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Dec 15, 2020

The best Christmas gift a podcast listener could wish for, another Jimmy England opus to the season with a cast of people, songs, merriment and a genuine – if not somewhat shaky – plot. Gather up the family, brew up some hot chocolate, spike it liberally and you’re ready to listen to what’s sure to become a Christmas classic (although in fairness, we all know what Jimmy considers a classic).

Dec 1, 2020

Chris Wuergler - of all people - wants to talk about 1978's The Deer Hunter. Jimmy wishes she'd go back to talking about Elvis and Gidget. The perfect podcast for those who are overwhelmed by all the Christmas cheer.

Nov 14, 2020

Billy the Kid had Pat Garrett, Jimmy England has Ryan Sim who tries to convince him that Bob Dylan brings something to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid besides some of his most miserable work.

Nov 1, 2020

It's a fight to the finish as comedian Bret Measor shows his sensitive side defending the excesses of Rocky. Jimmy almost goes down for the count when engineer Phil takes Brett's side.

Oct 15, 2020

It's our Halloween episode. Guest Barry Carter says he had chills watching The Omen. Jimmy says all he had were question about Damien's mom and dad's parenting skills. Give it a listen - if you dare!

Oct 1, 2020

Goodbye, Columbus poses the question, "How dumb are parents?"  Guest Mario Bernardi might argue the fact and he didn't even like the movie - and he's the guy who picked it. Weirdly, Jimmy finds things to like. Okay, it's just Richard Benjamin but that's big for him.

Sep 15, 2020

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, is a funny film - even Jimmy thinks so. So of course he has to spoil it by pointing out to guest Mario Bernardi how things really haven't changed. They do take time to honor the memory of Carl Reiner.

Sep 1, 2020

Is Sleeper classic Woody Allen? Guest Kristian Reimer seems to think so (although he also defended Jerry Lewis). Jimmy thinks the title better describes the contents. You'll want to stay awake for this one.

Aug 27, 2020

A movie that pits guest Kristian Reimer against Jimmy. Kristian says it's classic Woody Allen, Jimmy says the title describes the content. Download to find if it's worth staying awake for.

Aug 27, 2020

A movie that pits guest Kristian Reimer against Jimmy. Kristian says it's classic Woody Allen, Jimmy says the title describes the content. Download to find if it's worth staying awake for.

Aug 27, 2020

A movie that pits guest Kristian Reimer against Jimmy. Kristian says it's classic Woody Allen, Jimmy says the title describes the content. Download to find if it's worth staying awake for.

Aug 15, 2020
It Started in Naples but it ends on Back to the Balcony if Jimmy has anything to do with it. Chris found it charming, Jimmy found it on the list of movies he had to watch for the podcast.
Aug 1, 2020

Heroes from 1977 - did it cement Henry Winkler’s reputation as a bad boy? For possibly the first time since this podcast began guest Chris Wuergler agrees with Jimmy.

Jul 15, 2020

The Magic Christian is not at all what you’d imagine from the title. Guest Len Perdic has a hard time explaining to Jimmy what it is you should expect. Warning: Incredibly dumb movie.

Jul 1, 2020

Meatballs brings back comedian Scott Faulconbridge’s summer camp days. For Jimmy it’s a question of what kind of summer camp has more activities for the counsellors then the campers.

Jun 15, 2020

The Magnificent Seven lives up to its billing as far as guest Bret Measor’s concerned. Jimmy sees it as some of the most ridiculous gunfights since Kelly’s Heroes.

Jun 1, 2020

The 7% Solution is pretty clear about what it wants to be as far as guest and Sherlock Holmes aficionado Mario Bernardi is concerned. Jimmy sees a correlation between the title and how much is entertaining.

May 16, 2020

Network is not a documentary no matter how much it looks like network TV news today. Finally, something guest Mario Bernardi and Jimmy England can agree on. Don’t expect that to last.

May 2, 2020

Phantom of the Paradise asks the eternal question is it possible to take a timeless classic and screw it up beyond redemption. Guest Kristian Reimer has no problem. Jimmy England has no clue.

Apr 15, 2020

Enter the Dragon puts Jimmy on the defensive as guest Brett Measor takes him to the mat over how great martial arts movies are. Brett's rhapsody about the coolness of nunchucks is reason enough to listen.

Apr 1, 2020
Being There, a remembrance of a time before Covid 19 or possibly the best Peter Seller’s movie ever? A little of both actually when someone posing as Len Perdic joins Jimmy to talk about the movie. They never did figure out if it was really Len.
Mar 15, 2020

Bonnie and Clyde. Really, Clyde? Who believes a bad guy would be credible with a name like Clyde? Probably the same person who thinks someone with a name like Warren could be a sexy movie star. Yeah, that’s right, it’s a Chris Wuergler episode.

Mar 1, 2020

The Wiz, one of those rare movies that encompasses a synopsis of the plot in the title. Guests Christine Wuergler and Barry 3D Carter disagree - only one of them thinks Jimmy England’s opinion is right. Oh gee, who could it be? Download to find out.

Feb 16, 2020

Five Easy Pieces attracted a lot of viewers curious about what the title meant. Jim says it means a movie that's five times worse than usual. Will guest Mario Bernardi see it that way or is Jim out on his own again with a half-baked review?

Feb 1, 2020

Deep Throat is likely the last adult movie to be talked about on this podcast because they really aren’t all that good. Ever wonder why that is? Well guest DJ Roy can answer that. Besides being a stand-up comic he worked in the adult film industry. Adult conversation may not be appropriate for children.

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