson’s still got it.
This week we also welcome special guest Stacey Sproule. Check out her website, she’s amazing: http://www.staceysproule.com/
Check out our latest episode, continuing our month of spooky-themed romantic comedies, as we discuss the 1998 film Practical Magic. Packed full of witchery, family curses, death, loss, mourning, murder, reanimation, possession, exorcism and so much Faith Hill. Also, this magic is not at all practical, it’s pretty messed up.