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Back to the Balcony

An amused second look at movies and culture from the last century.
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Dec 15, 2017

Babes In Toyland, good enough for a new generation? Guests Charlotte, Halle and Taylor educate Jimmy England about what kids today find entertaining in our Christmas episode of Back to the Balcony. Turns out, it doesn’t have to be animated.

Dec 1, 2017

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest brings the plight of the mentally disturbed to the mainstream. Jimmy England struggles to be funny without being disrespectful. Guest Len Perdic offers opinions and gets out of the way.

Nov 15, 2017

Dr. Strangelove scares the bejeebers out of Jimmy England while guest Len Perdic explains that it’s just a movie and could never happen today…maybe

Nov 2, 2017

Does The Graduate hold up as a classic movie after all these years?  For that matter do Anne Bancroft’s legs? Find out when Jimmy England and Mario Bernardi take a stab at higher education and whether Dustin Hoffman was the best choice for the character of Ben.

Oct 15, 2017

Night of the Living Dead, bad horror movie or genuine classic? Guest Len Perdic presents his case to Jimmy England who can’t get past the cheesy music.

Oct 1, 2017

Once again Jimmy England gets the wrong end of the stick when it comes to the 1968 movie The Party with Peter Sellers. Guest Mario Bernardi explains why he’s wrong and - for the very first time - gives a coherent synopsis of the plot in this episode of Back to the Balcony.

Sep 16, 2017

Apocalypse Now, the perfect date night movie or is there something different about Chris Wuergler? Join her and host Jimmy England as they plunge the depths of despair - and romance - in this classic of modern warfare.

Sep 4, 2017

Chris Wuergler returns for another episode of Back to the Balcony to discuss The Sting and how hunky Robert Redford is with Jimmy England. Actually, Robert Redford is hunky with everyone. And if you think that’s weird, wait till you hear what happened at the Oscars.

Aug 15, 2017

Jimmy England and Len Perdic go to war over the movie Kelly’s Heroes. Jimmy - as usual - can’t get past plot holes you can drive a tank through. Len calls on his reserve training to clear up some questions about the correct armaments to use when planning an insurrection. They both agree they have no idea what movie Donald Sutherland thinks he’s in.

Aug 1, 2017

Jimmy England and guest Len Perdic discuss the limitations of financing lifestyle choices with drug deals and almost miss the point of Easy Rider. Phil gets them back on track but not be before Jimmy confuses motorcycle culture with bicycle culture. You’ll be tempted to break out your leathers for this episode.

Jul 16, 2017

The room is set for controversy when Mario Bernardi returns in this episode of Back to the Balcony to decide if Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is really a classic. Jimmy's not sure but he does agree Sydney Poitier is dreamy.

Jul 1, 2017

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken starring Don Knotts. What’s not to love when Jimmy England and guest Mario Bernardi hunker down to decide if this is genuine Americana or cheap hokum (as if Jimmy would know) on this episode of Back to the Balcony.

Jun 16, 2017

It’s back to summer school for Jimmy England as Chris Wuergler joins him to discuss the merits of To Sir, with Love on this episode of Back to the Balcony. Jimmy may have to stay after class for this one.

Jun 2, 2017

Chris Wuergler returns for another episode of Back to the Balcony and Jimmy England asks her to immerse herself into the role of casting director, as they discuss Lee Marvin's scene stealing performance in Cat Ballou. 

May 15, 2017

Len Perdic’s back with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. There will now be a pause while everyone ponders which of these is host Jimmy England. Is this a vision of the real west or did someone just have too much vino?

May 1, 2017

Jimmy is joined by horror aficionado, podcaster and comedian Jordan Scherer to talk about The Exorcist. Is it really that scary? Are people still frightened by it? Did Jimmy have to change his underwear? Listen to find out.

Apr 15, 2017

Barbarella, cutting edge science fiction, the softest core porn movie ever or cult classic? Jim and guest Len Perdic thrash out all these possibilities along with the option that it’s just a crashing bore.

Apr 1, 2017

Count Mario Bernardi returns to instruct I-gor James on the finer points of Young Frankenstein. Is it a horror comedy or a horrible comedy? Download to find out - if you dare!

Mar 15, 2017

Throwing caution to the wind Jim discusses the move M*A*S*H* with wife Pat and daughter Jill (the only one in the family with bona fide movie cred). Is he out of his depth again? More importantly is he sleeping on the couch again?

Mar 1, 2017

Possibly the greatest comedy ever made - or possibly once again Jim is seduced by a movie with a pie fight. Give a listen as Jim and guest Mario “Tex" Bernardi discuss the merits - and the sticky parts - of Blazing Saddles.

Feb 15, 2017

it’s considered one of the movies most perfect scripts. Chris Wuergler loved it and she’s back to explain to Jim the fine points that so often elude him. Will he get it or will he continue to think The Ghost and Mr. Chicken is the epitome of movie entertainment?

Feb 1, 2017

Is love meaning never having to say you’re sorry or never having to say you watched this movie? Join us with guest Chris Wuergler as Back to the Balcony ponders the question: Has any man ever watched Love Story without expecting to be physically rewarded later?

Jan 15, 2017
The British Invasion continues when Jim and guest Len Perdic go head to head with the Beatles' A Hard Day’s Night. Is it the gem critics thought or are the four lovable ads just cashing in on their popularity? Give a listen and don’t be surprised if someone still has Beatlemania.
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 2017

Do England’s Carry On Gang have more success with Cleopatra than Elizabeth Taylor did? Find out when Jim and guest Len Perdic cruise up the Nile to take another look at Carry On Cleo. You just know it’s going to be cheeky don’t you?

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