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Back to the Balcony

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Aug 12, 2022

My Cousin Vinny pits Jimmy's notorious dislike for leaps of logic and guest Scott Faulconbridge's equally notorious willingness to enjoy anything that's put in front of him. Interesting sidebar about why comedy doesn't get enough respect from the movies.

Jul 29, 2022

Guest host Joal Van Vliet mercilessly grills a surprise guest on what makes Back to the Future so bad. Turns out he's out of his mind.  Give a listen and see if you don't agree.

Jul 15, 2022

Ryan Sim provides a vigorous defence of the movie Howard the Duck while admitting he fell asleep three times while watching it. He also demonstrates an appalling ignorance of pop culture when he admits to not knowing who H. R. Pufnstuf is. 

Jul 1, 2022

A weird movie that enjoyed a vogue in the seventies and eventually spawned the beloved Airplane! Guest Mario Bernardi keeps saying he didn't like it but he keeps finding moments to enjoy. Jimmy revels in it.

Jun 17, 2022

Guest Mitch McBeaudry takes a $25,000 film school education and tries to explain why An American Werewolf in London is a great movie. Jimmy restrains himself from suggesting he's owed a refund.

Jun 3, 2022

Mario Bernardi brings The Man Who Fell to Earth - a movie he saw on first release but which he remembers virtually nothing. But something spoke to him this time. It spoke to Jimmy too and he wanted to turn on something else.

May 20, 2022

Now would could be wrong with a great movie like this? A lot, surprisingly - but is it still entertaining once the band-aids come off (that's a great mummy pun - too bad there isn't a mummy in the movie)? Give a listen and be the judge.

May 6, 2022
Chris Wuergler and a surprise guest try and convince Jimmy that Dirty Dancing is more than cliches and convenient dialogue. First of two episodes with a guest engineer - who still sides with the guests despite Jimmy's instructions.
Apr 22, 2022

Nothing like a light and fluffy episode about hubris, dinosaurs running amuck and chaos theory. Comedian Patrick Coppolino talks with Jimmy England about his favourite movie and how he did it live in Levity, his comedy club.

Apr 11, 2022

If this shows up twice in your downloads our apologies but the first attempt never got released. Luckily, we're trying again because this was an unusual episode on a genre we've never done before. With comedian Bob Kerr.

Apr 8, 2022
A first for Jimmy and a film classic right up there with Little Women, How Green Was My Valley and I Spit On Your Grave. Comedian Bob Kerr doesn't just talk about the movie, he questions what constitutes a massacre. Yeah, that's the take away we should be, well, taking away.
Mar 25, 2022

Kristian Reimer returns to plead the case for Beverley Hills Cop and the cult of Eddie Murphy. To Jimmy it has all the depth of cotton candy. Will Jimmy finally give ground when it comes to a movie with no pretensions beyond entertainment? Download and listen.

Mar 11, 2022

Jimmy interviews Dan Brennan who was in the movie Carlito's Way. Well, sort of but probably not. An enigmatic introduction for a fascinating movie and an even better podcast.

Feb 25, 2022

The movie Jimmy wasn't looking forward to turned out to be not the tissue fest he expected. Maybe that's because it resonated with him and guest Mario Bernardi. 

Feb 11, 2022

A few hours late getting this posted which would have been a tragedy because this talk about Tootsie with comedian Scott Faulconbridge was one of our best. Worth it if not to hear about Scott's grand romantic gesture.

Jan 28, 2022

Guest Mario Bernardi and Jimmy wallow in nostalgia with 1969's Cactus Flower. Phil disappears half-way through but nobody notices until the end. Doesn't bode well for Phil. 

Jan 14, 2022

Comedian and wild man Joel Van Vliet returns to gleefully sing the praises of the mostly improvised movie Waiting For Guffman while poo-pooing improv in general. Unexpected hi-light is when he tries to convince Jimmy he was the star in his church play and not just sheep number 2.

Dec 31, 2021

Swords, sorcerers and guest Barry Carter to talk about 1981's Excalibur.This movie about the King Arthur legend is one of Barry's favorite films of all time. Jimmy found it as believable as professional wrestling - which it strongly resembled.

Dec 17, 2021

Halfway through the podcast Chris Wuergler realizes she could have talked about something other than National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Not to worry, Jim and Phil find plenty to talk about and even Chris comes around to admitting there's something of value here. 

Dec 3, 2021

When the moon hits your eye does it drive you daffy? Chris Wuergler insists it can, Jimmy insists that's not science. But will they agree on 1987's Moonstruck? You might be surprised.

Nov 19, 2021

In a first for Back to the Balcony, Jimmy and Phil are joined by Ryan Sim to talk about the stoney flick Half Baked. Phil and Ryan know what's going on, Jimmy thinks it's an expose on incompetent bakers.

Nov 5, 2021

In a complete reversal Phil the engineer is the guest - while Mario Bernardi is the guest engineer - so he can talk about 1992's Unforgiven (not to be confused with The Unforgiven which is a different movie entirely). This might actually be a great movie but Jim has trouble coming to grips with Phil being the one who chose it.

Oct 22, 2021

A treasured memory of Jimmy and guest Mario Bernardi comes crashing down when a movie from their youth doesn't hold up for them. They've also don't like Tootsie Rolls either so take that with a grain of salt. A surprisingly funny episode for one where Jimmy and the guest agree.

Oct 8, 2021

Comedian and actor Val Cole joins Jimmy to talk about her favorite movie, 1980's Raging Bull, a movie about boxing with very little boxing. Val loves its gritty realism - the same quality Jimmy admired in The Little Mermaid.

Sep 24, 2021

Joel David Van Vliet was raised on the movie What's Up Doc?. In an episode that proves the harm that comes when you do something like that he insists it's the finest movie ever made - even when compared to a similar Cary Grant movie. Jimmy's so nonplussed he doesn't know how to respond half the time. One of the craziest episodes ever.

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